History excellence rewarded

Anjonet Jordaan -- Thu, 10/29/2015 - 13:00

History excellence rewarded

VANDERBIJLPARK - If the famous saying, “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past”, by George Orwell is anything to go by, then studying History is certainly the future.

This was echoed by Vaal Triangle Campus staff and students of the subject group History within the School of Basic Sciences, who gathered on Monday, 19 October for the Annual History Award Ceremony to honour outstanding history students. During the ceremony, hosted by Professor Elize van Eeden, a total of 33 undergraduate students were recognised for their outstanding achievements throughout the year.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof Van Eeden highlighted that over and above the increased academic excellence by students, the subject group has considerable accomplishments to celebrate. This she says, include strides made by the subject group in ensuring that those who study History understand that it is not being studied only for the sake of obtaining knowledge of the past, but also for a better understanding of the present through proper knowledge of the past.

Incoming History Society Executive with the various history lecturers.

Incoming History Society Executive with the various history lecturers.

The award for overall winner of the 2015 academic year excellence award in the department was scooped by Refilwe Motloung, who has since her fist year, been scoring distinctions across all her modules. The excited, Motloung, who’s now in her third year, said she intends on maintaining the standard until she finishes her studies.

Also on the list of award recipients of the day were the winners of the internal debate competition that was held on the 18th September this year on campus where various teams tackled: “Monuments, legacies, sagas and memory: Should the colonial past be erased in the post-colonial present?", as a topic.

History lecturers: Profs Johan Tempelhoff, Elize van Eeden, Ms Charmain Hlongwane and Dr Claudia Gouws.

History lecturers: Profs Johan Tempelhoff, Elize van Eeden, Ms Charmain Hlongwane and Dr Claudia Gouws.

According to Prof Van Eeden, the awards are a good investment for the subject group, as they create healthy and fruitful competition amongst students.

She also took time to acknowledge the contribution of the outgoing History Society Executive and welcomed the newly elected one. Altogether, Prof Van Eeden thanked her colleagues Professor Johan Tempelhoff, Dr Claudia Gouws and Ms Charmaine Hlongwane for the work they are doing in the history department.