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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.

Opinions

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.

Features

We’ve heard it all before – the constant preaching about climate change and the volatile state of our planet. At this point most of us are either painfully bored with the subject or are all revved up to be the next Al Gore. For some of us, however, it’s not a question of sympathy or apathy; it’s a question of how an individual can make a meaningful impact in the effort to preserve the environment.

Some get pierced for religion, others get pierced to conform or to rebel. My reasons? My recent trip to Wildfire Piercing helped me figure it out.

Sunshine Cinema takes sustainable innovation to the doorstep of rural South African communities. A mobile, solar powered cinema unit is used to screen short DIY clips aimed at empowering communities to overcome health, environmental and social issues. Participant engagement is encouraged as discussions and practical skill transfer workshops get underway after the screenings.

Why prioritising one food group over another isn’t the answer.

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. 

Sports

The International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup is currently underway in Bangladesh. The Group Stages are officially over and for many people the real cricket starts now with the semi-finals.

In an extraordinary show of talent, commitment, hard work and indomitable spirit, the UCT Rowing Club came home with the spoils of their dominating performance at USSA-R Sprints once again.

Within the surfing world, as in any aspect of life, the concept of giving back what you take from the ocean is an important principle.....

On Saturday, March 29th, the UCT Football Club hosted the inaugural Sevens Footy Festival on the Kopano AstroTurf....

On Monday the 7th of April,the Ikey Tigers’ last-gasp 39-33 win over the NWU-Pukke saw them crowned Varsity Cup champions for only the second time since the start of the tournament.