Casual Day, now in its 23rd year, has become a South African tradition that Stellenbosch University (SU) supports wholeheartedly every year. It was only fitting then that on Friday 7 September the university community celebrated the day with a games event in partnership with the Stellenbosch Work Centre for Adult Persons with Disabilities. Organised by the Transformation Office and the Disability Unit along with Dis-Maties, the event was held on Rooiplein under the theme “Be an Everyday Hero for People with Disabilities”.
SU departments and divisions entered teams that competed against one another in a variety of games, followed by the tallying of scores and the announcement of the winner. Prizes were also awarded to the best-dressed team and the best dancers. Justice Force, entered by the Law Clinic, won the games team award, while the best-dressed team award went to Super Moms at Finances. As expected, the Stellenbosch Work Centre walked away with the prize for best dancing after they impressed everyone with their spirited moves. SU was also proud to host a Western Province Blind Bowlers Club team that competed against two SU teams in friendly games separate from the main competition. Apart from the games awards, the student society Dis-Maties also awarded a prize for advocacy, support and research work relating to disability, to campaigner Luigia Nicholas.
The Deputy Director of the Psychotherapeutic and Support Services Unit, Mumtaj Parker, opened the event and the Vice Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, Prof Nico Koopman, joined the Director: Transformation, Monica du Toit, and staff member Ulf-Dieter Koepp in handing out the prizes towards the end of the event. Special thanks go to Mr Bongani Mapumulo for his role as MC and to the many volunteers who worked at the games tables. Many thanks also to all who supported the event by buying their Casual Day stickers and attending as spectators.
Photo: Anton Jordaan