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CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH
Calm on campus, but ...
GARY VAN DYK
hile calm seems to have settled on the
UCT campus after a recent protest, staff
are still seething about the damage that was
done and threats they received from alleged
Rhodes Must Fall members.
One of the workers, who did not want to
be named, said that she and fellow workers
feared for their lives during the height of the
The damage that they caused was terri-
ble, she said.
Watching them burn valuable paintings
and books that were related to the apartheid
struggle was disgusting and they should
hang their heads in shame.
[It] did their cause no good.
Another worker pointed out that they re-
ceived threats from protesters.
They must respect our right to want to
work if our duties have no bearing on their
protests, he said. Students who were not
part of the protests, lots of firstyears, were
also threatenedand theuniversity cannot al-
low this to happen.
At a media briefing last week UCT vice-
chancellorDrMaxPrice and othermembers
of the executive discussed the events.
Price revealed that more than 75% of stu-
dents staying in residence are black, as he
summarisedUCTs progress in resolving the
accommodation shortage that was the focus
of the recent protest led by the Rhodes Must
The #RhodesMustFall lobby claims that
this issue is about student housing and, in
particular, about black students not being
given housing in residence in the universi-
ty, and that white students have been given
I want to say that that is completely
Our residence admissions policy gives
strongpreference, very strongpreference, to
students on financial aid, because in general
residence accommodation is a bit cheaper
than private accommodation.
Also, it gives preference to students who
are very young, if theyre not yet 18, for ex-
And it gives preference to people who
come from outside of Cape Town because
clearly its more difficult for them.
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UCT students watch a performance during the student councils There is
no excuse campaign against sexual crimes, rape and assault that was
held on the campus last Thursday. The campaign aims to create student
awareness of the dangers on campus, the support structures that are
available to them and what is being done or can be done to ensure their
safety. It is in response to the sexual assaults which happened on
Hiddingh campus last year and the recent attacks at Rhodes Memorial.
PHOTO: ELBE VAN DEN BERG
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CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
Lifes passion found on Fan Walk
ancing is my life. I even have a tattoo
about dance because this is one thing
that Im very passionate about.
Kurt Palmer (20) from Steenberg realised
his dream when he started dancing in front
of a huge crowd of spectators at Cape Town
Carnival five years ago. He has since devel-
oped this dream into a passion and today, he
is a lead performer at Cape Town Carnival
and choreographs routines for the commu-
nity group of SteenbergHigh School which
is where it all started.
Palmer has been dancing for the past 11
years, startingwith ballet in primary school
and then joining Steenberg Highs commu-
nity group. This was where he ended up per-
forming on a public platformand discovered
that it was something that he would like to
do for the rest of his life.
I have always known my passion in life
was dancing, ever since my first perform-
ance. When I have to change into character
it feels basically like Im starting a new life,
opening my body and mind to new things
that will tell a story.
Despite now doing what he loves, Palmer
says that it has never been an easy journey:
One of the challenges I had to overcome as
a teenager was the bullying and negativity
by pupils at my school but I always made a
way to overcome them.
Coming from disadvantaged communi-
ties it was even difficult to go to rehearsal
because of criminal activities. Getting from
one place to another was a struggle but I
knew this is what I wanted to do so I had to
face the struggles head on. One of the great-
estmotivations I hadwasmy life orientation
teacher in matric, Ms Priestley, who always
had confidence in me and helped me out in
my dance career.
Palmer has seen the value Cape TownCar-
nival has brought to the many participants
and spectators. Because of our performan-
ces in Cape TownCarnival, we have had per-
formances at the Baxter festival and the
Cape Arts festival.
This helped to shape the person I am to-
day. When I have all eyes on me it really
makes it easy for me to do my thing and I
want to give people the best, he says.
In its seventh year, Palmer says the theme
for this years Cape Town Carnival is going
to be a show stopper.
Well, Street Life is definitely going to be
my favourite; it is something new and it is
very different. It is difficult to say
though ... each year brings its own pizzazz.
I amsoexcited to takepart in the carnival
this year, my body is dancing to the rhythm
of Street Life, he says.
His wish is to work with the Cape Town
Carnival: One of my biggest dreams is to
become a part of the team that creates Cape
Town Carnival, to showcase and show off
Cape Town in different ways. Each person
brings his own flavour to the parade. Cape
Town is full of colour and culture and each
person brings his own uniqueness.
This year the carnival promises to be even
more dynamic, with comedian Siv Ngesi
participating for his third year and other lo-
cal personalities like Liezel van der West-
huizen, Zoe Brown and Danny Ross joining
It will be held on the Fan Walk of Green
Point on 12 March. Visitors will have the
freedom of the city streets from 15:00 as they
join family and friends to enjoy the variety
of food and crafts on offer.
The streetswill be closed for final prepara-
tions at 18:00, giving carnival-goers enough
time to find the perfect viewing spot, find
their seats or make their way to one of the
many restaurants along theFanWalk before
the magic begins at 19:00.
V For more information on the Cape Town Carnival,
visit www.capetowncarnival.com, the TheCapeTown-
Carnival page on Facebook or follow @CTCarnival on
Twitter or @capetowncarnival on Instagram and use
the hashtag #CTCarni