Where the heart has been since 1905

A Morning Well Spent: Hats and Heels

There are always debates regarding whether or not staying in a student residence is of any value. Those in favor of private accommodation will say that it allows for more freedom or that sharing immediate living quarters ‘is not my forte’. These are all of course valid opinions, and we cannot have preconceptions regarding personal preferences. But there are few opportunities that campaigned as much for the benefits of staying in res – and more specifically, in Harmonie – than the event that took place on the 25th of March in our own quad.

This was the annual Harmonie tea party, and basking under a lovely morning sun were the excited faces of be-hatted ladies in florals and chiffon. By their sides, the animated faces of their guests and loved ones: a mother, a best friend, a mentor. This was a special group of people: the invitation was extended to every single Harmonite, with the only requirement for attendance being that their companion be someone that is an inspiration to them. Some brought the friend that had been in their life for ten years, some brought the mother that woke every morning at five to pray for the hard academic day that lay ahead for their daughter. And amidst finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delicate tartlets, laughter and loving sentiments were exchanged in abundance. As mothers and friends bonded over a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake, a photographer subtly went around the long table of chatty ladies, capturing these precious moments for the rest of eternity. And, of course, there was a beautiful photo-booth situated beneath our signature Jakaranda tree, making for countless beautiful photo opportunities.

When being asked for advice by prospective students on what kind of events are worth attending at university – this is the answer. For moments such as these are a big part of the foundation of life-long friendships and are surely a very welcome break from the relentless pressures of academic life.

Marlise Theron


What a (Toneel)FEES!

Harmonie’s first years have been excelling in all they do from the moment they set foot in the hallowed halls of our dear residence, so the fact that they managed to present a Toneelfees production all on their own comes as no surprise.  Thanks to Jamiela Abrahams (better known by her nickname, Jay) and her tiny but mighty crew of three girls, Harmonie was able to present a real showstopper put together in record time.

The Toneelfees is an annual theatre festival where University residences and PSO’s enter short plays they have written, directed and acted in themselves, and compete against each other in order to determine whose is the best. The theme for 2017 was “A Touch of Laughter” and Harmonie joined hands with Oude Molen to deliver their very own, one-of-a-kind production.

The play Jay and her cast presented was witty and amusing, and our lovely actors, Jean-Marie Malan, Femia Kamper and Ornilla Serage delivered a simple yet classic performance brimming with hidden nuances. If so much can be done with so little time and such few resources, just imagine the extravagant production that will be delivered next year!

It is easy for people to undermine the importance of events such as this festival. According to Jay, “the worst part is how downplayed Toneelfees is, it’s not taken seriously enough”. When asked what her experience of the entire process was, she replied that “it was fun and challenging. These kinds of events are important. It promotes campus involvement, especially amongst first years who want to do something worth the extra time and effort to tell a story on stage”. One such first year, Ornilla Serage comments that Toneelfees allows “a bunch of students to come together and do what they like. It’s very creative, it’s fun, it’s a way to meet people… There’s only good to be taken out of it”.

I for one am filled with great expectations as to what Harmonie will deliver in the years to come.

Ayden Kruger

House Fun(ds) Dance

Exams are right around the corner and the nerves are starting to set in. It’s time to start drinking vitamins, because the biannual symptoms we all know so well, have started to manifest: binge-watching series, stress eating, freaking out about due dates and, worst of all, procrastination.  Luckily, the House Fund(s) Dance was just in time to allow us to blow off some steam and enjoy fabulous Harmonie socialising. The next Harmonie dance, the one and only House Dance, will only be late in the second semester, therefore attending this one was an opportunity not to be missed!

The dance took place in the heart and stomach of Stellenbosch University: the Neelsie. Having a dance so close to home was amazing. There was no need to drag along comfortable shoes or jackets. It also allowed us to show off our outfits to the students in FHARGA. They only hate us cause they ain’t us.

The Harmonie newcomers came out in their numbers to represent. This forecasts an incredibly participatory first years group. However, several Harmonie alumni also attended the dance, which lead to a number of vocal reunions between current and “old” Harmonites.

The theme this year was emoji’s, which was ingenious. Not only do most of us use them every day, but thanks to recent WhatsApp updates, there are a bunch of new ones available for our social media pleasure. We really are a diverse group of women: we had scientists, a unicorn, cowboys, queens,  and any other emoji you can think of. Hands down the two outfits that dominated the evening were Caitlynne and Emma’s amazing matching costumes. MacDonald’s chips have never looked as fabulous.

The beverages for the evening were the most diverse I have seen at a Harmonie dance. This dance really offered something for everyone. The cuisine consisted of one of the top three student favourites. Romans pizza is an absolute must. MacDonald’s and Pulp popcorn may have been a bit impractical, so maybe next time.

The last hour of House Fund(s) Dance was the best part of the evening. That was the moment we all come together and just let go. Dancing and singing along to music with your friends is one of the best feelings in the world.  The music was louder and the dance moves were on point.  Shout out to the wonderful ladies of the Second Years Committee, who organised the whole event. Thank you for helping us to take a break before all of the exam pressure.

  • Kayla Odendaal 

My first experience of the senior’s dance

I was completely amazed by the outcome of the dance. The atmosphere, drinks, food and company were more than perfect. I went to the dance with high expectations; after all, I was very determined to make it a night to remember. I was one of the first to arrive at the venue. I was quivering with joy and excitement when I entered the building. The atmosphere was already set with the background music and lights, which just gave me that immediate feeling of excitement. I was amped to start the night on the dance floor. However I didn’t wanted to be that one girl that you find dancing on her own. So I waited for my friends to arrive so we could open up the dance floor.

Not long after I arrived, everyone started to show up. The ladies looked beyond beautiful with their own unique styles. It was an interesting and exciting experience to see the girls all dressed up compared to their everyday casual clothing. One thing that I know for sure is that the ladies in Harmonie know how to dress to impress!

On arrival everyone was welcomed with an alcoholic punch that was really tasty and just the right way to start the night off. I found it easy to mingle with everyone and all the guests were very open to socialising. I truly like the concept of having the dance at a nightclub. It makes things so much easier and Tin Roof was a more than adequate venue. It is also good to change up the scenery.

After we ate our scrumptious Romans pizzas, I decided to join my friends on the dance floor. That is when the night truly started. My friends and I decided not to take dates, but rather take each other. I found it lovely to spend the night out with my Harmonie sisters.

Last but certainly not least: the photo booth! I loved the idea of using props as they added character and flair to the photos. It was a fun and interactive way to capture the memories that were made that night.

I can say with all honesty, it was a night to remember. I’m totally looking forward to the next senior’s dance. The senior’s committee did a great job in making it a memorable night.

Tayleigh Davids


By Lindsay Thys

So living in res, you do not always feel like cooking, but I’ve taken the time to try out some quick and easy dishes that are delicious and fit the student budget too!

Easy Pasta Bolognaise pressure-cooker-one-pot-pasta-bolognese


Oil (olive, canola or sunflower seed oil, for frying)

1 chopped onion

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 small punnet Lean beef mince

1 packet of tomato paste

1 can of chopped garlic and tomato

Brown sugar, salt and pepper

Penne pasta


  1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Leave to cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add mince and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. 2.
  2. Add canned tomatoes and garlic and add a bit of sugar (this is optional – sugar usually balances the sourness in the tomato, 1-2 tablespoons should be enough). Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to the boil. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the bolognaise sauce is thick.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain. 4.
  4. Dish pasta into bowls. Spoon over bolognaise sauce. Add cheese or basil leaves to top it off, and season with salt and pepper to taste.


So I took the liberty to try this out, it was my first time making any kind of pasta, and surprisingly it was REALLY good!

I added Tabasco to the bolognaise sauce for an extra kick because I like all things spicy (and I got hot sauce in my bag) #swag

And I added some cream to the sauce to make it thick and extra creamy.

I love this recipe because it took me less than an hour to make, it’s saucy, it reminds me of home and it’s affordable!

But you can’t just trust my opinion, right? So I let Hunter and Nadine try it as well.

Hunter says: 

“I liked it, the cream served the dish well, The Tabasco came through strong, although I don’t know if that was a good or bad thing, cause I’m not a huge fan of spicy food. But overall, it was a good dish, and the fact that it was a res dish made it even better. I’ll definitely try it again”


Easy Butter Chickenindian_butter_chicken_1


Cubed chicken breasts

Butter chicken spice

Oil and butter

Butter chicken paste

Fresh cream

Garlic and ginger mix

Some plain yoghurt and some coriander to finish


  1. Spice the cubed pieces of chicken with the butter chicken spice. Add some oil, a table spoon of butter, and garlic and ginger mix to pan and allow chicken to cook for 10 mins or until it starts changing colour.
  2. Then add the butter chicken paste and allow to simmer for about 10 mins. Add your fresh cream and coriander, stir through and let it cook for 5 mins.
  3. Dish your butter chicken and serve with some naan bread or rice.

How to prepare Naan

Add some butter into pan and allow Naan bread to heat up for about 5-10 mins on a medium heat.


Two words: IN LOVE. This was yet again, my first time making this dish and it exceeded my expectations by far. *Pats back*

Indian cuisine has always been my favourite because of its many flavoursome dishes, and butter chicken happens to be my favourite. I love this dish because of its exotic flavour; also, the naan bread that I bought at food lovers complimented the dish well.

I love that it has the perfect balance of spicy yet rich and creamy! If there is one dish that everyone should try it’s definitely Butter chicken!

Again, you can’t just take my word for it, So Tuschani tried it too.


“Lindsay’s butter chicken is so yummy! It was saucy and flavourful – just like a curry should be. She better make it for me again”  

Section Week

Harmonie Molassesêr 2017: “Ladies with Gees”

From the “Kuierleiers” to the Smarties, the ladies of the Harmonie Molassesêr team pulled out all the stops. The audience was chauffeured through a realistic tour around the University of Stellenbosch in the comfort of their own seats.

The purpose of the energy-charged production was to promote staying true to one’s roots, and simultaneously feeling comfortable while walking on the Rooiplein during lunch hour intervals. “Roots” here is not used in the context of one’s hair roots, but rather as a representation of what makes you, you.

Stellenbosch University is known for its diverse group of students who study and reside on, as well as around, the university’s campus. Each student seems to use their own method of socializing, staying active, and (most importantly) making HEMIS. This diversity is exactly what Harmonie’s Molassesêr ladies were determined to prove.

The day of the Molassesêr started off on a very good note (pun intended). At 06:00, the ladies had their very last rehearsal. Instead of acting as an alarm clock for the rest of the house, as was intended, windows had been angrily shut by 06:05 in reaction to the noise level. This did not offend the Molassesêr ladies though, as it only served to prove that their gees was where it should be!

The ladies’ first performance at the AmaMaties hub was both nerve wrecking and exciting; this was their first time seeing the judges reactions to the moves that were incorporated, the song choices, and the way in which they presented themselves.

The performance was divided into different categories of students of Stellenbosch University, namely: Kuierluiers, Smarties, Humanitarians and The Poppies.

The story revolves around a student at the University of Stellenbosch trying to find her way through each and every group. She ends up never fitting into any of these groups, finding herself unhappy, unattractive, tired and fighting a nasty hangover. She later learns that the only way she will ever fit in as well as be happy, is to be herself and to stick to her roots because each and every student is flawless in their own unique way. There truly was no better way to end off than with the flawless lyrics: “Baby we look so

good all the time, Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Oh Yeah”.

by Tamlyn Blignaut

First year’s dance

Everybody knows how high school dances usually entail those awkward conversations and stiff dance partners. This is most definitely not the case at university dances… The first year’s dance was a fun evening where the first year ladies of Harmonie got to spend time with their fellow Harmonites (and maybe with a handsome date they met in Welcoming Week at a skakel, or in class).

The theme for the first year’s dance this year was “Inside Out”, with décor inspired by the animation movie with the same name released by Pixar in 2015. In the quad, the trees were draped with fairy lights and the guests could lounge around on the comfortable sofas before the dance commenced. The dining hall was, too, draped in fairy lights, and created a warm and aesthetically pleasing welcome. The guests were seated at tables which were beautifully decorated according to the chosen theme, with colourful placemats and centerpieces. Also included in the table décor was a lovely souvenir glass for each guest, completed with the 1905 logo of Harmonie and the words “First Year’s Dance 2017”.

When everyone had found a seat, the dance floor was opened by the House Committee members and the party started. Everyone enjoyed the range of music that was played by the DJ, our very own Una. If I may give you some advice for future dances: do not, under any circumstances, dance in platform heels! In between dancing and eating Roman’s pizza, the guests could take photos at the photo booth, which was also “Inside Out” inspired.

I think it is safe to say that the First Year’s Dance of 2017 was a huge success and that the Functions Committee did an excellent job in making it a magical evening for all the guests.

The Whiteboard

“Words hurt.” These are words every one of us have heard from an early age, yet for some of us the real impact of this statement only became evident in the past few weeks. With nothing more than a whiteboard, a question and two board markers, the Critical Engagement (CritEn) Committee managed to spark some powerful and heated debates. Addressing interrogating issues relating to gender, language and inclusivity, the whiteboard became a source of contempt and excitement.

However, one morning, after some shockingly direct comments had been left on the board, it was taken away. A lot of people were confused and angry about this, so some Harmonites approached our Primaria, Jana van Schalkwyk, and asked for an explanation, after which it was announced that there would be a meeting to discuss The Whiteboard. After a lengthy (and at times emotional) meeting, it was decided that The Whiteboard would return to its place beside Klein Knersis.

The implementation, and especially the removal, of this whiteboard exposed some very prominent truths. It was brought up in the meeting that people seem to be much braver behind a mask of anonymity, willing to attack and disagree with peoples’ comments in very direct, and sometimes hurtful, ways. A comparison was drawn between the board and arguments that often occur on social media when people are able to argue without coming face to face with their opposition.

This is certainly true for the whiteboard, but is it always a bad thing? There’s a persistent trend in modern society that makes one feel obligated to always be nice and understanding, and never oppose people too directly. Just to be clear, I’m not against being nice to people at all, but I do think that it can create a false sense of comfort when it is faked. Many people felt that this whiteboard was the only place where they could speak their unedited mind without receiving criticism or funny looks.

There was also a lot of debate about the infamous arrows that people use to comment on what others have said and give their own opinion in contrast to someone else’s. I think that too much of this debate was focused on the arrows themselves, and how to improve them, instead of addressing who was behind them and how they impacted the entire board.

The Whiteboard is meant to spark debate, generate ideas and allow everyone who reads it a glimpse into a perspective which they may never have encountered. A crucial part of this was the use of arrows, as they allowed people to have conversations and expand their ideas.

However, simply drawing an arrow and writing, “no” or “what do you mean?” in response to someone’s opinion is not very constructive. The idea of an arrow is to ask a question or present a different opinion, not to devalue or undermine someone else’s.

The biggest issue brought to the discussion revolved around the reasons surrounding the removal of the whiteboard. Many people were angry over the fact that when direct comments were made about specific Harmonites last year, nothing was done but when similarly direct comments were made about someone else this year, the board was taken away. This is indicative of where the power and priorities in this residence lie.

Many ladies of Harmonie felt as if their experiences and opinions were being undermined and this caused the tension to rise. This element of the whiteboard removal cannot be ignored and the House Committee did offer an apology for this. The meeting then moved on to discussing various ways in which to improve the board and debating certain rules and restrictions. One could argue that this was rather contradictory, as one of the board’s most important features is the freedom it allows people, and that the reality is that the board reflects the people who write on it. In other words, by making rules about what and when someone can write something, one limits the number of people who will write something.

One thing that this whole issue has exposed is the power that people and their words can have. Both sides of the board were covered weekly in people’s opinions and ideas. Friday lunch times were also used to host insightful CritEn discussions. It was words that got the board taken away, and words which asked for it back.

I don’t think that any Harmonite can deny or ignore the power that The Whiteboard has. It is the good kind of power, one that encourages discussion and prompts people to think outside of their comfort zones and engage with perspectives that differ from their own. The reappearance of The Whiteboard at Klein Knersis is an opportunity for Harmonites to expand their understanding of their family in this residence, and I hope that this issue will remind everyone who passes the board to reflect on its importance, as well as their own power to engage effectively with their fellow Harmonites. Every person has a voice that matters, so let’s use this whiteboard to remind one other of that.

By Marie Mjacu

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