Some 50 students from Graça Machel Hall, Clarinus and Kopano residences are the latest graduates from an isiXhosa-communication programme run by the Multilingual Education Project (MEP) in collaboration with the Department of Student Affairs (Student Residence Life). Last week, the students were capped at a ceremony hosted at Graça Machel Hall, toasting their completion of the 12-session Masithethe isiXhosa
. By the end of this introductory programme, students are able to hold a decent if basic conversation - greetings, introductions and so forth - in isiXhosa, and also have an elementary understanding of Xhosa culture, explains MEP co-ordinator, Assoc Prof Mbulungeni Madiba. While this was only the second run of the programme at UCT residences, the university is keen to see it rolled out to all residences, says Madiba.