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Centenary flame burns brightly

By Estelle Walmsley

Posted on 23 April 2008

Vice-Chancellor Prof Calie Pistorius lights the Centenary Flame
Vice-Chancellor Prof Calie Pistorius lights the Centenary Flame

All who enter the Hatfield campus through the main entrance in Roper Street will notice the flame which burns in front of the Client Service Centre at certain times of the day.

The Centenary flame was lit on 7 February 2008 by the Principal Prof Calie Pistorius following a candle-light procession by close on 5 000 students. It symbolises one hundred years of scholarship and was erected to commemorate the past achievements of the University and to act as an inspiration for an equally successful future.

The flame burns Mondays to Fridays from 07:00 to 09:00, 12:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. Over weekends, on public holidays and during university holidays it will burn only on special occasions.

Internationally renowned sculptor and Alumni Laureate Angus Taylor designed the vessel and Walter Pel of Sasol Technology Fuels Research, the flame burner. The burner operates on liquid petroleum gas, donated by Sasol Gas.

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