University of Fort Hare Community Open Day: Renewing communities, renewing relations


Alice:- Wednesday 7th September 2010 saw the university hosting it's maiden  Community Open Day at the Sports complex. With "Renewing communities, renewing relations", as the underlying theme of the Community Open day , over 30 exhibitors from all departments with community aligned activities gathered under one roof ,making the launch a resounding success.

The multi nodal session aimed at networking internally amongst the university community, share its thoughts with community and the community in return bounce its ideas or best described as demonstration of social capital.

This also marked the awarding of bursaries to 29 Honours students to be followed by 5 Masters Students and 1 PhD student in a similar event to be held in the East London Campus on Friday 10th September. The driver of the fast moving train, Jay Tharkrar hoped to replicate this year after year and also to get good returns in future.

Rose Molefi, 3rd year Social Work student also involved with Umzamomhle Day care centre said, theirs is to build interactive relationship with children as brothers and sisters as they mentor them in various aspects. " we wish that both Government and Private sector could lend a helping hand to better life conditions  at Umzamomhle" as for now its only a French volunteer who helps to raise funds for its infrastructural development.  Under the same stall was another powerful restorative justice project that works with Department of Correctional Services in Fort Beaufort. This is both men and women who take responsibility of their acts who volunteer in community projects in a show of remorse.

The University of Fort Hare/ Sanlam chair in enterprise development -SIFE  has a year and a half old put up another good showing judging by a number of people they attended in their stall.Explained  Mrs Palesa Khosi, that they are receiving good feedback from the people they train especially in the Idutywa area. Both students and lecturing staff provide training in financial literacy, new venture creation, basic financial management and costing for SMME's. She said as the country recovers from the impact caused by recent economic down turn, its important to come with budgetary interventions.

Khosi said there remains a great need to emphasize on Vukuzenzele and mentor people to protect them against loan sharks.