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Perdeby Experience: Anatomy Dissection

Aroma Theron

Every week Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something out of their comfort zones. This week Aroma Theron attended an anatomy dissection.

Chances are that if you have a friend in second-year medicine, then you might have heard a few stories regarding a lot of studying and a lot of pulling a part and dream-crushing tests. Well, I am fortunate enough to be a second-year medical student and I would like to share my experience regarding anatomy dissection. 

Before meeting our cadavers, we were given lectures regarding the respectful approach we needed to adopt when dissecting and we were also informed about all the support available from our faculty, when things start to get tough. When I decided to study medicine, I had always been a bit apprehensive when it came to the anatomy dissection part of the course. But when the time finally came around, I was open to it being a learning opportunity. In the introductory lectures, we were told that we must see our cadavers as our ‘first patients’ and as our ‘best patients’, as they can’t complain and we would learn the most from them. This turned out to be exactly the case when it came to my dissection experience.

We are lucky to have the majority of our cadavers donated by family members. Anatomy works in that every cadaver has two groups of four people doing the dissecting. The groups take turns between morning and afternoon dissection sessions. Thus, when entering the dissection room, we must revise the previous group’s dissection and complete our own dissection. The first steps through the doors of the dissection room always have our airways filled with the intrusive aroma of formalin. But let me tell you something, afterwards you will find yourself re-encountering this smell in the strangest of places like a supermarket or even a Tupperware box.

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Must Visit Sites this Freedom Month

Nandipha Dilla 

In celebration of Freedom Day on 27 April, Perdeby has put together a guide of places to visit this month that highlight South Africa’s past and celebrate its freedom.  


Mandela House

Where: Vilakazi Street, Soweto

Admission Fee: R40 for adults

Situated on South Africa’s most prominent street, Mandela House was late former president Nelson Mandela’s home bought years prior to his imprisonment on Robben Island in 1962. The home stands as a heritage site that shows the familial intricacies of the Mandela’s by giving visitors a glimpse into the married life of a lawyer with two children who vowed to die for the freedom of his people. Opening hours from 09:00 to 16:45.


Union Buildings

Where: Government Avenue, Pretoria

Admission Fee: Admission to the terraced gardens are free

As the official seat of the national government, the Union Buildings has played a key part in South Africa’s history. Although there is no entry into the actual building, the grounds and garden area are the perfect place for a light walk or even a picnic. One can also find historical moments such as the 9-meter tall bronze Nelson Mandela statue.


Freedom Park

Where: Salvokop, Pretoria

Admission Fee: Prices vary depending on which side of the park you are visiting

This heritage site was created to honour those who sacrificed their lives for a democratic South Africa. There is a 679-meter-long Wall of Names where the names of around 75 000 South Africans have been inscribed for their sacrifice in the anti-apartheid struggle. You can also find the Garden of Remembrance and the Hapo Museum.

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What you should have learned at school: self-care hacks for students

Ashleigh Nefdt

Every week, Perdeby takes a look at something you should have learned at school to assist you in day to day life. This week, we take a look at self-care hacks for students.

The student life has never been accused of being a glamourous one. Trying to balance getting good grades, attending all your lectures, maintaining a social life, avoiding any mental breakdowns and still getting enough sleep at night can all seem impossible to achieve within the measly 24 hours we are given in a day. Unless you somehow got ahold of Hermione’s time turner, you probably feel just as burnt out as we do. And so, here are a few simple sweet and cheap self-care hacks to ease your burnt out-ness.


Calm down
After a long day, the first and best thing to do to is to remind yourself that it is okay to not have 1 000 thoughts racing through your mind. A great way to expel any lasting worries is by listening to white or pink noise, both of which you can find on the app, Calm. Sounds like rain falling, fires blazing or birds chirping will make you remember that it’s okay to be calm.


Switch off
It has also been scientifically proven that turning off your phone and disconnecting yourself from social media is a sure way to wind down your mind, so try your best to stay off your phone for a while.

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Powerful women in the history of science and technology

Alycia Hibbert 

It is easy for society to recognize the names of men like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Elon Musk for their contribution to modern day technology. Yet, few can really name the women who have made revolutionary contributions to the technological world. This week Perdeby looks at the women who were science and technology game changers.


Grace Hopper

Hopper, a computer scientist and US Navy rear admiral, developed one of the world's first compilers and compiler-based programming languages. She is famously connected with the Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL), a high-level programme language that was based on her ideas. She was awarded forty honorary degrees throughout her lifetime. Without Hopper, the basics of many computer languages would not exist.


Dr Erna Schneider Hoover  

Dr Hoover is notable for inventing a telephony substituting computer program that kept phones operating under strenuous loads which many say revolutionized the modern communication industry. Her patent for this technology in 1971 was amid one of the first software patents ever issued. Dr Hoover is clearly one of the pioneers in the field of computer technology.


Dr Shirley Ann Jackson

Dr Jackson is the first African-American woman to get a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which she earned, in theoretical physics. Her telecommunications research at Bell Laboratories led to the invention of the portable fax, the touch-tone telephone, solar cells, fibre optic cables and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. From 2014 to 2018, while at the age of 73, she also served as the co-chair to the US President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

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Perdeby Party Guide: 16 April – 22 April

Alycia Hibbert



Aandklas at 20:00. Karaoke. Sometimes we all need some drunken singing in our lives. Entrance is free and Happy Hour is between 20:00 and 21:00.

Arcade Empire at 19:00: Quiz Night. Bar tabs are up for grabs and tables of 4 to 6 people can be booked via WhatsApp on 079 805 2447. No entry fee.



Aandklas at 20:00. Quiz Night. A place where you can finally make use of your useless general knowledge. Entry is free and the maximum team size is eight people. You also stand a chance to win tickets to the Misty Waters Festival.

Blue Room at 19:00: Student Night Wednesdays. R12 beer specials. Free entry when a valid student card is presented.



Madison Avenue at 20:00. Tuks - Partyfest Synergy 2018, presented by Southern Comfort. The theme is Chicago and the best-dressed prize will win R1 000 cash on the night. Pre-sale tickets are R20 while tickets at the door will be R30 for students and R40 for the public. Remember your student card or else you will have to pay the public rate.

Aandklas at 18:00. Hard Rock Thursday. Happy Hour between 20:00 and 21:00. Entrance is R10 after 20:00.

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