TUT ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
Vol3 No2 | 2018
TUT Alumnus and Varsity football star joins Black Leopards
Facts & Figures
TUT in the News
Update from the VC
with Sibongiseni Gentsu
KEA makes top 200 list of
interesting Young South Africans
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It is time again to catch up on activities at your Alma Mater and on stories about your fellow alumni who are true TUT ambassadors.
In this issue…
Read about the acclaimed Keabetswe Moeketsane, who was selected as one of the top 200 interesting young South Africans (under-35’s) who stands out from the pack and shows us what to look forward to in future. Also read the One-on-One interview with the enterprising Sibongiseni Gentsu, perfume producer and aspiring media industry mogul. We introduce you to TUT made football maestro, Themba Ndlovu, a Varsity Cup super -striker who got snatched by Black Leopards, following their recent promotion to the PSL.
Also in the issue, we introduce two new features: a TUT news page that is produced by our colleagues in Corporate Affairs and Marketing, aimed at keeping you abreast on exciting activities at your Alma Mater; and a series on entrepreneurial advice and tips compiled by our Alumnus and author of the book - So What’s your Plan: Your Entrepreneurial Guide, Dr Gerhard van Wyk. The latter is meant to encourage dialogue on entrepreneurship.
Enjoy the read!
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Reflections on the first semester of 2018
As we get back into the full swing of the second semester
of the academic year, I would like to reflect on the first
semester and share some of our highlights with you.
Update from the VC
One of our ongoing strategic goals is to increase our success and throughput rates annually. The steady incline in graduation numbers proves that TUT is achieving this goal. During the Autumn graduations in April and May 10 904 successful graduates received their qualifications, compared to 10 148 in 2017.
I would like to extend a special word of congratulations to the twenty alumni who received doctorates and the 146 graduates who received master’s degrees.
Research, Innovation and Engagement Strategy
At a strategic level, Council’s approval the five-year Research, Innovation and Engagement Strategy (RIES 2018-2022) in June, is an important step ahead for TUT’s Research and Innovation drives, as well as our global standing in these areas.
In addition, Council approved a name change for the PRI&E
(Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement) environment, to become Research, Innovation and Engagement (RI&E). Although we dropped Postgraduate Studies from the name, it does not take away the importance of postgraduate studies. It still is the driver for research. The rationale behind the decision was that postgraduate studies is a subset of research, hence the function remains a crucial part of the portfolio.
The primary purpose of the strategy is to provide a framework for the operationalisation of the University’s commitment to contribute to a number of development goals increasingly. The strategy aims to position TUT in national, regional and global context, taking into account:
TUT’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (The Centre) has recently been approved. The project, launched by the Faculty of Management Sciences together with the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, aims to foster entrepreneurship and to provide support to start-up businesses.
The Centre will focus on four areas:
The Centre, in collaboration with NEDBANK and Chevron SA, has already developed a 27-week Entrepreneurship Skills Development Project to address the critical need for entrepreneurs in the country. A 100 potential and start-up entrepreneurs identified for the project, will benefit from the practical business and entrepreneurship skills, mentorship and access to business networks and start-up businesses.
I would love to share all our achievements and highlights with you but because of to space limitations, it just is not possible. However, you can follow our regular updates of news, achievements and events at your Alma Mater on www.tut.ac.za.
All the best until we talk again.
with Sibongiseni Gentsu
perfume producer and an aspirimg media industry mogul…
If you thought that production of an elegant fragrance was a preserve of the French, think again! Sbongiseni Gentsu, an IT graduate is giving the French a run for their money. Save for a French-sounding surname, Gentsu is as indigenous as they come. He was born and bred in Katlehong township and studied at the Soshanguve Campus.
the only tertiary institution I applied to in Grade 11. In the same year, I visited the Soshanguve Campus and liked it so much that I never bothered to apply anywhere else and I was accepted.
OUR BEAT ask what could have earned Kea, as she is affectionately known, such an honor besides being an illustrious alumna of TUT. We found that she is indeed no stranger to accolades. Kea is a 2017 Young African Leaders Alumni (YALI) award-winning Director, an Actress, and a Business and Arts Administrator. Her professional acting career started in 2008 with a role in Romeo and Juliet directed by Claire Stopford. She also worked for various children’s theatre companies. Her television credits include Tsuga and Lefa , Mindset TV Dramas , SABC’s award winning Sokhulu and Partners and Ga Re Dumele on SABC2 as well as presenting on the Learning Channel.
“I have written and performed in various industrial theatre campaigns for Hecate, The Win Win Group, Stage Fright, Water Affairs and Blue Moon Communications. I cut my teeth in theatre working as an assistant director for Aubrey Sekhabi in the Naledi Award winning play Rivonia Trial and most recently in Sophiatown.” Her directing debut was on Sorry Wrong Number, at the National Arts Festival. “I co wrote and directed Forgiveness, a stage play adapted from a Greek tragedy in 2014” she adds.
In 2015 she co-produced Home Theatre Festival with KgaogeloTshabalala at The South African State Theatre.The aim of the project was to bring theatre to the people. “We visited 30 homes, in 30 townships and suburbs in Pretoria (Tshwane), with 30 actors and 30 filmmakers, with all shows starting at 3pm across Tshwane. This initiative was such a success that I was invited to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, to work as part of their Home Theatre team,” she continues.
Kea was recently appointed as a Producer, for the South African State Theatre (arguably the largest theatre on the continent). She is the first female Producer the Theatre has ever had. “I am responsible for the overall financial and managerial functions of a production or venue, hiring of personnel for creative positions i.e writers, directors, designers, composer, choreographers and in some instances, performers”, she explained.
Asked what her biggest dream was, she says; “It is to tell authentic African stories. Although I am now behind the scenes nothing brings me greater joy than creating access to the arts for previously disadvantaged communities.”
“I believe in using the arts, especially theatre, as a tool for empowerment through my non-profit company, CUT Solutions. I have conducted Educational Theatre plays that I take to schools, targeting the youth using theatre to create dialogue and hopefully find solutions to issues affecting them. Issues such as HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and the sugar daddy syndrome” she added. The City of Tshwane funded one of the projects, in 2015.
Despite her busy schedule, Kea still finds time to serve the Mamelodi community she comes from. In 2017, together with partners, she opened Tshwane Playhouse - an Arts Centre in Mamelodi. The aim was to provide access to the Arts through music, dance, theatre or the spoken word. “It attracted a lot of young people and kept children off the streets, however, due to a lack of funds it was unsustainable. However on the last weekend of every month, depending on my schedule and availability, I still conduct drama workshops and facilite activities in Mamelodi”.
Thus far, the year has been great for the 24-year-old Mpumalanga youngster. He recently graduated with a National Diploma in the Arts and also received a R20 000 award for being top goal scorer of the year at his previous club, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) FC. His professional career made headlines when he was signed by the Limpopo outfit, TTTM FC, which is in the National First Division. All of these achievements were on top of a sterling season with coach Bushy Moloi’s lads in the Varsity Football competition.
He played an integral role in the #TUTSport red machine that went unbeaten right up to the final, when the University of Pretoria beat them. He ended the season with an impressive seven goals and four assists.
Speaking to OUR BEAT, Themba said although he is excited to join Leopards, he is calm in the run-up to his debut in the PSL. He said he will remain the Themba Ndlovu everyone knows – a hard worker – even at the Leopards.
“I have been waiting for this opportunity for very long in my career. I am ready for the challenge and my priority is to score goals. This is exactly what I needed in my life – an opportunity to demonstrate my hard work and consistency. Together with prayer and faith, I believe I will make it,” he said.
Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation, said “this people’s university firmly believes in empowering student athletes and ensuring their holistic development.”
We are excited that Themba joined the TUT football club and delivered on his mandate as a prolific striker and obtained his qualification as well. We also wish him well in his career as a professional footballer. We trust that he will play his part in assisting Black Leopards to stay in the PSL. He is a true ambassador of TUT Sport,” said Shadrack.
TUT Alumnus and Varsity football star
joins Black Leopards
If you could give future entrepreneurs one tip, what would it be?
“Think ahead and diversify your income. While rugby is my main source of income now, I’ve realised that one day it won’t be. Don’t wait until you’re confronted with the problem – be proactive and plan for it now”.
Source: Bank better, live better, Siya Kolisi on being an entrepreneur,
[available online] https://www.capitecbank.co.za/bankbetterlivebetter/articles/siya-kolisi-on-being-an-entrepreneur [retrieved:19 June 2018]
If you don’t have one, or need to evaluate some future opportunities, don`t wait, join us as we follow the SWYP Methodology to:
In my discussion with many business owners and entrepreneurs over the years, I have often asked the question - how did you start the business or how were you able to identify the opportunities and capitalise on them? Some shared stories of luck being at the right place at the right time and other shared some amazing insights of dedication and hard work. However, after further analyses, it became clear that these individuals, either as existing or aspiring entrepreneurs had one thing in common – They had a Plan!”
Granted not all plans were formal or even sophisticated, but they had a workable plan that identified opportunities and drove activities. As future leaders from Tshwane University of Technology don’t be left behind; start planning your future today. Start with your own vision and mission statement.
Good vision statements often have common components:
Before constructing your mission statement, consider the following:
If you are still unsure of what is required to formulate your Vision and Mission don’t stress, start anyway - we will discuss the detail in the next publication.
To rid yourself of the longing for yester-year, we have created a column to keep you in the loop of what’s happening on the TUT front. Whether you want to stay connected digitally or you want to be part of the action, be sure to remain involved at your alma mater. Check out the TUT website for news highlights and events information or even to find out how you can stay in touch.
Visit us on www.tut.ac.za, to read more about these and other TUT stories.
Dave Newman, Lecturer and Programme Coordinator for the Jewellery Programme at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, has been appointed new chairperson of the Jewellery Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (JMASA). He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Association as he has been actively involved in the South African jewellery industry since 1984, both as a business owner and an educator.
JMASA is a division of the Jewellery Council of South Africa. Its role is mainly to represent and address the needs of its members in issues affecting the manufacture of jewellery.
Two agricultural students were given new hope to complete their studies after they each received a R37 000 bursary. Tebogo Nyathela, owner of Farmers’ Hope, an accredited training provider with the Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA), awarded the bursaries to the students. The self-proclaimed philanthropist is a former colleague from TUT’s Directorate of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, alumna and established farmer.
In a first for TUT, the University hosted a three day long International World Camp in partnership with the International Youth Foundation. The aim of the event, hosted at the Soshanguve South Campus in June, was to positively influence the mindset of the youth during Youth Month. During the event, ten students received tickets to participate in the upcoming World Camp, that took place in South Korea. The tickets included accommodation, food and transport. With the theme for the 2018 camp, #Youth Mind Education Training, the event focused on empowering the youth through mindset training and lectures. The Good News Corps (GNC), organiser of the event, travels to over 180 countries every year, empowering the youth globally.
A total of 39 academically deserving Game Ranch Management and Nature Conservation students from disadvantaged backgrounds received bursaries worth R945 000 from the Stud Game Breeders (SGS®) organisation. The bursaries were awarded during a function hosted at TUT on 23 May. This year’s bursaries saw an increase of R310 000, with 19 more students benefiting, compared to last year. The bursaries have shown a steady increase since 2012 when only two bursaries were awarded.
A total of 39 academically deserving students who received bursaries from the Stud Game Breeders®