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A night behind the box- shadowing DJ Bongani Zulu

Ashleigh Nefdt

Every week, Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something outside of their comfort zone. This week, Ashleigh Nedft shadowed DJ Bongani Zulu.

Like most of you, I have stood numerous times looking up towards the figure at the towering box on stage that has the power to make or break my night with music, making me move to the rhythms. So I became curious, what is it like up there? And how do they make it look so electrifyingly simple?

I decided to embark on a journey of discovery, and I asked someone who would know. His name is DJ Bongani Zulu.

I didn’t know what to expect before meeting him in person, but I knew that if his personality was anything like his music, I could expect great things- and I wasn’t disappointed.

Zulu described himself as a relatively shy and simple person who usually keeps to himself. At first, I thought he was joking, because his music was so bold, resembling confidence. He only laughed and told me that the music brought him out of himself.

DJ Bongani Zulu told me that he had been inspired ever since his father bought him a compact music player when he was just three years old, and that from then on, he had had a personal connection with the music. He told me he loved all music, but techno was by far his genre of choice. Furthermore, he described it as being simple, like himself.

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What is currently going on in the world - Perdeby’s weekly news catchup

Ashleigh Nefdt

Every week, Perdeby puts together the weeks biggest national and international news stories. We know youre in a rush and sometimes simply need to brush over whats going on around us. Here are some of the biggest news stories of the week. 


#Listeriosis outbreak
On Monday 5 March, South Africans were warned about certain poultry and meat products that could be infected with the new strain of listeriosis. Here’s what you need to know:

The source: The problem stems from Enterprise Food’s Polokwane factory, which inspectors from the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, as well as inspectors from the World Health Organisation, found selected meats to be positive for the ST6 strain type.

Who is affected: Even though no one should take a risk, listeriosis primarily affects people with weak immune systems, the elderly people and pregnant women.

How to stop Listeriosis from spreading: Even if you have thrown away suspicious meat products (specifically polony and cold cuts), you might still be afraid of listeriosis lurking some other food products, so here’s what you can do:

  1. Certain food chain stores like Woolworths have sent around specific lists of products that might be infected, so check those names against the products you have in your fridge.
  2. Boil your cooked food in water above 70 degrees Celsius as listeriosis cannot handle the heat.
  3. Clean your fridge using diluted bleach, as listeriosis love the cold, and can multiply in your fridge and cause cross contamination.

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No-gym fitness

Rebecca Woodrow
Life is costly, and a gym membership is one of those tricky expenses where, technically, it is a need and a luxury, because it helps you maintain your health but at a cost that can’t always be validated if consistent and frequent visits take place. So, straight from one of First Year Spread’s greatest triumphs, Perdebybrings you No Gym Fitness.


General Guidelines

Stretching is key to not hurting yourself or feeling the fires of Hell in your muscles.

Do not strain yourself because injuries occur easily. 

Wear appropriate clothing, comfort is king.

Feel the burn, but listen to your body. It’s the only one you have so try to be nice to it.

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A student’s guide to healthy natural hair

Nandipha Dilla

Every week Perdeby takes a look at something you should have learned at school to assist you in day-to-to life. This week, we take a look at how to maintain healthy natural hair.

For many girls, taking care of natural hair seems like a daunting task. Not only is it seemingly high maintenance and prone to damage, the products our hair needs are often expensive and inaccessible to the average girl. While this guide may be a foundation to better taking care of your hair, no one knows your hair’s needs better than you do. So listen to your hair and make the right adjustments to accommodate it, you will feel all the better for it.

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Perdeby party guide: 6-12 March

Aroma Theron



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



Blue Room at 19:00:  Student Night Wednesdays will be in full swing with R12 beer specials. Free entry when a valid student card is presented. Age restriction will be 18.

Aandklas at 20:00: Regular quiz night. Maximum team size: 8 people. To book a table for your team, email before Wednesday 16:00. Entrance is free.  

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