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The main hall at NMMU George Campus was filled beyond capacity recently with senior learners from high schools in and around George, students from both NMMU and South Cape College, as well as educators, lecturers, members of the business community and the public who had gathered at the campus for the Dr Beyers Naudé Memorial Lecture delivered by Dr Brigalia Bam.  The lecture – the first in a series of three commemorating the life and work and promoting the uplifting values that the late Dr Beyers Naudé lived by – was hosted by NMMU in partnership with Kagiso Trust. 

Dr Brigalia Bam (the last Chancellor of UPE, before the merger which saw the creation of NMMU) spoke fondly and eloquently about Dr Beyers Naude’s legacy - twenty years into democracy.  This was accompanied by a dialogue/debate with four well-versed and opinionated youth panellists representing a diversity of perspectives, and a question and answer session with young people (learners and students) participating from the ranks of the audience.

Attendees to the occasion were greeted by the beautiful voices of the NMMU George Campus Choir which set the tone for what proved to be a very successful and thought-provoking evening of debate and deliberation.  An expo on the life and work of Dr Naudé also complemented the proceedings of the evening.

The main hall at the NMMU George Campus was filled to capacity with young people and other guests who had gathered to listen to the keynote speaker, Dr Brigalia Bam, and to participate in the ensuing dialogue on democracy and Dr Naude’s role in the promotion thereof.

Dr Brigalia Bam, keynote speaker, at the first in the series of three NMMU/Kagiso memorial lectures commemorating the work and life of Dr Beyers Naudé.

Dr Brigalia Bam (center), flanked by youth panellists (from left), Nombuyiselo Duma, Awonke Kampie, Lauren Muller and Rochelle van Rooyen, listening attentively to the audience’s comments and questions.

Lot Moteane member of the NMMU George Student Council, posing a question to the panel during the question and answer session.

Nontando Mthethwa, Corporate Affairs Manager from Kagiso Trust, expressed appreciation towards NMMU, attendees and all participants for contributing to the longevity of “Oom Bey’s” legacy.

Panellist, Lauren Muller (right), and Dr Brigalia Bam sharing a light moment after the dialogue session

The evening’s key role-players: Dr Brigalia Bam (center) with the delegates from Kagiso Trust, CANRAD (NMMU’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy, represented by Director: Allan Zinn), panellists and the NMMU George Campus Principal Prof Quinton Johnson (back center), alongside Dr Bam) and Dr Bridget Johnson (far right)

Guests to the recent Beyers Naudé Memorial Lecture hosted by NMMU in partnership with Kagiso Trust were welcomed by the exquisite voices of the NMMU George Campus Choir, seen here with the keynote speaker, Dr Brigalia Bam and the NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson

Powerful team... Panel members Lauren Muller and  Awonke Kampie with Dr Brigalia Bam (centre), Shalom Khandanisa (facilitator and NMMU alumnus), and fellow panellists, Nombuyiselo Duma and Rochelle van Rooyen... 

Allan Zinn (left, Director of NMMU’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy) and NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (right) with the distinguished speaker, Dr Brigalia Bam (centre) who delivered the first of NMMU’s 2014 Dr Beyers Naude Lectures at NMMU George Campus recently