Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Was Almost Added to the Number of Journalists Attacked

Sibusiso Khasa

These student protesters were singing violent songs
and threatened a student journalist during their march.
Recently the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) issued a statement requesting protesters not to attack journalists as has become the norm.

“We urge the organisers of such protests to put an end to such attacks and to take steps to ensure the safety of journalists. Attacking the messenger in this way does nobody any good. Endangering journalists and their equipment this way can only result in the media shunning such areas, making it impossible to tell stories and to inform the public,” reads the SANEF statement

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Journalism Student Leaders Proving Great Mental Strength

Journalism Student leaders find their rhythm
as they prepare to work as a unit.

At the Tshwane University of Technology journalism students are often seen around campus reading thick books about South African, African and international politics. They discuss big issues about how international leaders can improve various situations they are often faced with in their countries. What is always clear is that they are worried about the future of African leadership as this has been tested in North Africa with various uprisings that have forced the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt to resign.

The media, especially social media, is playing a huge role in galvanising protesters in these countries. Because of their interest in world issues and their participation in various debates about world politics journalism students are arguably the least liked on their campus.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SANEF Condemns Attacks on Journalists

Arnoth Mabunda

e-TV says news cameraman, Linge Ndabambi, was injured
during recent protests in Ermelo.
The media watchdog, SA National Editors’ Forum,yesterday issued a statement condemning the attack on e-tv cameraman and journalist on Monday. “We are particularly concerned that this is not an isolated incident but points to a growing tendency by some people to vent their frustrations on the media,” the statement reads.

Cameraman, Linge Ndabambi, was reportedly injured by violent protesters at Wesselton, outside Ermelo on Monday. The broadcaster’s satellite van and equipment were severely damaged by the angry protesters who are “allegedly” unhappy about the African National Congress' candidate lists for the local government elections.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

TUT Vikings Outclass TUKS Proving They Are Not Varsity Cup Whipping Boys - Supporters Also Held Their Own

TUT mascot, Alex, keeps the crowds
Photo: http://www.varsitycup.co.za/
After visiting the University of Pretoria for the Varsity Cup match between the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Pretoria (TUKS) I realised that there is still a lot of segregation at TUKS. Most of those watching the rugby match on Monday night were white and many black students were not interested in this important event as they were playing basketball in the courts behind the rugby stadium.

TUT supporters showed that the university has probably done more to work towards transformation as most of them were black and singing on the sidelines. Those showing their spirit through song were told not to sit on the stands, but stand outside a barricade. This didn’t deter the supports for the TUT Vikings as they continued to sing, shout and dance where they were.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cracker Expected from Sundowns and Pirates Tonight

Cyril Skosana & Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Teko Modise will not be wearing his usual black and
white tonight and is expected to be problematic
for his former side.
Tonight South Africans will be treated to a top of the log clash between two giants, Pretoria's Mamelodi Sundowns and Johannesburg's Orlando Pirates.

Pirates will be hosting 'Downs just after they managed to snatch an away victory against Mpumalanga Black Aces. Meanwhile the Mamelodi kings will be at their highest morale when they head to Orlando Stadium after a home win against Platinum Stars this past Sunday.

However Mamelodi Sundowns fans are excited as Teko "navigator" Modise will be making his debut against his former team. Ezimnyama ngenkani (Pirates) lost Modise after a transfer estimated at R18 million.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Facebook & Twitter A Huge Part of Egypt's 21st Century Revolution

Photo: http://www.channel4.com/
During the past 18 days, starting on 25 January 2011, many Egyptians in various cities have taken to the streets of that country in protest against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule for the past 30 years. In Cairo hundreds of thousands would meet up in Tahrir (Liberation) Square and Friday meetings would be bigger when people return from their prayer meetings.

The call to protest was made through facebook and twitter in Egypt and the majority of those who heeded the call are under 30 proving that this is a true 21st century revolution.

Chat to President Zuma on Facebook & Twitter - He will Get on His iPad to Respond

Portia Mvubu

President Jacob Zuma on his iPad
President Jacob Zuma is a man full of surprises, but we already knew that from the two court cases which he completed without a conviction before his presidency. During his state of the nation address on 10 January 2011 he yet again proved that he is an unpredictable man when he told us that he sometimes visits social networks such as facebook and twitter. Earlier in the day it had been reported that the president had saved his speech on his iPad.

On Thursday evening I almost fell off my seat when I heard President Jacob Zuma saying he is on Facebook and Twitter and uses this as a communication tool to address problems faced by citizens. He was in the middle of thanking those who made the event possible and went on to say: “I would like to thank the mainstream media, direct contact media and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.” For a while I thought he was just staging until he quoted issues raised by some Facebook ‘friends’ of his and assured the nation that these issues are going to be attended to.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Documentary: Crime & Foreign Nationals in Johannesburg's Dangerous Hillbrow Suburb

'Songs of Migration' is Pure Musical Joy

Nondumiso Shabangu

Like most people you would find it very strange that I am a huge Hugh Masekela fan. I know how cliché that sounds but that is the truth. You can imagine how excited I was to finally get my hands on the tickets to go watch the musical, “Songs of Migration”. I get to the Market Theatre very early to witness one of the 101 things I want to do before I die and that is to see Hugh Masekela on stage with his legendary trumpet. With great suspense we wait for the show to start only to be told that one of the main acts has fallen very ill due to that the show is cancelled. I was shattered but all hope was not lost I re-scheduled for the next following Sunday as disappointed as I was. I was not willing to watch another show or ask for a refund.

The following Sunday the show went on as planned. I think it’s a story that most Africans would be familiar with as this is a continent of migration. Even today one finds people leaving their countries of birth to find employment in other parts of the world. Some move for education purposes.

Viking Fans Real Winners on Monday

Photo: http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) may have lost its match against the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday night, but the fans made sure that there was enough entertainment and motivation for the Vikings on Monday night.

The scoreboard was in TUT’s favour for most of the game and suddenly about ten minutes before the final whisle the scoreboard suddenly moved from 23-19 all the way up to 23-33 favouring the University of Johannesburg. Tshwane had many missed opportunities and bizarre passes to UJ players.

Outside the pitch though, on the stands, the match received a bit of the African flavor without the vuvuzela. There was singing that would often be found in football matches and some die-hard rugby fans of the older generation just couldn’t get it. Some of the oldies were pointing and shaking their heads with disapproval, but that didn’t stop the fans from enjoying themselves.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Toppieshoek Creating Bonds

It seems like it was only recently that the 2010 group of first year journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology went to Toppieshoek, but it has actually been a year. Last week the two groups of the new budding journalism recruits went on their team building exercise where they played around with water, wood and blindfolds. The purpose of the exercises they are forced to partake in is to make them become a strong bond.

The serene surroundings of green mountains and the Hartbeespoort Dam also make it easy for them to let their hair loose and enjoy themselves before embarking on their academic studies.

One of the games they play forces them to find a rope while they are blindfolded. Once they have found this rope they then have to work as a unit and create a triangle. Some of the teams execute this perfectly but there are those who bicker, fight and argue and end up not completing the task.

Another task that forces them to work as a team requires them to lie down and use their feet to move a bucket of water from one side of the line to the end. If they don’t work as a group on this task then they end up wet.

All the exercises the budding journos do in Toppieshoek allow them to get to know each other, communicate and work as a team as they will be expected to during the three to four years they will spend at the university.

After the compulsory tasks, those who can swim then had a chance to splash around in the TUT facility’s swimming pool and by the end of the day some of those who had arrived in Toppieshoek as strangers left and chatterboxes who got along with everybody. Let’s toast for 2011.