Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amaglug-glug's Olyimpic Campaign on the Right Footing

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

The South African under 23 side made the nation proud on Sunday afternoon as they beat Libya 4-2 on the first leg of 2012 London olympic qualifiers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Youth Lost Meaning of Human Rights Day

Lebohang Pita

The 1960 Sharpeville massacre is one of the most tragic events that happened in apartheid South Africa. On this day 69 lives were lost while protesting against the pass laws imposed on black people by the apartheid government. However 51 years later and 17 years into freedom, the significance of this day has turned into an ultimate joke.

On the 21st of March 2011 members of Pan Africanists Congress (PAC) and Pan Africanists Movement of Azania (PASMA) gathered in Sharpeville where the massacre took place to commemorate the day. PASMA members tried without success to disrupt the ongoing entertainment at George Thabe stadium where their national organiser, Small Zondo, argues that this is not the manner in which the day should be commemorated.

PASMA Feels PAC Sidelined by ANC on Human Rights Day Commemorations

Sthembiso Sithole

The Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) took over the streets of Sharpeville on Monday in commemoration of Human Rights Day to honour the many who died for marching against pass laws in the township on 21 March 1960.

The Pass was a book that was created for black people by the apartheid government which would give them the right to find work in urban areas of the country. There were many uprisings in South Africa against the Pass Book and in Sharpeville on the day the police opened fire on an estimated 300 protesters which led to 69 deaths. A similar march took place in Langa Township near Cape Town.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DA Takes Campaign to Pretoria Township

Sthembiso Sithole

DA promising the public basic needs
during its township outreach.
The Democratic Alliance has taken its municipal election campaign to the streets of Soshanguve Township near Pretoria. With this campaign the party is trying to appeal to black voters saying it is not just for white people as Soshanguve is an African National Congress (ANC) stronghold.

“Most people think that voting for DA means voting for whites to be in power. The alliance is for everybody from any race, religion and culture,” says Patricia Motshoene who works for the party in ward 34.

Motshoene promises that her political party will provide free housing, electricity and water which some of the people in the poor township desperately need.

Photos of PASMA Marching in Sharpeville on Human Rights Day

Friday, March 18, 2011

SASCO Medunsa Interrupts Higher Education Minister

The South African Students Congress (SASCO) has interrupted the public lecture by Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

The students from the University of Limpopo’s MEDUNSA campus and the Tshwane University of Technology are demanding free education in all tertiary institutions in South Africa. The medical students say they want MEDUNSA management to resign, more accommodation for their campus and to be an independent university as it was in the past.

Higher Education Minister to be Met by Angry Protesters at University

Aviwe Mawana

South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, will be met by thousands of student protesters from the South African Student Congress (SASCO) who want free education when he arrives at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Pretoria West campus this afternoon.

Nzimande is scheduled to deliver a public lecture to students and members of the public at the university, but the protesters from various Gauteng universities say he should address their needs to be allowed to study for free until they get their university qualifications.

Drummies Entertain Crowds

Ntokozo Mahlangu

TUT drummies 2011 were extravagant, nothing less than spectacular as the performers at the the event entertained crowds who filled the Pavilion at Pretoria West campus to its capacity last night, yes! It was the drummies.

First year students dazzled the spectators and adjudicators with their perfectly rehearsed acts to scoop the overall achievement, and Minjonet did just that. They scooped two trophies for the overall performance and ladies category. Minjonet stole the hearts of the crowd and judges with their “Shebeen kings and queens under church garments” theme.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pictures of SASCO March

SASCO & Education Students Interrupting Lectures at TUT

SASCO says its intensifying its protest tomorrow.
The South African Student Congress (SASCO) and Education students have just interrupted lectures at the Tshwane Univerity of Technology’s Soshanguve North campus saying they are protesting for free education.

The protest march was planned earlier in the week when the student organisation, whose mother body is South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, announced at a meeting that they will not only interrupt lectures but will embark on a bigger march to the offices of the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, on Friday.

Higher Education Minister to Speak at TUT

Drummies Extravaganza in Pretoria West

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SASCO Plans Protest Marches at TUT and Outside Minister Blade Nzimande's Office

Sthembiso Sithole

SASCO members getting ready for
Thursday and Friday protest marches.
The South African Student Congress (SASCO) has announced that it is planning a protest march for all Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) campuses on Thursday.

The body's General Secretary, Lazola Ndemaze, told students at the university’s Soshanguve North campus on Wednesday that his organisation is unhappy with the newly introduced campus bus fares, computers without adequate internet access and rejection of students by the residence administration.

Ndemaze exaggerated in his statement pleading with students to boycott lectures. “Students we are not mobilising you for nothing. TUT North campus has 20 computers used by 2000 students,” he told the crowd.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Students Showcase Their Photographs in Centurion

Finance Minister and Former Deputy President Speak to Students about Investment in Africa

Tshepo Tshabalala

Former South African Deputy President,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka believes Africa
is capable of shaping its own success.
Prominent business and investment leaders took to the stage at the Association for Black Securities and Investments Professionals (ABSIP) Investment Forum Wits Chapter on Monday 14 March, at the university’s Great Hall. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan attracted a big audience at the event themed, Awakening Investment Potential.

The forum brings together students and financial industry professionals in an interactive atmosphere to discuss current issues and opportunities facing both investment professionals and the corporate world.

The Wits Chapter of Absip invited a range of speakers like Former Deputy President of South Africa Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, CEO of Arcelor Mittal Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Country Manager of Google SA Luke Mckend, World Banl Lead Private Sector Development Specialist Chunlin Zhang, Lesley Mosimang CEO of Murray & Roberts, Graham Mackay CEO of SAB Miller to name a few.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Longing for Africa's Media to Tell the True Story of the Continent

Africa's first world cup was just one month of predominantly positive news
about Africa leading to the word "vuvuzela" being added
to the Oxford Dictionary.
I find it amazing how media organisations from first world countries dictate to us what should be leading and where the help is needed most in the world. Japan has been hit by an earthquake which was soon followed by a tsunami and the country needs relief assistance. We have been watching this story leading on television networks from around the world including those from the African continent.

Last year the devastation left by the quake in Haiti led in most media for much of the year and the story was probably the biggest of 2010. A year later, in January this year, many news organisations went back to check on the lack of progress in relief efforts and humanitarian assistance in the country. Two months later it seems as if many are forgetting what took place in Haiti and broadcast media organisation don’t even have a two second voice explaining the progress that has taken place since then.

PASMA TUT Sosh Elects New Executive and Plans Recruitment Drive

PASMA Gauteng Chair, Terrance Ditlake, addressing delegates
during the movements election in TUT Soshanguve

Sthembiso Sithole

Close to 100 Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) members attended the elections of their new executive at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Soshanguve South Campus on Friday.

The main objective of the gathering was to nominate the new chairperson of TUT Soshanguve branch and the academic exclusion of some of their members by the university. Just like in South Africa’s municipal elections it seems as if issues of gender imbalances are at the top of the student movement’s agenda.

“I pray that the leadership to be elected today, gender will be gender equal,” said Terence Ditlake, PASMA’s Gauteng chairperson.

Friday, March 4, 2011

McDonald's DJ Competition at Wits

Pretoria Township Hosts Football Tournament

Tlaki Baloyi

The Soshanguve District Football Association (Sodifa) league tournament was held at Block X sports ground on Saturday.