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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

    “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.

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                                                                         Disability Unit opens doors in Cape Town                                  9
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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.

                                                             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.

                                                   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.
  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.
    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.
    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.
                                                      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
   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.

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.
   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
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

                                                                                                                           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.

                                                     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.

   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
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.

   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

VICTORY: Students who participated in theScrutinize Campaign’

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

     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
  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.

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   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.

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
   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.

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                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                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.

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.

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                                                       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

    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.

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
  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.