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Exam apps review

Lorinda Marrian and Alycia Hibbert 

Every month, Perdeby tests and reviews apps that we think will make life a little easier. This month, we tried out apps that can help you through the upcoming exam period.  



Rating 4/5

Evernote is the perfect way to store and organise all your class notes in one simple platform. The app allows you to create notes and store them in different virtual notebooks. The notes can be created in a variety of formats that include audio files, text notes, hand written notes and photos. The best feature of the app is its ability to synchronise itself with other devices and accounts. You can synchronise the app with your laptop so you can easily upload notes onto your computer and take clips from websites to add to your notes. The app also synchronizes with Google Drive so you can add additional files from the drive. It is recommended that if you are going to make use of the handwriting feature to use a tablet,  with a stylus so that the notes are not messy. The main shortcoming of the basic version of the app is that it has a 60 megabyte upload limit that only resets every 30 days. However, the premium version has a 10 gigabyte upload a month which can be very useful. Therefore, you may have to plan exactly when to upload. Even so, this is a really easy way to organize all the loose notes that you made throughout the semester.

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UP secrets: Did you know these Rag facts?

Ashleigh Nefdt

Every week, Perdeby looks at the hidden wonderful and weird things that happen on campus. This week we’ll look at the history of Rag in collaboration with UP Archives.

Rag, or Reach Out and Give, has come a long way since it was first introduced. From “flying saucers” to Rag queens and weird and wonderful floats, Rag has made a name for itself in UP history. In honour of that, Perdeby has decided to compile a list of a few random Rag facts.


Rag has been around for almost 200 years
Rag probably didn’t exist for most of us up until a few years ago. However, the festival has been around since 1820, when it started as most things in history seem to, as a rivalry. This was between University College London and King’s College London. It was so competitive that it became what is now known as Rag.  


When Rag made its way to South Africa, Pretoria students were the first ones to embrace it
There has long been disputes between UCT and Tuks students over “who was first”. The age-old question has been answered, and yes, it was Tuks. In 1925, people paid to watch the initiation of first year students in Church Square, Pretoria, and the spectacle raised £197 which all went to charity, starting the famous occasion we now know as Rag.

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Groove Grind: A new workout experience

Nandipha Dilla

Every week, Perdeby sends their journalists to experience something out of their comfort zones. This week, Nandipha Dilla attended a Grove Grind Workout Experience at the Jasmyn Recreation Hall. 

May has come with the pre-exam tests and assignments that can cause a lot of anxiety and depression among many students. One of my favourite ways to destress is to find creative ways to work out without heading to the gym.  That is why I tried Groove Grind, a free, fun, fitness workout for ladies that integrates dance with high intensity interval training (HIIT) that was started by UP students Yolisa Singaphi and Zenande Booi. 

On Thursday last night, I made my way to the Jasmyn Recreation Hall, excited to try out this no-gym workout. As we shuffled into our places, the upbeat house music filled the venue and set the mood for the rest of the session.  The first half hour of the session was the dance component, with fast-paced routines that would most likely overwhelm any beginner with two left feet.
As someone who enjoys dancing, I was able to catch the routines at the most important parts, following the cues that Yolisa would give regularly.

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Cheers to volunteers

Ashleigh Nefdt 

Making a difference in the world can sometimes seem like a job reserved for only the most heroic of us. The truth is, you really don’t need to be one of Marvel’s greatest superheroes to fix some of the world’s problems. So how can you get involved in helping out? Perdeby is happy you asked. Here are a few ways to volunteer at varsity.


TULIP (Tuks Leadership and Initiative programme)
TULIP is a UP society that wants to make the world a better place for underprivileged school students who need extra academic help. Their goal is to help underprivileged students from various schools in rural areas, get to, and through university. They are currently helping 400 grade 8-12 students by preparing them as academics, leaders, and financially savvy students through tutoring sessions and school visits every month. For more information, you can contact TULIP at or on their Facebook face.


The Mamelodi Initiative
The Mamelodi Initiative is another UP society that wants to help a little closer to home. Their goal is to help students get their high school certificates, with a special focus on girls. The Mamelodi Initiative knows that student volunteers are busy, so they have special programmes that take place during the holidays. You can sign up for any of the programmes that best suit your timetable at

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What you should have learnt in school: A student guide to VAT

Aroma Theron

Every week, Perdeby looks at something you should have learnt in school to assist you in your day-to-day life. This week, we’ll look at understanding VAT.

Finance minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced that VAT would increase from 14% to 15% as of 1 April. So Perdeby have compiled a short crash course on all things VAT to take into consideration when you draw up your next monthly budget.


What is VAT?
VAT stands for Value Added Tax, and it is taxed on all goods and services sold in the country. A seller charges this VAT to the buyer, and then pays it to the government. It is the little amount at the bottom of your till slip that gets added to your total cost. Since 1993, VAT was set at 14% but has now been increased to 15%. The VAT increase is in line with other tax increases to raise money for the government to fund inclusive economic growth and social spending such as free higher education. Malusi Gigaba defends this increase by referring to other countries such as Zimbabwe, Argentina and Russia, that have a higher VAT rate than South Africa.


What is excluded from VAT?
There is a list of 19 basic food items that won’t be taxed. Included on this list is brown bread, rice, vegetables, fruit, eggs and milk. The reason for this concept is to lessen the burden of affording basic food items to disadvantaged people.

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