• SRC 2012

    When is the SRc election?

    An anonymous tweeter has drawn attention to the marketing process of this year’s Student Representative Council (SRc) elections.

    In rather unprecedented fashion, tweets from a profile called ‘Stellies Pope’ (alluding to the ‘Scandal’ character Olivia Pope) has appealed to the current SRc, Student Parliament and Student Court to step in and address the “lack of marketing” for this year’s elections.

    In spite of this, election convenors Maxine Bezuidenhout and Tristan Jaftha commented that there is “no problem” with the marketing of candidate nominations.

    “Standing for the SRc is not an overnight decision. Those who really want to run, will make sure that they get the necessary information,” says Bezuidenhout.

    “I would describe this not as a deviation from, but a relaxation of the election process – the deadline will still be strictly enforced, but this way might be more convenient for the candidates,” said Jaftha.

    “Marketing was a serious issue,” Jaftha concedes. “People weren’t happy.”

    Candidates must submit their names and student numbers by 31 July and need to hand in their completed application forms by the morning of 2 August.

    Candidate nominations officially opened last Monday, and were due to close on Thursday 31 July. Mere hours after the first posters advertising the elections were put up on Monday (a week after the nomination period commenced), the election committee announced via Twitter that the due date for applications would be postponed until Saturday.

    According to the election convenors, nominations were advertised “on the SRc website, tweeted by the SRc and by word of mouth.”

    The posters that were put up on Monday still featured the old closing date. According to the election convenors, the correction has been made on Facebook and Twitter.

    Naomi Bruwer, chairperson of Student Court, has confirmed that no one has made a case to Student Court yet regarding a possible breach in the marketing of the upcoming Student Representative Council (SRc) elections.

    Bruwer also stated that, according to the Student Union Constitution, the election convenors must advertise, among other things, the nomination period and where nomination forms can be obtained. It does not stipulate at what stage marketing should commence.

    Current SRc chairperson MJ Dippenaar has confirmed that the SRc has made a “serious request” to the election convenors regarding the marketing of the nomination process. He also said that this issue would be an agenda point at their SRc Executive Committee meeting on Monday 4 August.

    Vice-chairperson Renita van Zyl however reiterated that they (the SRc) would be entering “dangerous territory” if they attempted to infringe on the election committee’s independence – “especially since there are current SRc members who will be running again.”

    Farai Mubaiwa, Student Parliament Speaker, has responded to a query saying that Student Parliament is “unable to comment at this stage”, but that “a statement will be sent to campus at a later stage with all the necessary information regarding the accountability of the Election convenors and the procedural practices of the elections themselves.”

    No nomination forms have been handed in as of yet.

    “We are not worried,” says Bezuidenhout. “People usually don’t hand in their application forms early”. “We ran out of application forms in the SRc office by the third day of elections,” adds Jaftha.

    By: Emily van der Merwe

    Photo: Supplied

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    SU claims R5k for ‘Maties’

    Stellenbosch University (SU) legal counsel has taken action against the students running I Am Maties and Shit Maties Say, respectively.

    The university has requested that the pages be taken down, and is claiming legal fees to the amount of R5 000 plus VAT from the student running Shit Maties Say.

    In legal correspondence in the possession of Die Matie, SU ascertains that ‘Matie’ and ‘Maties’ are registered trademarks in their possession. They furthermore express their concern that members of the public may become under the impression that the page is allied to the university, and as such that they received SU’s endorsement.

    The student operating this page, who has requested to only be known as ‘Chris’, said he is not planning to take down the page. He told Die Matie, “Since the name’s been changed, there are no more profiles [operated by myself] using “Maties”, so technically all profiles were deleted as per their request.”

    The I Am Maties website has since been taken down in its entirety, while the Facebook page formerly known as Shit Maties Say is still operating, now under the name “Shit Mateys Say”.

    A post by the page stated that the above mentioned legal correspondence is dated two days after the profile name “Shit Maties Say” published a post titled “Open Letter to Russel Botman” on the discourse platform Bonfiire. The letter criticised the university’s response to the crime wave which affected Stellenbosch at the time, and closely scrutinised the systems put in place to address the problem. The SRc also came under fire.

    The university did not comment on whether the controversial letter on Bonfiire prompted their taking legal action.

    In an official statement by SU released to Die Matie, the university further expressed its concern that the trademark ‘Maties’ was being used to operate a business.

    Chris denies this, saying that he has not received a cent of revenue from the page. Facebook does not share the advertising revenue earned from a specific individual’s Facebook page with that individual, he says, and Shit Mateys Say does not offer the service to an external party to post content on their behalf for a fee.

    In a post on Shit Mateys Say dated 23 July, Chris expressed his disappointment that SU did not contact him directly before soliciting its attorneys.

    SU maintains that it only took legal action after requests to take the site and pages down that were made on more than one occassion were ignored. Chris denies this allegation.

    “I dispute the fact that they claim to have requested me ‘on more than one occasion’ to change the name, and that I was even given extensions. I would love to see a screenshot of their sent items and inbox showing this ‘correspondence’,” Chris told Die Matie.

    “Furthermore, I also dispute their claims that I intended to operate a business under the name. I have no issue with their request to have me change the name. It’s their intellectual property after all, and they have every right to protect it.”

    The founder of I Am Maties could not be reached for comment. Litigation regarding the matter is ongoing.

    By: Gérard Swart

    Photo: Supplied

  • campus closet


    Stellenbosch experiences winters like none other – the bone-chilling winds, waterlogged grass patches and the never-ending torrents of rain barely describe the polar vortex heading our way.

    It seems logical, then, to sacrifice style for our oversized grey Stellenbosch University hoodies and uggs that could read more unemployed expedition than ambitious youth, right? Wrong. There is absolutely no excuse not to look good this winter with this season’s large variety of cover ups.

    The most important winter fashion staple is, of course, the coat. Ladies, wearing a khaki parka to class every day is unacceptable unless you are still living in the winter of 2012.

    This look is about as tiresome and unimaginative as a high school essay. I’m aware that Kate Moss and Alexa Chung wore these green monstrosities at some point and received tons of praise and adoration for it but, let us look at the facts: they paired their parkas with Chanel mini-dresses and baby giraffe legs, which not everyone has. If you just bought one, take it back and exchange it for a proper coat.

    When I say “proper”, I do not necessarily mean “expensive”. However, a coat is a worthwhile investment that should last longer than one season. As Carrie Bradshaw once famously put it, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.”

    For many of us a good coat is probably the closest thing to love that we shall find this winter. A coat hugs you and shields you – it is both a blanket and a wall; the two things we cling to when we are in need of comfort. A popular choice this season is the duvet coat.

    Quilting is no longer limited to handbags and leather goods. This style not only envelopes the feminine silhouette in a cosy cocoon but gives men the illusion of bigger muscle mass. Quilted and faux fur vests, blazers and knitwear are perfect layering items to wear underneath your jacket or coat.

    Experiment with different textures and unusual cuts if you intend to look on trend. Be careful not to go overboard, in this case less is more.

    Trench coats have long been the

    classic staple for men and women. The trench coat shines at its brightest in unpredictable weather.

    Classic outerwear has existed longer than any other piece of menswear, tracing its roots to military uniforms back in the 18th century. Indeed, Napoleon’s famous grey coat would look as good today as it did when he invaded Russia. Utilitarian and military style coats are a must for the male urban warrior this winter.

    The best alternative to a coat is a jacket. Wearing a leather jacket exudes confidence, luxury and a certain je ne se quois – commonly known as sex appeal.

    Unfortunately, not all leather jackets are created equal. Quality leather jackets are not too kind to a student budget, so make sure you only have to buy it once by selecting one that will last for years to come.

    Stay warm with corduroy and denim jackets. Denim jackets might not give you optimal protection from the elements, but a jean jacket with shearling lining could do the trick. They can be worn over a denim shirt or sweater for a casual look.

    Corduroy was a popular fabric in the year 2001 and has come back just in time for winter. Get a corduroy jacket in black, brown and this season’s colours to match your wardrobe.

    Once you see the importance of a stylish cover up you’ll find that there is no need to compromise warmth for fashion.

    Look hot when it is cold this winter by wearing cover-ups that best suit you and get everyone curious about what you’re hiding underneath those layers.

    By: Christina Pitt

    Photo: Christina Pitt

  • Kom sit

    ‘Kom Sit’ en waardeer hierdie kunswerke

    Die SOST (Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust) se projek vir 2014, Kom sit/ Come sit/ Hlala Phantsi, is tans besig om die strate van Stellenbosch op ’n baie oorspronklike en kreatiewe manier te betower.

    Elke jaar word die inwoners van dié universiteitsdorp met ’n nuwe inisiatief deur hierdie trust verryk.

    Vir hierdie jaar se projek is verskillende kunstenaars gevra om een van 24 eenvoudige betonbankies in ? estetiese kunswerk te verander, sonder om die funksionaliteit daarvan in die proses te verloor.

    Volgens die kurator van die uitstalling, Dirkie Offringa, is die 24 bankies is só gegroepeer dat dit oor tien funksionele punte in die hoofdorp gehuisves word. Elke bankie is deur ? ander kunstenaar of groep mense ontwerp en versier.

    Verder sluit die individuele temas onder andere die rol van die natuur, die samelewing, kleur en die idee van rus in. Die meerderheid van die bankies bied ook insig oor een of ander sosiale waarde en poog om ’n positiewe impak op die samelewing en die lewensgehalte van die mense te hê.

    Vyf hoërskoolleerders wat hierdie jaar die KickstART beurs gewen het, se bankie getiteld, “Ons Dorp, Stellenbosch”, versinnebeeld die trots waarmee elke kunstenaar hierdie projek aangepak het om ? bydra tot die bogenoemde ideale te lewer.

    Offringa meen dat SOST se 2014 uitstalling by die tema van die Kaapstad Design Capital-projek, “Live Design. Transform Life”, sal aansluit.

    Verder verduidelik Offringa dat vorige projekte wat deur hierdie trust aangepak is, hoofsaaklik op die klassieke beeldhouwerk en kunsinstallasies gefokus het.

    Hierteenoor is Kom Sit baie meer in die lyn van toegepaste kuns (funksionele kuns wat ontwerp, kreatiewe idees en gebruikswaarde besit) aangewend.

    Daar is ’n kennisgewing by elke punt opgesit, wat ’n kort verduideliking van elke bankie by daardie punt gee, en ook ? gebruikervriendelike kaart insluit. Hierdie kaart dui aan waar jy tans is, en wat die maklikste manier sal wees om by die volgende punt te kom.

    Die Facebook-blad, “Kom Sit Stellenbosch” kan gerus besoek word en mense word uitgenooi om foto’s van die bankies op Instagram, Twitter en Facebook te deel.

    Deur: Franco Havenga

    Foto: Henk Oets

  • women's hockey

    Women’s hockey first in SA

     After two years of being unsuccessful in the finals, the Maties Hockey women were able to clinch gold at the 17th University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament 2014 by defeating tournament favourites NWU-Pukke in a shootout.

    It was, however, not a clear cut path to the final as the women came up against tough opposition in the group stages.

    The women first faced up against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who they downed with an emphatic 4 – 1 scoreline. Thereafter they dispatched with the University of Cape Town (UCT) with an even more impressive 4 – 0 scoreline.

    The semi-finals saw the Maties women come up against a tough University of Johannesburg (UJ) side. After steamrolling NMMU and UCT, the UJ side gave the Maties a run for their money, but ultimately could not stop them as Maties emerged victors by a narrow 1 – 0 margin that sent them into the finals.

    The final was to be contested between Maties and NWU-Pukke, with the women from Pukke being tipped as favourites as they had already beaten Maties 3 – 1 in the group stages.

    With Tarryn Glasby scoring Maties’s only goal of the game, the match was forced into the dreaded one-on-one shootout after scores were tied 1 – 1 at full time.

    Maties’s Cath Morris, Tarryn Glasby and Heather MacEwan scored in the shootout to give the Maties women a well-deserved victory.

    The Maties women claimed further bragging rights as Jade Mayne, Illse Davids, Erin Hunter, Hanli Hattingh, Bronwyn Kretzman, Suleke Brand, Leigh Boardman, Farah Fredericks and Sarah Bingham were all selected for the women’s Western Province senior side.

    Maties’ Nicole Le Fleur, Rezanne Villet, Margaux Reynecke, Rosey Lombard, Kim Rennie, Teagan van der Wath, Taryn Horner and Sabrina Miles were all included in the Western Province Peninsula side for the Interprovincial Tournament (IPT).

    Furthermore Illse Davids, Jade Mayne and Quanita Bobbs were selected for the South African women’s Commonwealth Games side, who will be in action from 23 July until 3 August.

    In contrast, the Maties men had a rather disappointing performance. The men, who had ended second in 2013 after losing to UJ, were only able to make fifth place in this year’s tournament.

    There were however, some good results for the men as they defeated the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) 2 – 0, and then steamrolled Rhodes (5 – 1) and UCT (4 – 1).

    A 1 – 1 draw against the University of the Witwatersrand proved costly to the Maties men who placed behind UKZN and NMMU on goal difference, thus costing them a spot in the semi-finals.

    A 4 – 0 loss to NMMU in the group stage also did not help the men’s cause. The men’s division was ultimately won by UJ, who backed up their Varsity Sport title and retained the USSA title.

    There was, however, a silver lining for the Maties Men’s Hockey, as a large number of player were selected to play for senior sides.

    Dylan Swanepoel, Jacques le Roux, Pierre de Voux and Daniel Bell were selected to play for the Western Province side, while Brad Logan, Dave Agar, Keenan Horne, Marc Fourie, Matt Anderson, Rob Edwards and Shannon Boucher were selected for the Western Province Peninsula side.

    The two sides will be in action in late August when the IPT is hosted in Durban.

    Furthermore, Maties’ Jean-Pierre de Voux retained his spot in the South African men’s side after his World Cup performance and is currently with the side in Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.

    Dylan Swanepoel, who has earned the reputation of Maties’s young star by being Varsity Sport player of the tournament and World Cup debutant, was surprisingly not available for duties at the Commonwealth Games.

     By: Sebastian Potgieter

    Foto: Supplied

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    Avonture in die SS

    Predikate is uit.

    Met bewende hande maak ek SunLearn oop [as ek tog net geweet het hoe om behoorlik daarmee te werk, dan was hierdie miskien meer spanningsvol, maar helaas, my rekenaarkennis strek net tot by etes bespreek] en ek soek en soek en soek…Wáár kry ek my punte?!

  • Russel Botman

    Prof Russel Botman: There’s a struggle for the future.

    Last night I went to the memorial service of the late rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University, Prof Russel Botman, at the Uniting Reformed Church in Belhar. Though it was mostly speakers who gave insights into a life lead by a great man, it was a very touching service of a man who showed nothing but integrity, empathy and compassion for his fellow man.

  • Kwytraak Frans Malherbe


    Hy noem homself ’n “vocational coach”, en gaan dan verder om te verduidelik presies wat ’n vocation is. Dit is waarmee hy gewoonlik sy voorlegging afskop: “Aristotle het gesê: daar waar jou passies en talente die behoeftes van die wêreld ontmoet, is jou vocation – jou roeping.”