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PhD graduate crosses graduation stage on his 30th birthday PhD graduate crosses graduation stage on his 30th birthdaySonika Lamprecht / Photo: Stefan Els<p style="text-align:justify;">​Monday 5 December 2022 was a big day for Dr Hillary Chibaya. Not only did he cross the graduation stage to receive his doctoral degree from Stellenbosch University (SU) but he also did so on his 30<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I am excited to graduate on my birthday. Individually, they are precious events. To be able to celebrate both of these with my family and friends is simply priceless."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chibaya grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe together with his younger brother and two sisters. He went to Moleli High School near the town of Norton, about 80 km from Harare. His interest in and understanding of the social interactions among people coupled with a passion to assist those without substantial means, led him to persue Social Work as a field of study.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It was his grandmother, Dr Chipo Mutyambizi, who advised him to study at Stellenbosch University. “While I was trying to decide on a university to attend, she was completing her Master's in Economics at SU. She was convinced SU was the best fit for my intended degree programme, as well as my sheer ambition. Almost nine years later, I am inclined to agree with her." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">His research topic centres around understanding the opinions of social workers on their perceived roles in social protest actions. “As a researcher, I had an avid curiosity to understand the complex and intricate workings of how people decide to join one another, and collectively decide to pursue respective social change efforts," Chibaya explains. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">But pursuing a doctoral study is inherently challenging on one's mental, social and emotional dimensions says Chibaya. “Without proper guidance and mentorship, the sheer complexity of the task is enough to drive one into depression. The long hours it demands of you can easily leave you without any friends or companions. When you couple all that with a lack of adequate financial means, it is overwhelmingly impossible."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">However, he was fortunate have a “brilliant supervisor and outstanding mentor" in Prof Lambert Engelbrecht. “Over the past four years, he has guided and directed me in every stage of my research study. Owing to him and the Social Work Department, I received scholarships to fund my doctoral study. A special thank you to Dianne Orton and Gordon Howard who supported me financially."</p><p>Orton, also a social worker, says, “We have met Hillary on two different occasions and were impressed with his sincerity, intelligence, determinism and future ambitions. His career will be a joy to follow and as I understand it, he is well on his way to making a mark in the social work profession." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chibaya is also full of praise for his parents and siblings, whose support has always been “indispensable" in his academic career. “They were my stronghold during my lowest moments and kept me measured during the small victories."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chibaya is convinced that discipline and a measured, well-balanced approach to his studies was the key to his success. “I had both long and short term goals carefully spread out across the intended timeline to complete the study." Despite the demands of his research, Chibaya participated in activities such as Toastmasters and exercised regularly. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For the past three months, he has been completing an Erasmus+ post-doctoral programme in Trento, Italy. This programme entailed co-authoring research articles with Engelbrecht and Prof Alessandro Sicora from Trento University. He also facilitated seminars and workshops on social work and social action at the Universities of Turin and Trento and attended workshops on various topics within social work and practice research.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">After almost a decade at Maties, Stellenbosch feels like home to him. “I have met friends who have since become family to me. Together, we explored the Winelands, which I highly recommend. I have also been on many scenic hikes with some unforgettable views."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">But he will soon be waving the vineyards of Stellenbosch farewell as he is heading to Canada next year for a post-doctoral programme at the University of Montreal. “Beyond that, I will further my research on social action for human rights and social justice in social work," says Chibaya.  “Perhaps I will become a professor of social work one day. I love Stellenbosch, so maybe I will come back and lecture at the SU."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>More about the donors</strong></p><p>Howard and Orton live in Iowa in the United States. Orton, a social worker by profession, was on a faculty exchange programme through the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape in 2000 when she met Dr Sulina Green, then the Director of the Social Work Program at SU. “It was through that association that I decided to pursue my doctorate at Stellenbosch with Green as my mentor and supervisor. I graduated in 2007.  Prof Lambert Engelbrecht was a member of my dissertation committee." </p><p>The couple has been to South Africa and especially to Stellenbosch many times and have become friends with many of the faculty members. “We found there was a need for student support, so we decided to donate in the area of student scholarships. Engelbrecht recommended Chibaya as a deserving student. After reviewing his information, we decided to provide financial support for his studies. </p><p>“Student support in the form of academic scholarships is our passion. We hope to continue to help support the department and its students in the future. Stellenbosch is truly a world class institution and I am grateful to be an alum and donor," Orton adds.<br></p>
Several outstanding individuals to receive SU honorary doctorates outstanding individuals to receive SU honorary doctoratesCorporate Communication and Marketing Division / Afdeling Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking<p>​​​From pioneering the mobile technology industry in Africa to driving the development of local community newspapers during the time of resistance to apartheid, the latest cohort to receive honorary doctorates from Stellenbosch University (SU) have all made a positive impact in their respective fields. <br></p><p>The University is proud to announce that five distinguished individuals will be awarded this highest accolade of SU in the 2022 graduation cycle. </p><p>The five recipients are Prof Ernest Aryeetey, the founding secretary-general of the African Research Universities Alliance; Ms Zubeida Jaffer, an award-winning South African journalist, author and activist; Mr Strive Masiyiwa, founder and executive chairman of telecommunications group Econet Global Ltd; Prof Kenneth Shropshire, founding chief executive of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University, and Mr Thomas Dreyer (Tommie) van Zyl, chief executive of the ZZ2 farming enterprise and fresh-produce company. </p><p>Their steadfast commitment to changing people's lives for the better resonates strongly with the University's vision of not only promoting excellence, inclusion and innovation, but also advancing social engagement and reciprocal knowledge-sharing for the benefit of society. </p><p>“The five recipients of honorary doctorates this year are exceptional individuals who have contributed significantly not only to their immediate communities, but also to the world at large," says Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor. “Their achievements speak for themselves, and the University is proud to be associated with them." </p><p>Four of the recipients – Jaffer, Masiyiwa, Van Zyl and Aryeetey – will be awarded their honorary doctorates at the University's end-of-year graduation week, which takes place from 5 to 9 December 2022. Shropshire will be awarded his honorary doctorate in 2023.  </p><p>In addition, honorary doctorates will be awarded to recipients who were announced previously. They are Prof Agnes Binagwaho, the vice-chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity and former health minister of Rwanda, and Prof Vikram Patel, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School. Binagwaho's doctorate will be conferred in absentia. </p><p><strong>More about the recipients and their honorary doctorates</strong> </p><p><strong>Prof Ernest Aryeetey:</strong></p><p>Aryeetey will be awarded the degree Doctor of Commerce (DCom), <em>honoris causa</em>. The former vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana, Aryeetey is the founding secretary-general of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), a network of universities that focus on building research capacity on the continent. Following the establishment of ARUA, he spearheaded the identification of 13 research areas to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration and created 11 ARUA centres of excellence. </p><p><strong>Ms Zubeida Jaffer:</strong></p><p>An award-winning South African journalist, author and activist, Jaffer will be awarded the degree Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), <em>honoris causa</em>. She started her career at the <em>Cape Times</em> daily newspaper in 1980 and went on to help develop local community newspapers such as <em>Grassroots</em> during the time of resistance to apartheid. She was also the founding editor of Independent Newspapers' parliamentary bureau, serving 14 newspapers across South Africa. Jaffer is the first woman in Africa to have won the coveted foreign journalist award from the National Association of Black Journalists in the United States. </p><p><strong> Mr Strive Masiyiwa:</strong></p><p>The founder and executive chairman of the South African-based, diversified international telecommunications group Econet Global Ltd, Masiyiwa will be awarded the degree Doctor of Engineering (DEng), <em>honoris causa</em>. He is considered one of the pioneers of the mobile telecoms industry in Africa. He served on the African Union reform task force who paved the way for the African Continental Free Trade Area and the creation of the SMART Africa digital transformation initiative. In 2020, he was named one of Bloomberg's 50 most influential people and <em>Mail & Guardian</em>'s 100 Africans of the year. In 2014, 2017 and 2021, Masiyiwa was also included in <em>Fortune </em>magazine's list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. </p><p><strong>Prof Kenneth Shropshire:</strong><br></p><p>The degree Doctor of Commerce (DCom), <em>honoris causa</em>, will be awarded to Shropshire, founding chief executive of the Global Sport Institute and the Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He currently serves as managing director of the Wharton Coalition for Equity and Opportunity at the University of Pennsylvania. His career spans over 40 years as a professor, business consultant, author and lawyer. Shropshire has done pioneering work on a wide range of sport-related issues, including leading a global sporting event, stadium and arena construction and financing, the relocation of sport franchises, the transition of athletes from the playing field into business, and diversity in sport. </p><p><strong>Mr Thomas Dreyer (Tommie) van Zyl:</strong></p><p>Van Zyl will be awarded the degree Doctor of Agriculture (DAgric), <em>honoris causa</em>. He has been at the helm of the ZZ2 farming enterprise and fresh-produce company for more than 20 years. The group comprises various independent companies managed under the ZZ2 umbrella and is a megaproducer of tomatoes, avocados, blueberries, cherries, dates and nuts. The company is a significant contributor to the socioeconomic development of South Africa, creating multiple employment opportunities. Van Zyl is considered a global agricultural thought-leader and has been sharing the stage with peers deliberating on innovation and the future of the sector. He believes that entrepreneurship is imperative to create sustainable economic value. </p><p><strong>Recipients announced earlier:</strong> </p><p><strong>Prof Agnes Binagwaho</strong>, a Rwandan paediatrician who has made remarkable contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Rwanda and in the rest of Africa, will receive the degree Doctor of Science (DSc) (Medicine and Health Sciences), <em>honoris causa</em>. This former health minister of Rwanda has been at the forefront of the battle against HIV/Aids and the human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. She has held key advisory positions at the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. Her passion for health equity contributed to the establishment of the University of Global Health Equity, the first of its kind in Africa. She is also a senior lecturer at Harvard. </p><p><strong>Prof Vikram Patel</strong>, a psychiatrist and mental health expert, will be awarded the degree Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), <em>honoris causa</em>. He is a leading figure in the global mental health movement, and a key contributor to the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental disorders and the advancement of child development in low and middle-income countries. He is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 2015, Patel was included in <em>Time</em> magazine's list of 100 most influential people of the year.​</p>
Thank you! you!Development & Alumni Relations<p>​“Our Stellenbosch University community has once again shown that we are a caring global Matie community, and everyone is willing to go the extra mile for our students. Thank you so much to each and every staff member, to our alumni, the friends of the University and to our students who have donated and taken part in the University's annual Giving Day. Together we make a huge difference." <br></p><p>These were the words of Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, after yet another successful Giving Day held on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.</p><p>​Giving Day forms part of the <a href=""><strong>Annual Fund, Bridge the Gap</strong></a> (BTG)<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>,</strong></span> 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 BTG. These include, <a href=""><strong>#Move4Food</strong></a>, <a href=""><strong>the Tygerberg Pantry Project</strong></a>, <a href=""><strong>#Action4Inclusion</strong></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>, </strong></span><a href=""><strong>#GradMe</strong></a>, <a href=""><strong>#Zim4Zim</strong></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>, </strong></span><a href=""><strong>End Period Poverty</strong></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>, </strong></span><a href=""><strong>#MatiesHaveDrive</strong></a> and <a href=""><strong>Caught in the Middle.</strong></a></p><p>Giving Day 2022 activities included a movie marathon at the newly revamped Neelsie Cinema, a spin-a-thon, a table tennis tournament, a tree decorating competition for residences and PSO's, an art exhibition and art sale, and a Matie run. Also part of the activities was the Faculty Trolley Challenge which was set in motion during last year's Giving Day when the Dean of Engineering Wikus van Niekerk and the Dean of AgriSciences Danie Brink set about raising funds for the Tygerberg Pantry Project. The aim of the Faculty Trolley Challenge is to collect non-perishable food, sanitary products, toiletries and funds for students in need.</p><p>This year eight faculties took on the challenge and managed to collect more than 15 000 non-perishable food items, sanitary and toiletry products. "There was some stiff competition among faculties this year, but in the end our Faculty of AgriSciences was officially crowned as our 2022 Faculty Trolley Challenge winner," said Viwe Benxa, BTG ambassador.</p><p>"It was really a massive team effort within our faculty. Everybody – lecturers, technical staff, support staff, assistants, our students, and dean of the faculty, came together and made this happen," added AgriSciences' Bongiwe Mhlongo. </p><p>Benxa said more than 100 donations were received via the various giving platforms. "In the meantime, all the non-perishable food items, sanitary and toiletry products have already been dropped off at the social workers' offices in Stellenbosch and at Tygerberg. </p><p>"Thanks to all the Giving Day supporters, we are now able to supply food parcels and toiletry packs to assist our students in the last quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 – peak periods of need among our students," said Benxa. </p><p>He added: “Giving Day 2022 is done and dusted, but there are still plenty of opportunity to get involved. Perhaps consider donating the cost of your weekly coffee or take-away lunches to any of the BTG priorities. Birthday coming up? Ask your friends to donate to BTG instead of buying a birthday present. Want to get fit? Take on the open road, but first set up a fundraising page on GivenGain and ask your network to sponsor a kilometre or two. It's all up to you!" </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><br></p><ul><li>The next Giving Day is <strong>5 to 6 October 2023</strong>. For more information go to <a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>   </strong><br></li></ul><p>​<br></p>
Join us for Giving Day 2022 us for Giving Day 2022Development & Alumni Relations<p>​Stellenbosch University (SU) is set to host its third annual Giving Day from 6 to 7 October and is challenging alumni, students, staff and friends of the University to get involved.<br></p><p>The cause? To help Matie students overcome the many obstacles on their path to success. All proceeds will go towards Bridge the Gap (BTG), the University's Annual Fund. SU is raising funds for several initiatives under the umbrella of BTG. These include: </p><p><strong>#Move4Food, the Tygerberg Pantry Project, #Action4Inclusion, #GradMe, #Zim4Zim, #MatiesHaveDrive </strong>and <strong>Caught in the Middle.</strong></p><p>Giving Day activities will be mostly centred in and around the Neelsie Student Centre in Stellenbosch, but if you find yourself in other parts of South Africa or abroad, you will still have the opportunity to make a contribution.</p><p>Giving Day activities include a movie marathon at the newly revamped Neelsie Cinema, a spin-a-thon to get your blood pumping, an opportunity to donate the cost of your first cup of coffee and in so doing “fuel-a-future", a table tennis tournament, a tree decorating competition for residences and PSO's, an art exhibition and art sale, and a Matie run.</p><p>“Giving Day is an example of how we can all come together to make a tangible difference in the lives of students in need. Here at Stellenbosch University we believe that no student should be left behind. All gifts, no matter how small, are welcomed and will be greatly appreciated," says Viwe Benxa, BTG co-ordinator at SU. </p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">More on the Giving Day activities (starts at 09:00)</span></p><p><strong>Fuel-A-Future</strong></p><p>Staff, alumni and student communities are urged to donate the cost of their first cup of coffee towards Bridge the Gap.</p><p><strong>Spin-a-thon</strong></p><p>Students, staff and alumni will ride stationary bicycles set up in the Neelsie. Participants will be allocated 10-minute timeslots ahead of time. You can sponsor a team or individual rider at R20 each to participate in the activity.</p><p><strong>Maties Run</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">If you would like to take part in the Maties Run, you can choose to complete a 2.5 km, 5 km, 10 km or even 20 km run on any route of your choice, wherever you are. All you have to do is ask your network of friends or family to sponsor any amount for each kilometre that you complete. </p><p><strong>Art Exhibition</strong></p><p>During the 24-hour period of Giving Day at the Neelsie, we will have a student art exhibition where students can display their works and contribute to the cause with their artistic skill. We encourage you to come and view the art on display and buy one-of-a kind art pieces.</p><p><strong>Table Tennis</strong></p><p>Table tennis spots will be set up on the ground floor of the Neelsie. Timeslots will be allocated ahead of time, but passers-by can also get involved. Participants will be charged a fee of R20 to play for 15 to 20 minutes.</p><p><strong>Forest of Giving</strong></p><p>Residences and Private Student Organisations (PSO) will decorate the trees on Victoria Street between Dagbreek and Irene. Each residence or PSO will be allocated a tree, and a donation box to collect non-perishable foods and toiletries (including sanitary towels) will be placed at each decorated tree. Please feel free to drop off an item or two.</p><p><strong>Movie Marathon</strong><strong>                                                                                                                 </strong></p><p>The Movie Marathon will take place at the revamped Neelsie Cinema from 16:00 on 6 October to 02:00 on 7 October. The cinema has 219 seats, 121 in cinema One and 98 in cinema Two. Tickets for the movies are R30 each and will be sold on Quicket. (<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><a href="">BOOK HERE</a></strong></span>)<br></p><ul><li>For those who would like to make an online contribution towards Bridge the Gap, go to <a href=""><strong></strong></a> </li><li>For more information on Giving Day please contact Viwe Benxa at <a href=""><strong></strong></a> or <a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>.za. </strong><br></li></ul><p>​<br></p>
Maties, Veldskoen Shoes team up to help students in need, Veldskoen Shoes team up to help students in needDevelopment & Alumni Relations<p><em>​​</em>Stellenbosch University (SU) this week announced their collaboration with celebrated local shoe company, Veldskoen Shoes, which also produces the flip flop brand, Plakkie. Named the Maties X Veldskoen, the new shoe will contribute proceeds of the sales to the university's Annual Fund Bridge The Gap (BTG). </p><p>BTG 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, #Move4Food, the Tygerberg Pantry Project, #Action4Inclusion, #GradMe, #Zim4Zim, End Period Poverty, #MatiesHaveDrive and Caught in the Middle.</p><p>Incorporating the iconic SU maroon colour, alumni who purchase a pair of hand-crafted, maroon-soled Maties x Veldskoen shoes and Maties Plakkie, can take pride in the fact that 5% of the total sales will go to the University's longstanding initiative which provides food security and financial aid to students who, otherwise, wouldn't be in the position to complete their education. This new collaboration will allow Maties of yesteryear to contribute positively to the next generation of Maties today.<br></p><p>​Bridge the Gap Coordinator Viwe Benxa says: "We are truly excited by this new venture partnership with Veldskoen and Plakkie. Our students will be benefitting immensely from it and this will lead to the further success and the prosperity of our student community. "</p><p>The Maties x Veldskoen shoe and Plakkie will officially launch at the 2022 Alumni Homecoming weekend celebrations, during the Matie Soirée at the Alumni Clubhouse at Die Stal.<br></p><p>With the influx of two thousand alumni returning to Stellenbosch for their annual Homecoming celebrations, the sentiments of fraternal pride and solidarity are even stronger than usual. The well-known slogan 'Always a Matie' has never rung truer.<br></p><p>Director of Principal and Transformative Gifts at SU, Pieter Swart adds: “Stellenbosch University is excited to partner with Veldskoen/ Plakkie, a truly South African product. We believe that through the venture we will not only grow the SU brand in a unique way but also significantly contribute to our student community in need through Bridge the Gap."</p><p>Veldskoen's continued mission to support, uplift and champion South Africa via multiple sectors is driven by its purpose to power an inclusive future for all, which includes empowering future Maties generations and making a positive impact through the Bridge The Gap initiative.  </p><p>Veldskoen Shoes co-founder and proud Matie Ross Zondagh says: “As an alumnus the opportunity to contribute meaningfully is a privilege. Knowing the work that Bridge The Gap does, we know this endeavour will have a positive effect on students that need assistance."</p><p><strong>The Matie Veldskoen and Maties Plakkie</strong></p><p>Veldskoen embraced SU's signature colour and the name The Matie – nickname for students of Stellenbosch University which came from the Afrikaans colloquialism <em>maat (mate or friend)</em>, originally used by the students of the University of Cape Town's precursor, the South African College. 'The Matie' has been integrated into Veldskoen's Heritage range with matching coloured soles and laces. They are available branded with the SU logo at R1199 or without for R1099. The specially designed Maties Plakkie will retail for R280 and will be available from the Matie Shop on campus and at<a href=""> <strong></strong></a> as of 9 September. </p><p><strong>Veldskoen Shoes</strong></p><p>Veldskoen Shoes is a footwear and apparel company that champions South Africa. Since its inception in 2016, Veldskoen has grown from a small start-up to a global brand that sells in over 30 countries worldwide.<br></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Retail price:</strong><br></p><ul><li>Maties X Veldskoen unbranded - R1099</li><li>Maties X Veldskoen branded - R1199</li><li>Maties Plakkies male and female - R280</li><li>Spotless Maties Cleaning Kit - R269 </li></ul><p>​<br></p>
Telling her story on her terms her story on her termsDevelopment & Alumni Relations<p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As we look back on Women's Month in South Africa, Dr Beryl Botman, has just completed a number of Women's Month engagements in August in which she shared information about her first non-fiction book, <em>With (-Out) You</em>. It tells the deeply personal story of how she dealt with the sudden passing of her husband, and former Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Stellenbosch University, Prof Russel Botman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The book chronicles how she coped with the loss of Russel, who was also her friend, confidante, and biggest supporter, in the first year after his death on 28 June 2014. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It was very difficult losing Russel," says Botman, “but I managed to cope by pulling in support where I needed it and also looking after my psychological wellbeing." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Some months after Russel's passing, Dr Botman finished her PhD at SU in 2014 and joined Free State University as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the then Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice. She also started working on various writing projects while also mulling over others she wanted to start.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Russel and I had always said that when he retires we will start writing, so I always knew I would start writing one day," says Botman. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Russel's death pushed her into writing, when she was asked to submit an epilogue in the tribute book to Russel. Today she also serves as Chair of the Russel Botman Bursary Fund and on the Committee that organises the Russel Botman Memorial Lecture.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Botman's own journey into the education and higher education sector, started in the late 1970s when she enrolled for a BA degree at the University of Cape Town after matriculating from Crestway High School in Retreat. As a woman of colour, she was only allowed to attend the university after obtaining a study permit. She also completed a teaching diploma and a BEd degree at UCT.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">She worked as a teacher at Lavender Hill Senior Secondary School teaching Afrikaans First and Second Language to Grade 8 to 12 learners for 13 years, and completed a Masters in Education at the University of the Western Cape in that time on a part-time basis. After graduating in 1995, Botman became a Senior Curriculum Advisor for Afrikaans in the then Worcester region of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). She was later promoted to Deputy Chief Education Specialist in the same department, but in 2004 Botman realised she had become “disillusioned with her career" and resigned from the WCED.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">By this time, Russel was serving as Vice Rector: Teaching and Learning at SU, and Botman was balancing her PhD studies in Values Education at SU with her role as a mother who had to take on more household duties to allow Russel to excel in a position that demanded a lot of his time and effort. In 2007, Russel became the first black Vice Chancellor and Rector of SU, which placed even more demands on him.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Russel and I decided together that applying for the Vice Chancellor position was the most influential way that we could make a difference together, with me fulfilling more of a supportive role and taking on a lot more of the family and household responsibilities that we had shared equally before. I was also his sounding board and with my background in education and knowledge of the education environment, I was able to also give him input when needed."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Botman continued to focus on her own career too - running a Wayne Ellis Coaching Academy franchise and lecturing part-time in the Education Department at SU.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Three years after serving as Rector, Russel's vision for SU culminated in the HOPE Project which he described at the time as moving the university from “success to significance in order to be of relevance to the people of our country and continent".  The project was focused on how SU could contribute to “the eradication of poverty and related conditions, and the promotion of human dignity and health, democracy and human rights, peace and security, as well as a sustainable environment and a competitive industry".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">However, in his second term as Rector, Russel passed away leaving behind four children, Roxanne, Ilse, Lizelle and Hayman. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Years later, it was Roxanne who would share Michelle Obama's book, <em>Becoming</em>, with her and the advice of her friend, disability, and women's rights activist as well as Artscape CEO, Marlene le Roux, who inspired her to write down her story of love and loss. <em>With (-Out) You</em> is the first of two books she wants to publish about the first five years after Russel's passing. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I wanted to share my experience after losing Russel, and so I told myself, I had to write 1 000 words a day at least. Somedays there were lots of writing and other days there was nothing. But it was important to document what happened after Russel's death. After his death, I had collected everything connected to that time in a box - all the cards, the notes, the newspaper clippings that became my sources for writing.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This process has brought some perspective and some things I now see differently than I saw then, but I wanted this to be MY reflection on that year and I wanted it to be authentic."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Reflecting on where South African women find themselves in Women's Month 2022, Botman is clear on the challenges, but remains hopeful. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“My feelings about Women's Month are quite ambivalent, and while I know we have made some strides in improving the position of women in society today, there are still so many challenges that we face. We are still struggling with disparities in salaries between men and women, unequal appointment, and promotion processes for women, and then of course the added obstacles that women of colour face," says Botman.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It can therefore feel like we are not making progress, but if we are honest, and reflect on the statistics regarding the equality of women in all spheres of society, then we have made some progress. It's just that it has been very, very slow." <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is particularly because of the inequalities that women already face outside the home, that Botman believes that it is vital to build a life or other types of relationships with individuals who see your value and want to see you thrive and grow.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I was always Russel's equal and he had a high regard for the value that I brought to the relationship. He always used to joke, that if he had to pay me, he wouldn't be able to afford me," says Botman and laughs.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is these values that were so central to their life together that Botman hopes they managed to also carry over to their children as their daughters are still facing the same challenges as many women before them have faced, from being disregarded in the workplace and daily life, to being treated as a threat when their qualifications outweigh their peers and being expected to be subservient to be accepted. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The challenges never stop, no matter your age, and by the virtue of being a woman, you have to be ready to continuously push those barriers." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">While she admits that life without Russel can be a daily struggle, on the days she wants to share news of her day with him - like the recent publication of her first book - she is grateful that she was the “one who got to spend 25 years with him". </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I can't be dissatisfied that I now have to live without him, because living without him means I also got to share a life with him for 25 years. We shared such a close relationship, we worked together, we had fun together and we travelled together. Looking back, I am grateful that I resigned from my job in 2004, because if I had not, I would not have been able to spend the next seven years travelling with him across the world and I don't regret any of it." </p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li><em>Dr Botman's book With (-Out) You can be purchased on Amazon and Smashwords at </em><em> </em><a href=""><em><strong></strong></em></a><em>. It will soon also be available at other bookstores and on Takealot.</em></li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>​<br></p>
Trolley Challenge 2022: Calling all faculties! Challenge 2022: Calling all faculties! Development & Alumni Relations<p>The Development and Alumni Relations Division is calling on all Stellenbosch University faculties to participate in its annual Faculty Trolley Challenge which aims to collect non-perishable food, sanitary products, toiletries and funds for students in need.<br></p><p>So far eight faculties have responded to the challenge which will form part of DAR's Campus Giving Day activities from 6 to 7 October 2022. Campus Giving Day aims to raise funds for and awareness of the Bridge the Gap (BTG) Annual Fund and its various initiatives. BTG aims to close the gap between talent and financial need by inviting the SU student community, staff, parents and friends of the university to support students in overcoming the financial obstacles blocking their path to success.<br></p><p>The Faculty Trolley Challenge was set in motion during last year's Giving Day when the Dean of Engineering Wikus van Niekerk and the Dean of AgriSciences Danie Brink set about raising funds for the Tygerberg Pantry Project, one of BTG's initiatives. The Tygerberg Pantry Project came about in response to the overwhelming need for food and toiletries among health sciences and medical students on SU's Tygerberg Campus.<br></p><p>Viwe Benxa, BTG ambassador and Alumni Participation Coordinator in DAR, said: “I'm sure this challenge will prove to be a testament to the generosity and commitment of each of our faculties. It will also serve to demonstrate the care and support we all feel for students who are struggling. It is a selfless way for faculties to get more involved in the development of students."<br></p><p>He added: “We'd love to see some stiff competition develop among the faculties, and we would like to encourage all staff, students and alumni to give back in any way they possibly can."<br></p><p>Faculties willing to get involved in the Faculty Trolley Challenge will be supplied with two boxes in which donors would be able to drop pantry items such as noodles, coffee, flour (mieliepap), oil, peanut butter, rice and tinned food. They can also donate toiletries such as deodorant, sanitary towels, razors, toilet paper and toothpaste. Monetary donations can be deposited through the Giving Day platform:  <a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p>According to Benxa these donations will be tallied at the end of Giving Day (7 October 2022), and will go towards supporting not only the Tygerberg Pantry Project, but also the #Move4Food and End Period Poverty projects under BTG.</p><p>“With your help, we want to equip our social workers with enough food parcels, toiletry packs and emergency funds to assist our students in the last quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 – peak periods of need among our students," said Benxa.</p><p>This year's Campus Giving Day will be a hybrid event open to the SU community and alumni from around the world. It will include activities such as a spinathon, a movie marathon, athletics and table tennis.</p><p>Other projects under BTG include,  #Action4Inclusion which supports students who cannot register for the next academic year owing to outstanding fees; #GradMe which helps students with unpaid fees to graduate; #Zim4Zim, which ensures that students are given financial support to help clear study debt; Caught in the Middle which helps students who do not qualify for free higher education bursaries from government; and #MatiesHaveDrive which works with firms to provide part-funded driver training for students who require a driving licence to get a job.</p><ul><li>Faculties interested in participating in the Faculty Trolley Challenge should contact the Bridge the Gap team at <a href=""><strong></strong></a>. They can also reach out to Bridge the Gap on its various social media platforms.</li></ul><ul><li>For more information about the Bridge the Gap fund and its initiatives visit <a href=""><strong></strong></a>​</li></ul>
Homecoming: Spotlight on SA economy at business breakfast Spotlight on SA economy at business breakfastDevelopment & Alumni Relations<p>Time is running out to book your tickets for Stellenbosch University's Homecoming Business Breakfast taking place on Friday 9 September at 09:00 at the Adam Small Theatre Complex in Stellenbosch. <br></p><p>The Alumni Relations Office in partnership with the Stellenbosch Business School will host this business breakfast with the theme “Bull or bear? Leaders' views on the future of South Africa's economy". </p><p>Leading thinkers such as South African Financial and Fiscal Commission chair Dr Patience Nombeko Mbava, Artscape chief executive Dr Marlene le Roux and Simon Susman, Chairman of Conservation South Africa, President of Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, Board member of five companies and Honorary President ​ of Woolworths Holdings Ltd, will share their insights. </p><p>Dr Morné Mostert, Strategic Foresight Advisor and former director of the Institute for Futures Research, will serve as moderator of what is bound to be a highly informative discussion in light of the current challenges and opportunities in both the South African and global economy.</p><ul><li>Book your space on Quicket <strong>(</strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>).</strong> </li><li>For any queries, please send an email to or call +27 21 808 2710.<br></li></ul><p>​<br></p>
‘I want to pave a new way for the generation coming after me’‘I want to pave a new way for the generation coming after me’Development & Alumni Relations<p>​As an award-winning food scientist, Sinesipho Galada has found her true passion. And it's all thanks to Stellenbosch University's SciMathUS programme, which she says introduced her to the wonders of food science.<br></p><p>Galada's passion led to her being awarded the Food Science and Technology prize in 2021 with a group of fellow students at the Institute of Packaging South Africa's annual Gold Pack Awards. </p><p>But before the accolades, she was a Grade 12 student who needed a second chance to qualify for admission to higher education. The SciMathUS programme gives high school learners who have already passed Grade 12 but do not qualify for higher education selection a second opportunity to improve their National Senior Certificate (NSC) results in mathematics, physical sciences and accounting. This will enable them to re-apply for university programmes.<br></p><p>Says Galada: “After I received my Grade 12 marks I got rejected by most of the institutions I had applied to. I was only accepted at one higher education institution but unfortunately, I did not have funding at the time. While I was still searching for funding opportunities, I heard about the SciMathUS programme and thought that it is something that can benefit me. My physical sciences marks were not good enough and I wanted to improve it because I think it was the reason I did not get accepted at the institutions I had applied for." </p><p>She managed to get herself accepted into the SciMathUS class of 2017.<br></p><p>“The SciMathUS programme not only helped me to improve my NSC mark, but it was also through the programme that I got introduced to my current career path. Before SciMathUS I did not know about Food Science. After I heard about it, I was sold." <br></p><p>She went on to study for a BSc (Food Science) degree at SU which she completed in 2021.<br></p><p>“I chose this degree because I felt like it represents me. Growing up, I was always into food hygiene and safety. I saw myself in this degree."<br></p><p>Galada, who hails from the small Eastern Cape town of Molteno, added that the SciMathUS programme helped her to escape out of her comfort zone.</p><p>“All my life I've always been with my own people from the amaXhosa tribe. The programme taught me to interact with others and I got to meet a diverse group of people. I also learnt other languages besides my mother tongue and English. I believe that the transition from high school to university would have been difficult for me if it wasn't for this programme. It made it easier for me to navigate my university career."<br></p><p>She is currently studying towards a MSc (Food Science), focusing on food microbiology, at the University of Pretoria.<br></p><p>“I always challenge and push myself to do better," she says, explaining her decision to further her studies. “I come from a disadvantaged background and I want to change that for myself and pave a new way for the generation coming after me."<br></p>
Join us for Homecoming 2022 us for Homecoming 2022Development & Alumni RelationsOur annual Maties Homecoming weekend for alumni will be taking place from Thursday 8 September to Saturday 10 September 2022 on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. And after two years of lockdown, this year's event promises to be one for the books.<div><br></div><div>As usual, the Alumni Relations Office has planned various tailormade gatherings. Expect networking events, campus tours, a business breakfast, sporting activities and socials. No fewer than 11 residences will also host birthday reunions over the weekend, and the first-year groups of 1971 and 1972, 1981 and 1982, 1991 and 1992, 2001 and 2002, 2011 and 2012 will meet up in Stellenbosch on Saturday 10<sup>th</sup> September; and the 1982, 1992, and 2012 graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are getting together on the Tygerberg campus.<p><br></p><p>Here's what you can look forward to:<br> <br><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Thursday 8 September</strong></p><p><strong>A round of golf</strong></p><p>We're kicking off Homecoming at <strong>11:00</strong> with a first-ever golf day for our SWANs (Stellenbosch Women Alumnae Network) at the Stellenbosch golf course.  A prize-giving ceremony will take place at the end of the day, followed by a dinner and the opportunity to enjoy award-winning wines from SU's very own winemaking alumni. The cost is R3 600 per four-ball and all proceeds will go towards SU's Bursary Fund.  </p><p><strong>Enquiries:</strong> Marvin Koopman, <a href=""></a> or Lauren Jimmy, <a href=""></a> </p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Friday 9 September</strong></p><p><strong>Business breakfast</strong><br> We're up bright and early for a business breakfast at <strong>09:00</strong> at the Adam Small theatre complex in Stellenbosch. A panel of experts will be discussing the theme “Bull or bear? Leaders' views on the future of South Africa's economy".</p><p>Leading thinkers such as South African Financial and Fiscal Commission chair Dr Patience Nombeko Mbava, Artscape chief executive Dr Marlene le Roux and Simon Susman, Chairman of Conservation South Africa, President of Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, Board member of five companies and Chairman of Woolworths Holdings Ltd, will share their insights. Dr Morné Mostert, Strategic Foresight Advisor and former director of the Institute for Futures Research, will serve as moderator of what is bound to be a highly informative discussion in light of the current challenges and opportunities in both the South African and global economy.</p><p><strong>Tickets are limited and cost R250 per person</strong>, which includes a full South African breakfast upon arrival. The event will be hosted in partnership with the Stellenbosch Business School.</p><ul><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">CLICK HERE to book</span></a></li></ul><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Matie Soirée</strong><br> Close your eyes and imagine spring in the Boland, the smells of food wafting through the air, and the very best company … Now gather your friends and make that vision a reality. At <strong>14:00</strong>, we'll be hosting a Matie Soirée at the Alumni Clubhouse at Die Stal.</p><p>We have teamed up with nine wine farms and our winemaking alumni to present a tasting of their finest produce. For those preferring something non-alcoholic, The Raw Berry Press will be on hand to serve up some of their top-quality cold-pressed juices. While you mingle with both familiar and new faces, we'll treat you to an evening of first-class entertainment.</p><p><strong>Cost:</strong> R100 per person</p><ul><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">CLICK HERE to book.</span></a> ​<br></li></ul><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Saturday 10 September</strong><br></p><p><strong>Bergpad run, walk or cycle</strong><br> Come fill your lungs with fresh air and stretch those legs. The festivities continue with a walk, run or cycle up breath-taking Stellenbosch mountain at <strong>07:30.</strong> Not superfit? Don't worry, we're accommodating all fitness levels, so bring your friends, family and pets, and enjoy fantastic views of the town. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Alumni Clubhouse.<br></p><ul><li><a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">CLICK HERE to book.</span></a> </li></ul><p></p><p><a href=""><em><strong>CLICK HERE</strong></em></a><em> for the full Homecoming programme. Any questions? Please send an email to </em><a href=""><em><strong></strong></em></a><em> or call +27 21 808 2710.</em><br></p><p>​<br></p></div>