Pieke was established in 1973 and has flourished over the past 47 years. We pride ourselves on our values of Honour, Excellence, Integrity, and Service. Grounded by these values, Pieke has been extremely successful on a sport, social, cultural, and academic level. Being part of the Rubix Cluster, Pieke has shown its capability of being a strong academic, sport, and cultural contender among the residences.
On a cultural level, Pieke Manssêr, our acapella group, is very well known on campus and has represented Stellenbosch University twice at the National Kleinsêr Competition. We are currently still the only male PSO that has won SU Acapella as well as Maties Mollasêr. SU Acapella, and in particular Pieke Manssêr, is one of the highlights for any Piekeman. In addition to sêr, Pieke has been a strong competitor in the annual Toneelfees, having won this event several times in the past.
When it comes to the sports field, Pieke has been incredibly successful in a wide range of sporting activities. Our squash team has won the A league, against some of the strongest residences on campus, several times. We are the only PSO to have ever won the inter-residence swimming gala. Pieke is a strong competitor on the soccer and hockey fields, with both our teams participating in the strongest leagues. Pieke forms part of the PSO Barbarians rugby team, a team consisting out of players from different male PSOs. The PSO Barbarians is a force to be reckoned with in the Maties Residence Rugby League. We also participate in activities such as chess. In recent years Pieke has also performed in table tennis and recently won the second league title. When it comes to sport, Pieke has delivered several successful Maties sportsmen.
We value academics, and in order to assist first-year students with adapting to university academics, we have a mentorship program in place. The newcomers are assigned to a senior Piekeman, which acts as a mentor, to assist and guide the student with any queries. Our mentors have the necessary skills to provide newcomers with any assistance they may require.
As a men’s PSO, we have a lot of spirit, despite the fact that we don’t live together in a residence. We maintain this spirit by organising numerous events throughout the year, which ranges from a formal House Dance to a Golf day. Pieke aims to create a home away from home, providing safety and security for every newcomer.
Pieke's vision and mission
We are known for our traditions and pride. Being a home away from home, Pieke is an established PSO that gives each individual a place to flourish. Pieke aims to provide for the needs of every Pieke man, whether it is sport, academics, or culture.
It is, therefore, the mission of Pieke to maintain the unity within the House by treating each Piekeman as equal and providing a platform where it is possible to achieve your full potential.
Honour, Excellence, Integrity and Service.
The history of Pieke
Pieke is the first and oldest Male PSO, established in 1973.
Activities and offerings
Academics – Mentor Groups & Cluster Study-groups.
Sport – Rugby, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash, Swimming, Chess, First Years Athletics
Culture – SU Acapella, Molassesêr, Toneelfees, Woordfees, Music, Drama & Literacy, Culture evenings & Debating, Art exhibitions.
Development - Leadership Development & Critical Engagement
Mentorship offered by Pieke
We have a mentorship program, run by senior members of Pieke, assisting in academic needs. We also have various other committees for fellow Piekemanne to grow and mentor/be mentored by others in the House. We currently have 16 mentors that are handpicked out of a large senior group to guide our newcomers within their first year. Their role is to create a comfortable and inviting environment specifically within welcoming week.
Chris Jansen van Vuuren
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