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Your post, your racism

Social media can get you into trouble even if you are not the host.

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COOL KID: Rhema Stephani Namakau Socika,

Poet and Co-founder of ” We Original Kreatif and Enlighted (WOKE), an arts movement, Rhema Stephani Namakau Socika, features as this week’s “cool kid” 

This week`s cool kid is poet Rhema Stephani Namakau Socika, affectionately known as “Mama-Woke”.
Mama-Woke, 2nd year BA, started writing poems in 2013. She says she writes motivational and slam activist poems “which deal with issues such as self-love, feminism and human rights”. Socika was inspired by her brother who is a hip-hop artist.
Mama-Woke is involved in uplifting programmes including being the co-founder of We OriginalKreatif and Enlighted (WOKE), an arts movement.
WOKE seeks to provide a platform for young poets and artists, little did she know that being a poet would give her an opportunity to be part of Freedom Voices in Power, a human rights festival in Tshwane she will be performing at.
Mama-Woke dreams of following in the footsteps of poetic giants like Alysia Harris and believes her journey will lead to her being South Africa’s next great poet.
Mama-Woke is also a blogger who shares tips on hair care. originally published here:
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Originally Published: Wits Vuvuzela 


Poet and Co-founder of " We Original Kreatif and Enlighted (WOKE), an arts movement, Rhema Stephani Namakau Socika
Poet and Co-founder of ” We Original Kreatif and Enlighted (WOKE), an arts movement, Rhema Stephani Namakau Socika
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New initiative makes textbooks accessible to needy students.

Wits students to benefit from SRC book house campaign.

A campaign to assist students unable to access textbooks has been launched by the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC).

The first “Book House” campaign was launched on Wednesday by the SRC’s Academic and Policy Committee at the DJ Du Plessis Day House on West Campus.

DONATED BOOKS: Academics read some of the books donated
DONATED BOOKS: Academics read some of the books donated.                                                                                                                                                 Photo: Wendy Mothata

The campaign calls upon students, Wits employees and community members to donate all kinds of books to students who are in need. According to Obett Motaung, one of the organisers of the initiative, “students can borrow books the whole year, however they should bring forth proof to show that they are in need of those books”.

Book House is one of the projects which make up the SRC’s Wits Access campaign which raises funds for students who can’t afford tertiary education.

Over 2,800 books available

“We have started the campaign because of rising costs of textbooks, we realised that if students can’t afford to pay for fees then how will they afford to buy textbooks. Students don’t fail because of inability, they fail because of lack of resources,” said Motaung.

He said so far they have received 2,800 books from Wits Citizenship and Community Outreach (WCCO); “We are aiming to get as many books as possible to help students,” said Motaung.

Percyval Mphasha, a 3rd BSc student, who was present at the event said “this campaign comes as a solution to students who are struggling to buy textbooks.” Mphasha said that he will donate the books that he is no longer using.

The student manager of the Book House, Moeketsi Koahela said “The project is designed to help students who can’t afford to buy books. We also give accounting students some scientific calculators. Our aim is to create a better society,” Koahela said.

Members of the community can donate while students can collect books at WCCO located around the corner from West campus house.

This text was originally published: Wits Vuvuzela

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EFF show IAW solidarity at Wits

The EFF showed its solidarity with Palestine in a gathering on the Wits University campus earlier today. 

by Wendy Mothata and Nokuthula Zwane 

SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, speaks to students and workers at Umthombo. Photo: Nokuthula Zwane
SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, speaks to students and workers at Umthombo. Photo: Nokuthula Zwane

National Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi joined Wits students and workers who gathered to show their support for Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) outside the Umthombo Building earlier today.

Ndlozi, also a Wits PhD student, addressed the gathering and affirmed the EFF’s committment to supporting Palestine. “Israel is an offence, it must be isolated because it is a colonial state which does not protect the Palestinians hence we should boycott and isolate the Israel apartheid system,” Ndlozi said.

“We will never abandon Palestinians therefore students should get Palestinians to come and speak at the universities as a way of creating awareness about Israel apartheid,” Ndlozi added.

Former Wits SRC president Shaeera Kalla, also a member of the Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) who organised the IAW events said she was happy to be part of the PSC as it is a “nonpartisan, secular and progressive organisation that Ndlozi himself was a member of when he was at Wits”.

Altaaf Adams, a University of Johannesburg student who was part of the gathering said “we need to take the solidarity of Palestinians beyond what it is already … the struggle is not limited to political parties”.

The gathering formed part of the annual #IAW, an international campaign which “aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people”, according to the website

This article was originally published : Vuvuzela here.