Hailstorms and floods wreak havoc across the country


Golf ball size hail and flash floods battered Gauteng on 9 October which killed one and injured four people in the Krugersdorp area of the West Rand. Two were injured due to the collapse of the Cradlestone Mall’s roof while the other three were hurt near the Hillside Road area, with one sustaining fatal injuries. The roof of Protea Riff Primary School, in Protea Glen, Soweto, was also blown off . The South Gauteng High Court and the Home Affairs building in Krugersdorp were among the identified state-owned properties damaged by the weather. The Gauteng Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson  Mogomotsi Mogodiri, expressed that emergency personnel relocated approximately 500 people to the Magaliesberg community hall in Orient Hills on the West Rand.

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Canine counselling: animal assisted therapy


Many people claim that dogs are man’s best friend because of their unconditional love, but science has proven that dogs, and other animals, can also offer powerful therapeutic effects through animal assisted therapy (AAT). Recently this therapy method was used to comfort people in the city of Las Vegas after they experienced a tragic shooting which left 58 dead and over 500 injured. The Independent reported that the Lutheran Church Charity’s K-9 Comfort Dogs, based in Illinois, visited various places in Las Vegas to help victims deal with the traumatic event.

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How to study (if you do not yet know)


To some students exam season brings with it an opportunity to show how their hard work and dedication throughout the semester has finally paid off. To the rest, the period only brings stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation and more stress. With less than a month before exams start, many students are seeking new study techniques that will help them excel in their final exams.

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Perdebate 16 October 2017

Exams are less than three weeks away and we know that many of us are already stuck with the terrifying exam stress. Perdeby went around campus asking our fellow students for some of their tips for dealing with exam stress:

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International Day of the Girl Child: the future is female


11 October marks the annual International Day of the Girl Child as declared by the United Nations in 2011. It is a day when various events are held to raise awareness around the importance of girls’ rights in the hopes of gaining active support for the cause, with each year carries a different theme. The sixth annual celebration’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030”, and it emphasises the importance of gender equality and the general goal of empowering all women by 2030.

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