WOMB STEWARDSHIP RE-BIRTHS EASTERN CAPE

By: Nosipho Kewuti

Port Elizabeth – The Womb Stewardship organization held its launch on Friday the 12 of October at the Feather Market hall in Port Elizabeth.

The launch was filled with so much love, praises and a lot of performances from one of Port Elizabeth’s biggest bands, ‘Grace SA’ (which was also releasing their debut album titled Breakthrough) and the ‘We Will Worship’ group. The launch’s main focus was preaching about purity and self-love not only to women, but to men as well.

One of the speakers, Mrs. Margo Scholtz, who was speaking on the issue of encouraging purity until marriage, stated that the media has played a huge role on how the youth views the world today. Talking about how half-naked women have become a norm in South African media, especially magazines and music videos that are full of half-naked women. She also mentioned that with ‘Womb Stewardship’ they are hoping that they will be able to make women realize that their bodies are worth much more. “Women need to let their boyfriends know that they do not get husband privileges”, she said in closing. 

The Womb Stewardship started as an idea by Dr Pinky Ngcakani-Ncula a few years back, after she saw how women were slowly losing their identity and dignity. While trying to restore that, she decided to launch the organization with the slogan ‘we live in a world where losing your phone is more dramatic than losing your virginity’. When asked what she was hoping to achieve with the organization, Dr Ngcakani-Ncula replied, “We want people to be aware that their bodies could not be just used anyhow, there is more to our bodies than just this piece of flesh between the thighs”.

Dr Ngcakani-Ncula further explained that even though their profile stated that they wanted people to stay pure, even those who had gone astray, were more than welcome to be part of the organization. These are the people we want to work with more because they have a testimony”, she said in closing. 

Hellen Zille speaks to DASO followers about Heritage

By: Sidima Mfeku

Port Elizabeth – Western Cape premier Hellen Zille said every student should be able to celebrate each other’s heritage and freedoms without hurting one another and making the other less of a person.

Cheering the youthful crowd, Zille said “In any country there is an individual heritage, and you decide which bits are important to you and which bits are not important to you, no body decides that”.

Speaking at a DASO election campaign event held at a PSA residence in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Zille clarified that her heritage is not German as speculated, but purely South African.

She added by saying, “My heritage is found in this coat”, referring to a coat she was wearing that demonstrated the South African colours and a scarf she had over her shoulders that resembled the South African flag.

Furthermore, the former Democratic Alliance president said that in order for any country to succeed there needs to be a collective heritage, and that collective heritage will be the values in our constitution.

Student wellness and mental health take the spotlight at Youth Summit

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth – Not even the rain could stop the South African Public Administration Student Association (SAPASA) youth summit held at 2nd Avenue Campus at Nelson Mandela University.

Although the day was raining so badly, nothing stopped the students from Nelson Mandela University from attending the Youth Summit hosted by SAPASA which focused on student challenges, academic issues and student wellness in institutions of higher learning. Students were advised to talk to their Faculty lecturers and HOD’s if they ever experienced difficulty with their academics. Moreover, when students leave home to attend university they may find themselves alone and not performing well academically. Another important point raised was how students should go to student counselling if they experience any kind of personal issues.

“Feelings are what you feel on a daily basis, they affect what you do and who you are”, these were the words said by Qaphela Ngcobo, a final year master’s degree student who was part of the panelists at the summit. The greater parts of her studies focused on pathology and industrial psychology, but has now moved on to clinical psychology. Ngcobo talked about mental health issues among students in institutions of higher learning and also expressed how many people don’t know or have information on mental health. “When you talk mental health, most people immediately think of someone walking around naked, that is the severity of mental health. What people need to understand about the term ‘mental health’ is that the true meaning is all about layers: social, spiritual, emotional and mental and the effects it has on our mood and thinking”, she said.

Qaphela advised students to take things one day at a time, she also mentioned that students should not put their problems away or ignore them, but should deal with them so they don’t catch up with them later. She concluded by saying that students must practice time management so they don’t feel overwhelmed with the work required from students by lecturers.

If you need help or know any other student that may be facing any problems or challenges at university, please contact the Student Career and Development Centre South Campus on: 041 504  2511.

South African Consumers must be prepared

By: Sisanda Ngongoma

Port Elizabeth – On the 4th of September Stats SA released the findings of the economic activity for the second quarter of 2018, and while it looks like the decline is not as weak as the first quarter, the two consecutive quarters of negative growth have plunged South Africa into a recession.

According to Stats SA, South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018. Less growth generally creates a domino effect which results in an increase in unemployment due to a drop in consumer spending that affects businesses and the economy.

Dr Clement Mosa and Ms Kholisi of the Nelson Mandela University Economics department stated that the recession will impact foreign direct investment, as well as the portfolio investment because the rand has been volatile. They also said that the only way to monitor it was to increase productivity.

South Africa is suffering as a result of trade relations with other countries, because it does not control prices to the large extent. Consumers are not spending much on goods and services, therefore the recession might make it worse because of the increased financial pressure on consumers. This could result in citizens losing their jobs and some firms could be forced to cut down. Dr Mosa said, “It is a bit of a challenge for the government to act, especially the reserve bank. If they want to boost the economy they might increase the  interest rate and money supply making this worse because inflation will take place’’.

Describing the situation, Dr Clement said that the recession would negatively affect foreign investments and attracting foreign investment would be difficult, leading many to believe that government should work harder on maintaining political stability, domestic economy and keeping inflation constrained. Dr Mosa continued by saying that there should not be an increase in inflation when the GDP is low. Ms Kholisi also added, “The government cannot control droughts because it is a natural phenomena, however, measures should be put in the budget for an emergency like that. South Africans should also work on climate developing entities.”    

The only thing [that] the government can try to control and focus on is the land issue, since it could cause a lot of problems in the economy in terms of foreign investors. Ms Kolisi said that the government should be careful when making decisions such as introducing its policy if there is uncertainty towards issues of nationalisation of government excitation like the Reserve Bank that could also affect the economy.

Ms Kolisi also mentioned that the Government should use its policies and monetary policy control carefully, because this economic climate and political instability causing  the rand to be volatile, could utilize government expenditure in order to boost the GDP. “Government spending is very important in activities that will influence economic growth and adding to the domestic economy by boosting savings in investments level, so that we do not rely too much on foreign capital”, she added.

Dr Mosa said in closing that the government could also focus on other sectors that were performing well, since exports actually increased and contributed to the GDP in the second quarter positively.

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The Beat Revolution: 18:00 – 20:00

Friday 7 September – Thursday 13 September

  1. SPHEctacula & Dj Naves – Bhampa ft. Beast Tipcee & DJ Tira
  2. DJ Maphorisa DJ Raybel – iWalk Ye Phara ft. Moonchild Sanelly x K.O x Zulu Mkhathini
  3. Sho Madjozi – Huku
  4. Prince Kaybee – Banomoya (ft. Busiswa & TNS)
  5. Rudeboyz – Let It Flow ft. Zameka
  6. Tipcee-  Fakaza ft. Joejo
  7. DJ Ganyani – Emazulwini (feat. Nomcebo)
  8. Babes Wodumo – Ka Dazz
  9. Dladla Mshunqisi – Pakisha (ft. Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira)
  10. Master KG – Skeleton Move [Feat. Zanda Zakuza]

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The Rooftop: 11:00 – 13:00

Friday 7 September – Thursday 13 September

  1. Harmonize ft. Diamond Platnumz – Kwa Ngwaru
  2. Davido – Assurance
  3. StarBoy – Soco ft. Wizkid, Ceeza Milli, Spotless, Terri
  4. Falz – This is Nigeria
  5. Tekno – Jogodo
  6. Sauti Sol – Short N Sweet [Feat. Nyashinski]
  7. Mayorkun – Bobo Ft. Davido
  8. WIZKID – FaKE LOVE FT DUCAN MIGHTY
  9. Olamide and Wizkid – Kana
  10. Phyno – Onyeoma ft. Olamide

 

 

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