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Let’s fuel up for 2023http://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9593Let’s fuel up for 2023Petro Mostert<p>​</p><p><strong>By Denisha Jairam-Owthar, Chief Director: IT</strong><br></p><p>As the year draws closer, a time for reflection dawns on us again. I reflect on the day I started at Stellenbosch University: Excited, full of hope, bursting with curiosity, and ready for the challenge. I am now even more excited, vastly curious, and increasingly hopeful. As we take time this December to refresh and rejuvenate, to 'fuel up" for the next chapter of our ambitious targets in 2023, it's essential to note that our journey can only get better and better as we push forward together. We've achieved a lot this year amidst many challenges. Therefore, I want to thank each and every one of my IT colleagues for contributing to making this possible.​<br><br></p><p>I wish you all a beautiful season's greetings for the upcoming festive holidays.<br></p><p> </p><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Live a life of gratitudehttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9594Live a life of gratitudePetro Mostert<p>​</p><p><strong>By Anita Nel, Chief Director: Innovus</strong><br><br></p><p>If the past few years have taught us anything, it will be to live a life of gratitude. We have learned that life can change in an instant and that nothing in life is guaranteed. It's with this attitude that our Innovus team tackled our activities this year. And here we are today, with so much to celebrate!</p><p>It is indeed with enormous gratitude that we look back at 2022. Our teams have yet again delivered incredible value to Stellenbosch University. We have also welcomed Transport Services to the Innovation and Commercialisation stable in SunCom.  </p><p>I want to thank everyone on our team for your work over the past year, and I hope that you'll be able to relax with loved ones during the upcoming holidays and that you'll experience many blessings over the festive season. I look forward to working with each one of you again in the new year and to making 2023 an even bigger and better year!</p><p>​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
A bumper yearhttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9595A bumper yearPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p><strong>By Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director: Maties Sport</strong><br></p><p>The past year has been a bumper year and continues to be until the first week of December. This year was filled with so much to be grateful for, including our best sporting performances and making history.</p><p>We acknowledge our #MaroonMachine team (student-athletes, coaches, and support staff), sponsors, donors, partners, stakeholders (internal and external), families, colleagues, friends, and fans. Have a blessed festive season, and see you in 2023.​</p><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Thabiso inspire us allhttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9596Thabiso inspire us allPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p><strong>Thabiso Matsolo, system support specialist at IT general support services</strong></p><p>Thabiso is truly an inspiration to all of us at Information Technology and a model of what is possible if you believe in yourself and focus on the right goals.</p><p>Thabiso started as a cleaner who wanted a career in IT based on a long-standing interest in the field. He started with short courses and worked his way up, assisted by sponsors who believed in him, and was employed at Stellenbosch University after some years of working elsewhere in IT environments. At SU, he worked his way up to system support specialist i​n IT. He obtained his bachelor's degree and is currently continuing his postgraduate studies.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><a href="https://youtu.be/ISQjSXXt9ew">Video​​</a></span></p><span></span><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Malcolm going beyond the call of dutyhttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9597Malcolm going beyond the call of dutyPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>All his stakeholders noticed Malcolm Pillay's humble attitude and excellent work ethic. Malcolm has a reputation that precedes him, known far and wide within Stellenbosch University as one of the top colleagues in IT. Going above and beyond the call of duty all the time is his normal operating level, and he constantly masters every task given to him in a complex IT environment. Malcolm sets an example for all in IT to always do only their best.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/q2_iuOxQd3M">Video​</a></strong></span></p><p><br><br></p>
Hein is the glue that holds things togetherhttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9598Hein is the glue that holds things togetherPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>Hein Swanepoel is a master of keeping things together and moving forward. The direction and leadership in the vast and complex environment of SUNCOM is created and driven by Hein. Hein is a great and very effective manager, and a strong leader who displays empathy and gives clear direction and support to his teams. For the many new SUNCOM initiatives, for the leadership, innovation, and experience of the “journey" within SUNCOM, and the motivation and support of staff, we recognise and honour Hein and thank him for a massive (sometimes unseen contribution) without which SUNCOM would not function as successfully as it currently does.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/ASOD3AvULNU">Video​​</a></strong></span></p><p>​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Lucas never gets tired of learninghttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9599Lucas never gets tired of learningPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>Lucas takes great pride in his day-to-day duties and interaction with staff and students. Many times, he is either at work early or stays late to accommodate students or staff. Besides his big smile, warm personality, and sincerity, Lucas does not think twice when faced with a student or staff member requiring assistance after hours.</p><p>Lucas never gets tired of learning something new. He wants to make sure they receive and understand everything. The same applies to any task he wants to complete – the sooner, the better.</p><p>He is like a sponge, ready to absorb as much as possible. He shares his knowledge with all. He works with great patience and builds excellent relationships with everyone who crosses his path. We're very proud and privileged to share an office with him.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/VQbwnaIdhFs">Video​​</a></strong></span></p><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Joshwin walks every extra milehttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9600Joshwin walks every extra milePetro Mostert<p></p><p>Joshwin Dreyer's role is that of a business information officer, and his primary duties include financial processing, reporting, and assisting with financial queries originating from Planon.</p><p>We at Facilities Management honour Josh for his initiative to get involved with technical support issues resulting from Planon. After formal training, he now acts as backup SysAdmin to resolve Planon queries. He gives Planon training and assists online or personally with other technical computer issues. Closing work orders and purchase orders are very time-consuming and are supposed to be handled regularly by the technical team. Due to a backlog build-up and the aim to clean up the financial system of commitments before OCF go-live and to free up funds, Josh volunteered to close these after hours when the system is more relaxed. </p><p>Considering that he is also busy with his Honours in Financial Management part-time through Unisa, it is a significant sacrifice of his personal time, for which we are most grateful.        <br></p><p>Joshwin is always positive and willing to assist with anything. Due to his extensive knowledge of Planon and insight into the current financial integrations, Josh is assisting and playing an integral part in the OCF Integrations Testing and being part of the OCF User Acceptance Testing Team. As an all-rounder, Josh also contributes towards social events as a member of the organising committees such as the FM Braai Day, FM Mandela Day project, and FM's yearend function. </p><a href="https://youtu.be/ojDEE30MVFI"><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Video​​</strong></span></p></a><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p><p><br></p>
Rouvé exceeds all expectationshttp://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9601Rouvé exceeds all expectationsPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>The nature of Rouvé Hlozek's role as space manager is very diverse and challenging. It includes the handling of spatial matters and general property matters, and the coordination of functions within DPD and FM to achieve best practices. Daily responsibilities and requests cover a broad spectrum and liaison is with various environments internally and externally. Our clients can be demanding, and any spatial matter is always sensitive; there are many emotions so it requires that you sometimes have to be "thick-skinned" and be emotionally intelligent.</p><p>Rouvé is excellent at negotiating her way through these difficult situations. The way she handles various functions is professional and effective. She's not afraid to make decisions, manages her responsibilities effectively and professionally, and goes above and beyond what is expected. She takes her own initiative, makes regular suggestions to be more effective, and is innovative with solutions regarding space requests. She exceeds our expectations in all respects and is an asset to the University.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/w48qCKV_Vu8">Video​</a></strong></span></p><p>​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Grant an extraordinary "Maroon Machine"http://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9602Grant an extraordinary "Maroon Machine"Petro Mostert<p>​<br></p><p>Grant van Velden has been an extraordinary “Maroon Machine". He started his journey at Maties in 2005 as a first-year Sport Science student. He went on to equip himself with qualifications that included a master's degree, specializing in sports vision and decision training. His qualifications and experience are scarce skills in sport, not just higher education sport, but also in the South African sport environment. </p><p>Grant has been part and parcel of the full Maties Sport evolution from the Centre for Human Performance Sciences through to the establishment of the Maties Sports High-Performance Unit, growing from two staff members to the ten members we have today.</p><p>Grant heads up the Sport Technology and Training Innovations Unit, working with 11 high-performance teams, and five strength and conditioning coaches, ensuring they are empowered with knowledge through relevant data. Considering our track record, especially during 2022, Grant's work is vital to ensure success on and off the fields and courts. </p><p>2022 has been a very successful year for Grant as the Strength and Conditioning coach of Maties Cricket, as he played a crucial role in the preparation and performance of the team to win the first-ever Varsity Sports Cricket for Stellenbosch University.</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong><a href="https://youtu.be/BPB2-r-Wtic">Video​</a></strong></span></p><p> <br></p><p> </p><p>​<br></p><p><br></p>