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The past week has been interesting, to say the least. Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada passed away, the President decided to reshuffle his cabinet like a deck of cards, and weed is kind of legal, sort of, but not really, according to the Western Cape High Court.
Ahmed Kathrada, an exemplary politician who embodied the values of responsible leadership passed away, leaving a legacy of respectable leadership that hopefully will be recognised by, and will influence future leaders.The President decided to reshuffle his cabinet, and it remains to be seen to what extent this will influence the country, economically and politically. This isn’t the first time that the President has made a radical decision which has led to opposition parties, as well as ordinary South Africans vehemently opposing his leadership. Interestingly, even some of the highest ranking members of the ruling party have taken to social media to denounce the President, and support those who were axed in the cabinet reshuffle. These are interesting times for South Africa, and hopefully the President’s reshuffle will have left ordinary South African’s with at least a trump in hand.
For a three-day week, the past week was pretty eventful. Human Rights Day came and went and reminded us of the painful sacrifices made by South Africans to ensure that we have the freedoms that we enjoy today. The South African Constitution is remarkable, and as a Law student I find myself in constant awe whenever I engage with it because it provides such comprehensive protection for the basic human rights that we take for granted every day. As a so-called “born-free”, it is easy to forget that there was a time when the rights we enjoy today were only available to a certain part of the population. It is remarkable to think that 23 years ago, which is not such a long time, it would have been highly unlikely that I would have found myself in the position I am today – pursuing my dreams at the University of Pretoria.
For some reason during mid-March, things are always crazy. Semester tests begin, assignments are due, and in general things get a bit real. Last week Thursday, the Perdeby editorial spent almost all night in the office working on this edition, and I hope that our readers enjoy it.
We’ve got some interesting content this week, including a look at the relationship between the International Criminal Court and the African continent, a fun interview with UP Hip-Hop collective The Looneys, and an Entertainment feature on the transformation of the Academy awards.
This week the Perdeby editorial embarked on marathon interview sessions. We host intake interviews twice a year, and we receive numerous applications.
There were quite a few interesting interviews this year, with many promising candidates. Tough choices had to be made, and picking the best candidates is always difficult.
As I conducted interviews I noticed something fascinating – a pattern almost. For most of the interviews, especially with first and second years, applicants kept on saying the same thing, that they read their news online. No more than five of our applicants said that they read newspapers, and that made me a little bleak.
As February draws to a close, everyone seems to be getting into their zone at UP. Things at the Perdeby office are no different. With a fresh editorial, and a bit of time and training, we’re getting ready to put together a publication on an almost weekly basis. It’s a good feeling, wrapping up on a Friday afternoon, and stepping back to admire the publication you’ve put together during the week.