Sometimes I wish the walls at Sonop could talk and tell the stories of the past. Fortunately, the walls carry the tradition, culture and brotherhood of all the previous years and so it becomes part of every new Sonopper’s Sonop experience. What a great privilege it is to be able to live in a place like no other.
Sonop takes young boys and teaches them what it is to be men. Men who establish the Kingdom of God in our midst with truth and power. Men who will take on the roles of head and priest of their families with a God-fearing love. Men who walk in God’s light and keep on seeking a deeper relationship with God.
Hard work, perseverance and difficult times. Sonop teaches you how to function under difficult conditions – diamonds are only formed under high pressure. Christian values, character and perseverance – that’s our culture.
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth. This quote perfectly sums up a Sonopper. A Sonopper is not necessarily going to be the best on the field or the smartest in the class, but he NEVER gives up, and that’s what makes Sonop stand out above all the other residences, that’s what makes Sonop the best.
It’s about pride. It’s about history and tradition. It’s the Hope for the future. In all areas, from culture, academia and on the sports field. The ordinary guy suddenly turn into a hero. Sunday night echos the sound of a group of men through the streets of Pretoria. 105 years of tradition are always together in spirit. Because “Very few can be a Sonopper”.
A Sonop resident is a normal person who works harder than other normal people and this is the core of Sonop’s success.
Sunrise is your unfair advantage in life. This is something an ex-Sonopper told me has stuck with me to this day. Every day that passes one sees that Sonop is an investment in one’s life.
What’s worse than a home without a mother …? Definitely “Sonop without a Nonnie”. As Sonop’s Nonnie it is not only my duty to keep every young man’s stomach full, but out of love I carry every Sonopper’s interests at heart. Nonnie is your mother away from home …
Residence Chairman: CM Kriel
When I refelect on my student years so far, there is one highlight that stands put head and shoulders above the rest: my time here in Sonop and all the memories that go along with it.
Sonop is one of the oldest residences on Tuks and therefore has a very rich culture and tradition that dates back to 1916. There are only 160 men who can stay in Sonop at a time, so it is a great privilege to be part of this unique residence. The Sonop family is one who will stay with me for many years to come and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Sonop is not just an ordinary student residence. There are an awful lot of things that set Sonop apart from any other student residence in the world. The two things that stand out to me are the perseverance and mentality of our residents. The famous Sonop saying: “You will never be able to mean as much to Sonop as Sonop can mean to you” just makes me realize again that Sonop has a remarkable impact on all its members during their stay in Sonop and also in the consecutive years.
Why is Sonop the best? It is tucked into our walls here, if you walk into Sonop the place has an immediate effect on you. It is not possible to explain Sonop and all his things to someone from the outside. The following quote from CJ Langenhoven sums up a Sonopper well:
“Give me a man who says what’s true
if the devil is there,
who does what is right
if the judge is gone,
who stays true to his conscience
if he gets punishment instead of reward.”
Sonop’s four pillars are: Seniority, Loyalty, Integrity and Discipline. These values and your Sonop experience give you a secret weapon and an edge in life. Here in Sonop you become the man you have always wanted to be. Growth and development in Sonop is inevitable – as an insecure man you walk through the gates and a few years later you walk into the rest of the world as an equipped Sonop man.
Laat die buile huil!