MANDELA SPIRIT PRESENT AT DUT
By: Thobele Nzama
In honour of South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, tying in with the aparthied era and his birth, the Journalism Programme and its students hosted a presentation at City Campus at the Durban University of Technology.
The presentation boasted students reciting poems, a dramatisation and songs of struggle in context of the aparthied era. Students painted vivid pictures with their words of the struggle as witnessed by both black and white South Africans.
They were also challenged and asked thought provoking questions contrasting pre and post aparthied South Africa. “Freedom was fought for and now it has come, what are you doing with your freedom?” one of the dramatisers asked. “You are drinking and smoking this freedom away,” he added.
The presentation also allowed students and lectures to interject with quotes by the father of the nation, as well as impersonate him. The presentation brought on everybody’s thinking cap on as another thought provoking question was asked by a first year journalism student Afrika Ndlovu. “If you were to speak to Nelson Mandela, what would you say?” he asked.
Everybody being overwhelmed by the question, the room went dead quite. Implicating the obvious great magnitude of Tata, Benedict Msibi then expressed that the conversation they’d have would be based on his gratitude for Madiba. “I would thank him for everything he has done for South Africa. He taught us how to live and love and I’d kiss him on his hand just to say thank you. I would also thank God for keeping him around for us,” he said.
The presentation was closed off with a jovial happy birthday song to Tata.
The core mandate of Mandela Day in accordance to mandeladay.com is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish. It is however, urged that everyone to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human”.