CPUT CELEBRATES ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE CPUT awarded 711 diplomas and degrees, “Together we hope that you will help us realize Guest speaker at the ceremony, Mr Bob Pullen, including 35 Masters and five Doctorates, at our goal of creating futures, not only for our a senior specialist in Water Engineering at BKS the September Graduation ceremony, which students but for the broader society as well,” said (Pty) Ltd, also urged graduates to make an impact was held on the Bellville campus. Prof Staak. in South Africa. This the largest number of postgraduate He also called on graduates to continue to He said once in the workplace, individuals qualifications to be awarded at a single diploma support CPUT and to further their professional must focus on sharpening their skills. ceremony at CPUT. development at the institution. “It is important to persevere in what you do. Addressing graduates at the ceremony, which With the rapid pace of technology, graduates South Africa has a need for people with scarce took place on 18 September 2009, Deputy-Vice will have to update their skills continuously to skills,” he said. Chancellor Academic Prof Anthony Staak, said ensure that they remain leaders in their fields. the amount of postgraduate qualifications bears Mr Pullen, who was recently awarded the testimony to the fact that CPUT is making great Prof Staak said alumni are ambassadors of National Science and Technology Award for strides in advancing research. the institution and that their future success is his outstanding contribution to Science, important to CPUT. Engineering and Innovation, said graduates “We currently have seven research niche areas must also focus on becoming competent in at the institution funded by the national research “We are proud of what you have achieved their chosen vocation. foundation, as well as a number of research thus far and sincerely hope that we have helped projects funded by the Department of Science placed you on a trajectory that will lead you to “Competent people in the right place can lift and Technology and other outside agencies,” even greater successes in the future,” he said. South Africa to greater heights,” said Mr Pullen. he said. Prof Staak said the institution’s mission speaks of creating and applying knowledge that will contribute to economic and social development in South Africa. He said as an institution, CPUT is well positioned to live out this mission and make a contribution to knowledge production and development in the country. He urged graduates, who will go on to become alumni of the institution, to also commit to this mission. “Many of you will go on to occupy influential position in commerce, in industry and in the public sector. We hope that you will use your special skills and your influence to put something back into those communities and help contribute to SPRING GRADUATION: Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Prof Anthony Staak and Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa their development,” he said. Mazwi-Tanga congratulate Doctoral graduate and CPUT staff member Mr Seteno Ntwampe. FOR MORE INTERESTING NEWS READ... PAGE Graduate Fair attracts thousands 6 Disability Unit opens doors in Cape Town 9 Dance team clinches top title 16 PROF DANIEL MAKINDE heads international union Prof Oluwole Daniel Makinde, Senior African countries and representatives from other Professor and Chair of Postgraduate Studies continents like Europe, Asia and North America, in the Faculty of Engineering at CPUT, has making this a truly global achievement for this recently been appointed as the new Secretary highly acclaimed ambassador of the sciences. General of the African Mathematical Union (AMU). It is also an acknowledgement of the international recognition accorded to Prof Makinde’s numerous UNION: Prof Makinde has recently been appointed as The unanimous appointment was preceded by research publications, students’ mentorship and the new Secretary General of the African Mathematical a nomination and peer election process, which outreach activities in the area of Mathematical Union (AMU). took place during the 7th Pan African Congress sciences by colleagues nationally and internationally. of Mathematicians (PACOM), an annual AMU gathering which ran from 02 – 08 August 2009. When asked how he felt about his achievement, In his view, mathematics education is therefore The congress was held in Yamoussoukro (Côte Prof Makinde said: “I am deeply humbled, highly indispensable in nation-building. d'Ivoire), at the Félix Houphouët Boigny Foundation delighted and honoured. It is a call to serve my for Peace Research, with this year’s theme being continent in promoting teaching, learning, research Prior to joining CPUT, Prof Makinde headed the ‘New trends in the Development and the and outreach in mathematical sciences”. Applied Mathematics Department for more than applications of Mathematical Sciences’. ten years and later became a full Professor at the Prof Makinde added that, “Mathematics is widely University of Limpopo in South Africa. AMU is an African organisation dedicated to regarded as the language of science and the development of mathematics in Africa and is technology. Without mathematics there is no Prof Makinde was an associate member of the a member ofthe International Mathematical science, without science there is no modern National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP), Union (IMU). technology and without modern technology there an editorial board member and a regular reviewer is no modern society”. of numerous international academic journals. He It was founded in 1976 in Rabat, Morocco, has received several academic and research during the first Pan-African Congress of In other words, mathematics is the “precursor excellence awards honours and grants, including Mathematicians (PACOM). Held every four years, of science and technology and the indispensable a nomination for the annual National Science and the congress is attended by delegates from all single element in modern societal development”. Technology Forum (NSTF) awards. DVC TO SERVE ON NATIONAL COMMITTEES The National Research Foundation (NRF) has recently established a committee that has been tasked to review the system used for the assessment of grant applications. The committee was created by the NRF in “We are going to compare the NRF systems order to establish if there are shortcomings in the with other international funding systems,” he said. peer review system used for the assessment of grant applications. Dr Chris Nhlapo said a report will be compiled by 31 October 2009. Meanwhile, Dr Nhlapo will The awarding of grants for research activities also be using his expertise to co-chair the at higher education institutions is one of the key Coordinating Research, Innovation and Technology functions of the NRF. Currently the peer review Transfer Committee of the South African system used by the NRF for the purpose of Technology Network (SATN). This committee is awarding grants consists of several processes. tasked with creating capacity in various research Each of these processes will be reviewed by the areas at Universities of Technologies (UoTs). Dr committee, said Dr Nhlapo. This includes the Nhlapo said UoTs are conducting research in process used to select peer reviewers, similar areas. APPOINTMENT: Dr Chris Nhlapo, Deputy-Vice Chancellor of Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships will preparation of the peers, documentation sent serve on two top committees. to peers, panel reviews and panel meetings. “If we look at water research, then you will see The committee will also review the outcomes of that it is taking place at several UoTs,” he said. Dr Chris Nhlapo, Deputy-Vice Chancellor of peer reviews and other management processes Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships related to grants. Dr Nhlapo said the committee would like to at CPUT, together with academics from several create opportunities for collaboration. He said Uots other higher education institutions were selected Dr Nhlapo said they will also consider can build research capacity by collaborating on to serve on this committee. international standards during the review process. projects, sharing expertise and equipment. 2 NEW PROFESSORS for CPUT Dr Irina Masalova, who is leading research in the field of Rheology in South Africa, has recently been promoted to full Professor. Of the several applications received by Senate for ad hominem promotions, she was the only to be promoted to the post of full Professor. Her promotion at CPUT comes five years after she was promoted to Associate Professor. PROMOTED: Dr Irina Masalova has been promoted to full Professor. Based in the Civil Engineering Department, Prof Masalova, who has 20 years experience in teaching and research, said she is grateful that her research activities have been recognised. “I am grateful that my work was evaluated and that the institution is satisfied with it. I am also grateful for everyone at CPUT who played a role in helping in my development,” she said. Prof Masalova, who joined CPUT in 2000, established the first Rheology Centre in South Africa, which is based at the Cape Town campus. The world-class centre, which focuses on the study of material structure(flow properties relations of various complex materials such as plastics, emulsions and suspensions) is the only of its kind in South Africa. It is staffed with top researchers, all who are equipped with the skills to provide expertise in rheology to local industries. The researchers have played a vital role in South African industry by resolving issues relating to THE FOLLOWING ACADEMICS new product development, processing problems and quality control. HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Prof Masalova said during the past nine years the centre has established strong partnerships with leading companies. They have worked closely with top South African companies such as Explosives • Dr James Odendaal Limited, Denel Explosives, LAKE International and Tenside Chemicals. ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL STUDIES Holding a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from CPUT, Prof Masalova is no stranger to the South African industry. • Dr Marshall Sheldon CHEMICAL ENGINEERING She honed her skills while working as a Researcher at the Military Research Institute of Control Systems before joining academia. • Dr Charles Allen-Ile HUMAN RESOURCES Prof Masalova said together with researchers under the Material Science and Technology Niche Area, they are well positioned not only to make an impact on industry, but to play a role in increasing • Dr Kamilla Swart human capacity in rheology and material science. CENTER FOR TOURISM RESEARCH IN AFRICA “We want to attract more students and researchers,” she said. • Dr Jeanine Marnewick To date the centre has supervised a number of local and international postgraduate students and BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES secured funding for research of over R7million. • Dr Marina Clarke Prof Masalova said specialised research centers are vital for higher education institutions. NURSING She said while they are tasked with increasing human capacity and research in specific fields, specialised research centers can elevate the status of higher education institutions. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 3 SKILLS TRANSFER: Delegates from the City of Cape Town, CPUT, University of Cape Town (UCT), and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) who attended the workshop. Universities collaborate to PROVIDE SKILLS FOR THE CITY The City of Cape Town in partnership proposals to enhance further provision of Staff at supervisory level were also neglected with three of the four universities operating RPL services for eligible staff in future. although “it is the most important level in getting under the banner of the Cape Higher the job done”. Education Consortium (CHEC) recently Ms Nasima Badsha, CEO of CHEC, gave a held a workshop at CPUT with a view brief background of the project. Alan Ralphs of The universities made presentations in which to exploring ways in which the partnership UWC mentioned that universities have already they stated what they have done so far and what can deliver required skills for staff of the taken certain steps; the workshop’s task was to they intend doing in future. It was agreed that City of Cape Town. widen the scope by talking about RPL and there was a need for collaborative planning and exchanging ideas about implementing the planned implementation of programs between the City of The main objective was to come up with a project. Cape Town and the three institutions. There was regional Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) a common feeling that there needs to be a central model as opposed to each institution using its Ms Yolanda Scholtz, Strategic HR: Human advice and referral office to either be based own RPL process. Capital Development at the City of Cape Town, at the CHEC or City Council’s offices. The office said the city had gone through a skills audit in would also deal with program specific information, The workshop, held at the IT Centre on the which 90% of management staff participated and mentoring, support and tracking, and policy Bellville Campus, served as a platform for were assessed. frameworks. constructive engagement with RPL practices related to the skills development and training She said strengths, weaknesses and gaps to It was also agreed that an invitation be needs of staff in the City of Cape Town. be filled were identified in the process and the extended to the Office of the Premier (Provincial role of RPL became clear. She also mentioned Government) to join in the project. Delegates from the City of Cape Town, CPUT, that there are people with certain skills who don’t University of Cape Town (UCT), and the University have the qualifications in Accounting that A working committee of the participating of the Western Cape (UWC) and CPUT explored government would need them to have by the institutions was to continue its work in the innovative RPL programmes and discussed year 2013. implementation of these resolutions. 4 INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION for community engagement activities CPUT has been selected to participate in information for the book, which will be published in Dr Joyce Nduna, Director of the Centre for two international initiatives - the Talloires 2011. Universities in Mexico, Malaysia, Pakistan, Community Engagement and Work Integrated Network Book Project and Talloires Network Ukraine, India, United States, Australia and the Learning who has been instrumental in developing Twinning Programme. United Kingdom will also be showcased in the book. the relationship between CPUT and the Talloires Network, said this is a great achievement for the The Talloires network is an international The first phase of the book project involves the institution. association of institutions committed to strength- completion of an institutional questionnaire and ening the civic roles and social responsibilities of the second phase a series of interviews to “We are getting international recognition in terms higher education institutions. supplement information gathered through the of community engagement,” she said. questionnaire. Director of the network, Ms Susan Stroud, who The other two African institutions that will be is based in the United States, visited CPUT in While at CPUT, Stroud held interviews with showcased in the book are Afhad University for August and met with various roleplayers in order Executive Management, staff members of the Women in Sudan and the University of Dar es to collect information for the book. The book will Centre for Community Engagement and Work Salaam. The institution will also participate in document Management of Community Integrated Learning and senior staff responsible the Twinning Programme that aims at linking Engagement in Higher Education at 29 of the 130 for relevant policies and programmes. She also universities who are part of the Talloires Network. higher education institutions that form part of the met with academic staff involved in service-learning The network will make available an amount of international network. Ms Stroud said that when and community outreach projects, representatives $100 000 for each institution to develop working looking at which universities to showcase, the of community partner organisations and relationships with a partner institution. CPUT will network took in account diversity and location. government departments, and students involved partner with Tulane University in New Orleans. CPUT is one of three universities in Africa selected in the various programmes. to be part of the book. She said the institution was chosen because it is “different from the other “It is a huge project. However, the important institutions” in Africa. thing is that we are putting something together that will be useful for all universities,” said Ms The Twinning Programme aims at linking Stroud. universities who are part of the Talloires “It is a merged university,” she said. Network in different countries and creating She said civic engagement is a topic universities partnerships for community engagement. Ms Stroud said CPUT also has an outstanding community engagement record. across the world are paying more attention to. Out of 22 funding proposals that were “Universities already understand teaching and reviewed, six institutions from Africa, the US, Earlier this year, the Theewaterskloof International research. It is only recently that service learning and the UK were selected to form bilateral Community Development Project, spearheaded has been given the same attention,” she said. partnerships to support civic engagement by CPUT, clinched second place in the MacJannet efforts. Prize for Global Citizenship. This prestigious prize recognises exceptional student civic engagement Launched in 2005, the network believes that higher education institutions do not exist in isolation The paired institutions are CPUT and initiatives at higher education institutions. The from the communities in which they are located. Tulane University(US); Kenyatta University institution is also actively involved in a large number (Kenya) and Smith College (US); and the of service-learning projects, which involve students Ms Stroud said the network envisions universities National University of Rwanda and the and academics across the various disciplines. as a “vibrant and dynamic force in their communities”, University of Brighton (UK). Ms Stroud will spend the next few months tasked with incorporating community service into research and teaching. The Network will make available an travelling to the 29 institutions in order to collect amount of $100 000 for each institution to develop working relationships with a partner institution. The universities will be encouraged to either collaborate on projects or share information on good practice around community engagement. The Talloires Network opted to link CPUT with Tulane University because of the similarities between the institutions. Both institutions has put a lot of planning and thinking into community engagement. The institutions recently hosted a teleconference and in 2010 visits to the institutions will take place. RECOGNITION: Dr Joyce Nduna, Director of the Centre for Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning and Director of the Talloires Network, Ms Susan Stroud. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 5 GRADUATE FAIR attracts thousands Thousands of CPUT students were given the This year leading fashion retailers, car manu- Dr Chris Nhlapo, Deputy-Vice Chancellor of opportunity to meet with members of industry facturers, construction companies, financial Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships at Graduate Fair 2009. houses, medical companies and breweries show- at CPUT, who opened the Graduate Fair said instit- cased their employment opportunities at the event. utions must work with industry in order to produce This annual event, which is arranged by human capacity in all fields. the Co-Operative Education Department, “What we want to achieve with Graduate Fair showcases various industries and the is to have students learn about the career This year the following companies clinched awards employment opportunities that are available opportunities in organisations,” she said. for the best exhibits: to CPUT students. FIRST PLACE: Oceana Brands Limited Ms Nofemela said they hope through Graduate SECOND PLACE: Tellumat This year’s event, which was held in the Fair some of the students will be selected for THIRD PLACE: Truworths Major Sports Hall at Bellville campus, proved experiential learning, graduate and internship to be a huge success. A large number of top programmes that companies advertised at the companies exhibited at the Graduate Fair, event. which took place from 2 to 3 September. “Graduate Fair is part of our graduate programme Ms Fundiswa Nofemela, acting manager of the that we run from May to December each year,” Co-Operative Education Department, said they she said. invited a number of companies to exhibit at this year’s event. Although all the companies did not The Graduate Programme involves putting take up the offer to participate in the event, she students in contact with companies that are said they had a good response. recruiting graduates in the various disciplines. “We are very happy with the turnout. We have “Through these initiatives we hope to increase a good spread of companies representing the the employment rate of CPUT students,” said Ms SUCCESS: A large number of top companies various disciplines,” she said. Nofemela. exhibited at Graduate Fair 2009. CPUT produces ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALISTS Cape Nature, City of Ekurhuleni Municipality and giving evidence in court and using the EMI network Fezile Dabi District Municipality. and resources for efficient enforcement were also covered in the training. Five BTech Environmental Management students from CPUT, who received programme After the training, EMIs can now be mandated bursaries, also attended the course. This year’s to enforce a range of legislations depending on EMI training focused on air quality. The training their particular functions, including the National prepares the inspectors to conduct inspections, Environmental Management Act, the National GREEN: Delegates who attended the Environmental do thorough investigations and to prepare Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 10 Management Inspectors (EMI) training programme. p ro s e c u t a b l e c a s e d o c k e t s t o e n s u re of 2004; the National Environmental Manage-ment: environmental criminals serve the terms they Protected Areas Act, 57 of 2004 and its regulations CPUT’s Environmental Management deserve for damage done to the environment. and the National Environmental Management: Air Department is leading training in the industry Quality Act, 39 of 2004. with their “Green Scorpion Programme”. According to Mr Chamuwari Ketano, a lecturer in the Environmental Management Department, Mr Ketano said: “This was CPUT’s second The programme, which was launched in 2008, EMIs must monitor compliance with and successful delivery of the training.” is aimed at equipping qualified environmental enforce the specific environment legislation they managers with the skills to manage specific have been mandated to enforce in their Last year, the department enrolled 43 students environmental laws that had been amended. designations by the minister or the relevant for the EMI course. CPUT, the University of South Recently, the department hosted their second MEC. The training covered a number of topics, Africa and the University of Pretoria are the only course at the Bellville campus, which ran over which included an overview of environmental, institutions accredited to provide the programme, three weeks in July. Better known as the constitutional, criminal and administrative which has been listed as the Environmental Environmental Management Inspectors (EMI) law; principles of integrated environmental Management Inspectorate’s Certificate in training programme, it attracted a total of 38 management; the mandate, functions, duties Environmental Compliance and Enforcement. participants from the Western Cape, Gauteng and powers of an EMI. and Northern Cape. Among the attendees were Due to the successful implementation of environmental officers from the Department of Conducting thorough investigations and CPUT’s programme, the Ekurhuleni Municipality Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, collecting evidence that will stand up in court, legal and Cape Nature have requested that CPUT City of Cape Town, Eden District Municipality, requirements for search and seizure for arrest, offer the programme in their departments. 6 GOLDEN KEY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS On the evening of Thursday, 20 August honourary life-time memberships to the Society, 2009 the local chapter of Golden Key due to their pioneering work in successfully International Honour Society was officially launching the CPUT chapter. launched at the Bellville campus of CPUT, with the induction of over 50 new members. Another heart-warming story was that of Ms Miriam Owusu Sekyere, an international CPUT is the first University of Technology MTech: Oncology Nursing student, whose family (UoT) in the country to become a member of travelled from Ghana to celebrate this milestone this non-profit international academic honour with her. LAUNCH: (middle) Mr Sam Henkeman, Manager: Transformation (Student Affairs and Services) society, with the Central University of Technology was awarded honourary life-time membership (CUT), Free State, launching its chapter in 2010. Mr Henkeman then went onto read the Golden to the Society. Key Charge, a pledge of commitment to service CPUT is also one of three other provincial and leadership for newly inducted ‘key holders’. This ceremony formally marks the inception member institutions; namely the Universities of of the CPUT chapter, which entitles the institution Stellenbosch, Cape Town and the Western Cape; According to Mr Henkeman, the newly formed to select two representatives to form part of who hosted their new member induction chapter creates the prospect of ‘turning the tide’ the local chapters’ delegation at the 2010 ceremonies earlier that week. for CPUT’s undergraduate students to excel Golden Key International Conference in Salt academically and obtain international scholarship Lake City, USA. Golden Key South Africa’s Director Charlene opportunities. Günter was present at the ceremony, along with The conference affords delegations with national Chapter Relations Officer Hope Khoza, an opportunity for cultural exchange, where who recognised both honorary and new each country hosts a presentation high- members on the night. lighting the unique work that their chapters are involved in. Also in attendance was Mr Anda Bici, member of the CPUT’s Central Student Representative The Golden Key initiative is the result of a Council (CSRC) who was instrumental in bringing partnership between the Transformation and the idea to the attention of the Dean of Students Diversity Office and the Alumni division of the and Alumni Office. Advancement Office and was embarked upon to acknowledge and reward academic Ms Günter welcomed the guests and shared excellence amongst the top 15% of under- vital information to inductees, such as application graduate CPUT students. for the new executive committee and receiving correspondence or electronic updates. At CPUT, the Golden Key initiative forms part of a bigger student-driven project under During the ceremony, Golden Key Chapter development that is aimed at creating a better awards were announced with Mr Theunis Botha, “It also opens a door to corporate partnerships ‘sense of belonging, unity and developing a BTech: Engineering graduate (now studying for the institutions, where experiential learning common identity among members of the towards an MTech qualification), receiving an and co-operative education can take place’, he campus communities’. accolade for his outstanding academic added. achievements. Presently, Golden Key has over 300 chapters Golden Key’s local partners include at institutions of higher learning across seven Mr Sam Henkeman, Manager: Transformation corporations like Rand Merchant Bank, Sasol, countries and boasts national representation (Student Affairs and Services) and Alumni Officer Investec, BMW, Unilever and the Public with chapters in four of South Africa’s nine Nandipha Madadasana were also awarded Investment Corporation. provinces. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 7 Other goals include working towards equality OPENLY POSITIVE encourages disclosure and non-discrimination for people living with the virus and to implement the GIPA Principle In August, the HIV/AIDS Unit, hosted an entertained by the ‘Gugulethu Tenors’, a group (the Greater Involvement of People living with awareness campaign for staff and students of talented youths with powerful voices from the HIV/Aids) in policies, programmes and projects themed Living Openly Positive in the nearby location, who rendered several operatic affecting communities. Auditorium at the Bellville campus of Cape melodies. Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Openly Positive also conducts workshops Launched in 2007, the Openly Positive Trust and talks, acts as an advocate for health The event featured speakers from the Openly is a non-profit organisation focused at and human rights and develops resources for Positive Trust who shared their personal tales building a ‘supportive, stigma-free environment distribution in the organisations and institutions of struggle and of living with HIV. for people living with HIV/Aids’ and helping they serve. In the near future, the trust will them to live positively and disclose their status. publish a new collection of stories from people The speakers on the day, namely Derrick living positively with HIV from across the Fine and Elaine Maane (who have also authored Trustees include Derrick Fine (author of continent. books purchased by CPUT for the campus Clouds Move), Elaine Maane (author of libraries) highlighted their personal experiences Umzala), Anne Lebethe and Andile Gidana, and responsibilities they faced after confirming each living with HIV for over ten years. The trust Interested parties are encouraged their status. Both speakers also encouraged aims to encourage ‘open living’ with to answer the call guests to ‘come forward and fight the stigma HIV/Aids; to share stories and experiences as and visit the trust website by sharing their stories and experiences of living people living with HIV; to be visible role models www.openlypositive.co.za with and being affected by HIV/Aids’. in promoting positive living, good health for more details on the upcoming project. and non-stigmatising communication around During the programme, guests were HIV/Aids. SCRUTINIZE CAMPAIGN IMPACTS ON STUDENTS Flip H.I.V. to H.I.Victory! This was the theme talented CPUT students from the arts and a series of organised youth conversations. threaded throughout the week long events culture societies. arranged for the debut ‘Scrutinize Campaign’ Scrutinize Campus Campaigns have also taken across all the main campuses of the Cape The key topics addressed by the series of place at other higher education institutions during Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) events included perceptions of risk behavourisms the months of August and September. during the week of 24 to 27 August 2009. (induced by drug/alcohol abuse; multiple and concurrent partnerships; faithfulness; proper At CPUT, the campaign, hosted by the The country-wide initiative was launched in condom use and safety; and transactional HIV/AIDS Unit based on CPUT’s Cape Town 2008, in partnership with United States Agency intergenerational sexual activity. The multimedia campus, was a collaborative effort with the for International Development (USAID); the Johns campaign involves a series of short animated non-profit, independent, donor funded arts Hopkins Health Education in South Africa (JHHESA) commercials known as ‘animerts’ broadcast on organisation, Drama AIDS Education (DramAidE). project and designer jeans label Levi's; and seeks national radio and television using animated DramAidE was established seventeen years ago to encourage and equip young people to take township characters who illustrate daily life and was a university-based unit at the Universities responsibility to reduce their risk of HIV infection. encounters that place young people at risk of HIV of Zululand and KwaZulu-Natal and uses the talents infection. of post-graduate students from the institutions’ The CPUT campus tours included visits to the drama departments. Since its inception, DramAidE Granger Bay, Wellington, Bellville and Cape Town The ‘animerts’ are intended for 18-32 year olds has developed into a well-established entity (and learning sites where audiences were treated to in South Africa and aim to equip viewers with new accredited service provider) that has achieved live entertainment by local Hip-Hop artist HIV-related facts, urging them to ‘scrutinize’ their both national and international recognition for its ‘JR’ and comedian Joey Rasdien, as well as own risky behaviour and stimulate discussions in work in the field of HIV/Aids education, research and social development. Some of the organisation’s core donors include the JHHESA, USAID, the African Medical Research Foundation, SAIH Interfund, Richards Bay Minerals, the National Development Agency, Greatergood and the KZN Departments of Health and Education. For more information on DramAidE visit their website at www.dramaide.co.za VICTORY: Students who participated in theScrutinize Campaign’ 8 DISABILITY UNIT opens doors in Cape Town On the morning of 3rd September 2009, a group of around fifty students, staff and esteemed guests gathered for the launch of the second Disability Unit of the CPUT. The event took place at the Atrium, on the second floor of the Administration building of the Cape Town campus and was co-ordinated by the Disability Unit staff, headed by Dr Nina du Toit. Programme Director Ms Elisabet Smit, Head of Department: Student Counselling (Cape Town campus) took guests through the history of the Disability Unit, spanning over 14 years and shared some important achievements made since its inception. The audience was then treated to the moving performance by members of the CPUT Choir between addresses by two guest speakers; namely Mr Viwe Kwaaiman, a past CPUT student and Mr Sydney Pretorius, a local attorney and disability rights activist. Both Mr Kwaaiman, who is living with the genetic disorder muscular dystrophy and NEW FACILITY: CPUT Staff members at the launch of the second Disability Unit. Mr Pretorius, who is visually impaired shared their messages of hope despite living with a by guest speakers (current and past students during this period, she has also appointed an disability. and staff living with disabilities); vibrant ‘drumming’ enthusiastic team to assist with the integration of sessions hosted by local drumming theatre disabled staff and students into the CPUT The local SRC President Mr Thato Molaolwa company Drum Café; short plays and poetry community. shared a few words of motivation, calling on renditions by students; and performances by the students to become more aware and involved in CPUT Choir. Some of the other initiatives of the Disability issues of disability and the Disability Unit. Unit include a well-managed Disability Forum, According to Dr Du Toit, the purpose of the a recently conducted Accessibility Audit and This official launch formed part of the ‘Disability event was to ‘highlight the specific needs, abilities the roll-out of the Unit’s webpage on the CPUT Awareness Week’, which ran from 31 August – and challenges of persons with disabilities, and website. 04 September 2009 with a series of entertaining we wish to encourage the CPUT community’. and informative events across the Bellville and In the months to come, the Disability Unit Cape Town campuses. Since her appointment at the institution just intends to run a ‘roadshow’ across the six over a year ago, Dr Du Toit has been instrumental faculties, to assist in informing the staff and Some of the activities that took place during in launching the first Disability Unit in the IT centre students about the challenges of educating the awareness week included motivational talks on the Bellville campus in October 2008; and persons with disabilities on campus. by Peer Education Officers for the HIV/Aids When asked how they found the session, Men as partners Unit, with the assistance of an external facilitator, Mr Rodney Fortuin (Engender Health). Ms Zintle Mobbs (Peer Education Officer) said: “I feel that the peer educators enjoyed themselves TRAINING SESSION Engender Health is a locally based Non- and that relevant issues were discussed that can assist others in their relationships”. Governmental Organisation (NGO) that offers The HIV/Aids Unit at CPUT runs a series expert support for corporates and organisations Mr Alex Semba, another Peer Education of interactive and informative workshops with issues of gender and sexuality, human Officer, said; “I believe the training session throughout the year. rights and conflict resolution through facilitating changed perceptions and taught us all how workshops, seminars, research and training. to facilitate obtaining new information and The most recent topic of discussion was viewpoints from participants. It was an overall ‘Men As Partners’, where the subject was During the two-day gathering, Peer success”. tackled from the perspective of dealing with and Educators were trained on the subject of ‘men managing HIV in an intimate relationship. as partners’ with topics such as healthy relationship dynamics, practicing good The HIV/Aids Unit will host regular peer The training session was held towards communication, negotiation techniques and educational programmes on the various the end of the second term at the CPUT’s family support in relationships, especially when campuses during the second semester, Cape Town campus and was co-ordinated HIV/Aids is introduced into a relationship. leading up to World Aids Day on 01 December. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 9 STUDENT FILM SCREENS AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL A third-year Film and Video Technology student has made the CPUT proud after her film Vuyiswa and the Magic Fish was screened at the Durban International Film Festival recently. Ms Thantaswa Fiki, 21, submitted the entry Township, who usually perform at the Waterfront, for her film for the festival after it was selected were part of the cast. among the best three film ideas in her class by a panel of lecturers. Ms Fiki said: “Even though most of the cast was made up of unknown actors, they were good The film was screened in five different venues and did not give us a hard time”. in Durban during the Durban International Film Festival between 22 July and 2 August 2009. “We were honoured to have among us an experienced actor Mzukisi ‘Zorro’ Ntantiso, who The idea came about last year after Ms Fiki played a part in the film, Intonga”, added Fiki. and the rest of the class were given a project, which required them to put together a story idea After the movie was produced, it was screened for a film. at the GrandWest Casino. They later pitched their ideas to a panel and Before being screened at the Durban three unique and feasible story ideas were International Film Festival, the movie was also selected, where after the shooting began. screened on Cape Town TV, a community television station and at Ithuba Arts Festival. The film is about the character Vuyiswa, who Ms Fiki heard about the film festival in loses her mother in a sudden death. Durban and decided to take her chances. After her mother’s death, she is distraught After it was agreed that her movie would be and alone and meets the magic fish that brings screened in the festival, she then approached her food each day. the Cape Film Commission for funding. FILM: Third-year Film and Video student Ms Thantaswa Fiki, whose films Vuyiswa and the Magic Fishwas screened The plot centres around the character struggle The Cape Film Commission sponsored Ms at the Durban International Film Festival. with her ‘evil step-sister’ that kills the fish to make Fiki’s trip, including flights, accommodation and Vuyiswa’s life even more miserable, but in the transportation to and around Durban. end love saves the day. Ms Fiki’s film was based on a book written by According to Ms Fiki, after the film idea was Nick Greaves called The Magic Fish Bones. selected; the ‘real job’ began. “I had to add my own flavour in the whole Ms Fiki said: “We started immediately on pre- story and I also added more events like witchcraft production, and had to find the cast for the movie and polygamy. I wanted it to have an African and relevant location as we needed a rural place.” perspective,” she said. Even though Ms Fiki indicated that it was She said she plans to send the movie to other difficult to find a suitable location, they (the film film festivals. Fiki is now working on another film crew) managed to secure Clarra Anna Fontein, which she says is going to be an African Horror a private game lodge in Durbanville. themed script. The production of the film also gave upcoming “The response to my recent movie has given actors a chance to showcase their talents. me much strength. I have been getting a lot of compliments from high-profiled people in the Learners from Harry Gwala High School in industry who said they have never seen such a Khayelitsha and a group of women musicians young person doing something in her own called Oomama Bonginqwa from Langa language,” she concluded. 10 INTONGA hits the big screen CPUT staff members, students and One day while running away from the members of the film industry packed out a bully, Siviwe meets a priest, who offers him cinema at Canal Walk for the national release shelter from Knuckles. A friendship develops of Intonga. between Siviwe and the priest, who is a former boxer. The priest guides the young This heartwarming film about boxing and stick fighter on his challenging journey into the courage is a joint venture between CPUT, boxing world. Swayani Films and Can Do Media. Mr Van Rensburg, who delivered a short Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design, address before the screening of Intonga, said: Prof Johannes Cronje said the release of the film “This film would not have been possible is “the making of history.” without the collaboration between all the partners.” Shot by CPUT film students over the 2008 June vacation, Prof Cronje said Intonga is Apart from three professionals who were the first full length isiXhosa feature film to be involved in the production of the film, the crew produced. consisted of CPUT Film students. Earlier this year, the distribution rights of the Head of the CPUT Film Department, Mr Jared film were bought by Nu Metro. Borkum said: “The hard work and passion of the crew during the 11 days of shooting was It was included in the line-up of the national amazing.” Inspire Film Festival, which saw Nu Metro air several faith based films during May. Mr Borkum said they had to brave cold FILM: Images from the various scenes, featuring the main conditions in the Eastern Cape while shooting actors from Intonga. It has also been accepted for the New York the film and also had to work long hours. African Dance Film Festival, which will take place in 2010. “What is amazing about this film is that we For more information shot it over 11 days,” he said. on the screening times Written by Mr JJ van Rensburg, a part-time Film lecturer at CPUT, Intonga tells the story of Mr Borkum said in terms of a South African of the film at Nu Metro Siviwe, a young stick fighter from Fort Beaufort, Film, it is very positive. Cinemas, consult your local who moves with his mother to Mdantsane. cinema listings. Siviwe is bullied at school, by Knuckles, a local “The message of the film is that if you work boxing champion. hard you can achieve your goals,” he said. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 11 Abrahams of the HIV/AIDS Unit acted as Master CPUT celebrates of Ceremonies. A message of thanks from Ms September, reminding the audience of the historical significance of Women’s Day closed the service. THE POWER A candle-lighting ceremony, held at the V&A Waterfront amphitheatre, took the Women’s Month programme beyond campus borders and OF WOMEN into the public arena. At this evening event, the people of Cape Town watched CPUT students and staff members holding candles pass a flame from one candle to another. “The candle-lighting symbolised unity in A blessing service on 7 August 2009 and women and the fact that women bring light,” candle-lighting ceremony on National said Ms September, who lit the first candle. Women’s Day marked the beginning of a month-long recognition of the contribution Head of Student Affairs Mr Sibusiso Chalufu of women to CPUT. noted that as an institution, CPUT has the obligation to empower women. The 2009 Women’s Month programme, organised by Student Affairs and Services, in “If you work at an organisation and don’t collaboration with the Institutional Transformation, give different people the opportunity to make Cohesion and Diversity Office, is based on the a contribution, you miss out on different theme ‘I am a powerful woman.’ perspectives,” he said. “We are celebrating all the women who have He added that the Office of the Dean of contributed significantly to CPUT, who have Students is currently on a drive to encourage contributed to building a new CPUT institutional more female representation in leadership culture,” said Student Development Officer Ms roles. This was discussed at a meeting PASSING THE FLAME: Students and staff members Thobeka September, one of the programme’s celebrate Women’s Day at a candle-lighting ceremony at between Dean of Students Ms Cora Njoli the V & A Waterfront. primary co-ordinators. Motale and women representatives of the student body held earlier this year. South African National Women’s Day, held annually on 9 August, commemorates The CPUT Women’s Month program the famous 1956 march by 20 000 to the continued throughout August with each week Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against featuring activities centred around the the government’s pass laws. Many institutions contribution of women in a particular area. in the country therefore use the month of August to highlight women’s issues. The first two weeks of the month celebrated women in business, science and technology The theme for CPUT’s Women’s Month and women in sports. Student activities included programme was agreed upon at an inter- a Woman in Leadership camp at Muizenberg, departmental meeting on 18 June 2009 that in which students from CPUT’s Cape Town and included representatives of Student Affairs, Bellville Campuses interacted with their the HIV/Aids Unit, CPUT Residences, CPUT Church on Cape Town Campus two days counterparts from Stellenbosch University. Libraries and the Research Directorate. It was before National Women’s Day. felt that the slogan ‘I am a powerful women’ Women in education and women in arts alluded to both the institutional and national At the service, female students and staff featured in the final two weeks of the August significance of Women’s Month. members, adorned with floral corsages, received program. a blessing from the Rector of St Mark’s Church, The Women’s Blessing Service, which Reverend John Oliver. Music from female artists The program concluded with a cultural event opened the programme, took place at St Mark’s formed part of the proceedings and Sister Sylvia at Mowbray Campus on 29 August 2009. 12 RADIOGRAPHY STUDENTS lend a helping hand POSTGRADUATE COURSE attracts foreign students The Magnetic Resonance Imaging The course consists of two components, of the fastest moving technological advances. (MRI) post-graduate course offered by the which both have to be completed at the end of Radiography Department at the Tygerberg the academic year which begins in January and These new technological advances have Hospital Campus is reaching a wider audience ends in December of each year. The course created an enormous opportunity for as it now also attracts international students. covers both the theoretical component and radiographers to become specialist in the the clinical component. field of MRI. The course, which dates back to 2005, is currently the only professional development The MRI students attended the second Radiographers who operate MRI equipment course available to South African radiographers compulsory academic block from the 24th to the should fully understand the principles of how who wish to obtain a recognised additional 28th of August 2009. this powerful modality works in order to qualification in the field of MRI. contribute positively to the management of the During the academic block, students received patient. Among 11 students who registered this year, various lectures on advanced imaging techniques was one from Uganda. in MRI. The department accepts a maximum of 10 candidates per year. The Ugandan student is completing his Ms Daries said the students also presented clinical component at a Radiology Department interesting case studies and completed a The admission requirements include a in Johannesburg, Gauteng. compulsory examination. diploma or degree in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent qualification. According to Ms Valdiela Daries, a To date, 25 radiographers from South Africa Radiography lecturer at the department, the have successfully completed the MRI A minimum of two years experience in student will use his newly acquired knowledge postgraduate certificate course. Computed Tomography coupled with professional and skills to educate radiographers in his own registration with the Health Professional Council country. Ms Daries said: “Successful students will of South Africa also serve as requirements. obtain the additional qualification in MRI in All lectures take place in the Radiography December 2009.” CPUT’s Radiography Department is still the Training Division at the Tygerberg Hospital only department that offers a postgraduate Campus. The MRI is one of the imaging modalities with course in MRI in South Africa. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 13 CPUT LEADS IN PARAMEDIC TRAINING Mr Garth van Eck, who are all in their first year of Department, ER24 officials stated that the students study, said they were able to assist the student showed “excellent insight and knowledge in the by applying exactly what they had learnt in class. dynamics of emergency medical care.” Mr Roberts, who witnessed the student ER24 officials said the students’ quick RESCUE: Emergency Medical Services students collapse at the Bellville running track said: “I response and initiation of cardiopulmonary Mr Joseph Roberts, Mr Garth van Eck and Mr Brain immediately rushed over and felt for a pulse. resuscitation (CPR) contributed to a good prognosis Allchin demonstrate an emergency rescue procedure at their Bellville Campus training facility. I then asked his friend to call for help.” of the student. The CPUT Emergency Medical Sciences Second on the scene was Mr Allchin, who “This is an excellent reflection of the standard Department is proving to be a leader in the alerted ER24 for the dispatch of an ambulance. of training and education at the University,” stated training of highly-skilled paramedics. Mr Van Eck was then notified of the incident via ER24 officials. cellphone by Mr Allchin. Recently, ER24, a national private emergency Mr Lloyd Christopher, head of the department, medical service provider, applauded the standard “I was asked to go to the institution’s entrance said training is hands-on. of teaching and learning at CPUT. and direct the ambulance to the running track,” he said. Students are also required to work at The praise for the department came just emergency services and at hospitals on weekends days after three first year students assisted a The ER24 paramedic that responded to the throughout the duration of the three-year CPUT student who collapsed while jogging at call applauded the students for taking charge of programme. the Bellville campus running track. the situation. Currently CPUT is the only institution in the Mr Joseph Roberts, Mr Brain Allchin, and In a letter to the Emergency Medical Sciences Western Cape offering the programme. DESIGNER showcases accessory range Surface Design student, Ms Christel Stipp along with Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS recently showcased their range of women’s accessories at an exhibition held on the Cape Town campus. The exhibition was the culmination of Ms Stipp’s Mtech practice-based research project. Ms Stipp is the first CPUT MTech surface design student to complete a practice-based research project, which consist of a dissertation and a practical. Students usually opt for the dissertation route. However, Ms Stipp said she was up for a challenge and opted for the creative route. Her project aimed at equipping the elderly with surface design skills in order to empower them to create an accessory range. She approached the Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS community group that is based in Khayelitsha. Ms Stipp started work on the project in 2006 and held various creative and skill based workshops with the women. Many of the women were already skilled in crochet and other handwork techniques and were able to incorporate this into Ms Stipp’s project. “After the workshops we went on to create the accessory range which included handbags, ponchos, scarfs and belts. We worked with a wide variety of materials. This included wools, leather and craft-wire. The majority of materials were sourced from South Africa and Namibia,” she said. The various accessories will be marketed and the public will be able to place orders. The accessories will be produced by the women who will benefit from the sales. Mama Gold, one of the members of the group thanked Ms Stipp for the positive impact that the research project had on the grandmothers’ lives. She said they gained valuable skills. Co-ordinator of the MTech Fashion and Surface Design Programme, Ms Alettia Chisin said: “As an educator I was deeply grateful for having had the opportunity to supervise a project of this nature, which EXHIBITION: An example of the range produced by was from the start a co-operative and reciprocal exchange of knowledge and ideas amongst all the Ms Christel Stipp and the Grandmothers Against Poverty participants.” and AIDS. 14 ANGLO RESIDENCE reaches out to community Imizamo Yethu Children’s Home has become Ms Dlephu said: “We decided to rope in the the latest beneficiary of one of the Anglo City of Cape Town as they are in a good position Residence’s social responsibility activities, to identify these homes. We wanted to help the after they were given food and clothes as part neediest home and Imizamo Yethu Children’s Home of a donation. was the one.” Anglo Residence, one of the CPUT residences Each student donated R10 towards the at the Bellville campus, in conjunction with the City project. Ms Woniwe said: “I thank you for coming of Cape Town, visited the home in Eerste Rivier as you have really made a difference. You have on 28 August 2009. About 25 people, which “Through cooperation from the students, our brought hope and joy to these children. Working included the residence’s house committee and project was very successful,” said Ms Dlephu. with kids from different backgrounds is not an easy students, took part in the initiative. They donated task. Some of them were dumped on the highways groceries amounting to more than R3000. Other The City of Cape Town offered to transport and I feel it is my responsibility to give them love.” donations included clothes that were collected by the group from the Bellville campus to Eerste Rivier the students. The purpose of the visit was to interact and back. The residence plans to visit more homes in with the children. The students also prepared and the future. served lunch for the children after school. Imizamo Yethu Children’s Home was started in 2000 by Ms Cordelia Woniwe. She now “If things were easier for us, we would adopt According to Ms Bulelwa Dlephu, the residence looks after 11 children that she gets through the Imizamo Yethu Children’s home,” Ms Dlephu coordinator, they decided to identify needy homes. the Department of Social Services. concluded. EDUCATION OPEN DAY also showed learners how to teach Foundation Phase Mathematics through storytelling. attracts hundreds Dr Nozuko Gxekwa, a Xhosa and Academic Literacy lecturer at the Mowbray campus, shared both the challenges and rewards of being a teacher The CPUT Education Open Day for Xhosa speakers has attracted more than 200 learners with the learners. Addressing the learners she from Cape Town schools. said: “You have been very brave and wise by coming here. You have made a good choice as the Centre of Science and Technology (Cosat) and teaching is not just any work but rather a calling”. Leap Science and Maths School. Even though it is tiring as there is a lot that’s happening in class, the end product always pays The idea for the open day came about after off. Teaching is the mother of all professions. the Western Cape Education Department conveyed Teachers produce state presidents and it all starts to CPUT’s Education department that there is a with the five vowels”. shortage of Xhosa-speaking teachers in the General Education and Training Phase, and most particularly In 2008, the department ran a pilot and visited in the Foundation Phase. almost one thousand Grade 12 learners to discuss the option of a career in teaching. According to To kick start the day, Mr George Mvalo, Professor Maureen Robinson, Dean of the Faculty manager for Institutional Transformation, Social of Education and Social Sciences, they discovered Cohesion and Diversity, gave the welcoming and that learners are generally ill informed about the introductory speech to the learners, saying: “I trust teaching profession; from salary options, that you will leave here with a better insight of the conditions of service and opportunities for career TEACHING: Third year Education students show learners institution.” development. techniques used to teach at the Foundation Phase level during the Open Day. He also emphasised the importance of Last year, the department held the ‘Open Day The Open Day, which was held at the Mathematics and Science and highlighted how for Xhosa speakers’, which attracted learners from university’s Mowbray campus on 27 August 2007, much the country needed people with such skills. three different schools. was organised by the Education: Foundation Phase and Education: Intermediary Phase units. Third year students showed learners different Ms Nici Rousseau, one of the organisers, said: methods of teaching in the Foundation and “Because we want to produce good teachers, we Learners from seven high schools, who intend Intermediary Phase. Numeracy/ Literacy decided to visit schools that did well in the matric to pursue a career in teaching, attended the Open Foundation Phase (FP); Arts Intermediate/ Senior examinations last year. We then sent a letter to Day. They were from Thandokhulu High School, Phase and FP; Movement ISP and FP; and the schools’ principals, asking them to identify Isilimela High, Manzomthombo High, Cape Technology ISP and FP are among the subjects learners that are interested in teaching and who Academy for Maths and Science, Crystal House, that were showcased to the learners. The students are doing well.” AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2009 15 DANCE TEAM CLINCHES TOP TITLE The CPUT Dance Sport team was recently crowned the tertiary dance champions at a national tertiary competition. Each year, the top Ballroom and Latin dancers from tertiary institutions across South Africa compete for the title of the top dance team. This year, the CPUT Dance Sport team walked away with the top title. They competed in all the dance sections, which included Latin dance, ballroom and team formation. CPUT dance trainer, Ms Tracey Howard, said 20 members of the Dance Sport team participated in the week-long competition. Ms Howard, who has been with the team since September 2008, said: “The competition was tough but the team did very well.” She said spectators were expecting teams from GOLDEN DANCERS: The CPUT Dance Sport team was recently crowned the tertiary dance champions at a national Gauteng to clinch the top prizes. tertiary competition. However, she said: “We proved everyone Ms Aluta Mjuza, who is the secretary of the Ms Nwabisa Mei, who competed in the Ballroom wrong.” team said: “It was a good experience and really and Latin sections of the competition, said there nice to win.” is a good understanding between members and Ms Howard said the CPUT dancers’ passion a “great team spirit.” and dedication to the sport helped them to clinch A first year Biomedical Student, Ms Mjuza said the top prize. they are planning to compete in 2009 and are She said without team work and passion for positive that they will bring home the trophy. the sport they would not have clinched the title. BOXING STAR turns professional CPUT boxing star, Mr Sivuyile Ngwevela, has recently taken up professional boxing. Mr Ngewevela, who has represented the institution at student competitions for the past several years, recently participated in his first professional boxing tournament. The tournament, which took place in mid-August in Khayelitsha, saw a number of first-time professional boxers battle it out in the ring. “It was a tough competition but I managed to win,” he said. Mr Ngwevela, who has held the tertiary boxing champion title for the past five years, decided to turn professional after representing the institution at the third World Student Boxing Games in Russia last year. “Going to Russia was a big step for me. When I came back I decided to take boxing a step further and turn professional. It was not an easy decision because professional boxing is tough,” he said. The twenty-six-year-old student, who is studying towards an Education Diploma, said he will participate in small tournaments this year, before moving on to bigger ones in 2010. RISING STAR: Mr Sivuyile Ngwevela, who has taken “I would like to become a South African champion and then move on to bigger titles,” he said. up professional boxing.