Trains are becoming South Africa’s new way to travel

Minister Blade Nzimande spoke on 8 October about South Africa’s efforts to uplift our public transport system. Currently, the majority of South Africans make use of mini-bus taxis – however, they are notorious for breaking the law of the road and are often in severe accidents.
Nzimande says that the aim of the Department of transportation is to alleviate the number of road accidents that happen daily. Additionally, he states that taxi owners do not need to worry about losing their jobs as they will all become shareholders in the railway.
The government is committed to investing in the railway and in trains as it will benefit South Africans. Nzimande himself says he used a train the morning of his speech. He has declared the 2018 transport month to focus on trains.
Its very easy to catch taxi drivers breaking the law – watch the video in the link below. Two taxi’s skip traffic by driving in the emergency lane. Trains will alleviate this severe issue.

Taxi driver breaking the law

Taxi driver in the emergency lane
People waiting for taxi’s early in the morning on Peter Road

Journalists will not become redundant

Journalists have feared for their jobs as social media and the growth of technology enables almost anyone to create content and distribute it. Does this mean that formal training for journalists have become redundant?

Academics and journalists have questioned whether journalists as we know them will become redundant as anyone with a smart phone can now record something and post it – as if they were a journalist. However Teagan Bester argues that journalists are still required to have formal training as it is important to understand legal aspects of journalism. For example, journalists cannot show an accused persons identity as it could jeopardize their case.

There is more access to equipment – as almost everyone has smart phones and can now record and create content. Despite this, it requires formal training to know how to record sound and video because it’s important to know where to record and how to record in order to get usable and good media.

Bester also believes that rules surrounding content should be enforced. Social Media platforms already states that as you are creating content and putting it out into the world – it requires the person to adhere to specific laws surrounding it such as protecting children’s identity.

Formal training ensures that the journalist understands the legalities surrounding posting and reporting on news. This will additionally enforce legitimate and credible news. Image-1

Are Journalists becoming redundant?

Fights break out on Monash campus


Two separate fights have broken out on Monash’s campus, both within the same month and both were about a girl. The first fight which occurred at the Village student accommodation just next to Monash’s campus, which involved two men and a woman. The men were allegedly fighting about the woman as she was seen in the car by her boyfriend with another man. The boyfriend proceeded to attack the other visitor, and later golf clubs were even used.

The Village dealt with the fight timelessly, and appropriately banning the visitors who got involved in the fight as well as giving final warnings to the residents involved.

The second fight broke out in the library, which again was about a girl. The girl, who was a foundation student, had gotten involved with an honours student who then assaulted her friend. The fight quickly escalated to extreme measures, where it took multiple security guards to try and break up the fight. It ultimately looks like no severe action was taken as the honours student, who initiated the physical fight, was seen laughing in the library just a few days after the event.

Jaco Holler – the operations manager at The Village and Buuya Simz – a first-year student who lives in the Village speak about the incidents.