Vol1 no4 2016
The Alumni newsletter of the
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
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A word from the APO Director
It gives me great pleasure to finally get the opportunity to engage with you. The University regards its alumni as one of its biggest assets and is very proud of the accomplishments of its former students who are excelling on many fronts.
The Advancement and Partnerships Office (APO) does not only solicit financial support in the form of philanthropic grants, donations and other gifts, but it also houses the Alumni Relations Office. Staff of the latter strive to rekindle relationships with you.
As part of Women’s Day, that was celebrated in August, we want to salute the “Class of 1956” who marched to the Union Buildings to protest against discrimination against women. Today, our country is recognised as a leader in advocating and implementing women’s rights.
Female APO staff members, as well as those working in other environments at the University, acknowledge that “love is a necessity.”
In celebrating “women’s power,” we dedicate this edition to women of TUT who followed their dreams and who have indeed “made love a necessity.” Remember, the wonderful thing about education is that no one can take it from you!
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A TALE OF TWO ALUMNI
It was their best of times and definitely their age of wisdom.
When friends, Reando Potgieter (25) and Graeme Bramley (26) both graduated with a National Diploma: Three-dimensional Design in 2014, they didn’t imagine that they would end up being each other’s boss.
The pair never followed the traditional route of looking for a job, in other words, applying for a job on the internet or via a newspaper and ending up working for a boss. Instead, these young men successfully ventured down the entrepreneur road and started their own business, Wolkberg Casting Studios.
Wolkberg Casting Studios is a multi- disciplinary studio, specialising in industrial designed products, including but not limited to standard range of concrete countertops, lighting and furniture.
“The original business idea for pre-cast concrete countertops came from Graeme in 2012 Reando wrote a business plan and the idea was presented at the TUT Business Partners presentation held at the Theunis Bester Hall at the Pretoria Campus on 7 August 2012.
“The product idea wasn’t ‘sorted’ and hence it didn’t capture the audience’s attention enough to inspire an investment”.
“One year later Reando started developing unique concrete mixture, now called Limesite, Proof of concept and a revised business plan was then presented to an investor in 2015 and fortunately an investment was granted”, they say.
Reando says, with industrial design at their core, it was an opportunity for them to be innovative and develop a new material that will solve current issues experienced with conventional concrete and improve on available designs.
Starting a business and seeing it take off can be incredibly rewarding when you’re doing it with a friend by your side, but successful partnerships such as these are rare at times.
“We want to grow into a prominent South African brand and enter the international market with a product-range that has the capacity to embody a truly South African design and manufacture.
Update from the VC
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Prof Stanley Mukhola as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Bringing stability to TUT, is a Council priority, hence the appointment of senior staff in strategically significant positions is an ongoing focus of Council. During the Council meeting on 24 June 2016, the permanent appointment of Prof Stanley Mukhola as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching, Learning and Technology was confirmed.
Prof Mukhola has been acting in the position since January 2013.
In addition to his already extensive portfolio as DVC Teaching, Learning and Technology, Prof Mukhola was also seconded to the Soshanguve Campus late in 2015, to bring peace and stability to the campus. He, together with the Campus Management Committee, has been instrumental in restoring order at those campuses and in maintaining an environment conducive to study and academic stability.
In 2015 Prof Mukhola, met the requirements to become a full professor, and in June 2015 I had the privilege to bestow this honour on him as well.
Prof Mukhola and I come a long way in Higher Education and have been working together for many years. I have the highest respect for his enthusiasm, energy, hard work and commitment to continuously work towards ensuring an academically conducive and safe working environment for staff and students.
He is passionate about preserving the reputation and academic integrity of TUT and serves on numerous national and professional bodies towards accomplishing this goal.
Enhancing student success is another of his passions. For this reason he heads up the CHE’s Quality Enhancement Project at TUT. He project is a national intervention by the CHE in response to the low success rates in higher education.
Over the years he has participated in many research related activities and is a well-known and respected national and international conference presenter as well as session chair.
On behalf of the TUT community I would like to congratulate him and wish Prof Mukhola success in this position and look forward to the role he will play in taking our University forward.
ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS TUT
BURSARY AND SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Purchasing Consortium of Southern Africa (PURCO SA) has donated R891 866 towards the TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund. This is part of PURCO SA’s commitment to give back to its university business partners, a rebate amount based on the procurement actions they facilitated for and on behalf of the University.
Speaking at the cheque handing ceremony, Mr Selvan Govender, Chief Executive Officer of PURCO SA, said last year his organisation, a university owned organisation, has managed a collaborative spend of R1.36 billion, saving universities across the country an estimated R119 million through its procurement interventions and involvement.
“PURCO SA supports the capacity development of procurement offices of all universities. We invest a lot of funding in the training and development of procurement officers and staff at our universities, as well on supplier and enterprise development,” he added.
The Chairperson of PURCO SA, Mr Chris Liebenberg, also stated that PURCO SA is expanding its services with some TVET’s becoming members. “We are also exploring innovative ways of bringing in 3rd stream income, with various such initiatives in progress in collaboration with members,” he said.
“PURCO SA remains committed to TUT and will participate in future discussions with the CFO and the Advancement and Partnerships Office to explore other mutually beneficial funding partnerships,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof Lourens van Staden, said that he has a lot of confidence in the PURCO SA concept. He thanked PURCO SA for their contribution in assisting students and that going forward, TUT will remain an active contributing collaborative member of PURCO SA. Mari Booysen, Director of Advancement and Partnerships Office expressed TUT’s sincere appreciation for their contribution to the Fund.
The TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund, which was launched towards the end of November 2014, is steadily growing and to date has attracted more than 60 individual donors ranging from Council, Executive Management members and staff across the University.
One of the primary goals of the fund is to assist in alleviating the annual shortfall in financial aid for students.
Odelle de Wet
Grew up in Bedfordview, Johannesburg and Pretoria
Odelle de Wet is best known for her television roles as Farrow Bornman on the SABC 3 soapie, Isidingo and as Delia Richter on the kykNET soapie, Binneland. Odelle obtained her B Tech Drama (cum laude) in 2007. Her television credits include, 7de Laan, Binnelanders, Villa Rosa and Regardt van den Berg's ‘Die Byl’ series in 2014, and her film credits include, Trouvoete, directed by Darryl Roodt, to be released in December 2015 and Superhelde.
Helen Brown, of Greek descent, was born in Pretoria on 28 July 1966. She obtained a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, with specialization in Hematology, in 1992 at the former Technikon Pretoria.
Her 32 years’ experience in the diagnostic laboratory environments and multinational medical device companies gave her a strong understanding of the use of medical devices in Africa and the role they play in improving and saving lives in private, corporate and government sectors.
In 2013, Helen joined Philips Healthcare to head up the Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions Business for Africa. In 2015, she took on the ultrasound business and value segment focused imaging solutions for Philips Africa.
Previous roles: CEO: Siemens Healthcare Sub-Saharan Africa, MD: Dade Behring, Sales and Marketing: Bayer Diagnostics, Ampath Laboratories.
Born: Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal
Sbu Mpungose, alumna of the Department of Journalism, is best known for her role as an Editor of the international magazine, Cosmopolitan. She is currently freelancing as a media strategist in Cape Town. Her working experience includes, being editor of Move! and Bona magazines, as well as Deputy Editor of Drum and Edgars Club magazines.
In 2016, during her first year as Editor of Move magazine, she received the Editor of the Year Award. In 2009, she received the Vodacom Rising Star Award, which honours the efforts of a woman under the age of 30 who is already making an impact in the media industry.
Born: Soshanguve, Tshwane
Bathabile graduated from Technikon Pretoria in 2001 with a B Tech Drama. She is currently playing the role of Grace Medupe on eTV’s weekly soapie, Scandal! She also played the HIV-positive Magda on the SABC1 soapie, Generations back in 2006 and starred on Death of a Queen and on Khululeka, an HIV-awareness roadshow linked to the 46664 Campaign.
Born: Mahikeng, North West
Donna Kukama holds a B Tech Fine Arts that she obtained in 2004. Donna completed her postgraduate studies at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais in Sierre (Switzerland) in 2008 under MAPS (Master of Arts in the Public Sphere). She is also a lecturer at the WITS School of Arts. She has held performances and public interventions internationally, most recently participating in the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2015.
Born: Omaruru, Namibia
Nianell is a platinum-selling vocal gymnast, who dazzles with ease through four octaves. Vocally she creates her own musical language where words are sometimes unnecessary, allowing every soul to interpret the message for themselves. She has won two South African Music Awards.
Nianell has shared the stage with great names, such as, legendary Andrea Bocelli, Christina Aguilera, Westlife and Diana Ross. Apart from her hugely successful music career, Nianell is also an accomplished author. Her debut book, Knowing Who I Am, has been published internationally.
Daphney Mabusela, TUT alumna
According to the PWC 2016 Executive Directors Practices and Remuneration Trends Report, 60% of all tertiary degrees are awarded to women; Since the mid-90s female participation in the labour force has increased by 38% and almost half of the members of Parliament are women, something worth celebrating this Women’s month.
14 years ago, Daphney Mabusela, was working as a cashier at Pick ‘n Pay in order to enroll for a National Diploma: Information Technology.
In 2002, Daphney resigned at Pick ‘n Pay and joined Telkom on a contract basis as a call centre Agent. In 2014 she got a permanent position as a Project Coordinator in the CISCO environment.
WHO/WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO GO FOR THIS COURSE?
I decided to study ICT because there was a demand for Black people to be involved in that field especially women.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
I always wanted to be a successful woman who would be an example for other young Black women. That is the reason I studied ICT. But I never anticipated how much of a challenge it would be to get into the industry. Currently I work in a field that doesn’t complement my qualification because I have to make ends meet and build a secure future for me and my children.
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE?
My graduation was one of my most proud moments, I had finally achieved my goal. I was very emotional because I had made a lot of sacrifices to get there and all of my hard work had finally paid off.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love the fact that I learn new skills every day. It’s challenging but exciting at the same time. The job pushes me over the limits and I must always come up with solutions.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME?
I want to be a successful business woman.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE CHALLENGES THAT WOMEN FACE IN THE WORKPLACE?
The fact that we have to work twice as hard as men and still not get the recognition we deserve. Women have to continue to prove themselves because of their gender and we are still getting paid less than men.
OPENS INTERNATIONAL DOORS FOR ALUMNA
Born and raised in Daantjie in the Nelspruit area, Internal Auditing alumna, Bongekile Precious Sithole, who graduated with a B Tech: Internal Auditing in April 2015, became the face of the next generation of Internal Auditing (IA) for TUT. She is also the first alumna from the University to be invited to the United States of America to participate in an Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) conference to be hosted from 18 to 20 September 2015.
Growing up with six siblings, she completed primary and secondary school in Daantjie and became the first in her family to complete Matric in 2011.
Regardless of her disadvantaged background and facing severe financial challenges, she enrolled for a National Diploma in Internal Auditing in 2012. She remained focused and active in academic and extracurricular activities despite ongoing financial difficulties. Among others, she was a Hebron Residence mentor, a tutor, and she was also nominated as the SCR President of Ga-Rankuwa Campus by the Department of Auditing.
She received a bursary from the Wholesale Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (WRSETA) during the second semester of her first year, which decreased her financial woes. She also received a Dean’s Scholarship for outstanding academic performance, which helped towards her tuition fees. Bongi shared her journey from enrolling for a course she knew very little about, to developing an absolute passion for Internal Auditing.
“Auditing was just an option to study. But then I met a very passionate Lecturer, Louis Smidt, who really enjoys lecturing Auditing. It became a subject I enjoyed and loved. The absolute highlight was when our HoD, Dr Daniel van der Nest, told me and my former classmate, Andile Marele, that we were going to America. It felt like a dream come true. The only place I had travelled to before this big break was Pretoria,” said Bongi.
Bongi’s immediate goal is to become a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and to secure a job at one of the big four companies worldwide.
Her advice to all: “Nothing is impossible. Sacrifice today for tomorrow and focus on making an impact immediately. Do not settle for second best and find a mentor who is living the lifestyle you desire.”
Dr van der Nest said it is exciting to see the faces of our own students represented on international forums.
“It is a good indicator of the quality of our students and the training they receive. I would like to see an ever-increasing presence of Internal Audit students in the local and international markets. The undergraduates in Internal Audit should know that this is an indication of where they are in terms of the quality of the education they receive and that they count among the best in the world,” he added.
“Hearing the news about our alumna representing us internationally makes me a proud Internal Audit student. It motivates me to work harder so that I can contribute to keeping the standards high. This will lift our institution’s name and also prove the competency of the students. Hopefully, more corporate companies will open doors for TUT graduates. This is only the beginning, but I am convinced that in the near future more of our students will become internationally recognised auditors,” said Internal Auditing student, Thando Masanabo.