VARSITY Newspaper survey 2014

On Monday, October 13th 2014 UCT’s Department of Student Affairs (DSA) hosted the 12th annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. The event took place in Molly Blackburn Hall and featured distinguished guests, such as the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, and all four Deputy Vice-Chancellors of the university. Other attractions of the event included live performances by UCT’s Jazz Band and the UCT Choir.

On September 23rd, the ANC National Executive Committee officially boycotted the security company G4S, cancelling all of its existing contracts. This decision follows similar actions by institutions, organisations and companies in protest against the occupation of Palestine. This has placed additional pressure on UCT to review its existing contract with G4S.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) resumed lectures on Monday, September 29th, after violent strike action persisted on its campuses since Wednesday, September 10th. TUT’s Student Representative Council (SRC), alongside student body members, boycotted lectures and engaged in strike action against the lack of funding for financial aid students from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), racist lecturers, outsourcing of cleaning and transport services as well as a demand for a financial disclosure on the salaries of the University’s executive management.

The Fossil Free UCT Campaign held two events on campus during meridian on Tuesday, September 30th, and Wednesday, October 1st. The Campaign was officially launched on July 30th and proposed the possibility of divestment from fossil fuels at UCT and investment in renewable energy sources. The events served as an introduction to the proposal and aimed to make UCT aware of its investment in fossil fuels and the impact that this has on the environment.


Should children be handling firearms?

South Africa's controversial nuclear power deal with the Russian Federation.

Can nail polish save you from rape?

Unfamiliar words on a willing tongue.

Neurodivergency is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma is.


The perfect escape from city life

Aléz travels to Paris to review the the seventh instalment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

The architerture building brings all the boys to the yard

We say goodbye to the VARSITY Collective of 2014

Jackie unravels the myths about travelling on our very own continent.


On Friday the 17th of October the UCT Sports Awards 2014 were held at Kelvin Grove. The annual event highlights the successes of UCT Sports players and teams throughout the year and this year was no exception. Here are the winners of the awards:

In the past international sport was always regarded as the pinnacle of the sporting world, however in light of recent investment into sporting clubs and franchises, club sport is becoming more competitive, lucrative and popular among supporters.  Club sport, is at its most popular in America, where an event like the Super Bowl is the most watched sporting event of the year. But club sport is also popular across several sporting codes all over the world.

May 1st 1994, the last time Formula 1 witnessed a fatality on track. The death of arguably one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time sent shockwaves throughout the sport and the globe leaving that fateful Sunday with an eternal dark cloud over its head. 

Identifying yourself as gay or belonging to any of the parts that make up the LGBTIAQ community while playing sports will have different experiences depending on the type of sport that you play. For example, playing sports like football and rugby that are all about being masculine and macho, people already have plenty of stereotypes on how gay guys are supposed to act.

You know it is nearing the exam period when the UCT internal soccer league’s fixtures come to an end. Gone are the weekdays spent anxiously waiting for Sunday’s big game. Gone are the messages sent out on Whatsapp groups, Facebook, Vula and Res intercoms all in the attempt of assembling a squad for the weekend’s upcoming clash. Gone are the moments of anticipation as you await the referee’s whistle to signal kickoff.