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Prof Thuli Madonsela persuades women to pursue their purpose
Discovering that she was “pretty” for her purpose gave Prof-Adv Thuli Madonsela’s life direction.

What does embracing womanhood mean? For Prof Thuli Madonsela it is about loving yourself and whatever you believe is your purpose in life. 

“All of us are designed for our purpose and are fit for our purpose, you should embrace that and make the best of it,” said South Africa’s former Public Protector in her keynote address to the Women’s Breakfast. In commemoration of Women’s Month, the University of the Free State (UFS)’s Employee Wellness Division hosted the annual event on 21 August 2018 where 900 women gathered under the theme: ‘Embrace your womanhood.’ 

Being a woman today


Law Professor and Law Trust Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, Prof Madonsela, urged the audience to look beyond the exterior and recognise “that we as individuals have a lot in common”. Speaking of unity in diversity, she praised some of the giants on whose shoulders modern women stand, such as Charlotte Maxeke, Olive Schreiner, Una Wookey, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Helen Joseph, Pam Golding, Bessie Head, and Ellen Khuzwayo.

These leaders are the epitome of following the purpose of “embracing everyone’s humanity and challenging things that diminish the humanity of others”, according to Prof Madonsela.

Remaining resilient and resolute 

Despite having to contend with a patriarchal system and face challenges such as gender-based violence, femicide, poverty, inequity, media stereotypes, as well as poverty, women continue to rise. Prof Madonsela called for women to capitalise on positives such as freedom and possessing a certain degree of power, legal equality, playing a role in political spaces, economic progress, and owning a public voice.

Drawing inspiration from her humble beginnings and the lessons learnt in leadership, Prof Madonsela conveyed a simple message to all women: “You are exactly as you should be. You are a perfect expression of your creator’s magnificence. You were created for a purpose and whatever you do, just step up and pursue your purpose.”

A word from an inspired woman

It was a memorable event for Burneline Kaars, Head of Employee Wellness. “This year it was an honour to host Prof Madonsela who could share both her academic background and professional experience. She accomplished this by skilfully incorporating lessons from our country’s history and her passion for justice,” she said.

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Kovsies wins the National Cricket Club Championships
2010-10-07

Kovsies who represented Free State at the National Club Championships were, from the left: Obus Pienaar, Patrick Botha, Wiann van Zyl and Juanre van Wyk.

The first cricket team of the University of the Free State (UFS) recently represented the Free State at the National Club Championships. Under the leadership of Rudi Steyn, Free State Provincial Coach, the team came out victoriously and brought back the trophy to the Free State for the first time in eleven years. The games were as follow:

Day 1: UV vs. Pretoria High School Old Boys (Northerns) – won by 17 runs
Day 2: UV vs. Burma Lads (Griqualand West) – won by 122 runs
Day 3: UV vs. Impala (North-West) – won by 3 wickets
Day 4: UV vs. Brackenfell (Boland) – won by 5 runs
Day 5: UV vs. Old Edwardians (Gauteng) – won by 5 wickets
Day 6: UV vs. Crusaders (KwaZulu-Natal) – won by 5 wickets

Three players, Juanre van Wyk, Obus Pienaar, and Patrick Botha, received Man of the Match Awards for games played during the week and Wiann van Zyl, Captain, received the award for the bowler of the tournament. Kovsies was the only team to end the week undefeated.
 

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