Vol8 no8 2016
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SINGING SENSATION: Vocal Art student, CECILIA RANGWANASHA (23), was named runner-up of this year’s national classical singing competition, ATKV-Muziqanto, that took place in Cape Town recently. She won R25 000 as well as R6 000 for the best rendition of a South African work (Isithwanda Sam, composed by BPJ Tyamzashe) during the second round of the competition. The competition was launched in 2011 to develop classical singing in South Africa. Asked what the recognition means to her, Cecilia said: Winning cannot just happen overnight. One needs to work hard, have patience and self believe.
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Visual Communication (Photography) student, EULANDA LESHABA, was the photographer behind the lens of this edition’s cover photo.
ANATHI WALAZA (19)
“I would like to see more SRC faces at places like the counters, where students resolve most of their issues. Currently, my bursary has not transferred funds into the institution and I would be relieved if I had someone who could help me sort that out. We look up to the SRC to be here for us when we need them the most.”
AVINASH RAMBARAN (21)
“I just wish they would stop striking all the time and come up with more constructive solutions. What they could do differently is address all of us students about issues we encounter every day and not make fees the only issue worth talking about. There is a lot more going on that needs their attention. They could also be our reliable sources on campus when it comes to circulating information, since we hear different stories every day.”
BONGANI SIMELANE (22)
“Student leaders must stop portraying bad behaviour such as vandalism whenever things don’t go their way. It is the same behaviour every year when the year starts. We get delayed by the same unnecessary behaviour by our student leaders and it doesn’t help any of us because the same money used to repair the damages could help a needy student.”
DELON MARX (24)
Officiating & Coaching Science
“Firstly, the SRC needs to be more active on campus so that we can easily identify who they are and what exactly they do. Their priorities should be students and not management. As a university, I think it would make sense if they fought for academic excellence equally, as they do for other issues.”
KEAGAN TITUS (25)
“I would love to see them assist us international students during registration – maybe have a section dedicated to us, since we have more paperwork than other students.”
ELIZABETH KAPENDA (21)
“I would love to see the SRC assisting students mostly with their academics. There is so much going on inside the classroom that needs our leaders’ attention and it has nothing to do with fees falling; even though those issues are important.”
NICOLAAS DEACON (22)
“It almost seems as if the SRC focuses only on students who stay at res. Day students never really get that much attention or help from them. I would love it if they got us more involved in activities.”
VIANDRE SOUNDERS (22)
“I would like to see more positive leadership from our SRC members. We look up to them as students and follow their lead. They should equally make us proud to be our leaders. We want suitable role models.”
The new Student Representative Council took office recently. Mbali Mavundla went on a walkabout to find out exactly what students expect of their leaders.
TO VIEW ANSWERS,
Journalism student, Mbali Mavundla (photo), spent eight days with the TUT’s Sasol Solar Challenge team during their adventure from Pretoria to Cape Town. She took hundreds of pictures, but handpicked some of the best to share with Heita!
Excitement was in the air early morning on 24 September at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria where eleven solar cars started this year’s Sasol Solar Challenge. By 6:00, the sun was out to lead the way for SunChaser2, TUT’s entry. Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga, came to wish the teams good luck.
A typical chilly Free State morning in Edenburg. While the team grabbed some coffee, Johannes de Vries, our team leader, kept a watchful eye on our car while ‘she’ got a much needed “sun tan” to fuel ‘her’ for the rest of the journey.
Thanks to this trip I’ve seen places that I have never heard of, like Graaff Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. I also recall us bringing Jansenville, a one-horse town in the Eastern Cape, to a complete standstill. This country surely is a beauty!
All solar cars had to be led by a Think Bike (TB) marshal to ensure safety on the road. Here is Donny (our marshal) leading our team to Middelburg.
SunChaser2 was not the only one who had to recharge. Here team members, Johannes and Jerome (Google), take a break on our way to Caledon in the Western Cape.
On the journey the team stopped at various schools to create an awareness of waste collection and recyclability among learners. We met these guys on our way to Mossel Bay.
We all had to be extra careful not to throw a shadow on the car’s solar panels. Every time it would happen, in most cases accidentally, someone would shout: Solar panel, Solar panel. No! No! Thus, on the last day, Thuli, one of our team members, thought it would be funny to pose with her shadow falling on SunChaser2.
After completing 2 120km, the SunChaser2 team were all smiles when we arrived at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Prof Ben van Wyk, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, was waiting for us to cross the finish line. SunChaser2 ended second of the South African teams and fifth overall. TUT also received the Environmental Award.
Mbali Mavundla (left),
spent eight days with
the TUT’s Sasol Solar
Pretoria to Cape Town. She took hundreds
of pictures, but handpicked some
of the best to share with Heita!
Art students, Slindile Mthembu (23) and Enos Manthata (32), have come up with an innovative way to help fellow artists cultivate their craft through the Mabu Art Foundation (MAF). Slindile’s play, Milked Voice, which she wrote and directed, won the pair a Standard Bank Ovation Merit Award after an impressive performance at this year’s prestigious Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Bongani Mtshwene interviewed the pair.
MABU ART FOUNDATION
The Mabu Art Foundation (MAF) is an organisation that acts as a platform dedicated to uplift artists who want to tell creative and authentic stories. It places emphasis on collaboration and dialogue between artists and society – creating conversations about the state of the society we live in. One of its functions is to empower young voices to be self-dependant through their craft.
The first project by MAF was Milked Voice, which was well-received at the National Arts Festival. One of the organisation’s top goals is to compete globally.
Milked Voice is a story that was written for artists by artists. “Artists are often exploited by producers, directors and the like in the industry. I wanted to guide the artists in the story and show them how to carry their dreams and what they need to do to see them manifest,” says Slindile. She called the play Milked Voice because it follows the story of a singer from the township who wants to grow. She (the singer) realises that she must escape the township for her dreams to come to fruition. So, she sets out on a journey to find her calling, fed up with those who milk her voice for their own benefit. Each character finds hope in the singer’s voice and they realise they have dreams too.
“I would like to have it published as part of the curriculum to Africanise South African education. This will break stereotypes about artists. Art is a big institution and it needs to be taken seriously,” she adds.
WHO IS SLINDILE?
Slindile is a B Tech: Musical Theatre graduate who is studying towards her M Tech. She hails from Petervale, Johannesburg. She plans to create projects that involve children, so that they may use art as a medium to express themselves.
“Young voices are stifled and they need to find ways to be heard – that is what art is all about.” She would like to own a mobile theatre as a way to give young artists a platform for expression. She says going into different communities and telling stories is something she has always wanted to do.
“My pen is my biggest weapon and I’d like to strike people with my words to change society with my stories, instead of looking to the west, which creates false ideas of us,” she
WHO IS ENOS?
Enos is a film specialist and Fine Arts student who grew up in Pretoria, although he was born in Polokwane. He plans to become a household name in the film industry. “I want to be a creator of a culture – a culture of creating compelling stories that I and people around me can identify with, especially as a black man in present-day South Africa,” he says. Enos is passionate about creating spectacular, original work. “I would like us to distribute that which isn’t exposed in the mainstream media. There are so many official languages. We can create stories out of all of them,” he concludes.
Enos Manthata (32) and Slindile Mthembu (23).
DOUBLE VARSITY FOOTBALL VICTORY
TUT was crowned the Varsity Football champions in September after both the male and female teams beat the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Western Cape, respectively, during the finals at the TUT stadium. Heita! had a chat with captains, Lebogang Rakhuduwe (23) and Elliot Seema (23).
HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO CLINCH THE VARSITY FOOTBALL VICTORY?
LEBOGANG: It was not easy. I believe in the 5 P’s: Proper, Planning, Prevents, Poor, Performance. We planned thoroughly and the other tournaments that we participated in prepared us for the competition.
ELLIOT: Planning was key. We played to win in every single game. So we took one game at a time and focused on winning the trophy.
WHO WAS YOUR STRONGEST OPPONENT DURING THE COMPETITION?
LEBOGANG: It has to be the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on the evening of the Varsity Football final. They gave us a tough time. We won by a 1 – 0 margin, the lowest we’ve had in the competition.
ELLIOT: Definitely the University of Pretoria. They were our fiercest rivals and the derby is always a tough match-up. There are always great expectations when we play against them, so we really felt the pressure.
WHAT GOALS HAD THE TEAM INITIALLY SET?
LEBOGANG: We were aiming to win the USSA club championship, the Varsity Football cup, and the SASOL league. We’ve won one out of three, for now.
ELLIOT: We planned to win the Varsity Football tournament and we hope that our players will be recognised or earmarked for better leagues.
HOW MUCH DID YOU TRAIN?
LEBOGANG: We trained four times a week, played friendlies with the male team, and played SASOL league games at the weekend. All this kept us fit and ready to play against any team.
ELLIOT: We trained very hard since May and the FASU games also kept us fit to maintain our form. We trained daily and before the tournament, we trained twice a day, in the mornings and early evenings.
WHICH SOCCER PLAYER DO YOU LOOK UP TO AND WHY?
LEBOGANG: Xola Mlambo who plays for Bidvest Wits. I know him personally and he advises me on what to do on and off the pitch. We play the same position and I must say he has helped me immensely in terms of assuming my role as a good defensive midfielder. I also think he is a fantastic player!
ELLIOT: It has to be Gary Cahill of Chelsea. I love the way he leads the defence. I also look up to him because he is a top performing centre-back.
Lebogang Rakhuduwe (23)
Jackey sat down with Goitseona Prisca Tlhape (26), a B Tech: Marketing student who manages the retail store, Dikwena Lifestyle Emporium at Platinum Stars FC in Rustenburg. She has a string of beauty titles behind her name, including Miss TUT (public’s choice), Miss Rustenburg, and Miss North West (public’s choice), among others.
Goitseona Prisca Tlhape
WHEN DID YOU START MODELLING? I started with beauty pageants in 1998 when I was in Grade 3. I entered Miss Lebone School and lost. But that did not deter me from trying again.
WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED AND WAKING UP DAILY TO FACE NEW CHALLENGES? My son, Letlotlo, and my loving husband, Karabo, are my inspiration; they keep me focused and motivated to want to achieve more in life.
BESIDES YOUR WORK, FAMILY AND STUDIES, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BUSY WITH? I still have a passion for being on stage and modelling. Therefore, I am currently preparing to enter the Mrs Rustenburg pageant. I also run a company called Prigos Marketing Options and I help companies with marketing strategies, consultations and supply hosts for functions.
AS OUR LAST GUEST FOR THIS YEAR, WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE TO OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE ABOUT TO JOIN THE CORPORATE WORLD? Be open to challenges and be ready to be treated like a doormat, because that is the way you will learn more. Always humble yourself and do your best.
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