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South Africa, build your democracy

- By Wits University

A collage, with photographs of South Africans describing their commitment towards constitutional democracy, will be made as part of Mandela Day celebrations at Wits University.

For the past three years, people have participated in the #BuildaPresident campaign – where they were photographed with a message that talks about pertinent democratic issues in a creative way. The campaign was run by Drama for Life, a global academic, research and community engagement department based at the Wits School of Arts.

The collage forms part of the #BuildaPresident “It’s in my hands now!” pledge campaign.

On Tuesday, 21 July 2015, the collage will be used to rebrand the wall at the corner of Station and Jorissen Streets. #BuildaPresident photo shoots will take place within Wits to reaffirm the University's pledge to being a democratic institution.

The Wits community and members of the public will be able to sign a pledge, which aligns with the Mandela Day ethos. 

 “In doing so, citizens are called on to recognise that individuals have the power to transform the world through their ability to make an impact,” says campaign organiser Anzio Jacobs.

“The pledge will denote how the institution perceives itself as a citizen. This ties in well with the University’s pledge to transformation, through community service initiatives, the language policy, and the Vice-Chancellor’s move towards accessibility,” adds Jacobs.

Warren Nebe, Director of Drama for Life says that the #BuildaPresident photographic documentation serve to affirm that all people in South Africa want to be heard, respected and acknowledged.

Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Time: 13:15 for 13:30

Venue: Great Hall Piazza, Braamfontein Campus East

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As part of Mandela Day, the university is also supporting its students this year through a huge charity drive by donating non-perishable food and toiletries to the Wits Food Bank, which can be dropped off at the following points:

Braamfontein Campus East: Senate House Concourse

Braamfontein West Campus: Counselling and Careers Development Unit

Parktown Education Campus:  Staff Lounge, 1st floor, Bohlakeng Block

Parktown Health Sciences Campus: 1st floor, Philip Tobias Building