Graduation 2018. Keynote Speech: Prof Paul Henry Gundani (Ph. D.; LL. B.) [gview file="http://sjv.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KEYNOTE-SPEECH-DR-P.-GUNDANI.pdf"]
During the month of September in our country we commemorate the heritage and the diversity of the people of our country. Thus, as part of our formation we have incorporated an annual “Cultural Day” where we as the SJV community also celebrate and express the diversity and uniqueness of our own cultures, as well as our openness to the other cultures in the community.
On the Friday, 12 September 2014, we all gathered as a community to celebrate this day commencing at 15h00 with the celebration of the Mass with Rev. Fr Thabiso Ledwaba presiding, together with the other members of the formation staff, as well as some visiting priests, concelebrating. In his homily Father Ledwaba put the emphasis on culture and how human beings relate to it. He stated that “all people of the world are meant to see each other as brothers and sisters; no culture, no history, no civilisation, is superior in this world, than any other. Every culture and tradition has its own homework; namely to cleanse itself, to sit at the feet of Christ the Master, and be preached the Good news.”
After the celebration of the Mass we proceeded in joy to the second part of the day where we came together and enjoyed the different foods that were prepared by each cultural group. After enjoying the tasty and exotic foods, and drinking the traditional brews, we proceeded to the third part of the day as we gathered in our Hall where the different cultural groups presented different cultural dances and songs.
The highlight of the day was indeed the uniqueness of every human being and this was strongly portrayed by the different and colourful cultural attire on display. To sum up this great celebration, we can say with joy that the day was indeed a time to enjoy the diversity of each person’s culture and the uniqueness of being human.
By Desmond Domkrag – Philosophy 2 Student