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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Poultry industry’s increasing loss as Avian flu worsens


On 22 June Chief Director of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), in the subdivision of Animal Production and Health, Dr Botlhe Michael Modisane, issued a report to the World Organisation of Animal Health stating that the outbreak of the H5N8 Avian influenza virus was confirmed after the Agricultural Research Council and Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute conducted tests. According to Eye Witness News, over 250 birds have been culled in Johannesburg since September. On 2 October, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde, said that over two million birds had been killed or culled in the Western Cape as a result of the avian influenza.

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Mental health matters


Tuesday 10 October marked the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day. This day, and the rest of October, aims to support and raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as the state of well-being of an individual which allows them to realise their potential, cope with stresses of life, and work productively to contribute to society. According to the South African Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH), one quarter of people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

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