Immerse yourself: isolation is a choice



Healthy relationships can help make for a healthier life overall. As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Debra Umberson and Karas Montez, through their work “Social Relationships and Health: a flashpoint for health policy”, published in PubMed Central, define social integration as “the overall level of involvement with infor­mal social relationships, such as [friendships], and with formal social relationships, such as those with religious institutions and volunteer organisations”. The publication also expresses that social relationships have great impact on an individual’s health and there are three broad ways that social relationships work to influence health, namely physiological, psychosocial, and behavioural.

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The price of publishing: Why are textbooks so expensive?



The recent closure of Coco’s, the print­ing business well known for printing copied textbooks, has reinvigorated the conversation around the cost of textbooks among students. The Law of Delict textbook, a prescribed book for third years studying LLB, would cost around R1100 at thebook stores around campus. At Coco’s a copied version of this book would cost students no more than R400 as the book would have been priced solely on printing and binding fees. The disparity in prices has led many students to question if textbooks are too expensive and where the rest of the money goes to.

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Student innovators and entrepreneurs

Katherine Atkinson

For South Africa to achieve economic growth we need between “twenty and twenty-five out every hundred people to be entrepreneurs” says UP’s webpage Entrepre­neurship 101. However, only about 7% of South African citizens are entrepreneurs. Despite these statistics, UP has several students who have started their own platforms or businesses.

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Back to School Student Drive


Menlyn Park Shopping Centre together with UP, ran a Back to School Student Drive. TuksFM also participated in this drive to create awareness. On 7 February, TuksFM broadcasters Quintus Potgieter and Brendon Sabau from The Driveway, along with The Quintessential show broadcasted live in the mall’s Aviary Square. With the show running from 15:00 to 18:00, topics regarding textbook prices, improvised student meals (for example noodles and baked beans) and other student expenses (such as accommodation, transport, food, clothing and books) were discussed.

The Back to School Student Drive ran from 18 January to 11 February. Donations of clothing, stationery, non-perishable foods and toiletries were accepted.

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Hearing loss: the invisible epidemic

Gemma Gatticchi

Perdeby sat down with hearX group co-found­er, Professor De Wet Swanepoel from UP in conjunction with World Hearing Day, which will take place on 3 March. According to the South African Journal of Communication Disorders (SAJCD), the need for urgent action to prevent ear and hearing problems is a priority, especially because in many cases permanent hearing loss is preventable.

Can you elaborate on some of the major hear­ing problems faced by South Africans?

There're obviously children who often have hearing loss which is quite common in young­sters entering the schooling system, and hearing is the gateway to learning. If you can't hear well at school then you are not going to be able to learn well. Childhood hearing loss is an important contributor. Some of it is permanent, in other words, there is damage to the hearing organ. Some of it may not be permanent, it may be an infection they might have, like middle ear infection for example. Then we have adult hearing loss. The most important causes of adult hearing loss are aging and noise exposure. The problem with most hearing losses is once you lose it you can't get it back.

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