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Mahlatse Phasha

From September 12th to September 14th, UCT’s United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA-UCT) hosted the annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference at UCT’s Kramer Lecture theatre, focusing on African issues and how they can be solved.

Robyn Ausmeier

On Wednesday, September 10th, President Barack Obama made a public address regarding the United States’ position on the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Lauren Vorster

Last month, Green Campus Initiative (GCI) presented “Living Trophies” to the residence staff to wrap up this year’s August Sustainability Month campaign. The event, hosted by GCI, took place at Avenue House in collaboration with Student Housing Services and was an opportunity to recognise and thank staff members for their involvement in the campaign.

Katy Scott

Nyanga and Philippi East Areas were ablaze on Monday, September 1st, when seven Golden Arrow buses were set alight, Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke confirmed. “Four buses were also very badly vandalised and 11 drivers assaulted by the assailants seeking to prevent buses from operating.”

Aisha Abdool Karim

The news - summed up.

Tasneem Amra

Johannesburg: On Monday, September 8th, four men were convicted for the attempted murder of General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a former Rwandan army chief under exile in South Africa. Each of the accused received an eight-year sentence.

VARSITY

Here are five of the most eye-catching pull quotes from Edition 10.

The video attracted international attention. 

The definition of virginity is a contradictory enigma. 

Something edgy and subversive, that isn't endorsed by the university. 

They would have to climb repeatedly until they had ascended 8848 vertical meters. 

I once listened to my peers spend 20 minutes of a class mocking a lecturer's accent.

 

VARSITY

The SRC candidates sent VARSITY their missions and visions for UCT.

Robyn Ausmeier

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) caused a major disturbance in Parliament on Thursday, August 21st when they demanded that President Jacob Zuma return the money used for the upgrade of his private estate.

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.

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.

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.

VARSITY

Edition 9 goes live tomorrow morning.

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.

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