Department dresses for success

30 June 2010 | Story by Newsroom

Preperties & Services teamThe best: Staff at the Properties & Services Department wore colourful African attire on Africa Day, winning the African Dress Competition.

Staff from the Properties & Services Department have won the African Dress Competition for the colourful attire they wore on Africa Day, during UCT's recent Celebrating Africa event.

Their photograph, taken by Justin de Klerk, captured the spirit of Africa Day, in particular both the themes of Celebrating Africa and African Connections, say organisers.

"One can actually identify a number of African origins in the attire chosen by members of the group, and the total effect is quite a pleasing image of the UCT we hope to see in the future," notes Nan Warner, who was among the competition organisers.

Babsie Mvelo

The competition was part of UCT's Celebrating Africa programme of, lectures, exhibitions and discussions and events that celebrated UCT's African heritage and its growing connections with other African universities. People all over campus put on their most eye-catching African dress, got colleagues to take pictures and entered the university-wide competition.

Babsie Mvelo (left) of the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) finished second in the competition, master's student Faith Chirinda came third, followed by a group of IAPO staff, Naomi Claassen of the Institute for International Education of Students and Kimi Keith, also of IAPO.

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