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Campus News Bites 19 March 2018

UP professor invited to perform at Westminster Abbey
Head of UP Arts, Prof. Theo van Wyk, has been invited to perform a solo organ recital at London’s Westminster Abbey next month.

During his performance, Prof. van Wyk will perform pieces such as Toccata for Madiba (written by Surendran Reddy) and Three Organ Pieces (written by UP Professor. Henk Temmingh).

According to an article on UP’s website, Prof. Van Wyk said that he is “thrilled at the prospect of performing in such an internationally recognised and sought-after venue”.

The iconic organ at Westminster Abbey was installed in 1937 and incorporated some of the pipework from the previous organ that was built by William Hill in 1848.

Every Sunday, Westminster Abbey hosts concerts that feature recitals from its own organists as well as international performers.


UP student qualifies for Miss SA pageant
Karishma Ramdev, a medical student at UP, has been appointed as KwaZulu-Natal’s regional qualifier for the Miss South Africa pageant.

Ramdev told the Rising Sun, “Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had two dreams. One was to become a doctor and the other was to become Miss South Africa. I am now pursuing both those dreams at the same time and it is the most exhilarating feeling knowing that both may become a reality. I too, want to make a difference. I also know how important it was for me as a child to have Indian people whom I could look up to, knowing that they came from the same cultural background. I want to represent the Indian community as I feel that we aren’t represented enough. I want young aspiring girls to know that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

The pageant will be held in May this year, in Pretoria.



Intervarsity News 19 March 2018

North-West University (NWU)
Since the attack on South African athlete Thabang Mosiako last month, no arrests have been made.

Mosiako was attacked by a group of young men at Die Bult, a student hangout near NWU’s Potchefstroom campus. The attack happened after Mosiako asked the group of men to stop swearing at an elderly cashier. Earlier, it was reported that the attackers were students from NWU, but this has not yet been confirmed.

The investigation into the attack has now been transferred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). National spokesperson for IPID, Moses Dlamini, told TimesLIVE, “The investigation is still on. The police failed to investigate all members in this case. They only focused on the white suspects and not their police colleagues. So far‚ no suspects have been identified‚ with police nor the white suspects.”

Mosiako expressed his disappointment with the investigation. He told TimesLIVE that he believes no one will be arrested.


University of Cape Town (UCT)
UCT has dismissed social media rumours that it has appointed a new vice-chancellor. According to HuffPost, the rumours claimed that Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng was appointed the new vice-chancellor of UCT. UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola, told News24, “Prof. Phakeng has not been appointed. The approval by Senate this afternoon is part of a process that is continuing. The next step is for the selection committee to report to the Institutional Forum (IF) on the process followed, including steps taken to meet equity targets. The IF will then submit its report to council, verifying the process that has been followed. Thereafter, the selection committee will submit a full report on the recruitment and selection process, together with the reports of senate and the IF, to council for approval.”

Moholola added that on 17 March the next council sitting will be held.

Read more: Intervarsity News 19 March 2018

Party Guide: 13-19 March

Ashleigh Nefdt



Arcade Empire at 19:00: Quiz night is a sure way to test your knowledge and have some fun doing it. Bar tabs are up for grabs. Teams should have 4-6 people. Book via WhatsApp on 079 805 2447. Entrance is free.

Aandklas at 20:00: Karaoke. Happy Hour between 20:00 and 21:00. Entrance is free.



Arcade Empire at 17:00: Jack Danies Presents Pizzacoustics with great acoustic acts, and even greater pizza specials. The event will feature guests such as Andrew Ella, Dark Dolphin and Rob Marx.  There is no entrance fee.

Blue Room at 19:00: Student Night Wednesdays will be in full swing to kick your mid-week blues, and with a great special of 12 beer. There is no entrance fee, as long as you bring your student card.



Madison Avenue at 20:00: Varsity Challenge 4.0 will prove to be another event you and your res cannot simply miss! Enter your res’ name and stand a chance to win a party bus and a R10 000 bar tab for the most committed res to the event. Specials include R5 drinks from 8pm-10pm. Entry will be free all night long. 

Aandklas at 18:00: Hard Rock Thursdays are a head-banging way to prepare for the weekend, and Happy Hour will be between 20:00 and 21:00. Entrance will be R10 after 20:00.

Read more: Party Guide: 13-19 March

No-Party guide

Rebecca Woodrow 

We all want to socialise and have fun, but that does not mean your sleep schedule and liver need to suffer. Perdeby has put together a list of fun and relaxing things to do that you could totally tell your parents about.


Monday Open Night Mics at Thirsty@28degrees East  
These open mic nights, hosted by Craft Exchange, are an opportunity for emerging artists to show their stuff. Musicians perform from 19:00 to 22:00 in 20-minute slots with no drums, amplifiers, or backtrack, meaning you get a win-win situation of being able to hear the music and your own thoughts at the same time. Entrance is free for both performers and attendees.


Scottish Country dancing
These all-ages-are-welcome classes are hosted at the corner of Hilda and Francis Baard Street on Thursdays from 20:00 to 22:00, with free entry for first-timers. If you are too tired for the rest of  the Student Night, then you can head to bed afterwards, but if you are not, then you now have some new Scottish moves to bust and show off at the club.


St Patrick’s Day DeepRoots night market
On Friday 16 March, DeepRoots will be having a St Patrick’s Day Market at the CBC Old Boys Memorial Club from 16:00 to 23:00. The family-friendly but festive nature of these markets, and their extensive picnic space and live music guarantees a good, less-than-wild time, perfect for starting the weekend and celebrating the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Read more: No-Party guide

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.

Read more: A night behind the box- shadowing DJ Bongani Zulu

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