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“I’m telling you now, Mugabe is going to

hell. I’ll make sure of it personally.”


hands. “He’s killing us by saying nothing - Enoch Chifamba, third year student.
Demonstrators gathered [in Zimbabwe] is wrong,” said Felicity “It’s very clear Mbeki is taking a side,
Sibindi, an organiser of the protest. he’s supporting Robert Mugabe and it’s
to put pressure on the
Kwezilomso Mbandazayo, SRC Activism such a shame and it’s so wrong.”
South African government and Transformation Councillor, added - Anonymous Zimbabwean Honours
concerning their response to that the aim of the protest was to student, afraid to give his name for fear
the lack of transparency in the provide, “a voice from Rhodes University that his family will be victimised.
to say that the situation within “It is enough for evil to thrive if good
recent Zimbabwean elections. people stay silent; if we do not speak
Zimbabwe is unacceptable”.
Results of the election held more loudly South Africa destroys itself. None
Harriet McLea & Paul Harris than three weeks ago have yet to be of us are free until we are all free.”
released. “It is time for the South African - Paul Hjul, non-activist student, having
On the 28th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Development Community (SADC) emphasised that even non-activists need
independence, students and others leaders to make a firm stand against the to speak out.
gathered outside the Department of oppressive regime in the country and let “If your neighbour is beating his wife
Home Affairs in Bathurst Street to go of their ‘liberation-hero-camaraderie’ and you do nothing about it, you’ll be
demonstrate their concern for the that is crippling Southern Africa,” said doing the same the next day.”
political situation in the country and Sibindi as she addressed the crowd. - Felicity Sibindi, Honours student in
show disgust for the hands-off way in She described the SADC heads of state Politics and History.
which President Thabo Mbeki has been as having “turned a blind eye on the “I’m appalled. Thabo Mbeki is sup-
dealing with it. situation in Zimbabwe”. posed to be the leader of the region…
“Give back independence to Zim”, Many passionate demonstrators The area I was in voted MDC and people
“Ban the Bob”, “Zanu is chicken” and addressed the crowd, showing their there are getting persecuted.”
a reference to Mugabe as “BeelzeBob”, solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe. - Duncan Potts, first year BCom student.
were some of the slogans on placards Speakers encouraged those present “You cannot suppress the will of the
held up by demonstrators. to speak out and put pressure on the people. We want change, and that’s what
At a special UN Security Council international community to take action should happen.”
session in New York last Thursday, in resolving the crisis surrounding - Ronald Chindeka, third year BCom
where African leaders were pressed to election results. student.
address Zimbabwe, Mbeki defended his Allan Nyakotyo, manager of “Today is their 28th anniversary of
If you couldn’t make it independence, they should be celebrat-
“quiet diplomacy” towards Zimbabwe’s Equilibrium and a Zimbabwean, said
to the demonstration, ing. They’re actually mourning. What
situation: “What is loud diplomacy? that it was time that people take a stand: watch a video of it on
Well, it is not diplomacy, it can’t be.” “The more that each one of us says the few Zimbabweans have done [at the
our website.
Students painted their hands red something, the better. Just being here to- protest] today is really courageous.”
to symbolise the ‘blood’ on Mbeki’s day does something. Let’s not be scared.” - Anonymous Zambian Honours student.

“Hope it was a good Scifest, and


continues to be so.”
2 The Oppidan Press 23.04.08

Mocktails, water slides, volleyball and


Rape and sexual violence is a prominent has led the survivor to avoid reporting alcohol-free fun were the order of the
feature of South Africa’s reality and this violent incident to the office of the day at the St Mary’s Hall beach party
Rhodes is no exception. Dean of Students, and she was therefore held on the St Mary lawns on 12 April.
The Dean of Students Division has not provided with the extensive and This event, aimed at promoting
reported that a female student was confidential support that is available at alcohol-free fun at Rhodes, is the first
sexually assaulted by a male student at Rhodes.” of more to come. Dean of Students Dr the event boring. “They are treating us quiz competition hosted by Nelson
a digs party on 6 April. The survivor The survivor is receiving appropriate Vivian de Klerk said R2,000 is to be won like children yet we are supposed to be Mandela hall on 22 April and Oppidans
knows the perpetrator, and according to medical attention as well as trauma by the hall that “most effectively spreads post-grad students,” she said. can look forward to the Digs Olympics
Dean of Students Dr Vivian de Klerk this counselling. the message to the widest number of Jacyn Mitchley, the Oppidan Com- on 10 May at Prospect Field. Registration
is not unusual: “the majority of sexual “We urge all students to report students that one can have plenty of fun mittee Entertainment Representative for the Olympics starts at 13:30 and the
assaults occur between people known to such incidents immediately, so that we without alcohol”. said: “The Oppidan Committee supports cost is R5 per person with four people in
each other.” can assist and we reaffirm that there is Amanda Shude, a student who initiatives to make students safer and a team. The events will last from 14:00
The survivor chose not to inform absolutely no shame or blame attached attended the party, thinks this was a increase the quality of life at Rhodes. I until 17:00. There will be non-alcoholic
the university, but rather reported the to being violently assaulted, whether by good initiative by the university because don’t think that the Dean of Students refreshments, paintball, a gladiator park,
incident directly to the SAPS. Dr de another student, a partner, a friend, or a “sometimes you just want to have good, is trying to police students, rather than and great prizes. Spirit prizes are also up
Klerk said that the police unfortunately stranger,” says Dr de Klerk. childish, innocent fun”. Zimkhita Sulelo, trying to create a safe and fun environ- for grabs for supporters.
do not inform the university. “Once on the other hand, thinks that the ment.”
again, shame and fear of being judged >> Oppidan Press reporter university is going too far as she found The next event is The Weakest Link >> Nolulamo Matutu

The increasing demand for more people.


accommodation in Grahamstown has However, Matebese maintained that
raised concerns over congestion and the issue was still subject to “preliminary
strain on the available services. discussions” and that any plans still
Oppidan Warden Gordon Barker have to go through the mayor’s
hopes that Oppi students would not be Committee and Council before they can
“singled out” by such an issue, as he felt be approved.
that the 3,000 students living in digs He said that the extra demand for
contribute a great deal to the economy accommodation in Grahamstown had
of Grahamstown. He stressed that “it’s always been a problem caused “not just
not in anyone’s interest to destroy the by students but also by people from
Oppi situation,” and that there should be outside Grahamstown.” Matebese felt
no difference between students and any that the two possible solutions would
other tenant. be to “strengthen the infrastructure, or
Although Ranier van der Merwe, create an area exclusively for this type of
the town planner for Grahamstown, residential development”.
confirmed this and added that all Van der Merwe provided more
problems around this issue fell under the clarity on the issue. He mentioned
responsibility of the landlord, Oppidans that Grahamstown was divided into
are still concerned. “I think students 30 zonings of which four zones were
aren’t taken seriously; estate agents are residential. He stressed that the issue
ineffectual and landlords act as they did not involve the ‘re-zoning’ of any
please,” said IS student Kate Martin. part of the town but rather a check-up
on whether or not the existing zones
were being utilised properly. He also
said that the municipality’s job was to
draw up a 15 to 20 year development
plan taking into account, “the predicted
growth of the population in correlation
with the amount of space available for
housing”.
If the space granted to individual
landlords was used incorrectly, this
creates a problem for the electrical
services and sewage systems. Fourth year
Thandy Matebese, Media and Oppidan student Robyn Cox echoed
Communications Officer for Makana van der Merwe’s concern: “Our digs
Municipality, stressed that, “the currently houses seven people with a
municipality is concerned with two man flat attached, and our
the overloading of the existing landlady is currently building another
infrastructure”. He provided the example flat – where are we all going to fit?”
of residential owners converting their
houses into flat-lets to house >> Paul Harris

POLITICS >> ENTERTAINMENT >>

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you a budding journalist who still not been officially released. ago to volunteer at the An-Najah South Africa. Until recently, they The Ironman competition is not
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A number of workshops took place impact that Pride Week has made on
throughout the week, including a her life.
seminar on LGBTi Activism and the Sanchez said: “The true success of
With the support of the Dean of broader Liberation Struggle presented Pride Week can only be measured in
Students Division, OUTRhodes by Mazibuko Jara, a member of the these kinds of emotional responses
celebrated its third annual Lesbian, National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian that were received. Just knowing that
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & intersex Equality. The week ended with a Pride a difference was made in someone’s
(LGBTi) Pride Week from 7 to 11 April. Picnic on the Drostdy Lawns and the life, especially someone not directly
Rhodes students, administrators, and the much anticipated ‘Alter-Ego’ Pride Party connected to Rhodes University,
greater Grahamstown community united which was held at the Old Gaol. is overwhelmingly rewarding and
in celebration of the ‘queer identity’. According to OUTRhodes Vice it remains the sole motivation for
Pride Week marked the launch of the President Gaby Sanchez, the week was OUTRhodes to continue advocating
new OUTRhodes Hall Representative a huge success. A local woman who social change.”
Programme, a volunteer-based attended Pride Week expressed gratitude
endeavour established to provide a to OUTRhodes for welcoming her and
support structure for students dealing other LGBTi members from the local
with issues of sexual identity and community, thanking them for their
discrimination. warm hospitality. She emphasised the

Oppidan student Matthew Lowe says


that: “It could be a good idea, because it
gives the people who don’t really want to
The Dean of Students Division has pro- hang out in bars the option of still doing
posed the opening of a late night coffee something social.”
shop in order to provide an alcohol-free The coffee shop survey will be avail-
alternative to pubs and clubs, said Dean able on StudentZone on Friday.
of Students Dr Vivien de Klerk.
The coffee shop would be situated on
the bottom floor of the Union building,
close to the Oppidan common room.
“We have a venue,” confirmed Dr de
Klerk, although, “this project will only
go forward if students show interest.”
A survey has been drawn-up ask-
ing students if there is a need for this
venture, what time it should stay open
until, as well as music preferences. SRC
Media Representative, Hanna Barry,
said that the coffee shop will “cater for
a greater variety of students, especially
on occasions when students just feel like
relaxing and spending less money”.

protest as you may, this is completely If the situation has escalated to this
legal. level, it is important to remember that
You can insist to see the police search only policemen can search men, and
Rhodes students are no strangers to warrant before the police search you, policewomen can search women.
the Grahamstown police force. Most of unless the police have good grounds We hope that you are better prepared
these encounters are alcohol-related, to believe you are hiding evidence, for the next time you shake hands with
according to Dean of Students Dr Vivian or you have already been arrested. the long arm of the law.
involved. So far, the university has two de Klerk. But whatever the nature, it’s
vehicles available. important for students to know their
If you are arrested: first court day thereafter if the 48
Negotiations surrounding issues rights; not only to ensure that they are
1. You must be informed why you are hours expires after normal court
“We care.” The Dean of Students such as salaries and free non-alcoholic not violated, but also to prevent rubbing
being detained. hours or over a weekend/public
Division’s slogan is the reason behind beverages for ‘buddies’ are underway but salt in a self-inflicted wound.
2. No undue force should be used holiday.
a newly-proposed ‘buddy system’ for the SRC is not certain of its stance on the The powers of the police are
against you (unless you resist or
students. matter: “[We have] not taken a decision legitimate and the heavy hand of the law
struggle). What to do if you are arrested:
This system aims to act as a safety whether or not to support the system is not to be laughed at. If a policeman
3. You must be taken straight to the 1. Do not struggle or swear at the
mechanism to ensure that students and still need to look into logistics,” said stops you and asks for your name,
police station. police.
get home safely and is currently under SRC Media Representative Hanna Barry. driver’s license or address, you are
4. You have the right to communicate 2. Show your ID book and give your
evaluation by the Communications and Some students are questioning the required by law to obey. Although you
with a person of your choosing (e.g. name.
Development Division and the SRC. effectiveness of such a system. “I are entitled to ask the police for their
warden, parent, legal practitioner). 3. Do not discuss your case with anyone
The plan is for student volunteers, personally think that it’s not a good idea name and ID document before you give
5. You do not have to answer any ques- or sign any statements.
stationed in pubs and clubs around town because it will just encourage students out your address, you must provide
tions except to give your name and 4. Request to see a lawyer as soon as
and wearing recognisable ‘buddy shirts’, to get totally plastered and put the your details once they show you theirs.
address. possible: you have a right to a legal
to be available to walk or drive students responsibility on somebody else to get You can, of course, refuse to go to the
6. You should be brought to court representative to consult with and
back to their residences. Since the system them home,” said Oppidan Thorsten police station to make a statement, but
within 48 hours after arrest, or the represent you if you go on trial.
will operate off-campus, CPU will not be Schier. then they may decide to arrest you. And,
The Zuma Question necessarily mean that he will win the
We start with the obvious: what is going majority of the votes.
to happen with regards to Jacob Zuma?
Trish tells us that while he will be held What about Mbeki?
Here at The Oppidan Press, it is a com- accountable for some of his actions, Interestingly, this is one point that our
mon scenario for the politics writers to Zuma will not be incarcerated. The two consultants agree on: Mbeki will be
sit around pondering what’s next for the guides also show that although he has more useful outside of his presidency
South African political scene. Usually we been a “naughty boy”, Zuma will not than he ever was in it. Nozihlwele says
don’t get very far because, alas, noth- misuse his power if he comes to office, that Mbeki has only been forced to leave The White Female President…or not
ing can tell us for sure what to expect… and indeed is “too wise to give us a by those who are jealous of him but that Perhaps the most surprising prediction
or can it? In our latest quest to bring Zimbabwe”. However, unfortunately for he will not lose hope and will go further of the day, Trish receives a message from
you the ultimate in political reporting, Mr Zuma, the spirits do tell Trish that he in politics by helping others involved the guides that “there will be a white,
The Oppidan Press goes alternative and will have to leave politics further down in political organisations. Trish’s spirits female president in South Africa, who
asks a clairvoyant and a sangoma for the line for his own safety as there is “too agree; she is told that Mbeki will become will bring calm and peace and be the
their predictions for the future of South much to know about him”. a mentor to younger politicians because forerunner for women in politics within
African politics. Nozihlwele suggests a different of his wisdom and experience. the next ten years”. We then ask about
The first stop on our journey of pre- take. Her immediate reaction when Helen Zille, and receive the immediate
dictions is Trish, a psychic medium who questioned on the subject is that he is The Big Picture response that not only is she “stunning” democracy for black people, and it must
receives messages from guides (people “not the right one”. She says that he has Nozihlwele does not see a bright future but that she is not afraid to stand out and not be lost”.
who have passed on) and angels. Sitting too many charges against him and is for South Africa. She tells us that the that she speaks with knowledge. So, no clearer on what the next few
outside on one of the last lazy summer “full of wrong things”, making a win youth of South Africa don’t care about We pass this prediction onto years will bring, we head home. One
afternoons, Trish seems like any other for him difficult in the long run. The what happens. “They have no manners Nozihlwele. She (and her ancestors thing is for sure, however; these two wise
person, and certainly not someone who ancestors tell her that while Zuma is full and they don’t listen to their parents,” she presumably) scoffs at the thought. “No ladies have most certainly provided food
can read into the future through spiritual of ambition, he bases everything “on says. This means that this ill-disciplined white person will ever rule South Africa for thought. If any of these predictions
means. But once we begin asking her our himself, his traditions and his race”, and generation will only bring bad things to again,” she tells us, before laughing and ever come true, you read it in The
questions, we are mesmerised. She an- therefore does not have the capability to politics. Nozihlwele also says that she continuing, “it was very difficult to get Oppidan Press first!
swers us calmly and clearly, all the while rule effectively. sees that the only way for South Africa to
looking straight through us, as if she can improve is for the government to “stop
see something that we can’t. The Next Big Boss being frauds and start feeling mercy for
Our next physic source, sangoma This brings us to the next question: who the people”.
Nozihlwele, seems just as ordinary when is South Africa’s next president going On the other hand, Trish predicts Our sangoma says: Our clairvoyant says:
we first meet her in her dressing gown to be? Trish cannot give us a certain a very different future. She is told that • Jacob Zuma will be the next presi- • The next presidency belongs to
in Egazini. A few minutes later, however, answer because the spirits tell her that political matters will become more tense dent. But this isn’t necessarily the anyone.
she reappears looking every bit the part, something important is going to happen before they improve, but that the “winds best thing for South Africa. • Jacob Zuma will not go to jail.
from her made-up face to her intricate very close to the election next year which of change are coming and they are all • The current youth will bring nothing • The current youth bring much hope
beading. She tells us that she became will affect the mood of the entire nation. positive changes”. She does qualify that good to government. and potential to the country.
a sangoma after falling ill as a child, at As a result of this, she tells us that the it is going to take at least ten years, but • South Africa will not be ruled by a • There will be a white female
which point her ancestors contacted her election will practically be decided “by when the change does come South Af- white person ever again. president in the next ten years.
for the first time. We kneel before her as the flip of a coin”. rica will finally become “a true rainbow • Thabo Mbeki will be a good • Thabo Mbeki will take on the role of
she explains the functions of her various Nozihlwele, on the other hand, gives nation”. influence once out of power. ANC mentor to future leaders.
sticks and how she receives messages a very clear answer to this question: To this effect, she uses a set of cards supporters will become even more • South Africa will experience a
from her ancestors. As she answers our Jacob Zuma, without a doubt, will be the known as Soul Lessons and draws a card confused about who to support in renaissance in the next ten years.
questions, she looks thoughtful and hur- next president. She does add, however, that reads ‘Be Patient’, a message for all ever-increasing leadership rifts.
ries to convey the messages her ancestors that she has been told that although he South Africans in this time of uncer-
have sent her. will be the next president, this doesn’t tainty.

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volunteering in the town night, I don’t assume that it’s a burglar.
of Nablus in Palestine at That sort of villainy is not dramatic
the An-Najah University. enough for me. Instead, I imagine that it
is a CIA rendition team waiting to put a
She shares her experiences black bag over my head and send me to a
with The Oppidan Press. torture centre in Kazakhstan.
Anyway, my original column was in-
tended to focus on the world food crisis.
For the first time in my life, however, I
Would you believe someone if they was unable to finish and, even worse, I
told you that there is a place where was unable to attribute this to laziness.
citizens are restricted by pass laws In amongst all the facts about drought
in their own country, and controlled caused by global warming and bread ri-
and contained by an eight metre tall ots in Egypt, I just got totally depressed.
cement wall manned by checkpoints and And it hasn’t stopped: I’ve been losing
watchtowers? A place where 19 day-old weight, losing sleep, and drinking myself
babies are killed with no punishment insensible every night. It is bad news and
for the perpetrator, where families are every day some new fact comes to light
arbitrarily evicted from their homes pointing to humanity’s downward spiral.
on a daily basis, where people have no Here are two I learnt the other day: by
concept of freedom, or what it is like to 2025, 3.6 billion people - half of the
travel into neighbouring towns without world’s population - will not have access
special permits? This is not a description to clean water; and up to 60 percent of
of apartheid South Africa, or a scenario South Africa’s land mammals are threat-
from the Second World War. This place ened with extinction.
exists right now, in April 2008. It is Human technology and our
called Palestine. crack whore-like dependence on fossil
the twitch of a finger one sniper can kill and staff at the An-Najah University in
I arrived on the West Bank two fuels has left our species in a historically
everyone on my bus. We pass through Nablus have to pass through the check-
months ago, not quite knowing what to unique position. Unlike other climate
three more checkpoints on the 50 kilo- points surrounding the city just to attend
expect. In the weeks leading up to my changes in earth’s history, this is not the
metre journey to Nablus, affectionately their lectures. Sometimes they pass
departure, media coverage provided result of natural processes. Instead, we
known as the “breeding ground of ter- in 15 minutes, sometimes it takes two militant Palestinians out there. Just as
me with little comfort and my head have actively altered the balance of a liv-
ror” – the town that is to be my home for hours – it depends on the mood of the there are many conscientious, critical
was filled with stereotypical images of ing planet, threatening to turn it into an
the next three months. Israeli soldier. Earlier this year, on a day and sympathetic Israelis. Unfortunately,
militant kheffiya-clad Arabs as I arrived inhospitable desert. The thing that truly
Nothing could have prepared me when men were not allowed to pass into it is often the minority that becomes the
at the Calandia checkpoint – the official scares me about all this is not so much
for the sheer beauty of Palestine – the Nablus, a group of students skirted the global stereotype. As someone who has
entrance to the West Bank. This check- the natural changes that are taking place,
landscapes, the architecture, the culture checkpoint and attempted to reach the been touched by the integrity, dignity
point is a huge barbed-wire gate set in but the human reactions to them. Global
and the people. At the same time, not university by walking over the nearby and hospitality of so many Palestinians, I
the middle of the wall (euphemistically warming and its attendant catastrophes
even my years of growing up in South mountain. They were shot by a sniper would like to challenge all who read this
known as the “separation barrier” or the have the potential to render millions of
Africa could have prepared me for the watching from the army base. to acquaint themselves with the facts of
“security fence”) that separates Israel people homeless, causing unimaginable
tragedy that seeps into every pore of I wrote this article because I believe the situation. Don’t be fooled by what
and Palestine, and encircles and controls refugee crises. If the post 9/11 world has
every person, every building and every that both sides of the story deserve to be you read or watch. Don’t be lulled into a
the entire West Bank. On either side of shown us anything, it’s that developed
encounter. Each part tells stories of fami- heard. Too often, the only story reaching false sense of security by media stations
the gate, and at random intervals along countries have no problem with turning
lies separated, or of brothers, fathers, the media reflects the Israeli constitu- that function purely to make a profit.
the wall, are watchtowers manned by themselves into security camps to keep
and husbands being held in prisons ent of an altogether horrific whole. I Equip yourself with knowledge and
snipers, their AK47s constantly trained out the third world.
for no official reason, detained without am under no illusion about the fact that whether or not you feel inspired to take
on the wall. I am acutely aware that with And what’s to keep this external
trial. Every day thousands of students there are many crazy, fundamentalist, action afterwards is up to you.
oppression from turning on its own
citizens? Our daily environment is
becoming ever-more securitised. Even
in Grahamstown we are surrounded by
A photo published of Vice President barbed wire fences and heavily armed
Dick Cheney on the Whitehouse private security companies. It’s as if
website last week has caused a Executive Committee. society is being fitted for a war that has
furore. Why? Because of the naked As a result, the youth of South Africa yet to take place. If our everyday world
woman reflected in one of the lenses has been left disappointed with the is looking more like a prison, what does
of his sunglasses! Mr Cheney, who South Africa was left appalled by behaviour of the league delegates that are that make us? When people are scared,
had told his wife he was off on an the behaviour of the delegates at the supposed to be representing the larger when the world seems to be spinning
innocent fishing trip with some recent ANC Youth League (ANCYL) youth population of the organisation. “If out of control, they are ready to turn to
mates, now has to face the music conference in Bloemfontein/Manaung. we look at the founding members of this any belief system or leader who offers
because of those pesky mirrored The conference ended without having organisation we see a clear representa- some sense of stability, no matter how
aviators he was wearing at the time resolved any of the issues concerning tion of youth values - a league that was false. Without the collapse of Germany’s
of his digression. Maybe next time South African youth. Instead, members led by visionaries - the post liberation economy, there would have been no
he’ll remember to take the glasses resorted to physical blows over small youth league has lost its momentum,” Hitler. Why do we think that this can’t
off…or, even better, the White issues, disgracing those who founded the said Siyabonga ka-Phindile, SASCO happen again? History is not some set of
House won’t be stupid enough to organisation in 1944. Chairperson at Rhodes University. events which no longer affect us. It is a
publish the picture! Former Youth League secretary, “The South African youth is not only latent presence, a warning.
Rapu Molekane said he felt “shocked unsatisfied with the proceedings of the Does writing this mean anything?
and betrayed” by the conference, as the conference but they also don’t see a very It’s all too easy for me to sit here
entire event was a failure from the outset. good future for youth politics, as del- and complain from my ivory perch
Delegates fought physically over the egates elected to represent the interest of in academia. People need dramatic
proceedings of the voting process after it the youth are looking out for themselves examples to shake them out of apathy.
was announced that not all of them had without even considering the larger As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be
registered properly and therefore would population of South African youth,” ka- ignored, and I can be
not be allowed to vote. Phindile added. destroyed. But
Even after voting finally took place, Indeed, along with the present divide as a symbol,
I can be

SUPER DEAL
the conference resembled little more in support for the ANCYL leaders, the
than a battlefield. Intensive drinking, organisation (or lack thereof) has proved incorruptible,
physical violence and ill-discipline that South African politics is a far cry I can be
constituted the remainder of the event. from the visions of the Mandelas, Lem- everlasting.
Although it was announced that Julius bedes and Sisulus of the struggle days. What am I
Malema had won the contest for the Since the last national conference, talking about?
Traditional pie plus chips only R12.90 youth league presidency, the conference
was aborted without the conclusion of
membership has dropped from 5,000 to
3,000 members, a trend that is likely to
Flip straight to
my column in the
Just munch pies only R6.90 the necessary election of 30 members to
sit on the ANCYL’ s National
continue following the performance the
country has just witnessed.
next edition to find
out.
6 The Oppidan Press 23.04.08

Vagina Monologues • 23&25 April

After a four year absence the Vaginas are


back! As part of Rape Awareness Week, subject of university-level theses, and
Amnesty International and director are being used as a teaching resource
Christine Balt present The Vagina in schools. Significantly, graphic novels
Monologues, a production that aims to 741.5 MIL is the call number in the are far more mature than their comic
challenge the stereotypes about women Rhodes library for a series of unique counterparts. Graphic novels explore
and raise awareness about threats to novels by an extremely gifted artist. The sophisticated socio-political themes,
women’s safety. The show will take place concept of a novel-writing artist refers usually with a symbolic element.
at the Nuns’ Chapel next to Salisbury to the genius that is Frank Miller. He Many people are jumping on the
House at 19:00. Tickets will be available is the author of hundreds of graphic graphic novel bandwagon, with websites
at the door. novels, many of which have been made such as www.artbomb.net being devoted
into successful films over the past few to tracking this phenomenon, and
Gay Gene • 24 April years. Think: 300, Batman: The Dark numerous online graphic novel publica-
Knight Returns, and Sin City, all of which tions. The television industry is milking
The Young Royals are hosting a debate are his works, and you’ll have a window this medium as well. At least five televi-
on the search for the gay gene. The into Miller’s labyrinth-like mind. sion networks are dedicated to graphic
debate will address the genetic, psy- Graphic novels have been around novel cartoon series, while series such
chological, philosophical, political and since the 1960s and have grown in popu- as Heroes have graphic novel versions of
humanist perspectives on the topic. larity since then, gaining somewhat of their episodes online.
Speakers will include lecturers, students a cult following. They must however, be
and geneticists. It will take place in Arts distinguished from comic books, which
Minor at 19:00. are usually very different in structure.
A graphic novel is a self-contained unit
Lady Lea • 24 April in which the plot unfolds completely
in a single installment, which tends to
Lady Lea, one of SA’s most sought-after
be much longer than the average comic
female DJs, will be dominating the turn- Miller’s wide selection of stories. Sin City explains that “the nature of graphic
book. On the other hand, comic books
able at Equilibrium on Thursday. Doors 2 will bring back the cast of the first film novels, with their particular writing
are usually produced in a series, with the
open at 21:00 and entrance fee is R30. There is good news for those already and continue its plot, and is rumoured to techniques and memorable graphics
plot never being fully resolved in a single
installment. acquainted with Miller: fans of the Sin star Johnny Depp. become difficult when they are adapted
Filmfest • 29 April Another contrast is that graphic City graphic novel series will be able to A poignant moment occurs when because one’s own imaginative ideas are
novels are gleaning respect in the literary satiate their thirst for gratuitous violence screenplays are written for graphic shattered”. However, she maintains that
The International Office’s Filmfest
world, with the odd Pulitzer, World and memorable one-liners because Sin novels. This is the moment in which Miller and Rodriguez, the directors of
continues with a screening of Death and
Fantasy and Hugo awards for the authors City 2 and 3 are currently in two genres are straddled, creating Sin City, have done an admirable job so
the Maiden in Eden Grove Red at 20:00.
supporting this idea. And readers production and pre-production, to be a completely original and exciting far in translating the novels into film.
This forms part of the festival’s running
appreciate this generically unstable form. released in 2009 and 2010. product. Art becomes cinema and vice Academics and the art world are
theme of “Seven Women”.
Belinda Walton, fourth year Pharmacy The original Sin City interwove four versa. The outcome is not only beautiful, acknowledging the potential of this art
student, describing them as “the golden of Miller’s graphic short stories, namely, but inherent of all the meanings that form, and appreciating its literary and
1 in 9 • 30 April
mean between comic book and novel”. The Customer is Always Right, That were initially inked out onto the paper aesthetic merit. So if you’d like to check
Sexual Violence = Silence protest will In addition to literary distinctions, Yellow Bastard, The Hard Goodbye, and before the shortcut of moving pictures. out some sequential art yourself, take a
take place from 7:00 until 18:00, ending graphic novels are enjoying increased The Big Fat Kill into a dark depiction Xoli Matomela, a fourth year look in to the Rhodes library to discover
with an address entitled “Breaking popularity among scholars studying and of life in Sin City. Now, following the Journalism student and enthusiastic its true roots, or do a quick Google
the Silence” by Ms Carrie Shelver, a interpreting social trends and tracking critical acclaim and success of this film, graphic novel fan, says that this search and you’ll discover where more
Campaign spokesperson in Eden Grove. them historically. They are becoming the the sequels will delve further into Frank transition can sometimes be tricky. She graphic novels can be found online.

This song from The Lion King was first This song is a ballad between the This dreadful offering from a clan
recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, primary characters Aladdin and of seven vertically-challenged mine
and his group, The Evening Birds, in Jasmine (whilst they sit on a freakishly workers from Snow White tops our list
1939. Gallo Record Company paid aviation-enabled carpet). “A Whole as the worst Disney song of all time. The
Linda a single fee for the recording. New World”, composed by Alan music and lyrics (think repetitive “we
“Mbube” became a national hit and sold Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice, digs” and “heigh-hos”) can be blamed
about 100,000 copies. In 2000, journal- won the 1992 Academy Award for on Frank Churchill and Leigh Harline.
ist Rian Malan estimated that the song Best Original Song. “A Whole New However, Snow White became the first
had earned US$15 million for its use in World” is also the only Disney song American film to have a soundtrack
the movie alone. In July 2004, the song to hit number one on the US charts. album released in conjunction with the
became the subject of a lawsuit between The song reached number one on the feature film. The movie was the first full
the writer’s family and Disney, claiming Billboard Hot 100 in 1993, ending the length animated feature to be produced
that Disney owed US $1.6 million in 14-week run of Whitney Houston’s “I by Walt Disney, and one of the first
royalties. Will Always Love You”. worldwide.

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the infidelity will continue, because now? You could almost say it is part of
you’re sending a message to him that it’s our nature.
okay to be unfaithful. What counts as cheating anyway?
If he turns around and blames his If you have deep and meaningful chats
actions on you, don’t believe one word with a lovely female friend, you can be
of it. You can twist and contort yourself accused of “emotionally cheating” on
into a pretzel in the bedroom to satisfy your girlfriend. Even watching a movie
his needs; you can buy all the lingerie with another lady (hands off, I promise)
you can afford, but if the relationship has can get you in trouble. And if you have a
run its course and he’s just not that into once-off kiss with someone while you’re
you anymore, nothing you can do or say out, does that count as cheating even if it
Whoever came up with “what you don’t will make the shenanigans stop. doesn’t mean anything?
know won’t hurt you” is a blatant liar. Whilst women may feel the urge
There is nothing more infuriating than to cheat due to inadequate emotional
finding out that the great love of your attention from their significant other,
life has been monkeying around right men are sensual creatures driven by lust
under your nose. to touch and hold, rather than to feel and
Men and infidelity have become experience emotional flushes. Men cheat
synonymous in my book, but it’s unfair for all sorts of reasons, mainly because
to say that all men and only men cheat; they can. We cheat for sex: hot sex; new
women do it too. sex; more sex. If we are engaging in an
From discussions with friends, both emotional affair, we’re probably hoping
male and female, it would appear that that it will eventually lead to some kind
the two sexes stray from their partners Cheating, no matter who does it or why of physical encounter.
for a variety of gendered reasons. My they do it, is selfish. What you know It’s all about the adrenaline rush that
inquisitions concluded that men do it will hurt you, but it’ll also give you a fair from the challenge of having to sneak
because their physical desires need to be chance to make the decision about what around. It’s not a nice feeling, but after
The journalist in the report spoke to fulfilled, and women do it because their your next step will be. a while you learn to ignore the nudging
Deon Meintjies, a director of the SAPS emotional needs are not being met. feelings of guilt.
forensic laboratory, who warned that If your partner cheats on you once, There are some wonderful men out
There is a new drug in town with the pills could contain Benzylpiperazine chances are he will do it again if you there who can stay true and faithful.
powerful mind-altering effects that can (BZP). This substance, banned in some take him back and pretend that all is Good for them. I love all women
last up to eight hours. This party pill is countries, can result in severe toxic well. A lack of repercussions from the Throughout the ages it has been both and although I should be loyal to
perfectly legal and available over the effects if taken in high doses. The side first incident conditions him to believe socially and culturally accepted for a one person, it’s hard when there is so
counter at pharmacies and liquor stores effects of BZP include nausea, vomiting, that he can repeat his actions. When you man to have more than one woman in much temptation around. Take it as a
across the country. In Grahamstown, the diarrhea and headaches. choose to bury your head in the sand, his life. So why should things change compliment ladies.
party pills can only be purchased from Despite the drug being legal game,
individual sellers. writers at The Oppidan Press were hard
The pills are marketed under various pressed to find people who were willing
names, such as Ice Diamonds, Red to openly speak about buying or selling
Hearts and Push. According to a report the party pills. One student, who
published by the Independent Online, wished to remain anonymous said, “I
the party pills have been available in the don’t really see what the big deal is.
Eastern Cape since last year. The pills contain lots of vitamins, that’s
all”.
The party pills are marketed as a safe
alternative to drinking because they are
supposedly ‘natural’ due to their high
vitamin content. However, the same
student said that on one occasion he had
taken too many of these party pills and
was “totally out of it”.
In the Independent Online report,
The report further explains that some Hard Out Distributors (the marketers
of the pills contain 17.5 percent of a of the party pills) said that the drugs are
substance called ‘piperazine blend’ legal, safe, and have been well received
and 82.5 percent of tableting aids. by people across the country.

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This edition, we report that the SRC


is considering a new ‘buddy system’,
proposed by the Dean of Students
Division (“A friend in need…”, page 3).
If the SRC backs the initiative, drunk
students may soon be escorted home
by sober students, which will have all
sorts of interesting ramifications.
In principle, the buddy system is a
great idea and I applaud the Dean of
Students for taking proactive steps to
ensure student safety and address the
drinking problem. However, there are
some concerns with the system that
need to be addressed before it becomes
a reality.
Is the student body going to buy
into this system? What weight does
the support of the SRC have if the
student body is not consulted about
the project? Just as with the proposed
night-time coffee shop (“Have a shot…
of espresso”, page 3), the SRC must
gauge the feelings of the students.
Otherwise, the buddy system runs the
risk of failing miserably in its trial run.
I can just imagine a male student
– let’s call him Jock – stumbling out
of the Rat in the early hours of the
morning being eyed up and down
by another male student in a bright
yellow t-shirt. “Can I take you home?”
might just be the cheesiest pick-up line
Jock has ever heard. Plus, Jock might
be suspicious of the SRC and Dean
of Students’ intentions – are these
buddies meant to be policing him and It is with regret that I have to write this “Unfortunately, the record was not
taking his student number? Excellent edition! Oppi Press goes from units and will still be worth 50 units of letter to you, but unfortunately there approved by Guiness World Records as
Also, what guarantees the safety strength to strength! electricity - no matter what the price were a number of inaccuracies in the ar- the witnessing and documentation did
of the “buddies” themselves? What if I have one problem with the “Cling to is. In short, the actual electrical current ticle written about me in your publica- not meet the finicky standards set by the
the only buddy left for Jock is a petite your coppers” article - not so much with does not magically get more expensive, tion which I simply could not ignore. institution.” This statement is highly in-
young female who must now lug this how the article was written, but how one merely the right to use it does. To begin with the most obvious, I accurate. For reasons which I explained
rather heavy oke up the hill? And then Oppidan was quoted as saying that: “The What Luti may be experiencing is have no idea where Ms Karssing got this to Ms Karssing, I never did submit the
walk back to the Rat alone. Or worse, value of electricity units has decreased something we will all have to get used from but my first name is Robin and not attempt’s material to Guiness World
not be able to go back at all. Mobile rapidly. Units on my pre-paid electricity to: you usually budget, say, R40 towards Robert. To simplify things even more, Records for verification, ergo they could
panic buttons or pepper sprays for the meter get used up quicker than before.” electricity per week but now that the I am known to my friends, family and not have “not approved it”.
buddies might be the solution to this This statement reveals a misnomer about price has gone up you get less units acquaintances as Rob. As far as my so- Let me state at this point that I
problem. our Cashpower electricity meters. These for that R40. Hence, having less units called public persona is concerned I am am aware that I could potentially be
One Oppi we interviewed hit the meters measure the volume of electricity means that you run out of electricity Rob Vember. coming across as unnecessarily anally
nail on the head: will students not and allow you to have a set amount of quicker due to the diminished volume Other minor technicalities include retentive, but I am also aware that your
drink themselves even more recklessly electricity based on the amount of of units you get for R40 - it has nothing the fact that my show is three hours publication potentially reaches 5fm’s
into a stupor if they know they have units you buy. Contrary to Luti’s to do with the meter at all unless your long on a Saturday and Sunday and core market and for that reason I felt it
someone to walk them home at the statement, one unit of electricity is still electricity usage has somehow increased. not four hours long. I could continue imperative to point out these errors.
end of the night? I realise the buddy worth one unit of electricity. However, Eskom increases the prices of the units on about how I am technically not
system is not intended solely for drunk due to price increases these units and cannot change their values as read regulated by the BCCSA, or how other Rob Vember, by email
students, but I foresee more drunk are more expensive. So, unless Luti’s by the meters. ‘editorial-type’ comments made are
than sober people being escorted appliances have also been informed I just thought I would clear that up, just bad journalism but I think I’ll stop Editor’s response: Our writer has apolo-
home. Will this ‘surety’ make students of the price increase and have thus if this is what Luti was actually saying, I there. gised to Rob for her lack of research and
more reckless and lead to even more collectively decided to start using more apologise - I just found this quote a bit What did annoy and upset me accuracy and he has accepted our sincere
alcohol poisonings, buddy safety issues electricity, 50 units of electricity will ambiguous. more than any of the aforementioned, apology. We wish him all the best for the
and bunked lectures? be given to a person if they buy 50 Peter Barlow, by email was the paragraph which claims that: future!
We await the results of the student
survey with anticipation, and urge the
SRC to consult widely on the proposal
as well.
Among one of the many high profile campus-based student newspaper, The not been hosted in Fort Hare for some our education if we are unable to use it?
stories and incidences that other univer- Oppidan Press, summed up, or rather time, one should not want this to remain Thapelo Tselapedi (Former SASCO
sities have had to grapple with, Rhodes uncritically reported, the debate under so, thus preserving the dominance of Chairperson), by email
has had to deal with the infamous the headline “Fort Hare wins TriVar- already established cultural practices.
“TriVarsity debate”. Although TriVarsity sity (for now)”. The problem with this The focus should rather be centred on Editor’s response: The headline in question
was initially an event that offered three phrasing reveals an inability to locate the an understanding of transformation and lends itself to misinterpretation. The “(for
universities an opportunity for cultural event within post-apartheid South Africa the measures that ought to be taken to now)”is meant to suggest that although
exchange through sports, one could and the problems experienced by higher tackle some of the problems faced by our Fort Hare has won the hosting rights for
Ines Schumacher argue that the debate over TriVarsity education institutions. close campuses. And as a result, student TriVarsity, Rhodes or NMMU may still
072 461 3174 demonstrated a shift from that under- The focus of the debate should not media groups should take their cue from win the sporting competition itself. The
editor@theoppidanpress.com standing. Just recently, our very own be Fort Hare. Although TriVarsity has this. After all, what would be the use of ambiguity was made in jest.

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Question: “Why is sport at Rhodes


enduring traditions.
such a joke?” - Anonymous, by email
Before you fly into a fit of rage and
spill your drink, listen to the brilliant
Response: Who is laughing?
justification for this nugget of policy-
Rhodes boasts some of SA’s top
drafting wizardry. The Dean of Students
shottists: including the 2007 standard
Division believes that our doe-eyed
and recurve archers British Open
first years, fresh from the cloistered
Champion and the EP Championships’
confines of high school, will wander
gold medalist, holder of seven SA
blindly into events labelled “Cheese and
national records. The university also
Wines” expecting refinement, Bordeaux
can claim to host the country’s best
and Salti-Crax. Instead, they will find
student rowing crews. Rhodes is
themselves in a maelstrom of boozing
proud to call itself alma mater to an
and excess (with no Camembert in
internationally renowned Tae Kwondo
sight) that will transform their young,
expert and SA men’s national hockey
impressionable selves into hardened
squad members. Additionally, Rhodes
You have to hand it to them. The Dean drinkers. Don’t laugh. Again, they
players make up the entirety of the
of Students Division and Senior Admin weren’t joking.
Eastern Province Underwater Hockey
certainly know how to spoil a good Jokes (or lack thereof) aside, there are
team. Rhodes is also home to the
party. Not only have they stripped the al- strong reasons why this piece of pater- were confused with one name, there’s no
number four squash player in the EP
cohol from societies’ functions, but now nalism should be ditched. telling how confused they must be now.
women’s division, the 2007 EP number
they’re trying out a little mind control by Firstly, the logic of the DoS is just As we speak, hordes of young first years
one ladies tennis player, and a member
changing the names we give our events. plain skewed. Any first year with a are streaming into innocuously named
of the All African Stars basketball team.
Again, this writer is fed up. modicum of sense would: a) not be so society events only to be greeted by
Those statistics are but the icing on the
Unless you’ve attempted using The naïve as to believe that a Cheese and debauchery and drunkenness. It all goes of our traditions and our right to name
cake – I don’t agree that sport is a joke!
Alcohol Misuse Policy (TAMP-er) Wine could be anything but an events to show that just as a rose by another our social events as we see fit.
As Dr Badat has stated publicly,
as a cure for insomnia, you would be where students ‘do what they do’; and name would smell just as sweet, a Cheese Senior Admin, give us our Cheese
our University’s primary focus is on
forgiven for missing out on Clause 3.1 (E b) at least have the ability to walk away and Wine by any other name would be... and Wine’s and we may well give you
academic and research concerns, and
11). The long and the short of it is that if he or she found the event to be so well, a Cheese and Wine. an invite (although we can’t promise an
sport must play a secondary role.
the phrase “Cheese and Wine” may now repugnant. To think that first years Snipes and sarcasm aside, this writer assortment of biscuits).
Nevertheless, sport is acknowledged
only be used for events which “genuinely lack such savvy is insulting to their fully supports efforts to promote the Next edition: The SRC and Senior
as a vital component of the student
serve a range of cheeses, biscuits and intelligence as young adults. responsible use of alcohol on campus. Admin getting a little too cosy...
experience at Rhodes. This is reflected
wine”. You would again be forgiven for Secondly, societies have had their However, changing the drinking
in the annual budgetary allocation
thinking that the drafters of TAMP-er backchat, rendering the ban on the behaviour of Rhodes students will not The writer wishes to remain anonymous
granted by Council to sport, the
were merely having a bit of a laugh. Un- name somewhat ineffectual. Already the emerge through fiddling with semantics. as he is on the committee of a Rhodes
financial support provided for our
fortunately for us, they’re not. Already replacement names have popped up: Real change can only be achieved by society. He does not want this society to
national and international competitors,
all societies have been forced to drop the “Munch ‘n Punches”, “Nosh & Guzzles”, engaging with students in constructive be targeted by Rhodes administration,
and the funding which pays the salaries
name “Cheese and Wine” from events, “Graze ‘n Greets”... the list of possibilities campaigns, not by alienating and but does hope to mobilise discussion
of the 15 staff members who contribute
putting an end to one of Rhodes’ most is endless. If helpless, doe-eyed first years enraging the student body by robbing us regarding the topic of censorship.
to the smooth running of the Sports
Administration in various way (and
this does not include coaching staff). In
fact, Rhodes Sport has turned a corner,
evident in the ABSA sponsorship,
which has afforded three clubs a total of
was rightly rejected when Verwoedburg R150,000 over the course of three years,
was renamed Centurion. The rationale and in the founding of the Sports Trust.
for this is obvious: Verwoedburg is As Dean of Students, I recently
Let us begin with a question of clarifica- patently offensive and ought to have assisted financially as an event partner
tion: who was Colonel John Graham? By been removed whatever the cost. To look in bringing pan-African cyclist Riaan
all accounts, he wouldn’t make anyone’s at the costs of renaming obscures the Manser to Rhodes, an event hosted
celebrity dinner party guest list. His real issue: is Grahamstown an offensive by Rhodes Sport. Since assuming
“scorched earth” military tactics forcibly name? the position, I have attended major
removed almost 20,000 Xhosa people At this stage, the latter argument sporting events such as TriVarsity
from their homes and killed hundreds comes in to play, claiming that (which my predecessors did not do),
(if not thousands) of Xhosa men and Grahamstown no longer has any and I recently travelled to Fort Hare
women. Aside from forced removals association with Colonel Graham. to support Rhodes Sport in taking the
(sound familiar?) across the Fish River, I cannot help but disagree. Keeping decision to keep TriVarsity, despite
Graham had nothing more to do with Grahamstown ‘Grahamstown’ ignores the obstacles. I meet weekly with the
the Eastern Cape. In summary, his only the fact that names have an impact on Head of Sport to keep updated, and
foray into the Eastern Cape involved the institutional identity of a city or attend the monthly Sports Council and
driving local people from their homes. province (and indeed, an institution Exec meetings, and I have supported
The arguments for maintaining of higher learning). A name which efforts to professionalize Rhodes sport,
‘Grahamstown’ as the city’s name tacitly condones (and even celebrates) and to upgrade facilities, ensuring
can be categorised into two general an individual who has on occasion that requests for such facilities are on
groups: those who emphasise the cost been called a ‘butcher’ normalises the agenda and compete with other
of renaming the city; and those who the dominant discourses of these city will not undermine the existence budgetary requests. At the next meeting
claim that the name is not synonymous institutions, making Graham’s oppressive of the institutions which promote these of Sports Council we will be discussing
with Colonel John Graham, and hence actions both palatable and acceptable activities. Our Constitution exhorts us a new Sports Constitution which
it is not offensive. For me, the former to those that use his name frequently to make a dramatic break from our past, reflects my ongoing efforts to improve
claim misses the point that this debate without consideration. The influence maintaining only that which is defensible efficiency in the administration of
is about challenging norms. Nobody of names on institutional identity and and equitable. The name Grahamstown, sport. I will continue to do all I can to
is arguing that the state shouldn’t dignity cannot be underestimated or I am afraid, is neither. enhance sporting facilities at Rhodes
spend more on service provision (yes downplayed. and to encourage student participation.
it should), and less on labour disputes People visit Grahamstown because In our next edition, Jock McConnachie, of
involving its Municipal Managers (we of its vibrant academic, cultural and the Keep Grahamstown ‘Grahamstown’ Got a question for the DoS? Email
can only hope). The resources argument scientific life. Changing the name of this organisation, presents his case. letters@theoppidanpress.com.

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“The Vaginas are coming,” says the bold and think that she has loose morals just
advertisement on the white wall outside the because of the kind of clothes she wears, and
library. Now they are finally here. After a that’s not even the case.”
four year break since the production was last Although some of the titles of the
staged in Grahamstown, Amnesty Interna- monologues, such as “My Kutchi Snorcher”,
tional, together with director Christine Balt, may make you cringe, The Vagina Mono-
are proud to present The Vagina Monologues. logues are performed in a sensitive manner.
“The Vagina Monologues deals with Brutsch insisted that production is meant
a number of serious issues which affect to be a learning experience for both men
women. However the message of the play and women: “Men should definitely come
is told in a humorous way, which makes it and see The Vagina Monologues but I would
easier to address these issues, which people encourage more women to come as well,
might feel uncomfortable to talk about,” said where they can learn to be more open about
Alinka Brutsch, the chairperson of Amnesty their experiences and comfortable with their
International at Rhodes University. own bodies. It is a discovery process for
The cast is a team of charismatic and everyone.”
vivacious young women. Melissa Radebe, The message of monologues is simple:
performer of the monologue entitled “My “Love women and respect them,” said
Short Skirt”, said that it was important for Brutsch.
her to be a part of this production so she
could change some of the misconceptions
and stereotypes that people may have about
women. “The monologue reminds me of
my friend who enjoys wearing really short
skirts. People sometimes look at her funny

Five things you didn’t know...


n The controversial production, The Va- announcement: “The Vaginas are Coming.”
gina Monologues, is the brainchild of poet,
screenwriter, activist and author Eve Ensler. n The aims of the production are to
empower and liberate women by providing
n Some critics of The Vagina Monologues a forum in which to discuss taboo topics
have called the production, “the degrada- surrounding the concepts and ideas about
tion of women by feminist extremists”, and sexuality. The production also attempts to
a production of propaganda that assaults raise awareness about serious issues such as
the dignity of women and is demeaning rape and the abuse of women.
and offensive.
n In 1997, The Vagina Monologues won
n While American universities, such as an Obie Award and was nominated for
Florida State University, Arizona State Uni- both the Drama Desk and Helen Hayes
versity and Boise State University, chose awards. To see what all the fuss and fanny
to advertise the production by distribut- is about, go and see Rhodes’ version of The
ing lollipops shaped like vaginas, holding Vagina Monologues. The production will be
orgasm workshops, and constructing a showing at the Nuns’ Chapel, which is on
40-foot vagina, Amnesty International has Rhodes Campus near Salisbury House, on
chosen a more subtle approach to advertis- the 23 and 25 April at 19:00. Tickets will be
ing with a simple available at the door.
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Tuesday 8 April a lot of satisfaction from helping people


I saw a group of young girls who had and caring for people, and I wanted my
come to the train with symptoms of students to have that opportunity as
sexually transmitted infections. I could well,” said Wendy Wrench, a lecturer in
not help but feel helpless because in the Pharmacy Administration and Practice.
back of my head I was wondering if they Mabuza believes that the only way
knew the risks they were getting them- Africa’s health sector will improve is if
selves into. On their script it was noted students take personal accountability:
that they had been given an educational “We should stop the attitude that gov-
Kelebetseng Scheppers
talk and I hope that they will listen and ernment has to solve all our problems.
change their sexual practices. When you think about it, government is
Two Rhodes Pharmacy fourth students actually just a bunch of human beings.”
joined a large number of medics, includ- Wednesday 9 April “I really hope there can be more of
ing optometrists, dentists, pharmacists Today was long. I am so depressed about such initiatives,” Mabuza said. There is
and other health professionals, on a all the children with skin infections. only one health train in Africa which
train journey through rural areas, giving A four month old child came in today goes to underprivileged communities.
medical care to those who do not have and had this weird lesion on her lower Even then, there are some places where
access to it. abdomen. I could imagine the pain she it just can’t reach because it needs tracks
Earlier this month, Nomvula Mabuza was going through. I had to go to the to do so.
and Tinashe Masaka, headed out of bathroom to mop my face so I wouldn’t Wrench hopes that students learn
Grahamstown to Bityi, a small Eastern cry. This is so depressing. more about the practical side of being
Cape village. There they boarded the a pharmacist: “It’s like a welcome to
Phelophela Health Train, the first of its Thursday 10 April the real world. Students may only leave
kind in the world. Last night I prayed just before bed telling the pharmacy at 9:30 at night. Often
Here are some excerpts from Nom- God how I feel. Now I feel so much bet- they have to communicate with people
vula’s diary, documenting her experi- ter - infused with energy. who speak another language, and who
ence: I unpacked the new medicine that have had very little education, so it’s a
came in today to dispense. I seem to be lot more than just medicine. They also
Sunday 6 April getting the hang of things. I didn’t run develop an appreciation of different
When I saw the train for the first time it out today when a 12 year old arrived income levels. A pharmacist has to think
took my breath away. It’s got 18 coaches with a lower lip that had sepsis. I actually on their feet.”
and each one serves as either a clinic sat in when the pharmacist was counsel- “Transnet is looking into the pos-
or a residential area. The pharmacy ling the mother on how to apply the sibility of building another health train
manager gave us a tour of the train. The ointment she was giving the boy. which should be active by 2009.” This

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dentist clinic is the cleanest I have ever will allow more fourth year and post-
seen (I have seen a lot, trust me). Friday 11 April graduate pharmacy students to volunteer
Part of me would like to stay on the on the train and more patients will gain
Monday 7 April train for another week, but part of me is access to healthcare.
I woke up at 5:45 today. I am still not happy to go. I learnt so much onboard. I
also grew emotionally and have come to
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Nomvula said the trip has changed
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used to the place so sleeping in is not so
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sector: “Now, I walk with hope. I applied
so many theories, specifically those
on the east and the view of the sunrise
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I saw a baby with terrible ringworm
on his head. I know we are meant to be cialists to South Africa’s rural communi-
ties, treating patients around the country
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over 36 weeks.
Specials every day of the week
me out. The pharmacist handled it well, register at the train for treatment in the various clinics.
counselling the mother without flinch- For three years, Rhodes pharmacy
The train covers more than 15,000 kilometres of railway tracks.
ing. students have volunteered to work on
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make a high-yielding foodstuff suited to


growth in an African climate. This was
achieved by Jones’ Nerica project. After
“Africa is a very rich continent,” says many years of crossing the two rice spe-
Dr Monty Jones, Executive Director of cies, Dr Jones developed what he calls
the Forum for Agricultural Research in “wonder rice”, a rice variety that tolerates
Recent research has revealed that Africa, “rich in human resources, rich in drought, resists weeds, produces much
washing fruit and vegetables prior to natural resources”. However, 40 percent bigger crops than the original African
eating them may not be sufficient to of Africans survive on less than a dollar rice, and even has a higher protein con-
prevent food poisoning. Even using a a day, and a third of our children are tent than both African and Asian rice.
chlorine disinfectant may not eliminate stunted due to poor nutrition and Although attractive to commercial
Salmonella and E.coli bacteria. healthcare. farmers, Nerica has been billed as a rice
Food grown in open fields is exposed Dr Jones addressed a Scifest audience variety for the poor. Early Nerica tests
to these bacteria through the soil, about the achievement that won him the were undertaken by many small-time
irrigation water, manure or wildlife. 2004 World Food Prize: New Rice For subsistence farmers using their own
Bacteria can be drawn into fruit after Africa (Nerica). local agricultural methods. Already,
they’ve formed, or even during fruit There are only two domesticated 20 million farmers, many of whom
growth and maturation. species of rice: Asian rice and African are women, are benefiting from the

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It is possible for these harmful rice. Asian rice is the more familiar rice increased yields of wonder rice.
little buggers to sneak out of simpler we eat at dinner. It is the most widely- In Uganda, for example, Nerica forms
sanitation measures (such as rinsing), farmed rice species worldwide because a part of the Vice President’s poverty
as they are able to move into the inner its crops produce the highest yield of eradication campaign. In some parts of The day may come when South Eureka
reaches of the leaves of vegetables or rice per hectare of seeds sown. However, Uganda Nerica rice is now being grown Africa, too, produces it own rice, rather Most of the 20 million rice farmer in West Africa
hide inside fruit. They may also organise African rice is better suited to conditions in favour of tobacco, which is their than importing it. Nerica rice is resilient are bound to an environmentally degrading
themselves into protective biofilms that on the continent. It is a hardier species, second largest cash crop. Studies have enough to be grown in regions of the
slach-and-burn farming system. Nerica is a
coat the foodstuffs. more resilient to drought, weeds and shown that where Ugandan farmers Sahara, so it can certainly be grown in
African pests. new grain of rice set to improve the lot of West
Current research shows that the best have started using Nerica, with proper the South African climate.
The challenge for scientists was to crop rotation methods, their income has This development is thanks to the African farmers. It’s good news for South Africa
way to get rid of these unwelcome guests
is to irradiate the food by exposing it to combine the high yield of Asian rice increased by between US$ 273 and steadfast efforts of African scientists who too - we are the world’s fourth biggest rice
a source of electron beams. These beams with the hardiness of African rice to US$ 481 per hectare. have proved that Africa is rich. importer.
disrupt the genetic material of living
cells, but are not exactly accessible to the
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can tell a happy (well-fed) sheep from an
unhappy (under-fed) sheep, even when
Animals “eat without pleasure, cry scientists can’t physically see a difference
without pain, grow without knowing between the two. Roosters have been
Up to 90 percent of the scent molecules it; they desire nothing, fear nothing, caught tricking hens, calling them over
emitted by flowers are destroyed by know nothing,” said French philosopher by boasting that they have caught an
air pollutants. Air pollution has such Nicolas Malebranche. Malebranche insect when in actual fact they haven’t.
a detrimental effect on the fragrance was influenced by the philosopher Studies have been conducted which
of flowers that it can inhibit the ability René Descarte, who believed that show that rodents like variety in their
of pollinating insects to find them. animals were no more than complicated food, and individual mice and rats have

plied
Populations of pollinating insects that machines. individual food preferences. All of this

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depend on nectar for food have been Today things are slowly changing, evidence, and more, seems to indicate
declining around the world. In less with animal behaviourists such as Dr that animals have emotions and some
polluted times (prior to the widespread Jonathan Balcombe exploring if and level of individuality.
use of cars), the scent molecules from how animals experience pleasure. Dr Dr Balcombe’s talk was replete with Stuck out in the wild with no access charger into the flesh. Eureka! Your
flowers could travel up to 1,200 metres. Balcombe spoke at Scifest about such anecdotes about both animal emotion to electricity and your iPod is running iPod should start charging. The charge
In today’s environment (especially studies documented in his book The and animal abuse. He concluded with out of juice? Or, more realistically, just should hold for about 15 to 20 minutes.
downwind of major cities) they may only Pleasure Kingdom. an appeal to his audience that if animals at home during load shedding? Well, If you plan to take your iPod on a jog
travel 300 metres. Pleasure and other emotions are ulti- can feel happiness and sadness, then if you have a bottle of Energade or (and have no tastebuds whatsoever),
The chemical pollutants in the air mately private experiences, so scientists surely we must try to spare them pain. Powerade, there is still hope to recharge take a bite yourself for added energy.
interact with and alter scent molecules, have to use roundabout means to study Worldwide, animals are kept and killed the Apple: with an onion! Poke a hole
effectively meaning that flowers no these feelings in animals. Scientists have in the most horrifying conditions. When into each side of the onion using a Where did I get this fantastic
longer smell like flowers. In turn, the observed mice feeling empathy for other we realise that those animals have real screwdriver. Let the onion soak in two information from? The YouTube 2007
inability of pollinators to find their mice in pain and they have discovered emotions, it should change the way we cups of energy drink for 30 minutes, awards of course! http://www.youtube.
food source leads to a drastic decline in that sheep, supposedly the dumbest of all treat them. It may not mean all of us will until it has soaked up about one cup com/ytawards07.
the population levels of plants needing animals, can recognise members of their become vegetarians, but we should all of the fluid. Then, dry the onion off
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Business
BEE is a reality that we, as students, will political networks. The aim is to have
soon encounter. Whether you decide access to, and use of, those networks,
The role of Black Economic to start your own business or work for resulting in tangible business. The more
Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa someone else, your business entity will influential the politician, the greater the
is a contentious issue. The recent R7.5 have to comply with BEE codes in order attraction he or she holds for the big
billion Vodacom empowerment deal, a to qualify for lucrative government businesses; the more deals the former
pander to political affiliation, has shown tenders or certain tax exemptions. This politician can conclude, the more bank- In a new feature, The Oppidan Press is
just how blurry the line between politics has also added a new dimension to job able he or she becomes and the higher recognising and commending creative
and business has become. hunting. Most of us have encountered the stakes become. student entrepreneurs.
The companies bidding for the job advertisements open to BEE candi- The same principle has occured Takondwa Nyasulu, our very own
deal stand to acquire 6.5 percent of dates only. in America.The US Corporate Politi- Entertainment Editor, takes the spotlight
Vodacom if they are successful. One The aim of BEE is to redistribute cal Contributions and Stock Returns this week. Stylish, well-groomed and
of the leading consortiums bidding for income equally, and redress imbalances study found that companies who have with a smile suggesting a naughty streak
the deal has reportedly cut out Bulelani caused by South Africa’s past. In most generously contributed to US political (*cough*, the sex column), TK is a third
Ngcuka: apparently his leading role cases, the actual result of BEE has seen party coffers have beaten the market year Oppi with her own business.
in the indictment of current ANC major players such as Patrice Motsepe, by 2.5 percent a year over the past 25 She recently launched “House
president Jacob Zuma would prejudice Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale years, with the average firm increasing of Monroe”, a shoes and accessories
governmental players against him. As amass significant wealth in a relatively its shareholder wealth by more than business earlier this year. The name was
former head of the National Prosecuting short space of time. US$150 million per year. inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s legendary
Authority, he investigated Jacob Zuma’s The political links to these major In South Africa, it seems you would glamour and style.
involvement in the arms deal and thus players are obvious. Motsepe’s sister is be hard pressed to find a prominent TK sells beaded jewelry she has
began his woes with the law. Bridgette Radebe, wife of Jeff Radebe, black business person without political made, such as earrings, charm bracelets
the Minister of Public Enterprises. Cyril connections. The ultimate decision- and necklaces, along with handbags and
Ramaphosa is a former Secretary-Gen- makers remain the management and men’s shoes.
eral of the ANC and celebrated politi- shareholders of the businesses. But as Starting out with a capital grant
cal leader. Tokyo Sexwale is a former government withholds incentives from of R1,000, she is now able to produce
political activist and premier of Gauteng. companies that are not BEE compliant, enough beadwork for her sister and
What is seldom examined is what businesses are forced to adapt. Their niece to sell in East London and King
companies are really gaining from being response has been to strike deals with Williams Town.
linked to BEE transactions involving the most profits. TK recently held a cheese and wine at
prominent black business people with her digs to display her work and test the
strong political links. market for her products.
Businesses operate in environments Asked about the future of her
influenced by the decisions of the ruling business, TK is optimistic and plans to
party. For a business to survive, it must increase her advertising on campus. She
mitigate risk as much as possible when sees herself including hair extensions
making long-term decisions. When and women’s shoes to her product range.
influential politicians change fields from “Richard Branson inspires me as an
This brings to light the usual BEE debate politics to business, the business world entrepreneur. People tell him he’s crazy,
of its moral implications and political floods them with opportunities in the but he goes on with his ideas and they
connections. hope of securing perceived access to the succeed in the end,” she says.

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Sports
The Ironman Competition
is definitely not one for the
faint-hearted – or anybody
intimidated in any way by the
demands of the triathlon: it
starts off with a 3.8km swim,
What is it about sport that has the
followed by a 180km cycle and,
to top it off, a 42.4km run. And, masses enthralled? The answer is simple:
if that isn’t enough of a challenge sport is the opiate of the masses. Like a
already, it has to be finished in drug, it gets us hooked and then we need
East London.
less than 17 hours! Fourth year more and more of it to get our “fix”. We
What is significant about this new
Rhodes Oppidan Russel Crans- can’t wait to see more records tumble, for
rugby craze is that the big clubs, such as wick successfully completed the
Inspired by the Springboks’ World Cup man to run faster, jump higher, throw
Winterose, Wanderers and Eastern now competition which took place in
victory last year, rugby is becoming the further. That is what keeps us so enter-
have both male and female rugby teams Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday
pastime of choice amongst young people tained: seeing the undoable done and
who train together. 13 April. Cranswick crossed the
(ages 16-22) in Grahamstown East. finish line after a gruelling 12 man’s body exceeding its most extreme
An old favourite, soccer, is also
Extensions Six and Seven, as well as Joza, hours and 50 minutes. In retro- limits.
receiving a boost with the support of
have established new rugby clubs, such spect he says his performance So in the name of sport being the
NGOs as part of the build-up to the
as Bye, Blues, and Young Tigers, that was “longer than I aimed for, opiate of the masses, I say let us fulfill
2010 Fifa World Cup. The Dreamfields
but my cycle was terrible. Awe- the masses’ desire and advocate for the
are competing against opponents from Project has supplied a number of local some experience though!” Log
all over the Eastern Cape - and they are use of performance enhancing drugs!
teams with DreamBags: soccer kitbags on to www.TheOppidanPress.
doing well. Long gone are the Athenian days when
which contain absolutely everything that com to watch our very own
men indulged in little more than healthy
an 11-man team and four reserves need interview with him as he shares
his insights into the adrenaline- outdoor pursuits in order to qualify for
to play.
The new rugby craze in the pumping event that tested him the Olympics. Today we want to see su-
At the moment, local teams are
both mentally and physically. per-humans – in all their performance-
township has been fuelled preparing for the Graph Soccer League.
enhancing glory – taking to the field.
City Pirates won the recent Easter Soc-
by the Eastern Province cer Challenge, sponsored by Cacadu
I have abandoned the lofty ideal of
Rugby Union (EPRU), in an authenticity in sport. We ban perfor-
District. The more established clubs
mance-enhancing drugs, yet forget that
attempt to get rid of the such as Seven Masters, Shades and City
spikes, bodysuits, physiotherapy, muscle
Pirates have been drawing the most sup-
stereotype that rugby is for port, with up to 200 fans attending their
relaxants, nutri-shakes and such are also
white people. performance-enhancers.
matches.
If we are to hold true to the idea of
Kholisile Kontso, the coach of Seven
sport authenticity, then we may as well
Masters, says that “the team has come
The new rugby craze in the township regress back in time and find ourselves
a long way since I took over as coach
has been fuelled by the Eastern Province in the company of butt-naked Grecian
in 2002. The players and I have a great
Rugby Union (EPRU), in an attempt to athletes engaged in a greasy, sweaty
working relationship”. This year Kontso
get rid of the stereotype that rugby is for wrestling match (yes please, the ladies
has been impressed with the response he
white people. EPRU has selected the best urge!).
has received from Grahamstown’s youth:
two players from each local club sides to A performance enhancer is a perfor-
“A lot of young people from the sur-
form an Under 19 squad to play at the mance enhancer. In actual fact, I want to
rounding townships have shown a lot of
provincial trials in May. The team’s kit is abandon the use of the word “drug” due
interest. I now have more players at my
sponsored by British Airways. to its unfairly negative connotations.
disposal. This is great because it makes
The clubs have competed in local Speedo’s controversial LZR Racer
my job a lot easier.”
competitions like the Grand Slam Swimsuit, has caused ripples (no pun
Despite these successes, Andile
Challenge, a second-tier competition intended) in the international competi-
Fulani, a Seven Masters player, expressed
that took place earlier this year. Top-tier tive swimming arena. The “seamless, ul-
his disappointment at the slow pace of
teams are currently competing for pole trasonically bonded suit” was said to be
soccer development: “It’s unfair that guys
position in the Rugby Super League. performance enhancing and responsible
from the Eastern Cape never make it to
Winterose, Wanderers and Brumbies soccer’s web of inadequacy. Parreira has for some record-breaking performances.
PSL clubs.”
are three of the established local teams refrained from commenting until he has This suit was given the green light for
There has not been as much inter-
competing in this league. They have been The future of Bafana Bafana coach liaised further with the South African use at the recently-concluded Telkom
est shown in other sports like cricket,
joined by new boys Young Tigers, who Carlos Alberto Parreira is under a cloud Football Association (SAFA) President South African Aquatic Champion-
hockey and tennis. Without any outside
were formed less than a year ago. of uncertainty as reports claim that the Molefi Oliphant and CEO Raymond ships which resulted in more records
support young people cannot afford the
Winterose holds the top spot partly Brazilian will be returning to his home Hack. tumbling. I feel that this is the right
necessary equipment, which is often
thanks to their forward line that works country. Speculations were sparked It is expected that Parreira will leave direction for sport to be headed! The
expensive.
hard to secure the ball. The team won when Parreira’s wife stated in Brazilian his assistant Jairo Leal in charge as he lightbulb finally flickered in Swimming
But for now, rugby is enjoying a mini-
the recent Rugby Easter Challenge which media last Friday that her husband attends to family matters. Parreira’s wife South Africa CEO Jace Naidoo’s head, as
revival. Let’s see which direction the ball
was sponsored by SARU and included would be resigning from his post. was quoted as saying: “He has already he realised that authenticity won’t bring
will bounce in the long-term.
teams from rugby centres such as Port
For more information about Grahamstown’s
It seems likely that Parreira will be made the decision,” adding that his rea- the masses to the poolside; but rather a
township rugby scene, contact Jack Nkwinti on cell:
Elizabeth, King Williams Town and untangling himself from South African sons for resigning were personal. fancy bit of synthetic material wrapped
072 174 8972.
tightly around swimmers’ bodies.
A more exciting national swimming
event equals bigger crowds, which equals
a fat pay cheque for Jace; even he won’t
be arguing for authenticity much longer.
Sport needs to start recognising that
it is a fully-fledged
consumer market
with a responsibility
to meet the target
market’s wants and
needs. Only then
can we supporters
expect to be
perma-
nently
high.

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the venture.
Many players are retiring early from
their local sides to earn more lucrative
World cricket is experiencing a contracts in India. Recently, Australian
revolution. Gone are the days when you skipper Ricky Ponting spoke out against
take your sunscreen to the cricket, sit the IPL for ruining the spirit of cricket
down and read a book whilst two teams as players forget the passion and honour
battle to outclass each other over five associated with representing their coun-
long days in a partially-filled stadium. tries in chase of lucrative contracts. But a
The Twenty20 format has changed all quick scan of the Kolkata Night Raiders
this. Cricket has gone from being tedious team sheet reveals none other than Ricky
and lengthy to being explosive, action- Ponting cashing in on proceedings.
packed and exciting. And nothing has International Cricket Boards have
been greeted with more anticipation also taken a hard line on players who
than the newly formed Indian Premier join the IPL. Cricket South Africa CEO
League (IPL). Gerald Majola stated that South African
Cricket has always been a low-paying players who play a game in the IPL will
sport in comparison to other sports such never be allowed to play for South Africa and according to Rhodes soccer coach year,” he said.
as soccer, rugby and golf. No cricketer again. This has not stopped Graeme Luyanda Papu, teams to watch out for This year also sees the start of the
got anywhere near the Top 25 highest- Smith, Makhaya Ntini, Herschelle Gibbs, include Cory Matthews, Fantastic 11, Women’s Internal League, beginning on
paid sports stars, according to the most Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, and AB de The first match of the Rhodes Internal Ogdean, and the ever potent Black Gold. 6 May. So far, a total of ten residences
recent figures released by authoritative Villiers from cutting themselves a slice Soccer League saw eight goals being Despite the formation of many new have registered to take part in this
business magazine Forbes. But this is all of the pie. scored, setting the scene for the season teams, popular teams that have played in year’s competition and, unlike the
about to change. Teams in the IPL have Although many see the IPL as a of competitive hometown football. past years, such as Piet Retief, have not men’s league, there are prizes for the
been bought and bankrolled by Indian blessing for cricket, it is actually having Current champions, Black Gold, been registered, leaving them ineligible champions and runners-up. Rhodes
business moguls and Bollywood stars for an adverse effect on local cricket leagues, virtually brushed every team aside to to compete in this year’s tournament. Soccer Chairperson Matreki Mabizela
hundreds of millions of dollars, whilst not least in host country India. Many of claim the league crown last year, but Mandla Gagayi, the Development feels that women’s soccer must be
players were auctioned off to the highest the top local players have been snapped their first match this year pitted them Officer of Rhodes soccer, praised the encouraged to build on the women’s
bidder for millions more. Some of the up by the IPL, although the local league against the newly formed team, Raw Internal League as he believes that qualification to go to SASSU for the first
international array of stars plying their puts on a brave face by saying that young Materials, and provided them with more the standard of soccer at Rhodes has time in many years in 2007. Women’s
trade in the IPL include Brian Lara, players will now have a chance. But the of a challenge. This match epitomised improved greatly over the years. “This League matches have been scheduled
Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and loss of experienced and talented interna- striking football; defence was non- high standard has enabled Rhodes for Tuesday and Thursday evenings on
Stephen Fleming. tional cricketers to the rebel league will existent and attack flourished, with the soccer personnel to scout potential Prospect Field.
n create seismic shock-waves throughout match finishing in a surprising 4-4 draw. players who will be able to represent the This year’s Internal League should be
the jolly good old game of cricket. Rhodes Music Radio will be Rhodes Soccer first team at higher level an exciting and challenging competition
The first match of the tournament organising and running the tournament competitions such as SASSU [South for all who are involved. Here’s looking
began in spectacular fashion last for the second year in a row. This year’s African Students Sports Union], which forward to grand goals, good
Friday as New Zealand wicket keeper, internal league has 18 competitive teams, takes place in Durban at the end of the sportsmanship and great entertainment.
Brendon McCullum, smashed the
highest score recorded in international
list A Twenty20 cricket. He blasted
an unbeaten 158 to lead the Kolkata
Knight Riders to an extraordinary 140
run victory against the Bangalore Royal with a penalty in the last minute of extra to pull a white card, allowing him to
Challengers in the inaugural match of time by right-wing Henoe Stoffberg, challenge the referee’s decision. In an
the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the giving the team a 47-44 victory over unexpected blow the referee reversed
The IPL is the brainchild of Indian R. Channaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The FNB Rugby Varsity Cup culminated Tukkies. Ikeys staged a phenomenal his decision and disallowed Maties’
business tycoon Lalit Modi, one of McCullum faced 73 deliveries and in a battle between historic rivals as comeback against Pukke-NWU to grab try.
the richest and most powerful people managed to hit 13 sixes as well as nine Stellenbosch’s Maties and UCT’s Ikey a 32-31 win in the dying seconds of their After a gruelling 80 minutes, Maties
in India. Modi has secured television fours, setting another record. Tigers met in the final in the Western match in Cape Town. were crowned winners of the inaugural
rights worth some US$1 billion from The Royal Challengers, who have two Cape on Monday 7 April. The final had its fair share of FNB Varsity Cup, thanks to a last minute
sports broadcaster Sony Max, as well South Africans on their team (Kallis and The teams’ respective games leading controversy as Maties appeared to have try which sealed their hometown 16-10
as millions of dollars in revenue, Boucher), looked out of sorts as every up to the final also provided top-quality scored a legitimate intercept try in the victory over Ikey Tigers at the Danie
advertising and sponsorship to finance ball went for a boundary. entertainment. Maties made it through 66th minute, only for the UCT captain Craven stadium.

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