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Xhosa Cultural Union of Students (XCUS) – 2013 Opening Function

Jessica Mbangeni performing at the 2013 XCUS Opening Function at Wits University
Jessica Mbangeni performing at the 2013 XCUS Opening Function at Wits University

XCUS is a cultural society established within the University of the Witwatersrand.  It is the oldest cultural society at the University and was founded in 2001. Its aim is not only to unite Xhosa students within the university but to also establish a sense of identity and cultural knowledge in the space of the educational institution.

It encompasses young vibrant students, majority from the Eastern Cape, who have come to Johannesburg to create a success in their future and to give hope to the generations after them back home.

XCUS Chairperson, Viwe Tyolwana and founding member Bakhangele Masabalala celebrating XCUS' 12th birthday
XCUS Chairperson, Viwe Tyolwana and founding member Bakhangele Masabalala celebrating XCUS’ 12th birthday

This year on the 13th of April it held a 12th year birthday celebration and re-launch. This was an opening event and welcomed other students who are not part of the society. This served as a milestone to uncover the cultural pride and dignity that the society holds. It gave educational talks about the culture and cultural wear of Xhosa people. Well known actor Mthetheleli ‘Tazz’ Ngidi was there to encourage and motivate all the students in being confident of relational interactions with other cultures and languages. A newly established NGO founded and run by young Xhosa people called M-Power Development Initiative (MDI) shared its vision and reason to interact with XCUS with the aim of reaching rural schools and communities with information about careers, bursaries and Tertiary institutions. This address was done by Athenkosi Gcisa who is a former member of XCUS and a Wits alumni.

A new banner was unveiled as a sign of restoration and appreciation of the founding member Bakhangele Masabalala. The new committee voiced their plans and aspirations for the year. With that including unity amongst Xhosa students, allowing other students to know of the culture, uncovering a young black man/woman’s drive for success without forgetting where they come from and taking steps of social responsibility in the lives and dreams of young people in rural Eastern Cape with limited means and resources.

Xhosa Traditional Wear designed by Jessica Mbangeni
Xhosa Traditional Wear designed by Jessica Mbangeni

Article by Zimkita Madala (2013 XCUS Entertainment Officer)

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