A number of Wits women students have admitted to being sugar babies – having recruited sugar daddies to meet their material needs.
These young women are into the high life, and aren’t afraid to put out to get it. They favour the more extravagant lifestyle and admit the easiest way to meet their material needs is to get themselves a “papa bear”. They said the term was less “stigmatised” and they could use it freely in public conversations.
Wits Vuvuzela spoke to four young women with sugar daddies and each knew of several more.
Kiano Mohlala, a 20-year-old Wits medical student, admitted she had a papa bear, but not because she needed money. She came from a well-off family.
“Honestly, I love money. I know some probably do it to pay for school and stuff but that’s not why I have one.”
Mohlala has both a white and a black papa bear, but would not disclose the identity of either. Her white sugar daddy is 42, but she would give no information on the other. She admitted the ideal situation would be to have a platonic relationship, but these were rare.
“People liken having a papa bear to prostitution, but it’s different. These men are paying for my time and, quite frankly, I don’t mind selling my time.”
Mohlala told Wits Vuvuzela the most expensive gift she had received from her white papa bear was an all-expenses paid trip to Namibia with her friends. “Me and friends wanted to go to on holiday and he paid for the trip, accommodation, and I got pocket money so that was cool.”
There was general consensus among the women approached by Wits Vuvuzela that varsity “boys” were inadequate. Another medical student, who asked not to be named, went so far as to describe campus men as “idiots” and “immature”.
“Res boys are broke and immature. Ain’t nobody got time for that.” She said there was a general misconception that sugar babies were dim-witted and poor, but she was neither.
“Quite frankly, there are a lot of us and we get good grades. Maybe because we don’t have to worry about money,” she said, laughing. “I don’t regret my choice in having a papa bear. There are certain things I need in my life that they can give me.”
She said she wouldn’t date a varsity boy, but some of the “others” had boyfriends from Wits and surrounding colleges.
Asked where they scooped their papa bears, all the women approached said it was either through the WeChat app, or by seeing a blog on Tumblr, which explained how to find a “mutually beneficial” relationship. They admitted it initially took a sizeable investment in their own appearance.
“When we go out to, like, Rosebank and Sandton, you have to make sure you look really good and expensive. You teach people how to treat you so, if you treat yourself like a million bucks, people will do that too,” Mohlala said.
She activated WeChat in Sandton because that was her target market. “I’d never download WeChat and do it here in Braam [fontein], never. Braam is filled with students and broke niggas. Not my type.”
When the app is installed, it shows people who are close to you. One party initiates a connection and the other must accept the contact to start a conversation.
According to a number of websites for potential sugar daddies, these men tend to be specific about what they are interested in and are very particular about the kind of girl they want. “Youth, fun and a voracious sexual appetite” appear to be major pluses.
“I am very naughty but always in a nice way,” according to HANKAFB, a financial director. “I like to make a woman feel special yet drive her wild. I am looking for no strings fun to start with … and the dark fruit.”
He finds it worth mentioning that his net worth is well over R2-million and that he is willing to spend up to R20 000, plus gifts, on his chosen sugar baby.
Gentle Gentleman advertises himself this way: “I’m self-employed, young at heart, still love partying and haveing [sic] fun and love to get laid. Sorry very blunt I know.
“I’m married with two children and all is calm in the housing situation.”
In fact, a large number of potential sugar daddies on these sites admit to being married and still living with their spouses.
Wits vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib will once again be holding a town hall meeting with Witsies. The announcement poster was received via email just a few minutes ago.
Students who use the national roads in Gauteng (and not Malawi) were served another blow to their already gantry-sucked pockets.
The fuel price increased by a further 39 cents yesterday morning, after a 30 cent increase in December, raising the petrol price to an all time high of R13.96 for a litre of unleaded petrol. Diesel went up by 24 cents bringing it to R13.15 a litre. The Automobile Association predicts that by the end of the year petrol prices may increase to a staggering R16 per litre.
Alicia Jacobs, 1st BComm is a new driver but plans to use public transport to try and alleviate some of her costs. “Luckily I have access to reliable public transport but there are days driving through will be necessary, so I’ll do that.” She added that travelling does cost people too much money and has no idea, “how people are meant to keep up and still live off what they earn.”
Second year politics student, Xavier Mann said this increase was crazy considering how “bad the rand is doing at the moment”. At the beginning of last year Mann recalls paying just over R500 for a full tank in his VW Polo and is now paying around R630 to fill up his tank.
He added: “I think a good alternative for me right now would be starting a lift club with mates that live close to me.”
Mann also bemoaned the fact that on top of this increase are e-tolls, “I only have a part time job, I don’t make enough to keep up with increases and e-tolls.” He is taking a civil disobedience stance by not buying a tag or paying the bills sent to him and plans to keep doing so.
There was a half promise made by President Jacob Zuma late last year to look into e-toll concessions for students, but nothing has come of it yet. Afriforum Youth has launched an online petition to address this, amongst other e-tolling issues.
Downtown Johannesburg was abuzz this past Saturday, but not for the usually reasons. Close to 10 000 people made their way to Mary Fitzgerald Square to participate in the Nike’ s WE RUN JOZI 10 km night run.
The eager runners assembled at corner of Miriam Makeba and Bree streets in their red and grey Nike T-shirts. Runners were split into two team, Move Downtown team in grey T-shirts and the Move Uptown in red T-shirts. The runners started together but split at the M1 Highway onto different 10 km routes. The two routes merged again near the end of the race close to Mary Fitzgerald Square.
Just before 8pm a gunshot accompanied with glitter sent the runners off into a crisp Johannesburg evening.
Entrants ran under the night skies through downtown Jozi, passing popular sites such as City Hall Constitutional Hill and Market Street.
30 minutes and 38 seconds after the start of the race, Gladwin Mzazi was the first runner to make it past the finish line. He was followed by the first female runner who finished in 36 minutes and five seconds.
Both winners ran away with an all-expenses paid trip to Brazil to compete in We Run Rio 2013. Witsies also came in their numbers to RUN JOZI.
After the race runners and spectators were treated to music by Gold Fish and Chiano Sky.
Following the success of the Wits Team Monomotapa in 2012, four African teams stand the chance to participate in a global business challenge which will be hosted in South Africa this year.
South African full-time undergraduate students with a flair for business and finance have been invited to apply for the Global Business Challenge (GBC), an international business competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and is designed to identify business leaders of tomorrow.
This is the fifth year that South African students have been able to participate in this global challenge. The deadline to register is 2 April 2013.
Teams of four compete by analysing a case study based on CIMA’s test of professional competence and submitting a 3000 word report by 19 April 2013. Last year 74 teams competed to be shortlisted for the final.
Once reports are submitted and assessed, four teams are selected and the shortlist will be announced on 24 April. These teams are invited to participate in the South African final on 16 May 2013.
The winning teams from the other 24 participating countries will fly into South Africa for the international final in August. Teams representing Australia, Bangladesh, Mainland China, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Middle East, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UK, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are expected to take part in the challenge. Organisers have said this would make the challenge bigger and better than ever.
CIMA Africa regional director, Samantha Louis, said she was excited that four African teams were participating this year.
“We are excited to display the depth of talent coming from our continent. It provides students with a great opportunity to test the depth of their financial knowledge and expand upon their competitive ability. In addition, it has previously led to internship opportunities from well-known organisations for many of the participants.”
Wits Vuvuzela spoke to new Witsies on campus and asked a few questions: Watch the video to hear their responses to the following questions:
- Why did you chose Wits?
- What are you looking forward to this year?
- What do you think of the ‘friendly feud’ between Wits and UJ?