Campus Life Festival Part 2: Campus Spirit Meets Campus Party

The Campus Life Festival is a classic favourite at the University and has been taking place at Nelson Mandela University for many years now. This year it took place on the 23rd of February and students partook in numerous sports and activities which all led up to the highly anticipated after party.

The sport was the starter of the day and had our students sprawled across campus, competing in many activities, including rugby, chess, netball and athletics. The sporting activities spilled well over into the afternoon and were then temporarily put on hold to give the floor to the long-awaited and thoroughly-practised residence Formations.

The 10-minute long choreographed routines are without fail an exciting part of the Campus Life Festival. These are performed by students staying in the Universities accommodation and are presented in a competitive manner, as each residence uses their performance to represent who they are.

Leading up to the first formation, hosts Sanele and Hlubi addressed the crowd gathered at the Madibaz Stadium. The audience was given a slight taste of what was to come when Hlubi, along with the Madibaz Cheerleaders performed a quick dance routine to boost the crowd’s energy. Next came the SRC who officially introduced themselves to the body of students present.

The formations finally commenced with an outstanding performance by Oceana. They set the bar high and included a re-enactment of one of the famous battle scenes seen in the Black Panther movie. Last year’s champions, LL, unfortunately, did not meet the expectations they had set and even received some ‘boos’ from the unimpressed crowd. PSA performed next and had powerful messages written on paper to display along with their routine. XM delivered a crowd-pleasing performance that was impressively executed with purpose and precise synchronisation. They took the crown for Best Formation Award.

The after party was the perfect way to end the day. The night starred Blaqstorm, Mjazz, Dj Slique and Naakmusiq. The crowd was ecstatic and filled with energy as people danced the night away and lost themselves to the great atmosphere. Calling it a good time would be an absolute understatement because, as it does every year, the Campus Life Festival lived up to its reputation of exceptional festivity.

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Meet the DJ’s that rocked the Carnival

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An exciting and sizzling start to the year was exactly what the Freshers Carnival was. Our campus grounds were flourishing! Amidst the students looking fresh and oozing great energy, hot artists from across the country performed. We were lucky enough to catch international icon, DJ Shimza and local treasure, DJ Mleistar for a word or two.

Headlining act, DJ Shimza made his appearance shortly after midnight and wasted no time in mesmerising the crowd with his infectious ‘House’ beats. In our interview with him, we were curious to know where in the world the successful artist enjoys being the most. He gave the crown to Ibiza. ‘It’s the capital of partying’, he said, adding that he enjoys working with the energy there.

Out of his events in the past year, the talented producer claimed his annual ‘One Man Show’ as his most memorable. As for who his favourite local artist is, Shimza said he couldn’t pick. He appreciates the dynamics different artists bring to the industry.

‘Be yourself’, the DJ said when asked for a word of advice to students. Patience and persistence are key factors he also added, reminding us of his own journey that has taken about 15 years. The hardworking man believes his work is far from over and that he has more to achieve and many people to still reach.

DJ Mleistar, who took to the stage after Shimza, won the crowd over with his fresh Hip Hop sound. He describes himself as a ‘musical soul’ with an inborn passion for music. He listens to a variety of music, but as a DJ, is centred on Hip Hop as it’s at a peak right now.

When asked who his inspiration is, the talented man admitted it comes from various people. He believes he shouldn’t have to only observe DJs for inspiration, especially for his unique sound which he feels only he can piece together. In his words, ‘There can only be one Mleistar’.

A question on the #OpenUpTheIndustry topic on social media had Mleistar express concern over how anyone can become an influencer today – not for having actual skills- but for simply having many followers. He shared his pain in seeing genuine talent go unrecognised due to this.

‘It used to be a big deal having four DJs around. But now around every corner you [turn], there’s a DJ. Everyone has a small studio, […] making beats because of the internet or YouTube tutorials. I wish it was more about talent than anything.’

His final words, acknowledging our DJ society, were to us students. ‘You shouldn’t follow a trend. Rather stick to the sound that you like. Master it, then take it to the world.


To Vegan or Not to Vegan – Let’s Start the discussion

This interview is in conjunction with a more extensive exploration into the topic taking place in the MadibazNews newspaper. There you will find more lengthy and diverse interviews. The disclaimer can be found in our seventh edition. Continue reading to hear the thoughts of Tayla Hynch, Nelson Mandela University student, who has been a vegan for a decade.

What prompted you to start, and what is the main reason behind you, following a vegan diet?
When I was twelve years old, I watched a documentary called Earthlings. It opened my eyes to how cruelly animals were treated for the sake of human enjoyment. After doing some further research, I realized that being vegan for animals is not the only benefit – it does wonders for your health, as well as the environment. It’s been ten years and I’m loving it.

How difficult or easy do you find it to maintain a vegan diet?
I find it incredibly easy in terms of food. Vegan staples (beans, rice, pasta, fruit and veggies) are so cheap that I find myself saving money. In terms of backlash, I find it difficult that some people only ask me about veganism to attack me. On the other side of that though, it brightens up my day to be able to have an open-minded and engaging discussion with someone.

Do you find it difficult to accept people’s choice to not follow a vegan diet? And how do you go about expressing your view points to someone who disagrees with you in this regard?
I can never judge someone for how they choose to eat (after all, I ate meat for twelve years). If someone wants to talk about their opposing views, I am always interested to talk to them respectfully and open-mindedly.

What are your top tips to someone who would like to start a vegan diet?

  • Don’t jump into it all at once! Studies have found that people who [make an extreme change] often end up quitting out of frustration. Cut things out slowly.
  • Find some vegan friends. It’s awesome to be able to share recipes or talk about how difficult it is to give up cheese or how great a new vegan documentary is. It makes the journey more fun.
  • Try new foods. Experiment with dishes you have never tried before or find a way to make your favourite dish vegan-friendly.
  • Lastly, don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. No one is perfect, and there are animal products in more things than anyone realises. It’s okay to make mistakes.

How has a vegan diet improved your life?
I had a few problems with my weight, constantly fluctuating between being slightly overweight or underweight. Being vegan has kept my weight healthy and stable. I also find myself so much happier, knowing that I can eat and dress guilt free. It’s difficult once a person has made the connection between animals and ethics to be able to continue in a non-vegan lifestyle. Having my ethics align with my actions has put my mind at peace.

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Everyday in October is a Holiday, Kinda

When we think of holidays, we often think of being away from school or work and having fun with family and friends. What if we tell you about the holidays that although may not be days off, are still fun to celebrate. Let’s discuss some of the bizarre holidays in October and how we can celebrate them.

1st October: World Vegetarian Day
This holiday is to spread awareness about vegetarianism. If you are vegetarian, you can cook a vegetarian meal for your mates and, if you are not, you can try out being a vegetarian on this day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll enjoy it!

3rd October: Boyfriend Day
Guys are probably anticipating being spoiled today – but not this year chaps. Be selfless and let your S/Os slay their boyfriend jeans and blazers in celebration of this day.

5th October: Do Something Nice Day
Many students volunteer for altruistic reasons including to gain experience or to increase their chances in terms of employment. Whether or not you have been considering volunteering, now is your chance. You can volunteer at Animal Welfare, buy your friend a drink, or pay someone a compliment.

10th October: Take-Your-Teddy-Bear-to-Work Day
Imagine walking around with a teddy bear on campus or at work. Everyone will be looking at you, right? And some people may even ask you why you are carrying around a teddy bear. If you feel comfortable with this extra attention, why not bring your teddy bear to campus – maybe it will cheer someone up.

25th October: World Pasta Day
It is pretty obvious what you should have for supper today – maybe try a new pasta recipe, get some friends together and bon appétit!

Have a happy October!

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Jojo Moyes Does It Again – ‘Still Me’ Book Review

Me Before You, After You and now, Still Me – the progression of these book titles satisfies me immensely. It has been a long and fulfilling journey with Louisa Clark, the fictional main character of this series written by Jojo Moyes. Most people will know her from the first book, Me Before You since it gained a lot of attention after being adapted into a movie in 2016. The third book in the series, called Still Me, was published this year (2018) so it is fresh on the shelves and, let me tell you, it does not disappoint! Usually when I read a book during term time, it takes me quite a while to finish it, but I smashed this one out really quickly.

The novel follows Louisa as she embarks on her newest adventure to live and work in New York. It is a story about adventure, taking risks and feeling lost, but how ultimately, life is about constantly growing, learning and finding out who we are. As the protagonist learns this, so do the readers. We learn of the ability that we all have to define who we are – no matter who surrounds us or where we find ourselves in the world. It is an inspiring and empowering message.

With Moyes’ excellent writing, the words flow effortlessly and paints the most vivid story. I highly recommend getting your hands on this one.

Get Your Series on with Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

If you are looking for a new series to start binging, look no further than Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger! This explosive show introduces a superhero duo that is bound to get you excited.

Based on the eponymous comic books, it follows the chronicles of two superheroes who also happen to be star-crossed lovers. The series, which only has ten episodes thus far – but has been renewed for a second season come early 2019 – stars Olivia Holt as Tandy/Dagger and Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone/Cloak.

Cloak & Dagger follows the lives of Tandy and Tyrone as they find their ever growing powers and in the midst of all of that, ultimately find each other. So, if you’re a fan of romance, mystery and serious action, this show is definitely for you as it offers all that and more.

“The show got me hooked from the first few minutes of episode one and I couldn’t stop watching it! I don’t usually enjoy superhero shows but I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone,” says Iviwe Soto.

Cloak and Dagger has a different approach to the cliché superhero series because it plays on one’s heartstrings. With a lot of drama and secrets, the show is the ultimate suspense filled romance/action TV show of the moment – it basically covers all of your expectations!

A Student’s Guide to Eating Out on a Budget in Port Elizabeth

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Some of the reasons us students eat out at restaurants are for a quick break, to unwind at the end of a long week or an exceptionally long day, when there’s no time or energy to cook a meal because there’s always something to get done, or to catch up with friends.  At the same time, it’s fair to say that we do so when there is no pressure of having to pay a ridiculous amount of money just to eat out. This is where these top three restaurant deals come in. They are just the fix!

Seattle Coffee
From their spacious Walmer Branch to the on-the-go branch in Summerstrand on the way to school, Seattle Coffee is perfect for both coffee and non-coffee lovers alike. The cafe has a point system, recording each purchase you make when you enter your phone number. Your 11th drink is free, ensuring that all your visits don’t go to waste.

This is for all the pizza lovers who also appreciate a restaurant with great decor and ambience too! Every Monday at Bocadillos is half price on all their pizzas, with a variety of choices for meat-eaters and vegetarians as well.

The Bru Bar
The Bru Bar is a great place for both drinks and great food. Mondays at the restaurant offer a 2 for 1 pizza special while Thursdays are for their buy 1 get 1 free for burger special.

These are just some of the great restaurant deals that P.E has to offer. So whether you’re a little low on cash or not, there’s always an opportunity to save but still enjoy some time out!

Photographer: Likhaya Tshaka

How to Overcome your Fear of Public Speaking

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It is estimated that three out of four people suffer from glossophobia which is the fear of public speaking. So if the idea of speaking in front of an audience gives you shivers, it is not the end of the world. Here is how you can sound and look confident while giving a presentation even though you’re extremely anxious on the inside:

Step 1: Prepare
Shift from focusing on how you will deliver your presentation and focus on what you will deliver. Do your thorough research on time as it is easier talking about something you know rather than something you do not know. Your audience will notice when you have not prepared your speech and their reaction, which may be their undesirable non-verbal communication, may make you even more anxious.

Step 2: Calm yourself
Glossophobia may be stimulated by the thought of having to stand in front of an audience or by the act of speaking itself. “On the day of the presentation (when the jitters kick in), it is always helpful to calm and centre yourself. Be it listening to music, deep breathing … or whatever works for you”, advises Khanya Mbikwana, the Nelson Mandela University’s Gaveliers Club President 2018.

Step 3: Own your stage
“As nervous as you may be, your audience must know that the stage is yours” says Lwandile Yalezo, a Gaveliers Club member. You can achieve this relaxing your body and not standing in one place when presenting. You are also advised to include jokes and tell relevant personal stories as this will not only make you engage with your audience but may decrease your anxiety.

Step 4: Practice
The more experience you get, the more confidence you’ll gain. Public speaking can be a skill that needs to be done often for you to see improvement. In addition, you can join your fellow public speakers to practice impromptu and prepared speeches at the South Campus education building every Thursday evening from 5pm to 7pm.

You would be surprised!

Photographer: Bianke Fouche

Fun Breakfast Ideas for Students on the Go!

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Let’s face it, a gourmet breakfast isn’t a realistic goal for a varsity student. Not with those 07:45’s that is. However, a lack of time doesn’t mean we should have a boring breakfast every day or skip breakfast all together. Here are some fun and fresh on-the-go ideas for the most important meal of the day:

1. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Smoothies are perfect for when you’ve pressed your snooze button one too many times and only have five minutes to get breakfast. Just blend a banana or two, peanut butter, milk, yogurt and some ice cubes.

2. Microwave Berry-Oat Muffin
Mix up oats, an egg, some berries, some brown sugar and a drizzle of milk in a cup and pop it in the microwave for a minute. Quick, easy and yummy!

3. Fruit Ring Pancakes
Take a slice of fruit (apple or pineapple works well), dip it in basic pancake batter and fry until golden brown over medium heat.

4. Avocado and Egg Cups
Take an avocado, slice it in half and hollow out the middle. Add an egg to each of the halves and pop it in the oven or microwave until the egg is cooked. Add desired seasoning.

If all else fails, making a P&J sandwich or grabbing a fruit are the easiest alternatives on the list.

To make it through those classes and study sessions, you have to keep yourself nourished and full of energy. Try out one of these ideas and let us know how it worked for you!

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Alright Lads, Ready to Turn Heads With these Winter Essentials?

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Winter season is one of the most exciting and easy seasons to dress for. So since it’s almost spring, make sure the style train doesn’t leave you behind with these four must-haves for men:

1. Take a trip down the Rockstar lane with Chelsea boots – they add that seventies style effect to any outfit. Their simplicity make them easy to assimilate into your closet. Pair them with jeans, a polo neck and your best jacket and you’re good to tackle the cold front.

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Model in Chelsea boots

2. The denim jacket – A classic style, jack of all trades, and master of all! It looks good with absolutely everything from cropped pants and skinny jeans all the way to cargo pants. Slide on some sunglasses for ambience.

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Model in denim jacket

3. A fisherman’s rolled beanie – In terms of trends, it’s new to the style scene. It adds a certain edge to an otherwise simple outfit. Wear it with a track suit and sneakers or with formal cropped pants, a t-shirt and brogues. Either way, it works.

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Model in the fisherman’s beanie

4. White Sneakers – As sibling to the denim jacket, they work with everything. If you’re looking to add casual to a formal outfit, they are your go to.

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Model in white sneakers


Model: Chumani Jongwana

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