UCT’s RAG, the rage in CT

2017-03-09 06:01

The University of Cape Town’s Remember and Give Organization, better known as UCT RAG, is a student run organization whose existence spans over 8 decades.

One of UCT RAG’s longest running institutions is the SAX magazine. SAX Appeal is an annual magazine produced by UCT RAG and is sold at intersections in and around Cape Town.

Students dress up according to a theme and head out to the streets in the early hours of the morning to sell the magazine. It began in 1933 with an average sale of 31 000 copies in one morning, stretching from Camps Bay to Belville. Demographics of our readership are 25% aged 17 - 25 and 75% above 25 years, with majority between 25 and 35 years of age.

Money raised both through advertising and sales contributes to the profits handed over to SHAWCO whose mission is the betterment of previously disadvantaged communities in the Cape Metropolitan area.

In 2017, we aim to raise R1 million with the goal of donating all profits to SHAWCO which will directly allow more children in underprivileged areas to receive education and medical care.

The 2017 premium edition of SAX Magazine, carefully themed Pembera (Shona for “Celebrate”), is a celebration and meditation on the ways and existence of marginalized students: The disabled bodied, LGBTQI+ community, People of Colour, Womxn, poor and the elderly students.

When we enter these elite academies of learning, at first we laud ourselves. But gently, we grow sullen, into ourselves and crash, far too often into mental illness.

And once the quietness arrives, it will stay and spread in you. It will send its stealthy, suckered tentacles inching along the insides of skulls stripping thoughts of the words that describe them and leave them pared and naked. Unspeakable. Numb. Slowly over the years, you will withdraw from the world. You will grow accustomed to the uneasy octopus that lives inside you, squirting its inky tranquilizer on your past. Gradually, the reason for your silence will be hidden away, entombed somewhere deep in the soothing folds, of the fact of it. #TheGodOfSmallThings #ArundhatiRoy

On the 10th of March 2017, you can buy your copy of SAX at intersections in Cape Town all morning.

At just R30 a copy, we guarantee you that Pembera is an experience you will not soon forget.

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