Tuesday, July 17, 2018


All the latest journalism from the Rhodes TV3 class


Posted by Tessa On October - 15 - 2010

Society sign-up evening

Posted by Nonceba On May - 9 - 2010

Rhodes University Society sign-up eveningThis is a piece about society sign-up evening at Rhodes University. The piece looks at how societies get students to sign-up to their different societies, the tactics they use, the different goodies they promise students etc. It also looks at the meassures SRC have put  in place into making sure that societies do not  only sign-up these students without doing antything constructive with the money. We spoke to difference societies signing up members, students signing up to these societies and Lastly, the SRC President, international vice president and the societies councillor about this matter.

Mzwakhe Komsani’s story

Posted by Paddy On October - 23 - 2009

Mzwakhe Komsani, an ex-offender who now takes part in the Egazini diversion programme, shares his story.

Youth Crime in Grahamstown Townships

Posted by Paddy On October - 22 - 2009

We have gathered together these three clips to explain our experience as journalists in the local community. We gathered the first clip on our ‘mapping the area’ exercise which stipulated that we needed to pin-point the main problems with regards to crime in the area. We found out from numerous sources that most of the crime has been committed by the youth. The man we captured on film was a victim of crime in the area and agreed with the general consensus that it was the youth in the area causing the crime.
We hoped to attempt this project by constantly referring back to the foundations of public journalism. In all our pieces of work we used the afflicted parties to represent the issue in the area. We sought to use our journalism as a means of assisting the community. By this we produces a self defence project which is to carry on in the community to empower members of sun city and outlying areas against crime and violence.
The next clip is taken three weeks later and is of two teenagers who wanted to speak on camera. Our presence in the community was known by then and the boys knew why we were there. They sarcastically expressed their views of how they wanted to stop committing crime and how they were ready to change. It was all said in jest and the one guy even tried to kiss Mahreen.
We felt as if our project wasn’t reaching the community but then our hopes were uplifted by Janet, one of the community leaders at our community meeting. She said that she was grateful our project had come into her community and alerted them to the problems and possible solutions available to the members of the community. We thought we’d achieved some sort of success by joining with the community to provide a product with relevant important information for the community.

See our Generation Join-Up blog for more info.

How to Recycle

Posted by Paddy On May - 27 - 2009

Take a quick look at this simple video on how to recycle.  By making a few easy changes to your daily refuse removal routine you can make the work of the rubbish sorters much easier.

OBE generation-the rise of the guinea pigs!

Posted by Paddy On April - 3 - 2009

Universities around the country are using benchmark testing, from theNational Benchmark Tests Project, to evaluate learners against a list of academic pre-requisites that are essential for tertairy education. Rhodes University instituted benchmark tests last year. The test results have not yet been tallied, however the outcome of the 2009 university intake will be compared to the 2008 intake.
The learners results will not be held against them should they not pass the tests successfully. The project will be implemented on a national scale and eventually substitute university entrance exams.
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OBE was first introduced in the 1990’s when the quality of South African education came under great scrutiny. Aggravating the problem even further were issues of inequalities within South African society, with the majority of the population sidelined and discriminated against. As a result, education policies had to be revisited in such a way that they would revise educational provision in such a way that they would promote a more balanced view of South African society.

In later months the ANC ruled out Apartheid education and in doing so introducing OBE in 1997, the government’s attempt of addressing the education crisis in the country. Apart from the curricular being implemented so as to limit content-based learning it also had to respond to international trends in educational development. In March 1997 the Education Minister announced in the British parliament the launch of Curriculum 2005.

Questions still remain unanswered with people enquiring whether or not the change in South African education was for the better or for worse. Or perhaps whether the OBE curricular simply lowers the standard for high achievers, whilst relegating those who have traditionally struggled to mediocrity, instead of realising individual potential.

The depreciating quality of the country’s education cannot solely be attributed to OBE but also one may argue that it is because of our national obsession with the matriculation exam as a bellwether of achievement.

Every year thousands of matriculants, are said to complete the curriculum unprepared for the challenges of higher education let alone the workplace. The ultimum question then becomes, Are the new breed of matricualnts well equipped than their predecessors? A third of the 2008 candidates failed matric last year, despite the fact that the pass rate has been lowered to just 30% (refer to graph). The actual matric pass rate decreased by 2.7% while learners receiving matric exemptions increased by 5.2%. The Department of Education has been called to address this crisis and ensure that it improves dramatically.

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Raphael HIV testing and support CentreThe Raphael Centre located in Grahamstown, South Africa is a HIV/AIDS testing and support centre. Lately, though, this haven for people infected or affected by the virus has been rought by troubles. The future of the centre is uncertain as it needs sponsors to ensure it’s survival. Meanwhile other issues, like an objecting neighbour are also posing problems for the centre which helps over 1 000 people every month.