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  • FEATURE: South Africa’s grant system has a missing middle problem
    by Terri-Ann Brouwers on October 3, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Despite South Africa’s constitution enshrining that every citizen possesses the right to access social security – a large demographic has been excluded from the social grant system. While it may appear inconceivable to subsist on a grant of a mere R350 per month, this harsh reality befalls millions of South Africans, who find themselves teetering The post FEATURE: South Africa’s grant system has a missing middle problem first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • FEATURE: Land grabs point to social housing failures
    by Sbongile Molambo on October 3, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Having a roof over your head is not a luxury, but a need most South Africans cannot attain, which is why many settle wherever they can. Steep prices, bad urban planning, the slow release of land, migration and limited resources are some of the contributing factors to the housing crisis in the country. People in The post FEATURE: Land grabs point to social housing failures first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • FINANCE FEATURE: The struggle for accommodation at Wits
    by Otsile Swaratlhe on October 2, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    For students starting their studies at Wits University, there is no greater convenience than living a walking distance away from campus. However, the price of that convenience is slowly driving students away. At the beginning of 2023, Wits University’s daily operations were partially stopped by the #WitsShutdown. The Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) mobilised students The post FINANCE FEATURE: The struggle for accommodation at Wits first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • Grindr Kidnapping: Criminals know they can get away with it says Activate Wits 
    by Seth Thorne on September 25, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Concerns for the safety of dating-app users soar after the kidnapping of an 18-year-old student.  A Wits University student is recovering in hospital after being kidnapped by a group of men who had allegedly lured them through online dating app, Grindr.   The victim was found by police, bound and unconscious, on September 20 at the The post Grindr Kidnapping: Criminals know they can get away with it says Activate Wits  first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • FEATURE: On pursuing a degree at Wits, two options remain —Eat or drop out  
    by Sfundo Parakozov on September 14, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Scores of Witsies are forced to eat little or nothing at all as they attempt to cross the finish line at Great Hall, where they will obtain their qualification.    Each year, students are burdened with the high costs of university fees, academic pressure and accommodation crisis. Added to this, some students with limited financial resources The post FEATURE: On pursuing a degree at Wits, two options remain —Eat or drop out   first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • Young woman confronts her blackness 
    by Otsile Swaratlhe on September 9, 2023 at 9:25 am

    A 20-year-old Wits medical student compiled a poetry album to share the lived experience of a black South African woman that is tired of shrinking herself to be palatable.  The Rainbow Nation is Black by Nonhlanhla Siwela is a poetry anthology which has also been released as a 19-track deluxe album which interrogates identity, race The post Young woman confronts her blackness  first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • Students initiate talks for queer only housing in Braamfontein  
    by Morongoa Masebe on September 8, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Wits LGBTQ+ students have proposed accommodations exclusively catering to them, to foster inclusion and safety for the queer community  The Wits University management, consisting of the dean of students, the director of campus housing, and the Board of Residence (BOR) is weighing the feasibility of a queer only residence. This was done following a ‘queer-safe The post Students initiate talks for queer only housing in Braamfontein   first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • FEATURE: SRC’s term is a mixed bag
    by Otsile Swaratlhe on September 8, 2023 at 7:00 am

    The 2022/2023 Wits Student Representative Council assumed office with great ambitions and many promises for students, but did they deliver?   During what was a special year for the University of the Witwatersrand as it turned 100-years-old, the 2021/2022 SRC celebrated a mini milestone of their own by serving a full term without any protest action The post FEATURE: SRC’s term is a mixed bag first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.

  • Horrors of domestic violence explored in new book
    by Seth Thorne on September 7, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    “Believe women when they ask for help and believe men when they threaten women,” said Dr Nechama Brodie.  Incidents of domestic violence are not isolated – they show patterns of systemic violence in South Africa. This is the chilling reality explored in Dr. Nechama Brodie’s new book Domestic Terror: Intimate partner violence in South Africa. The The post Horrors of domestic violence explored in new book first appeared on Wits Vuvuzela.