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Nelson Mandela Legacy is Virtually Commemorated by CUT



Nelson Mandela Legacy is Virtually Commemorated by CUT

Nelson Mandela Legacy is Virtually Commemorated by CUT. The Centre for Applied Food Sustainability and Biotechnology (CAFSaB) in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences held a virtual commemoration of Mandela Day on 17 July 2023 as we gradually adapt to the new normal and learn to live alongside.

Every year, the event celebrates the idea that everyone can make a difference and transform the world.

In their presentations, Shirleen Theisinger and Dr Elsabe botes provided insights into how their businesses are coping with the global pandemic.

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Insights From Entrepreneurs

Two distinguished entrepreneurs, Ms. Shirleen Theisinger and Dr. Elsabe Botes, shared their invaluable insights during the virtual event. Ms. Theisinger, the Managing Director and Lab Quality Manager of SMT Labs, reflected on the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. While grappling with operational hurdles and uncertainties, she emphasized the importance of adaptability and resilience in navigating uncharted territories.

Dr. Botes, Director of Test It Lab, underscored the unexpected financial benefits her company experienced amidst the crisis, attributing it to increased demand for water quality testing in response to hygiene directives.

Strategies For Resilience

Both entrepreneurs outlined strategies for business resilience in the face of adversity. Ms. Theisinger stressed the need for innovative strategies and flexible planning to meet evolving demands, while Dr. Botes highlighted the significance of leadership, trust, and adaptability in driving organizational success during turbulent times.

Embracing Mandela Legacy

Reflecting on the theme of Mandela Day, “Take action, inspire change,” both entrepreneurs emphasized the importance of collective action and solidarity in addressing societal challenges. They urged South Africans to confront the legacy of the past while forging a shared vision for a better future. Embracing Mandela’s ethos of resilience and reconciliation, they emphasized the power of individual actions in effecting meaningful change.


The virtual commemoration of Mandela Day by CAFSaB served as a reminder of the enduring legacy of Nelson Mandela and the importance of taking action to create positive change, especially in times of adversity

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