Wits Vuvuzela Captured

A selection of photographs that were taken throughout the second semester for articles published in the Wits Vuvuzela print and online editions.

Cool Kid Moshe Mashela

 

Composing music with Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection.

Two Witsies chosen to represent South Africa at the World University Chess Championships in Katowice, Poland.

Soccer star, student leader and proud Muslim, Naeema Hussein wears her hijab when playing soccer to represent her Islamic faith.

Wits Theatre staff feel cheated out of their over-time pay.

 

Wits Women’s soccer team fail to qualify for the USSA National Championships

Wits men’s soccer team have a shot at going through the University Sports South Africa national championships to be held in Durban later this year.

 

Wits masters students work on a project to raise awareness for the Witsie Homeless.

Annual Wits University career’s fair hosted by the Counselling and Careers Development Unit.

A discussion was held and hosted by Rethink Africa to determine if a national minimum wage not enough to reduce inequality in society.

 

The AIESEC Wits chapter returned from the June break after a successful leadership conference held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where Wits won the Rising Star award.

Women’s Day celebrations at Wits University

 

Identity Through Hair competition winners announcement.

Wits masters students hosted a career day in Soweto for high school students.

 

 

 

 

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Aware of disabilities?

The Wits Disability Unit is hosted Disability Awareness Week, with events at the library lawns. Witsies had a chance to put themselves in the shoes of the disabled to get a better understanding of their daily struggles.

These pictures were featured on the Wits Vuvuzela Facebook page.

Like watching paint dry

Students from the School of Economics and Business Sciences (SEBS) went out to the Johannesburg Hospital School for children with autism, where they painted two classrooms as part of their annual community outreach project.

These pictures were featured on the Wits Vuvuzela Facebook page and Instagram account.

Trading places: Men-In-Heels

The Big Swap initiative for women’s month by campus radio station, VowFM, saw male Witsies stepping into tall stilettos and racing an obstacle course.  The four-stationed race had different challenges for the guys to overcome while wearing heels.  One make-up station had them powder their noses, the second station had them shaking their hips with a hula hoop, the third station had them hopping between tubes and the fourth station had them balancing apples… Ultimately, the guys ended up with a face full of make-up, a matching wig, bag and accessories.

Participants had developed a new found respect for women and their rare talent of high-heel walking.Some of these pictures were featured on the Wits Vuvuzela Instagram account.

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Wits SRC 2014/2015 Announcement

Wits students gathered outside the Wits Great Hall stairs to witness the announcement of the new Student Representative Council, on Thursday September 4.

These pictures were featured on the Wits Vuvuzela Instagram account.

Table Tennis Tournament (at)Traction

KNOCK_OUT:  Table tennis players came from far and wide to participate in the Wits Table Tennis Club Tournament held on Saturday August 23, at the Squash Complex.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

KNOCK-OUT: Table tennis players came from far and wide to participate in the Wits Table Tennis Club Tournament held on Saturday August 23, at the Squash Complex. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

The Wits Table Tennis Club hosted a tournament in memory of Dr Oteng “Zah” Tlapeng, who was one of the co-founders of the club, at the Squash Complex on West campus, August 23.

Competitors came from different institutions (University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of Pretoria and North West University), ranging from amateurs to some of the top ranking players in the country, according to Hlumelo Rubushe, Postgraduate BSc Computer Science and club treasurer.

The tournament was meant to assist the club in raising funds for the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Tournament in December and to raise awareness of the sport on campus. There was prize money and medals for winners and runner ups for all categories.

WARM UP:  Participants Saarah Begg (17) and Saiisha Naidu (22) knocked a few balls before the tournament.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

WARM UP: Participants Saarah Begg (17) and Saiisha Naidu (22) knocked a few balls before the tournament. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

 

Rubushe said the tournament was essential in building the spirit of table tennis.  “Wits hosts the largest table tennis tournaments in Gauteng.  Annually we host three and about 100 people attend.”

There are two age divisions.  One for adults where males and females compete separately.  There is a open-junior section, where anyone under the age of 17 competes.

The tournament follows a round-robin format, in groups of five. Thereafter, it is a case of the last 32, where the top ranked winners (of the group) advance to knock-outs until the round of the final two.

DOUBLES:  participants were keen on competing with SA champions.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

DOUBLES: Participants were keen on competing with SA champions. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

 

“The spirit of table tennis lives on at Wits.  Both the students and the administrators have come together to promote the club to new heights and levels, and to encourage people to come and enjoy, whether they play professionally or for leisure,” said Rubushe.  The club teaches from beginners level to national level.  “So no matter how good you are, we’ll beat you,” he joked.

Rubushe said in table tennis there was a healthy cohort of females in the club.  The club is planning on hosting three more tournaments  later in the year.  One for juniors, seniors and a Jewish cohort.

CRISS-CROSS:  A group of players share a table to practice their coordination.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

CRISS-CROSS: A group of players share a table to practice their coordination. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

Competitor Terrence Mathole (17), who  is ranked number two in South Africa under the Junior section, participated in the tournament for “a little competition”.  He will be leaving for Tunisia to train and participate in the Tunisian championships in September.  He said his toughest competition was Luke Abrahams, a married man!  He likes to listen to music and hit a couple of balls to warm up.

Some participants did not feel threatened by the competition at all.  Zodwa Maphanga (23) who has  been playing table tennis for 15 years said she expected to win all her games.  “There is no competition from what I see”.  She ranks sixth in the country.  She only gets nervous for international tournaments.  National tournaments are just “normal” for her.

 

Photo: Lameez Omarjee

NUMBER ONE: Danisha Patel, 3rd year Biokenetics at University of Johannesburg, is ranked SA number one for senior females. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

Senior South African Women’s Champion, Danisha Patel, 3rd year Biokenetics at UJ, has been playing at Wits tournaments since her “junior” days, when she was 15.  “It’s routine,” she said.  UJ does not have a table tennis club, but she represents Gauteng central.  She has represented her school, Gauteng and South Africa, in the sport.

“At Wits  tournaments they hardly have singles for ladies.  So every time I end up playing the men’s singles.  Hopefully I’ll take the ladies, and go far in the men’s,” she jokes.  To get through the nerves she listens to music on her iPod.  She hadn’t trained the whole week prior to the tournament as she was studying for a test.  “So I just really wanted to have a good knock … Once I have that good knock, that will decide if I’m winning.  So I’m feeling good.”

PURE METTLE:  Danisha Patel (SA senior women's number one) and Chetan Nathoo (USSA number one) were evenly matched in this warm-up battle.  Photo: Lameez Omarjee

PURE METTLE: Danisha Patel (SA senior women’s number one) and Chetan Nathoo (USSA number one) were evenly matched in this warm-up battle. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

This was the first tournament for Witsie Stephen Slabbert, 1st year BA.  He was hopeful about getting past the group stages.  Even though he started playing table tennis at the age of five, he was still worried about the competition.  “There are some good guys here … These okes look like they’ve been playing since before they were born,” he said.

Experienced players like business owner, Faizal Hassen Bootha, who has played the game for over 20 years, rekindled his love for the game this year.  He was only hoping to get past the group stages at the tournament.

Photo: Lameez Omarjee

TOP DOG:  Chetan Nathoo, final year Mechanical engineering at UJ, is USSA number one and was  looking forward to playing against the other top SA competitors. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

USSA number one, Chetan Nathoo, has been playing table tennis for twelve years.  He has only reached the top 16 in South African championships.  He hoped to make finals of the tournament.  He was weary about the South African champions who would be playing on the day, saying that they “are quite challenging”.  

Miner’s Day

Wits mining engineering students celebrate Miners Day to commemorate miners killed in 1946 at the Wits Basin as well as the Marikana killings that happened in 2012. The celebrations took place outside the Great Hall.

These photos were featured on the Wits Vuvuzela Facebook page.