Contents by gyvwpsjkko


Messages                                                                                3

●	   Principal	and	Vice-Chancellor	                                                      4
●	   Director,	Unisa	Foundation	                                                         5
●	   Chairperson	of	the	Board	of	Trustees	                                               6

Project summaries                                                                       7

●	   ABSA	Chair	in	Banking	                                                              8
●	   ABSA	Foundation	and	Toyota	Foundation	(Science	Outreach)	                           9
●	   AccountAbility	(Dialogue	in	Partnership	Governance)	                               10
●	   Attorneys	Fidelity	Fund	(Legal	Aid	Clinic)	                                        11
●	   Barloworld	(Accountability	Rating	SA)	                                             12
●	   Centre	International	d’Etude	du	Sport	and	Federation	Internationale	de	Football	
	    Association	(FIFA)	(Sports	Management	Programme)			                                13
●	   DG	Murray	Trust	(Reading	is	FUNdamental)	                                          14
●	   First	Rand	Foundation	(Victim	empowerment)	                                        15
●	   Government	of	Norway	(Nurse	leadership	in	Angola,	South	Africa	Norway	Tertiary	
	    Education	Development	Programme	(SANTED	II))	                                      16
●	   Massmart	(research	in	brand	citizenship)	                                          17
●	   Murray	&	Roberts	Chair	in	Collaborative	Governance	and	Accountability	             17
●	   Multi-Agency	Grants	Initiative	(comparative	study	on	empowerment)	                 18
●	   National	Heritage	Council	(Unisa	Press)	                                           18
●	   Rutherford	Elementary	School	(book	donation)	                                      18
●	   Noah	Financial	Innovation	(Responsible	Investment	Survey)	                         19
●	   United	Nations	1%	Fund	(Mara	Primary	School	Facilities	Project)	                   20
●	   Vodacom	(Music	competitions)	                                                      21
●	   WK	Kellogg	Foundation	(rural	development	training)	                                22

Partnership milestones of the year                                                      23

●	   Chancellor’s	Dinner	                                                               24
●	   ABSA	Chair	launch	                                                                 26
●	   Primedia	Chair	of	Genocide	and	Holocaust	Studies	                                  26

In the pipeline                                                                         27

●	   Eternal	flame	to	the	human	spirit	                                                 28
●	   Sunnytown	development	                                                             30
●	   Science	centre	                                                                    32
●	   Irene	development	                                                                 33
●	   Knowledge	Commons	                                                                 35

Donors                                                                                  36
Messages   3
4 Principal’s Foreword

  Unisa’s	 plays	 an	 important	 role	 in	 human	 capital	
  development.	 The	 University	 currently	 provides	 ap-
  proximately	30	percent	of	public	tertiary	education	
  in	South	Africa	and	has	students	in	some	40	other	Af-
  rican	countries.

  This	institution	is	primarily	an	open	distance	learning	
  university	 but	 there	 is	 strong	 evidence	 that	 student	
  success	 rates	 are	 enhanced	 by	 the	 provision	 of	
  face-to-face	tutorial	contact	and	learner	support.	In	
  response	to	the	growing	demand	for	such	services,	
  especially	 among	 young	 undergraduate	 students	
  joining	the	University	straight	from	school,	Unisa	is	de-
  ploying	 vitally	 important	 support	 infrastructure	 such	
  as	academic	literacy	centres,	tutorial	venues,	com-
  puter	laboratories	and	Knowledge	Commons	facili-
                                                                    the	drive	to	educate	the	broader	South	African	pub-
  Similarly,	 to	 increase	 throughput	 in	 the	 natural	 and	      lic	about	the	importance	of	tolerance	and	diversity.
  agricultural	 sciences,	 where	 Africa’s	 greatest	 skills	
  shortages	 lie,	 Unisa	 is	 preparing	 to	 establish	 a	 fully	   Against	 the	 backdrop	 of	 diminished	 public	 funding	
  fledged	Science	Centre.	Our	existing	practical	train-             for	higher	education,	Unisa	can	only	embark	on	this	
  ing	 arrangements	 for	 science	 students	 are	 inade-            level	of	infrastructure	development	with	the	support	
  quate	and	impractical,	making	the	Science	Centre	                 of	strategic	partners	in	industry,	commerce,	govern-
  an	urgent	infrastructural	priority.                               ment	and	non-government	organisations.	Given	the	
                                                                    urgent	need	for	a	much	greater	throughput	of	grad-
  Also	a	necessity	is	the	physical	infrastructure	to	sup-           uates	into	all	economic	sectors,	we	are	confident	of	
  port	 greater	 international	 scholarly	 exchange	 and	           finding	partners	willing	and	able	to	contribute	to	the	
  research	 collaboration,	 particularly	 with	 leading	            advancement	of	knowledge	and	skills	in	Africa.
  scholars	 in	 Africa	 and	 the	 African	 Diaspora.	 They	
  have	much	to	contribute	to	the	knowledge	base	of	                 I	would	like	to	take	this	opportunity	to	gratefully	ac-
  undergraduate	 and	 postgraduate	 students	 and	 to	              knowledge	 and	 sincerely	 thank	 all	 our	 donors	 and	
                                                                    alumni	for	their	generous	support	to	date.

                                                                                              Prof N Barney Pityana
                                                                                       Principal and Vice-Chancellor,
The power of partnerships                                                                                                      5

It	is	a	privilege	to	present	the	2007	Donor	Audit	Report	
of	the	Unisa	Foundation.	This	annual	report	is	an	im-
portant	vehicle	for	acknowledging	the	contribution	
made	by	our	stakeholders	in	the	donor	community	
and	for	reporting	on	the	value	that	has	been	added	
through	their	generous	support.

As	 in	 previous	 years,	 this	 Donor	 Audit	 Report	 high-
lights	key	projects	undertaken	with	donor	funding	in	
the	 preceding	 year,	 as	 well	 as	 details	 of	 all	 donor	
partners	and	funding	channelled	through	the	Unisa	
Foundation.	A	new	feature	that	has	been	included	
for	the	first	time	is	the	section	on	upcoming	projects.	

Readers	 will	 note	 that	 these	 projects	 are	 largely	 of	
an	infrastructure	nature,	reflecting	the	desire	of	the	
University	 to	 develop	 the	 facilities	 that	 will	 promote	
higher	 student	 success	 rates,	 encourage	 greater	            to	the	Unisa	Foundation’s	fund-raising	initiatives.	We	
academic	 and	 research	 collaboration	 and	 enable	             are	 keenly	 aware	 that	 the	 Unisa	 Foundation	 is	 only	
Unisa	 to	 keep	 up	 with	 the	 demand	 across	 the	 Afri-       one	 of	 many	 non-profit	 organisations	 competing	
can	 continent	 for	 credible,	 affordable,	 accessible	         for	a	limited	amount	of	corporate	social	investment	
tertiary	 education.	 It	 is	 my	 hope	 that	 existing	 and	     spend,	and	are	deeply	grateful	that	Unisa	is	deemed	
potential	 partners	 will	 share	 our	 excitement	 about	        a	worthy	recipient	of	the	funds	entrusted	to	us.
these	infrastructure	projects	and	will	join	us	in	making	
them	a	reality.                                                  To	those	of	our	partners	who	interact	regularly	with	
                                                                 the	staff	of	the	Unisa	Foundation,	thank	you	for	your	
While	looking	ahead	to	the	future,	I	wish	to	express	            interest	 and	 involvement.	 Ongoing	 dialogue	 is	 the	
appreciation	to	the	South	African	and	international	             essence	of	the	relationships	we	aim	to	build	with	our	
donor	community	for	the	support	already	provided	                partners.	Please	continue	to	engage	us!

                                                                                          Ms Patricia Lawrence
                                                                         Director: Unisa Foundation and Alumni
6 Chairperson’s message

  The	Board	of	Trustees	of	the	Unisa	Foundation	is	com-
  mitted	to	assisting	the	University	and	the	donor	com-
  munity	to	come	together	in	mutually	beneficial	part-

  As	one	of	the	world’s	mega-universities,	Unisa	offers	
  its	partners	many	opportunities	to	participate	in	proj-
  ects	 that	 advance	 humanity	 while	 simultaneously	
  meeting	their	own	strategic	objectives	as	corporate	

  In	facilitating	these	reciprocal	partnerships,	the	Board	
  of	Trustees	is	guided	by	the	principles	of	strategic	fit,	
  project	impact	and	sustainability	and,	above	all,	ac-
  countability.	 We	 believe	 strongly	 in	 accounting	 to	
  our	partners	and	other	stakeholders	on	the	applica-
  tion	 of	 resources	 entrusted	 to	 the	 University	 via	 the	
  Unisa	Foundation.                                                Many	 more	 exciting	 projects,	 also	 featured	 in	 this	
                                                                   publication,	 are	 planned	 for	 the	 future.	 I	 trust	 that	
  On	behalf	of	the	Board	of	Trustees,	I	wish	to	thank	the	         existing	and	potential	partners	will	consider	contrib-
  South	 African	 and	 international	 foundations,	 com-           uting	to	these	in	the	interests	of	advancing	the	de-
  panies,	agencies	and	individuals	whose	support	has	              velopment	of	higher	education	on	the	continent.
  enabled	Unisa	to	undertake	the	innovative	projects	
  highlighted	in	this	report.	
                                                                                                   Billy Gundelfinger
                                                                                      Chairperson: Board of Trustees
                                                                                                   Unisa Foundation
   Summaries                                 7

Through the power of partnerships,
Unisa has successfully implemented a
range of development projects that are
adding value to the lives of the people of
South Africa and the rest of the African
continent. Some of these projects are
highlighted on the following pages.
    Donor:                  ABSA Bank
    Project:                ABSA Chair in Banking


    While	poverty	alleviation	projects	are	far	less	popu-            would	be	immeasurable	over	the	longer	term.”
    lar	as	a	target	for	corporate	social	investment	than	
    the	arts,	sport	and	environmental	programmes,	they	              To	 achieve	 this,	 more	 attention	 should	 be	 given	 to	
    have	 the	 potential	 to	 produce	 the	 greatest	 returns	       educating	the	public	about	the	banking	system	and	
    of	all.	This	is	what	makes	the	Absa	Chair	in	Banking	            its	 operations,	 as	 well	 as	 to	 growing	 the	 country’s	
    such	an	outstanding	example	of	an	investment	that	               base	 of	 financial	 qualifications	 and	 skills,	 he	 said.	
    will	“bear	lasting	fruit”,	according	to	Professor	Barney	        Unisa	was	contributing	to	this	by	offering	a	variety	of	
    Pityana,	Principal	and	Vice-Chancellor	of	Unisa.                 short	 learning	 programmes,	 by	 interacting	 with	 the	
                                                                           Bank	 Sector	 Education	 and	 Training	 Authority,	
    	 “It	 is	 easy	 to	 pump	 millions	 into	 environ-                        and	 through	 active	 cooperation	 with	 the	
    mental	 programmes;	 they	 are	 compel-                                       banking	sector.
    lingly	 topical,	 good	 for	 business	 and	
                                                               This is an             “I	must	mention	here	the	recent	estab-
    they	 have	 virtually	 instant	 buy-in,”	
    he	 said	 at	 in	 an	 address	 at	 a	 Unisa-         example of CSI                 lishment	of	the	Absa	Chair	in	Banking	
    hosted	 conference	 on	 Banking	 and	 and CSR that will at	Unisa,	which	will	see	an	amount	of	
    Social	 Responsibility	 in	 October	 2007.	                                         R5	million	being	applied	to	education	
    “It	 is	 easy	 to	 pump	 millions	 into	 sports	       bear lasting                in	 banking	 over	 the	 next	 five	 years,”	
    sponsorships	-	there	is	huge	visibility	and	                   fruit              Prof	Pityana	said.	“This	is	an	example	of	
    even	 bigger	 goodwill,	 especially	 when	                                      Corporate	Social	Investment	and	Corpo-
    the	home	team	wins!	It	is	easy	to	invest	in	                                 rate	Social	Responsibility	that	will	bear	last-
    the	arts	-	you	are	growing	and	appreciating	                              ing	fruit.”
    talent	and	investing	in	the	future.”
                                                                       The	Chair,	launched	in	July	2007,	is	the	first	banking	
    By	 contrast,	 it	 is	 far	 more	 difficult	 to	 invest	 in	 pro-  Chair	in	South	Africa.	According	to	Absa,	Unisa	is	a	
    grammes	that	will	benefit	poor	people,	Prof	Pityana	 natural	choice	for	the	location	of	the	Chair	because	
    said.	“It	is	not	easy	to	come	up	with	banking	solutions	 of	the	University’s	reach	in	South	Africa	and	the	rest	
    that	will	give	the	poor	sustainable	access	to	finance,	 of	Africa.
    and	it	is	not	easy	to	be	enthusiastic	about	poverty	al-
    leviation	in	the	face	of	such	massive	odds,”	he	said.              “Our	ambition	in	Africa	is	to	be	a	partner	in	the	conti-
                                                                       nent’s	development,	transformation	and	prosperity,”	
    “And	yet,	if	we	are	honest,	then	we	must	acknowl-                  said	 Robert	 Emslie,	 Executive	 Director	 of	 Absa	 Cor-
    edge	that	if	we	were	able	to	find	sustainable	bank-                porate	and	Business	Bank,	at	the	launch	of	the	Absa	
    ing	solutions	for	the	poor,	then	this	would	be	the	most	 Chair	 in	 Banking.	 “This	 sponsorship	 and	 partnership	
    rewarding	investment	of	all.	Not	only	that,	the	returns	 would	enable	this	vision	and	ambition	as	we	would	
                                                                                            be	able	to	leverage	Absa	and	Uni-
                                                                                            sa’s	footprint	in	the	continent.”

                                                                                         The	 Chair	 is	 pioneering	 pro-
                                                                                         grammes	 designed	 to	 support	
                                                                                         banking	 and	 financial	 services,	
                                                                                         and	 to	 create	 educational	 op-
                                                                                         portunities	 for	 Unisa	 students	 and	
                                                                                         Absa	employees.	It	aims	to	obtain	
                                                                                         accreditation	 of	 modules,	 inter-
                                                                                         ventions	 and	 programmes	 devel-
                                                                                         oped,	 and	 to	 conduct	 research	
                                                                                         into	new	banking	developments.

                                                                                         The ABSA Chair in Banking, the first of its kind
                                                                                         at a South African university, was launched
                                                                                         in July 2007. At the signing ceremony were,
                                                                                         from left, Prof Barney Pityana, Unisa Princi-
                                                                                         pal and Vice-Chancellor, Mr Robert Emslie,
                                                                                         Group Executive: ABSA, and Mr Henry Karow,
                                                                                         Head of Higher Education, ABSA.
Donors:                 ABSA Foundation and Toyota Foundation
Project:                Science Outreach Project


“The	 most	 fatal	 constraint	 to	 shared	 growth	 is	 skills	   ular	disadvantage	given	the	lack	of	resources	avail-
…	 We	 have	 to	 overcome	 the	 shortage	 of	 suitably	          able	for	laboratory	equipment	and	facilities.	This	part	
skilled	labour	if	our	dreams	for	the	economy	are	to	             of	the	programme,	supported	by	the	ABSA	Founda-
be	realised.”	This	is	according	to	South	Africa’s	Dep-           tion,	 aims	 to	 help	 overcome	 some	 of	 these	 con-
uty	President	Phumzile	Mlambo-Ngcuka.                            straints	 through	 workshops	 for	 educators.	 At	 these	
                                                                 workshops,	 field	 kits	 and	 other	 materials	 are	 made	
The	 country’s	 growth	 dreams	 are	 captured	 in	 the	          available	 to	 assist	 the	 educators	 to	 put	 theory	 into	
Accelerated	and	Shared	Growth	Initiative	for	South	              practice	for	their	learners.
Africa	 (AsgiSA)	 and	 focus	 on	 achieving	 economic	
growth	 of	 six	 percent	 a	 year	 by	 2014	 while	 halving	     Science	 Outreach	 workshops	 have	 been	 offered	
unemployment	and	poverty.                                        to	educators	in	rural	KwaZulu-Natal,	Limpopo,	Mpu-
                                                                 malanga	and	the	North-West	Province	since	the	in-
The	 realisation	 of	 this	 growth	 path	 depends	 on	 re-       ception	of	the	project	in	1996.	Since	2005,	however,	
moving	 obstacles	 to	 development,	 including	 the	             the	focus	has	been	on	Limpopo,	one	of	the	poorest	
shortage	 of	 sufficient	 skills	 in	 mathematics,	 science	     and	 most	 under-resourced	 provinces	 in	 South	 Af-
and	 technology.	 Annually,	 only	 two	 percent	 of	             rica.	At	this	point,	the	workshops	have	reached	ap-
grade	12	learners	in	South	Africa	pass	mathematics	              proximately	480	Limpopo	educators,	each	of	whom	
and	 science,	 severely	 limiting	 the	 pool	 of	 learners	      reaches	1	000	learners.
equipped	 to	 study	 science,	 engineering,	 account-
ing	 and	 technology-related	 disciplines	 at	 tertiary	         The	second	component	of	the	programme,	support-
level.                                                           ed	by	the	Toyota	Foundation,	is	based	in	Gauteng.	
                                                                 Its	aim	is	to	assist	educators	in	the	communities	living	
Unisa’s	 Science	 Outreach	 programme,	 run	 by	 the	            around	Toyota’s	plant	to	upgrade	their	qualifications	
Department	of	Further	Teacher	Education,	is	aimed	               in	mathematics,	science	and	technology.	In	2006,	30	
at	contributing	to	improved	grade	12	pass	rates	by	              educators	in	the	technology	learning	area	were	reg-
boosting	the	teaching	skills	and	confidence	of	edu-              istered	for	Unisa’s	Advanced	Certificate	in	Technol-
cators	in	the	mathematics,	science	and	technology	               ogy	Education.	The	following	year,	in	2007,	a	group	
learning	areas.	                                                 of	mathematics	educators	was	enrolled	for	the	Ad-
                                                                 vanced	Certificate	in	Mathematics	Education.
The	programme	has	two	main	components.	One	is	
to	assist	educators	in	rural	areas,	who	are	at	a	partic-
     Donor:                AccountAbility
     Project:              Dialogue in Partnership Governance and


     Through	 open	 dialogue,	 government	 and	 the	 pri-         The	 National	 Treasury	 emphasised	 that	 the	 public	
     vate	 sector	 can	 move	 closer	 to	 a	 common	 under-       sector	is	accountable	to	the	people	of	South	Africa	
     standing	of	their	respective	roles	and	responsibilities	     while	the	private	sector	accounts	to	their	boards	and	
     in	Public-Private	Partnerships	(PPPs).	Unisa	is	helping	     shareholders,	who	are	interested	in	the	bottom	line.
     to	 bring	 this	 about	 through	 platforms	 such	 as	 the	
     Partnership	 Governance	 and	 Accountability	 Dia-        Murray	&	Roberts	argued	that	although	business	nat-
     logue	held	at	the	Unisa	School	for	Business	Leader-       urally	 wants	 financial	 returns	 for	 their	 shareholders,	
     ship	in	May	2007.                                         this	was	not	their	only	objective	with	PPPs.	They	could	
                                                                    also	create	value	for	civil	society	and	commu-
     The	 one-day	 event,	 arranged	 by	 the	 Mur-                      nities	 through	 corporate	 social	 investment	
     ray	&	Roberts	Chair	in	Collaborative	Gov-                             and	corporate	responsibility,	which	were	
     ernance	and	Accountability,	attracted	                                  common	 values	 shared	 with	 govern-
     36	 high-level	 participants	 from	 gov-          A    shared            ment.
     ernment,	 business,	 civil	 society,	 aca-
     demia	and	multilateral	agencies.	They	        vision is critical The	 message	 that	 a	 shared	 vision	 is	
     included	 representatives	 from	 the	         in partnerships critical	 in	 partnerships	 came	 through	
     National	Treasury’s	PPP	Unit,	the	Gau-                                  strongly,	 as	 did	 the	 importance	 of	
     train	 Rapid	 Rail	 Project,	 United	 States	                          implementing	 governance	 systems	 at	
     Agency	 for	 International	 Development,	                            the	start	of	a	partnership.	AccountAbility	
     Murray	&	Roberts,	Vodacom,	Rand	Water,	                             confirmed	this,	based	on	its	own	research	
     Anglogold	Ashanti,	Exxaro	and	the	New	Part-                     as	 well	 as	 that	 published	 by	 the	 United	 Na-
     nership	for	Africa’s	Development	(NEPAD).               tions.	

     AccountAbility,	 the	 non-profit	 professional	 institute	   That	research	shows	that	partners	who	want	to	get	
     that	 promotes	 accountable	 business	 practices,	           the	 job	 going	 as	 quickly	 as	 possible	 usually	 have	
     shared	 some	 lessons	 learnt	 from	 international	 stud-    good	 intentions	 but	 down	 the	 line	 may	 not	 per-
     ies	 and	 research	 on	 Partnership	 Governance	 and	        form	as	well	as	partners	that	take	more	time	to	work	
     Accountability.	The	rest	of	the	programme	featured	          through	issues	upfront.	
     various	 short	 presentations,	 followed	 by	 dialogue	
     and	breakaway	sessions,	which	were	audio-record-             Typical	issues	that	should	be	resolved	sooner	rather	
     ed	and	transcribed.                                          than	later	are	the	working	relationship	between	part-
                                                                  ners,	 procurement	 planning,	 quality	 management	
     During	 the	 Dialogue,	 it	 became	 evident	 that	 the	      and	governance	and	accountability	systems.
     public	 and	 private	 sectors	 sometimes	 have	 sharply	
     differing	views	on	their	objectives	and	roles	in	PPPs.	      The	Dialogue	also	covered	topics	such	as	the	impli-
                                                                  cations	 of	 tax	 law	 on	 PPPs,	 formal	 provision	 for	 the	
                                                                  participation	 of	 civil	 society,	 procurement	 method-
                                                                  ology	and	the	power	dynamics	within	partnerships.
                    Donor:                  Attorneys Fidelity Fund
                    Project:                Unisa Legal Aid Fund


                    Since	 its	 establishment	 in	 the	 early	 1980s,	 the	 Unisa	   suitable	institution,	such	as	the	various	ombudsman	
                    Legal	Aid	Clinic	has	helped	tens	of	thousands	of	un-             offices.
                    employed	 or	 indigent	 people	 to	 stand	 up	 for	 their	
                    legal	rights.	                                                   However,	the	Clinic	is	extremely	strict	about	ensuring	
                                                                                     that	it	only	represents	people	who	are	unemployed	
                    The	 Clinic	 specialises	 in	 family	 law,	 specifically	 di-    or	comply	with	a	means	test.	
                    vorce	matters,	custody,	guardianship	and	access	to	
                    children	but	also	deals	with	other	civil	cases,	mainte-          The	Clinic	does	not	charge	clients	at	all	for	its	servic-
                    nance,	labour	matters	and	criminal	cases.	It	litigates	          es	and	they	pay	only	for	disbursements	such	as	court	
                    in	 the	 High	 Court,	 Family	 Court,	 Magistrates	 Court,	      stamps	and	sheriffs’	fees,	although	these	are	waived	
                    Maintenance	 Court	 and	 criminal	 courts,	 and	 also	           in	exceptional	cases.	
                    represents	clients	in	Commission	for	Conciliation,	Me-
                    diation	and	Arbitration	(CCMA)	matters	if	consent	is	            While	making	legal	aid	available	to	poor	people,	the	
                    obtained	from	the	Commissioner.                                  Legal	 Aid	 Clinic	 is	 also	 a	 valuable	 training	 ground.	
                                                                                     Over	the	years,	it	has	provided	training	to	more	than	
                    No	 one	 who	 comes	 to	 the	 Legal	 Aid	 Clinic	 is	 ever	      40	candidate	attorneys,	meaning	LLB	graduates	do-
                    summarily	turned	away.	At	the	very	least,	those	seek-            ing	their	compulsory	period	of	clerkship.
                    ing	 help	 receive	 initial	 advice	 or	 are	 referred	 to	 a	
Shutterstock	Inc.
     Donor:                   Barloworld
     Project:                 Accountability Rating South Africa 2007


     For	 the	 second	 year	 running,	 mining	 and	 energy	            lowed	by	Anglo	American,	Nedbank	Group,	Anglo	
     companies	listed	on	the	JSE	Limited	have	taken	most	              Platinum,	Gold	Fields,	Barloworld,	AngloGold	Ashanti	
     of	 the	 top	 10	 positions	 in	 the	 latest	 Accountability	     and	Santam.
     Rating	South	Africa	survey.
                                                                       The	2007	survey	was	the	second	in	which	South	Af-
     Seven	 out	 of	 the	 top	 10	 places	 in	 the	 2007	 survey	      rica	was	included	in	the	annual	rankings	conducted	
     were	 filled	 by	 resources	 companies,	 with	 only	 two	         by	 AccountAbility,	 the	 international	 think-tank	 and	
     companies	 in	 financial	 services	 and	 one	 in	 the	 in-        csrnetwork,	 a	 United	 Kingdom-based	 consultancy.	
     dustrial	sector	making	the	top	10.	A	total	of	51	com-             As	in	the	first	survey	in	2006,	Unisa’s	Centre	for	Corpo-
     panies	on	the	JSE	were	evaluated	for	their	ability	to	            rate	Citizenship	undertook	the	South	African	evalua-
     do	 business	 responsibly,	 taking	 into	 account	 envi-          tions	and	rankings.
     ronmental,	social	and	governance	issues	as	well	as	
     financial	profitability.                                          In	assessing	the	accountability	levels	of	the	51	South	
                                                                       African	 companies,	 the	 project	 team	 looked	 at	 six	
     Diversified	 resources	 group	 BHP	 Billiton,	 which	 was	        key	 areas:	 company	 strategy,	 governance,	 perfor-
     ranked	top	in	the	2006	survey,	again	took	first	place	            mance	 management,	 stakeholder	 engagement,	
     and	 managed	 to	 improve	 its	 accountability	 score	            public	disclosure	and	management	reporting	assur-
     from	79%	last	year	to	80%	in	the	latest	survey.	Sasol	            ance.
     also	succeeded	in	raising	both	its	score	and	its	rank-
     ing,	rising	from	fifth	position	in	2006	to	2007.	                 The	 table	 below	 lists	 the	 10	 highest-scoring	 South	
                                                                       African	 companies,	 together	 with	 their	 ratings	 and	
     The	other	frontrunners	were	Lonmin	in	third	place,	fol-           scores	in	2006	and	2007.

         2007             Company                2007 score          2006 rating    2006 score                 Sector
       ranking                                      (%)                                (%)
          1      BHP	Billiton	Plc                    80                  1              79        Materials	(glass,	metal,	
                                                                                                  chemicals,	mining	etc)
          2      Sasol	Ltd                           72                  5              66        Oil	and	gas
          3      Lonmin	Plc                          71                  –               –        Materials	(glass,	metal,	
                                                                                                  chemicals,	mining	etc)
          4      Anglo	American	Plc                  70                  3              69        Materials	(glass,	metal,	
                                                                                                  chemicals,	mining	etc)
          5      Nedbank	Group	Ltd                   68                  4              67        Financial
          6      Anglo	Platinum	Ltd                  67                  2              70        Materials	(glass,	metal,	
                                                                                                  chemicals,	mining	etc)
          7      Gold	Fields	Ltd                     66                  23             42        Materials	(glass,	metal,	
                                                                                                  chemicals,	mining	etc)
          8      Barloworld	Ltd                      61                  9              54        Industrial
          9      AngloGold	Ashanti	Ltd               60                  7              55        Materials	(glass,	metal,	
                                                                                                  chemicals,	mining	etc)
         10      Santam	Ltd                          57                  8              55        Financial
Donors:                   Centre International d’Etude du Sport and
                          Federation Internationale de Football Association
Project:                  Sports Management Programme

What	 perfect	 timing.	 With	 the	 FIFA	World	 Cup	 2010	              Management	 via	 distance	 education	 delivery	 and	
fast	 approaching,	 Africa	 is	 hungry	 for	 world-class	              comprises	six	modules	on	management,	marketing,	
sports	management	skills	that	will	showcase	the	con-                   finance,	 law,	 communication	 and	 event	 manage-
tinent’s	 organisational	 ability.	 Access	 to	 these	 skills	         ment	in	sports.	
is	now	within	reach	of	African	sports	managers	and	
administrators	 through	 Unisa’s	 new	 programme	 in	                  To	 be	 accepted	 for	 the	 12-month	 course,	 students	
Sports	Management.                                                     need	 to	 have	 at	 least	 a	 matriculation	 exemption	
                                                                       and	demonstrate	an	interest	in	sport.	For	the	first	in-
The	short	course	was	launched	in	December	2007	to	                     take	in	2008,	candidates	were	eligible	if	they	had	at	
boost	sports	management	capacity	on	the	African	                       least	two	years	of	professional	experience	in	a	sports	
continent	 ahead	 of	 the	 World	 Cup	 and	 beyond.	 It	               organisation	in	lieu	of	matriculation	exemption.	
is	 aimed	 at	 English-speaking	 sports	 managers	 in	 or-
ganisations	 ranging	 from	 national	 football	 federa-                This	short	course	is	the	first	in	what	is	intended	to	be	a	
tions	to	sports	clubs	and	associations,	national	Olym-                 series	of	learning	programmes	designed	to	develop	
pic	committees,	government	agencies	and	related	                       human	 capital	 in	 African	 sports	 organisations.	 Hu-
industries	operating	in	the	sports	arena.                              man	capital	development	is	being	seen	as	a	strong	
                                                                       driver	of	business	success,	and	CEIS	and	FIFA	are	on	
The	programme	has	the	official	backing	of	FIFA	and	                    an	aggressive	drive	to	ensure	that	various	sports	fed-
has	been	developed	along	guidelines	provided	by	                       erations	are	adequately	skilled	to	operate	within	the	
the	 Centre	 International	 d’Etude	 du	 Sport	 (CEIS).	               dynamic	sporting	environment.
It	 is	 being	 offered	 by	 Unisa’s	 Centre	 for	 Business	

The Sports Management Programme, intended to develop sports management capacity in Africa, kicked off in December 2007. Pictured,
from left, are Mr Vincent Monnier of the Centre International d’Etude du Sport, Prof David Mosoma, Vice-Principal: Learner Support and Stu-
dent Affairs at Unisa, Mr Brian Naicker, Head of the Centre of Business Management at Unisa, and Mr Jomo Sono, owner/coach of the Jomo
Cosmos Football Club and Ambassador, 2010 Local Organising Committee, FIFA.
     Donors:                 DG Murray Trust, First Rand Foundation,
                             National Research Foundation
     Project:                Reading is FUNdamental, aimed at promoting
                             reading and literacy skills among primary school

     Research	has	shown	that	exposing	children	to	books	               A	family	literacy	component	ensures	that	parents	are	
     and	 encouraging	 them	 to	 read	 is	 enormously	 ben-            actively	involved	in	the	literacy	development	of	their	
     eficial.	 Apart	 from	 increasing	 their	 reading	 ability	 it	   children.	Family	literacy	workshops	are	held	to	draw	
     improves	language	proficiency	and	vocabulary	and	                 parents’	attention	to	the	importance	of	reading	and	
     broadens	 their	 background	 knowledge,	 which	 has	              to	encourage	them	to	take	an	interest	in	children’s	
     a	positive	spillover	effect	on	their	school	work.	Many	           school	activities,	make	time	and	space	available	for	
     children	 from	 high-poverty	 areas	 do	 not	 have	 ac-           homework	and	monitor	what	and	how	much	televi-
     cess	to	books	at	home	or	school	and	so	have	fewer	                sion	children	watch.	
     opportunities	to	develop	good	reading	skills.	
                                                                       Project	progress	at	both	schools	is	monitored	through	
     In	2005,	the	Academic	Literacy	Research	Unit	(ALRU)	              twice-yearly	 assessments.	 These	 entail	 the	 early	 lit-
     in	 the	 Department	 of	 Linguistics	 at	 Unisa	 started	 a	      eracy	development	in	Northern	Sotho	of	the	Grade	
     multi-disciplinary	longitudinal	reading	project,	‘Read-           1	learners	and	the	language	and	reading	ability	of	
     ing	is	FUNdamental’	at	Bathokwa	Primary	School	in	                Grade	6	and	7	learners	in	Northern	Sotho	and	Eng-
     Atteridgeville,	Pretoria.	The	project	was	extended	to	            lish.	
     Patogeng	Primary	School	in	2007.	

     The	overall	aim	of	the	project	is	to	optimise	the	condi-          Prize-winning library
     tions	in	both	schools	that	promote	the	development	
     of	sound	reading	ability	so	that	reading	becomes	an	              From	 a	 mere	 200	 books	 at	 the	 start	 of	 the	 project,	
     integral	part	of	the	daily	activity	of	the	school,	as	well	       Bathokwa	 Primary	 School	 now	 has	 a	 fully	 function-
     as	a	fun	activity.	By	developing	a	culture	of	reading	            al	 and	 computerised	 school	 library	 with	 over	 3	 500	
     in	 both	 the	 home	 language	 (Northern	 Sotho)	 and	            books.	 The	 school	 recently	 won	 first	 prize	 nationally	
     English,	it	is	hoped	that	the	schools	will	improve	the	           for	 having	 the	 best	 school	 library	 serving	 learners	
     overall	 language	 and	 academic	 development	 of	                form	informal	settlements.
     the	learners.	
                                                                       Patogeng	Primary	School	officially	opened	its	school	
     To	this	end	a	multi-level	approach	has	been	adopt-                library	on	14	March	2008.	Since	the	start	of	the	proj-
     ed,	 emphasising	 the	 building	 up	 of	 resources	 and	          ect	 at	 the	 school	 in	 2007,	 the	 book	 collection	 has	
     capacity	while	encouraging	the	participation	of	the	              grown	to	over	1	500	books	and	the	collection	con-
     learners,	teachers	and	parents.	                                  tinues	to	expand	steadily.	

                                                                       Given	the	importance	of	literacy,	specifically	read-
     Easy access, age appropriate                                      ing,	 in	 school	 success,	 it	 is	 important	 to	 understand	
                                                                       the	many	interrelated	factors	that	promote	or	inhibit	
     The	 starting	 point	 at	 both	 schools	 was	 to	 assist	 in	     literacy	development,	especially	in	multilingual	edu-
     setting	 up	 a	 functional	 school	 library	 where	 learn-        cational	contexts.	Very	little	research	has	been	done	
     ers	 have	 easy	 access	 to	 age-appropriate	 books	 in	          on	the	development	of	reading	in	the	African	con-
     Northern	 Sotho	 and	 English.	 School	 library	 commit-          text,	especially	in	the	African	languages,	and	onthe	
     tees	were	established	and	library	monitors	appoint-               relationship	between	reading	skills	in	the	home	lan-
     ed	among	the	learners.	                                           guage	 and	 English	 in	 developing	 countries	 where	
                                                                       educational	contexts	are	less	than	ideal.	
     Because	literacy	resources	have	no	value	if	not	used	
     properly,	 workshops	 are	 held	 fortnightly	 with	 the	          The	 ‘Reading	 is	 FUNdamental’	 project	 provides	 a	
     teachers	to	increase	their	understanding	of	the	read-             unique	 opportunity	 to	 explore	 in	 greater	 detail	 the	
     ing	process,	familiarise	them	with	reading	strategies,	           factors	that	impact	on	literacy	development	in	high-
     highlight	the	Outcome	Based	Education	assessment	                 poverty	educational	contexts.	The	two	schools	also	
     standards	for	reading	and	support	teachers	in	inte-               offer	an	ideal	context	in	which	to	examine,	longitu-
     grating	the	library	into	their	classroom	practices.	              dinally,	the	effects	of	print	exposure	and	instructional	
                                                                       practices	 on	 the	 processes	 and	 knowledge	 bases	
                                                                       that	support	reading	development.
Donor:                 First Rand Foundation
Project:               Capacity Development and Coaching of Victim
                       Empowerment Programme District Coordinators
                       of the Department of Social Development of the
                       North West Province

After	a	highly	successful	pilot	project	in	the	Limpopo	        an	intensive	skills	development	process	facilitated	by	
Province,	 capacity	 development	 and	 coaching	 is	           the	Centre	for	Applied	Psychology.
being	extended	to	victim	empowerment	workers	in	
the	North-West	Province.                                       “The	 coordinators	 emerged	 with	 positive	 attitudes,	
                                                               self-motivation,	 optimism,	 the	 willingness	 to	 fight	 for	
The	 project	 is	 designed	 to	 address	 the	 skills	 gaps	    victim	 empowerment	 rights,	 avoidance	 of	 apathy	
that	hamper	service	delivery	to	the	victims	of	crime	          and	fatalism,	and	a	vision	of	what	is	possible,”	says	
and	violence.	These	gaps	include	a	lack	of	project	            the	Centre’s	Ms	Chairmaigne	March.	
management,	 facilitation,	 negotiation	 and	 liai-
son	skills	on	the	part	of	victim	empowerment	
coordinators,	 who	 need	 this	 expertise	 to	                                Crossing provincial borders
                                                       The unlocking
work	effectively	with	law	enforcement,	
referral	and	counselling	agencies	that	             of their capacity as
                                                                                The	 project	 then	 crossed	 the	 border	
assist	victims.                                   front-line managers is         into	 the	 North-West	 Province,	 again	
                                              expected to have a benefi- with	funding	from	the	First	Rand	Foun-
Another	 gap	 is	 inadequate	 support	 cial impact on local ser- dation	 where	 it	 is	 now	 in	 its	 second	
for	victim	empowerment	coordinators	                  vice delivery to           year.	To	date,	25	victim	empowerment	
themselves.	 To	 cope	 with	 the	 trauma	                                       district	coordinators	have	already	suc-
they	encounter	daily,	they	require	sound	                                      cessfully	completed	their	training,	which	
personal	 health	 and	 self-management	                                     includes	a	certificated	short	course	in	vic-
skills	 that	 can	 prevent	 their	 succumbing	 to	                      tim	 empowerment,	 and	 another	 23	 partici-
excessive	 anxiety	 and	 even	 traumatisation	 and	             pants	are	being	trained.
                                                                “The	 unlocking	 of	 their	 capacity	 as	 front-line	 man-
All	 of	 these	 issues,	 along	 with	 research	 and	 stake-     agers	 is	 expected	 to	 have	 a	 beneficial	 impact	 on	
holder	 analysis	 skills,	 are	 dealt	 with	 in	 the	 capac-    local	service	delivery	to	victims,”	says	Ms	March.	“It	is	
ity	 development	 and	 coaching	 programme	 devel-              felt	that	this	programme	has	addressed	the	develop-
oped	by	Unisa’s	Centre	for	Applied	Psychology.                  ment	of	project	management	and	facilitation	skills,	
                                                                and	 also	 provided	 skills	 in	 intersectoral	 networking	
The	Centre	initiated	the	programme	four	years	ago	 and	referral.”
after	completing	a	national	analysis	of	government’s	
Victim	Empowerment	Programme.	This	showed	that	 The	 project	 will	 be	 sustained	 by	 the	 Department	
implementation	 was	 being	 constrained	 in	 some	 of	 Social	 Development	 in	 the	 North-West	 Province,	
provinces,	 notably	 Limpopo,	 the	 North-West	 and	 which	has	seen	the	benefits	derived	from	the	train-
KwaZulu-Natal,	by	a	lack	of	capacity	among	victim	 ing	 to	 date	 and	 is	 now	 contributing	 to	 the	 cost	 of	
empowerment	coordinators.                                       training.

                                                               Future	plans	include	designing	and	piloting	a	volun-
Identifying delivery constraints                               teer	management	course	as	this	is	considered	to	be	
                                                               a	priority	area	in	the	health	care	field,	according	to	
In	2004,	with	funding	from	the	First	Rand	Foundation,	         Ms	 March.	 “Training	 and	 recognition	 of	 volunteers	
the	Centre	launched	a	pilot	project	in	Limpopo	Prov-           has	been	identified	by	various	researchers	as	one	of	
ince,	 one	 of	 the	 poorest	 provinces	 in	 South	 Africa.	   the	 key	 motivational	 areas	 that	 can	 help	 to	 retain	
Over	the	next	three	years,	66	victim	empowerment	              volunteers.”
district	 and	 sub-district	 coordinators	 participated	 in	
      Donor:                  Government of Norway
      Project:                Nurse leadership in Angola, South Africa
                              Norway Tertiary Education Development
                              Programme (SANTED II)

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      First	 establish	 a	 solid	 foundation,	 then	   establish  high-quality	 postgraduates	 well	 into	
      build	 on	 it	 –	 this	 is	 the	 approach	 be-
      ing	 followed	 in	 developing	 nursing	
                                                        a solid    the	future.

      leadership	 in	 Angola,	 with	 a	 view	 to	
      improving	 health	 care	 in	 the	 country	
                                                     foundation, Phase	 II	 of	 the	 project	 is	 funded	 for	
                                                                   three	years,	from	2007	to	2009.
      in	the	long	term.                               then build As	a	starting	point,	a	four-day	workshop	
      SANTED	 II,	 as	 the	 current	 phase	 of	 the	     on it   was	held	at	Unisa	in	early	October	2007.	
      project	is	known,	is	a	logical	extension	of	the	                           At	 the	 workshop,	 participants	 from	 Unisa	
      first	phase,	SANTED	I.	In	the	first	phase,	12	health	                 and	 the	 University	 of	 Agostinho	 Neto	 (UAN)	
      practitioners	in	Angola	were	selected	to	register	for	           worked	 together	 on	 curriculum	 development	 and	
      Master’s	degrees	in	Health	Studies	through	Unisa,	in	            discussed	the	baseline	information	that	would	have	
      close	 collaboration	 with	 the	 University	 of	 Agostinho	      to	be	gathered	to	assess	the	UAN’s	existing	academ-
      Neto	in	Angola.	The	thinking	was	that,	after	graduat-            ic	programmes	and	academic	capacity,	as	well	as	
      ing,	 these	 health	 practitioners	 would	 be	 equipped	         its	physical	facilities,	including	classrooms,	electronic	
      to	transfer	their	skills	 and	 knowledge	to	other	prac-          media,	library	and	clinical	facilities.	An	information-
      titioners	in	the	Angolan	health	care	system	and	also	            gathering	 site	 visit	 to	 UAN’s	 facilities	 in	 Luanda	 is	
      develop	 their	 own	 Master’s	 Degrees	 at	 the	 Nursing	        scheduled	to	take	place	during	2008.
      Institute	in	Luanda.
                                                                       The	 curriculum	 will	 be	 developed	 by	 experts	 in	
      Twelve	 health	 practitioners	 registered	 for	 the	 struc-      Health	Services	Management,	Advanced	Midwifery	
      tured	 master’s	 Degree	 in	 Health	 Studies	 in	 2002.	         and	 Neonatal	 Nursing	 Science	 of	 the	 Department	
      Although	the	degrees	were	pursued	mainly	via	dis-                of	 Health	 Studies,	 Unisa.	 Unisa	 will	 license	 UAN	 the	
      tance	delivery,	there	was	also	more	contact	tuition	             existing	 Unisa	 modules	 to	 UAN.UAN	 will	 adapt	 and	
      and	 supervision	 than	 is	 normally	 the	 case	 for	 Unisa	     develop	the	teaching	material	and	study	guides	for	
      courses.	The	reason	was	logistical	and	communica-                the	theoretical	and	clinical	 modules,	with	 Unisa	as-
      tion	difficulties,	including	the	need	for	translation	of	        sisting	 through	 moderation	 and	 peer	 review.	 Unisa	
      materials	into	Portuguese.	                                      will	 also	 host	 workshops	 in	 all	 the	 theoretical	 and	
                                                                       clinical	fields,	such	as	research,	Health	Services	Man-
      In	October	2007,	seven	of	the	initial	12	students	grad-          agement	 and	 Advanced	 midwifery	 and	 Neonatal	
      uated	with	an	MA	in	Health	Studies,	with	an	eighth	              Nursing	 Science.	 These	 workshops	 will	 be	 held	 with	
      student	due	to	graduate	with	an	Honours	degree	in	               the	lecturers,	clinical	practitioners	and	the	students.
      Health	Studies	during	2008.
                                                                       Once	the	three-year	Master’s	programme	has	been	
      The	 postgraduate	 knowledge	 base	 established	 in	             approved	by	the	Senate	of	the	UAN,	10	students	will	
      this	 way,	 along	 with	 the	 strong	 relationships	 built	      be	 selected	 for	 the	 first	 intake	 of	 the	 programme,	
      between	 the	 two	 universities,	 made	 it	 feasible	 to	        which	 will	 be	 taught	 collaboratively	 by	 staff	 from	
      initiate	the	second	phase	of	the	project,	SANTED	II.	            UAN	and	Unisa.	New	students	will	be	enrolled	annu-
      In	 this	 phase,	 the	 MA	 graduates	 would	 assist	 in	 the	    ally	as	an	ongoing	process.	It	is	envisaged	that	the	
      development	of	a	curriculum	for	a	Master’s	degree	               participants	will	transfer	their	knowledge	and	exper-
      in	 Nursing	 Science	 to	 be	 offered	 by	 the	 University	      tise	to	other	staff	members	and	students	upon	their	
      of	 Agostinho	 Neto	 itself,	 ensuring	 the	 availability	 of	   return	to	their	health	care	facility	or	institution.
Donor:                   Massmart Holdings
Project:                 Brand citizenship research


In	the	fast-changing	business	landscape,	the	survival	             as	 well	 as	 those	 brands	 that	 are	 likely	 to	 suffer	 the	
of	 brands	 will	 depend	 on	 their	 responsiveness	 and	          consequences	of	failing	to	adapt	to	a	changing	so-
relevance	to	society.	To	map	out	the	way	forward,	                 cial	and	environmental	landscape.
Unisa’s	 Centre	 for	 Corporate	 Citizenship	 and	 Mass-
mart	are	developing	brand	scenarios	that	will	high-                The	 project	 is	 adopting	 the	 high	 road/low	 road	
light	the	“high	road”	and	“low	road”	for	South	African	            methodology	developed	by	Clem	Sunter	and	Chan-
brands	from	a	corporate	citizenship	perspective.                   tell	Illbury,	who	are	facilitating	the	research	process	
                                                                   in	partnership	with	the	Centre	for	Corporate	Citizen-
The	brand	scenario	project	will	attempt	to	highlight	              ship.
key	qualities	of	sustainable	and	responsible	brands,	

 Donor:                  Murray & Roberts
 Project:                Chair in Collaborative Governance and

Public-Private	Partnerships	are	expected	to	play	an	               nance	and	Accountability,	the	results	of	which	have	
increasingly	 important	 role	 in	 sustainable	 develop-           been	presented	at	conferences	in	India	and	Brazil.
ment	in	South	Africa	and	beyond.	Although	the	le-
gal	 framework	 and	 practical	 tools	 for	 PPP	 delivery	         The	 incumbent	 of	 the	 Chair	 is	 Dr	 Sunette	 Pienaar,	
are	 in	 place,	 however,	 PPPs	 are	 still	 in	 their	 infancy	   who	was	recently	named	as	a	Young	Global	Leader	
in	South	Africa	and	much	more	research	is	needed	                  2008	by	the	World	Economic	Forum	(WEF).	She	is	one	
into	crucial	issues	such	as	the	governance	and	ac-                 of	only	21	people	in	Sub-Saharan	Africa	to	have	re-
countability	of	PPPs.	                                             ceived	this	honour,	which	has	been	bestowed	on	a	
                                                                   total	of	245	young	leaders	under	the	age	of	40	from	
This	was	the	context	for	the	establishment	of	the	Mur-             around	 the	 world.	 The	 purpose	 of	 the	 WEF’s	 annu-
ray	 &	 Roberts	 Chair	 in	 Collaborative	 Governance	             al	 Young	 Global	 Leaders	 selection	 is	 to	 recognise	
and	 Accountability	 within	 Unisa’s	 College	 of	 Eco-            young	leaders	in	business,	government,	academia,	
nomic	and	Management	Sciences.	The	Chair’s	role	                   media	and	society	at	large	for	their	commitment	to	
is	to	oversee	rigorous,	independent	and	internation-               society	 and	 potential	 to	 contribute	 to	 shaping	 the	
ally	respected	research	on	the	challenges	and	op-                  future.
portunities	related	to	PPPs	in	South	Africa.	Focusing	
on	infrastructure	PPPs,	its	research	outputs	will	assist	          Dr	Pienaar,	who	was	the	Schwab	Foundation	Social	
in	creating	a	subject	field	for	incorporating	PPPs	into	           Entrepreneur	of	2006	and	is	a	Paul	Harris	Fellow,	has	
educational	 curricula	 generally	 and	 the	 teaching	             a	long-standing	track	record	in	community	service.	
programmes	of	Unisa	specifically.                                  In	 2000,	 she	 founded	 Heartbeat,	 which	 empowers	
                                                                   orphaned	and	vulnerable	children	to	reach	their	full	
The	Chair	has	already	established	strategic	relation-              potential	through	development	and	capacity	build-
ships	with	organisations	such	as	the	International	Busi-           ing.	 Heartbeat,	 of	 which	 Dr	 Pienaar	 is	 currently	 the	
ness	Leaders	Forum,	AccountAbility	(UK)	and	GTZ.	It	               Executive	 Chairman,	 already	 reaches	 11	 000	 chil-
has	 also	 hosted	 a	 dialogue	 on	 Partnership	 Gover-            dren	and	plans	to	increase	this	to	22	000	by	the	end	
                                                                   of	2008	and	50	000	by	2010.
   Donor:   Multi-Agency Grants                                 Donor: Rutherford
            Initiative                                                   Elementary School
   Project: Comparative study                                   Project: Psychosocial develop-
            on levels of empow-                                          ment of orphans and
            erment of gay and                                            vulnerable learners –
18          lesbian people                                               literacy development

   This	ground-breaking	research	project	was	conduct-           Project funding:
   ed	to	gain	a	national	view	of	Lesbian	Gay	Bisexual	
   Transgender	(LGBT)	persons	and	community	services,	
                                                                Donation of second-hand books
   with	the	aim	of	informing	programmes	and	affecting	
   policy	changes.

   The	methodology	involved	combining	the	data	sets	
   of	 three	 provinces	 (Gauteng,	 KwaZulu-Natal	 and	
   Western	 Cape)	 so	 that	 a	 comparative	 study	 could	
   be	done	to	develop	a	national	perspective	on	LGBT	
   issues	in	South	Africa.

   The	 project	 ran	 over	 six	 months,	 from	 September	
   2007	 to	 March	 2008.	 The	 data	 collected	 is	 already	
   contributing	to	eight	research	articles,	which	are	be-
   ing	developed	in	collaboration	with	the	University	of	
   Amsterdam	 in	 the	 Netherlands	 and	 Columbia	 Uni-
   versity	in	New	York.

   The	project	team,	based	at	the	Unisa	Centre	for	Ap-
   plied	Psychology,	plans	to	expand	the	data	collec-
   tion	process	to	three	rural	provinces.

   Donor:   National Heritage
   Project: Advancing the status
                                                                Shutterstock	Inc.

            of South Africa’s
                                                                Social	responsibility	has	started	early	at	Rutherford	
                                                                Elementary	School	in	Stillwater,	Minnesota,	United	
                                                                States.	After	learning	about	 the	 plight	of	 orphans	
   Despite	 being	 among	 South	 Africa’s	 11	 official	 lan-   and	 vulnerable	 learners	 thousands	 of	 kilometres	
   guages,	 isiNdebele,	 SiSwati,	 Xitsonga	 and	 Tsivenda	     away	in	South	Africa,	the	school’s	learners	set	their	
   are	marginalised	languages,	rarely	used	at	high-level	       hearts	on	making	a	difference.	They	collected	as	
   public	functions	or	in	published	material.	To	encour-        many	second-hand	books	as	they	could	find	and	
   age	young	writers	to	use	these	four	languages,	the	          had	them	delivered	to	Unisa’s	Teacher	Education	
   National	 Heritage	 Council	 joined	 forces	 with	 Unisa	    Department,	 which	 in	 turn	 handed	 the	 donation	
   Press	to	hold	a	story-writing	competition.                   to	 Mpyesi	 Primary	 School	 in	 Mandlakazi	 where	 a	
                                                                literacy	support	programme	is	under	way.	
   Advertisements	for	the	competition	were	placed	in	
   late	2006,	followed	by	the	evaluation	of	the	entries	
   during	2007.	Workshops	were	then	held	to	assist	the	
   winning	writers	to	improve	their	stories	prior	to	publi-
   cation.	The	stories	will	soon	be	entering	the	publica-
   tion	phase.
Donor:                  Noah Financial Innovation and United Nations
                        Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Project:                Responsible Investment Survey


Certain	myths	about	the	nature	and	benefits	of	Re-              Responsible Investment in South Africa.
sponsible	Investment	are	widespread	among	some	
South	 African	 pension	 fund	 managers	 and	 asset	            The	 report	 goes	 on	 to	 say:	 “RI	 is	 not	 about	 philan-
management	 companies.	 This	 was	 one	 of	 the	 key	           thropy.	It	is	not	necessarily	about	sacrificing	financial	
findings	 of	 the	 Responsible	 Investment	 Survey	 2007,	      returns	in	pursuit	of	some	sort	of	broader	social	good.	
conducted	to	assess	the	extent	to	which	large	insti-            It	 is	 about	 investment	 that	 incorporates	 an	 active	
tutional	investors	integrate	environmental,	social	and	         consideration	 of	 environmental,	 social	 and	 gover-
governance	issues	into	investment	decision-making.              nance	 issues	 (which	 are	 widely	 considered	 to	 be	
                                                                        material)	 into	 investment	 decision	 making	 and	
Institutional	investors	such	as	pension	funds	                             ownership.”
                                                            It is
were	the	focus	of	the	survey	as	they	have	
long-term	 investment	 horizons	 and	 so	          important to                 As	 for	 how	 active	 respondents	 were	 in	
would	 have	 a	 clear	 interest	 in	 ensur-             note that               incorporating	 environmental,	 social	
ing	 that	 current	 decisions	 made	 are	           Responsible                  and	governance	issues	into	their	deci-
beneficial	 to	 long-term,	 sustainable	 Investment is not                       sions,	the	survey	found	that	most	(70%)	
economic	 growth.	 Thus,	 the	 survey	
                                               the same as CSI or claimed	that	most	of	these	issues	were	
was	based	on	interviews	with	the	prin-                                           “at	least	somewhat”	material	in	evalu-
cipal	 officers	 of	 32	 pension	 funds	 and	          corporate                ating	 the	 performance	 potential	 of	 in-
the	chief	investment	officers	of	19	asset	         philanthropy               vestments.	
management	companies	who	collective-
ly	control	approximately	R975	billion	of	invest-                        “But,	the	majority	also	said	they	are	either	do-
ment	funds.	The	chief	operating	officers	of	11	invest-          ing	nothing	about	this	or	had	a	limited	proportion	of	
ment	advisory	service	providers	also	participated.              assets	in	RI	portfolios,”	the	survey	report	says.	It	points	
                                                                out	 that,	 at	 most,	 only	 15%	 of	 the	 pension	 fund	 as-
The	survey	itself	was	conducted	jointly	by	the	United	 sets	and	11%	of	other	assets	were	managed	under	a	
Nations	 Environment	 Programme	 Finance	 Initiative,	 formal	RI	strategy.
Noah	 Financial	 Innovation,	 African	 Task	 Force	 and	
Unisa’s	Centre	for	Corporate	Citizenship.                       Asked	what	would	promote	greater	participation	in	
                                                                RI,	most	respondents	said	this	could	be	achieved	by	
According	 to	 the	 survey	 findings,	 awareness	 of	 Re-       demonstrating	the	business	case	for	RI.	
sponsible	Investment	(RI)	was	highest	among	invest-
ment	 advisory	 service	 providers	 (82%)	 and	 asset	 The	 survey	 report	 points	 out	 that	 this	 business	 case	
managers	(79%)	but	“noticeably	lower”	among	pen-                already	exists.		“After	all,	the	vast	majority	of	respon-
sion	 fund	 principal	 officers	 (53%).	 The	 general	 view	 dents	 across	 all	 groups	 interviewed	 indicated	 that	
among	the	last	group	was	that	RI	merely	meant	en-               a	 broad	 range	 of	 environmental,	 social	 and	 gov-
suring	 that	 the	 fund	 could	 meet	 its	 financial	 liabili-  ernance	issues	were	likely	to	be	at	least	somewhat	
ties.                                                           important	 in	 evaluating	 the	 performance	 of	 invest-
                                                                ments.	What	more	is	required	to	argue	that	there	is	a	
However,	a	commonly	held	view	among	all	groups	 sound	business	case	to	consider	ESG	issues	in	making	
was	 that	 RI	 invariably	 meant	 increased	 investment	 investment	decisions	than	this?”
risk,	and	hence	lower	returns.	
                                                                However,	the	report	concludes	that	greater	empha-
The	survey	partners	attribute	this	view	to	a	tendency	 sis	on	communicating	the	RI	business	case	is	the	best	
to	 associate	 RI	 with	 Corporate	 Social	 Investment	 way	forward.	“In	the	final	analysis,	perhaps	the	big-
(CSI).	“It	is	important	to	emphasise	that	RI	is	not	the	 gest	need	really	is	for	certain	myths	to	be	dispelled	
same	as	CSI	or	corporate	philanthropy,”	says	the	re-            and	for	this	very	simple	business	case	to	be	commu-
port	produced	on	the	findings,	entitled	The State of            nicated	clearly	and	widely.”
     Donors:                 United Nations 1% Fund
     Project:                Mara Primary School Facilities Project


                                                             How	 times	 have	 changed	 at	 Mara	 Primary	 School.	
                                                             Where	 school	 meals	 used	 to	 be	 prepared	 under	 a	
                                                             tree	 in	 a	 single	 large	 pot,	 the	 cooking	 is	 done	 in	 a	
                                                             kitchen.	Where	some	learners	once	toiled	in	a	bleak	
                                                             prefabricated	 classroom,	 they	 now	 learn	 their	 les-
                                                             sons	in	a	modern	brick	building	complete	with	com-
                                                             puter	facilities.

                                                             Situated	 way	 off	 the	 beaten	 track	 in	 the	 western	
                                                             Soutpansberg	 mountains	 of	 the	 Limpopo	 Province,	
                                                             the	 Mara	 community	 first	 came	 to	 the	 attention	 of	
                                                             Unisa’s	 Department	 of	 Anthropology	 and	 Archeol-
     Classroom foundations                                   ogy	some	years	ago.	Poor	in	material	resources	but	
                                                             rich	 in	 history,	 the	 area	 is	 fertile	 ground	 for	 field	 re-
                                                             search	and	training.

                                                             For	centuries,	Mara	has	been	home	to	two	vastly	dif-
                                                             ferent	peoples:	the	original	inhabitants,	the	Seraka-
                                                             lala,	and	the	Buys	community,	descendants	of	1688	
                                                             French	 Huguenots,	 who	 settled	 there	 in	 1888.	 The	
                                                             Serakalala	eventually	became	labour	tenants	on	a	
                                                             corner	 of	 Buys	 land	 in	 an	 area	 known	 as	 Thalane.	
                                                             Until	 recently,	 these	 people	 had	 to	 make	 do	 with	
                                                             impermanent	 houses	 and	 a	 prefabricated	 school	
                                                             building.	 A	 few	 years	 ago,	 however,	 the	 Thalane	
                                                             children	were	at	least	allowed	to	join	the	Buysdorp	
     School classroom under construction
                                                             children	on	their	Mara	Primary	School	grounds	-	but	
                                                             in	a	separate	prefab	building.

                                                             The	Department	of	Anthropology	and	Archaeology	
                                                             has	been	conducting	a	number	of	research	projects	
                                                             in	 these	 parts,	 and	 the	 Anthropology	 section	 takes	
                                                             senior	 students	 there	 on	 their	 annual	 field	 school/
                                                             research	 training	 excursion.	 Students	 from	 far	 and	
                                                             wide	 participate	 in	 this	 activity	 and	 one,	 Brenda	
                                                             van	 Eeden,	 once	 came	 all	 the	 way	 from	 Geneva,	
                                                             Switzerland	 to	 do	 participant	 observation	 in	 these	
                                                             communities.	 An	 employee	 of	 the	 United	 Nations,	
                                                             she	became	the	department’s	facilitator	when	the	
     Prof Mike de Jongh (Unisa, Department of Anthropology   Mara	School	Facilities	Project	commenced.
     and Archaeology) and School Principal Joyce Filander
                                                             The	 project	 entailed	 constructing	 a	 classroom	 and	
     (Mara Primary School)
                                                             school	kitchen,	and	introducing	computer	facilities.	
                                                             The	 aim	 and	 strategy	 throughout	 were	 to	 involve	
                                                             members	of	the	community	extensively,	to	proceed	
                                                             as	frugally	as	possible	owing	to	the	tight	budget	and,	
                                                             ultimately,	to	bring	together	the	learners	of	Buysdorp	
                                                             and	Thalane.	

                                                             Although	the	project	took	longer	than	expected	be-
                                                             cause	of	the	emphasis	on	community	participation	
                                                             and	the	area’s	remoteness	from	material	suppliers,	it	
                                                             was	successful	on	all	counts.	
     Grade 7s in their new classroom
Donor: Vodacom Group (Pty) Ltd
Project: Third Unisa National Piano Competition and
         11th Unisa International Piano Competition


                     Ben Schoemann, winner of the 11th Unisa       Finalists of the 11th Unisa International
                     International Piano Competition 2008          Piano Competition 2008

Unless	they	frequently	perform	on	stage,	young	mu-                The	competitions	attract	top	local	and	international	
sicians	 struggle	 to	 reach	 their	 full	 potential.	 Unisa’s	   talent	and	are	adjudicated	by	judges	who	are	ac-
national	 and	 international	 music	 competitions	 not	           claimed	musicians	in	their	own	right.	Adding	to	the	
only	 provide	 a	 platform	 for	 young	 South	 Africans	          competitions’	 world-class	 status	 is	 the	 recognition	
to	 showcase	 their	 musical	 and	 technical	 skills	 but	        they	 receive	 internationally.	 The	 Unisa	 International	
also	to	compete	against	their	peers	worldwide	and	                Music	Competition	is	a	member	of	the	World	Federa-
launch	their	careers.                                             tion	of	International	Music	Competitions	in	Geneva.	
                                                                  It	is	the	only	music	competition	in	Africa	that	meets	
“These	competitions	give	our	local	talent	something	              the	World	Federation’s	stringent	criteria	for	member-
to	aspire	to;	they	are	the	cherry	on	top	for	our	musi-            ship.
cians,	just	like	the	Olympic	Games	are	for	sportspeo-
ple,”	says	Mr	John	Roos,	Director	of	the	Unisa	Music	             The	competitions	have	been	the	launching	pad	for	
Foundation,	which	has	been	hosting	the	Unisa	music	               the	careers	of	many	young	South	African	musicians	
competitions	for	over	20	years.	                                  and	 vocalists.	 The	 most	 recent	 example	 is	 pianist	
                                                                  Ben	 Schoeman,	 a	 BMus	 graduate	 from	 the	 Univer-
Vodacom	 has	 been	 the	 major	 sponsor	 since	 1998,	            sity	of	Pretoria,	who	was	the	2005	winner	of	the	Sec-
providing	 prize	 money	 that	 compares	 favourably	              ond	Unisa	National	Piano	Competition.	He	went	on	
with	top	musical	events	overseas.	Total	prize	money	              to	 win	 the	 Unisa	 International	 Piano	 Competition	 in	
for	the	Third	Unisa	National	Piano	Competition,	held	             2008,	outperforming	musicians	from	16	countries	and	
in	 June	 2007,	 came	 to	 R114	 000,	 while	 the	 winners	       becoming	the	first	South	African	ever	to	win	a	Unisa	
of	 the	 11th	 Unisa	 International	 Piano	 Competition	          International	Piano	Competition.
in	February	2008	walked	away	with	more	than	R800	
000,	including	R200	000	for	the	overall	winner.
     Donor:                WK Kellogg Foundation
     Project:              Training and mentoring development facilitators,
                           managers and planners for transformative
                           integrated rural development in Southern Africa


     Rural	 development	 projects	 are	 notoriously	 difficult	   The	starting	point	of	the	project	was	to	gather	infor-
     to	 implement	 and	 sustain,	 especially	 those	 involv-     mation	 on	 which	 categories	 of	 rural	 development	
     ing	 multiple	 stakeholders	 from	 different	 countries.	    workers	 were	 most	 in	 need	 of	 training	 and	 where,	
     This	project	stands	out	for	its	success	in	overcoming	       and	 to	 develop	 a	 collaborative	 network	 of	 stake-
     obstacles	that	typically	hamper	the	progress	of	de-          holders	in	Lesotho,	South	Africa	(specifically	the	East-
     velopment	initiatives:	poor	coordination	and	a	lack	         ern	 Cape)	 and	 Swaziland.	 These	 stakeholders	 con-
     of	appropriate	skills	among	rural	development	work-          sisted	of	institutions	of	higher	learning,	departments	
     ers.                                                         of	 local	 government	 and	 WK	 Kellogg	 Foundation	
     “The	 project	 created	 opportunities	 for	
     stakeholders	 from	 three	 countries	 –	 Le-        We have        Next,	 steering	 committees	 were	 estab-
     sotho,	 South	 Africa	 and	 Swaziland	 –	 to	    been part of an    lished	in	each	of	the	three	countries	to	
     join	 hands	 in	 addressing	 common	 empowering process               oversee	the	implementation	of	the	proj-
     problems	of	capacity	building	for	rural	 which we are confident ect	and	compile	detailed	information	
     development,”	says	project	leader	Ms	 will lead to a change of about	 training	 requirements.	 In	 early	
     Moipone	 Rakolojane	 of	 Unisa’s	 Cen-                                 2006,	work	started	on	the	preparation	
                                                 attitudes to the way we
     tre	for	Development	Studies.	“The	proj-                                of	study	material,	which	was	written	by	
     ect	also	succeeded	in	complementing	 see and do rural devel- experts	from	Unisa,	Walter	Sisulu	Univer-
     and	strengthening	existing	collaborative	 opment in Southern sity,	 the	 University	 of	 Fort	 Hare	 and	 the	
     efforts	and	not	competing	with	them.”	               Africa       Universities	of	Swaziland	and	Lesotho.

     Ms	 Rakolojane	 says	 the	 project	 came	 about	              In	May	2007,	the	study	material	was	ready	for	field	
     through	lessons	learnt	from	the	Integrated	Rural	De-         testing	through	pilot	training	workshops	that	reached	
     velopment	 Programme	 (IRDP)	 implemented	 in	 six	          290	rural	development	practitioners	in	all	three	coun-
     Southern	African	countries	between	1998	and	2003.	           tries.
     “Experience	from	the	IRDP,	which	was	funded	by	the	
     WK	 Kellogg	 Foundation,	 showed	 that	 efforts	 of	 dif-    Now	 the	 aim	 is	 to	 submit	 the	 training	 programme	
     ferent	 role	 players	 in	 rural	 development	 remained	     for	accreditation	as	a	SAQA	level	five	short	learning	
     uncoordinated	and	that	there	was	a	lack	of	appro-            programme	of	Unisa,	to	be	offered	to	students	from	
     priate	skills	and	attitudes	among	rural	development	         2009	 onwards.	 Partner	 institutions	 in	 Swaziland,	 Le-
     workers	at	different	levels.”                                sotho	and	the	Eastern	Cape	will	be	encouraged	to	
                                                                  follow	the	same	route,	ensuring	that	the	knowledge	
     The	 Centre	 for	 Development	 Studies	 proposed	 to	        and	 experience	 developed	 through	 the	 project	 is	
     address	 these	 challenges	 by	 developing	 in-service	      spread	as	widely	as	possible.
     training	material	for	rural	development	practitioners,	
     along	 with	 mentorship	 and	 coaching	 programmes	          Says	Ms	Rakolojane:	“We	have	been	part	of	an	em-
     for	 government	 workers	 and	 institutions	 at	 village	    powering	process	which	we	are	confident	will,	in	the	
     and	district	level.                                          long,	run	lead	to	a	change	of	attitudes	to	the	way	
                                                                  we	 see	 and	 do	 rural	 development	 in	 Southern	 Af-
Partnership milestones
            of the year                            23

          Unisa and its partners came together
          at several ground-breaking fund-rais-
          ing events and project launches during
24   Chancellor’s Dinner

     From left are Judge Bernard Ngoepe, Unisa Chancellor, Dr Ngoepe, King Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, King of Bafokeng, Prof Barney Pityana, Unisa
     Principal and Vice Chancellor, businessman Mr Tokyo Sexwale, Ms Patricia Lawrence, Director of the Unisa Foundation, and Mr Billy Gun-
     delfinger, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Unisa Foundation.

                                                                           The	 Unisa	 Chancellor’s	 Dinner	 on	 11	 October	 2007	
                                                                           marked	the	start	of	the	Unisa	Foundation’s	fund-rais-
                                                                           ing	 drive	 to	 develop	 Sunnytown	 into	 a	 vibrant	 hub	
                                                                           of	 African	 academic	 and	 cultural	 excellence.	 Top	
                                                                           South	African	leaders	attended	the	event,	including	
                                                                           His	Majesty	Kgosi	Leruo	Molotlegi,	the	King	of	the	Ba-
                                                                           fokeng,	who	was	the	keynote	speaker	at	the	event.	
                                                                           High-profile	businessman	Mr	Tokyo	Sexwale	was	the	
                                                                           guest	 speaker	 and	 singer	 Yvonne	 Chaka	 Chaka,	 a	
                                                                           Trustee	of	the	Unisa	Foundation,	delighted	the	guests	
                                                                           with	her	performance.	Also	their	to	lend	their	support	
                                                                           to	the	Sunnytown	Development	Project	were	Judge	
                                                                           Bernard	Ngoepe,	Unisa	Chancellor,	and	Prof	Barney	
                                                                           Pityana,	Vice	Chancellor	and	Principal.

     Mr Fanyana Mazibuko (left), a Unisa alumnus, received the Out-
     standing Educator Calabash Award. Standing with him are Ms Patri-
     cia Lawrence and Judge Bernard Ngoepe.

Guests at the Chancellor’s dinner were treated to a performance by
Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka (below left), a Trustee of the Unisa Foun-

     The ABSA Chair in Banking, which will see R5 million being invested in banking education at Unisa over the next five years, was launched
     in July 2007. Celebrating the partnership are, left, Prof Barney Pityana, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and Mr Robert Emslie, Group
     Executive: ABSA.

                                                               Although genocide is a growing interdisciplinary and international
                                                               research field, the continent of Africa is so academically underrepre-
                                                               sented as to have been intellectually marginalised. Through the Prime-
                                                               dia Chair in Genocide and Holocaust Studies, Unisa aims to reflect an
                                                               Africanist perspective not yet given to the field. The then British Prime
                                                               Minister, Tony Blair, commented favourably on the establishment of the
                                                               Chair at Unisa during a visit to South Africa in June 2007. Here, Mr Blair
                                                               is pictured in conversation with Prof Barney Pityana, Unisa Principal and
In the pipeline                               27

  Unisa is preparing to undertake a
  number of critical infrastructure-
  related projects aimed at developing the
  facilities that will promote higher
  student success rates, encourage
  greater scholarly collaboration and
  enable Unisa to meet the demand
  for credible, affordable, accessible
  tertiary education in Africa. It is hoped
  that existing and potential partners will
  assist in making these projects a
28   The Eternal Flame to the Human Spirit

“All	that	is	necessary	for	the	triumph	of	evil	is	for	good	         closely	linked	to	the	Primedia	Chair	of	Holocaust	and	
men	to	do	nothing.”	This	quote,	attributed	to	Anglo-                Genocide	Studies	that	was	established	at	Unisa	dur-
Irish	statesman	and	philosopher	Edmund	Burke	in	the	                ing	2007.
18th	century,	goes	to	the	heart	of	the	structure	being	
created	today	on	Unisa’s	Sunnytown	development.	                    At	 the	 core	 of	 the	 structure	 is	 an	 island	 containing	
                                                                    the	eternal	flame,	surrounded	by	figures,	represent-
This	 structure,	 with	 the	 Eternal	 Flame	 to	 the	 Human	        ing	dead	human	bodies,	sculpted	from	black	char-
Spirit	 at	 its	 core,	 is	                                                                                 coal	 granite.	 The	
intended	 to	 be	 a	                                                                                        same	 black	 gran-
sobering	 reminder	                                                                                         ite	 is	 being	 used	
that	        genocide	                                                                                      for	the	pool	under-
happens	 because	                                                                                           neath	 the	 sculp-
it	is	allowed	to	hap-                                                                                       tural	figures.	“If	the	
pen.	                                                                                                       flames	are	ever	put	
                                                                                                            out	there	will	be	no	
“People	 shouldn’t	                                                                                         reflection	 on	 the	
have	an	easy	feel-                                                                                          surface,	 creating	
ing	 when	 looking	                                                                                         the	 appearance	
at	 the	 structure.	 It	                                                                                    of	a	dead	person’s	
should	 make	 them	                                                                                         eye,”	say	the	archi-
u n c o m f o r t a b l e	                                                                                  tects.	 “The	 idea	 is	
and	 be	 difficult	                                                                                         to	 keep	 the	 flame	
to	 look	 at,”	 says	                                                                                       alive,	not	only	as	a	
Mr	 Dean	 Simon,	                                                                                           symbol,	but	also	for	
the	 artist	 commis-                                                                                        the	appearance	of	
sioned	 to	 design	                                                                                         the	 structure	 and	
the	structure.	                                                                                             what	 it	 represents:	
                                                                                                            the	 extinguishing	
“The	 Eternal	 Flame	                                                                                       of	a	human	life.”
to	the	Human	Spirit	represents	not	only	the	Holocaust	
but	all	forms	of	genocide,”	says	Mr	Simon.	“The	aim	                Surrounding	 the	 pool	 are	 four	 pillars	 that	 represent	
is	not	to	compare	or	pair	one	off	against	the	other	                the	 four	 corners	 of	 the	 globe.	 Atop	 each	 pillar	 is	 a	
but	 to	 look	 for	 the	 similarities	 in	 the	 victims	 and	 in	   standing	figure	facing	the	flame	but	looking	up	and	
what	 makes	 people	dehumanize	another	group	of	                    away	 from	 what	 is	 happening	 beneath	 them.	 The	
human	 beings.	 What	 gives	 them	 the	 right	 and	 the	            figures	 are	 looking	 away	 to	 avoid	 seeing	 what	 is	
mindset,	 how	 people	 lose	 not	 only	 their	 dignity	 but	        happening	 at	 the	 bottom	 –	 in	 the	 same	 way	 that	
their	 own	 self	 worth	 and	 morality	 when	 dehuman-              “good	men”	do	in	the	words	of	Edmund	Burke.
izing	others	by	trying	to	wipe	them	out	altogether	or	
remove	 them	 from	 an	 area.	 That	 is	 the	 crux	 of	 this	       Another	stark	feature	of	the	structure	is	the	landscap-
project	and	what	is	symbolizes.”                                    ing	around	it,	consisting	of	cast	pavers,	representing	
                                                                    bones,	and	four	to	five	trees	planted	and	left	to	dry.
The	structure	will	be	positioned	in	such	a	way	as	to	
attract	the	attention	of	all	who	pass	by,	and	is	part	              Seed	funding	for	the	project	has	been	provided	by	
of	 a	 broader	 project	 to	 educate	 the	 public	 about	           Mr	Issie	Kirsh	of	Primedia,	with	Murray	&	Roberts	con-
tolerance	 and	 diversity.	 Also	 planned	 is	 the	 Holo-           tributing	 by	 assisting	 with	 some	 of	 the	 construction	
caust	and	Genocide	Centre	and	Museum	to	com-                        work	and	costs.	The	balance	of	the	funding	needed	
plement	 the	 Eternal	 Flame.	 Both	 buildings	 are	 also	          will	be	obtained	through	fund-raising.
30   Sunnytown Development Project
     Unisa	is	putting	Sunnytown	on	the	map	as	a	centre	of	                provide	 accommodation	 with	 cultural,	 education	
     African	academic	excellence	and	cultural	diversity.	                 and	 training	 amenities	 for	 international	 guests,	 Re-
     Its	 rich,	 vibrant	 environment	 will	 attract	 postgradu-          search	 Fellows,	 interns	 and	 registered	 Unisa	 gradu-
     ate	 students	 from	 all	 parts	 of	 Africa,	 be	 a	 hub	 for	       ates.
     leading	 scholars	 from	 the	 African	 Diaspora	 and,	 at	
     the	 same	 time,	 assist	 thousands	 of	 undergraduate	              Heritage Housing Complex:	
     students	to	succeed	in	their	studies.	The	complex	will	
                                                                              Sunnytown	 is	 the	 location	 of	 30	 heritage	 housing	
     also	house	the	Holocaust	and	Genocide	Centre	and	
                                                                                                                    units	 that	 are	 cur-
     Museum	 and	 the	
                                                                                                                    rently	 largely	 der-
     Eternal	Flame	to	the	
                                                                                                                    elict.	 The	 intention	
     Human	Spirit.
                                                                                                                    is	 to	 refurbish	 these	
                                                                                                                    units	 and	 make	
     Sunnytown,	 a	 250	
                                                                                                                    them	 available	 to	
     000	 square	 metre	
                                                                                                                    visiting	lecturers	and	
     property	 owned	 by	
                                                                                                                    fellows	 conducting	
     Unisa,	 has	 vast	 po-
                                                                                                                    research	 or	 teach-
     tential	 that	 the	 Uni-
                                                                                                                    ing	 at	 Unisa.	 These	
     versity	hopes	to	un-
                                                                                                                    scholars	         would	
     leash	 in	 partnership	
                                                                                                                    include	        leading	
     with	 South	 African	
                                                                                                                    African	 intellectu-
     and	 international	
                                                                                                                    als	 in	 the	 Diaspora	
     donors.	Its	develop-
                                                                                                                    invited	 to	 return	 to	
     ment	 is	 crucial	 to	
                                                                                                                    South	 Africa	 during	
     Unisa’s	 aspirations	
                                                                                                                    their	summer	breaks	
     as	 the	 African	 Uni-
                                                                                                                    (June	 to	 Septem-
     versity	in	the	service	
                                Light, space and state-of-the-art facilities are planned for the Sunnytown Develop- ber)	 to	 share	 their	
     of	humanity.	              ment, as shown in the artist’s impressions of the proposed undergraduate learning
                                                                                                                    skills	 and	 expertise	
                                centre (above), the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Museum (top
                                right) and the Africa International Graduate Studies Centre and Residence (bottom with	Unisa	students.
     The	 bold	 plan	 for	
                                                                                                      Holocaust and
     developing	Sunnytown	has	four	key	pillars:
                                                                          Genocide Centre and Museum:	
     Undergraduate learner support:	                                      The	recently	established	Primedia	Chair	in	Holocaust	
                                                                          and	 Genocide	 Studies	 aims	 to	 reflect	 an	 Africanist	
     Unisa	 is	 first	 and	 foremost	 a	 distance	 learning	 uni-
                                                                          perspective	not	yet	given	to	the	field.	Working	from	
     versity	but	research	has	shown	that	student	success	
                                                                          the	Centre,	the	Chair’s	focus	will	be	on	researching	
     rates	are	enhanced	by	the	provision	of	face-to-face	
                                                                          the	 history	 of	 genocides	 in	 Africa	 and	 on	 collabo-
     tutorial	contact.	Thus,	Sunnytown’s	development	in-
                                                                          rating	with	other	universities.	The	Centre	will	include	
     cludes	 providing	 vitally	 important	 facilities	 such	 as	
                                                                          a	museum	in	tribute	to	those	who	have	suffered	as	
     academic	literacy	centres,	tutorial	venues,	comput-
                                                                          victims	 of	 holocaust	 and	 genocide	 atrocities.	 This	
     er	laboratories	and	libraries.
                                                                          museum	will	be	a	first	for	Africa	in	that	it	will	be	the	
                                                                          repository	for	the	collection	of	the	Shoah	Foundation	
     African International Graduation Centre and
                                                                          in	Los	Angeles.
     Unisa’s	academic	reach	has	broadened	significant-                    Potential donors wishing to find out more about the
     ly	in	recent	years,	resulting	in	accelerated	exchange	               Sunnytown Development are invited to contact Ms
     with	students	in	the	rest	of	Africa	and	internationally.	            Patricia Lawrence, Unisa Foundation and Alumni Af-
     The	Graduate	Centre	is	intended	to	be	a	hub	of	ex-                   fairs, at tel 012 337 6126 or 083 265 3615, or via e-mail
     cellence	 in	 research	 and	 postgraduate	 teaching	                 at
     and	 training.	 The	 Graduate	 Studies	 Residence	 will	
32   Unisa Science Centre
     Africa’s	skills	shortages	in	the	natural	and	agricultural	         It	 is	 envisaged	 that	 the	 Science	 Centre	 will	 have	
     sciences,	 engineering	 and	 technology	 are	 widely	              undergraduate	teaching	laboratories	for	each	Col-
     acknowledged	 as	 a	 stumbling	 block	 to	 economic	               lege,	as	well	as	laboratories	for	postgraduate	teach-
     development.	Unisa,	with	its	footprint	across	the	con-             ing	and	research.	
     tinent	 and	 well-deserved	 reputation	 for	 excellence	
     in	 several	 critical	 disciplines,	 is	 well	 placed	 to	 help	   In	the	case	of	the	College	of	Agriculture	and	Environ-
     alleviate	the	skills	shortages.                                    mental	Studies,	31	laboratory	facilities	are	planned,	
                                                                        costing	 an	 estimated	 R27,7	 million.	 These	 facilities	
     However,	 as	 a	 tradition-                                                                   would	 include	 laborato-
     ally	 correspondence	 uni-                                                                    ries	 for	 animal	 science,	
     versity,	 Unisa	 has	 limited	                                                                biochemistry,	 botany	 and	
     practical	 training	 facilities	                                                              zoology,	 human	 ecology,	
     for	 its	 science	 students.	                                                                 horticulture,	 clothing	 con-
     Science	 laboratory	 prac-                                                                    struction,	 soil	 and	 water	
     ticals	 are	 outsourced	 at	                                                                  analysis,	 ecotoxicology	
     great	 cost	 to	 residential	                                                                 and	microbiology,	among	
     universities,	 often	 when	                                                                   others.
     they	 are	 in	 recess.	 This	
     practice	is	not	conducive	                                                                     For	 the	 College	 of	 Sci-
     to	successful	learning	and	                                                                    ence,	 Engineering	 and	
     has	 detracted	 from	 the	                                                                     Technology,	the	total	cost	
     overall	throughput	rates	of	                                                                   of	 establishing	 the	 neces-
     students	at	Unisa.                                                                             sary	 laboratory	 facilities	
                                                                                                    is	 estimated	 at	 R33,9	 mil-
     Another	factor	that	under-                                                                     lion.	 The	 facilities	 planned	
     lines	 the	 need	 for	 Unisa’s	                                                                would	include	laboratories	
     own	 science	 facilities	 is	                                                                  for	 engineering	 (civil,	 me-
     the	 shift	 taking	 place	 in	                                                                 chanical,	 industrial,	 elec-
     student	 numbers	 and	 de-                                                                     trical	 and	 mining),	 along	
     mographics.	         Demand	                                                                   with	 chemistry,	 physics	
     for	 such	 facilities	 outstrips	                                                              and	 computing	 laborato-
     available	 supply	 by	 far.	                                                                   ries.
     This	is	owing	to	the	growth	
     in	student	enrolments	and	                                                                        Given	the	urgent	need	for	
     the	 increasingly	 youthful	                                                                      a	 much	 greater	 through-
     profile	 of	 Unisa’s	 student	                                                                    put	of	graduate	scientists,	
     body,	necessitating	much	                                                                         Unisa	is	confident	that	the	
     greater	face-to-face	learner	support	than	ever	be-                 business	and	industrial	sectors	that	so	badly	require	
     fore.                                                              such	skills	will	be	willing	to	make	a	contribution	to	the	
                                                                        costs	involved.
     To	overcome	these	constraints,	Unisa	has	resolved	to	
     establish	 a	 Science	 Centre	 at	 the	 Florida	 Campus,	          Many	 innovative	 sponsorship	 options	 are	 available	
     where	 the	 two	 science-related	 Colleges	 are	 to	 be	           to	 donors,	 including	 naming	 rights,	 public/private	
     based.	They	are	the	College	of	Science,	Engineering	               partnerships,	 research	 collaboration,	 training	 and	
     and	Technology	(CSET)	and	the	College	of	Agricul-                  development	 and	 capacity	 building	 and	 skills	 de-
     ture	and	Environmental	Studies	(CAES).                             velopment.
Irene Conference Facility                                                                                                       33

Unisa	 is	 showing	 its	 true	 colours	 –	 environmentally	   of	the	conference	facility,	which	will	be	situated	at	
friendly	 green.	 The	 Unisa	 Irene	 Conference	 Facility	    Unisa	 Park	 at	 the	 southern	 perimeter	 of	 Irene.	 The	
is	expected	to	be	a	major	step	forward	for	environ-           area	 is	 a	 famous	 green	 belt	 outside	 Pretoria	 and	 is	
mentally	sound	development	in	South	Africa.	Apart	            well	 known	 for	 its	 historical	 buildings,	 including	 the	
from	being	energy	and	water	efficient,	the	facility	will	     home	 of	 former	 South	 African	 Prime	 Minister	 Jan	
limit	waste	and	emissions	to	the	minimum	through	re-          Smuts.
cycling	technologies	and	various	greening	systems.
                                                              Unisa	 Park	 itself	 is	 a	 property	 of	 almost	 7	 000	 hect-
Green	 principles	 have	 been	 embedded	 in	 all	 ele-        ares	 that	 was	 donated	 to	 the	 University	 in	 1987	 by	
ments	of	the	design,	construction	and	maintenance	            the	Van	der	Bijl	family.	The	stated	purpose	of	the	do-

                                                                       often	more	expensive	to	procure	than	those	used	in	
                                                                       traditional	building	developments.	However,	the	ad-
                                                                       ditional	investment	is	more	than	justified	by	the	long-
                                                                       term	 cost	 savings	 that	 can	 be	 achieved	 through	
                                                                       more	efficient	use	of	resources,	including	water	and	
                                                                       energy.	Other	benefits	are	better	occupant	health,	
                                                                       safety	 and	 productivity	 since	 green	 buildings	 can	
                                                                       result	 in	 reduced	 rates	 of	 allergies,	 respiratory	 ail-
                                                                       ments	and	illnesses	associated	with	sick	building	syn-

                                                                       The	 total	 cost	 of	 constructing	 and	 equipping	 the	
                                                                       Unisa	Irene	Conference	Facility	is	estimated	at	R168	
                                                                       million.	 Innovative	 sponsorship	 packages	 are	 avail-
                                                                       able	 to	 donors	 wishing	 to	 become	 involved	 in	 the	

     nation	was	to	assist	in	providing	Unisa	with	a	facility	
     for	use	by	its	lecturers	and	senior	staff.	Accordingly,	
     Unisa	 has	 been	 using	 the	 property	 for	 staff	 training	
     and	 management	 strategy	 sessions	 but	 now	 wants	
     to	 ensure	 that	 it	 is	 optimally	 used	 by	 establishing	 a	
     fully	fledged	conference	centre.	

     The	 property	 is	 an	 ideal	 venue	 for	 the	 increasing	
     number	 of	 national	 and	 international	 conferences	
     and	seminars	that	Unisa	is	hosting.	The	plan	is	to	con-
     struct	the	facility,	which	will	include	accommodation	
     for	delegates,	in	a	manner	that	is	not	only	conducive	
     to	effective	conferencing	but	also	to	long-term	envi-
     ronmental	sustainability.

     It	is	well	known	that	green	buildings	tend	to	cost	more	
     upfront	as	the	materials	and	systems	employed	are	
Knowledge Commons                                                                                                               35

Knowledge	Commons	can	offer	students	a	one-stop	               hannesburg	Regional	Services	Centre.	These	include	
shop	in	a	fully	supported	electronic	academic	envi-            counselling,	student	administration,	tutorial	support,	
ronment.                                                       academic	 literacy	 services	 and	 computer-based	
Initially,	 the	 Knowledge	 Commons	 project	 is	 being	
implemented	at	Unisa’s	Johannesburg	Regional	Ser-              The	 Knowledge	 Commons	 project	 is	 being	 phased	
vices	Centre.	If	successful,	it	will	be	the	blue	print	for	    in	 over	 three	 years,	 starting	 in	 2008	 with	 a	 testing	
similar	projects	at	the	University’s	other	Regional	Ser-       phase.	Part	of	the	first	phase	is	being	funded	by	the	
vices	Centres	across	South	Africa.                             Hermann	 Ohlthaver	 Trust,	 which	 has	 provided	 R96	
                                                               655	as	seed	funding.	
The	 pilot	 project	 is	 aimed	 at	 giving	 students	 seam-
less,	 integrated	 access	 to	 all	 electronic	 information	   In	 appreciation	 of	 this	 contribution,	 the	 logo	 of	 the	
resources	and	software	needed	to	handle	their	as-              Hermann	Ohlthaver	Trust	will	feature	prominently	on	
signments	from	start	to	finish.	The	Knowledge	Com-             the	Knowledge	Commons	web	page,	as	well	as	on	
mons	resources	available	to	students	will	include	the	         PC	screen	savers	and	training	material	being	used.
Oasis	Catalogue,	internet	sites	for	academic	purpos-
es,	restricted	databases	and	access	to	MyUnisa,	the	           	 The	 total	 cost	 of	 the	 three-year	 Knowledge	 Com-
University’s	online	campus.                                    mons	project,	which	should	be	fully	implemented	by	
                                                               2010,	is	estimated	at	R1	446	700.	Unisa	aims	to	raise	
At	 the	 same	 time,	 students	 will	 have	 access	 to	 the	   the	 balance	 of	 the	 funding	 required	 through	 the	
other	 Learner	 Support	 services	 available	 at	 the	 Jo-     participation	of	members	of	the	donor	community.
36                 Donors
     The	 Unisa	 Foundation	 wishes	 to	
     express	 sincere	 gratitude	 to	 all	
     donors	 who	 contributed	 funds	 or	
     other	resources	during	2007.
Unisa Music Foundation donors                                                                        37

Donor                                                                                 Contribution
Vodacom	Group	(Pty)	Ltd                                                                  4	093	000
Heiberg	Estates                                                                             50	000
Unisa	Centre	for	Business	Management                                                        30	000
SAMRO                                                                                       27	000
Distell                                                                                     22	000
Solly	Tucker                                                                                20	000
Rupert	Foundation                                                                           15	000
Annemarie	Roodt                                                                             14	000
Concert	Club                                                                                11	865
Damaris	Loubser                                                                              9	000
Maestro	Music                                                                                7	000
Synerlead	International	                                                                     3	920
Hennie	Joubert	Musiekvriendekring                                                            2	000
Tersia	Franzsen	Trust                                                                         400
GRAND TOTAL                                                                             R4 305 185

Centre for Corporate Citizenship Donors
Donor                          Project funded                                     Amount donated
AccountAbility                 Dialogue	in	Partnership	Governance	and	                   R123	993
Barloworld                     Accountability	South	Africa	2007                          R400	000
Deloitte                       CCC	information	desk                                      R300	000
Murray	&	Roberts               Chair	in	Collaborative	Governance	and	                    R450	000
Noah	Financial	Holdings        Chair	in	Responsible	Investment	and	Responsible	          R670	000
                               Investment	Survey
Massmart	Holdings	             Brand	Citizenship	research                                R100	000
United	Nations	Environment	    Responsible	Investment	Survey                           R67	156.75
Programme	Finance	Initiative
TOTAL                                                                                R2 111 149.75
38   Bursaries

     Donor                                        Bursary type                        Amount
     Tersia	Frazen	Trust                          Bursary	Fund                       R1	950.97
     Prof	S	Gutto,	Centre	for	African	Renaissance	 CARS	Bursary	Fund                   R5	000
     Studies	(CARS)
     South	African	Association	of	Women	Gradu-    Bursary	Fund                        R24	500
     Van	Ewijk-Stigting                           Bursary	Fund                         R8	000
     Mrs	A	Masithela                              Bursary	Fund                         R2	500
     Philip	Medalie                                                                   R10	000
     Baroque	Prize                                Bursary	Fund                         R2	000
     Robert	Clough                                Bursary	Fund                        R550,25
     Theology	Bursary	Fund                        Theology	                         R96	359,59
     Illovo	Sugar	Ltd                             Bursary	Fund                      R14	050.00
     Edu-Loan                                     Unisa	Convocation	Bursary	Fund      R27	500
     Foschini	Group                               Bursary	Fund                        R32	000
     Kroll	Background	Screening	(Pty)	Ltd         Bursary	Fund                        R35	000
     The	Philip	Schlock	Charitable	and	Educa-     Bursary	Fund                         R8	000
     tional	Foundation
     Adams	&	Co                                   Bursary	Fund                         R8	350
     DM	Kisch	Inc                                 Bursary	Fund                         R1	000
     Nissan	South	Africa                          Nissan	Bursary	Fund                 R36	632
     Tuesday	Forum                                Bursary	Fund                         R8	000
     Chemical	Services	Ltd                        Chemistry	bursaries                 R20	000
     Jennie	Perreira	Prize                        Bursary	Fund                         R4	000
     SA	Institute	of	Intellectual	Property        Bursary	Fund                        R20	000
     SA	Institute	of	Intellectual	Property        Bursary	Fund                        R20	000
     Total                                                                         R365	392.81
Unisa Foundation Development Fund                                                                                          39

 Donor                                                                                                       Amount
 Wilfrid	Metje	Foundation                                                                                   R126	976	
 Albert	Wessels	Trust                                                                                       R720	000
 JA	Duminy                                                                                                     R2	000
 The	Bradlow	Foundation                                                                                      R31	700
 Pick	‘n	Pay                                                                                                 R15	000
 Credit	Guarantee	Insurance	Corporation	of	Africa                                                              R7	600
 LJ	Armstrong	Booksellers                                                                                      R4	800
 R	Rutowitz                                                                                                    R3	000
 Foschini	Group	Ltd                                                                                          R80	000
 LJ	van	Schaik	(edms)	Bpk                                                                                 R33	273,03
 Chancellor’s	Club                                                                                        R16	092,68
 ABSA	Affinity	Card                                                                                       R89	831.00
 Total                                                                                                 R1 130 272.71

Alumni contributions

As	with	Unisa’s	partnerships	with	donors,	the	University	strives	to	maintain	reciprocal,	lasting	relationships	with	its	
alumni	all	over	the	world.	A	growing	number	are	responding	to	the	University’s	alumni	outreach	programme,	
aimed	at	providing	opportunities	for	alumni	to	remain	involved	with	their	alma	mater.	During	2007,	alumni	
made	donations	totalling	R6	265	to	the	University,	for	which	the	Unisa	Foundation	is	sincerely	grateful.
40   Project donors

     Donor                            Project                                                      Amount
     Midrand	Presbyterian	Church      CB	Powell	Bible	Centre                                       R19	500
     Open	Society	Foundation          Empowerment	Fund,	Security	Management                        R33	302
     Nederlandistiek                  Departmental	Fund:	Afrikaans-Nederland                    R18	272,80
     Attorneys	Fidelity	Fund          Unisa	Legal	Aid	Clinic                                      R210	000
     Hermann	Ohlthaver	Trust          Disability	Room,	Johannesburg	Learning	Centre               R200	000
     Albert	Wessels                   Departmental	fund,	Science	teacher	training                 R200	000
     Education,	Development	and	 Departmental	fund,	Skills	development                        R5	547	068.56
     Training	SETA
     CACADU                           Unisa	Press                                                  R98	000
     SAVAH                            Unisa	Press	                                                  R6	000
     Toyota	South	Africa              Teacher	training                                             R60	000
     Prof	Barney	Pityana              Sunnytown	development                                         R2	000
     Nederlandse	Taalunie             Departmental	fund,	Afrikaans-Nederlands                  R247	372,65
     First	Rand	Foundation            Victim	empowerment	programme	capacity	building               R50	000
                                      Reading	is	FUNdamental                                       R50	000
     Radio	Kansel                     CB	Powell	Bible	Centre                                       R25	500
     National	Heritage	Council        Unisa	Press                                                  R74	767
     Primedia	Ltd                     Chair	of	Holocaust	and	Genocide	Studies                   R1	000	000
     HIV	&	AIDS	programme             Departmental	fund,	Higher	Education                         R250	000
     Ms	Nana	Ditodi                   Sunnytown	Development                                       R200	000
     Solomon	Ruben	and	Ann	           Unisa	Press                                                  R11	000
     Centre	for	Education	Policy,	    Departmental	Fund,	Finnish	project                          R349	194
     Department	of	Labour
     Clover                           College	of	Economic	and	Management	Sciences                  R78	000
     Absa                             Sunnytown	Development	and	Absa	Chair	in	Banking           R1	150	000
     Department	of	Education          Departmental	Fund,	Higher	Education                         R250	000
     ABSA	and	Toyota	Foundations      Science	Outreach	Project                                    R350	000
     Centre	International	d’Etude	    Marketing	of	Sports	Management	Programme                    R160	000
     du	Sport
     Government	of	Norway             Nursing	Leadership	Programme	in	Angola                     R2	800	000
                                                                                              (2007	–	2009)
                                                                                             R4	188	100	p	a
     Multi	Agency	Grants	Initiative   Study	of	empowerment	levels	in	gay	and	lesbian	              R55	900
     Rutherford	Elementary	School     Literacy	Development                                  Books	donation
     UN	1%	Fund                       Mara	Primary	School	Facilities	Project                       R74	000
     W	K	Kellogg	Foundation           Training	and	mentoring	development	facilitators	in	      R12	564	300
                                      rural	development                                       (2004	–	2007)
                                                                                            R933	333.33	p	a
     Total                                                                                  R15 891 310.34

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