Students from different countries studying at Wits came together at an annual ISSC gathering.

The Wits International Students Sub-Council (ISSC) hosted a braai to celebrate their cultural differences in commemoration of South African heritage week on September 27, at the Wits amphitheatre.

Over thirty students from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Congo, Germany, Tanzania, and Zambia joined in the celebrations by wearing their traditional attire or wrapping themselves in their country’s flag.

“I attended to interact with other international students and to celebrate diversity because we rarely come together,” said Natalie Simasiku from Zambia.

The 24-year old third-year LLB student added that she mostly enjoyed the Zimbabwean cultural dances.

Mariana Mabvaru (22) from Zimbabwe, a second year BCom accounting student, said she enjoyed the social interaction.  “The fact that we got to interact with people from different countries was nice.”

“I met a girl from Congo and a bunch of other Zimbabweans I didn’t know. [The event] gave me a chance to meet some of my people,” said Mabvaru.

Another second-year BCom accounting student, Tanzanian Julieth Majule, 22, told Wits Vuvuzela that “compared to last year, this year’s braai was boring. People from the same country sat together and there was no connection”.

The ISSC president, Ntahli Mahao, said, “The main objective of the event was to provide a platform for the development of bonds and unity among international students.”

The ISSC works hand-in-hand with the International Students Office to represent and unite foreign students within the university.

FEATURED IMAGE: In celebration of heritage month Wits ISSC hosted a get together for international student. From left to right: Zimbarashe Muteeri, Munashe Tore, Russell Jumo, Tanaka Mudonhi and Hopewell Muchoroza. Photo: Rose Clemence Shayo