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

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  • FINANCE FEATURE: Sneaker resellers rewrite the rules
    by Zanolwazi Kunene on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Questions have been raised about the expensive resale industry within the growing sneaker culture of South Africa. One day sneaker reseller Joe Hebert calls one of his friends, who happens to be a journalist, to catch up and brag about his sneaker business. The friend notices that the name ‘‘Ann Hebert’’ pops up on the caller ID. He Googles her. He sees she is the vice-president and general manager of Nike Inc. North America. She is also Joe’s

  • FINANCE FEATURE: Too old, too poor, too late
    by Ntando Ximba on Oct 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Financial literacy is not a side effect of wealth; wealth is a side effect of financial literacy – unknown   My grandmother spent 48 years of her life working for a popular retail outlet in the heart of Johannesburg. When she retired at the age of 65, she had little to no savings and a meagre retirement fund.  About five months into her retirement, she had to rely on a government grant for her upkeep. If a postmortem could

  • FEATURE: Travel restrictions keep South Africans homebound
    by Razeen Gutta on Oct 21, 2021 at 10:42 am

    With regular changes to travel restrictions globally, the travel industry has had to take knock after knock as travellers alter and even cancel their plans.   The past 18 months have been a turbulent period for the travel industry. As zipped travel bags sit atop wardrobes collecting dust, unpredictable changes to the restrictions of different countries have meant travel agencies and passengers have had to be certain about every detail before planning any trips. Even then, nothing is

  • FINANCE FEATURE: A different shade of the lipstick effect during covid-19
    by Tshiamo Moloko on Oct 20, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    The desire to indulge still exists despite covid-19’s impact on incomes. What do you do to make yourself feel better during a tough time in your life? Do you book a quick weekend away with your friends? Go on a spa day? Or treat yourself to a fancy dinner? Maybe you go to your favourite store

  • HEALTH FEATURE: Redefining what it means to be a frontline worker
    by Keamogetswe Mosepele on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:54 am

    While vaccinations are well underway for all adults, and government is increasing efforts to increase demand, volunteers who are key workers at vaccination sites remain overlooked. The South African health department set a vaccination target of 300 000 people a day, to meet the goal of immunizing 67% of the population by the end of

  • WITH GALLERY: Third time lucky for Wits grads
    by Melissa Sima on Sep 30, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Wits University is celebrating 2020/21 graduates with stage crossing ceremonies.  It has been a week filled with ululation, broad smiles and hundreds of students in black robes crossing the covid-safe outdoor stage on East Campus at Wits University.  Bachelor of education graduate, Lisa Mwewa, walked across the stage on September 29, on the day set aside for the Humanities faculty. Mwewa told Wits Vuvuzela the

  • Unisa digs in heels over online invigilation app
    by Sinenhlanhla Sibisi on Sep 17, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Some student organisations have taken exception to the mobile app which asks for selfies during exams and monitors students writing from the same location.   The Unisa South African Students Congress (Sasco) Ekhuruleni branch and the Unisa Law Students Association (ULSA), have rejected the university’s introduction of a mobile invigilation tool for the year-end exams

  • Quality of life slips amid pandemic 
    by Melissa Sima on Sep 17, 2021 at 8:30 am

    The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) has released the results of the latest Quality of Life (QoL) survey, with a notable decline in the province.  The QoL 2020/21 findings revealed an overall QoL Index score of 61 out of 100. This was presented at a virtual launch hosted by Wits University on September 9, 2021. This represents a significant

  • Jab for your Job
    by Kemiso Wessie on Sep 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Discovery has announced their plan to implement a mandatory vaccination policy for employees  Vaccinations programmes are being rolled out all over the world, with the promise and potential of a return to “normal life” at the end of the rainbow.   South African financial and health service provider, Discovery intends to implement a mandatory employee vaccination policy from January 1, 2022.   Discovery’s buildings and associated sites will become vaccinated-only zones, where entry will be based