The Wits DLU is offering postgraduate students an opportunity to discover Africa

The Wits Development and Leadership Unit (DLU), in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), have started a programme to take students to countries in the southern African region by bus.

Head of the DLU, Nicole Morris, told Wits Vuvuzela they are constantly looking for opportunities to widen the horizon of potential leaders at Wits and the Discover Africa by Bus programme is part of this process.

“The aim of this programme is to expose students to SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries. Through travel and exposure to different cultures, students derive immense value as this broadens one’s perspective and sharpens the mind,” Morris said.

Africa by Bus is a cost-free programme created by UJ that offers its students who have never been “outside the border” to experience a variety of cultures.

“We send 600 students a year to get on a bus and cross a border to get an experience of a lifetime,” said Lisle du Plessis of the division of internationalisation at UJ.

Although UJ students take part in the programme for free, Wits students are required to pay R5 000 to participate.

The DLU Discover Africa by Bus is eligible for Wits postgraduate students and includes a five-day hotel stay, bus fare to and from Namibia, meals, sightseeing costs, and transportation between sites.

“The programme is targeted at postgraduate students because of the timing of the Windhoek Fashion week which unfortunately falls during the university’s moratorium period,” said Morris. “We hope those who participate in this programme will gain an insight on Namibian history, culture and work ethic.

The internship included in the programme aims to give students a hands-on experience into the world of fashion which is oftentimes ignored,” said Morris.

The programme will run on November 3 – 10. Applications close on August 30.

FEATURED IMAGE: Wits and UJ have partnered together to take students to see Namibia. Photo: Masechaba Kganyapa