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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.
MICHAL LINDEN AND HERMAN HOOGENBOEZEM
In the spirit of the recent political activism on campus, Perdeby has compiled a list of must-haves for the budding activist among you.
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!
Welcome to our Election Edition. I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about what exactly an SRC is, what they’re meant to do, and who should be on it. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about this year’s SRC and their performance. Here are my views. I attended the last Student Forum because all our News journos were writing tests that evening. The meeting was interesting and the
SRC have achieved a number of great things this year. However, they could have been better (and I got a sense that they know it too). A lot of time and energy was wasted by this year’s SRC on infighting. It’s not too hard to find the attacks, both general and personal, on Twitter. And then I’ve also seen their Whatsapp chats. Too often this fighting happened along political lines. It’s in these times that they forgot their common purpose – the students. Instead of burying their pride or giving someone else the chance to explain themselves, members stubbornly stuck to their agendas and took forever to work their way to a compromise. What’s more, students could see that these solutions were not the solutions of a united SRC. The thing is, the most important thing about the SRC is that they represent the students. Not just some, but all the students at UP. When you get onto the SRC, you’re supposed to leave all your agendas, bias and prejudices at the door in order to represent everyone and represent them fairly. That means that if you run under EFFSC-UP, you represent the Afriforum aligned student too, or if you run under Daso, you represent the Sasco student as well, regardless of your views on them. I don’t believe in students running under political societies for SRC because it makes it much harder to become independent when you step onto the SRC. When you’re part of a political society, you should fully believe in that party’s national and regional agendas. However, it’s not okay to push them onto students or use them to influence the education of others that don’t abide by them. If your convictions are strong, my point that it’s just that much harder to put them aside is proven. Don’t get me wrong: political societies have a place on campus.
The Student Forum is a very serious event where the SRC is held accountable to the student population, and gives the students a chance to have their voice heard. However, the proceedings tend to get a bit heavy, so here are some ways to lighten up the mood.... in a way that is friendly and nonviolent.