DUT STUDENTS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY OF CULTURES
*Caption: One of the dance groups showcasing their moves
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
The Durban University of Technology‘s (DUT) International Education and Partnership Department and Student Housing and Residence Life Department hosted a Cultural Festival at Steve Biko Sports Centre on Friday.
Students dressed up in different cultural attires to celebrate the diversity of the African culture. The festival allowed students from various residences to research and educate other students about the culture they were tasked to do a presentation on.
Cultures included Indian, Swazi, Zimbabwean, Sesotho, Ndebele and Setswana.
Each team prepared a variety of traditional meals for tasting and showcased their dance moves.
The aim of the festival was to integrate the DUT community, enjoy different foods, to learn about different cultures and to unite international and local students in order to discourage xenophobia and other racist activities.
First year Horticulture student Sandile Masuku residing at Berea Residence, said that it was amazing that universities also have cultural activities to unite students.
“Such events motivate students that even if they are at universities but don’t forget their culture and root,” said Masuku.
“I learnt a lot of things as we were representing DRC and it really shows that we are not that different in terms of the food we eat, just that it is called deferent names that all,” added Masuku.
Famous Maskandi artists like Khuzani, Malahle and many others kept the attendees entertained while people walked around the arena observing and tasting different food..
DUT President of International Students Jean-Mark Kukudji said that it’s always an honour to see students fully participate in such events.
“I’m so happy to see so many students went out to research about their given countries and it shows that students haven’t lost their roots. I feel like I’m in the Congo right now as I’m from Congo and it an amazing (feeling),” said Kukudji.