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Siphila Dlamini
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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Faculty first to present course in church ministry for Chinese students
2009-02-20

 
The Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS) became the first faculty in the country to present a certificate course in church ministry specifically for Chinese students. This course with Chinese Christians in mind was developed by Rev Ko-Ta Jen. He translated the course in Mandarin, the only course of its kind in South Africa. The first students completing the course received their certificates at the recent Theological day at the UFS. The students are involved in commerce and industry. Rev Ko-Ta Jen has among others student in Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth, New Castle and Johannesburg. Rev Johan Botha is the coordinator for short courses like these, presented at the Faculty of Theology, UFS. At this occasion two students from African churches also received their certificates in church ministry. Here are, from the left: Prof. Francois Tolmie, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the UFS, Rev Ko-Ta Jen and Rev Botha.
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