They say there is a time to reap, a time to sow. There’s a time to be happy and a time to be sad. Today as I’m preparing for exams on Tuesday, 8 June, I’m thinking back to my initial tertiary education at Vista University. In 1992 they visited my high school, Uitenhage High, and gave a presentation on the benefits on joining Vista. Thinking about it as logically as possible I concluded it was in the best interest of the family for me to go an do my BSc at Vista instead of University of Port Elizabeth, or even PE Technikon. These institutions are all being merged as from 1 Jan 2005. Vista itself will cease to exist from the end of June 2004. So it was with a heavy heart I can say goodbye to this institution that blessed me with so much. I wish there could have been closer co-operation with alumni, and that may yet happen. The changes in the South African tertiary landscape is for the better. I am convinced of this and it is in the best interest of the entire population we support these changes, embrace them and start to use the facilities and opportunities more. Viva Vista Viva!
This past weekend I had the honour of attending a lecture by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama from Tibet. The spiritual leader of Buddhism and symbol for peace. This is his 3rd visit to South Africa. The lecture took place at Vista University in Soweto. The main message I took from this lecture was to meditate on compassion. I often felt that I have not been very sincere in my actions or things I do to help other people. There has been some kind of unwritten expectation that the favour be returned. Well no more of that! I just want to be genuinely compassionate towards my fellow human beings and animals on Earth. I found the Dalai Lama to have a very good understanding of how scientifically the positive affects of meditation has been proven by medical science. He also has a sense of humour and speaks with some much humility when questioned at the end of his lecture. Afterwards me and my friends went to visit the home of Nelson Mandela in Orlando West, Soweto and the Hector Pieterson museum.
In the evening I attended the 6th annual African ICT Achievers awards. This very sophisticated event took place at the Dome in Northgate. Representing the Computer Society of South Africa I was very pleased to meet up with my cousin Lee Easton and his wonderful wife Connie. The music was fantastic. A few performances from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera set the scene.