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On Friday, March 28th, Lower Campus residence, Leo Marquard Hall, hosted its very first monthly Imbizo, an open forum on black consciousness and on what it means to be a modern-day African.

On March 28th the community-based organization, Basic Education for All (BEFA), and the civil rights movement, Section27 - representing 18 schools in Limpopo - filed a founding Affidavit at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria against the Limpopo department of Education (LDoE) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

An online campaign targeting discrimination at UCT was launched onto social media sites Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook on April 2nd by Jessica Breakey and Paballo Chauke. The campaign, called #itooamuct, was inspired by an initiative run at Harvard University called #itooamharvard and was also picked up by students attending the University of Oxford with #itooamoxford.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, InkuluFreeHeid (IFH) hosted “The Big Youth Debate” at UCT. Various issues pertinent to the youth of South Africa were posed to the panellists and the audience.

On Friday March 28th, a group of protesters stood outside Parliament building to join hands in a peaceful picket protest demanding that the South African government speaks up against the anti-gay Bill in Uganda.

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While viral videos and pictures have the ability to circulate around the world at a rate of knots, people that start these crazes need to ensure that each campaign is tied to tangible and physical outcomes and offer people a way to move the campaign from their computers into the real world.

The rage of the underbelly has erupted and is symptomatic of a flawed system the world over – within this context South Africa is not unique. We cannot pretend that democracy favours the underdog, it doesn’t.

Having had four very successful elections which have been lauded for their freeness, fairness and professional manner in which they have been run, it is clear that these processes are vital to how we as a country perceive the strength of our democracy. But with the recent irregularities involving Pansy Tlakula, can the IEC be trusted?

For a country that has supposedly reformed to a democratic society since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, there have been excessive measures taking place to maintain a hold on military power. Has Egypt come full circle back to the days and atrocities of Mubarak’s regime?

Many Kenyan females were outraged on March 20th when the Polygamy Bill was passed. The way the law sees women shapes the minds of how men see women. In Kenya, the law has objectified women as voiceless trophies that can be collected by men.

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Sweet potatoes are readily available, affordable vegetables that deserve a spot on your dinner table.

Dandelion root coffee has been hailed as a miracle cure for anything from liver disease to cancer. While there is almost no medical proof, hundreds of herbalists swear by it and are sharing their recipes on the internet. I put the recipes to the test to see if this plant could indeed curb my coffee cravings.

Dandelion coffee has only recently gained popularity, but people have been making it since the 1850s, both for health reasons and as a cheap coffee substitute.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread

Then whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed.

I had reached the summit. Having climbed to the topmost point of Lion’s Head, I couldn’t go any higher. There were others around me, and our timing was just right. The sun was setting, and I watched as everyone else set up their cameras to capture the moment. They had all types of equipment, from smartphones and regular point-and-shoots to advanced tripods and lenses as long as telescopes. Mine was a GoPro, but what really set me apart was that my camera was mounted to a quadcopter.

This month, Thando Mgqolozana, author of A Man Who Is Not A Man (2009) and Hear Me Alone (2011), will debut his third novel Unimportance. I wanted to find out a little more about the author, what goes on in his mind, and what motivates him. 

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Thanks to my family, I’ve been through it all.

The world of e-gaming will be unfamiliar to most people, but the field is a highly competitive and highly lucrative activity that many make a career out of.

Stefano Domenicalli, Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, has finally caved in to the pressure and resigned. Whether his resignation was forced upon him is a separate matter but in a knee jerk reaction Ferrari’s President, Luca di Montezemolo, has appointed Marco Mattiacci, who is relatively inexperienced in motor racing, as the man to replace Stefano. So why has Luca taken such drastic steps?

There is a well-quoted figure of 10 000 steps as the magic number of steps that a person should walk everyday in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get enough exercise. So how easily do we fulfill this in our average comings and goings on campus?

Don’t mess with a winning formula. It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this.