Students demand condoms, sanitary pads

2011-07-20 12:01

Durban - Management at Durban University of Technology will meet students on Wednesday in a bid to end protests on campus.

“There is going to be a meeting today at Steve Biko Campus today with management,” said Mzamo Khanyile, deputy secretary of the student representative council.

Some classes were disrupted on Monday and Tuesday at DUT's Durban campuses but the university has not suspended classes.

The students are demanding the institution provide branded condoms and sanitary towels to each student room but the university says this will be costly and unsustainable.

Students were also demanding financial aid for Bachelor of Technology students.

According to DUT vice chancellor, Professor Ahmed Bawa, government does not provide funding for B.Tech studies except in the cases of education and nursing.

There was also a petition from the students calling for the dissolution of the SRC.

  • Will99 - 2011-07-20 12:03

    To do what with??? Your supposed to study books, not sex!!! Your crazy!

      Sonja - 2011-07-20 12:16

      Goodness gracious me, the demands are getting more and more rediculous by the minute.... where's will this all end? Sanitary pads?? You're kidding right...

      GJDH - 2011-07-20 12:16

      to flush down the toilet, block the pipes and live in the sh&t that flows from them.. followed by breaking down the toilets cause they arent working then demanding working toilets... eventualy balming it on apartheid

      winter123 - 2011-07-20 12:18

      Excuse me??? Those are basic things you buy for yourself! What arrogance! DEMANDING, DEMANDING, DEMANDING... Focus on your effin studies, instead of just wanting everything for free!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jan - 2011-07-20 12:18

      @GJDH don't forget burning down classrooms, overturning dustbins etc...

      MandlaSithole - 2011-07-20 12:20

      Blow them up an decorate the school maybe. I don't know about you guys but everytime I read articles like these, I can't help but get nervous about the future. If really someone would rather toyi toyi about something they can get for free at the nearest clinic than further their education and add to the well being of the country then our priorities are trully skewed.

      Shadoz - 2011-07-20 12:20

      who can blame them it is the way they have grown up. We want everything for free and if we don't get it we will burn your stuff to ashes

      O-Kay - 2011-07-20 12:24

      Hmmm... thinking there's no need for either if we sterilise them. That way stupid can't breed. (and no, this is not a black/white comment, it's a stupid comment) just saying!

      Rolie - 2011-07-20 12:40


      King Msendi - 2011-07-20 12:41

      What a joke… They demand condoms today… They will demand penis enlargement stuff tomorrow… Where are we going???

      Together - 2011-07-20 12:58

      Sure - in exchange lecturers want 100% completed assignments, 100% attention in class and 100% respect at all times. Oh, and no crime on campus.

      Virginia - 2011-07-20 12:59

      Well at least we wont have any babies being thrown in dirtbins.

      Matt - 2011-07-20 14:03

      Let them pay their school fees first... Free connies? FK them! And who do they think they are that they can protest at a university? DUT, you should simply cancel their enrolments.

      DeonL - 2011-07-20 15:02

      This reminds me of a Minister of Transport of the 80's: "Do you want to eat or fly" when people complained of the meals on SAA. This takes the cake!

      carinx - 2011-07-20 15:44

      next they'll be demanding toothpaste and shampoo. and a hair relaxer.

      michaelx - 2011-07-20 15:50


      Kishore Doodnath - 2011-07-20 18:39

      The university already granted them a liquor budget so they need these essential items for completeness eh. On the list of future demands is baby formula, pampers, 20% pass mark.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-07-21 07:27

      Who needs condoms? Just take a shower FFS!

      Wired - 2011-07-21 08:54

      I am probably going to get a few thumbs down here but to an extent, i understand some of the demands. Firstly, with the condoms, i agree with all of you,they shouldnt be banging each other, but rather studying. If they want a condom, go to a clinic. On the positive side though, its nice to see these guys actually using them instead of having unwanted kids or spreading STD's. For the pads though, i think government should sort something out. Currently, the DONT give these out at clinics like they do with condoms. A while ago, i was listening on SAFM about a company (i forgot the name) that manufacture a special washable diaphram that a woman shoves up there and it holds the blood until its taken out. The owner of this company shocked me when she explained that due to the poor not having money for pads (and yes, theyre expensive because i had the embarrasment of having to go buy some for my wife last night), a lot of students miss school. Would you go to school if youre bleeding for 5 days and cant keep it at bay? How do you pass at school if youre away 1 week a month? I wouldnt attend either.. Government must find this company and buy them to distribute. These diaphrams are washable, and reuseable for years.. theres even a warranty.. As for some comments about the free injection at clinics.. yes, there is, but that doesnt stop a period, it just prevents pregnancy.

      Alkolis - 2011-07-21 08:55

      for protection...they're getting F@#ked sir. Someone give them lube!! Gastol.. Shell.. anybody please

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-21 09:41

      Not even out of school or college yet and already striking / protesting. Demands, demands, demands. Pull your finger and do it for yourself for a change...

      O-Kay - 2011-07-21 10:40

      @Wired, firstly your comment is a little graphic. Secondly, when have you ever heard of this from another country? This is a personal matter which a 'lady' should deal with in private. Cotton wool is inexpensive and available, what do you think they used before the sanitary pads were developed?

      subtle59 - 2011-07-21 11:14

      just give me

      miya7 - 2011-07-21 11:39

      the date today is't 01/04/2011? help me maybe I callender is out of order

      tcCarla - 2011-07-21 13:28

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:04

      @ wired.. I see your point regarding the sanitary products but I must tell you that those cups are designed to be used in a certain way and there are fatal diseases that can result if its not adhered to. They are not the simple solution. Also I think these erm students fall in the category of citizens who if they can be at university can make a plan about buying their own sanitaryware. There is always the tried and trusted method of using toilet paper folded in a wad... used by rich women everywhere who have run out... As for O-kay please go google toxic shock syndrome and you will realise that despite popular belief you can't just stick anything you want up there! Dumbass. graphic enough for you?

      daaivark - 2011-07-21 14:56

      So do you honestly want to tell me that you abstained from sexual activity as a student? Well, either you have hormone issues or you lie.

      daaivark - 2011-07-21 14:57

      GJDH, if you want to make ridiculous points and use the word "blaming", at least try and spell it correctly.

      moneah23 - 2011-07-21 17:12

      I think today's society is doomed. they have went through their high school years without free sanitary towels, but all of a sudden demand something they can afford. I'm not being insensitive, but this is ridiculous. Its at times like this where i feel so uncomfortable in my skin colour, we black people can sometimes act foolish. What drives me mad is the fact that in those protests you find black students who drink booze every weekend and wear the most expensive clothes and shoes. They just being selfish for their own personal hygiene. And if you ask, the SRC members have probably been in one class for more than 6 years. Shouldn't they be out there working, or at least job hunting, ofcourse with a degree in their hands? This is so disgusting. Imagine telling your parents that you leading strike for condoms...

      Wired - 2011-07-21 21:59

      Wow, ive never been thumbed down before... anyway, it was just my opinion i wanted to share from a different view..thank you tcCarla for posting the site.. now you can all go read about the cup i was talking about and see how many people dont have money for pads. They even talk about the tons of waste caused a year from pads.. its scary... right now im just happy to be male and not have to worry to much about this problem..

  • ProudofPink - 2011-07-20 12:11

    This is taking the sense of entitlement one step too far. For heaven's sake, since when is it up to government to supply toiletries!

      PB - 2011-07-20 14:15

      Please tell me this is a joke - is it 1 April today?

      SA25 - 2011-07-20 15:05

      Condoms are already free at all clinics - why the hell do they want it from the school, they're supposed to be studying.... At least they can afford to go for further education, by the way, the 3 month injection at the clinics are also free, then you won't need the sanitary pads...

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-20 15:23

      Hi " Pink. " LOL. Next they will be demanding clothing & shoes. Geez, these comments that follow are really good. Proves that intelligent people have had enough of this type of thing.

      Riaan - 2011-07-20 15:30

      Not just any condoms. Branded condoms. Probably Nike (Just do everything that moves).

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-21 07:26

      i deeemund a shawa hed

      Warren - 2011-07-21 13:20

      @ ProudofPink: "For heaven's sake, since when is it up to government to supply toiletries!" Umm... when you say "government" you should really say, "YOU & ME!!!" :-)

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:11

      @P!nk - the three month injection is designed for women who have already had children. It causes significant problems - ie. bleeding uncontrollably when you stop with the injections and possibly infertility. There are safer methods of stopping periods using the ordinary triphasil type pill.

      daaivark - 2011-07-21 15:00

      @Devils Son: Perhaps a head with a brain inside would be of more use to you?

  • peregrinus - 2011-07-20 12:13

    If these are the future leaders of the New South Africa, we should be very afraid!!

      Dan - 2011-07-20 12:33

      Look at the current leaders and be afraid! - 2011-07-20 15:55

      They are only following our Great leadership in power suprised not called for more showers and beetroot hehehehe

      Snowbuddy - 2011-07-20 16:13

      Very, very afraid. Condoms are available everywhere ... they just need to recognize what it looks like ... lol:) And they are studying at University??? Oh please please please do not let them breed any more ...

  • Jan - 2011-07-20 12:14

    Proper bunch of scholars I tell you! What a bright future we have....

      Dros - 2011-07-20 15:48

      Judging by their request - probably a bloody future

      Carbon - 2011-07-20 16:38

      Ish, I can't beleef! Is there no end to this madness?

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 17:47

      I read most of these comments and I understand why HIV is bad. How can any person in their right mind disapprove of people wanting condoms in SOUTH AFRICA? Commonsense would have it that if they are asking for them then they arent readily available anyway. And that is a travesty. And I am student myself and I was a welfare representative for my uni and we insist that student should take the condoms we give them at every opportunity. We go from sending them welcome packs with leaflets and a bunch of condoms, even including lubricants and on nights out someone goes out with a bucket and hands out condoms like they are cakes. This is called being responsible and to pretend student dont ro shouldnt have sex is very naive and rather stupid. people at their university age are at their most horniest and it is responsible to at least ensure they are safe.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 18:44

      Was my comment that bad? Or do you just dislike for the sake of doing so without digesting what I said?

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 19:41

      Have you people ever heard of self-control???? Do you need to indulge in every desire all the time??? A welcome packet with all the 'equipment' nogal...... It is really deplorable, completely IRRESPONSIBLE, against all morals and the principles of all major religions (but, of course, one dare not bring in morals and religion, then one is a fossilised stick-in-the-mud). Yes, men are supposed to have sex on their minds 24/7 - I am told - but at university, studies should be uppermost in one's mind and NOT recreational sex....

      Andy - 2011-07-20 19:42

      @Phiwe, Fair point, Condom's are must but demanding BRANDED condoms? Seriously, like people point above you can get goverment issued condoms from any clinic.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:03

      Simply wishing that it was still the 18th century is hopeless. The times have changed and the reality is people are having sex at a younger age. And goodness forbid we follow the Pope's advice and not condone the use of condoms. We cant tell people not have sex because that will be a bit like communism but we can make sure they are safe when they do. Why is a welcome pack with useful leaflets and condoms irresponsible? Put aside your bible for a minute. Yes at Uni we study but if you think that is all there is to student life then you are veryy naive. realistically, most people are unlikely to get out at 12 midnight to go to a clinic which may be some distance away from the university halls to get a some would rather risk it. It would be better if they were not given the option of risk and if there was a condom dispensing machine at the halls of residence it would cut out the risk. We have a problem with HIV, people will not stop having sex despite it but at least give them condoms!! University should have welfare systems in place. My uni is in England and I cant help but make the comparison between england and south africa; SA high hiv rate, England low. And interestingly, KZN has the highest infection rate in South Africa with the age group of university goers (typically) has some of the highest rates in that province. This is a problem and no amount of waving your bible or wishing it was 18th century will solve it.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:05

      And branded condoms or not just get the best and safest condoms available

      moiraine - 2011-07-20 20:14

      @phiwe - I admire a lot of what you said on your comment, and you seem like a very responsible person. I have no problem with them being given condoms at all, but dont see why it has to be branded and dont see why it has to be in their rooms. Why cant they use their own sense of responsibility and collect it from the clinic or some central place. Does that mean some poor person has to go around daily and replace the condoms for them? Handing out of condoms at clubs etc is a very responsible thing to do, I agree, but it appears that the only responsible people at your university were you and the person with the bucket. So, here we have a bunch of adults who are at their "horniest" who care so little about themselves and their partner that they will only use condoms if it is given to them shortly before they have sex? To my mind that is a bunch of spoiled little brats who want everything given to them on a platter. When are they going to grow up, and start behaving like adults instead of wild animals. They want to be treated like adults with respect as an adult, but then dont want to take responsibility for themselves. Why should the university and voluntary workers be responsible for ensuring that adults, some of whom are well into their 20s and even 30s practice safe sex? As for sanitary towels that is just ridiculous, they can buy their own. Oh, and I just want to say that that I admire you for your

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:18

      And please stop thinking that having condoms available will encourage recreational sex, it just encourages safe sex!!

      Andy - 2011-07-20 20:24

      @Phiwe, I didn't disagree with you, I fully agree that condoms need to be provided but to ask for expensive branded condoms is way over the top. I'm not sure how much cheaper goverment issued condoms are but I bet its 20x cheaper than Durex. As for religion, it's out dated and irrelevent in modern society. Most of the wars are in name of some or other religion but on the positive side, its a natural way of culling the already over populate earth! I happen to live in England at the moment too but you can't make comparisons between SA and england, for starters people are alot more civilized here and mostly obey the law, they would never have crazy protestes like this. Issues would be brought to the student rep and progressed from there. Education is also of a much higher standard and this may be controversial but the UK kids are brought up better and understand the risks of STD's from primary school. This is also evident in the drink drive issue, I have loads of uni and college mates who just won't drive after drinking. Just my 2 cents.

      Andy - 2011-07-20 20:27

      @Kameomaua - Were you never young or just too old to not remember being young? To tell people to just focus on their studies and not have sex is crazy, it just wont happen, its what humans are programmed to do and unless some or other drug is invented to control teenage hormones you'll never stop it from happening.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:33

      Moiraine - At least you have sense! The brand of the condom is not important as long as it's a good, reliable and safe condom. And no of course they need not be in their rooms but within their halls of residence or within their university even. My university works with the local clinic and ultimately the clinic gives us the condoms to give out to our students because they realise that given the clinic is far out, few will make the trip and would rather risk. Along with that the clinic visits the uni a few times a term to give expert information and test people who want to be tested for std's. People in clubs are often drunk and when you drunk your judgement is impaired. Its not that they dont want to come collect condoms for themselves (indeed many do collect them for themselves), it's just that we are happy to give them out which run in conjungtion with a capaign week focussing on sexual health and guidance. When we are not running campaigns they come collect them themselves. The fact that they listen to us and take condoms from us means they are responsible. And adults have sex too. it doesnt mean one is wild if they have sex. The fact is sex is good, and if you dont agree you dont know how to do it. Most students are between 18-24. I would agree with you on the sanitary towels issue. The university does not need to provide them

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:35

      And Andy i didnt say you disagreed with me. I was talking to you, with all due respect but I addressed the branded condom issue you raised, whcih was the only point you raised.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:41


      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 23:10

      @ Phiwe It's not that I personally have come up with the idea that, having condoms around, makes for ever more care-less (hyphen intended) sex. It is, unfortunately, in man's nature to get used to things, feel ever more comfortable with them and eventually consider them routine. @ Andy: Yes I was young - and ~I can well remember. Condoms had not been invented then - and neither had HIV/AIDS. Pregnancies at school were an absolute rarity; we were 235 girls in the university residence, and I cannot remember one girl having to interrupt her studies because she had fallen pregnant - and I was there for four years. STD was the diploma we received when we had finished our teacher's training - a Secondary Teacher's Diploma. It all depends on the circles you move in and your interests. And I know, personally, of entire groups of students today, who are at varsity, study hard, party regularly - and do not need condoms at all. Believe it or not.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-21 00:58

      kameomaua - you neednt say it but simply imply it, which you do. And to enlighten you, if I may, condoms have been used since ancient times; latex condoms were being used since the 20's to respond to diseases that are today easily treated. I strongly doubt that you existed before ancient greek times. Now I am sure you are a woman of infinte wisdom but your views on this are outdated; things are not as they used to be when you were younger. Young people today have more sex compared to when their parents were young, this is a common trend in most places in the world and every older person in those places complains of how sexualised society is today and hark back to the good old days when pregnacies were low, as you rightly say. To simply complain wont rewind time or ease the solution or even discourage people in having sex, the reality is this, there is more sex today and a response to more sex is not fewer condoms available. Not least when we have a plague that has us on tenterhooks. We cannot tell people to stop having sex or instruct them to have sex only for procreation because like I said that is a bit like communism. It is dangerous to even imply, as you do that we dont give student condoms and in South Africa that is tentamount to signing someone's death sentence.

      Mike - 2011-07-21 08:18

      @Phiwe: To answer your question, Yes your comments are that bad. The article has nothing to do with safe sex and everything to do with taking responsibility for yourself. As per your logic students have sex therfore it is the uni's responsibility to provide condoms. Guess what students also eat, drink, sleep and do pretty much everything that every other member of society does, so if it were up to you then the uni should facilitate all of those needs as well. When I was a student I did not have unsafe sex, that was my choice. The reason teenage pregnancy and AIDS is such a problem in SA is because people have unsafe sex with multiple partners, that is their choice. Choices have consequences, a very little known fact in this country. If you can't deal with the consequences don't make bad choices, or at least don't blame them on someone else. This idea that you can just stick your hand out and it must be filled with your demands will be the end of this country. Why is it that the general population do not understand that the country's resources are like a pie, you are either a net contributor to that pie or a net consumer of that pie. While you are a student you are a consumer, which is the same the world over because the country is investing in a skill that will allow that student to become a net contributor down the line. However when a student falls pregnant and drops out without a degree/diploma or dies of AIDS after uni that investment is wasted.

      Mike - 2011-07-21 08:55

      @Kameomaua - how old are you? I would like to know as your statement that condoms had not been invented really interests me - go on - be honest - tell us how old you ae!? Please.

      Andy - 2011-07-21 10:15

      @Kameomaua - By the sounds of it you were around when woman were considered 2nd rate citizens and didn't have the freedom's they have today. Back then you were an outcase if you slept around before marrige so its understandable but in todays times women are alot more liberated.

      Niekie - 2011-07-21 11:56

      No Phiwe, the question is : who the f do you think will pay for this! Not them but me and other hardworking, taxpaying citizens. What next! We demand cellphones and vibrators? I'm sorry and this will sound very racist and probably is, but most of the blacks in this country is to used to say "we want" and "we damand" and all this for free! I get nothing for free in live! Why should they?

      Megan - 2011-07-21 12:12

      @ Phiwe It's not that they're demanding free condoms, it's that they're demanding free BRANDED condoms. By all means, free condoms should be available to all students and I was actually under the impression that this is exactly what was happening. I attended the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and our campus was no where near the main campus in town, however in all the toilets there was always a box of condoms (regular government issued condoms that are just as safe as branded condoms) which were regularly refilled and freely available to whoever wanted them... What exactly is their reasoning for wanting branded condoms? Are they looking for something that tastes better? Maybe they're after the more ribbed effect? If that's what you're after, then pay for it. The government has a responsibility to encourage the practice of safe sex, they have absolutely no responsibility to ensure that you find it more pleasurable. Maybe in a first world country where the money is just rolling in and more than 40% of the population contributes towards taxes, maybe then governments and education facilities can afford to start providing top of the range, branded products. But since we are not a first world country, and since the little money this country does have (if not finding its way into someone elses back pocket) needs to be spent on far more pressing issues (and I say far more pressing issues because govt. issued condoms are freely available)they really will have to make do...

      Phiwe - 2011-07-21 13:55

      Mike - of course Universities tend to provide beds in halls of residence for students to sleep in, they have canteens to provide food and drink for thei students. The university knows they have a responsibility, not only to mould their student's intellect but to provide these services to make the uni experience easier. just because most students tend to but their own groceries does not mean that the uni should stop making food available for them, if they should need the service. And yes Uni's shoudl have a condom dispensing machine available somewhere within the campus, maybe at durban there isnt one, but that is the most responsible thing they could do. The article is about students wanting condoms. That is being responsible and like you they want to have safe sex, what is wrong with that? And you reasoning about the spread of aids, mike is a gross simplification of the matter...sometimes there is deceiption involved, accidents, etc. But be honest the only qualms you have with this article is that they used the word "demand" (not that the students used those words but author did) and it has invoked the obvious reaction. On top of that they damand branded condoms and everyone goes up in arms. BRANDED OR NOT THEY SHOULD GET THE SAFEST AND BEST CONDOMS AVAILABLE AND NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE COMPROMISING ON QUALITY NOT LEAST IN SOUTH AFRICA. Do you understand what I'm saying? @Niekie -I wont answer you because your comment sounds idiotic. For an old person, you're an idiot

      Phiwe - 2011-07-21 14:03

      Ultimately what I amsaying is right. I knwo it's right. While the rest of you may quarrel about trivial details, I look at the bigger picture. I've had enough of you quite frankly and wont be responding anymore.

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-21 15:25

      @ Andy and Mike Ok: I used the wrong terminology: Perhaps condoms were around already - I was just not aware of them I went to high school during the 60s (I can not remember ever seeing condoms being sold in pharmacies - perhaps they were kept under the counter), I was at university, and a large very liberal university at that, and I first heard about condoms when I had already started teaching. So my other comment then counts: it depends on the circles one moves in. We were healthy young students, we went camping as a mixed bunch, I do not think that any of us suffered from hormonal deficiencies. But we were principled young people who had a healthy respect for sex and knew what consequences it could have. We knew that playing with fire was dangerous. And we did not turn out depressed, warped, etc., etc. And: I have said this in another post here: There are enough young healthy students today who have the same attitude to sex and refrain.........

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 17:16

      What Phiwe is saying actually makes perfect sense and I don't get the number of thumbs down?? We should be handing them out like sweets. Rather that than the alternative... one million aids orphans and counting? Aids will kill this country's economy. Just because I have a condom in my hand doesn't mean I'm going to go out and shag with abandonment, honestly you old farts! I think the desire for quality branded condoms might come from that time the government handed out condoms stapled to notices about safe sex... :)

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 17:21

      and @ Niekie - rather your tax money gets spent on halting the spread of aids than having to foot the bill for the disease destroying our economically active population. You all make the mistake of thinking HIV/Aids only affects 'those' people... Think about the brainpower, the skills that we can't replace fast enough... all those orphans who will turn to crime to survive.. Its in everyone's interest to fight it because it is part of the reason why our economic growth and development has been so slow. Try seeing the bigger picture!

      fraidycat - 2011-07-21 19:24

      No Phiwe, we dislike because these "students" should be more worried about what their grades look like and what they can do for the community which subsidises a huge percentage of them. They are NOT at varsity to "do" everything that moves, but to get educated to grow our economy and make money. These young ladies demanding pads must go to their grandmothers and ask them how they coped without these luxuries. Learn to be creative!

      Niekie - 2011-07-22 07:10

      Snoopy, I agree with you but my point is this : since when is it ok to demand things for free and in so doing disrupt classes? These students make it that other students who pay for studies and want to study can not! There are more civilized ways to get things done!

      moiraine - 2011-07-22 20:40

      When I was a student my mother always told me to have a stash of money somewhere in case I was robbed or needed a lift home. I used to put a R10 note in the bottom of my shoe when I went out. I never had any intention of sleeping with anyone and so did not take or need condoms. However, times have changed and when my daughter starts going out I will make sure that she takes a condom with her. Not that I expect her to sleep around since I have tried to teach her not to, but since I know that things can happen and rather safe than sorry. So, that is called being responsible for your own actions. Before these students leave home in the evening why cant they put the condom in their pocket, wallet, bra etc just in case they need it? Condoms ARE freely available all over South Africa, well urban South Africa anyway, I cannot say about the rural areas. However, that is not the point of the article the article is about demands made by students, these demands appear to indicate that they want somebody else to take responsibility for their lives and just give, give, give. @phiwe - yes a welcome pack with a few condoms is a very good idea, it could probably even include a couple of other things for eg a few headache tablets, small toothpaste etc with directions as to where to go to buy or obtain more in the future. Just like you get at a hotel, it would make you feel more welcome and definitely help in the first few days. But after that they must take responsibility for themselve

      moiraine - 2011-07-22 20:42

      the other thing though is that the students at DUT seem to be on strike permanently and having a friend who worked there for years before giving up in disgust about 4 years ago I know there are lots of issues there, so maybe these demands are really about deeper, underlying issues.

  • - 2011-07-20 12:15

    I must admit I am a little curious. What will the male students do with the sanitary pads? Can anyone help me here?

      ProfAndy - 2011-07-20 12:24

      Coasters to put their drinks on?? ;)

      ERS - 2011-07-20 12:25

      They can always use it as a disguise when they ron the local cafeteria?

      BlackCat - 2011-07-20 12:27

      Steal and re-sell?

      Gorilla - 2011-07-20 12:54

      If the girls need a sanitary pad, then you don't need a condom. Problem solved, now get back to the books.

      Azizi - 2011-07-20 13:43

      A half baked story again.

      Elzané - 2011-07-20 13:55

      Nose bleeds??

      Daniel - 2011-07-20 15:10

      I was once told that gay guys use sanitary pads or at least tampons in a very similar way as girls if they get "injured" in a certain way. Don’t know how much truth is in this, but it sounds logically enough.

      Boerseun - 2011-07-20 18:04

      Wipe their backsides..?

      Mike - 2011-07-21 10:35

      I know of a lady who answered a knock at the front door and was wearing a pad with the loops around her ears, pad tucked in under her nose in order to stop the smell of the stinky nappy she was changing. Now there is something other mothers can consider!

      Cire - 2011-07-21 11:29

      Stick in their mouth so nobody has to listen to their trash?

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:18


  • Solo-JHB - 2011-07-20 12:15

    It always amazes me the demands of students! They got money for laptops, cell phones, levi's, ray bans, drugs and booze.....but they want free education, books and sanitary pads. Pathetic!

      mark - 2011-07-21 06:18

      Simple, someone recently said: "If you vote for me, you will get free condoms and sanitary pads!" The old trick with the free housing if you vote for me has obviously fallen through...

      moneah23 - 2011-07-21 17:16

      This is why i feel so uncomfortable around this place... im sure each one of then owns a blackberry. gees i fell like screaming myself out of this country

  • RobW - 2011-07-20 12:16

    Give them the condoms. Please don't let them reproduce!

      Dr Maximus - 2011-07-20 12:25

      Well Done RobW. I agree

      SA25 - 2011-07-20 12:43

      Condoms are already free at all clinics - why the hell do they want it from the school, they're supposed to be studying.... At least they can afford to

      Greybeard - 2011-07-20 12:52

      Notice the stipulation, "Branded condoms", not the free govt issue! Euthenasia is indicated.

      Tantrum - 2011-07-20 12:57

      No don't give it them - let them die of AIDS ...

      nosiphom - 2011-07-20 13:00

      SA25 - they want Durex not the free ones - branded condoms they say.

      sheila.philogene - 2011-07-20 13:12

      shows how much faith they have in the government issued condoms!!

      Boerseun - 2011-07-20 18:05

      Rather cut their tools of...the permanent solution.

  • freddie van eyk - 2011-07-20 12:17

    And I demand an end to all these ridiculous demands.

  • Seperetla - 2011-07-20 12:18

    May I ask what is wrong with CHOICE Condoms? Plus TRUST condoms only sell for 3 bucks for a pack of three. For Goodness sake you are there to study not to get LAID. Jeeez!

      Greybeard - 2011-07-20 14:56

      Interestingly enough, branded condoms tend to be a lot SMALLER than govt. issue...... Nuff sed methinks.

      ex-pat - 2011-07-21 18:52

      Well you know what they say about - oops.

  • Ross - 2011-07-20 12:18

    What about chucking in Viagra tablets to enhance the technicon experience.

      shaun.cousins1 - 2011-07-20 13:50

      Hang on wait till the government staple the condoms together...They obviously got their education paid the government

  • Newsferret - 2011-07-20 12:20

    Oh, the culture of entitlement. Students prior to 1994 never made such absurd demands. Are we now having an inferior species at our universtities?

      50something - 2011-07-20 14:01

      We NEVER made demands as students - our parents PAID for our studies and we took it seriously because my dad worked his fingers off to put me through university. This entitlement culture must be stopped as it is getting rediculous.

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 16:58

      And a fair number of us paid for our studies ourselves!!! I babysat, did translations, typed theses for other students, drove a lemonade lorry during the holidays, worked in a bookshop - and had fine-tuned frugality to an art. My parents could not pay for my studies. (I suppose that would have made me a ,disadvantaged' student??!!)

      Mike - 2011-07-21 09:15

      @Kameomaua - How old are you - seriously - I'd like to know?

      ex-pat - 2011-07-21 18:53


      Kameomaua - 2011-07-21 20:37

      @ Mike Check my post above. I answered your question there.......

  • economyfree - 2011-07-20 12:21

    Those who are protesting for condoms are crazy and they should be concentrating on studying rather than wanting to have sex, the country currently is ineed of engineers and those with the opportunity to fill the gap are more interested in condoms, shame on you. Those protesting for financial aid, I feel for you becuase you are more interested in furthering your stidies, I hope you come right and don't give up.

      Bloody Agent - 2011-07-20 12:36

      Engineers ??

      economyfree - 2011-07-20 12:41

      @ BoodyFool - Yes Engineers WTF is wrong with that.

      Together - 2011-07-20 13:01

      I think that the financial aid students need to seperate themselves from condom-demanders so that they can be taken seriously. And I think that to match these demands, lecturers want 100% completed assignments, 100% attention in class and 100% respect at all times.

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 17:00

      NSFAS apparently has millions that have not been applied for by needy students..........

      Mike - 2011-07-21 09:19

      @Bloody Agent/Fool - what the f2ck is wrong with engineers - are you a frigging bus driver? If it were not for engineers you would not have bridges/building/roads etc - you effing wimp!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-20 12:21

    This is a joke right !!! Totally moronic, imbeciles !!!

  • bill - 2011-07-20 12:21

    What has their sex lives got to do with studies? I'll bet this trash is not in the top half of the class.

  • O-Kay - 2011-07-20 12:21

    Branded sanitary pads??? WTF?? Who's going to be looking at it?? Sies...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-20 12:34

      New Freedom is a Rough Ride(r).

      Rob Gunning - 2011-07-20 13:50


  • Parko - 2011-07-20 12:22

    Give them rubber bullets. Bastards. When I was studying we didn't even have all the books we needed and would share. Now they want condoms ? Maybe University is not for them - send them for a years training in the army

      R013 - 2011-07-20 13:05

      Good idea... but can you imagine if you give these animals guns?

      olw - 2011-07-20 13:12

      You forget - the army strikes to demand better food, better accommodation, get the picture.

      Rudi Kay - 2011-07-20 13:19

      Give them rifles with blanks! Then they can make a noise but not hurt anyone.

      Fedup - 2011-07-20 16:08

      Hell no thanks; if they want condoms at varsity what the hell do you think they will demand in the army .... and these idiots with guns - hell no

      Snowbuddy - 2011-07-20 16:21

      Free guns and bullets and let them test it whilst looking down the barrel! That should solve the technical side of how it works!!!

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 17:06

      L-O-L....... this is the funniest set of comments I have seen in a long time! But you all are right. I myself work at a UoT, and in every set of toilets there are condoms - even in our staff toilets!!! There was a poster on our campus clinic which carried a message to the effect that PLEASE ENJOY ALL YOUR FREEDOMS - HAVE FUN - WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG - JUST MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PRECAUTIONS.......??? If that is not an invite to promiscuity, I don't know what would be.

      Cire - 2011-07-21 17:43

      @Parko - I agree with much of what you say but are really sure you want morons like this trained to kill?

      ex-pat - 2011-07-21 18:54

      To put where, exactly?

  • Daniel Steyn - 2011-07-20 12:23

    Next thing you know, they are going to demand FREE family planning counseling, and medical aid.

      Susannomore - 2011-07-20 12:38

      Great - now you have given them another demand! They never thought of these, next on the list was going to be iPods

      Pocahontas - 2011-07-20 12:43

      @ Susannomore - iPads?? I hears it's all the rage these iPads viva! sigh, these morons are a pathetic breed of oxygen thieves!!!

      sheila.philogene - 2011-07-20 13:14

      they already have the ipods, that is where the money they should be using to pay for their education goes, then they demand their fees are scrapped.

      Peacock - 2011-07-20 13:27

      Free medical aid is coming - National health. but the tax payer will pay for it instead.

      dollypeg - 2011-07-20 13:46

      Sssshhhh. Don't give them ideas!

  • ERS - 2011-07-20 12:23

    This will continue until certain individuals within Africa are born with their heads first from their mother and not with little grubby hand clasped together.....Give Give give and still they wonder why Africa is the laughing stock to the rest of the world.

  • ProfAndy - 2011-07-20 12:23

    I'm just wondering how we can end this culuture of people expecting everything for nothing. It seems quite pervasive and goes against the ethic of working for what you get. Why should these guys want branded condoms when they get government-issue ones free in any case?

      cpdennis1 - 2011-07-20 12:39

      I agree wholeheartedly, this culture of "we demand" has got to beaten out of this generation. If this is conceded to then I will demand to stop paying tax!

      Rudi Kay - 2011-07-20 13:22

      Aha - but waving your willy about clad in a Durex Ruff Rider is far more classy then sommer the gumment condoms!

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 17:11

      Hahahahahaha....... most educational!!

      fraidycat - 2011-07-21 19:34

      ProfAndy - it will only stop once the gov stop making ridiculous promises, as the masses seem to believe that this is heaven. The taxpayers should also demand to see better results for the investment we are making in this country!

  • Thandi - 2011-07-20 12:23

    It could be expected that students that have managed to get to university level would at least have some brains and common sense, enough to realise that the concept of 'demand' should be restricted to the unwashed masses who don't know any better.

      Boerseun - 2011-07-20 18:06

      The ANC's policies hav allowed idiots like these to make it to univercity...face facts for a change.

      GetReal101 - 2011-07-21 00:01

      Striking point. To wash away such a priviledge is an abuse of the system.

      Mike - 2011-07-21 10:39

      Unfortunately the concept of "everyting for nothing" is entrenched in the mindset of ALL the previously disadvantaged (read blacks).

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:16

      Its terrifying actually that they should use protests in this pathetic manner.. And these are our future leaders? Not even earning their own way yet and already they are expecting to be handed everything? The world doesn't work like that. Besides you get free condoms from the clinic (which you MUST use to prevent HIV/Aids) and you can get free triphasil from the clinic too, which you can control your periods with. See I did learn something at university! :)

  • Stephanus - 2011-07-20 12:25


  • Gido - 2011-07-20 12:26

    .. yes and don't forget the lube and the post coital cigarette's.. wow our country's future is so bright..

  • BlackCat - 2011-07-20 12:27

    I'm just amazed at how far they think my tax money can go....paying salaries for a bunch of incompetent people, building highways, now i'm buying sanitary pads. eish wena.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-07-20 12:27

    I'm embarassed!!!

      tkotze - 2011-07-20 12:55

      Glad to see there are things we see eye-2-eye with... Lets hope the next generation does have less of the "demand" attitude and more of the "I strive to being better" and "I am working hard to buy what I want" attitude...

  • Tamatiesop - 2011-07-20 12:29

    Why branded condoms? It's not like they use them anyway!

  • StBad - 2011-07-20 12:30

    I see a culture of greed, unaccountability and over expectation creeping into our youth...

  • Dan - 2011-07-20 12:31

    Typical new South Africa - just give, give, give, give... Maybe in another 100 years they will learn the meaning of earn, work, responsibility, respect, etc.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:22

      well maybe if you didn't take away people's rights to study, work, own property, grow wealth and self-actualise for I don't know 50 years..? you wouldn't have these generations that expect someone, anyone to hand it to them. Ever think about that?

  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-07-20 12:32

    what exactly is being taught at this institution , does it have anything to do with sex ...those that decide to drop out what are they going to tell their parents, that there are no condoms at the university ?

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 19:46

      These are the practicals after Biology, Physiology, Genetics and Sextherapy classes.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-20 12:33

    New Freedom.

  • FRpower - 2011-07-20 12:33

    And they are our future leaders HAHAHAHAHAHA...breath ....HAHAHAHAHAHA. People if this is how it is, this country is royaly fu**ed forever. You give them a hand they take the whole arm,usless fuggers.

  • mreg - 2011-07-20 12:33

    What lunacy!! Personal hygene, please, these are items that are obtained personally, not get given by demand. Just shows the culture of these a....holes. Get an education before making demands that should not even be considered.

  • idclu1 - 2011-07-20 12:34

    get out the permanent marker, scratch out Choice and write durex instead. DUT students are thick. They'll fall for it.

  • Bongza.GP - 2011-07-20 12:35

    These students are bloody MAD! This is what the youth leadership of the country should be focusing on, not nationalization.

  • Joe Blow - 2011-07-20 12:35

    How about a free boot under their collective arses!

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-20 12:36

    Clearly they're just there to f**k and not learn so they should rather stop wasting the university's time and bugger off. That will also solve their financial issue out.

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-20 12:38

      This is precisely the type of graduate that I wouldn't employ.

  • Tiaan - 2011-07-20 12:36

    Rediculous ass-holes, Stupit idiots, lazy basturds, I can keep on calling up names. Do you idiots think everthing in life is for free.

  • cpdennis1 - 2011-07-20 12:37

    Close this institution permanently and kick this rabble out. In plain English, who the F$%& do you think you are! You have no right to demand anything.

  • LLEWELLYN - 2011-07-20 12:39


      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-21 07:30

      damn right, i was standing at the robots begging for branded comdoms from the age of 5

  • Tokkel Loshi - 2011-07-20 12:40

    Wahahaha We want We demand , We want otheriwse we burn

  • MetEishYa - 2011-07-20 12:40

    A-holes. Next will be demands for Johnny Black, Breitling watches, Guchi suites like their esteemed rolemodels in the ANCYL .

  • Gary - 2011-07-20 12:41

    WE WANT WE WANT WE WANT, WE DEMAND!!!! Oh common, get a life kids. Put your noses down and do what you're supposed to be doing.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-20 12:42

    Why should the university provide condoms when the students can go get as many free ones as they want from local clinics? Also why is it up to the university too provide sanitary pads?they're not that expensive that the students can't buy them. Or go buy the ones from the hospital. Those are also cheap.

  • jjhvan - 2011-07-20 12:42

    What next? Demanding that management service them?

  • Justfred - 2011-07-20 12:44

    how much more primitive can things get?

      Chutshela - 2011-07-20 15:08

      NO. primitive people didnt behave like this. They call it "generation whatever" and its a global phenomenon. Its like they get injected with some mysterious mixture @ birth....if its not some American teenager rocking up in school and start killing the classmates, its some British boy who pushes his friend onto a moving train to get a feeling of killing someone. its a sick society breeding sick offsprings....SCARY STUFF. How about while they are at it ask the school management to throw in a packet of ciggies and a six pack of Heineken to go with thos "branded condoms. real classy kids real classy

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 17:54

      It's not primitive at all. Primitive is when people lambast them for wanting to be safe in a country that is ravaged by this virus.

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 19:53

      @ Phiwe Please read my post above. Primitive is when one is at the mercy of one's own urges. Animals copulate only when it's the breeding season. Mankind seems to do it in and out of season. AND have you or any of your classmates ever thought about the psychological implications of all this??? We are more than just the physical body. AND how 'safe' are condoms anyhow??? This country is 'ravaged' by this virus BECAUSE of indiscriminate sexual activities. How upside-down and back-to-front and unreasonable your (plural: the government and public) arguments are.

      Phiwe - 2011-07-20 20:59

      Well when most say primitve they mean uncivilised or underdeveloped culturally. So we should have sex for breeding only? that is you solution? Very few humans have sex stricly to mate and this alone is not the cause of std's! And you must differentiate between constant sex with one partner and promiscuity, promiscuity if unprotected can fascilitate the spread of std's.

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-20 23:49

      @ Phiwe No, I certainly did not mean that we should have sex only for the purpose of reproduction. That is very medieval. What I meant was: There is a time for everything. Even animals have an instinct for seasons and life cycles. We are, physiologically, not bound by seasons - for very good reasons. However, we are far more complex beings with very involved and sensitive psyches, and our social evolution is such that we should willingly regulate our wilder nature and recognise seasons of restraint in our life cycle.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:27

      they're called 'hoodies' in the uk and they are terrifying.. beat people to death for being different or telling them to behave. But when you see their parents you know where it comes from. They're not bad people in the most part. They just don't care. They don't care what their kids do or that they have no moral backbone. You have to sort them out when they are young and teach them right from wrong. Fathers especially need to be raising their sons and showing them what it is to be a real man!

      ex-pat - 2011-07-21 18:59

      Unfortunately, Snoopy, the majority of the hoodies who behave like this don't know who their fathers are - could be any one of mom's boyfriends, though probably not either, as the boyfriends come and go... Ahem.

  • PH101 - 2011-07-20 12:44

    hehehehe They won the election, now they dont know what to do with the erection.

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-20 12:46

    At first I thought to myself "WTF?" but after giving it a bit more thought I realised it's actually a good idea as we wouldn't want such morons to have any offspring. In the past having a degree was a testament of one's character but today any donkey can get a degree. It's meaningless in RSA to have a degree. You just got to know who the "real graduates" are vs the donkeys that are there to get handouts and pomp when employing grads.

      darkwing - 2011-07-20 13:19

      Did you mean 'pomp' as in 'pomp and ceremony'?

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 14:29

      I'm sorry but you can have a perfectly healthy sex life at uni and still exercise your brain ;) Sex is good for you!

  • sewsexy - 2011-07-20 12:47

    Seriously - what is wrong with these kids - they should be concentrating on their studies, not safe sex - What The Hell !!!!!

  • Willyza - 2011-07-20 12:47

    I just cant comment on this ,lost for words .......

  • pietie - 2011-07-20 12:47

    Our hard earned money is being looted by the billions. Our mothers and daughters are being raped. Our people are being brutilised and murdered. Our futures are being destroyed. When are we going to stop talking and take action? I can't do this alone. But if we stand together....

  • Opinion SA - 2011-07-20 12:48

    What next? Demanding we wipe their ass!? There is no ownership in this country. Blaming others for your mess and demanding that others make your life comfortable, being spoon fed is the norm. For goodness sake! What about a vac job and buying it yourself, like the rest of us have to do!