DUT STUDENTS SPREAD LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Written by: Thabiso Goba
Legend has it that around 240 AD, an adorned priest, St Valentine, was beheaded by Roman Emperor Claudius II for secretly marrying soldiers. The emperor believed single soldiers made better fighters. Since then, the 14th of February, to commemorate his death, has been celebrated as St Valentine’s Day with people showering their loved ones with gifts, flowers and roses.
The Durban University of Technology, City Campus, students share their messages of love.
Thato Miya, 19, Interior Design student
“I just want to dedicate this day to my special person, I want her to have a great day and know that she is always loved. When I think of her, this quote comes to mind: “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.””
Bianca Heeralall, 18, first year Art student
“I don’t celebrate Valentines day like everyone else does, but I did meet my best friend, Thasmika on the 14th. So I will be getting her chocolates and a mug that’s written ‘happy 8th friendship anniversary and Valentines Day’.”
Nonhle Sosibo, 21, third year Journalism student
“Love is an element that we have forgotten as people. Valentine’s is there to remind people that it’s (love) there and they should not have to feel alone or emotionless. A lot of people in our generation are depressed, so they need to love again.”
Brian Maphumulo, 21, poet and Drama student, in that order he insists.
“I look at Valentine’s Day, regardless of whether you in a (romantic) relationship, like if you have a family, spread that love to them. If you don’t have family, look at the people around you and spread that love. Love is boundless. Even if you are in a taxi and you see an old woman struggling with groceries, help her, spread that love. Expensive gifts are a bonus, it’s the normal things that we do every day that matter.”
Kiryana Halloway, 20, Graphic Design student and cat lover
“All I want to say is that, no relationship is as good as four cats. I have four cats. He has three.”
Siyabulela Dlamini, 21, Graphic Design student
“Wherever you are, I love you.”
Suping Mathibela, 21, Fine Arts senior
“Love is about caring, looking out for each other, being unselfish and loyal. Showing concern and being good to one another. Love is also warm and affectionate. It makes you more caring and endearing to other people who also get drawn to you.”
Hlengiwe Hlongwane, certified mommy’s girl
“I dedicate Valentine’s Day to my mother. There’s no one I love more than her. I just love my mother, be it Valentine’s Day or not, my love for her never waivers. Yes, I am my mother’s child.”