Top of the Vox: The first-year â€˜meat marketâ€™ at universities
â€œTo me, and many of my friends, first-year girls are fresh meat. I know that she will be a flame; many other guys want to get with her, but I will be the one with her. Itâ€™s all about getting the hottest girl so that all the other guys are envious â€“ I will be the man! I only savage first years that look great.â€
First year. Orientation week. Itâ€™s a fun â€“ and daunting â€“ time for any student. But thereâ€™s a darker side too. Pontsho Pilane spoke to a senior male student about why he pursues first years, and also found out how senior female students view theÂ practice. #sexistSA
Must-read, this week
Xenophobia is back in the spotlight, in its most ugly incarnation. On Thursday night, a Somali man was set alight in Braamfischerville, Soweto; while looting and violence against foreigners in Philippi, Cape TownÂ erupted earlier in the week. Letâ€™s hope that the government response is better considered than it was in January.
Match of the day
408 for 5. Thatâ€™s what the Proteas scored in todayâ€™s cricket World Cup fixture against the West Indies, ultimately winning the match by a whopping 257 runs. Seems like AB listened to the advice dished out by former Kiwi captain Martin CroweÂ â€“ the skip was clean-shaven this morning and led the batting line-up in a dominating performance. Go Protea Fire, this one is for your fans â€“ the South Africans,Â the Kashmiris, the Bangladeshis, and, most of all, for Kieron.
Despite the countryâ€™s massive ARV rollout, the disease is still devastating for those affected. What would you do if you had to choose between keeping your job and attending your clinic check-ups? Zimasa Matiwane spoke to a woman in KZN to find out how she navigates her way through these tough choices.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turned 91 last week. And tomorrow itâ€™s this yearâ€™s big birthday bash. His parties are well known for their lavish feasting â€“ this time round we trust thereâ€™ll be plenty of dancing as well.
Weekly hangout: Mmusi MaimaneÂ
On Tuesday our executive editor Khadija Patel hosted a hangout with the DA Parliamentary leader, who opened up about *that* accent, and what he makes of being called Obama Lite. He also discussed some more important issues like, you know, our â€œbroken countryâ€. If you missed it, donâ€™t stress, thereâ€™s a video.
The week ahead
Weâ€™ll continue to keep you informed about the latest xenophobic attacks and also bring you more about the real-life effects ofÂ Budget 2015Â on the lives of ordinary South Africans, especially the most impoverished.
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– Featured image: By Safiyyah Patel.