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2 MEET THE TEAM
2 February 2013
Xand Venturas Editor-In-Chief
Sarisha Dhaya Deputy Editor
Megan Ellis Online Editor-In-Chief
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Brenda Sekgota News Editor
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From the Editor
As we slowly adjust to writing 2013 instead of 2012 in datelines, which always proves to be far more difficult than one would imagine, we as students and as citizens of South Africa must acknowledge the challenging year ahead for the field of journalism. Yes, Activate is just a student newspaper at the smallest university in the country, but that does not mean we cannot appreciate the danger that threatens our beloved right to free speech. Although the mass hysteria and panic about the Protection of State Information Bill has faded, it still casts a shadow over South African journalism that shouldn’t be ignored. Think: if the Bill passes, issues like R250 million upgrades to our President’s home and shady arms deals will remain unknown to us as citizens and journalists. And although Activate probably won’t be breaking any huge corruption scandals, the likelihood of them coming to light in any capacity is slowly fading. That should matter. Keep an eye on the Right2Know Campaign. Sanctimonious rant over. This edition of Activate features some great articles and info. One of the things closest to my heart is the sport section which features a great article highlighting all the great sporting events coming up this year (Page 15). We also have an infographic which explores the dangers of cybercrime, a subject that is incredibly pertinent an age when every second person is up to their ears in logins and passwords. Our Deputy Pics Editor also follows Xolisile, who has been a Rhodes groundsman for 30 years, and finds out what his days consist of. We have a couple of stories that are specifically written to make your Orientation Week as awesome an experience as it has been for every Rhodent before you.
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2 February 2013
News [in briefs]
By Brenda Sekgota, Sarisha Dhaya & Matthew Kynaston
Commotion erupts around Naftali Bennett, head of the Bayit Yehudi party after Israel took to the polls on the 22nd of January in Ramat Gan,near Tel Aviv. Pic: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Severe floods in Kruger National Park
Heavy rains that caused floods in the Kruger National Park have forced the temporary closure of bush camps and most roads in Nxanatseni. SANParks issued a statement saying that all bookings would be transferred to other camps close by. “We took the decision to close bush camps so that we do not compromise the safety of our guests,” said Abe Sibiya, Kruger National Parks Managing Executive. “On behalf of the management, we apologise to all guests for the inconvenience that might occur.” Severe flooding last year caused chaos in the park, but SANParks Media specialist Ike Phaahla’s office says the situation does not look as dire this year. Road and Maintenance teams are currently monitoring the situation to provide alternative routes. More roads will be closed if the rain continues. Motorists are urged not to use the roads that have explicit ‘No Entry’ signs and those which have been blocked by objects, and to drive with caution at all times.
The latest scourge of protests to hit Zamdela Township next to Sasolburg in the Freestate, saw protestors loot a liquor store to the approximate value of R2 million. Protesters were Fighting the proposed incorporation of several towns into the single Municipality, and turned violent when their pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears. Police used paint and pepper spray to disperse the crowds. Pic: REUTERS/Alon Skuy
Bacteria in EC floodwaters
Research conducted by pharmaceutical biochemistry scientists at Rhodes University found bacteria that causes cholera in floodwater and soil samples, here in the Eastern Cape. The tests were conducted in November last year, after residents in Port Alfred grew concerned about polluted floodwater. The initial tests found an E.coli count of more than 100,000 cells per 100ml in water samples from the flooded area covering 17.2ha.
JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII
The man behind Lost, Mission: Impossible 3 and the recent Star Trek film has been appointed to direct the new Star Wars movie, slated to come out in 2014. Two more are due to come out two or three years thereafter to complete the trilogy. Disney bought the franchise from Lucasilm for $4 billion last year. The move raised some eyebrows, as the most recent movies were not as popular as the first three and fans are hesitant to see it slip any further. George Lucas, creator of the franchise and director of four of the six films, will act as a creative consultant for the films. The first Star Wars movie was released in 1977 and sparked the era of blockbuster cinema. The series has been graced by such talent as Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. Concern has been raised that Disney may want a child-friendly movie, but followers of Abrams will know that he doesn’t pull many punches. Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s role in MI:3 and some scenes in Super 8 can attest to that. It certainly can’t be worse than Jar-Jar Binks.
Fatimata Djenebou, a refugee from Mali is pictured in her shelter, in a camp located in Burkina Faso. The increase in humanitarian affliction is a result of conflict in northern Mali with the entrenchment of armed groups and the spread of instability leading to the displacement of 30,000 people in these recent combats. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
2 February 2013
Concerns linger for EC Education
By Brenda Sekgota The 2012 matric pass rate in the Eastern Cape was 61.6%, which is a 3.5% increase from the year before. This is consistent with the increase seen in the national pass rate, which went up by 3.7%. Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makhuphula, said the positive matric results show “one step backwards and two steps forward” for education. Grahamstown District Director, Amos Fetsha, said he was pleased with the outcome of 67% for Grahamstown, despite it being 1.5% lower than in 2011. The target is a pass rate of at least 50 % for every school. The increase in the provincial rate has been praised, as there were many challenges facing students and teachers – not least the highly-publicised lack of textbooks delivered to schools. Other problems in 2012 included a go-slow by the teachers’ union Sadtu in Port Elizabeth. School governing bodies also took the Department of Education to court for a shortage of teachers. The shortage of teachers is particularly worrying, with 617 posts available and only six temporary teachers reinstated. Poor conditions are still prevalent in some schools since they reopened this year. Some Eastern Cape learners have yet to start classes. Several schools in the province face the same challenges as they did in 2012, namely damage done to classrooms due to heavy rains, overcrowded classes and a shortage of teachers. Such conditions are still awaiting the attention of the Department of Education.
Eastern Cape, Education MEC, Mandla Makhuphula, addresses a public hearing at Mount Frere education district. Pic: Supplied
Hawks investigate bogus college
By Brenda Sekgota As students start their studies across the country, a bogus Further Education and Training (FET) college has been exposed in Seshego, Limpopo. The Hawks closed it down on 15 January after they were alerted by several students inquiring as to whether the college was officially registered. The college had been operating for twelve years and also had a branch in Church Street, Polokwane. The owner of the college, Joseph Hangwani, was arrested and charged with fraud, along with his wife Olebile Monica Mukwevho and another accomplice, Avhapfani Dalton Mululuma. A total of R69 250 in cash, computers containing the students’ information and other documentation was seized from the campus. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi of the Hawks said, “It is really disturbing [because] you have all these students whose qualifications are not recognised.” Modibe Sekgota, a registered student, wonders if the college had in fact been previously registered and the owners had merely forgotten to update their legal status in the last few months. The owner claims it had been registered with Department of Higher Education as ‘Seshego Commercial and Computer College’. Unfortunately this is not a unique case. Other bogus training institutions have recently been exposed, including the ‘Institute of Business Management and Information’ in Durban, which was closed last year after students prompted an investigation by the Department of Higher Education. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched a national campaign in January last year to track down bogus training institutions. Mthethwa said it is the responsibility of educational institutions to ensure their status is up-to-date and the courses they offer are properly accredited. Principals of illegal institutions could face up to ten years imprisonment if found guilty. A spokesperson for the Department of Higher Education warned would-be students, to be incredibly careful of “fly-by-night” colleges.
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2 February 2013
An atmosphere of politics: a ballie’s perspective
By Quintin Ball Many Russian intellectuals and academics, including their current Chief of Staff, are convinced that one of the major factors which brought about the fall of Soviet Communism and the dismantling of the USSR was none other than the music of The Beatles. More than any military intervention, political pressure or Cold War tactics, The Beatles’ music (played and appreciated underground for decades) is alleged to have been the catalyst for change in the huge country. It instilled the desire for peace and harmony in the hearts and souls of many millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. John Lennon was a particular favourite of the people. This is a compelling example of change being aided and abetted by cultural influences such as music and the arts. In more recent times we have witnessed the role played by sport in bringing about similar results in our own country. Nelson Mandela, was very aware of the great potential that sport had in terms of uniting people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Mandela’s involvement in the first major international sporting event hosted by South Africa after apartheid, the Rugby World Cup in 1995, served as an inspiration to the national and international communities at large. The unity it inspired continued into the following year during the Africa Cup of Nations, also staged in South Africa in 1996. In both cases the South African national teams triumphed against the odds and the expression “Madiba Magic” was born. It continued in the years to come and culminated in FIFA’s awarding of the World Cup of Football to South Africa. This, the largest of undertakings, was seen as a success both locally and internationally. The example set by Madiba and John Lennon and other men of peace is truly inspirational in mankind’s quest for harmony and the exclusion of war as a means of problem-solving. Much has been achieved, but also remains to be done before the ‘impossible dream’ of peace in our time and into the future can become a reality. Afcon 2013 is where the next generation takes over the baton.
We like to move it, move it!
By Andrew Blane According to South African Police Service records, more than 3000 service delivery protests (both violent and peaceful) have taken place in South Africa over the past four years. This translates into one every two days. The highest number of service delivery protests was recorded in Mmabatho in the North West province, where they have occurred almost every five days for the last four years with a ratio of 1.7 peaceful to 1 accompanied by unrest. Johannesburg is ranked second, but the most prominent location for violent service delivery protests is Mbombela in Nelspruit, with 106 violent protests to 61 peaceful ones. The Northern Cape is a close runner-up with 74 violent to 65 peaceful protests. Statistics show that South Africa has the highest rate of popular protests in the world. Protests on service delivery show that people’s basic amenities are not being satisfactorily met, and in many cases not met at all. Section 27 of the Constitution of South Africa states, “Everyone has the right to have access to health care, food, water and social security,” but those in power cannot solve this for everyone all at once. The question, then, is whether or not the government is acting within its scope and duty. More needs to be done in the investigation of service delivery protests in order to answer this. Some may ask whether the protestors’ demands are unreasonable or whether they expect change too quickly. Even so it is understandable to be impatient after many of the less fortunate have watched the country progress while they have been seemingly left behind.
Angry citizens hurl items onto a bonfire on Vanguard Drive in Langa, Cape Town during a service delivery protest in March 2012. Pic: Henk Kruger
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Poor matric standards criticised
By Andrew Blane Professor Jonathan Jansen gave an address to the University of the Free State first year class on 21 January, telling them to to “work hard and not become like South Africa.” Jansen went on to state that the requirement of 30% to obtain a matric certificate is an “absolute disgrace” and Education Minister Angie Motsheka is mistaken to boast about pass rates. Jansen also cautioned students not to make excuses for their failures, warning them that such behaviour would not be tolerated, “You may be poor but you can behave decently, [as] my mother always said,” he told them. Although Jansen’s outburst may be critical of South Africa’s education system, it raises an important issue. The value of a matric pass is no longer held in high esteem in the job market, thus making tertiary education a necessity. In addition to this, many matriculants from impoverished communities leave highschool with great ambitions in the hopes of bettering their situation, only to find that there are no jobs available. Jansen has criticised Motsheka because having a matric certificate is no longer considered a great achievement, and lowering the aggregate requirement is not a solution to low pass rates. Jansen argues that we need to be stricter and more disciplined, but the system also needs tremendous help from the big decisionmakers. Students who go to school every day of the year and do not receive an education because of striking teachers and no textbooks cannot be faulted. In times like these, leaders need to step up.
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6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
2 February 2013
Pubs, clubs and watering holes
A guide to Grahamstown’s nightlife
House of Pirates
From all-nighters at the clubs to ‘daymares’ at the pubs, fast-paced gigs to spontaneous res room parties, Rhodes nightlife certainly is a spectacle. Let Activate help you get acquainted with the town’s finest. Started by two students, Pirates has become a popular hangout spot, both day and night. Their pizzas are well-known by students as both cheap and very enjoyable, whilst their ‘Cougar Mondays’ have gained quite a reputation. With their drinks and pizza specials, wide variety of music and their overall relaxed vibe, Pirates is a great chill-out venue. throughout the week. With an upstairs seating to take a break from partying and a large downstairs dance floor, Friars ensures that their patrons always have a good time. Johannesburg-based band Shortstraw take to the stage, as well as many student bands. By David Mann many keen Rhodents. With their adverts about events and drinks specials posted all around campus, Prime ensures students always know what’s pumping.
The Rat and Parrot
It seems as though the ‘Rat’ is known all over the country, and for good reason too. A haven to sports fans, Rat is always a great place to go and grab a drink with some mates while watching the game on one of their many TVs. Whether it’s a quiet afternoon during the week or a hectic Friday night, there is always a good vibe around the Rat, making it one of the bestloved bars in Grahamstown.
Situated on campus, hidden on the upper level of the Steve Biko building, Union is the place to be when watching and cheering on fellow Rhodents as they play cricket and rugby on the Great Field, be it inter-res or inter-varsity events. It is also home to gigs, NatCaf comedy shows and spectacular end-of-term ‘clearance sales’.
Slipstream Sports Bar
Slipstream has always been a great live music venue, hosting bands such as Habit To and Shadowclub, as well as the My Own Music nights which take place every term. With a huge dance floor, a bunch of pool tables and spacious bar area, Slipstream is well worth the walk down New Street.
Although The Monastery (‘Mon’) is a fairly new club on the Grahamstown nightlife scene, it is a firm favourite amongst the more alternative Rhodents. Playing the latest electronica, bass and dubstep, Mon has come to be known as the place to go when you’re up for a party that carries on into the early hours of the morning. With the recent addition of a kitchen, students can now visit Mon during the day and enjoy a reasonably-priced student meal and a chilled drink after lectures. The venue also hosts many relaxed acoustic nights that take place outside – perfect for just hanging out with friends.
Commonly known as ‘Oldies’, this small pub is home to cheap booze, good food and great company. Home to the RU Hip Hop nights and the more recent Acoustic Jam nights, Oldies is always a good spot if you’re looking for a relaxing evening or a place to kick off a crazy night.
Champs is small, but it means business. Boasting insanely cheap drink prices, beautiful bartenders, karaoke nights and good music, Champs is the place to go for any occasion. They host many live music nights and have seen acts such as Cape Town punk legends Half Price and
Although it’s a new addition to Grahamstown, Prime has already made its mark. The elaborate interior of the nightclub has seen big names such as Zebra and Giraffe and Mi Casa and has also hosted to events like the lingerie show and Rowing Team auction which have attracted
Another favourite amongst students, Friars is always packed, pumping the latest hits, and is also home to great drink specials
With small events happening every term and two big parties every year, any Rhodes student will tell you that the Tunnels farm is the place to go for a crazy party. Whether you’re partying in the tunnel itself, jamming outside at the main stage or just chilling on the hill or around the bonfire, Tunnels is a place for everyone.
O-Week Event Guide
STDiesel feat. Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company
Friday 4 to Tuesday 8 February Venue: Rhodes Main Theatre Time: 4pm
O-Week at the Castle
Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 February Venue: Belmont Valley Road Entrance: R50 pre-sold and R70 at the gate Time: Gates open Friday 12pm Tickets available at Champs and Drodsty Arch
SRC Field Party
Friday 15 February Venue: Great Field Time: 5pm to 1am
Campus Invasion feat. DJ Fresh and DJ Vigi
Friday 15 February Venue: Prime Entrance: R80 presold and R100 at the door Time: 6:00pm Tickets available at ticketbreak.co.za
One of Grahamstown’s finest, Prime, saw its patrons enjoy a live showing of Gareth Cliff in 2012 Pic: Supplied
The best thing... Since Sliced Bread
By Leah Solomon Grahamstown/Port Elizabeth-based Hip Hop group Since Sliced Bread is one of many emerging groups making their mark on the South African music scene. The group consists of four young rappers , UG (Ugesh Appavoo, 23), Hesan Appavoo (20), Storm Claasen (20) and Sloo (Tsholofelo Phaho, 19). Their agenda is unique and inspiring and seems to be a breakaway from other more commercial rap music. Since Sliced Bread has a point of making their songs about “change, living as one and taking care of each other,” said UG. “We basically want world peace in the long run.” However, their hearts do not stray far from home as they are greatly concerned about the wellbeing of their native province. “Change needs to happen in the Eastern Cape. We want to be the hand that helps those who have nothing to get on their feet and live this amazing thing we know as life,” said UG. After much anticipation from their fans, or ‘crumbs’ as they are aptly named, Since Sliced Bread released their mix tape titled “It’s About Time” on 21 December 2012. It consists of 17 tracks that are definitely worth a listen. The group has an active SoundCloud account, where their tracks are downloadable and available for listening. With the flow and word shaping produced by UG, the quick rhyming and wordplay of Storm, Hesan the poet and Sloo the “word playa”, Since Sliced Bread are well on their way to becoming a household name.
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A First Year’s Guide to O-Week
By David Mann So now you’re officially a Rhodent and you’re dazed and confused in Grahamstown. Whether you’re an oppie or staying in res, the SRC has put together an O-Week programme to help you find your feet and ensure you get to know your way around Rhodes University. Show highlights and discusses issues that come with university life. The show is brilliantly comic, with scenes including a black student and white student seeing their residence rooms for the first time and their raciallystereotypical responses. It also has a serious side and addresses your views on racism, homophobia and peer pressure.
RU Jamming Jazz Evening
The Jazz Evening is an all-round enjoyable night. Usually accompanied by a serenades partner, you will make your way down to the Great Field where you can enjoy a glass of wine while listening to some live music in the jazz tents. The night is a perfect start to O-Week. It allows you meet many new faces and welcomes parents too. If you ask any student about their O-Week, they’re guaranteed to remember serenades. Whether they hated the loud singing and dancing so early in the morning or loved meeting new people and bonding with res mates, serenades is something which is not easily forgotten. Every year the SRC organises RU Jamming, which is an inter-residence competition where each res performs their serenade act in the Great Hall for a chance to win prizes.
the societies or sports teams you’d like to join can be tough. The Sports and Societies Extravaganza is an evening dedicated to showcasing all the teams and societies that are available at Rhodes. Taking place in Alec Mullins Hall and the Great Field, students can take their time walking around the various tables and getting information before signing up for the year. Some societies fill up rather quickly (most commonly the Wine Tasting Society), so make sure you sign up quickly.
SRC Great Field Party
Ending off the wild ride that is your first two weeks at Rhodes, the SRC will be putting on their Great Field Party. The event is always well attended with students queuing to get in long before the party gets going. Student acts and bands usually take to the stage and warm up the crowd before the main act goes on. Last year Rhodes was visited by the electro-pop band Jax Panik. Tickets for the Great Field Party will be on sale throughout O-Week and the week thereafter. Speak to your SRC members or Hall Reps for details.
The Amazing Other Show
Performed by the Eastern Cape drama group Ubom!, The Amazing Other
Sports and Societies Extravaganza
Rhodes offers many different extramural activities, and deciding which of
Get the first and last laugh with NatCaf
By David Mann If you’re looking to blow off some steam, get out of your res room or just need a good laugh, look no further than Nat(urally)Caf(feinated). The comic collective is back for another year and ready to tickle your funny bone… and any other place they can reach. The 2013 NatCaf crew will be showcasing their comic genius to students in the week of term – so look out for their flyers, give their Facebook page a visit and be sure to keep every second Thursday evening free for a good laugh before the weekend. Heather van Niekerk, a member of the group, describes it as a “hilarious, truthful, spontaneous interaction between a group of people”. The eleven-member improvisation troupe hosts their free show every second Thursday at the Union Bar. Drinks can be enjoyed during various games and acts such as ‘Questions’, which involves performers talking only in questions, and ‘Death by Story’, where the audience will eliminate a member from the game with an enthusiastic shout and clap when they slip up. Audience interaction is another way that NatCaf proves their act is 100% improvised as well as ensuring people get out of their comfort zone and involved with the show. When talking about improv comedy in general, the group tends to agree that it’s partly learned but also something that comes naturally. “You have to be able to draw out your latent ability to make people laugh, but performing is something that takes practice,” said Bill Masuku. His statement was echoed by another member, Busi Tshabalala. “A certain element of it is natural. You may not be able to teach someone to think on
the spot, but to pick up tricks of the trade and use that is to bring across the essence of improv comedy.” Certain NatCaf members have recently started doing stand-up comedy shows which have been gaining them fame and fans. “We want the events to become all-out comedy nights with the stand-up event coming straight after us,” said Van Niekerk. Looking forward to the upcoming year, the group is hoping to be more involved with some of the local schools and charities to connect with them through comedy and laughter. “We are also hoping to raise enough money for an application to perform at the Fringe for Festival,” said Van Niekerk. “It’s a lot of money that we need to raise quickly but we are keeping our ingenuity about us and hoping to make it work.” Nat Caf was founded in April 2011
8 PHOTO STORY
2 February 2013
Words and photos by Sibulele Mabusela
Rhodes University Garden and Grounds keeper , Xolisile Jackson Matiso, a has been working as part of the junior staff since 1983. As one of five children, Matiso was left with little or no choice but to leave school and find a job, and contribute to the household as the breadwinner. Now, almost thirty years later, Matiso continues to work for the University in maintenance. He ensures that sports facilities at Rhodes are always up to standard. After the passing of both his parents, Matiso remains the sole breadwinner in his family, supporting both his immediate and extended families. It’s not often that you come across a man with such stature in adverse circumstances. Regardless of the hardships he’s had to overcome, Xolisile continues to smile, going about his work with the same passion he started with 30 years ago. Captions 1. Fondly referred to as ‘T-za’ by his colleagues, Matiso lives in Extension six, after having moved there from Fingo village. He travels to work by taxi at 6:00am. Waiting patiently for a taxi to arrive he explained the difficulty of sometimes having to walk to work due to not always having taxi fare. “I’d rather give the money to my daughter you know, so she’d be able to buy some things at school”. 2. After clocking in, Matiso mentions how he has occupied the same job since 1985. “When I arrived here in ’83 I was levelled a grade one worker and got promoted to grade two in ’85.” Walking towards the Great Field, conversation flows and topics come easily. “Look,” he’d assures, “I may not have the qualifications, but I do have the skills, ask me anything about the rugby field or the cricket pitch and I’ll tell you.” 3. Clocked in and ready to go, Matiso returns to a field he’d started preparing the day before. Having marked the lines and measured them out, he uncovers the pitch to get it ready for the cricket games scheduled to play that afternoon. (Pictured with colleague Zwelani Rolralo)
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4. (Previous Page) Colleagues: Zonke Moyake and Edward Maboza assist Matiso. 5. Kevin Moss, Matiso’s supervisor, arrives to assist him. Moss started working for Rhodes in March of last year. He said, “I speak isiXhosa fluently and have a great understanding of the culture so I feel I work well with the guys... I don’t give orders, I make suggestions and allow them the freedom to make decisions.” 6. The cricket team arrives and after the umpire checks the grounds and declares them fit to play on, the visiting team from Bathurst, the Tiger Titans sends in two of their opening batsmen as St Andrews College opts to field first. 7. Matiso clocks out, travelling home with his long time friend and colleague, Edward Maboza, he mentions his aspiration is to have his daughter, Simnikiwe attend the Rhodes University one day, but added that with the high costs of living and the continually rising costs of petrol, the future seems dim.
Rhodes University books bought and sold for all departments
Fables welcomes both new students and those returning to Rhodes from afar. May this be a great year for you all. Returning students, bring your books in for sale now. Don’t delay. We pay cash. Sorry, no accounts. Cash or card only. Buying from 9.00 to 12.30, 2.00 to 4.30 Shop hours 9.00 to 1.00. 2.00 to 5.00 Serving students with a smile for over 20 years. Fables Bookshop. 119 High Street, Grahamstown. Just down from King Pie.
2 February 2013
The Rhodent’s pocket dictionary
By Samantha Luiz Whether you are a first-year or a purple blooded veteran, everyone can attest to the unique lingo that Rhodes has. It is part of the Rhodent experience: a shared ‘language’ that unites the multicultural university and sets us apart from others across the country. Heck, you’re called a Rhodent! Below is a light-hearted guide to some of the words which will be on everyone’s tongues. You may also get very tired of hearing them too. Dawnie: This is the first lecture lecture of the day – 7:45 to be exact. It’s never a good idea to go out the night before a dawnie! Diggs: This refers to living quarters that are located off campus. Rhodents who stay in diggs are referred to as Oppidans – Oppies for short. Naps: To sleep over at someone’s res or diggs. Although, not much sleeping actually happens. Hectic: A popular word indeed! Usually a response to a comment or situation that is surprising or bewildering. Can be (in extreme cases) exaggerated to ‘Heeectic’. Walk of Shame: Hollywood has a Walk of Fame; we have a Walk of Shame! After spending the night at someone’s res or diggs, there is a long walk back up the hill. And most of us don’t look our best the morning after a hectic night out. Kaif: The well-stocked café, conveniently situated next to the library and the General Lecture Theatre. They sell everything from hot and cold drinks to toasted sandwiches and melktert. The friendly staff will be sure to brighten your day! Purple Thursday: Thursdays are purple at Rhodes! This is a day of the week we show pride in being a Rhodent by donning a bit of purple. Sometimes the SRC even gives out goodies to the students who show their purple pride. Launch: To launch someone is to persuade someone to partake in a particular activity that usually sounds like fun at the beginning but not at the end. Seal clubbing: This refers to a ‘hook-up’ between a first-year and an older Rhodent. First-years: while this can be great fun, be aware of some of the more predatory people out there.
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By Wynona Latham Shadha Omar, a fifth-year LLB student, said that “The biggest problem with the Health Care Centre is the Summer can be the start of many ailments: colds, flu and distance, especially for people living on the hill”. The allergies, amongst others. During this time of the sniffles, Centre does have ways to support these students. students should consider a visit to the on-campus Health “There is transport provided for students who are too Care Centre. sick to get to the centre,” said Visagie. The Health Care Located near the top of Rhodes Avenue (across from Centre makes use of a private contractor to transport the the CPU), the Health Care Centre is run by four qualified patients. nursing sisters. The centre offers different services such Visagie went on to say that the most common request as treatment for minor illnesses, screening tests, HIV they receive was for Leave of Absence forms. Referred testing and family planning advice. to as LOAs, these forms excuse students from lectures, There are, however, ailments the Centre tutorials and sometimes from handing in is not able to treat. “Dire emergencies such “the most work – but only when there is something as appendicitis, fractures, certain respiratory common request genuinely wrong with the person in problems and severe cuts – these are they receive question. The Centre’s policy is that problems which we are not able to help,” is for Leave of LOAs are handed out at the discretion said sister Leezal Visagie. These cases should Absence forms” of the sister. “We don’t give them out to be referred to professionals from the town or everybody who comes in with the flu or local hospitals. else there would be no-one in classes,” said Visagie. The Health Care Centre is open seven days a week. The Centre also runs several health education From Monday to Friday there is an appointment system, campaigns. “We are here to better the lives of Rhodes and on weekends patients are treated on a first come, students with as much health education as possible,” first serve basis. “This is because we anticipate more said Visagie. “But students should come here for people on the weekends,” said Visagie. wellness, because we are here solely for your wellness. You can book a weekday appointment by phone, LOAs are simply an extra”. email or face-to-face. The emails are read in the morning Contact the Health Centre: by the admin staff and this is forwarded to another sister (046) 603 8523 or if the admin staff are not available. “The problem we email@example.com have right now is that some of the emails bounce back,” For Emergencies, call 082 8011 409 said Visagie.
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By Gorata Chengeta For many, becoming an active member of society or volunteering is a challenging yet thrilling part of the Rhodes experience. It opens minds and creates experiences that go far beyond the confines of a lecture theatre. With this in mind, Activate asked a few current and former students to reflect on what their involvement in the Grahamstown community has meant to their university experience. Mapula Maponya, an Honours student, volunteered at a day-care centre and joined Inkwenkwezi Society. The experience fuelled her passion for teaching and encouraged her to help change her community. Last year she founded a literacy and childhood education project in her hometown, which works to encourage reading in primary schools and motivates teens to volunteer as tutors. Her most memorable moment was when the children sang a song to the volunteers to thank them. “It was beautiful to know that we actually make a difference in the lives of others,” she said. Abigail McDougall, also an Honours graduate, joined the Galela Amanzi society in 2010. The society installs water tanks around Grahamstown and educates people about water sustainability. She said she is proud to have been part of the team and to have learned about “the complicated and fascinating business of working on South Africa’s developmental challenges”. McDougall said that committing to Galela Amanzi taught her to manage her time better. “The trick is maintaining the balance so that your degree doesn’t suffer, but the project also grows.” Alphus Mtilene, a second-year student, found great value in balancing a busy schedule and his dedication to the community. The BSc student gave up the only free afternoon in his timetable to volunteer, but said the smiles and hugs from children at the Home of Joy made the sacrifice completely worth it. Lauren Clifford-Holmes, a former student and multimedia editor at the Mail & Guardian, volunteered at a pre-school while she was still studying at Rhodes and helped to raise R200 000 for child welfare. Through these challenges, Clifford-Holmes learned what works best when it came to bettering communities and found that finding the root of the problem was key to solving it. “[Volunteering] meant my marks weren’t always as high as they could have been, but I was willing to trade that for the education I was getting outside of the lecture hall,” she said. Thabo Seshoka, SRC Community Engagement councillor, encourages students who cannot make time to volunteer regularly to take part in activities organised within residences, halls and societies. He invites students to get involved in SRC campaigns such as Give5 and Walk in my Shoes.
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‘Arb’ you ready to choose?
By Rhea MacDonald A new year has begun at Rhodes and it’s time to select your courses. Depending on your degree, you will have a certain amount of timetable space for courses which you don’t necessarily need for your degree. These courses are known around here as ‘arbs’ (short for arbitrary). To make the stress of choosing the right ones a little easier, and so you don’t miss out on something you may love, here are a few arb courses you may want to know about.
This half-year course can be taken as an introduction to Geology, Geography, or Environmental Science, or it can stand alone. With lectures, tutorials, and practicals you are sure to get in a fair share of learning, but it’s not all work and no play. There is a field trip during the course to experience the science of nature in real life. If learning about the interactions of the earth, its atmosphere, and the plants and animals living on it sounds interesting, then this is a good choice for you!
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When you’re out on the town having a good time, always remember that your safety comes first. Leaving your drink in a crowded bar is a big no-no. Pic: Supplied. The focus of this fun course ranges from the development of Afro-American Jazz to the social history of Rock music, and how different genres of music have impacted Southern Africa. Do you like listening to music of all different genres? Do you like to know where this music came from and what it means?
Staying safe in a student town
By Rhea MacDonald Attention first years! Even if you are in a seemingly safe place, you do still need to take a few precautions. Here are a couple of tips to help you stay safe on your adventures out at night, whether it be drinks and rugby at The Rat and Parrot, playing pool at Champs, or an all-night dance session at Mon. 1. Watch your drinks When you go to the bathroom or chat up that handsome guy, even when you are sitting with a group of friends, make sure to always watch your drink. Or better yet, cover it with your hand when you are not drinking out of it. There have been too many cases of date-rape in our little town to be taking chances with this rule. 2. Stay with your friends So you were flirting with the bartender and somehow got separated from your friends. You feel a little wobbly and a little vulnerable. Go find them right away! Don’t go hang out with that sketchy-looking guy who’s waving you over. Ask anyone you at the bar they’ve seen them, or call them. Without someone to look out for you when you are under the influence, you could put yourself in a dangerous situation. The same goes for if you lose one of your friends: don’t just shrug it off. Try to find them any way you can. 3. Keep your phone on you In case you do happen to lose your friends, for you to find them, or them to find you, you need communication. It may seem like a drag to bring your phone out, but in serious situations it could mean the difference between a fun night and a bad memory. But be careful. Don’t leave your handbag lying around inside bars; there have been plenty of cellphones stolen in the past. 4. Don’t walk home alone If it’s 11pm and your friends want to stay and dance but all you really want to do is walk home, do not do it! This goes for guys and girls. If you have a friend with you, would-be muggers or worse will be more hesitant to attack you than if you were alone. You can always call Get Home Safe at 084 869 9679. They operate from 8-12 every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. With that said, don’t forget to have fun. These rules may seem like a lot to consider but they are nothing compared to something bad actually happening to you. So please remember these tips during your time here at Rhodes.
German, French, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa, Chinese
Have you ever dreamt about experiencing a culture other than your own? Trying new things, meeting new people, and communicating in a whole new way? If so, any of these language courses could help you along the way. Be prepared for oral and written exams, but know that these skills could be your passport to living in a whole new world. On the flip side of the coin, there are some courses that are thought of as arbs – but you may be in for more than you think. Linguistics 1 is a fantastic course and makes for a good major, but it’s known for being quite work-intensive. Economics 102 is also a lot of work and has also been known to take students by surprise. These are just a few of the many courses you can choose this year, so take your time, shop around, attend some introductory lectures, and learn about things you are actually interested in. Visit www.ru.ac.za/departments for a full list of courses you can take.
Need that extra credit but don’t know which ‘arbs’ to choose? Rhodes offers many interesting courses, including earth science, history and appreciation of music and numerous languages to choose from. Pic: Supplied
The shy student’s guide to making friends
By Rhea MacDonald If you find yourself overwhelmed by all the new people who surround you, and haven’t a clue how make new friends – don’t worry. It’s not as hard as you think. To ensure you don’t feel left out, here are some suggestions to help you. Participate in as many group events as you can, from serenades to res sports activities to the opening talks for lectures. That way you will be guaranteed to meet people and interact with them. Get out on the town! Whether it’s for a party or small dinner group, just make sure you get out and about. Take any opportunity you can to put yourself in different environments. You never know where you will find your new best friends. Get to know your neighbours in residence. These people will become your saviours when you run out of toothpaste or airtime, or when you really just need to complain about that 2500 word essay you had to write at the last minute. And lastly, smile! Say “Hi” to anyone and everyone. Potential friends will be more likely to talk to you if you invite them with a friendly smile. They may be just as shy as you and this opens the door for conversation. It just takes a few to find someone who enjoys the same things you do. Go for it!
2 February 2013 The Education Effect
By Njabulo Nkosi With the matric pass rate increasing from 70.2% in 2011 to 73.9% in 2012, there is something to be optimistic about at the beginning of the year. However the system is far from perfect, however, and with government’s plan to increase employment by 5% by 2020, tackling education is going to be a great challenge. The education system is very hierarchical. Rural schools are underperforming across the board, while more privileged schools are better off. This leads to mainly black and coloured students being disadvantaged when entering the labour market, and this serves to deepen poverty and inequality – not solve it, as education should. South Africa’s state education was ranked 133rd out of 142 countries in the 2011-2012 World Competitiveness Report conducted by the World Economic Forum. South African students also performed badly in standardised global tests against other African countries. A recent study reveals that if South Africa was to improve its school performance to that of other middle-income countries, economic output could be R550 billion (23%) higher than at present. “If we start now, it will take at least two generations to get education right, possibly by 2030,” said Graeme Bloch, senior researcher with the Mapungubwe Institute. “We have the basis of plans such as the National Development Plan, but we don’t have implementation strategies, so even the chance of getting it right by 2030 is slim.” The nation can learn from the example set by Zimbabwe, which illustrates why increased funding and altering of policy are not the only answers. “In SA we deal with failure as a nation by layer and layer of new policies and interventions,” said Martin Pew, of Wits University’s School of Education. “Sometimes it would be much better to pull back and give space and support and a level policy and financial stability to schools. This is exactly what Zimbabwe did at a similar stage of its own development. They quietly built new schools and made very few policy changes.” Despite this, the example is not followed. The Department of Education’s budget has increased 11.7% from R28.2 billion in 2011/2012 to R31.5 billion for 2012/2013. Of this budget 78% is spent on personnel, 5% is spent on capital and 17% on other current expenditure. This distribution of funds should be addressed, as the quality of matric passes clearly shows that schools do not sufficiently prepare the majority of students for university study. Rural and township schools still suffer backlogs in infrastructure and delivery of materials. There is also a lack of political will from government to enforce standards, such as performance contracts with teachers. Over the next 20 years South Africa faces the prospects of slowed population growth and increased life expectancy, with younger people in the working age population – all of which is in line with the economic growth of powerful Asian countries. In order for our country to capitalise on this prospect, urgent action must be taken to fix its troubled education system.
Top degrees and jobs to pursue
By Njabulo Nkosi Students arriving at university are faced with the important decision of which degree to pursue. When weighing up their interest, aptitude and capability regarding what to study, students should be aware of the dominating factors of job prospects and career salaries, which are vital considering the youth unemployment crisis and demands of the economy. Economic theory states that economies grow as a result of increased labour skills, capital stock and technology. Jobs in the technology, science, and business sectors are sought after – especially in developing countries like South Africa. Forbes and economic researchers such as Career Builder have compiled a list of the top jobs and the degrees can help you succeed and earn. This list is based on occupations with the most employment growth, and covers a variety of industries.
Qualified engineers are in high demand. A Bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering will provide a strong foundation for a future in various engineering specialties, including chemical engineering, aerospace engineering and technology management.
Graduation can be an incredibly exciting and daunting time for many students. Pic: Sourced be changed and improved, they could lose their competitive edge. Information Systems (IS) majors are trained to analyse organisations’ computer databases, oversee/manage projects and improve company productivity and efficiency. IS graduates enjoy a booming job market with the field growing by 17% each year. Work opportunities can be found on campus as career centres and even professors have relationships with companies which hire a high volume of IS students. reason that a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting will remain in high demand. All companies, from small enterprises to corporate giants, will benefit from the assistance and expertise of an accountant, so there are an abundance of opportunities available for graduates. These are just some of the most in-demand and lucrative degrees a student can pursue. However, recent research by accounting firm Deloitte found that 80% of people employed in various fields, from arts to accounting, do not like their work. Therefore, remember to take job satisfaction into consideration before pursuing a career. To many people in the world resent their jobs. Don’t become one.
With many technological advancements and software development booming, computer scientists are needed for programming purposes. Attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science will prove quite lucrative.
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Cyber crime in numbers
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Cybercrime is criminal activity which is carried out using computers and the Internet. This includes everything from downloading illegal media files to hacking online bank accounts. In the digital age where online banking and social networking is the norm, being aware of such activity is important for the safety of all your online activities. Everyone who has a computer is at risk of becoming a victim of cyber crime. So watch your back!
85% of the direct financial costs are a result of fraud, theft and repairs.
2 out of 3 adults have at some stage been a victim of cybercrime.
R935 million is how much cybercrime costs the global economy.
36% of people on social networking sites have accepted friend requests from people they do not know.
4 out of 10 people have fallen victim to cybercrime on social networking profiles.
1.5million people around the world fall victim to cybercrime every day. Thats about 18 people per second.
the number of people globally who fall victim to cybercrime each year.
46% of adults online fall victim to attacks such as malware (software that is intended to disable computers).
1 out of 6 people have no idea what their privacy settings are on their social networking profiles.
Statistics courtesy of 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report and Magix Security.
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The amount cybercrime cost the SA economy between January 2011 and August 2012.
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A beginner’s guide to Rhodes’ green organisations
By Gorata Chengeta RU Green is Rhodes University’s answer to environmental awareness. The student organisation is responsible for hosting awareness campaigns and green initiatives. RU Green has worked closely with the Masihluhle Project, a local organisation at the helm of recycling in Grahamstown. As a result, Rhodes University residences have become part of the recycling drive, which employs people from disadvantaged backgrounds. RU Green Fund is a university initiative which supports education about sustainable living, biodiversity and climate change. Since 2010, the RU Green Fund has hosted an annual Fun Run. This year the run has been planned to take place in March. Teams can win prizes for the best-dressed entrants as well as for crossing the finish line first. The proceeds from the run are channelled into networking, outreach and influencing university policy. Rhodes Organisation for Animal Rights, more commonly known as ROAR, is perfect for you if you’re passionate about animal rights. The society runs awareness campaigns and also supports a variety of animalcentred organisations in Grahamstown such as the SPCA. Although they aren’t a vegetarian society, they do encourage veganism and vegetarianism. Their primary goal is to help end cruelty towards animals. Galela Amanzi is a student society established in 2007 which focuses on promoting water sustainability. Their purpose is to install rainwater tanks in Grahamstown, which can be used by disadvantaged community members for cooking, drinking and irrigation. Last year they installed five tanks in the Grahamstown area. They have previously been recognised as the Community Engagement Society of the year. The Vermiculture Project, also known as the worm-farming project, is an initiative which aims to sustainably manage waste from dining halls. Vermiculture is the practice of using worms to convert waste into organic fertiliser. Currently, the Nelson Mandela dining hall has its own worm farm, and plans are in place for the project to expand into the wider Grahamstown community.
Five reasons to recycle Your cell
By Jane Berg 1. Electronic devices contain various valuable metals and plastics which can be conserved with recycling. 2. They also contain environmentally hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants which can have a large negative impact on the environment, especially on ground water. Cellphone batteries are also harmful when buried in landfills. 3. Nokia estimates that if every South African recycled one old cellphone, nearly 240,000 tons of raw materials could be saved, along with greenhouse gases equal to taking four million cars off the road. 4. According to the 2011 GSM African Mobile Observatory report, there are 59.5 million mobile phones in South Africa (more than one per person), and a recent study found that cell phone waste increases 9% yearly. 5. HifiCorp, Nokia, and Vodacom have programmes in place to recycle cellphones and cellphone accessories. There are many online websites which pay for old phones and the e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) have collection sites at stores such as Makro, Woolworths and Pick’n Pay. There are many components inside your phone that are worth recycling. Pic: Supplied
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…And into the future
By Jane Berg From air fuel to plant cities, there are many innovations out there which can make a difference. Here are some ideas that will soon be an everyday reality. Solar Glitter: Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico have created glitter-sized photovoltaic cells which could transform solar energy. These solar particles may soon be less expensive and more efficient than current solar technology. According to lead investigator Greg Nielson, what’s great about them is that units could be wrapped around unusual shapes to make solar tents or solar clothing. A self-filling water bottle: US company NBDnano is attempting to mimic the Namib Desert Beetle whose shell collects water via condensation. Using a nano-scale surface to enhance water condensation, they aim to find a method of harvesting drinking water from the atmosphere and are working on the conceptual design for a self-filling water bottle. Synthetic Fuel: Air Fuel Synthesis in England has produced petrol from air and water alone. They do this by getting CO2 out of the atmosphere via carbon capture technology and, as with photosynthesis, combining it with hydrogen to create oil. Vertical Agriculture: Currently in the process of being built in Linköping, Sweden, is a 54-metre high Plantagon Greenhouse – a new innovation to grow fresh produce for urban areas. It is designed to save on the water, waste, energy and most importantly, the land used in farming. Truck Farm: A less complicated approach to farming was taken by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, two Americans who decided to use their pickup truck to create a portable vegetable garden. The truck’s impact was more political than practical though, as they used it as a mobile education device and toured schools throughout the USA.
The Good News
• 2012 saw the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. This gave the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro last year, its nickname ‘Rio+20’. • COP18, in Qatar, agreed that the developed world should be answerable for future harm done to the developing world ensuing from a failure to reduce their emissions. • China signed an agreement with the European Union in September on building an emissions trading scheme. • Scotland has made a goal to produce half its electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and Australia plans to implement a carbon tax. • Mexico, in 11th biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, is the second country ever to put reduction measures into law. They aim to cut 20% of emissions by 2020.
The Bad News
• 2012 was the hottest year on record for continental USA at 3.2 degrees higher than the twentieth century average. What’s more, the drought which began in 2011 expanded to cover 64% of the lower 48 states. • Hurricane Sandy, the largest hurricane in Atlantic history, was the second most costly hurricane after Katrina. • Last year’s Artic ice melt retreated 3.41 million square kilometres, reaching its lowest point in 2.5 million years. • Horn and ivory poaching in Africa reached record levels in 2012 with 633 rhinos were killed in South Africa - almost two hundred more than the previous year. Started in Iowa by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, the truck farm tours America teaching people how to be environmentally savvy. Pic: Supplied
2 February 2013
Sport highlights in 2013
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Cricket fans will be encouraged by the Proteas’ recent performance against New Zealand despite losing the ODI series 2-1. South Africa is deservedly ranked as the best Test nation and will look to cement their position when they play Pakistan. The first Test, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, starts on 1 February. Pakistan are ranked 4th in the world and will be looking to overtake Australia, who have not been at their best recently. The ICC Champion’s Trophy, hosted by England, runs from 6 to 23 June. This is the last time the tournament will be staged: its replacement, the World Test Championship, starts in 2017. Rugby, including the Super 12 and Super 14. The Crusaders have won the title seven times, with the Blues and the Bulls having won three times each. The Springboks ended 2012 with three wins in the UK, including a tight 16-15 win against England. They begin the year by hosting Italy and Scotland on 8 and 15 June respectively. August is the month of the big tournaments: the Currie Cup begins on the 10th and the Castle Rugby Championship on the 17th. New Zealand have looked imperious in recent games despite losing their final game of last season, breaking an unbeaten run of 20 matches. South Africa finish the year with a tour to Europe, playing Wales, Scotland and France in November. been as many goals as fans were hoping for and the stadiums certainly aren’t as full as they should be, but the tournament has been a success so far. Bafana have four other matches this year: Two against the Central African Republic, and one apiece against Ethiopia and Botswana . Qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil continues throughout the world, with some interesting matches in March, including Spain vs France on the 26th. There are some mouth-watering Champions League clashes in February – not least Arsenal vs Bayern and Barcelona vs Milan. The pick of the fixtures is undoubtedly Manchester United vs Real Madrid, which sees the most famous club in the world go against the most successful team in Europe. The return leg brings Ronaldo back to Old Trafford at a time when Sir Alex Ferguson’s run at United is thought to be coming to a close. With Pep Guardiola moving to Bayern at the end of the season, all eyes will be on Jose Mourinho and his future at Madrid – especially as Chelsea are looking for a manager as well. winning the Open Championship last year and Oosthuizen taking Bubba Watson to a play-off at the Masters.
This year is the 100th Tour de France and with Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban and doping confessions, the Tour will take on a new complexion. Many people are calling for new ways of testing for banned substances and riders will come under intense media scrutiny. The Tour will take place entirely in France and includes three stages in Corsica – the first time the island has been included. Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador both return to the Tour and Bradley Wiggins has stated he is not going to compete for the yellow jersey, instead pledging his support for Chris Froome of South Africa. The Tour starts on 29 June and lasts just over three weeks.
The world’s top two players, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, will be looking to open up a gap on the rest of the field this year. McIlroy signed a highly-publicised deal worth more than $200 million with Nike in January and promptly failed to make the cut in the Abu Dhabi Championship. Woods has worked his way back up to second in the world, but McIlroy has a substantial lead at the top. Louis Oosthuizen has moved up to fourth in the world rankings after winning the Volvo Golf Championship. South African golf has seen several amazing performances at the Majors, with Ernie Els
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Rafael da Silva celebrates scoring for Manchester United with Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Jonny Evans. Pic: Action Images / Carl Recine
Two-horse race for the Premier League
By Xand Venturas With almost two-thirds of the Barclays Premier League season played, it would once again appear that the title is a two horse race between the Manchester sides. United are out in front with 56 points after 23 games. Their success this season is largely down to the blistering form of their summer aquisition from Arsenal, Robin van Persie, who has 18 goals already this season (Arsenal directors feel free to kick yourselves). City are five points back on 51 points from the same number of games. They’ve not enjoyed the same free scoring play that was a consistent feature of theirs season in 20112012. Only Edin Dzeko has made an impact in front of goal, scoring 10 goals so far. Their big hitters Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli have not having as big of an influence on their team’s game as they did last year. Behind the top two are Chelsea in third, 11 points short of the top, a total that interim manager Rafa Benitez admits is an insurmountable challenge. Tottenham Hotspur, are in fourth place with 41 points and Arsenal are down in sixth, with 37 points with Champions League qualification at risk. In between the two North London clubs is Everton, in fifth, who have surprisingly begun the season incredibly well. Liverpool, who have enjoyed having their notorious striker Luis Suarez on free scoring form, are down in seventh. At the very bottom of the table is Queens Park Rangers have yet to get off the bottom of the table despite their upturn in form since Harry Redknapp’s arrival at Loftus Road. The R’s have yet to lose in 2013 and currently have 15 points, five points from safety. There seems to be a six-team tussle at the bottom of the table for Premier League survival. QPR, Wigan, Reading, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Southampton are all hovering around the relegation zone.
This year’s sporting highlights
Edition 1, 2 February 2013
Africa Cup of Nations heats up
Results & Fixtures
English Premier League
Saturday 2 February QPR vs Norwich Arsenal v Stoke Everton v Aston Villa Newcastle v Chelsea Reading v Sunderland Ham v Swansea Wigan v Southampton Fulham v Man Utd Sunday 3 February West Brom v Tottenham Man City v Liverpool
Saturday 2 February Quarter-final 1 Quarter-final 2 Sunday 3 February Quarter-final 3 Quarter-final 4 Wednesday 6 February Semi-final 1 Semi-final 2 Saturday 9 February Third-place playoff Sunday 10 February Final
Bafana Bafana celebrates with Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates) who opened the scoring against Angola in their 2-0 victory over them in Durban on Wednesday 23 January. Pic Supplied
South Africans shine in Dakar
By Ruan Scheepers The ultimate test of man and machine’: a phrase often thrown around as soon as the going gets slightly tough. Since the first Dakar rally in 1978 this phrase has been given the opportunity to be justified. The toughest motor race in the world tests the world’s best drivers and riders in a gruelling 14-stage rally held over 15 days. of conflict between military and rebel forces. The Dakar rally was originally from Paris to Senegal, but because of security threats in north-west Africa the event was cancelled in 2008 and moved to South America in 2009. . Political instability in African countries coupled with major security risks forced the race to relocate to Peru, Argentina and Chile. This year’s Dakar saw 575 entries of cars, trucks, quads and bikes leave the start line in Lima, Peru. Over the next 15 days they traversed Peru to the finish line in Santiago, Argentina In the cars section, the battle was between 11-time winner Stephan Peterhansel, South African Giniel de Villiers and Nassir Al Attiyah. De Villiers won the Dakar in 2009 and drives a locally-developed Toyota Hilux. Show stopper Robbie Gordon in his Hummer ensured a wow factor but could not keep up with the leaders after upsets in the early stages. Peterhansel had the experience and equipment to keep him in the lead throughout the rally, as he drove his Mini to victory by 42 minutes. De Villiers was third for much of the race until stage nine, when he moved into second place and stayed there until the end. Third place was claimed by Russian driver Leonid Novitskiy, also in a Mini. The motorbike section has been dominated by the KTM team for years, and 2013 was no different, with the top three positions going to Cyril Despres, Ruben Faria and Francisco Lopez. Tragedy befell French rider Thomas Bourgin, who was killed in Chile after a collision with a police car. Accidents happen in every Dakar – the race is notorious for them – but there is no official statistic on the number of deaths. This is partly due to the fact that the media does not focus on spectators and bystanders who are killed. There are two cases of drivers being killed because This year saw South African Sarel van Biljon enter the Dakar as a privateer on his Quad. Van Biljon managed to work his way up the rankings to lead multiple stages ahead of overall winner Marcos Petronelli, before damaging suspension components and needing assistance to return to base. This lead to him incurring a time penalty which ruined his chance for a surprise race win. In the trucks section, the Russian drivers were in front from the beginning. Eduard Nikolaev reigned supreme over runners-up Ayrat Mardeev and Andrey Karginov – all in Russian Kamaz trucks. The bigger vehicles are always crowd favourites as they barge their way through the dunes of the South American deserts. From a South African point of view, it was a hugely successful Dakar, with Duncan Vos finishing 10th overall in his first Dakar. The Toyota team had a big challenge keeping up with the big international teams and managed to pull off a podium position on the first attempt in a new car. De Villiers and his co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz showed what is possible with a balance of flat-out racing and clever driving, proving that consistency is the key to good results. This year’s race was 8500 kms in total with the most lengthy measuring a staggering 900 kms in a day.
South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test: 1 – 5 February 2nd Test: 14 – 18 February 3rd Test: 22 – 26 February
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