For three years now, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) GA-RANKUWA campus in collaboration with the Accomodation Residence Life and Catering (ARLC) Ga-Rankuwa Campus have been hosting motivational series in an attempt to empower and educate students about various aspects of life. This year, the motivational series took place on 14 April in Ga-Rankuwa at the Aula Hall where many students, staff and guests gathered under the theme: “It is possible”
Mr K S Ledwaba, Head of the Department (HOD) of Accomodation, Residence, Life and Catering at the TUT Ga-Rankuwa Campus welcomed guests and highlighted the purpose of the programme.
“Through this programme, we seek to ignite and bridge the knowledge about the importance of Green Campus Initiatives” Mr Ledwaba said.
Green Campus Initiative is part of a Residence Green Campus Awareness Programme. Directed by Eric Sebokedi, Deputy Director of Special Projects in the Office of the DVC, the initiative aims at promoting environmental sustainability/climate change interventions at TUT campuses. The Green Campus Initiative was formalised in 2012 through the establishment of the Green Campus Committee (GCC) led by Theo Bhengu, Director: Special Projects in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.
Mrs Andronica Mogase, Residence Manager as well as Green Campus Initiative Responsible in Garankwa advised the audience to adopt a healthy and green lifestyle. “We are all advocates and ambassadors of the “Living green” Lifestyle; Let us take care of mother nature” she said. To serve as an example, a very original fashion show was offered to the motivational series audience. Models outfits were made of recycled plastic bags and boxes.
Additionally Mr Koketso Motsoene, head, Provincial Sales Support at ABSA and Mrs Evelyn Sekhukhune, HOD of Accounting department in Ga-rankuwa addressed the students. The idea behind their address was to encourage students to act responsibly toward society and the environment. Mr Motsoene urged the students to protect their environment. “We have to start addressing our lifestyles as being green is a matter of survival” he said. Mrs Sekhukhune delivered a caring and empowering message. She invited students to stay focused in the preparation of their future.” We are on a journey, a journey which we must not lose focus, remember the purpose of your presence here” She said.
Lastly, Mr Osten Chulu, Senior Economist of UNDP presented about the 17 Sustainable Development goals; A new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. He also outlined their importance and briefed the audience on the historical foundation of The United Nations. Mr Chulu made an important request to the addressees: “Let us leave the world, a better place”.