The energy in the room full of five-year-olds is almost tangible. The moment the music starts playing and the velvet curtains draw open, their eyes shine with amazement and all quiets down. It is time for the puppets to talk and the children to listen.
This is the Marico Biosphere – 44 000 hectares of supreme Africa landscape. An ecosystem that the North-West University (NWU) helped preserve.
Poverty, unemployment, poor service delivery, lack of economic growth. There are a lot to be done before we will see the African continent truly thriving. The need for interdisciplinary research has never been greater.
In the light of political and economic developments in South Africa in recent years, the further slippage from 62 to 67 out of 140 countries in the country's overall global competitiveness ranking is not unexpected.
Veronica Gouws, Koketso Kgorinyane and Naomi Mokhine will soon be jetting off to Russia.
An 18-year old student enters the university gate with nothing but a brown envelope and hope.
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