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The evening of May 12th saw a buzzing crowd attend the launch of a week-long exhibition in Molly Blackburn Hall in Upper Campus, featuring select pieces from UCT Pictorial, a street-portrait initiative launched by keen photographer and Commerce student, Nicholas Fitzhenry.

Postgraduates, professors and members of the engineering industry were invited to the first Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) Postgraduate Research Expo held in the New Engineering Building on Thursday, May 8th. The aims of the event were to recognise research work done by students, showcase this work to potential employers and industry players, and to facilitate interdepartmental interactions.

In June, Council (UCT’s governing body) will take a decision on whether the University will be using outsourcing or insourcing for the provision of services at UCT. As a part of this process, a decision will be taken concerning the catering services, which have come under a negative spotlight in recent months.

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Freedom of speech has been a contentious issue in South Africa for a long time. We have definitely made a substantial improvement from the oppressive censorship which typified the Apartheid regime but press freedom still faces various challenges in present-day South Africa.

If the bandwagon effect rejects evidence to counter it we, as citizens, can ask vital questions: what makes South Africa a worthwhile place to live? What makes it unique? Where do the positive attributes lie?

Here are the answers to a few FAQs I've encountered.I hope to do away with the image of an aunty with a dot on her forehead force feeding you samoosas.

Recent cultural ideas have prompted a new question among students and staff: should UCT adopt additional languages of instruction as per its diverse student body? There are always several sides to any argument and this debate is no different.

"It’s been four years since our last sultry encounter. I distinctly remember that Wednesday. It was April 22nd. I was 16. Now I’m 20. It’s May 7th. I have found my voice, but I am still hesitant to use it." Democracy and sex, two peas in a pod.

Features

All our best exam survival articles.

As part of WDC a couple of noteworthy tech start-ups have come into the spotlight from ecommerce and education to agriculture.

It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who got to 57% in our first year.

A day devoted to youth aged 16 to 24, accounting for more than 10 million of the South African population. Mock campaigns and national election period conducted by the learners.

"You remember... It had been weeks since paracetamol was in stock." - An urban medical student’s experience with rural health care in South Africa.

Sports

What if all Martial Arts sporting codes met for a scrumming session? Any guesses who the winner would be?

Jose Mourinho boisterously celebrated Willian's breakaway goal that sealed a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield. It was a major blow to Liverpool's hopes of winning a first League title since 1990.

The 2014 Intervarsity competition between perennial rivals UCT and Maties was hosted by University of Stellenbosch on May 9th and May 10th.

The University of Witwatersrand played host to the first Varsity Hockey three-day playoffs from May 3rd to May 5th, which saw eight leading university teams in a head-to-head battle for a spot in the second play-off....

Being a lifelong Manchester United fan I was devastated to hear of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, but relieved to hear that he had handpicked a successor in David Moyes.