[PHOTO ESSAY]: Walkie Talkies 2014

The 2014 Discovery Walk the Talk with 702 this year had the biggest participation in all its years. Ahmed Kathrada, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and many other familiar faces showed up to do the walk in promotion of healthy living. The Morning race walk started at the crack of dawn and it was a grueling 20km walk. This was for the fitter people of the world. Followed by the 8km walk which started at 9am and lastly the fun walk which started in the afternoon. It was a sunny Sunday with a cool breeze in the air - and the perfect setting for a good family day with your pets. Photo: Prelene Singh.

The 2014 Discovery Walk the Talk with 702 this year had the biggest participation in all its years. Ahmed Kathrada, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and many other familiar faces showed up to do the walk in promotion of healthy living. The Morning race walk started at the crack of dawn and it was a grueling 20km walk. This was for the fitter people of the world. Followed by the 8km walk which started at 9am and lastly the fun walk which started in the afternoon. It was a sunny Sunday with a cool breeze in the air – and the perfect setting for a good family day with your pets. Photo: Prelene Singh.

The amount people who crossed the line promptly after 9am for the 8km was the largest compared to the other walks. People cheered and laughed as they started the walk - with smiles which would soon turn upside down 7km's down the line. The sun shone bright but with winter still looming jackets, scarfs and gloves were still a must in the cool breeze. Photo: Prelene Singh.

The amount people who crossed the line promptly after 9am for the 8km was the largest compared to the other walks. People cheered and laughed as they started the walk – with smiles which would soon turn upside down 7km’s down the line. The sun shone bright but with winter still looming jackets, scarfs and gloves were still a must in the cool breeze. Photo: Prelene Singh.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes participated in the walk. It is estimated about 2000 pets were entered for the walk this year. They all received bandanna's for their necks and there was many water stops for the dogs every kilometre, with balls for some water fun. Photo: Prelene Singh

Dogs of all shapes and sizes participated in the walk. It is estimated about 2000 pets were entered for the walk this year. They all received bandanna’s for their necks and there was many water stops for the dogs every kilometre, with balls for some water fun. Photo: Prelene Singh

Another willing participant of the 8km walk - however here he looks like his paws need a two second break. It was day of healthy living for all people and animals of the walk. Our dogs need just as much exercise as we do to stay healthy and fit. Photo: Prelene Singh.

Another willing participant of the 8km walk – however here he looks like his paws need a two second break. It was day of healthy living for all people and animals of the walk. Our dogs need just as much exercise as we do to stay healthy and fit. Photo: Prelene Singh.

If you are a person who is passionate about something in your society, you could make posters and dress up to show your support for this charity or vision. HariKrishna devotees wore there traditional outfits and played their tablas's while walking - others held signs up saying "We support car seats for children" and others just wore tootoo's and wigs for fun to add some life and colour to the walk. Photo: Prelene Singh/

If you are a person who is passionate about something in your society, you could make posters and dress up to show your support for this charity or vision. HariKrishna devotees wore there traditional outfits and played their tablas’s while walking – others held signs up saying “We support car seats for children” and others just wore tootoo’s and wigs for fun to add some life and colour to the walk. Photo: Prelene Singh/

Companies and sponsors of the walk set up their tents along the route - some played music to up the spirit of the walkers as they tried to finish the walk. Europcar lined up on the sidewalk and cheered, sang, and danced for people as they passed the,. Photo: Prelene Singh.

Companies and sponsors of the walk set up their tents along the route – some played music to up the spirit of the walkers as they tried to finish the walk. Europcar lined up on the sidewalk and cheered, sang, and danced for people as they passed the,. Photo: Prelene Singh.

As usual protocol - ambulances were on site and ready to help if the walk became too much for people. Although I believe Gauteng is a pretty fit province therefore the paramedics could sit under the trees and chill out eating lunch. Photo: Prelene Singh.

As usual protocol – ambulances were on site and ready to help if the walk became too much for people. Although I believe Gauteng is a pretty fit province therefore the paramedics could sit under the trees and chill out eating lunch. Photo: Prelene Singh.

The tragedy in the Gaza strip is horrifying and extremely uncomprehending to the average South African who is shielded from these kind of attacks which happen in other parts of the globe. Its a reminder to just how far South Africa has come and how fortunate we were to have Nelson Mandela fight for the freedoms and safety we enjoy today. It was sad but yet great to see people of our country taking time to stand and make people aware of the war zone that is Gaza at the moment and caring about whats happening to the innocent outside of our country. Photo: Prelene Singh.

The tragedy in the Gaza strip is horrifying and extremely uncomprehending to the average South African who is shielded from these kind of attacks which happen in other parts of the globe. Its a reminder to just how far South Africa has come and how fortunate we were to have Nelson Mandela fight for the freedoms and safety we enjoy today. It was sad but yet great to see people of our country taking time to stand and make people aware of the war zone that is Gaza at the moment and caring about whats happening to the innocent outside of our country. Photo: Prelene Singh.

THE TIME CAME: Just after 12pm on Sunday the finish line approached us (let's rather say that) and was everyone so happy to see the end point. After which people just wanted liquids, food and a seat to rest. The walk was successful and a must do every year. Photo: Prelene Singh.

THE TIME CAME: Just after 12pm on Sunday the finish line approached us (let’s rather say that) and was everyone so happy to see the end point. After which people just wanted liquids, food and a seat to rest. The walk was successful and a must do every year. Photo: Prelene Singh.

[GALLERY]: Teamvuvu immerse themselves in Chinese culture in preparation for In-depth

[GALLERY]: The visit to the first lady’s house

Towards the end of last term me and two of my colleagues decided to Visit Fatima Habib’s house in Saxonworld.

This was before she and the Habib family were renovating Savernake for them to move into. Fatima is as outspoken and spontaneous as her husband Adam. We got look through the house and see the beautiful decor, which is unique to the Habib style.

Photos of her two sons and Adam was displayed throughout the house. Fatima told us about her personal life and her professional life as well as how it felt to be the first lady of Wits University.

[WITH GALLERY]: Richard Ward renovations halted

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A modernisation project at the Richard Ward building on East Campus has stalled pending further fundraising efforts.

While the beginning stages of the modernisation project started well, according to Edward Brooks, project architect, renovations have stopped due to lack of funding.

Brooks said: “Brooks said that this project’s momentum is expected to be “stop and start” due to the major work and finances involved.

Richard Ward houses the university’s School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and is situated on East Campus.

The university has planned three phases of development, estimated at R75-million, for the building’s modernisation project and hired Activate Architect to head the renovations.

Emanuel Prinsloo, director of campus development and planning, said the first phase of the project amounted to R31.5 million.

The Department of Higher Education (DoHET) has facilitated in funding the first of the three phases of this modernisation project. They invested R14-million in this project.

Sunny Lyuke, Head of School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, said: “The main reason for the renovation is to house world class modern laboratories.”

All seven floors of Richard Ward will be modernised. The first phase included renovating the laboratories on floor two and the postgraduate space on floor seven.

“The building is about 40 years’ old and needs to be revamped,” Prinsloo said.

The modernisation is also aimed at expanding teaching and research spaces. The modernisation project aims to; increase the School’s contribution to industry-related research by introducing five new laboratories spaces in biochemical processes, nanotechnology, atomic absorption and volatile organic compounds.

Edward Brooks, the project architect, said they started in November and finished at the end of June with phase one. There was a team of 10 designers who managed and developed the design and at maximum 100 contractors who worked on the ground.

According to the Wits website there has been an increase in chemical and metallurgical engineering students and therefore there is a greater need for infrastructure improvements than before. These changes will ensure the highest levels of teaching are achieved according to the site.

But Prinsloo said: “Nothing will happen in the next six to 10 months.”

He further said once the last two phases have started, they will take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete.

[GALLERY] Fans turn out for soccer season opener

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On Monday afternoon Wits University faced North West University (NWU) in the kick-off game for the Varsity Football tournament.

The game took place at the Milpark stadium where hundreds of fans came fully geared up in support of their teams. Wits University got a white-wash from NWU 4-0.

Francois Pienaar, captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning Springbok team could be seen supporting the players.

The stadium shook with cheering fans stamping their feet and blowing their vuvuzelas.

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Wits Vuvuzela: NWU hand Wits drubbing at Varsity Football opener, July 24, 2013.

Witsies shave it off for CANSA

The team of Take Away Cancer who helped out at the shavathon today. Photo: Prelene Singh

The team of Take Away Cancer who helped out at the shavathon today. Photo: Prelene Singh

Wits University held its second shavathon today during lunch in front of Umthombo. Students of all faculties gathered to show their support for cancer survivors and sufferers.

‘Take Away Cancer’ is an initiative by students of Wits university who hold these events in order to raise money for cancer research with all the proceeds go to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).

The shavathon attracted an equal amount of men and women. But the majority who shaved their heads were men. Women students indulged in highlighting their hair with various colours of spray. Tarryn Human, community mobiliser for the CANSA Houghton office said if women shaved their heads, their hair would be parcelled and sent to make wigs and weaves out of them for cancer patients.

All participants were  given a pink ribbon, symbolic of cancer and more specifically breast cancer. With the ribbon came a Shavathon card which was traded in after the shave/spray for a free ice-cream. Photo: Prelene Singh

All participants were given a pink ribbon, symbolic of cancer and more specifically breast cancer. With the ribbon came a Shavathon card which was traded in after the shave/spray for a free ice-cream. Photo: Prelene Singh

Thomas Geffen, 2nd year BA said he was shaving his head because it was for a good cause and worth it. Photo: Prelene Singh

Thomas Geffen, 2nd year BA said he was shaving his head because it was for a good cause and worth it.
Photo: Prelene Singh

A Wits student who shaved his head as it was a quick haircut for him and he simultaneoulsy ended up shaving his beard off too. Photo: Prelene Singh

A Wits student who shaved his head as it was a quick haircut for him and he simultaneoulsy ended up shaving his beard off too. Photo: Prelene Singh

Adrian Song, 1st Biokinetics health science, decided to spray his hair in support of the shavathon. Photo: Prelene Singh

Adrian Song, 1st Biokinetics health science, decided to spray his hair in support of the shavathon. Photo: Prelene Singh

Some ladies and gentlemen decided to get creative and sprayed some interesting designs on the hair. Photo: Prelene Singh

Some ladies and gentlemen decided to get creative and sprayed some interesting designs on the hair. Photo: Prelene Singh

After getting their hair sprayed or shaved, students handed in their shavathon card to the Casablanca Silly Buggers tent and were given a free ice-cream for their contribution. Photo: Prelene Singh

After getting their hair sprayed or shaved, students handed in their shavathon card to the Casablanca Silly Buggers tent and were given a free ice-cream for their contribution. Photo: Prelene Singh

Thato Benedict, founder and chairman of Take Away Cancer and also a maths and economics Witsie started this initiative after his mother passed away in 2011 from cervical cancer. Photo: Prelene Singh

Thato Benedict, founder and chairman of Take Away Cancer and also a maths and economics Witsie started this initiative after his mother passed away in 2011 from cervical cancer. Photo: Prelene Singh

In the mission statement for Take Away Cancer it stated this initiative aims to be the equivalent of love life by 2022 said Benedict. “We aim to have a mobile clinic on campus for women who live in residence and all women on campus to have free mammograms done”, Benedict said.

The team of Take Away Cancer who helped out at the shavathon today. Photo: Prelene Singh

The team of Take Away Cancer who helped out at the shavathon today. Photo: Prelene Singh

Photography excursion of nature

After much consideration about the career path I have chosen, I decided that it is important to know how to capture a good photo. As a journalist one should be able to invision what photo they need in order to take their story to the next level.

After a hectic week in the newsroom I took a stroll in the park to de-stress with my camera in-hand. This is a photo diary of what I saw and invisioned as good photo opportunites.

The very first attempt at photography immediatley as I entered the lake.

The very first attempt at photography immediatley as I entered the lake.

The sunset covering the ducks with the view of the glittering water behind them. Serenity.

The sunset covering the ducks with the view of the glittering water behind them. Serenity.

My very pretty flower which captured my eye with its colour. Quite proud of this photo.

My very pretty flower which captured my eye with its colour. Quite proud of this photo.

The bunch of flowers blowing in the wind which caught my attention.

The bunch of flowers blowing in the wind which caught my attention.

A simple yet intricate photo of the leaves which float on the dam.

A simple yet intricate photo of the leaves which float on the dam.

A candid moment.

A candid moment.

Great moment to show how hard canoeing is!

Great moment to show how hard canoeing is!

The boat on the canoeing range.

The boat house on the canoeing range.

A brighter photo of a bird soaring in the wind.

A brighter photo of a bird soaring in the wind.

Caught the candid moment of when this bird flew across the lake. Sometimes the simpleness of nature surpasses you. This photo brings it all out.

Caught the candid moment of when this bird flew across the lake. Sometimes the simpleness of nature surpasses you. This photo brings it all out.

By far the best photo of the day. I love this photo as it evokes emotion in you when you look at it. A relaxed and pensive mood comes over you. The sun, the boat and the lake all incorporated in the photo fits perfectly.

By far the best photo of the day. I love this photo as it evokes emotion in you when you look at it. A relaxed and pensive mood comes over you. The sun, the boat and the lake all incorporated in the photo fits perfectly.

Boats at the canoeing range.

Boats at the canoing range.

A photo of what was in front of me that evening. The sun as it made itself across the lake .

A photo of what was in front of me that evening. The sun as it made itself across the lake .

Definately a good experience and I taught myself so much more about photography in my quest to get the best pictures of nature.