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George Campus


Africa Day, 25 May 2018, was celebrated in style at the Nelson Mandela University, George Campus.  More than 150 staff and students, dressed in a variety of traditional, modern or everyday outfits gathered at the Student Recreation Centre to share a fun-filled afternoon featuring live music by well-known local band, GMinor, student DJs, a selection of traditional food and a thought-provoking message by motivational speaker, former human rights activist and educator, Mr George van Niekerk.

Mr van Niekerk’s inspiring talk reminded everyone present that we all have a purpose to fulfil in life, and that we should embrace our vision and work hard to achieve our full potential. He encouraged students by leaving them with the message that they are all destined for success, which we can all attain by following a sound moral compass. He reiterated the message brought by our namesake, Nelson Mandela – “Education is the great engine to personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another”.

Staff and students who best interpreted the dress code and theme for the day were acknowledged by means of a corporate item.

Campus Principal (Act), Mr David Alexander (center) flanked by guest speaker Mr George van Niekerk  and Mrs Lucy van Niekerk, with Mr Richard Muller, Programme Co-ordinator, Wood Technology (left), and Mr Martin Loubser, Director: Operations (right).

Members of the Campus Horticulture Services with Martin Loubser (Director: Operations) – f.l.t.r. Vusumzi Tele, Unathi Ntlangwini, Anita Hlwayi, Macebo Sitsholwane, Martin Loubser, Ntandazo Minquma and Anele Skiet. 

Udochukwu Obi (right), Chairperson of the George Student Council, with fellow students, against a backdrop of flags of the different countries of Africa.

Beautiful pair… MC Thami Douse with Kershia Jagernath who impressed everyone present with her “award-winning” Indian cultural dress.

Winning “Zulu”, Unathi Ntlangwini (Horticulture Services), attracted much attention with his authentic dress, and his efforts were appropriately acknowledged when he was called upon to collect his prize.