30 Years Down the Line
The 30 year celebrations of the Mafikeng campus was launched with the official opening of the campus on 10 February this year with an overview given by Prof Gadinabokao, who was one of the first staff members on campus. A festival logo was also designed and was used as a sub-logo for all celebrations. Other festive events were inaugural lectures, graduation ceremonies, memorial lectures and a golf day. During an inter-campus social day, thirty trees were planted on campus – one for each year of its existence.
The highlight of the celebrations was the week from 6 to 8 October. The festivities started on 6 October with a 5 km Fun Run / Walk at 07:00. About 150 people participated in the event and each finisher received a medal. At 09:00 a 200m long procession consisting of floats, cars and an open bus went through town to bring the festivities to the community. During the afternoon, staff and students played sport against each other. On 7 October a cultural day were held that included exhibitions, dances, hip-hop and choirs.
The festivities came to a highlight on Friday, 8 October with a prestige lecture presented by Dr Lucas Mangope. (read more) This was followed by a gala dinner for all Alumni. During the gala dinner, the leopard awards were handed to those alumni who distinguished themselves in the corporate world. (read the full story)
The university was founded in 1980 and in 1983 the first diploma ceremony was held. In 1984 the first graduation ceremony was held with 81 degrees that were conferred. This included 3 masters degrees and two honorary degrees. A total of 2 700 students were registered in 1987. The University of Bophuthatswana became part of the Republic of South Africa brought by the new democratic dispensation in 1994 and the institution’s name was changed to the University of the North West. In 2004 the North West University came in to being when the former University of the North West merged with the former Potchefstroom University and the Sebokeng Campus.
Published by Koos Degenaar 29 October 2010