5 short news bites on international, national and health news.

On Thursday, April 9th, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from UCT’s upper campus. The removal coincided with the same date a month ago that UCT student, Chumani Maxwele, protested at the statue holding a board that read “Exhibit White Arrogance @ UCT”.

The demonstration went on to gain momentum with an open dialogue taking place on Jammie Plaza on March 12th, an Open Assembly on March 25th and various other dialogues initiated both on and off campus. The formation of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement was sparked by these events and on March 20th, a march was led by UCT students, workers and academic staff to Bremner Building – which the students have unofficially renamed Azania House.

This year a student sold a comprehensive study guide to a large group of students in the Humanities Introduction to Politics course (POL1004F), outside Beattie Lecture Theatre, for R80. The guide contained summarised notes, essay questions and answers and exam preparation essays, all of which had been compiled by the aforementioned student who had taken the course the previous year.

UCT has commenced with a program to award and recognise students for the extra-curricular activities they are involved in during the university year. The Enhanced Curriculum Award, which is co-ordinated by Careers Services, will be given to a select group of individuals who meet the requirements and have shown a particular commitment to further learning and skills development. The program is currently in a pilot phase and the process will be assessed at the end of the year to decide how to develop and improve the award for the future.

A recap of the international news you may have missed over the past few weeks.


"I have been considered 'the enemy'"

Our intrepid Opinions Editor examines the heart of student protest at UCT

"The term 'coconut' bears with it feelings of alienation,..."

"President's blatant disregard for the independent institution"

How we all lost our grip on a world we should have been watching


Yes, it’s a thing now.

All the essentials you need to survive the daily UCT struggles.

As the assignments fly in and we have to start neglecting our social lives to get our work done, we find ourselves longing for the days when we had far fewer responsibilities: the days when naps were compulsory, and the days when our parents would give us dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for dinner. This whole “young adult” thing has been fun, but I think it’s high time to forego the hangovers and go back to being a child – here’s why. 


Empowering girls and breaking stereotypes

Bands born from the South African College of Music.


At the start of the year I set myself a goal of running a half-marathon. To the regular runner, this is not big deal. To a first time participant in a half-marathon, it is natural to be a bit anxious. So, how do you prepare for something you have never done?

The morning of Two Oceans started off like most races. Wake up a few minutes before two obnoxious alarms go off (pity the fool who relies on just one). Fumble around in the pre-dawn darkness for the light switch and put on your blue UCT Athletics Club (UCTAC) race kit.

If you’ve got the running shoes, the really cool running gear and you’re always keen to hit the road then you have been bitten by the running bug- love the bite! I’ve been bitten and can’t get enough of it. I have learnt a great deal on and off the road, from experienced runners and from novices. These are a few of the things that I think all runners need to know:

Imagine the scene: a wet, muddy field, the rain slamming into the ground, a group of adolescent young men roaring loudly as a small ball is tossed here and there. It’s a typical schools rugby derby game. The adrenaline is pumping furiously and I’m keeping up with the game, barely. By the end of the first half, I make the horrible realisation that I am extremely unfit.

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Varsity Newspaper and the second edition of my bi-weekly column. It has been a very mixed few weeks for UCT sport, with the successful hosting of the Absa Cape Epic and the Two Oceans Marathon but the disappointment of losing the Varsity Cup Semi-Finals.