By Kyle Snow
Cape Town recently hosted the 13th Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) AFRICA Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournament, in which the country’s best fighters gathered to claim glory.
EFC Africa broadcast 13 fights on national television, and the main event was the Welterweight title bout between titleholder Dallas Jakobi of Durban and Brazilian-born Jadyson ‘Little Wanderlei’ Costa from Cape Town. Costa is a specialist in boxing, muay tai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu while Jakobi specialises in MMA. The fight was dominated by Costa, who beat a battered and swollen Jakobi by technical knockout to the delight of the Cape Town home-crowd. MMA is one of the the world’s fastest growing sports – in America, for example, it is increasing in popularity by an average of 106 percent per year.
By Marc Davies
Emphatically denouncing the Eastern Cape administration, DA leader Helen Zille described education in the province as a “holy mess” at the party’s recent elective conference in Grahamstown. The event, attended by approximately 500 party members, heard Zille’s commentary on local schools only two weeks after her inflammatory comments on “education refugees” fleeing to Western Cape schools from the Eastern Cape.
The Western Cape Premiere and DA leader said the average school pupil in the Eastern Cape is likely to receive “a worse education than she would in parts of war-ravaged Congo”. She subsequently claimed that “tough minister” of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has attempted to rectify the issue of severely overcrowded and failing schools, but has been deterred by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU). According to Zille, President Jacob Zuma has been subtly sacrificing Eastern Cape children to ensure support from COSATU and SADTU in the pivotal ANC Mangaung presidential election in December this year.
Below is the story to which Dean of Students, Dr. Vivian de Klerk wrote a response to Activate. Her letter can be found at the end of the story.
By Karlien van der Wielen
If Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke have their way, there might soon be 3.2 million less criminals in South Africa.
That is, if the press-dubbed Dagga Couple’s campaign to re-legalise cannabis in South Africa succeeds. Stobbs and Clarke, owners of multi-purpose venue Jazzfarm just north of Johannesburg, have issued a challenge to South Africa’s Constitutional Court against the 1992 Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act. Continue readingShare
By Megan Ellis
Eight years ago, an organisation began a campaign to bring the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, to justice. Invisible Children, an organisation focused on helping those affected by the LRA’s actions have pledged 2012 as the year which change needs to happen.
A 30-minute movie was uploaded to YouTube on Monday, 5 March. Since then, the organisation’s campaign has gone viral, with individuals across the world using guerrilla marketing and social networking to promote the cause – arrest and stop Kony. Continue readingShare
Video and story by Gabi Zietsman and Rosanna Scott
Veld fire costs school R1million in damages. PJ Olivier Hoërskool, a school in Grahamstown, faced a devastating fire on Tuesday, 28 Febuary which destroyed the school’s new IT labs and resulted in the evacuation of hostel students.Share
By Sibulele Mabusela
The controversial Protection of Information Bill, (also known as the Secrecy Bill) has been passed this Tuesday by the National Assembly despite nationwide protests and opposition that claimed the bill was “unconstitutional”.
The National Assembly passed the Bill after the subject was put to a vote and adopted by the majority who won the ballot by 229 votes in favour of the Bill to 107 in opposition to it in the house of 400 seats.
According to News24, all opposition parties present voted against the Bill while the ANC used its majority to pass it.