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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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Biodiversity and evolution of animal life under the spotlight
2009-05-05

 
The Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State (UFS) presented a lecture on biodiversity and evolution of animal life on 30 April 2009. The lecture forms part of the year long lecture series presented by the UFS in collaboration with the National Museum and Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) to commemorate the birth of Charles Darwin 200 years ago: Pictured here outside the Wynand Mouton Theatre are the guest speakers: Proff. Schalk Louw, professor in Entomology in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, Linda Basson, also a professor in Entomology, and Jo van As, initiator of the Darwin year celebrations and head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology.
Photo: Rian Horn

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