STAFF NEWSLETTER JULY 2008 STAFF NEWSLETTER JULY 2008 Improved registration process on the way Architect’s depiction of the new registration building on the Sunnyside Campus An improved registration process In January 2008 a task team was consti- role to play in the revised registration will be introduced at Unisa in 2009. tuted to investigate what could be done process,” says Professor Van Wyk. A smooth registration process is to make the Unisa registrations processes There are three major differences be- more efficient. Professor Van Wyk was but one way in which the Univer- tween the registration process followed appointed to champion the project and up to now and the one to be implemented sity will ensure that students have he is supported by the Deputy Registrar, in 2009. The first involves the registra- a positive experience of Unisa. The Professor Divya Singh, and several other new process will give effect to the tion process for new or first-time students task team members. The project team has at Unisa. Unlike in the past, all new University’s promise of service excel- met with various stakeholders and held entrants to Unisa will now have to apply lence. This is according to Professor many consultations with all involved in for admission to Unisa. Applications will Dawid Van Wyk, Assistant Principal student registrations. “Many departments be open from 15 June 2008 and will run and project team leader. – from Student Admissions and Regis- until 30 September 2008. The application trations, Corporate Communication and fee is R150. Marketing to Finance, ICT, Buildings and Estates and Despatch – have an important To p.2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 10 Exxaro chair launched Preparing for the HEQC audit Lekgotla Kick the habit! From p.1 Although the University will still accept late applications from October to 9 Jan- uary 2009, the students will then have to pay an increased application fee of R300. No applications will be accepted after 9 January 2009 for S1/2009 and Y1 registrations. Only first-time students who have applied will be able to register. Application forms will be available from Unisa (www.unisa.ac.za) and from all Unisa regional offices, as well as from the Central Admissions Office (www.cao.ac.za). Secondly, students will be encouraged In the third instance, from next year there A range of media from television, radio to register online, at self-help stations will be no over-the-counter distribution and newspaper advertisements to SMS at the Unisa Sunnyside Campus and all of study material as it will be delivered and email messages will make people regional registration sites. The various online or despatched by post or courier aware of this. The campaign will be Unisa registration sites will be equipped service. Students who choose the courier supported by all existing communication with computers for online registrations mode of delivery will have to carry the tools such as the student newsletter and and student advisors will be present to cost of the service. Students who register notice boards. In the second phase of the offer curriculum advice and technical at a Unisa registration site will be able to campaign, students will be reminded to assistance. In future, registration will no access a free CD of their study material. register, preferably online, to study at the longer take place at the main campus but Professor Singh says they have ap- University. at the Sunnyside Campus where a new proached the Department of Corporate Professor Singh says that staff will building is being built for this purpose. Communication and Marketing to receive information about the improved Students will, however, still be able to assist with communicating the revised registration process on an ongoing basis register by fax or post. There is also an registration process to all stakeholders. via Focus, the Web, notice boards and arrangement with the South African Post “A comprehensive advertising campaign staff meetings. A letter explaining the Office in terms of which students will be has been developed to inform the public process will also be sent out to staff. able to submit the completed registra- at large, but particularly prospective Professors Van Wyk and Singh conclude tion form at a South African Post Office students, of the new registration process that, although registering some 250 000 (SAPO). SAPO will scan the form and requiring first-time students to apply to students will always be a daunting task, any documents attached, and then email study at Unisa.” they are confident that the improved them directly to Unisa. It will also be The first phase of the marketing cam- process will be a more effective and ef- possible for students to pay study fees at paign runs from July to September with ficient process and also a more pleasant a SAPO. its key message: Apply to study at Unisa. experience for students. Academic mission to the USA Professor Mandla Makhanya, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor Narend Baijnath, Vice-Principal: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships, accompanied by Ms Siza Magubane, Director: International Relations, undertook an academic mission to the USA. The objectives of the visit included: Successful meetings were held at the Empire State University was found • Build value-adding partnerships Empire State University in Albany and to be very strong with their online with institutions in the New York Columbia University, and the Consulate comprehensive programme and and Washington DC areas General of the Republic of South Africa recognition of prior learning (RPL), and in New York. In Washington DC, meet- they demonstrated a keen interest in • Explore opportunities through ings were held with the Council for collaborating with Unisa. At Columbia the Institute for International the International Exchange of Scholars University, a valuable meeting was held Education, responsible for (CIES), the International Association with Professor Mamadou Diouf and his initiatives such as the Fulbright of Education (IIE) and the American team from the Center for African Studies. programme and the New Century Council on Education (ACE). In addition Scholars programme A team of students and academics from to these meetings, Ms Magubane attended Columbia University will be visiting • Explore opportunities for the the NAFSA Conference, which was also UNISA in the last week of July or early exchange of scholars and visiting held in Washington DC. August 2008. scholars 2 Exxaro Chair launched Diversified resources company of Exxaro’s clean energy programme. opportunities associated with the event. Exxaro Resources (Exxaro) is The Chair was launched on 5 June at a The project will also investigate the partnering with the Unisa Centre function and media briefing at Summer event’s carbon commerce potential with the aim of benefiting future mega-events. for Corporate Citizenship (CCC) to Place in Johannesburg. The incumbent of conduct research geared towards the Chair is Dr Hennie Stoffberg. Professor Rita Maré, Unisa Vice- assisting the South African business Dr Stoffberg says that one of his main Principal: Academic and Research, said community to adapt to and mitigate research focus areas will be the carbon that Unisa is proud to be associated with assessment of JSE Top 50 companies. Exxaro in the University’s endeavour the effects of climate change. The assessment will reflect critically to promote the principles of the Global Exxaro is funding the Exxaro Chair in Compact. She said the Chair already on the climate change responsiveness Business and Climate Change (ECBCC) plays an important role in mainstreaming of these companies and, in particular, at Unisa over a three-year period during corporate social responsibility, corporate their ability to adapt to and mitigate the which a core body of knowledge on citizenship and the principles of the constraints and opportunities resulting climate change developments in the Global Compact in Unisa’s economic from climate change. The companies South African context will be developed and business offerings, as well an in the will be rated on climate change and to inform climate change responsibility promotion of interdisciplinary studies carbon performance criteria and will programmes run by companies. between the CCC and environmental subsequently be ranked according to their Exxaro envisions the Chair to be a centre performance. Assessment findings will be sciences and the law. of excellence in research, education presented in a report to be made available Exxaro Chief Executive Officer, Mr and advocacy in Business and Climate to the business sector. Sipho Nkosi, said that Exxaro was Change. The mission of the Chair is delighted about their association with In another research project, Dr Stoffberg, to support South African and African Unisa. He pointed out that the launch together with Prof. Derick de Jongh, businesses, governments and civil society was a carbon neutral event, including the director of CCC, will motivate companies in their quest to reduce the detrimental means of transport and the paper used for to take up their moral and ethical role effects of climate change and to max- the programme and menu. to reduce their carbon footprint. It is imise on the upside opportunities. argued that companies need to raise the The R3 million sponsorship supports Exxaro is one of the largest South bar in their responses to the challenge of Exxaro’s commitment to achieving clean African-based diversified resources climate change. energy standards, which it sees as being groups, with interests in the coal, A further project involves a dissertation mineral sands, base metals and iron essential to remain competitive while research study by Ms Deshika Katha- ore commodities. Exxaro recognises dealing effectively with climate change, waroo, a PhD student of the Chair, that a commitment to clean energy is potential energy shortages, related envi- conducting a carbon footprint research essential to remain competitive while ronmental concerns and rising costs of project on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World dealing effectively with potential energy energy. Cup. shortages, climate change, related Recommendations from the ECBCC will The three-year assessment will reflect environmental concerns and rising costs be considered for implementation as part carbon mitigation constraints and of energy. Professor Hellicy Ngambi (Deputy Executive Dean: College of Economic and Management Sciences), Dr Hennie Stofberg, Professor Rita Maré (Vice Principal: Academic and Research), Professor André Kritzinger (Deputy Executive Dean: College of Economic and Management Sciences) and Professor Derick de Jongh, all of Unisa. 3 Preparing for the HEQC institutional audit The Higher Education Quality (personal, professional or ideological), Preparations Committee (HEQC) Institutional the University could have lodged a for the site visits audit will take place over five substantiated objection in writing. Professors Barney Pityana, David days (11–15 August 2008) and Contact with the auditors may only Mosoma, and Narend Baijnath, with the audit panel will be based at be made via the Directorate: Quality staff members from the Department the RR Maluleke building on the Assurance and Promotion. This process of Strategy, Planning and Quality Muckleneuk campus. has been instituted to prevent, as far as Assurance, have been conducting possible, any inappropriate interactions briefings to staff and stakeholders in the During the course of the audit process the between the audit panel and staff regions as well as at the main campus and panel is expected to interview between members of the University. Florida to brief staff. 500 and 600 staff members, students, alumni and people associated with Unisa, Programme for the visit On 27 June 2008 the HEQC met with grouped according to functional, other The programme will be made available Unisa to inform the University how stakeholder contribution, or area of on the HEQC audit website. Staff they wish to structure the programme interest. members may also phone the Directorate: for the week of 11–15 August 2008. Quality Assurance and Promotion at The Directorate: Quality Assurance and Composition of Promotion will shortly be contacting (012) 429 2674 for more information. the audit panel the 500 to 600 people (staff, students The programme has been designed to The audit panel will comprise: interview a cross-section of the Unisa and other parties) who are selected to community, namely: be interviewed; some personnel may be • Ten senior academics from South asked to contact a specific stakeholder African public higher education • Vice-Chancellor, Senior Executive where they are the key contact point with institutions who are deputy vice- Team (SET) such a stakeholder. chancellors, deans or staff of similar • External members of Council The programme for the audit visit may seniority; one panel member has been nominated by the HEQC as • Committee members need modification during the period week Chairperson of the audit panel of the visit, should the auditors deem it • A cross-section of academic and necessary; e.g. if they are satisfied that • Two international panel members support staff a question has been answered, they may • A report writer • Staff representatives, i.e. union cancel scheduled interviews related members to that topic, or if they are alerted to • Three senior staff of the CHE/HEQC, one of whom is the audit officer for • Student representatives, i.e. SRC something during that week, they may Unisa ask for a special interview session to be • A cross-section of students, i.e. from arranged accordingly. Staff members are • Scribes for each of the interviews, diverse colleges, disciplines, race, asked to bear this need for flexibility in who will compile minutes gender, level of study mind if changes in arrangements occur at • An audit administrator to support • Staff and students from academic short notice. the audit panel. The audit officer is and research units, service learning In addition to the self-evaluation report, the primary contact person between programmes hard copy supporting documentation Unisa and the auditors during the • Graduates and representatives from and additional information requested by visit and is responsible for supporting the community the HEQC are being housed in a small the panel and ensuring that the resource room as well as the panel having panel retains its focus as per the What staff members electronic access to supporting evidence. institutional audit framework and need to do criteria. The Directorate: Quality Assurance and It is essential to be familiar with the Promotion may have to contact staff to The members of the panel have been content of the self-evaluation. This does supply further information, e.g. minutes selected based on specialist knowledge not mean that you must agree with the of committee meetings, or respond to of higher education, ODL or another explanation or analyses within the report. a specific request by a panel member specialist area within higher education. You may have a different outlook to throughout the duration of audit week at that which is represented in the report. short notice. Unisa was given an opportunity to You may also be able to provide a more comment on the selection of the auditors; Information about the programme will be complete explanation/ understanding/ if there had been any reasonable posted on the audit website as soon as it illustration of key issues. An electronic objection to any of the auditors is available and further update alerts be version of the portfolio is available on the because of any conflicts of interest will conveyed electronically. audit website. 4 Youth inspired by Unisa Women’s Forum On Thursday 12 June 2008 the Unisa you want to go, as you are in the driver’s Women’s Forum Youth Day com- seat.” memorated 16 June and Youth Month by The keynote speaker of the day was Dr inspiring young people to create a better Ravhudzulo, who engaged the audience life for themselves. Unisa’s Dr Anniekie on many pressing issues such as gaining Ravhudzulo from the Institute for success, changing attitudes and marriage Curriculum and Learning Development decisions. This motivational speaker, (ICLD) and a dynamic first-year student, author of eight motivational books, Wendy Ntanta, delivered presentations. producer of several CDs and DVDs, Ms Ntanta (19) gave an inspirational talk education consultant, as well as an encouraging young people to live their ordained pastor, says that “darkness is dreams. Reading for her BA in Language creeping in our land…our country is no Dr Anniekie Ravhudzulo (left) and Ms Wendy and Literature, this young go-getter has longer user-friendly. Our families are in a Ntanta been also been awarded special funding crisis, but there is hope.” from a Canadian university, which will The session ended with exciting sponsor two years of her studies. She giveaways of Dr Ravhudzulo’s books, says that “if you want success, you start DVDs and CDs to the audience. with your dreams…you choose where LEKGOTLA opportunity to assess progress What Unisa wants to achieve within the next three years is clearly set out in its Institutional Operational Plan (IOP) 2008 – 2010, but is the University on track in implementing strategies to achieve its objectives? To evaluate Unisa’s progress on this, members of the Executive and Extended Management attended a special legotla at Intundla game lodge in May 2008. Professor Barney Pityana, Principal and Owing to time constraints only the Vice-Chancellor, said the motivation for Academic and Research, and Learner the special lekgotla was a sense of a lack Support and Student Affairs portfolios of coherence, uniformity and progress gave feedback on their progress in terms in the numerous and varied initiatives of the IOP. Reports on the progress underway in the Institution. He added made in various initiatives to enhance that the lekgotla also provided the throughput, on-track power courses, opportunity to offer concrete proposals the programme qualification mix the new Unisa Entrance Building, the on Unisa’s way forward. (PQM), exciting research activity and development of the Florida Campus and Issues discussed at the lekgotla included the implementation of the Community the Irene Training Centre), employment an understanding of the University’s Engagement Policy were encouraging. equity, international partnerships, and business and enterprise architectures, the Business Intelligence framework particularly in relation to the open Time frames developed by DISA. distance learning (ODL) model, progress However, there was concern about on the 2008–2010 institutional IOP a seeming lack of coordination and Leadership objectives and the ODL model and interaction between the regions and the A presentation at the last day of the its implications and impact on the Muckleneuck Campus, as well as the fact lekgotla provided a concise summary of University. that the University had been working on issues that stood in the way of progress some initiatives without much concrete in Unisa. It was asserted that middle ODL a concern evidence of progress. A decision was management and top management did At the lekgotla it soon emerged that ODL made to attach time frames to such not relate properly to one another and the was an overriding concern, particularly initiatives, including tutorial support and importance of an effective management its significant impact on the core the Smart Card System aimed to promote style that demonstrated firm and institutional functions. If the University student support. Considering the onerous responsible leadership was highlighted. did not get clarity on the ODL model demands made on ICT, it was confirmed Furthermore the need to work towards a it would not be able to meet its IOP that at present its most important unified Unisa community committed to objectives. There was a need for a sound priorities include registration and ODL. its new institutional identity and focus conceptual framework to be bedded down was expressed. in the Institution and it was proposed Florida campus Professor Pityana ended the lekgotla by that the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Other matters reported on include affirming the team spirit within Extended Mandla Makhanya, would convene an progress with the registration process and Management and stated that it was urgent meeting with a small task team to the delivery of study materials at Florida imperative that they demonstrated that draft an ODL policy accompanied by an Campus, estates planning (especially the they knew what they were doing and that implementation plan. new Registration facility at Sunnyside, they were seen to be doing it. 5 Colloquium discusses strategies to combat racism Against the background of racism in South Africa and the xenophobic attacks across the country in May and June 2008, the Student Affairs Directorate, on behalf of Professor David Mosoma: Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice- Principal: Learner Support, organised a Colloquium on Race and Racism in South Africa on 18 June 2008 in Senate Hall, Muckleneuk Campus. The aim of the colloquium was to discuss the issue of racism in the context of a desire for social, economic and institutional transformation in the country. In his welcome address Professor manifestations of racism, racial could be agreed upon, all acknowledged Mosoma emphasised that the purpose of discrimination, xenophobia and that it is necessary to be aware of the the colloquium was to crystallise ideas related intolerance to which youth pain that racism causes. In the following and mobilise strategies to combat racism. and other vulnerable groups might be session members of the panel, chaired Professor Barney Pityana, Principal and exposed by Professor Catherine Hoppers, Vice-Chancellor, delivering the opening According to Professor Pityana, much of Incumbent of the Unisa SARChI Chair address, made the point that racism is higher education in South Africa shows in Development Education, considered truly embedded in the psyche of South the perpetuation of racism and he said the some of the impacts and effects of racism African society. He referred to the vital seedbed of racism in this context needs to in various spheres. point included in the declaration made at be exposed and countered. Strategies to combat racism were the World Conference against Racism, discussed in the third session, chaired Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and The first session of the colloquium, chaired by Dr Thandi Sidzumo- by Professor Peter Stewart of the Related Intolerance held in Durban from Department of Development Studies. 31 August to 8 September 2001: Mazibuko, Executive Director: Corporate Services, focused on the definition as well While it was clear that there are some We note the importance of as the causes and manifestation of racism. resources in place to do this, policies paying special attention to new While no one clear definition of racism do not effectively address all the issues. Professor Hoppers made the important point that people must not only work curatively but also act preventatively to fight racism in whatever form it occurs. In summation, Professor Phumla Mtala, the acting Dean of Students, stated that it was obvious that the question of racism needed to be considered further, and that it was necessary to sustain the debate and discussion that had started at the colloquium. “This marks the beginning of a long journey of continuous engagement on this issue and of telling the stories that have affected us in one way or another,” she said. She added that there was a need to embark on focused research: a Front, from left: Professor Catherine Hoppers, Facilitator and Incumbent of the Unisa SARChI Chair in Development Education; Mr Joel Segwale, NEHAWU representative; Professor Phumla structured collective effort by a dedicated Mtala, Programme Director and Unisa Acting Dean of Students; Professor Oludele Akinboade, group of people, and proposed that a Unisa School of Economic Sciences; Professor Dirk Kotzé, Unisa Department of Political Sciences forum comprising a wide spectrum of Back, from left: Mr Thomas Blaser, South African Institute of Race Relations; Professor Moroka individuals be established that would be Mogashoa, Unisa Black Forum President; Mr Lucky Phosa, Unisa SRC President facilitated by Unisa. Milestone in academic’s career The inaugural lecture of Professor Rachel Section Head: Organisational Barker, Department of Communication Communication in the Department of Science, was held on 29 May 2008. Communication Science. In November 2007, Council approved her appointment Professor Barker chose as her subject as full professor. Communicative analogies between the presentation of virtual self and theatrical As a scholar, Professor Barker is a metaphors in cyberspace: Going renowned researcher and has published ‘beyond-self’? The main premises are widely, both locally and internationally, based on the argument that the idea of in the fields of marketing, public the world as a stage is not new, only the relations, development communication, setting of the performance has changed to knowledge management, virtual a cyber stage. communication, online public relations, and whistle-blowing. She is also the Professor Barker joined Unisa in January co-author of a book entitled Integrated 2000 as Senior Lecturer, was promoted to organisational communication published Associate Professor in 2001 and is the in 2006. Professor Rachel Barker 66 UCAP celebrates first decade A striking exhibition in the Unisa Library foyer on the Muckleneuk Campus showcased the history and current offerings of the Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology (UCAP), illustrating the Centre’s teaching and learning offerings, research contributions and community involvement. The UCAP team: Front, from left: Sihle Dludla (Messenger), Cheryl Easterbrook (Events Coordinator), Back, from left: Thandeka Tshabalala (Research Intern), Precious Mubiana (Research Intern), Gladys Thembani (Centre Manager), Juan Nel (Director) Ten-year-old UCAP can look forward to Centre Director Dr Juan Nel gave a brief Four years ago, in response to the a wonderful adolescence and adult life overview of the Centre’s development demands of the College of Human if its infant and childhood development and current offerings. From presenting Sciences Management, UCAP also is anything to go by. In just ten years, only a handful of workshops and one embraced research, which today the Centre has developed from “just a Short Learning Programme (SLP) in constitutes almost half of what the Centre twinkle in Juan’s eye” (Dr Juan Nel, 1998, the Centre now offers almost 30 does. Primary focal areas for this are Director of UCAP) to a “professionally workshops and seven SLPs, several with in line with national priorities, namely run avenue where we can present short two or more stand-alone modules. The trauma intervention and management, courses and workshops to our colleagues Centre is recognised as one of the largest which is in response to the endemic crime and to the public, thereby contributing providers of continuing professional and violence in the country; and sexual to the very important dissemination of development for psychologists and social health and rights, which, among others, knowledge and the honing of skills”. workers in South Africa. is in response to the HIV/Aids pandemic. These were the words of Professor Fred The Centre has a long history of Both fields also address prejudice and van Staden (Chair of the Department of community service and activism and discrimination. Psychology and also Chair of the UCAP is involved in several networks and UCAP also hosted a well attended series Advisory Committee) at the opening of structures, including being a founding of seminars to explain and demonstrate the exhibition. member of the National Victim its offerings. The final event on Thursday Professor van Staden also pointed out Empowerment Programme (VEP), which saw three students each win a short that the Department of Psychology has also celebrates its 10th anniversary this course, as well as three more students become financially well off owing to the year. each winning an Exclusive Books financial growth and sustainability of voucher. UCAP. Code of Ethics Committee discusses Communication and Marketing plan The Code of Ethics Committee recently convened to discuss their Communication and Marketing plan. This committee was approved by Council on 30 November 2007, and established on 14 March 2008. It will not function as an appeal Committee or replace current Disciplinary structures. The Committee is an oversight body for an ethical programme with the following elements: • Implement or roll out the Code of Ethics and Conduct leading to infusing the University with the principle of ethics • Promote ethical behaviour and values as stated in the 2015 Strategic Plan From left, Mr Hendri van Kradenburg, Enterprise Risk Management; • Assess and advise on the University’s ethical climate through Ms Annelie Steenkamp, Internal Audit; Mr Shadrack Phuthego, monitoring, benchmarking and identifying and recommending Internal Audit; Dr Marié Ferreira, Executive Director: Corporate improvement strategies and reporting the aforementioned to the Communication and Marketing; Professor Dawid van Wyk, Assistant Management Committee Principal 7 Artworks home from Spain Keith Dietrich, “Mmopeng, Mmamule, Mmathabeng”, Airbrush oil on canvas, 1985, Unisa Permanent Collection Gerard Sekoto, “Four figures at a table”, Oil on board, Date unknown, Unisa Permanent Collection History repeats itself, and probably more often than we would like. After certain, apparently unforgettable blows, after particularly terrible and mournful events, society tends to proclaim that it has learned its lesson, and that there will be no recurrence of such happenings. “Never again” are the words usually pronounced in such cases. But there are conflicts that are rekindled, misfortunes that return, and often they take on forms that haunt our memories, walls and fences we thought were forgotten, exoduses caused by war and poor government, communities separated by deep The aim of the Apartheid Exhibition at practices fed by Western modernism, and rooted hatred – and by political the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de portrayed how these prejudices constitute interests – that resurface just when it Barcelona, Spain, from 26 September even today a powerful instrument for seemed it had been left behind, buried 2007 to 3 February 2008 was to show justifying and maintaining the most under a long period of coexistence people the old and new manifestations arbitrary injustices. without upsets… of prejudice and racial discrimination The exhibition also argued that over the The exhibition was accompanied by a based on a wide selection of artworks and last two decades new forms of racism catalogue titled Apartheid – The South documentary materials. The Unisa Art and racial segregation have developed African Mirror. The Unisa Art Gallery Gallery and various institutions in South on a large scale, both within our loaned two paintings, one by Gerard Africa made several works available on democratic societies as well as in the Sekoto and the other by Keith Dietrich. loan for this exhibition. relationship between the rich and poor Participation in the exhibition indicates The racial ideologies such as apartheid nations. Celestino Corbacho, President that the Unisa Art Collection has some depicted in the exhibition were viewed as of the Barcelona Provincial Council, major pieces and is recognised beyond summarised this exhibition as follows: the borders of South Africa. 8 Recycling event a resounding success During this year’s Inspired Week, a successful recycling event was organised by the Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Unisa employees set the benchmark and demonstrated just how the will to recycle and the joint efforts of every individual can achieve amazing results. A private company was contracted for recyclable waste was eventually packed the Friday Fun Day to green the event. into bales according to type for removal Recycling kiosks were set up at strategic by the recycling company. Nothing that points around the grounds. Bins were could be reused or recycled was left to go clearly marked with the type of waste to waste. Even all the organics were used catered for, namely glass, paper, plastic, to produce compost. cans and landfill. The success of the day can be perfectly Workers, who had received training that summed up in the amount of waste very morning, ensured that items were that had to go to landfill. In total, for placed into the correct receptacle. Large the entire day, only two 240-litre bins banners were also displayed creating would go to landfill. What’s even more increased awareness and participation. astonishing is that most of the waste Even the DJ was in on the act, urging the going to landfill could have been avoided crowd at strategic intervals to continue if the correct materials were used, i.e. with their recycling efforts. More than the use of bioware instead of normal just the facilities provided, the spirit of polystyrene containers. the individuals involved ensured success. As landfill space and lifespan is a critical Bins were taken regularly to the recycling issue in waste management, this event area where another team of dedicated was a resounding success! Enthusiastic workers taking waste to the workers further sorted the waste. All recycling area Onsite composting of organic material Workers separating waste Africa Day focused on environment The 10th Africa Day Conference was the gathering on the Bali climate change held on 30 May 2008 at the Senate talks and the implications for South Hall, Muckleneuck Campus. Africa and the African continent. Dr Anthony Turton from the Council for The theme of this conference was Africa’s Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Environmental Politics: opportunities, spoke on The Protection of Africa’s challenges and threats. The event was Transboundary Water Resources - co-hosted by the Departments of Political Security and Political Implications. Sciences and Geography. During the course of the event, the Deputy Director-General of the organisers actively collected goods and Ms Joanne Yawitch, Deputy Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs and donations for the victims for the May Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Ms Joanne Yawitch, addressed xenophobic attacks. Tourism 9 Kick the habit! Reduce your carbon footprint! World Environment Day was celebrated in great eco-style at Unisa on 5 June 2008 in Senate Hall. Hosted by the Department of Geography, this year’s theme was Kick the habit! Towards a low carbon economy and it highlighted resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption. Adriaan (4) Alexzander (7), Breinlyn Centurion Tuis Skool Roschan Dekenah (15 Three speakers from industry drew One of the controversial issues is that of Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) attention to the day’s agenda, which a carbon tax and Ms Taviv looked at the emissions with the Clean Development aimed at giving a human face to forms that this could take in South Africa. Mechanism: Kyoto and beyond was the environmental issues. Mr Jason Schäffler, MD of Nano Energy, focus of Ms Ciska Terblanche, Anglo Dr Maggie Linington, Executive spoke on Renewable energy in South American Group. Dean of the College of Agriculture Africa: potential and progression. He She gave an overview of the events and Environmental Sciences (CAES), emphasised that, given the inevitable leading up to the signing of the Kyoto grabbed the attention of attendees by growth in demand, all energy will Protocol in 1997 by 187 countries; a showing them the Earth Clock, a real- eventually have to come from renewable Protocol that, in essence, states that time simulation based on the changing sources. developed countries will reduce their nature of a range of environmental Once believed to be too expensive, GHG emissions to an average of 5,2% factors. Using statistics from a number of the recent price increases in traditional below 1990 levels by 2012, with specific global sources, it provides information on forms of energy mean that renewable targets varying from country to country. the world’s population, CO² emissions, sources such as solar, geothermal, hydro, As a developing country, South Africa waste production and much more. biomass, wind, ocean current and wave does not yet have to meet emission Answering the question Should Africa are now increasingly cost-effective. reduction targets. contribute to climate change mitigation?, However, he cautioned, there is still However, by 2012, both developing and Ms Rina Taviv, CSIR, considered the a great deal to be done before these developed countries will have to adhere various ways in which this could be done. alternative sources become mainstream. 10 ENVIRONMENTAL CALENDAR 2 February World Wetlands Day 2 October World Habitat Day 22 March World Water Day 3 November National Marine Day 23 March World Meteorological Day 5 June World Environmental Day REMEMBER!! 1 September National Arbor Day 1 December World Aids Day 16 September World Ozone Day 5), Midstream College Reinier van Rooyen (10), Breinlyn Keneliwe Twala (12), Hamilton Primary School. Centurion Tuis Skool to international greenhouse gas-reduction Unfortunately, as Ms Terblanche pointed and the entries were judged by Dr criteria. out, South Africa is a slow starter when Maggie Linington (Executive Dean: The clean development mechanism it comes to implementing CDM projects, CAES), Mr Charl Fouché (AfriGIS), (CDM) was introduced by Kyoto to offer and is not benefiting greatly from the Dr Wendy Ross (Art History, Visual economic possibilities for developing massive potential of the carbon trading Arts and Musicology), and Mr Kshetra countries that are responsive to climate market. Govindasamy (Master’s student in change. It enables public or private Mr Rudi Pretorius, Department of Geography). entities from industrialised countries Geography, delivered a comprehensive The winner of the Under 9 category to receive credits when they invest and thought-provoking response to drew a special round of applause, as in emissions-reduction or carbon- the speakers that emphasised the young Adriaan was only four years old. sequestration projects in developing development of an adaptive management Special mention was given to Alexzander countries. Such credits can be generated of the problem. (7), Breinlyn Centurion Tuis Skool. by emission-free energy generation, The Environment Day celebrations Keneliwe Twala (12), Hamilton Primary reduced demand, including energy concluded with the announcement of School, and Reinier van Rooyen (10), efficiency, or sequestration in the form the winners of the Children’s Map Breinlyn Centurion Tuis Skool, were of underground and forestry storage. Competition with its theme Many the joint winners of the 9–12 category, These reductions are then available to the nations, One world. The Department while Roschan Dekenah (15), Midstream investor for trading on the open market as received 423 maps from seven schools College, scooped the 13–15 category. a commodity. in Pretoria, Centurion and Rustenburg, 11 Midlands management discuss Regional Operational Plan On 28 May 2008 the Midlands region had a gathering to discuss their Regional Operational Plan (ROP) in Klerksdorp. The Acting Regional Director, Mr Mathew Kokong, addressed the team saying that the discussion of the operational plan was long overdue as the lack of personnel in key management positions had delayed the process. Ms Teresia Botha (right) from the Midlands He emphasised the need for the ROP to is to serve the learners and serve them presents the outgoing Gauteng Regional be aligned to the Institutional Operational well,” he said. Director, Ms Susan Gouws, with a gift as a Plan (IOP) and Ms Liana Griesel, Acting The outgoing Regional Director of the token of appreciation on her retirement Executive Director: Strategy, Planning Gauteng region, Mrs Susan Gouws, and Partnerships, presented the IOP to facilitated the session on the ROP and the team. shared the new Open Distance Learning Presentations were also made on the Mr Kokong challenged the team to (ODL) model with management. She Integrated Performance Management demonstrate commitment in their work reiterated the need for proper planning System (IPMS) by Ms Estelle Kovacs, as this would inspire other staff members that would heed learners’ needs. “We Organisation Development Directorate, to perform well. “It is imperative that should always ensure that we set realistic as well as by Mr Richard Harding, we display a sense of commitment to goals and produce tangible results to Registrations Directorate, who focused ensure that people reporting to us become ensure that we are effective and also on the new registration model to be effective in performing their duties; we respond to the stipulations of ODL,” she introduced later this year. must always remember that our business emphasised. Educational window opens for remote community For many a proper classroom, for some years, and the Anthropology community themselves as far as possible kitchen and computer facilities are section had been taking their senior and to proceed as frugally as possible. nothing out of the ordinary, but for students there on their annual field Although this resulted in the project school/research training excursions. taking longer than expected (also because learners of a remote community Students from far and wide participate the community is in a remote locality in the Soutpansberg these facilities in this activity and one, Brenda van and hence not logistically close to the have made a world of difference. Eeden, came all the way from Geneva, suppliers of most of the materials), we Professor Michael de Jongh of the Switzerland to do participant observation were successful on all counts. Department of Anthropology and in these communities. The rest, as they The learners of Buysdorp and Archaeology explains: say, is history. An employee of the United Thalane have now been integrated The Buys community settled at Mara Nations, she became the Department’s in Mara Primary. The Department of in the western Soutpansberg in 1888. facilitator when a project and funding Anthropology and Archaeology was able Descendants of 1688 French Huguenots application was developed and submitted to construct a classroom and a school who intermarried with local people to the UNO (1% Fund). This was well kitchen (food was previously prepared for (especially a grandson Coenraad de Buys/ received and financing was forthcoming the children in a pot on an open fire under du Bois), they lived in close association in 2007. a tree), as well as to provide the school with the Serakalala community for more The aim and the strategy throughout were and community’s first-ever computer than a hundred years. to involve and utilise members of the facilities. The unfolding of events under successive governments resulted in the Serakalala becoming labour tenants on a corner of Buys land in an area that became known as Thalane. Until recently these people had to make do with impermanent houses and a prefab school building. However, a few years ago the Thalane children were at least allowed to join the Buysdorp children on their Mara Primary School grounds, but in a separate prefab building. The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology has been conducting a number of research projects in these parts The classroom takes shape 12 Magical universe of art Zerihun Yetmgeta. The Magical Universe of Art is this month’s featured Unisa Press offering. The volume forms part of the Zoma Contemporary Art Series, edited by Meskerem Assegued, Zoma Contemporary Art Centre, and Abebe Zegeye, Unisa, and is a co-publication with Tsehai Publishers. According to Professor Stanislaw Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Chojnacki, well-known art historian and Professor of Sociology, confirms and critic, the Ethiopian artist Zerihun this in his foreword where he states that Yetmgeta “stands on a stage like no one Zerihun has a talent “for transposing before him, a proponent of 20th century traditional motifs of Ethiopian Ethiopian art and contemporary Ethiopian Christianity – its legends, magical creative genius. His success as an artiste practices, belief in spirits and demons and and his commitment to his unique artistic ‘evil eyes’ – into contemporary art…” vision has sustained and preserved the As early as the late 60s and early 70s, tradition of Ethiopian modernism even Zerihun’s name began to emerge in art during the most difficult time. Above circles. This period became known as all, Zerihun wishes to be independent, the Renaissance Period of Ethiopian Art; free from complexes, free from rigidity Zerihun’s mystical artworks became the of positions and grades so rooted in the epitome of this significant phase. The Ethiopian society.” artist’s trademark is his “Magic Scroll” The work of Zerihun is exceptional, paintings, framed on pieces of wood from colourful and has an intoxicating spiritual weavers’ tools and strips of parchments dimension that defines it as unique. Zerihun Yetmgeta: Mixed Media on Bamboo he assembled. Professor Abebe Zegeye, Unisa Primedia Strips (Poetry Magic) 1999, 65x105 cm More about the Zoma Contemporary Art Series Zoma is a new joint venture by Unisa Press Zerihun Yetmgeta. SA price: R120 and Tsehai Publishers. This Contemporary The Magical Universe of Art Book orders: Tel +27 12 429 3449 Art Series is devoted to exploring in Email: email@example.com Series editors; Meskerem Assegued and separate volumes a single artist, theme, or Abebe Zegeye art-form that is central to the contemporary visual culture. International conference focuses on the humanities The International Conference on the Humanities in Southern Africa (ICH), hosted by the Unisa School of Arts, Education, Languages and Communication and co-convened by the University of Pretoria (UP) and Unisa cooperating under the auspices of the English Academy of Southern Africa, was opened at UP on 22 June. In his welcome to the conference The first plenary lecture of the individual egos. The struggles that delegates, Professor Barney Pityana, conference, Notes on English Studies constitute the main stuff of people’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, stated that and Postcoloniality, was delivered by experience are jettisoned: critics follow it was timely and appropriate to reflect Professor Abebe Zegeye, Primedia Chair writers, pursuing techniques as if on the role of the humanities in higher of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at techniques have no content.” education. He said that the humanities Unisa. Raising some questions relating The English Academy Thomas Pringle had been the Cinderella for the past ten to the production of knowledge through Award for best educational article was years because of the strong focus on the academic journals such as the English awarded to Dr Ambrose Chimbganda of sciences, business and computing. Academy Review, the Journal of Literary the University of Botswana. Professor Mr Enver Surty, the Deputy Minister of Studies and scrutiny2, Professor Zegeye Rosemary Gray, UP Professor Emerita Education, delivering the opening address noted that there is no journal that can and Unisa alumnus and former staff on behalf of the Minister, affirmed the contain all that which cries for capturing member, received the Gold Medal for importance of the discipline. “We cannot in the totalities of African people’s distinguished service to English over afford to neglect the humanities. Where lives. He felt, however, that shrinking a lifetime, as well as a certificate as would we be without our language thematic concerns were being voiced by Honorary Life Vice-President of the scholars? Where would we be without literary journals, the creative writers of Academy. Professor Grey also co- our schools of drama and music? Where Southern Africa, and even by critics. “It convened the conference with Professor would we be without the critical studies seems to me that there is now studied Zodwa Motsa from the Unisa Department that our historians and other social contempt for grand narratives such as of English Studies. scientists undertake? We would be living Africanisation, Renaissance, matters in a diminished society, a society without relating to xenophobia and genocide a mind and a soul.” and a movement towards the reclusive 13 Women’s Forum recruits 100th member The Unisa Women’s Forum recently recognising women in the workplace and to such opportunities and raises their recruited its 100th member, Ms creating opportunities for them. Professor awareness about what other women are Moshidi Modise of the Directorate: Kilfoil encourages more Unisa women doing in the university and what they can to join the Forum: “It gives them access aspire to.” Student Assessment Administration. Speaking at the presentation, Ms Modise said she was honoured to have been selected as the 100th member. “It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the Women’s Forum,” she said. “This will encourage us to become more ambitious as we learn from our mentors.” According the Professor Wendy Kilfoil, the Coordinator of the Forum, the purpose of the Forum has always been to focus on workplace issues for women. “When we started originally there were no women in top management, no female directors and few full professors. Our focus at the time was therefore on transformation issues through membership of CACEE, the Unisa Broad Transformation Forum, and later the Institutional Forum as a stakeholder group.” She went on to say From left, Professor Wendy Kilfoil presents a gift to Ms Moshidi Modise as the 100th member of that, as employment issues have become the Women’s Forum. The leather and bead-decorated calabash was sponsored by the Department more balanced, the focus is more on of Corporate Communication and Marketing. Winter School equips students with important research writing skills to overcome methodological barriers and accessing information from the electronic database to help them cope during their thesis or dissertation. The presenters included Professor Extraordinary Daan van Vuuren, University of Pretoria; Professor Rachel Barker, Department of Communication Science; Professor Elirea Bornman, Department of Communication Science; and Professor Extraordinary Willem Schurink, University of Johannesburg. Students who attended the winter school agreed that it was both enlightening and interesting. Otae Ubomba-Jaswa, MA International Communication: “So far the course has been very enlightening because I’m about Otae Ubomba-Jaswa (left) and Christelle Diwouta attended the Department of Communication to embark on my dissertation. It’s great to Science annual postgraduate Winter School meet our lecturer face-to-face as well.” The Department of Communication The aim of the school was to equip Christelle Diwouta, IDASA Researcher: Science held their annual current and prospective master’s degree “The course is very interesting. It gives and doctoral students in social sciences me an insight on how to approach my postgraduate Winter School with important skills such as the writing PhD that I want to start soon. It also helps from 2–6 June 2008 at the Unisa of a research proposal, quantitative and for my work as a researcher.” Sunnyside Campus. qualitative research methodology, how 14 Physics Department collaborates with Russia Unisa’s Physics Department was recently involved in the collaborative agreement that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa signed with the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. South Africa became an associate member of this institute, thus having full access to all its research facilities, including modern nuclear reactors and accelerators. The Physics Department contributes to this agreement by participating in research in the field of Theoretical Nuclear Physics. Within this agreement Dr Oleg Kartavtsev and Ms Anastasia Malykh from JINR arrived in South Africa for From left, Dr Sergei Rakitianski, Professor Sofianos Sofianos, Mr Gaotsiwe Rampho, a month-long visit to collaborate with Ms Anastasia Malykh, and Dr Oleg Kartavtsev Professor Sofianos Sofianos and other members of his research group in the The Unisa Physics Department has had more than 40 joint research papers field of quantum few-body systems and a longstanding and fruitful collaboration have been published in leading physics in ultra cold gases. with the JINR since 1992. Since then journals. Mini conference discusses cognitive revolution On Thursday 12 June 2008 a mini conference on cognitive revolution was held at the main campus. Two world renowned speakers delivered presentations at the event, Professor E Thomas Lawson from the Institute of Cognition and Culture: Queen’s University in Belfast and Dr Joel Mort from the Cognitive Systems Branch: US Air Force Research Laboratory. From left, Dr Joel Mort, Professor E Thomas Lawson, and Professor Ignatius Gouws of the Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Professor Lawson presented a paper on being aided and abetted by the emergence mechanisms are responsible for Solving the Nature/Nurture Controversy: of evolutionary psychology, and having processing environmental cues that Perspectives from Cognitive Science and finally begun to clarify the issues that led suggest the manifestation of threats as Evolutionary Psychology, while Dr Mort to the mistrust between the sciences. well as inferred threats. It is the inferred spoke on Evolutionary Precaution. Dr Mort, on the other hand, presented threats that give rise to precautionary In his presentation, Professor Lawson several disciplines and methods behaviour or stereotypical behaviour in spoke about the cognitive revolution to suggest that distinct cognitive response to potential danger. 15 The challenge of producing industry-ready graduates Dr Diane Barlow, Associate Dean of the College of Information Studies (the iSchool), University of Maryland College Park delivered a lecture on Library and Information Science curriculum development: the challenge of producing industry-ready graduates and keeping abreast of new developments in technology on 6 June 2008. Under Dr Barlow’s leadership the iSchool has developed new academic programmes and implemented a Master of Information Management programme. According to Dr Barlow, there is a very good job outlook for librarians in the USA, and this has led to an almost four-fold increase in students from 1992. There has also been a growth in diversification in the curriculum. However, she said, this does not devalue the traditional Master in Librarian Science degree, but gives the iSchool leverage to meet an evolving workforce need in the state and the region. From left: Dr Diane Barlow; Professor Timothy van der Walt, Information Science; Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Executive Director: Library Services Virtuoso performance wows Alumni Concert Virtuoso violinist Philippe Graffin Yehudi Menuhin and Martha Argerich. enthralled the audience at the Grant Llewellyn, Music Director of the Alumni Fundraising Concert with North Carolina Symphony and Principal the Johannesburg Philharmonic Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Orchestra (JPO) on 6 June 2008. Society, was the conductor. Monsieur Graffin’s imaginative This was the first music event organised performance of the Brahms Violin by the Pretoria Alumni Chapter together Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 (on a with the Unisa Foundation and Alumni Domenico Busano violin made in Venice Affairs (UF&AA), in collaboration with in 1730) explained why Gramophone the Unisa Music Foundation and the JPO. proclaimed that “his understanding of Ms Pat Lawrence, Director: UF&AA, the idiom is second to none”. He has hopes that this will become an annual shared the stage with some of the greatest event on the Unisa calendar. Virtuoso violinist Philippe Graffin in a relaxed musicians of our time, such as Lord mood with Ms Pat Lawrence after the concert John Roos on jury of international piano competition Mr John Roos, Artistic Director Mr Roos has already served on of the Unisa International Music 45 international panels of music Competitions, recently returned competitions as far apart as Hamamatsu (Japan) and Vina del Mar (Chile). The from Italy where he was invited to Unisa International Music Competitions join the jury of the 28th International is the only African member of the Alessandro Casagrande International prestigious World Federation of Piano Competition in Terni, Italy. International Music Competitions with The competition took place in the Teatro a total of 126 members. The next Unisa Verdi where an eminent panel judged the international music competition will be performances of 26 young pianists from for violin and cello in 2010, preceded Mr John Roos (left) with the winner of the 2008 twelve countries over four rounds. by a national string competition in 2009. Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Mr Evgheni Bozhanov of Bulgaria 16 Unisa represented at WFIMC General Assembly Unisa Registrar Professor Louis Molamu, and the Executive and Artistic Directors of the Unisa Music Foundation, Mr Japie Saayman and Mr John Roos, represented the Unisa International Music Competitions at the 52nd General Assembly of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) in Tbilisi, Georgia, during the first week of May 2008. Unisa representatives were the only delegates from Africa at this auspicious gathering where matters of common concern to the great music competitions of the world were discussed in depth. The 53rd General Assembly of the Professor Molamu, Mr Japie Saayman and Mrs Alta Saayman with some delegates of the WFIMC will be held in Melbourne, General Assembly in front of the Georgian National Museum Australia in 2009. Summit considers four-year LLB parties in finding optimal ways of educating students in the discipline of law. The meeting held a round-table discussion on the current situation on legal education in South Africa. One point that emerged was that the four- year LLB was never meant to be a final product, but had been a specific response to redressing inequality in the profession. After discussion, Professor Midgley proposed that a task team be constituted to address the question of the accreditation of the LLB degree and the From left, Professor Francois Venter, Deputy President of SALDA; Professor Rob Midgley, issue of the transitional nature of the four- President of SALDA; Professor Barney Pityana, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Unisa; Dr year LLB degree. It was also proposed Nqosa Mahao, Executive Dean of the College of Law, Unisa. that a cooperative review team between the profession and academic institutions In 1998, a new four-year Responses to the new degree have been be set up to assess and articulate what undergraduate LLB was accepted as mixed, and the South African Law Deans problems (if any) are associated with the the uniform basic qualification for Association (SALDA) held a summit LLB degree and what quality assurance meeting at Unisa on 5 June 2008 to reflect mechanisms each university has in place entry into all forms of legal practice. on the implementation of the LLB over the to ensure that the outcomes of the LLB past decade and to engage with interested degree as registered are achieved. CSET academics shine Two academics from the College of This is a prestigious accredited journal Science, Engineering and Technology that publishes research in computing. (CSET) have been appointed to Professor Mamokgethi Setati, Executive prominent positions at external Dean of the College of Science, organisations. Engineering and Technology, has been appointed as Honorary Professor of Professor Lucas Venter, School of Mathematics Education at the University Computing, has been appointed as of the Witwatersrand for three years Editor of the South African Computer (2008–2010). Professor Setati is currently Journal (SACJ) for a period of five years also Professor Extraordinaire at the (2008–2012). Professor Lucas Venter and Professor Mamokgethi Tshwane University of Technology. Setati 17 North Eastern Region forges USA partnerships for Unisa Americans are eager to partner Manager Facilitation of Learning and Areas of cooperation discussed included Unisa in its regional activities. ICT, Mr Paul Maminza. the embassy’s participation in seminars, This meeting followed on an earlier visit conferences, lecturing/tutoring via VC, This desire was expressed in a recent and any other initiative that Unisa may meeting between United States Embassy by the embassy officials in 2007. At the recent meeting the American officials identify. officials and the North Eastern Regional Director, Ms Matlakala Bopape, and also donated books to Unisa. Breakfast Seminar with HR Directors The North Eastern Communications conversation with major employers and Marketing Department held such as government departments and a breakfast seminar for Human to listen to their views on the Unisa level of service. Attendees included Resources Directors for both public Mr Mitima (Premier’s Office), Ms KL and private sectors. Kgasi (Correctional Services), Ms DM The purpose of the seminar was to Phahladira (Safety and Security), and establish contacts for the Work in Mr ML Matlala (Local Government and learning (WIL) programme and to begin Housing). Breakfast seminar attendees with Unisa staff Young girls learn from Unisa role models “I want to make a difference internationally. I would like to change the world. I would like to see women as leaders. Getting what you want takes courage and self-discipline.” Young female school students spoke out in an assertive and self-confident way about their future role in the workplace at the 2008 Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day at Unisa. It was the third year that Unisa took part in the project and more than 70 school girls in grade 11 and 12 visited Unisa. They were hosted by several academic Professor Phumla Mtala, Acting Executive Director: Dean of Students, talks to some of the school- and service departments. girls about what her position entails. The girls also had an opportunity to visit and Ms Desiree Mulemfo from the life platforms to broaden their horizons the Bureau for Career and Academic Institute for Gender Studies shared some and aspirations about the impact they can Development (BCCAD) for one-on-one of their own experiences as women in the make on South Africa’s socioeconomic sessions with counsellors who gave workplace with the learners. landscape. them relevant information on courses they were considering following after Endorsed by the National Department The girls themselves were very completing their school careers. of Education and the Presidency, Take a appreciative of the event and the Girl Child to Work Day encourages South feedback received was that Unisa should Mrs Hazel Makhanya from BCCAD, Africa’s schoolgirls in Grades 10, 11 and continue with this initiative and make it Professor Phumla Mtala, Acting 12 to strive for excellence in academics part of its yearly programme. Executive Director: Dean of Students, and careers and provides them with real- 18 Celebrating Library Week in style The North Eastern Region celebrated Library Week with lively performances of drama and poetry from students. Ms Mercy Mokgele, the head librarian, thanked everyone who contributed to the occasion. Mr Paul Maminza, Manager: Facilitation of Learning, in his address, said: “Reading is an important part of a learning being and of advancing our knowledge base. We should not only read for writing assignments and examination, but to empower ourselves. Occasions like the Library Week create an awareness of the importance of knowledge acquisition. All the amenities and gadgets we use in our daily lives emanate from innovation which is rooted in reading for knowledge.” Some students from surrounding secondary schools celebrating Library Week Music and art dedicated to world peace The Children’s Literature Research This concert was the outflow of a cultural by both Philippine and South African Unit (CLRU) of the Unisa exchange project for children on World children, depicting their views on peace. Department of Information Science Peace that Professor Thomas van der Ambassador Virgilio Reyes of the Walt of the CLRU organised for the SA and the Embassy of the Philippines Philippines delivered the opening address Embassy in Manila in February. at the concert while Professor Van der and the Embassy of Chile in collaboration with the Embassy of International Filipino pianist, Mariel Walt shared with the audience more about Spain hosted a Concert for Peace on Ilusorio, and highly-acclaimed Chilean the exchange project for children on violinist, Juan Luis Muñoz, performed World Peace in his short address at the 27 June in the ZK Matthews Hall at at the event. The concert was followed exhibition. Unisa. the opening of an exhibition of artworks From left are Professor Thomas Van der Walt; Dr Nina Yuson, Director of Museo Pambata Children’s Museum, Manila; Ambassador Virgilio Reyes; and Professor Rita Maré, Vice-Principal: Academic and Research. 19 from the Vice-Chancellor’s Earlier this year I was appointed desk is a pledge campaign underway. All South Africans are invited to sign a pledge, to all levels of the management cadre of the University with the purpose of finding by the Presidency to serve on the make their own commitment, to be counted common ground in respect of the views International Marketing Council. among this nation’s movers and shakers for and perceptions that we have about our As the name suggests, the IMC good. The pledge forms are available in the University, about common identity and has, as its mission, the positioning Vice-Chancellor’s Office, or one may access shared destiny, and to explore knowledge of South Africa in the international the information and pledge by Internet: towards a common analysis of the state of community as a way of attracting www.itstartswithyou.co.za. our University, understanding the strengths and weaknesses, and identifying the investment and creating a positive You may be entitled to ask what this has barriers to progress. We all agreed that the mood about the country. to do with Unisa. For starters, I believe University’s Vision and Mission Statement that Unisa, as an institution, should be The IMC further aims to make South (the Mabalingwe Document) remains the in the good company of IMC, SABC, Africa an attractive destination for trade, reference point for envisioning a new Unisa, City Press, South African Tourism, IEC, investment and tourism, and to instil and that the strategic plan, Unisa 2015: An Eskom, FNB, the City of Johannesburg, national pride and patriotism. No sooner Agenda for Transformation has become the and the Government of the Republic of was the IMC (which, by the way, has put canon of our change initiatives. During the South Africa. If we do adopt this, we shall together some of this country’s leading course of the debates at Velmoré, however, be the first higher education institution personalities in business, education and we became even more acutely aware how to do so. My second reason for writing the public sector) engaged in this mission, much at variance some of our thinking was and commending this initiative to Unisa than it realised that that task could not be about the present and the future; it told us is for the obvious point that Unisa staff accomplished without attending to the about the calibre of managers we have at and students are amazingly generous and internal dynamics of image-making. To Unisa, and it showed that passion was not caring. This was demonstrated when a call put it bluntly, it is evident that what the necessarily vested in the same programmes, was made by colleagues in Geography and international media portrays is by and large projects and outcomes. It unveiled some Political Science for material support to the projection of internally generated social fault lines in the ideological framework of meet the humanitarian needs of the victims dynamics. The moral of the story is that, the institution and it spoke to the persistent of xenophobia recently. Management also without addressing our national situation, we divisions which may well be holding back called for financial donations to the Red can never hope to cast an image any better progress towards our envisioned future. Cross. We have no idea yet how much has than that which is portrayed by the goings- Nevertheless, Velmoré was of value been collected. Participation in the recent on at home. The IMC is the custodian precisely because it uncovered that which Colloquium on Racism organised by the of Brand South Africa. It has created the might never have become known. Portfolio: Learner Support and Student slogan, Alive with Possibility, and its Affairs was almost overwhelming. That In my presentation at Velmoré, I creative adverts have won international must indicate that Unisa wishes to be purposefully outlined the paradigm of acclaim. Notwithstanding that, the domestic counted among institutions where racism, leaders and followers and, utilising an environment is crying out for attention. bigotry and intolerance have no place. analysis from the Harvard Business Review, On 24 April, the Movement for Good I called for us to grow our core staff to But there are more overwhelming reasons was launched. The Movement for Good become Participants, Activists and Diehards. why the idea of a Movement for Good is sponsored by, among others, the IMC, To summarise, I said that Unisa was in need sits well with Unisa. We have, after all, but it is executed by Heartlines, of the of a breed of managers who are “creative, pledged in our Vision Statement to become TV brief moral stories fame of last year. innovative, engaged, caring, professional, the African university in the service of The Movement for Good is intended to collegial, visionary, and loyal to (and humanity. “Goodness” is of the essence affect every South African in the way passionate about) Unisa and its future.” I of academic values. Learning, discovery they believe and feel and act about their made it clear that there can be no place for and knowledge generation tap a reservoir country and fellow citizens. It is designed those who are backward or indifferent. Sure, of curiosity and intuition to contribute to become a good citizens’ action force I believe that it is a moral question. It is to the betterment of the world. We often for the good of society. It seeks to tap the about the pride we take in our University, assume this to be the case in medical or reservoir of goodwill that is at the heart of our passion about the work we do, the health sciences, in the natural sciences, our society, but which is often obscured by desire at all times to excel, and the love of and in applied social sciences, (less so the challenges and wrongdoing that engulf our colleagues and fellow researchers or perhaps, in the nuclear sciences and, maybe, our society: crime, corruption, xenophobia, collaborators, as well as goodwill towards ambivalently in law). Scholarship in higher among others. The tagline for Heartlines our students, by which we desire nothing but education seeks no less to build and develop is forgood…, a smart play on the word the best for them and with them. character, citizenship, leadership of the good, which denotes value but also a sense future, as it does knowledge for its own For all these reasons, maybe, the Movement of the end state, or accomplishment. The sake. The resources of the University can for Good must become ingrained into Movement for Good, however, has adopted and must be used to advance the common the culture of Unisa. It starts with you the slogan, It starts with you, to call upon good. We have a duty to promote the public can become the slogan for every unit or all South Africans from all walks of life to good. department, and it must be owned by every commit themselves to shaping the character member of staff. of their society, to generate the positive On 17 June 2008, I convened the first day- energy that all are capable of to build a long Unisa Summit at Velmoré Conference South Africa we can all be proud of. There Centre. This Summit brought together 20 Please send your contributions to the editor, Sharon Farrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 012 352 4159 if you have any queries or comments.
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