International students visit CUT

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Mr Logan Munsamy, Lecturer: Government Management at CUT; Mr Slater Lamont, Programme Coordinator and Instructor: Centre for Global Education and Experience at Augsburg College Windhoek Namibia, Adv. Charli Naidoo; General Manager: Legal Services at Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality; and Mr Ambrose du Plessis, Lecturer: Public management at the University of the Free State. Photo: Supplied

The Central University of Technology’s (CUT) Bloemfontein campus was visited by international students representing various American universities on 24 January 2017.

The students are currently involved in experiential learning studying at Augsburg College in Windhoek.

The purpose of their visit was to grant both international students and CUT senior students the opportunity to relate, learn and interact with different cultures as well as exchanging ideas and views about student life and intercultural activities on campus.

Delegates from 16 respective American universities. Photo: Supplied
Delegates from 16 respective American universities. Photo: Supplied

This engagement also provided a platform for students to expand their social networks and knowledge base from an experiential learning perspective.

Public management lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS), Ambrose du Plessis, gave a preview on the South African perspective of understanding racial relations and reconciliation.

“Looking at the importance of racial relations in South Africa, we are still at crossroads in understanding racial relations because we still experience racial tensions,” said du Plessis in his address.

He said currently South Africa is seen as an unequal society in the world due to what transpired during apartheid.

“What transpired through apartheid paved the way for the unequal nature that South Africa experience today.”

South Africa continues to grapple with the physical barriers imposed by the legacy of apartheid. Apartheid hasn’t disappeared from the South African context, and these barriers still continue to exist.

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Government Management lecturer at CUT, Logan Munsamy, later addressed the students on the historical development of student leadership in South Africa.

“Education is one of the most important tools for us to understand what is happening and how to manage government and become a public servant”, said Munsamy.

He explained that in 1924 the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) was formed and it became the first student organisation in the country representing the English and Afrikaans speaking students while African students were marginalised, then in 1969 the South African Students Organization (SASO) was formed which became a breakaway group.

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SASO linked student’s protests and their activity with community programmes by encouraging students to become involved in community activity.

After the 1976 uprising, the AZANIAN Students Organisation (AZASO) and NUSAS formed an alliance. This alliance brought together the SRC’s of the Black campuses. As time went by SANSCO became active and AZASO became increasingly low.

In 1991 South Africans Students Congress (SASCO) was born on the first week of September.

600 black and white tertiary students from 129 Universities, Technikons and Colleges gathered at Rhodes University grounds towards a single non-racial student organisation.

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