DUT GCI GIVING BACK ON A MANDELA DAY
By: Andile Nxumalo
The Durban University of Technology’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI) spent their 67 minutes turning over the garden at the Department of Student Housing, at Steve Biko Campus on Saturday.
The student organization, which recently scooped seven awards at the Green Conference held at the University of Western Cape for being the greenest university in South Africa, took into action what they were awarded for.
Deputy chair of the organization Xolela Xala said that their main aim for renovating the garden was to give back to Nelson Mandela for what he has done for the nation and give thanks to Student Housing department for the support they have shown throughout the year.
“We chose to come to the (Student) Housing Department because we want to make it green and make it as an example of what we are trying to preach to students,” said Xala.
Chairperson of GCI Siyanda Dube said that Mandela Day means that they should encourage people to promote and sustain the environment in which they are living in.
“For us we feel that it’s not something which should be done for an hour, on the 18th of July, it is something which should be done continuously,” said Dube.
He added that they plan to do the gardens around the campus every Wednesday. Even though it took more than 67 minutes but the team showed determination to work and the event turned out to be the best time of socializing.
Horticulture student S’yabonga Dlomo said that this day has helped him engage and exercise with fellow greenies what he has been learning in class and bringing it into action.
“I loved showing other GCI members what we do in my course; things like cultivating the soil and working with plants,” he added.
The GCI recently partnered with Radio DUT and they have secured a slot on Wednesday where they will teach listeners more about becoming green and their upcoming events.