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By Pheladi Sethusa and MfunekoToyana
The weather wasn’t warm but thank God neither was the beer. The atmosphere in the beer garden was positively sizzling. O-week offered students a great way to start the year, explore the campus and get to know each other. The fun isn’t over yet, with tonight’s Fresher’s Bash sure to be a razzmatazz humdinger. Ziyawa Mo.
This year’s Power Reporting Conference hosted by Wits Journalism was the biggest they’ve hosted to date. Three days saw close to 300 delegates from around the world coming together to discuss abd debate issues central to investigative journalism.
By Caro Malherbe, Pheladi Sethusa and Shandukani Mulaudzi
This year’s Bewilderbeast festival treated 20 000 fans to a wide range of local and international acts. Team Vuvu got to experience it and documented it with their lenses.
An exclusive venue that has not been opened officially was the perfect setting for the launch of a new cellphone app and website for the students in Johannesburg.
Qbsta [pronounced: cube-stah] was launched at I-Lounge in Braamfontein.
The app allows students to sign up and get discounts on some of their favourite buys.
Once the founders, Elias Sikazwe and Kyle Porter saw how students reacted to Qbsta, they decided to go national and naturally Gauteng is the starting point.
“The vision for the app is to spread it across the country and keep ahead of the innovation curve and keep improving on what we already have,” said Sizakwe.
Sikazwe said they hoped to keep the app free as long as it is in existence and said this was a non-negotiable for them.
Sikazwe said: “We were once broke students and we realised that students need to get the stuff they want but at a better deal.”
Qbsta Brand Ambassadors
Invited guests were referred to as Supernovas.
Mishka Phillips, marketing assistant at Qbsta, said a Supernova is an explosion of stars that often shines brighter than all other stars in the galaxy.
Phillips said to Qbsta Supernovas are those people who shine brighter than others in their social settings and serve as brand ambassadors for Qbsta.
Neo Leburu, a Supernova from the University of Johannesburg said: “I think this is a really amazing idea.”
Witsie, Itshekeng Kungoane said she thought it was a great idea too.
“I’m very impressed with it. Being able to have discounts saves a lot for students and we are always looking to save.
Porter said they wanted Qbsta to be “frequently useful and convenient, whether we are looking for something to eat, new clothes, entertainment or while out socialising”.
Qbsta launched in Pretoria last month. In Johannesburg students can look forward to deals at places such as Spur, McDonald’s and Liquid Chefs.
The website can be accessed and used from any phone while Android users can already download the app from Google Play Store.
The app is still being developed for Blackberry and Apple.
By Mia Swart and Pheladi Sethusa.
This week is National Science Week in South Africa. Wits Senate House Concourse is playing host to a number of stalls during the week, to showcase some great innovations by young scientists at Wits.
Wits Vuvuzela reporters Ray Mahlaka and Thuletho Zwane attended the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) conference from this Friday night to Saturday. The conference happened in Soweto and drew a significant crowd.
The society welcomes members every year into its induction event.
Golden Key is the an internationally recognised honour society that is affiliated with universities in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas and the United States.
On Monday afternoon Wits University faced North West University (NWU) in the kick-off game for the Varsity Football tournament.
The game took place at the Milpark stadium where hundreds of fans came fully geared up in support of their teams. Wits University got a white-wash from NWU 4-0.
Francois Pienaar, captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning Springbok team could be seen supporting the players.
The stadium shook with cheering fans stamping their feet and blowing their vuvuzelas.
- Wits Vuvuzela: NWU hand Wits drubbing at Varsity Football opener, July 24, 2013.