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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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Kovsie Alumnus wins SARU rugby player of the year award
2010-11-08

 
Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Photo: Gallo Images

Gurthrö Steenkamp received the prestigious honour to be named the 2010 South African rugby player of the year during the South African Rugby Union (SARU) Awards that were held in Midrand, Gauteng.

Gurthrö, an alumnus of the University of the Free State (UFS), is a former Shimla and Vodacom Cheetahs loose head prop that has represented the Springbok Rugby team in 31 test matches since 2004. Along with fellow Free Stater and former team mate Os du Randt, Gurthrö became only the second front row player in history to win the player of the year award.

Receiving the award this year was no easy task, since Gurthrö had to beat some tough opponents in fellow nominees Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard and Schalk Burger.

The award comes on the heels of a remarkable season for Gurthrö in which he helped the Vodacom Blue Bulls to lift the Super 14 Trophy for the second consecutive occasion as well as turning in some stellar performances for the Springboks.

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