HSSC’s Africa month spotlights diversity on campus

15 Aug 2017 - 13:30


Celebrating our continent’s diversity was at the top of the Health Sciences Student Council’s agenda this Africa month. Festivities kicked off with ‘Music for Impilo, Umculo for Life’ a platform for young, up-and-coming musicians and poets to showcase their art. The event brought various stakeholders in the Faculty together, under the umbrella of music’s importance to many African cultures, to raise money for the Impilo student bursary fund. Guests were treated to refreshments before being 'blown away' by the hidden talents of UCT students from various disciplines.

After the success of ‘Music for Impilo, Umculo for Life’, focus turned to Africa Day with an event entitled ‘Culture Shock’.

“The intention was to create a setting where Africa was celebrated and African culture highlighted in a space where it is not often embraced,” said HSSC chair Peace Francis. Students were encouraged to wear traditional attire to campus or at clinical sites in a competition for the best dressed. The winner was 5th Year MBChB Student Elisa Moyane, who dazzled all in her vibrant dress and head wrap ensemble. 

Those who did not dress up could get an African flag painted on their faces to show their heritage. Empty stomachs were taken care of by local restaurant Big Momma’s, which stole the show with its delicious discounted African food. The HSSC also organised an African Cup of Nations (AfCon) FIFA XBOX tournament with students playing against each other using African football teams.

Deputy Dean Dr Reno Morar addressed the students briefly, speaking optimistically about Africa and the importance of Africa Day. UCT student acapella group Absolute Zero closed the event with their incredible voices and beautiful African melodies. Overall the event created a buzz around Africa Day and is something the HSSC hopes will continue every year going forward.