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F**k Donald Trump: Hip-hop’s reflection of reality

HUVASAN REDDY
Forty-fifth President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is the latest in a string of topics that rappers are reacting to. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Los Angeles rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle released the single ‘F**k Donald Trump’, rated by HipHopDX as the 6th “most lit” track of 2016. The single failed to chart, but was viewed by over 16 million people on YouTube with the remix, which featured rappers Macklemore and G-Eazy, garnering a further 3 million views.

The lyrics set out the rappers’ reasons for disliking Trump, with YG rapping, “Don’t let Donald Trump win, that ni**a cancer. He too rich, he ain’t got the answers. He can’t make decisions for this country, he gon’ crash us”, and Nipsey Hussle criticising Trump’s wealthy background and lack of political experience: “Reagan sold coke, Obama sold hope, Donald Trump spent his trust fund money on the vote”. YG later offered to perform ‘F**k Donald Trump’ at the presidential inauguration for a fee of $4 million dollars, but was not selec ted to perform.

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UP Protests: a 2016 recap

SAVANNAH PLASKITT
2016 was a year that will be remembered for its student protests across South African campuses. Here is a brief recap of the protests experienced on UP campuses in 2016.

Workers’ Protest On 11 January 2016, UP workers began a protest against the university’s outsourcing practices, and called for higher wages. Workers from companies such as Servest, Global One and Fidelity were dispersed by riot police on 12 January 2016 and the university remained closed during the following week. UP Summer School modules and special exams were disrupted and began again on 25 January 2016. UP’ s annual Welcoming Day, scheduled to take place on 16 January, was cancelled due to safety concerns. On 20 January 2016, after more than a week of protest action, a preliminary agreement was reached which included a staggered approach to wage increases and insourcing, as well as allowing UP workers and their dependents to study at UP for free. The first phase of insourcing began on 1 April 2016.

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What does 2017 hold for fees at UP?

SAVANNAH PLASKITT

In 2016 UP played host to many protests across its campuses. Perdeby spoke to various UP student structures on what 2017 could hold for students at UP.

 

What are the biggest fee issues students face in 2017?

Kwena Moloto (DASO TUKS): It’s the same issue that’s been around since 1994. In general, higher education is not easily accessible to the masses.

Henrico Barnard (TSC chairperson): All students who qualify for NSFAS are allowed to register (first years). If you had NSFAS [funding] last year, [and] you applied and signed the loan agreement form you will get NSFAS [funding] and are allowed to register. The only category at this stage that is still a problem is if your GPA is below 50 and you have historic debt [which is] the biggest challenge to get onto campus.

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What does Trump mean for South Africa?

LORINDA MARRIAN
Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the USA and his introduction of a radical shift in policy will have a significant global effect. His “America First” policy could potentially have a profound effect on US - SA relations. Trump made it clear in his inauguration speech that he believes that the American government has spent too much money on foreign affairs, to the detriment of the American people. He plans to make decisions that only benefit American interests saying: “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

A large part of Trump’s “America First” policy focuses on trade. The United States is currently South Africa’s third largest trading partner. This is largely due to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA is a trade agreement whereby eligible sub-Saharan African countries can export to the USA tariff-free. Trump has publicly opposed free trade agreements such as NAFTA and AGOA, so these agreements may be on the chopping block. In South Africa AGOA has also publicly been met with anger due to the negative effect it has had on the poultry industry. The South African government was forced to make concessions on chicken imports in order to remain part of AGOA. This has led to an influx of imports from the European Union, shackling South Africa’s own poultry industry.

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Pretoria’s pygmy hippo

KATHERINE ATKINSON
On 16 December 2016, the National Zoological Gardens (NZG) of South Africa welcomed a new addition to an enclosure, a male pygmy hippopotamus.

Angeline Schwan, communications officer at the NZG, said that the baby pygmy hippo, who remains nameless for the time being, “is doing very well and has adapted to its permanent enclosure. It was moved into the enclosure on 25 January 2017. They usually weigh between 4 and 6 kg. At the time of release he weighed approximately 13 kg.” The baby hippo remains with his mother, as pygmy hippos should for the first 8 years, but has been separated from his father. Schwann added, “The youngster is currently just in the enclosure with his mother. Once the two have settled in and the dad has become accustomed to the little one through interaction between the one enclosure and the other, the father will join.” She then continued to say that there are “currently no plans for transfer” and that the baby will remain in the zoo for now. The NZG website reports that monogamous breeding patterns are usually observed in the pygmy hippo species and that sexual maturity occurs at about 3-5 years. It is therefore hoped that within the next few years this baby hippo will find a mate to ensure the longevity of this species.

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