the spice of life
There is a saying that variety is the spice of life, but diversity is not far behind when it comes to making life more interesting. Embracing this “spice of life”, the NWU recently celebrated diversity on three different occasions.
First, on 1 September, NWU staff donned colourful outfits on Casual Day under the banner “Celebrate diversity with persons with disabilities” and then, celebrating 24 September’s Heritage Day, dressed in their traditional attire.
Possibly the biggest example of how diversity and variety spice up life was the campus in Vanderbijlpark’s annual Cultural Festival on 12 October, the 2017 theme of which was “The best of my culture”.
Specific cultures were assigned to residences and participants had to demonstrate that particular culture’s values, traditions and way of life. The day’s programme saw students take part in an array of categories, including theatre productions and drama, poetry, dancing, a cultural fashion show and a cultural cuisine presentation.
The directorate Student Life organised the festival, together with the Arts and Culture portfolio of the Student Campus Committee. Lethiwe Kubheka, organiser of the event, says the purpose of the event is to foster a sense of shared belonging within the campus community and to share information about the different cultures on the campus.
The library staff on the campus in Vanderbijlpark go all out on Casual Day. At the back from left are Yvonne Engelbrecht, Louise Harmse and Moruanyi Moatswi. In the second row are Glenda Makate, Thoko Tswaile and Paulinah Moroke and in the front row Daniel Monyamane, Tiny Moripa, Thandi Motsoari and Siyabonga Sithole.
Staff members from People and Culture in Potchefstroom celebrate Heritage Day with zest. At the back from left are Elroy Gelant, Karabelo Motsepe, Alta Fourie, Karen Coertzen, Remonia Kenny, Evalancia Jones, Tumi Tshaka, Lerato Thekiso, Leah Lakay, Dennise van Wyk, Janine Da Gama, Samuel Mmutle, Cornel Visagie and Nadia Botha. In the middle row are Rouzenne Slambert, Chrisilla Pretorius, Anne-Marie Cilliers, Lionel Eksteen, Refiloe Sebidi, Sophia Majavu, Yvonne Koloti and Lebo Mmutloane. In front are Florrie Makaku, Portia Mosiane and Khoro Nematatani.
A cultural cuisine presentation was one of the categories in which the students competed during the Cultural Day celebration on the campus in Vanderbijlpark.
Staff members from Higher Degree Administration on the campus in Potchefstroom celebrate diversity in colourful outfits. They are at the back from left Ruth Kgabung, Dr Bertus le Roux (Manager: Higher Degrees Administration and Ceremonies), Jenniffer Pheleu and Lauren Delport. In front are Thea Joubert, Cindy Viviers and Lisnet Louw.