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Feed the body first – then the mind the body first – then the mindCheryl Benadie<p>When I first started working at the Advancement Office of a Johannesburg university, the possibility of the meaning of “advancement" excited me. The process of moving forward in a determined way sets the cadence of university life, as it breeds new ideas and nurtures talent.<br></p><p>The hope of young South Africans who come through the university gates and eventually graduate with a key to open new doors of opportunity is tangible and electrifying.</p><p>And it's an experience that was lost to me.</p><p>As a first-generation professional (the first in my immediate family to go into white-collar work), there was no money for me to take up the course that I'd been accepted for at university. Nothing was spoken about or discussed – after I got my matric, I knew I simply needed to start working.</p><p>I'd heard about bursaries but neither of my parents had finished matric and there was no one to guide me through the process of enquiry or application. If my boss's husband (in my first job as a journalist at age 17) hadn't told me about correspondence study, it might have taken me a long time to figure out what to do in terms of study.</p><p>Due to my turbulent home environment, I'd grown up to be a fear-filled, self-doubting adult.</p><p>Although the missed opportunity to get a full-time tertiary education still makes me sad, part of me also knows that I probably wouldn't have made it all the way through to the end given my lack of support structures.</p><p>Doing the work that I do now – enabling incredible young people to go the distance and run the race that I never could – feels like poetic justice. Every time that I see one of the bursary students or student interns whom I've worked with excel, it makes me feel like a proud big sister. These individuals hold a special place in my heart.</p><p>Behind the media curtain of #FeesMustFall, on the backstage of campuses around the country, are young people who just want to make something good of their lives. At the root of anger is fear, the fear of coming all that way, fighting through daunting personal challenges, only to have the possibility of crossing the threshold into new opportunity fall through your hands because of a lack of funding, is almost too much to bear.</p><p>The announcement of fee-free education provides a huge relief – but the battle is not over. The gaps in funding mean the danger of potentially running out of food due to the limits of food allowances. How do you go to class, stomach empty, mind trying to feed your dreams while your spirit feels crushed?</p><p>These are not students who are “too proud to ask for help". These are students who just want to be like everyone else – to have a normal day-to-day experience of where you eat, of going to class, of studying hard, of building relationships with your peers and of doing it all again the next day. Once that momentum is broken, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay on track, let alone keep up with the pack.</p><p>University spaces are nurturing grounds for the future workforce and their experience while studying unconsciously spaces their perception of the world. If the inner belief that “I am all alone, no one cares enough to help me" is seeded while in survival mode when studying, they will unconsciously carry that mindset into the workplace, hampering their transition into their professional lives.</p><p>So how do we create a new future?</p><p>The tomorrow that we are waiting for is not in some nebulous reality – it's within us to shape. The stature and academic rigour of Stellenbosch University (SU) draw some of the brightest young minds in the country, eager to develop their potential and be released to transform our world.</p><p>As we contemplate the Nelson Mandela Centennial celebrations and those of SU's own, we have a moral imperative to harness the spirit of youth, not hamper it. Why should students be ashamed of their hunger when they encounter a caring university that wants to provide a real solution to the problems that they're facing?</p><p>I've never gone hungry in my life – but I don't need that to be part of my story to get alongside someone who is. I know what isolation and shame feel like and that's enough for me.</p><p>What is going to move you to help us #Move4Food?<br></p><p><strong><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/CB.jpg" alt="CB.jpg" class="ms-rteImage-2 ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;" />Cheryl Benadie</strong></p><p><strong>Manager: Donor Relations</strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Using fitness towards our fundraising goals fitness towards our fundraising goalsKaren BrunsTo celebrate the Centenary of Stellenbosch University, we have achieved yet another first by entering a charity team in the Cape Town Cycle Race, which took place on 11 March. Our Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wim de Villiers, led our team of 65 cyclists, who set off at the charity start time. There were a number of other cyclists who also sported #Maties100 cycling gear, riding for bursaries.<div><br><p>In the early days, fundraisers talked about “a-thon fundraising" to describe charitable running, walking and cycling programmes. In fact, an industry group launched in 2007 was called the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council. A decade on, we refer to peer-to-peer fundraising.</p><p>Today, due to changes in technology and social expectations, we find ourselves in exciting times as the industry continues to evolve. More than ever, the friends, alumni and supporters of non-profits such as public universities want to have a say in how, when and where they'll fundraise. </p><p>As a result, we see a new genre of creative and semi-autonomous peer-to-peer fundraising programmes growing in popularity and featuring do-it-yourself and virtual events. These programmes cater to the desires of a new generation of supporters by providing them with the flexibility to fundraise on their own terms, according to their own schedule, and doing their chosen activity.</p><p>When I look at the global benchmarks on peer-to-peer fundraising, there are quite a few signs to indicate that we're starting our fundraising activities in the right sporting code:</p><ul><li>Research shows that cycling participants outperform those in all other event categories: They raise more money, attract more and larger gifts, and use online tools more often and more effectively.</li><li>Globally, participant loyalty (also known as participant retention) showed a decline in all event categories between 2015 and 2016. In all categories except cycling. This shows that, much like all the other areas of our fundraising activities, there's a need to address both the recruitment and retention of participants for fundraising events. </li><li>Research also shows that some individuals switch between different events offered by the same organisation, challenging themselves while continuing to demonstrate their loyalty.</li><li>Denying the parity principle completely, but along similar lines, a small percentage of star fundraisers account for the majority of event revenue. In a recent study, a mere 3% of 5 000 participants were responsible for 65% of the donation revenue. It's essential to retain star fundraisers – and to coach new star fundraisers.</li></ul><p>What do I mean by star fundraisers? Well, participants tend to fall into four categories:</p><ul><li>Non-fundraisers, who receive no online donations;</li><li>Self-donors, who receive one online donation only, typically a donation to themselves;</li><li>Good fundraisers, who receive two to four online donations; and</li><li>Great fundraiser, who receive more than five online donations.</li></ul><p>We know that participants who ask for money actually raise it. There's a simple, straightforward correlation. As a call to action in our coaching messages to participants, we encourage them to reach out by e-mail (and social media), asking friends and family for donations. We also provide them with sample messages to ensure that they have the right tools to ask for contributions effectively.</p><p>We're really excited by our initiatives in this area of peer-to-peer fundraising. There's so much scope, nationally and internationally. So you will understand why I was yelling my lungs out from the pavement on Sunday 11 March, and I hope that, if you were there, you did too. </p><p>Organisation-driven fundraising – whether traditional running, walking and cycling events or endurance fundraising – foregrounds our thinking around giving days and virtual events; and may well encourage individual-driven fundraising for the University. We see growth in this latter area too – project-based fundraising and personal crowd-funding. These are the new frontiers that challenge a fundraising office such as our own and force us to investigate how we can be enabling while simultaneously surrendering some control. </p><p>As you'll be aware, it can be laborious for a large organisation to strive towards greater agility and nimbleness. Luckily for us, people come wired with a vast capacity for change; it is this innate ability that is often constrained by present conditions. We're working hard at being more empowering so that our staff, students and friends can achieve greater independence and autonomy, while promoting more open communication channels in group activities to ensure continuity, congruency and the fostering of the University's ethos. </p><p>It's more pedal power for us all. May the wind be at our backs.<br></p><p><strong><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Karen_Bruns_small.jpg" alt="Karen_Bruns_small.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1 ms-rteImage-2" style="margin:5px;" />Karen Bruns</strong></p><p><strong>Senior Director: Development & Alumni Relations</strong><br></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>​​<br></strong></p><p><br></p></div>
'You can do this!''You can do this!'Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>When Kristin Trout walked across the stage at one of Stellenbosch University's (SU) March graduation ceremonies to receive her BA Sport Science degree, she did so for her whole family. "I felt as if I was graduating for them," she says.<br></p><p>The 21-year-old from Ottery in Cape Town, who is the first person in her family to graduate from University, says her sense of pride is tremendous. </p><p>Kristin, who completed her degree with financial help from SU as well as the Andreas and Susan Strüngmann Foundation, says coming from a single-parent household was tough financially, but the bursaries took the financial strain off her mom.  "When applying for university, I was offered a recruitment bursary from SU based on my academics and I was lucky enough to receive a partial scholarship from Students for a Better Future Foundation (SBF)."</p><p>She says her relationship with SBF started in high school already when the Foundation funded her entire high school career. The SBF Scholarship Programme is an initiative of the Andreas and Susan Strüngmann Foundation that was set up in 2008 to fund educational initiatives currently focused in the Western Cape. The Foundation's SBF programme gives academically gifted and financially needy students the opportunity to attend some of the best high schools in the Cape Town area to help them develop their talents.</p><p>Explains Juliet Glover, Head of the SBF Foundation: "We support approximately 500 high school children and university students in the Western Cape. The Foundation identifies and recruits scholarship recipients in their Grade 7 year, then funds the students through high school. By the time our students get to university, we have known them for six years. And by the time a student graduates from university he or she would have been with the Foundation for between 9 and 10 years. We feel overwhelmingly proud to see our young adults graduate and take their place in the working world."</p><p>According to Glover, the Foundation's vision is for every scholarship recipient to find their place in the world, support their own family and give back to their community and to society. “And with every student that graduates, this vision is closer to being realised."</p><p>SBF currently supports 16 Matie students and is keen on growing this number in future. “We have been so pleased to establish our partnership with Stellenbosch University and have been impressed with the support our students receive. This year, we placed more students than in 2017 and we look forward to growing our numbers at SU each year," Glover adds. </p><p>For Kristin the financial and emotional support she received from SBF gave her that extra boost that she needed to succeed. "Having SBF involved with my high school education as well as my tertiary education helped me so much in terms of having another family behind me."</p><p>With her first degree in the bag, Kristin is tackling yet another degree this year and again the SBF will be there to provide support. "I am currently doing a degree in BSc Computer Science. My plans for the future is to finish this new degree and get a job that involves programming within the sport science field. I would love to go into a career that will allow me to apply my knowledge in both of these fields. I have been fortunate enough to receive partial funding from SBF again and am very grateful to have them behind me for another degree," she adds.</p><p>Kristin says the most important thing that she has learnt is to never give up on herself. "There were many times during my years of study that I thought I would not be able to make it, but through perseverance and hard work I was able to achieve my goal. I will be forever grateful to my amazing family as well as all the people in my life that never gave up on me."</p><p>Her advice to other young people is to strive to do your best. "Life can be hard and there are many challenges to face, but if you surround yourself with people who uplift you, nothing can stop you. Don't stop believing in yourself and never let anyone bring you down. Stay positive, you can do this!"</p><ul><li><em>Photo: Vera Schaupp, Programme Officer at the Andreas & Susan Strüngmann Foundation, came to support Kristin at her graduation ceremony. (Photographer: Anton Jordaan)</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
First recipients of Bettie Harmsen Scholarship announced recipients of Bettie Harmsen Scholarship announcedPia Nänny<p>​The athletic and academic careers of two athletes from Stellenbosch University (SU) received a significant boost when they were named the first recipients of the Bettie Harmsen Scholarship.<br></p><p>Bettie Harmsen, born Buitendag, was a keen athlete and Stellenbosch University graduate who received her BSc Honours in Medical Biochemistry in 1989. After graduating from SU, Bettie had a very successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, first in South Africa and later in the United States where she lived with her husband and two children. Bettie passed away on 21 December 2016 at the age of 50 after a fierce battle with cancer.<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Media%20Library/EBW/2016_2/Bettie_photo_1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:293px;" /><br></p><p>Days before her death, she and her husband Hans decided to award a scholarship to promising SU track and field athletes. The family has committed to donate $10 000 per year for a minimum of ten years.</p><p>Track athletes and Maties students Justine Palframan (24) and Gardeo Isaacs (19) share this scholarship in 2018.</p><p>The four pillars of the scholarship are aligned with the focus areas of the Maties Sport High Performance (HP) Unit, namely athletic performance, academic performance, personal empowerment and development, and community involvement.</p><p>“Our wish for the scholarship is that Bettie's passions and beliefs may live on. Bettie was an inspiration to many around her: family and friends, her colleagues and our church community. Bettie was always energetic, dedicated, determined, passionate, and guided by integrity and empathy. With a never-ending smile and positive, 'can do' attitude, she gave her best at everything. Driven by her strong faith, Bettie impacted on and was a blessing to many others. With the scholarship, we hope that Bettie may continue to positively influence other people's lives," says Hans.</p><p>“As a family we love South Africa. We were so excited when we watched Wayde van Niekerk win the 400m at the Olympic Games in Rio, and we would love to contribute to local athletes' success so that they can be an inspiration and example to others as Bettie was."</p><p>Bettie's sister Louisa Hall, deputy principal at The Settler's High School in Bellville, emphasised this sentiment:</p><p>“We are looking for students who are more than just athletes – students who dream of making a contribution to society. My message to the bursary recipients is: Develop your sport and pay it forward by giving back to the community."</p><p>The scholarship recipient is expected to participate in outreach programs and be an ambassador for the Maties Sport HP Unit as well as the PACER empowerment programme, which focuses on persistence, authenticity, commitment, empathy and resilience.</p><p>Justine, who is currently busy with her BSc honours in Biokinetics, is the reigning SA champion in the 200m and 400m, having won both events at the recent South African Track and Field Championships held in Pretoria. She represented South Africa at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and has won two medals at the World Student Games – gold in the 400m in 2015 and silver in the 400m in 2017.</p><p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Media%20Library/EBW/2016_2/MS_Justine_Gardeo.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />“I'm very excited and grateful to be one of the two athletes picked for this scholarship. It will enable me to stay focused on my training while working towards earning my honours degree and becoming a biokineticist."<br></p><p>Gardeo, a second-year BCom Management Sciences student, also specialises in the 200m and 400m. He progressed to the final of the 400m at the SA Championships and won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay with his Boland team mates.</p><p>“This bursary will assist me to improve my performance on the track and I believe that it will also boost my chances of competing at an international level." </p><p>After speaking to Bettie's husband and sister and paging through a picture book of Bettie's life, Gardeo learned that family was the most important thing to her and that she was modest no matter how successful she was. </p><p>“I would like to honour her legacy by helping a less fortunate sportsperson in the same way that she helped me."</p><p>Justine noted that Bettie was an amazing woman who loved to travel and experience new things.</p><p>“I would like to have the same impact she had, always smiling and helping out in any way possible, giving back where I can and putting my family first."</p><p>According to Sean Surmon, Head of the HP Unit, the Bettie Harmsen Scholarship has brought a great energy to Maties Athletics. </p><p>“We really support the holistic aspect of the expectations of the scholarship. The scholarship is also of such a nature that it can financially support a student athlete to utilise the incredible opportunity of competing overseas."</p><p>Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director of Maties Sport, emphasises the importance of strategic partnerships to support the Maties HP programme and students.</p><p>“We are honoured to continue Bettie Harmsen's legacy on behalf of her family. Their guidelines and goals for the scholarship fit in perfectly with Maties Sport's and the HP programme's objectives.</p><p>“The commitment of our two athletes to focus on community engagement through sport for social impact are important ingredients of our holistic development programme.</p><p>“We are so grateful that an alumna of this university has decided to invest in the dreams and goals of young student-athletes and we are sure that we will see the benefits of the Bettie Harmsen Scholarship in years to come."<br></p><p><strong>Photos:</strong><br></p><p><strong>Main photo:</strong> Scholarship recipients Justine Palframan and Gardeo Isaacs page through a photobook of Bettie Harmsen's life.<br></p><p><strong>Photo 1: </strong>Bettie Harmsen, born Buitendag, in action on the athletics track.<br></p><p><strong>Photo 2: </strong><span></span>Scholarship recipients Justine Palframan and Gardeo Isaacs​.<br></p>
More Matie students get Die Vlakte Bursaries Matie students get Die Vlakte BursariesRozanne Engel / Corporate Communication<p>Today (01 March) marked another milestone in Stellenbosch University's (SU) commitment to restitution and development, with a next group of Matie students receiving Die Vlakte Bursaries.<br></p><p>Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor at SU, established the fund in 2015, as a form of redress and development for descendants of people who suffered forced removals in the 1960s and '70s from Die Vlakte, a neighbourhood that used to adjoin the town centre and partially overlapped SU.</p><p>The residents that inhabited this neighbourhood were mainly so-called Coloured people who were removed in 1964 under the 1950 Group Areas Act. The Bursary Fund aims to compensate these displaced residents for their unlawful removal by making bursaries available for them and their children and grandchildren to study at the University.</p><p>During the ceremony for the 2018 bursary recipients, Prof de Villiers said that this bursary lays close to his heart. “It is important for this university that we are working hard at becoming more inclusive and we are reaching out to the community to close the gap. It is important that the children who grow up on our threshold come to SU and achieve their dreams here. This university belongs to the whole community."</p><p>Each year a small group of students is selected for Die Vlakte Bursary and the first group of recipients received funding in 2016. To date over R1 000 000 worth of bursaries have been allocated to students.</p><p>The recipients of 2018 are Wyatt Afrika, a second year BA (Drama and Theatre Studies) student; Kirsten Hector, a first year BA (Visual Arts) student; Ruan Steyn, a first year engineering student; Zain Ghalpie, a second year BSc (Mathematical Science) student; and first year twin brothers Garth and Gareth Wentley. Garth is studying BSc (Human Life Sciences) and Gareth BAcc LLB.</p><p>“I feel so honoured to receive this funding, as there are only a certain amount of people who get this bursary every year. As much as I also feel honoured, I also believe we deserve this bursary, since our grandparents lived on this campus from the beginning and then were forcibly removed. This bursary means a lot to our family as it not only alleviates the massive stress of student fees, but is also a good initiative by the university to give back to the Die Vlakte communities affected by the past," says Gareth Wentley.</p><p>Kirsten Hector also expressed her gratitude and happiness to have received the bursary. She said the bursary comes as a big help to her and has taken away a lot of financial strain from her parents.</p><p>Ruan Steyn's father, Reuben, expressed similar sentiments and is glad the university could help his son financially. “I applied a few years ago for our other son (Ruan's brother), but unfortunately he didn't get the bursary then. We felt so relieved when we got the good news that Ruan got the bursary, as it comes as a huge help. I'm very pleased that the university has been able to give back to those affected by Die Vlakte removals."</p><p><strong>Die Vlakte Exhibition</strong></p><p>In 2013, SU created a Memory Room in SU's Archive on the ground floor of the Wilcocks Building. A contemporary exhibition depicted the suppressed history of people of Die Vlakte at the Memory Room, which was a gesture of reconciliation between the institution and the town's coloured community. The Memory Room was the brainchild of the late Prof Russel Botman (Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU 2006 to 2014). The exhibition was on display at the SU Archives for three years.</p><p>The Arts and Social Sciences Faculty has been engaged in a process of reflecting on its history. The current Arts and Social Sciences Building stands on a site cleared in the 1960s as a result of the Group Areas Act. In December 2013, the Dean, Johan Hattingh, appointed a committee to develop an exhibition that would memorialise the forced removals that took place in <em>Die Vlakte</em>. Over the years, a number of students and faculty in different disciplines have worked on researching and making visible the history of <em>Die Vlakte</em>.</p><p>In a joint project involving the departments of Visual Arts and English, students were invited to produce a set of proposals for memorialising the forced removals. These proposals along with a small exhibition, reflecting on the history of the building and the current consequences of that history, are displayed on panels and wall art on the first floor at the Arts & Social Sciences Building, where SU students, alumni and the public can view it.</p><p><strong>SU 'Homecoming'</strong></p><p>Stellenbosch University will be having a Homecoming Weekend for alumni Maties this coming weekend from 1 – 5 March. On 3 March, those affected by the Die Vlakte forced removals; members of the Stellenbosch community, as well as the Silver Valke from the Saldanha Military will be taking part in a march from Lückhoff School, down Ryneveld, Victoria and Bosman Street towards Coetzenberg. The march is a moment of reflection for those affected by the forced removals. On the day, the University is also having a Family Day at Coetzenberg from 10:00, where students, community members and alumni can enjoy live music, entertainment and delicious food.</p><p><strong>Die Vlakte Bursary Application</strong></p><p>Prospective students who lived in the area, their children and grandchildren can apply for the bursaries. The bursary covers basic class fees for the minimum length of the student's chosen programme.</p><p>A community committee assists with the verification of applicants' association with Die Vlakte, and the Bursary Committee consisting of three members from the community and three SU staff members help apply the allocation criteria. </p><p>For more information, contact or visit the Bursaries and Loans office in Admin A, Room 2063 on Stellenbosch Campus.</p><p>Office hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:30.</p><ul><li>Tel: (021) 808 9111</li><li>Email:</li></ul><p><strong>More articles on Die Vlakte:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=2518"></a></li><li><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3839"></a></li><li><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3203"></a></li><li><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5125"></a> <br></li></ul><p>Photo by Rozanne Engel<br></p><p><em>In the photo above: Prof Wim de Villiers with the new Die Vlakte Bursary recipients for 2018: (from left), Zain Ghalpie, Kirsten Hector, twin brothers Garth and Gareth Wentley.</em><br></p>
First recipients of DW Ackermann Bursary Fund recipients of DW Ackermann Bursary FundLiesel Koch<p>​​​​​Last year Stellenbosch University (SU) received one of its largest individual donations ever – an amount of R194,6 million. This huge gift came in the form of a bequest by the late Mr DW (Dirk) Ackermann, an engineer by profession.<br></p><p>As stated in Mr Ackermann's will, the University used this bequest to establish the DW Ackermann Bursary Fund to benefit deserving students in the electrical and electronic engineering disciplines. The capital is now invested accordingly, and the annual income will be used for bursaries, which are to be awarded in terms of the criteria set out in his will.<br></p><p>The fund is managed as an endowment fund and will be sustainably used to benefit many students in future.</p><p>In 2018 there are five students who are the first recipients of the DW Ackermann Bursary Fund. On the photo are from the left Prof Maarten Kamper (Chair, Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Daniel Banks, Sharmin Khan, Prof Wikus van Niekerk (Dean), Elsje Pieterse, Sihle Tabete and (insert) Thurai-yaa Gannie.<br></p><p><br></p>
Alexander Forbes Group Chief Executive's Bursary Scheme creates bright future for talented students Forbes Group Chief Executive's Bursary Scheme creates bright future for talented studentsDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>Talented Matie student, Nhlakanipho Mkhize's dreams of completing his B.Com. (Actuarial Science) degree is now a reality, thanks to the newly-launched Alexander Forbes Group Chief Executive's Bursary Scheme. <br></p><p>This bursary scheme, launched recently at Stellenbosch University (SU), supports the higher educational attainment of top performing and disadvantaged undergraduate students from their second year of study, by funding their completion of business and finance-related degrees.</p><p>The bursary covers tuition, textbooks and living expenses and gives the recipient an opportunity to also participate in Alexander Forbes' internship programme, have access to a mentor from a pool of senior managers, participate in vacation work and have access to the Office of the Group Chief Executive.</p><p>Alexander Forbes has been a long-standing partner of SU, having been a donor for many years, and having supported a number of Matie students. This new bursary is also over and above the company's existing bursary programme, which benefits 41 students annually. </p><p>The Alexander Forbes' Group Chief Executive Bursary Programme will initially benefit bursary students in second and third year to be selected from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, University of the Witwatersrand and Nelson Mandela University, says Thabo Mashaba, Alexander Forbes Group Chief Empowerment and Transformation Officer. </p><p>The bursary scheme is specifically for students who are from households with a combined annual income not exceeding R600 000. This is the maximum income threshold set by the government when it announced the implementation of free tertiary education. Mashaba says applications for the bursaries will be handled by the universities who will then forward the short-listed students to Alexander Forbes to interview and select the successful recipients.</p><p>Andrew Darfoor, the Group Chief Executive of Alexander Forbes, says the company is happy to be contributing to skills development as well as creating employment for graduates.</p><p>“Not only does South Africa face an unemployment problem but also has a shortage of specific skills required in the financial services sector in general, and the pensions and retirement sector in particular. To this end, we believe that the Alexander Forbes' Group Chief Executive Bursary Programme will contribute to skills development while easing the unemployment problem, especially of graduates," Darfoor says.</p><p> Speaking at the launch event, Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU, thanked Alexander Forbes for their investment in the future. “For that is what investing in education is… an investment in a better tomorrow. As Benjamin Franklin put it, 'An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest'."</p><p>According to Prof De Villiers  a great number of young South Africans need a hand up, and even those who receive state funding will still need additional support – not only monetary but also assistance in other ways. “That is why I am particularly pleased that the Alexander Forbes Group Chief Executive Bursary covers not only tuition, textbooks and living expenses, but will also enrol recipients in an internship programme. And give them access to a mentor, and vacation work and access to the Office of the Group Chief Executive. </p><p>“That's the way to do it - to go on a journey with students - to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk," he added.</p><p>For bursary recipient Nhlakanipho, being the first recipient feels great, but it also puts extra pressure on him. However, he is up for the challenge and ready to push himself to grow and succeed. "This bursary will essentially keep me on my toes to perform academically and push me to always work hard."</p><p>Nhlakanipho, who hails from KZN, said coming to Stellenbosch to study at Maties, has been a great opportunity to discover himself - away from family and familiar surroundings. </p><p>He is also looking forward to his internship at Alexander Forbes, to learn more about the business, to become a successful investment actuary and ultimately make a better life for his family. "They have done so much to keep me here, and making their lives easier would be my way of thanking them for their sacrifices."<br></p><p><em>Photo: Mr Thabo Mashaba, Nhlakanipho Mkhize and Prof Wim de Villiers. ​</em><br></p><p><br></p>
Homecoming 2018: Come home to Matieland! 2018: Come home to Matieland!Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>It is that exciting time of the year again. Stellenbosch University's Maties Homecoming Weekend for alumni is taking place from 1 to 5 March 2018 on our picturesque Stellenbosch Campus, and this year promises to be extra special as SU commemorates its Centenary year. We have planned various events especially for Maties. So here's your chance to reconnect with old friends, to relive those wonderful student days and to participate in a range of fun and exciting activities taking place at your alma mater.<br></p><p><strong>Here is a snapshot of what to look forward to:</strong></p><p>On <strong>1 March</strong> you can join fellow alumni for an art walk through scenic Stellenbosch to celebrate community and art, and partake in an evening of delightful sights and sounds. Last stop on the walk will be the SU Museum in Ryneveld Street for cocktails, canapés and light entertainment, so do not miss out.</p><p>On <strong>2 March</strong>, you will be treated to an evening of outstanding entertainment filled with music and wonderful surprises at the special Homecoming Centenary Concert. Artists include the SU Jazz Band, Laurika Rauch, Gloria Bosman, Tim Moloi, Coenie de Villiers, Valiant Swart, the world-renowned Stellenbosch University Choir, Arno Carstens, Brandon October, as well as J'Something and Micasa. There is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. </p><p>The festivities continue on <strong>3 March</strong> at the Homecoming Fun Run <em>Veldtrap met Woorde</em> at Coetzenburg. Bring your family, your friends and your pets. Come fill your lungs with fresh air and stretch your legs. Run, jog or walk along some of Stellenbosch's most scenic mountain trails. </p><p>Also on <strong>3 March</strong>, you can enjoy some extra family time at the Family Day from 10:00 onwards. Expect a festive day of live music, delicious food and first-class entertainment spread over two stages. Bring your own chairs and blankets and settle in before the start of the open-air concerts. Come and join in for a joyful and safe family day with stalls, a carnival for the little ones, and a beer and wine tent for adults. </p><p>On Monday, <strong>5 March</strong>, sport enthusiasts can look forward to a riveting game of rugby when SU's Maties Rugby team and UCT's Ikeys go head to head at the Danie Craven Stadium. You are most welcome to visit the special alumni tent at Die Stal before and after the game for drinks. All proceeds will go to the Maties4Maties Bursary Fund. Tickets for the match are available at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Monday, <strong>5 March</strong>, will also see a lively series of discussions facilitated by Tim du Plessis in partnership with the Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership. Some of the topics to be discussed include the ethics of heart transplants; euthanasia and the right to choose; gender, religion and the arts; youth and youth unemployment; the fourth industrial revolution; and a host of current topical issues. Remember to reserve your seat for these discussions as space is limited.</p><p>For those of you who would like to enjoy Stellenbosch beyond 5 March, there is much more to do. Stay for more <a href="">Woordfees</a> shows (with special alumni discounts on a wide selection of shows), see the action at the Dagbreek Street Mile Festival on <strong>6 March</strong>, or attend Sonop Residence's reunion on <strong>10 March</strong>. Please support SU's Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers, and a team of 100 alumni and friends on <strong>11 March</strong> at the Cape Town Cycle Tour as they cycle 109 km to raise money for Maties bursaries as part of the SU's Centenary activities.<br></p><p>Please visit <a href=""></a> for more information on how to book for all these events. Follow SU on the various social media platforms, including <a href="">Facebook</a>, <a href="">Instagram</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>, for regular updates on more exciting events and the latest information on all our activities throughout this special Centenary year.</p><p>A welcoming area for alumni will be set up at the SU Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, during Homecoming Weekend. Please visit us there and collect your special complimentary commemorative Centenary alumni pin.</p><p>In addition, you as an SU alumnus will receive a special discount on selected Woordfees shows in 2018 as part of SU's centenary activities. Simply input your SU number when making your booking via Computicket.<br></p><ul><li><em>Photo: Karen Bruns, Senior Director: Development & Alumni Relations and Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector & Vice-Chancellor. (Phtoographer: Stefan Els)</em><br></li></ul><br>
Steyn, Brody serve on SU Council, Brody serve on SU CouncilRegistrar/Registrateur<p style="text-align:justify;">​Mr George Steyn and Mr Huber Brody will serve as members of the Stellenbosch University (SU) Council for the term 2 April 2018 to 1 April 2022. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In accordance with paragraph 15 of the Stellenbosch University (SU)  Statute, the donors of the University had been informed on 9 January 2018 that the terms of Mr GM (George) Steyn and Prof PW van der Walt, who had been elected on the Council by the donors, would end on 1 April 2018 and that nominations for these two vacant positions needed to be submitted to the Registrar by 24 January 2018.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As only two nominations were received, that of Mr GM (George) Steyn and Mr HR (Hubert) Brody, they are now regarded as elected by the donors of SU for the term 2 April 2018 to 1 April 2022.<br></p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li><em>​Photos: Hubert Brody (photo supplied) and George Steyn (photographer: Anton Jordaan).</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
How #SU99 has changed lives #SU99 has changed livesDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>Life changing, grateful and still so unreal. That is how a few recent Stellenbosch University (SU) graduates describe their feelings after being informed that the entire outstanding amounts of their student debt will be completely paid off, thanks to generous donors who have contributed to the University's precentenary fundraising campaign #SU99.<br></p><p>The campaign, aimed at alleviating student debt, was launched in 2017 with a target of only R99 999, but this target was subsequently upgraded to R999 999 after generous support from staff, alumni, donors and friends of the University. </p><p>"I was not expecting it. To be one of the recipients is an absolute privilege and an honour. There are so many people who are in need of this, but I got it and I just want to thank God for this opportunity," says Lebo Komane, who graduated with a BCom degree at SU's December 2017 graduation week. </p><p>"This means the world to my family. My parents must provide for me and my two younger brothers – one is still in school and the other also at university. And honestly, I don't know how they supported me for four years. They sacrificed so much."</p><p>Lebo is now especially looking forward to her new job in Johannesburg while studying on a part-time basis. She adds that travel to the United Kingdom is on her future to-do list, where she hopes to gain more experience in the commerce industry. But she is adamant that she'll definitely be paying it forward by contributing in her community and making a difference in someone else's life.</p><p>For recipient Chantal Lemmetjies, it still feels like an amazing dream. "My mom couldn't believe it either. After years of dealing with the weight of a huge debt on their shoulders, the generosity of strangers seemed inconceivable."</p><p>Chantal says her family's financial struggle was real and it was a constant worry where the money would come from. "So to the donors – from me and my family – thank you, it means the world to be debt free. You may not realise what a big difference you have made, but believe me, you are changing lives for the better."</p><p>Chantal obtained her BSc Food Science degree in December and says she hopes to become a quality manager and also to lend a helping hand when it comes to the Western Cape's water crisis. "I want to plough back and make a difference in society and helping others achieve their dreams."</p><p>Vincent Witbooi, who is armed with a sought-after engineering degree, recalls listening to the Rector talking about the #SU99 campaign during his graduation ceremony and wondering whether he will find his degree or an invoice for the final outstanding balance in his scroll. "I got the latter. NSFAS did not pay the remaining balance on my student account; this had me stressed, but I had to remain calm – my parents travelled a long way to get to campus for my graduation and I didn't want to spoil that moment for them. I prayed on my situation and God sent the #SU99 donors my way to not only wipe my student account debt, but to set my mind at ease and secure a happy stress-free festive season."</p><p>And what does it mean for Vincent and his family to be debt free? "This means I get to help and improve the lives of my parents and grandmother at an earlier stage of my career now that I don't have debt in the back of my mind," he adds.</p><p>Vincent is currently working at Eskom and plans on making the best of the opportunities within the company and to later pursue his MBA degree, with a long-term goal to give back to his community and those in need by paying it forward.</p><p>Davina Mac Donald says she found the good news hard to digest and had to pinch herself a few times. "To me it was too good to be true." But when reality finally set in, all she could do was marvel at this "miracle". </p><p>"It is amazing. My family has had quite a bit of financial difficulty for the three years that I was at university and I could see the weight lifted off their shoulders when they received the news. It gives us an opportunity to have a proper Christmas and helps them to be able to afford my little brother's school fees with a little more ease in 2018."</p><p>Davina says she will take some time off to settle in the working world before she returns to further her studies. She wants to ultimately obtain a PhD in Biochemistry in an effort to find more effective ways to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases in children, with the focus on lupus and leukaemia. </p><ul><li>To meet more of the #SU99 recipients go to: <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a></li><li><em> Photo: Davina Mac Donald and Vincent Witbooi at their graduation ceremonies in December 2017.</em><div><br><br></div><br></li></ul><p><br></p>