APRIL/MAY 2010 staff newsletter Proud moments for CPUT GRADUATES HARD WORK: Chancellor of CPUT, Dr Trevor Manuel, conferred 6 300 diplomas and degrees on CPUT graduates during the University’s April Graduation. Chancellor of CPUT, Dr Trevor Manuel, Campus, Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa Mazwi- Pietersen, who has held several top positions conferred 6 300 diplomas and degrees on Tanga said: “This is a very special occasion and day in industry also urged Business graduates to not CPUT graduates during the University’s for all of you. It represents the culmination of many just settle for secure employment at companies April Graduation. years of hard work and sacrifice.” but to go on to create employment for other South Africans. Of this total, 62 master’s degrees and seven She also acknowledged the sacrifices made doctoral degrees were awarded during the twelve by parents, partners, family and sponsors during “What this country needs are entrepreneurs. graduation ceremonies that took place at the Cape the graduates’ years at CPUT. The formal sector does not have the capacity to Town and Bellville campuses. take up all the demands for jobs,” he said. Prof Mazwi-Tanga said the institution is proud This year’s graduation week commenced on of what the graduates have achieved thus far. He said it takes courage to leap into the 12 April 2010, when graduates from the Business world of entrepreneurship as you have to have a Faculty took to the stage to receive their academic “We hope that we have placed you on a successful business idea. qualifications. trajectory that will lead you to greater heights,” she said. “Don’t look for the big ideas. Many successful The Business Faculty is the largest faculty at entrepreneurs started with humble ideas,” he said. CPUT and five of the twelve ceremonies have been Guest speaker at the ceremony, David set aside for this faculty. Pietersen, the Director of Marketing and Sales at Dr Manuel, who presided over the I&J, urged students to “dream big.” graduation, also encouraged graduates to The remainder of the ceremonies was used pursue their dreams. to confer degrees in the Faculty of Education An alumnus of CPUT, Pietersen said: “Make and Social Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences, yourself a promise today that you will write down “I want to plead with graduates to take heed Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health and your dream.” of the advice of the guest speaker. Commit to Wellness and the Faculty of Informatics and your dreams.” Design. He said graduates must not let their dreams be shattered by alcohol or drug abuse, He called on graduates to make a Addressing graduates at the first graduation which is currently rife amongst South African commitment to life-long learning and return to ceremony, which took place at the Cape Town youth. CPUT to further their studies. FOR MORE INTERESTING NEWS READ... PAGE 80 New nurses for the health sector 3 R34 million for education bursaries 7 Hotel School featured in Rooibos Cookbook 11 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter FIRST CEREMONY: CPUT Chancellor Dr Trevor Manuel, PROUD: Graduates in the Faculty of Business eagerly await ENGINEERING: CPUT Chancellor Dr Trevor manual serves as flanked by CPUT Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga the beginning of the first graduation ceremony on 12 April on guest speaker at the16 April Faculty of Engineering graduation and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Prof Anthony Staak, at Cape Town Campus. ceremony. the first April 2010 graduation ceremony. HEALTH: Yapo Guillaume Aboua is awarded a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Health and Wellness Faculty graduation ceremony on 15 April. ELECTRICAL: Marco Adonis is awarded a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering graduation HARD WORK: CPUT Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa Mazwi- ceremony on 14 April. Tanga congratulates Faculty of Education and Social Sciences graduate Tanya Crous, who was awarded the Vice- Chancellor’s Medal. 2 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter 80 NEW NURSES for the health sector CPUT together with the Western Cape Addressing graduates at the ceremony, College of Nursing (WCCN) are taking the keynote speaker Sage Pillay, CEO of the lead in addressing skill shortages in the National Health Laboratory Services, said South African Health Sector. South Africa desperately needs skilled health professionals who can make an impact in the On 15 April, 60 students were awarded the health sector. Diploma in Nursing during the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences graduation ceremony. Pillay said many graduates will take up During the ceremony, the nursing graduates careers in the public health care sector, which is cited the traditional nursing pledge and lit the currently viewed by many South Africans as an nurse lamp, which is symbolic of the one which uncaring sector. He challenged the graduates to was carried by Florence Nightingale, a pioneer change this poor image and provide a quality HELPING HAND: Nurses recite the nurse pledge at graduation. in nursing during the 1800’s. This tradition is service to those in their care. practiced at universities and nursing colleges graduates to take up these challenges with across the world since 1893. “Remember, the people you will care for their employer, but to do so in a “professional cannot afford health care. Treat patients like manner.” During the ceremony 97 Bachelor of Currently in the Western Cape this tradition is you would want anyone to care for a member of Technology Degrees in Nursing were also conferred. only taking place at CPUT and the University of your family. Put people first and above narrow the Western Cape, which are the only two higher and selfish needs,” he said. CPUT’s postgraduate nursing programme, education institution offering the undergraduate which allows qualified nurses to specialize nursing qualification. The other higher education He also drew their attention to the challenges in various areas of nursing, is one of the most institutions in the province only offer the of the sector, which include lack of resources, successful programmes in the country, drawing postgraduate nursing programmes. working conditions and remuneration. He urged students from across Africa. He also commended the F’SATI staff members, under the direction of Prof Robert van Zyl, for their approach to running programmes. With the roll out of the Satellite Systems Engineering programme last year, Prof Staak said F’SATI is fast becoming the flagship programme at CPUT. Executive Director of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Dr Romilla Maharaj applauded the F’SATI programme, as being one of the most successful initiatives in the South Africa higher education system. ACHIEVEMENT: Students who graduated with dual degrees from CPUT and F’SATI. F’SATI and CPUT confer dual degrees “Achieving two master degrees in two years is really an achievement. Many students battle with completing a normal master’s degree,” she Eleven students enrolled in the Electrical Deputy-Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof said. Engineering postgraduate programme offered Anthony Staak, who addressed delegates who by the French South African Institute of attended the F’SATI Graduation Ceremony at She said the issue of dual degrees is an area Technology (F’SATI) became the first the Bellville Campus, praised the students for which the NRF would like to explore. Referring recipients of dual degrees at CPUT. achieving a dual qualification. to the low doctorate graduate rate in South Africa, Dr Maharaj urged the graduates to pursue On 14 April, students received a Master of “This has been a very demanding programme. doctoral studies. Technology Degree (Electrical Engineering) Having satisfied the qualifications of two master from CPUT and a Master of Science Degree degrees is an achievement,” he said. Prof François Rocaries, Director of F’SATI, (Electronic Engineering) from Ecole Supérieure said this first graduation is a milestone for the d’Ingénieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique Prof Staak said these students have “broken CPUT based centre. Prof Rocaries said he (ESIEE), a graduate school in Paris. new ground” at CPUT. hoped that in 2011, more students will graduate with the dual qualification. Established in 2008, F’SATI is a specialised “You have showed us that this programme is centre, which focuses on Electronic Engineering. possible and very feasible,” he said. “I am very proud of these students,” he said. The programmes are offered in collaboration with CPUT and ESIEE. THE FOLLOWING VERNON DAVIDS BOKANG MOTJOLOPANE The first degree, a Master of Science Degree STUDENTS GRADUATED WILFRED FRITZ JULIUS MUGA from ESIEE was conferred on students during WITH THE DUAL YI HAN PRUDENT NDUKU the F’SATI Graduation, which was held an hour QUALIFICATION: KOKETSO KUJANE PASEKA NKETOANE prior to the CPUT Graduation, where students CHARLES MAJANI ATANDA RAJI were awarded the Master of Technology Degree. A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 3 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter Stakeholders commit to addressing CHALLENGES AT UNIVERSITIES Delegates who attended the Stakeholder Summit on Higher Education Transformation have committed themselves to addressing the challenges raised in the Soudien Report. The two day summit, which was held at the CPUT Bellville campus, gave stakeholders from universities, training authorities and government the opportunity to engage and exchange ideas on higher education transformation. South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, when opening the summit, said issues of transformation must be overcome. “If we fail to address these challenges, our freedom will have limited meaning for many people, especially the poorest of the poor,” he said. The summit, an initiative of the Department GOOD READ: South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe takes a look Edu-Vision, a publication produced by the CPUT Journalism students for the summit. Seated next to him is the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande. of Higher Education and Training, came about (photograph by Zaynu Wagenaar - CPUT photography student) a as a result of the report of the Committee on Transformation, Social Cohesion and the a way forward a permanent Stakeholder Forum and the development of African languages as Elimination of Discrimination in Public Higher must be established. academic languages. Education Institutions, better known as the Soudien report. According to the declaration the Department Metcalfe, also pointed out the commitment of Higher Education and Training must lead a to ensure “stronger intra-institutional capacity- The shock findings of the investigation, broad consultative process to define the role and building and knowledge sharing in order to lead by University of Cape Town Deputy Vice- functions of this forum and a process for it to be foster inter-institutional sectoral solidarity and Chancellor Professor Crain Soudien, found that established. collaboration.” racism and sexism are still endemic at South African universities. The investigation, which was The Minister of Higher Education and Training, conducted at South Africa’s 23 universities, also “Government will play Dr Blade Nzimande, said the summit has laid the foundation for better communication in the higher found that institutions failed to adequately deal with these challenges. its role and so should education sector and has seen stakeholders reach consensus on the Soudien report. After two-days of deliberations, stakeholders the stakeholders,” Describing the summit as being “highly compiled a Summit Declaration, which saw them successful,” he said it was a risk to host it. commit to addressing the challenges raised in the Soudien report. The declaration also called for a working “The risk we took was to bring diverse group to be convened in order to take forward people together in the hope that they see they The two-page declaration, which reaffirms the framework for institutional differentiation have a lot in common and can move forward the higher education sectors commitment to the developed at the Summit and develop together,” he said. White paper in Higher education, also recognised recommendations in consultation with the sector. the challenges in the sector and outlined the way Dr Nzimande said the department has forward. Other issues highlighted in the declaration committed themselves to the way forward set include the development of mechanisms out in the declaration. Director General of the Department of Higher to promote student-centered and caring Education and Training Mary Metcalfe, who read universities, the implementation of a national “Government will play its role and so should out the declaration at the summit, stated that as framework for development of student leadership the stakeholders,” he said. 4 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter This was then followed by the launch. Mvalo said the next step was to embed the charter in all processes. “We need to incorporate it amongst other things within our employment equity transformation processes and the trans- formation strategy. It should also be part of our strategic planning and we need to ensure that it cascades down to all levels within our university. We need to keep the charter alive and also see how can we carve out a student charter and enhance students’ lives,” he said. Dr Sabie Surtee, the guest speaker for the day, painted a bleak picture of employment equity in the workplace according to the findings of a research she undertook at selected Western Cape organisations. TRANFORMATION: Manager for Institutional Transformation, Social Cohesion and Diversity George Mvalo, Deputy Vice- Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships Dr Chris Nhlapo and Executive Advisor to the Vice Chancellor’s Her presentation, entitled “Transformation: Office Dr Nomathamsanqa Tisani present the CPUT Transformation Charter. African People in the Western Cape,” reached the following findings: “There was a low level of appointments of Africans in middle and CPUT LAUNCHES junior management level posts. This was accompanied by robust appointment rates of white people in this occupational level which in TRANSFORMATION most cases was double if not more than their numerical representivity in the South African population as a whole”. CHARTER It was recommended among other things that “The participating companies should build inter-company collaborative networks. This would allow them to identify and develop good practice to improve EE progress. Wider CPUT recently launched its Transformation Charter, making it one of the few institutions stakeholder engagement is needed to deal of higher learning that have reached that stage in the transformation agenda. constructively with the social factors that make The launch was very symbolic in that it took place two days after Human Rights Day, “We need to keep the Western Cape an unattractive destination for African professionals. 21 March, 50 years after the commemoration the charter alive and Participating companies need to review of Sharpeville Day (Human Rights Day), and 25 years after the Langa Massacre. also see how can we the format they are currently using to conduct staff meetings to address the “invisible The launch is also significant as CPUT will host the Department of Higher Education carve out a student syndrome”. A new methodology needs to be implemented where the voices of all staff are and Training’s first ever national stakeholder charter and enhance recognised, heard and respected”. summit on higher education transformation “Business was concerned about the from 22 to 23 April 2010. students’ lives.” difficulty that its members in the Western Cape George Mvalo, Manager for Institutional He said the new document will bind us were having in attracting and retaining African Transformation, Social Cohesion and Diversity all and that it addresses seven principles of professionals on certain levels. Independent at CPUT, said the higher education landscape transformation. The process has so far involved research was hence needed to understand in our country is such that universities need to two stages, with the first stage concentrating what are the barriers to the achievement respond in a coherent manner to the various on the distribution of the charter itself on the of employment equity in relation to African transformation imperatives that are facing us. cover of the current year’s desktop calendars. people in the Western Cape,” she said. A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 5 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter VC APPOINTED to serve on HRD Council CPUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Vuyisa members and organised labour are represented Mazwi-Tanga has been appointed to serve on in the HRDC. the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC). According to the report featured on the Presidency’s website, when delivering his South African Deputy President Kgalema speech during the launch, Motlanthe said: “I Motlanthe recently confirmed the appointment. am confident that as a collective through this Council, we will together make a significant The Council, which was launched on 30 impact on improving the human resources of March 2010 by the Deputy President in Pretoria, our country.” is a national multi-tiered and multi-sectoral body. The Council is chaired by the Deputy The role of the council includes advising President to facilitate conditions that promote the Deputy President on the need for the optimal participation of all stakeholders in implementation of policies and strategies, the planning, stewardship, monitoring and and will also provide a medium for a constant evaluation of HRD activities in the country. dialogue among stakeholders on all relevant VIP: CPUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga Briefly, the primary aim of the HRDC-SA is to matters. contribute to human resource development in The invitation of the Vice Chancellor to the South Africa. The Minister of Higher Education and Council is a singular honour and recognition. It Training is also closely involved with the Council also carries the challenge and responsibility to The high profile membership of Council as he will be setting up the Secretariat which will raise the voice of the higher education sector includes Government Ministers, civil society support the Council and its sub-committees. including the provision and extension of post- sectors, business, professional bodies, higher The most important of which is the Technical schooling training and development of South education, research communities, co-opted Working Group. African youth. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT communities how they can combat some of these challenges,” said Minister Bredell. DEPARTMENT hosts minister Shikombiso Mabunda, a second-year student who is among the students invited to CPUT’s Environmental Management on what the minister should speak about listen to the minister’s speech, said: “It is going Department hosted the Western Cape concerning the environment. to be my first time attending something like Minister of Environmental Affairs and this and it really feels great. Development Planning at an event that was Seconna and four students were invited held at the Cape Town campus recently. to sit at the VIP section during the speech “I hope to get more ideas about pursuing while other students were encouraged to my career as I am willing to help the government Minister Anton Bredell, who is also an watch from screens that were going to be where it needs assistance.” alumnus of the former Cape Technikon, displayed at other alternative venues in addressed about 500 students and staff from parliament. The minister’s speech would also The ministry also invited the students to the Environmental Management Department include information regarding job and in- join and support the Green Scream Campaign, on 23 March 2010. service training opportunities, bursaries and an initiative of the Environmental Affairs and budgetary provisions in the ministry. Development Planning Department. The The main purpose of the visit was to invite students were encouraged to raise awareness students to the 2010 Budget Speech that was Addressing the students, Minister Bredell through creative outfits, poster boards, held in parliament on 26 March 2010. Three said: “We need to create jobs and once those mascots, and the like, on environmental issues. officials from the Environmental Affairs and jobs are created, we will need to find the right Development Planning also formed part of the balance between protecting our environment The awareness campaign also took place minister’s entourage. and getting the necessary people.” in front of the Legislature Building just before the budget speech was delivered. Other Part of the minister’s budget speech The minister also encouraged the students parties involved in the campaign included involved some suggestions from Environmental to focus on helping out communities in time politicians, mayors, members of the industry Management students that were forwarded to of need. and government officials. the minister’s office while planning his speech. According to Jacob Seconna, head of the “We experience a lot of storms, disasters, Nosicelo Sinje, a second-year student who Environmental Management programme, the veld fires and changes in climate in the also received an invitation from the ministry, department was approached by the ministry, Western Cape. You should stop wasting time added: “This means a lot to me. It is a first step asking the students to write suggestions arguing, instead go out there and teach those to achieve my goal.” 6 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter R34 MILLION study period of the students, enable academically strong students to complete a full teaching The fund had already given R33 million in bursaries to CPUT for 2010, making it the second for education qualification in an area of national priority. highest allocation in the country, with the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) being the first. The Education Faculty has awarded almost bursaries 800 bursaries to the amount of R43 000 per The boost comes as part of a national drive student for 2010, across the three campuses; to increase the number of quality educators Bellville, Mowbray and Wellington; where the within the public schooling environment. faculty is located. The Faculty of Education and Social Sciences CPUT has one of the highest number of has received a financial boost from the National The bursaries are administered throughout education graduates and student body in the Department of Education (DOE) through the the country by the DOE and managed locally province. Funza Lushaka fund allocation of over R34 million by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for student bursaries. According to Education Faculty Dean Prof. (NSFAS) under Financial Aid on CPUT campuses. Maureen Robinson, “We are excited about the Successful candidates are selected on academic The Funza Lushaka (meaning ‘teach the additional funding received, as it signals the merit through a competitive and stringent nation’ in Tshivenda) Bursary Programme is a state’s commitment to quality education”. process where the Faculty and representatives multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools, with a special emphasis on of the Western Cape Education Department “These efforts to recruit the best candidates rural areas. make a selection and submit names to the as teachers in public schools and support them DOE. Candidates should also exhibit a visible through their studies is important to the country’s The fund’s vision is to produce ‘more commitment to a teaching career; have an overall development”, she added. teachers, better teachers’ that will specialise interest in working with young people and show in priority areas, such as Foundation Phase enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching. Over the years, National Treasury has (Grade R - 3) and subjects like English, African increased the fund, resulting in an improvement Languages, Mathematics and Sciences in the Recipients of these bursaries are required in the standard of qualified educators. There has Intermediate and Senior Phase (Grades 4 - 9). to teach at public schools (possible in the rural also been a notable increase in the number of areas) for the same number of years that they prospective students registering for education The bursaries, covering all costs for the entire receive the bursary. programmes in the past year. guarantee placements for students in industry and ensure that they graduate in the prescribed time. According to the grant agreement signed between CHIETA and CPUT, the university will be responsible for approaching industry for placements, while the organisation will cover the cost of the students, relieving companies from having to pay stipends. CHIETA CEO, Kelebogile Dilotsotlhe said it is vital for their organisation to take a leading role PLACEMENT: Delegates from CPUT and CHIETA at the launch of the programme. in ensuring students are well equipped for the Chemical Engineering Industry, which currently CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT faces dire skill shortages. CHIETA, along with all other Sector Education Training Authorities joins hands with CHIETA (SETA’s) were recently mandated by the Department of Higher Education and Training to play a more active role in skills development, by A R1.98 million grant from the Chemical that they could not afford to run internship collaborating with higher education institutions. Industries Education and Training Authority programmes. (CHIETA) will ensure that CPUT students Dilotsotlhe said this is the first collaboration secure internship placements in industry. “In recent years it has become increasingly of its kind with a university of technology. “We are difficult for us as a department to place these proud to be part of creating history, which will be The move to establish the CHIETA Student students. It is common to see students sitting reflected in the lives of these students,” she said. Internship and Learnership Programme at CPUT at home unable to complete their diploma was promoted by the Chemical Engineering programme for up to a year because they have CPUT Vice-Chancellor, Prof Vuyisa Mazwi- Department, who in recent years has been no place to undertake their one year of industrial Tanga said a lot of effort has been made to infuse battling to place students in industry. placement,” he said. work integrated learning into the curriculum. She said this grant will play a major role in the Addressing delegates who attended the The battle to secure internship placements development of students. launch on 9 April 2010 at the Bellville Campus, has negatively impacted on the department’s Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, throughput rates, with students remaining in Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Technology Prof Daniel Ikhu-Omoregbe said they the system as they are unable to meet all the Innovation and Partnerships, Dr Chris Nhlapo approached CHIETA for assistance after many requirements of their programme. Prof Ikhu- welcomed the grant and said it is indicative of a companies refused to place students, stating Omoregbe said the much needed grant will now vote of confidence in CPUT. A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 7 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter F’SATI SEMINAR SHINES A LIGHT ON SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY The French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) at CPUT hosted a two day industry seminar on the topic of space satellite systems on 12 and 13 April 2010. It was attended by 40 delegates, including students, academics, and representatives SEMINAR: Front row - Siyabonga Copiso (Government Relations Manager: FSATI Satellite Engineering Programme), Advocate Lulekwa Makapela (Deputy Director: Space Affairs, DTI) and Craig Clarke (CEO of Clyde Space). Back row- CPUT staff members from Government. This was the first in a series Dr Richardt Wilkinson, Prof Robert van Zyl and Francois Visser. of industry seminars scheduled for this year. 2010. It will be presented by a senior engineer to achieve dual MTech/MSc and DTech/PhD These seminars serve to inform local from EADS Astrium. qualifications. stakeholders of international trends, encourage debate, promote networking, and promote The seminar will cover a wide range of In 2009 F’SATI established a postgraduate SMME development. The first seminar was topics such as the space environment, mission programme in Satellite Systems Engineering, facilitated by industry specialist Craig Clarke, analysis, launchers and earth observation with the support of the Department of Science CEO/CTO of Clyde Space, Glasgow. missions and operations. A session dedicated to and Technology and the NRF. The primary focus the South African space environment is planned. of the Programme is human capacity development Topics that were covered include the in space science and technology to support the satellite life cycle, an industry overview with F’SATI was founded over ten years ago by national space agenda. an emphasis on small satellites, the future the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of small satellites and CubeSats, as well as the French Government, the National Research The Institute is currently developing a CubeSat technical sessions on satellite subsystems. The Foundation (NRF) and the Tshwane University in collaboration with the Hermanus Magnetic group conducted a site visit to the Houwteq of Technology. Observatory and Stellenbosch University. The Satellite Integration and Validation Facilities satellite will be showcased at the International in Grabouw. The next industry seminar will be CPUT joined the F’SATI group in early 2008 Astronautical Federation Conference which will held in the Cape Winelands from 24 – 27 May in an effort to enable postgraduate students be held in Cape Town in October 2011. ADVANCEMENT DEPARTMENT gets a nod from major funder For the first time since its inception, the amount of third stream income for the institution reflection of the hard work and team effort the CPUT department of Advancement recently through the establishment and operations of an department had displayed in the past months. celebrated being awarded a challenge advancement office, encompassing fundraising, grant for meeting and exceeding 2009 alumni relations, individual donors, campaigns “It is the first time that we are receiving expectations of the Kresge Foundation, and communication. this challenge grant in the history of the one of the institution’s major funders. department and that shows that we are doing The grant is released on an annual basis. something right,” van Gensen said. The Kresge Foundation is an American private foundation that seeks to influence the Certain targets and milestones were put in He said the award had motivated the quality of life for future generations through place each year for the department to achieve department to work even harder in 2010. its support of non-profit organisations and in return receive a challenge grant from in health, the environment, community the Foundation. Having met and exceeded The challenge grant for the 2010 evaluation development, arts and culture, education and all set targets and milestones for the year which will be conducted next year is at R1million human services. 2009, the department received R800,000.00 if all set targets are met by the department. in addition to the annual grant. In 2005, the Foundation committed $10.5 The challenge grant is specifically targeted million over 5 years to five South African Advancement Director Dr Garth van Gensen at developing the capacity of the department organisations, four of which are universities said being awarded the challenge grant was a staff. including CPUT. The Foundation made a total of R10.2million The department of Advancement is located on the fifth floor, Administration Building on the available to CPUT for the period 2006 to 2010 Cape Town campus and can be contacted on +27 21 460 3389. to develop institutional capacity to increase the 8 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter STUDENTS REPRESENT CPUT AT YOUNG WATER PROFESSIONALS Four CPUT students have been appointed Lina Taing, a Masters student from the to Christopher Muanda, YWP’s outgoing to serve on the Western Cape Chapter of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Social chairperson and principal researcher at CPUT’s Southern African Young Water Professionals Anthropology Department, gave some CWSS Unit, the meeting is for members of the (YWP) at an Annual General Meeting that insight into the Municipal Constraints around organisation itself or anyone in the broad field was held recently. Sanitation Service Delivery. of water. CPUT’s Community Water and Sanitation The attendees included professionals Some of the organisations’ members are Service Unit (CWSS) played host to the meeting from various industries and students from all expected to present research papers at the which took place on 14 April 2010 at the Food Western Cape universities which included annual conference, which is a way of sharing Technology Department’s auditorium. CPUT, University of Stellenbosch, University of and learning from each other. The organisation the Western Cape and UCT. holds at least six meetings a year. Thandokazi Tshoto, Mompati Modise, Cameron Slinger and Tauriq Modhidin, all Students were from the Civil, Chemical, Muanda said: “Our organsiation came about from the Biochemistry, Biomedical Technology Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry and to close the gap between the more experienced Civil, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering Biomedical Technology Departments. According and less experienced people in the industry.” Departments, were selected to serve on YWP. “We gather and let more “One of the main things we do is to gather At least 60 young water professionals from and let the more experienced people share with the Western Cape attended the meeting. experienced people young professionals what they have learnt over share with young the past years in the industry.” Corinne Greyling from the Cape Organic Chemical Optimitisation (pty) Ltd was one professionals what they YWP is the youth division of the Water for the guest speakers who spoke about have learnt over the past Institute of South Africa and the South African Nanotechnology for Industrial Wastewater branch of the international YWP, supported by Treatment. years in the industry.” the International Water Association. CWSS UNIT EVALUATES WATER-SAVING SANITATION PROJECT With the government working towards water for flushing and save substantial amounts eradicating the country’s sanitation backlog, of water,” said Muanda. the CPUT Community Water Supply and Sanitation Unit (CWSS) has been appointed Under the MoU, it was agreed that the to evaluate a pilot project in Cape Town. CWSS Unit should cover the evaluation and analysis of the MobiSan pilot project and MobiSan Technology, a dry sanitation operationalise it through monitoring and the ON A MISSION: Christophe Muanda, Principal Researcher; Ameen Benjamin, Researcher; Deborah Cousins, Researcher and urine diversion stand-alone unit, which development of comprehensive guidelines and Claudius Zindoga, Researcher. does not affect ground water, is currently for operation and maintenance. CWSS is being implemented at Pooke se Bos informal also responsible for research funding and so the government has to find a way to meet settlement. management. As from 1 April 2010, the team is them half-way,” said Muanda. going to formally start working on the project, CWSS’s primary role is to evaluate the but background research had already been The MobiSan idea was sold by the two user acceptance and functioning of mobile completed. Dutch companies to the City of Cape Town. The communal sanitation facilities, using Cape City of Cape Town was keen on the idea and Town as a case study. The initiative was as a “We understand that decent sanitation allowed the two companies to pilot the project. result of a Memorandum of Understanding service is a human right, it doesn’t matter where Part of the requirements was to involve local (MoU) between CWSS and Partnership Group, you stay, so we’ll base our evaluation on that,” researchers in order to determine the project’s which includes Dutch-Consortium and the City said Muanda. effectiveness in a South African context. of Cape Town that was signed on 28 July 2009. Prof Alvin Lagardien, CWSS’s director, is CPUT’s CWSS Unit had to come on board The Dutch-Consortium is made up of heading a team of researchers, which comprise and in its research findings, it will advise in Lettinga Associates Foundation and Viitens of Muanda, an official from the City of Cape favour or against the MobiSan Technology. Evides companies that invented the MobiSan Town and CPUT postgraduate students Technology. According to Muanda, a principal from the Civil and Mechanical Engineering The Water Research Commission is funding researcher at CWSS, the MobiSan is an Departments. CPUT staff members also form the continuation of the project. ecological sanitation system and it does not part of the team. According to Muanda the require the use of water for flushing. government has been trying to come up with Muanda said: “We will also look at other a plan on what kind of sanitation people want. technologies that were implemented and see if “In South Africa, as a water-scarce country, MobiSan meets the requirements. It’s important the application of MobiSan Technology may “Most of the times, people want full flush for us also to find out if they have a remedial result in the reduction of the use of portable toilets but not all of them have the infrastructure, plan.” A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 9 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter CHANCELLOR adds his voice to funding request CPUT’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga recently met with the Chancellor and Minister in the Presidency Dr Trevor Manuel, at the filming of a promotional video to attract sponsorship for the new Food Technology Centre currently under construction. This meeting, arranged by the Director: Advancement Dr Alwyn van Gensen to boost the funding profile of the project took place on Friday, 16 April 2010. Dr Manuel said: “In my capacity as Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, I wish to invite potential investors to be part of the development; the first of its FUNDS: Vice-Chancellor Prof Mawzi-Tanga, Chancellor Dr Manuel and Dr Van Gensen at the filming of the promotional video. kind in the Province”. established. resistance through development of functional “I personally endorse this exciting new foods and contributing towards environmental initiative and I recommend that investors consider The Centre will consist of two divisions sustainability. it as an investment destination”, he added. namely an academic training component and a commercial service division to render contract- The physical structure will consist of The Centre will provide training facilities based support to the food industry at a reduced renovated facilities as well as a 1500m2 pilot for food technology students, who will receive cost. plant. comprehensive hands-on skills development that will address our country’s demand for more In the bigger context, this Centre will support CPUT has made R40.6 million available adequately trained food technologists. the achievement of South Africa’s commitment as primary funding for the initial construction to support the United Nation’s Millennium activity; however a further R25.3 million is It will also house a food safety testing Development Goals in our region through the required to complete the project. centre, offering the food industry a facility for development, production and safety control quality and safety control of food products. of food necessary in eradicating poverty. Dr Manuel concluded by saying: “I appeal to This initiative also aims to address the issue of you to consider supporting this priority project, Furthermore, a food analysis laboratory as nutrition which is central to enhancing education as it will enable South Africa to demonstrate our well as a functional foods research unit focusing success; improving maternal health and leadership and contribution of real solutions to the on innovative food product development will be reducing child mortality while improving disease international debate on food security and safety”. New building for Head of the Cape Town Mechanical Engineering Department, Tjaart van der Schyff, The two-story building will consist of several hi-tech laboratories, workshops, lecture MECHANICAL said the move to construct a new facility at the theatres, classrooms and staff rooms. Existing Bellville campus is part of the consolidation laboratories will also be extended. process of the institution. Currently Mechanical ENGINEERING Engineering programmes are on offer at the Cape Head of the Bellville Mechanical Engineering Town and Bellville Campuses. The new facility will Department Zwelethu Ngewana, said space allow the department to relocate all Cape Town has also been allocated to house 15 doctoral DEPARTMENT staff, students and facilities to the Bellville Campus. This consolidation process follows that of students while a section of the existing building will be revamped to house 40 master students. Provision has also been made for a study area several other departments in other faculties, for undergraduate students. Construction work on the new Mechanical which have either consolidated at the Bellville or Engineering building is progressing at a rapid Cape Town campuses. Van der Schyff said they The building will also house the Industrial rate, with one section of the facility earmarked have already started the consolidation process Systems Engineering Department. Ngewana for completion at the end of April. by locating all 2010 first year students at the said consolidating the departments is a huge Bellville Campus. task. He said once the building is completed, The building, which is being constructed in they will have to look at moving all equipment phases at the Bellville campus, will be connected More students and staff are soon expected stationed at the Cape Town Campus to the new via a passage to the existing Mechanical to take occupation of phase one of the building, building. Engineering building. If all goes as planned the which is scheduled to be completed at the end of last phase of the building will be completed by April. This section, which is adjacent to the front “It is going to be a huge operation to the end of the 2010 academic year. of the existing Mechanical Engineering building, transport all the equipment,” he said. consists of several classrooms and staff offices. Measuring 5 000 sqm, the new building will However, Ngewana said they are looking have the capacity to house 1 800 students and “The remainder of the department will move forward to the completion of the building and 70 staff members. in 2011,” said van der Schyff. operating the department from one site. 10 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter CPUT brings CULINARY EXPERTISE to Table of Unity This year’s three-course luncheon was paired with Lazanou Organic wines, with the Hotel School’s Executive Chef Jerome Peters and culinary lecturers Nina Septoe and Marietta Hattingh preparing a mouthwatering dessert comprising a chocolate mousse pyramid, served with an apple and saffron puree and beetroot syrup. The entertainment lineup for the day included Solly Philander, R & B artist Danny K, the Fezeka High School Choir from Gugulethu, 3 Tons of Fun, local musician Chad Saaiman, up and coming eclectic band Coda and Jarrad. Charity organisation The Amy Biehl Foundation and Samsung also showed their support through sponsorship. The Cape Town Hotel School first year students, provided guests with expert front of house service, being involved with the seating and serving of food and beverage. CULINARY: The first year hospitality management students are pictured here with Hotel School Director Alan Romburgh (left; back row) Western Cape Premier Helen Zille (centre) and Hotel School Functions and Marketing Co-ordinator Luke van Rensburg (far right). Functions and Marketing Co-ordinator Luke van Rensburg who supervised the students said, “They (the students) also assisted by putting On Sunday 18 April 2010, the tenth annual The concept began several years ago with together and setting up the table the day before; Table of Peace and Unity was held on the the vision of creating a single platform for Cape much praise was awarded to them for their first slopes of Table Mountain, the mother city’s Town’s local sports icons, celebrities, politicians industry event”. iconic natural attraction and CPUT’s Cape and community heroes to spark conversations Town Hotel School was there to participate in about transformation and give back to our The Table of Peace and Unity has become this philanthropic culinary experience. communities. one of South Africa’s foremost charity functions, raising over seven million rand since its inception Over 700 South Africans from all walks of life The aim of the event is to promote peace and over one million rand donated in 2009. shared a luncheon together to show the country and unity in South Africa and all proceeds that a truly unified people hold the power to heal from the event are donated to charities that This five-star luncheon not only raises a nation. benefit children. The charity event also took substantial funds for several children’s charities place simultaneously in Johannesburg at but also and brings together South Africans with The event was also attended by the Western Constitutional Hill and in Polokwane at the a common goal of peace and a true, lasting Cape Premier Helen Zille. Mitchell House School. unity. HOTEL SCHOOL chef team, comprising culinary lecturers Mariette Hattingh, Nina Septoe, Sarah Withey, FEATURED IN Clinton Bonhomme and Executive Sous Chef for the Hotel School Jerome Peters ROOIBOS COOKBOOK were selected then tasked with developing rooibos inspired recipes. CPUT’s Hotel School recently made a mark in the culinary world with the “We were each given a liberal brief to acknowledgement of their unique recipes develop a recipe; like a starter, main course, featured in a rooibos inspired cookbook beverage or dessert that uses rooibos tea as an ingredient, so that gave us the freedom to be ROOIBOS: The CPUT culinary team (from left) Nina Septoe, titled A Touch of Rooibos. Jerome Peters and Mariette Hattingh. original with our creations”, said Mariette The cookbook received a bronze award Hattingh, a pastry chef who submitted a malva the culinary slot of the Afrikaans lifestyle for best cookbook in the world and was also pudding recipe. programme Pasella on SABC 2 and uses the voted the best single subject cookbook for rooibos recipes in her teaching practice. South Africa at the Gourmand World Cookbook The aim of the book was to promote the Awards in Paris, France earlier this year. cooking versatility of rooibos tea and inspire new A Touch of Rooibos is available locally culinary creations, whilst placing an emphasis on both in English and Afrikaans and has even A Touch of Rooibos, published by the the tea’s health and wellness benefits. been adapted for the international market, Rooibos Company Limited, offers over 100 where rooibos tea is gaining popularity as one original recipes from fourteen of South Africa’s Hattingh added: “Working on this project of the country’s biggest exports. leading chefs, with four CPUT chefs having has been very inspirational and rewarding for me contributed their original recipes. and I’ve started using rooibos more often in The book is also due to be exhibited later my cooking. There’s nothing that can’t be this year in a special exhibition of food and Rooibos Ltd., approached the Hotel made with rooibos”. wine books from South Africa, and all other School two years ago to get the chefs involved countries of the African Continent at the Cape in recipe development for the book. The CPUT Hattingh has also featured twice in Town Book Fair. A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 11 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter MARITIME STUDENTS visit rescue operation centre The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) plays a vital role in ensuring lives are saved at sea. Director of the MRCC, Johan Carstens, who addressed CPUT Maritime Studies students who visited the centre on 13 April 2010, said the centre is responsible for responding to all maritime emergencies in South African waters, ranging from vessel accidents to deep sea towing operations. The purpose of the visit to the Parow based AT SEA: Maritime Studies lecturer Rui dos Santos (left) with some of the students at the entrance of the Maritime Rescue organisation was to illustrate to students the Coordination Centre. important role the MRCC plays in the maritime to vessels travelling in areas which they are Williams, said here students were able to view industry. responsible for. South Africa is responsible for first hand the operations of the VTS, which is Once qualified, the students will be an area of 42 million square kilometers of sea required to provide vessels with assistance equipped with the skills to serve on vessels water, which stretches to the South Pole. when entering the harbor. as certificated Deck Officers, Chief Mates Blows said their main function is to “They monitor if vessels are anchored in and Masters, and will need to be aware of the safety resources at their disposal. coordinate rescue missions, which sees them the right place and if they are keeping to their establishing vessels exact locations and alerting lanes when entering the port,” said Williams. Jared Blows, Operation Manager at their rescue team partners, such as the South the MRCC who gave students a tour of the African Air force and other private organisations. Lecturer, Rui dos Santos said this operations room that is manned 24 hours In many resource missions’ aircrafts as well as excursion was a vital part of the students’ a day, said they respond to more than 600 vessels are used. The excursion included a visit learning experience. distress calls a year from vessels at sea. to the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) situated at the Cape Town Harbor. “What was not covered in the classroom According to international regulations, was covered during the visits to these each country is required to offer this service Deputy class representative, Theresa organisations,” he said. STUDENTS EXPLORE SHUTTLE TRANSPORT Service Learning Projects, which are Peffer said the interaction with UCT managed by the Service Learning Unit, see students and the officials was “extremely students working with the community on valuable” for the purpose of the project. projects related to their courses. The students are evaluated and marks are allocated. “The students have a general picture of what is happening at another university,” he said. As part of the project, the group of 42 students visited the University of Cape Town During the next few weeks, students (UCT) during April to investigate the Jammie will conduct surveys at the Bellville campus Shuttle Service, which is one of the most to determine the transport needs of CPUT successful student transport systems at a students and analyse their findings. higher education institution. They will then compile a report, outlining During their first visit to UCT they conducted their findings and recommendations on the a survey to establish students’ views on the development of a shuttle service for CPUT. service. The second visit saw students interact with Jammie Shuttle Service officials, who gave Peffer, who has initiated several Service insight into their daily operations. Learning Projects in the Civil Engineering With 30 buses on the road, operating from Department, said it is vital for students to TRANSPORT: Students catch the Jammie Shuttle Service at one of its bus stops. 6am to 1pm daily, the core purpose of the interact with the community. shuttle service is to transport students to and Civil Engineering Students, enrolled in from residences and between the campuses. “One day as civil engineers they will have to the extended programme, are investigating Operating from 12 routes, the shuttle transports work with the community. The community will the possibility of establishing a shuttle 35 000 students daily. be their clients,” he said. service for students at the Bellville Campus. Officials said setting up a shuttle service will Civil Engineering student Kelsi Jameson This study, which forms part of a Service benefit students. However, they warned that it said the group has enjoyed interacting with the Learning Project, was initiated by Engineering was not an easy task as the shuttle service had community and working on a project outside of Communication Skills lecturer, A. Neil Peffer. to comply with national transport regulations. the classroom setting. 12 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter ARCHITECTURE This year, a total of 29 prizes were awarded to students in various levels of study for their medal at the graduation ceremony which was held on 17 April. AWARDS technical drawings and architectural designs. Another notable graduate was Jacquie The prizes, varying from books and Fourie who received the Cape Institute for celebrate academic vouchers to substantial cash rewards, were presented by faculty alumnus and architecture Architecture award for best national diploma student over four years of study, having achievements professional Michael Borgstrom. achieved 18 distinctions out of 21 subjects. Head of Department Jake De Villiers Also in attendance was Informatics and On Friday, 16 April 2010 the department Design Faculty Dean Professor Johannes Cronje commented on the awards function, saying: of Architectural Technology hosted its and architect Paul Righini as guest speaker. “The event promotes healthy competition and annual student work exhibition and awards gives top students an opportunity to exhibit function at the Thomas Patullo building in Mr Righini is a retired architectural lecturer their work annually, serving as role models to Cape Town’s Foreshore. and the author of a much used text book called other students”. “Thinking Architecturally”. Since the department’s consolidation The exhibition of the students work ran for three years ago, this event has come to hold 2009 third year student Annette Steyn and a week after the ceremony took place. a valuable place in their calendar and is made now a cum laude graduate with 15 distinctions possible by sponsors across the building, out of 16 subjects, walked away with five De Villiers added, “It’s good to see our manufacturing and architecture industries. individual prizes and one joint award during the profession and suppliers of materials to ceremony. the building industry sponsoring prizes and Some sponsors included Corobrik; supporting students to the extent they do.” Saint-Gobain Construction Products; Marley She has done her department proud by Floorworx; Archilab; the South African Heritage having been awarded the Dean’s Medal for her “We are privileged to be involved in Resource Agency; The South African Institute outstanding achievements. developing our communities and to be part of of Architectural Technologists; the Society of a profession that was highlighted during the Architects; Planners, Engineers and Surveyors The Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and preparations leading up to the Soccer World and the Cape Institute for Architecture. Design, Prof. Johannes Cronje, handed her the Cup”, said De Villiers. FOOD TECHNOLOGY student clinches top award Working hard has paid off for Food Technology postgraduate student Lusani Vhangani, who was recently awarded The Koeppen Memorial Scholarship and the FoodBev-SETA bursary. The scholarship as well as the bursary, which were both awarded on 15 April, recognizes academic excellence in the field of Food Science and Technology in South Africa. An initiative of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), the Koeppen Memorial Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards in this field. President of SAAFoST, Rosemary Maquire, said the award honours the late Professor B H HARD WORK: Dr Jessy van Wyk, Krappie Eloff, Lusani Vhangani, and Rosemary Maquire at the handover of the scholarship and Koeppen who was Head of the Department of bursary. Food Science at the University of Stellenbosch up to his death in 1980. Koeppen had done Head of the Food Technology Department, want them to generate research, which can be groundbreaking work in the area of Food Science. Dr Jessy van Wyk, said they nominated useful for the industry. Vhangani as she is the top masters’ student in Maquire, who addressed delegates during the department. Meanwhile, Vhangani was also Vhangani, who recently returned from the handover ceremony at the Bellville campus, awarded the FoodBev-SETA bursary, which Germany after participating in an exchange trip said this is the first time that the scholarship was launched last year. at the Institut fur Getreideverarbeitung GmbH, has been awarded to a student at a university said she feels honoured to have received the of technology. Since its inception in 1981, the FoodBev-SETA representative, Krappie scholarship and bursary. Vhangani’s masters award has only been awarded to students Eloff said the bursary, which covers students’ research sees her focusing on Anti-Oxidant studying at traditional universities. tuition, is aimed at developing skills in the area Effects of Maillard Reaction Products in a Lipid of Food Science and Technology. Rich Food Product. To qualify for the scholarship, institutions have to nominate one candidate, who is either “We want to get more qualified people into Maillard Reaction Products (MRPs) result registered for Masters or Doctorate degrees. the industry,” he said. when heating sugars and amino acids. Her The nominations are then received by SAAFoST, studies will evaluate the anti-oxidative effects who then awards the scholarship of R25 000 to Eloff said they have chosen to limit the of these MRPs on sunflower oil as an alternative the top student. bursaries to postgraduate students as they to synthetic anti-oxidants. A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 13 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter RADIOGRAPHY HOLDS OPEN which included Out-patient Clinic areas, the Mould Room and the Linear Accelerator treatment unit, among others. DAY for RADIATION ONCOLOGY Jamie-Lee van Niekerk, one of the marshals, said: “It has been great to assist the learners. All the groups I was dealing with were very enthusiastic.” The Open Day was also open to first year Radiography students who all need to know about radiation oncology. Some may decide to swop to radiotherapy from another category since the first year is nearly the same for all four types of radiography. “Putting together the Open Day was a team effort, but a special mention goes to Mrs Liz Greeff and her team of radiation therapists at Groote Schuur Hospital who put in so much effort and hard work to promote the profession. Two of our lecturers Liezel Hudson and Bridget Wyrley-Birch also deserve thanks for their major contribution,” said Dr Engel-Hills. EYE-OPENER: Learners find out more about radiation therapy as a career at Radiation Oncology Open Day. The department targeted schools that are science and mathematics strong. The Radiation Oncology Department at profession entails. Groote Schuur Hospital in collaboration with Wyrley-Birch said: “I am very happy with the Radiography at CPUT recently held a joint The Centre of Science and Technology quality of the Open Day. It really exceeded our Open Day. (Cosat), Wittebome High School, Islamiah College, expectations. The number of applications we Masiphumelele High School and Garlandale are going to receive will determine whether the On 17 March 2010, five schools from the High School were among the high schools that learners were impressed or not.” Western Cape and individuals from as far afield attended the Open Day. Radiography is made as Worcester and Villiersdorp descended on up of four disciplines: Diagnostic Radiography, Information regarding salary scales, job the Groote Schuur Campus, seeking more Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Radiation opportunities and approximate numbers of information about radiography and in particular Therapy. positions for Radiation Therapists in the country radiotherapy. was provided to the learners. The Senior Lecturer Prof Penelope Engel-Hills The day was dedicated to the learners and said: “Radiation Therapy is still a relatively unknown Sabeeha Khamissa, a second-year student CPUT’s first year students while second and third specialist discipline. The Open Day is giving us a and tour guide, said through providing the years assisted as marshals and tour guides. The chance to show-case to various communities out learners with information, she also learnt a lot. radiation therapy professionals who are already there that this is a good career option.” The department also holds tours once a month qualified and working at the hospital explained to throughout the year that include all Radiography school learners and first year students what their The learners were taken to various stations, disciplines at no cost. 60 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT students off to Namibia As part of their annual academic The students will spend two days in the Mphumzi Biyana, a third-year student outing, 60 third-year students from the Northern Cape, visiting Kleinsea, a copper and one of the organisers of the trip, said: Environmental Management Department mine, before jetting off to Namibia for four “It’s a great honour for us to go there have embarked on a trip to Namibia on 11 days. because the experience will give us an April 2010. opportunity to see if we are still on the right Seconna said: “We felt that it is relevant track as a department in comparison to other The students are specifically visiting the for our students to visit a mine in Namibia countries.” Namibian Mine, which is the only mine in because in Environmental Management, Africa that is rich in uranium deposits. we deal with all aspects of Environmental Each student contributed R2500 towards Resource Management.” the trip, while CPUT took care of the rest of The purpose of the visit is for students the expenses. to get practical experience in industrial “It is important for our students to processes, health and safety precautions in learn how to manage the activities in the “Going to Namibia will help us towards mining and other related industries. exploration of environmental resources,” said our studies in terms of environmental Seconna. resources and it will definitely help us to be According to Jacob Seconna, the me more versatile,” said Biyana. head of the Environmental Management The students are expected to share with programme, the students will be shadowed second-year students what they have learnt Last year, third year students went to by mining operations managers who are during the trip in the form of presentations visit PPC Cement in Hummansdorp in the expected to explain the different aspects of once they come back to the university. Eastern Cape. the mining process. 14 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter The WPEs also have to complete three introductory courses upon which they receive accreditation certificates, which assist them in engaging their colleagues with factual information. Recruits can benefit from participating in the programme by gaining self confidence, leadership skills and can learn about team work dynamics. WPEs are also encouraged to develop a workplace portfolio that can be added to one’s résumé of community activities. At the end of each year, an awards ceremony is held to thank recruits for their participation in the programme that serves as an incentive. The key performance areas for WPEs are participating in HIV/AIDS and TB related activities; HIV/AIDS awareness programmes run through the Unit; campaigning against gender based violence; encouraging Voluntary AWARENESS: Head of the HIV/AIDS Unit Dr Ashraf Mohammed with the 2009/10 Workplace Peer Educators. Counselling and Testing (VCT) and holistic behaviour, and facilitating group discussions. PEER EDUCATORS continue In the coming months, the WPEs will be campus wide programme embarking on a number of activities including a community outreach and candle-lighting ceremony in Wellington, condom distribution across CPUT’s main campuses and a staff The HIV/AIDS Unit is continuing the recent results of a national survey conducted VCT drive. Workplace Peer Educators Recruitment across several institutions of higher learning, it Drive, having formally launched the initiative was revealed that service staff tends to have in the second quarter of 2009. a higher prevalence of an HIV positive status, being four percentage points higher than that For further enquiries The programme is aimed at raising of students. contact the awareness around HIV/AIDS in the working HIV/AIDS UNIT on the environment across all campuses and The almost twenty recruits will serve as encourages staff to contribute towards Workplace Peer Educators (WPEs) for a period Cape Town campus at improving their knowledge of the pandemic of one year with the possibility of re-applying and Tel: (021) 460 9030 and the lives of people it affects.Following the are based at their campuses and sites of delivery. GREEN TEAM SUPPORTS EARTH HOUR CPUT’s Green Team recently completed derived products, in spite of the rain. Grobler mentioned that the group will be a successful beach clean-up at the embarking on a number of new projects in Strandfontein Beach near Muizenberg on Chiyana was able to demonstrate to the the coming months, such as starting a worm 27 March 2010 in support of the national group how the litter affects the environment bin that will produce compost to be sold and Earth Hour 2010 campaign; an annual and how anyone can apply practical solutions the profits will be ploughed back into more World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) initiative to the growing pollution problem, such as green initiatives. that encourages towns and cities to turn recycling items made from plastic, glass and off their lights for one hour sending a paper. Other activities include planting trees on powerful message on the impact of global the Bellville campus in support of Arbor Week climate change. According to the group’s mentor Student in September and arranging mountain hiking Development Officer Annette Grobler, “Beach route clean-ups later this year. The group, headed by third-year pollution is a global environmental problem Environmental Management student Kombole that threatens the wildlife and inhibits the All its initiatives supported by the Chiyana, was established as a part of the natural cycle of development of marine life”. institution’s Green Forum chaired by Leanne students’ interest in preserving the environment Seelinger, an Environmental Management and contribution to reducing the carbon She added: “The recent increase in density lecturer. footprint, in keeping with the WWF’s mandate. of large debris stranded on South African beaches is a major cause for concern, and Those wishing to get involved can contact On the day, about 30 students collected plastic makes up a majority of the debris Anette Grobler on 021 460 3499 or visit www. over 40 bags mainly containing plastic found on our beaches”. wwf.co.za for more information. A P R I L / M AY 2 0 1 0 15 C A P E P E N I N S U L A U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H NOLOGY staff newsletter SPOTLIGHT FALLS ON SPORT for persons with disabilities Higher education institutions must provide Currently there are 16 sporting codes in students with disabilities the opportunity South Africa for people with disabilities. These to participate in competitive sports, said sporting codes include team activities, such Wentzel Barnard, Manager of the Stellenbosch as soccer, hockey and adaptive rowing to University Disabled sports team. individual sport activities such as blind judo. Barnard delivered a presentation at CPUT Barnard, who has been managing the that detailed how universities can start up Stellenbosch University Disabled sports team sports teams for students with disabilities as for several years now, said it is difficult to part of a Disability Unit awareness campaign. start up a team as funding is always an issue. However, he said it is necessary for institutions The campaign, spearheaded by the Head to provide students with this opportunity. of the Disability Unit, Dr Nina du Toit, is aimed at raising awareness amongst students and staff He suggested that when starting up a team, on disability at CPUT. The campaign is running institutions must rope in the help of someone at all campuses throughout this year. who has knowledge of sport for the disabled and who has previously been involved in such Addressing staff members and students activities’. He also suggested that athletics who attended the presentation, held at the would be an ideal sport to start off with. Bellville Campus in April, Barnard said: “Sports is part of your wellbeing. It’s important for Barnard said that they started their team people with disabilities to take part in sport.” with 35 students and now accommodates 75 students. Barnard, who became disabled 25 years ago SPORT: (Front) Disability Unit staff member, Lorraine during a rugby match, said sporting activities for “Slowly but surely we are spreading the Manekwana, Stellenbosch University Disabled sports team manager Wentzel Barnard, (back) Head of the Disability Unit the disabled must not be taken lightly. word about disabled sport,” he said. Dr Nina Du Toit, and Dean of Students Mrs Cora Njoli-Motale. CRICKET TEAM celebrates winning season The CPUT cricket team has had a the award for the most improved player. successful season, having won the majority of matches played. “All our achievements have come through the hard word that we have put in and the With the season officially closed, captain excellent structures we have in place at the of the first team, Donovan Henry said they have done exceptionally well and are looking club. We are a young team, with a good mix of at improving their performance during the next experience,” he said. season, which officially starts in October 2010. Henry said although the team has a large The club, which is open to the public and number of students scattered across the CPUT students, proved this season that they different teams, they are hoping more students are one of the top clubs in the Western Cape will join up for next season. Province. Sport Development Officer Quinton WINNERS: The CPUT First team, who secured the title of The first team won the Western Cape Club league winners this season. Summer said this has been a remarkable Two Day and One Day competition, which season for the club. helped them secure the title of league winners. recognised for their outstanding performance during the 2009/2010 season. “Already the cricket club looks to be strong “Our second team also won their league, candidates to clinch the CPUT club of the Wayne Holman won batsman of the year, and this made us the only club in the Western year award and the challenge is for our winter while Henry clinched the bowler of the year as Cape to have their first and second teams win well as player of the season awards. codes to try and equal or better,” he said. their respective leagues,” said Henry. Faiek Davids, the club coach and a Students wishing to join the club in The club recently held their award member of the first team won the all rounder the new season can contact Summer at ceremony where several players were of the year award while George Hlazo clinched 021-4603345. 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