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Sunnyside Hall of Residence 90th anniversary gala dinner

When: Friday, 27 September 2019 - Friday, 27 September 2019
Main Dining Hall, Braamfontein Campus East
Start time:18:00

Lutho Zono
Sunnyside Chairperson
Refilwe Mabula
Sunnyside Warden
Sesese Chilize
Sunnyside Secretary- General


RSVP by 20 September 


Cost: R250

The year 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of Sunnyside Hall of Residence, one of Wits’ oldest female residences.

The year 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of Sunnyside Hall of Residence, one of Wits’ oldest female residences. Established in 1929 and originally named Isabel Dalrymple House, the residence is one of many cherished heritage sites at the University of the Witwatersrand. Since its establishment, the residence has played an integral part of the University and contributed to its rich history and legacy.

Sunnyside has been home to many phenomenal and inspiring trailblazing alumnae who are flying the Wits flag across the globe and positively impacting society. With thousands of Wits graduates who are Sunnyside alumnae, the residence continues to inspire excellence through academia and social leadership.

Within Wits, Ciders (past and current Sunnyside residents) are known to be to be staunch advocates of gender equality and women empowerment. This tradition endures and, while the residence has transformed over the years, it continues to inculcate a spirit of sisterhood amongst its residents.

The Sunnyside 90th celebrations aim to recognise and honour the women who have lent gravitas to the residence and have contributed to the history and legacy of Sunnyside today. As we observe Women’s Month in August 2019, we invite you to join us in celebrating the 90th anniversary of Sunnyside at a special gala dinner on Friday, 27 September 2019. The gala dinner will commemorate the strides and milestones the residence has achieved over the past nine decades, and will bring together inspiring, motivated and ambitious alumnae and students.

The evening promises to be a memorable one, providing an opportunity for former students to reconnect and share their memories of Sunnyside in an uplifting and empowering environment. We would love to welcome you back home and walk down memory lane with you. Expect an enchanting evening with euphonious melodies from the respected Sunnyside Choir and thought- provoking speeches from illustrious Sunnyside alumnae and University representatives.

The Sunnyside 90th celebration dinner is an opportune moment for you to reconnect with the University ahead of its centenary celebrations in 2022. We invite you to share Sunnyside’s 90th and to envisage the University’s future with us.

Please feel free to extend the invitation to other Ciders you are in contact with so that they do not miss this auspicious occasion.

Payments should be made to:
Account name: University of the Witwatersrand -Sundry Debtors
Account number: 62077141580
Account type: Public Sector Cheque Account
Branch Code: 210554
Reference: SUNGALA19 - Your initials and surname
Email proof of payment to

Share memories and images of your time at Sunnyside by emailing

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Alumni networking and careers with speaker Jonathan Walker

When: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Auditorium, ground floor, Chamber of Mines Building, West Campus
Start time:17:00

011 717 1091


Young alumni networking and careers

Jonathan Walker is a Wits MBA graduate and the founder of app-based insurance company Granadilla.

Learn about his fast-paced entrepreneurial journey and what it takes to survive Year One as a start-up.

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Wits alumni reunions in the UK

When: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - Thursday, 17 October 2019
London: 41 Portland Place W1B 1QH. Oxford: University of Oxford, Rhodes House
Start time:18:00

+27 11 717 1092


Wits alumni reunions in London and Oxford

Join the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Adam Habib, at Wits Alumni Reunions in London and Oxford.

This is an opportunity for you to connect with Wits and with your fellow alumni. Be part of the next chapter and find out how you can make a difference to the future of Wits.

London: 16 October, 6pm, 41 Portland Place W1B 1QH
Oxford: 17 October, 6pm, University of Oxford, Rhodes House

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Founders' Tea 2019

When: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
To be confirmed
Start time:10:00

+27 11 717 1091


+27 11 717 1091

Annual Founders' Tea

Details of time, place, guest speaker etc to follow.

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