A WORD FROM THE RESIDENCE HEAD
Very few can be a Sonopper.
So reads one of the lines in Sonop’s house song entitled Zoem Garrilbaldi.
And how true that is!
Sonop is the smallest men’s residence on the Tukkie Campus with room for only 160 residents compared to the other UP residences’ 300 plus residents. Only between 40 and 50 first-years are admitted here annually compared to more than 100 at the other residences.
However, do not think that the small population of Sonoppers deprives them of participation, dynamic and achievements on the Tukkie Campus!
Just look at our mascot Garribaldi. He himself stands only about half a meter high in his shoes, but radiates a determination with which he wants to say: I am small but trained. Do not underestimate me – you will tighten your belts.
His folded arms and determined facial expression expresses a Churchill thought much better than Churchill himself: We shall fight them on the hills, we shall fight them in the valleys, we shall fight them on the beaches, we shall never surrender.
Sonop’s archive full of photos, trophies and awards testifies to this little man’s Sonop brigade who regularly takes on the superior UP men’s residences and emerges victorious.
Enjoy the webpage you are on now – take an “electronic” journey through Sonop’s almost 102 years of existence full of traditions and achievements – a unique place to stay in the tree-lined Brooklyn and barely a kilometer from the main campus of the University of Pretoria .
And should you be interested in applying – do it right away!
Remember …… Very few can be a Sonopper!
Tonie Viljoen: Residence Head / Residence Father