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George Campus

14/11/2017

Memeza, a university-wide initiative to raise awareness and empower students with information on their rights, especially female students and first-years who are typically more vulnerable in new social contexts, was also extended to the George Campus recently.  The essential information was communicated to students in the form of a drama piece specially written for the campaign.  Memeza, which means speak out or shout, points to the importance of whistle blowing - literally and figuratively.

The play covered a variety of issues faced by students such as #FeesMustFall, safety on and off campus and the vulnerability faced by first year students, particularly female students, who may be at risk of being taken advantage of by senior students.

The event commenced with Dr Ruby-Ann Levendal (Director: Transformation - Monitoring & Evaluation) challenging the audience about their own perceptions and knowledge on matters related to sexual harassment and what the university policy states on this serious matter. From the outset, the audience was also captivated by the dramatic entrance of the acting duo (and playwrites), Xabiso Zweni and Nobesuthu Rayi, both from Port Elizabeth.   Nobubele Phuza, an SRC representative from Port Elizabeth who also attended the launch in George, passionately encouraged the students who were present to heed the call and report any abuse, big or small.  

All the attendees were given yellow whistles and info cards that explain when to blow the whistle and what to do when one hears it.

(f.l.t.r.) Xabiso Zweni, Sakhumzi Dukwe (SRC representative from Port Elizabeth), Mr David Alexander (Acting Campus Principal), Mr Sefoko Ramoshaba (Student Affairs Snr Manager), Sean Dungelo (SRC rep from PE), Nobesuthu Rayi (Actor) and Nobubele Phuza (SRC).

Dr Ruby-Ann Levendal, Mr David Alexander and Mr Sefoko Ramoshaba with the talented actors Xabiso Zweni and Nobesuthu Rayi who kept the audience spell-bound throughout the play which marked the launch of the Memeza Campaign at the George Campus.

 

Contact information
Mr Thami Douse
thami.douse@mandela.ac.za