Screenplay Legend 

By Bantu Ndiki

She is a broadcasting personality, well-known for her leading acting roles on TV programmes such as Dube on Monday, Dube reloaded, Home Affairs and Mama Jack film. She is currently surfing the radio airwaves of the Eastern Cape based radio station Algoa FM and her name is Lee Duru. The ever-bubbly media personality has not only travailed in media spaces, but also been in the corporate industry. 

Lee Duru was born and raised in the heart of Gqeberha, and her fans know her as the famous multilingual thespian being able to fluently speak and write Afrikaans, isiXhosa, and English. Outside being a broadcasting personality, she is very well learned, holding a National Diploma in Public Relations that she obtained from Nelson Mandela University. She began her corporate ladder as a Marketing and Communication Assistant at Rhodes University and later got an opportunity from a company called Protec to be a Branch Manager. Her career grew and exactly three years later she was employed as the Publicity & Fundraising officer for Arthritis foundation in Cape Town. She later became an independent Consultant where she developed and produced industrial theatre campaigns on HIV & AIDS and Rights of the Aged and children’s theatre. She has worked for many other companies in different roles such as Marketing Officer and the Interviewer at American institute of foreign studies.

Lee Duru will forever be memorable in the South African entertainment industry, her character spans wide and further etches her face and voice in our minds making her unforgettable. She appeared in multiple films and TV programs such as Dube on Monday, Dube reloaded, Country of my skull, Stokvel, Home affairs, Shooting Stars, Jerusalema (International Feature Film), Themba (International Film), Montana, and many more other various productions. Her career escalated to new avenues as she was hired to be a South African Film &TV Awards judge in 2014 and 2015.

Lee is currently a radio breakfast show presenter at Algoa FM for a show called “Algoa FM Breakfast Show with Wayne, Lee and Charlie T”. She is also a news and feature journalist for Food for Mzansi, an online agricultural news platform. This woman of many talents is also a mother to thirteen-year-old Elah and a wife to her husband.

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Groove, the South African Student Experience 

By Khanimamba Khoza 

By no means is this article an endorsement of going to groove every day or every weekend to each, their own. However, I would still like to offer some pointers on how to cope with being a student by integrating your academic studies and your personal life seamlessly. 

Going out with friends or alone grants you an opportunity to explore networking that you can only ever experience in the university environment. I met my best friend at a Nelson Mandela University’s freshers’ ball and life has never been dull for me since. However, it is also important to note that not all university parties are wild and rowdy, some are chilled alcohol-free. So, find what works for you, the point here is to socialize and network, in the best way for you.

As a Psychology student, I would be remiss not to mention the benefits of having positive interactions in your life, having a group of friends that will positively encourage for a timeout from studying as it can get overwhelming if no breaks are taken. Just by going to the beach can create an environment that is safe from the overwhelming nature of studying every day and can even foster teamwork as you engage in fun activities with friends. This can also come in handy during those group assignments that most students dread because they do not function well within groups.

The most important point of going out, is the simplest point of it, you will have a great time and you won’t be bored, and when you are not bored all the time, I like to imagine you can even function more effectively as a student. So yes, students, study hard but also go to groove every now and then to relax, or to the beach. Whatever your idea of relaxing is, do not allow yourself to neglect it in favour of academic performance, find a healthy balance and stick to it.

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National Shakespeare Day  

By Lelodwa Ngamlana 

Did you know that historians believe that the timeless William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April 1564 and that he died exactly on his birthday at the age of fifty-two?  Well now you do. 

According to various sources, we should all be celebrating and remembering him on this day, hence the 23rd of April is National Shakespeare Day. It has been celebrated for many years and there have been talks regarding national workshops to educate people about his life and this day.

There are many things that you can do to participate in celebration of this day. Like visiting Google and learning about his biography, his journey and how he came about publishing his work. You can even read through his sonnets (a medium in South African high schools) or celebrate your talents by designing something like a poem, painting or literary piece and share it on social media using the relevant hashtags.

Whatever you choose  to do on this day, remember that it is important to honour his role and contributions to the literary world and how he inspired others and invented new English words.

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Are Books Really Always Better than the Movies? 

By Khanimamba Khoza 

Dear reader, here is a question, how many times have you said or heard someone say the words “the book is better”? This is of course a justified statement, because the words on the books do not always translate well into motion picture, there are many Romeo and Juliet adaptations and most of them are bad because lines like “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” only work in a book. But I digress, the point is, below are the times when the movie, was simply better than its source material.

First on the list is the godfather of all movies, 

The Godfather, based on a 1969 NY Times Bestseller of the same name, by Mario Puzo.

The Shawshank Redemption, based on a 1982 non-scary novella, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by the master of horror Stephen King.

The Devil Wears Prada. To be fair, the 2003 book by Lauren Weisberger was lacklustre but the movie is pop culture.

The Notebook. Many fans of the sweet and tragic love stories love both the movie and the 1996 book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks but it is undeniable that the movie is better.

Lord of the Rings, I am sure you are screaming blasphemy right now as a fan of J.R.R Tolkein’s amazing books but this is the hill I am dying on, Peter Jackson’s movies are better.

Forrest Gump. Do I really need to justify this? This movie is an absolute comfort movie, and undeniably better than Winston Groom’s 1986 novel, also Jenny does not die in the novel, so that is nice.

This one time only, allow me to talk about Fight Club, just to state that, it is better than Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel.

Pitch Perfect, loosely based on Mickey Rapkin’s painstakingly researched non-fiction book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory”.

To be honest dear reader, there is so much more, but I think this drives my point home, there are movies that are far better than the books.

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Reducing your Environmental Impact on Campus

By Robert Hill 

Being a student at Nelson Mandela University, we are very lucky to have our main campus situated on a nature reserve, with plenty of flora and fauna right on our doorstep. However, with such a pristine campus comes certain responsible actions that we should take to look after our environment. One of the values that we as students at NMU hold is Environmental Stewardship – so how do we practically implement this in order to keep our campus a clean and healthy environment?

The first most important aspect is to make sure that all your rubbish is thrown away in the bins provided, instead of left out where it can blow away and looks bad. Where there are recycling bins provided, these should be used, and rubbish should be split into the appropriate bin. It is important to set an example and make sure to tell others that are littering that what they are doing is wrong. Together we can have a much cleaner campus.

Another way to reduce your environmental impact on campus is to be wise about the mode of transport used to get to campus. The best ways to get to class are to walk or cycle, as these have no emissions of greenhouse gases. However, of course this is not possible for all students. The next best way to get to campus is to use public transport, as this has a much lower impact than a car. But even if you have a car and feel you need to use it to get to campus, you may be able to carpool and pick up friends along the way, meaning that less cars are driving to campus, reducing your individual environmental impact.

You can also reduce your environmental impact by bringing your own lunch to campus. This will mean you do not need to buy lunch in disposable containers, which increases waste. 

Besides these individual actions we can take to reducing our environmental impact, NMU itself has many programmes and initiatives in place to ensure that the value of environmental stewardship is lived out. In the current situation with a long-term drought in Nelson Mandela Bay, the university has embarked on awareness campaigns to reduce water usage. This includes the putting up of posters and stickers in an attempt to create awareness among all water users. This also includes detailed information on how much water is used on campus, while highlighting successes in reducing water usage using modern technology in all new buildings, particularly the new residence buildings on campus.

In terms of electricity, in recent years there has been a move towards photovoltaic (solar) panels to generate electricity and move away from non-renewable sources of energy. This has, most notably, included the construction of a large 2-hectare site of solar panels on South Campus in 2018, which delivers around 10 percent of the campus electricity needs. Furthermore, messaging about the importance of saving electricity is conveyed through the university’s communication channels.

Lastly, the university is continuing its efforts to ensure that waste generation is kept to minimal level. This has included minimising the amount of printing done over the past few years, as well as monitoring and encouraging recycling on campus, in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Through all these individual and collective actions, we can see that we can make a difference! With responsible actions, NMU can lead the way in environmental sustainability – and we all have our part to play to make this happen.

Comic Book Movies & TV Shows Arriving in 2022 

By Khanimamba Khoza 

As university students, we all know the stress and weight of the workload we must deal with, and we often search for ways to relax and decompress between studying. For some, exercise, reading a novel or napping does the trick but this article is for those of us that like to watch things to relax.

For the lovers of superhero content, 2022 is the gift that keeps on giving, this is the most live-action movies and tv shows we are getting from the two comic book giants, Marvel, and DC in a single year. For the fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe, otherwise known as the MCU, last year we saw Marvel blowing up Box Office and this year will be no different. Not to be outdone, DC also has a long list of movies coming out this year, after years of ruling the small screen.

Let’s get started with our count down: 

Movie: The Batman- March 4th, 2022

TV show: Moon Knight- March 30th, 2022

Movie: Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness- May 6th, 2022

TV Show: The Boys Season 3- June 3rd, 2022

Movie: Thor: Love and Thunder- July 8th, 2022

TV Show: She-Hulk- July 2022

Movie: Black Adam- July 29th, 2022

TV Show: Ms. Marvel- Spring 2022

Movie: The Flash- November 4th, 2022

TV Show: Doom Patrol- Summer 2022

Movie: Spider-Man: Across the Spidervese. November 2022

Bonus TV show: Peacemaker, streaming right now and with new episodes each week.

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Take a Jog for the Kids 

By Akahlulwa Radana 

The health of new born babies is not solely the responsibility of the mother’s diet and habits, but also those of the father. A recent study by Kristin Stanford and her team of researchers aims to analyse the effects of unhealthy diets in males on the future health of their offspring. 

Male mice were fed a high-fat or balanced diet for a period of three weeks. A few were allowed to exercise, others remained inactive. After the three weeks had passed, the mice were made to breed and it was found that the offspring of the inactive males were more likely to have poor glucose tolerance together with a higher fat percentage within the body and unusual glucose uptake in the skeletal muscles. The offspring of the active males not only had lower percentage of fat in the body but they were also more likely to be born with improved glucose metabolism. According to Stanford the regular exercise heightened the motility of the sperm as well as triggered a change in the sperm that decreased the inheritance of risk factors for diabetes and obesity in offspring. 

The data collected from this case study contributes to the research in how exercise in males can be conducive to combatting transferable health risks among humans such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

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Books that will get you going! 

By Pleasure Rirhandzo Kekana

The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma 

This book aims to inspire one to live a minimalist lifestyle through eliminating unnecessary distractions like social media and binge-watching. Once you cast your eyes over the book, you will realize that you may be wasting your time and energy on foolish thoughts and activities where you could be using it for something that benefits yourself and being. It also teaches the importance of forgiveness and the 20/20/20 formula. It is a highly advisable read! 

The Miracle Morning (The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life) by Hal Elrod 

This paperback is based on life-changing and motivating ideas to keep you going and take accountability for your actions. It is an amazing book and advisable read for anyone who wants to gain strength and not sympathy, and make it their daily bread. It will assist in becoming more productive and consistent in your goals. 

Mini Habits, Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise 

This book focuses on the ‘mini-habit’ framework which encourages action and motivation. In contrast to our common belief systems about motivation, mini-habits producer longer-lasting minor patterns based on minimal willpower that are exceedingly simple to implement. These small rituals can be conducted at any time, from any location with little to no effort, so new habits are adopted quickly. The most important sentence in the book summarizes its entire approach – is “Be the person with embarrassing aspirations and impressive achievements, rather than one of many individuals with impressive ambitions and dreadful results.” 

I highly recommend these self-help books if you want to change your life for the better. 

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The End in Mind 

By Robert Hill

By now, most students are hopefully back in the routine of classes, assignments and studying at Nelson Mandela University. Often, we get so caught with our day-to-day tasks, that we lose sight of the bigger picture – in this case, the completion of both the academic year and our course. 

Steven Covey, in his bestselling book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, lists seven habits that can be implemented to make positive changes in a person’s life. The second habit is “Beginning with the end in mind,” which is especially relevant to everyone at the beginning of this academic year. Of course, though, it is easy to say this, but what are some practical ways you can implement this habit in your studies? 

  1. Ask yourself where you want to be – Where do you want to be at the end of your studies? This sets up your long-term goal that makes it easy to move on to the next step, which is formulating a vision. This doesn’t just have to include academics!  
  1. Have a vision – It is important to have a personal vision for where you see yourself at the end of this year of studies and what skills you want to have mastered. What kind of results do you want to achieve at the end of this year? Once you have decided where you want to be by the end of your studies, you can clarify your vision of how you are going to achieve this. By clarifying this, you set yourself up for achieving your goals.  
  1. Allow the right people to influence and guide you – it is often said that we are the average of the people we spend time with; use this to your advantage and spend time with people who will support you in achieving your goals! Spend time with people who want you to succeed in your goals and who are there when you need help, and you will be well on your way to success! 

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How to Save Money at the Movies

Going to the cinemas to watch something that nobody else has seen, or something that you’ve awaited for a long time emits such a powerful feeling of excitement. Nowadays, it emits a feeling of excitement and sadness, because movie theatres are expensive! On an average day, movie tickets cost almost R100 and you’re still supposed to have snacks too?

Fortunately, there are ways for you to save money and have tickets and snacks for under R150. First, you would need to choose a cinema. If you choose Nu Metro, you’re better off going to see a movie on a Wednesday. Every Wednesday, Nu Metro runs a special with reduced prices, where you can see a movie for as little as R55 to R65! A regular-sized bucket of popcorn, on average, costs R38. Add snacks and a drink that you’ve bought beforehand from Spar or Pick N Pay (that you may or may not have to sneak in), and you’re in! You will then be able to enjoy your movie and snacks without hurting your wallet.

Ster Kinekor on the other hand, has been famous for their Tuesday special for years. After realizing that people came to the cinema more on Tuesdays, they decided to introduce a membership card. This ‘SK’ card, is free of charge, and can be applied for online. Every Tuesday, when you decide to see a movie, all you have to do is enter your membership number or swipe your card and you get an instant 50% off of your movie ticket! To add to this bargain, Sterk Kinekor also has a Tuesday snack special, where you can get a snack combo for as little as R40 (although all the snacks are small in size). So at Ster Kinekor on Tuesdays, you can enjoy a movie and snacks for under R100.

When cinemas are allowed to re-open, do not hesitate to get a Scene Card from Nu Metro and an ‘SK Club Card’ from Ster Kinekor, they may just earn you a free movie!

Sources of Information: Ster Kinekor, Nu Metro.

Caption : Nu Metro Cinemas 

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By Leigh Jason