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Men's Battle Dialogue creates winners out of ordinary men

Vaal University of Technology's Student Support Services made a call to action for all men in VUT to come together and discuss their daily battles. Social, spiritual, financial, educational, and health matters were discussed at the gathering held at the VUT Lapa Lounge on 23 June.

The Institutional HIV/AIDS Unit (IHAU), the mother body of Student Support Services, organised "Men's Battle Dialogue" with the aim of forming a brotherhood and forum for men to discuss their issues and seek help when they have problems. Representatives from SANCA, Anglo American, Clientele, 5 PM (5 P's of manhood) organisation, First Thing First, and Anova Health Institution, formed part of the stakeholders who presented on the day. There were HIV/AIDS testing stations and circumcision doctors to educate men about health matters.

SANCA's presentation was titled: Men and substance abuse, which was a relatable topic for most of the men in attendance. Anglo American emphasised issues around health. They said that there are career opportunities for skilled youth within their organisation. However, their struggle is finding individuals who are fit for certain jobs because of health matters.

Student Counsellor and Assistant Director at Sedibeng College, Jabu Mbongo, enlightened the fellows about anthropology and gave advice on how to be positive and impactful leaders as young men. The men were reminded to recreate themselves and to believe in themselves.

This informal dialogue was directed by vibrant entertainer and radio presenter, Happy K from Thetha FM. The event ended with a braai and networking session.