“Yebo Gogga” gets some surprised faces

CREEPY CRAWLEY: Robin Cook third year BSc holding a venomous centipede. Photo: Prelene Singh

CREEPY CRAWLEY: Robin Cook third year BSc holding a venomous centipede. Photo: Prelene Singh

If you want to see the most amazing bugs ever, then you have to visit the “Yebo Gogga Yebo amablomo” annual exhibition at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences building on east campus. It’s open till this Sunday, 12 May.

From cockroaches, slimy worms, snails, enclosed animal embryos to even and rhino poo these were all on display in the Life sciences museum to much awestruck school children visiting.

This is an environmental and educational exhibition held by the School of Animal, Plants and Environmental Studies. “Yebo Gogga Yebo amablomo” annual exhibition aims to educate the youth about the natural world and to increase awareness of nature conservation.

“Yebo Gogga aims to enable as many children as much access to as many interesting species in nature,” said Cheryl Dehning, the exhibition organiser.

Bugs, worms, animal skeletons, rocks and insects of all species were all on display at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences building on Wednesday morning.

“Today there are ten schools and about 700 children attending the tour. We expect over 1 000 children tomorrow and some nature groups and party groups over the weekend,” Dehning said.

Children came from different schools and arrived at the university where they were assigned guides who took them on 20 minute tours across all the stations set up by the different organisations. The tour guides were all Witsies who study BSc or Master of Science in Medicine at the university.

“The guides receive a t-shirt after six hours of volunteer work at the exhibition and they can also get a certificate of community service which will aid in their credits,” said Donald Mccallum the exhibition director.

The organisations involved in Yebo Gogga are external and internal members of the expo. There were student representatives from Wits to help. The science and geology departments had exhibition stands on display. Also in attendance to display their wares, were the spider and butterfly clubs, Rand Water, Adler Museum and Joburg Parks and Zoo.

“This is the 14th year Yebo Gogga has been running and the day is going okay, the children are quite excited by what the exhibition has to offer,” said Mccallum.

All the children were given workbooks which had questions they had to complete in order to get them thinking critically about what they were learning.

Michael Snodgrass, a grade seven pupil from King Edward Preparatory School, said, “The expo is fun, except for the work.”

In the coming year Yebo Gogga “aims to reach and get into contact with township schools […] these schools are not able to come to the expo because of financial and transport issues,” said Dehning.

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.