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New UCT Vice-Chancellor: “We Have to Work at Being The Best FOR Africa”

New UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng wants to ensure students' issues are heard.

Incoming vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Mamokgethi Phakeng believes the institution will stand out if it becomes "unapologetically African."


She told News24 in an interview on Monday:

"I like saying that UCT is the best university in Africa. We have got to keep that, but more than that, we have got to work at being the best for Africa."

Phakeng, who will take over current vice-chancellor Max Price in July, is the second black woman to hold the position in the institution's history.

In the interview with News24, Phakeng said that the university should have had a conversation about colonial statues before the Rhodes Must Fall movement.

The RMF is a student body that took it upon themselves in 2015 to try decolonize the university. The first step was seeing the statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes removed from the institution's premises.

Phakeng says even though she disagrees with students' methods (which included damaging property) to try decolonize the university, she fully understands their struggles.

Phakeng says to ensure protests of that kind don't happen again, she wants to ensure students' issues are being heard.

You can read Phakeng's full interview with News24 here.

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Listen to Ami Faku's New Single 'Lala Ngoxolo' Featuring Emtee

Ami Faku's new single 'Lala Ngoxolo' featuring Emtee is a much-needed song for the difficult times in which we all find ourselves.

Ami Faku recently released her latest single "Lala Ngoxolo" featuring Emtee. The song starts the year off on a soothing tone for the difficult times in which South Africa (and the world) finds itself amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. Ami Faku is best known for her emotionally evocative songs and "Lala Ngoxolo" certainly keeps to that standard.

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Thousands Left Homeless After Tropical Cyclone Eloise Hits Mozambique

Cyclone Eloise has thus far displaced close to 7000 people and destroyed houses, crops, schools and hospitals.

Mozambique has been hit by Cyclone Eloise which made landfall this past Saturday. The cyclone has since caused immense flooding and infrastructure damage. Close to 7000 people in the coastal province of Mozambique have reportedly been displaced after more than 5000 houses were destroyed. Furthermore, over 100 000 hectares of viable crops have been destroyed along with 9 schools and 11 hospitals.

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Peep MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

Here's the full list of MTV Base's annual list of the hottest South African new wave MCs.

In recognition of the new wave, MTV Base, since last year, follows up their main Hottest SA MCs List with Hottest MCs New Wave.

As is always the case every year, the list was decided upon by a panel of insiders who are clued up on South African hip-hop.

This year's panel members were: DJ Nikki Newlands, music curator Kabelo Makhudu, DJ Zan D, writer Misa Narrates, event MC and presenter Uncle Vinny and journalist Jade Kelly. The panel was hosted by MTV Base presenter and rapper Tshego Koke.

Below is the final list:

MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

1. Blaq Diamond

2. Touchline

3. Lucasraps

4. Dee Koala

5. 25K

6. Indigo Stella

7. Maglera Doe Boy

8. Tumi Tladi

9. Hanna

10. Benny Chill

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South Africa Mourns Passing of Jazz Legend Jonas Gwangwa

South Africans are paying tribute to Oscar-nominated Jonas Gwangwa following the jazz artist's passing this past weekend.