Merensky High School in Tzaneen has its own way of welcoming new learners and personnel with the annual MooPoo event. Photos: Roelof de Jonge

Some institutions have the weirdest traditions in saying welcome to people who have joined the fray. Merensky High School in Tzaneen has its own way of welcoming new learners and personnel with the annual MooPoo event.

The MooPoo is essentially a cattle dip filled with dirty water. The greenhorns, personnel, and other new learners are then baptized in the dip tank.

Just to emphasize the welcoming, the school’s leaders add a fair share of cow dung as per tradition on top of the heads of the new-comers.

And with the Moo Poo baptize concluded, the newcomers are now officially proud Plasies. This year, however, the number of participants was lessened and no spectators were allowed to keep in line with the Covid-19 social distancing regulations.

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