Gallery: New campus shapes leaders

 

Photographs by Bongani Nkosi

When one walks into the University of Johannesburg’s campus in Soweto, it’s immediately apparent that creativity was a requisite in designing the township’s first state-of-the-art academic facility. The campus boasts some splendid buildings, many of which are named after struggle icons – this makes the campus more relevant to the community of Soweto and to South Africa.

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Buildings at UJ’s Soweto campus are named after struggle icons.
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This lecture building is named after prominent teacher TW Khambule.
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The ceremony on 4 February marked the official opening of the campus.
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Leadership studies form the core of UJ’s curriculum. • Download high-resolution image

The campus’ little freedom square.
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UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Ihron Rensburg speaks.
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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaking at the opening ceremony.
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Members of the UJ Choir singing their voices out.
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Dr Nthato Motlana was a prominent Soweto businessman and Nelson Mandela’s physician.
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First year students were welcomed during the ceremony.
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The campus was designed to inspire creative thinking.
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This one is named after Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica composer Enoch Sontonga.
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A student dashes past Bram Fischer building.
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The campus will serve the Soweto community.
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Some creative designers were roped in to produce a sleek campus.
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A lecture building named after late Pan-Africanist icon Robert Sobukwe.
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It’s open to students from all over South Africa and the world.
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The campus is not far from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
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The government invested R450-million to the campus’ revamping.
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The campus was formerly part of Vista University.
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This one is named after the late Bram Fischer, a human rights lawyer.
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UJ is one of South Africa’s leading universities.
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