Students performed at the event
The Living and Learning Unit of the Student Accommodation and Catering Department, together with the Central Housing Committee (CHC) at Vaal University of Technology (VUT), hosted their June 16 2018 commemoration which took place at the Main Residences’ parking lot.
The event was led by the Student Programme Officer, Miehleketo Rihlampfu and Residence Life Officer Pakiso Tjotjo. Rafael Chauke, who is the CHC Chair and SRC representative for Housing and Catering, enlightened the audience about the importance of the day and what June 16 truly means for South Africans.
Mr Martin Polite Sibanda, from Polite Communications Holding, and Mr Katlego Solly Mushwana, from The Visionary Compound, were invited as guest speakers. A moving motivational talk was given by Mr Sibanda, who focused on the social reflection of the commemoration of June 16, while Mr Mushwana reflected on the political perception of the day.
The event also provided students with information that would not necessarily be found in classrooms. Informative and thought-provoking conversations and debates were held with representatives from government departments, the SAPS, ex-offenders and alumni students who shared their experiences of living at the university residences.
A representative from the Provincial Consumer Affairs (PCA) advised students on how to manage their credit. They (PCA) have also committed themselves towards running a campaign which aims to further educate students on managing their funds and becoming financially savvy.
The residence’s Living and Learning Manager Mrs Ramaesela Phasha declared that the event will now be hosted annually because of the positive impact it has on students and residence life.
She also expressed her gratitude to the Acting Dean of Students, Mrs Busi Radebe and the 2018 CHC for making the event possible.