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Cross-newsroom collaboration wins SA’s top investigative journalism prize

The collaborative effort from amaBhungane,News24 and Daily Maverick scooped the 2017 Taco Kuiper prize for investigative journalism. A team of 19 journalists from amaBhungane, News24 and the Daily Maverick walked away with the 2017 Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism handed out earlier today at Wits University. The team won R200 000 for their joint investigative project, the [...]


VowFM celebrates radio award nominations

VowFM have received eight nominations this year. Wits University campus radio station Voice of Wits (VowFM) have been nominated eight times in the annual Liberty Radio Awards. The station, hosted by the Wits Radio Academy in the department of Journalism and Media Studies, will also compete against commercial radio stations Radio 702, KayaFM and PowerFM for [...]

Business school pioneers digital programme

The Wits Business School has  launched the first executive education programme in digital business. The Wits Business School (WBS) has partnered with BCX, a digital solutions company, to offer the first executive education programme in digital business in the country. The programme which aims to providing research, knowledge and skills to students and businesses to help [...]

Theo’s shuts its door on Wits education campus

Restaurant owner says the business was not viable. Theo’s on the Wits Education Campus in Parktown has been shut down. As of this week, the restaurant will only cater for events. The owner of Theo’s, Theo Achilleos, told Wits Vuvuzela that he had made the decision to close the Education Campus branch for financial reasons. “The [...]

Q&A with Odwa Ntsika Mtembu

Wits Vuvuzela caught up with Odwa Ntsika Mtembu who was born and raised in a small village in the rural area of Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. He is currently studying MSc in Earth Sciences, focusing on the integration and understanding of water, geomorphology and climate issues in Southern Africa. He is also the South [...]

Wits Business School celebrates 50 year anniversary

The Wits Business School celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  Wits University's business school is 50-years-old this year. Established  in 1968 as Johannesburg's first business school, WBS (Wits Business School) is using its anniversary to celebrate its top achievements. Alison Gaylard, WBS communications officer, says one of these achievements is the high number of staff [...]

Clever Boys become Bafana Bafana

Bidvest Wits players set to represent the country in African tournament Five Bidvest Wits players have been selected by Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to play in the Four Nations tournament in Zambia later this month. The Clever Boys' Darren Keet, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Reeve Frosler, Sfiso Hlanti and Buhle Mkwanazi will join the national squad [...]


Wits graduate shines at shoe cleaning

Former Wits student created a detergent and designed a shoe drying system that minimises drying time.  Muimelele Mutangwa, an Msc Chemical Engineering graduate from Wits, started his own shoe cleaning company called Tailor Klink three years ago, while he was a student. Tailor Klinik started as a concept to help Mutangwa cover personal costs that his [...]

Emergency accommodation fills up in less than a week

Scores of students still in limbo. Emergency accommodation is now full and no new applications are being accepted. Last week Wits Central Accommodation Office made available 450 new places at Wits Waters and Esselen residences, but by Friday, March 9, all the places had been filled. Student Representative Council (SRC) president Oridiretse Masebe told Wits Vuvuzela [...]

PSC and SAUJS separated for #IAW as tensions flare

Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee and South African Union of Jewish Students clash during Israeli Apartheid Week. Tensions continue to flare between the Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee (Wits PSC) and South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) during Israeli Apartheid Week which began on March 12, despite the university placing the society’ stalls in separate locations on [...]

A21 launches Wits student chapter

The Wits student chapter is the first to be launched in the country.  The A21 Campaign, which aims to stop modern day slavery, launched the Wits student chapter on Wednesday, February 28, at the Wits Citizenship Community Organisation on East campus. The launch of the A-Team Wits showcased the mission and values of the A21 campaign [...]


Wits cricket move closer to top spot

Wits Cricket Club picked up an important victory against Randburg Cricket Club on Sunday. The Croxley Wits Cricket defeated Randburg Cricket this weekend in a Gauteng Premier League B fixture in what was a tightly contested match. The team won on run rates after the match was called off due to rain. Wits managed to [...]

Clever Boys CAF luck runs out

Bidvest Wits are out of the CAF league once again.  Bidvest Wits are out of the CAF Champions league following their 2-3 loss to Angolan side Primero De Agosto at Bidvest Wits stadium on Saturday night, March 17. The team lost on penalties after the second-leg match ended 1-1 on aggregate. Wits looked the stronger side [...]

Clever Boys become Bafana Bafana

Bidvest Wits players set to represent the country in African tournament Five Bidvest Wits players have been selected by Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to play in the Four Nations tournament in Zambia later this month. The Clever Boys' Darren Keet, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Reeve Frosler, Sfiso Hlanti and Buhle Mkwanazi will join the national squad [...]

Wits cricket on a winning wicket

Wits cricket team add a feather to their hat of achievements with more individual accolades for the team. The Wits cricket team is celebrating more recognition this week with bowlers Matthew Lovatt and Hendrichs Macheke both receiving call-ups to prominent sides in the country. This follows last week’s maiden call-up for former Wits player, Nandre [...]


Cool Kid: VowFM’s Mike Vee

VoWFM  radio personality Mike Vee, is this week's cool kid on campus. Step aside, he’s here, the coolest kid at Wits University this week is 20-year-old, third-year BA Law student Mike Vee, a self-styled radio personality on Wits’ very own radio station, VoWFM. Mike Vee, who previously co-hosted the breakfast show on VowFM, has taken [...]

Q&A: Radio DJ Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

A journalist at one of Johannesburg’s biggest radio stations Jacaranda FM, this former Witsie from Moruleng in the North West is making a name for herself in South African journalism. Phalaetsile graduated with a BA majoring in Political Studies in 2013. She is also the founder of a group called The Black Wxman Healing Garden [...]

SLICE OF LIFE: Getting evicted from my comfort zone

Sam Hill, a new student journalist at Wits Vuvuzela, reflects on her transition from Pretoria to Johannesburg.  At the beginning of 2017, I was so sure of myself. I was entering my final year of studying a BA English Studies degree at the University of Pretoria (UP). I knew everything about my campus - where [...]

Q&A with Thato Mahapa

Thato “TeeKay” Mahapa is a menswear and lifestyle blogger and a fourth-year Wits LLB student. The 23-year-old started his blog, The Bearded Muse, in 2016, which focuses on menswear, grooming, and covers lifestyle content such as events, food and design. Mahapa was selected as the 2017 GQ (magazine) Best Dressed Reader, has collaborated with brands [...]

Cool kid on campus: Fezeka Mkhabela

Meet this week's Cool Kid, Fezeka Mkhabela. FEZEKA Mkhabela is a documentary filmmaker, actress and videographer. A self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist and history enthusiast, Mkhabela describes herself as creative, kind and smart. The 21-year-old has always drawn her inspiration for film and video from her lifelong love of telling stories. The third-year BA Film and Television [...]

SLICE OF LIFE: Arriving timid, leaving bold

I HAVE a mental calendar in my head – it’s almost 20 days until I leave the Wits Journalism newsroom. With each day that passes, I’m waving goodbye to my student journalist days and as I transition into the big professional world, I feel my anxieties grow. I worry that my fears about practising journalism [...]

New partner for Dance Umbrella

Celebrating 30 years in new partnership with Drama for Life A COLLABORATION with Drama for Life has injected a new energy into the annual Dance Umbrella festival. Dance Umbrella is celebrating 30 years of showcasing South African contemporary choreography and dance. This year it is presenting an Arts in Conversation series with Drama for Life, [...]

Audiences flock to watch first ever hand-painted film

‘Loving Vincent’ tells the story of Vincent van Gogh by bringing his art to life. Oscar-nominated film, Loving Vincent, premiered in South Africa to a sold-out opening weekend at The Bioscope cinema in Maboneng, last weekend. The film has made history as the world’s first entirely hand-painted feature film, in which all 65 000 frames [...]

Movie review: Black Panther

A review for one of the most anticipated movies of the year Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman Director: Ryan Coogler. Vuvu Rating: 8/10 BLACK Panther, one of the year’s most highly anticipated films, was released worldwide on February 16. It is directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler. The film is an adaptation of [...]