Croxley Wits hits opposition for six

The Croxley Wits Cricket Club came out on top of all three 20/20 games they played over the weekend.

On Saturday, March 24, Croxley Wits played against the Randburg Cricket Club (RCC), beating them by three runs. RCC won the toss and elected to field first. Wits managed to put up a modest 124, before being bowled out in the last over of the innings.

“29 runs from 20 deliveries”

Hancke von Ravenstein top-scored with 29 runs from 20 deliveries. He was supported by Gareth Benton, who scored 20, Jason Ferreira who scored 25 and Nono Pongolo who added a further 20 runs to the final innings.

Defending their modest score, Croxley Wits came out firing, dismissing RCC’s top three batsmen without any of them scoring. RCC were 3 for 3 after 2.2 overs.

Great bowling by Nono Pongolo and Duraal Patel ensured that Wits put pressure on RCC from the start. Pongolo finished the game with figures of 2 for 23 after 4 overs, while Patel had figures of 2 for 21 after 2.5 overs.

Von Ravenstein, Kevin Crowie, Ferreira and Jonathan Heyensworth each took a wicket, dismissing RCC for 121.

Soweto Cricket Club

In Croxley Wits’ first game on Sunday, March 25, they played against the Soweto Cricket Club, who elected to bat first. Soweto’s batsmen put up a fight and managed to score 151 for 3 in their allotted 20 overs.

In a great bowling display, especially in light of Soweto’s final score, Hancke von Ravenstein took 2 wickets for 11 runs in his 4 overs. Kevin Crowie provided great support for his opening partner, taking 1 wicket for 7 runs in his 4 overs.

Chasing a score where the required run-rate was over 7.5 runs per over, Wits came out blazing. An opening partnership of 82 runs between von Ravenstein and Gareth Benton set up a good foundation for the victory, before Benton was dismissed for a well played 41.

Von Ravenstein was supported by James Pagin and Jason Ferreira, before he was dismissed for a match-winning 76. Wits successfully chased down the score with more than an over remaining.

Wits versus Lenasia South

In their second game of the day, Wits took on Lenasia South Cricket Club. Wits won the toss and elected to bat, since their opening batsmen had showed good form earlier in the day.

The decision paid off as Wits scored a massive 160 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. A good batting display from Ferreira, who scored 65 off 50 balls, set the foundation for a big score from Wits. Ferreira was supported by James Pagin, 24 runs, and Douglas Clack, 31 runs.

After a strong start in their innings, Tokologo Tau dismissed one of Lenasia South’s opening batsmen. The wicket started Lenasia’s collapse, as Tau took two more wickets. He ended the game with figures of 3 for 30 in 4 overs. Wickets from Ferreira and Patel provided good support for Tau.

Croxley Wits managed to dismiss Lenasia for 149, giving them an 11-run win, and making it a successful weekend as they continue their climb up the Gauteng Cricket Board’s 20/20 club tournament log.

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No money, no food

Wits students who applied for financial aid food allowances have yet to receive any of the money promised to them.

This was revealed to Vuvuzela just weeks after Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande released a report emphasising the poor conditions faced by students at various South African universities.

Tshepo Monnakgotla, 1st year BA Dramatic Arts, said she had gone through all the necessary procedures, but had not yet received any of the money she was entitled to. “I haven’t received any allowance in the duration that I’ve been in Wits.”

She said she was “really struggling…I have a roommate who tries to cover both our costs and my mother tries to sacrifice from her budget to give me money…”

Mbalenhle Zakwe, who is in her second year, said she was experiencing the same problem. Zakwe was adamant she had filled out all the paperwork and gone through all the right procedures, but was still not getting the allowance paid into her account.

She often went hungry to bed and to classes, as she did not have enough money for every meal. Both students said the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office had repeatedly told them the money would be paid in “by the end of the week”, but nothing had been paid yet.

Manager of the financial aid office, Busisiwe Sithole, said she was not aware of any students, who had applied, but had not yet received their allowances. “We have not heard [of] students who have not received their funds…”

She said any students who had not yet received their allowances should get in touch with her so that her office could work to rectify the matter.

Omesh Bennie, from the accounts payable office, said payments often didn’t go through because students had entered incorrect personal or banking details.

However, Daya Veerasamy, manager in the Student Fees and Cashiers office, said his office was aware of some students were yet to receive their payments, and this might not be directly linked to wrong banking details.

Both Bennie and Veerasamy explained the university was currently using a new system, and that might be causing the trouble.

The university has asked that students to inform the correct staff about their issues, to make sure their banking details are entered correctly – and to be patient.

Students at the University of Fort Hare protested during the week of March 12 because of a similar issue. According to a report, they are claiming the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) must pay for all their schooling needs.

Guardians of power seek cutbacks

Increases in the amount of money spent on electricity in recent years has set into motion a major project to collect data and devise a plan to curb the electricity expenditure at Wits.

The Electrical and Information Engineering School (EIE) under the guidance of Professor Willie Cronje, and the Property and Infrastructure Management Division (PIMD) are collaborating in an effort to monitor the use of electricity at Wits.

The project, which was started in 2007, has so far installed 118 meters on the various campuses that will monitor electricity consumption from City Power.

According to Cronje, the project aims to develop a more comprehensive approach to managing the consumption of electricity at Wits which, and is running into the millions per month.

The project has also identified a worrying trend – the electricity bills at the university have grown by 100% over the past two years.

Cronje’s study of the use of electricity at Wits indicates that even over the December break, the University uses a lot more energy than it should.

Benefits of this project are that the university can use these installed meters to verify the City Power bills, faculties and schools can compete among themselves and ultimately save the university a lot of money.

Once the project has collected enough data, the EIE and PIMD can come up with cost-worthy solutions to counter Wits’ high electricity bills.

Studying can be all fun and games

WITS may be turning 90, but it’s not too old for games. The university has just introduced the first degree that specialises in game design in the country.

Competition for the first intake was stiff. Lecturer Hanli Geyser said only 25 of the 98 applicants were offered places after writing an essay and attending an interview.

“It was not enough for applicants to say, ‘Oh ja, I love playing games’. The selection committee looked for “an understanding of games, academic strength and passion. People who aren’t absolutely committed aren’t going to be able to make it through”.

Game design is offered as a bachelor of engineering science in digital arts, or as a BA PVA course.

Engineering students focus more specifically on the technical aspects and the visual arts students on the creative areas of game production.

Geyser, whose father introduced her to computer games, said there was a misconception that games were only for boys. “It’s simply not true … Lots of girls play, just different types of games.”

She criticised superficial efforts to attract female players. “No, making it pink or putting in a My Little Pony isn’t going to make girls play. It’s about whether the community is receptive to women or not.”

Geyser described the issue of women in game design as a layered and complex problem.

She said children’s media, toys, parents and schools discouraged girls from going into the sciences. “It’s systemic,” she said.

Michèle Dykes, one of only three women studying game design, said girls are stereotyped in games.

“All the girls [in games] have big boobs and are always showing them. It’s meant for more of a male target market,” said Dykes. She said she would draw female characters and focus on their personality rather than their looks.

Tokelo Seremane, who started playing in primary school, also intends to design games with female leads. She decided to do the game design degree to change the stereotype of game designers.

“When people think ‘game designer’, they think of a tall, nerdy guy with long hair.

“They don’t think of women.” Seremane believes men underestimate women in the gaming world. “Guys who challenge me to games like Fifa say, ‘I’ll kill you’. That’s not true. I squash them!”