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28 May 2019 | Story Xolisa Mnukwa
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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UFS agriculture celebrates 50-year reunion

As part of the half-century celebrations of the agricultural section of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State, the Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences and the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences recently held their joint 50-year reunion. The reunion was attended by alumni, former staff, current staff and current students. Big names in the agricultural industry who are associated with the faculty also attended the event. At the function were, from the left, front: Prof. Boet Human (former departmental chair of Agronomy), Prof. Hennie Heyns (former lecturer in Animal Sciences) and Prof. Wynand van Rensburg (former departmental head in Grassland Sciences). Back: Prof. Piet Wilke (former departmental chair of Animal Sciences and Dean of the Agricultural Faculty), Mr Kotie van den Berg (former lecturer in Grassland Sciences and currently a farmer in the Murraysburg district), Prof. Jimmy de Jager (former departmental chair of Agrometeorology).
Photo: Stephen Collett

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