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Science for us UCKAR

The Oppidan Press Edition 2, 11 March 2017

Does Grahamstown
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need a Batman?
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News Features
SciFest returns for 21st year
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What does Human Rights Day mean to you?


21 March marks the historic day commemorating the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, commonly known as Human
Rights Day. The upcoming public holiday serves as a reminder of past events and provides an opportunity for
South Africans to reflect on the countrys progress in regards to human rights.By Elle Williams.

In South Africa we need to be care-


ful talking about rights. Freedom
of expression and the right to vote
is not enough. We need to think There are many universities around the world to which students can go on
about the second generation. We exchange. Photo: LAUREN BUCKLE.
need the right to equal housing and
healthcare for everyone. Fourth-
year Journalism student, Thingo
Mthombeni.
Widening the scope of going
on exchange
Holly Allison At UCKAR, the perception is that
becoming an outbound exchange stu-
Approximately 20% of the student dent means going to study overseas.
body at UCKAR is made up of Any search will confirm this with pro-
Solidarity within interna- international students and inter- grams and scholarships all referring
tional relations is primarily nationalism is a major tenet within to Europe, the USA or New Zealand.
important. the University. However, there is a The idea here is that studying overseas
Television production difference concerning the idea of is a golden opportunity to make more
manager, Paddy Donnelly. becoming an exchange student and money after graduation, to gain ex-
going overseas to do so. posure to a wide variety of cultures or
UCKAR has partnerships with languages, and develope a chance to
a number of universities across be employed in that country. There is
the world. However, only two are the belief that to broaden your scope
in Africa, in Sub-Saharan Africa. in experience and knowledge, study-
Although students at UCKAR are ing outside Africa is where to do so.
We all deserve the right to live in free to attend any university within This may also play a part in the
an integrated community, where the exchange program, the emphasis 'brain drain' that continues to occur
different races come together, and to does fall upon attending Western in Africa where scholars and profes-
have the same rights. It is important universities. This may be because of sionals leave their country in order
for us to commemorate the happen- common interest in these countries to find better opportunities. This
ings of the past and to remember or the institutions willingness to does hold merit as South Africas
that all are equal in our society. form a partnership. However, it does unemployment rate is solid proof
Psychology Masters student Zipho show the gap in such an exchange of an unfortunate job market. The
Dolamo. between African universities. search for a stable job and lifestyle
Although there is a knowledge- has been said to be a contributing
sharing culture amongst African factor to choosing to study overseas.
scholars, one may question whether However, the process and opportu-
the need for transformation in South nity of studying abroad is a luxury in
Education is a very important and African higher education can also be itself with the large financial burden
essential right to everyone worldwide. seen within the idea of Western ex- as well as the need for the support of
For me, the right to safety is the most ceptionalism. The stunting of African ones family.
important, and trumps all other rights. ideals and knowledge for the more Although the distinct appeal of
I first became aware that a lot of chil- widely accepted Western ideals has studying overseas can be seen, the
dren live in unsafe environments when been called to the attention of South strength of knowledge and poten-
I was teaching last year. It is vital to African scholars. A move towards tial in Africa is often overlooked by
look after the welfare of South Africas changing this is said to be in process exchange programs with a focus on
youth. English Masters student, and its actuality can be debated. elite, Western universities. With the
Oriole Friedemann. However, there remains a bias in powerful role of universities in any
South African students with access to country, it is unfortunate that the
exchange programmes of choosing a ideal international experience typi-
university in the West. cally falls outside Africa.
11 March 2017 The Oppidan Press 3

Opinion
Community engagement or
communal entitlement?
Julia Fish UCKAR, the city of Grahamstown, of South African middle-class white comes into play. The white saviour with getting in touch with the local
and the people making up this munici- people have a collective amnesia. We narrative, like Batman, is a popular municipality about their housing
He is the hero we need but not pality exist within a context. We are in claim restoration, reformation and cinematic trope portraying a white application? Is there a problem with
the hero we deserve right now the the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest reconciliation when it suits us but keep character saving people of colour from dumping, and instead you build walls

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famous line from the acclaimed movie, provinces in terms of service delivery our property and privilege without his- their plight, according to Wikipedia. to keep people out rather than build
The Dark Knight, describes a flawed and infrastructure development in the torical recognition. You didnt work for Through personal sacrifice and hard- recycling depots
hero swooping in to rescue a city from country. Almost 500 000 households it nearly as hard as you think you did. ship, the white that create long-
itself. Though Batman wears a black in the province reported having run You can suffer and still not know the saviour who term employ-
cape, he is a typical representation of out of money for food in a month to systematic destruction of your person knows best and ment? The white
white privilege and ego. The man, Har- Stats SA last year. The inequality in if you are white. has suffered Communities do saviour doesnt
vey Dent, who comes undone in his Grahamstown rises in the East and While we refuse to acknowledge much in their ask because
attempts to combat evil, is a product glares at the affluence of Grahamstown privilege, we often refuse to listen to own past - not require saving bureaucracy is
of our selfish natures that breaks West or White daily. I say Graham- the disenfranchised - this is when the redeems the boring and doesnt
anything good or real in this world. stown White because this is all a white saviour complex approach to morality of the
by a lone wolf with make for nice short
However, this is not a movie filled with legacy of Apartheid. Yes, the A charity and commu- poor commu- a heart of gold, newsreel videos and
good intentions and happy endings. word over which nity uplift- nity of colour, instant recogni-
Communities do not require saving most ment restoring them they need targeted tion. Working
by a lone wolf with a heart of gold,
they need targeted and constructive
to a life of ease
and happiness.
and constructive with, not for, a
community doesnt
engagement that has sustain- Some singing engagement that get you a rent-a-
able long-term effects. in local dialect crowd of grateful
and tradition- has sustainable locals.


al dancing
at their
long-term effects. Working with
communities to
feet is stage necessary and
usually lasting symbiotic
displayed in absolute grati- relationships is called community
tude for their intervention. engagement. Going into communi-
Did he ask if they needed ties and ripping things up or knock-
the 10 tonnes of polyes- ing them over is a one-man crusade.
ter blankets that cost Further, what is problematic about
more than a months these kinds of interventions is when
worth of electricity those bestowed upon are not grateful
for a household of for misplaced and entitled help, they
eight living on are perceived as lazy and problematic.
one disability The most important part of listening
grant, or do to communities is not just seeing what
they actually they need, but hearing them when
need as- they tell you what they dont need.
sistance One white man cannot tell womxn
that they dont understand and are
wrong when asking to be taken into
account on problematic interventions
on their behalf.
The UCKAR community engage-
ment office is located on Prince
Alfred Street. Masifunde is located on
Bathurst Street by the Observatory
museum. These groups have been

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continuously and thoughtfully engag-
ing with the Makana community for
years, making lasting partnerships
for change. Ask them what you
can do to help. Stay engaged to
criticism, your privilege, and
learn to listen to what people
are actually asking for
when they ask for help.
Put the cape away
crusader. We dont
deserve or need that
kind of hero.

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Opinion
The Oppidan Press
Now that the year has kicked off to an exciting start, The Oppidan
Press would like to wish new and returning students the best of luck in
their studies. First term is time for new learning experiences, uncomfort-
able discussions, and mistakes. Whether it is your first time living away
from home or outside of a boarding school, the first term is bound to
present different opportunities and curious temptations.
March sees the 21st annual National Science Festival from 8 to 14
March. This years Festival, in line with UN declarations, focuses on
sustainable tourism for development and making science accessible to
all. This years theme, Tour de science, aims to incorporate these aspects
while taking visitors on a journey through science.
March also sees Human Rights Day on 21 March, commemorating the
57th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in which 69 black South
Africans were killed by police. It is essential that we remember these
lives lost as we continue to face police brutality and tactics reminiscent
of apartheid. The Oppidan Press spoke to students and staff members
around campus to find out what Human Rights Day means to them.
For this edition, our team has worked hard to provide content that
touches on a number of interesting and uncomfortable campus - as well
as Grahamstown-centric - issues. The cover of this edition may be of
peculiar interest, particularly with its inclusion of the iconic Batman
symbol. With UCKAR students making a name for themselves on various
Grahamstown social media outlets, discussions surrounding community Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is a very controversial and highly divisive figure. Illustration:
engagement and privilege have become extremely popular. With Gra- CAMERON SEEGERS.
hamstown facing a number of socio-economic and service delivery issues,
community members who seek to fix these problems in misguided ways
are finding themselves under fire from students pushing to engage in
discussions of privilege, race, and class. Therefore, we have problematised
Post-election anxiety: Why we
this Batman persona via our cover art as well as a featured opinion piece.
Accompanying Batman, The Oppidan Press provides another interest-
ing perspective in light of recent global events - namely, the election of
should care about Trumps success
Donald Trump. Though our staff understands that the featured piece may Christopher Boertje Speech Movement of 1964 - who American citizens elected Trump,

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anger some of our readers, we feel it is important to publish content from defended the freedom of students at perhaps in part because the so-called
a wide array of perspectives. he world watched in silence the University of California, Berkeley liberal left has long since alienated
The Grahamstown Residents Association (GRA) and Inkululeko on 9 November 2016 as to be politically active on campus. them through sheer intolerance.
are featured in this editions Community section. The GRA has found Donald J Trump won the One of the responses to censor- The Democrats were undeniably
themselves under scrutiny of late regarding one of their recent meet- United States 2016 Presidential ship on campuses has been a rise in guilty of this alienation, evident in
ings. Students are invited to their Annual General Meeting on 29 March Election, and became the President conservatism. By diminishing spaces actions such as Hillary Clintons ref-
(more details on page five). Inkululeko is a non-profit organisation based of the United States of America. that encourage open debate, society erence to the Republican voting body
at Ntsika Secondary which aims to uplift learners and aid them to fulfill Many found this outcome unbeliev- is undermining its ability to commu- as a basket of deplorables.
their potential. able: how could a misogynistic, nicate honestly. Instead, we distance In my opinion, Clinton offered
immigrant-hating, Ku Klux Klan- ourselves from one another, and iso- the U.S. public little when it came

The Oppidan Press staff and contact details endorsed, pathological liar become late people who have opinions with to her policies. She offered no real

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the leader of a global superpower? which we disagree. In many cases, change and her only advantage was
A new culture of intolerance is if an individual were to one that she did not fashion: she was
Editor-in-Chief: Kathryn Cleary. Deputy Editor: Ashleigh Dean. Execu- spreading mention to friends or not Trump. That was not enough. As
tive Consultant: Julia Fish. Finance and Advertising Manager: Shannice across the family members that Russell Brand points out on his show
Nandhoo. Community Curator: Lebogang Khoza. News Features Editor: globe. Universi- they considered voting Trews, You cant tell people that
Holly Allison. Opinion Editor: Aviva Lerer. Arts & Entertainment Editor: ties have always for Trump, they could it will be terrible if Donald Trump
Elle Williams. Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor: Andrea Le Goabe. En- been intellectu-
You cant tell expect an onslaught of becomes the President if the world
vironment Editor: Rochelle Duvenage. Chief Photo Editor: Joshua Stein. al spaces filled people that it insults and questions about they live in is already terrible. Noam
Assistant Chief Photo Editors: Simone Ferreira, James Fowler. Chief De- with debate, will be terrible if whether they were indeed Chomsky echoed this in an interview
signer: Ellen Heydenrych. Online Editor: Shannon Lorimer. Executive On- discourse and sexist, racist bigots. This following the election. These are
line Consultant: Leila Kidson. OppiTV Deputy Content Editor: Nokwanda discussion. Donald Trump is a dangerous assump- two examples of the many political
Dlamini. OppiFM Chief Editor: Paige Muller. OppiFM Deputy Editor: Stuart Yet, in many becomes the tion that leaves no room to analysts and writers who have ad-
Wilson. OppiFM Managing Editor: Collette Prince. OppiFM Content Edi- instances, they
tor: Lebogang Mashego. Ombudsperson: Professor Anthea Garman. have changed
president if the explore the possibility that
there could be far more
dressed the fact that Trumps victory,
much like the Brexit crisis, came
for the worse. world they live in complex and systemic rea- about because people have lost faith
Letters to the Editor: editor@oppidanpress.com Sp!ked, an is already terrible. sons behind people voting in political liberalism.
Advertising details: financeadvertisingteam@oppidanpress.com online Brit- for Trump. So instead of being angry with one
www.oppidanpress.co.za ish political Without the opportunity man, should we not rather be angry
www.facebook.com/theoppidanpress magazine, to express oneself, ideas about the society and conditions that
www.twitter.com/oppidanpress @oppidanpress stated that in a 2017 study of 115 cannot be shared, shaped or changed. allowed him to become President?
British universities, 63,5% of these We miss the chance to enlighten and Perhaps we needed this shock to
The Oppidan Press publishes letters which are bona fide expressions institutions have imposed increased educate one another because, as a make us realise the state our society
of opinion provided that they are not clearly libellous, defamatory, censorship of their students. One is generation, we are no longer inter- has reached and how we are failing
racist or sexist. We publish anonymous letters, but as an act of good inclined to balk at such a statistic, ested in nor open to perspectives one another. Instead of focusing our
faith on your part, we require your full name. We reserve the right considering the efforts of previous that differ from our own. Yet simply energy on belittling people for their
to shorten letters due to space constraints and to edit them for generations of activists who fought dismissing other peoples opinions opinions and creating divisiveness,
grammatical inaccuracies. Letters that do not make it into our print against systemic restrictions such and perpetuating divisive discourse let us recognise that we have to offer
edition will be published on our website. as censorship. One such person was is not the way to change mindsets. people an alternative to Trump -
We bag all the latest campus news and more... Mario Savio - founder of The Free After all, a majority (albeit slight) of someone worth voting for.

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Community
Get to know the Grahamstown
Our new Community section Residents Association
Contributed by the Grahamstown local government. Civic activism is
Residents Association increasing and in the past 15 months
With the start of a new year, The Oppidan Press has launched the GRA has grown from 48 mem-
a new Community section in our publication. Our Commu- We know that the idea of a Resi- bers to 915. At this rate, GRA aims
nity Curator, Lebogang Khoza, works to communicate with dents Association isnt cool. But to reach 2000 members by the end of
local organisations to compile a section that is not only for living in a town with poor service 2017 (about 5% of the adult popula-
the community, but by the community. We hope that by fea- delivery and high youth unemploy- tion). We are also in the process of
turing this new section both students and staff can work to ment isnt cool either. None of us recruiting an administrator to help
build better relationships with people outside of the Univer- can fix the national problems, but us manage members. It will help us
sity space. The section will feature information about organ- we can do something where we live. to communicate with people who
isations, upcoming community events, as well as ways to get The GRA has a committee made up dont have access to internet. We are
involved. If you know of a local organisation that would like of people from different backgrounds working towards being more inclu-
to be featured, let us know by sending us an email at com- who are establishing projects to im- sive, particularly by expanding our
munity@oppidanpress.com. prove Grahamstown.We work daily communication to three languages
with Makana Municipality, attending rather than one (English). A GRA
meetings, improving communica- subscription costs R10, however,
tions and bridging divides. we rely on members who voluntar-
It should not be a political deci- ily make monthly contributions in
sion whether clean water comes out order to finance things like running a
of your tap. Everyone should have staffed office.
clean running water. The GRA will Even if you are a temporary
work with anyone who wants to make resident in Grahamstown, you are
the town better. welcome to join. Perhaps youll come
Our current projects include to the GRA Annual General Meeting
engaging Eastern Cape Province to at City Hall at 6pm on Wednesday 29
fix the roads in town, addressing March. Entrance is free. Doors will
litter and illegal dumping issues, open at 17:30 and local musicians will
monitoring and reporting on Council be playing as you arrive.
meetings, and encouraging better The Business of the meeting will
Municipal communications and be a brief report back on our year's
public consultation. activities, finances and elections. We
UCKAR students can contribute by then have two guest speakers: Nicci
supporting direct work in the com- Hayes, Principal of Nombulelo High
munity such as the rubbish clean-ups, School and Tony Lankester, CEO of
or by encouraging others to be active the National Arts Festival.
citizens. One could pick an area of On 22 March 2017 at 13:00 the
interest and attend relevant council GRA will be meeting up with ap-
meetings, and write a summary of proximately 400 pupils at Ntsika
the meeting to publish on the GRA Secondary School to complete a mass
website in order to inform others. clean-up. Bags and gloves will be
Even taking an interest in the area provided. Any extra helpers would
around you would help. The GRA be welcome. If cleaning up rubbish
is working closely with MobiSAM does not appeal, perhaps you would
(www.mobisam.net) to improve fault be interested in helping to spread
reporting and tracking so that prob- messages about disposing of rubbish
Inkululeko is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide a platform for learners to fully realise their potential. lems get fixed more efficiently and responsibly and promoting recycling.
Picture: SOURCED. people get feedback. Please register If you want to get involved in
with MobiSAM and report things like assisting the local community you

Inkululeko: Small NPO, big goals leaking water and sewage.


What is happening with GRA is
also happening around the world,
can email the GRA at info@graham-
stownresidentsassociation or find
out more on Facebook: https://www.
and on to graduation. Students apply their maths and where local people do not feel facebook.com/GrahamstownResi-
Contributed by Inkuleleko As part of the organisations strate- accounting to figuring out profit listened to or cared for by their dentsAssociation/

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gic planning, Inkululeko also recently margins on different products and
nkululeko is a small nonprofit launched a social enterprise unit see what they learn in the classroom
with big goals. Common Ground Cafe that is run translating to real world application.
The organisation, based at Nt- by local entrepreneur Zukisani Lamani The organisation is based in South
sika Secondary in Extension 7, began with the help of the learners. Africa with three colleagues in Gra-
in 2011. It serves learners from grade Common Ground Cafe operates hamstown year-round and has roots
eight from five high schools in Joza. out of a repurposed storage container, in New York. It collaborates closely
Our goal with Inkululeko is to donated by Rotary Grahamstown, on with Syracuse University (SU), with
provide a platform for learners to the Ntsika property. students and faculty from SU visiting
fully realise their potential, said Ja- We sell roosterkoek and Russian Grahamstown annually.
son Torreano, founder and Executive sausages to students and learners at Inkululeko is currently looking for
Director. We provide academic sup- Ntsika, said Lamani. Its nice to work reliable, consistent volunteers to help
port, an after-school enrichment pro- with our learners to slowly build this in the classroom with tutoring and in
gramme and opportunities to build business. Were hoping to also have an our social enterprise to bring it to the
business skills for those students who internet cafe. next level.
are entrepreneurially inclined. We Common Ground Cafes humble Inkululeko is online at www.inku-
also have a social enterprise unit a beginnings began a year ago with luleko.org and various other social
small cafe that our learners are support from the John Ben Snow media platforms including Twitter @
building from the ground up along- Memorial Trust in upstate New York. inkululeko1 and on Facebook and
side a local entrepreneur. Its purpose is twofold: to create a Instagram @Inkululeko.
Students come to Inkululeko after revenue stream that makes Inku- If youre interested in learning more
school for two hours a day, three days luleko sustainable, and to provide about the organisation:
a week. an opportunity for learners with an Common Ground Cafe interest:
The focus is to help students entrepreneurial spirit to develop busi- Madoda Mkalipi, Madoda.Mkalipi@
with academics in areas where they ness skills that can they can leverage inkululeko.org.
are academically weak, said Car- long after they leave Inkululeko. Classroom tutoring: Carmen Brandt,
men Brandt, Inkululekos Academic Common Ground Cafe puts the Carmen.Brandt@inkululeko.org
Coordinator. By providing extra academic curriculum into practice, General organisational queries:
lessons, we aim to help students move said Madoda Mkalipi, Inkululekos Jason Torreano, Jason.Torreano@
successfully through their curriculum Social Enterprise Coordinator. inkululeko.org.
6 The Oppidan Press 11 March 2017

Arts & Entertainment

Body art like tattoos and piercings are a popular form of self-expression at UCKAR. Photo: JAMES FOWLER.

Tattoos, piercings, and no rebellion


Elle Williams and Andrea le Goabe are definitely art as most tattoo art- her mental health struggles, revealed, to pursue [her] dreams in music or Body art doesnt only refer to tat-

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ists have studied art or have an art My story goes on. I am not made up journalism. Similar views were held toos, but also piercings. Toni Ngugi,
attoos and piercings are one background. She sees having multiple of only anxiety attacks and depressive by Travis Barker, drummer of rock a third-year student, got his septum
of the most common forms of tattoos as a way of collecting moments thoughts. Govender believes that the band Blink-182, who was adamant pierced because he thought it would
artistic self-expression. Many in the form of art. So, is your body promotion of body art is important on a career in music and got exten- enhance his reputation. Ngugi said,
students at UCKAR have partici- the canvas and the tattoos the art? and it does not determine a persons sively tattood to ensure he succeeded. I would go as far as to get stretched
pated in forms of body art by getting Tim Steiner, a former tattoo parlour capability or work ethic. Barker is famous for being outspoken earlobes because I would likely just
tattoos and piercings that introduce manager from Zurich, certainly thinks Discrimination is a word frequently regarding his tattoos and said, I tat- want to. Green stated, I got a pierc-
a flavour of freedom amongst the so: he has sold his body to a German mentioned with regard to tattoos. tooed my body so I couldnt fall back ing because I wanted to feel the pain
UCKAR Community. The Oppi- tattoo artist and exhibits his tattoos Nieuwoudt recollects being called, on anything. I purposely did that so of getting a piercing. It was not as bad
dan Press sat down with UCKAR in galleries. He said, My back is the A pretty girl making herself ugly I couldnt get a normal job and live a as getting a tattoo.
students to reveal their values and canvas, I am the temporary frame. through tattoos. However, discrimi- normal life. I had to play music. Now more than ever, body art
perspectives on body art, focusing Many get tattoos for sentimen- nation doesnt stop at a personal level: How people perceive tattoos and is transforming into more creative
on tattoos and piercings. tal reasons, including second-year it can alter career choices. Naud what counts as extreme is an ongoing ways for people to portray their
Pharmacy student Cla Naud student Beugene Green who stated, expresses that she got smaller and less debate. Green said, People who go self-expression that is personalised
considers tattoos art, as she used to An image known as the tree of visible tattoos because in Pharmacy to the extent of having their whole and loved by themselves. Body art
design her own whilst sitting in art life struck me as captivating, and I her dream career it wouldnt be body and face tattooed or pierced are is seeping into our everyday culture,
class. Those who become tattoo artists thought that symbol would be my way appropriate to have larger, visible likely to do so because of the pleasure despite discrimination held by others.
have a shared interest in art, and view of representing to myself what value tattoos. However, for some, tattoos they receive from the pain of different Nieuwoudt believes, Tattoos and
it as a form of artistic expression. I would like to follow. Third-year pave the way for their career. Nieu- body art forms. Govender believes, piercings should be looked at as the
Journalism student Katryn Nieuwoudt student Khiara Govender, who has woudt states that she got a tattoo on What one person would call extreme same as makeup and fashion, as they
shares this idea and said, Tattoos a tattoo of a semi-colon symbolising her forearm as it would lead [her] is anothers person self-expression. are a way to accessorise your body.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: The perks of creativity


Andrea Le Goabe and as self-reflexive individuals. their art work.
The aim of the department, according Aadila Chand, a BFA student at
Most individuals tend to forget that to de Jager, is to nurture creative indi- UCKAR, gave some insight into why ob-
various arts degrees are available and viduals who have a nuanced apprehen- taining this degree is important. Chand
important to those who have the pas- sion of the visual world and their place in said she didnt initially do a BFA and
sion for the arts. It is also important to it. Students find inspiration changed her degree. Chand said I've
establish a platform for students who for their artwork from their always been creative and enjoyed creat-
may not be as gifted in other fields but ing things. I have friends who are older
are talented in artistic spheres. UCKAR A quality art education than me and were studying art, and their
includes a number of degrees, such feedback also influenced my decision.
as a Bachelor of Fine Arts, whereby equips graduates with a Chand comments on students who are
students partake in learning and devel- host of skills, rendering them interested in pursuing a degree in Fine
oping various artistic skills. Arts: Allow the process to progress.
Maureen De Jager, Head of the Fine well-placed to contribute to Don't stay fixed on an idea. Let your
Arts Department, unpacked the topic of society as lateral thinkers, as work flow into new concepts. Have fun
whether obtaining a Fine Arts degree is and try new things because you never
important in todays career environment.
makers and doers, and as know how they could turn out, or how
With a small portion of students (around self-reflexive individuals much you could enjoy doing it.
100) pursuing a BFA, De Jager com- One should not only look at how the
mented, Art is underrated, arguably. In
-Maureen De Jager mind works, but how creative the mind
some sectors art is still seen as a luxury can be and allow themselves to accept
degree and an untenable career choice. own realities and experiences and are that there is more to life than maths
But the value of creative problem-solving able to move further into the psycho- and science. Obtaining a Bachelor of
as a critical tool shouldnt be underes- social and political worlds. Students are Fine Arts is the beginning to altering
timated. A quality art education equips able to explore various mediums that the worlds ideas of art degrees and the
graduates with a host of skills, rendering range from oil paint, acrylic paint, ink, chance for creative and artistic students
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year degree that moulds and hones them well-placed to contribute to society charcoal, and pencils. These can be com- to broaden and brighten their future to
students' artistic skills. Photo: JAMES FOWLER. as lateral thinkers, as makers and doers, bined to develop, create and enhance make it promising.
11 March 2017 The Oppidan Press 7

Environment
UCKAR: paying you to pay back the environment

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low-income households. Dr Thond-
Rochelle Duvenage hlana explained that the rationale

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behind focusing on low-income
We need or the green-thumbed households stems from the realisa-
individuals of UCKAR and tion that South Africa faces a great
someone to anyone passionate about challenge in attempting to dimin-
environmental conservation and ish our dependence on fossil fuels
help us make community engagement, a thrilling whilst providing affordable and
prospect may await. One Masters efficient electricity use.
conclusions student will be able to pursue The recipient of this inspiring
sustainability and environmental and important responsibility will
that will be conservation with the department. need to strategise ways of promoting
The Department of Environmen- energy saving amongst households,
trusted by tal Science at UCKAR is offering whilst engaging with the needs and
a bursary to a full-time Masters limitations faced by low-income
policy makers student to head an exciting initiative households. We need someone to
focused on fostering energy saving help us make conclusions that will
- Dr. Thondhlana in South Africa. Dr. Thondhlana, a be trusted by policy makers, Dr.
lecturer in the department, told The Thondhlana emphasised.
Oppidan Press that the ideal candi- Dr. Thondhlana has personally
date would be someone passionate witnessed the positive outcomes
about environmental issues who is yielded by similar studies con-
willing to take the reins and head ducted in other parts of the world.
the project. He described the ideal He firmly believes that the most
candidate as [a] bright, young mind basic forms of awareness such as
who would like to explore things. handing out flyers can have a great
The project focuses on creat- impact upon the applicants, subjects
ing awareness about energy-saving and of course, the environment.
Dr. Thondhlana is heading up an idea to give a Masters student an opportunity to lead an energy-saving initiative. practices and energy conservation Perhaps this is your time to step up
Photo: MOKGATLE THULARE. issues, especially in the context of and accept the challenge.

Transforming students into leaders for a sustainable South Africa


their national development strategy. greening courses in a systematic
Rochelle Duvenage In 2008, Rwanda became one of the fashion, Dr. Marire said, It is a mat-
first countries in the world to ban ter of determined efforts to green
Finding a job after ones studies plastic bags. the curriculum and not simply stick
can be difficult. Choosing between Dr. Marire, a lecturer in the De- with tradition.
a chance to make a difference and partment of Economics, expressed Prof. Dan Wylie in the English
a stable financial future can be that Greening the curriculum in Literature Department had an
even more challenging. As centres economics is an important trans- inspired take on the issue: My view
of change and transformation, formational issue. We change the is that the environmental situation
universities could be the perfect mindsets of future policymak- will dominate all other issues. It is
place to create a generation of ers the current crop of already affecting day-to-day
educated and environmentally- students by mainstream- life such as food supplies,
conscious people. ing these things into our water availability, pollina-
All over the world, topics tion of vital plants, oxygen-
like 'green jobs' and a 'green producing forests, pollution,
economy' are becoming cancers, gender dynamics,
increasingly important. Ac- and local-level politics. Ide-
cording to the U.S. Bureau of Greening the cur- ally, I think syllabi should
Labour Statistics, businesses integrate ecological issues
across the globe are introduc- riculum in economics into courses rather than free-
ing sustainability practices. standing courses, since this
This positively affects local is an important trans- keeps us in the mindset that
communities and improves the 'environment' is some-
their reputations and even formational issue. how outside of and separable
their profits. In light of this, it from us, he explained.
has become prudent for stu- We change the mind- James Elder, director of the
dents to work toward degrees Campaign for Environmen-
in fields relating to environ- sets of future poli- tal Literacy in Washington
mental sustainability. Some stated in an article in 2009,
of these include renewable cymakers the cur- Universities can and must
energy, waste reduction, and help students understand
green agriculture. rent crop of students the complex connections and
The Green Economy Post interdependencies between
describes the massive upsurge by mainstreaming the environment, energy
in voluntary campus sustain- sources, and the economy
ability programs in the U.S. these things into our connections that underpin
in recent years. The article the concept of a clean, green
highlights how these pro- course content. economy. Only then will a
grams [help] to institution- broad segment of the popula-
alise sustainability principles -Dr. Marire tion begin to pull in the same
in everyday processes and direction as those who are
actions enabling these leading this transition.
institutions to build strong Now is the time to address
sustainable communities. this global crisis at an educa-
According to UNESCO, during course content. He explained that tional level and find ways of turning
the last decade many African coun- even at first-year level, the econom- the environmental challenges we
tries [have] identified sustainable ics curriculum covers environmental face as a society into opportunities Green initiatives in business are quickly becoming a standard all over the
development as being a pillar of issues. However, with regard to rather than issues. world. Photos: LILITA GCWABE.
Have your say
with the GRA 5 Body art at
UCKAR 6 Bursary offer for a
UCKAR green warrior 7
Sports & Health
The inaccessibility of sanitary products in South Africa
Shannon Lorimer why people end up in roles with less schools, the same cannot be said for

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leadership options, how we end up the Eastern Cape. However, there are
ender equality in South having less opportunity around the some student-run initiatives around
Africa is far from the top of globe, and how violence is perpetrat- campus that are helping to make
our gender equality goals. It ed against people. difference. At UCKAR, there is cur-
is often further behind at universi- In South Africa alone, 8 000 000 rently #PledgeAPadThursday, which
ties where it is assumed that womxn people are without consistent access works to collect pads and donate
attending are among the select to pads. People are forced to resort to them to those in need. Within almost
few who are equal to men in these alternatives such as rags, toilet paper, all the female residences and some
spaces by getting in. This is false. newspaper, or used tampons and of the male residences, there are
For many students, imagining pads. Because these are not necessar- drives in place that encourage people
a situation where their lives are ily reliable options, many people will to donate either money or hygiene
restricted because they cannot access opt to remain out of the public eye products not limited to pads.
sanitary products presents a chal- for the duration of their period. One of the major barriers to
lenge, but not being able to afford This means that, for up to seven the success of the project is the
pads is a reality for many at UCKAR. days a month, they are still expected lack of awareness. In most female
For the people that it affects, the to attend tutorials and tests, yet even residences, almost all students who
consequences can be detrimental to eating dinner in the dining hall puts can afford to do so are becoming
their university careers. Being too them in an uncomfortable posi- involved in the campaign. The same
poor to afford the necessary materials tion. Having a period is not a luxury cannot be said for male residences,
for dealing with menstruation should and ones access to the necessary as many students remain unaware
not have the power to interfere with products should not be dependent on that these drives exist. But donating
academics and daily life. Accord- ones financial situation. just one pack of pads or tampons
ing to Celeste Mergens, founder and While schools in KwaZulu-Natal can go a long way in dismantling
executive director of Days for Girls, have recently seen the launch of a this humiliating barrier against the
Pads are widely available, but their sometimes prohibitive cost means they The lack of access [people] have to governmental programme that pro- advancement of womxn in the aca-
arent an option for many people. Illustration: ELLEN HEYDENRYCH. hygiene products is one of the keys to vides pads to girls in disadvantaged demic sphere.

Unsolved problem of Makana sewage leaks


Holly Allison system in Grahamstown, which leads of the areas sewage infrastructure. a worrying thought, considering
to brown, corrosive tap water. These There has been limited feedback on we live in the catchment. According
Sewage breaks and spillages have problems have been brought to the this issue in the time since. Reasons to Nikki Kohly, the Safety, Health
been a continuous problem in both attention of Makana Municipality for this may include mismanagement and Environmental Officer at
Grahamstown and UCKAR. officials numerous times, with only through improper release of pro- UCKAR, the Makana Municipality is
On campus alone, there are multi- vague replies of it being handled cessed sewage, lack of maintenance, dysfunctional, with equipment often
ple sewage leaks often left unattended and the responsibility constantly be- and a lack of care within the commu- broken, resulting in few proactive
including those in front of Cory ing passed around. In 2014, the Kowie nity such as flushing improper items fixes. The infrastructure is aging and
House and Courtenay Latimer Hall Catchment Campaign (KCC), Water down the toilet. The reality on the ground will only
where there are constant breakages. for Dignity and other water safety These are major contributors get worse, stated a Makana council-
Besides UCKARs campus, these leaks groups met with the local munici- in the Makana piping problem as lor. Although there are numerous
occur all over Makana Municipality, pality regarding the Adopt-A-River approximately 30% of Grahams- problems, the KCC is committed to
especially in the streets below 11th venture, an initiative of the Depart- towns sewage goes untreated into holding the municipality accountable
Avenue and in Lavender Valley. There ment of Water Affairs which aims to the Kowie River, while sewage spills through co-operative action to im-
have been some attempts to rectify improve the state of various rivers are often left for weeks at a time. prove the infrastructure and the state
these problems, but Grahamstown which have been adopted by munici- Research by Botany students late of Makanas river catchments.
East is even less acknowledged with pality members. in 2016 showed that the Bloukrans The disregard for the safe practices
significant sewage spills going unre- The KCC visited the proposed site, River is also in a hazardous state, of sewage removal is frightening, as
sponded to for long periods of time. Lavender Valley. On the basis of the which We would shudder to drink. its effects pose a threat to people, The pipes and drains of Grahams-
The main issue at play is the ex- unacceptable water purity, it was clear Such pollution undermines the livestock, and the environment. town have seen better days and spills
tensive sewage blockages and breaks. that a budget should be allocated to ecosystems ability to recover and the However, this remains one example and leaks are an ongoing problem.
There is also the old and rusted piping upgrades and consistent maintenance catchments sanitation will decline in a country-wide problem. Photo: VICTORIA BRIGGS.