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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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New artwork installed on Bloemfontein Campus
2011-10-11

 

The new artwork installed on the Thakaneng Bridge.

Last week, a new artwork by Cape Town-based satirical artist Brett Murray was installed at the Thakaneng Bridge. The artwork entitled, Seeds honours the youth of South Africa.

The multi-cultural context of our university is celebrated with 52 epigrammatic metal cut-outs, which trace a cross-section of young South Africans’ physical profiles.

The symbolic intention is to salute sameness and difference in an environment where the seeds of knowledge and learning are sown.

The artwork is the fourteenth sculptural piece in the collection of public sculptures for the Bloemfontein Campus that form part of the Sculpture-on-Campus Project, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
 

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