Hey, it’s going to be okay

I can’t believe we were on holiday just over a week ago. The pressure of the fourth quarter is so intense, even trying to remember what a holiday is seems like a hard push. For many of us, our last assignments are due and if you took a bit too much time off in the break, you’re probably feeling even worse.

That’s how I’ve felt the whole week. On top of all my academic requirements, there’s been work that I haven’t expected. Sometimes this week has felt like it’s been a bit too much to bear.

Luckily, there have been really wonderful moments of relief, too. My whole class got an extension on our assignment and the project that I thought was due for last Thursday is only due this week. The venue I was organising an event at was super organised and helpful, and I’ll be home again in just over a month. Everything actually worked out in the end.

My struggles aren’t very challenging ones in comparison to the stories the month of October focuses on. World Mental Health Awareness Day was on 10 October. A large part of the campaign is aimed at removing the stigma from mental illnesses. Anxiety and depression are all mental issues that affect people around us. If you think you don’t know someone who is affected by it, think again. About one in every four people suffer from depression, and anxiety is the most common mental illness worldwide. These conditions are not make-believe, and they’re certainly not anyone’s fault. These conditions need medical treatment and the people suffering need support from friends and family rather than sneering, diminishing comments. That being said, if you are currently feeling like you may be suffering from depression or anxiety or are just feeling overwhelmed in general, please ask for help. There are professionals on campus who will be able to assist you with the correct counselling and medical advice.

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Escape reality

When broaching the topic of gaming, you will most likely be met with one of three reactions: fence-sitting apathy, serious enthusiasm, or a series of annoyed eye-rolls. The general opinion surrounding gaming is that it’s not for everyone. However, I would like to oppose this.

As someone who played nothing more than The Sims for most of my gaming life, my idea of what it means to be a gamer was fairly limited until quite recently. As someone who is, in a word, useless at first-person shooters and could never grasp the concept of the WASD control scheme, my initiation into gaming was a slow and casual one.

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Hear hear, heritage!

Themed editions seem to be a thing recently. On a completely unrelated note: welcome to our Heritage edition! I know it’s a bit early, but this is our last edition for a while and we didn’t want to miss this opportunity.
I remember wondering about my culture and attempting to find something that is specific to it when I was younger. Being a white, English South African, my culture seemed to be identified by a “lack of culture” more than anything else, but I’ve started to see things differently as I get older.
It shouldn’t matter what race I am or what language I speak at home. What matters is that my culture and heritage comes from a phenomenal country. South Africa is a place that I’d never consider leaving.
I spent some time on the Proudly South African website as well as a few other tourism pages as research for this week’s Top Ten (pg. 13). There were some incredible facts that I found:
The Kruger Park is the largest game reserve in the world and the south coast of South Africa is considered the whale-watching capital of the world. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
Our tap water is rated third in the world in terms of purity and drinkability.
The largest bubblegum mosaic was a picture of Nelson Mandela and was put together by several South African businesses.
The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners is Vilikazi Street in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu both owned houses on this Orlando West street.

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The Top Ten: Things to have in your protest kit


In the spirit of the recent political activism on campus, Perdeby has compiled a list of must-haves for the budding activist among you.

  • Sunblock. You can’t be an effective counter-revolutionary if you look like you’ve just been to the beach for the first time.
  • Umbrella. For when it literally rains on your parade.
  • Angry posters. Preferably with atrocious spelling.
  • Good walking shoes. Why protest in one place when you can carve a swathe of liberation across campus?
  • A megaphone. Because your views are the most correct and deserve to be heard in neighbouring provinces.
  • A good set of friends. One person shouting and marching does not a protest make.
  • Your “styliest” dance moves. Just because you’re trying to overthrow the oppressive regime, doesn’t mean you want to miss the opportunity to be scouted by SA’s Got Talent.
  • Energy bars. It takes a lot of energy to bring about real change, so make sure to consume enough calories.
  • Someone else’s political manifesto. You’re there to be heard, not to write.
  • Lyric sheets. Because nothing is as good at keeping up marching morale as a good sing-along.

Spring has sprung

From the Editor

Spring is a welcome change for me. I’m not a huge fan of the cold, so being able to wear slops and lose the jersey is fantastic and the longer days create such an exciting atmosphere for me. Unfortunately, the warm days came to abrupt halt on Friday with the rain and low temperatures again. Hey, change is everywhere.

There’s a clichéd saying that a change is as good as a holiday. I hope that is true. Second semester slump has hit the Perdeby office and the general student body too. I get the sense that everyone needs a holiday, so if the only holiday on offer is change, and spring brings change, I’ll take it!

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