Our Dearest colleague, Hanzline R. Davids, is starting a new chapter at UNISA in December 2021.
We are deeply thankful to have had Hanzline as part of our team over the past 5 years. Our good wishes go with him to his new post and the team that he is joining. The IAM team wanted to take a moment to publically celebrate, thank, and wish our dearest Hanzline all of the best for the transition and new endeavors.
“Hanzline has taught me that there are ways to do complexity simply. By simply turning up, committing to “do the internal work” and integrating theologies into daily life, he embodies transformation.” – Michelle Boonzaaier, Program Manager
“Wishing you all of the best on your new journey and new chapter of your life. I have full confidence that your new colleagues will quickly realize how lucky they are to have you. I am seriously going to miss your random witty little comments that made me burst into a fit of laughter. Go well, go strong. Abby ☹” – Abby Harricombe, Administrator
“Hanzline, it was a massive privilege to get to know you (and conquer Table Mountain with you!) and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.” – Stephen Sillifant, Social Media
“I wish I had an amazing Audre Lorde or Bell Hooks quote to capture what is in my heart, what you have taught me, what you mean to me, and my wishes for you. Izandla zidlula ikhanda and ngiphelelwa amagama okubonga (Words of gratitude escape me , with gratitude beyond measure) of every moment and learning with you. You gave me words for feelings that I was experiencing, naming and framing what I shared. You sharpened my skills by constantly asking questions ( which often were not comfortable yet helped me in framing my thoughts.) No words can fully capture my gratitude to you.
Yhhuuu friend, you are like that cold can of coke after a heavy night of partying (mind you, at my middle age this is like finding a pool of water in a desert). So refreshing, so needed, giving life! Thank you for constantly being a well of life and learning to refresh me when the drought of depression hits.
Friend, may this new chapter chisel you to become one of the cornerstones of Queer theology. Your courage and voice have helped so many others to stand up for themselves, and may this chapter help you to forge a legacy of new queer, embodied pedagogies not only in academia but in international LGBTIQ+ history. Your ability to be a bridge between the community and academia is the skill needed to strengthen our movement, grounding academia to the community and eloquently reflecting the pan-African experts of queer theologians. My friend, may you never find yourself doubting the weight of your words and advice and, most importantly, may you never lose your compass. I love you.” – Thuli Mjwara, Process Coordinator
“Hanzline leads with his infectious smile and sense of humor, but it’s his clear passion and the seriousness with which he regards his work that shine through. He is in his element when deconstructing and reconstructing theological and academic discourse, yet he also has a way of engaging people that makes them feel seen and heard on a very human level. He will be sorely missed by all of the IAM team, and we wish him well in his new adventure!” – Jennifer Geib, Communications
“Hanzline is our star. He always has something special to say and make my day.” – Alida Bergman, Finance Manager
“Hanzline, I celebrate who you are and who you’ve become over these last 4 years at IAM: a team member and friend that we could laugh with and cry together, trust, and depend upon. Thank you for your dedication and hard work which contributed to raising the standard of IAM’s workshops and resources. You will be dearly missed. I am grateful that our working relationship will continue in a new way. I wish you the very best in your new lecturing position. May you find your feet quickly and may God bless your work and life. All the best.” – Ecclesia de Lange, Director[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_wp_posts number=”5″][/vc_column][/vc_row]