Wits boys show Tuks how it`s done

 

TAKING THE LEAD: Wits forward Bandile Mathandela leads the chase for the ball alongside the Tuks defence.

An exciting game of soccer unfolded at Bidvest Wits stadium on Tuesday night when Wits hosted the University of Pretoria in a USSA (University Sports South Africa )league match, beating the team from Hatfield 3-0.

It may have been a chilly night but both teams entertained the crowd who braved the cold to watch their teams take on each other.

The match began with both teams starting slowly and tight in defence. Wits dominated possession and kept the Tuks goalie awake.

A beautiful team effort and unselfish play saw Ntsika Ngcobo open Wits’s account for the night in the 38th minute, sending the small Wits crowd into a frenzy.

The visitors from Pretoria were not friendly on the field and tackled the Wits boys throughout the game.  At one point two Wits players were down at the same time.

Wits were awarded a free kick and Lehlohonolo Makhutle’s spot kick sailed past the Tuks defence and into the net, giving the home team the lead once more.

The visitors were nearly punished by Wits when their defenderClaudio Barreiro made a clumsy clearance.

Tuks’s rough play was finally punished when captain Swartz was given a yellow card.

Wits goalie Ricardo De Ceccio was hard at work in the second half and was saved in the 75th minute when Tuks substitute Mosa Sesele’s powerful shot hit the top post.

Wits substitute Onke Thamane sealed the three points for the hosts with a beauty of a goal in the last minutes of the game.

But Wits`s great run in the match was dented by bad behaviour when substitute Nicholas Mynhardt was red carded for using abusive language at the referee.

Overall, Wits men`s coach Karabo Mogudi was pleased with his team`s performance ,saying they had expected Tuks to be more physical and athletic because of their high performance centre but that his team managed to  keep possession and punish the opposition where they needed to do so.

Wits will now play away to a difficult Vaal University of Technology team as they near the end of their USSA games.

 

Matric students experience Wits life for a day

Take a child to varsity day.

Matric students from Alexandra township and Soweto were treated to a Wits experience by Wits RAG and Everywoman Society on Wednesday.

The initiative, called the ‘Take a Child to Varsity Day’ is the brainchild of the Everywoman Society. Inspired Cell-C`s annual  ‘Take A Girl Child To Work Day’ initiative, the two Wits societies paired up to 100 bring 100 Grade 12 learners (50 from Soweto ,50 from Alex)and pair them with mentors-Wits students who are in the fields of study that the Matriculants want to pursue next year. The mentors attend lectures with their mentees and explain to them how to go about applying to Wits for next year and informing the about their respective degrees.

 Tselane Makhetha ,Everywoman Society Chairperson explained why they included boys in the initiative , “we aim to empower both the girl and boy child within our communities because we believe that  if both are empowered and educated  they will work towards a common goal on improving the many negative situations in the country.”

 

Take a child to university for a day.

 

Makhetha also explained that the kids were selected by their teachers as the Top Academic Achievers in their grades and schools respectively.

Hollard Insurance Marketing Executive Mike O`Shea and media personality Claire Mawisa spoke to the learners about the challenges that may lie ahead for them. Both speakers relayed their personal experiences and obstacles they had faced towards reaching where they are in their lives, and engaged in vibrant Q&A sessions with the learners.

18-year-old Lindokuhle Mbatha, a Matric learner from Noordgesig High School said, “Today was quite wonderful especially with my mentors. I got an idea about how to cope with varsity life. I also enjoyed the motivational speakers.”

 

Lucky number 4

Destiny`s favourite child Beyonce`s 4th solo album has been out for six weeks and it has already been certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), meaning it has shifted one million copies in the States.

It’s not doing badly in the overseas markets too, as ‘4’ debuted at no.1 in most countries outside of the States and is on the top 5  on South Africa`s album charts.

The album is clearly doing well even though its first single Run the World (Girls) did not blow away fans and critics. Maybe its the song`s video where ‘Bey’ puts on some impressive pantsula moves under the guidance of Mozambican dance duo Tofo Tofo, which won the hearts of her fans.

On the album track list, ‘Run The World’ is pushed to the bottom and the album opens with the ballade ‘1 Plus 1’.

Overall ‘4’ does what previous Beyonce` albums have done; they make you dance, sing along, provide a song for every emotion experienced in a relationship. But this album is more of a love fest than her other albums and there`s a sense of maturity in her lyrics-the woman is going to be 30 soon, and it comes across on ‘4’.

‘4’ begins with ballads where Beyonce displays her vocal range the first few songs.

The pace picks up from the ladies anthem ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ and just has feel-good; up-tempo such as ‘Love on Top’ and the energetic ‘Countdown’ and ‘End of Time’ which change the tone of the album to full-on trumpets and drums.

‘4’ is a must-have for die-hard Beyonce` fans, and is refreshing in a time when every second song on radio has some Euro-pop beat or Euro-dance DJ on it.  Beyonce` makes a good attempt at refreshing ‘old-school R&B ‘, which has over the years lost itself.

Just some background on the album title,:4 is Beyonce`s favourite number, as she explains on her ‘Year of 4’ documentary(available on Youtube.com). 4 is hers, hubby Jay-Z and mom Tina`s birth dates. ‘4’ is also the date and month she and Jay-Z got married in 2008.

Vuvu Rating : 7/10

Wits Financial Aid Office comes out tops awards ceremony

Wits University`s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office  has been voted as the “Best Performing Office”  at a recent awards ceremony honouring financial aid practitioners.

The biggest winner was the office head, Busi Sithole, who was appointed as the new president of the Financial Aid Practitioners of South Africa (FAPSA).

FAPSA is an umbrella body of all the financial aid practitioners representing both Higher and Further Education and Training Colleges in South Africa, including National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

On top of Sithole`s major recognition, Wits was awarded as the “Best Performing Financial Aid Office,” as voted for by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The scheme also recognised Nombini Nteyi, supervisor of the Wits NSFAS team, with a certificate for her “Outstanding Contribution”, while FAPSA gave the Wits Office a certificate for its “Outstanding Service and Contribution in Improving the Lives of Students”.

Sithole said she was humbled and honoured by the task appointed to her, telling the Wits communications office, “the FAPSA conference has bestowed their trust on me as a new president, but I do realise this is a big challenge and I am committed to rise to the challenge and continue to improve the quality of the student`s experience across institutions of higher learning.”

SRC fundraising officer Wandile Sishange congratulated the office and Sithole, but said there was more work to be done towards helping needy students, “As the SRC we would to congratulate the office of NSFAS and also sis` Busi for the achievements they`ve received to recognise them as the best, even though we have our own view about who is supposed to actually recognise the office as the best. From our side we still have a bit of hiccups with the office so we would like to hear feedback from our students who interact with NSFAS what they think about the office.”

Wandile added that NSFAS has been very helpful towards the SRC but the main concern is towards making sure that the system works for students.

West campus residences left in the dark

West Campus and its three residences were left without electricity for nearly five hours on late Wednesday afternoon. Wits residences, especially the Highfield residences in Parktown are prone to power cuts during the peak of winter.

Campus Development and Planning (CDP), who are responsible for implementing power outageprevention strategies on campus, had said earlier this week, they were prepared for winter with two generators recently constructed.

According to CDP Director Emmannuel Prinsloo, the construction of two generators on West and East Campus was “to provide emergency backup power to the university in times of load shedding as had been the case two years ago or when unscheduled power supply interruptions are experienced.”

Students at res will also benefit from this, as all resident houses are in the process of been added onto the system. This will ensure that in case of load shedding, lights and plugs will still be available.

The national power utility Eskom have said that power supplies are on knife edge as winter approaches.The New Age quoted Eskom spokesperson Hilary Joffe confirming that “the system is very tight,” but no load shedding was schedule yet.

However City Power Johannesburg released the schedule for load shedding on Wednesday.

PIMD (Property and Infrastructure Management Division) and CDP were not available to comment about Wednesday`s power outage on West campus.

Check out www.witsvuvuzela.com for the link to the load shedding schedule.

Tyler Perry’s For Coloured Girls

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Cast: Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington,Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg,Thandie Newton,Phylicia Rashad ,Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson

The much-talked about Tyler Perry film has finally hit our shores, six months after it came out in the US. Perry’s films always take forever to come out in South Africa; some people had watched For Colored Girls long before its release on May 13.

The film is an adaptation of poet Ntozake Shange`s 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, which deals with love, infidelity, abandonment, rape and abortion embodied by each woman`s story.

Perry collected an ensemble cast of top black actresses who brought Shange`s play to life quite well. Some of the scenes are very graphic as the age restriction suggests, so this one is not for the faint-hearted. Each character is emotionally intense and the actresses engage very well with their material, although the melodramatic music tends to overbearing and unnecessary in some scenes.

Also, unless one has read Shange`s play, one will not notice that each character wears a specific colour throughout the film.

Perry`s ability to handle such serious material was questioned by critics but he does a decent job with For Colored Girls, which is carried solely by the sheer talent of its actresses.

Kimberly Elise, who starred in Perry`s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, steals the show as the abused mother ‘Crystal’, or ‘Lady in Brown’. Whoopi Goldberg shows her experience with her handling of ‘Alice’, the overbearing religious frenzied mother.

Thandie Newtown`s role was cast for Mariah Carey, but she pulled out due to her pregnancy. Her character ‘Tangie’, or ‘Orange’, delivers a line that probably centres the whole film,: “Being alive and being a woman is all I got, but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven`t conquered yet.”

The title may sound biased towards ‘colored girls’ but the issues covered in the film are universal to women of all races. Overall the film does not quite reach its full potential.

P.S This is not a date movie; men are not portrayed in a positive light in this film.

Vuvu Rating: 6/10

Wits’ res tuck shop entreprenuer

Shweet entrepreneur: JT guarding his future's investment

YOUNG people, especially graduates, are continuously encouraged by government to pursue entrepreneurial options to curb the high unemployment figures.

Witsie Tshepiso Justice Siane, or “JT” as he is popularly known, has his sights set on becoming his own boss right here on campus. Siane, a 3rd year BCom finance student, owns and runs the tuckshops at Barnato and Jubilee Hall residences.

He says he identified the opportunity of running the tuck shop in Barnato after he moved in and was unimpressed with the poor service the tuck shop offered. “I enquired with the house committee on how I could go about running the tuck shop and they told me to prepare a proposal, and they would decide on who gets the tender to run the tuck shop.”

JT`s tuck-shop acquisitions have not been without controversy. He put in a proposal to acquire the David Webster Hall tuck shop, and got the tender for it. On the day he was unpacking his stock into the Webster tuck shop, three house committee members told him they did not want a Barnato person running their tuck shop. “I didn`t open the tuck shop that day as I waited for the Webster house committee to resolve their problems,” he says.

He said that during the tuck-shop dispute, his car tyres were slashed twice a week for two weeks and he believes it was done by people who did not want him near the Webster tuck shop, which was eventually handed to someone else.

He remains unfazed by the incident and acknowledges that businesses are competitive, even at Wits. “If your business is making money, competitors will arise, so be able to adapt and don`t get comfortable.

The average 3rd year Witsie aims to work for a big corporation but JT says he chose to go on his own after he realised that he could make more money working for himself than for someone else. “I was at the graduate presentation last year where the largest salary offer was R17 500, and I asked myself how much more would I be making for that company.”

This young man has his future mapped out and is working hard to ensure that he builds his business empire.

A look at political parties before you go to the polls

WITH upcoming elections, you might be asking: Why should I vote and who should I vote for? This is what the main parties are promising.

African National Congress (ANC)
Parks Tau, the expected mayoral candidate, recently said on 94.7 Highveld Stereo that he would ensure that government workers are held accountable.
 In their manifesto, President Zuma states: “Our manifesto is affordable, realistic and achievable. It draws from our experience in government.”
The ANC is promising to create 4, 5-million work opportunities, to expand youth programmes as well as housing opportunities.  You can find the manifesto on www.anc.org.za.
The ANC’s campaign has been affected by controversies such as the DA exposing their open toilet saga in the Free State and Julius Malema’s recent statements about “whites” stealing land from black South Africans.

Democratic Alliance (DA)
Wits DASO chairperson, Nazley Sharif, says, “This election offers voters, especially the youth, the chance to make a change and bring a better life to the place where you live.”
Sharif says they are committed to creating an environment for job creation, assuring students of future jobs.
With regard to students, Sharif says, the DA Youth will take proposals on how to reform the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and they are lobbying to scrap VAT on textbooks.
The DA built open toilets in Makhaza, Cape Town, which started the string of open toilet exposés between the ANC and DA.
The mayoral candidate for the DA is Mmusi Maimane.

Congress of the People (COPE)
COPE’s 2011 manifesto says: “Our responsibility is to ensure that the vision of a new South Africa that the People’s Congress had, will be translated into reality in 2011.”
 Along with a comprehensive list of other goals, COPE will promote the following:
 “The interests of children, persons with disability, youth, women and older people in every ward by ensuring that ward committees have sub committees to cater for these groups.
Appointing professionals to improve productivity and guarantee service delivery.”
COPE’s reputation has been compromised by its leadership squabbles between its founders, ANC defectors Mosiuoa Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa. Former COPE youth leader, Anele Mda, recently returned to the ANC and said that COPE had no political vision.
Cope’s mayoral candidate for the elections is Preddy Mothopeng.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
According to its manifesto the IFP believes that “local government must work for you and with you in all that it does”. Their logo is “It’s about you!” and the IFP states that their councillors will “be a person of integrity, be accountable to you and be available to you at all times”.
Other aims include stopping corruption and prioritising spending on infrastructure and basic services.
As with Cope, the IFP was affected by the defecting of their former national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, and others who went to the NFP.
Their mayoral candidate for Johannesburg is Mzwabanzi Ntuli.

STRIKE ACTION:

 Members of the One Voice of All Hawkers Association marched to the offices of the department of economic development in Jorissen Place yesterday morning. The  crowd was led by One Voice president and member of the City of Johannesburg  informal trading forum technical task team , Zakharia Ramatula. Theydemanded that deputy director of informal trading in the department, Xolani Nxulamo, receive their memorandum of grievances to hand to Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo.

 The association is unhappy with “false promises” made by the department and complained about the Metro police harassing them and impounding their goods while giving them exorbitant fines. Ramatula said corruption was rife in the department and Nigerian hawkers were bribing officials to take the trading spaces that South African hawkers have been promised by government. He said voting in the local government elections would be a waste of time as the ANC government has failed to deliver to its people.

Student assaulted for not being ‘man’ enough

FESTIVITIES at the Xhosa Cultural Society opening function last weekend turned ugly when one member was assaulted for apparently “not being a man”.

The newly elected Wits ANCYL secretary and 2nd year BA politics and international relations student, Yamkela Fanisi, 19, was assaulted in the lift at the Matrix at about 1am last Saturday.

Fanisi says he got into the lift with some other people who were also coming from the X-Cus office. He realised the others in the lift were drunk and asked them to allow him to get out, casually referring to one of them as “chief”.

“When the lift got to ground floor one of the occupants got out and as I was about to get out the two guys physically halted me and pushed me to the corner of the lift,” said Fanisi.

“They asked me how I can call them ‘chief’ when we are not equal in our stages [of manhood]. They then punched me in the face and hit my face against the lift. I bled in my mouth and my face was swollen, but I went to res and took painkillers.”

Fanisi did not want to confirm that the reason he was beaten up was because he had not yet gone to initiation school. In Xhosa culture a male must go to initiation school once he is 18 years old, which is the legal age – or when he and his elders agree that he is ready.

“I understand they [the assaulters] were drunk but [to me] it’s about the hooliganism, not about the Xhosa men who beat Yamkela Fanisi. It`s not a tendency of Xhosa men to beat each other up,” he said.

He says he did not report the assault to campus control because he wants to uphold his reputation as ANCYL secretary and to protect the integrity of his culture and people. He says they are already plagued by all sorts of stereotypes created by other tribes.

X-Cus chairperson Silindokuhle Tsotso confirmed the incident had happened. He investigated and said he found a  person who admitted to assaulting Fanisi.

Tsotso said the assailant was apparently offended by the manner in which Fanisi had addressed them in the lift.

He told the perpetrator to apologise to Fanisi to avoid the legal consequences of his actions and to remove the bad reputation that he had brought to the society. No charges have been laid.

#itsnotrapeif

A war of words erupted on Twitter last weekend when the topic #itsnotrapeif was trending in South Africa.

The source of the topic is unknown but rape activists and ordinary citizens challenged the tweets which suggested situations where women should not cry rape  , providing an unconventional but rare opportunity for discourse about this sensitive topic in South African society.

Tweets that caused national outrage included #ItsNotRapeIf “ she`s a lesbian and you wanna show her what she’s missing”, “if her mother is watching” and “if you drop her off at the hospital afterwards”.

The jokes upset many Twitter users who found them to be very insensitive, considering that South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape in the world.

A report on corrective rape in South Africa which appeared in Time magazine last month said human rights organisations estimate that more than 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime.

That means of the 15 705 female students registered at Wits for 2011, 6 282 could be raped. That is enough students to fill the Bidvest Stadium and the FNB Rugby Stadium.

Jennifer Thorpe, an activist from  Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, released a statement condemning the topic, saying “this tag is devastating for the rights of survivors, and fuels myths that survivors of rape deserved what they got,” and restated that “it is rape when consent was not given.”

A majority of the tweets were made by women.

 

Wits Everywoman society chairperson Tselane Makhetha expressed her disappointment at the women who took part in fuelling the topic, saying: “I think  a lack of self-esteem  leads  women to think rape can be a joke.”

 

Not everyone was as critical, with some individuals citing that Twitter allows for freedom of speech and the topic was an example.

Blogger Badballie commented, “instead of trying to curtail freedom of speech, start by doing something to the criminals guilty of rape.

“I have a democratic right to voice my opinion, and although I sympathise with those affected by violence, they do not get automatic right to dictate what I say.”

 Women24 writer Lili Radloff said that if “#itsnotrapeif she`s a lesbian and you wanna show her what she’s missing” is not hate speech then she does not understand what hate speech is.

Wits knocked out of Cup

Bidvest Wits’ hopes of back-to-back Nedbank Cup titles perished on Sunday after Kaizer Chiefs annihilated them 4-0 at the Bidvest Stadium.

The Clever Boys looked nothing like the team that held Amakhosi to a 1-1 draw during their midweek Absa Premiership game, and lacked the edge of the Wits that beat Santos in their first game of the tournament.

Both teams were cautious in the opening minutes, with very little in the way of creativity from the midfield. Chiefs were the first to settle down with Reneilwe Letsholonyane dominating the battle in the middle. 

Wits’ forwards Sibusiso Vilakazi and Stanton Fredericks simply could not get near the Chiefs men and the possession paid off in the 15th minute.

Sthembiso Ngcobo looked one way and passed the other to set up Siphiwe Tshabalala to burst through on goal, which rounded Darren Keet in the Wits goal, and slotted home into an empty net.

Chiefs looked like scoring with every attack they made. The midfield combination of Letsholonyane and Josta Dladla kept the ball superbly with Tshabalala looking especially dangerous.  A second goal seemed inevitable and Chiefs got it through a corner.

Keet gave up a soft corner and will now wish he hadn’t as a goal mouth scrap resulted in the ball falling right to  Ngcobo who had an easy finish to double the visitors’ lead.

Wits were sent out early for the second half, no doubt after receiving a lashing from coach Roger De Sa. They did seem to play with more purpose in the second period, with the introduction of Ryan Chapman adding pace to the midfield.

Like the first half though, Chiefs found their groove and once again started to dominate possession and territory. Tshabalala should have doubled his lead when he broke down the left but put his effort over the bar from a wide angle.

He made up for his mistake however, as a minute later he increased the lead to 3-0. In a similar move down the left, Tshabalala managed to isolate Katlego Pule.

Wits defenders Patrick Phungwayo and captain  Tefu Mashamaite  had a difficult afternoon guarding Siphiwe Tshabalala and his fellow strikers .

Chiefs had numerous chances to extend the lead but had to wait until the 87th minute when the substitute George Lebese provided the icing on the cake for the Phefeni Glamour Boys when he scored Chiefs`s fourth goal with a brilliant 22-yard free-kick that wrong-footed Keet.

To make matters worse, Wits finished the game with 10 men after Sifiso Myeni was shown a straight red card in stoppage time for some foul language and rude gestures towards the referee.

The sold out BidVest Stadium was covered with supporters of the black and gold but Wits FC supporters were difficult to spot. Wits`s support during their Nedbank Cup home games has been dismal, as about 400 supporters overall watched their first game against Santos.

The win sees Chiefs progress to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup for the first time.

Roger De Sa are now left to maintain their position in the Top 8 of the domestic league and qualify for the MTN 8 Cup.