Big companies shun Humanities Careers Expo

by Charlotte Chipangura

The annual Humanities Careers Expo was shunned by major companies after only two organisations showed up for the event on August 29.

Thabang Madileng  of the Counselling and Careers Development Unit (CCDU), which organised the event, said 13 different companies had booked for the expo but had simply not turned up. Only Robert Bosch indicated that they would not be able to attend.

“This year we tried to make it diverse by inviting employers from  non-governmental organisations, government and the private sector. We think they did not come because we did not attach a fee to the expo,” explained Madileng.

Humanities students felt let down and disappointed by the no-show. BA Honours (Media) student, Lethabo Malatsz said she was “not happy”.

“Im feeling discouraged, I’m having second thoughts. I’m thinking I wasted my time doing humanities. I’m doing my post grad now and was hoping I would find companies offering bursaries. I thought I would see YFM, SABC and News24 here. IT, Accounting, Commerce and Chemistry career expos had major turnouts.”

Madileng said there would be another general expo this year but not another one exclusively for the Humanities. Responding to questions about the poor response, Madileng said: “It’s a big concern. We market for all students but just struggle to find employers for our humanities students. Some companies have specifications, like engineers and accountants.

“Consulting companies usually take students from humanities but it’s mostly students who do Industrial Psychology or other programmes that are industry specific.”

Vega contact navigator, Palesa Mofokeng said the university should target companies that best benefit the students and invite those.

“It’s not that there is no demand for humanities students. It is just poor planning.  If companies are made to pay R500 to book their spots here, trust me they would be here because people always turn up when they are made to pay.”

Vega came to Wits to recruit post graduate students for the programmes the college offers. The second organisation that attended was the Avril Elizabeth Home for the intellectually disabled, represented by Linda Spangenberg and Jenny Ford. Spangenberg said the home was looking for volunteers to do their accounts as well as physiotherapists to assist the physically handicapped.

Horny Bucks pin down Limpopo

The Wits Horny Bucks won their basketball match by a large margin against the University of Limpopo (ULM) last Sunday at Hall 29.

The fulltime score was 107-22 to the Wits first team.

The first quarter began on a good note for the Horny Bucks with a 22-point lead.

The main scorers for most of the hour were power forward, Jonathan Van der Bijl, centre Rodney Genga and small forward Clint Koch.

ULM were sloppy in handling the ball and made continuous travelling errors. This resulted in many successful free throws by the Bucks. Van der Bijl wowed the crowd with three successive dunks bringing the score to 64-10 in the third quarter.

Wits were faster than their opponents from the start and settled on an early lead. The same pattern was seen throughout the rest of the game.

The score was 77-16 to Wits by the third quarter thanks to good plays by the Bucks led by Van der Bijl. Despite their 61-point lead, the speed of the Wits play showed they were no less determined to finish off ULM.

In the fourth quarter, ULM only increased their score by two points to bring it to 83-18.

Koch dominated the remainder of the game, stealing the ball and getting rebounds to make successful scores.

With four minutes left of the game there was no hope for a miraculous turnaround from ULM because of the 80 point difference in scores.

The match was the first game in the Gauteng University Basketball League (GUBL) this year. The Bucks’ game with Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) was cancelled due to the unrest on their campus. Their next game is yet to be announced.

“[The game] was good for the confidence of the team. We got the chance try out a lot of different plays and different sets that we don’t usually get to run when we play bigger teams like UJ and UP,” said Bucks acting captain, Rodney Genga.

The Horny Bucks came fourth in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) basketball tournament held in Port Elizabeth earlier this year. Genga was awarded the All Star player award for his spirited performance.

Ex-Witsie dies in motorbike accident

Nazeer-Ahmed Ballim, a prominent ex-Witsie, died on August 25 after a motorcycle accident.

Ballim matriculated from St John’s in 2004, served on the SRC in 2006 and was a member of the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA).

Nazeer left Wits to study Information Technology and worked for Oracle, an online financing system that Wits uses.

Fatima Mukkadam, head of the MSA and SRC member, said, “The legacy he leaves behind is one of love, happiness and kindness. A gentleman, loved by his family, peers and colleagues.

Mukkadam said the SRC, MSA and the Wits community would like to offer their condolences to the Ballim family. “It’s always difficult for the people left behind. We pray that Allah Ta’ala (God) helps his family and loved ones through this difficult time and that Nazeer reaches the highest stage in Jannah (Paradise), Aameen.”

His uncle, Deputy Vice Chancellor Yunus Ballim said that, in Nazeer’s short time at Wits, he had touched many lives through his passion for the community. “His death has been a blow to young and old in our family and he is sorely missed.”

Congratulations, it’s a scam!

A Witsie was conned into buying R180  airtime which was meant to activate her ticket to win thousands of rands.

A week after she registered her new SIM-card, she received an SMS saying she had won money from Rica.

“Congratulations! Your number won R250.000 from Nokia-Rica promotions. Ticket no 0166,” read the SMS.

Excitedly she called the number to claim her prize. A man asked her to transfer the airtime to his number to “activate the ticket”. After hours of waiting she called but the cell phone was off.

“I feel so stupid and embarrassed, I guess it’s the love of money,” said the first year engineering student who asked not to be named.

She said she did not want to open a case but she had learnt her lesson.

MTN telephone operator, Zoliswa Nojilana, confirmed the number was registered but said the service provider could not trace the owner or where the airtime voucher was used.

“It’s a scam and the only way to find out is through the police,” said Nojilana.

Warrant Officer Maleka Chauke, from the Hillbrow police station, said the student could open a case of theft under false pretences but it would be difficult to trace the suspect.

“The suspect is unknown, that’s why it’s hard but we can’t investigate if there is no case,” said Chauke.

Wits Vuvuzela called the number from the university. The call was answered by a man who asked where the call was from. He then quickly said he couldn’t accept private numbers.

“We don’t have an office number, give me your numbers,” said the man.

A few hours later this  student received another SMS which said the number had won R120, 000.

“It’s unclear how they get the numbers but customers must be cautious of such texts. Our competitions are advertised everywhere so people would know,” said Nojilana.