Zimbabwean students celebrated their country’s Independence Day with a variety of activities on the Howard College campus in Durban.
A highlight of the day was Zimbabwe soccer players winning the Independence Cup after victories against Nigerian and South African counterparts.
The event was all about fun, reunion and networking with students from all campuses joining in festivities.
‘This is a beautiful day for me because I got to make friends and can identify with people from and around Zimbabwe,’ said one of those enjoying the fun. ‘Thanks to the International office and the team that made this day a success.’
Zimbabwean Zandie Mpofu, a postgraduate student in UKZN’s School of Law, said: ‘Zimbabwe is a beautiful country despite its economic and political struggles. We know and pray that with the help of our neighbours, South Africa included, it will rise again.’
Speaking at the gathering, President of the Zimbabwe Society of UKZN (ZimSoc) Mr Simba Tembo gave a brief history of the liberation struggle, explaining what he believed independence meant to Zimbabweans. ‘Independence is an achievement we hold very close to our hearts and will forever celebrate. It reminds us of our liberation war heroes who sacrificed all they had, including their lives, for us to be free.’
Words: Venencia Nyambuya