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UP dominates 2017 GradStar Awards

On 27 September, the 2017 GradStar Awards were held at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg. The awards, meant to recognise and showcase young student leaders across the country, saw 3 500 applications narrowed down to a top 100 list of students from across the country.  Sponsored by FNB, Comair, PwC, Fasken Martineau and Khonology, applicants progressed through a rigorous four stage judging process, culminating in a day of workshops hosted by the programme sponsors. Judging of applicants in 2017 was done by Khonology, who will also be responsible for judging applicants in 2018.

This year’s awards saw UP claim 32 positions of the top 100. Notable speakers at this year’s gala dinner included management consultant and motivational speaker Dr David Molapo as well as the youngest Member of Parliament in South African history, Honourable Hlomela Bucwa. Addressing the students and attendees to the event, Bucwa said that “We find ourselves in a critical time in history, particularly as young people, a time in which we must discover our generational mission for the sake of our nation and for future generations.” Bucwa addressed several problems South Africa faces, including access to education, the high unemployment rate and political and financial instability, appealing to the students present to strive to “become agents of change” in addressing South Africa’s challenges. “When I was reading the purpose of this project [GradStar programme], I realised the fundamental impact it has to change not simply how I perform but how I think,” added Bucwa. According to Laura Barker, Managing Director of BlackBark Productions, the founder and organiser of the event, GradStar aims to recognise some of the most talented and employable students from across the country and connect them with the top employers and graduate programmes. “The students really feel the programme has made a difference in their lives [and] likewise the sponsors are committed to helping these young people. Fasken Martineau, PwC and FNB have supported us in both year 1 and year 2 and Comair, although a new sponsor in 2017, has already committed to partnering in 2018,” said Barker. She adds that, “As a team, we are all very committed to the upliftment of South Africa’s youth and the promotion of excellence.

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


There is always something happening in the world at any given moment, that keeping up with all of it can seem a daunting task. Every week, Perdeby makes sure that you are up to date with all the top international, national and local news headlines of the week.



2018 Proposed university fees increase

Universities around the country are facing fee increases. At UP the SRC released a statement with the proposed fee increases for 2018. The University proposed that “an 8% increase in tuition fees for 2018 would be needed for UP to break even at the end of the fiscal year”, while residence fees would increase by 9.3% and residence meal prices by 9.8%. The SRC rejected any form of increase if provisions were not made for the “missing middle” and NSFAS students. The SRC proposed an emergency mass meeting for Thursday, 26 October at 17:30 at the Amphitheatre, however the meeting was rescheduled after the SRC received complaints by students about the late time of the meeting and the fact that the meeting coincided with semester tests. The meeting was moved to Friday, 27 October at 12:00. However, the Vice-Principle of Student Affairs, Prof. Themba Mosia denied the SRC’s request to host the meeting. The SRC, however, made it clear that the meeting would continue, even without the University’s permission.

For a detailed analysis of this and other related stories make sure to visit our news section on our website.

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What you should have learned at school: How to avoid cultural appropriation this Halloween

Claire Lenahan

Every week Perdeby takes a look at something you should have learned at school to assist you in day-to-day life. This week, we take a brief look at how to avoid cultural appropriation when getting Halloween-ready this year.

If That ‘70s Show has you thinking you’re “too old to Trick or Treat and too young to die”, Perdeby has an alternative option this year - being the perfect age for a little social awareness. To help you avoid making your costume the spookiest thing this Halloween for all the wrong reasons, here’s a list of tips that’ll keep you and your costume out of the woods:

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Perdeby Halloween Party guide: 28 – 31 October


Perdeby’s guide on things to do during this Halloween period.



Billy the B.U.M's Johannesburg at 18:00: Jägermeister presents Halloween, featuring The Tiny White Show & Kyle Worde. Jägermeister Paddle priced at R160

Katy’s Palace Bar at 19:00: Day of the Dead Party. Ticket information available at

Amphihall, Voortrekker Monument at 16:00: Halloween 2017 (Arcade Empire). This event will have a combination of different artists performing live at the Voortrekker monument. Ticket prices range from R140 to R250. For ticket information visit

Madison Avenue at 20:30: Dance with the Devil. DJ’s that will be playing include Apollo xi and Solly P. Specials include buy-one-get-one-free cocktails and jam jars until 22:00 and R10 shooters until midnight. R60 entrance.

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Perdeby Party guide: 24-30 October




Jukes at 17:00: Daily half price cocktails from 17:00 to 19:00.

The Jolly Roger at 20:00: Roger that. R30 entrance.

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