Slow and steady does it, but not always.

 The most glorious part of this past week has to have been the rain that poured for more than a whole day. While we might never have been ready or happy about the flash floods or second shower on the way to class, it’s no secret that the country desperately needs rain. This rapid change in weather is unexpected but ultimately welcome.


Rapid change is not only manifesting in our weather but also in our social and political climates. However, 8 March, International Women’s Day, highlighted for me that gender equality is a place where rapid change is frustratingly absent. While there have been inroads made into equal gender representation in many areas, I just can’t understand how in 2016 such inequality still exists. Independent published some statistics that indicate the level of inequality women still face, even now.

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“Life wasn’t normal enough to decide on a title.” - A badger.


This week’s edition has happened so quickly, it’s hard to register that it’s been happening at all. This is just another situation that has become the norm at the publication.

Gone are the days where we had to scrounge for news or could take our time writing it up. While I long for a break, it’s great to have news booming currently, so much so that we decided to include most of it in last week’s edition (which means we are now a bit limited this week as everything has already been published or is being worked on for our 14 March edition).

Much in the same way that our publication is a constant whirl of panicked activity, many students are also feeling this way, having fallen behind with academics because of disruptions and uncertainty. This week has been somewhat normal, but can we say that normality is back?

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Time to exit the pool. Where are the steps?

The last two weeks have been frustrating ones for many students, and for a number of reasons. Some are frustrated by lingering systematic oppression. Some are frustrated over missed classes. Some are frustrated by the unpredictable nature of each day. At Perdeby, it’s been frustrating trying to compile content for readers without access to an office and equipment. This sense of frustration has permeated social media. But in among this justified frustration, gremlins have reared their ugly heads in the form of ignorance, racism and hate speech flooding Facebook and Twitter feeds. We’re not alone in this experience. Just over a week ago, well-respected British actor and personality Stephen Fry closed his Twitter account. The metaphor he used to explain his reason was blunt, but honest: “Too many people have peed in the pool.”

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Tips for pedestrians

True to the beginning of any academic year, campus is filled with over-enthusiastic first-years and seniors motivated by last year’s poor marks. This makes for heavy volumes of pedestrians. While I’m glad everyone is far more eager than me, walking and driving on campus has become an issue due to the amount of foot traffic. Out of kindness, I have compiled a guide for first-years (and seniors whose memories have been dulled by two months of holiday) on how to walk effectively on campus and help make me a little less grumpy.

Tip one: don’t act surprised when you see a car on the ring road. This is a road for cars after all and you, a pedestrian, are the foreign object in an otherwise smooth flow of motor vehicles. There are paths for a reason. Make use of them instead or watch GTA become a reality.

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Give and take, take, take

After the blur that was Rag week and nearly two months of holiday, it’s a bit of a struggle to turn back to the usual grind of academics and responsibilities. That being said, building a Rag float seems to have ensured that the res kids got back to work at least two weeks before the rest of us.

The floats at this year’s procession really were impressive. I loved the creativity and ingenuity used to create larger than life structures or animals out of a variety of materials. Each float had its own atmosphere and even when disaster struck and there was no float (as with Mopanie and Jasmyn), the rag committees still had the courage to walk the route and participate. What was disheartening about the day for me though was how few people actually came to see the procession.

Understand that Rag is no longer the same now that it’s no longer in the streets. I, too, am nostalgic for blikskud and kilometres upon kilometres of hot tar and people. I feel fortunate that I even have those memories unlike so many students. But the fact that the procession is no longer supported the way it was makes me wonder about the real reason that people used to support it. The current procession isn’t terribly out of the way. Chances are, if you could stand along the streets of Hatfield, you can stand along the streets of LC de Villiers. The floats are still beautifully done, too. Residences now work harder than ever to ensure that their floats are charitable, perhaps even cancelling out the need for blikskud. Is it really going to boil down to the fact that students don’t attend because students can’t drink at the procession? Surely we’re better than that?

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