Graduate set to grace New York City stage (published February 2017)
MMus conducting student, Grant Snyman, is set to grace the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA. Grant was chosen as first clarinetist and as shadow for the KZN Youth Wind Band who will be competing at the International New York Wind Band Festival in New York in March.
The KZN Youth Wind Band is one of only six wind ensembles selected to participate in the festival, out of 36 international applicants. Furthermore, they are the only ensemble not only from South Africa but also Africa, to compete and have been selected to perform the world premiere of a newly commissioned work written for them to play at their gala performance in the famous Carnegie Hall.
Researcher selected as youth leader (published February 2017)
Alumnus Siboniso Dlamini, an NMMU postgraduate Marine & Maritime Studies researcher, who was recently selected as one of a handful of youth leaders in Southern Africa to provide-insights and guidance to the high level Southern African Ministerial Conference on Jobs for Youth in Africa (JFYA). The conference will be attended by Southern African Ministers of Finance, Education, Labour, Vocational Training and Youth Employment. It will address the new strategy being implemented by the African Development Bank Group to create 25 million jobs for the youth in 10 years – a $3 billion project.
He has also been appointed in the Advocacy and Marketing position of the South Africa Alumni Committee of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) of Southern Africa (SA) Region where he will act as a brand ambassador for the YALI RLC SA projects. Siboniso has also been selected and nominated for various local, national and Africa committees focusing on civil, public and private sphere developments, challenges and providing high end sustainable solutions.
Doctor appointed as Chief (published February 2017)
DPhil graduate Dr Kwame Asmah-Andoh, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Management and Leadership, was recently appointed as a Chief of the Lower Dixcove, in his home-country of Ghana.
Dr Asmah-Andoh has had to appoint a Regent to act in his place since he is still engaged at NMMU. The Regent will act on his behalf until he returns to Ghana to take up his royal responsibilities.
Master's student selected for international conference (published February 2017)
Lichaba (Thabo) Mooko, a Master’s student in Public Administration and former SRC Deputy President who has been selected by the Institute of International Education together with the Kresge Foundation to participate in the 2017 Achieving the Dream Conference in California, USA.
Thabo was identified as an important participant in the Kresge’s $2.9 million initiative, Siyaphumelela (“we succeed”), which is designed to build South African data analytics capacity to enhance student success. Influential policy-makers, thought leaders and practitioners from over 200 institutions around the world will join together later this month to reflect on and share lessons from their experiences implementing student success related strategies on their campuses.
Prof gives helping hand (published January 2017)
NMMU dean and alumnus, Prof Azwinndini Muronga plans to launch the Science Education, Outreach and Communication Programme in March. He has developed this prgramme aimed at improving maths and science marks in the province, which he describes as extremely concerning.
Muronga is also president of the SA Institute of Physics. The programme will focus in science education from Grdae R pupils to undergraduate university students, with outreach programmes for pupils, teachers and communities across the province.
Alumni President ppointed head of NMMU Business School (published January 2017)
On behalf of the University Council, it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of educationist and businessman Dr Randall Jonas as the new Business School director, from January 2017.
Dr Jonas brings with him a wealth of relevant business experience from industry and education to NMMU. He is also no stranger to the University, having previously served on the NMMU Council and NMMU Trust with distinction, and is currently President of NMMU Alumni Association.
He boasts an elaborate curriculum vitae with more than 35 years working experience in both public and private sectors, including many years as Chief Executive Officer of the Eastcape Training Centre (ETC) and Private FET College, where he served industry and commerce in critical skills development.
Honours Student takes third prize (Published December 2016)
Alumnus Lungelo Gcwabaza, a Quantity Surveying Honours student, won third prize at the annual national Greenovate Awards Competition held recently.
The competition is designed to inspire and encourage students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably. Lungelo presented his BSc Quantity Surveying Honours research entitled: “The silent killers of strategy implementation in quantity surveying firms” at the competition (Supervised by Prof Gerrit Crafford).
Alumnus accepted into British Guild of Motoring Artists (Published December 2016)
National Diploma in Graphic Design graduate, Clive Botha has been accepted into the ranks of British Guild of Motoring Artists. It is a prestigious worldwide group of artists, designers and engineers, founded in 1986, who share a common interest in automotive art and whose work shows strong commitment to motoring subjects.
Botha has over 10 years experience, managing his own digital marketing agency, MotorMedia Communications, where he primarily focuses on automotive relative industries.
NMMU staff alumni honoured (Published November 2016)
Prof Rossouw von Solms from the School of ICT and Prof André Calitz of the Department of Computing Sciences were both honoured with a Fellow of the IITPSA Award at the annual IITPSA (Institute for IT Professionals in SA) Presidential Awards Ceremony recently. It is the first time in 35 years that the institute of IT Professionals awarded the honour on Eastern Cape members.
The award to Prof Calitz was presented for his contribution to the ICT industry in the Eastern Cape and establishing the South African Computer Accreditation Board (SACAB) and to Prof von Solms for his years of commitment to the international computer organisation IFIB (the International Federation of Information Processing).
Alumni awarded Special Recognition award (Published November 2016)
Dr Nicole Vorster (right) from Innoventon and her PhD student Ms Marthie-Postma Botha were recently awarded the GAP (Gauteng Accelerator Programme) BioSciences Technology 2016 Special Recognition Award for their technology which involves extracting bioactive compounds from olive waste for use in the skincare and health sector. The award comprises seed funding and business support at the Propella Incubator in Port Elizabeth.
This year the competition was also opened to other provinces. GAP: Biosciences is hosted by the Innovation Hub in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and in collaboration with Emory University (Goizueta Business School) in the USA.
Alumni receive MACE awards (Published November 2016)
Communication & Stakeholder Liaison staff member and alumnus Beverley Erickson was awarded Honorary Membership of national body, MACE (Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education) during their annual congress held in Durbanville in November. The award was made for her significant contribution to the organisation and to the promotion of the Marketing, Advancement and Communication disciplines in higher education over a period of 30 years. She has served on the Board of Directors for two terms, and has just stepped down as treasurer/secretary after a four-year term.
NMMU Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, Pieter Swart, received the President’s Award from MACE in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to promoting excellence in the higher education sector. Bev and Pieter are both founding members of the organisation.
Accounting alumus scores high (published November 2016)
BCom Honours Accounting graduate, Kirsten Illenberger, recently took top honours in a sought after international accounting exam, coming joint-first in the world.Illenberger scored an exceptional 90% in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ (CIMA) Operational Level Case Study exam.
The exam, which was written by candidates from all over the world, is based on a real world business and industry to provide a simulated business context.
Watch the SABC TV interview with Kirsten at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls0xvAW3ljM
PhD student selected for Fellowship (published November 2016)
Alumnus Potego Phakwago, Animal Production Lecturer & PhD student (Dairy Farming) in the Department of Agriculture & Game Ranch Management has been selected for a Fellowship as one of 50 Young Scientists in Developing Countries to work in India at the National Dairy Research Institute. He will be working with top rated dairy scientists which will assist his PhD studies on dairy farming - enabling him to publish articles with these top scientists.
The ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal, Haryana, India will host Potego for a period of six months as he carries out his research study on “Efficiency of Dairy Farm Management Practices of Smallholder Producers in Eastern Cape, South Africa and Karnal, India”.
Rising Star Recipient to lead SA team (Published September 2016)
NMMU Alumnus and Madibaz Sport Manager, Zanele Mdodana has been selected as the South African U19 netball coach for the team travelling to Angola in December to participate in the u19 Region Games.
Mdodana received an Alumni Rising Star Award in 2015.
Edge Financial Group celebrates 15 years (Published September 2016)
September 1st, saw Edge Financial Group celebrate 15 years in business and also saw the long-term realisation of the Walmer-based financial service provider registering its new investment company, Edge Asset Management, which manages three tailor-made unit trust funds - Edge Cautious, edge Balanced and Edge Moderate Aggressive.
Alumnus, Edward Gutsche, who is the founder, managing director and chief investment officer, described the growth of his firm from its humble beginnings in 2001 to being Nelso Mandela Bay's only company licensed to trade as a registered category-two asset manager, with more than 100 small, medium and large companies on its client list and R1-billion in direct assets under management.
Project runway for Bay (Published August 2016)
FOUR Port Elizabeth gents including textile design graduate Llewellyn Williams, along with three colleagues, will put their best foot forward with their latest summer/winter collections at a Fashion Week during October.
The aim is to expose designers to media, potential buyers both locally and internationally and also to remove the stigma placed on PE that the city can not host big shows according to one of the colleagues.
NMMU micro - brewery success (Published August 2016)
NMMU brew might be crowned the best craft bear produced by a South African university. The NMMU team which includes four PhD candidates, will be travelling to Johannesburg during September to put their five unique craft brews against beers from 14 micro-breweries at tertiary education institutions. Last year the team took second place in the lager and third place, in the winter warmer categories.
This year they will be entering five categories and taking along a lager (Jack Hauff), a cider (Queen of Hearts), a winter warmer (King Leo), a pilsener (Desert Ace) and a trappist-style beer (Jester of the Abbey).
PE woman most influencial (published July 2016)
Alumnus, NMMU Alumni Rising Star Recipient and Port - Elizabeth businesswoman, Dr Bridgette Gasa once again proved she is a force to be reckoned with when she scooped two awards at the Celebrating Organisations of Excellence awards ceremony on Friday.
Gasa is the managing director of the Elilox Group and was handpicked from 4900 nominees as the most influential woman in the building and construction sector in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community region.
Newly elected NMMU Alumni Association Executive Committee (EXCO)
Association members elected a new executive committee at the recent AGM held at the North Campus Conference Centre … back from left, Director: Alumni Relations and Association Secretary Paul Geswindt, EXCO elected members Welcome Kupangwa, Sonnetta Human,Michelle Mbaco front from left, Alumni Council representative Prof Hugh Jeffery, Vice President Khwezi Blose, President and Council Representative Dr Randall Jonas, Treasurer Elmari van de Merwe and EXCO elected member Ayanda Mlatsha.
Alumnus slected as Top 35 CA's (Published July 2016)
BCom Hons graduate and School of Accounting’s Prof Johnathan Dillon who has been selected as one of SAICA’s Top 35 Chartered Accountants under 35 years of age featured in the July edition of Accountancy SA magazine.
Prof Dillon will be going to Johannesburg at the end of August for the final judging sessions. The winners will then be announced at a function in Johannesburg at the end of September.
NMMU alumnus Alta-Mari Grebe, financial manager of DCD Wind Towers in Port Elizabeth, is also among the 35 Chartered Accountants. She studied under Prof Dillon for her BCom Honours (Accounting) in 2014.
Graduate selected to be part of prestigous Autumn School (Published July 2016)
BA graduate and Hons in Sociology student and intern at CANRAD, Pedro Mzileni, was selected to be part of a group of five students from NMMU and a total of 20 from the Eastern Cape, to participate in the Friederich Ebert Stiftung Fort-Hare Autumn School 2016 earlier this year. The Autumn School has four contact sessions throughout the year and covers topical issues from Social Democracy and Political Economy.
Subsequently, Pedro has been selected to attend the Southern Africa Regional Youth Forum (SARYF), which will take place from 24-28 October 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.
Yale Alumni hail new generation university (published July 2016)
A GROUP of 30 Yale University alumni in Nelson Mandela Bay on part of a national tour of institutions of higher learning have rated Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) as being “among the best”.
The alumni volunteers visited NMMU to present the Yale Global Leadership Exchange (YaleGale) programme and in doing so, also initiated a number of viable partnerships with the new generation university going forward.
The YaleGale alumni travel around the globe giving of their time and talents to other universities as part of their loyalty to their alma mater. This is the YaleGale’s first trip to Africa.
Senior Director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the Association of Yale Alumni Kathy Edersheim was among those who had high praise for NMMU.
“The reception was warm and the programme excellent. Your University is among the best,” said Ms Edersheim, who also singled out the “impressive infrastructure”. The American team toured three of the University’s five Port Elizabeth campuses and also had dinner at the South End Museum.
Masters student wins prestigious award (published July 2016)
NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University Architecture master’s student Judy Cizek was one of three joint winners in a prestigious national architecture competition, open to top candidates from architecture schools across the country.
Each equally-ranked winner received R50 000 from the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation. It was the ninth year the Foundation has awarded its prestigious Prize in Architecture. They were judged on a portfolio of undergraduate work, academic results over their entire Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, a 24-hour design competition, and an interview. A panel of well-respected architects and academics made up the panel of judges.
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Achiever Recipient in new Volkswagen role (published June 2016)
Ex-managing director and chartered accountant alumnus is set to head the collectiveregion of South America, Central America and the Caribbean for German autmotive giant Volkswagen.
Powel's new appointment comes less than two years after he left the Bay and Volkswage group in uitenhage to take up the position of presidnet and chief executive of Volkswagen in Brasil.
Local graphic designer makes it big in Chicago (Published May 2016)
A HOLIDAY visit to a high-end visual effects company in New York led to a dream job offer in Chicago for Port Elizabeth graphic designer, Udesh Chetty. Chetty is now the visual effects supervisor at Chicago’s The Mill, one of the biggest post-production houses in the world.
Since completing his BTech in Graphic Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2003, Chetty has worked primarily on television commercials as a visual effects artist and supervisor. In 2014, he won a craft gold Loerie Award for his visual effects work on Prudential’s “South Pole” TV commercial directed by Velocity Films – it was the only visual effects craft gold awarded that year. Before moving to Chicago, Chetty worked as a graphic designer and motion graphics artist at Searle Street Post Production in Cape Town.
Some of his work includes the Jeep ‘4x4ever’ TV commercial, Alfa Romeo’s ‘If emotion made a car’ commercial, and the Cadillac Escalade ‘The Herd’ TV commercial. Chetty creates digital pop art, exploring visual parodies and narratives through illustration, 3D rendering, and photo manipulation. He does this using among other apps, Autodesk Flame, a software application which allows artists to manipulate digital film footage.
NMMU Alumnus creates opportunities for students (published May 2016)
What started in a Port Elizabeth garage by two students in 2012 has morphed into a business with a growing international customer base and an annual turnover of more than R300-million.
SMSPortal, the bulk SMS marketing business used by the likes of Pick n Pay and Anglo American, was the brainchild of students Charles Stretch and James Pearce.
The two remain loyal to their roots employs eight NMMU graduates in its broader team which has offices in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The company has also kicked off enticing paid internships in Cape Town for NMMU Computing Sciences and IT students or graduates.
Golf marathon for charity-minded student (published May 2016)
NMMU alumnus and golfer Mike Usendorff will soon embark on his longest round of golf yet: an attempt to play 180 holes in just 10 hours. But its all for a good cause.
Half he money raised during the BTech Marketing student's golfing chllenge on May 16 will be put towards NMMU's costs to participate in the upcoming University Sport South Africa (USSA) golf tournament, the other half is going to the ErnieEls Centre for Autism.
Graduate joins international leadership programme (published May 2016)
A post graduate NMMU student has been given the opportunity many could only wish for after being nominated for a regional leadership programme set up by US President Barack Obama.
Sibonio Dlamini a postgraduate maritime studies student, returned recently from a regional meeting in Johannesburg following his nomination to the Regional Leadership Centre of Southern Africa (RCLSA). This is part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme set up by Obama in 2010 which seeks to invest in the next generation of African leaders.
Alumnus launches electric wheels (Published April 2016)
Engineering alumnus Hiten Parmar (left), Deputy Director of the national uYilo eMobility Programme, based at NMMU, gives mechatronics student intern Unathi Mabi a demonstration on how to use the new shared fleet of solarcharged electric bikes at NMMU. Ten e-bikes, all part of a shared fleet, have been launched as part of this unique green transport pilot project and is a first for a South African university.
The shared e-bikes can be collected and dropped off at custom-designed docking stations on two campuses. Each bike, which weighs about 35kg and can reach a top speed of 25km/h, has an on-board tracking unit for data capturing. uYilo will be monitoring usage to test effectiveness of the pilot project which runs until December 2016.
Success against the odds (Published April 2016)
WHEN Heinrich Williams crosses the stage this graduation, his companion and study buddy Viking, donned in full graduation attire, will as usual be right by his side.
Viking, the four-year old Golden Retriever mix, attended all Heinrich’s lectures and exams as a service dog, assisting Heinrich in achieving his NDip Industrial Engineering.
Sadly, Heinrich was not always paralysed and has learnt to adapt to life in a wheelchair. In 2010, while working as a process engineer in China, Heinrich contracted a bacterial infection which resulted in an abscess pressing up against his spinal cord. The pressure damaged his spinal cord and left him paralysed from the neck down, a C6 quadriplegic. Heinrich is a qualified aircraft electrician and spent 12 years working for the air force.
Viking is trained to open and close doors, pick up objects, assist Heinrich with getting dressed, alert somebody if Heinrich is in need and he can even press the panic button for the alarm. Heinrich is also supported by his wife who is the sole breadwinner and caregiver. Heinrich is currently completing his BTech in Industrial Engineering.
Sporty achiever (Published April 2016)
Former Madibaz rugby player Enrico Acker 25, combined his love for rugby and interest in financial management to complete his MCom in Business Management. In his thesis titled: The personal financial management attitudes and practices of South African rugby players, he worked closely with rugby players to find out what their views are towards financial planning. Enrico completed his masters while studying and playing rugby for both NMMU and the EP Kings in a full-time capacity.
Successful sisters (published April 2016)
Graduates Emma (left) and Hannah Minkley will be graduating at the same ceremony this year. Emma 28, completed an MTech in Fine Art (painting) while Hannah 25, receives her MTech in Photography. Emma works part-time as a tutor in NMMU’s Art Department and Hannah is currently self-employed. The sisters accredit their parents Gary and Cheryl for influencing their artistic career paths and were encouraged to have a creative and unconventional outlook on life.
Joint celebration (published April 2016)
Against all the odds mother and daughter Tandiswa and Anda Ngxukumeshe (left) are looking forward to celebrating their graduation together this year. Tandiswa 45, a lecturer in NMMU’s Business and Economics Sciences Faculty completed her PhD in Business Management while daughter Anda Ngxukumeshe 21, receives her BSc in Construction Economics.
The pair were challenged when losing four immediate family members in the space of two years just six months apart. They are both continuing their studies this year- Tandiswa is completing a degree in Theology and Anda an honours in Quantity Surveying.
Women power (published April 2016)
Prof Miemie Struwig (centre) was the sole supervisor to four female graduates (from left) PhD Business Management graduates Amanda van den Berg and Heidi Janse van Rensburg, both lecturers at NMMU. Kwezi Lomso High School Tourism teacher, Erika Ferreira, and Vice-Principal at DF Malherbe Penny Vosloo are the first MPhil Tourism Management graduates at NMMU. They all started together and completed their qualifications in the minimal required time. “These women are all educators and education is very dear to my heart – I am very proud to have empowered them to make a difference by empowering those they will teach. I am nearing the end of my career and this is a great way to end a legacy,“ said Prof Struwig.
NMMU produces its first blind graduate (published April 2016)
NMMU’s first completely blind graduate Xolisa Yekani, 37, is hoping other blind students will be inspired to follow his example after completing his BA honours degree in Journalism during April.
Yekani the first to graduate in his family, was not always blind but lost his sight at the age of eight while playing along the riverside with friends in a village called Dutwya in the Eastern Cape. . It was later revealed that he had lost his sigh due to his untreated cataracts which caused his corneas to be permanently damaged. Yekani is the current affairs producer for the SABC’s isiXhosa radio station Umhlobo Wenene, in Port Elizabeth and also the chairperson of the Nkosinathi Foundation of and for Blind and Partially-Sighted People.
Double Doctorate for teaching duo (published April 2016)
TWO PhDs in any one family, completing the same degree, at the same time – while both managing full-time jobs at the same institution. Zimbabwean married couple and parents of four, Canisius and Ennie Manyumwa, who have each spent 34 years as educators, received their PhDs in Education from NMMU.
Both teachers by profession, Ennie, 56, spent 23 years teaching at three primary and two high schools, then two years lecturing at a teacher education college. Her husband spent 11 years in three high school teaching posts, then 12 years as a college lecturer. They now both work at Midlands State University in Gweru.
The pair selected NMMU, based on the institution’s website, and the “very inspiring accounts” of colleagues who had studied there before them, completed their degrees in three years.
Alumnus wins Powerlifting championships (published April 2016)
NMMU Biokinetics intern and master’s in Human Movement Science student, Edgar Katushabe, has won the South African Raw Powerlifting Championships in the Junior u120kg division recently!
Well done Edgar – your consistent excellence makes us proud!
Ultra - modern facilities open at NMMU faculty (published April 2016)
Three state-of-the-art lecture theatres including a plush circular 250-seater auditorium - have opened for science students at NMMU. The three venues, which collectively seat 420 student, make up the ground floor of NMMU's new R56-million science building on the south campus.
MCom Business Management graduate and NMMU's infrastructure projects director Greg Ducie said "The building is part of new university infrastucture worth more than R200-million that has been in the process of being developed over the past couple of years."
NMMU students get 24-hour IT lab (published April 2016)
In efforts to provide students with the best technological opportunities, NMMU has opened a new 24 hour laboratory on its Bird Street Campus.
NMMU's chief information officer and head of the institution's ITC department Dr Sam Bosire, who graduated with his doctorate from NMMU in 2014 said the computer labs, with 43 computers and internet access, would benefit an increasing number of students living in the Central area.
As part of the launch held at Felsted Building on NMMU's Bird Street Campus, 250 tablets were handed over to deserving studentsas part of the institutions commitment towards widening accessin an ever-growing technological era.
Siblings cross stage together (published April 2016)
Although two years apart in age siblings and now alumni, Jessica and Jonathan Roux obtained their Bachelor of Commerce (Law) together this year. Both Jessica and Jonathan serve on the executive committee of the International Law Students Association with Jessica being the Secretary and Jonathan running Marketing, PR and Events. Jessica is also an Olympian swimmer and a member of NMMU Nedbank Swimming Club.
Alumnus football senation (published April 2016)
MADIBAZ Football Sportsman of the Year and master’s student in Chemistry, Cloudius Sagandira played an important role in the team’s success in 2015, leading to them winning the Pefa league title for a second consecutive year.
The Madibaz premier side successfully defended their Pefa league crown, while the premier reserve team took home the title in their division for a third consecutive year.
Alumnus flies high (published March 2016)
BA honours Psychology student Zilondiwe Goge, was recently elected as the first student liaison officer for the South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis at the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) interdivisional conference that took place in Johannesburg recently.
Zilondiwe is also the Vice-Chairperson of the PsySSA student division for 2016.
Local talent soothes the soul in Spain (published March 2016)
BMus graduate Tarynne Swarts, who is currently studying towards her doctorate in educational science at the University of Granada in Spain is about to introduce her electro mix of Afro-fusion and Latin-jazz sounds to Port Elizabeth audiences and plans to launch her latest album in May this year.
Swarts who has released an album Pachamama which in Spain means “Mother Nature”, is collaborating with local musicians to introduce Pachamama to her home town audience before she heads back to Spain.
Pachamama was recorded in Ibiza in Spain with eight tracks recorded in Spanish, Zulu and English. She was also a former arts and culture educator at Woodridge College and Preparatory School.
Master’s graduate nominated for architectural award (published February 2016)
From humble beginnings to nominee for design award, NMMU graduate is making waves in the world.
Leon van der Westhuizen, who grew up in the small town of Piketberg in the Western Cape was surrounded by great architectural designs such as the large Dutch Reformed church built in 1881 by Carl Otto Hager in his trademark neo-Gothic style.
Van der Westhuizen has been named the Eastern Cape Regional Architectural Corobrik Student of the Year finalist for the national competition for his design focusing on regenerating the derelict Boet Erasmus Stadium into a biological water treatment and research facility.
Top-performing master’s students from each university in South Africa which offers architecture are entered into the competition. The national winner will be announced in May.
PE talent nabs "most beautiful object" (published February 2016)
Design graduate Laduma Ngxokolo, who previously won the Alumni Rising Star Award, has produced the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2016. This is the form of a shawl. 10 objects were nominated for this category and Ngxokolo was nominated by design, decor and styling guru Tracey lee Lynch for his knitwear shawl.
Ngxokolo plans on opening his own factory in South Africa and establish Maxhosa by Laduma as a lifestyle brand. He has also featured on television in 21 icons and is the first African designer to be invited to design packaging for Chivas Regal.
A passion for business (published February 2016)
NMMU graduate, Rush Bhana, uses his skills to expand in hometown. Port Elizabeth-born entrepreneur was exposed to the inner workings of business from an early of seven, watching his father, Vijay Bhana, build and run 17 shops in Korsten.
Bhana, who is the founder and chief executive of Johannesburg-based marketing and branding enterprise The Trump Card, honed his skills in the industry and is now expanding to develop his market in his hometown.
Bhana studied financial planning at the institution where he then started to climb the corporate ladder at financial institutions inclusing Standard Bank and KPMG.
NMMU second in global competition (published February 2016)
TWO NMMU students, completed the international FIFA/CIES Sports Management programme at NMMU last year, have come second in 2016 FIFA/CIES Network competition.
The project entitled "Green Goal: Sustainability in Football" promotes the use of solar energy to light up South African football stadiums, saw BHMS graduate Warren Hartland and Max Grunewald, named as runners up.
The plan is to pilot the project at the Parow training grounds of Ajax Cape Town Football Club, where Grunewald is the General Manager.
Selfies that says it all (published January 2016)
NMMU NDip Journalism graduate, Clayton Morar recently attended the Golden Globes in Los Angeles growing his celeb-selfie collection. Port Elizabeth born Morar, was invited by American media company NBC University and had the opportunity to rub shoulders with Hollywood's most famous at the awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Morar managed to chat and take selfies with big names such as Katy Perry, Kate Hudson and Tyrese Gibson as well as Toni Braxton, Ian Somerhalder, Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Nicole Scherzinger and Queen Latifa.
Coaching for township youngsters (published December 2015)
Innaugral Sports Day organisers have ripened the history of sporting in New Brighton with Community leaders coming up with this innovative idea to keep the sporting legacy going in the future.
2015 Rising Star award recipient and sports manager for NMMU Zanele Mdodana along with Andrew Mazina, Sidima Mooi and Wela Mtati have created a platform for a cricket and netball clinic at the New Brighton Oval on December 23.
The first attempt by the group, with cricketer Tando Qeqe and netball star Mdodana to the fore will ensure that sport continues to flourish in the area, giving children the chance to emulate those who have set the standard in the past.
NMMU fashion design graduates hits the catwalk (published December 2015)
Owner of Chronikil clothing, Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana and Angelique Demont teamed up with jewellery designer Namhla Faku for this year's SA Fashion show.
Both Makhetha-Kwinana and Demont are fashion design alumni from NMMU. The fashion week was aimed at fundraising in aid of motor neuron disease. The entertainer for the event was Niqui Cloete-Baraa who was also the MC at the event.
This was the first time Demont previewed Thabo Makhetha in collaboration with Chronikil clothing menswear.
Alumni Award recipient to join NMMU (published November 2015)
After 15 years as principal of Sapphire Road Primary School, NMMU graduate Bruce Damons is passing on the baton after transforming the Booysen Park school into a place of hope and opportunity for both parents and pupils.
Damons will be taking up a new role as a lecturer at NMMU's education faculty next year. He will be teaching honours students leadership and research. He also hopes to work for the univeristy's centre of community schools, which aims to promote, strengthen and support the work of ommunity schools in the Eastern Cape.
Under his leadership, the school opened a clinic. a wellness centre, vegetable gardens and a library and built two security points manned by unemployed parents to tackle crime and vandalism.
NMMU Alumni honoured
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University alumni were once again honoured for the significant contributions they have made to their specialist fields and their contributions to the development and well-being of society at local, provincial, national or international levels.
The annual Alumni Achievers Awards took place on Friday, 30 October 2015 at the university.
"Other than a degree certificate or diploma from NMMU or its founding institutions the recipients must have an excellent professional track record (and have achieved recognition by peers, industry, professional bodies, etc, must have made significant impact within their professional field and/or in society/community development at local, regional, national or international level and must be of good character to serve as NMMU ambassadors and role models,’’ said NMMU Alumni director Paul Geswindt.
This year Rising Star Awards were presented to Business Day editor-in-chief Songezo Zibi and businessman Gugu Nxiweni, academic Prof Nkqubela Ruxwana, businessman Ruan Viljoen and sportsperson Zanele Modana.
Furthermore, Head of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Kevin Hustler, the Provincial General Manager of SABC (Eastern Cape) Zola Yeye and public relations guru and Business Women’s Association chairperson Michelle Brown receives Alumni Special Awards.
Andrew Hannington, CEO of one of the largest accounting firms in South Africa, Grant Thornton, Global Director of Digital Marketing for Huawei Technologies, Nicholas Graham, Head Coach to two international cricket teams – the Rajasthan Royals, in the Indian Premier League, and Sydney Thunder, in the Australian Big Bash League, Paddy Upton receives the Alumni Achievers Awards.
Ambitious Alumnus gathers up Wisps to build a Hero (published September 2015)
NMMU BCom Hons graduate Alan Knott-Craig JNR - the man behind the Project Isizwe free Wi-Fi scheme in Pretoria and former boss of MXit and iBurst wants to build "the Capitec of telecoms" as he seeks to solidate South Africa's hundreds of small wireless internet Service providers (Wisps).
Knott-Craig has the backing of heavy hitters such as former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordan and Rand Merchant Bank CEO Mike Pfaff, Knott-Craig has raised funding to help Hero-Tel, , his new company, establish a national presence, partly through acquisitions of like-minded Wisps and partly through estsblishing a national brand under which third-party Wisps can sell their services.
Doctoral candidate undertakes unusual research (published September 2015)
NMMU graduate, academic and film fanatic Janelle Vermaak is teering clear of stan dard subjects by engrossing herself in her passion - aliens. Her research includes meeting freaks, space aliens and horror-film stars.
This all being part of her quest to write a dissertation on "fandom" - the habits, like and dislikes of film buffs.
She first studied industrial psychology at Stellenbosch before realising that she did not want to help people in that context. She then completed a BA degree at NMMU then masters degree through which she found her calling in film studies and script writing.
Welding coup for NMMU engineering (Published September 2015)
SOUTH Africa's energy sector is set to save billions after researchers were granted international approval for the developement of ground-breaking sampling and welding technology earlier this month. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) gave approval for use of WeldCore ® - a friction taper hydro-pillar welding and repair process - in the country's power generation and petro-chemical industries.
The approval follows 15 years of research by NMMU's engineering technology station - eNtsa, which has driven a number of innovative engineering solutions.
Top honours granted to NMMU Professor (published August 2015)
NMMU Professor in the department of zoology and director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology and PhD Science graduate has yet again won the environmental conservation category of The Herald Citisen of the Year awards. He won a gold medal for his contribution and achievements in zoology in Southern Africa.
Receiving the award from the Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA) at the joint congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa and the ZSSA in Grahamstown earlier this month, Kerley said he felt humbled by the recognition.
Alumnus way ahead in the numbers game (published August 2015)
BCom Honours in Accounting graduate Nathan Hofart has completed the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants professional qualification (Cima). His resulting designation as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA) through Cima - the leading global professional body for management accountants - will kick in after her gains the required practical experience.
Though he is doing his articles through PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), he was able to complete the first year as an academic trainee in NMMU's school of accounting, via the Saica-endorsed academic traineeship programme, a national initiative which is available to top students.
Graduates chosen as finalists in Rising Star Awards (Published July 2015)
CIES NMMU graduate Clyde Tlou and NMMU Communications Lecturer and MBA graduate Brightness Mangolothi have been chosen as finalists in the Standard Bank Rising Star Awards. Clyde is a finalist in the Media & Marketing category and Brightness, in the Service: Public & Private category.
The awards publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals who have a capacity for achievement and success. These are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interviews with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars.
Alumnus launches book (Published June 2015)
DBA graduate has launched his book titled “An Umbrella for the Rainbow Nation” recently at the NMMU Business School in Summerstrand. The book seeks to highlight the possible futures for South Africa towards the year 2055. Authors of this book Prof Chris Adendorff and Dez Collier focusses on what the future holds for our so – called Generation Z (0-24 year olds).
Adendorff is a professor at the NMMU Business School while Collier is a publisher and freelance writer. Adendorff is also involved in various entrepreneurial ventures. The book aims to equip this generation Z with the correct education and mind set including entrepreneurial skills.
Alumnus scores big appointment (Published July 2015)
BPSYCH graduate to Justin August, also a lecturer in the Psychology department, has been appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa for a five year term.
Powerlifting Championships (Published July 2015)
ALUMNUS Edgar Katushabe (left), a Biokinetics Honours student and BHMS graduate, and Sebastiaan Loubser, a 3rd Year BSc Information Systems student, has represented the Eastern Cape at the recent SA Equipped Powerlifting Championships in Potchefstroom in the Junior -120kg Division.
Loubser won a gold medal in his first National Powerlifting competition and Katushabe won a silver medal in the same category.
Katushabe’s bench press total also earned him a spot in the Bench Press Team to take part in the Commonwealth Championships in Vancouver, Canada in December this year.
Alumnus soars in Engineering field (published June 2015)
Master of Education student Kholisa Papuwho won the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) best submission and best presentation awards at SASEE’s Third Biennial Conference held at UKZN recently. (www.sasee2015.ukzn.ac.za).
Kholisa’s paper, “Investigating the use of argumentation to promote critical thinking in first year mechanical engineering laboratory report writing”, was presented in the ‘academic support programmes and initiatives in STEM teaching’ strand. Her research findings stimulated lively discussion and was considered to be an innovative and meaningful contribution towards engineering education, particularly in light of current recurriculation imperatives.
Top 20 Inspirational Youth (published June 2015)
NMMU BAdmin graduate, student and CANRAD intern, Samantha Beynon has been selected as one of the Top 20 Inspirational Youth in South Africa 2015 by www.youthvillage.co.za.
“We are always inspired by stories of young South Africans doing remarkable work in South Africa and all over the world to either inspire or help facilitate development in the lives of people in their communities; be it through activism, sports, art, entrepreneurship etc. This year’s list identifies South Africans mostly below 30 years of age, who are prominent in their areas of activism or fields of expertise and are raising the South African flag high and making us proudly South African.”
Master's student excels (Published May 2015)
Congratulations to Goodness Onwuka, a master’s student in Mechatronics, who came third in the national finals of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Southern Africa Young Persons’ Lecture competition on 21 May 2015. He presented a lecture on “Ductile-Mode Machining of Brittle Materials”.
NMMU among Top Top 10 in National Accountancy Exam (published April 2015)
Consistent hard work and a strong will to succeed paid off for two NMMU accounting graduates who were placed in the national Top 10 in the first of two exams qualifying them for chartered accountancy.
BCom (C3 Accounting) graduates Suzaan van den Bergh, BCom was placed joint seventh in the country while Daniel Alfond came in ninth in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) Initial Test of Competency in January.
NMMU's class of 2014 BComm Accounting honours graduates recorded an impressive 93% pass rate - far higher than the national pass rate of 76% from the 2480 graduates who sat the exam.
NMMU's Nicholls lands top position (published April 2015)
BCom Hons graduate has been appointed as president and managing director of General Motors sub-Saharan Africa effective from June 2015. Ian Nicholls takes over the responsibility for the overall operations of the automotive giant in South Africa, sub-Saharan and Israel.
Nicholls is the first South African managing director of GM sub-Saharan Africa in more than 10 years. He will remain based in Port Elizabeth reporting to Mario Spangenberg, the president and managing director of GM's Africa and Middle East operations.
Mohair magic spreads wings (published April 2015)
NMMU graduate, Armand Dicker, made the top four of AFI Fastrack, at this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held in Johannesburg where Mohair South Africa (MSA) attended which supported fashion doyenne Marianne Fassler's Leopard Frock label.
AFI Fastrack gives design students a head start in their fashion careers. He is also a former MSA bursary recipient and will network and learn from some of the most celebrated designers in the industry and showcase his range later in the year on a national platform.
Graduate helps pupils by writing book (published February 2015)
Former student and Port Elizabeth high school teacher penned a handbook to prepare matriculants for real life challenges. Simon Sonderup, NMMU BA and Postgrad Certificate in Education graduate has produced a handbook aimed at helping Grade 12 pupils make smarter decisions and improve their life skills.
The book titled "Don't Be fooled - Make Smart Decisions" aims at empowering pupils to make betyter decisions about life after school as young custumers and to avoid making costly decisions later on in their lives. The first edition of the book was proced in June 2014 and distributed to Grey High School's Grade 12 pupils in October, where he is an educator.
Top Award for VP educator (Published February 2015)
BSc Hons and Higher Diploma in Education graduate, Rashied Wynford, has won the first prize in the "Excellence in Mathematics FET phase" category, ensuring his place as provincial winner of the Eastern Cape.
Wynford, a teacher of 22 years, has spent the previous 11 years at Victoria Park High School teaching Maths.
He was nominated by Mr Cecil Heraldien (subject advisor of Mathematics FET phase) for extraordinary work done in this field. The award recognises not only Wynford's passion, dedication and commitment to the subject at Victoria Park High, but he is also credited with improving the pass rate of grade 12s at Morningside, Cingani and Tamsanqa High Schools.
Alumni takes Centrestage (Published January 2015)
NMMU graduate couple Tanya and Gary Hemmings, who are driven by passion dazzle audiences in PE and around the glove for almost 20 years at Centrestage.
Centrestage which started as a 7-day-a-week dinner-theatre venue, bringing top music and comedy shows down from throughout the country. Later, Centrestage moved to the Harbour Sports Cafe an then started its relationship with the Boardwalk, where Centrestage has been reinvented from a venue to a box office, agency to a production house.
Tanya, who graduated with BCOM, PG Diploma in Accounting and also BA Psychology, and her husband Gary who studied towards A BA Arts and BCom degree have now blossomed Centrestage into a top notch entertainment company, boasting an array of exceptionally talented artists.
2015 holds many suprises for loyal Centrestage fans and first-timers with the launch of Gino Fabbri's new show called "Wisecracks" as well as restaging popular Neil Diamond show as a fundraising event, also including artist performances such as Donna Africa and Shirley Bassey.
Farewell to former Alumni Achiever Recipient and VWSA's head (Published January 2015)
ONE of NMMU's first Alumni Achiever Award Recipients, BCOM and Postgrad CTA graduate, David Powels, will soon be embarking on a new journey in Brazil.
Powels, who is the outgoing managing director at Volkswagen SA will take over as president of VW Brazil next month, where he will head up four plants with a total of 22000 employees. VW is Brazil's biggest car manufacturer - producing more than 700000 cars a year - and one of the company's largest outside Germany.
We are proud of David Powels who flies the NMMU flag so high.
Master's student wins top national award (Published January 2015)
NMMU master's Pharmacy student and Vice-Chancellor Scholarship recipient Lana Strydom is the joint winner of a top national pharmacy award. The alumnus shares the award with a student from Rhodes University, Christy Clayton.
The award recognises the top student based on academic excellence, leadership qualities and involvement in local and national student affairs. She is currently studying towards her MSc in Phamaceutics while lecturing part time in the pharmacy department.
NMMU produced big guns and still growing(Published January 2015)
CAPTAINS of industry, politicians, scientists, sportsmen and creative types are among the diverse groups of students who have all passed through the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's (NMMU) academics halls.
Over the years the institutions has produced nearly 90 000 graduates who collectively hold 115 000 qualifications, from bachelors degrees, masters and doctorates to diplomas and certificates.
The university counts amoung its alumni ANC stalwart and National Assembly chairman Cedric Frolick, MP Yusuf Cassim, former Proteas wicketkeeper Dave Richardson, Proteas coach Russell Domingo, cricketer Wayne Parnell, designer Jenni Button, Volkswagen executive David Powels, Cadillac president Johan De Nysschen, businesswoman Dr Bridgette Gasa and SABMiller chief executive Alan Clark.
NMMU true reflection of change (Published January 2015)
The University of Port Elizabeth, (UPE), whose founding was mired in political controversy, came into being 50 years go. It preceded the amalgamated entity that is today referred to as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), which is celebrating a milestone decade this year since the merger of UPE, the Port Elizabeth Technikon and the city’s campus of Vista University
Former vice-chancellor Rolf Stumpf, NMMU council deputy chairman Cumngce Gawe and dean of students Khaya Matiso all gave contrasting accounts of the long and difficult road it took to arrive at a new entity designed to serve all in the Eastern Cape, the country and elsewhere.
Read full article at The Herald http://www.heraldlive.co.za/nmmu-true-reflection-change/
First black students taught white friends to toyitoyi (published January 2015)
The University of Port Elizabeth’s first black student representative council member this week stepped back in time to recall the tentative first years of establishing a diverse institution.
St Claire Adriaan, who did a B Ed at the university from 1991 to 1995, spoke this week from the US, where he is now based, about his student memories. “It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. There were few people of colour enrolled at the university and to most of us it was just a place to study, not our university."
Read full article at The Herald http://www.heraldlive.co.za/first-black-students-taught-white-friends-toyitoyi/
How indifference turned into an academic love story (Published January 2014)
In 1966, a boy's hopes of studying at Stellenbosch University and participating at the institution's legendary intervarsity were dashed when his father insisted his son study at the newly established University of Port Elizabeth (UPE). So began an enduring academic love affair between Professor Emeritus Japie Engelbrecht and his alma mater.
"In my days there was a bioscope (cinema) film about the intervarsity that featured Stellenbosch. After watching that film, everyone wanted to go study there, myself included. My father, however had different ideas. Port Elizabeth is about 300km from Graaff-Reinet and Stellenbosch is even further."
Engelbrecht's father allayed his son's fears about the quality of the university's lectures by telling him that some of the top professors would be recruited. Although he retired last year after a mammoth innings at the university, he is still attached to the institution as a professor emeritus and oversees post graduate students.
Alumni award recipient to serve Internationally (Published January 2015)
Congratulations to NMMU Choir Conductor, Junita van Dijk, who has been selected to serve on the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) Artistic Committee for the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, 2017.
Junita’s name was put forward for nomination by the Executive Committee as “a colleague who would do an outstanding job” . This is a group of six people, three from the Barcelona region and three from around the world, who decide which choirs and lecturers to invite to the Symposium.
Madibaz cricketer called to serve Proteas (published January 2015)
Madibaz cricketer, Simon Harmer was honoured by NMMU today for his call-up to the Proteas test side.
He was presented with a beautiful frame of photos from his first test against the West Indies earlier this month.
NMMU Trust awards second bursary (published November 2014)
NMMU’s Light a Candle campaign has helped another student to achieve his dream with a bursary of R25000 from the NMMU Trust Office. Sakhumzi Dukwe is just one of the thousands of students let down by the government financial aid scheme this year.
Sakhumzi who matriculated from Soweto-on Sea’s SEK Mqhayi High School last year will have his second year of psychology studies financed through pledges made by donors buying into the trust’s Bursary Legacy “Light a Candle” campaign.
The campaign is an interactive one that sees donors buying and lighting a candle, at R500 each, that goes towards students’ bursaries.
Former DVC shares views in book (Published November 2014)
NMMU’s former academic Deputy Vice Chancellor shared his renewed persepective with the city recently in a book called Rainbow Nation. Professor Piet Naude, shared snippets from his book Reading between the (Head) lines on Life in South Africa at the NMMU Business School recently.
In the book Naude tears into all aspects of the various things that make South Africa what it is and breaks down societal constructs often perpetrated by the media. The book has been published by the Times Media Group.
Giving the gift of hearing (published November 2014)
ALUMNUS, Alumni Achiever Award recipient and the CEO on Klinimed in Port Elizabeth along with his dedicated team shared the gift of hearing with Rocklands pensioner recently when he received a free hearing aid worth R18 000.
Klinicare Foundation was donated a practically brand new hearing aid to donate to someone in need, this person being stroke victim Edwin Wait.
Embracing Differences (published October 2014)
ALUMNI couple celebrated their 21st anniversary this year recalling a “chaotic” yet happy wedding in 1993. New Brighton born “people’s person” and businesswoman Nomahlubi nee Buyambo and her architect husband Tim Hewitt-Coleman were married a year before the birth of the new democratic South Africa and had a larger than expected number of wedding guests as. This because the community had never witnessed a white man marry a black woman before and gate-crashed their wedding.
The couple met in 1989 through Hlubi’s brother who then shared a room with Tim while he was a student at the former UPE. The happily married couple have three children.
NMMU awards honour efforts (published September 2014)
University lecturers and researchers were honoured recently for for their achievements in their academic fields of research and teaching, the creative and performing arts, innovation and engagement.
Nearly 40 lecturers were given accolades at the awards ceremony held at the Boardwalk International Convention centre.
PhD student wins poster prize (published October 2014)
Well done to Nicholas Kwarikunda, a Physics PhD student and part of the Centre for Energy Research’s PV Group, for winning the poster prize in the Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) section at the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC) held in Amsterdam last week.
The EU PVSEC is the largest international Conference for Photovoltaic Research and Technologies, Industries and Applications.
The NMMU Alumni Association presented the NMMU Choir with a Certificate of Appreciation at their 20th Anniversary Concert held recently.
The Choir was recognised by the Alumni Association for their 20 years of great ambassadorship and for building cultural bridges through excellent choral music.
Receiving the award on behalf of current and former choir members were Mzukisi Kota, Jessica Horne, Junita van Dijk (conductor) and President of the Alumni Association Randall Jonas.
Alumni live by NMMU values (published September 2014)
Givng back to the community (UBUNTU) is what these current students and alumni are doing at Ethembeni Interim Home in Motherwell. The Home consisting of 21 pensioners from disadvantaged backgrounds is forming part of an outreach project whereby the students lent a helping hand in developing the home.
Fully supported by the Financial and Accounting Service Sector (FASSET) and Mandela Bay Accountancy Training (Mbat), students were instructed to draw up reports indicating the financial support they need. Among the alumni assisting were Sanelisiwe Mbalane, Lonwabo Mbanya, Asanda Siko, Lwando Dingiswayo, Emmanuel Shaidi, Thembelihle Siboza, Vuyelwethu Losina, Nesiswa Makubalo, Unathi Tyani and Nolokholo Mbam.
Former SAS president wins 2014 Golden Key Community Service Award (published September)
Congratulations to 4th year BPsych student and the President of the NMMU Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society as well as former Student Alumni President, Curwyn Malaping, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Golden Key Community Service Award, including prize money of US $1,000. Only two awards are made annually to Golden Key members from around the world, with more than 70 students applying for the award of this year.
The Award recognises members for outstanding and impactful community service. Over the past four years, Curwyn has volunteered for 12 organisations, accumulating over 1400 hours of community service. Part of the criteria for the award was that an individual had volunteered a minimum of 100 hours in their life.
Zoology Alumni excel (published September 2014)
Congratulations to NMMU Zoology students (from left) Liaan Minnie (Best PhD Presentation), Tiffany Bell (Best MSc Presentation) and Amarein Gerber (Best Student Poster) who excelled at the recent Annual Symposium of the South African Wildlife Management Association, and collectively won all the awards for student presentations.
Amarein is an Honours student and her winning poster (Can black-backed jackal regulate invasive warthog through neonatal predation?) is in the background. Liaan’s talk was on “Reproductive flexibility contributes to the resilience of black-backed jackal populations in the face of anthropogenic mortality”, while Tiffany’s was on “Understanding the drivers of bat (Chiroptera) activity patterns relevant to wind turbines: conflicts between growing energy demands, supply of renewable energy and bat conservation.
Women in business (Published August 2014)
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber held a breakfast recently for women in its Top 40 Under 40 achievers club to celebrate the impact of women in business in the metro. The breakfast, held at The Plantation in Port Elizabeth, saw panelists such as UDDI chief executive Patricia Dlamini, NMMU Trust acting chief executive Renita Affat, NNMU Professor Vivienne Lawack, Adendorff Architects and Interiors head Dr Gillian Adendorff, MDA planning and development manager Dorelle Sapere, among others.
The ladies shared useful insights about running a business, making tough career choices, corporaqte leadership and the often-elusive balance between climbing the corporate ladeer and managing a family life.
Former NMMU student wins big (Published August 2014)
The sky is the limit for a former NMMU student who won an award at the Sylbna Fashion and Lifestyle Awards. Oyama Dyosibi's agency, Oyama Management Agency, won best modelling and acting agency in South Africa. The awards, which recognise young up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the field of fashion and lifestyle was held at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg. Dyosibi is also a model booker, photoshoot creative director, producer and publicist and an actor where he starred on shows like Tempy Pushes on SABC 1 and A Wannabe on e.tv.
Quadrangular event prodies boost (published August 2014)
BCom Hons graduate Conrad Hurter, who does not qualify for the veterans category because of his age, recently took place in the Mini Open interprovincial in Outshoorn.
The tournament was played across all three formatsd, with mne's and one women's singles matches, one men's and one women's doubles and two mixed doubles.
NMMU hosts woodwind studio concert (published August 2014)
THE music department of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University hosted a woodwind studio concert recently at the South Campus Auditorium. The lunch hour concert featured woodwind ensembles, solo works and chamber music.
The university's clarinet studio has achieved much acclaim this year with Grant Snyman winning the tertiary section of the South African Society of Music Teachers competition and fellow student Tiaan Uys being runner-up. Uys also came third in the tertiary category of the National Music competition in Grahamstown in June.
Schools receive hi-tech computer study material (published August 2014)
Pupils at three Port Elizabeth schools, Sanctor, Woolhope and Gelvandale High Schools, have been given a boost to supplement the maths and science which they are learning in their classrooms with the help of hi-tech, curriculum-aligned video lessons on desktop computers to be used for pupils in grade 10, 11 and 12.
The offline, technology-based maths and science support programme available on the computers has been developed by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit and the university's FirstRand Foundation chair in maths education.
Lecturing approach pays off (published August 2014)
AN NMMU lecturer and BA Hons NMMU graduate, Dr Ruby Somhlahlo-Zauka, assists second languauge students with bilingual study-buddy lessons which has seen pass rates boom higher this year.
First year lecturer for the modules English for academic purposes (communication in English B) said the course foucessed on listening, reading acade inc texts and articles, writing academic essays and public speaking.
Somhlala said that she hopes the programme will grow and have lessons explained in other courses too.
NMMU celebrates girl power (published August 2014)
ALUMNI, BA Hons graduate Sesethu Gqomo and BTech Public Relations Management Farren Foutie, who also are employed at NMMU welcomed guest Suliwe Sihlwayi at the "Women of IT" function hosted recently.
National Award for PE architects (published August 2015)
LEADING Port Elizabeth architectural firm The Matriz has added another national award to its growing collection of accolades after receiving the 2014 South African Institute of Architects (SAIS) Merit Award.
Company Director, and MArch alumnus, Albrecht Herholdt, said The Matrix was now the proud recipient of three national SAIS awards. BArch graduate, Miles Hollins along with Herholdt were recognised nationally by the institute for the restoration of its own premises - a former Freemasons Lodge - in 2010 and for much more acclaimed restoration of the Pearson
Conservatory in ST George's Park. The company is is also involved in high profile projects at the city's Opera House and also boasts a string of awards from the Easyern Cape Institute of Architects (ECIA).
No place like home for Zoetmulders (published June 2014)
The business of sport is more than a job for the Zoetmulder family, who spend most of their weekends ensuring active Port Elizabeth residnets have unique events to keep them busy.
Michael, owner of ZSports and BSc graduate has worked for Delta (now General Motors), travelled to Europe and Autralia, started a profesional lifesaving company called Pals which he managed for four years, then moved back to the UK getting back into the IT business becoming a shareholder and eventually returned to Port Elizabeth in 2005.
His wife, Sandy, is the owner of News Cafe at the Boardwalk, and has received national awards as marketer and brand builder of the year despite the PE News Cafe being one of the smallest in their chain.
After spending 10 years abroad and returning to Port Elizabeth in 2005 Michael started a company called Dare2Paddle which grew into managing the Surf Ski Series and started Ocean Racing Series which now heads into its 10th series and is Africa's largest family beach event.
Alumni representatives elected (published June 2014)
THREE Alumni representatives were elected to structures at this year‟s AGM.
The meeting which was held during May, elected two represent-atives to serve on Council and one Institutional Forum representative.
Cumngce Gawe, current Council Vice Chair and Prof Hugh Jeffery were re-elected.
Alumni Association Vice President, Evert Knoesen, was elected as the alumni repre-sentative on the Institutional Forum.
Alumni develops solar powered tablet (published June 2014)
South African startup Millbug Technology has developed a low-cost solar powered tablet, providing an accessible device for those who do not have electricity.
Millbug was founded in 2012 by Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwanaas as an e-commerce platform selling women’s clothing.
The duo studied at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and made use of online courses to educate themselves about electronics. The tablet is currently market ready and retails for ZAR1,499
Fine Art graduate excels (published June 2014)
Congratulations to Lisa-Mari Ledwick, a masters student in Fine Art who has made the official selection for the inaugural Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival (IMSFF). She has been recognised for her work “Soliloquy” in the Narrative Shorts category.
IMSFF will take place from 25 - 29 June 2014 at the MAXI-Cineplex in the Hatfield Plaza, Pretoria.
Well Done Lisa-Mari!
Former SRC president youngest member in parliament (published May 2014)
Congratulations to former SRC President, DASO Caucus Leader and master’s in Public Administration student, Yusuf Cassim on becoming the youngest Member of Parliament in the history of South Africa.
Yusuf is the DA Youth Federal Chairman.
In addition, senior lecturer and former EP Cricket president Malcolm Figg will also be representing the DA in the national assembly.
We are indeed proud!
Alumnus excels (published May 2014)
Congratulations to NMMU Fine Art Alumnus - Hannalie Taute – whose exhibition, Rubber Ever After, presented at this year’s KKNK festival won the Kanna Award for the Best Visual Arts exhibition.
The announcements were made at the Mount Nelson Hotel this week. Hannalie’s preferred medium is the unique combination of embroidery on rubber.
Well done Hannalie – still flying the flag high!
NMMU produces first gastroenterologist (published April 2014)
ALUMNUS Dr Ernst Fredericks became the first gastroenterologist to graduate from NMMU after obtaining a PhD in biochemistry. The field is a branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders.
Dr Fredericks is only the third gastroenterologist in South Africa to obtain a PhD, but both other specialists have migrated leaving Fredericks as the only one in South Africa.
Battle through cancer to be a Dr (puslished April 2014)
ALPHA Primary School teacher, Charlotte Hendricks, conquered breast cancer and completed her doctor's degree in educationcafter a long battle with her health, but she did for the empowerment of teachers in Port Elizabeth's northern areas.
The foundation phase head of department started her post graduate journey with six friends in 2006. Hendricks says her dream was always to be a teacher and wants to be a light for the people in her community.
Brotherly love unites law experts (published April 2014)
THE Grigor brothers, whose bond inspired them to study law, graduated with their master of laws (LLM) degrees recently.
Charles, 57, Francois, 51, and Marius Grigor, 50, who hail from Algoa Park, developed a love for the legal profesion when they worked in administration and human resources at the Justice Department offices in Pretoria in the 1980s.
Charles, works at the Justice Department as a deputy director in area court management, Francois is a labour law consultant in Kuruman and Marius works as a human resource manager and legal officer at Stander's Transport.
NEW Doctor to strengthen metro administration (published April 2014)
NELSON Mandela Bay municipality's director of infrastructure and engineering, Walter Shaidi, aims to use his newly acquired doctorate in public administration to plough back knowledge to help strengthen administration in the city.
Shaidi, who recently graduated from NMMU zoomed in on the causes of violent service delivery protests in the country's municipalities and intends on publishing books and share the knowledge he felt all municipalities needed to know.
POSTGRADUATE student snatches award (published February 2014)
A thesis based on a goal to help a group of indigenous Namibians has earned a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University postgraduate student the regional Architectural Student of the Year award.
Mientjie van Niekerk, who won R8000, will also represent the university at the national awards later this year. Her Thesis, A Platform for Trade and Interaction, comprises an essential oil distillation plant, an informal market and a cattle trading area for the indigenous Ovahimba people of Opuwa in the north-western Namibia.
She works at Howard and Chamberlain Architects and is hopeful to win the grand prize.
NMMU choir celebrates 20 - year high note (published February 2014)
Invitations to world events in China and Canada are a fitting celebration of the 20th anniversary of the country’s first multi-racial choir.
The formation of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s multi-award winning choir – the very first mixed-race choir at a South African university – was spurred on by the arrival of democracy in 1994.
Its quick and ongoing success – the result of highly-polished performances of African traditional, classical, Western European and Latin American songs – have made it a favourite on the global stage. Last month the choir received a much coveted invitation to the 12th China International Chorus Festival (CICF) and International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) World Youth Choral Education in July.
ALUMNI provides a performance platform (published February 2014)
TWOTONE Music - headed by Port Elizabeth's hugely talented alumni, Ulagh and Gareth Williams, who hold a MMus and BMus qualification respectively from NMMU are providing a performance platform for local musicians, mostly NMMU students and alumni since 2008.
Ulagh and Gareth returned to the Bay following a three-year stint in countries like Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.
Gareth has been lecturing at NMMU on and off since 2001 with a few years of 'world travel' in between. He lectures in saxaphone and clarinet studies and Ulagh has just been appointed as NMMU's Jazz vocal lecturer.
Top 40 under 40 2014 (published February 2014)
ALMOST half of the recently announced PE Business Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 stars are NMMU alumni!
Political and Governmental Studies’ Dr Joleen Steyn-Kotze lectures at NMMU and often does commentary for the media, while award-winning Xhosa-knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo has been the star at Design Indaba and invited to Paris Fashion Week.
Computer Science BCom Honours graduates Devereaux Joubert and Mohammed Cassim started their software development company The Code Group four years ago and now have 10+ programmers (mainly from NMMU) working for them. The other 14 alumni in the group are Marieka Barnard, Tim Jones, Debbie Makan, Nwabisa Makunga, Kazeka Mashologu-Kuse, Nosi Ncoyo, Gustav Nefdt, Tanette Nell, Vincent Nortier, Phumeza Pepeta, Zukiswa Di-Anne Qoto, Bradley Smith, Charles Stretch and Ian Whittal.
Alumnus lands top job in motor industry (published February 2014)
NDIP Journalism graduate, Gishma Johnson, has been appointed as the corporate communications manager at General Motors South Africa (GMSA).
Johnson who has been employed at GMSA previously rejoins the company with experience in internal and external communications. She has been working in the manufacturing environment for seven years in the automotive and the tyre and rubber industries, holding the position of corporate communications manager at Continental SA.
Graduate turns truck operation into successful store (published February 2014)
BCOM graduate, Ross Johnston, owner of Rehab books and technology has moved his business from selling out of cardboard boxes in the residences to a thriving book and technology store at NMMU.
Johnston employs almost 30 staff members and has grown his business by 40% last year. Rehab sold about 6000 second hand books and 10000 new books in 2013. The company can only sell new books for BCom and Law students.
He is also the owner of popcorn company "Popping Delicious" trading in North End, delivering popcorn to East London, Grahamstown and Port Alfred as well as supplying 30 schools, 27 Spars and 80 shops.
Ubuntu assists alumnus in reaching dreams (published February 2014)
NOZIBELE Qamngana, a BTech in Marketing graduate has been appointed as the external relations manager for Ubuntu Education Fund. The non-profit organisation Ubuntu based in Zwide has been a part of Qamngana's life for the past 15 years assisting her with health, educational and social support.
At the age of 12 years she took part in a two-week cultural exchange programme in the United States with the Ubuntu Education Fund. Qamngana received assistance from the organisation to pay for her studies. Her new position will see her acting as the external communication liaison with the media and donors.
Celebrity entrepreneur in the making (published February 2014)
BTech Mechanical Engineering graduate, Ismail Hassen, has won the entrepreneural competition, Step-Up National Technology Innovation Competition in the manufacturing and mining category.
Hassan is also the owner of CSR-Africa, a container refurbishment and repair business that fixes accident-damaged shipping containers, where he employs 30 people.
Last year Hassen took part in The Big Legacy (BBL) Season 2 on SABC 3 and was a finalist in the Rize Mzanzi entrepreneurial reality show on SABC 1.
Bay radio boss' passion pays off (published February 2014)
BCom graduate and local radio station boss Dave Tiltmann celebrates 25 years at Algoa FM. Tiltmann was appointed as the general manager of the station in 1999 with his directorship following the next year.
He currently manages 53 employees with more than 600000 listeners and plays a vital role in the Southern and Eastern Cape by providing news, information and entertainment.
Citrus crop assisted by Scientists (published January 2014)
NMMU master's student, Patrick Mwanza, is currently using Africa's most powerful microscopes to boost the use of bio-pesticides in South Africa's citrus industry. He is combining cutting-edge physics with real citrus farming practices aiming to encourage farmers to wage an environmentally friendly war against the false codling moth, one of the country's main citrus pests.
Mwanza currently holds a BSc in Biochemistry, Chemistry & Microbiology and has recently presented his findings at major microscopy conferences in South Africa.
Graduate lands top job (published January 2014)
NMMU LLB graduate, Seelan Muthayan has been appointed as a director in charge of VAT at top accounting firm BDO South Africa. Muthayan, who is an attorney, has 16 years' legal and tax experience and overseas the indirect tax practice at BDO.
Before joining the firm, he was employed by SARS to deal with domestic direct and indirect tax. He has also worked as group tax manager of a JSE-listed company and has advised national and multinational clients in various industries.
Christmas joy will fill Feather Market Centre (published December 2013)
THE Feather Market Organ Society will be presenting its annual Christmas concert at the Feather Market Centre in December. It will be staged with the impressive grand organ and performed by four organists, six solo singers and accompanying trumpet, flute and bagpipes plus two guitars and choir.
The grand organ will be played by MMus graduate Prof Albert Troskie, MMus graduate Sulani Heunis, Tarryn Mintoor and Johan van Eck.
Well-deserved accolade (published December 2013)
MTech science graduate Maryna Lehmann-Maritz, a lecturer in Agricultural Management on the George Campus whose groundbreaking work in the arena of milk production has earned her a well-deserved accolade as one of seven category runners-up out of 400 entries in the first national Technology Innovation Competition.
Launched by the Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Innovation Agency and the CSIR, the Step-Up technology innovation competition was born from the belief that innovation can unlock new, different and more effective solutions to the challenges that face our country.
Maryna’s entry in the Food and Agriculture category revolves around an innovation that offers an easy, non-evasive method to detect metabolic disorders in cows long before any symptoms are visible, without disrupting the parlour routine.
Women in the Media (published November 2013)
NMMU graphic design graduate Ami Hawley exhibited some of her work entitled Women in the Media at this years' Collective Graduate Exhibition. The show included work from multiple design disciplines like photography, textiles, fashion and interior design.
NMMU Alumni Awards 2013
ACHIEVERS … Joining (front from left) NMMU’s Alumni Association President Randall Jonas, Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz and Chair of Council Judge Ronnie Pillay, are NMMU alumni achievers (from left) Alan Barr, Albert Troskie, Travis Greeff, Paul Treu and Nikki Mbengashe at the Alumni Awards on 31 October.
Recipients who were unable to attend the event were Dr Alan Clark, CEO of SABMiller, the world’s second largest brewer, and Danise Lopes (nee van Vuuren), the global head of intellectual property for the Coca-Cola company, SMSPortal owners Charles Stretch and James Pearce, multi-award winning classical organist Winand Grundling and South African Forrestry Company Limited (SAFCOL) Group CEO Nomkhita Mona.
Mohair goes funky (published October 2013)
WEIRD and funky fashion was the theme of the evening as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students showed off their work at the graduate showcase.
The annual event was attended and judged by some familiar names in the fashion industry, icluding NMMU graduate and award-winning Xhosa knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo.
In Jansenville, the International Mohair Summit saw Kelly Esterhuyse, BTech fashion graduate using the opportunity to launch her new mohair knitwear range which she hopes will be exported to Europe and the US soon. Estehuyse won the 2011 Elle New Talent award.
Blogging putting Bay in spotlight (published October 2013)
THREE Port Elizabeth bloggers are putting PE on the map by showcasing Nelson Mandela Bay's hidden treasures in the Ford EcoSport Urban Discovery competition.
The NMMU trio, BAS graduate Lauren Buchanan, her sister, media communication and culture student Andrea Buchanan and law student Simonne Paarman entered the competition because Lauren believed PE to be the best city with a lot to offer.
The competition challenges teams in the different cities to unearth their cities "best-kept secret destinations". The prize is a Ford EcoSport and the teams have to write a blog documenting their discoveries and upload photographs and videos to get people to follow their adventures and interact with them. Each team is given a Ford EcoSport to help them explore.
2013 Business women of the year (published October 2013)
BCUR graduate Dr Thandi Ndlovu has been awarded one of the Business women of the year awards for 2013 for the entrepreneurial category. The award, 34 years running, recognises high achieving women in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. It’s the longest running award for women in business in the country.
Ndlovu is also the executive chairwoman pf Motheo Construction Group and has overseen the supply of 30 000 serviced housing sites and more than 60 000 affordable housing units worth more than R1.2-billion over the past few years.
NMMU designers offer unique talent (published October 2013)
INNOVATIVE and colourful designs are some of the highlights visitors enjoyed at the annual Collective Graduate Exhibition hosted by photography, textile, fashion and interior design students at NMMU.
BTech fashion student, Leigh-Anne Liebenberg, used mohair for her material natural design. Thomas Bekker, BTech photography student used the concept of interactive fashion magazines on an ipad dealing with moving images.
The exhibitionwas open to all and free to enter.
Bay Soprano saves the day (published October 2013)
NMMU BMus graduate, Liske Potgieter, saved the day when she was called upon at last minute to stand in for renowned soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, who was meant to perform at the Opera and Choral Gala Concert.
The concert which took place at the Feather Market Centre featured the Eastern Cape Children's Choir and NMMU singers. Mkwanazi was unable to perform due to a throat infection and bubbly Potgieter performed Franz Lehar's Vilja Lied from The Merry Widow.
NutriTech gets top honours (published September 2013)
A Port Elizabeth supplements company that sponsors the Southern Kings, EP Kings and Chevrolet Warriors has won two national awards. NutriTech was the winner in the Whey Protein of the Year and Brand of the Year categories at the 2013 Chrome Annual Awards of Excellence recently.
The awards were instituted by Chrome to recognise Africa's favourite and most trusted supplements brands and products. NutriTech managing director and founder Jaco Serfontein hold a building diploma from NMMU.
Mixed results on Somerset East farms (published September 2013)
AGRICULTURAL management graduate, Ayanda Mehlo is the boss of his own farm, Kranzkraal and still knows exactly how to catch a sheep from his 1000-strong flock. Mehlo, started his path of entreporeneurship when just a child buy selling sweets at school with a R20 his grandmother had given him after his mother passed away.
From there, there was no turning back, Mehlo then supported himself throughout his school career and went on to own a spaza shop and liquor business in town. He waited for more than six years to get land where he started a a sugar beet farm supplyign grain for the biofuel plant to be erected near Cradock.
The Young Design Duo win national competition (published September 2013)
TWO young Port Elizabeth designers beat off other cotenders to claim the prestigious titles of the winners of the first-ever Cobra Design Competition. The winnders were Andrew Mboyi for Edge in the student designer category and Leigh Mclaren for Ceramic Lace in the professional/other category both were awarded R30 000.
Mboyi is currently studying architecture at NMMU. Mclaren is a MArch graduate and candidate artichect at B4 Architects in Port Elizabeth and passionate about design.
NMMU star in line for 'best goal' prize (published September 2013)
DIPLOMA in Management graduate and BTech student, Niven Kops, competes against two students from North West University for the Varsity Football Cup's Samsung Superstrike: Goal of the Series.
The former Bay Stars and Bay United player said the nomination came as a suprise as is was simply the case of being "in the right place at the right time" during their match against Tshwane University of Technology on August 26. The winner will receive a Samsung S4 cellphone and a R1500 Debonairs voucher.
Bay dancer off to Joburg (published September 2013)
NMMU graduate, Aarti Narotam, hopes to leave audiences wanting more when she takes her one-woman show to Johannesburg shortly. Her new project titled Devadasi will open doors for her as an artist.
Narotam who holds a BCom law degree from NMMU said she abandoned law for her passion in dancing. Devadasi was performed to sell-out audiences in Port Elizabeth and East London, followed by an international debut in Mauritius.
Bay does it again (published September 2013)
NMMU fashion graduate, Leigh-Anne Liebenberg will represent South Africa in an international textile dying competition in November. In the fifth consecutive year that NMMU has produced the national winner in the Society for Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition - and three of its previous NMMU winners went on to win the international competition.
Liebenberg, who works part time at Silver Spoon Clothing was overwhelmed when she received news of her victory against top fashion students throughout South Africa. She will be competing against 11 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Ireland, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Interact Award for master's student (published September 2013)
COMPUTER Science master’s student Michael Kyazze recently received an award at the international INTERACT 2013 conference (held in Cape Town) for the best paper at the conference’s African Masters Consortium.
Students from across the continent could submit papers for this. The paper was on A Model for Managing Personal Health Records Using Mobile Devices in South Africa. It was the first time that this prestigious conference was presented in Africa, with Prof Wesson (Dept of Computing Sciences) and Prof Paula Kotze (School of ICT) as co-chairs.
Master's student wins Interact Award (published September 2013)
INFOTECH: Software Development BTech graduate and current ICT Master's Student, Natalie Meiring, has won the Interact Award for the Best Masters Research Poster at the 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in Cape Town.
The criteria for posters were: Visual appeal, content, readability and design.
Natalie received the award based on the most votes received from the conference participants. 400 delegates attended the conference and different categories of posters were entered and judged.
NMMU graduate engineer to assist in building faster cars (published August 2013)
BTech Mechanical Engineering (2012) graduate, Beverly Singh, will join the team of specialist en gineers who are building the Bloodhound Supersonci Car in bristol in the UK. It will be used in a bid to break the land speed record (LSR) at Kaahskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in 2016.
Singh was previously a process engineer at Bay wind turbine firm Kestrel Renewable Energy.
Alumnus voted as President (published August 2013)
Director of Technical Services, Melvin Syce (MSc 2006) has just been voted "President Elect" of HEFMA - The Higher Education Faculties Management Association of South Africa.
Director is appointed as President (published August 2013)
Wayne Muller (NHDip Public Management 1994), Deputy Director: Financial Aid who has elected as the new President of the board of Financial Aid Practitioners of South Africa.
Graduate wins Bronze (published August 2013)
NMMU Zoology (MSc, 2001) graduate Ryan Wasserman won the prestigious Bronze Medal for Ex-cellence in Aquatic Science at MSc level for his work at the, South African Society of Aquatic Scientists‟ Conference.
He has published five scientific works from his MSc research, two of which are international research papers and all of which appear in ISI rated journals.
Staff alumni on Ministerial Committee (published August 2013)
DPHIL (1994) Arts Professor Heather Nel, Senior Director: Institutional Planning has been appointed to a ministerial committee to develop a national articulation policy for the post-school education and training sector.
Nel’s colleague from Cipset, Uthando Baduza has also been appointed to serve on this committee.
Artist hones talent in Paris (published July 2013)
ARTIST and recently retired university lecturer Prof Cleone Cull is back in Port Elizabeth following a rejuvenating three - month artistic sojourn in Paris. She attended Cite' Internationale des Arts through South African National Association for the Visual Arts (Sanava), which acquired three atelier apartments in the French capital in the early 1980's.
The Cite' is intended to provide a sojourn of limited duration to professional artists who wish to develop their artistic skills in France.
Two NMMU designers catch SAFW eye (published July 2013)
Fashion design graduates, Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana and Laz Yani are among nine semifinalists of the SA Fashion Week (SAFW) Renault New Talent Search 2013, for which they will have to conceptualise an eight-garment collection by September 20.
The competition aims to identify South Africa's hottest design talent and also provide the winning designer with a springboard into SA's vibrant fashion arena.
Master's student owns online clothing business (published July 2013)
Fine Arts graduate, Emma Minkley, has grown her online business, "Thrifty Magpie" to 1000 followers after just a year in business. The store, which stocks second hand clothing sources its items from charity, second hand shops and even car boot sales.
Minkley's clients include students from as far as Cape Town and Stellenbosch and trades her vintage wear at the Granary Market in Richmond Hill and Havelock Market in Central.
Rising Star Winner's designs to warm Paris (published June 2013)
BTech Textile Design & Technology graduate Laduma Ngxokolo makes his global mark as he arrived in Paris where he will showcase his Xhosa knitwear range at the Labo Ethnik fashion weekend during June.
He will share the stage with some of South Africa's fashion heavyweights, including Thula Sindi, Stoned Cherrie and Abigail Betz. Ngxokolo is also one of the recipients of the NMMU Alumni Rising Star Awards.
Graduate chosen as top 200 Yound Africans (published June 2013)
LLD Graduate and Law Faculty’s Prof Avinash Govindjee has been chosen as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans – the publication’s feature of young South Africans you should take to lunch. These are young people who will shape our country in the decades to come, in the sporting arena, in public life and in business.
The two hundred young South Africans who make the final list each year, are divided into a variety of categories: Arts and culture; Business and law; Civil society; Education; Environment; Film and Media; Health; Politics and Government; Science and technology; and Sport. Prof Govindjee was included in the Business and Law category.
In 2011 and 2012, he was the recipient of Researcher of the Year for his faculty. He is an attorney of the High Court and a senior commissioner of the CCMA. He was included in the second Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Top 40 under 40, a list of young business achievers published towards the end of last year.
NMMU graduate takes gold medal (published June 2013)
Alumnus Graham Stuart has won the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) 'Gold Medal Award' at a gala function held at the QS conference in Cape Town recently.
Graham is also the recipient of the Dean's Award. The Association of Quantity Surveyors South Africa (ASAQS) is a voluntary organization that is the custodian of the Quantity Surveying profession in South Africa.Graham holds a BTech in Quantity Surveying from NMMU.
Alumni funny man hits the web with videos (published June 2013)
BTech in Information Technology: Software Development) and software developer by day and funny guy video maker by night, Michael Lu, commonly known as Mike-E-Lu , hopes to take the edge off the sometimes doom and gloom world we live in with humorous YouTube videos.
Not limited to anything specific , Lu's YouTube channel, called Out My Head Creations, ranges from comedy sketches to music, cover and even funny "how to" videos. Although IT is his full time career, Lu said creating videos was his hobby and something he did with a passion.
Graduate goes above and beyond (published June 2013)
Joubert Botha, managing director of JobVine and Digital Media, believes his companies address the need for for innovation in recruitment by incorporating the latest technologies and social media.
JobVine, a social recruitment platform for recruiters and companies, is Botha's sixth start-up, which he founded in 2009 with his borther and a friend.
Karma Digital Media is a full service digital marketing agency which specialises in software development, digital marketing and social media management to provide businesses with business and digital strategy solutions for their unique requirements.
Alumnus fittest guy in PE (published June 2013)
Gym owner from Newton Park, Dave Levey, is to take on the world's best in California when he pits his skills against the best in the world next month. Levey who is a Biokineticist, was named the fittest man in Africa for the second time running.
Levey, who holds a Masters in Health Sciences degree founded Crossfit East London and Algoa Crossfit in Port Elizabeth, won both the Africa Open and the Africa Regionals of the Crossfit Games by good margins to secure single qualifying place for an African at the contest in the US.
Building a green future (published June 2013)
NMMU PHD student Kevin Kimwelle, is hoping to inspire the vibrant community of Richmod Hill in Port Elizabeth to "go green" through his environmentally conscious research.
Kenyan-born student has been living in Port Elizabeth for the past 10 years and has been working closely with language centre the Alliance Francaise to get their message across at the Richmond Hill Music Festival later this month. His PhD project - "The architect as an agent for social change: promoting community - driven design in sustainable development practice in Africa" - strives to shift architecture from a commercially driven approach to one which is more community driven.
Top businesswomen honoured (published June 2013)
Alumnus, Laetitia Ferriera was honoured recently at a glittering event hosted by the Businesswomen's Association (BWA) Port Elizabeth. She received the award in the entrepreneur category. According to Ferreira all the finalists are winners in their own right.
Higher Diploma in Education from the former UPE graduate is the owner of successful Loerie Processed Veg and said the competition gave her the opportunity to make new friends, network and most importnatly it gave her the opportunity to be inspired as a businesswoman.
Programmes first cum laude graduate (published May 2013)
BCom accounts first cum laude graduate, Khanya Ndzululeka, has made NMMU history as the first student in the School of Accounting's Thuthuka bursary programme - which aims to grow the number of black chartered accountants.
Ndzululeka said she owed her success to a balanced approach to her studies, excellent time management skills, strong family support and her faith. The Mthatha-born student has no doubt she will one day become a chartered accountant - and is aiming to use her skills to help others.
Alumnus appointed as new Proteas coach (published May 2013)
SPORT management graduate and former Warriors coach, Russell Domingo, has been appointed as the new South African cricket coach from August this year. Domingo who was the assistant for the past two years, will be taking over from former South African cricketer, Gary Kirsten.
Domingo's appointment was announced less than 24 hours after Kirsten opted out of renewing his contract for another two years. The former Chapman High School pupil said "It's not all love and fresh air - there is a lot of work to be done, and its only the start. It's a challenging period in my career."
EX - Bay CA leads Grant Thornton Merger (published May 2013)
BCom (Hons) NMMU graduate, Andrew Hannington, has been appointed chief executive officer of Grant Thornton auditing firm after playing a pivotal role in a two-month merger between the company and multidisciplinary professional services firm PFK.
The merger will move the second-tier Grant Thornton a step closer to its aim of playing in the same league as the "Big Four" in SA after Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Deloitte and KPMG. The newly appointed CEO said Grant Thornton Johannesburg would have 500 employees including 50 directors and 100 CAs.
Bay Lecturer creates own light aircraft (published May 2013)
A lifelong passion for aviation and inventing has paid off for NMMU lecturer and MDip Tech (Mechanical Engineering) graduate, Russell Phillips, with his creation of a light aircraft gracing the cover of popular aviation magazine SA Flyer last month. The Whisper X is the second aircraft that mechanical engineering lecturer has designed and built.
Phillips also has several noteworthy inventions in the renewable energy field, including the "twerly" a green street light completely powered by wind and solar energy, which is being commercialised.
Pharmacist runs chain of pharmacies for over 30 years (published May 2013)
AFTER over 30 years of running successful pharmacies, Port Elizabeth businessman and MPharm graduate, Deon Schoeman says the secret to success is hard work, taking care of employees and customers and providing exceptional service.
Schoeman owns the Klinicare chain of pharmacies in Nelson Mandela Bay which comprises eight pharmacies, two franchise stores owned by independent pharmacists, a nursing services business and a medical homecare store. Plans are in the pipeline to expand the business throughout rhe Eastern Cape.
Doctor earns NMMU huge contract (published April 2013)
DOCTOR in philosophy, Ian Wedderburn has landed himself a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering but also an R11-million research contract between NMMU and Eskom.
Wedderburn is the deputy director of NMMU's eNtsa research programme and has won the Eskom Chairman's Award for Innovation which secured the R11-million contract for the university. His doctoral thesis research formed the basis for NMMU winning the National Innovation Competition in 2010 and the National Science and Technology Forum's "Research leading to an innovation by a team" award in 2011.
NMMU Father and son celebrate double degree (published April 2013)
BARRY family celebrated the classic case of "like father like son" at one of the NMMU graduation ceremonies this year with well known Nelson Mandela artist Michael graduating with his master's degree in education and his son Mikale with a post-graduate degree in education.
Michael is currently the senior manager of Culture affairs, Arts & Culture at the NMMU where his tasks includes addressing diversity and integration at the institution through arts and culture. Mikale is currently a senior phase educator at St Thomas Senior Secondary where his father was an educator many years ago.
Single father cracks sensitive topic (published April 2013)
RED Location Museum's acting assistant director and researcher, Mpumezo Ralo, graduated with a master's degree in Philosophy in South African Politics and Political Economy from NMMU recently. He dealt with the inner workings of the ANC and its affect on Nelson Mandela Bay, finding that factionalism had a very negative effect on service delivery.
Ralo interviewed Bay politicians, senior officials and NMMU academics to establish the "extent to which internal contestation impacted on service delivery in the metro."
Quadriplegic defies all odds to earn degree (published April 2013)
Honours degree graduate, Sakhekile Zweni, despite being disabled, has defied all the odds to receive his honours degree in Group Dynamics from NMMU. A quadriplegic is a person who is paralysed in both legs and arms. The qualification Zweni holds pertains to enhancing production and improving relations within teams.
Zweni also hold two accounting qualifications and was working as an accounting specialist at Old Mutual when his car overturned in 2007 breaking his neck. After several months in hospital, Zweni realised that there is "definately life after disability" and picked up his studies last year. He uses an aid for note-taking in class and a voice recorder and a scribe to assist him with writing tests. He also made use of a computer with voice recognition software to complete his assignments.
Well-known fashion designer makes it big (published April 2013)
BA Hons graduate, Johan Wolmarans, is the talk of town, being the best thing to hit the fashion catwalk in the form of wedding gowns, matric ball gowns among others. Wolmarans, whose stand at The Herald Bridal Fair last year won best designer stand, designed the wedding dress of former The Herald Miss Port Elizabeth Di-Anne Qoto last month and will do the same for the winner of The Herald Win a Dream Wedding competition.
Wolmarans is a favourite for matric farewell dresses and was well represented last year at The Herald Wear Your Dream competition with nine of the 15 finalists wearing his designs.
Alumnus appointed as CEO of SABMiller (published April 2013)
Masters in clinical psychology graduate, Alan Clark, has been appointed as the CEO of SABMiller three months ahead of schedule prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer since 2012.
He joined The South African Breweries Limited (SAB Ltd) in 1990 as Training and Development Manager. He has since held a number of senior positions in the group, including Managing Director, SABMiller Europe, Marketing Director, SAB Ltd, Managing Director, Amalgamated Beverage Industries Ltd (SAB Ltd's soft drinks division) and Chairman, Appletiser South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Pair turn start up into multimillion - rand empire (published March 2013)
NMMU graduates, Charles Stretch and James Pearce, founders of the SMSPortal, the multimillion rand headline -making venture, says long hours, hard work and a light-bulb moment are paying the dividends for the pair.
The two, who started their venture in Pearce's parents garage in 2002 now boasts a company turnover of R300-million, a success story that has made national headlines and even appearing on the cover of the March issue of Entrepreneur magazine. They first started off with a student website called blueworld.co.za where students could submit their partying pictures. Only after being approached by club owners to market their events on their website that they had the multimillion - rand bulk SMS business brainwave.
SMSPortal's main role s to send SMS messages to its clients' clients. The business is now one of the country's biggest in the field.
Top IT firm established by NMMU graduate (published March 2013)
ALUMNUS and BCom accounting graduate Braddon Mc Clelland, is now leading the way in information technology support in Port Elizabeth. The former Grey High School pupil is managing director of Network Associates - Computech IT in Cape Road and recently made it on to the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber's Top 40 Under 40 achievers' list.
Mc Clelland, who is also an accountant, established his company - which provides a wide range of support from server solutions to network installations - in 1997.
Entrepreneur chosen to participate in TV show (published March 2013)
Nelson Mandela Bay entrepreneur and MBA graduate, Ismail Hassen, has been chosen from 25000 applicants to participate in season two of The Big Break Legacy, hoping to win a R5-million investment.
Hassen is currently the managing director of CSR-Africa positioned in within the shipping container industry. CSR-Africa is the only company in South Africa and Africa that offered expertise in repairing specialised accident damage shipping ISO containers.
Top Bay CA is senior manager for audit company (published March 2013)
BCOM Hons graduate and bay accountant, Quintin Levey has climbed the corporate ladder as an accountant and is a senior manager with KPMG's external auditing department. He is also the chairman of the Exporters Club of South Africa - Eastern Cape.
Levey has worked in the company's external auditing department for 13 years and has audit experience in local, national and internal auditing in various sectors - from automotive and agriculture to pharmaceutical and construction. He joined KPMG is 1999 as an articles clerk and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001.
Forestry master's student represent NMMU(published February 2012)
KUTELANI Tshivhase, NMMU Forestry Master's student represented the International Forestry Students' Association at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) summit in Doha Qatar, at the end of last year.
He attended the Forest Day 6.
First International Alumni Representatives (published February 2013)
BTECH Forestry student Sikhumbuzo Nxumalo (right) made history as one of the first two students from Africa elected to serve on the Board of the General Assembly of International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) held in Istanbul at the end of last year.
In addition, MTech student Hannes van Zyl was re-elected to serve for a second term as the IFSA representative for the Southern African Region, with Director of the School of Natural Resource Management School Director Prof Jos Louw, elected to the General Assembly as Honorary member from South Africa for his outstanding contribution to the Gorestry Industry outside IFSA.
Graduate job-hunting success (Published February 2013)
INDUSTRIAL and Organisation Pyschology graduate, Nthabiseng Makhoba, recently started her career at Nestle thanks to the assistance she received from NMMU's Beyond the Classroom Leadership Programme (BtC) last year. Makhoba is also a former Student Alumni Society executive member.
Assistance was given by kim Elliot, preparing her CV, portfolio and interview preparation. Makhoba is one of only two Human Resources applicants selected from over 6000 applicants countyrwide. She also managed to secure a job for her twin sister as of beginning February in the process.
Workshop highlights need to involve alumni (published February 2013)
Schools from all over Nelson Mandela Bay are banding together in a much needed drive to help improve struggling schools highlighting the importance of tapping into the expertise of past pupils.
The second workshop was a joint venture between the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the district Education Department where principals where encouraged not to wait for government to improve their situations but take the initiative.
NMMU Director: Alumni Relations, Paul Geswindt called on principals of disadvantaged schools to call on high-profile alumni from whom they could benefit.
Alumnus Zambezia success (published February 2013)
BTECH Fine Art graduate, Stuart Forest, CEO and film producer of Triggerfish in Cape Town recently released Adventures in Zambezia, the first animated feature film produced by the country's biggest animation studio, has been sold to 26 distributors worldwide. This makes it the most widely distributed film titles yet to come out of Africa.
The film, voiced by leading American actors including Samuel L Jackson and Abigail Breslin, adventure of Zambezia has also been nominated for two Annie Awards, the most prestigious awards in the animation industry and has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. It has also won Best South African Feature Film at the Durban Film Festival in 2012 and has reached number two at the box office in Russia.
Alumwine project boosts education (published February 2013)
THE Cape Town Alumni Chapter of The NMMU's Alumni Association has made it possible for 25 underprivedged schools and learning institutions to have access to free education content through their first roll-out of their charity wine sales project.
Every case of wine purchased will support one learner access to free education content for his or her entire school career. The Cape Town Chapter recently launched this project partnering with various NGO's around South Africa. The Alumwine project offers South Africa's best wines to the public at a 15 percent discount with free door-to-door delivery to raise funds to place OGLE Digital Download Kiosks in struggling schools, where pupils can access and download free curriculum-based educational content.
Graduates unlock code to success (published February 2013)
Accounting and Informations Systems graduates from NMMU celebrate their company, The Code Group's 3rd birthday this month. The owners of the company, Devereaux Joubert and Mohamed Cassim employ four NMMU graduates have turned their business into a recognisable one with business spreading overseas already.
The Code Group, a software and web development company is responsible for an energy management system for a UK client, a singing competition and judging system with a mobile website used for voting, a race timing system which is currently used by 17 clubs across the country, a cross platform survey system for Blackberry, Android and iPhones, various projects for NMMU including Computing Science, Geosciences, Micrbiology and Statistics among many others.
Alumnus off to Manhunt (published February 2013)
NMMU BCom graduate, Port Elizabeth model and managing director of IT firm Little Big Technologies, William Heydenrych has been selected to represent South Africa at the 2013 Manhunt International contest in China.
Heydenrych, who was a finalist in the Mr SA competition in 2012 will compete against delegates from more than 50 countries in the hope of becoming South Africa's second winner of this male pageant.
KNOTT-CRAIG ‘Not rushing into new job'(published November 2012)
Former chief executive of social media company MXit, resigned from the company recently following differences with shareholders but the Information and communications technology (ICT) entrepreneur is confident new, exciting opportunities await him.
Knott-Craig was recently awarded the Alumni Rising Star Award from his alma mater NMMU and delivered a talk to accounting students titled “My life to date) including lessons learnt.
Knott-Craig holds a BCom degree from NMMU and although only 35 has held many senior positions including being managing director of Johannnesburg-based broadband company iBurst and founder of investment company World of Avatar.
Graduate climbs tree of success (published November 2012)
NMMU graduate and well-known businesswoman Nomkhita Mona has been appointed as the first woman chief executive of the South African Forestry Company (SAFCOL), a division of the Department of Public Enterprises.
Mona, who recently resigned from her position as chief executive of the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI), will now head the company that conducts timber harvesting, processing and related activities both locally and internationally.
Mona was previously ap-pointed as the first black woman in a senior managing position on the board of Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Holdings in South Africa. She holds a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology and an honours degree in Industrial Relations from NMMU, as well as an MBA and master’s degree in Labour Relations and Human Resources from Rhodes University.
Bridgette leads the way (published November 2012)
BUILDING sciences doctoral graduate Bridgette Gasa, the founder of respected building consultancy and construction firm, the Elilox Group, is firmly making her mark in what has traditionally been considered a man’s domain.
This year, Gasa reaped success upon success.
Internationally, she was con-firmed as the Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Closer to home, she was ap-pointed by South African president Jacob Zuma as the chair-person of the Dube Tradeport, a national flagship project, in March 2012.
In another appointment by the president, she became the youngest female member of the National Planning Committee (NPC), which is chaired by Minister Trevor Manuel.
As a result of her achievements this year, Gasa received a NMMU Alumni Rising Star Award, which recognises the younger generation of alumni who continue to make NMMU proud
Music travels overseas (Published November 2012)
NMMU BMus and MMus graduate Devandre Boonzaaier was awarded an over-seas travel bursary for organ study.
Boonzaaier, a part-time lecturer in NMMU’s Music Department and chairperson of the Feather Market Organ Society, was a semi-finalist in the ATKV Musiq competition in Stellenbosch and a finalist in the Southern Africa Church Organists’ Society (SAKOV) bursary competition in Mpumalanga.
In July, he performed as a soloist with the University of South Africa (UNISA) Philharmonic Orchestra in Pretoria during the final concert of the UNISA Organ Symposium.
Alumnus receives award (Published November 2012)
BSC Honours Quantity Surveying graduate Junita Petzer received the prestigious Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Gold Medal Award at the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) 8th World Conference, held in Durban in June.
She is the fourth student from the department to receive this award, which is made available by ASAQS on an annual basis. Criteria for the award are based on overall academic performance, leadership skills and community involvement.
Kiteboarder's journey abroad (published November 2012)
SAASVELD conservation graduate Susan Kay’s passion for kites has led to her becoming a professional kiteboarder for Cabrinha Kites in Asia.
In 1993, Kay was the first women to receive the Sports Person of the Year which, incidentally, her father had received while studying forestry at the George Campus. Kay was the top female kitesurfer in New Zealand from 2005 to 2007 and ranked 15th in the world in 2006. She then retired from competitive events due to injuries.
During the six months it took for Kay to sell their board building and kitesports retail business in New Zealand, Kay decided to compete in the New Zealand National Champion-ships and bid her farewells to the industry where she placed top female competitor again. Kay then participated at the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) and surprised herself once again by placing second at the event in the Phillippines.
Engineering alumnus nabs top US Tyres position (published November 2012)
NMMU Industrial Engineering graduate Craig Baartman has been named plant manager of Continental Tire the Americas’ (CTA’s) new manufacturing facility, being constructed in Sumter, South Carolina.
Baartman, who was director of manufacturing at CTA before his new appointment, will be responsible for the overall leadership of the facility, which will open its doors in 2013.
South African born and bred Baartman, who has more than 18 years’ experience in global automotive, manufacturing and supplier industries, has been with Continental for 12 years. His past positions include being industrial engineer, area manager and production manager at the company's plant in Port Elizabeth.
He has also held engineering and leadership positions with automotive suppliers in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
NMMU pays tribute to shining achievers (published on 25 October 2012)
IN a testimony to its exceptionally high standards, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University showcased a number of South African H=household names at its 2012 Alumni Awards held in Port Elizabeth recently.
The aim of the awards was to recognize alumni who have gone the distance and beyond in their various fields, to the benefit of society at local, national and international level. The Alumni Rising Stars Award recipients were Dr Bridgette Gasa, Alan Knott-Craig Jnr, Achumile Majija, Laduma Ngxokolo and Dr Millidhashni Reddy.
Special Award Winners were named Bruce Damons and Natalie Stear for their contribution to education in the country.
Topping the list for Alumni Achiever Awards were Jenni Button, Johan DeNysschen, Prof Ernie Heath, Garth Ritchie and Adv Willem van der Linde.
Fine Art graduate gains recognition (published September 2012)
FINE art NMMU Graduate, Ryan Allan has been placed in the finals of a national design competition which aims at reducing water wastage.
Allan is part of only 16 finalists of 200 entries nationally in the competition run run by Shift, a non-profit organization.
The competition aims to raise awareness among young South Africans about the role that design can play in developing practical and sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Allan is a practicing artist and shares a studio with other artists in Central.
NMMU Pharmacy Departement leads the way (published September 2012)
THE countries most modern BPharm curriculum, with its established links with pharmaceutical profession and state-of-the –art modern facilities are some of the reasons why NMMU’s pharmacy department is recognized as the leader in undergraduate BPharm training.
The department boasts 400 students and will be the first South African University to offer a much needed qualification for pharmacy support personnel following next year’s plan for technical assistants who can qualify as pharmacy technicians
The R24-million pharmacy department revamp will officially open on October 24, on NMMU’s South Campus.
Bay designs on charity catwalk (published August 2012)
CHESHIRE Home recently hosted a fashion show that featured the work of NMMU fashion design graduate Kelly Esterhuyse, whose award-winning style is now on sale at Mr Price Stores around the country.
Esterhuyse won the Elle New Talent fashion search last year and part of her prize was to have her own range on sale in popular retail chain clothing store Mr Price, during spring.
Alumnus beats great odds to succeed (published July 2012)
MTECH Biomedical Technology graduate Siphokazi Tili overcame great odds to graduate in April.
Tili, who lost her mother, grandfather and grandmother, during her study period starting in 2006 was left caring for a toddler and siblings, during which time she also married and had another baby.
This set her back by nine months of research but she continued to pray and persevered. As a result, she worked at night and through holidays to beat various dead-lines.
Tili is an Associate Lecturer in the Bio-med, Biomedical Tech & Radiography department at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Alumnus paves his way to success (published July 2012)
FORMER Mr South Africa finalist and BCom Law graduate Bennum Van Jaarsveld is now Communications Manager at one of South Africa’s top paint companies.
Some of his noteworthy achievements include starting his own business called Ukubamba Consulting, specialising in marketing, advertising and promotions, being a category winner in Businessman Of The Year 2009, Top 5 Finalist: Mr South Africa 2009 and Chairman of Fernrock Body Corporate since 2004.
Van Jaarsveld started out as brand manager at Du-lux and because there was an identifiable need for one person to take charge of the entire media and communications function, his experience regarding the media and advertising strategy allowed him the opportunity to head this new challenge - building the company image across all media platforms.”
Social work graduate’s long wait finally over (published July 2012)
AFTER 14 years, a Port Elizabeth woman graduated with a social work degree.
Nozuko Monde, 37, of Zwide, who now works as a social worker at the Child and Family Welfare Society in Uitenhage, says her journey to success had not been an easy one.
Monde, passed grade 12 in 1994 with university ex-emption but had to wait more than a decade before enrolling to pursue her dream. To help her family, Monde worked as a shop teller and then helped her mother run a crèche at their village. She then received training and a certificate in early childhood development.
While helping Grade R pupils at Zanolwazi Primary School, she was encouraged by principal Norman Fumba to follow a career in social work.
Winner receives Masters degree (published July 2012)
IN 2007 he received the Sepp Blatter Scholarship, was the first person to complete the FIFA/CIES certificate offered at ten universities worldwide, graduated with distinction from the FIFA Master Class in Switzerland, and completed a year-long internship at FIFA in Zurich.
Today, Solomon Mudege, 30, is recipient of a master’s degree cum laude in Human Movement Sciences from NMMU.
The Zimbabwean-born student completed his BCom in Sport and Recreation Management and a BCom honours degree in Business Management at NMMU and then went on to graduate top of the class in the FIFA/CIES/NMMU certificate in Sport Management programme in 2008. He now works for FIFA as its Marketing Alliances Manager.
International fashion contest (published June 2012)
For the second consecutive year, an NMMU fashion graduate was selected to compete in the premier international student fashion competition Arts of Fashion in America.
BTech student, Arielle Arndt is the only contestant from South Africa to make the top 50, and follow in the footsteps of alumnus Bianca Boshoff, who travelled to San Francisco for the same competition last year.
Arielle now has to produce two of the three garments she has designed, and find sponsorship to fund her trip to San Francisco, where she will be able to attend a number of master classes and interact with leading fashion designers.
Alumnus represents South Africa (published June 2012)
Quantity surveying alumnus Khwezi Kondile recently represented South Africa at two youth leadership summits, the Y20 in Mexico and the G8-G20 in Washington.
A Business Analyst at the Accenture Group in Johannesburg, Khwezi was part of NMMU's Beyong the Classroom leadership development programme, preparing him for these summits facilitated locally by the SA Youth for International Diplomacy.
PE - born author publishes romantic novel (published June 2012)
Port Elizabeth - born author, Zanele Nondzimba, is now one of South Africa's latest novel sentations.
Zanele, who was raised in Cotsworld now shares the bookshelves with the likes of chic-lit doyenne Danielle Steel as her debut novel, From the First Kiss, begins to sell rapidly.
Zanele is a media studies graduate from NMMU and is currently a communication specialist and editor at Metropolitan Retirement Administrators based in Johannesburg.
Audi scores with BCom boss (published June 2012)
BCOM graduate Johan de Nysschen, has been appointed as the new the senior vice president of Nissan at Infiniti Worldwide in Hong Kong.
De Nysschen, worked as president of Audi in America, and was also at the forefront of turning Audi into a top luxury brand that is now mentioned in the same breath as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Alumnus runs Comrades (published June 2012)
NMMU professor and 16-time Comrades Marathon participant, Sylvan Blignaut, will contribute sponsorships from his last run to his former high school.
Blignaut accepted donations and sponsorships ahead of the Comrades event – the proceeds of which will be given to his alma mater, Gelvandale High School which is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
He completed his 16th Comrades Marathon and finished 1272 in his category and his overall position being 10074.
The education faculty professor has been attached to over 30 different marathons around the country to date.
South Africa's top student (published 14 May 2012)
BCOM graduate, Martin Marx, obtained the highest mark in the national Financial Planning board examinations beating 88 others to be named South Africa's top student.
Marx completed his post graduate diploma in financial planning cum laude in 2011 and sat the Certified Financial Planner examinations late last year obtaining 83% while more than a third of the students failed the examinations. He is currently working for Persisto Bluestar Financial Services in Port Elizabeth.
PhD student off to Germany (published 01 April 2012)
Nashwa Eassa, final-year PhD student was selected as one of only 550 young researchers worldwide to attend the 62nd Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.
At the July meeting, Nobel Laureates will lecture on current scientific topics relevent fields of the future.
BTech Fashion student does it again (published 01 April 2012)
ALUMNUS, Kelly Esterhuyse has been named the winner of the New Emerging Creative. This follows her string of achievements including Elle Young Designer of the Year, as well designing a range of clothes for Mr Price.
Her collection of mohair designs, which won her the title, was exhibited at Cape Town's annual Design Indaba. Esterhuyse also exhibited her jerseys at SA Fashion Week.
Emerging researcher named (published 01 April 2012)
NMMU postdoctoral fellow Dr Marisa Botha was named a National Research Foundation (NRF) Emerging Researcher - only the second NMMU candidtae to be honoured this way.
Dr Botha will be a visiting scholar in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has published eight articles in academic journals over the past nine years.
She has also presented papers at the American Comparative Literature Conference Association
Honorary doctorates awarded (published 01 April 2012)
NMMU has awarded four prestigious doctoral degrees during the graduation ceremonies this year to oustanding citizens.
Activist and Bishop of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Reverend Malusi Mpulwana received an honorary doctorate in Philosophy. He is recognised for his religious and political leadership and substantial contribution to democracy and community development. Catherine Odora Hoppers is recognised for her word on gender, science and innovation and received an honorary doctorate in Education.
World-renowned paleoanthropogist, Phillip Tobias was honoured with an honorary degree in Science in recognition of establishing South Africa as the "Cradle of Humankind". Human Rights activist and Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo received an honorary degree in Law for the unique contribution to the empowerment of civil society.
NMMU's netball star gives back (published 19 March 2012)
NETBALL icon, Zanele Mdodana is ploghing back into the community with a new iniative, teaching teenage girls how to play the game. The national netball player, who hails from New Brighton, has started a project called Vision Girls, which includes 25 passionate players between 10 and 16 years old from surrounding areas.
They have been sponsored with kits and equipment by The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World and Mdodana encourages interested girls to join the academyand for those who had already excelled to give back to the community.
Umzumbe Municipality welcomes new manager (published 21 February 2012)
ALUMNUS, Mokuthula Mgijima, has been elected as the new municipal manager of the Umzumbe Municipality. Mgijima is the very first female municipal manager in history for this municipality.
She holds a Masters in Development Studies which she received from NMMU in 2005.
Jessup joins CAM (published 09 February 2012)
John Jessup has joined China Africa Motors (CAM) as Managing Consultant: Sales, Marketing and After-Sales with effect from February 1. CAM is best known for its impressive sales success with the 15-seater Inyathi mini bus taxi recapitalisation programme.
Jessup graduated with a BA degree from UPE (now NMMU) in 1968.
Extra mile pays off (published 06 February 2012)
ALUMNUS, Julie Smallman has proved that going the extra mile pays off in the end.
Textile design graduate is now the owner of popular children's decor stores in Port Elizabeth.
Funterior's which has expanded to two big stores now has its very own factory in North End where all the wooden furniture is produced.
Zuko loves working with rubber (published 05 February 2012)
TECHNICAL Engineer, Zuko Mponto, who works for tyre manufacturing company Goodyear South Africa.
His job involves working with expensive rubber that wheels motor vehicles. Mponto graduated in 2002 with a mechanical engineering and quality diploma.
Alumnus brings about change in youth (published 01 February 2012)
Thamsanqa Maqubela, is the founding chairman of Qhubela Holdings, which is a 100% black-owned and managed company providing corporate clients with publication services, including design, layout and printing, copy writing, editing and proofreading, as well as with multimedia photography of various events, fulfilling strategy facilitation and team building, and corporate social investment and responsibility services.
He is also the Executive Director of the SA Graduates Development Association. His quest is to provide work exposure to 600 000 unemployed graduates in the country. Thamsanqa is currently completing his Master of Philosophy with NMMU.
Alumnus in Treasure Island Contest (published 21 January 2012)
ECONOMICS graduate and former financial consultant Ross Jordaan, has rubbed shoulders with South Africa's top celebrities during the shooting of Tropika Island of Treasure's fourth season in Mexico.
The contestants are competing for the grand prize of R1 million. Jordaan intends to focus on completing his honours degree with NMMU and then go on to work in economic or events management.
Chameleon artist takes on the world (published 26 January 2012)
ANDILE Dyalvane, an art and design graduate from NMMU has been named a Design Icon and Master Crafter by the Cape Craft and Design Institute. He has also established Imiso Ceramics, is represented by Amaridian Gallery in New York and his work is also on show at Piece by Piece in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Dyalvane's unique craft uses an intriguing array of tools to recreate the scene on his elegant range of earthware vases, pots, bowls and platters. He was a finalist in the Young International Design Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2009 and won an international award in the ceramic catergory in a competition organised by Elle Decoration magazine.
Alumnus develops communities skills (published 18 January 2012)
CERAMIC design graduate, Chuma Maweni, is now the Studio Manager at Art in the Forest and actively involved with Light from Africa Foundation, an organisation generating fundingfor South Africa's vunerable children.
Maweni has also been involved in a community project whereby he taught ceramic art skills to women in rural areas of Transkei.
Single Mom excels (published 13 January 2012)
ALUMNUS Claudine Delo, has been named as the MCM Bible School’s Theological Student of the year. Delo, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, has two qualifications with NMMU, nursing in 1994 and an LLB in 2006 and then becoming an advocate specializing in fighting medical negligence two years later.
She has also added to her qualifications by obtaining an Advanced Health Management Programme diploma from PPD/Yale University in the USA and a diploma in Home Care Training and immediately launched a programme to train home care givers to care for frail and sick people at retirement homes and private residences.
New head for Summerwood (published 01 January 2012)
WILLIAM Foaden has been chosen as the new Principal for Summerwood Primary School. Foaden who graduated from UPE (now NMMU) with a BPrim Education.
Foaden was promoted from Hurbert Hurd Primary School to Westering Primary School, eventually ending up as Deputy Head and then Acting Head for a while at Erica Girls Primary School.
Passion pays off (published 02 November 2011)
LEIGH Dunn, a third generation teacher at Formosa Primary School in Plettenberg Bay has recently scooped an award for sharing his knowledge and unshakable belief that "even the smallest start shines in the darkness."
Dunn now carries the title "best special needs educator in the Western Cape" and will be representing the province in the National Teaching Awards programme in 2012.
Dunn completed a BEd in educational psychology at NMMU.
Qupe's business is booming (published 10 October 2011)
NMMU's Aquaculture graduate, Bulelwa Qupe has established herself as a businesswomen in the fishing industry. Qupe, who runs Mazidlekhaya and Ezabantu Fishing cc and Aqua Fish and Chips in Motherwell, was the first black woman in the Eastern Cape to win a fishing quota.
She was also able to open another fish and chips outlet in Njoli to create further employemnt. The alumnus also serves on the board of Ukumvula Investment Holdings, a black consortium, and is the founder of investment company Lithuba Lethu Investments, established in 2007.
Domingo to coach SA (published 07 June 2011)
NMMU alumnus Russell Domingo, has been appointed as the Assistant Coach to the South African cricket team.Russell, the former Warriors coach, graduated with a National Diploma in Sports Management in 1996. He takes up his appointment alongside Gary Kirsten (coach) and Alan Donald (bowling coach) on 1 August.
Alumnus off to China (published 08 June 2011)
ACCOUNTING Honours student, Kerry-Beth Norden, is off to Shanghai, China to represent South African Synchro (synchronised swimming) at the World Aquatics Championships in July.The SA Synchro team consists of 12 ladies, of which Kerry is one of only two EP athletes selected. The World Championships serve as the continental Olympic qualifiers, which means if South Africa finishes as the top African team, they qualify for the London Olympics in 2012.
Louw to compete in Hungary (published 09 June 2011)
FINANCIAL Planning Postgraduate student has made the South African Olympic Squad for the 1000m Canoe Sprint in a K4 (Kayak with 4 people).The team will be competing in the ICF (International Canoe Federation) Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary in August this year.If the South African K4 achieves a high enough position, they will qualify to represent South Africa in the London Olympics 2012
Mdodana shines in Singapore (published 06 July 2011)
NMMU’s own, Zanele Mdodana, of Sport Bureau, is part of the Proteas Netball squad playing in the World Netball Championships in Singapore.Wing defence Zanele was among those to turn the game around in South Africa’s favour when she came on in the second quarter to secure a 70 – 33 victory against the hosts in yesterday’s game.Though the Proteas lost to favourites Jamaica, they must only beat Botswana in the next game in order to advance to the quarter finals
NMMU fashion design graduates hits the catwalk (published December 2015)
Owner of Chronikil clothing, Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana and Angelique Demont teamed up with jewellery designer Namhla Faku for this year's SA Fashion show.
Both Makhetha-Kwinana and Demont are fashion design alumni from NMMU. The fashion week was aimed at fundraising in aid of motor neuron disease. The entertainer for the event was Niqui Cloete-Baraa who was also the MC at the event.
This was the first time Demont previewed Thabo Makhetha in collaboration with Chronikil clothing menswear.