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SA's best music festivals

Aroma Theron

Over the past month, pictures of Coachella flooded our social media feeds and FOMO was a constant struggle. So Perdeby has compiled a list of some of our favourite local music festivals in South Africa.

 

Mieliepop
This music festival took place from 21 to 24 March at the Tolderia Resort in Lothair, Mpumalanga, and is the popular choice among UP students. This festival is more laid-back than others as it takes place in Mpumalanga, and festival goers are surrounded by picturesque scenes of green mountains and clear lakes. Early bird tickets were on sale for R650, and included with the festival ticket was the option to bring your own tent, but you could also book a spot in a tented camp for extra money. The line-up included a variety of artists like DZ Deathrays, Van Pletzen and African Rhythm, and the Yoga Flow Festival. 

 

Rocking the Daisies
This is a favourite among Capetonians, but if you are lucky to have money to fly over or take a road trip, then Rocking the Daisies won’t disappoint your Coachella craving. It is held annually on the Cloof Wine Estate, near Darling. This year, it will be held from 5 to 7 October. Phase 1 tickets cost R595, but a camping pass will cost extra. There are a variety of camping facilities to choose from, depending on your budget. The line-up will be announced but the festival caters to a lot of music genres, from hip hop to electro.

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What you should have learnt in school: Networking tips for students

Nandipha Dilla

Every week, Perdeby takes a look at something you should have learnt in school to assist you in your day-to-day life. This week, we take a brief look at how to network.

It really isn’t about what you know– most people who will graduate with the same degree as you, will have some degree of the knowledge that you have. What can separate you from the crowd is the amount of effort you have put in to know the right people who can help you advance in your career. These are student friendly ways to build a network:

 

Your lecturers are a good starting point
While you may not enjoy going to class to hear your lecturer read half-heartedly from the slides, your lecturer has a vast array of knowledge on the subject and knows people who work in the industry. Forging an academic relationship with your lecturer can prove to be very beneficial, not only to your academic success, but your career as well. Your lecturer can give you insider tips on the newest industry developments, advice on how to approach potential employers, and give you a stellar recommendation letter for scholarships and job opportunities.

 

Join a student organisation
University offers every student the opportunity to go beyond their academics by having a number of organisations catering to a multitude of interests an individual can have and gives them a chance to meet people who have a passion for the same thing. Student organisations usually hold workshops, seminars, community service days, networking events, and offer many other resources to help people gain skills relevant to their interests. They can also help cultivate relationships that can be life-long connections, and these connections may be pivotal in your future undertakings.

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Perdeby party guide: 24-30 April

Aroma Theron

TUESDAY 24 APRIL:

Aandklas at 20:00: Karaoke at Aandklas. Entrance is free. Happy hour will be from 20:00 till 21:00.

Arcade Empire at 19:00: Quiz Night. Bar tabs are up for grabs. Teams should have 4-6 people. Book via WhatsApp on 079 805 2447. No entry fee.

 

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL:

Aandklas at 20:00: Regular quiz night. Maximum team capacity: eight people.  To book a table for your team, mail aandklas@aandklas.com before 16:00 on Wednesday. Entrance is free. You stand a chance to win tickets to Misty Waters Festival.  

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

 

THURSDAY 26 APRIL:

Aandklas at 18:00: Hard Rock Thursdays. Happy hour will be from 20:00 until 21:00. Entrance will be R10 after 20:00.

Madison Avenue at 20:00: House of Cassim. Drinks’ specials include Madison Mugs for which you get a single and mix for R18, or a double and mix for R24. There will also be a buy-one-get-one-free shooter special between 22:00 and midnight. Entrance is R60.

Blue Room at 15:00: Hunose All Black Birthday. The dress code is all black. Line-up includes Black Motion, Tira, Sumbody, DJ Zinhle, and more.

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Perdeby experience: Apartheid Museum

Alycia Hibbert 

Every week, Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something different and exciting. This week, Alycia Hibbert visited the Apartheid Museum in honour of freedom month.

The Apartheid Museum is something I’ve always wanted to experience, and when I got an opportunity not only to get to view the Museum, but write about that experience as well, I was enthusiastic.

I set off on Saturday morning and ventured across town, getting to the Museum just as it opened. My best friend and I were able to secure student discounts without student cards, which is always a bonus in any adventure. Being early also helped us as we took our time, as well as not having to be in queues.

At the door, the issued tickets randomly assign you a race, which you use to enter the museum, with one door for “Whites” and the other for “non-Whites”. So my friend and I were separated at the beginning of the journey. On either side of you as you enter the turnstile are metal fences lined with passbooks and identification documents. The faces of the people who lived and breathed the struggle look directly at you. Then you go outside where there are glass mirrors that depict the significant people from historical to modern day South Africa.

The amazing thing about the museum is that it is more than just the history of apartheid– it is the history of South Africa. It takes you back to different original African nationalities, then colonisation, the gold rush, and finally, apartheid itself.

At one point you will pass a gallery of hanging ropes. I became emotional at this point in the Museum. There is a list of names and “supposed” deaths of those who lost their lives in prison. You see the names of those who died when they should not have, with cruelty in an unjust system. It is haunting, but justly so.

The exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela was just breath-taking and insightful. It was incredible to watch his very first TV interview and listen to his famous “I am prepared to die” speech. The whole exhibition is a remarkable honour and testimony to an extraordinary man and hero in South Africa’s history. It features some of the best conceptional works I’ve ever seen.

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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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