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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.

Tsepo Ngwenyama

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).

Laurie Scarborough

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.

Stefanie Busch

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.

Krysia Gaweda

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.

Aisha Abdool Karim & Hannah Gauss

On March 19th South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane explained that procedures were followed correctly after the expulsion of Rwandan diplomats. Nkoana-Mashabane told Mail&Guaridan “We are guided by internal and also by international laws that govern such relations. We follow the same rules in the relation between South Africa and Rwanda”.

Kevin Elliott

Platinum strikes enter 12th week

SOUTH AFRICA – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) enters the 12th week of strikes at platinum producers Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum. Workers are demanding a minimum wage of R12 500 but platinum producers say they cannot agree to this amount and are offering increases of between seven and nine percent.

– DAILY MAVERICK

 

New South Wales ordered to recognise third gender

John Mains-Sheard

On March 29th and 30th, 2014, Genshiken UCT hosted the 2nd annual UCON (University Conference), at the UCT Sports Centre on Upper Campus. The event is currently Cape Town’s only anime and gaming convention.

Aisha Abdool Karim

After Crimea’s referendum on March 16th where the majority of the population voted to join Russia there has been rise in the tension between the West and Russia. The number of uprisings within Ukraine has increased since the invasion of Crimea by Russian troops as demonstrators continue to call for similar action to be taken within their regions.

Hannah Gauss

UCT’s Christian Student Y organisation invited the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) and the South African Student Congress Organisation (SASCO) on Tuesday, March 25th to a dialogue on upper campus around the questions: why are students apathetic and why should they vote?

Bryan Smith

The morning of March 25th saw the UCT community engage in the campus Shavathon - an annual event designed to raise funds for the Cancer Association - a joint initiative of Kopano Residence Outreach and the Commerce Students Council (CSC).

Thomas Holmes

Yesterday Burger King announced the upcoming opening of a new franchise in the Leslie Social Studies building on Upper Campus at UCT. The restaurant, offering both a sit-down area as well as take-away, is set to open on the Mezzanine level opposite Café Quencha, on September 1st, 2014.

The American burger joint entered the South African market in May 2013. The new restaurant will be the company’s 12th branch in South Africa. Previously, the closest Burger King to UCT has been situated at Cavendish Square.

Clare Garrard

On Monday, March 24th, a campaign was held on Jammie Plaza on UCT Upper Campus, with a parallel event at the Medical School, from noon to 2pm in order to create TB (tuberculosis) awareness on the date that marks World TB Day.

Richard McLean

Every year, the UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum (PSF) and the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) set up their respective stalls on plaza for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

Alexa Strus

On Friday, March 14th, Associate Professor H. Sami Alim, from Stanford University in California, and co-author Geneva Smitherman, presented their book Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language and Race in the U.S. at the CAS (Centre for African Studies) Gallery in the Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building. The seminar was a joint endeavour hosted by the CAS, Linguistics and CALDi (Centre for African Language Diversity) departments. It is the first in a series of talks hosted by the departments in order to create a continuous dialogue about linguistics on campus.

Stefanie Busch

Oscar Pistorius’ trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has progressed into its fourth week.

Chantal Bacchus

Muslim exodus from the Central African Republic leaves the disabled, aged and sick abandoned while relatives seize the opportunity to escape the “ethnic leansing”. On March 15th, there were 270 Muslims in the city of Bossemptele, two days later only 80 remain – “Almost all women, children and people with disabilities,” according to Peter Bouckaert’s article The Central African Republic has become a nightmare for Muslims published in The Washington Post.

Tasneem Amra

On Saturday, March 15th, executives of Hanson’s South African Street Team hosted a Take The Walk event at the University of Cape Town’s The Student Y on Middle Campus, where participants walked a mile to show their support for a particular campaign. Saturday’s event was in aid of Blood: Water Mission, an organisation that drills water wells for communities in need of clean drinking water.

Clare Garrard

Missing Flight MH-370 update

On March 15th, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stated that there was evidence that the aeroplane’s data communication systems and transponder had been deliberately turned off by someone on-board the aircraft. The last contact between the aircraft and satellites occurred on March 8th. No distress call, ELT or any other form of signal has been received from the aircraft.

-Aviation Herald

 

Nkandla report

Kristin Bredenkamp

On Saturday, March 8th, citizens from across Cape Town joined together to form a synergy of well-mannered and fashionable individuals at the Prestwich memorial. The objective: to parade the streets wearing the bare minimum, whilst cycling to promote renewable energy and green awareness.

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