North-West University campus in Mafikeng

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The North-West University consist of three institutions that merged: Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark in 2004, and it became one of the largest universities in South Africa. The Mafikeng campus was started locally, initiated by the donations from locals, and has a strong local community flavor and impact. The Mafikeng's campus is bursting with students, and currently there are many exams.

In the evening, we were hosted by the local North West province government officials. We were treated with a tasty dinner and a most educational, entertaining and informative political speech given by  Charles, the new CEO of tourism. We learned a lot about the province's economical structure and outlook for the future, which are invaluable for our task.

We also met the members of the newly formed Creative Department, and the guy behind music for Disney's Lion King, Lebo M. Morake. This South African singer and composer is most famous for arranging and performing music for The Lion King movies and stage productions.

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba                                         [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama                                                       [Oh yes, it's a lion]

These famous lyrics are in Zulu, and the music was recorded right here in Mafikeng capturing local sounds and rhythms - now how cool is that?

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