By Akhona Valashiya
Rhodes University is using its student residences to accommodate thousands of people coming to see the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
Each resident has a maximum of three sub-wardens who manage the residences 24 hours a day making sure that guests feel welcome and are taken care of. These sub-wardens are Rhodes University students who applied for the job; they sacrificed their school holidays as well as a chance to enjoy the Festival like everyone else to take over this huge responsibility.
Sinethemba Poni is a 3rd year BA student at Rhodes University and she is a sub-warden at Adamson House, she is working hand in hand with other two fellow students. She said she applied to be the sub-warden because she wanted to know how it would be like and also to make her C.V look good.
“ This is my first time as a sub-warden and I am enjoying this job because I got to meet new people; sometimes it’s frustrating because of the big number of guests we are responsible for”, she said.
These sub-wardens are committed, friendly and on duty 24/7 ready to assist and answer and listen to any queries guests might have, making the Festinos’ stay and the artists’ stay at Rhodes easy and pleasant.