Senior Editorial

Sandisiwe (Yogi) Shoba

A few years ago, if someone had told me that a rehab centre exists for phone addicts I would’ve raucously laughed in their face. Unfortunately, in 2016, some realities aren’t worth chuckling about. It seems our excessive need to Tweet, whatsapp and face-swap is linked to deeper problems buried within us. 

According to a study conducted at Baylor University in Washington DC, female college students spend, on average, ten hours per day on their cellular devices which is apparently more time than they claim to spend with their friends. 

Aisha Abdool Karim

It’s not always easy separating the facts from your emotions. Some people tend to get very emotionally invested and it’s difficult for them to view the facts as they are. I, on the other hand, seem to have the opposite problem. My default setting is to look at the facts and analyse information.

Perhaps it’s due to my background in news, and focusing intently on ensuring that my articles are objective and unbiased. Or, maybe I just find it easier to write without getting emotional. That’s one of the reasons I struggle with columns – they force me to actually think about how I feel, as opposed to just thinking about facts.

Sandisiwe (Yogi) Shoba

Parents aren’t perfect but they certainly try their best. For some parents, their best is the reason we’re privileged enough to be at UCT.

Aisha Abdool Karim

I have been involved with Varsity since my first year at UCT. I have gone from being a writer all the way to holding my current position of Editor-in-Chief. During this time I have seen how each Collective brings something new to the newspaper and the different styles with which we approach the tasks ahead of us.

Sandisiwe (Yogi) Shoba

I hate jammies. Those rickety blue busses are the bane of my existence. Mind you, I’m grateful for the service they provide but I don’t appreciate the ‘jammie experience.’ For me, that experience usually includes: fighting every Tom, Dick and Sipho to get a spot on that rickety contraption; scowling at Sipho for getting the last available seat and worst of all being shoved between Tom and Dick’s honking 5pm armpits and wishing God had blessed me with at least one more inch in the height department. 

Aisha Abdool Karim

When the #RUReferenceList was first published last week Sunday, April 17th, it resulted in mass demonstrations at Rhodes University, which called into question the efficacy of the policies and structures in place to handle cases of sexual assault. While many students expressed support for survivors of sexual violence, there were still some reservations regarding the means used. I, myself, was very conflicted about making a list of alleged rapists publicly available.

Sandisiwe (Yogi) Shoba

As a teenager, I remember being warned about Sugar Daddies. It was such a hot topic that the KZN Department of Health launched a ‘Sugar Daddy’ Campaign to protect little girls like me from this urban villan. Across the province, giant billboards lining the highways read, ‘Beware, Sugar Daddies Destroy Lives!’ 

They were classified as creepy old men with flashy cars and wads of cash. The Sugar daddy preyed on young innocent girls, luring them in with gifts and pocket money. The danger of the Sugar daddy came when young girls got more than they bargained for: namely an unwanted pregnancy and an STD. 

Aisha Abdool Karim

When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to grow up. I wanted to be an independent adult out there in the world doing grown up things and having life all figured out. By now, and I’m sure most of you are on the same page as me with this, I’ve realised that adulthood is not all that it’s cracked up to be. It comes with a ton of responsibilities and you mostly just pretend to have everything together while you scramble to some semblance of order in your life.

Sandisiwe (Yogi) Shoba

Ayanda Mabulu has done it once again. The 35-year-old artist who painted the controversial Spear of the Nation artwork in 2012, depicting our president with his crown jewels on public display, has once again shown JZ in a less than favourable position. In his newest artwork, Zuma is portrayed in the cockpit of an aeroplane engaging in a sexual act with Atul Gupta, a member of the infamous Gupta family.

Aisha Abdool Karim

A lot has happened over the last few months while we have all been away from campus, but perhaps the biggest news is, in fact, related to the news. Reports of censorship within the SABC and a refusal to cover violent protest action by the network, as well as several SABC journalists being fired, highlight the power of media.

Sandisiwe 'Yogi' Shoba

As a teenager, I remember being warned about Sugar Daddies. It was such a hot topic that the KZN Department of Health launched a ‘Sugar Daddy’ Campaign to protect little girls like me from this urban villan. Across the province, giant billboards lining the highways read, ‘Beware, Sugar Daddies Destroy Lives!’ 

They were classified as creepy old men with flashy cars and wads of cash. The Sugar daddy preyed on young innocent girls, luring them in with gifts and pocket money. The danger of the Sugar daddy came when girls got more than they bargained for: namely an unwanted pregnancy and an STD. 

Sandisiwe (Yogi) Shoba

A recent article published in Destiny Man titled, ‘Why Black People Don’t Take Depression Seriously,’ addressed the criticism which South African rapper HHP received when he opened up about his battle with depression and several failed attempts at committing suicide. 

Some members of the public referred to the rapper as weak and mocked him extensively. Unfortunately, this is a common response to mental health issues in the black community. Depression has for a long time been referred to as a ‘white disease,’ despite the fact that close to one in six South Africans suffer from depression or anxiety.

Aisha Abdool Karim

Having a mental illness is difficult. Being ashamed or embarrassed because of your mental illness makes it even more difficult. The stigma attached to mental illnesses creates a barrier for people that are already dealing with complex issues, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.

People are often reluctant to share the fact that they have a mental illness, out of fear that it will not be taken seriously or will simply be brushed off as being dramatic. The stigma surrounding mental health issues creates a barrier and can further isolate people with mental illnesses.

Yogi Shoba

Greetings Freshers and welcome to UCT: The University of Consciousness and Truth! If you were previously unaware, I would like to inform you that your next few years here will be far from ordinary. This institution is changing from a conveyor belt for factory-made graduates into a “school of life” where ignorance will land you swiftly on the DPR list for Transformation1000W. So to help you avoid exclusion, I would like to serve as your tutor for this course of history.

Aisha Abdool Karim

Hello and welcome to the first-time readers, and to those of you who are just returning for more. While it is February and we are well into the New Year, I thought I’d share my New Year’s resolutions with you now. This is our first edition and I’m hoping to set the tone for Varsity Newspaper as it will be in 2016. While New Year’s resolutions tend to slip away as the year progresses, I hope that by sharing mine with you it will help ensure that we remain on track throughout the year.

Pausha Naidoo

VARSITY's 2015 Editor-in-Chief bids farewell to her team

Jena Ascough

Deputy Editor, Jena Ascough, reflects on her VARSITY journey and the amazing year 2015 has been.

Jena Ascough

Deputy Editor, Jena Ascough zones in on the rule of consent

Parusha Naidoo

We are governed by rules and regulations but how often do we question the intersection of gender in these rules? How often do we recognise that these codes of operation are targeted at women specifically? Here are a few ways that we have normalised the abuse of women.

Jena Ascough

"When I was younger I used to spend my days dressed up as Alice from Alice and Wonderland... Nowadays it’s a little different."

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