We are sure you were looking forward to joining us in Matieland for our annual Homecoming and Family Weekend, but COVID-19 with its many waves has thrown a spanner in the works. For everyone’s safety, the Development and Alumni Relations Division has decided to host Homecoming 2021 virtually this year. But not to worry! We’re still bringing the Matie gees while you can enjoy tailormade events from the comfort of your home. See this as your chance to log on and “meet up” with the rest of your Matie family, wherever they may find themselves in the world.
Homecoming 2021: Your virtual VIP
Please join us online where you can reminisce, reconnect, and relive your wonderful student days. Who knows, you may spot yourself in our virtual photo exhibition or you could be the lucky winner of a voucher, or two, from our brand new online Maties Shop. Here’s what we have planned:
Picture this! It’s ‘lente’ in the Boland, sêr groups are serenading you, you’re enjoying the company of friends whom you haven’t seen in a while, students are showing off their sporting talents on the field, business leaders are sharing their expertise to give your career a boost and the delicious smell of braaivleis is wafting through the air…. Yes, we’re switching things up for 2021 – our annual Maties Alumni Homecoming and Family Weekend has a new date, and of course you’re invited.
From Thursday, 23 September to Saturday, 25 September 2021
We’re rolling out the maroon carpet and you have a VIP ticket to come and enjoy a range of tailormade activities at your alma mater. Gather your friends, bring your family and be part of an exciting three days during which you can reminisce, reconnect and relive your wonderful student days.
You have a VIP ticket for Homecoming 2021
23 September at 19:00,
Thursday, 23 September at 19:00 - #HomecomingDeonMeyer
Join us on Thursday, 23 September at 19:00, for an online conversation with the highly acclaimed South African author and screenwriter, Deon Meyer. Matie alumnus, Jonathan Amid, well-known books journalist and critic, who is pursuing a PhD in South African crime-writing, will lead this conversation. Deon will share his story of becoming a celebrated author and discuss his recent bestseller, Donkerdrif, which is set in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch. Deon’s books have been published in more than 40 countries and translated into 27 languages worldwide.
Friday, 24 September - HomecomingBraai
Light your braai fires! On Friday, 24 September we would like you to BRAAI — at home of course. Please wear your Matie maroon and invite your nearest and dearest to join in on the Matie gees. All you need to do is post a picture on our social media platforms of you, your family and the braai and stand a chance to win wonderful prizes. And don’t worry, we’ve lined up a few braai masters to share their best braai dish recipes with you before the big day.
25 September between 10:00 and 23:00
Saturday, 25 September between 10:00 and 23:00 - HomecomingVirtualRunWalk
On Saturday, 25 September between 10:00 and 23:00 you can dust off those running
shoes, take on the open road and support the next generation of Maties while you’re at it! You could choose to run a 5km, 10km, or 20km along your selected route anywhere in the world. For every kilometre that you run or walk, please consider donating to our Annual Fund, Bridge the Gap. You can register, track and share your progress with us on Strava. We also have wonderful prizes up for grabs for those who clock the best times in their respective categories.