Respublica Rising Stars is an initiative that was introduced by the Respublica Student Living Accommodation on 22 June. This segment is aimed at introducing the world to an array of talent within the Respublica residences, each week a student was featured on the Respublica_life Instagram account. The likes of Precious Nkosi from Hatfield Square, Roman Figga from Eastwood Village, and many other students were featured on this segment.

On 23 October, the Residences all came together at the Saratoga Village, a Respublica residence in Johannesburg, to witness the Battle of the Stars. This was a great opportunity for these different students as they got the chance to showcase their diverse talents in front of an audience and also got to compete amongst each other for great prizes. There were 17 stars in total, some from the Cape Town Respublica residence. A rapper from West City and a poet from Hatfield Square made it to the top 3, coming in 3rd and 2nd respectively. A rapper and a saxophonist from the Saratoga Village (Sabelo and Phemelo) were crowned the Respublica stars.

Image: Instagram – respublica_saratogavillage

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I am Minentle "Minnie" Mndiyata, a second year Enviromental Science student with a passion for writing, singing and watching movies. I come from the Eastern Cape, I am living my dream as an Entertainment journalist at PDBY❤️