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Students win trip to London after virtual success on stock exchangehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5264Students win trip to London after virtual success on stock exchangePia Nänny<p>Two Stellenbosch University students won an all-expenses paid trip to visit the London Stock Exchange and R12500 each after coming out tops in the 2017 JSE Investment Challenge.<br></p><p>Now in its 44th year the Challenge aims to educate the youth about financial markets and investing. The initiative allows learners and students to buy shares in a virtual portfolio and practise trading in a risk-free environment. Each team is given a virtual sum of R1 million which they can use to trade JSE-listed shares.</p><p>The winners – Tonia Schoeman and Luke Nel, BCom Actuarial Science students in their third and second year respectively – are no strangers to this competition.</p><p>As learners of DF Malan High School they were part of the team that won the Schools Challenge in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Luke's team won the Schools Challenge for a third time, while Tonia and her team came third in the University Challenge.</p><p>They joined forces again in 2016 and this time they won the University Challenge. Their prize included R25000 (R12500 each) and an all-expenses paid trip to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, where they were given the opportunity to ring the bell to open the market.</p><p>Their winning streak continued in 2017 and they ascribe their success to hard work and a goal-orientated approach.</p><p>“We placed between four and five orders on the stock exchange every day. During the six months of the challenge, we placed a total of 574 orders and our portfolio grew by 46%. We spend at least one hour per day on the game and because of the short time span, we follow a very high-risk approach.</p><p>“We enjoy the competition tremendously and learn something new each year. It's a great diversion from our studies," they say.</p><p>Tonia and Luke both plan to qualify as actuaries. Luke would like to specialise in investments and banking while Tonia want to specialise in investment strategies and asset management for financial services providers.</p><p>“During the course of the challenge we gained significant practical experience and we are sure that this experience will be very valuable in the future."<br></p><p><br></p>
Mandela Rhodes scholarship awarded to Education studenthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5265Mandela Rhodes scholarship awarded to Education studentPia Nänny<p>​Barely a month after receiving two Rector's Awards – one for excellent leadership and one for excellent service delivery – Education student MK Nompumza received news that he has been awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.<br></p><p>The overarching mission of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa, by providing excellent educational and training opportunities to individual Africans with leadership potential; as well as by creating a network of well-rounded leaders of talent, effectiveness and integrity across African society.</p><p>The scholarship is awarded to individuals that reflect a commitment to the principles of education, reconciliation, leadership and entrepreneurship for postgraduate study at South African universities or tertiary institutions. The heart of the leadership development programme is delivered primarily through a series of residential workshops.</p><p>“I am honoured to be a part of the 2018 class of Mandela Rhodes scholars," said MK.</p><p>“I feel that being awarded this scholarship, out of many other young African leaders, gives me an opportunity to reflect upon my leadership journey to date; and it inspires me to continue leading the change that I want to see."</p><p>MK, who will receive his bachelor's degree in Education in December, has made use of every opportunity that came his way over the past four years. </p><p>He was elected as the chairperson of the Education Student Committee in 2015/2016 and was instrumental in the design and implementation of a Leadership in Education short course. For the past two years, he acted as the coordinator of this course presented by the Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development.</p><p>He travelled abroad to attend an international summer school at Humboldt University in Berlin and was also involved with a partnership research project on planning and policy for bi- and multilingual schools.</p><p>His dream is to become a true facilitator of learning in which ever school he teaches one day.</p><p>“I believe that the rapid changes that we see occurring in South Africa require young leaders who are innovative thought-leaders – something which I aspire to be. I see being a Mandela Rhodes scholar as an opportunity to develop as a leader, and to take my experiences and the lessons learnt to benefit and do more for and within the schools, communities and leadership positions that I find myself in."</p><p>MK will pursue an honours degree in Education Development and Democracy in 2018. <br></p>
Jason Evezard: At the top of his game (and his studies)http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5266Jason Evezard: At the top of his game (and his studies)Pia Nänny<p>​At the recent annual Maties Sport Awards evening, Maties Water Polo player Jason Evezard was called to the stage twice – once to receive full colours for his water polo achievements and once more to receive an award as top academic achiever.</p><p>Despite travelling abroad a couple of times to represent South Africa internationally, this second-year BCom Actuarial Science student at Stellenbosch University still managed to maintain an academic average of 86%. His first-year average was 91%.</p><p>“It is all about balance and being organised and focused. Playing water polo is a passion and a very important part of my life. I believe that a healthy mind, body and spirit is key to a healthy lifestyle," says Jason.</p><p>His first international duty of 2017 involved travelling to Poland to represent South Africa at the EU Cup of Nations in May. There he made a big impression by scoring the most goals of the tournament. South Africa won silver.</p><p>“I was surprised and extremely happy. It was great to be acknowledged after all the hard work and training and being able to make a positive contribution to the team."</p><p>After captaining the SA U/20 team at the FINA Junior World Championships in Serbia in August, Jason travelled directly to Taiwan to compete in the World Student Games (Summer Universiade) in Taipei, alongside fellow Maties Lood Rabie, Lwazi Madi, Nicholas Downes, Jordan Rumbelow and Cameron Sugden.</p><p>There he scored 19 of South Africa's 53 goals, also making him the second highest goal scorer at the World Student Games.</p><p>“It's an honour to represent SA internationally in a sport that I am passionate about. It has given me the opportunity to meet and play against many top water polo players, as well as form friendships with people throughout South Africa as well as all over the world."</p><p>Jason, who matriculated from Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 2015, started playing water polo at the age of 11.</p><p>His top highlights include being selected to represent South Africa for the first time when he was 15 years old at the Tri Nations U/18 tournament in Australia in 2013, as well as being selected to the SA Senior Men's team at the age of 18 for the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Italy in 2016.</p><p>His ultimate goal is to represent South Africa at the Olympic Games.</p><p>Apart from spending the necessary time in front of the books, Jason trains approximately 16 hours per week which includes gym, swimming and skills sessions. </p><p>He doesn't mind though. For him, there is no downside to playing water polo.</p><p>“I am keen on most water sports which includes surfing, skiing and wakeboarding. I also enjoy music and play the violin and piano."</p><ul><li>On home soil, the Maties Water Polo men's team won the University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament in October.<br></li></ul>
SU water saving initiativeshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5260SU water saving initiativesCorporate Communication/ Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​From capturing grey water for reuse to the mass rollout of water efficient fittings, the Stellenbosch University has implemented a number of interventions to drive down water consumption.</p><p>The university's interventions, which are being driven by the Facilities Department, is part of broader initiatives to conserve water in the Stellenbosch Municipal area. Currently the area is on Level 5 restrictions, which limits individuals to 87 litres per person, and households to 20 kl per residential home.</p><p>Some of the University's interventions were recently highlighted at the bi-monthly Rector/Mayor Forum, where university and municipality officials discussed the water crisis.</p><p>Over the past few weeks Facilities Management​ has replaced plumbing fittings with more efficient ones. This large scale project included the fitment of efficient showerheads in residences, restrictor aerators on taps, waterless urinals, water replacement units and fittings in toilets. The University has also implemented electronic water meters to measure water use in each building and detect leaks.  These initiatives should result in a 30% water saving.</p><p>Alternative sources of water have also been secured and several boreholes have been opened, tested and will soon become operational. Water from the boreholes will be used for the upkeep of the botanical garden, sports ground and for animals on the experimental farms. Greywater from showers and hand basins will also be filtered and reused to flush toilets and for irrigation.   In addition to the various initiative, the Facilities Department is currently compiling a water optimization plan for the University.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Stellenbosch Municipality is preparing to start drilling of boreholes in order to supplement the water supply. Sites are being chosen where water is likely to be found in close proximity to existing reservoirs so the water can easily be fed into the municipal supply.</p><p>According to Mr Deon Louw, Director of Engineering Services at the Stellenbosch Municipality, the water will be purified to potable standards, and it is hoped that the water coming on line will be enough to supply all residents of Stellenbosch to at least Level 4 B water restrictions. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><br><br></p>
SU alumnus teaches students vital soft skills at Careers Café http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5216SU alumnus teaches students vital soft skills at Careers Café Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><em>SU alumnus Dalton Odendaal talked to undergraduate students at the Alumni Relations Office's second Careers Café about how his passion for sports and law allowed him to follow a rewarding legal career in sports marketing.</em></p><p>He may call himself the “longest serving article clerk in living history", but Dalton Odendaal, an LLB graduate from Stellenbosch University, entrepreneur and consultant for the UK-based sports, media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis, knows that the years he spent pursuing further study opportunities furnished him with essential skills for his future career. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dalton, who is also an entrepeur and the owner of Dalton Sports Limited, was the guest speaker at the Alumni Relations Office's second Careers Café on 9 October. The event was held in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences building and was attended by more than 330 students. <br></p><p>“I was lucky in a certain sense because I always knew I was going to do law," Odendaal told the students. “At the same time, I assumed I would become a barrister or advocate. The first case I worked on involved a building dispute. Our client was a builder who was being sued for doing some shoddy building work. To be honest, if he had done that kind of work in my house, I would have sued him too. However, our client won that case, not because the builder was not at fault, but rather because we had prepared more thoroughly for our case than our opponents. I realised then that the 'truth' or 'what is right' do not necessarily prevail in legal proceedings. That experience helped me to realise that I did not want to do court work and that I definitely did not want to be stuck arguing about procedural matters." <br></p><p>While he believes it is imperative to work hard, Dalton told the students that marks alone were not a good indicator of how well a graduate will fare in the working world. “All the people you are sitting next to today are going to be doing different things and some of them great things with their careers. Marks, whilst important, do not determine whether you will get to follow your passion or whether you will be successful or not."<br></p><p>Taking your time, he said, is not a bad thing either. “Shortly after I started working on my articles at a Cape Town law firm in 1992, I got the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in law (LLM) at Cambridge University and postponed the completion of my articles."<br></p><p>In 1994, having been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, he registered for a further degree, namely a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) degree at Oxford University.<br></p><p>“It took me five years to complete my articles, but in the process I took all opportunities that crossed my path and that seemed interesting, not knowing where they might lead." Sometimes you have to take calculated chances to succeed." <br></p><p>Whilst studying at Cambridge and Oxford, Dalton learnt the importance of networking and making small talk at social engagements, something he says does not come naturally to him at all. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is through networking that he also managed to hear about a job at a London law firm and secured a position in the firm's corporate tax team. However, he knew that he did not want to be a tax lawyer forever, but rather that it would be good training and stand him in good stead for the next phase of his career.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Later on, to improve his chances of working in sports law, he enrolled for evening classes on a part-time basis at King's College London and completed a specialist Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law. In 2000 he joined Harbottle & Lewis as a Senior Associate where he started focusing on the commercial side of sports law such as the negotiating and drafting of sponsorship, licensing, broadcasting and other commercial agreements. Seven years later he had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on the London Olympic and Paralympic Games where he was the Head of Legal: Commercial, a testimony to his expert knowledge in the commercial sports field. <br></p><p>“In 2012 I started my own business and through this venture we advise sports people, teams and events with the exploitation of their commercial rights. It has been great fun and I really enjoy it. It has also allowed me to continue to work at Harbottle & Lewis one day a week as a consultant doing a mix of legal and commercial work. I thoroughly enjoy the variety of the work."<br></p><p>He encouraged the students to also find their own version of success instead of letting outside forces determine it for them. “People view careers and success in a very different way these days. You should try to do things that you are interested in, but you have to be prepared to put your heart and soul into it. All entrepreneurs have to at some stage take the plunge and do something different. I have been lucky in what I have done but I have also worked hard at it. Gary Player used to say “the more I practice, the luckier I get" and I agree with that. Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration." </p><p>“Don't be afraid to do something different too. Some of the most successful people in the world have failed at some point. Ask questions and ensure that you learn from others who have done something similar to what you wish to do, because if you can avoid the same mistakes they made, why not."</p><p>Dalton was also very excited to be back at his alma mater. “I hadn't been back in a lecture theatre for over 25 years and whilst many things were different there was still a reassuring familiarity about the buildings and the students. It was a privilege and an absolute pleasure to be back at Stellenbosch University sharing my story with a new generation of students. I was most impressed by their willingness to ask questions, solicit advice and learn from what others had done. I am not sure that we were so confident and outspoken when we were students – which was encouraging to see!"<br></p><p>Below follows Dalton's top 5 tips, which he shared with the students at his talk: <br><br></p><p>TIP 1</p><p><strong>Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something</strong><br></p><p>If you don't understand something, don't be afraid to ask questions. No question is ever a stupid one, so don't let your pride or fear of appearing uninformed prevent you from speaking up. The knowledge you will gain is worth more than your pride or fear. <br></p><p>TIP 2<br></p><p><strong>Be proud of yourself and where you come from</strong><br></p><p>South Africans are rightly known throughout the world as industrious, positive and great team players. Be proudly South African!<br></p><p>TIP 3</p><p><strong>Be open to new opportunities</strong><br></p><p>You never know where new opportunities might lead you, but that should not stop you from pursuing them and seeing where they lead. No opportunity, whether it works out or not, is ever wasted.<br></p><p>​TIP 4</p><p><strong>Try to do something you enjoy or are interested in</strong><br></p><p>This will increase the likelihood that you will be successful at it. Remember, you spend most of your waking time working so try to do what you enjoy and love!<br></p><p>TIP 5<br></p><p><strong>​Don't be afraid of hard work</strong></p><p><strong></strong>You might have heard it a thousand times, but it's true – hard work never killed anyone. So remember to work hard at all times. It will not only be to your benefit but will also open up opportunities for you.<br></p><ul><li><em>Photo: At the Careers Café ​were Dr Pierre Viviers (Campus Health Service)​, Karen Bruns (Senior Director: Development & Alumni Relations), SU student Nondumiso Dlamini., SU alumnus Dalton Odendaal and SU student <em>Shaznay Bernardo. </em>(Photographer: Hennie Rudman) ​</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Social Impact through Matie Community Service and Volunteerismhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5211Social Impact through Matie Community Service and VolunteerismJoanne Williams<p>Matie Community Service (MCS/MGD) in the Division for Social Impact, recently held its annual general meeting (AGM). The AGM provides an opportunity to reflect on work of the past year and creates an opportunity to celebrate the people who benefit from the work of MCS.</p><p>Sulina Green, Chair of the MGD Management Board<strong> </strong>said: “one of the ideals of MGD is to empower people to reach their full potential" ,</p><p>Dr Antoinette Smith-Tolken, Director of Social Impact and acting Head of MGD said MGD's work embraces the ideal of reciprocity whereby everyone involved is enriched and is developed through activities we jointly develop and decide on. </p><p>The Adult Education & Training Programme is continuing with MGD in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training. In June 2017, 89 learners wrote the matric exam. Currently 104 learners have registered for the 2017/2018 matric year. Mr Ronald Amos, a learner of the Matric Programme who passed in June 2017 said “I am thankful for the affordable MGD initiative. Thank you for continuing the programme which allowed us to complete our matric".</p><p>The One Stop Programme caters for students who are involved in initiatives through clusters or single residences in Stellenbosch and Tygerberg. The training courses MGD offers have grown in Stellenbosch and nationally. Mr MacRay Mouton, a One Stop Programme student volunteer, said “with MGD my life took a different course. The impact personally is big for the student and the community. Working in clusters allows for a bigger impact" he said. </p><p>The Primary Health Care Programme provides students with opportunities to have real world clinical experiences. Mr Piero Saieva, a final year medical student who participates in the Primary Health Care Programme said, “we get to spend more time with the patient. Our presence grows within the community and partnerships develop. We learn a lot about communities this way. As students, we get more clinical exposure which helps us to become better doctors. We also get to spend more time with qualified doctors and gain experience from working with them".</p><p>Mrs Avril Whate closed the meeting with a word of thanks and said “It is a good feeling knowing that what we do makes a difference in the lives of others".</p>
SU taking action to prevent and address gender-based violencehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5196SU taking action to prevent and address gender-based violenceDumile Mlambo<p style="text-align:justify;">​Gender-based violence is a significant yet preventable barrier to gender equality. In response to the rising threat of gender-based violence in the country as a whole, Stellenbosch University has taken its zero tolerance approach of the matter to a new level. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">To prevent and address this critical issue, the university recently made an announcement that a gender non-violence response will be setup through which matters related to gender based violence will be coordinated and monitored. The decision follows the release of the SU EndRapeCulture Report 2017. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Based on the findings and recommendations of the report, the Equality Unit (EqU), based at the Centre for Student Counselling and Development within Division Student Affairs, proposed the formation of a Gender Non-Violence & Rape Culture portfolio to address some of the major challenges raised in the report. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Mr. Jaco Greeff Brink, Head of the EqU, a dedicated Gender Non-Violence Coordinator will be appointed for a three year period starting from January 2018 and will avail their services to all SU staff and students. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>“One of the major responsibilities of this portfolio is to come up with a comprehensive institutional response to gender violence and rape culture at SU",</em> said Brink. He added that SU management's approval of this new position is an indication that it views gender non-violence and an end to rape culture as strategically important to SU. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Brink also added that appointing a coordinator only speaks to one component of the report's recommendations but says moving forward, strategic partnerships will be forged with other key stakeholders such as the Transformation Office, Human Resources, Campus Security and a proposed monitoring committee. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This is very critical in our shared responsibility and response to pervasive issues around gender violence", he concluded. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The new portfolio will be under the auspices of EqU which promotes collective action towards social justice and discourse regarding social asymmetries at SU. The EqU is grounded in the understanding that in order to achieve greater societal equality we should use a process of equity to achieve this outcome. The unit also coordinates complaints of unfair discrimination and harassment as well as implements a comprehensive institutional HIV/Aids response.<br></p>
Rector’s Awards for SU’s top studentshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5176Rector’s Awards for SU’s top studentsCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​​Stellenbosch University (SU)'s top students who excelled in areas such as academics, sports, leadership and social impact were honoured with Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement on Thursday (5 October 2017). The annual award ceremony took place at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).<br></p><p>The following students received SU medals for being the top master's student in their respective faculties: Christiane Schaeffler (Arts and Social Sciences); Jadri Barnard (Education); Niel Miller (AgriSciences); Monika du Toit (Economic and Management Sciences); Kari Jonker (Medicine and Health Sciences); Josh Mitchell (Engineering); Sunel de Kock (Science); Cecile van Schalkwyk (Law); and Susan Mellows (Theology).</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pEj23F1HLWc" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><ul><li><em>​Mobile users click <a href="https://youtu.be/pEj23F1HLWc" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">here</strong></a> </em><em>for video</em><br></li></ul><p>An award for excellence in Community Interaction was given to Tafadzwa Girupira, while Lize-Marie Doubell, Lee Baatjies, Melt Hugo, Khensani Hlongwane and Gideon Basson were honoured for excellence in leadership.<br></p><p>Also among the awardees were Paralympic athlete Dyan Buis and Olympic athlete Justine Palframan who received the Rector's Award for Excellent Sport Achievement.<br></p><p>A special Rector's Award went to <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4749" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Anita Engelbrecht</strong></a>. Suffering from spastic diplegia, Engelbrecht has been in a wheelchair all her life. She was born prematurely and experienced an oxygen shortage shortly after birth. This affected part of her brain that controls the development of motor functions.  </p><p>“It is fantastic for me to receive recognition for all the blood, sweat and tears that went into my studies. It's a privilege to help make a difference in society," Engelbrecht said. <img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/R3_preview.jpeg" alt="R3_preview.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:450px;height:286px;" /><br></p><p>The guest speaker Dr Nondumiso Mzizana, Chief Executive Officer of Sikelela Medical & Dental Suppliers and recipient of a Diploma in Odontology at SU, was nominated by the Student Representative Council for the Exceptional Alumni Award. <br></p><p>In her speech, Mzizana congratulated and encouraged students by sharing some of her life lessons with them.<br></p><p>“You have to be passionate about what you do. You have to love it. You have to believe in yourself and have resilience." <br></p><p>“Work harder and never stop educating yourself," she added.<br></p><p>In his congratulatory message, Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, praised students for their hard work.  <br></p><p>“Behind every achievement lies focus, dedication and persistence. That is a big component of what is being recognised here tonight. Hang on to that lesson, especially when the going gets tough, and you will go far in life."<br></p><p>De Villiers also reminded them that SU stands for excellence.<br></p><ul><li>Click<strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </strong><a href="/english/Documents/newsclips/RECIPIENTS%20RECTOR%27S%20AWARDS%202017_pdf.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</strong></a> for the complete list of students who received Rector's Awards in 2017.<br></li><li>Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/SCPSPHOTO/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1607826122572706" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</strong></a> for photos of the event.<br></li></ul><p><strong>Main photo</strong>: Prof Wim de Villiers with some of the students at the award's ceremony. </p><p><strong>Photo 1</strong>: Former SRC Chairperson Nomzamo Ntombela, Prof Wim de Villiers, and Dr Nondumiso Mzizana at the ceremony. <strong>Photographer</strong>: Hennie Rudman</p><p><br></p>
'Verlange' (Longing) - a video on the heritage of people from Stellenbosch http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5164'Verlange' (Longing) - a video on the heritage of people from Stellenbosch Frieda le Roux <p>​There is common ground in people's longing.<br></p><p>With this sentence as starting point, Stellenbosch University's (SU) responsibility centre for Social Impact and Transformation made a video of Stellenbosch inhabitants in celebration of Heritage Day on the 24th of September 2017.</p><p>In the video, <em>Verlange </em>(Longing), nine women, all living in one of the towns that form the greater Stellenbosch Municipality, reflect on the associations the word longing stirs in them. </p><p>According to Dr Leslie van Rooi, Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation, we have more in common than we realise. “The video helps us to understand that when we share our stories, we are able to see these shared stories and heritage and we can learn from it." </p><p>Saartjie Botha, Director: SU Woordfees, said that with sharing their stories, the participants showed that there are touchpoints in their experiences. In this way people are brought closer together and communalities can be sought for and investigated. The Woordfees and Transformation Office were the drivers of this project, made in association with the Stellenbosch eBosch heritage project.</p><p>The women – the video was made during Women's Month – tell of the places where they live, but also about their longings. And, from longing comes hope. Each one of the women – they vary in age between early 20s to 70 and older – is hopeful of the future, as inhabitants of Stellenbosch and as South Africans.</p><p>“My longing for Stellenbosch is better integration, also with the various towns," said Jennifer Saunders of Idas Valley. “Geographically we are close together, but the population has grown so much – the intimacy of socialising we once knew is gone."</p><p>Jennifer distinguished between intellectual longing and a more emotional experience. In her own life it is her husband, who passed away recently, for whom she longs. </p><p>Most of the participants told of their childhood days – carefree, innocent, safe – and how they want the strong values they associate with that time, to revive. For Janine Mybugh from Pniël her younger days represent a stronger sense of community than today. “People got so busy."</p><p><em>Verlange</em> can possibly be the first in a series of videos where Stellenbosch inhabitants build a meaningful, shared heritage and a future filled with hope.</p><p>Other participants were Leatitia Solomons Manuel (Vlottenburg and Cloetsville), Benita Cyster (Johannesdal), Ngabakazi Mpemnyama (Kayamandi), Mineke Toerien (Stellenbosch), Siena Charles (Kylemore), Cathy MacLaren (Raithby) and Vivian Kleiynhans (Stellenbosch).</p><p>The video is available at <a href="http://woordfees.co.za/inhoud/inhoud/verlange/">http://woordfees.co.za/inhoud/inhoud/verlange/</a></p><p>The video forms part of a joint project by the SU Woordfees, the Unit for Social Impact, the Transformation Office and the SU Museum. These units form part of the Office of the senior director for Social Impact and Transformation.</p><p> Caption: People present at the introduction to the video was from left<span style="font-family:"noto sans", helvetica, sans-serif;"> Prof Nico Koopman, Chimeney van Graan, Dr Leslie van Roo</span><span style="font-family:"noto sans", helvetica, sans-serif;">i</span><span style="font-family:"noto sans", helvetica, sans-serif;">, Saartjie Botha, Anthony Pende</span><span style="font-family:"noto sans", helvetica, sans-serif;">r</span><span style="font-family:"noto sans", helvetica, sans-serif;">is, Johan Murry and Monica du Toit. In front are Jennifer Saunders en Leatitia Solomons.</span><br></p><p><br></p>
Is forgiveness really possible in SA?http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5156Is forgiveness really possible in SA?Corporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>Is forgiveness between Black and White South Africans really possible after more than two decades of democracy?<br></p><p>This was the question Dr Dion Forster, Head of the Department of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology at Stellenbosch University (SU), tried to answer on Thursday (21 September 2017). Forster, who is also the Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology at SU, delivered the fifth Stellenbosch Forum lecture of 2017.<br></p><p>The Stellenbosch Forum lecture series provides regular opportunities to staff and students at SU, as well as interested people from the public, to learn more about the relevant, world-class research that is being done at SU.<br></p><p>Forster said his research among Black and White Christians showed that forgiveness remains a deeply contested and complex issue in South Africa and that the country faces significant challenges with regards to dealing with the 'sins' of its past.</p><p>According to Forster, these two groups hold very different views on the concepts and processes of forgiveness.<br></p><p>“Black and Coloured people understood forgiveness in a collective and social manner."  <br></p><p>“Forgiveness is not only an individual concern; it has social consequences and social expectations within the community. They understood forgiveness not only as a matter of spiritual restoration between the individual (or community) and God, but also as the restoration of relationships and structures in the community." <br></p><p>“For this group, forgiveness can only be authentic if the conditions for forgiveness are evidenced in the community – in other words, forgiveness in South Africa would be contingent upon economic transformation, transfer of land ownership, a transformation of social power dynamics, and visible and tangible expressions of remorse on the part of the beneficiaries and initiators of apartheid in South Africa."<br></p><p>Black people don't want cheap forgiveness, said Forster.<br></p><p>He pointed out that, in contrast to black South Africans, Whites tend to individualise and spiritualise forgiveness <br></p><p>“For them the offended party wasn't the neighbour but God. They did not initially consider forgiveness as something that may be important when engaging the party against whom the sin (or grievance) was committed." <br></p><p>“Forgiveness would have been enacted when God had set them free from the guilt and spiritual culpability of their actions, it would not necessarily entail the restoration of relational harmony among members of the community or the restitution of social, political or economic structures in the community."<br></p><p>Forster argued that this different understanding of what the Bible says about forgiveness, contributes towards our inability to forgive and be forgiven. <br></p><p>He said one significant problem is that these un-reconciled persons seldom have contact with each other because legacy of the apartheid system which separated persons racially, according to economic class, and geographically.<br></p><p>“The result is that each group's own social views and religious beliefs become entrenched, and the views and beliefs of the 'other' are rejected or ignored because they are not understood or engaged across the aforementioned separating boundaries."<br></p><p>Forster said despite the significant challenges we face with regards to dealing with the 'sins' of our past and the current complexities, the journey toward shared understandings of forgiveness may indeed be a possibility.<br></p><p>“Forgiveness is not impossible," he added.<br></p><p>Forster said we need carefully facilitated contact between Black and White people so that they can understand and talk about their different perspectives on forgiveness.<br></p><ul><li>Dr Forster's lecture was based on his latest book <em>The (im)possibility of forgiveness? An empirical intercultural Bible reading of Matthew 18:15-35</em>.</li></ul><p><strong>Photo</strong>: Dr Dion Forster delivers the Stellenbosch Forum Lecture.</p><p><strong>Photographer</strong>: Anton Jordaan<br></p><p><br></p>