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									                                                                                              STAFF NEWSLETTER           JULY 2008

                                                                                     STAFF NEWSLETTER                     JULY 2008

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

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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 ( and
from all Unisa regional offices, as well
as from the Central Admissions Office
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.

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
                                                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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

    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.

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.

                        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,

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
The Department of Anthropology and
Archaeology has been conducting a
number of research projects in these parts                                                                    The classroom takes shape

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:
                                               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

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
                                                                                                 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

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.

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

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

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-

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.

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                                 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

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