Alumni Came Home
Part of the 30 year celebrations of the Mafikeng Campus was the Alumni Home Coming Gala Dinner that was hosted on 8 October 2010. The Gala Dinner, held in the Great Hall, was in honour of the Alumni of the Campus and almost 600 previous students attended the event. Each guest received a goody bag and a history booklet specially compiled for this occasion.
And what is a prestigious event without a few speeches. Susan van Rooyen, Alumni coordinator welcomed the attendees and talked on the importance of Alumni for the university. The newly appointed CSRC President , Ilyayam Mwanawina expressed the importance of the student leadership and his enthusiasm for the coming year.
The Campus Rector, Prof Dan Kgwadi commended the Alumni on their attendance and stressed the importance of their “Home Coming” to visit their Alma Mater. He also pointed out the matured democracy and culture on the campus.
He also presented the Leopard Awards to 7 dignitaries for their exceptional achievement, contribution and commitment to the university. They were Dr Lucas Mangope, Mr Sebastian Joel Mahila, Rev Dr John Tau, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Minister Naledi Pandor , Mr Michael Morake Rabanye and Mr Gaba Tabane
Dr Theuns Eloff, the Vice-Chancellor of the NWU, delivered a message of true celebration and highlighted the achievements of the NWU since the merger in 2004. He also emphasized the fact that by merging the history of this campus did not disappear but was celebrated.
During the evening the guests were entertained by the Campus choir and a natural chord (an akapella group). A poem, written by herself was presented by one of the students, Maikutlo Sebitloane. To end off the occasion Mma Ausi’s traditional dancers and performers ensured a festive atmosphere.
Published by Koos Degenaar 29 October 2010.