Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fun in Toppieshoek

University Management and Student Organisations Locked in Meetings over Looming Strike

Pearl Nicodemus

It seems normal that students in many South African universities strike for the same reasons at the beginning of each academic year. Some student political parties would demand free education, housing for all those who apply for it and for many other changes in the current education system.

The Tshwane University of Technology banned all political organisations after a long strike interrupted learning at the university in 2010. When they were allowed back on campus students thought they would avoid strikes by all means, but learning hasn’t even started yet and there is already much uncertainty about whether most classes will resume next week as scheduled.

Many students are currently registering on campus and some are finalizing fees left over from 2010, but with all this running around the Pan Africans Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) and the South African Students Congress (SASCO) have been locked in meetings with management to discuss certain grievances in the Soshanguve campus. The meetings were called to avert a strike that was supposed to break out on Thursday.

SASCO President Absalom Nkosi says they are still negotiating with other political structures and the SRC. “Nothing has been confirmed yet” he says.

However a certain PASMA member says the strike has to go ahead. He says the strike is about the “grievances of the students”. There is no official word on what the strike is about this time however some students have listed issues such as academic exclusion, the discontinuation of busses from the Pretoria campus to Soshanguve and residences.

Cool Documentary: Tracing the History of Hip Hop in Cape Town

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cool Documentary: Black People Getting Richer & Number of Poor Whites Increasing

Stick To Your Goals This Year

Ntokozo Mahlangu

Television talk show host, Penny Lebyane, urged
students to stick to their goals during
the prize giving ceremony organised by
TUT's Department of Journalism.
2010 was undoubtedly one of the best years for South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. The country had a chance to host the biggest sporting showpiece in the world and all eyes were on South Africa during the month long football world cup. The country delivered during Africa’s first football world cup.

As a result a lot of tourists started flocking in resulting in many businesses doing well. But not everyone was as lucky as South Africa was.

Some completed the year in a slump and are probably hugely in debt, but this can change in 2011.

During the journalism department’s prize giving ceremony talk show host, Penny Lebyane, urged students to learn difficult tasks that are going to allow them to succeed in their chosen professions rather than going for the obvious like presenting.

As I start my final year at the Tshwane University of Technology I have decided to create three methods that will help me achieve my goals.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Zimbabweans Still Entering Illegally Despite Government Efforts To Document Them

Zimbabweans brave heavy rains on long queues as they try to
get their stay in South Africa legalised.
The South African government made sure that December would not be a dull month for those who read newspapers or watch the news on television as an unusual news story was taking place in South Africa with illegal Zimbabwean immigrants being asked to register before 31 December 2010. The government said illegal immigrants would not be turned away, but would be allowed to stay and work legitimately in South Africa. The process that started on 20 September 2010 is to document an estimated eight million Zimbabweans who currently live in South Africa as a result of economic and political instability back home.