RU Disabled?

Report by Gabi Zietsman

How does a disabled person experience university? At Rhodes University, an event was held where students and staff could experience what it was like to be disabled for a day….
On 27 September 2012, able-bodied staff and students could experience one of three impairments, namely sight, mobility and hearing. In orange shirts with the bold slogan RU Disabled? The New Apartheid. Separate but equal? printed on the back, the participants went about their day as they faced new types of obstacles. Tim Stones, the disability advisor for Rhodes, is hard of hearing and believes that Rhodes is very much behind in their accessibility for disabled students. Adrian Hubbard, a wheelchair specialist at CE Mobility and paralympian, has been in a wheelchair since his twenties and talks about the importance of an accessible environment for equality. The third interviewee was one of the participants, John Vries, who is a student and experienced being in a wheelchair for the day.
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The Calling – Ubizo

Reprot by Enathi Mqokeli

The Calling is a fascinating part of the Xhosa and Zulu culture – which believes that the ancestors chose your life’s path. This piece shows the journey of Nondithini Samson, a lady who first questioned and then later agreed to accept the calling and the spiritualjourney. Even though she was sceptical she finally decided to accept it and acknowledge that she is the chosen one and there is nothing she can do. She has to submit to being a traditional diviner.
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Port Alfred – The Recovery

Report by Candyce Bruce

Destruction was left in the wake of 2012 floods in Port Alfred. We look at the recovery process that people in the region currently face. A suburban resident recalls the Southdowns Avenue Bridge being washed away leaving the Southdowns area completely cut off. However, the community came together and rebuilt the road. This is juxtaposed with people who are housed at the Ingubo Community Hall after their houses were washed away. The ability to recover seems to lie only in the hands of the privileged.
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Loaves & Fishes

Report by Candice Ford

Loaves & Fishes is an organisation in Port Alfred that gives monthly food parcels to families who are battling financially. This documentary shows the stories of two women who have been helped by the initiative; how their relationships and lives are being restored. Corrie Parsons is the main facilitator of Loaves and Fishes. The organisation gives out food to those in need, but more importantly gives them the helping hand that they need
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Chevrolet Warriors Sunfoil Series Preview

Report by Justin Archer

The Chevrolet Warriors have recently embarked on their 2012/13 season and are focused on success in this year’s Sunfoil Series. While the Warriors are known for their recent success in the shorter forms of the game the team is motivated on doing well in the four day format and a lot of preparation has gone on during the off season to ensure they are prepared. The team is also buoyed by the return of Captain Davy Jacobs, after being sidelined from first class cricket for over two years. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of the team and look ahead at what’s to come.
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Making Mead

Report by Martin Bleazard

Making Mead
At an abandoned power station just out of Grahamstown, Dr Garth Cambray makes mead traded as Iquilika, the isiXhosa term for the alcohol made from the fermentation of honey. Here he takes us through the process and explains his philosophy on how he makes this product sustainably and locally.
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Home of Joy

Report by Julie Campbell

This documentary is a profile on Home of Joy Youthcare centre in Joza, Grahamstown. It introduces Margaret Ngcangca who runs Home of Joy, children who live there and one of the volunteers who helps out there. The video shows the amazing love Mama Margaret invests in these abandoned, sick or orphaned children, and shows people how they can help Home of Joy.
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Flip the Script

Directed by Duduetsang Makuse – 5min

Fatherlessness has become a norm to most South African children — often reduced to a simple root cause of men’s irresponsibility. But this documentary is about the other side of the story – a story of a young man who shares his experiences of the challenges of unplanned fatherhood. Ultimately, the film offers up an alternative way of thinking about teenage and unplanned pregnancies by looking at the situation from a different angle.
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Ocean Riders

Directed by Kyle Robinson – 5mins

With long hours of battling rough and unpredictable seas just for a short ride that rarely lasts longer than a few seconds, the surfing lifestyle is not for everyone. But it is for some! Here a Canadian surfer and a beginner kitesurfer illustrate how important the surfing life is to millions! And not only do we hear them speaking of their love of the ocean, but we see them in action, surfing some monster waves and doing incredible aerial manoeuvres too!
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To womb it may

Directed by Zikhona Masala – 5mins

With one of the worst rape records in world, stories of rape are not new South Africa. Often though, when stories of rape are shared, few focus on the power and empowerment found in the process of overcoming the trauma. This is a story however, which does just that – as Corinne Knowles shares her own experiences of sexual violence and her role in empowering others who have been similarly affected, through the 1 in 9 Campaign.

Social Activism

Directed by Andiswa Leve – 5mins
School of Journalism and Media Studies. Rhodes University.

The Unemployed Peoples Movement, based in Grahamstown, serves as a mouthpiece for the unemployed, but also finds support and solidarity from the employed in its highly public protests. This is the UPM’s story as a grassroots social movement — its ethos, leadership, vision, activities and desire to create socio-political change in which citizens are directly involved. We meet the chairman , Ayanda Kota.
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NSRI – Saving Lives at Sea

Directed by Bradley Janssen – 5mins
School of Journalism and Media Studies. Rhodes University.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a volunteer organisation specialising in ocean rescue on South African waters; and the crew members of Station 11 NSRI Port Alfred are on call 24/7 365. Their recent chokka boat rescue on 5 June 2011 saved nine crew from being entombed in their ship’s hull. Now, we delve deeper and catch a few rides to reveal the story of those who save lives by risking their own. Grab a wetsuit, life jacket and hang on! (Photos by Sea Rescue)
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DROP

Directed by Daniel Eslick – 5 mins


Two local DJ’s from Grahamstown, “SMASH n GRAB” share their love for Dubstep – one of the fastest growing global music genres whose infectious beat and powerful bass is entrancing millions around the world. The South African bass culture is yet to be fully realised, but Grahamstown has become a major local hub. This piece highlights Dubstep as “sex music” – a new kind of feeling you now can get on the modern dancefloor. We meet Justin Shaw and Juan Levin
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Reintroducing rhino, reviving hope

Directed by Lisa Bluett – 5min

Kapela, the one who came by surprise, is a tale of hope for the future of the diminishing black rhino population in the Eastern Cape. Set in the Amakhala Game Reserve and focused on Kapela’s rewilding, this documentary recognises the danger and devastation of poaching, but also celebrates the ideal of new life through breeding and rehabilitation. Indeed, Kapela’s story is a reminder to celebrate the 4240 black rhino that still live, as much as mourning those who have died.
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The City of Saints

Directed by Lonwabo Fayo – 5mins

This short documentary is on the rather controversial issue of Christian church denomination and division, as seen through the microcosm of Grahamstown with its more than 50 church buildings and over 200 congregations. The film highlights both the positives and negatives of Grahamstown’s prevalence of separate denominations, and uses this to subtly reflect on the nature of the global Christian church.
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