Manuel returns to CPUT with a mission by decree

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									                                                                                                            VOLUME 3 • SEPTEMBER 2008

   Manuel                                                                                               “On behalf of all our alumni,

  returns to
                                                                                                        we congratulate Dr Manuel
                                                                                                        on his appointment as the first
                                                                                                        Chancellor of our University.

    CPUT                                                                                                We are doubly honoured in
                                                                                                        that he is also an alumnus of
                                                                                                        CPUT. We look forward to his

    with a                                                                                              association with us over the
                                                                                                        next four years and know that

                                                                                                        he will serve CPUT with the
                                                                                                        same integrity and distinction
                                                                                                        that mark his exceptional lead-
                                                                                                        ership as South Africa’s Minis-
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
                                                                                                        ter of Finance.”
alumnus Dr Trevor Manuel was installed
as the first Chancellor of the Cape                                                                     Alumni Office
Peninsula University of Technology at an                                                                Cape Peninsula University of Technology
historic ceremony on 29 August 2008.

Announcing his appointment earlier in the          aware of the skills shortage in our country.      pledged to help Council raise funds for the
year, Vice-Chancellor Professor Vuyisa Mazwi-      We need to generate far more skills in this       University.
Tanga described Dr Manuel’s appointment            economy. The contribution of this University      Remarking on misconceptions about the
as a great moment for the University and           can make a difference,” he said.                  role of a Chancellor, Dr Manuel said with
expressed her appreciation for the insight                                                           characteristic humour that if people think he
                                                   Dr Manuel expressed his intent to support
and wisdom that he would bring to his role                                                           will only appear twice a year at graduation
                                                   CPUT’s current operational strategy of
as Chancellor.                                                                                       ceremonies, “they will have a few surprises.”
                                                   ensuring sound fiscal management that
“As Minister of Finance, Dr Manuel has been        focuses on ensuring support for students with
one of the country’s most well-known CPUT          few financial resources and demonstrated
alumni and it is an absolute honour to invite      academic potential. He further stated that           ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Dr Manuel back to become an integral part          he has been in discussion with government
of the CPUT community,” said Professor             ministers, including Minister of Education,          We celebrate some of our
Mazwi-Tanga.                                       Naledi Pandor, and believes that norms need          exceptional educators at CPUT:
Dr Manuel said he considered it a distinct         to be set for fees, but that allowances should
                                                                                                        Professor Anthony Staak 3
honour to have been elected Chancellor,            be made so that students with high academic
                                                   potential can remain in the education system.        Mr Emmanuel Rusford 4
partly because he was also an alumnus. His
association with the University dates back to      Dr Manuel and Professor Mazwi-Tanga both             Dr Chris Hattingh 5
1975 when he studied Civil and Structural          emphasised their support of using academic           Ms Angela Dunne 8
Engineering at the then Peninsula Technikon.       incentives to reduce student debt.
                                                                                                        Dr Liano Greybe 9
In 2002 he was awarded an honorary                 Dr Manuel congratulated CPUT for encour-
                                                                                                        Mr Lionel van den Horst 10
doctorate by his alma mater.                       aging co-operative education through corpo-
Commenting on his long-standing relationship       rate partnerships. “An institution that places       Meet our first CPUT Alumni
with the University, Dr Manuel joked that this     its students for absorption is preparing them        Fund bursary holders 2
association could be in his DNA. He said he        for the economy,” he said.
                                                                                                        CPUT alumnus and staff member
had a distinct passion for the kind of education   As Chancellor, the Minister will become the          climb Europe’s highest peak 6
offered by Universities of Technology and          titular head of the University with the primary
believed it was very important to support          responsibility of conferring all degrees and         A brief biography of our new
these institutions in order to address South       awarding all diplomas and certificates in            Chancellor 11
Africa’s skills deficiency. “We are painfully      the University’s name. Dr Manuel has also
AlumniNEWS September 2008

                                                                          Meet our first CPUT Alumni
                                                                            Fund bursary holders
                                                                         Thanks to the generosity of CPUT alumni, two talented students
                                                                         have received bursaries totaling R15,000 to help support them
                                                                         during their studies.
                                                                         Mr Masixole Velem (below left) and Mr Lomahawu Nyathi
                                                                         (below right) are the recipients of the bursary fund set up by
                                                                         CPUT’s Advancement Office, which identifies and supports
                                                                         academically gifted students.
                                                                         Mr Velem is in his second year of his studies towards a National
                                                                         Higher Certificate in Accountancy in the Business Faculty. He
                                                                         is an exceptional student and achieved an average of 78.6%
                                                                         during his first year of studies.
                     FOREWORD                                            Mr Nyathi is in his second year of the National Diploma in
                          Gillian Mitchell                               Dental Technology. He regularly obtains distinctions for many
                       Director: Advancement                             of his subjects and has been praised by his lecturers as being an
                                                                         extremely hard-working student.
  We are honoured to have Dr Trevor Manuel as CPUT’s first
  Chancellor, and proud to profile him in this third edition of our
  alumni newsletter. Congratulations were extended to him on
  behalf of all CPUT alumni at his installation ceremony on 29
  August 2008.

  The involvement of past students in the development of our
  present scholars remains one of the most rewarding aspects of
  alumni relations at any university. For so many of our students the
  experience of the classroom has been the key measure of how
  they remember their university days. In recognition of this we
  dedicate this edition to all of the teachers who have left lasting     If you would like more information or would like to contribute
  impressions on our students – we suspect that there may have           toward this bursary fund which will give even more deserving
  been occasions when this got close to being literal! Earlier this      students an opportunity to excel, please contact Gillian Mitchell
  year we asked alumni to let us know about the staff member who         at or Tel 021 460 3389.
  made a difference in their learning lives. There were many, many
  nominations and not all of them were teachers. Your stories were
  touching and funny and heart-warming, and we thank you for                 Keeping in touch with CPUT
  taking the time to do this. Limited space has allowed us to profile           is just an sms away!
  only a few of our exceptional CPUT staff members, but the success
  of the exercise has shown us the importance of recognising how         The Alumni Office endeavours to stay in touch with as many
  sometimes just one person manages to change so much.                   alumni as possible. The newsletter you are reading is just one of
                                                                         the ways that we keep you up to date with the latest University
  One of the great pleasures of my job was being able to award the
                                                                         news and events, as well as the news of some of our over
  CPUT Alumni Fund bursary to two exceptional young students.
                                                                         50,000 alumni. We also host get-togethers around South Africa
  Thank you to everyone who contributed to our call for support.
                                                                         and Namibia to reunite old friends and introduce you to new
  We raised R28,250 of which R13,250 funded the purchase of
                                                                         ones – in our extensive network of past graduates.
  much-needed books in the library and R15,000 went to the bursary
                                                                         We would like to produce more newsletters on a regular basis,
  fund. We will continue to bring you reports on the progress of
                                                                         but printing and mailing costs have become prohibitive, and
  your two bursary holders as they move towards completion of
                                                                         we are also mindful of the amount of natural resources that
  their studies as well as the books that were purchased in the name
                                                                         are consumed by producing just one edition of this newsletter.
  of our alumni.
                                                                         Therefore we will increasingly be relying on those of you with
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AlumniNEWS September 2008

    Teachers savour
   those ‘light bulb’
  Amiable, engaging and passionate about education,
  Professor Anthony Staak is someone whose name crops
  up often when alumni from the Department of Electrical
  Engineering are talking about lecturers that made a
  difference in their lives.

  Although he has not lectured for 8 years, he is still totally immersed in
  the field of teaching and learning as CPUT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  responsible for the institution’s academic enterprise. Once Professor
  Staak begins discussing education it is immediately apparent that his
  work is a vocation rather than merely a career.
  It also becomes obvious that the experience gained during his two
  decades in the classroom has infused his philosophy about education
  and contributed a sound, practical aspect to his approach to                “A good teacher must have passion for the
  administering the academic portfolio.
                                                                              subject, a high level of professionalism and must
  His personal belief is that teaching excellence is dependent on three
                                                                              be empathetic. She or he must work closely with
  overriding qualities: “A good teacher must have passion for the
  subject, a high level of professionalism and must be empathetic.            students and have their interests at heart.”
  She or he must work closely with students and have their interests
  at heart.”                                                                  “Our experience at CPUT shows that our students are highly
  “Tertiary institutions in South Africa are facing many challenges.          employable. The University enjoys a good relationship with industry
  Many students come to university under-prepared from secondary              and has a strong system of advisory committees comprising experts
  education, especially with regard to basic numeracy and literacy skills     in their fields, so there is crucial input from the outside world with
  and can struggle with the demands made on them from the current             regard to the knowledge and skills needed in a rapidly changing
  university curricula. We are continually trying to find inventive ways      world of work.”
  to transfer knowledge and so many students manage to excel despite          Professor Staak recalls that his time in the classroom was as much
  disadvantages.”                                                             about his own learning as that of his students. “Electrical Engineering
  Reflective practice is also vitally important to advancing one’s skill as   is an area which is highly conceptual. If I think back on my own
  a teacher maintains Professor Staak. “Teachers need to constantly           experience in teaching that subject, it was important to put myself
  receive feedback and evaluation of their own performance, reflect on        in the shoes of my students and to get a good sense of their own
  what they are doing and respond in appropriate ways. As a teacher           understanding of the concepts. I was reliant on regular feedback in
                                                                              order to continually probe their understanding.”
  one must always be aware that all students have potential and one’s
  challenge is to get the best out of a student.”                             He explains that he used a system of formative assessment, setting
                                                                              weekly or bi-weekly short tests involving one carefully chosen problem
  As the executive responsible for quality assurance he is upbeat
                                                                              to gauge whether students had fully grasped certain concepts and
  about the institution’s progress in this regard, but explains that the
                                                                              the application of theory.
  merger of the original technikons has meant that some policies with
  regard to teaching and learning have had to be redrafted. However           “Learning tends to be sequential – especially in Science and
  he is confident that all policy relating to academic matters will be        Technology. You need to build on students’ understanding by
  completed by year’s end.                                                    introducing conceptually more difficult material in an easily
                                                                              accessible manner and to address the their shortcomings and gaps
  “CPUT’s Teaching and Learning Strategy, which outlines best practice
                                                                              in knowledge.”
  in teaching and learning, is already being rolled out throughout the
  University.”                                                                He believes his own approach worked well and, as the electrical
  “Academic programme reviews and accreditation by professional               engineering programme is career-oriented, it helped to relate the
  bodies are planned, as we need to be assured that all our                   conceptual subject matter to everyday practical problems. “Learning
  programmes meet the standards of the Higher Education Quality               by doing!” is his mantra.
  Committee. At the moment only the Education Faculty’s offerings             Professor Staak echoes the sentiment shared by teachers interviewed
  have been externally audited and next in line are the programmes of         in these pages and elsewhere in the world, using an analogy
  the Engineering Faculty.” He explains that these national imperatives       particularly relevant to an electrical engineer: “When you see that a
  are also supported by CPUT’s own internal review cycle which is             student understands a difficult concept – that light bulb moment – it
  expected to be completed by early next year.                                gives you enormous satisfaction!”

AlumniNEWS September 2008

          Creating an ideal environment for
                 students to flourish
       Emmanuel Rusford’s long and distinguished association with the institution has seen him teach and train
       generations of students since he joined the then Peninsula Technikon in 1985. Two and a half decades later he
       speaks as passionately about his role as teacher and mentor in the Faculty of Applied Science’s Department of
       Environmental and Occupational Health as if he had just started his career.

  As an Environmental Health practitioner
  with the City of Cape Town prior to joining
  CPUT, Emmanuel Rusford has extensive
  experience in the field – making sure
  there were appropriate health and safety
  elements such as food hygiene and control,
  waste management, water supply services,
  sanitation, pest control, and general environ-
  mental pollution control.
  He believes this first-hand experience
  has stood him in good stead to pass on
  vitally important practical knowledge
  of environmental and occupational risk
  assessment as a component of constructive
  epidemiological thinking.
  In the late 1970s and early 1980s he worked
  hard to address the housing conditions of        Emmanuel Rusford (left) with student Chris Kaangundue, currently studying for a BTech in
  those living in impoverished areas, despite      Environmental Health, at one of his regular get-togethers for his students.
  the constraints of apartheid legislation such
                                                   Rusford has counseled many students about      further afield,” says Rusford. “The Namibian
  as the now-abolished Slums Act. Along with
                                                   the wealth of career opportunities in OHS –    Minister of Health and Social Services is an
  City Health officials, he and some of his
                                                   an area that has expanded in recent years in   environmental health practitioner, and most
  colleagues were able to make a difference
                                                   South Africa. It is testimony to his passion   of the environmental health practitioners
  in uplifting communities such as Lansdowne,      and leadership that many graduates have
  Maitland and Kensington, by improving                                                           working in his office are CPUT alumni.”
                                                   gone on to serve their communities in this
  the provision of water and sanitation, as        field in both municipal and governmental       Allied to jobs in the obvious fields of
  well as upgrading environmental health           structures, and also as consultants.           Environmental Health and OHS, Rusford
  management systems.                                                                             points out that globally the market has
                                                   “Many CPUT alumni currently occupy some
  With his specific expertise lying in the field   of the top management positions and fulfill    recognised that graduates in these fields
  of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS),         leading roles in South Africa and even         are also ideal candidates for careers in risk

          From:               “Burns,Fulencia”
          To:                 <>
          Date                4/21/2008 04:50

          I completed my BTech degree at Pentech in 2001 and my MTech degree in Environmental Health in 2004. With both
          degrees I graduated cum laude. I owe my success largely to the drive and persistence of my lecturer and mentor, Mr
          Emmanuel Rusford. My MTech degree was especially difficult, since I did it part-time while working in Namibia. Without
          his dedication, scolding and hard words at times, I would have given up. He even came to Namibia for a week to assist
          me and motivate me not to give up.

          All the hard work and tears paid off when I stepped up to the podium to receive my MTech degree. The feeling I got
          standing on the stage with everyone cheering and clapping, and seeing the proud faces of my parents and lecturer in
          the crowd – that was really indescribable!

          Mr Rusford really inspired me through my student years and he taught me that everything is possible with a little hard
          work, blood and sweat! Today I am in a successful career at a large mining company in Namibia.

  ‘Going out of one’s way’ to help former student Fulencia Burns, Emmanuel Rusford really went ‘the extra mile’, actually over 1 000 kms,
  as her email attests!

AlumniNEWS September 2008

  management. “Many of the basic theoretical
  concepts are directly concerned with risk                Growing a new generation
                                                              of nation-builders
  management principles and the managerial
  aspects are completely transferable to careers in
  this rapidly growing area,” he says.
  Having been responsible for lecturing Research         Dr Chris Hattingh, newly appointed
  Methodology and Biostatistics for many years in        senior lecturer in Geography and
  the faculty, he is in a position where many of his     Professional Studies in the Wellington
  fellow CPUT lecturers were also his students at        Campus’ Faculty of Education, believes
  some point.                                            all students have a crucial role to play
  His interest in research has seen his work published   in nation-building.
  in the Journal of the Society for Endocrinology,
                                                         “I believe that students must first understand
  Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Epidemiology,
                                                         the world they are living in, and that they
  and he is often asked for his help and advice in
                                                         have a very important role to play, a role
  statistical analysis, not only from students and
                                                         which must be played out with integrity,”
  colleagues, but by faculty members from other
                                                         he says.
                                                         In addition to his lectureship duties he is also a liaison lecturer for the Students
  Rusford himself is a CPUT alumnus, having
                                                         Representative Council (SRC). In both roles Hattingh tries to make students see that
  started his tertiary education at what was then
                                                         as future leaders they have a vitally important role to play. “They must be able to
  the Peninsula College for Advanced Technical
                                                         influence people and institutions, they must be change agents and they must never
  Education in 1977. He believes that one of the
  reasons why he has been able to “get through”          shy away from doing their best to make our lovely country a better place.”
  to many of his students has been that he also
  started his tertiary education at somewhat of a
                                                           “The most important thing I learned from [Dr Hattingh] is
  disadvantage. “I came from a poor background,            that ‘knowledge is power’. I was amazed by the amount of
  but I believed it was important to be able to            knowledge he had about structures and procedures, and
  sustain oneself through education and to get the         that he always knew what could and couldn’t be done.”
  best qualification possible.
  “I’ve come a very long way from where I started.       Hattingh is cited by alumnus Stephan Kellerman as one of the teachers who helped
  I have studied here (CPUT), at the University of       shape his fundamental view of education. Kellerman was in Hattingh’s class for the
  the Western Cape and I’ve also completed a             duration of his studies, but says he got to know his lecturer better during his four
  Masters Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology          years on the Wellington Campus’ SRC.
  and Biostatistics) at the University of Cape Town.
                                                         In liaising with the SRC at that time Hattingh grew to appreciate Kellerman’s
  “I do everything in my power to inculcate the          potential as a leader. “He was SRC chairperson in 2004 and had the personality and
  need for students to do everything in their power      leadership skills that make one optimistic for the future of our country,” he recalls.
  to be better than before. Everyone has the ability     “His integrity, self discipline and honesty made him an example for everyone. His
  to succeed. I have seen so many students who           judgment was always well-balanced and he had the ability to read a situation well
  started out poorly, eventually becoming extremely      and act accordingly. In short, he was a stalwart in every sense of the word!”
  successful – just by adhering to protocol.“
                                                         In turn Kellerman is appreciative of the depth of understanding that Hattingh was
  He has the following advice to give to students        able to pass on to him and other students. “The most important thing I learned
  who may be struggling academically: “Put
                                                         from him is that ‘knowledge is power’. I was amazed by the amount of knowledge
  everything into your studies. Give of yourself
                                                         he had about structures and procedures, and that he always knew what could and
  – stop sleeping so much, reconsider your
                                                         couldn’t be done. It was then that I realised the more knowledge you have, the
  social life. But remember you also need some
                                                         better off you are and you won’t be easily undermined by others.”
  quality time with friends too. Just try and lead
  a balanced life.“                                      Knowledge is something Hattingh has in abundance. A University of Stellenbosch
                                                         graduate, Hattingh has a string of academic accomplishments including Masters
  Rusford has fine-tuned his teaching approach over
                                                         (Cum Laude) and PhD degrees in Education. After starting his teaching career
  time. “I have learnt a tremendous amount about
                                                         at Durbanville High School, he joined the former Boland College of Education in
  human nature over the years. At times one must
  approach students softly to get the desired results,   Wellington in 1994 – which was subsequently incorporated into the Cape Technikon
  but at other times one has to be to-the-point. It      and eventually into CPUT.
  is up to us teachers to start off at their level and   Hattingh describes his teaching style as being primarily based on respect for
  engage with them there first, before getting them      students, laughingly adding that he applies this philosophy to students who do not
  to go on this journey of knowledge together.”          really always deserve it! He cites his job perks as witnessing student’s enthusiasm
  He sums up his philosophy about education              and love for life, as well as enjoying their humorous take on life. However, he says,
  with these words: “If my student is not better         the flip side of this is that students are not afraid to share their frank and honest
  than I am by the time she or he graduates, then        opinions. “They don’t spare anyone – it really keeps one young… and anxious!”
  I’ve failed!”                                          he chortles.

AlumniNEWS September 2008

  Ain’t no mountain high enough
            An adventure of a lifetime! That is how Anette Grobler of
            the Student Affairs department and alumnus Ntlaleseng
            Samuel Ramohlola describe their ascent of the highest
            mountain in Europe, Mt Elbrus – a gargantuan peak that
            looms 5642m over Georgia’s border with Russia.

  The CPUT duo formed part of a climbing party that summited Mt             the official club driver, which developed his leadership potential.
  Elbrus in 2007 after an arduous ascent which tested their mental          Thanks to the Outdoor Club and his excellent driving skills, sAm
  resolve and physical capabilities to the extreme as they battled          has traveled extensively in the Western Cape and beyond on the
  extreme cold, altitude sickness and blinding blizzards while traversing   student trips. “I think it also fueled my passion for travelling, hiking,
  the unforgiving mountain face.                                            sand boarding, bungee jumping and sea kayaking,” muses sAm.
  Despite some of the hardships, the expedition is one experience that      “Anette also played a major role on my first trip to Europe when I
  they would not exchange for anything. Both are ardent climbers and        was nominated by her and the Bureau of Student Affairs (BSA) to
  share a passion for the outdoors, saying that many of life’s most
                                                                            represent the Cape Technikon at the Tuebingen-SA Cultural Exchange
  important lessons can be gleaned from activities that test one’s
                                                                            in Tuebingen Germany.”
  capabilities both physically and mentally.
                                                                            During his time at CPUT, sAm came to see Anette as a valued mentor
  As the student development officer responsible for the CPUT
                                                                            and life coach and, two years after he had graduated, he invited
  Outdoor Club, Anette coordinates a number of other student
                                                                            Anette to join the Elbrus expedition with all expenses paid.
  structures. She first met Ramohlola (‘sAm’ to his friends) when
  he joined the Outdoor Club as a first-year Chemical Engineering           “I honestly cannot say what makes a student come back to his
  student. She immediately recognised some outstanding qualities            alma mater after two years and offer a staff member this amazing
  in sAm and she afforded him opportunities, such as becoming               opportunity!

AlumniNEWS September 2008

  “I am completely humbled, not only by the experience of climbing Mt
  Elbrus with sAm, but by my friendship with him. He tells people that
  he has learned a lot from me, but I know that more often than not,
  sAm is my teacher of life and living. sAm touches people wherever he
  goes. Alumni can make a mental note of this name. We will all read
  about this man in the future!”
  As a successful chemical engineer currently working in Angola,
  sAm is also studying towards his MTech through CPUT. He is
  equally complimentary about Anette and is full of gratitude for her
  unshakable belief in his abilities, a factor he says motivated him to
  succeed not only in his studies, but in life in general.
  Anette recalls that even as a student there were several qualities
  that put sAm in a completely different league to his contemporaries.
  “He never had an attitude of entitlement like so many young people
  today. He saw nothing as his ‘right’ but everything as a ‘privilege’ and
  never lays blame on anything or anybody. I think he realised from a
  very early age that if you want to become something in life, you have      sAm and Anette just days before their successful attempt to summit
  to work hard to achieve it and, in the process, take responsibility for    Europe’s highest mountain
  your choices.”
                                                                             Back to Mt Elbrus, where the intrepid CPUT climbers’ lowest point
  sAm remarks that it was Anette’s mentorship that widened his               ironically occurred close to the top, during their first summit attempt.
  horizons both literally and figuratively. “She taught me to believe in
                                                                             Anette takes up the story: “We were forced to turn back about three
  myself. I believe she is one person who truly has no racial boundaries
                                                                             hours into our attempt, because of an extreme snowstorm and
  and one of the very few South Africans with a rainbow heart. She
                                                                             blizzard that came rolling down the top of the mountain. That entire
  personifies the spirit of Ubuntu, and that is just to summarise!”
                                                                             day the weather kept worsening and we knew we would only have
  Over the years Anette has been amazed at how sAm constantly                one more attempt the next day if we were lucky. To come all the way
  challenges his fears – for instance going river rafting without being      to Russia and then face the possibility that you will not summit was
  able to swim. “He does not mind stepping out of his comfort zone           a personal low point for me,” says Anette.
  and easily interacts with different cultures and nationalities.”
                                                                             sAm relives the experience saying that he was having a constant
  “Ever since I met sAm he has reached out to so many people. He is          battle in his mind to retreat. He was also unlucky in experiencing
  a regular donor to the Red Cross Childrens Hospital Burn Unit and          debilitating altitude sickness during the second day of acclimatisation
  has started his own trust where he assists financially disadvantaged       hikes. “That is what happens with such a venture; it’s the battle in
  CPUT students. We need more ‘sAms’ and less politicians!” laughs           the mind. But then you press on and enjoy the cold fresh oxygen-
  Anette.                                                                    deprived air and marvel at God’s creation.”
  With the support of her departmental head, Dr Louw, Anette has             Anette and sAm eventually reached the summit the next day and
  been instrumental in incorporating Adventure-related Experiential          revelled in the heady feeling of accomplishment and excitement.
  Learning (AEL) into the department’s annual programme. She                 “My highlight was reaching the summit 20 minutes after the first
  believes that some of the most valuable lessons are those learnt           group summited, with a shivering sAm sitting there with his self-
  outside of the classroom environment and strongly advocates AEL as         made banner for me! I was quite emotional when we hugged and I
  a proven method of helping people develop and grow – something             thanked him for this experience of a lifetime. There were these two
  that educators are now realising all over the world.                       very diverse souls from Africa, standing on the highest mountain in
  “In 2001 I took CPUT students up Kilimanjaro for the first time.           Europe, connecting in a way that no socio-economic background,
  Since then no less than 12 students have had the opportunity to            no political dogma, no religious belief or cultural difference could
  climb that mountain,” she says. She believes much can be learnt            prevent from happening,” says Anette.
  around a campfire at night, interacting with people from diverse           “Nothing beats being at the summit of Europe’s highest peak with
  backgrounds.                                                               your ‘Super Heroine,’ says sAm simply.

                                                                                Go tell it on the mountain ...
                                                                                sAm has made it his mission to thank Anette Grobler on
                                                                                top of every mountain he climbs for teaching him ‘what is
                                                                                important in life’. Here, sAm (right) pays tribute to Anette
                                                                                at the summit of Denali – “The Great One” – in Alaska.
                                                                                Also known as Mount McKinley, Denali is the highest peak
                                                                                in North America and, aside from Everest, considered one
                                                                                of the most difficult to climb. With temperatures often
                                                                                well below -25°C and buffeted by extreme winds, Denali
                                                                                tests human endurance and will to the limit. sAm and his
                                                                                co-climber pictured here were the only two from a party
                                                                                of six that made it to the summit during this particular
                                                                                expedition in June this year.

AlumniNEWS September 2008

    Carpool study sessions pay dividends
  “If your mind can perceive it, and your          the clinics and hospitals of rural KwaZulu-       thinking critically, solving problems, working
  heart can believe it, then you can achieve       Natal – from the North Coast to Umhlanga          in teams, and analysing and synthesising
  it’.” Wise words from Department of              Rocks to Mtubatuba and Richards Bay.              information. I believe that I also have a lot
  Nursing lecturer Angela Dunne, who                                                                 to learn from students. I learn from students’
                                                   Her extensive experience in the field has
  provided inspiration, encouragement                                                                feedback and respond to their needs,” says
                                                   served her well in her current capacity –
  and support for mature student Mercia                                                              Angela.
                                                   transferring knowledge to BTech students in
  Bosman studying Office Management                Primary Health Care through subjects such as      “I believe that everyone has the potential
  and Technology. And not in the classroom,        Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment,      to do anything if they believe in themselves
  but in the busy morning traffic!                 and Treatment and Care.                           and are willing to learn from their mistakes
  Mercia Bosman is one of the many mature          “The Provincial Plan is to make the Community     or mishaps. My colleague Joan Fortuin and
  students who register for part-time studies at   Health Centres more nurse-driven by 2010,         I always encourage our students with this
  CPUT. A working mother, Mercia had more          due to the shortage of doctors. The course        motto: ‘If your mind can perceive it, and
  than just a day job to contend with when         prepares professional nurses for this task,”      your heart can believe it, then you can
  she made the decision to further her studies.    explains Angela, who completed her Masters        achieve it’.”
  She first completed her matric part-time and     in Public Health last year.
                                                                                                     “I am so thrilled that Mercia graduated
  then enrolled for her National Diploma in        Although she never taught Mercia on a             and wish to congratulate her sincerely on
  Office Management and Technology.                professional basis and because of their           obtaining her Diploma in Office Management
  Currently a Faculty Clerk in CPUT’s Faculty      unconventional ‘teaching’ sessions, Angela        & Technology. Mercia has subsequently been
  of Applied Science, Mercia says: “Being          regards herself as having been merely a           promoted from a general worker to a Faculty
  married to a loving husband, managing two        facilitator and motivator. “I used to ask her     Clerk. I would also like to acknowledge
  teenagers’ school careers and also managing      questions which she had to answer in order        Mercia’s family, my family and all other
  a household in the evenings, the decision to     to assess her understanding of the work, or
                                                                                                     husbands, wives, parents, children and
  study part-time was not easy. I must admit       she would ask me to explain certain things.
                                                                                                     colleagues who support our students. Your
  that my family was very supportive during        At times she was reluctant to write the exams
                                                                                                     support is definitely part of CPUT’s success.
                                                   and I used to encourage her not to rote-learn
  the four years of part-time studies, but given                                                     May you be blessed,” Angela adds.
                                                   but to read her work with understanding.”
  that it was a huge adjustment, it was not
                                                                                                      Mercia says she is eternally grateful for the
  easy and we all had to sacrifice in order for    “My philosophy as a lecturer is that I am the
                                                                                                     role Angela has played in her life, not only
  me to achieve my goals.”                         facilitator of learning. I believe my role as a
                                                   teacher in higher education is not to provide     as a colleague, but as a sincere and caring
  And achieve them she did, graduating at a                                                          friend. “I continually thank her for playing
                                                   facts but to empower students to take
  University graduation ceremony earlier this                                                        such a fundamental role in my life. She
                                                   ownership of their own learning. I feel I can
  year. She is adamant she would not have                                                            always says, and I quote: ‘You must always
                                                   best serve them if I can help them not only to
  succeeded without the support of Angela
                                                   learn concepts related to my discipline, but      do something to the best of your ability, no
  Dunne, a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of
                                                   also to help them to develop skills that will     matter if you fail, you will always gain from
  Health and Wellness Sciences’ Department
                                                   enable them to become lifelong learners.          the experience, positive or negative’. This
  of Nursing.
                                                   There is so much to learn, and I can help         will continue to have an impact on anything
  Mercia welcomes the opportunity to publicly      students to develop their abilities, such as      I strive to do.”
  thank Angela for her support during that time
  on both a personal and professional basis.
  “Angela’s motherly nature, her inspiring
  words and just being ‘an ear to listen’ during
  my matric year and ND studies, motivated
  and encouraged me more than she knew.
  Living in the same suburb, we used to drive
  in to work together and I distinctly remember
  her questioning me, probing for answers
  during peak hour traffic in the morning in
  preparation for my exams. Back then, it did
  not seem like a joke, because being asked
  questions – especially Biology – was not
  always funny, but in the end it all paid off,”
  laughs Mercia.
  Angela had a very good idea of the kind
  of juggling Mercia was performing, as she
  too had embarked on a part-time Masters
  programme in nursing. Angela has been
  lecturing at CPUT for the last decade. She
  joined the Department of Nursing after 20
  years spent training professional nurses in      Angela Dunne – proving the power of positive thinking

AlumniNEWS September 2008

  Dr Greybe gives
  his students a
  sporting chance
  As the first person to graduate cum laude in Sport
  Administration and Marketing from the then Cape
  Technikon, Meryl Rabe credits Dr Liano Greybe as being
  one of the main motivators behind her academic success
  and for helping instil a desire for excellence.

  Meryl Rabe first encountered Dr Greybe when he became her Sport              Along with the growth of interest in sport management, there was
  Administration lecturer. Now working in the events section –– of             a corresponding growth in the University’s resources, including the
  Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism marketing                  renowned Human Performance Laboratory run by Professor Simeon
  organisation, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, Meryl still lives and              Davies. “This injected a new stimulus into the course and led to the
  works by Dr Greybe’s credo of perseverance and excellence, and to            appointment of a biokineticist, as well as the establishment of the
  continually improve “on your best”.                                          MTech in Sport Management. “These were wonderful developments
                                                                               from an academic side and the Laboratory is doing excellent
  “Every student of his holds him in very high regard and respects
  his integrity, experience, wealth of knowledge and dedication,”
  maintains Meryl.                                                             “I thoroughly enjoyed lecturing about management and used
                                                                               my practical experience to make it more interesting and to help
  Dr Greybe first started working at CPUT on a part-time basis in 1997
                                                                               students understand how to apply the principles in an everyday work
  and served as a full-time staff member from 2000 – 2005. During
  those years he served as acting head of the Sport Management
  Department and is now lecturing on a part-time basis again.                  “I tried to emphasise excellence and stressed to students that
                                                                               they should constantly strive for excellence whether they are in a
  As one of the academics instrumental in establishing the programme,
                                                                               service industry, marketing or manufacturing – which ever field they
  Dr Greybe recalls that time as being one of the most exciting of his
                                                                               eventually find themselves. I try to make students see it is often the
  life. He relates that the field of study was first only offered on a part-
                                                                               more subtle things that can add value at every level of an organisation
  time basis, but later became a full-time programme.
                                                                               and ultimately improve performance and quality.
  Starting his career as a teacher, he gained his Masters in Education
                                                                               “It’s been wonderful and a privilege to get to know students. It’s very
  and his natural leadership qualities ensured that his trajectory was
                                                                               rewarding to see them come in as new students and to hopefully be
  set for greater things in the field of education. From teacher he            able to contribute to their development as managers and people and
  became headmaster and went on to serve as a school inspector. He             then to see them out in the workplace making a difference to the
  was eventually promoted to Director of Educational Planning in the           world,” he enthuses.
  provincial education department and went on to gain his doctorate
                                                                               One of the main things Dr Greybe tries to instil in students is the
  in Educational Management.
                                                                               ability to sell themselves. “I explain that aside from gaining their
  He has also served as Boland Rugby’s Vice-Chairperson and                    qualifications, their time spent at CPUT gives them a golden
  Chairperson of the Selection Committee. His deep understanding of            opportunity to get involved in the practical side of sport. For example
  education and his practical experience of the sports world made Dr           some of our students go out to schools from their communities and
  Greybe’s lectures insightful and invaluable to students keen to break        help them organise sporting fixtures for no remuneration. However,
  into the industry.                                                           when it comes to getting jobs, most of them are offered employment
  “Prior to the establishment of the Sport Administration and                  once they’ve graduated, as employers value practical experience,
  Marketing course, there was very little training available in that           initiative and self-motivation.”
  field. With the development of professional sport, a much more               “Meryl’s a great example of a student who grabbed opportunity
  professional approach to training appropriately skilled managers             with both hands. As a student she worked for the Western Province
  became necessary,” explains Dr Greybe.                                       Cricket Association and went on to work for them full-time. Among
  In those early days graduates from this programme were snapped up            other things, she specifically helped with the organisation of the
  by provincial sports departments, who found that CPUT students had           2003 ICC Cricket World Cup and gained amazing experience and
  both the theoretical management knowledge as well as practical,              developed a great professional network.”
  hands-on work experience through CPUT’s industry placement                   Meryl expresses her gratitude to Dr Greybe and others who gave of
  programmes.                                                                  themselves in the education process, citing the genuine input and
  Dr Greybe says it was often the case that an intern would eventually         quality of his lectures and his preparation and passion for delivering
  end up being employed by the company or department where they                excellence. “He was knowledgeable and challenged us frequently,
  had worked as students. “For example, Meryl Rabe worked at the               to really think, and to excel. So, for his dedication and for being
  Western Province Cricket Association as a student and went on to             part of laying a solid foundation in the early days of my studies, I
  become a permanent employee there after graduation.”                         thank him.”

AlumniNEWS September 2008

    Generations of (now grateful) students
        made to ‘walk the extra mile’
  “If there was one person who made a difference in my life,
  it is Lionel van der Horst,” says electrical engineer and CPUT
  alumnus Darrell Fortuin.
  Since his student days in the early 1990s, Fortuin has carved a
  successful career in the ICT industry and is currently working as a
  Solutions Architect – responsible for Business Solutions for a number
  of multinational clients. He remains grateful for the impact Mr van
  der Horst had on his education, but remembers the days when the
  mere mention of his name struck awe and terror into the hearts of
  Mr van der Horst is now retired, but left an indelible impression on
  his students during his tenure at the Peninsula Technikon as a lecturer
  in Electronics. At a time when rote learning was the order of the day,
  he grappled with and gained inspiration from the Competency Based
  Education (CBE) system and helped produce generations of electrical
  and electronic technicians with both sound theoretical knowledge
  and the ability to apply that knowledge in any situation.
                                                                             An avid hiker, Lionel van der Horst is pictured here with (l-r) Julian
  Fortuin was in Electronics II and III in 1994 and relates that Mr van      Wenn, Liezl Wenn and Earl Andrews during a hike with fellow staff
  der Horst’s nickname at the time was ‘The Terrible’. “Young and            and their children in the early 1990s.
  immature as I was, I hated him before I even met him,” he laughs.
  Love him or hate him, van der Horst’s dedication to quality teaching       industry experience behind him, making him the ideal mentor for
  and to producing excellent technicians became to be admired by             young technically-inclined minds.
  many of his students.
                                                                             He began his teaching career at Harold Cressy High School. There
  “I had heard all the stories of how he would confront students             was an ethos of excellence at the school which matched his desire to
  about performance and how embarrassing it could be. I would                be the best teacher and role model that he could be. The year was
  hear how students failed Electronics and how he would not care             1955 and the apartheid machinery was only just getting into full
  about the failure rate. When I joined his class I heard all his straight   gear. For the next 14 years he taught maths and science to some of
  talk and criticism. This was the man who took to the blackboard            the people who would later go on to influence the course of South
  without ever looking at a textbook. He would combine elements of           African history.
  Mathematics, Digital Systems, Control Systems and other subjects
  into his Electronics class. Slowly you would understand why you do         Talking about those days, he is quick to point out that although
  all these different subjects and how it all adds together,” he recalls.    he was completely opposed to the status quo, his was not of an
                                                                             overtly political stance, but more of a moral and religious opposition.
  “He must have had an incredible memory. Most would dare not miss
                                                                             “I came from a religious background and that was what motivated
  his lectures. Your success in a course would depend on theoretical
                                                                             me to fight the old system. I am wary of ideology and warn others
  knowledge and a demonstration of theory by way of a practical.
                                                                             to beware of ideology. I believe that one can gain inspiration as a
  Somehow students came to believe that if your theoretical report
                                                                             teacher from the greatest teacher of all time.”
  demonstrated your knowledge, then he would pass you based only
  on that.”                                                                  In 1969 he returned to university and completed his BSc Engineering
                                                                             degree, graduating in 1971. In 1972 he started working at Siemens
  Fortuin believes at one stage Mr van der Horst did favour this
                                                                             where he remained for three years. A short stint of teaching was
  approach, because students started submitting reports only, without
                                                                             followed by another foray into the corporate world before returning
  demonstrating a practical. “The old fox quickly caught on to this.
  I still remember one day when I passed the notice board, a few             in earnest to what was his true passion – teaching. He joined
  reports were stapled to the board with a message saying ‘All these         Witteboome High School a year after the 1976 student protests and
  reports were not supported by practicals, please demonstrate for           at the height of student activism in the Western Cape. “I saw the
  consideration’. By then some of the guilty parties had already left for    need for education to liberate people and that we had to roll up our
  home in various parts of the country. They learnt the hard way that        sleeves to do the hard work necessary.”
  you never submit last minute.”                                             Mr van der Horst joined Pentech in 1980, and set about giving his
  Although retired, Mr van der Horst still has strong opinions about         students the best education possible. As a champion of the library as
  teaching, students and the education environment. “The situation           a crucial learning tool, he recalls his horror on discovering that there
  in the country at the time necessitated that we approach the way           were very few reference books related to his subjects. He also made
  we taught from the student’s perspective.” This was not a method           it his mission to stock the laboratories with up-to-date equipment,
  widely accepted by many staff in those days, where the dominant            which would become the envy of neighbouring tertiary institutions.
  school of thought emphasised rote learning and the regurgitation of        With the advent of CBE, Mr van der Horst saw how this system could
  theoretical knowledge.                                                     be operated to its fullest advantage, giving students an excellent
  Prior to joining the teaching staff of the then Peninsula Technikon,       theoretical grounding and also making sure that their practical skills
  Mr van der Horst had many years of secondary school teaching and           were up to date and relevant for the workplace.

AlumniNEWS September 2008

  “You had to build your own model with CBE. When one class’s
  result was poor, I offered them supplementary exams in early                   A brief biography of
  January. Nobody knew I had set up this supplementary exam –
  not even the Dean. The trouble only started when students began
                                                                                 our new Chancellor
  pitching up early at the residences. One student, the son of the
                                                                            Trevor Andrew Manuel was born in January 1956 in
  King of Lesotho, even paid for hotel accommodation in order to
                                                                            Kensington, Cape Town, and grew up and was educated in the
  complete the supplementary. The exam was held in the Library on an
                                                                            city. He matriculated in 1973 and studied Civil and Structural
  exceptionally hot day – probably the hottest of that summer. Time
  was not important, and the exam finished when the last student had        Engineering at the then Peninsula Technikon, and later, during
  demonstrated the least required level of competency. In assessing the     his detention, he also undertook law studies.
  marks that day, I discovered that one woman student had managed           Dr Manuel entered public life in 1981 as the General Secretary
  to pass just by the work she had completed in the last 15 minutes.”
                                                                            of the Cape Areas Housing Action Committee, after which he
  “Students who couldn’t adapt and just echoed back what their              became a National Executive member of the United Democratic
  lecturers had taught them didn’t like the new system. Those that          Front (UDF). In September 1985 he was detained and then
  liked it responded well. I think that those who responded well            banned until August 1990. However, the ban was lifted
  to this challenge also fared well in the workplace and helped to          in March 1986 after it was ruled that it was not in line with
  smash down barriers to career progress in those times.” Lionel
                                                                            the provisions of the Internal Security Act. In August 1986 Dr
  acknowledges that his unorthodox teaching methods drew raised
                                                                            Manuel was again detained under the emergency regulations
  eyebrows from some of his colleagues, but is quick to point out
                                                                            for almost two years until July 1988. He was released from
  that this was no maverick move on his part and that the Technikon,
                                                                            detention under severe restrictions but promptly detained again
  UCT and De Beers all endorsed these teaching methods, and the
  proof was ultimately in the calibre of his graduates.                     in September 1988, this time until February 1989. His release
                                                                            came with stringent restriction orders.
  “In empowering my students I had to impress upon them that they
  had to show employers how capable they are, if not better than            After the unbanning of the African National Congress (ANC)
  the rest!”                                                                Dr Manuel was appointed deputy co-ordinator in the Western
  Mr van der Horst is aware that his strict reputation was a talking        Cape Province. At the ANC’s first regional conference in 1990
  point amongst students and is unfazed by it. “Well, what I                he was elected publicity secretary. At the ANC’s 1991 national
  demanded from others, I demanded from myself. I walked the                conference he was elected to the National Executive Committee,
  extra mile and the students had to walk it with me. This created          and in 1992 he became head of the ANC’s Department of
  the understanding of what I wanted from them and enabled them             Economic Planning.
  to walk the next mile on their own.”
                                                                            He was elected as an ANC Member of Parliament in 1994, and
       Well, what I demanded from others, I                                 appointed by President Nelson Mandela as Minister of Trade
       demanded from myself. I walked the extra                             and Industry, and in 1996 as Minister of Finance, a position
                                                                            he still holds, making him one of the country’s longest-serving
       mile and the students had to walk it with
                                                                            finance ministers.
       me. This created the understanding of
                                                                            The World Economic Forum selected Dr Manuel as a “Global
       what I wanted from them and enabled
                                                                            Leader for Tomorrow” in 1994, and he has received numerous
       them to walk the next mile on their own.
                                                                            international awards and recognition for his accomplishments.
  Fortuin recalls that aside from Mr van der Horst’s incredible
  knowledge of the engineering field, he also subtly imparted life skills
  to all those who attended his classes. “He made you understand
  the importance of ‘you’. Who you are, what you know, what value
  you have to offer and, of course, ultimately how you blend into the
  bigger world and interact with your society as a whole.”
  “With all the history of our country in mind – he had been through
  it all – he would teach you how to stand up for who you are,
  how to ensure you were not undermined, and how to perform
  in an environment for which you were trained. Even through all
  of this teaching, we would sometimes talk amongst ourselves and
  complain about this man who ‘did not know what he was talking
  about’. Of course we thought we were the clever ones then. When
  I left university to embark on a career in the corporate world, I
  realised within days that VDH had been talking sense all along.”
  “I would like to extend my thanks to Mr van der Horst, for the
  positive influence he had on my life. I know that besides me, there
  are many others who feel the same way. Many of us still exchange
  stories of the great ‘VDH’!” concludes Fortuin.

 AlumniNEWS September 2008
AlumniNEWS September 2008

           You are never too old to learn something new
                  and always too young to stop.
                Have you reached a ‘ceiling’ in your career and want to advance to better future prospects?
                Perhaps you’ve discovered a specialised area in your field that really excites you but you don’t have
                the right qualifications to pursue your interest?
                Or maybe you feel it’s time for a complete change of direction – embark on a new career, or use
                your knowledge and skills to start your own business.

           Postgraduate studies can make a positive change in your life…
           and in the lives of others!
           It was never more true than right now that the world as we know it is changing fast. Advances in technology, the
           speed and breadth of communication, and increasing competitiveness in a globalised market have made our lives
           and work more and more complex. With these advances, both new and old problems and challenges arise – social,
           economic, environmental – that need to be addressed in innovative and creative ways. And those individuals who
           have the capacity to constantly adapt and learn are those who will prosper and make a positive impact on their
           communities and in the wider world.

           Knowledge and skills are our greatest asset. As a graduate of our institution, you have already acquired the critical
           tools for lifelong learning, and can continue to build on this firm foundation. Internationally in the Higher Education
           sector there is enormous growth in postgraduate student enrolments, as graduates realise the competitive advantage
           that these qualifications give them in their chosen professions.

           As one of the premier universities of technology in Southern Africa, CPUT endeavours to use its intellectual and
           research capacity to solve problems that not only are affecting our continent, but communities all over the world.
           Across our six faculties, academics and postgraduate students are involved in a wide range of relevant research areas
           that have the potential to improve our quality of life, as just a few examples listed below show:

           •	   the impact of sport tourism events on cities and communities
           •	   sport performance analysis to help understand how athletes can improve
           •	   the role of antioxidants in disease prevention
           •	   the impact of design artifacts on individuals and communities
           •	   the risk factors associated with obesity in school children
           •	   community water supply and sanitation
           •	   development of novel models and design methods for real-time monitoring and control
           •	   unemployment in Southern Africa
           •	   genetic engineering in crop production.

           If you think it’s time to make that change, then you should consider further studies at CPUT. Visit our website to learn
           about the full range of postgrauduate programmes on offer, both full- and part-time, and our policies on Recognition
           of Prior Learning.

           There is also a wide variety of short courses to choose from – to improve your skills in your current field, or to
           introduce you to something entirely new. The possibilities are endless!


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