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SU grateful for donation to needy students grateful for donation to needy studentsCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie [Alec Basson]<p>​“We are thankful to people who, with generous donations, make it possible for others to get a good education. We thank them because they help to change the lives of students for the better."<br></p><p>With these words, Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU), on Wednesday (10 October 2018), expressed the institution's gratitude to one of its most prominent donors Mr Pat Goss. Having made his mark in the business world, Goss recently donated a significant amount in the form of bursaries for needy students in Simonsberg Mens Residence on the Stellenbosch campus. He is a former Matie and resident of Simonsberg and it was therefore fitting that a function was held at the residence to thank him.<br></p><p>Apart from De Villiers and the Goss couple, some of their friends, Dr Leslie van Rooi, SU's Senior Director for Social Impact and Transformation and also Simonberg's Residence Head, and Prof Niel Krige, Chair of US's Development Office, attended the event. The bursary holders were also announced during the function. A total of 13 students received bursaries.<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Pat Goss (1).jpg" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Pat%20Goss%20(1).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:420px;height:287px;" /><br></p><p>For Ridhwaan Allie, a BA Humanities student, it was wonderful to hear that he was one of the bursary holders, while Edward Buys, who studies towards a degree in Education, was surprised to be a recipient.<br></p><p>“This bursary means a lot to me because it will relieve the finance pressure on my mother," Buys said.<br></p><p>Another happy recipient, Simon van Eeden, who studies Sports Science, said the scholarship will help him complete his studies in the allotted time.<br></p><p>“My mother is very pleased that I got a scholarship because now she does not have to worry about where the money for my studies will come from," said Jay Stevens, another Sport Science student.<br></p><p>In his short address, Mr Goss said it is an enormous pleasure to contribute to the overall funding of SU and to help students study here.<br></p><ul><li>​<strong>Main photo</strong>: Bursary holders with Pat Goss, his wife Karin, Jannie Mouton, GT Ferreira and Prof Wim de Villiers at the event.<br></li><li><strong>Photo 1</strong>: Pat Goss speaks to the bursary holders and other Simonberg's residents. <strong>Photographer</strong>: Marcel Kok<br></li></ul><p><br> </p><p><br> </p>
SU's movers, shakers and spinners heed the #Move4Food call's movers, shakers and spinners heed the #Move4Food callDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><em>They were spinning, cycling, walking and running... Stellenbosch University (SU) students, staff and alumni have come out in full support of the student-led #Move4Food campaign - raising close to one million rand in cash and donations thus far. </em></p><p>This initiative aims to raise R10 million (cash and goods) in 100 days to ensure that for the next three years, no SU student will have to study on an empty stomach. </p><p>"The response has been phenomenal," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations at SU. "We are so grateful to everyone who has decided to #Move4Food and we urge others to take up the challenge to help our students reach their R10 million target." </p><p>Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor showed his support for this campaign by running the full Sanlam Cape Town Marathon of 42.2km in a time of 4:16:16 on Sunday. Prof De Villiers, who has raised almost R128 000 thus far, was one of 110 staff members, alumni, students and friends of the University who registered for various races hosted by the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as part of the #Move4Food campaign. </p><p>"We are proud to be led by a man who'll go 42.2kms and more to raise money for hungry students," Bruns adds.</p><p>While some ran the marathon, alumni, staff and students also did other things since the launch of this campaign on 20 August. Alumnus, Folkers Tullki-Williams, based in Helsinki, hiked the 375km across Estonia to raise R10 000 for #Move4Food, becoming the first South African to complete this hike.  </p><p>Staff member, Desmond Thompson, did the Coast2Karoo Cycle Race - completing it in 5:23 for #Move4Food. Thompson reported that he had “plenty to be grateful for - no falls and no punctures". </p><p>Last week students staged an awareness-raising 24-hour spin-a-thon on 12 stationary bikes in the Neelsie Student Centre. They cycled over 8 000 kilometres throughout the day and night, with music, energy and passion. This event drew attention to the huge lunchbox created by Engineers Without Borders Maties, a student society made up of 2nd and 3rd year engineering students. </p><p>A total of 15 095 items of non-perishable food were deposited into the lunchbox over the 24 hours - exceeding the target of 15 000 food items. A major contribution of 10 800 meals delivered by the PPS Foundation helped to further boost the collection, along with a significant contribution of products by the Spar franchise in the Neelsie. </p><p>According to Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at SU, the #Move4Food movement is creating unity amongst our student body. “As this campaign evolves, it is inspiring to see Maties gain a greater understanding of the silent struggles faced by fellow students – and their dedication and passion to do something about it is contagious."</p><p>Benadie says the food items will be distributed by the social workers on our Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. “This will offer a welcome respite as the limited students' NSFAS funds tend to have run out by the start of the fourth term, causing poor exam performance and prompting dropping out of their programmes by food insecure young people from financially stressed households".</p><p>On 22 September, the Maties Equestrian Club rode through Stellenbosch, handing out pamphlets and raising awareness about #Move4Food. They are also going to grow vegetables using their energy and inexhaustible supply of horse-produced fertiliser to contribute to the cause.</p><p>A Residence Rugby Derby and residence LevelUp Dance4Food video challenges were further activities in the Move4Food student campaigning.</p><p>"Our students have spent months bringing this campaign to life and I am proud that the Development and Alumni Relations Division has been able to support them in doing so," says Bruns.</p><p>"The fundraising challenge is now out there, our first million rand in cash and in donations has been raised. We'd really like to raise nine million more!"</p><p>Bruns says challenges have been put to alumni in Asia, Europe, the UK, and the Americas. "We still have a very ambitious target to reach, so get on board! Whether you run, spin, dance, surf or donate your lunch money, you can still #Move4Food."</p><p>The #Move4Food campaign ends on International Giving day or “Giving Tuesday", on 27 November 2018.</p><ul><li>Make a small contribution towards #Move4Food. <a href=""></a> </li><li>For more information on this campaign, visit <a href="/english/donors/Documents/Move4Food_ENG.pdf"></a> </li><li>Videos: <a href=""></a> </li><li>Photo gallery: <a href=""></a> ​<br></li></ul><p><br> </p>
PPS Foundation donates 10 800 meals for #Move4Food Foundation donates 10 800 meals for #Move4FoodDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p style="text-align:justify;">The PPS Foundation, one of Stellenbosch University's (SU) regular donors, has joined SU's first ever 24-hour Campus Giving Day to donate 50 boxes of non-perishable food items to stock food banks on our campuses. These 50 boxes each contain 36 packets and each packet can feed up to 6 adults, which amounts to 10 800 meals.  <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">SU's Giving Day forms part of the recently launched #Move4Food campaign - a student led initiative that aims to raise R10 million in donations (cash and goods) in 100 days to ensure that for the next three years, no SU student will have to bear the indignity of going hungry.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Vuyo Kobokoane, PPS Foundation Executive Head, says the organisation is aware of food scarcity experienced by tertiary students and through partnerships with various universities, they have been exposed to a myriad of issues faced by students. As a result, the Foundation was able to narrow the area of focus down to food security, over and above their other interventions.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The PPS Foundation partnered with <a href="">Rise Against Hunger Africa (RAHA)</a> to contribute towards alleviating food insecurity experienced by students in various academic institutions. As part of the PPS Foundations Employee Volunteerism Programme, PPS employees at their head office in Parktown, Johannesburg, packed 25 000 food packs for the cause.</p><p><strong>Want to help us #Move4Food? </strong></p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p>Giving Day kicked off at 13:00 on Thursday, 20 September and comes to an end at 13:00 on Friday, 21 September on our Stellenbosch campus. Activities include a 24-hour spin-a-thon in the Neelsie Student Centre and a “Koshuis Rugby Derby" on Friday. Matie residences will also be involved in a telethon to request alumni to support the cause and SU has partnered with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon taking place this weekend to galvanise staff, students, alumni and friends to #Move4Food. <br></p><p>SU Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers, who earlier this year participated in the Cape Town Cycling Tour to raise money for bursaries, will once again be sweating for a good cause as he takes on the full marathon (42,2 km) to fight student hunger on our campuses.</p><ul><li>For more information about the PPS Foundation and its programmes, visit <a href=""></a> or email <a href=""></a> </li><li>For more information on #Move4Food, visit <a href="/english/donors/Documents/Move4Food_ENG.pdf"></a> <br></li><li>Photo: PPS Foundation's Lydia Siziba can be seen here with some of our Matie students.<br></li></ul><p><br> </p>
All is set for SU's first ever Campus Giving Day is set for SU's first ever Campus Giving DayDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><em>​#Move4Food - staff can participate by joining a spin-a-thon, donate food items in a giant lunchbox or donate money. </em></p><p>Stellenbosch University (SU) is gearing up for its first ever 24 hour Campus Giving Day that will run from 13:00 on Thursday, 20 September to 13:00 on Friday, 21 September - and we need your support!</p><p>Giving Day forms part of the recently launched student-led #Move4Food campaign that aims to create food banks on our Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses, with an ambitious target of raising R10 million in 100 days in donations (cash and goods) to ensure that no student goes hungry.</p><p>One of the university student societies, Engineers Without Borders Maties, have been tasked with building a giant lunchbox that will be set up in the Neelsie from 17 to 24 September, in which anyone can donate non-perishable food items that will go to help stocking SU's food bank. </p><p><strong>Get moving and join fun activities</strong></p><p>"Student hunger is a serious issue and we want to demonstrate our commitment to supporting vulnerable individuals by providing real interventions. We therefore challenge every staff member to participate in the 24 hour spin-a-thon in Die Neelsie. Staff spin-a-thon hours have been earmarked between 15:00 and 17:00 on Thursday 20 September. Other ways of contributing is to challenge other faculties; or to match the kilometres cycled by your faculty student committee with monetary donations," says Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at SU. <img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/M4F_poster.jpg" alt="M4F_poster.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p>"I encourage staff to get teams of 6 to cycle for an hour (for a R120 donation or more) and challenge others to do the same. You will need to book slots to cycle, so please e-mail," she adds.<br></p><p>Some residences will also be involved in a telethon during this week to ask their residence's alumni to support this core need of students currently at their alma mater. </p><p>On Friday evening there is a Koshuis Rugby Derby date and all the old rivalries are out there for invictus-style battle: Huis Marais vs Huis Visser; Dagbreek vs Wilgenhof; Eendrag vs Helshoogte; and Simonsberg vs Helderberg. The event starts at 17:00 but the games kick off at 17:15. Die Stal will be open from 15:00 to 21:00, with a cash bar for refreshments before and after the matches. There'll also be music and braai facilities.</p><p>Don't forget about the big marathon this weekend… SU has partnered with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, taking place on 22 and 23 September, to galvanise staff, students, alumni and friends to #Move4Food. And our Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers, will be sweating for a good cause! He accepted SU alumna and Olympic Games silver medallist Elana Meyer's challenge to #Move4Food by running the full marathon (42,2kms). Do support his campaign  by donating here: <a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>.</strong> </p><p>There are also currently 110 runners registered for the various race types in the Marathon to raise funds for #Move4Food. Give them your support by donating here: <a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>. </strong> </p><p>“This feisty and youthful Move4Food campaign punches way below the weight of an enormous, overbearing problem of the social injustice that is food insecurity and hunger amongst our students, but it is a response to the President's Thuma Mina call," said Karen Bruns, Senior Director: Development & Alumni Relations. “And as a response, it attempts to draw together our student community with staff, alumni and donors to open up an issue that is real on our and other campuses across the country. It represents the possibility of an immediate solution of food banks and vouchers to a very complex issue which our support and academic staff must jointly engage with in order to find solutions. </p><p>“The donations raised by our students, staff and alumni represent a challenge which we hope that our existing donors will take up. The Move4Food campaign brings us all together in the spirit of the Centenary messaging of the University: saam vorentoe; masiye phambili; forward together," said Bruns.</p><p>For Alessandra Bielich, BAccounting Student at SU and part of the Giving Day student team, it is important to get behind this initiative.  “I am supporting the Move4Food campaign because I feel strongly about each student having equal opportunity and ability to succeed on campus. My challenge to fellow students is to make even the smallest contribution to this cause by participating in the spin-a-thon. We can reach the target if we all stand together." </p><ul><li><em>Want to get involved? Send an e-mail to to sign up. Activities will be livestreamed on </em><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>Facebook</strong></em></a><em> and </em><a href="" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em><strong>Instagram</strong></em></a><em> - giving you great content to share and bolster donations to this campus-wide campaign. </em></li></ul><p><br> </p>
R2.9m grant for first-ever postgraduate programme in fire engineering ​ grant for first-ever postgraduate programme in fire engineering ​Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>Stellenbosch University's Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) has received a financial injection of R2.9 million that will be used to develop Africa's first-ever postgraduate programme in fire engineering - ultimately providing the expertise needed to keep the African continent safe in the case of fire.<br></p><p>The risk of deadly fires, especially in informal settlements, remains a constant in South Africa due to the close proximity of housing structures, open fires and the use of paraffin for cooking and staying warm during the winter months. Devastating blazes – such as the fires in Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay and in Knysna in 2017 – also regularly make the headlines. </p><p>The FireSUN unit was established in 2017 and aims to reduce the impact of fire by undertaking research and building the capacity and expertise of fire and structural engineers. The team, located within the Department of Civil Engineering, is the first university research group focused on fire safety in Africa. </p><p>The R2.9 million grant was received from the <strong>Lloyd's Register Foundation</strong>, a charity with a mandate to protect life and property, support education, engineering-related research and public engagement. These funds mean the FireSUN team can now expand their work by offering postgraduate degrees (MEng and PhD) in fire safety engineering (FSE) and structural fire engineering (SFE). "This represents an exciting development for fire safety engineering in South Africa, and Africa as a whole," says Dr Richard Walls, who heads up SU's FireSUN team. </p><p>"Research shows that South Africa has one of the highest fire related death rates per capita worldwide, many of which occur in informal settlements," says Walls.  </p><p>"With the growth of the African population and the local mining, manufacturing and resource processing industries the associated fire risks of the continent are rapidly increasing, along with the need for fire engineering professionals. To this end a masters in engineering (MEng) and PhD degrees in fire engineering will develop the engineering capacity the continent needs," he explains.</p><p>Dr Tim Slingsby, Director of Skills and Education at Lloyd's Register Foundation, says they are delighted to support Walls and SU in the development of Africa's first ever fire engineering postgraduate programme. “We look forward to seeing the outcomes and impact of this work spread to other institutions and to workforces, providing the continent with a much needed, highly technical capability and capacity to improve safety."<strong>  </strong></p><p>Two taught modules in FSE, namely (a) fire dynamics, and (b) structural design for fire safety will be created. These modules will be rolled out in 2019 and 2020, and will be available to students and industry practitioners. Existing modules within the Department of Civil or Mechanical Engineering will also be utilised. As the research team grows and more funding is obtained, additional taught modules, such as performance-based fire design, will be developed. </p><p>"The formal fire engineering programmes will have a significant impact on providing the expertise needed to keep the African continent safe in the case of fire, be it for the residential, mining, industrial or transport sectors," Walls says. </p><p>“To improve the safety of those living in informal settlements, there is a desperate need to develop a thorough understanding of how fires behave in those environments, and what products will (or won't) be suitable. As our populations rapidly expands, and the number of people living in informal settlements doubles in the coming decades, it is inevitable that better fire safety solutions will help save lives. Already the roll-out of smoke alarms by the Western Cape Disaster Management Fire & Services – and facilitated by Patrica Zweig and Dr Robyn Pharoah of the Research Alliance for Disaster & Risk Reduction (RADAR) at SU - has saved lives in areas such as Wallacedene," he adds. </p><p>“As any good fire engineer will tell you – fire engineering is an incredibly broad field with a large variety of specialist topics such as fire dynamics, suppression system design, evacuation, structural fire design, emergency response, detection and much more," explains Walls. </p><p>The FireSUN team has already undertaken various research projects in areas such as informal settlement fire safety, structural fire design, industrial structural design and petrochemical facility fire safety. These projects include a current investigation, sponsored by Santam, looking at the 1000 homes that were burnt down during the Knysna fire disaster in 2017, as well as working alongside the Western Cape Disaster Management, Fire & Rescue services to investigate how smoke alarms can be used in informal settlements.</p><p>Walls concludes that funding to do their life-saving work is essential. "The development of fire engineering research and education is expensive, but essential for our country. It would not have been possible to launch our postgraduate programme next year without the assistance of the Lloyd's Register Foundation. Also, previous funding received from the Global Challenges Research Fund has allowed us to establish our current fire research team, and fire testing competency, which will now be built upon."</p><ul><li><em>Watch a video here</em><em>: </em><em><a href=""></a></em></li></ul><p><br> </p>
Farewell, Martie van der Linde, Martie van der LindeDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Stellenbosch University's very own "queen of events" is no more. Martie van der Linde, Stewardship Manager within the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), passed away unexpectedly at her home in Onrusrivier in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 August.<br></p><p>Martie was a well-known staff member at SU for over 22 years - starting off as a personal assistant, then working her way up to become Head: Events and Public Relations at the Corporate Communications Division, before moving to the DAR Division in 2015. During her time at SU, she organised the inauguration of three SU Rectors, Professors Chris Brink, Russel Botman and Wim de Villiers and two Chancellors, Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert and Dr Johann Rupert. She was even called upon to organise the funerals of Chancellors, Prof Elize Botha and Dr Van Zyl Slabbert as well as former Rector Prof Botman.</p><p>“Our deepest condolences to Martie's loved ones. She was a legend at Stellenbosch University  – an absolute institution. She was incredibly loyal and provided long years of excellent service to the University. But besides her professionalism, we will also miss her bubbly personality and can-do attitude. It's a great loss to all of us," SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers said. </p><p>Prof Niel Krige, Chairperson of the Development Office, with whom Martie worked closely since 2015, said Martie is irreplaceable. “In many ways she was the public face of the University for so many years, and a beloved colleague in the Development & Alumni Relations Division. We all have fond memories of her infectious zest for life, professionalism, creativity, and enormous empathy." </p><p>Martie joined the DAR team in April 2015, not long after her 60th birthday. Her role was that of Stewardship Manager of the major individual donors to the University and she arrived with great ideas and her signature enthusiasm, recalled Karen Bruns, DAR's Senior Director.</p><p>"Although Martie had had many dealings with the advancement function of the University over a number of years, fundraising was a new arena to her – not quite marketing, not quite communications, and yet something for which she was infinitely suited. And she was keen to learn, to grow, and to explore.</p><p>"In 2016, we launched the Chancellor's Circle, the donor circle of which Martie was custodian, artfully and with clear purpose, in her signature style. She was an integral support to Prof Krige and the two of them spent many hours developing the practices and protocols for donor engagement – setting a new standard for the University in this area."</p><p>Bruns said Martie brought experience but also great freshness to the Division, always willing to engage in new thinking and to test new ways of doing things, often challenging her much younger colleagues to think more "out of the box". </p><p>"Ever charming and fun to be around, the events that Martie organised were stylish, flawless and the highlights of the Rector's calendar. We are devastated by her sudden passing and know that her irreplaceable spark will be missed by all her colleagues, the donors and alumni with whom she regularly engaged, and the whole University community," Bruns added.</p><p>Susan van der Merwe, Director: Communication and Stakeholder Relations, who worked with her for more than 12 years in the then Marketing and Communication division, said Martie will be remembered for her forever-young spirit. “She could picture an event in her mind and could make it happen in a very detailed and creative way. Martie gave special flair to the inaugurations of Stellenbosch University's Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, but was equally at home at student events such as the Diversity Week's Festival of Colours. She was a gracious and graceful lady."</p><ul><li>The family will confirm memorial dates at a later stage.<br></li><li><em>Photographer: Stefan Els</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Art lover leaves over R1 million for bursaries lover leaves over R1 million for bursariesDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>The name Henk Seymore will live on, thanks to a bequest of R1 169 834.14, which he left to Stellenbosch University (SU) earlier this year.​</p><p>Seymore, an individual donor at SU, died in January this year and left almost his entire estate for bursaries. As stated in his will, the University will use this generous bequest to award bursaries, known as Henk Seymore bursaries, to students in the Department of Visual Arts.<br></p><p>According to Mr Hugo Steyn, Manager: Individual Donations at SU, Seymore was not a Matie alumnus, but he had a great deal of love for the visual arts. Seymore, from Riebeek West, was himself an artist in his spare time and worked in the advertising industry prior to his retirement.</p><p>“The University is very grateful and regards this bequest as a gift for the next generation,” Steyn said. “Bequests have the potential to change lives and here we have a perfect example,” he added.</p><p>According to Steyn, the Henk Seymore bursaries will probably be awarded as soon as next year.</p><p>Prof Elizabeth Gunter, chairperson of SU’s Visual Arts Department, said they are very grateful for this donation and will definitely use the funds as Mr Seymore wanted.</p><ul><li><em>For more information about bequests, please contact Hugo Steyn at tel 021 808 3615 or via e-mail at <a href=""></a>.</em></li></ul><p><br></p>
Prof Sampie's bursary legacy Sampie's bursary legacyDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>As a much-loved and legendary lecturer at Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof Sampie Terreblanche has shaped many young minds to become thought leaders, and now, thanks to the Sampie Terreblanche Bursary Fund, this late veteran political economist and academic will continue to inspire students.​</p><p>The Sampie Terreblanche Bursary Fund has recently been established after ‘Prof Sampie’, as he was known, left R250 000 for bursaries in his will. These bursaries will initially be available to disadvantaged and deserving postgraduate students in Economics who have passed undergraduate subjects such as Political Science, Philosophy and History.<br></p><p>His children also undertook to contribute to the bursary fund.</p><p>“Our dad’s lifelong commitment to the academic world remains an inspiration to us. Therefore, his children would like to add to this fund in the coming years so as to fulfil his wish of reducing unequal access to postgraduate studies,” said his daughter, Christelle Terreblanche.</p><p>Prof Terreblanche passed away in February this year at the age of 84. His academic career at SU spanned half of the 90-year existence of its Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Faculty and when he retired in 2011, Prof Sampie concluded an uninterrupted career of 54 years as lecturer in Economics. Many prominent economists have attributed their success to this innovative thinker and well-loved professor.</p><p>Prof Sampie also became known for his participation in party politics and served on various national bodies, which allowed him to be involved in policy-making. Following his resignation from the then National Party in 1987, he became one of the party’s fiercest critics. Prof Sampie was a founder member of the then Democratic Party and the first economic adviser to the party, but decided to retire from party politics a year later. He was the author of various books, including <em>A History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652–2002</em>, chapters in books, as well as articles in newspapers and scientific journals.</p><p>Prof Terreblanche received many accolades for his lifelong contribution to Economics as a field of study, as well as for the leading role he played in a deepened understanding of the political economy and of South Africa’s economic history.</p><p>In 2015, Prof Terreblanche received an honorary degree from SU for his outstanding contribution as a profound analyst of Western socio-economic systems, emphasising social improvement for all in many directional publications, his fearless advocacy for an end to apartheid and inequality in South Africa, and his indelible impact on many economics students as an inspirational lecturer.<br></p><p><br></p>
Het Jan Marais Fund donates over R10m to SU Jan Marais Fund donates over R10m to SUDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>Students in need of bursaries, as well as various projects at Stellenbosch University (SU) will soon benefit from a financial injection of over R10 million donated to SU this year by the Jan Marais National Fund (“Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds”).​</p><p>Of the R10-million donation, R5 million has been earmarked for emergency fund bursaries, while R5 180 000 will go to SU projects, including the Matie Community Service, Botanical Garden, Law Clinic and University Choir. The emergency fund bursaries will be awarded in the course of 2018 according to the guidelines of the donation to deserving Afrikaans speaking under- and postgraduate students who qualify for them.<br></p><p>“It is always gladdening to receive donations that can help us make a real difference – even more so in our Centenary year – and especially from one of our donors who, as it were, ensured the existence of SU,” says Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers.</p><p>“The long-standing relationship between SU and the Jan Marais National Funds will always be very dear to us. Our partnership dates back over 100 years to 1915, when Jan Marais – SU’s first official donor – bequeathed £100 000 officially to establish Stellenbosch University.”</p><p>The HJMNF annually donates over R25 million to university programmes, schools, hospitals, culture projects, law clinics and various other welfare organisations and projects especially in Stellenbosch. Through its involvement with, among others, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) and support to performing artists, the Fund has extended its aid across the country.</p><p>According to Prof de Villiers, the University receives a powerful boost through this generous donation by the HJMNF. “Donors play an important role in ensuring that SU remains an established institution with an excellent performance history in all three its core functions. They help us to provide quality higher education and deliver world-class graduates who are ready and able to assist in building a strong South African economy.”</p><p>Prof de Villiers stresses the critical importance of bursary funding and says it remains a priority at SU to provide bursaries to financially needy students, despite government’s announcement in 2017 that all first-year university students from households earning less than R350 000 per year will receive financing.</p><p>“We still need to face the reality of a shortage of funds for students who do not qualify for government assistance. These are students who are in their second year of study, the so-called missing middle students, with a household income from R600 000, as well as postgraduate students,” he adds.<br></p><p><br></p>
Eskom funding keeps higher education dreams alive funding keeps higher education dreams aliveDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​<span lang="EN-US">Fifty deserving high-school students will win a second chance to improve their National Senior Certificate (NSC) marks so they can gain access to university education thanks to a generous donation made by the Eskom Development Fund to an innovative programme run by the Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP).</span>​<br></p><p>The students, who will be selected from more than 800 high-school pupils with educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who apply for the opportunity across the country each year, will be accommodated, provided with two meals a day and enrolled on the Science and Mathematics at <strong><a href="/english/faculty/education/suncep/university-preparation-programmes-(upp)/scimathus" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stellenbosch University (SciMathUS) programme.</a></strong></p><p>Joining about 50 others on the one-year programme, the Eskom-funded students will receive training so that they can fulfil their academic dreams, which may have been denied due to hardship at home and school. The goal is to help them to retake their NSC examinations in Mathematics and Physical Science or Accounting, enabling them to enter university.</p><p>The SciMathUS programme, which is presented in Afrikaans and English, ​​​​​adopts an active learning ap​proach in which students take responsibility for their own educational development – acquiring reasoning, interpersonal and problem-solving skills as part of an academic literacy course. </p><p>Since its inception in 2001, the programme has helped more than 1,100 students to improve their Grade 12 marks in Mathematics and Physical Science by an average of 15 percentage points and put them on the path to gaining undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and fulfilling careers. SciMathUS’s alumni have included medical doctors, physiotherapists, speech therapists, teachers, engineers, agriculturists, accountants, food scientists and academics.</p><p>Eskom’s support, which started in 2013, also extends to offering work placements to many of the programme’s former students who are accepted to study engineering at university and, upon graduation, jobs at the national power utility.</p><p>The SciMathUS programme offers two streams – Science and Accounting – for applicants who must have recently taken their NSCs and achieved a minimum mark in the subjects they wish to improve. Those who qualify for the Science stream are supported in redoing two core subjects, Mathematics and Physics. Those who enter Accounting rewrite the NSC in Mathematics only, while also taking introductory modules in either Accounting or Economics which are assessed by the university as part of an extended degree programme in its Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. All students also undertake complimentary subjects which include Academic Literacy and Computer Literacy.</p><p>The synergy between the programme and Maties extends beyond the structural and pedagogic support offered during the course itself – 75% of the students who complete the year subsequently enroll as undergraduates at Stellenbosch University, with most of the others joining different higher education institutions.</p><p>“Once they come to Stellenbosch University, they experience the hype and buzz of student life – while others prefer to study closer to home,” says SciMathUS Programme Manager Nokwanda Siyengo.</p><p>Whatever the students’ individual preferences, SciMathUS offers a holistic approach to personal and educational development which seeks to nurture confidence and talent. The programme aims to empower its alumni as individuals and access higher education and the formal economy by helping them to make informed career choices.</p><p>Data on the academic achievements of former SciMathUS students at Maties indicates the scale of the programme’s success. More than 200 obtained degrees at Stellenbosch University between 2005 and 2017, of whom 45 obtained a second qualification (degree or diploma) at Maties. More than 10 of these students went on to win a third qualification and two were awarded doctorates.</p><p>In its quest for inclusivity, catering to all educationally disadvantaged South African students, SciMathUS has established a national footprint, says Nokwanda Siyengo. It has also identified great need for the kinds of bridging training and empowerment that if offers, both from potential employers, such as Eskom, and from potential students.</p><p>In fact, the capacity of the programme is capped by the amount of pooled funding received and the number of students trained has tended to fluctuate, starting with about 42 in the first year, and rising to 125, before settling at the present level of about 100 students a year.</p><p>“The environment in which we work is shaped by our dependence on soft funding in a fast-moving corporate world,” explains SUNCEP Director Trevor van Louw, “If we get more funding, we can cater to more students.”</p><p>The number of deserving, educationally disadvantaged pupils who cannot gain entry to university means you could have a SciMathUS with as many as 1,000 students, says van Louw, who views the programme as part of a larger, national discussion on the problem of access to higher education. <br></p><p><br> </p>