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Siphila Dlamini represented the UFS at the 15th Southern Africa Scout Youth Forum.

During the short April holidays, first-year BA student, Siphila Dlamini, led and participated in the 15th Southern Africa Scout Youth Forum and the 41st Southern Africa Scout Conference. Siphila previously also represented South Africa in the 8th and 13th World Scout Youth Forums in Baku, Azerbaijan and Harare, Zimbabwe respectively. He also participated in the 2018 International Leadership Training in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Siphila was elected as a member of the Southern Africa Youth Committee for the term 2017-2020, with the mandate of representing young leaders in decision making and youth engagement at Zonal level of the Southern Africa Scout Youth Forum.

He formed part of the forum committee and chaired several sessions of the proceedings since the tender age of 14. Youth leaders from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries such as Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the conference. 

This 15th forum was themed ‘The Role of young people during emergencies’. Throughout the forum, young people deliberated on strategies to improve decision making in national scout organisations within their respective countries. The Southern Zone Youth Forum empowers young people by equipping them with good decision-making skills and increasing youth engagement on the African continent. 

According to Siphila, the Southern Zone Youth Forum is an effective tool for youth engagement and the continuation of skills development among young people in Southern Africa. It allows the youth to reflect on their growth and achievement, while broadening the unique impact of scouting in the world. 

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New first-year students welcomed at the UFS

In a light mood at the welcoming ceremony were Mr Eric Bost (USA Ambassador to South Africa) and Prof. Teuns Verschoor (Acting Rector of the UFS).
Photo: Hannes Pieterse

New first-year students welcomed at the UFS

The Acting Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Teuns Verschoor, has welcomed the new first-year students during a ceremony on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein today.

“This new experience is an opportunity to not only make your own decisions but to develop and grow as a person. Make your mark, don’t leave a stain,” he said.

Mr Eric Bost, Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to South Africa, also addressed the students and their parents.

“This is an opportunity to acquire knowledge and to make a positive difference in your lives and the lives of others,” he said.

He also urged students not to judge people on their ignorance of a view but to asses others based on their character and abilities.

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