Friday, 23 September 2011

Mowbray heritage day celebrated in spirited fashion

 A pair of Bachelor of Education students celebrate their heritage at Mowbray Campus's Heritage Day celebrations.

Mowbray was the first of CPUT’s campuses to get in the heritage day spirit.  The annual event sees the campus come alight with bright colours, vibrant singing, joyful dancing and traditional South African cuisine, in commemoration of Heritage Day celebrated annually on 24 September.

This year the Diversity Task Team of the Faculty of Education & Social Sciences made an extra special effort to acknowledge the multicultural learning environment in which they work and teach.

Both staff and students were treated to an array of cultural items ranging from traditional folk songs, to modern dance and poetry as well as Cape Minstrel group, the All Stars, entertaining the audience with their Ghoema music.

Mitchell's Plain Minstrel group The All Stars entertain guests with their catchy tunes.

MCs Education student Vincent Belu and Local SRC Deputy Chairperson Thandeka Thabi who is also studying Education, did their campus proud lead the audience in choral Xhosa songs. Later guest speaker, Aysha Abrahams, shared her perceptions of celebrating one’s heritage and accepting cultural differences within the educational environment.

Vincent Belu (left) and Thandeka Thabi (right) adorned in their traditional attire.

Dean of Education and Social Sciences Prof. Maureen Robinson commented on how important it was to think positively about heritage and culture taking the country’s historical landscape into account.

“It is wonderful to see the efforts that have been made to out today’s event together, meaning that we can work well even with all our diverse cultures,” she says.

 Education staff and students display their proud Xhosa heritage singing popular folk songs.

“I believe that heritage and culture should be used to unite us and this commemorative day is about recognising that though we are culturally different but yet the same.”

By:  Thando J. Moiloa

Written by CPUT News