Freedom! Free we are, indeed, as we retrace our steps in All Stars. Along the road of freedom, as we step on the path and our soles can still feel the souls that stomped the ground, knees up and one fist in the air screaming for freedom as the dogs were let lose to from their chains so that they could run after us. Free we are, indeed, as the songs of the struggle hush the Nelson of the nation to sleep in his grave as we look up at the flag that symbolises democracy as we try very hard not only to stumble upon equality but to grapple with it until it becomes our culture.
The spirit of “Ubuntu” stills echoes “Freedom is coming” as we remember our fathers and mothers who skipped the stage of being the youth and they became warriors so that we could enjoy our youth and walk even though they stomped the ground, communicate even though their voices were silenced, to educate ourselves even though their education had boundaries. How arrogant would we be to allow opportunities to slip through our fingers because of momentary “lekker jols”? The road to freedom was paved with blood and sacrifices. Free, indeed, we are.
So let the price of freedom give us an unbearable urgency that will push us to rise against all odds and empower ourselves from the opportunities that present themselves to us. Let us look up to our ancestors and to our parents with gratitude for fighting the good fight and for still being able to love whole heartedly regardless…
The autumn graduation sessions comes to a close today, and what an inspiration it’s been to bear witness to the multitudes who were capped. This is a time for graduates of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to reflect upon the journey that they have just completed; a journey which at times represented one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their lives. They will now embark on a different journey as the custodians of our nation’s youth and future.
Close to 5 000 students across six faculties, and in as many as 335 different qualifications, will graduated from NMMU in 15 ceremonies hosted in George and Nelson Mandela Bay from Thursday, 7 April. These ceremonies are intended to mark the end of one phase of their lives and the beginning of a new one in which they are now leaders and achievers.
To reach this point was an important achievement to many students. The personal attributes that carried the through their studies – passion, commitment, and openness to learning – will remain important throughout their lives. They should nurture them because they will be even more important than what they have learned.
“I hope we have provided you with an opportunity to excel and I hope it was an inspiring one. I’m now pleading with you to make an opportunity for the next generation, particularly those who are vulnerable and need that helping hand – just to touch them and create possibilities of renewal in their own lives”, said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swarts, at the George campus graduation ceremony on Thursday, 7 April.
Where to from here? The answer to that question is as varied as the students who make up the year’s 2016 graduation class
To all the graduates, I wish you the best for your lives. Embrace the challenges and get ahead of the change. Find purpose and play your part in shaping the new world. You can do it and my best wishes are with you. Once again, congratulations. You made it!
Most of the women in the NMMU Women’s Rugby team have never played rugby before. For those who do, I wanted to find out about their reasons for choosing this sport as well as to capture their experiences thus far.
The women’s rugby team was introduced in 2015 and it still continues to grow in 2016. Like any other journey, the team has experienced challenges with respect to debunking the disbelief that women can play rugby and related stereotypes that are embedded in society. These ladies face stereotypes such as: women that play rugby are lesbians, and that a female that plays rugby cannot be recognised as a lady or a woman. Their response is that playing rugby doesn’t disqualify them from deriving pleasure from “girly” festivities and taking delight in their feminine side. Some attend practice with lipstick and they can still flaunt their weaves, pout and appreciate their womanhood after practice. All in all, the challenges have not dampened their spirit, instead they have emerged a stronger unit from them.
Due to the fact that they are still growing in numbers they are playing 7’s and not 15’s. But they still do the work of the whole team; the same rules apply for male and female rugby. The ladies give the credit to their coaches and managers who continue to take time out from their academic and sporting schedules to train them. They also go a step further by displaying traits of professionalism when training the ladies.
The ladies practice three times a week from Wednesday to Friday between 5pm – 6pm at C Field. If any ladies on campus are interested in being part of this revolution, don’t hesitate to join the NMMU Women’s Rugby team. Show up for practice and take things from there.
Written by Celuzuze Gugulethu Mabaso and Nokhwezi Khoza.
Madibaz Radio launched their first annual Take A Girl Child to Work initiative in celebration of Women’s Month titled Dream Girls. The aim of the project is to empower young girls who have a passion and interest in working in the media industry, in particular radio.
It has been an absolute pleasure bringing these girls in, empowering them and cultivating a relationship based on the spirit of Ubuntu and sisterhood.
Madibaz Radio extends their support for women during this women’s month. The #sHeWalks campaign is aimed at having young men walk in the shoes of women and experiencing a day in the life of every woman.
“I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ‘Cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong I am invincible I am woman” – Helen Reddy