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Individuality

Individuality

Kayleen Morgan looks at individuality.
Our streets have become like a red carpet and there are countless versions of Fashion Police’s Joan Rivers on the lookout, but does getting their approval make you an individual? I was recently fascinated by a student who is in my anthropology and politics lectures. She sports blazing red hair. Everyone did not welcome her …

The wolf of Mzansi

The wolf of Mzansi

Marcia Monareng shares some of her poetry.
“Johannesburg is a city of gold”
“A place where dreams come true”
But is it?
Is it really?
 
I see Mzansi as a wolf that is in disguise.
Beautiful.
Her eyes glow like stars in the night
The silhouette of her body is magnificent
Those who have seen her, appreciate the sight.
But…
She is a weapon of mass destruction
The devil’s own production
 
She finds …

There once was a miner

There once was a miner

Sandiswa Sondzaba shares some of her poetry.
There once was a miner,
Anonymously he went underground-
Filled with hope;
He knew that his life would be forever changed.
He thought of how…
He would finally have enough money to change his family’s fortunes.
He would be able to buy his children new school shoes.
His wife would have enough to sustain his mini-tribe on his behalf.
 
There once was …

An open letter to Hip Hop

An open letter to Hip Hop

Genesis Manney shares some of her poetry.
This has to be one of the least controversial letters of our time. Friends and foes alike, cannot dispute the impact you’ve had on your followers. The healer of broken hearts, restorer of broken dreams and revealer of ceded fears. You’ve held my hand in the dark and helped me sing into the light. …

I can sell mountains

I can sell mountains

Mbali Monareng shares some of her poetry. 
When the wind whispered
“You cannot do it, it is impossible”
And blew me to the ground,
I did what others could not and picked
Myself up
Impossible is a dare
I can sell mountains.
 
“Dear Lord with you I am unconquerable
My strength to fight grows with each moment
With your Grace
I can sell mountains”
 
The night tried to seduce me
I told her …

Stereotyping, nationality and the media

Stereotyping, nationality and the media

Sibongile Malgas looks the worrying trend of stereotyping about nationality in the media.
The Wits Vuvuzela newspaper was under the spotlight recently, but for all the wrong reasons. The paper stands accused of promoting xenophobia after reporting that a Campus con-man, allegedly had a Nigerian accent, among other attributes. Quoting one of the man’s victims-John Kelm (Not his real name):
“On Tuesday …

Everyday Superhero

Everyday Superhero

Jessica Hepple looks at everyday superheroes.
I originally set out to write this article about the good side of the South African Police Force. With all the bad press the SAPs get, I set out on a mission to find out the good stories. The stories that tell of those in the service who are going beyond their call of duty, …

Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

Pontsho Pilane shares her approach towards adopting a healthy lifestyle.
I think the most annoying thing to hear is “OMG Pontsho! You have gained so much weight”. Really?! I kind of missed that interval of my life when my pants wouldn’t fit or when I had to buy a size bigger the other day. Totally did not see it coming *insert …

“Smart Drugs”

“Smart Drugs”

Daniel Mpala looks at “Smart Drugs.”
I recently read an article online about how some students in British universities are now using a ‘smart drug’, Modafinil , in order to stay awake and concentrate and boost  mental performance  through exams. A professor of clinical neuropsychology, Professsor Barbara Sahakian expressed concern at this and posed some serious thought provoking questions in the …

Debt can lead to regret

Debt can lead to regret

Sharney Nel looks at debt in relation to students.
At the beginning of each new varsity year, new students enter the world of Wits with ambitious goals for their future. Returning students express excitement when meeting up with their friends to share their holiday stories. An awesome atmosphere is created by the loud music heard from the library lawns. The market …

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