Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

Exception rather than the norm

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For more than two decades I worked on university campuses in South Africa, from the University of Durban-Westville (UDW, KwaZuluNat­al) to the University of Pretoria (UP, Gauteng) to the University of the Free State (UFS, Bloemfonte­in).

I started as a professor and head of department (UDW), continued as a dean (UP) and then took on the position of rector (UFS).

In all of those positions I thrived on the sheer joy of being able to teach, lead and live among undergradu­ate students.

I had an open-door policy for students and as rector would regularly have these bright young people come through our home.

 ?? PICTURE: CARA VIERECKL ?? The students in Professor Jonathan Jansen’s book, Making Love in a War Zone did not live through apartheid and entered relationsh­ips with eyes wide open.
PICTURE: CARA VIERECKL The students in Professor Jonathan Jansen’s book, Making Love in a War Zone did not live through apartheid and entered relationsh­ips with eyes wide open.

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