Wits VuvuzelaAward-winning community newspaper of the University of the Witwatersrand. Produced by the career-entry honours in Journalism class.

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  • PROFILE: Brendan Jackson – out to conquer the cosplay universe
    by Matthew Nijland on Apr 24, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Digital arts honours student is making a name for himself in the South African cosplay community and has dreams of competing internationally. In his latest YouTube video, Brendan Jackson (22) greets us with his signature catchphrase – “My name is Jax, and I do cosplay!” – and invites us into his studio to watch how he crafts a cosplay costume from scratch.  Cosplay is the practice of people dressing up as their favourite characters from books, movies,

  • SLICE: Time to podcast after radio silence
    by Nondumiso Lehutso on Apr 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

    I have found it challenging to adapt to the brand change, and have been unable to get back into the groove of producing and releasing podcast episodes.  Content creation has to be one of the greatest privileges and challenges that have come with this age of new technology.    It is a space where anyone, who has access to the relevant technology, can create and package creative

  • Wits’ chief information officer recognised as an IT visionary
    by Nondumiso Lehutso on Apr 24, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Wits CIO recognised with prestigious award.  Wits University’s chief information officer (CIO), Dr Stanley Mpofu, has been awarded the Visionary Leadership award by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The award, one of many handed out at the IITPSA’s annual President’s Awards, recognises the ability of an individual to transform and implement technological solutions

  • Cool Kid: Mbali Shongwe
    by Amanda Khumalo on Apr 23, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    From navigating personal mental issues to helping destigmatise and claim ownership of one’s mental health: Meet this week’s cool kid, Mbali Shongwe, activist and founder of the youth–led nonprofit, Mindful(l) Organisation.   With a young, innovative mind tackling the complexities behind mental health and society, Mbali Shongwe (21) is one of the many mouthpieces for mental wellbeing and illness among the youth. Shongwe’s Instagram biography reads: “Founder @mindfulorganisation, intersectional activist committed to promoting dialogues surrounding blackness, queerness, mental health and GBV [gender-based violence].” What it

  • Accelerated service delivery in the metro
    by Sumaya Mamdoo on Apr 23, 2021 at 10:51 am

     A better quality of life is being promised to residents, as several projects get underway. On April 13, 2021 the mayor of the City of Johannesburg (COJ), Geoffrey Makhubo, along with his mayoral committee launched the 120 Days of Accelerated Service Delivery campaign.   This campaign involves several agencies working together to tackle basic service delivery issues. “Entities such as JRA [Johannesburg Roads Agency], City Power, Pikitup, City Parks and every single department that is at the

  • Wits women’s rugby ready for season opener
    by Zanolwazi Kunene on Apr 22, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    After the coronavirus lockdown forced a break in 2020, growth and development are at the centre of the team’s rebuilding phase. The Wits women’s rugby team is gearing up for the start of the Pirates Grand Challenge tournament which commences on May 8. The team’s preparations entail practice three times a week at the Wits

  • No worries for J&J vaccinated students
    by Rebecca Kgabo on Apr 22, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    The benefits of taking the covid-19 vaccine far outweigh any potential risks, many believe.  Wits health sciences students that have already received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine through the Sisonke Programme are not concerned about its potential side effects.   The programme, a medical trial initiative and collaboration between the national department of health, the South African Medical Research Council and J&J, was suspended

  • REVIEW: Gripping drama, The Estate, hits small screen 
    by Sinenhlanhla Sibisi on Apr 22, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    A new television drama just launched tackles many pressing South African issues SABC3, which rebranded itself as S3 at the beginning of April, has launched a new locally produced daily drama. It premiered with a double-bill special on the channel on Monday April 5 2021 at 7pm.   The Estate is a gripping telenovela that holds a mirror to our faces. It reflects prevailing South African issues such as land claims, equality, power dynamics, corruption, betrayal and money. The show centres

  • From sketchpad to international film festivals
    by Jessica Bunyard on Apr 22, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    An animation team at Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct will have their short animation film screened at two international film festivals in the coming months.  From the Cave’s Mouth, written and produced by a team working at the Wits University Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, has been selected for screenings at the Barnes Film Festival in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Los Angeles Rocks International Film Festival