Wits Vuvuzela student journalist, Niall Higgins visited a number of shopping centres in the East Rand area to observe the way the lockdown rules like social distancing, the wearing of masks and remain home were being adhered to. (more…)
As Told To: “I have carried the pain of others on my shoulders, but the stories remain, attached to my soul”
Freelance facilitator and chaplain Philip Allan Stoneman (47) is a man with a rich history of experience and accolades to his name. He is the founder of Trauma Support South Africa and is a qualified facilitator and assessor who does freelance training and awareness presentations for Creative Foundations Training, ImpiMed Medical Services and Tensho Security.
Stoneman was also the founding director of the iThemba Rape and Trauma Support Centre – a position he held for seven years. Prior to that, he was involved with the Emergency Services Chaplaincy on the East Rand between 2000 and 2005.
He has served as a trainer for the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress (SAITS) from 2008 to 2011 and has facilitated several workshops for the Gauteng Department of Health and Department of Community Safety. Stoneman joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a reservist in 2006 to better understand the effects of trauma on officers and workers.
In May 2015, he was called as a stated supply minister to the Dalpark Presbyterian Community Church where he ministered until July 2019. He is an ordained pastor and falls under the authority of the Order for Christian Service and Order for Christian Mission. Stoneman currently ministers as a community chaplain in the Fairleads Benoni Agricultural Holdings as a volunteer.
The Amnesty International chapter at Wits University is currently running two online campaigns aimed at helping Witsies deal with issues of mental health and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during the covid-19 lockdown period and beyond.
Spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle’s teachings stand strong in the face of the covid-19 lockdown and continue to help me live a peaceful and happy life.
Online gamers are thriving during the lockdown as other competitive sports remain shut down.
The covid-19 lockdown has not stopped wildlife rehabilitator, Vanessa Davis, from ensuring that animals are protected and cared for. (more…)
University students and academic staff around South Africa share creative tech-driven solutions to staying connected during the 21-day lockdown period. (more…)
Wits hosts information session for students wanting to pursue their studies in Europe. (more…)
Lack of finances the only hurdle for student who cracked invitation due to academic credentials and leadership qualities. (more…)
My experience with stress and how I am overcoming it. (more…)
Wits launches new support group on campus for LGBTQ+ community to provide a support system to establish meaningful connections.