GALLERY: DA Marches to ANC headquarters over loadshedding

Thousands of ANC and DA protesters took to the streets of Johannesburg on Wednesday, January 26, blocking roads around Chief Albert Luthuli House.

DA supporters swarmed Gandhi square near Luthuli House while the ANC Youth League marched around the ANC’s headquarters. The former to demand action on loadshedding and the latter to ‘protect’ their party in a counter-protest. Here’s how events unfolded and how the police managed to keep control.

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GALLERY: O, What a jol!

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.

GALLERY: Highlights from Power Reporting 2013

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.

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These banners were littered all over the FNB on West Campus to welcome all delegates to the conference. Photo: Prelene Singh

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Delegates eager to read the special Power Reporting edition of the Wits Vuvuzela. Photo: Prelene Singh

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Michael Salzwedel gave a class on Google tools and showed attendees how to use them. Photo: Pheladi Sethusa

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Delegates taking notes and asking speakers questions. Pictured are Anina Mumm (left) and Izak Minnaar. Photo: Caro Malherbe

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Alex Kotlowitz awed and inspired delegates with his opening talk that spoke to non-fiction storytelling. Photo: Pheladi Sethusa

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Nigerian delegates arriving on the first day of the conference. Photo: Nolwazi Mjwara

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Data journalism classes proved popular this year, most sessions were as well attended as the one pictured. Photo: Shandukani Mulaudzi

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Luc Hermann gave a powerful session on pharmacutical drugs. Photo: Shandukani Mulaudzi

GALLERY: Oppikoppi 2013

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.

What is the Qbsta deal?

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.

[GALLERY] Golden Key Society members shine

 

Award winning photo-journalist Greg Marinovich was inducted into the Golden Key Society as an honorary member on Monday at Wits University.

National Planning Commission, communication specialist Zamandlovu Ndlovu, strategist and thought leader Abdullah Verachia were also inducted.

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.