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Braamfontein gets painted blue and gold

To mark the special year, the institution hosted a homecoming weekend that started off with a Centenary Parade.

Wits University’s Homecoming weekend kicked off on September 2 with a Centenary Parade in Braamfontein.
The streets were painted blue and gold with about 9 000 staff and students celebrating Wits’ centenary year.

Wits cheerleaders celebrate the day. Photo: Neo Phashe
Parade attendees with painted faces. Photo: Neo Phashe
Vice-chancellor and principal of Wits Zeblon Vilakazi is happy during the parade. Photo: Neo Phashe

Vice-chancellor and principal of Wits Professor Zeblon Vilakazi kicked off the parade with a few celebratory remarks before taking the wheel in his blue and white 1967 Ford Galaxie alongside SRC president Cebolenkosi Khumalo. They led the parade on Jorissen Street before joining the staff and students on foot.

Shouts of excitement fill the air as Wits celebrated its 100th year. Photo: Neo Phashe
The parade is full of proud Witsies. Photo: Neo Phashe

“For 100 years the institution and its staff, students, and alumni have played an integral role in the development of the university, the city of Johannesburg and our country, and have made a global impact for good,” said Vilakazi.

Masses gather at the start of the parade. Photo: Neo Phashe
A cheerleader has the centenary spirit in Braamfontein. Photo: Neo Phashe
Vice-chancellor and principal of Wits Zeblon Vilakazi, drives a vintage Ford. Photo: Neo Phashe

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