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Students wonder whether the elections will even have an impact on their woes

Political expert Ralph Mathekga says he struggles to find evidence where political parties specifically focus on the plight of students in the country

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As political parties are approaching the end of their rallies heading towards elections next week, students are still not confident about whether the elections will have an impact on their struggles.

48 political parties will take to the streets campaigning in a bid to appeal for more votes, this coming 2019 elections.

According to the Citizen, political expert Ralph Mathekga said he struggled to find evidence where political parties highlighted in their manifestos how they aim at tackling student issues.

Taking that black people have evolved in South Africa but political parties have over the years failed to understand that and instead continued to treat issues related to the black people by still focusing on the older identities of black people which were primarily based on class.

“I am not aware of any party focusing on smaller groups, but you do see students being represented, like what you see in the student command of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

“However, even with this I don’t see a sustained focus on students and I think the message gets swallowed with the bigger message for the nation,” said Mathekga.

Wits student activist Kamohelo Chauke expressed confidence in the Economic Freedom Fighters stating that this stands as the only political party that can answer to the plight of students struggling in tertiary institutions across the country.

“The political space is a walking contradiction,” Mbali Mashaba said.

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VARSITY RUNDOWN

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In this week’s varsity RUNDOWN

26 Vice-chancellors to meet up with the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss plans on how deal with the crisis of Gender based violence.

Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa confirmed that a preparatorymeeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will take place today.

UCT

The University of Cape Town has put in place a range of measures in the hopes of keeping staff and students safe. It introduced what is called, a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender violence. The institution
also created an online reporting tool to ensure that the reporting of such incidents is easier.

Tourism Opportunities

The department of Tourism together with the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism launched the National Tourism Careers Expo 2019 in North West.


This year the NTCE 2019 will take on a three day expo starting on the 19-21 September at the ROYAL Marang Hotel, Those learners between Grade 9-12, FET college students, unemployed graduates and university
students are encouraged to partake in this programme.

In Varsity Sports


In men’s Varsity football, the University of Western Cape sits top of log after 7 rounds of battling it out on the
field all the way to the semi-finals.

It all started with eight teams which fought for a chance to make it to the finals and now we gear up for semi-finals round 8 where the Tswane University of Technology football team will go head to head with University of Pretoria at the UWC Sports stadium later this afternoon at 4.


While on the other hand the Univerisity of Cape Town looks to claim the victory as it goes against North West University, in a bid to make the finals. Round 9 of the final match will take place on the 26th of September.

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A cry of a NATION in CRISIS

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Kidnappings, murder, looting, violence, hatred, division and ruthlessness. A nation in need or more than just redemption.

With trending hashtags

#AmINext

#Notallmen

#SAShutDown

What do we do, where do we seek shelter, who is really left to protect a nation in crisis, how do we mend and restore that trust lost even in places we meant to feel safe, when our justice system has also failed us, cry of a nation.

RIP Uyinene

Students and friends of the missing student have been using the #BringNeneHome and #BringNeneBack hashtags to raise awareness about the film and media student.

First year film and media studies student from the univeristy of Cape Town (UCT), was last seen on the 24th August and on Monday, outrage broke after learning that missing UCT student was raped and murdered at the Post Office in Claremont.

Students held a night Vigil at Stellenbosch University’s Rooi Plein in memory of #UyineneMrwetyana.

#RIPUyinene

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City Waldorf extends its care to Thuto Lesedi secondary

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City Waldorf cares together with students from various universities took part in the ” Keep a girl child in school” initiative, donating sanitary towels to learners at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School in Vosloorus .

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