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Hangula Lukas

Professor Sakhela Buhlungu, the Dean of the UCT Humanities faculty, delivered this year’s Annual Marikana Memorial lecture on Wednesday, August 20th, in the Centre for African Studies Gallery. This initiative was started by the UCT Marikana Forum in order to create awareness amongst students regarding the full implications of the “Marikana Massacre”.

Robyn Ausmeier

The UCT Jammie Shuttle Service will be changing its routes as of Monday, September 8th, with the introduction of a pilot project. This project is intended to cut costs and ensure that the shuttle system will be sustainable for future usage. The new system will undergo a testing period until Tuesday, September 30th.

Mahlatse Phasha

The Department of Philosophy hosted the UCT Social Equality Conference in the Humanities Graduate building over the weekend of August 15th to 17th. On the Friday, Dean of Humanities UCT Professor Sakhela Buhlungu, briefly introduced the event, stating that inequality is evident in Cape Town and that UCT is in itself part of the issue due to concerns relating to our admissions policy.

Fanie van Zijl

UN organise aid to displaced Iraqis
Iraq – The United Nations Refugees Agency is planning an aid operation to assist over half a million people who have been displaced by conflict in northern Iraq. They will send supplies to the displaced by air, road and sea. It is understood that Iraqi forces have recaptured the Mosul Dam, near where the majority have been displaced, from the Islamic State militants.
– BBC

Mosa Arcilia Makapa

Three Liberian health workers are receiving an experimental drug, ZMapp, as treatment for Ebola. On Thursday, August 14th, the limited supply of ZMapp drug doses was sent to Liberia, in West Africa, where the number of Ebola deaths was higher than any other African region. The three Africans who received the drug were showing “remarkable” progress, according to a statement by Liberian medical professionals on Tuesday, August 19th.

Tasneem Amra

On Wednesday, August 13th, a private Cessna 560XL jet carrying the Brazilian socialist party candidate, Eduardo Campos, crashed into a residential area in Santos, south of Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing him and the six other crew and passengers on board. The jet was flying from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to the city of Guaruja, near Santos. Officials have blamed the crash on bad weather, but a federal investigation remains underway.

Tayla-Paige van Sittert

The UCT History and Current Affairs Society in collaboration with the SRC hosted their second Civic Week, with events running from Monday, August 11th to Thursday, August 14th. This year the focus was on Civic engagement after voting. Civic week is important for people to become more socially aware and better equipped to affect a positive social impact in the community.

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Katy Scott

The final verdict date for Pistorius has been set for September 11th, but this is not an article about the murder trial.

Jena Ascough

On July 28th, Fox News released an article pressing for a new definition of “famine”. Their motivation behind this was that, with the current definition, by the time the famine is declared, it is too late for outside forces to assist in its alleviation.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Wednesday, August 6th, 11 police officers were killed as a result of two attacks in southern Afghanistan by Afghanistan police who were working with the Taliban. These attacks followed the assassination of an American general by an Afghan soldier on Tuesday, August 5th.

Sandile Tshabalala

Archbishop Emeritus and social rights activist Desmond Tutu was invited by the Department of Religious Studies to present at a seminar on Religion, Ethics and Human Rights on August 5th, 2014.

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Lauren Vorster

Campus Protection Services (CPS) has again appealed to students to look after their belongings while on campus. Last month, Loride Kamped, a 31-year-old woman, was caught after stealing a backpack from iKhaya Day House, following identification by committee members.

Robyn Ausmeier

Strike action among members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) came to an end on Monday, July 28th, after a month of continued tension and disruptions in the metal and engineering sector.

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Claudia Emanuel and Sky Orion

"Free Palestine" Protest pictures by Claudia Emanuel and Sky Orion.

Aisha Abdool Karim

Given the rapid escalation of violence and the rising death toll in Gaza, in Palestine and Israel, the United Nations called for a ceasefire on Monday July 21st. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, went to Israel and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, travelled to Cairo, Egypt in an attempt to lead international efforts to secure a ceasefire. Hamas ally Qatar was also working in the background to seek a solution to the conflict.

Aisha Abdool Karim

Jessica Breakey, Transformation Co-ordinator on the SRC, has been the key driving force behind the creation of a new gender-neutral bathroom at UCT. The bathroom is not yet open as it is undergoing some renovations, but it should be fully operational within the next two weeks. It will be located on the bottom level of the Leslie Social Sciences Building.

Clare Garrard

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