Rebeka Gluhbegovic, a student at Tuks who has just finished her master’s degree in international relations and one of the initiators of the week, explained that the week’s activities will include designing and exhibiting student-made posters, “pop-up” performance pieces by societies such as Soul Inc. and daily interactions in the piazza. The week will culminate during lunch time on Thursday through a gathering in the piazza, followed by a speech, a march to the Amphitheatre and finally a discussion. Each activity aims to spread the message of anti-xenophobia.
Shamir Rohanlal, another student activist involved in the initial idea of the week,has devised the plan of encouraging students to email the presidency. He explains that a stock email will be provided but students are free to write their own letters urging the presidency to speak out and take action against recent brutal xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
SRC President Mosibudi Rasethaba explained that the week will not be a once-off effort to engage students in a dialogue about xenophobia, but that he hopes to keep the conversation going throughout the year. He has noted that with time, more and more groups and individuals have joined in to plan and participate in the week. He encourages all students to get involved regardless of whether they’re a member of a group or an individual. For more information on how to get involved, students can contact Jhua-Nine Wyrley-Birch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tumelo Duke Rasebopye (rasebopye@gmail. com).
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