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Innovus celebrates entrepreneurial women making our world a better place celebrates entrepreneurial women making our world a better placePetro Mostert<p>​Every year South Africa commemorates Women's month in August as a tribute to the brave women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to stop forcing women to carry passes. It is 2022, and we have come a long way, something we see daily at Stellenbosch University's innovation and commercialisation division, Innovus, where they nurture and develop entrepreneurial women's innovations into viable businesses that make significant differences in the world we live.</p><p>“We have them all," says Anita Nel, SU'S Chief Director: Innovation and Commercialisation. “Women scientists who very recently patented a ground-breaking research method, which detects micro clots in the blood of Long COVID patients; an engineer who helped establish a green energy company that is now helping schools to reduce their energy bills; a marine biologist that is helping to make the sea safe for sharks and people; our creative and energetic new Matie Shop manager who is taking our SU brand to the stars; and our women technology transfer team at Innovus who work around the clock to create commercially viable businesses from SU scholars' research. And there are many more. We, at Innovus, are inspired by each of these women." </p><p>Nel, who recently returned from Amsterdam with accolades for SU from the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) as runner-up for Outstanding Entrepreneurial and Engaged University based on the work done via Innovus, believes it is the women entrepreneurs of today who are creating a better tomorrow for everyone. “I see this daily as innovations from our female researchers land on our desks. We have to support our women entrepreneurs because their legacy will create a better world for future generations," says Nel. </p><p>“I am privileged to have seen the enormous effect of women's successes contributing directly to local economies and touching the lives of the people in those communities. Women are constantly looking for ways to invest back into their families and community – to uplift education, and ensure the best nutrition, wellbeing, and children's health. Their innovations are also more likely to provide services and opportunities to their communities."</p><p>As one of the presenters at the UIIN conference in June this year, Anita shared her learnings in establishing SU's entrepreneurial ecosystem, which consists of Innovus's Technology Transfer Office, University of Stellenbosch Enterprises, the SU LaunchLab and SUNCOM, SU's division focusing on the commercialisation of non-academic services and projects. “The collaboration of these entities, together with the establishment of the University Technology Fund and the SU Investment Committee is providing the platform for entrepreneurship to flourish."</p><p>Nel believes Universities in Africa can play a significant role in supporting entrepreneurs to become economic growth agents in their regions, starting and growing ventures. “In growing SU as an entrepreneurial university, we will develop the Institution to innovate, recognise and create opportunities, take risks and respond to challenges and eventually become a natural incubator that supports its academics, technicians and students to create new ventures," said Nel, referring to UK academic David Kirby's definition of entrepreneurship.</p><p>In August, Innovus will publish a series of articles celebrating SU's women entrepreneurs on their website at <a href=""></a> and on social media platforms. Read their stories and help us share and celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in various disciplines, creating a better life for all through innovation.</p><p> Innovus website: <a href="">Woman's Month (</a></p><p>LinkedIn: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">(1) University of Stellenbosch Enterprises (Pty) Ltd: Company Page Admin | LinkedIn</span></a></p><p>Facebook: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Innovus Technology Transfer | Facebook</span></a></p><p><br></p><p> </p><p><br></p>
Facilities Management getting their hands dirty at AF Louw Primary School in Stellenbosch for Mandela Day Management getting their hands dirty at AF Louw Primary School in Stellenbosch for Mandela DayPetro Mostert<p>Facilities Management (FM) staff and suppliers arrived in full force at AF Louw Primary School on Monday, 18 July 2022, to get their hands dirty for Mandela Day. There was even massive congestion as vehicles made their way into the school yard early morning, offloading chain saws, ladders, paint, grinders, and gardening equipment.<br></p><p>"I was expecting a few people to come to our school this morning, but this is a full-scale operation," said principal Anne Tarr. "Thank you for touching lives here today. We must teach our children to dream; this is how dreams come true. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."</p><p>Because Tarr and this school touched her life, Aloma Fourie, Manager: maintenance planning at FM's Property Services, was delighted that the school was picked for this year's Mandela Day project.</p><p>Together with Robert Todkill, technical advisor, and the maintenance team at FM, Aloma quickly assembled a team to get the maintenance wheels rolling. "You give a job like this to Aloma, and magic happens," said Nicolette van den Eijkel, FM's Chief Director, who thanked each person for arriving and helping where they could. Over 170 people helped somehow on Mandela Day to improve the school.<br></p><p>And magic it was. FM's staff and suppliers came to this school with their fleet of construction vehicles, equipment, and staff. You saw people everywhere painting walls, sanding floors, fixing roofs, doors, and windows, trimming trees, and restoring a fragile sports pavilion to its former glory. A corner patch of barren ground is now this school's beautiful vegetable garden. It is also the spot that our Chief Operating Officer, Prof Stan du Plessis, chose to give his 67 minutes (and more) for Mandela Day 2022.</p><p>Aloma said she wanted to show that SU is not an entity in isolation. "SU is part of the bigger Stellenbosch community, and what we do impacts everybody that lives here. I hope that the children from this school will ​be inspired by SU as a place that is there for the bigger community." Many of FM's staff and their children attended this school.</p><p>"Some of our suppliers and staff were on site almost this whole week leading up to Mandela Day, as there was a lot of work to be done," said Brandon Como, who took the lead on this event "It is unbelievable how everyone just came on board to make this project far better than what we anticipated." Staff even organised to collect non-perishable articles which was donated to the school. Brandon and his organising committee did wonders in arranging the day's logistics and ensured everyone was there, had their tools and a much-deserved lunch.</p><p>The atmosphere at AF Louw on Monday was eclectic and energetic. You could not help laughing at all the sayings from people working hand-in-hand and against the clock to restore, fix and create a place that learners will be proud to return to. People said they were privileged to be part of a group of people that give of themselves, so you cannot even find words to describe it.</p><p>Watch the video <a href="">here</a> for a quick glimpse of the day's activities.</p><p>​<br></p>
SU receives global recognition for being an Outstanding Entrepreneurial and Engaged University receives global recognition for being an Outstanding Entrepreneurial and Engaged UniversityPetro Mostert<p>​Stellenbosch University was celebrated at the University-Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) annual Conference in Amsterdam as runner-up for Outstanding Entrepreneurial and Engaged University based on the work done via Innovus, the Innovation and Commercialisation division of Stellenbosch University.<br></p><p>UIIN is dedicated to advancing the future of higher education institutions and supporting the global community of university-industry professionals.</p><p>"It was a wonderful privilege and great experience to participate in the UIIN's conference in Amsterdam in June this year and to celebrate the organisation's 10th birthday. It was a huge surprise and bonus to receive the runner-up prize," said Anita Nel, Chief Director: Innovation and Commercialisation of Stellenbosch University.</p><p>Nel delivered an address at the conference on Stellenbosch University as an Entrepreneurial University, which she coined "Just do it!". In her talk, she showcased the entrepreneurship landscape Innovus established to support and develop entrepreneurs at the institution. She introduced the four structures that support entrepreneurship at SU, namely the Innovus Technology Transfer Office, US Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, the wholly owned university company that holds the institution's shares in its group of companies, the SU LaunchLab and SUNCOM, the division focusing on the commercialisation of non-academic projects. She also discussed the various initiatives offered through these structures to staff and students and demonstrated the many successes that the institution achieved through this platform.</p><p>"This recognition that Stellenbosch University received at a global conference that is dedicated to and attended by entrepreneurial universities is very encouraging and inspires us to build further on this game-changing strategy of our institution," says Nel, who believes in celebrating and communicating successes and using case studies, such as SU's impressive list of companies, to building credibility.<br></p><p><br></p><p><em>About the UIIN</em></p><p>The UIIN is dedicated to advancing the future of higher education institutions and supporting our global community of university-industry professionals. They conduct research, organise events and provide training and consultancy services to their community of 80+ organisational and 500+ individual members. See <a href=""></a><br><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Introducing our new HIV and Sexualities Programme Coordinator our new HIV and Sexualities Programme CoordinatorEquality Unit<p></p><div><strong>What excites you about your position?</strong></div><div>I get to advocate for the marginalised and vulnerable communities of Stellenbosch University.<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Have you always been interested in HIV and furthering equality for all sexualities and identities?</strong></div><div>I have always been interested in HIV and advocating for the LGBTQIA+. My interest in HIV started when I was in secondary school when I noticed an increase in activity at my local cemetery. The size of the cemetery had to be extended because so many people were passing away. As we stood next to the cemetery, I asked my peers why it was that each day there was a funeral? One responded by saying: “It’s this new disease that’s killing people.” I later discovered that people were passing away because of AIDS. Some years later, as part of my postgraduate studies, I volunteered at the non-profit organisation, Home-Based Care. The NPO worked directly with HIV/AIDS infected and affected individuals and that’s where I learned more about not only HIV, but also sexualities and identities (key populations). These are things that I continue to learn about.  <br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>What will you bring to the position of HIV and sexualities programme coordinator?</strong></div><div>An ear and stories of hope as told by individuals infected by HIV. I would like to focus on ART adherence as well as the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS that still exists. For the LGBTQIA+ community, I am hopefully an ally. I remember earlier this year, a student conveyed to me that their roommate “come out” to them as transgender and wanted to know if its normal and if transgender people exist. It got me thinking about whether he comes from a community where its less common or if many are afraid of “coming out” because of stigma and negative reactions from society. It also made me think about how we need to allow everyone to define themselves. </div><div> </div><div><strong>How will you enhance the support services and offering to staff and students?</strong></div><div>I hope to bring a more person-focused approached and not a blanket approach. Having engagements or interactions with both staff and students to hear what should be done and how they want to be supported. One area which I believe needs attention is the need to clearly distinguish between assigned sex, gender identity and sexuality. Often these terms are used interchangeably which fuels misconception about LGBTQIA+ persons.  </div><div><br></div><div><strong>What are you most looking forward to tackling in this position?</strong></div><div>Stigma and stereotypes towards HIV positive people and LGBTQIA+ individuals. I am hoping to explore how behaviour change (theories) can tackle stigma, prejudice and discrimination directed towards LGBTQIA+ persons at individual and community levels. I believe behaviour change is attainable if one is willing, as society, to unlearn biases, so that we create a safe and inclusive environment for all.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>When you’re not working, what are you doing?</strong></div><div>I love travelling. <br><br></div>
Neelsie Cinema revamped and ready to entertain Cinema revamped and ready to entertainInnovus & SUNCOM<p><span style="text-align:justify;">​The next time you go to the Neelsie, remember to take a peek into the newly-revamped Neelsie Cinema, which boasts a beautiful new look. The renovated multi-purpose space features two theatres – a 121-seater and a 98-seater – equipped with modern projectors and powerful surround sound and lighting. The luxurious seats with fold-away writing tables, will add to the multi-functionality of the venue and enhance the overall visitor experience. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The auditorium is intimate enough for all kinds of celebrations and an ideal space to host a wide range of event types, including private screenings of films, corporate meetings, talks, workshops, fundraisers, launches, and birthday parties (from kids to milestone celebrations), and so much more. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It is the vision of Stellenbosch University to use the space to its maximum advantage and in turn, provide an unforgettable experience through a high-tech multi-functional venue for both students, as an integral part of the art community and film society, and the rest of the campus and corporate business partners," says Catherine Channing, manager of CECO (Central Events and Conferencing Office) which is now the new tenant of this space. Channing says they are planning exciting events, including a film festival in the next couple of months.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The iconic cinema will remain the hub for the Pulp Film Society, and regular film screenings for its members will continue. The society also has its own special area for members to enjoy.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The support so far has been wonderful," adds Channing, "and we are genuinely excited to see how the community utilise this beautiful space."​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Bookings are open for events. Please email <a href=""></a> for any enquiries.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Celebrating World Telecommunication and Information Society Day World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ICT<p></p><p>Today, we celebrate world telecommunication and information society day (WTISD), helping raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies and ways to bridge the digital divide. Today marks the anniversary of the signing of the <a href="">first International Telegraph Convention</a> in 1865 and the creation of the <a href="">International Telecommunication Union</a> (ITU) in 1969. The focus this year is Digital technologies for older persons and healthy ageing .</p><p>The ageing of the global population will be the defining demographic trend of the 21st century – yet our societies struggle to see the opportunities that this trend can unfold, writes Joe Smith, Stellenbosch University's Director: IT infrastructure. </p><p>"Telecommunications and information communication technologies (ICTs) have a role to play in achieving healthier ageing and helping people build smarter cities, combat age-based discrimination at the workplace, ensure the financial inclusion of older persons, and support millions of caregivers across the world. This year's theme raises awareness of the critical role of telecommunications/ICTs in helping people stay healthy, connected and independent - physically, emotionally and financially. Supporting a healthy ageing life is also essential to the sustainability of economic and health systems. The <a href="">International Telecommunication Union</a> (ITU) hopes to foster initiatives to accelerate digital technologies for older persons and healthy ageing to contribute to the <a href="">UN Decade of Healthy Ageing</a>.</p><p><strong>What is IT doing at SU?  </strong></p><p>SU staff who belong to the Stellenbosch University Retirement Fund during active employment, and decide to continue their employee benefits post-retirement, may retain the use of their e-mail addresses once retired. This gives access to several University systems like the library and all information available through the library portal. Online learning is available from <a href=""></a>. This enables staff and students of all ages to keep on learning as technology evolves. </p><p>Says Smith: "We strongly support lifelong learning to enable students, staff, and pensioners to embark on the digital transformation journey. Internet on Campus is available in abundance to enable students and staff to access learning material and online courses available on the Internet. In many instances, these online learning resources are available at no cost."</p><p> </p><p>Reference: <a href="">World Telecommunication and Information Society Day | United Nations</a></p><p> </p><p><br><br></p>
SU Equality Unit launches online reporting platform Equality Unit launches online reporting platformEquality Unit<p>​Students and staff of Stellenbosch University can now report unfair discrimination and harassment incidents on the newly launched online case management reporting platform.​<br></p><div>The Equality Unit, who spearheaded the initiative, worked carefully to develop a web-based platform that would allow complainants to report incidents, transgressions and complaints effortlessly, confidentially and safely.</div><div><br></div><div>"As part of our goal to strengthen the impact of the Equality Unit, it was important to ensure that the office was equipped with the most effective tools to aid them in undertaking their crucial mandate for our institution. I am therefore very pleased with the implementation of the online reporting platform which would enhance reporting and monitoring, and aid in the resolving of cases," said prof Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching.</div><div><br></div><div>The platform echoes reporting platforms implemented by other South African universities. The platform will create a more enabling environment to report incidents and provide SU with better insight into gender-based violence and forms of unfair discrimination. Better data management and centralised reporting functionality will result in a more effective way of controlling risks and acting on unfair discrimination and harassment incidents on campus.  </div><div><br></div><div>"The implementation of integrated case management and online reporting platform had become imperative. By enabling students and staff to report unfair discrimination and harassment matters, Stellenbosch University will better understand trends, strengthen accountability and enhance reporting to senior management. This will result in more effective control over risks within the campus environment and the ability to address matters promptly and responsibly.</div><div><br></div><div>"This reporting page gives staff and students greater agency to report anywhere and get support from the Equality Unit team and other support services," says Jaco Greeff Brink, head of the Equality Unit</div><div><br></div><div>The online reporting and monitoring platform further allows complainants to lodge incidents anonymously. However, this may delay proper assessment by the Equality Unit.</div><div><br></div><div>The platform assists in:</div><div>• providing a clear picture of potential risks;<br></div><div>• integrating existing data and information into a centralised database;</div><div>• creating focused awareness and understanding of matters reported; and</div><div>• enabling complainants to make informed decisions and access support services.</div><div> <br></div><div>It will seamlessly integrate reporting, monitoring and analysis.</div><div><br></div><div>Staff and students can still report incidents through the Unit's walk-in service or via <strong></strong> but are encouraged to make use of the web-based platform.</div><div><br></div><div>The Equality Unit hopes that introducing the online reporting and monitoring platform would encourage students and staff to come forward and report all incidents of unfair discrimination and harassment.</div><div><br></div><div>To lodge a complaint, visit<strong> </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a>.<br></div><div><br></div>
Dr Ncebakazi Galada joins the Innovus Technology Transfer team Ncebakazi Galada joins the Innovus Technology Transfer teamInnovus & LaunchLab<p>​​​​Newly-appointed​ Technology Transfer Manager at Innovus, Dr Ncebakazi Galada, brings over a decade's experience in research and innovation management with her. Dr Galada holds an MBA and a PhD in Biotechnology.<br></p><p>Dr Galada is joining the Innovus team on their journey of technology transfer: assisting researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs with identifying, protecting and managing intellectual property stemming from Stellenbosch University's research and innovation endeavours. She is passionate about translating ideas, research and innovation output into commercially viable products, processes and services.</p><p>Dr Galada says that she is excited about joining the vibrant Innovus team and looks forward to contributing her expertise to advance the already impressive innovation portfolio while learning and growing in the technology transfer profession.</p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch University’s campus marginally affected by taxi unrest University’s campus marginally affected by taxi unrestOperations and Finance<p>The South African Police Services (SAPS) impounded taxis in town and around the Stellenbosch University Campus, followed by taxi operators blocking crossings in town. Taxi drivers and supporters ran away from SAPS over parts of the campus.<br>Viljoen van der Walt, Stellenbosch University's Director of Risk and Protection Services, said there were reports of student vehicles being damaged by fleeing protestors. Van der Walt said those students affected, should report the incidents to Campus Security at 021 808 2333 and to SAPS.<br></p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch Alumni ready for Cape Epic for #Move4Food Alumni ready for Cape Epic for #Move4FoodPetro Mostert<p><span style="text-align:justify;">​Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020, Francois Swart and Robert van Staden had to keep the wheels rolling to ensure that they kept fit for the Absa Cape Epic. Now their time has finally arrived, and from 20 to 27 March, they will take on the 657 kilometres and 16 900 meters of climbing over 8 days, while raising awareness for Stellenbosch University's #Move4Food campaign. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Swart, at Facilities Management, and Robert van Staden, at the Faculty of Education, joined forces to ride the arduous Cape Epic in 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 put an abrupt stop to their plans, seeing them put away the mountain bikes while in lockdown. After the race got a green light, they got back in the saddle and once again tried to juggle, work, family and training to get fit for this gruelling race. It will be Swart's 5th Cape Epic and Van Standen's 4th, and the first time they will ride together as a team for a charity.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Because no one knew when the race would happen, our riders had to also put their fundraising efforts on the back burner. They urge people to visit their charity site and donate to this student-led campaign that kicked off in August 2018 once again. The aim is to build food banks and end student hunger on SU's campuses. Students and Alumni across the country already took on challenges to raise funds for this worthy campaign, including SU's rector and vice-chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers, who will be riding the Cape Town Cycle tour on 13 March this year for #Move4Food.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Previously Swart said: "To think that one in every 100 students have no food to eat while studying at SU, is heart-breaking. How can you study and be academically successful while being hungry?" asked Swart. They encourage people to donate for this worthy cause. "It never crossed my mind that there will be students who have no food to eat. We need to raise as much awareness as possible for this campaign to ensure our students do not go a day without food and be academically successful. "</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We will raise awareness and change the lives of students on campus," says Van Staden. "It is more than just riding a race. Every day that we train, we cannot help thinking how hard it must be for students who do not meet their basic needs. It will be the biggest reward if we could reach our goal for the campaign and complete the Epic without any injuries," says Van Staden.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Please donate" is the plea from the #Move4Food Epic team. "There is not a thing as a small donation - every bit and coin help." If you want to support the team in their fundraising stunt, please click <a href="">here</a>​</p><p>​<br></p>