Freedom isn’t free

Freedom isnt free

Freedom is hardly ever free, not given but fought for. This is also the case in the freedom that the decades of resistance before 1994, in particular, brought. They were decades and yes, historically, centuries of strife and resistance.

Feb 2024, A legacy of transformation

Congratulations to Prof Simon 1

One of the markers of the transformative leadership by Prof Russel Botman is the steadfast movement toward an equitable, equal, open, and welcoming culture at the residences at Stellenbosch University. One such example is the establishment of a residence for senior students that hones new ways of living together. New ways that build, encourage, support, […]

Success for 2024

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We start 2024 still mindful of how we ended the previous year. We ended with the celebration of the successes of our 2023 Russel Botman Bursary Fund recipients. Again, we would like to congratulate all of them, but most especially those who graduated during the December 2023 ceremonies. We are proud of the way that […]

Norshya Sonjani Speech

Norshya speaking

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am so honoured to be here today. As a first-generation student, this bursary enabled me to achieve so much this year. I was able to unlock my full potential, and all of this was possible because the Russel Bottman bursary unloaded the weight of financial strain off […]

A legacy – Our Heritage

Heritage day blog post

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 form of documents, speeches, TV, […]

When the invisible becomes our light

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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. Andrew Lilley, a professor at […]

Take Up Opportunities

Youth day

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 of placing youth issues on […]

Africa: his home, his passion

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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 of writing wishes to point […]

Learning to Embrace Equity

Image of Roxanne Botman giving a speech in a lecture room on women's day

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, and how their education will […]

Second Chances

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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 again. The Russel Botman Bursary […]