House Chairman

Why Sonop Christelike Tehuis?

This poem perfectly depicts what has been instilled into every Sonopper that has ever crossed through the gates of Sonop. With a place as rich in tradition and culturally diverse like Sonop; where else will a young man be equipped with the needed Christian values and morals to prepare him for anything life has to offer? From day one Sonop breeds an attitude which sees a willingness in young men to participate, achieve and serve their own goals, Sonop and the bright future South Africa and the world have to offer. Every journey always starts with a step in the right direction and thus I implore you to take not only the first step but the best step in the direction of Sonop Christelike Tehuis.

Anrich Stander 2018 House Chairman

Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.

By William Ernest Henly

A question that I have been asked on numerous occasions. In different variations of course. Why are you so proud of this place? What makes this place so special? What are you thinking being part of such a group of crazy, bombastic and unique men? The short answer is: ‘Very few can be a Sonopper’, but what follows is the essence of my answer and it is encapsulated in our name.

 

Sonop. All the other men residences at Tuks is named after trees, therefore our uniqueness is already clear. The uniqueness of our residents, layout and practices is something that is close to my heart. Here you will meet friends, whose personalities are so diverse, that you will think you are in a mad house. You then realise that is actually only students that are making the most of their student life in a healthy environment. To describe Sonop’s layout is a very difficult task. It looks like a vacation resort, where people are studying very hard. We pride ourselves that our practices are unique to Sonop and that it creates a culture of unity, respect and growth.

 

Christelike.  We believe that Sonop creates an environment for spiritual growth. My biggest hope is that Sonop shapes men to bring about Jesus Christ’s will in the world. We aim to have a strong community of believers from different backgrounds and denominations. We also have respect for other religions and people with differing beliefs than ours.

 

Tehuis. A home away from home. This overused saying does not do justice to what you will experience in Sonop. This is a home that will shape you and give you a sense of belonging like no other place will. You come in as a stranger, but when you leave, you leave behind a piece of your heart.

 

This answer only leads to more questions, but the only way to answer them is to experience Sonop yourself. That is where the saying ‘Very few can be a Sonopper’ gets its value.