Goalkeeping woes continue for Bidvest Wits

MEET THE TEAM: Andre Arendse (left) and Clive Barker  (right) pose with a fan at the Bidvest Wits meet and greet hosted on East Campus, Wits University. Pic: Pheladi Sethusa

Bidvest Wits is facing a goal keeping crisis after the last of their experienced goalkeepers became another victim to injury during a match on Saturday.

Emile Baron suffered a broken leg and had to be stretchered off after a clash with Orlando Pirates striker, Ndumiso Mabena in the dying moments of their defeat at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. This forced Wits to put, inexperienced 17-year-old Jethren Barr, into the poles as the last man standing.

Wits’ misfortune in the goal keeping department began when Ryan Harrison fractured two fingers earlier this month ruling him out of play. The day before Wits was due to play Platinum Stars (April 17) Jackson Mabokgwane broke his leg during training. Their bad luck continued when Steven Hoffman also broke his leg during practice last week.

The goal keeping crisis facing Wits has led their current goalkeeping coach, former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, 45-year-old Andre Arendse to look into registering with the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

This will put him on the bench to assist Barr should the need arise. However, it is unlikely that his registration will be complete in time for their next match against the University of Pretoria on Wednesday night.

Although the club is in the middle of a crisis, Wits’ coach Clive Barker remains optimistic. He felt bad for Barr having to make his debut under such circumstances and with negative results but said, “…these things happen…”

“…Cometh the hour cometh the man. We’re fighting for fourth spot and we owe it to those keepers who have broken their bones,” Said Barker.

Bidvest Wits will face off against the University of Pretoria, for a fourth spot, on Wednesday at Tuks stadium at 7.30pm


Wits Vuvuzela April 26: Clever boys eager for fourth place finish

Wits Vuvuzela April 5: Barker brings change

Kickoff. com April 29: Arendse lauds brave Barr

Goal. com April 29: Andre Arendse set to make his return to top-flight football against Tuks 




The face of climate change: Earth day 2013

Wits University participated in the first ever global screening of a new climate change documentary Thin Ice on Monday night.

The documentary was released on Earth day in line with the 2013 theme “the face of climate change.”  The selected theme aims to tell the world the stories of people, animals, and places affected by climate change.

Thin Ice addresses the other side of the climate change coin by looking at the great lengths scientists go to, in order to understand our planets changing climates. The purpose of the documentary, amongst other things,  is to show how far reaching human activity can be on the environment. .

The makers of the documentary felt that the topic of climate change has come under fire in recent years. The making of the film would not only document but also put a face to climate change science. “A group of us have produced another film about climate science but in this one, scientists do the talking” said Peter Barret, team leader for the film project.

The 40 researchers and scientists in the film can be seen discussing and studying changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets. They made use of  measurements and computer modelling, which took place across four continents and the ocean.

This year over one billion people in 192 countries participated in Earth day, including South Africa. South African National Parks (SANParks) was one of many organisations that hosted an Earth day event.

They promoted and reinforced the popular reduce, reuse, recycle concept with tips and advice as well as climate change and global warming facts. This week many offices around the country also celebrated green office week in commemoration of  Earth day.

Earth day was first celebrated on April 22 1970 making this year the 43rd anniversary. The first Earth day took place in the USA when 20 million people took to the streets to protest against the damage that was being done with oil spills and carbon emissions and their right to a clean sustainable environment.

Suspects appear in court over murder of UJ Prof


A profile photo of Carl Mischke. Photo: www.uj.ac.za

Two suspects appeared in court on Monday April 22 in connection with the brutal murder of the University of Johannesburg law professor found dead in his home last week Monday.

Carl Mischke, law professor, at the University of Johannesburg was found by a domestic worker. He was lying on his bed, in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds according to Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini.

The first suspect in the case, a 29-year-old man, was arrested on Thursday April 18 and held at the Norwood police station. The second suspect was arrested in Kempton Park on the East Rand on Saturday afternoon after police recovered the victim’s car being stripped by two additional suspects on Friday night.

All of the suspects are due to appear in court today, two will appear for the murder and the other two for being in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.

The university said “Although Mischke was employed for only a short while by the university; he (had) already made important contributions to the Faculty of Law.”They expressed shock over the news of Mischke’s death because it appeared he had been a victim of a hate crime. 

Mischke was a member of Johannesburg’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) group which has fuelled speculation that his murder was part of the series of gay serial murders that have htaking place in Cape Town and Gauteng in recent years.

If Mischke’s murder is confirmed as part of the string of gay murders his death would be the ninth serial gay murder in recent years. Oscar O’Hara, Siphiwe Selby Nhlapo, Manolis Veloudos, Graham Flax, Jason Wessenaar, Graham Collop, Rulov Senekal and Barney van Heerden, who also lived in Norwood, were the first 8 victims of the alleged gay serial murders that have taken place between 2010 and now.



Social work students take an oath

The Department of Social Development held an oath taking ceremony for first-year social work students at Wits yesterday.

The event was attended by the South African Social Service Professions (SASSP), the Faculty of Humanities, The Department of Social Work and The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini who delivered the keynote address.

The ceremony is an annual event and involves students taking a solemn declaration before their peers, parents and lecturers to honour the social work profession and always adhere to the ethical code of the profession as contained in the Social Service Professions Act.

This year Dlamini underlined issues of importance in the social work industry. She emphasized one aspect in particular that is important if students are to call themselves complete professionals one day “students must treat their clients regardless of social standing with respect and dignity.”

She congratulated and thanked the students for their choice of profession and explained the importance of the role of the social work profession in society. “The public expects high quality, responsive services delivered by well trained and competent social workers and rightly so.”

Dlamini also used the occasion to highlight the South African Veteran Social Workers Forum that was launched last year. The forum will serve as a support structure to newly qualified social work professionals, who can use the expertise of retired social workers offering mentoring through the forum.

Music staff practice what they teach

The deep dramatic melodies of the piano reverberated around the room and I felt this uncomfortable feeling in my chest as if my heart was fluttering. My eyes began to water and I felt as if I had a giant marble in my throat as I looked into her eyes and saw, glistening in the light, what looked like the glaze of tears.

I always tell people to listen to all kinds of music as I do but this was my first experience at a classical music concert. WitsMusic hosted a classical music concert in the Atrium on Tuesday night showcasing the talent of classical musicians from around the country.

It was an hour long event that took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and imagery in my mind. I always imagined that my first live encounter with classical music would involve a big theatre and an orchestra numbering near the hundreds, but this concert was exactly the opposite.

The Atrium is a small cosy venue, with a lowered stage no more than 10 feet away allowing the audience of 102 to look straight at the performers. The soft, warm glow of the orange lighting against the wood of the stage added to the intimate feel of the evening as if we were in a room lit with hundreds of candles.

It was the second act of the evening with Michele Corbin, a Soprano, and, pianist from Tri Hemany, Malcolm Nay that almost brought me to tears last night. Corbin evoked emotion around the room with the powerful range of her voice and expressions on her face as she bellowed out a song or, “chanson” as it’s called in the opera world that recalled past memories of love.

As I looked around the room I couldn’t help but notice the small audience had very few young people who weren’t arts and music students there to support their teachers and family members. It got me thinking about why more young people aren’t open to the experience of classical music.

Deejaying and creating beats on computer programmes with synthesizers and other music creating gadgets is more the choice of the younger generation today, and perhaps taking things back to basics with real instruments is the best place to start on the path to rue musical appreciation. Even my partner who doesn’t consider himself much of a classical music kind of guy was visibly moved to a point where he declared the evening “cool”.

It’s one thing to listen to classical music on the radio or a CD but to have a live classical experience is quite different, with nothing but instruments classical artists paint pictures in your mind, and if you surrender to the melodies and allow the music to engulf you, you may just discover a deeply emotional or creative part of you, you never knew existed.

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Accountants get a new jobs portal

A new career management portal was launched in Johannesburg today with the intention of matchmaking graduates with prospective employers.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants SAICA launched their new jobs portal in the hope that the platform will address the difficulties people experience in finding work and managing their careers in today’s tough economic circumstances. CEO Matsobane Matlwa says he hopes the facility will help bring qualified jobs seekers and businesses who seek skills together.

Career Suite is an online career and talent management platform for accounting and finance professionals and graduates.  SAICA’s Chief Information Officer Rakesh Beekum explained that subscription to Career Suite is free, and open to all accounting, audit, tax and finance professionals participating in all levels of finance and business whether they are SAICA members or not.

Beekum explained “Once you’ve registered with a Career Suite profile, you will have access to a range of career development tools.” Graduates will be able to access articles and videos on managing their career, managing talent effectively and managing their performance. They will also be able to access mentors and coaches through the portal as well as conduct competency and psychometric assessments.

The portal offers graduates the opportunity to make the maximum impact on potential employers by not only being able to upload a detailed CV but also a photo and  video. According to Beekum the portal will teach graduates how to sell themselves in 30 seconds. He said “We’ve also thought of making CV’s sexier with the formats and themes we’ve made available.”

The Career Suite portal will be available in mobile format with an application you can download on iPhone and Android operating smart phones.  An application for BlackBerry is not yet available but according to Beekum SAICA this should be available sometime in the near future.


Wits Paediatric Fund reaches the halfway mark

UPGRADES to the Paediatric Casualty Unit (PCU) at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital will get a boost with the help of a fundraiser headlined by a well-known author.

Gerald Garner, a registered tour guide and author of Spaces & Places 2.0-JoburgPlaces will be giving a talk at the Wits Club on March 16 on the topic of places in Johannesburg and the rebirth of the city.

The fundraiser with Garner will cost R350 per person and starts at noon. The cost includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a buffet lunch. The fundraiser was organised by the Wits Paediatric Fund.

According to Lebogang Ngwatle, the development manager of the Wits Paediatric Fund, Garner was the perfect person for this fundraiser because his topic is relevant to Johannesburg. It will focus on how the city is being revamped and they hope to be able to do the same for the PCU.

The unit is old and in need of the basics such as chairs for staff and patients, as well as for doctors in the consultation rooms.

The doctor’s room in the unit is in need of a new bed, a couch, a study desk and lamp.

A shower and toilet need to be added to the room, because doctors have to stay overnight and are currently using public toilets in the mornings.

The children’s play area also needs attention as it does not have any tables, chairs, sofas and toys.

The playhouse needs to be fully refurbished with a fresh coat of paint and a new floor.

When asked about their target amount, Ngwatle said the estimated about R40,000 was needed for the

They have so far raised R20 000, bringing them halfway to their rough target.

Dr Yola Soundy, head of the PCU, believes “anything will help”.

The Wits Paediatric Fund serves the paediatric units of the Wits Medical School’s three teaching hospitals, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.



Hockey Men Cracked by Crusaders

PRESSING ON: Mathew Povall (left) and Stewart Barry (Right) battling it out on Tuesday night’s heated Premier League hockey final. Wits lost the match, and ultimately the league, 6-7 to the Crusaders.  Photo: Liesl Frankson

PRESSING ON: Mathew Povall (left) and Stewart Barry (Right) battling it out on Tuesday night’s heated Premier League hockey final. Wits lost the match, and ultimately the league, 6-7 to the Crusaders. Photo: Liesl Frankson

IN A heated match filled with disputes and foot infringements, the Wits Hockey men lost their final indoor Premier League match 6-7 against the Crusaders at the Fourways Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wits got off to an aggressive start, playing at a high tempo which paid off when Devon Campbell got past the Crusaders goal keeper and scored the first field goal for the match five minutes into the game.

Crusaders responded five minutes later when they won a penalty corner and used a slip variation at the top of the D that got past Wits’ defence and goal keeper to equalise.

Crusaders went on to take the lead with a well set-up field goal by Stewart Barry in the 15th minute to go 2-1 up.

Tensions were high with umpires constantly blowing their whistles for foot infringements and things became heated.

Coaches from both sides had to calm players and encourage them to get back in the game and stop disputing the umpire’s calls.

Amid all the tension and pressure, Wits were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute which Barry Morisse forcefully struck past the Crusaders’ goalkeeper to equalise for the home team.

Not even a minute later, Jaryd Povall slammed in a field goal giving Wits a 3-2 lead. Crusaders answered shortly after with an equally aggressive field goal from Kish Chetty, levelling the score at half-time.

The second half started off with the same tenacity. The Crusaders won a penalty corner which they used to take the lead. Two minutes later they added to their lead with a quick field goal from Stewart Barry, his second for the night, putting the score at 5-3.

Devon Campbell resurrected Wits’ hopes when he brought the sides level with two unsaveable field goals in quick succession in the 28th and 30th minutes respectively.

A repeat performance from Barry Morisse pulled Wits ahead four minutes later with a goal taken from a penalty stroke.

However, Wits could not hold on to their lead and conceded a pair of penalty corners, in the 35th and 38th minutes. The Crusaders used them to equalise and ultimately took the 7-6 victory over Wits.

Published in Wits VUvuzela, 6th edition, March 15.


Volleyball league kicks off at Wits

Wits men digging deep against Quantum on Saturday afternoon's  opening matches for the Gauteng Volleyball Union League.

Wits men digging deep against Quantum on Saturday afternoon’s opening matches for the Gauteng Volleyball Union League.

Wits played host to the opening of the Gauteng Volleyball Union League this weekend but lost their first match against the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).

The activities started off at lunch with the Wits woman’s volleyball team taking on VUT. The girls showed good form and fought hard with Zinhle Kunene injuring her knee in the process. However this was all to no avail as the Wits side lost all sets giving VUT a 3-0 victory.

It seemed as though Wits could not shake their misfortune when the Wits men’s volleyball team faced off against Quantum Volleyball Club in the late afternoon. The Wits men also showed good form and appeared to be a good challenge when they were warming up earlier in the day. They struggled to break through Quantum’s formidable front row though and eventually lost their match, 3-0.

Kunene, vice-chairperson of the Wits Volleyball Team expects the club to grow in stature especially because they are looking to launch beach volleyball at the beginning of the second block. “We’re looking to launch beach volleyball as soon as we have fixed the court. We are already there we just need lighting, more sand and court lining.”