Lwando Goxo

On the 22nd of September 2017, the Science Students’ Association (Sci-SA) hosted Inkcubeko – a utamaduni. This cultural event was held at the Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus where a whopping 60+ students attended the event amidst the hectic schedule in the faculty and university at large.

The event was themed Cultural Wear, inspired by the then forthcoming public holiday, Heritage Day. Everybody looked beautiful in their traditional attires which were largely characterised by prints and beads. The background African soul music fed their souls and together with décor, created a welcoming atmosphere.

Nelson Mandela University students and members of the association Lizalise “Sive” Mngcele and Mnoneleli Govuzela empowered the attendees as keynote speakers. Sive spoke on Science and Culture, how one influences the other. He alluded that the transformation of culture to meet current standards of living was essential and further showed the pivotal role Science played and is still playing in this regard. At this point he made an example by comparing a rondavel and a modern built house. He concluded by saying we must embrace our culture proudly as it forms part of our identity and paves a way forward for our future.

Mnoneleli spoke about the Scientific Landmarks of Africa and how heritage and Science are linked. This was a lecture on our origins as Africans and the contribution of Africa to science as we know it. Many of us as students were not familiar with the content presented by both speakers and so fascination and enthusiasm engulfed the room.

Moreover, those present at the event enjoyed entertainment from the University’s Le Strada Chorale, Science students: Abongile Luzipo, Darlington Gwanzura and Masivuye Mahleba, Pablo the poet, and Master of Ceremony himself, Avuyile “Sugar” Nazo.

The event was then closed off with refreshments served with background music. The cuisine, as catered by makoti@work, was best suited for the nature of the event. The menu included Herby pap, Creamy samp, Chakalaka, Spinach, Carrots, Chicken, Beef and Ginger Beer. The students were impressed.

This is one of many events hosted by the Science Students Association to fulfil its mission and vision of promoting science as a lifestyle and contributing to a better understanding of Science respectively. Following the success of this event, members of this association can look forward to and fantastic Closing Function and conducive study sessions to be hosted in October.