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Staff and students must heed water warninghttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5150Staff and students must heed water warningCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>Water restrictions should encourage staff and students at Stellenbosch University (SU) to be more careful about how they use water, said Meg Pittaway, an Environmental Specialist in the Facilities Management Division at SU, recently.<br></p><p>She was a guest on the campus radio station MFM and spoke about the importance of saving water across the different SU campuses.<br></p><p>In the interview, Pittaway drew listeners' attention to the announcement of the City of Cape that Level 5 water restrictions will take effect on the 1st of October.  </p><p>In terms of what this means for the University, she said, “if SU uses more than 20 kilolitres of water per month against the same time last year, it will be subject to excessive water consumption fines. People are also allowed to use 87 litres of water per day."<br></p><p>Pittaway also tried to put into perspective how much 87 litres of water are. “The average toilet flush uses about 10 litres of water. So three flushes are 30 litres."<br></p><p>She pointed out that according to estimations, students in residences are using well over the 87 litres per day.<br></p><p>“On campus we estimate that campus users may use up to 20 litres of water per day which must then be deducted from the 87 litres of water allowed at home to stay with the City's target and here we all can help by closing the tap when soaping your hands and washing cups together instead of individually."<br></p><p>Pittaway encouraged students to reduce their water consumption by showering for less than two minutes; by washing full loads when necessary, and by showering with a bucket and using that water for flushing toilets.<br></p><p>She said that they are busy installing more accurate meters to better measure this consumption.<br></p><p>“We are also in process of launching Project 80 which is an awareness campaign to inform students about water usage and how they can reduce their water usage," she added. <br></p><p>Pittaway pointed out that the approved Level 5 water restrictions are already effective from 3 September 2017 at the Tygerberg and Bellville Park campuses. <br></p><p> </p><p><br></p>
Meet Lwando Nkamisa, Stellenbosch University's new SRC chairpersonhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5138Meet Lwando Nkamisa, Stellenbosch University's new SRC chairpersonSonika Lamprecht<p></p><p>Newly elected Student Representative Council (SRC) chairperson, Lwando Nkamisa, would like to see all Stellenbosch University (SU) students come together as a community – and be better together. <br></p><p>Lwando, a Master's Degree student in Agricultural Economics, was elected by his peers on the SRC as chairperson for the term 2017/2018 on Wednesday evening (13 September 2017).  </p><p>The 25 year old grew up in the village Nontshinga, near the Eastern Cape town of Centane. He matriculated from Uviwe Senior Secondary School before completing his undergraduate studies in Agriculture Economics at the University of Fort Hare. He came to Stellenbosch University in 2016.</p><p>He has been actively involved in student structures and served as DASO (Democratic Alliance Student Organisation) Stellenbosch chairperson for 2016/2017. </p><p>Lwando has big plans for the year ahead. “Our biggest challenge this year will be to integrate and unify the student community. We need to unify all our campuses so that the students at Saldanha and Tygerberg all feel like they are part of one student body. As students we need to talk to one another, so that we can get to know each other – our differences and what we have in common."</p><p>Having gown up in a very poor, but tight knit community, taught Lwando to persevere and to make the most of whatever opportunities comes his way. “In high school we did not have enough text books and we had to share books, sometimes among 10 learners. So we formed study groups and helped each other – we all passed. We were better together."</p><p>Lwando attributes his success to the many people who supported him throughout his life. “It took a village to raise me, and therefore this success is not mine only. When I go home in December, everyone in my village will celebrate with me – we share in each other's struggles, but we also share in our successes. I want to make them proud."</p><p>It is this sense of community that Lwando would like to see among SU students. “A community is sympathetic, forgiving, supportive, humane and understanding. We have to look past the stereotypes to see the person." </p><p>Some of the areas where the SRC, in cooperation with other university structures, would like to make improvements are student transportation, mental health and financial support. “We need to find innovative ways to deal with these issues, and we need to work together to find solutions."</p><p>Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the new student leaders on behalf of SU management. “Hearty congratulations to Lwando Nkamisa, the new SRC Chair, and the other SRC members with their election. Higher education has an important contribution to make in our country, but we face significant challenges. Students have a key role to play, and student leaders are there to represent their interests. I look forward to working with the new SRC. They are our fellow travellers on Stellenbosch University's journey into the future.</p><p>“Lwando is well placed for his role. He is a postgraduate student in a field of study that is indispensable for development and growth in our country and has the necessary maturity to lead our student body at this particular time so that we can go forward together."</p><p> Photo: Anton Jordaan<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Human rights champion to engage in talks with Russians, South Koreanshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5126Human rights champion to engage in talks with Russians, South KoreansCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>An international champion for human rights, Prof Sandra Liebenberg, HF Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law at Stellenbosch University (SU)'s Faculty of Law, serves on the prestigious United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights where she uses her position to make these rights a reality for people across the world. From 18 September-6 October, Liebenberg will take part in a high-level dialogue with Russian and South Korean representatives at the 62nd session of the Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.<br></p><p>On the eve of her departure, SU's Corporate Communication Division spoke to Liebenberg about the Committee, her role in the talks and her passion for human rights. </p><p><strong>Y</strong><strong>ou're a member of a very prestigious UN committee. Can you tell us more about the committee's work?</strong></p><p>The 18 member Committee sees to it that the 165 States, including South Africa, who are parties to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights meet their obligations under the Covenant and implement these rights. This Covenant is one of the major international human rights treaties in the UN-system. <br></p><p>The two main ways in which we oversee States' obligations is through their periodic reports (every five years) on the steps they have taken to implement the economic, social and cultural rights protected in the Covenant, and through individual complaints. These reports are then reviewed along with so-called “shadow reports" from national human rights institutions such as Human Rights Commissions as well as NGOs. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Divided into task teams, the Committee enters into a “constructive dialogue" with representatives of relevant States, and we identify the strengths and weaknesses of their implementation of economic, social and cultural rights and ask them to reflect on the factors that make it difficult for them to comply with its duties. We also address a number of specific recommendations to States on priority areas for improvement over the next five years when reports are due.<br></p><p><strong>What does it mean to you to be in such prestigious company and what are the rewarding aspects of serving on this Committee?</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">I feel immensely honoured and privileged to serve on this Committee. Many of my colleagues are leading lights in the field of economic, social and cultural rights, and we have some very stimulating discussions on various aspects of our work. There is a strong ethos of collegiality amongst Committee members, and I am amazed at how much work we get done despite differences in members' political, economic, cultural and legal contexts. Decisions are mostly made by consensus and one must be able to work effectively in a diverse and multicultural environment. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What issues will be addressed in the upcoming talks between your task team and the Russian and South Korean representatives?</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Members of the task team on which I serve will focus specifically on how these two countries have fulfilled  their duties under articles 10-12 of the Covenant, which involve the right to family protection; an adequate standard of living (including food, clothing and housing), as well as the right to health. I am responsible for researching these States' reports as well as information from NGOs and UN agencies and posing questions to representatives of these states on how they implement these articles. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Why are these issues relevant today, especially for third-world countries and the Global South, including South Africa?</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">By drawing on the experience of the Committee and its extensive record of reviewing state reports, countries like South Africa can benefit from global examples of good practices regarding the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights. South Africa can also see why certain social policies and legislation have failed in other countries.  For me, the main value of the Committee's work for countries globally is to draw attention to the fact that economic, social and cultural rights are human rights, and that certain human rights principles must be respected when designing policies and legislation to implement these rights. <br></p><p><strong>Apart from talks with Russian and South Korean representatives, what else will be on the agenda?</strong></p><p>We will be looking at the reports of Colombia, Mexico and Moldova and also talk to NGOs and National Human Rights Commissions from the various countries under consideration at this session. We will also be working on new general comments, including one on the right to science as well as on land rights. <br></p><p><strong>You are passionate about socio-economic and human rights. How does serving on the committee helps you to live this passion?</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">I am able both to bring my skills and experience in socio-economic rights from the South African context to a global environment. At the same time, I have learnt much about the global political and economic forces shaping the future of social rights, and am able to infuse these insights into my research and teaching here in South Africa.<br></p><p><strong>Where did your passion for people's socio-economic/human rights start?</strong><strong>  </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">After obtaining my law degree, I worked in the field of public interest law as a candidate attorney and later as an attorney. I helped represent communities resisting force removals under apartheid legislation and also did labour cases for the independent trade union movement. I witnessed first-hand how people's homes, jobs and basic material needs were closely tied to their sense of human dignity and security. If these basic social needs are not respected by the State, it undermines the physical and psychological well-being of people and is deeply dehumanising. This convinced me that economic, social and cultural rights are fundamental human rights, and it became important to me to see that these rights were both recognised and implemented in our new Constitution. <br></p><p><strong>What about this aspect of your work gives you the greatest pleasure?</strong></p><p>It is very stimulating to draw on insights from these diverse fields in my work, and also to interact with a range of experts from these various disciplines. As a lawyer, I feel a sense of responsibility to work for laws and policies that are more compassionate and responsive to the needs of poor communities. My work on this Committee is one way of contributing to this goal in a global context. <br></p><p><br></p>
More Maties benefit from Vlakte Bursaryhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5125More Maties benefit from Vlakte BursaryCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>“This is another of those historic moments when we revisit the past in order to create a different, more just future," Stellenbosch University (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers told the second group of Matie students to receive the University's Vlakte Bursary since its inception in 2015.<br></p><p>He was speaking at a celebratory event held in the Memory Room of the SU Archive on the Stellenbosch Campus on Friday afternoon (8 September). </p><p>De Villiers, who said that the Vlakte Bursary is very close to his heart, announced the establishment of the Fund at his inauguration in April 2015 as a means of restitution and development. Residents of <em>Die Vlakte</em>, an area close to the town centre of Stellenbosch, were mostly coloured people who were forcibly removed in the 1960s under the Group Areas Act. </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/52YrR__cagM" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><em>Cellphone users click </em><a href="https://youtu.be/52YrR__cagM"><em>here</em> </a><br></p><p>“While the Group Areas Act and forced removals in Stellenbosch gave rise to much bitterness, it did not succeed in demolishing the awareness that in this town, we all share a history that cannot be easily disentangled. These days the University is working hard to become more inclusive, and both our student and staff bodies are slowly but surely becoming more diverse. We are also reaching out to the community to close the gap between us," De Villiers said. </p><p><strong>Recipients</strong></p><p>This year's new recipients are Kristen Adams, a Masters Degree student in Music; Ashley Solomons, a second year BA (Visual Communication Design) student; Aqeelah Hendrickse, a first year BA (Social Work) student; Ethan du Toit, a first year BCom (Financial Accounting) student and Daniel Adams, a first year MB, ChB (Medicine) student. Two of the 2016 recipients, Melissa Hector (MB, ChB) and Wesley Gabriels (BA), again received the bursary this year.</p><p>“It makes us proud to represent our families from <em>Die Vlakte</em>. It's an honour to receive the bursary and to make more of our studies," Kristen Adams said who also spoke at the event. </p><p>“It was quite overwhelming, the history, and especially to come into this room (the Memory Room) displaying the entire history of <em>Die Vlakte</em> that I have not spoken about with my family. It is quite emotional to know what my grandparents went through and to read there on the wall that they have been kicked out by students. It is heart-breaking."</p><p>“The bursary is an opportunity for us to honour our grandparents. It is taking a huge weight off our shoulders to be able to study," said Daniel Adams, Kristen's brother. </p><p>Ashley Solomons says she is thankful for the bursary and it is a tremendous help. “It is a nice feeling to keep the legacy going and honour your grandparents. I know of the struggle they went through and it is so evident in their lives still now. I do not think the bursary makes up for the hardship that people went through but it is an action in the right direction that people can benefit from."</p><p>Aqeelah Hendrickse is thankful for the bursary as it is paying for all her studies. Her father and grandfather were born in the Vlakte.</p><p>Prospective students who lived in the area, their children and grandchildren can apply for the bursaries. The bursary covers basic class fees for the minimum length of the student's chosen programme. </p><p>A community committee assists with the verification of applicants' association with <em>Die Vlakte</em>, and the allocation criteria were applied by the Bursary Committee consisting of three members from the community and three SU staff members.  </p><p>Photo: Prof Wim de Villiers and Kirsten Adams (Photo credit: Anton Jordaan)<br></p>
SU improves its position on Times Higher Education rankingshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5121SU improves its position on Times Higher Education rankingsCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​Stellenbosch University (SU) has improved its position on the <a href="https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings"><em>Times Higher Education</em> (THE) World University Rankings</a><strong>.</strong> In the 2018 version, which has just been released (Tuesday 5 September), SU is now placed in the category 351 – 400.</p><p>More than a 1000 institutions from 77 countries feature in the rankings. Last year SU was in the category 401-500.</p><p>“Stellenbosch University is pleased with its new position on this particular ranking, but <em>maintains a nuanced approach to university rankings in general – given the current realities of the institution, our country and our continent as well as the methodology of the various rankings of which there are well-documented differences of opinion," </em>says Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Study. </p><p>“The fact that Stellenbosch is included in some of the most well-known rankings over the last few years, is however a strong indication of the institution receiving international recognition for the quality and stature of its teaching and research," he adds. </p><p>“We are also pleased with the fact that we have shown an improvement on the research pillar of the THE World University 2018 Rankings. This is a reflection of the University's research status in South Africa and on the continent." </p><p>According to figures of South Africa's Department of Higher Education and Training, SU has maintained the highest research output per fulltime staff member of all universities in the country for the last seven consecutive years.</p><p> “Our clear point of departure is still that we do not place too much emphasis on rankings, that academic excellence is non-negotiable, that quality always comes first and that no attempt is being made to artificially influence any rankings," adds Cloete. </p><p>According to the <em>Times Higher Education</em> World University Rankings, research-intensive universities across all their core missions such as teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook are judged. 13 calibrated performance indicators are used to provide comparisons. </p>
SU and students on a journey together – Prof Wim de Villiershttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5118SU and students on a journey together – Prof Wim de VilliersCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​Students are fellow travellers on Stellenbosch University (SU)'s journey of inclusivity and of building a community for all. <br>This was the message of the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU Prof Wim de Villiers to student leaders in the Kruiskerk in Stellenbosch on Monday (4 September 2017). He was speaking at SU's annual Student Leaders' Conference (SU Leads) taking place from 3-4 September. </p><p>SU Leads, hosted by the Centre for Student Leadership and Structures in the Division of Student Affairs, annually offers a training and development platform to close to 1 500 student leaders in various structures throughout Stellenbosch University.</p><p>The Rector's <a href="/english/Documents/Rector%27s%20speeches/20170904%20Wim%20de%20Villiers%20-%20SU%20Leads%20(FIN).pdf" target="_blank" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">speech</strong></a> formed part of a range of discussions on various topics taking place during the conference.</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/Y1HzS4euO80" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><em>Mobile users click </em><a href="https://youtu.be/Y1HzS4euO80" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>here</strong></em></a><br></p><p>In his talk, Prof De Villiers described leadership as a journey and told students that the University wants to walk this journey with them. </p><p>“Leadership is a profound journey on different levels. I welcome you as fellow travellers, and I look forward to walking with you on the path of leadership here at this University.</p><p>“You folks have seized that opportunity … which is the chance we have as leaders to learn more about what is going on in the world around us, but also to influence things, to shape society, to make it a better place for all."</p><p>De Villiers emphasised the important input from students as SU moves forward in terms of its new vision and institutional strategy.</p><p>“Students are a key stakeholder, and your role as student leader is vital. We need to go forward together. For nearly 100 years, we have been learning, growing and moving forward together. May we as leaders at this university proceed in that spirit," he said.</p><p>De Villiers also encouraged the students to debate issues in higher education and at SU that affect them directly.</p><p>“We should have these debates, engage in an open conversation, but always do so in a value-driven way," he said.<br></p><ul><li><strong>Photo</strong>: Prof Wim de Villiers speaking to student leaders at the SU Leads Conference.<br></li><li><strong>Photographer</strong>: Henk Oets​<br></li></ul>
Schumann medal recipient off to Oxfordhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5119Schumann medal recipient off to OxfordPia Nänny<p>​The recipient of the 2017 CGW Schumann medal for the best postgraduate student in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences will leave for England later in September to further his studies at Oxford University.<br></p><p>Lewis McLean, who received both his BComHons (Economics) and MCom (Economics) degrees <em>cum laude</em>, was awarded this medal on Friday 1 September. The medal is named after the Faculty's first dean and has been awarded annually since 1986.</p><p>Over the years, Lewis had received numerous awards and accolades, among them the Cloete medal for the best postgraduate (honours & master's) student in Economics in 2014 as well as 2016.</p><p>According to Prof Andrie Schoombee, chairperson of the Department of Economics, Lewis' high-level econometric skills resulted in him being selected to represent Stellenbosch University (SU) at the highly prestigious World Championship of Econometrics presented by the University of Amsterdam three years in a row.</p><p>The Economics Society of South Africa also awarded him its Founder's Medal for the best Honours research assignment submitted by an economics student as part of the student's degree programme in 2014. In 2016 the Society conferred a similar medal on him for the best Masters research assignment countrywide by an economics student - probably the first time ever that one student has been granted both awards.<br></p><p>Lewis, who hopes to follow a career in academia, have gained entrance to both Oxford University (fully funded) and Cambridge University.</p><p>“I was very pleased to be accepted by both of these prestigious institutions. I've decided to attend Oxford's two-year MPhil in Economics, with the intent of continuing on to complete a DPhil in Economics at Oxford thereafter. Funding was the deciding factor for me - I've been awarded a Clarendon Fund Scholarship which, partnered with a Mary Somerville Graduate Scholarship granted by Somerville College, covers my tuition, college fee and living expenses for the duration of the two-year programme."</p><p>Ironically, Lewis had no intention of pursuing a career as an economist when he started his studies at SU in 2011. </p><p>“I'd actually applied to study music, but by the time I was accepted I'd grown disillusioned with the insularity that had manifested in me as a result of my singular focus on music. That's why I decided to enrol for a BA degree with the subjects Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. </p><p>“Initially I was primarily interested in Philosophy and History, but over the course of my undergraduate degree Economics emerged as the subject that continually challenged me in unique and exciting ways, and thus seemed to offer the greatest potential for continued personal development."</p><p>He successfully moved from an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.</p><p>Lewis does not regret following this route: “It is my view that Economics is fundamentally concerned with the study of social phenomena, and that it should do this by any appropriate means available. My background in the social sciences helps me keep this in mind when I approach economic problems."</p><p>According to him, two things have been central to his achievements: an insatiable love for learning, and the support he received from among others family, friends and the university.</p><p>“I could not have asked for a more supportive learning environment than that provided by the Department of Economics. I would not have obtained my MCom had it not been for opportunities made available to me by members of the Department, who allowed me to lecture our undergraduate students, to tutor our postgraduate students and to get involved in a wide range of research projects, all of which collectively funded my last few years at SU."</p><ul><li><span>Main photo: </span> Prof Andrie Schoombee, chairperson of the Department of Economics,  and Prof Johan Malan, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, congratulate Lewis McLean, recipient of the CGW Schumann Medal for the best postgraduate student in the Faculty.</li></ul><ul><li>2nd Photo: Prof Stan du Plessis, economics professor and SU's COO designate, congratulates Lewis.</li></ul><p style="text-align:right;"><img alt="SchumannMedalWinner_withStan_web.jpg" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/SchumannMedalWinner_withStan_web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:344px;height:241px;" /> </p>
SU Chamber Choir completes hugely successful Hong Kong tourhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5102 SU Chamber Choir completes hugely successful Hong Kong tourFiona Grayer<p><span style="text-align:justify;">The</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Stellenbosch University Chamber Choir (SUCC) has just returned from a hugely successful tour to Hong Kong. The choir was invited as Artist Choir in Residence</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">to </span><span style="text-align:justify;">the 2017 World Youth & Children's Choir Festival</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:line-through;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">which took place from 17-22 July 2017</span><span style="text-align:justify;">. An invitation of this nature can be considered both a great and rare honour.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The World Youth and Children's Choir Festival is one of the most important choral festivals in the world, and attracts 200 participating choirs from across the globe. SUCC's concerts were listened to by around 5000 participants and performances were live-streamed worldwide. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Founded and conducted by Martin Berger, this young ensemble has developed into one of South Africa's leading chamber choirs: internationally respected and locally relevant. With the diversity of its repertoire, SUCC represents the variety of choral music styles to be found in the country.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The choir performed at the Opening Ceremony of the festival on 18 July, a full evening concert on 19 July and also at the 20<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Celebration Concert of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  All performances were received with overwhelming enthusiasm from the audience.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">SUCC was honoured by the presence and support of the South African Consul-General to Hong Kong, Mr Madoda Ntshinga, at both the Opening Ceremony and the full evening concert. He commended the choir on “…raising the South African flag even much higher as true ambassadors of our country." <br></p>
We shouldn’t take our democracy for grantedhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5087We shouldn’t take our democracy for grantedCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​As a post-colonial country, South Africa should cherish its democracy and not abuse it, said Professor Homi Bhabha, regarded as the world's premier post-colonial literary theorist and Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, on Wednesday (16 August 2017).  <br></p><p>Bhabha, who is visiting Stellenbosch University (SU), spoke at an event held at the SU Museum on the Stellenbosch campus.</p><p>Highlighting the importance of democracy in postcolonial contexts, Bhabha said that “post-colonial countries who gain their independence by opposing restrictive and sometimes totalitarian and oppressive and exploitative systems of colonialization, should cherish democracy." <br></p><p>“They should not abuse their democracy. Democracy is like a basketball, you got to continually try to keep it up in the air and it demands a great effort."</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NGlXM8ClZIg" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><em>Cellphone users click <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGlXM8ClZIg&feature=youtu.be"><strong>here</strong></a>: </em><br></p><p>Bhabha criticised government, saying that current power structures do not seem to support the pillars of democracy which he listed as the distribution of resources, the distribution of education and the maintenance of a free media.</p><p>“Instead the leaders are trying to create a kind of populism that does not take advantage of the rich weaving of culturally and ethnically diverse traditions."</p><p>Bhabha said it is important for leaders to listen to the people of South Africa.</p><p>“Once you stop listening to criticism from responsible quarters, once you think your power is immune, then corruption and demoralisation follow. That is the death of democracy."</p><p>For South Africa to truly move forward, there must be trust that is built on a larger sense of recognition of those who have not been able to represent themselves, Bhabha said.</p><p>“Trust is also built on forms of redistribution of opportunity to people who have not been to fully explore and extend themselves in the building of civil society."</p><p>He questioned, however, whether South Africans can really trust their leaders.</p><p>Bhabha said that South Africans should never forget that the country's strength depends on the diverse traditions that constitute it.</p><ul><li>On Tuesday Bhabha engaged students on the theme Engaged Scholarship and Ethical Citizenship. On Wednesday afternoon he was in conversation with among others, Professor <strong>Tamar Garb </strong>of the University College of Londen, and the artist Sue Williamson. The event saw the screening of Williamson's 2-channel video art installation, It's a pleasure to meet you. Candice Mama, a young woman whose father was killed by <strong>Eugene de Kock</strong>, and who forgave de Kock and campaigned for his parole release, and Siyah Mgoduka, whose father was also killed by De Kock, also took part in the discussion. On Wednesday night, Bhabha [was] in conversation with Emeritus Professor <strong>Njabulo Ndebele</strong>, Chair of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory; poet, novelist and essayist. </li><li>Access a bio of Prof Homi Bhabha <a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/AllItems/BIO.pdf"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">here</strong></a>. </li><li><strong>Photo</strong>: Prof Homi Bhabha: <strong>Photographer</strong>: Stefan Els<br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Prof Homi Bhabha to visit Stellenbosch Universityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5072Prof Homi Bhabha to visit Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Communications / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​​Professor Homi Bhabha (<a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/AllItems/BIO.pdf"><strong>Bio</strong></a>), the world’s premier post-colonial literary theorist and Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, will visit Stellenbosch University next week. </p><p><span><span> On Tuesday 15 August,​ Prof Bhaba will engage with students on the theme Engaged Scholarship and Ethical Citizenship. The event will take place at 12:15 in the the Perold Building (next to the Student Centre). (<strong><a href="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/AllItems/REFLECTING%20WITH%20HOMI%20BHABHA%20-%20ON%20ENGAGED%20SCHOLARSHIP%20AND%20ETHICAL%20CITIZENSHIP.pdf">More info here</a></strong>). </span></span><br></p><p><strong>Two events are open to the public and the media:</strong></p><p><span lang="EN-US">1. On 16 August (<a href="/english/Documents/16%20Aug%20event.pdf">more info here​</a>) Prof Bhaba will be in conversation with </span>Emeritus Professor Njabulo Ndebele, Chair of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, poet, novelist and essayist. The event takes place at 17:30 in the Attie van Wijk Auditorium, Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.</p><p><span lang="EN-US">2. Earlier on Wednesday 16 August, Prof Bhabha will be in conversation with </span><span lang="EN-US">Professor </span><span lang="EN-US">Tamar Garb </span><span lang="EN-US">of the </span><span lang="EN-US">University College of Londen, and the artist </span><span lang="EN-US">Sue Williamson (<a href="/english/Documents/ART%20AS%20VISUAL%20CONSCIENCE%20OF%20SOCIETY%20-%20UNIVERSITY%20MUSEUM.PDF">more info here). </a>The event will also see a screening of Sue Williamson’s 2-channel video art installation, </span><span lang="EN-US">It’s a pleasure to meet you. </span><span lang="EN-US">Candice Mama, a young woman whose father was killed by Eugene de Kock, and who forgave de Kock and campaigned for his parole release, will make a guest appearance. The event takes place at 12:15 in the </span><span lang="EN-US">Scholtz Hall, University Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch.</span></p><p><br></p><p><br> </p>