On the 22nd of July 2016, we hosted our OSA and SPIE student chapter launch at the University of Witwatersrand, Physics building on West campus. We invited Honours students from the School of Physics, Structured Light lab students along with other students from different research groups that have research focus areas related to optics and photonics and were interested in joining our student chapter. We held the occasion in a traditional South African style, with braai boerewors and bread rolls. Everyone helped themselves to some snacks and drinks. To top it off, the day ended with some socialising, scientific discourse and endless laughter: signs of a successful launch and the beginning of a wonderful journey as a student chapter.