It's All Our Fault

Millions of children are starving, the glacier ice caps are melting, my latest Instagram photo didn’t get enough likes, how on Earth am I supposed to choose what to care about?

According to recent statements by the United Nations Human Rights Agency, the world faces the biggest humanitarian and human rights crisis since the end of the Second World War. This includes disheartening facts about the growing refugee crisis around the world, and just recently, UN figures stated nearly half of the Central African Republic population is in urgent need of aid.

Tokenism

Tokenism
Tina Ddamulira

When May I, When Must I, How Must I, Resist Oppression?

When May I, When Must I, How Must I, Resist Oppression?
Tanya Magaisa

2017 Housing Crisis

2017 Housing Crisis
Tamutswa Mahari

As the school term began, UCT administration appealed to homeowners in the Southern Suburbs to help ease the accommodation shortfall, with residences at 75% capacity by Sunday, 5 March 2017. The university appealed to property owners to make accommodation cheaper, with rooms in the region of R3000 - R4000 per month, as well as consider waiving their deposits.

#BringBackTheWorkers Petition

#BringBackTheWorkers Petition
Tamutswa Mahari

Following the widely-publicized #EndOutSourcing movement that started at the University of Cape Town last year, FeesMustFall Western Cape published a petition through Awethu Amandla on Thursday, 2 February , 2017. This petition called for the immediate reinstatement of the 150 and 180 retrenched workers from Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape respectively.

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation collaborates with Zimele Project

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation collaborates with Zimele Project
Tamutswa Mahari

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation, whose HIV Centre is based at UCT, is a non-profit organisation in partnership with the Western Cape Government.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Interrupted During UCT Lecture

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o interrupted during UCT Lecture
Tamutswa Mahari

“How do we have a lecture and form a consolidated voice, as the oppressed, in the presence of those who oppress us?” – Kolosa Ntombini
On Friday, 3 March, 2017 a lecture was held by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o at the Baxter Theatre to address staff and students on the topic of decolonisation. Sociology professor Xolela Mangcu says he, “invited Thiong’o as part of an initiative with funding from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.”

UCT Boycott of Israeli Istitutions

UCT Boycott of Israeli Institutions
Tamutswa Mahari

Tour de Plett 2017

TOUR de PLETT 2017
Jason Dunbar

The UCT Cycling Club recently embarked on its third edition of the much anticipated Tour de Plett from 13 to 18 of February. During the hottest month of the year, the 630km race was spread over five long days, spending over 24 hours along the country’s most beautiful roads.

Mind Sports South Africa

Mind Sports South Africa
Catherine Fulton

Taking competitive gaming to the next level

I’m sure you have all heard of the debate surrounding chess as a sport. Yes, chess doesn’t involve any of that physical exertion associated with sports like rugby or soccer, but it does exercise the mind. Chess isn’t the only mind sport out there; in fact, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is a whole world of competitive online gaming.

Water We to Do?

WATER WE TO DO?
Stephanie Wild

The current water crisis may be a distant anecdotal story, occasionally heard on the radio, that is lost in the whirlwind of varsity life, but if the taps run dry it will affect every single one of us.

The brief reprieve of last Tuesday’s rain may have been long awaited, but has not saved Cape Town. Mayor Patricia de Lille remains steadfast in her declaration of the city having “disaster” status.

Here are a few water-saving tips to keep the taps flowing:

Slayinguation 101

Slayinguation 101:
Lindokuhle Matina

Noun: To totally ‘kill’ a language and create your own, solely based on the frequent usage of catchy phrases used by young people in the process of reluctantly developing from a child into adult, basically all of us.

Origin: Derived from two mutually exclusive words; slay and language. I just added the ‘tion’ because… still waiting for my justification? Well that is why you need to read this my friend; when slayinguating you don’t have to justify yourself. I mean, for who? For what?

Jammie Steps? No Thank You

Jammie Steps? No Thank You
Mariam Nash

Intro to Res (RES1000F)

Intro to Res (RES1000F)
Kay-Lee Dramat

If you’re a fresher and new to the world of UCT residence, then take a breath, relax, and leave it up to this quick guide to get you clued up on all things RES.

Imizamo Yethu Now Need OUR Efforts

Imizamo Yethu Now Need OUR Efforts
Ntombi Khulu

Back From Vac

Back From Vac
By Annet George

Getting back into work mode after a long summer vacation is often challenging, especially if you’ve got those dreaded 8 a.m. lectures. Most people suffer from a vacation hangover for the first couple of days, and that is completely normal. It’s hard to switch gears from sleeping in and watching series all day to attending lectures and keeping on top of a massive workload. However, these helpful tips should ease your transition into the new academic year and get you up and running full speed in no time at all.

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