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COVID-19 vaccines: Mandate or choice?http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8685COVID-19 vaccines: Mandate or choice?Development & Alumni Relations<p>​​​​Topical legal and ethical aspects of COVID-19 vaccines and whether it should be made mandatory were aired during an online panel discussion hosted by Stellenbosch University's (SU) Development and Alumni Relations Division on Tuesday, 19 October.<br></p><p>​This, the second in a series of conversations named the Matie Crest Talks, was entitled <em>COVID-19 vaccines: Mandate or choice. </em>The panel speakers were Justice Edwin Cameron, Chancellor of SU, and retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Prof Thuli Madonsela: Law professor and Law Trust Chair in Social Justice, and former Public Protector of South Africa and Zackie Achmat, Co-director of NGO Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know), and co-founder of the Treatment Action Campaign. The discussion was led by Prof Nicola Smit, Dean of SU's Faculty of Law.<br></p><p>Prof Moodley was asked if mandates are indeed necessary and, if so, what are the prerequisites for introducing vaccine mandates.<br></p><p>“The issue around achieving an outcome in a pandemic such as this public health emergency requires action by large numbers of people," said Moodley. “We are currently sitting at 27% of the adult population being fully vaccinated. But the aim is to achieve vaccination coverage of 70% by December this year. We can already see that we are falling behind and that we need an important strategy to apply in order to improve our uptake for public health benefit.<br></p><p>“So what are the prerequisites for a mandatory vaccine policy? Firstly, we need safe and effective vaccines. It is also important that there is an abundant supply of vaccines that are free and accessible. Mandatory policies must be respectful, it is not a punitive measure but rather is intended to protect public health. The policies must be implemented together with the toolbox of other preventative measures such as widespread counselling and education around the importance of vaccines during this pandemic."<br></p><p>She added that in order to increase vaccine uptake by around 18 to 20 percentage points, a vaccine mandate is important.<br></p><p>“Research has shown that mandates in different parts of the world, both for childhood vaccinations as well as COVID-19 vaccinations, resulted in an increased uptake of around 18 to 20 per cent, which is exactly what we are going to need if we want to get 70% of the adult population fully vaccinated by December."</p><p>Justice Edwin Cameron fielded the question: With personal and individual freedoms well-established under our Constitution and law, are mandatory vaccines in policy permissible and legally justified?<br></p><p>“It is agreed among all legal experts who have spoken about this that vaccine mandates are constitutionally permissible," said Cameron. “There is a more or less settled consensus that it would be constitutional for employers, for the government, for departments to require people to be vaccinated. The science and medical technology is well-established."<br></p><p>He added that it is important that vaccine mandates be implemented with respect and that it should not be punitive and draconian in nature. <br></p><p>Prof Thuli Madonsela was asked to explain what the social justice symbolic value is that choice and mandates respectively provide for, especially in a time of social instability and where trust in government institutions are at an all-time low.<br></p><p>“I think governments globally and ours as well have handled this matter terribly. I do think that social justice does not only dictate that we be treated equally in terms of service provision, but it also dictates that we have a voice. This includes the importance of the recognition of diversity and differentiated treatment where necessary. Another is restitution in the event that things go wrong. That has not been dealt with very well. So that makes it really difficult for people to come on board because they do not know their rights should things go wrong. When there is no transparency, trust dies."<br></p><p>Moodley then responded to the question: Why do young people need a COVID-19 vaccination when they have a lower risk of developing an infection and severe disease?<br></p><p>“Young people are still able to transmit that disease to other people who are more vulnerable in society," Moodley replied. “In South Africa we have a culture of multi-generational households where there are grandparents living with parents and young children. So the risk of transmission to our grandparents is an important one to consider and in that case vaccinating young people would definitely be a benefit."<br></p><p>With regards to vaccines, especially the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines causing myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, in young men and adolescents, Moodley said:  “Studies are being published and have shown that the risk is very small. Approximately one in 50 000 people have been shown to develop this side-effect in some studies in Israel. But when they do develop it, it is relatively mild, some hardly notice it and the important thing is it gets better within a short period of time."​</p><p><br></p>
Campus Giving Day officially kicks off Bridge the Gap Annual Fund http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8678Campus Giving Day officially kicks off Bridge the Gap Annual Fund Development & Alumni Relations<p>​​​The Stellenbosch University (SU) community came out in full support of the University's annual Campus Giving Day held recently on the Stellenbosch campus. <br></p><p>Campus Giving Day 2021 formed part of the <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/"><strong>Annual Fund, Bridge the Gap</strong></a><strong>,</strong> that aims to remove the obstacles that are hindering Maties from having a meaningful student experience and obtaining that sought-after degree. The University is raising funds for several initiatives under the umbrella of Bridge the Gap. These include, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/"><strong>#Move4Food</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/tygerberg-pantry-project/"><strong>the Tygerberg Pantry Project</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/action4inclusion/"><strong>#Action4Inclusion</strong></a><strong>, </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/gradme/"><strong>#GradMe</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/zim4zim/"><strong>#Zim4Zim</strong></a><strong>, </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/end-period-poverty/"><strong>End Period Poverty</strong></a><strong>, </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/matieshavedrive/"><strong>#MatiesHaveDrive</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/caught-in-the-middle/"><strong>Caught in the Middle.</strong></a> </p><p>The Campus Giving Day activities – spread out over a few days to accommodate social distancing and curfews – included 5-a-side soccer matches and a speed tennis tournament, a megamovie marathon at Pulp Cinema, while residences and Private Student Organisations were asked to decorate the trees on Victoria Street between Dagbreek and Irene. </p><p>The Deans of AgriSciences and Engineering, Profs Danie Brink and Wikus van Niekerk, also got in on action. "Our Deans of AgriSciences and Engineering really set the bar high, and we are so grateful. Their faculties delivered trolleys and trolleys of donated non-perishable food to the Bridge the Gap campaign headquarters. Our social workers were blown away!" said Karen Bruns, Senior Director at SU's Development and Alumni Relations Division.   </p><p>Viwe Benxa, Bridge the Gap ambassador and one of the Giving Day organisers, said not even a lack of spectators (due to COVID-19 regulations), could stop the participants from showing their competitive edge. “We had so much fun, and of course knowing that all the activities were to benefit a worthy cause, made it even more rewarding." </p><p>Teams went head-to-head, until one team emerged victorious. The winners of the student communities tennis tournament were Silene and Eendrag (doubles); runners-up were Isa and Majuba; Lydia (singles) and runner-up Isa. Winners of the soccer tournament included an all-male team from Russel Botman House, women residence team winner was Irene and mixed gender team winners were Serruria and Huis Neethling. </p><p>“The movie marathon with all-day screenings of golden oldies such as <em>The Shawshank Redemption</em>, <em>Forrest Gump</em> and <em>Black Panther</em> proved very popular. <em>Black Panther</em> was hands down the box office hit of the day and we managed to raise R8 000 in ticket sales! </p><p>“The tree decorators also put in a tonne of effort. We all agreed that while Monica's tree was incredibly pretty, the most impactful was Venustia – right up there in terms of effort and thought," added Benxa. </p><p>SU's Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers, and a team of 19 cyclists consisting of alumni, staff, students and fighting-fit friends of the University, ended off the Giving Day activities on Sunday, 10 October, by taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour and raising funds for #Move4Food, one of the priority initiatives of the Annual Fund.</p><p>“For this Annual Fund to be a success, we need everyone to pitch in, and judging by the response and generosity we've experienced on Campus Giving Day, I can only see good things ahead. For those of you who are still wondering how to do your bit … there are ample opportunities. Efforts are now focused on our alumni, staff and friends making their contributions. Forego that extra cup of coffee; if you have a birthday coming up, consider asking your friends to donate instead of buying a birthday present; run a few kilometres in support of Bridge the Gap and get fit while you're at it … We are here and ready to help you set up a page on GivenGain for your fundraising initiative. Every little bit helps!" Bruns concluded.</p><p>The Bridge the Gap Annual Fund runs until June next year. If you would like to get involved, please visit <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/">https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/</a>, follow the various social media channels – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SUBridgeTheGap">Facebook (Bridge The Gap (SU),</a> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/bridgethegapsu/">Instagram (@bridgethegapsu)</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/bridgethegap_su">Twitter (@bridgethegap_su)</a> – or send an e-mail to: <a href="mailto:bridgethegap@sun.ac.za"><strong>bridgethegap@sun.ac.za</strong></a><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Social justice takes centre stage at Anton Lubowski Memorial Lecturehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8660Social justice takes centre stage at Anton Lubowski Memorial LectureBradley Frolick<p>The third annual Anton Lubowski Memorial Lecture took place on 28 September 2021 at the Stellenbosch University (SU) Alumni Club at Die Stal, and online. The annual lecture is presented to honour the memory of Anton Theodor Eberhard August Lubowski, a Namibian anti-apartheid activist and advocate who was assassinated outside his home in Windhoek on 12 September 1989. At the time of his death, Lubowski was a member of the Windhoek Bar. <br></p><p>The theme of this year's lecture was <em>Intergenerational Social Justice</em>. Speaking at the event, some of the key voices in the country engaged on the topic. The heart of the conversation focused on how issues around social justice are managed and defined, and the consequences of this for future generations. </p><p>Lord Peter Hain, South African-born anti-apartheid activist and former Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom, reflected on the ideals that Anton Lubowski and his generation fought for and the global economic inequities experienced today. <br></p><p>The son of one of the four anti-apartheid activists from Cradock and award-winning journalist and author, Lukhanyo Calata, presented a moving address. The so-called Cradock Four, including Fort Calata, were assassinated by the apartheid government in 1985. Lukhanyo reflected on the pain of the injustice experienced by his family through the State not pursuing the unrepentant assassins of his father, similar to the case of Anton Lubowski. This prompted much discussion on the prosecution of people for apartheid-era crimes and ideas on how the National Prosecuting Authority and the justice system could be used to pursue justice. <br></p><p>Khadija Bawa, a feminist activist, former researcher at the Social Justice Coalition and postgraduate law student, focused on the notion of trust and policing by analysing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into community policing and trust. Bawa's address provided great insight into how the police are viewed and the perspective of the youth in “post-apartheid" South Africa.<br></p><p>The third Anton Lubowski Memorial Lecture was moderated by veteran journalist Max du Preez, himself a friend of Anton Lubowski, and served to unite the children of Anton Lubowski and Fort Calata in their quest to honour their fathers, the ideals that they fought for and their pursuit of justice. All those in attendance, including the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers, and the Rector of Paul Roos, Andre van Staden, were moved by the inputs of the panellists and the reflection of Anton's daughter, Nadia Lubowski, on behalf of the family.<br></p><p>Anton Lubowski was a Stellenbosch student and a Simonsberg resident in the seventies. He initially enrolled at SU in 1972 for a BCom degree but transferred to a BA Law degree in 1973 and graduated in March 1976. <br></p><p>The annual memorial lecture was initiated by Charl Adams, a varsity friend and residence roommate, and was first presented in 2019. <br></p><p>Lubowski's fight for freedom must be remembered and serves as an inspiration to continue pursuing and upholding social justice and non-racialism, especially as South Africa still is tackling issues such as poverty, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Prof Wim ready for Cape Town Cycle Tour to benefit #Move4Foodhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8647Prof Wim ready for Cape Town Cycle Tour to benefit #Move4FoodDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers, will put his metal to the test on <strong>Sunday, 10 October</strong> for this year's <a href="https://www.capetowncycletour.com/"><strong>Cape Town Cycle Tour</strong></a><strong>.</strong> A team of 19 cyclists consisting of alumni, staff, students and fighting-fit friends of the University are ready to set a cracker pace and negotiate slipstreams. </p><p>This is, of course, the largest time trial cycling race in the world – a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for the student-driven #Move4Food initiative, now also one of the priority initiatives of the University's <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/"><strong>Annual Fund, Bridge the Gap</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p>First, a pitstop at this initiative.</p><p>“#Move4Food aims to alleviate food shortages among students on SU's campuses. And, of course, the need these days is more urgent than ever. Since 2018, the campaign has been well supported in various ways, but hunger is an issue that can't afford complacency," says Siya Ndlovu, peer-to-peer fundraiser at SU's Development and Alumni Relations Division. </p><p>“There is a general perception that students at Stellenbosch University are fully funded, but this is not the case. Many students have poor access to basic necessities such as food and toiletries. The goal continues to be the provision of a sustainable model that provides students with dignified, stigma-free access to necessities, and to further strengthen the culture of ubuntu among students," he adds.</p><p>With the generous support of donors, the #Move4Food initiative has raised more than R1.4 million since 2018.</p><p>Prof De Villiers, who only weeks ago completed the 88km London to Brighton Cycle Ride to benefit the UK/EU Bursary Fund, says he is geared for this iconic cycle tour. “Assignments, tests, and extra-curricular activities put students under a lot of pressure, but nothing compares to not knowing where your next meal will come from. No student can reach their full potential on an empty stomach. #Move4Food has my, and the Matie community's, full support."</p><p>To support #Move4Food, please visit <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/"><strong>https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/</strong></a> <br></p><p>​<br></p>
Maties gear up for Giving Day 2021http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8623Maties gear up for Giving Day 2021Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Stellenbosch University (SU) is gearing up for its annual Giving Day that will run on the Stellenbosch campus from Thursday, 7 October to Saturday, 9 October 2021 - and we need your support!<br></p><p>Giving Day forms part of the recently launched <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Annual Fund, Bridge the Gap</strong></a><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">,</strong> that aims to remove the obstacles that are hindering Maties from having a meaningful student experience and obtaining that sought-after degree. The University is raising funds for several initiatives under the umbrella of Bridge the Gap. These include, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#Move4Food</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/tygerberg-pantry-project/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>the Tygerberg Pantry Project</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/action4inclusion/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#Action4Inclusion</strong></a><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">, </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/gradme/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#GradMe</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/zim4zim/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#Zim4Zim</strong></a><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">, </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/end-period-poverty/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>End Period Poverty</strong></a><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">, </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/matieshavedrive/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#MatiesHaveDrive</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/caught-in-the-middle/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Caught in the Middle.</strong></a> </p><p>Giving Day 2021, within the COVID-19 limitations, takes the form of various activities such as soccer and tennis, and a megamovie marathon. Residences and Private Student Organisations (PSO) have also been asked to decorate the trees on Victoria Street between Dagbreek and Irene. Each residence or PSO will be allocated a tree in which there will be a donation box to donate non-perishable foods and toiletries (including sanitary towels). And of course, there are wonderful prizes up for grabs.<br></p><p>The Giving Day activities are usually across 24 hours – but this year they're spread out to accommodate social distancing, curfews, and vaccination uptake.  </p><p>“For just a few hours, the Stellenbosch University community could change the world of some of our fellow Matie students. Your gifts could change the lives of students and make a difference for the causes you are passionate about," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director: Development and Alumni Relations at SU. <br></p><p>“We know that you're probably tired of hearing this – but COVID-19 has made our students' situations so much worse – retrenched parents, fewer part-time student jobs, NSFAS realignment and defunding, reduced Corporate Social Investment funds to go around, greater food insecurity nationally, and pressure. This pressure means that our students' mental health, wellness, and confidence about the future has plummeted. Your generosity, in any amount, is appreciated and truly makes a difference,“ Bruns adds.<br></p><p>You can register or sign up for the activities by completing a quick registration form. If physical activity is not for you – consider making a donation through GivenGain, Snapscan or by EFT. You can donate to any one element of the Bridge the Gap campaign that resonates with you, or towards the umbrella Annual Fund. See <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/</strong></a><strong style="text-decoration:underline;"> </strong>for more information.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Giving Day Activities</strong><strong> </strong><strong>   </strong></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>5-a-side Soccer </strong></span></p><p>The 5-a-side soccer match will take place at the Goldfields Lentelus sport ground. Residences, PSO's, divisions, faculties or departments will go head-to-head on the Astro field from Thursday, 7 October 2021 to Friday, 8 October 2021.  The soccer matches will happen in intervals throughout the day from 09:00 until 18:00. </p><p>The winners of the knockout games will play against each other the next day on Friday, 8 October. This will hopefully bring support, excitement, and a streak of competitiveness. <br></p><p>Each residence or PSO is required to register <span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;">5 players in a team. </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>It will be a 20-minute game with 10-minute intervals. </p><ul style="text-decoration:underline;"><li><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Azv6pjwKWEKEM6Eg3_zTSL6aopK3vlhKlbRg8y-an8pUOElTVFpSSkc4V1Q3TVBTQzE2TVRQUFUxTy4u"><strong>Click here to register your 5-person team.</strong></a> </li></ul><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Speed tennis</strong></span></p><p>Our speed tennis tournament consists of multiple games of 20-minutes with 10-minute intervals. Residences and PSO will compete on the Dagbreek Courts from the morning of Giving Day, 7 October. The winners of the matches will play against each other the next day on Friday, 8 October. The games are doubles matches and single matches in which residences, PSO, divisions or faculties are pitted against each other.  You are required to register 3 players in the team – a doubles pair and a singles player. </p><ul style="text-decoration:underline;"><li><a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Azv6pjwKWEKEM6Eg3_zTSL6aopK3vlhKlbRg8y-an8pUMkxXWEVXMEYyREYxQVlOTzFQWUk0NkIzTC4u"><strong>Click here to register your team.</strong></a> </li></ul><p> <br></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Pulp Cinema – Movie Marathon</strong></span></p><p>Pulp will be hosting a movie marathon on Saturday, 9 October from 08:00 (start) to 22:00 (ends) for some real megamovies and cult shows. Patrons will need to buy tickets on Quicket. This programme will be released on Tuesday, 5 October. Dress-up is optional, but so desirable. Snacks and drinks will be on sale throughout, and all proceeds will go to Bridge the Gap.</p><p><em>Please note that, in terms of COVID-19 regulations, there are only 25 tickets per cinema per screening. This could be as close as you've ever got to a private screening. Spot prizes for</em> <em>the best-dressed!</em></p><p>Need more information? Please contact Viwe Benxa at <a href="mailto:bridgethegap@sun.ac.za" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>bridgethegap@sun.ac.za</strong></a><em style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>.</strong> </em></p><p> </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yp44sz9UjIE" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Giving up was never an option, says former SciMathUS studenthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8589Giving up was never an option, says former SciMathUS student​Amory Le Roux-Arries<p><strong>Amory Le Roux-Arries</strong></p><p><strong>SciMathUS class of 2004</strong></p><p><strong>Graduate Degree programme/s:  MEng (Civil Engineering)</strong></p><p>I am Amory Le Roux-Arries, originally from Strand in the Western Cape. I wanted to be a civil engineer since I was 12 years old, and I could never imagine myself doing anything else.</p><p>Everything went well in my matric year, until my final exams. My mathematics marks were no longer good enough to gain admission to the engineering programme. It was absolutely heart breaking for me to see my dreams disappear right before my eyes. But I had a stubborn mother who wouldn't let me give up...<br></p><p>I eventually applied to SciMathUS, and the rest as they say is history! Today I am living my dream and am responsible for all civil and structural work on the expansion of the largest radio telescope in the world, the MeerKAT, near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. I am incredibly excited to be part of this ground-breaking work being done in the field of astronomy.<br></p><p>Initially, at the beginning of my SciMathUS year, I felt that I had let my parents down and failed myself.  However, I was determined to complete the year successfully so that I could reapply for the degree course of my dreams. The support and dedication of the ScimathUS staff was such an enormous help to me. The friends I made during my SciMathUS year also helped me to stay focused.</p><p>After completing the SciMathUS programme, I was finally able to tackle my engineering studies at Stellenbosch University.  Since then, I have experienced so many new opportunities — I moved to Johannesburg; worked as part of the design team on an 80km road project in the Democratic Republic of Congo; completed a project management course and in 2018 obtained my Master's degree in civil engineering. As mentioned, I am currently involved in the MeerKAT expansion project.</p><p>My advice to every student who feels discouraged with their situation ... it's not the end, you're not a failure, this is just an obstacle in your road. Roll that stone away and carry on! <br></p><p>I would not have been able to achieve my dreams without the help of the SciMathUS team and for that I will be eternally grateful.<br></p><p><br></p>
Homecoming 2021 goes onlinehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8567Homecoming 2021 goes onlineDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p></p><p>Stellenbosch University's sixth annual <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Homecoming and Family Weekend</strong></a> is taking place virtually this year.<br></p><p>“Covid-19 with its many waves has put paid to our well-laid plans, but not to worry," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Division. “We're still bringing the Matie gees and we're ready to roll out the virtual maroon carpet for our alumni, staff and friends of the University. See this as a chance to log on and meet up with the rest of your Matie family, wherever they may find themselves in the world."</p><p>On <strong>Thursday, 23 September</strong> <strong>at 19:00</strong> you can join an online conversation with the highly acclaimed South African author and screenwriter, Deon Meyer. Deon's books have been published in more than 40 countries and translated into 27 languages worldwide. Matie alumnus, Jonathan Amid, well-known books journalist and critic, who is pursuing a PhD in South African crime-writing, will lead this conversation. Deon will share his story of becoming a celebrated author and discuss his recent bestseller, <em>Donkerdrif,</em> which is set in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch.</p><p>On <strong>Friday, 24 September </strong>you can light your braai fires at home. Please wear your Matie maroon and invite your nearest and dearest to join in on the Matie gees. All you need to do is post a picture on DAR's social media platforms of you, your family and the braai and stand a chance to win wonderful prizes. We also lined up a few winemakers to share their best braai dish recipes and wine pairings with you before the big day.</p><p>On <strong>Saturday, 25 September </strong>you can dust off those running shoes, take on the open road and support the next generation of Maties while you're at it! You can run a 5km, 10km, or 20km along your selected route anywhere in the world. For every kilometre that you run or walk, please consider donating to the University's <a href="https://www.matiesalumni.com/bridge-the-gap-annual-fund/" target="_blank"><strong>Annual Fund, Bridge the Gap. Bridge the Gap​</strong></a> is an annual fundraising initiative that invites alumni, the student community, staff, parents, and friends of the University to support our students in overcoming the obstacles on their path to success. You can register, track and share your progress <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>on Strava.</strong></span> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Please send an e-mail to marvin@sun.ac.za</span> to book your spot for Homecoming 2021.<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span></p><p>Follow DAR's social media platforms for the latest information and Homecoming competitions.  </p><ul><li>Facebook – Stellenbosch Alumni </li><li>Instagram – @MatiesAlumni </li><li>Twitter – @SU_Alumni <br></li></ul><div><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zqy6loR6Gkk" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><br></div><div>​<br></div><p>​<br></p>
Input on second draft of new Language Policy released in second response reporthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8565Input on second draft of new Language Policy released in second response reportCorporate Communication and Marketing Division / Afdeling Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking<p>The second response report, compiled from all input received on the <a href="/english/Documents/Language/Second%20Draft%20Language%20Policy_fin.pdf">second draft of Stellenbosch University's revised Language Policy</a> (2016), is available on the <a href="/english/Pages/Language.aspx?TermStoreId=d4aca01e-c7ae-4dc1-b7b2-54492a41081c&TermSetId=7989b2c1-6fd7-4cbf-a8ae-07ebb77dc18b&TermId=15167c4e-8296-4dbf-8d96-486576fa3ae2">Language Policy revision webpage</a>. The University Council will consider this <a href="/english/Documents/Language/Item%203%20=%20Final_Public%20participation%202nd%20response%20report%20with%20responses%2022%20Aug.pdf">response report</a> and the second draft of the revised Language Policy (2016) to provide feedback to the Language Policy Revision Task team at its meeting on 27 September 2021. These documents were also tabled at the Senate meeting on 10 September 2021.<br></p><p>In the second consultation round 297 responses were received – 126 via www.sun.ac.za/taal and 171 via www.sun.ac.za/language. A significant number of responses – 119 in total – were duplicate submissions, and eight responses were left blank in terms of both general and specific feedback. </p><p>In July/August 2021 internal and external interested parties were invited to participate in the second phase for public consultation of the language revision. This followed after the task team compiled a first draft of the revised policy earlier this year and released the document for public input in March/April 2021. All the contributions received during the first public participation phase were included in the first response report, and considered for possible inclusion in the second draft of the revised policy. The second response report also contains all the feedback received, but as for the first public participation phase, it will not be possible to include all the input in the next draft of the policy.</p><p>The language revision process was initiated in October 2020 by convening a task team and proposing a timeline based on the University Almanac for 2021. The 2021 revision forms part of the mandatory five-year revision cycle prescribed in the Language Policy (2016) itself. Paragraph 10 of the Language Policy (2016) stipulates that the policy “lapses five years after the date of its implementation" and that it “must be reviewed during its fifth year of operation". The current policy was implemented at the beginning of 2017.</p><p>The Stellenbosch University Statute (2019) stipulates that the SU Council must determine the institution's language policy with the concurrence of Senate and in accordance with section 27(2) of the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997, as amended). </p><p>The task team will complete the final draft of the revised language policy during October/early November 2021 after considering the input received during the second public participation phase, as well as the feedback from faculty boards, the Institutional Forum, Senate and Council.</p><p>The final draft of the policy will be tabled for approval at the Senate meeting on 26 November 2021, and at the Council meeting on 2 December 2021. </p><p><strong>Read more about the 2021 </strong><a href="/english/Pages/Language.aspx?TermStoreId=d4aca01e-c7ae-4dc1-b7b2-54492a41081c&TermSetId=7989b2c1-6fd7-4cbf-a8ae-07ebb77dc18b&TermId=15167c4e-8296-4dbf-8d96-486576fa3ae2"><strong>revision of the Language Policy</strong></a><strong> (2016):</strong></p><p><a href="/english/about-us/language#milestones">Timeline and milestones</a></p><p><a href="/english/about-us/language#Second%20public%20participation%20phase%20%28July/August%202021%29"> Second public participation phase (July/August 2021)</a></p><p><a href="/english/about-us/language#Context">Contextual documents</a></p><p><a href="/english/about-us/language#First%20public%20participation%20phase%20%28March/April%202021%29">First public participation phase (March/April 2021)</a></p><p><a href="/english/about-us/language#Afrikaans%20as%20indigenous%20language">Afrikaans as indigenous language</a> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Read more about </strong><a href="/english/about-us/multilingualism">language at Stellenbosch University</a><strong>: </strong></p><p>Articles on language, media releases and media responses, as well as frequently-asked questions and answers </p><p>​<br></p>
'Philanthropic donations have become essential'http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8502'Philanthropic donations have become essential'Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><strong>As higher education becomes increasingly unaffordable and university budgets are strained, philanthropic donations have become essential in creating broad access for prospective students and universities' success, writes KAREN BRUNS.</strong></p><p>The sustainability of universities revolves around three income streams: a government subsidy, tuition fees and industry research funds. But, over the past decade, South African universities have experienced significant changes.<br> <br>They struggle to balance their budgets because their needs and ambitions exceed what government can afford to fund. Furthermore, to manage the growing demand for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme fee subsidies to the poor, the government capped universities' fees over the past five years, meaning that there is no imminent relief through student fees, even from the more affluent students.<br> <br>The so-called third-stream income, research income – in the form of research contracts and sponsored research chairs and centres – is necessary for universities to survive or, at the very least, it helps to diversify revenue streams beyond government grants.<br> <br>The salient features of research income are that these offset staff costs and may contribute towards bursaries to postgraduate students. However, research income is largely financial input to enable research output.<br> <br>Furthermore, the collateral costs at universities have significantly increased to, for instance, subsidise reliable public transport for staff and students, fund additional safety and security measures, and provide academic support services to prepare first-year students.<br> <br>Universities are often castigated for not being 'more disruptive' in sourcing other income streams when we argue that grants, fees, and research contracts are not sufficient to catapult South African universities into the so-called big league of international universities. So, what, then, of innovation as an income source?<br> <br>Nested within the universities are fairly new technology transfer organisations, which were established within the context of new legislation in 2010 – the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act (No 51, 2008).<br> <br>But moving research from a lab to the market is complex and expensive. And the dream of queues of investors begging to buy tax-efficient venture capital shares has not quite materialised.<br> <br>Today, the financial viability of universities depends on the ability of vice-chancellors (VCs) to raise philanthropic and corporate social responsibility donations, locally and internationally, from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations.<br> <br>To increase fundraising effectiveness at universities, several things must be in place. Setting a vision for the university and implementing behaviours that motivate donors to join that vision is essential. Regarding skills, the practical application of a leadership style grounded in the importance of personal relationships is fundamental.<br> <br>Fundraising is certainly one of the most demanding and visible roles of university leaders, and they should expect to spend an inordinate amount of time raising private funds.<br> <br>A 2012 study in the USA showed that almost 50% of the university presidents stated that fundraising responsibilities ranked either number one or two among their job duties. In this study, university presidents spent on average 3.85 days each month travelling to and performing fundraising duties, but up to 20 days in a month when time allowed.<br> <br>The good working relationship between the VC and his or her chief development officer is vital and, in the quoted study, 91.34% engaged with their chief development officer regularly, with 20% speaking daily.<br> <br>At Stellenbosch University (SU), we have raised ZAR1.7 billion (US$115.3 million) in philanthropic funds in the first term (from January 2015 to end May 2021) of our current Rector and Vice-chancellor, Professor Wim de Villiers.<br> <br>More than a third of this has gone to bursaries and student support, while other funds were directed towards teaching, infrastructure, research, and community service. We have built new research and teaching buildings on our campuses and increased the diversity of our academic staff through strategic funding.<br> <br>The involvement of our VC contributed to doubling the number of national and international alumni hubs since 2015, which effectively means opening networks to our graduates. De Villiers has led in our peer-to-peer fundraising, running and cycling to raise funds for food insecurity on SU's campuses (our #Move4Food campaign).<br> <br>Since 2015, SU's international donors have been increasing in number – from 13% of all donors, to 17% prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.<br> <br>Inadvertently, fundraising, itself, costs money, particularly the international activities. But, in the case of SU, a national <a href="https://www.inyathelo.org.za/knowledge-services/inyathelo-publications/view-all-publications-for-download.html"><strong>Inyathelo benchmarking study</strong></a>, the Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education, or ASPIHE, has shown that our fundraising expenditure is, at most, 11c on every rand raised. And the Bureau for Economic Research recently found that Stellenbosch University's vice-chancellor has raised 50 times his fundraising direct costs.<br> <br>The health of any organisation and the success of university fundraising efforts begin with leadership. Without leadership and without philanthropists, great and small, this cannot be achieved – and the dream of higher education as the great equaliser will remain elusive.<br> <br>Universities are training the leaders and experts of tomorrow, and education is an investment essential to empowering individuals to reach their full potential and to make their own positive impact on the world. Philanthropic support allows them to do this.<br> <br><em>Karen Bruns is the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Stellenbosch University.</em></p><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch University amplifies efforts to ease burden of student debthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8485Stellenbosch University amplifies efforts to ease burden of student debtDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Stellenbosch University (SU) is intensifying its efforts to ensure that no student is denied access to higher education based on their financial struggles. The SU has therefore teamed up with the Feenix online crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the University's #Action4Inclusion initiative to pay off Matie students' debt.<br></p><p>Not all students requiring financial assistance receive sufficient funding for their studies and they often experience a shortfall, resulting in the accumulation of debt. Debt is increasingly becoming the biggest obstacle for many students in higher education, with some forced to abandon their studies because they are unable to pay student fees.</p><p>The #Action4Inclusion initiative, launched in 2020, was conceptualised by SU's Student Representative Council, Prof Thuli Madonsela, SU's Law Trust Chair in Social Justice, Prof Sonia Human, former Dean of SU's Faculty of Law, and Social Justice Ambassadors. The funds raised via #Action4Inclusion are used to support students who cannot register for the next academic year owing to outstanding fees, as well as graduates who cannot access their academic records upon graduation, thereby hampering their capacity to contribute to a talented workforce.</p><p>“Stellenbosch University firmly believes that no deserving student should be denied access to higher education based on their financial struggles," says Prof Wim de Villiers, SU's Rector and Vice-Chancellor.</p><p>He continues: “SU commits a substantial portion of its income – generated through state subsidies and student fees – to student bursaries each year. However, the University is experiencing increased financial strain as state subsidies for universities have progressively declined. Significant amounts of outstanding student debt further exacerbate our concerns as we cannot write off the money owed to the University because it is crucial to sustaining our operations.</p><p>“Therefore, contributions to #Action4Inclusion firstly help talented students overcome financial burdens and give them the opportunity to pursue professional careers without the burden of student debt, and secondly ensure SU's sustainability as an institution," Prof de Villiers explains.</p><p>Prof Thuli Madonsela says, “The plight of students who are overburdened by university fees debt is of great concern. Many students from under-resourced backgrounds struggle to pay their university fees and are often at risk of dropping out. Through the #Action4Inclusion campaign we seek to ensure academic inclusion of all our students by clearing their debt.</p><p>“I firmly believe that a lack of funding should not inhibit success and access to education should not be dependent on wealth. Together we can help students to earn their degrees without the burden of debt. I therefore challenge all SU alumni, members of the public, companies, and captains of industry to give a 'democracy dividend' to young people striving to get a university qualification."</p><p>Feenix was launched in June 2017 as a response to the #FeesMustFall movement that spread across campuses in South Africa in 2015 and 2016. Since its launch in 2017, over R80 million has been raised on the platform towards the student debt of more than 2 131 university students. Feenix connects students who owe university fees with funder communities to assist them to fundraise for their student debt via an online crowdfunding platform. </p><p>Those who wish to donate and ease the burden of student debt can go to <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://feenix.org/campaign/78&data=04%7c01%7c%7cba6c6307718040fdb77f08d961a26bd9%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637648172521452366%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=AoQ%2B2EQ1nkFOEzxxacBZZVjUgE2dE0oedehMwxjVuCI%3D&reserved=0" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>https://feenix.org/campaign/78</strong></a><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">. </strong>There you may choose to support an individual student or make a donation to the overall #Action4Inclusion campaign. All funds raised are paid directly to the University.<br></p><p>​<br></p>