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A legacy – Our Heritage

September is the month that we celebrate South African heritage. It is also the month before we particularly bring the legacy of the late Prof Russel Botman into memory. The legacy he leaves has become our heritage. Prof Botman leaves us with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the

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When the invisible becomes our light

Jul 2023 Recently I attended a truly magnificent and inspiring event. In fact two related events. The first was a conversation between three persons and the second a conversation so vast, I cannot determine the layers of its impact yet. And all of this at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University.

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Take Up Opportunities

In everything, a son of the African soil. Youth Day in South Africa has become a red-letter day on our calendar since 1976. This year is the 47th year of commemoration of that day when the youth took up the baton in the struggle for liberation. Almost half a century

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Africa: his home, his passion

In everything, a son of the African soil. Paying tribute to Prof Russel Botman, would be empty if his inclusion of and participation in issues of importance to the continent of Africa were not mentioned. Being African was always part of the framing of all his professional work. This piece

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Learning to Embrace Equity

The Russel Botman Bursary Fund committee kicked off the month of March by meeting with bursary applicants to help us make informed decisions on our bursary allocation process. It was both a heart-warming and extremely challenging experience. We heard various stories about prospective recipients’ backgrounds, hopeful reflections on their futures,

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Second Chances

In March, Stellenbosch University rewards and celebrates second chances. Those students who fulfilled only some of the requirements during the previous academic year were given second chances. These second chances should not be scoffed at or disrespected. As the saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try

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