Editorial

Hello from the 2016 editorial

 

 

 

Editor: Michal Linden

It’s me again. Next year I’ll hopefully be an English Masters kid that still enjoys Earl Grey tea and wants to be a panda. I’m looking forward to another year with my wonderful 2016 team!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Copy: Herman Hoogenboezem

There once was a sub on the job Whose journos caused him to sob He worked late into the night To make everything right And he tried to not call them all knobs.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Entertainment: Elmarie Kruger

When I first started working as Perdeby’s Entertainment Editor in late 2014, I told Michal that the biggest setback about my personality is that I’m too nice. She assured me that this would change in due time, and if you ask my colleagues, they’ll tell you that it has (I happen to know that some of them refer to me as The Terminator behind my back). Aside from that, I’m still Elmarie, I still love pugs and Batman, and even though I feel like I’ve reached most of the goals that past Elmarie set for herself last year, I still want to bring you the best entertainment stories in a wide range of genres. In 2016, let’s discover the entertainment world together, one article at a time.

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Goodbye from the 2015 editorial

 

Features

Leanne Cumming

As the Features section editor for Perdeby I have developed many skills that I can continue to use as I pursue my career in journalism. I believe that Perdeby will always be the foundation and building blocks of my career. Perdeby has given me the opportunity to grow as a writer and has allowed me to get a feel of how the industry works. Although Perdeby is a much smaller version of the real industry, Perdeby has helped me grow as a person, develop lifelong skills and has deepened my passion and love for the media industry.

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From the Editor-in-Chief

The #FeesMustFall movement has certainly managed to unite groups of students on campus and across South Africa. It also pointed a finger at the ANC government and universities, highlighting their shortcomings and raising student issues.
Although students achieved the 0% increase in fees along with other demands at Tuks, it seems like this is only the start of a much larger issue nationally, one that has perhaps not been fully thought through. The struggle toward free higher education is a noble one. The idea of obtaining a tertiary education without the constraints of one’s economic disadvantage is truly inspirational. As principled as this idea might seem, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. From my experience over the last week I have learned that the movements advocating for fees to fall and free higher education aren’t open for discussion on the matter. I have, however, only heard demands coming from these leaders with very little to no solutions to the problems we face.
Even if tertiary education was free, someone would still have to foot the bill. When the president announced on Friday that there would be no increases for 2016, no one knew where the money would come from to fill the almost R4 billion shortfall universities now face. Students aren’t blind either, and it is clear that the elimination of wasteful expenditure, corruption and mismanagement would very easily contribute to bringing the ideal of free higher education one step closer. The likelihood of a responsible and transparent government is, however, debatable.

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The write side of history

This past week has been one of the toughest and most rewarding for Perdeby. Scores of Perdeby journalists and photographers worked almost around the clock documenting, editing, compiling and posting content about the UPrising protests on campus as well as the national student march to the Union Buildings. I’m incredibly proud of what we achieved and I believe that we represented the protests objectively and calmly.
I’ve been horribly upset by mainstream media this week. I got to meet several of these journalists and I have also kept up to date with what the national media platforms have been publishing about the protest UP students were involved in. The things that I have read have upset me because they are disproportionate to what has actually happened, sensational and, at times, just outright lies.
Many people commented on Twitter about the inaccuracy of a post by a prominent media platform that published a photo of security guards “run[ning] for cover as Tuks students protest”. These security guards certainly weren’t fleeing, as there was nothing to flee from. Flee from peaceful students? Surely campus security has more guts than that. All of our team that were on the ground agree that they never saw security running from protesting UP students.
Another newspaper chose to tell readers about how UP students “went on a rampage” to the men’s residences and TuksMonate. This isn’t true either. Students were hungry.

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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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