Marching to Pretoria: All Rhodes lead to the Capital

Friday 23 October 2015 (c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon

What will this day be like?

I wonder …

What will our future be …

I wonder.

It could be so exciting to be out in the world to be free

Our hearts should be gladly rejoicing!

Oh what’s the matter with me?

As a privileged student at Stellenbosch in the seventies/eighties:

  • we ran in the streets at Karnavaal with tins collecting for the “underprivileged”
  • We built floats and designed placards at rag time 
  • We took porcelain gnomes from residents’ garden and street signs from the sidewalk which we displayed in our res rooms
  • We ran in groups though the ladies’ residences and a prize went to that person who collected the most pieces of ladies underwear
  • We ran naked though the streets of Stellenbosch – from Coetzenberg to Helshoogte
  • We made fires too  – for our braais in Jonkershoek
  • We smuggled Tassies and Tannies into our rooms
  • We  demonstrated by putting the milk powder that replaced our nightly glass of fresh milk into the fountain in the front of the Conserve … The fountain was replaced with a garden and we got our fresh milk back!
  • We considered all this as being “onskuldige studente pret”. We tested kampusbeheer to the hilt!
  • We worked during holidays and after hours to pay our bills.
  • We never had money but never seemed to be out of money!
  • We were being defiant when we refused to wear ties to classes and at Sunday lunches.

I’m busy watching the biggest Rag day ever seen in SA  – how times have changed!

Please add your memories to this note …


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