RED BULL CAN YOU MAKE IT? 2020 TEAMS SELECTED, NEW EVENT DATES ANNOUNCED

This September, 200 University Student Teams Will Embark on The Journey of a Lifetime Across Europe, Using Cans of Red Bull as Their Only Form of Currency

MARCH 10, 2020 – Johannesburg, South Africa. Public voting has concluded, leading to the selection of nearly 200 lucky university student teams from 60 countries around the globe for Red Bull Can You Make It? 2020, with two SA teams being part of the selection.

During the seven-day travel adventure across Europe, participants will rely solely on street smarts, charm, and negotiating skills to arrange transportation, lodging, and meals using cans of Red Bull as their only form of currency.

The strongest teams from around the world were chosen from more than 4000 applications. After a carefully scanned and verified voting process, a panel of judges picked the final teams for each country. The competition was intense this year, with application creativity at an all-time high. Among the chosen teams, SA applicants from Nelson Mandela University and the University of Witwatersrand who were selected as two of the 200 lucky finalists. Team Chilli Cheesy Chicks made up of Shrestha Arijune, Pavika Moodley and Madeliene Gounde from WITS and team Saffa Squad from NMU Jonél Roos, Bumnandi Jali and Gungubele Yolisa Jali will be traveling across Europe for the title.

On 29 September, 2020, teams will start their journey at one of the five starting points in Europe: Barcelona, Budapest, Amsterdam, Milan and Copenhagen. During their week-long adventure, teams must stop at a minimum of six checkpoints before reaching the finish line in Berlin on 6, October, 2020. Teams will make it through their trek with the help of kind and generous people along the way. Red Bull Can You Make It?, originally planned for 21-28 April 2020, was postponed in light of the current concerns from health authorities.

Visit www.redbullcanyoumakeit.com to see the full roster of 200 teams.Meet the South Africa 2020 Teams for Red Bull Can You Make It?

Red Bull Can You Make It? 2020 is brought to you by our mobility partner Hyundai and our hospitality partner ibis budget. Click here to discover ibis budget’s world of adventure. Our official mobile phone partner HONOR enables us to stay in touch with all teams and capture the mesmerizing moments of this once in a lifetime adventure.


About Red Bull Can You Make It?

Red Bull Can You Make It? challenges teams of three university students on the adventure of a lifetime. Teams from various countries across the globe will have 7 days to travel across Europe using only Red Bull as a currency. A daily social highlight program will follow the stories throughout the week, and judging will be based on three factors: Checkpoint Challenges, Social Following and completing tasks on an Adventure List. It’s not about the first team to the destination – it’s the adventures along the way that matter.  It is a journey of charm and strategy that leaves one question; CAN YOU MAKE IT?  www.redbullcanyoumakeit.com

Tips and specials for this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year, filled with love and roses. Here are some tips and specials to spoil your loved ones or yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Netflix and chill

If you would prefer to stay indoors, grab some snacks and order some pizza. Debonairs has a 2 for R120 deal today. Netflix has also released some new clichés like To All the Boys I’ve Love Before sequel, Love is Blind, Always Be My Maybe, Isn’t It Romantic and so many more to have you awake all night.

Sweet tooth and roses

What is Valentine’s Day without some chocolate, right? Buy some delicious cake from either Pick N Pay or Spar or you could order from the Chocolate Man on Instagram or Facebook and get an 8-inch chocolate cake for R280.

If you would just like to have some chocolate, Spar has plenty of sales on Lindt and Ferrero Rocher.

Top it off with a bouquet from Spar or Flowers p.e on Instagram and get them delivered to your doorstep.

Dinning out

Unfortunately, unless you reserved a table some days ago most restaurants today will probably be over booked. However, you can try your lack with Salt in Richmond Hill, Bocadillos in Walmer, Something Good Roadhouse, News Café for a R35 brunch date, Blue Waters Café, Charlies Pizza and Pasta and Tabu Grill Bar and Lounge.

Radission Blu Hotel is hosting a romantic dinner experience with a four-course menu for R895 per couple.

Other outings

As much as it is Valentines Day, it is also game day with the FNB Madibaz playing against the FNB UKZN at 19:00 at the Madibaz Stadium. If you will be attending, follow and tag us in your predictions and what you are up to on our social media.

The Main Lifestyle Centre will be hosting a night under the stars with live music, food trucks, massages and movies.

Cubana and Beershack will be hosting a Valentine’s Night Out and a Traffic Lights party and the Roof Garden Bar has a wine and Jazz evening tomorrow night.

We wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Strangest Reasons Cricket Matches Have Been Interrupted

The quirky game of cricket has had plenty of funny moments created by the most unusual interruptions. From weather condition to the pitch itself, here are some odd reasons games have been aborted.

Pollution

Back in 2017, during an India vs Sri Lanka match in New Dehli, the play was stopped because of pollution. Toxic smog made it unbearable for Sri Lankan players to breathe. This resulted in players returning for the second session with face masks on. The play was adjourned for 20 minutes, where the team’s doctors were consulted to determine whether gameplay was safe.

A Toy

A tiger toy once created havoc at Rose Bowl Nursery Ground. A bystander alerted people that a tiger was present at the neighbouring golf course. Helicopters made their way to the area and players took refuge. The play was ceased for 20 minutes.

Insects

Flies and moths constantly disturb cricket games; however, no insect feels more at home on cricket grounds than bees do. Earlier this year, during a match between Sri Lanka and South Africa, a swarm of bees occupied the field. This happened, before and during, the breast cancer awareness ‘Pink day ODI’ event. South African players, in their pretty pink tracksuits, lay flat on the field with stomachs down as the bees took over.

A bomb

Yes, a bomb! During World War 2, a match between the Army and Royal Air Force ended because of a “flying bomb”. The bomb turned out to be a German aircraft.

The ball

In 1995, during a match between Boland and WHAT in Paarl, the ball landed in a spectator’s braai stand as a ‘six’ was hit. The ball required 10 minutes to cool down and had to be cleaned from the grease. The play was shortly paused again because the ball was too greasy to grip. They only resorted to replacing the ball after it was expressly regarded as ‘unfit’ for play.

The pitch

During a match between the West Indies and England, the play was discontinued because the pitch was considered dangerous. This was because a player suffered heavy blows to his fingers and hands. Another occurrence was during a match between South Africa and India. The pitch was deemed dangerous after a player was hit by the ball three times.

Sunlight

During a match between New Zealand and India, the play was stopped because the sun was setting at an awkward angle. The rays of the sun made it difficult to spot the ball.

Then there are the expected disturbances. The speed of the ball, bad lighting, animals, and the occasional streaker – because what is a sport without our fellow nudists? And of course, a few drops of rain.

Source: cricket.com.au

Fighting the unemployment battle

Unemployment in South Africa is one of the country’s worst epidemics. The current unemployment rate in the country sits at 26.5% for persons aged between 15 and 64 years of age. With people from the tender age of 15 unable to find work, it means that unemployment hits the youth harder than any other age group. 

The youth have better opportunities to receive education now compared to previous generations, who were not as fortunate to have bursaries and assisting funds. Jobs, nevertheless, are scarce. As soon as graduates leave the hall or matriculants leave school, they are labelled ‘unemployed’ and some stay that way for a long time.  

The evolution of technology is one of the biggest reasons why people are unable to find work. Machinery can do jobs ten times faster and cheaper than people. Space and funds are other big factors that prevent companies from taking on more staff. The top undeniable major problem with finding work is ‘experience’. On every job listing or application, you are required to have experience – companies want people who know what they are doing and who have done it before. 

But how does one get this experience while learning? 

Internship: Companies are always looking for interns who can shadow professionals and run small errands, which not only assists the business but also helps shape the intern’s idea of the working world. 

Volunteering: Unfortunately, this method does not pay and sometimes does not pertain to whatever goal or job you have your sights set on. Fortunately, volunteering is mostly experienced in a charitable setting which may impress your future employers. Bonus points for helping others through this noble act of kindness.  

Sometimes the institution you are studying at arranges for formal work experience with various companies. This adds quite a few lines on your CV. 

Freelancing: Assisting others with your talent could never hurt anyone. This option also pays well and adds to your experience and references.  

Part-time work: Probably the greatest option, but the hardest one to find. This could take place on weekends, which many companies are a bit flimsy about, but there are certain companies that have programmes designed for students only, so keep your eyes peeled. 

Sources of Information:  CollegeXpress, Career Planning, Target Careers. 

Image One, Source: Forbes. 

Movies to Watch Before Your Holiday Ends

With only a few weeks left until we resume our academic year, we would suggest you tick these top movies off your holiday watch-list: 

Men in black: International, which aired on 14 June, has its main characters, Agent H and Agent M, played by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. This spin-off was a job well done, especially considering that they shot different scenes of the movie in different countries.  

If you have not watched Avengers: Endgame yet, I advise you to do so as soon as possible. Knowing the storylines from previous Marvel movies will certainly heighten your movie-watching experience, however, you are bound to enjoy this movie even if you aren’t a dedicated follower.  

Detective Pikachu is out and we are impressed. The cinematography and the storyline – absolutely amazing. It is a good movie to watch if you appreciate a dash of comedy. Pokémon-lovers, you are guaranteed to enjoy this one. 

When They See Us is a series that has gained worldwide recognition. It is based on ‘Central Park 5’, a group of young boys who were subsequently charged with raping and assaulting a jogger in New York’s Central Park.  

Spiderman Far From Home came out on 3 July. The movie has some twists and turns, but we won’t spoil it for you. All we’ll say is that it’s a definite ‘must-watch’.  

On an ending note, The Lion King is coming out on 19 July and we are waiting with bated breath to see what Disney will deliver.  

Famed Media Personality Launches Book

Media personality turned entrepreneur, Sbusiso Leope widely known as “DJ Sbu” launched his third book at Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus. “The Art of Hustling: Sell or Surrender” is the third book written by the Thembisa native. The event took place on Friday 26 April 2019. 

In an attempt to get his fans and upcoming entrepreneurs to cultivate their unique edge, DJ Sbu created his latest masterpiece. The book was launched to an energetic crowd of students and fans which he addressed at the Nelson Mandela University. During DJ Sbu’s talk, he spoke about his struggles as an entrepreneur and covered topics such as; religion, mentoring others, ownership and his move to America. 

Throughout the talk, DJ Sbu stressed the importance of an entrepreneur knowing their worth and possessing the eagerness to learn – this being the main message of his book. He stated that as his success grew, doors were opened that enabled him to branch into different spaces in both entertainment and business. He also emphasized the power of a positive attitude. His setbacks could have easily discouraged him to quit, but he took advantage of the experiences and knowledge he was indulging in to start his own ventures. 

Upon moving to America, he wanted to learn the culture of the people he looked up to when growing up. He moved to see where they hang out, how they live and how they go about their general business. He believes that to elevate yourself, you need to move out of your comfort zone and study the people who are in spaces you aspire to be in. 

DJ Sbu’s book launch was an astounding success as all the books sold out. MadibazNews got a chance to talk to the mogul – that interview will be published in our fourth edition coming out soon. 

Why 2019 is such a great year for movies

After seeing last year’s successes, 2019 decided to give 2018 a run for its money with all the sequels, remakes and original movies airing this year.  

Taraji P Henson gave us her own version of What Women Want and it was a total hit. The live action/CGI engineered version of Dumbo has kicked off the year, but there are other movies that may potentially be taking the spotlight from the beloved elephant. The king of the jungle, Simba, will return in a CGI-mastered version of the adored The Lion King, featuring voices of the legendary James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and many more. 

The wheel will then be turned by Will Smith in the remake of Aladdin, where the Fresh Prince takes on the role of Genie. A remake of one of Smith’s hit movies, Men in Black, then hits the screens where former Thor: Ragnarok co-stars, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, will suit up. 

Speaking of suiting up, Captain Marvel opened March up in luminous red, gold and blue, giving us one of the Infinity Saga films that Marvel has worked on for over ten years. Her story was highly successful, soaring past Wakanda and stealing the top spot with opening weekend numbers. Soon, she will join the rest of The Avengers in Avengers: Endgame, the last movie in which we’ll see most of our favourite heroes, to hopefully undo the damage done by Thanos. 

After DC’s redemption, Aquaman, Shazam fills the big screen in hopes of bridging the gap between comedy and action. Following Venom’s lead, Joker shows us the life of a villain through his solo movie, unmasking the villain who has tormented Batman for years. 

Opening Marvel’s new era, Tom Holland reprises the role of Spider-Man and takes us through Europe. In another timeline, New Mutants and Rise of The Phoenix will be sharpening the X-Men series.  

After giving up his toys in Toy Story 3, Andy’s toys return in Toy Story 4. As with Frozen 2, not much was offered through their teaser trailers. 

Ryan Reynolds will take on the role of Pikachu in POKEMON’s Detective Pikachu which may just be one for the books. Other classic characters, like ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ of the Fast & The Furious franchise, will also be making solo appearances. Horror movie fans are in for a treat this year with Jordan Pele’s Us which recently hit the cinema, giving us the first all-black main family in a horror film, reminding us that representation matters. So do toys – which is why Annabelle will be making her return, hopefully before IT: 2

These are only a few of the movies coming our way this year. Here’s to having a warm seat with your name on it at the cinema. 

Captain Marvel film review

The twenty-first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has finally come out. Having seen the trailers, I had an avid interest in this unknown hero. The movie, however, ended up being marginally disappointing 

Set in 1995, we first meet Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) as a trainee for the Starforce under the care of her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). From the get-go, it is evident that Carol has immense power which she is still being taught how to harness. She quickly ends up on planet Earth after an ambush on her first mission. In the team she winds up in, she meets Nick Fury and the movie officially begins.  

The plot of the movie is a bit unfulfilling. First, it is about discovering oneself. Then, a sister relationship that has little substance, making the emotional scenes feel unearned. After that, there is a plot twist of redemption and doing the right thing which does not do much for the film because there is no emotional investment.   

When it comes to the fighting, there is much to be desired and it falls short of what we have come to expect from MCU. For a 3D movie, the 3D effect was not used to its full potential. The directing was quite bland and did not really tell much of a story.  

As much of a great actress, Brie is, her acting in this instance was subpar. Captain Marvel’s confusion of not knowing who she is, her hurt in losing her friend and anger from being lied to are not translated well by her facial expressions and body language.  

Since this is an ‘origins’ movie it is only fitting that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) feature. The de-ageing CGI is absolutely spectacular to the extent that it is forgettable that the two actors are well past their youth.  

There were two main groups of people in this movie: those that wanted it to succeed and those that wanted it to fail. I would say the outcome lies dead centre between the two. It will, however, succeed because MCU fans are loyal and it adds to the suspense of the upcoming ‘Final Game’. On the other hand, it is not a great movie and does not live up to the high standards of MCU. 

Recommendation? Yes and no. If you have been keeping up with MCU then it is unmissable. If you watch movies just for the fun of it then you could do without it. 

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.

Photographer: Thando Khanda

Meet the DJ’s that rocked the Carnival

DJ playing at the Carnival

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.