4 September 2018 | Volume 77 | Edition 8
Are students receiving NSFAS
VARSITY investigates matters relating to UCT NSFAS students
n the midst of the concerning issues facing the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), UCT recently clarified that all of its NSFAS students who were awarded funding for 2017 and 2018 were not inconvenienced by the scheme’s adversities. The managerial structure of NSFAS has been rocked with the sudden resignation of Sifiso Nxasana and last week’s suspension of its CEO Steven Zwane. In the past years, NSFAS has
3 856 students are receiving financial assistance struggled to manage incoming applications for funding while simultaneously having to collect outstanding student loans. As written in a Business Day article, the scheme came under intense pressure following former president Jacob Zuma’s unexpected announcement of free undergraduate education in December of 2017. This meant that students from impoverished and working-class families would be entitled to free higher education
from 2018 onwards. Consequently, thousands of students have encountered delayed payments. According to statistics provided by the newly appointed administrator of NSFAS, Dr Randall Carolissen, the scheme owes funds to nearly 63 000 students nationwide. The majority of these students are from technical and vocational education training colleges. It has come to light that the university has been utilising its own funds in addition to those from corporate, government and philanthropic sponsors to make the necessary payments to the students. UCT has received a written agreement from NSFAS pertaining to reimbursements and will be repaid in due course.
The scheme owes funds to nearly 63 000 students nationwide. “UCTs billing system charges interest on all overdue accounts. However, NSFAS students who through no fault of their own have not settled
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their accounts (due to delays from NSFAS) will have the interest manually reversed”, said Elijah Maholola, Media Liaison and Social Media manager at UCT’s Communication and Marketing department.
20 students applied for deferrals due to religious celebrations In 2017, 3 407 students were funded through NSFAS at UCT which totalled to R227.4 million in expenditure. The most recent preliminary data for 2018 confirms that 3 856 students are receiving financial assistance through the scheme – an increase of 449 students. The Rand figure for payments made in 2018 is currently unavailable. VARSITY spoke to a third-year student, currently on NSFAS. He said he hadn’t experienced any extreme delays with his allowances, but expressed his dissatisfaction with late payment charges which had to be covered by his bursary trust. With the loans being administered through NSFAS, an additional 1011 students receive UCT GAP funding. This
funding is considered for applicants whose household income does not meet the NSFAS eligibility criteria, but who still need financial assistance towards their study costs. A second year GAP funding student told VARSITY that she didn’t receive any of her allowances in 2017.” I went to their offices this year to ask why…they told me they can’t do anything as I should’ve asked those questions last year. She did, however, mention that all her 2018 allowances have been timeously sent to her. According to Maholola, the university anticipates that the number of applicants for NSFAS assistance in 2019 will increase greatly. This is as a consequence of the threshold for government financial assistance having been raised to R 350 000 annual household income. However, a recent communication by the NSFAS Twitter account appears to indicate that some students have received their allowances. The 2019 NSFAS funding applications for new applicants also recently opened on Monday, the 3rd of September.
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IS THERE A GENDER GAP AT UCT?
Faculty gender stats show positive trend of transforma-
by Praise Adejimi
ver the past few weeks VARSITY has gathered statistics from the various faculties across UCT to assess the gender difference in the university. This data allowed us to look into the student gender percentage per faculty, centrally from the UCT’s Institutional Planning Department (IPD).
The Science faculty is the most equal among all of UCT’s departments According to the data gathered from the IPD, on average there are approximately 10% more selfidentified male students in the faculties of Science and Commerce, as well as the Graduate School of Business. These faculties were the most equal in regards to male/female student ratios. The IPD data indicated that there is, a rather bigger difference in the number of female students to male students in the faculties of Humanities, Law and Health Science. According to the data received, the Humanities and Health Sciences faculties have just over 30% more self-identified female students than male students, while the Law faculty has roughly a quarter
more female students. VARSITY also received a report from the UCT Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment that indicates a large gender gap. Approximately 70% of the EBE faculty is comprised of male students in both post-graduate and under-graduate levels, whereas 70% of the Humanities faculty comprises of female students. Overall, the statistics indicate that there are marginally more female students studying at UCT than male students, with a ratio(%) of 52-48. This can be considered to be an achievement, due to the fact that the academia has, to date, been male dominated.
intends to offer students alternative gender options in the future. Yet as it stands, students in each faculty only have the option of identifying as male or female.
62% of Law students identify as female
and gradual change in statistics in historically male dominated faculties such as Engineering, these statistics, although in dire need of inclusivity, reinforce students’ hope in a certain degree of equality. The statistics also reaffirm the university’s goals to try and create a transformative space for students to be in.
Therefore, though there is a slow
Approximately 70% of EBE students identify as male Consequently, this speaks to the success rates of UCT’s policy of transformation. However, in order to be fully transformative, the university needs to be inclusive. According to reports received from a staff member at the IPD, the university only offers students the ability to self-identifiy as male or female. In a previous investigation conducted by VARSITY, it was discovered that the university
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UCT ranked second in South Africa, AGAIN!
By Babalwa Nomtshongwana
he Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) has placed South Africa second to the University of the Witwaterstrand (Wits), in their global rankings for the second year in a row. Only four South African universities made it into the
top 500 of the rankings with a further four making it in between 501-1000 of the top universities in the world. This makes Wits the best university in Africa according to these rankings, with UCT being second best in Africa. UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola released
a statement regarding the rankings wherein he stated that the ARWU measures the performance of a university based on six criteria. This criteria includes, but is not limited to, the number of Nobel Prizes or field medals won by alumni, how many Nobel prizes and field medals
have been won by the staff, as well as the papers published in nature and science. Although UCT achieved the highest scores in Africa in two of the criteria, it was not enough to place them above Wits in the rankings. Moholola went on to stress that although the university
is doing well in the eyes of the international community, the rankings do not take into account the context of each university; such as the social engagement of universities, and how the university is growing its capacity in Africa and nurturing a new generation of researchers.
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UCT launches Speak Up Now! Campaign
New whistle-blowing hotline available to everyone
n the 14th of August 2018, the University of Cape Town announced that it’s Speak Up Now! campaign had been set into motion. According to the university, this whistle-blowing service seeks to reinforce the ﬁght against fraud, corruption and irregular behaviour at UCT. Guided by the principles in the King Code, which emphasises ethical leadership, this campaign aims to raise awareness to all stakeholders about their responsibility towards making UCT sustainable. In doing so, the campaign intends on ensuring that funds and resources are used for the university’s beneﬁt.
This private service provider is to be paid R60 000 per annum by UCT While o�ering services in all eleven of the o�cial South African languages as well as French, Portuguese, Arabic, German and Dutch, the hotline operates 24 hours a day and is available 365 days a year. Although UCT had previously used an internal whistle-blowing hotline in 2010, in 2014 the University Risk Management Committee decided on an external hotline to guarantee the conﬁdentiality and anonymity of any whistle-blower. This prevented UCT from pursuing legal cases against a whistle-blower, and ensures that potential whistleblowers remain safe. The original external hotline was used from 2015 until the end of 2017. With the contract of the former external service provider having ended, the university commissioned a new service provider, that is accredited by the Ethics Institute of South Africa, for ﬁve years starting on the 1st of January 2018.
By Nomcebo Masilela This private service provider is to be paid R60 000 per annum by UCT for the independent management of the hotline and services provided. Costs relating to the campaign’s posters and design approximated R10 000.
18 cases were reported and investigated in 2017 According to Elijah Maholola, Media Liaison and Social Media manager at UCT’s Communication and Marketing Department, a total of 18 di�erent cases were reported and investigated in 2017 using the previous hotline. However, this year’s summary of cases investigated and concluded are yet to be released.
Insourcing in catering units leaves much to be desired Workers protested for the removal of Catering Co-ordinator
n November 2016, following a year of #EndOutsourcing protests, workers were insourced. Two years on and more issues have come to the fore, culminating in a protest on Friday, 17 August; where workers from various residence catering units marched to Bremner calling for the removal of Catering Coordinator, Oliver Adams.
“Is this the better UCT I hoped for?” At the protest, a memorandum was handed to a member of Senate, Mr Thando Tsotsobe and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris. DVC Feris conﬁrmed that a comprehensive response was sent to the University and Allied Workers’ Union (UAWU). Feris also conﬁrmed that there was an investigation underway following earlier complaints about Adams and that a response would be given within a week. Adams also told VARSITY that a mediation process is underway, which he voluntarily submitted to. This process involves an external individual. According
to Adam’s, he is currently in “agreement with UCT to abstain from contact”. The protest was sparked by the outcomes of the Operational Meeting held on Wednesday, 15 August. At this meeting workers asked Adams if they could leave work before 15:30 in order to visit a colleague who has been at Groote Schuur for four weeks. He said no. A worker in the meeting who su�ers from mental illness, had a nervous breakdown upon hearing Adams’ response, asking, “Is this the better UCT I hoped for?”. This worker’s sentiment alludes to the transition from outsourcing to insourcing. VARSITY spoke to two workers who were part of the #EndOutsourcing protests and are now insourced. Merle Awkes was previously employed by C3 as a Catering Manager and is now insourced as a Catering Controller. Jacques Olivier was previously employed by FedEx in the biometrics and camera department and since being insourced, Olivier has been shifted to di�erent departments. He currently manages the Leo Marquard and Tugwell storerooms, despite having no training. UCT, however, still lists his
Jarita Kassen initial job description supplied by FedEx. Olivier feels that “he is setting himself up for failure,”. Since the completion of insourcing, workers have been demoted and made to have less control. A few other grievances have arisen since insourcing, including; understa�ng, inferior quality uniforms and poor management. In terms of understa�ng, at Leo Marquard where roughly 560 students eat, there are 14 workers per shift on weekdays but only 7 on weekends. Workers now wear polyester sports shirts which can be seen as a ﬁre hazard. According to Olivier, a lot of important conversation, for example work re-assignments, happen behind ‘closed doors’ leaving workers in a vulnerable position.
Since the completion of insourcing, workers have been demoted and made to have less control. VARSITY tried to contact Catering Manager, Paul Marais, several times but he did not respond and blocked the WhatsApp conversation.
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In the event of the frivolous reporting, Maholola told VARSITY that the employer is protected by the Protected Disclosures Act. Should any false information result in harm, the accused whistle-blower may the ﬁned or imprisoned for up to two years. Maholola also stated that in order for a matter to be investigated, clarity should be given on what the alleged unethical conduct is and the whistleblower must be acting in good faith. The hotline number is 0800 650 000. All reported information is anonymously added to a call-sheet and thereafter given to the related person of interest at UCT.
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don’t mean I’m tired from one hectic week of work or something. I am in a pertpetual state of exhaustion and it’s really getting boring. I shan’t speak for any other student but I have found myself in a rut. My days are unexciting and my weeks are quite dry.
My days are unexciting and my weeks are quite dry. I’ve fallen into a very repetetive cycle; week in, week out. It almost feels like I’m the main character of a really bad 90’s movie, stuck in a loop until I learn my life changing lesson. The lesson is nowhere near learnt. I think I’m stuck forever.
Everyday is a little victory. Acknowledge that! We’re at that point in the semester (and year) where reﬂecting on our achievements thus far has become a daily ritual. A lot of us might be feeling inadequate or unaccomplished compared to our peers, but it’s
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Simple Girl…Un-simple Dreams
ot many people were exposed to the phenomena that is UCT, in the little town I schooled in. In fact, I even thought I was overstepping my boundaries. But dreams became a reality when I stepped into the world UCT had to o�er me, beginning in 2015. With nothing but a study permit, two suitcases, eyes full of hope and my mother’s prayers, I embarked on this life-changing mission of obtaining a degree…and more. It was peculiar at ﬁrst, the place, the people, the courses, the mountain, and even the weather. Especially because I knew nobody. I remember crying often in my residence bathrooms because I was so lost and lonely. It was as if I couldn’t spell my name the same anymore, make friends as
simply as I used to or even study better. I was distraught, by the nightlife, the tra�c lights and the overwhelming crowds that had their own share of new stories to tell. I was fraught, and unable to recognize myself, let alone be noticed by others. Until one day, I decided that I could not carry the tag of being an ‘outsider’ anymore. No one gets to decide who belongs and who does not; it should never have to fall on your shoulders to hold out for everyone else to ﬁgure out who you are. Hence, I did what I could in the space I built for myself; I fell in love with my dreams! The same dreams I once saw while back in my little town that no one heard of, until now. I started gaining conﬁdence in my ability to pursue a future career in the ﬁeld of International Relations. The daunting task that always lies ahead after you’re done convincing yourself, is convincing everyone else. I was clouded with the gloomy and rigorous workload, the su�ocating environment of privilege and the prevailing attitude that places ‘small town’ women at the bottom of every professional chain there is. There are already so many presumptions about small-town individuals that sometimes it felt unbearable to feel even the slightest bit credible and Image from instagram.com
n 2018 we can take heart, despite the many enduring problems at home or abroad, in the great social progress that has been made across the globe regarding racial and sexual discrimination and harmful attitudes. Our generation can take a lot of responsibility for this progress. The only true remedy for social ills, as opposed to economic or health issues, is time and education. With the advent of social-media the time it takes to propagate information (education of a sort) has been cut down as our ability to share such information has increased. Social media allows the spotlight to be cast on issues without the blessing of the established media and, thus, increases the visibility and representation of various causes. Although, this spotlight carries the risk of those causes beginning to seem like a trend more than a valid cause.
the fuss surrounding these relationships may become a fetishization Interracial relationships are very susceptible to this kind of wellmeaning commercialization. The biggest example? The engagement of Indian beauty Priyanka Chopra to white American musician, Nick Jonas. The world is enamored with
the couple who moved from dating to engagement in the blink of an eye. And it should be, what’s not to love about love? The attention they receive raises a concern as to whether all the fuss surrounding these relationships may become a fetishization. However, such fetishization doesn’t only surround them; hashtags dedicated to the glamorization of interracial relationships, and even ‘mixed’ children, are all over social media. At some point it begins to feel a bit insincere and could be said to cheapen the very real love behind those relationships. A well-meaning attempt at advancing a progressive and worthy situation may end up causing discomfort for those who genuinely take part in them and could probably border on invasive. None of this is meant to be cynical, love is beautiful in all its forms and people mean no harm by the fanfare they put up around it, but we must be respectful in how we treat the coverage of these relationships. Nick and Priyanka’s relationship is truly a triumph of love as it is, it’s more than being interracial, it’s a bond between two cultures that are quite unfamiliar with one another, and the world rightly wishes them the best of luck on their journey together.
Simplicity is an armour, not a shield. And I am more than simple Doubt, it weighs heavier than some of us think. I was left in a trail of frustration when people asked me whether I faked my accent or whether I had ever seen a movie theatre. It gets taxing to keep reiterating your worth to others, so I stopped. Yes, I am shy and reserved…or maybe I am loud and outgoing. It’s my choice. And that’s the beauty of it, I take pride in my small joys and enjoy accomplishing even the smallest of things; there’s a fulﬁllment in everything. Where I grew up, how I grew up should have no probable responsibility over my present or future. You should never have to be boxed for the convenience of others. The truth is, you HAVE to keep your dreams alive. There is no career path that is tailor-made to speciﬁcity and you cannot restrict yourself to become ‘customary’. I need no assurance of my background but perhaps I need a larger audience. Simplicity is an armour, not a shield. And I am more than simple.
The Law Exam Timetable
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legitimate. Suspicious minds, ignorant passengers and a dilapidating state of mind felt like torture at the formative years of my UCT journey. I was at crossroads, leaping between self-pity and ﬁshing for validation.
oping with exam pressure and stress is nothing foreign for the average UCT student. End of year exams are our big break, a chance to redeem our past failures and mistakes, and up our marks. In my opinion, the compact nature of the Law exam timetable is jeopardizing students. There is little space for revising or even overcoming a bad paper before walking into the next. Having a spaced-out timetable that accommodates time to breath between each paper can seriously aid students in achieving success. This year’s November Law exam timetable is extremely pressurised. With 6 exams in 9 days, our anxiety is climbing higher than the walls of Kramer. I feel the immense pressure of our compact exam schedule to the full extent. I truly believe that exams should not be this rushed, and students shouldn’t have to walk out of the one paper and immediately start panicking about the next. Such a compact schedule increases stress levels and can either make or break a student’s self-esteem. The amount of stress and anxiety that comes from this isn’t worth it. It does not allow students
to perform to the best of their abilities and obtain the marks they deserve. Instead, we land up with our heads just above water; barely making it through the last stretch. A well-spaced timetable would enable students to remain calm and conﬁdent when walking into their papers as they feel more prepared and capable. Exams are not about trying to catch students out, rather they are supposed to be a time for students to potentialize their capabilities.
our anxiety is climbing higher than the walls of Kramer. Exams are never an easy time. However, I am hoping exams go well for us all and that we do not crumble under the pressure, and instead use this period as a productive and focused 9 days of hard work and determination. Luckily the Law department has recently hired a psychologist to work on the premises for students in need of guidance and advice through this time. Good luck to everyone writing, I know we’ll do great!
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From Shackville to NOT reconciliation
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Apathy breeds a violence of convenience” is the charge I led within the pop-up Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) Assembly at Memorial Plaza on the 14th of August. Though the Assembly was publicized weeks in advance, it very well could have been a pop-up ad, for had it not been outside Plaza - and thus in people’s faces - it is highly unlikely that it would have been attended at all. At least, not by the people whom it was meant for: THE STUDENTS! I believe the defect lies not in the Commission’s will, but is rather a consequence of a fundamental flaw in process and design. Whilst many reasons could be advanced for the disinterest the student populace has shown towards the IRTC process, it would be an injustice not to appreciate the reality of those who advocated for this process. The #RhodesMustFall and the Shackvillle student populace are barely in the institution as many have been academically and/or financially excluded. Of those still remaining, they are barely surviving while juggling their degrees in between medical or compassionate leave, and mental health issues, such as post-protest PTSD and exhaustion or burn out.
For others, the (in)ability of the Commission to satisfy different constituencies’ needs for closure, justice and accountability, does not inspire confidence into the work of the Commission. For instance, as a Shackville signatory, I am yet to be satisfied on whose idea it was to draw para-military ex-militia into a campus academic space. On the flipside of that coin, there are those – whom are most probably your resident academic racists and their Black buffers – that are not happy with how the reconciliation process was handled. For them, the granting of amnesties was congratulating “lawlessness” with impunity. Either way, common between the parties is a view that the “other side” has not been held accountable for their actions and that the Commission is unable and/or not wanting to do so.
“When injustice is law, our duty is resistance”. However, I believe the defect lies not in the Commission’s will, but is rather a consequence of a fundamental flaw in process and design. One of the Shackville signatories, Athabile Nonxuba, charges, “When injustice is law, our duty is resistance”. Whilst UCT maintains that it has always been an enabling space for “lawful protest” – the reality
of the matter is, unless one has the privilege and power of litigation, change only ever happens when ‘The Smoke Calls’. Hence, for many, the Shackville protest, before the para-military onslaught and provocation, was a cathartic event.
“Apathy breeds a violence of convenience” The amnesty process was supposed to publicly interrogate Shackville 16th February in its entirety. However, since the amnesty application happened behind closed doors, arguably for legitimate reasons, the IRTC lost the opportunity to reconcile those who view Shackville as glorified lawlessness and those who view it as a necessary and consequential resistance of a protest provoked. And a protest of the smoke that calls when lawful means of protest fail to move those in power to enact change. Furthermore, having the institutional hearings after the amnesty process by way of written submission accompanied by a presentation – closed or not – to the Commissioners rather than a confrontational mediation between the parties, creates a disjuncture in the reconciliation to restoration process, because the content for the former lies in the latter. And, thus, expanding the void in need of a sense of closure, justice and accountability.
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Lessons from Professor Arthur Mabentsela
rofessor Arthur Mabentsela’s inexcusable comments on Facebook have undeniably shed light on the institutionalized sexism that exists in our society. A highly qualiﬁed man, having graduated from UCT with an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and having earned a Masters in Engineering from Stellenbosch, he is clearly ﬁt for the job of an engineering lecturer - on paper. However, once we assess his morals and values he is put on a compulsory leave of absence. In order to avoid this conﬂict, UCT - and all other institutions should exercise diligence when assessing the morals and values of their prospective employees. To what extent can we keep work life separate from personal political views? For those of us who believe the personal is political, it is not even a question that the screening process for jobs should be rigorous enough to sift out problematic, and possibly harmful, views. Alternatively, those who believe in the possibility of separating work life and political opinions form a far more privileged bracket. During this year alone, we have seen multiple prominent movie directors come under much-deserved scrutiny for sexual misconduct; as we see time and time again with politicians, actors, artists and CEO’s. In some cases, there is
no question that the person is absolutely qualiﬁed for the job - or even a trailblazer in their ﬁeld yet they have been allowed to harbour problematic views because of their vocational prestige.
This dictates a culture where necessary vocational requirements are valued more than discrimination. The consequences of failing to assess the morals and values of prospective employees lies within the fact that institutions show complacency to important matters, such as rape culture and sexism. This dictates a culture where the necessary vocational requirements are valued more than discrimination. This means institutions are not forced to ﬁnd alternative employees, and thus the demand for non-discriminatory morals and values is kept equal to their discriminatory counterparts. As a result, problematic views are employed into positions of power. In UCT’s case, the problem has progressed into giving the voices of sexism an audience. In South Africa’s case, the problem is mirrored by the appointment of a president with
rape charges. Racism does not escape this criterion either as Adam Catzavelos, marketing director of a high-proﬁle business, recently proved over a racist twitter video. Either Catzavelos’ values were not assessed upon employment, or they were swept under the rug. However, since the post he has been ﬁred from his family business. Again, institutions can bypass these embarrassing associations and in this case, the awkward task of publicly ﬁring a family member - by performing adequate assessments of prospective employees. A major part of growing up in the twenty-ﬁrst century is about being conscientious of what we post on social-media. We know full well the implications of hitting share, and we are told that our social media proﬁles could be the di�erence between employment or another job hunt. However, it seems that in reality this isn’t taken seriously, or that people are looking at the wrong content. Holding a beer and a cigarette in a photo might not get one hired, but an objectively o�ensive post can slip through the cracks. Employers have to do better. They need to help us cultivate a society where discrimination has no place, platform or representative power.
Image from engadement.com To my darling, Chicken Licken
Nwabisa Mlandu I have travelled for miles, seeking the comfort of your embrace. I took Jammies to Hiddingh, for the long distance made our reunions more wholesome. For you, I have stood on the highway, waiting and undeterred. For with time, the yearning grew, and I could no longer resist you. And now, you are right around the corner, closely mapped to my heart. Now, I tread on salted roads, with more bounce to my step because your scent is tantalizing me from the corner. I think of my hands on your hot thighs and the sensation gives me a zest for life. I take a bite, and for a while I disappear and only my body remains. This is what you do to me. Teleport my mind to a nirvana of sorts. In the midst of signiﬁcant others who would rather deny their romantic partners, you have been unwaveringly faithful. We have had our ups and downs; the downs have purely been on my account. For I have cheated on you at times, when I couldn’t bear the distance and the loneliness had crept in. Yet, my heart knew home and each time your warm embrace ﬁlled the void. For you, my darling, I have no fear of being vulnerable. For your love cuts through the bones and reaches the core of my being. Our union is as inﬁnite as the butterﬂies in my stomach might profess. I look forward to our next date.
With love, Thigh-grabber
Social media – friend OR foe, writes Asanda Masoka
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Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, although they are di�erent platforms, they are pretty much the same thing. Each with the common purpose of connecting us through the online realm - be that through sharing our art, writing, photography, our incredibly dry sense of humour or the political stances that we take. Therefore, it’s hard to say which is more or less harmful than the other. I like to think of social media as a faculty: the faculty of social media made up of the following course: Instagram (INSTA0101), Facebook (FCB2020), Twitter (TWTR0280) and Snapchat (SNAPS0010). There is often the misconception that one is better than the other. Yes, Facebook may appeal to an older generation as being more of a familyoriented platform, however, it makes it no less harmful than Twitter or Instagram. Much like the academic courses we take, each has its struggles as much as it has its highlights. It may come as a shock to Engineering
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students, but unfortunately Humanities students go through the most too. Social media is an entirely subjective platform - each person uses it to their own accord. Sadly, some use it to harm others through hateful and hurtful speech. While there are those who use it as a platform to engage and connect with people whom they are alike and to share their work, wisdom and humour. Often the harm we may experience from social media is selfinﬂicted, the inadequacy we feel often stems from the perception that we hold of others and the lifestyle which they portray. We forget that social media is a curation to show o� only people’s best lives, and not their real day-to-day experiences. The content we choose to share and who we choose to engage with makes all the di�erence – in most cases. Social media trolls will always exist, but so does the blocking option. Protect the energy you allow into both your real, and virtual, space.
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The Culture of Reality TV Sinothando Siyolo
eality TV shows are on the rise all around the world. They are receiving higher views and ratings daily. Most of the reality TV shows start o� in the United States of America, and then countries like South Africa follow with their own versions e.g.; Idols: SA, The Voice: SA, Masterchef: SA and many more. Just like American celebrities such as the Kardashians, South African celebrities have also taken on the role of making their own reality shows e.g. Living the Dream with Somizi, Being Bonang and Dineo’s Diary. Thus, one often wonders why reality television has become such a cultural success. This might be because most people have a fantasy of living a lifestyle which is di�erent from their current lives. Reality TV shows are often made by people who are living a luxurious lifestyle that many people dream of. Take for example shows such as: Keeping up with the Kardashians and Living the Dream with Somizi. Reality TV, shows the lives that most people dream about, the kind of lifestyle most people
wish to have. They are also engaging, and they spark conversations, e.g. reality TV shows like Idols where audiences can engage with the show by voting for their favorite acts. This sparks conversation anywhere- be it at work, school or at a dinner table, you will ﬁnd yourself arguing about who gave the best performance. Reality shows are also entertaining, they can make your adrenaline do some exercise- for example shows like Fear Factor, Idols and the Bachelorette. These leave an audience with a question mark or with predictions or what they think should happen on the next episode. America has inﬂuenced South Africa in terms of reality shows in a sense that most of the reality shows in America can be found in South Africa. The biggest reason people might be tuning into these shows is because we like high modality things, reality and entertainment and reality TV shows bring exactly that.
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The FYI on horoscopes
ost of us are aware of what our star sign is and probably follow an Astrology meme page or glance over our horoscope occasionally. However, Astrology and horoscopes go deeper than “predicting” your day, calling you out on shady Zodiac traits or the buzz of fear that erupts on Twitter whenever Mercury is in retrograde. For starters, you’re more than just a “Capricorn” or “Taurus”. This is your sun sign that represents your ego, but you’ve also got a moon sign that reveals your emotional inner-self and a rising sign that is the façade you show to the rest of the world. To some, astrology might be a bunch of mumbo jumbo but it’s possible that knowing the position of the planets at the time of your birth, and in each changing moment, can be a powerful guide in understanding the unfolding of your life, who you are and even your relationships. However, this is not to be used to excuse your bossy behaviour because you’re #TeamLeo. In terms of relationships, it could ﬁnally
click why you and your sibling butt heads on certain matters or why you and your best friend go so well together (maybe they are an air sign that keeps your ﬁery nature burning). And because you’ve probably ﬁgured out when your inst crushes birthday is, you can check your compatibility and the best way to shoot your shot for their sign. Astrology and horoscopes go deeper than “predicting” your day, calling you out on shady Zodiac traits. Google is your best friend if you’re interested in acquainting yourself with your horoscope. For updates on your signs and what’s going on with the planets, @chaninicholas is great to follow. Who knows, very soon you might ﬁnd yourself watching your spending because Saturn is in your 2nd house, or working through emotional issues and reassessing the way you communicate when Mercury is in retrograde.
Two Weeks Tonight
Open Book Festival This is an annual festival that takes place at the Fugard Theatre. The Open Book Festival is an annual literary festival, the ﬁrst of which happened in 2011. It will feature many well-known authors and tickets can be bought via openbookfestival.co.za Where: The Fugard Theatre
Sanlam Cape Town Peace 5km Run Sanlam Cape Town Marathon’s high-spirited 5km Peace Run is a communitybuilding event that opens the race track to all. Tickets can be bought on capetownmarathon. com Where: Green Point
Othello: A Woman’s Story Shakespeare’s Othello staged in an all- female prison. The play is set in a modernday female prison with no male characters, the ﬁrst of its kind for Shakespeare in a South African theatre. Tickets can be bought via webtickets.co.za and if you book at Baxter with your student card, you get a discounted price. Where: Baxter, the Masambe Theatre. in between Buitenkant and Hope Street.
Night Show: The Genesis (Warehouse Party) Night Show focuses solely on new hip-hop and by ‘new’; they mean the best hip-hop from the last few years. Night Show is known for its high energy, pace and excitement. Tickets can be found on quicket.co.za Where: the address is 12 Wesley Street, Gardens (Old Tri-Color Press building) in between Buitenkant and Hope Street.
Feminism is (body politics) Anna Dahlqvist, Melanie Judge and Tlaleng Mofokeng speak to Joy Watson about taking control in the context of patriarchy. Tickets are sold on webtickets.co.za Where: The Fugard Theatre from 2-3pm.
All Black Affair It’s that time of the year and the All Black Affair is back with a bang. It promises to be a day/ night of pure fun and generation of good memories. Camp chairs and hubbly allowed. There will be a free shuttle from the lower campus jammie stop. Tickets are sold via webtickets.co.za Where: Canvas Event Space in Cape Town.
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Enlightening documentaries to watch
fter binging on Netflix, or whatever your illegal go-to website is, you always seem to crave something else to watch. The good news is: you don’t always have to feel bad for binge watching things online, especially when they are enlightening or educational documentaries. Here is a list of great documentaries to watch on YouTube.
The Congo Dandies: Living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars.
If you have witnessed the ‘Izikhothane culture’ in South Africa, this documentary will come as no surprise. These Congolese men will literally spend all of their household savings for some fancy shoes and dandy clothes. The dandies are celebrities in their communities. The visual contrast is amazing though. Image from vertigo.com
The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s womxn only village.
As a womxn, you have probably thought about what a world without men would be like. Well, a community of village womxn in rural Kenya one day chose to pack their bags and create a world with no men. They created their own community run by just womxn, and no men are allowed, except for one or two feminist men, usually as lovers.
Why womxn of colour are trying to get out of the United States.
With womxn of colour constantly having to fight many unjust socio-political issues in the USA, some black womxn from the US have chosen to leave altogether. Vice News documents the cries of a group of women who have founded a small community retreat of sorts, where they feel free enough to be unapologetically black.
Braids and Appropriation in America - ELLE. In a world of Kim Kardashian-West, Katy Perry and others, the term ‘cultural appropriation’ is confusing some groups of people. ELLE explores the culture behind braids and their significance. Appropriation is broken down to small and easily digestible pieces.
Ireland’s forgotten mixed-race child abuse victims.
This is an emotional one, you might need to get your tissues out. As most of us know, black people have been pushed to the bottom of the evolution pyramid for generations. In the 1950’s, Ireland witnessed a growing population of mixed-race children. These children were sent to what was named convents, but they were really industrial schools. Image from youtube.com
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Cancel Culture: Your Fave Could Never, writes Raeesa Triegaardt
n an age of heightened social awareness and an increasing demand for accountability, ‘cancel culture’ has quickly taken over the internet. If a celebrity does or says something problematic, this means they can essentially be ‘cancelled’. Here’s a list of problematic celebs who should be cancelled but are still going strong.
Having been described as a philanthropist and supporter of youth empowerment, the 40-year-old Kwaito “superstar” has also been accused of domestic abuse against his ex-wife, Sibongile Nkabinde.
After multiple arrests and accusations of violent behaviour, I could not have been the only one who was disappointed to see the guy as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. That means that not only is Pirates of the Caribbean eternally ruined in my eyes, but so is the Wizarding World.
With a decades worth of abuse allegations, R Kelly is still being let off the hook by sexist apologists and Ignition enthusiasts alike. Sure, some of his songs are catchy and you probably know all the words to it, but what is worth continually supporting a man who
has been charged for child pornography, multiple abuse allegations and allegations of a sex cult against him?
A few years ago, Ngesi accused a group of coloured parents, protesting against a purportedly corrupt school principal, of being racist. He also then labelled the coloured parents as “thugs”, further accusing them of keeping the Apartheid spirit alive. Ngesi not only made these deeply problematic and hurtful actions, but he never expressed apologies or regret for his statements.
Having recently been called out for supposedly supporting #TimesUp, yet simultaneously defending rape accusations against a colleague, Dunham, the picture of white feminism, is no stranger to controversy. From a history of racist and other questionable tweets, to minimal POC representation on Girls, it is disheartening to see someone like Dunham continue to receive support from big industry names. The list of people that should be cancelled and forgotten is long, from Siv Ngesi to Kanye West and even Louis CK. Whether you choose to cancel them or not, it all depends on your ethics and politics.
Burn-out, and how it can affect you Babalwa Nomtshongwana
ife never stops. If it’s not notifications on your Instagram account, then it’s VULA notifications on grades being released. There’s always a party to attend, a test to study for, an essay to write or a practical to do. And when its all said and done, we are left a little worse for wear. Rinse and repeat this cycle and what you’ll eventually end up with is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion, dread, and in some cases, anxiety or the beginning stages of depression.
Burn-out is not just a physical condition In the university environment, especially one as unforgiving as UCT, the constant pressure to achieve the highest marks, the overwhelming amount of work and the social pressures that prove to be a hindrance can result in students feeling stressed, and no longer motivated to do the best they can. This is one of the first and most important signs that you are heading towards burn-out. Burn-out is not just a physical
Cruelty Free Make-Up brands you should try out
ver the past few years, the popularity for ethical consumption has increased. In other words, consumers are checking if the products of a company adhere to their personal ethical code. In the beauty community, this could be seen in the high demand for cruelty-free products. According to PETA, cruelty-free makeup refers to any product that does not conduct any “animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.” While purchasing cruelty-free products is beneficial for animals, it is also beneficial for the environment and your skin. Companies that test on animals produce an enormous amount of pollution through their use of harmful chemicals. At the same time, these companies also mass breed animals in order to supply their demand. As a result, this contributes to increased levels of air pollution as well as water wastage. On the other hand, non-
cruelty free products often use chemicals which are harsh on the skin. According to Gentle World, an organisation dedicated to veganism, cruelty-free makeup can improve the health of your skin as the natural ingredients are rich in beneficial properties that can help heal and soothe. Recently, I have decided to slowly get rid of noncruelty free makeup in my collection. After months of testing out cruelty-free makeup, here are some of my favorite brands that you can find in the country. Swiitch Beauty Swiitch Beauty is a local makeup brand started by Rabia Ghoor in 2014. The products are rich in pigment and have a buttery texture. The unicorn sauce pallet is my go to pallet for creating any creative eye look!
condition, it effects an individual on an emotional level as well. There are many different warning signs your body can give you that include, but are not limited to, physical symptoms like chest pains, dizziness, heart palpitations, fatigue, as well as other signs such as a loss of appetite, insomnia, forgetfulness, depression, and anxiety. You might also notice that you no longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy, as well as find yourself being more isolated from the people around you. This could result in you feeling like you are detached from life around you. All of these are signs you should look out for, and if they do present themselves, pay attention to them. Being burnt out is not the end of the world, or even your semester. And while it may feel as though all hope is lost, you can get assistance from Student Wellness Services if you think you, or any other person you know, is burnt-out. Your mental health should always take priority as it affects every other sphere of our lives.
Sorbet Sorbet is my favourite for skin care. While their prices might be quite steep for students, their products have lasted me months- giving me enough time to save up in-between. Nevertheless, this local beauty brand has dipped its toes in the makeup industry and is priding itself on creating a diverse shade range. Other, and more affordable, brands include Essence, Wet n Wild, L. A Girl, NYX and Ardell lashes.
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Profile Piece: Mziyanda “Lohaanda” Malgas
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Nwabisa Mazana Mziyanda aka Lohaanda, is a second year UCT student. He is also a model, creative and content creator, born in Cape Town and raised in Joburg for a few years before returning to Cape Town. After recently featured in New York Times, I caught up with the creative to learn more about him. One glance at your IG page and one can see your love for creating content that is visually and aesthetically appealing, would you say you love creating content? Definitely. I think that coming from a multicultural background when I was growing up exposed me to different cultures and visuals. I am a very visual person and I love a good combination of colours coming together and creating a great final product. My Instagram is a sort of visual diary for me and creating content for it brings me joy.
“Creativity is an everyday part of what I do, but to me being a creative means that with the platform I have - whatever size it is, I get to try and make a change for the better in this society we live in” You are also a model, where do you think your passion for modelling comes from? My aunt recently sent me film photos that she took of me at the Joburg Zoo when I was 5-yearsold, and I couldn’t help but laugh and stare at 5-year-old Mziyanda in awe, because I was just so comfortable and natural in front of the camera. But I
didn’t start modeling until last year, this is because I always felt too self-conscious before and I also never saw representation of Black femme queers. I never thought that I would be what any ad agency wanted. That’s why I find that true representation is so important. People often describe the past few years as the “Rise of the Creative” what does being a creative mean to you? Creativity is an everyday part of what I do, but to me being a creative means that with the platform I have - whatever size it is, I get to try and make a change for the better in this society we live in. Everyone’s creativeness is different but looking at the ‘rise of the creatives’ that has happened over the past couple of years makes me so happy. It’s all so youth-orientated, and we are creating and paving our own paths whilst creating a history in South Africa that does not involve hate, discrimination and ostracization, but rather a sense of community and opportunities for others like us. Name three creatives who inspire you. Fela Gucci and Desire Marea (FAKA), the youth -seeing young people doing amazing creative things inspires me so much and the amazing stylist Ib Kamara.
What does the future look like for Mziyanda? The future for Mziyanda involves: more sleep, better time management, getting to work with many more great figures I admire, trying to create more spaces which are queer and Black friendly. Getting this degree (2020) and just surrounding myself with people who inspire me to better myself. If London sneaks itself into my future, then I would be the happiest person ever.
“My Instagram is a sort of visual diary for me and creating content for it brings me joy” Words you live by? “People try to put us down by saying “She’s doing the most”; or “he’s way too much” But, like, why would we want to do the least?” – Janet Mock. Look out for Mziyanda in your nearest shopping mall billboards and the ASOS campaign coming soon. You can also follow him on IG (queenlohaanda).
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Donâ€™t just stick it. Bostik it.
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LIFESTYLE & FITNESS
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Franschoek Wine Tram If you love spending your own hardearned cash, or your parents’ cash, then you can indulge yourself in some wine tasting on a wine tram with 6 stops. You can meet new people on the trip and soak in some of the beautiful sights in Franschoek.
re you single not desperate to mingle? If being single was a degree, would you graduate cum laude? Well, it doesn’t matter whether you are doing something wrong or you are just really good at being single, this article will help ﬁnd things to do and thrive in your singlehood.
Give up your time and offer an extra helping hand wherever it’s need Dining alone?
Why not? It is the ultimate sign of conﬁdence that you enjoy spending time with yourself. You don’t care what people think, you are una�ected by your surroundings because you are having too much fun enjoying your own company. You could even learn how to cook for yourself. Hone your cooking skills and meet other foodies. Besides, future bae will be impressed with your own homemade crème brulèe and you will both reap the tasty beneﬁts.
If being single was a degree, would you graduate cum laude? Volunteer
Join a community project, a society or an organization. Shift your focus away from yourself and onto others. Give up your time and o�er an extra helping hand wherever it is needed, whilst meeting like-minded people with a shared passion for helping others.
You can relax with a good book at the co�ee shop or even attend a book launch, yes they still happen in Cape Town, and discuss and critique with fellow enthusiasts. This is the most important time of your life. Only you are responsible for yourself. You never need to worry whether Kiki truly loves you or if she will leave your side. This is the time for you to become the best you, you can be. So make the most of it.
Kicking the stress
he game is tight, you set out with a plan at the beginning of the semester to crush the course. However, your adversary course is a worthy one and has decided to crush you instead.
the banter. There are even some kids who go play squash, tennis or Frisbee, for competing, if that tickles your fancy.
The stress levels are building up and its starting to get harder and harder to deal with it. Your normal coping mechanisms, maybe watching Real housewives or critiquing Messi’s’ play over the weekend, are no longer working, well fret no more, here are some ideas to help squash the anxiety:
Yoga is said to lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate and teach you to control your breathing.
Learn to relax in ways that you enjoy. Nowadays, gyms have daily Yoga sessions. Yoga is one of the best ways to release stress.
Stress is natural and is a normal by-product of hard work. The only way to get through it is to get a grip of it before it consumes you.
Learn to relax in ways that you enjoy. Nowadays, gyms have daily Yoga sessions. Yoga is one of the best ways to release stress. Yoga is said to lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate and teach you to control your breathing. If lowering your heart rate is too boring for you, you can go for the complete opposite direction.
Stress is natural and is a normal by-product of hard work. Those whom go for runs will tell you that whilst you’re running, all stresses leave your body, the only question in your mind is why am I doing this? Why am I punishing my body, why am I making myself sweat? With all that in your mind you tend to not have the energy to think about deadlines. You could also try your hand at social sports. UCT has a community of students who just go and play “boozers” sports. On a Friday afternoon after lunch you could ﬁnd people with a soccer ball on one of the ﬁelds, join them, share in
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Insourcing in catering units leaves much to be desired From Shackville to NOT reconciliation
t’s week 4 of the football season and already we have been treated to amazing goals, drama, controversy, VAR decisions and some outstanding footy. There have been big winners, big losers and some shocking results.
Here is a summary of how the top teams in Europe have fared at the start of the 2018/2019 season:
Liverpool (10/10)– The Reds are moving steadily ahead. They have not yet conceded a goal this season and have maintained their winning start with a win against Brighton. Chelsea (9/10)– Chelsea has joined the list this week as they have asserted themselves early this season. They can take advantage of having Premier league as their main focus. Manchester City (8/10)– Without their playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, City have picked up right where they left o� from the preseason. Even after frustrating draw against Wolves, you wouldn’t bet against them.
Chelsea has joined the list this week as they have asserted themselves early this season.
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Manchester United (5/10)– Jose Mourinho has not yet managed to get the best out of his players and it would be very surprising if they manage to get all the 3 points against Tottenham on Monday. Arsenal (6/10)– Arsenal have had a slow start to the season after losing to two of England’s top teams, Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. However, they got their ﬁrst win against West ham United and they have the potential to improve with easier ﬁxtures on the way. “They can take advantage of having Premier league as their main focus.”
Barcelona (8/10)– Barca have the beneﬁt of utilising Messi’s sublime skills and boasts a stellar supporting cast. The team is expected to get better when other players such as Suarez can regain their form. Real Madrid (9/10)– Gareth Bale has taken the helm after Ronaldo’s departure. The Los Blancos has already settled into the season and remain a threat for the title. “Even after frustrating draw against Wolves, you wouldn’t bet against them.”
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Serie A Juventus (9/10)– Juventus have already taken an early lead with a convincing win over Lazio. Ronaldo had a couple decent performances but is yet to score. Ligue 1 PSG (10/10)– As expected PSG has hit the ground running. Mbappe and Neymar have led the team with their mouth-watering style of play and do not seem to be losing a game any time soon. The top teams are already clawing their way to the top of the league tables. The season is still in its early stages, so expect many more twists and turns to come. The month of September promises to be bring even more excitement and fresh challenges ahead. Image from dailystar.com
Proﬁle Piece: Mziyanda Lohaanda Malgas
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