News

The 2015 UCT SRC assumed office on Saturday November 1st and their first matter of business was accepting the resignation of two of their DASO members, William Cahill and Jessica Pollock. On October 24th, Cahill tendered his resignation followed by Pollock on October 31st; both cited academic and personal reasons for their resignation.

On Thursday October 23rd Nnete Mojaesi Malebo, a Commercial Science student at UCT, was found dead in her room in Clarinus residence. The cause of death is still unknown, although students in Clarinus have been informed of her passing.

Rainbow UCT held events from September 29th to October 3rd in order to celebrate Pink Week. These events included a talk, a movie night, a something. Pink Week was re-launched this year as Rainbow Week in order to be more inclusive to the LGBTQIA community.

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.

Opinions

In a country where many underprivileged African women are oppressed by mechanisms like racism and poverty, whilst living in a society dominated by patriarchy, it is easy for them to become despondent when looking at future prospects.

In South Africa we have extraordinary female leaders who inspire hope in the hearts and minds of young African women. One such leader is Fatima Chohan, the two-term Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Bending our budgets for branded merchandise.

After years of trying to get the spy tapes that got President Jacob Zuma acquitted of at least 783 charges, and despite heavy resistance, the Democratic Alliance finally has access. Now, it turns out, some of the transcripts have been leaked. There was reportedly factionalism threatening to tear the party apart at the time. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Should children be handling firearms?

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

Features

Exams are a stressful, high pressure time for all of us as students. The Art of Living UCT Students Society specializes in dealing with stress and negative emotions. Here are our Top 10 tips for dealing with stress and improving concentration.

It’s that time of the year again, where “spending time with #bae” (that being your girl/boyfriend) is converted to “spending time with #bbae” (which simply means Books Before Anyone Else). However, in as much as the baes may be abandoned for books, we all unite for one thing: PROCRASTINATION.

Here are six ways we can all unite through positive procrastination during exams:

The perfect escape from city life

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

We say goodbye to the VARSITY Collective of 2014

Sports

This year has been an extremely successful year for the UCT Canoe Club both in terms of results and participation. The Club has grown exponentially, with a large number of novices joining at the beginning of the year. Many of these novices went onto become A-grade paddlers and compete in the Fish River Canoe Marathon - a 2 day race in the Eastern Cape over 82km – which doubles as the USSA Intervarsity race.

This year was a pivotal year for UCT Tennis Club. With a new coach Stephan De Kock on board, the team had a clear shift towards a more professional approach to tennis.

The UCT Chess Club had an extremely successful year. Here are some of our highlights.

Ample Sport Team championship

This is arguably the toughest chess league championship in the country. This year UCT entered with three teams and held their own with the B team finishing second in the B division.

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Forest Hill Residence received the award for the Sports Initiative of the year at the Residences Leadership Awards in 2014. Here is what we achieved this year:

UCT Table Tennis has had a fantastic year of revival and rebuilding. Starting off from the beginning of the year, we were able to get 50 members signed up. We kicked the year off with a pizza party, where all our new members could get to know one another and test each other’s skills on the board.

The club caters for all players, from the social beginners to players wanting to represent UCT at a competitive level.