HERITAGE CELEBRATION UNITE STUDENTS
By: Sinenjabulo Sithole
Traditional dances, praise poems and singing.
The Durban University of Technology students showcased their talents in these aspects at the institutions Cultural Day celebration at Fred Crookes Sport Centre on Friday.
The motive behind this occasion was to learn more about the different cultures represented within the DUT community.
The Xhosa, Tswana, Zulu, Sotho and Swati tribes were among the performers and exhibitors at the event.
Each tribe had a presentation about who they are, the type of food they eat, the rules that need to be obeyed in their cultures.
Director of Student Housing, Dr Theophilus Mhyassengo, said that it is important for the institution to acknowledge and respect culture.
“For Heritage month, we collaborated with the Department of Student Counseling, the SRC and the Department of Sport to celebrate cultural differences and display what we love about being African.” He said.
He went on to say that it is very important to have events of this kind because as a nation people tend to be distracted by lot of other things and forget about their identity.
The students were intrigued by the performances and each took home food for thought.
Human Resource Management student Nomcebo Hlongwa said that the presentations were insightful and informing.
“Today I learnt things about the Zulu culture that I never knew about. It was great to see that DUT does not sideline tradition but it respects and promotes cultural identity,” she said.
Mhyassengo concluded that the exceptional turn out by the students was unexpected.
“The students came out in numbers to celebrate this day with us. This shows that we need to have a bigger and better event next year,” he said.