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SU academic receives international prize for Human Rightshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6108SU academic receives international prize for Human RightsRonél Beukes <p class="MsoNormal">According to an announcement by the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France, Ms Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola, Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management at Stellenbosch University, is one of 15 recipients worldwide of the 2018 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.</p><p class="MsoNormal">This is the third year in which France and Germany are awarding the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law to coincide with Human Rights Day on 10 December. </p><p class="MsoNormal">In their announcement, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France stated: “In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Germany and France have chosen to honour 15 individuals who have campaigned courageously to protect human rights.</p><p class="MsoNormal">“They also stand proxy for the many other human rights defenders whose efforts remain unrecognised and who are often subjected to great iniquities in their fight for justice. Our gratitude, recognition and respect goes to them for putting the Declaration's words into actions."</p><p class="MsoNormal">Having completed two of her postgraduate qualifications at Stellenbosch University, Dubula-Majola became a lecturer at the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management and later its Director. She herself had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2001.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In congratulating Ms Dubula-Majola, the Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof Ingrid Woolard, said she was delighted to see her work recognized in this way. “Vuyiseka is an exceptional role model to all of us – she is brave, passionate, dedicated, focused and yet humble. We congratulate her on this international recognition of her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and working towards interventions that will reduce transmission.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">Dubula-Majola has also been included in the book A to Z of Amazing South African women, a publication that honours the contribution of women to South Africa's past, present and future. Other names in the book include Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Fatima Meer, Caster Semenya, Natalie du Toit and Thuli Madonsela.</p><p class="MsoNormal">In the book they refer to Dubula-Majola as a “heroine for our times" - someone who has beaten all the odds and is still working actively to improve the situation.</p><p class="MsoNormal">“I welcome challenges. That is how we grow," she said.</p><ul><li>The other winners of the 2018 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law are:<br><strong> </strong>Mr Yu Wensheng (China), Ms Aminata Traoré (Côte d'Ivoire), Mr Mohamed Lotfy (Egypt), Mr Alfredo Okenve (Equatorial Guinea), Mr Nityanand Jayaraman (India), Ms Chak Sopheap (Cambodia), Ms Hessen Sayah Corban (Lebanon), Ms Memo Mekfoula Mint Brahim (Mauritania), Mr Daoud Nassar (Palestinian territories), Ms Liz Chicaje Churay (Peru), Mr Oyub Titiev (Russia), Mr Anwar al-Bunni (Syria), Ms Sirikan Charoensiri (Thailand), Ms Susana Raffalli Arismendi (Venezuela).</li></ul>
Eradicating inequality in SA healthcare systemshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6110Eradicating inequality in SA healthcare systemsFlorence de Vries<p>“Justice goes beyond the courts, the lawyers and the judges. Everything you do has consequences."<br></p><p>Speaking to a large audience at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences' (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University's (SU) Dean's Distinguished Leader Lecture series recently, Professor Thuli Madonsela asked aspirant and current healthcare professionals, visitors and academic and administrative staff to consider how they can work toward building improved systems, processes or policies which will further serve to advance healthcare in South Africa.</p><p>Madonsela, who is currently the Chair for Social Justice and Law in the Faculty of Law at SU, completed a seven-year term as South Africa's Public Protector in 2016. In her talk, entitled Social Justice and Ethical Leadership, she referred to a number of cases she worked on as the country's public protector, all of which pointed to incidents that appeared to be lawful, but were seemingly unjust. </p><p>She said the country had come a long way after more than two decades of democracy, but that socio-economic disparities and blatant discrimination in the areas of health, education, housing and other rights promised in the constitution continued to impede proper structural change. </p><p>In her talk, Madonsela spoke in particular of a family who had taken their father to hospital after he had fallen ill. Three days later, the family, who lived in a rural area in South Africa, came back to visit him but he was nowhere to be found. The hospital found the remains of a human being behind the hospital building, but by the time his wife registered this matter with the Public Protector's office in 2016, the DNA test results for those remains had been outstanding for more than ten years.</p><p>“Would this case have landed on my desk if this man had been an Oppenheimer? You see, even in healthcare, money goes to money. You would therefore agree with me when I say there is a link between poverty and health. Go into South African townships and you'll see there are no private hospitals…in many cases there's no car or money to get to a public one either. That is why we need to enhance state capacity to pass laws that reduce poverty and inequality," she maintained.</p><p>Madonsela, who is involved with a number of programmes aimed at addressing structural inequality in South Africa, recently hosted the first Social Justice M-Plan Expert Roundtable in Stellenbosch. The M-plan (Mosa-plan) recognises Ms Palesa Mosa, whose arrest as a 13-year-old pupil on June 16 1976, followed by detention without trial and torture, meant that she was denied an education and an ability to realise her human potential. </p><p>A number of SU speakers attended, including the FMHS Dean Professor Jimmy Volmink. The M-Plan is aimed at catalysing the process of ending poverty and equalising life opportunities by 2030 as envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP).</p><p>“As we walk out of this room today, I want you to think about this: Who are you here to serve? Think carefully about the things you do on a daily basis and remember that social justice touches each of us in ways that we might not yet recognise. We must develop leadership competencies in our own way to help reduce inequality…otherwise Ubuntu is nothing but a philosophy to maximise human survival."<br></p><p><em>Caption: Prof Thuli Madonsela meets with the FMHS Dean, Prof Jimmy Volmink, and other guests at the FMHS Dean's Distinguished Leader Lecture.</em></p>
New crab species discovered in Eastern Cape ‘forgotten’ forestshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6105New crab species discovered in Eastern Cape ‘forgotten’ forestsDane McDonald<p>​A new 'pearl white' freshwater crab species has been discovered in the 'forgotten' Eastern Cape forests of South Africa.<br></p><p>Prof Savel Daniels, a molecular taxonomist at Stellenbosch University, says crabs are relatively well studied in South Africa but for some reason forests have been neglected in sampling efforts.</p><p>“Nobody has ever intensively sampled the forests in the Eastern Cape where we (incidentally) found the species at Mbotyi," he told the FBIP.</p><p>The study formed part of the Eastern Cape Forest project, one of the Large Integrated Projects funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP).</p><p>Mbotyi is a picturesque forested region northeast of Port St Johns and adjacent to the East Coast of South Africa.</p><p><strong>'Sympatry'</strong></p><p>The crab, which shimmers in the presence of light, was collected from under stones found in small streams which flow towards the coast.</p><p>In a case of what phylogeographers call 'sympatry' the pearl white crab lives alongside a known rust brown species belonging to the African freshwater crab genus <em>Potamonautes.</em></p><p><em><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/english/faculty/science/PublishingImages/News%20items/Crabfigure5.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /></em> </p><p>Like a divorced couple who still share the same house, the two related [but genetically distinct] populations are sympatric because they exist in the same geographic area and thus frequently encounter one another without breeding.</p><p>In a sense Daniels was lucky to have discovered the specimen with its striking colour difference compared to its counterpart, <em>P. sidneyi</em>. </p><p>In recent times and particularly with invertebrates, such discoveries, where the scientist has a clear morphological difference as a 'lead' for identifying a potential new species, are rare.</p><p><strong>'Colour morphs'</strong></p><p>In Daniels' line of work he often encounters 'cryptic species' where animals which are similar to the human eye are genetically very different. In other cases animals look different but show no significant genetic differences – different 'morphs'.</p><p>Daniels set out to answer whether the two crabs were indeed different species, or less spectacularly, two superficial 'colour morphs' with the one being pearl white and the other rust brown.</p><p>Back in the laboratory at the Stellenbosch University Evolutionary Genomics Facility samples from both groups of animals were subjected to DNA sequencing, looking at three genes known by geneticists as 'COI, 12S rRNA, and 16S rRNA'.</p><p><strong>DNA sequence divergence</strong></p><p>The DNA sequence divergence (i.e. the genetic difference) for the COI gene, usually a primary marker in animal genetic studies, was striking at 13.42%. </p><p>To gain a better perspective on divergence values molecular taxonomists need to look at which values from prior studies were used to designate something as sufficiently different to be called a 'new species'. </p><p>Daniels' paper, published in the <em>Journal of Crustacean Biology</em>, cited two prior studies with values ranging from 2.8% to 14.7% in the one, and 7.9% between two species in the other.</p><p>There could be no doubt that the shimmering pearl white specimen from Mbotyi was a new species to science.</p><p>Daniels found no morphological characteristics with which to distinguish <em>P. sidneyi</em> from the new Mbotyi species except for the striking colour difference. The latter was inspiration for the naming of the new species, one of the few opportunities for creativity in describing a new species.</p><p>As a tribute to the Xhosa people of the Mbotyi region Daniels decided to give the newly discovered crab the species epithet of <em>mhlophe</em>, meaning 'white' in isiXhosa.</p><p>He says the discovery is important as it highlights the biodiversity of the area, and further establishes the region as a 'biodiversity hotspot', a tourism draw card.</p><p>“Tourism in the region creates a lot of sustainable job opportunities," he says.</p><p>The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) is a long-term programme to generate, manage and disseminate foundational biodiversity information and knowledge to improve decision-making, service delivery and create new economic opportunities.</p><ul><li>FBIP on Facebook and Twitter<br></li></ul><p>For more details contact:</p><p>Contact:             Dane McDonald  </p><p>Designation:     Science communicator</p><p>Cell:                 +27 (0) 72 1299 649</p><p>Email Address: d.mcdonald@sanbi.org.za</p><p>Website:                           http://fbip.co.za/<br></p><p><br> </p>
Njeyiyana receives Promising Young Linguist award at international congresshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6106Njeyiyana receives Promising Young Linguist award at international congressLynne Rippenaar-Moses<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms Susan Njeyiyana, a lecturer in the General Linguistics Department, recently received a Promising Young Linguist award for a poster she presented at the prestigious 20th International Congress of Linguists that was hosted in Cape Town.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Njeyiyana, Deaf and uses South African Sign Language (SASL) as<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>her first language while she also understands English and Setswana and  teaches South African Sign Language (SASL) Acquisition for L2 first year students in the department. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It was an amazing feeling to receive this award. Initially I couldn't believe that I was selected out of the many other excellent posters that were on display during the conference. I was certainly pleasantly surprised and it's fuelled my ambition to further my studies even more," she says. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Her poster topic was born from her Honours degree which focused on research she conducted to “establish whether there is evidence of SASL dialects in schools for the Deaf".</p><p style="">“The history of Deaf education goes back to the apartheid era, where many schools for the Deaf were established by different religious groups. Some by nuns from Ireland while others were established by nuns from Germany and also the Dutch Reformed Church."</p><p style="">The first school for the Deaf in South Africa was opened in 1863 by the Irish Dominican Order. Quoting Philemon Akach, she explains: “This school, from its inception, catered for all race groups, and used signed language as a medium of instruction." </p><p style="">However, the nuns who taught at this school were from Ireland and their sign language instruction had originated in France in the 18<sup>th</sup>century. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“In my studies I found that many sign languages have documented the phenomenon of signers adapting their lexical items for a number of reasons. The focus of this study was on so-called 'school-lects', a term which refers to the transmission of sign language in schools for Deaf children."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Referring to Gary Quinn (2010) who is Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University, Scotland , she explains that like Quinn, who studied the role that school-lects play in regional variation in British Sign Language (BSL), she is interested in researching the impact of these school-lects on lexical variation in SASL.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I found that although the participants of the study retain some lexical items from their school-lects, the data seems to show that the retention of school-lects is decreasing, in other words, there is more change. The reasons for this are the abolishment of apartheid, and using similar variations and SASL curriculum implementation since the coining of new signs and terms for linguistic terminology by different groups in South Africa."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Her own childhood has also formed her and her interests as an academic. Njeyiyana, who was born in Soweto, is one of four siblings of which three are Deaf. She attended The Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal and finished matric at St Vincent School for the Deaf. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Drawing from my personal experience as a Deaf child who had to move between two very different schools for the Deaf, it was clear that the signs I learned from Hammanskraal was very different to that of St Vincent. Through my research I want to investigate the transmission of signs in an individual from one space to the next, where some of the 'older' signs seem to disappear and are being replaced by new signs which is due to more language contact occurring."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Today there is no more apartheid and we have access to social media where Deaf people from anywhere can visually communicate with each other over vast distances, creating more opportunity for signed languages to influence each other which gives us more rich variation in sign languages."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking to Njeyiyana, her passion for her work as an educator is apparent. It is therefore surprising to hear that she had not been sure what to study upon completing her matric in 1993.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I was unsure of which direction to study and eventually ended up doing a course in Graphic Design, which was a reflection of my creative nature. However, my ability and talent as a SASL poet was spotted by SLED where I became one of the founding members and also worked for 16 years. During my time there I was afforded the opportunity to study SASL in-depth which led to me teaching SASL to groups of hearing people and being trained as a facilitator for adult learning events," she explains.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2014, she attended a short course on SASL poetry at the University of the Witwatersrand. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This was where my passion was ignited. A few years later I decided to further my studies and chose to attend Wits University to complete my Honours degree in South African Sign Language Linguistics. No sooner had I finished my studies, when I heard about the opportunity to work at Stellenbosch University. I immediately jumped at the chance to apply and was pleasantly surprised when I was informed that I would be joining the team."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Njeyiyana is married with two children, who currently still reside in Gauteng while she sets up a home in the Western Cape. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In South Africa, as is the case in many other countries across the world, Deaf persons are a “linguistic minority" and “often overlooked".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“As with many other smaller groups, the natural thing for big communities to do, is to push them aside. And this is very true of the Deaf community. Accessibility is our main barrier as a Deaf community. Access to information, education, social events and access to the world around us. We receive information in a visual way and we don't have the choice to be hearing, like you would have the choice to learn another language," says Njeyiyana.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">However, adds Njeyiyana, those who are able to hear have a choice to adapt and fit in with the Deaf by learning sign language. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“And that is why I'm here, to build that bridge, however small it may be, between the Deaf and the hearing worlds, through teaching SASL Acquisition in the General Linguistics Department of Stellenbosch University. It's not about 'helping the poor Deaf', but rather creating the space where we can be true equals." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">She hopes that her achievements thus far will encourage other Deaf persons to consider a career in academia.<br></p><p style="">“I want to show the Deaf youth that being a Deaf academic is possible and my way of getting them to the point of being able to attend a higher institution of learning after school, is through the Learning and Teaching Support Material project which I'm involved with at Stellenbosch University. This project develops teacher material for teaching SASL in the classroom in the schools for the Deaf. As with hearing children who learn a spoken language, Deaf children are only now able to learn SASL as a subject. I have a passion for developing SASL literature and more specifically sharing my knowledge of SASL poetry through workshops and interacting with the children."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Photo: Ms Susan Njeyiyana, a lecturer in the General Linguistics Department, recently received a Promising Young Linguist award for a poster she presented at the prestigious</em><em> </em><em>20th International Congress of Linguists that was hosted in Cape Town. (Lynne Rippenaar-Moses)</em></p>
Rector’s Awards honour 87 students for excellent achievementhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6007 Rector’s Awards honour 87 students for excellent achievementSandra Mulder/Corporate Communications Division<p>Stellenbosch University (SU) honoured 87 students last night (11 October) who excelled in areas ranging from academics to co-curricular fields at the annual Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement. <br></p><p>Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said at the event that this Award ceremony is an important highlight on the University's calendar, especially in 2018 as it is also SU's Centenary year.<br></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/gb204GDWqkw" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p>“In 2018 we are reflecting on the past and the lessons learned. We are also going forward. One of our themes is to create a transformative student experience. We want to ensure that the University is accessible to all students and then to enable them to be successful. We want access as well as success," De Villiers said.<br></p><p>Dr Wynoma Michaels, who received the Student Representative Council (SRC) Award for Exceptional Alumni from outgoing chair Lwando Nkamisa, was a guest speaker.</p><p>Michaels was in 1998 elected as the first coloured student to be SRC chair.  It was also in that year that the majority of the SRC members were female and made out nine of the 15 members. She is presently a business and management consultant who gained business experience as a consultant in the agriculture and food and beverage sectors, as well in the service industry. She started her career as a scientist and obtained a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from  SU. She presently owns the business Wynoma Michaels Consult.<br></p><p>In her captivating speech, she prepared students for the opportunities and challenges awaiting them after their studies. “You need to find out what drives you, what is your purpose. Living a life of purpose is usually not about ourselves. It is about living beyond ourselves.  Recognition, success and promotion are great, but should it not rather be the products of purpose than the purpose itself….?  Seeking after recognition and promotion can cause us to deviate from our purpose or become our purpose."</p><p>“When we are driven by purpose, our definition of success changes as success then is not merely about ourselves, but more about WHO we want to become rather than WHAT we want to achieve," Michaels said.</p><p>She warned them that the biggest challenge when entering the marketplace is not to get “sucked into the 'hamster on the wheel' of more promotions, bigger salaries, bigger offices, bigger clients, bigger cars. “Relax. Yes, let this come, but should it be at the expense of our purpose…? Should these things not be a by-product of living a life of purpose…?"</p><p>Michaels received a standing ovation from the guests after her speech.  </p><p>The following students were the recipients of the <strong>SU Medal for Top Magister Student</strong>: Michelle Eckert (AgriScience); Jessica Lee Staple (Arts and Social Sciences), Maria de Man (Education), Johann Pfitzinger (Economic and Management Sciences), Corinna Jeske (Medicine and Health Sciences), Johann Christiaan van der Walt (Engineering), Melise Steyn (Science), Kerry-Terry Lamb (Law);  Refilwe Maria Mahlaku ( Military Science)  and Juanita Greyvenstein (Theology).</p><p>The other students that received awards for co-curricular achievements were:</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Sport Achievement: </strong>Lwazi Madi<em>; </em>Jacques Lloyd<em>; </em>Charmaine Baard<em>; </em>Stephanie Brand<em>; </em>Emma Chelius<em>; </em>Nicky Giliomee<em>; </em>David Bedingham<em>; </em>Keenan Horne<em>; </em>James Murphy<em>.</em></p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Contribution to Culture:</strong>Mercy Kannemeyer<em>; </em>Shaen Maré<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Social Impact: </strong>Avuyile Mbangatha<em>; </em>Ben Moolman<em>; </em>Cailin Perrie<em>; </em>Ashleigh Purdon</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Service Provision: </strong>Rabia Abba Omar<em>; </em>Eduard Beukman<em>; </em>Garrick Blok<em>; </em>Jeanine Botha<em>; </em>Lize-Mari Doubell</p><p><strong>Rector's Award for Excellent Leadership</strong>:<span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span>Anthony Andrews<em>; </em>Wiann Bester<em>; </em>Chanté du Plessis; Jauné Gouws;<em> </em>Nhlakanipho Mahagane; Fatima Ouiza Mazari; Lethiwe Mbatha; Ben Moolman; Tevarus Naicker; Eduard Roos; Victoria Thomas;<em> </em>Rhys Williams; Eduard Beukman<strong>. </strong><strong> </strong></p><p> Dr Michaels full speech:<br></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/zU8zSOI0i-A" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><br></p><p>Videographer: Stefan Els<br></p><p><br></p>
Maties want to end student hunger with big collective initiativehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5861Maties want to end student hunger with big collective initiativeCorporate Communications Division<p><strong> R10 million in 100</strong> days to create sustainable food banks on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses to ensure that, for the next three years, no Matie has to study on an empty stomach. This is the ambitious aim of Stellenbosch University's (SU) student-inspired <strong>#Move4Food</strong> drive, which will be launched today (20 August) and run until 27 November 2018, which is Giving Tuesday at SU.</p><p>Giving Tuesday has expanded from the United States in recent years to become a global day of giving.</p><p>Students, staff and alumni will engage in a wide range of peer to peer fundraising activities, like participating in the upcoming Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on 23 September 2018, to raise funds for the cause. Olympic Games silver medallist and SU alumna Elana Meyer challenged Maties rector and vice-chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers to take part in the race, and he accepted.</p><p>Earlier this year, De Villiers participated in the Cape Town Cycle Tour with alumni and friends of the University to raise money for student bursaries, and he is already practising hard for the marathon in September. He has previously run the 'Big 5' marathons – Boston, New York, London, Chicago and Berlin.</p><p>“One student that goes hungry on our campus is one too many," says De Villiers. “I am putting my time, energy and money into fighting student hunger – and I challenge staff, students, donors, alumni and friends of the University, as well as the general public, to do the same. Let's team up to help our students finish their race."</p><p>Over 60 runners have already signed up and 20 <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/projects/">fundraising pages</a> have been created. Among others, the SU Registrar, Dr Ronel Retief, have entered the 10km race.</p><p><strong>Launch event</strong></p><p>The launch event on Monday 20 August takes place on the Rooiplein on the Stellenbosch Campus. The event includes a mini-concert at 12:00 while a fundraising concert will take place in the Endler Hall in Victoria Street at 13:00. Entrance fee is anything between R10 and R100 or a non-perishable food item.<br></p><p><br> </p>Food insecurity prevalent food insecurity and the need for the most basic items are becoming more prevalent among students in South Africa. Despite perceptions that SU maintains a privileged position, at least 6 in every 100 newcomer students (first years and first-year postgraduate students) at SU are at risk. This translates into 465 newcomers (out of a total of 7744) – compounded by students in other years.<div><em><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Move4FoodGetInvolved.jpg" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Move4FoodGetInvolved.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:450px;" /></em></div><p>“No student should be without food or basic needs," says Mr Ben Moolman, Student Representative Council member for Strategic Initiatives and Leadership Development. “We want to create a sustainable solution for students. Although the need goes far beyond food, this is now the most urgent need."</p><p>With the recent announcement of fee-free education, there is a general perception that students from working-class families receive financial support that covers all their university costs. “Not so," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “There are caps on each expense component, like tuition, accommodation and food allowances. This results in shortfalls that the student is still liable for. The most pressing times for students are at the beginning of the year when students are still waiting for funding to be approved and just before final exams, when the food allowances dry up," she explains.  </p><ul><li><em>Those who want to support #Move4Food can sign up to run in the Cape Town marathon or make an online donation to the cause: </em><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/"><em>https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/</em></a><em> </em></li><li><em>There are various other ways to #Move4Food as well, including virtual races, activity tracker challenges, sports days, commuting to work and making a cash donation. Visit </em><a href="http://bit.ly/Move4Food-ideas"><em>http://bit.ly/Move4Food-ideas</em></a><em> for some fun suggestions.</em></li><li><em>Send an e-mail to </em><a href="mailto:ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za"><em>ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za</em></a><em> for more information.</em></li></ul><p><em>  </em></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT FOOD INSECURITY</strong></p><p>A recent study by the National Research Foundation has revealed that more than 30% of university students are food insecure. These findings were announced at the National Colloquium on Access to Food for Student, hosted in the Western Cape this week, seeking to find solutions to an emerging 'hunger crisis'.</p><p>Discussions centred on the effects that hunger plays in the student dropout rate. “If people are hungry‚ they cannot concentrate‚ they become stressed and anxious. A number of these students are working on top of studying and this‚ too‚ affects their academic performance," says Stephen Devereux of the National Research Foundation.</p><p><em>(Source: </em><a href="https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-08-15-30-of-university-students-are-hungry-conference-told/"><em>https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-08-15-30-of-university-students-are-hungry-conference-told/</em></a><em>)</em></p><ul><li><strong>Click </strong><a href="http://bit.ly/2uQ4Q9r"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> for an article on food insecurity<br><br>Picture: </strong><em>Elana Meyer challenges Maties rector to participate in the marathon </em></li></ul><p><em>  </em></p><p><br> </p>
Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch Universityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5215Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Communications / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​The public intellectual and former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen, has accepted a position at Stellenbosch University (SU).</p><p>Jansen (61), an A-rated scientist with the National Research Foundation, will take up the position of distinguished professor in the Faculty of Education, where he will be teaching and conducting research on school governance, management, leadership and policy. He will also serve as a mentor to postgraduate students. </p><p>Announcing the appointment, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said the institution would greatly benefit from Jansen's expertise as foremost author, thought leader and education specialist. “Prof Jansen is arguably one of the leading pedagogues of our time, but also the proverbial voice in the wilderness, addressing not only the state of the nation, but – equally important – the state of education in our beloved country." </p><p>Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, added: “Prof Jansen is a scholar at heart. We are confident that his research expertise will have a meaningful social impact on all levels of the education system in South Africa."  </p><p>Equally pleased at the prospect of welcoming Prof Jansen to SU's Faculty of Education, Prof Yusef Waghid, acting dean of the Faculty, said: “Prof Jansen's appointment offers tremendous opportunities for colleagues to engage with him in deliberative, responsible and courageous conversations – dialogues relating to what a university is and ought to do. I am optimistic that Prof Jansen's intellectual voice and passion for education will have a positive impact on the scholarly work with which the Faculty is associated. This is another opportunity to enhance our quest for our quest for a meaningful and just schooling system" </p><p>Commented Jansen: “I am very excited about this opportunity to work at one of the best universities on the continent and with some of the leading educational researchers in the field. I do hope to make a small contribution with my colleagues to making research count in the transformation of schools and in preparing the next generation of scholars."</p><p>Jansen, a recipient of three honorary doctorates and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, will take up the position at SU as from 1 November.​<br><br></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT PROF JONATHAN JANSEN</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities<em> </em>for his book <em>Knowledge in the Blood</em> (published by Stanford University Press).  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More recent publications by Jansen include <em>Leading for Change</em> (Routledge, 2016), <em>As by fire: the end of the South African university</em> (Tafelberg, 2017), <em>Interracial intimacies on campuses</em> (Bookstorm, 2017) and <em>Song for Sarah</em> (Bookstorm, 2017). Products of his pen to appear in 2018 include <em>Inequality in South African schools</em> (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), <em>Politics of Curriculum</em> (as editor) and <em>Now that I know</em>, a book on South African families who were separated by the racial laws of the 1950s.<br></p><p><br></p>
Communication from Council (meeting of 26 September 2018)http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5965Communication from Council (meeting of 26 September 2018)Corporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​The Stellenbosch University (SU) Council convened for its third scheduled meeting of the year on Wednesday 26 September 2018.<br></p><p>Council approved the University's mid-year financial report and noted the proposed remuneration and student fee adjustments for 2019. We were also updated on progress with the Faculty Renewal Plan as well as the revision of the Statute.</p><p>In addition, we approved a new Teaching and Learning Policy for the University. The policy aims to create an enabling environment where staff and students' potential is maximised, effective teaching and learning is encouraged, and suitable provision is made for the support of SU's diverse student body and the professional development of academics for their teaching role. This policy will further enhance the standing of the University as a globally recognised institution of higher learning, having featured in the rankings of five international higher education rating agencies over the past three years.</p><p>Council is pleased that the University is doing well, as appears from the reports we received from the Rector and Vice-Chancellor (<a href="/english/management/wim-de-villiers/Documents/MR%20COUNCIL%2020180926%20(2)%20online.pdf" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;">click here to download</span></a>), the <a href="/english/management/wim-de-villiers/Documents/3.%20Sept%202018%20DVCSI%20-%20COUNCIL%20FINAL%2010%20SEPTEMBER%202018_HCK_Finaal%20Engels.pdf" target="_blank">Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and Internationalisation</a> as well as the <a href="/english/management/wim-de-villiers/Documents/3.%20Sept%202018%20COO%20Report%20and%20Appendices%20to%20SU%20Council%2019%20September%202018.pdf" target="_blank">Chief Operating Officer</a>.</p><p>Please read on for more details. </p><p>Kind regards</p><p> <strong>George Steyn</strong><br><strong> Chairperson: SU Council</strong></p><h2>Mid-year financial report<br></h2><p>Council approved SU's mid-year financial report for submission to the DHET. It covers the University's financial performance for the period 1 January to 30 June 2018. </p><p>The report shows that the 2018 budget was successfully managed over this time. The institution is financially sound and has increased its available funds and net asset value. Private donations for the period exceeded expectations, and investments performed relatively well, given the generally poor market conditions. </p><p>However, certain risks need to be taken into account, such as the unknown effect of the expected change in the state subsidy formula on the University's first-stream income, the impact of the global and local economic outlook, as well as pressure on student finances. </p><p>Council noted the University's continued commitment to sound financial planning and management aimed at securing the long-term financial sustainability of the institution.</p><h2>Proposed remuneration adjustments<br></h2><p>Council received a report from its Remuneration Committee on remuneration adjustments for 2019. </p><ul><li>The report recommended a general, inflation-linked adjustment of 6,3% for all staff members who had achieved a performance mark of 3 or higher in the 2018 evaluation cycle.</li></ul><p>The committee reported on developments regarding basic remuneration levels (BRLs) at SU: </p><ul><li>The proposed BRLs for 2019 – excluding those for post levels 19 and 18 – were accepted. </li><li>A new model for differentiated remuneration adjustments was also accepted. The model implies that the past two instead of three years' performance marks would be taken into account to consider whether an employee qualifies to be taken up to 100% of the BRL concerned.</li><li>Moreover, it was proposed that the remuneration of all employees currently remunerated at below 90% of their BRL be raised to 90%, subject to adequate performance, and that 90% be implemented as the new minimum appointment level for all funding streams.</li></ul><p>Final decisions in this regard are subject to approval of SU's 2019 budget at the last Council meeting of the year on 26 November, as well as the final state subsidy allocation.</p><h2>Proposed adjustment of student fees<br></h2><p>In line with Council's request in 2017 for an indication of planned student fees adjustment prior to final budget proposals, points of departure in this regard were shared with Council on Wednesday. No final decisions have been taken as yet, since the 2019 budget will be tabled to Council on 26 November only.</p><p>While SU appreciates that government has made significantly more funding available to higher education, not all the University's costs are covered. Inflation-linked increases in student fees are essential to ensure the institution's long-term financial sustainability, world-class academic qualifications and research outputs, and a significant positive impact on society. </p><ul><li>Using the higher education price index (HEPI) as a guideline, SU proposes to raise tuition fees for 2019 by 7% across the board without any differentiation. </li><li>A similar approach will be followed for accommodation fees, but since the budget must reflect costs, it may be necessary to motivate for a larger increase.</li></ul><p>Council received the assurance that SU remained committed to support academically deserving students in financial need, and that the University's bursaries would be increased in line with increases in student fees.</p><p>These points of departure have been communicated to faculties and student representatives at a joint meeting, as well as to the Students' Representative Council (SRC). Regular communication with various stakeholders will continue in the run-up to final budget submission to Council at its last meeting of the year.</p><h2>Faculty Renewal Plan</h2><p>Council received an update on the Faculty Renewal Plan, which aims to assist the faculties of Education as well as Arts and Social Sciences to become more systemically sustainable. </p><p>Prof Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and Internationalisation, has been leading the process. She assured Council that the University held both faculties in high regard, since they contained immense expertise and delivered among the highest research outputs at SU.</p><p>Monthly steering committee meetings have been taking place in the two faculties, where task teams have been working on aspects such as academic programme renewal, student enrolment and graduation, research outputs, academic and staff matters, as well as finances. Various recommendations have already been implemented to good effect. </p><p>Final proposals will be tabled at the next Council meeting on 26 November.</p><h2>New Teaching and Learning Policy</h2><p>Council approved a new Teaching and Learning Policy for the University, including amendments proposed by its Executive Committee, Social and Business Ethics Committee, and the Institutional Forum. Senate too had recommended that the policy be approved.</p><p>The policy aims to promote an enabling institutional environment where quality teaching and learning can flourish. It is premised on the notion that teaching and learning is a shared endeavour with reciprocal responsibilities between students, academic staff, support services and management bodies.</p><p>The policy is further premised on the principle that quality teaching and learning should be informed by scholarship, and provides for the professionalisation and ongoing development of academics in their teaching role through a range of learning opportunities. It also affirms that SU places a high premium on the recognition and reward of scholarly teaching. </p><p>The new policy commits the University to creating enabling physical and virtual learning environments that support and encourage quality teaching and effective learning at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.</p><p>It provides for the continuous renewal of academic programmes to ensure alignment with the changing world of work, the broader social context as well as the SU graduate attributes. This will enhance graduates' contribution to society – locally and globally – and their potential as professionals.</p><p>The policy owner is the Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching, while the Senior Director: Learning and Teaching Enhancement serves as curator. Senate will monitor the implementation of the policy. The document will be published on the SU website as soon as possible to guide staff and students towards creating innovative learning environments.</p><h2>SU in world university rankings</h2><p>Council welcomed the fact that SU had cemented its place among the world's top universities based on the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Prof Hester Klopper announced that SU had moved up to the 301-350 category in the 2019 version, which happened to be released in London while Council was meeting. This is an improvement on last year and places SU in the top 1% of all universities worldwide. A total of 1 258 institutions from across the globe feature in THE's 2019 rankings. They were evaluated based on teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. </p><p>The Rectorate accepted a report on rankings on 19 September. Since 2015, SU has featured in the rankings of five international higher education rating agencies: THE, Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS World University Rankings, QS BRICS University Rankings and CWTS Leiden Ranking. </p><p>Despite their shortcomings and limitations, rankings do serve as an important performance indicator. They also play a role in attracting students and academics from across the world to SU and facilitating effective collaboration with other universities, institutions and organisations. SU maintains a nuanced approach to university rankings in general – given the current realities of the institution, our country and our continent, as well as the methodology of the various rankings, on which there are well-documented differences of opinion. However, the University will continue to make every effort to provide accurate information to selected rating agencies.</p><h2>Enrolment figures</h2><p>According to the annual June census, SU's total student numbers have risen to 31 765, a third of whom are postgraduate. Enrolments by black, coloured, Indian and Asian students have grown to 13 182, or 41,5% of the total. Compared to 2017, the number of coloured students has increased by 0,7%, black African students by 5,9%, and Indian/Asian students by 10,2%.</p><h2>Revision of SU's Statute </h2><p>Council received a progress report on the review of the Statute of the University, which commenced in August 2017. A task team led by the Registrar, Dr Ronel Retief, has been working on a new document in collaboration with experts and based on inputs gathered through stakeholder consultation and public participation. Apart from 12 workshops held to date, University structures such as faculty boards, Senate, the SRC, the IF as well as Council and its reading committee have also provided inputs. A final draft will be submitted to Council via the relevant SU structures in November, after which it will be forwarded to the Minister of Higher Education and Training for approval.</p><h2>Report on Strategy and Internationalisation</h2><p>Council received an annual report (<a href="/english/management/wim-de-villiers/Documents/3.%20Sept%202018%20DVCSI%20-%20COUNCIL%20FINAL%2010%20SEPTEMBER%202018_HCK_Finaal%20Engels.pdf" target="_blank">cli​ck here</a>) from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and Internationalisation, Prof Hester Klopper, covering the divisions of Strategic Initiatives, SU International and Information Governance. Highlights include the following:</p><h4> <em>Strategic Initiatives (SI)</em></h4><ul><li>The SI Division has successfully rolled out most of SU's Centenary commemoration events planned for 2018.</li><li>Concluding a two-year process, SI coordinated the process for the development of the University's new vision and strategic framework, which Council approved in June.<br></li><li>In collaboration with the Transport Department, SI has successfully concluded an integrated transport plan for the University.</li></ul><h4> <em>Internationalisation</em></h4><ul><li>Over the past year, an Institutional Advisory Committee on Internationalisation was established at SU, consisting of representatives from all the faculties and relevant support environments.</li><li>SU International celebrated 25 years of international relations in 2018.</li><li>The Africa Centre for Scholarship facilitated five doctoral and scholarship development schools.</li><li>The Global Education Centre prepared the first cohort of BCom (International Business) third-year students for their compulsory international semester at partner institutions, which kicked off in August 2018.</li><li>As an active participant in the Africa Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), SU was named host of the ARUA Energy Centre of Excellence. The secretariat will be located in the Centre for Collaboration in Africa.</li></ul><h4> <em>Information Governance</em></h4><ul><li>A Technology and Information Committee has been established to facilitate institutional coordination of these important areas at the University.</li><li>The SUN-i business intelligence system is being expanded to provide holistic management information in support of decision-making at primarily middle and senior management levels.</li><li>SU is part of a task team of Universities South Africa (USAf) responsible for developing a code of conduct in relation to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) for all South African universities. </li></ul><h2>Report of the Chief Operating Officer</h2><p>Council received an annual report (<a href="/english/management/wim-de-villiers/Documents/3.%20Sept%202018%20COO%20Report%20and%20Appendices%20to%20SU%20Council%2019%20September%202018.pdf" target="_blank">click here​</a>) from the Chief Operating Officer, Prof Stan du Plessis (click here to download). He manages the responsibility centre of Operations and Finance, which consists of the divisions of Finance, Facilities Management, Information Technology (IT), Innovus and Maties Sport. Highlights include the following:</p><h4> <em>Finance</em></h4><p>The Finance Division successfully manages SU's R6 billion budget, with five income streams. It was lauded by an external panel of reviewers earlier this year for the University's sound financial position despite severe pressure on the financial viability of public universities in South Africa.</p><h4> <em>Viable sourcing</em></h4><p>SU's viable sourcing model strikes a sound balance between the provision of dignified jobs on the one hand and financial sustainability on the other. In 2017, seven contracts were successfully allocated to external companies subject to SU's code of conduct, and three have been awarded this year to date. In some instances, the rigorous tendering process has pointed to internal services divisions as the preferred option.</p><h4> <em>Facilities Management</em></h4><p>The Facilities Management Division manages the buildings, infrastructure, sports fields and related services across all SU campuses. It employs 215 people and, through a business model of in-house and contracted service provision, manages 477 buildings comprising 775 000 m<sup>2 </sup>of useable space. The portfolio includes residences, office buildings, commercial spaces, classroom facilities, laboratories, research facilities, and recreation and sporting venues.</p><p> <em>Campus Security</em></p><p>Although security remains a risk on all SU campuses, reported crime incidents in the second quarter of 2018 were the lowest on record. Campus Security has taken the lead with visible security, improvements in infrastructure, partnerships and awareness.</p><h4> <em>Innovus</em></h4><p>Innovus is responsible for SU's intellectual property and trademark portfolio, and supports SU researchers, staff and students to commercialise their expertise and research in order to generate benefits for the University and society. The revenue from intellectual property transactions in 2017 was R7,2 million, while the number of SU spin-out companies has grown to 24, and their total number of employees to 267.</p><h4> <em>IT</em></h4><p>The IT Division is working hard to turn SU into a smart, technology-enabled institution. To that end, it is implementing a service engagement model to improve the visibility and management of workflow.</p><h4> <em>Maties Sport</em></h4><p>Sport is considered of strategic value at SU. One of the many achievements by Maties Sport recently has been Maties Rugby winning the Varsity Cup in SU's Centenary year. But also note that Maties Sport high-performance student athletes achieved a first-year throughput rate of 84% in 2017, in line with the SU average</p><h2>Council Members</h2><p>Council welcomed Prof Johan Fourie, who had been re-elected by permanent academic staff members in the category for non-Senate members for the period 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2020. At the meeting, Prof Fourie was also elected to serve on the University's Investment Committee, which functions as a subcommittee of Council. </p><p>In addition, Council welcomed Ms Gwen Ngwenya as a new member, having been appointed <img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/AllItems/SSR3.jpg" alt="SSR3.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:355px;height:249px;" />by the Western Cape premier for the period 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2022 to replace Mr Andricus van der Westhuizen. Ms Ngwenya holds an MSc in Finance from the University of London and a master's degree in International Economics from the University of Paris. She is a member of Parliament, as well as a former SRC president of the University of Cape Town.</p><p>Finally, Council also congratulated SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers on his 59<sup>th</sup> birthday, which coincided with Wednesday's meeting. He and the Registrar, Dr Ronel Retief, were also congratulated with participating in the Cape Town Marathon in the fight against student hunger as part of <a href="/english/donors/Documents/Move4Food_ENG.pdf"> <span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;">SU's # Move4Food campaign</span></a>.</p><h2>Next meeting</h2><p>The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday 26 November 2018, which will be the last for the year.</p><p> <em>PICTURES, HENNIE RUDMAN:</em></p><p> <em>TOP: SU Council members at the meeting on 26 September 2018, from left (back), Messrs Wayde Davidse and Charl Cillié, Profs Eugene Cloete and Johan Fourie, Messrs Lwando Nkamisa and Jannie Durand, Prof Nico Koopman, Deputy Chair Mr Ainsley Moos, Profs André Coetzee, Aslam Fataar and Usuf Chikte, and Adv Jean Meiring; (front) Profs Joan Hambidge, Arnold Schoonwinkel, Stan du Plessis and Wim de Villiers, Chair Mr George Steyn, Ms Khungeka Njobe, Prof Amanda Gouws and Ms Gwen Ngwenya.</em></p><p> <em>ABOVE: New SU Council member Ms Gwen Ngwenya.</em></p>
Video: VC to #Move4Food in Cape Town Marathonhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5939Video: VC to #Move4Food in Cape Town MarathonCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​Earlier this year, Stellenbosch University (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise money for student bursaries. Now he intends running the Cape Town Marathon on 23 September 2018 to fight student hunger on our campuses.<br></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/GUG_4l8Gn8M" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p>People using cell phones can click<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUG_4l8Gn8M"> <strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4">here </strong></a><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4"> </strong>to watch the video<br></p><p>He is one of 110 staff members, alumni, students and friends of the University who have registered for various races hosted this weekend by the <a href="https://www.capetownmarathon.com/" target="_blank"><span>Sanlam Cape Town marathon</span></a> as part of SU's #Move4Food campaign.​<br></p><p>Prof De Villiers will be running the full marathon (42,2 km). He has created a fundraising page on the <a href="http://bit.ly/SU-VC-Move4Food" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">GivenGain</span></a> platform, where he explains as follows:</p><p>“Why is this even necessary? Has the state not increased its funding to students? Yes, that's true, but not all students in need of support get it, and those who do often find it does not go far enough to cover meals and other living costs.</p><p>“A recent study by the National Research Foundation revealed that more than 30% of university students are food insecure. And this affects not only their academic results, but their fundamental human dignity.</p><p>“Students at SU decided to do something about it. They are creating food banks to ensure that none of their mates go to class on an empty stomach. Along with our Division for Development and Alumni Relations, they have launched a campaign to raise R10 million in 100 days to make it sustainable over three years. The campaign started on 20 August, and will conclude on Giving Tuesday, 27 November.</p><p>“The initiative is called #Move4Food, and it has my full support. I would greatly appreciate yours."</p><ul><li>To sponsor Prof de Villiers, please visit <a href="http://bit.ly/SU-VC-Move4Food" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://bit.ly/SU-VC-Move4Food</span></a> </li><li>To see all the #Move4Food fundraising projects created by students, staff members, alumni and friends of SU, please visit <a href="http://bit.ly/Move4Food-projects" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://bit.ly/Move4Food-projects</span></a> </li><li>For more information on Campus Giving Day, which forms part of this campaign, please <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5936" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</span></a></li></ul>
Excellence and innovation promoted at SU shopshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5476Excellence and innovation promoted at SU shopsAsiphe Nombewu & Rozanne Engel/Corporate Communication<p>​​<strong>Excellence and innovation promoted at SU shops</strong></p><p>Stellenbosch University (SU) has always strived for excellence and therefore strives to promote amazing innovation. As part of these pursuits, InnovUS, SU's industry interaction and innovation company, has opened two brand-new shops on Stellenbosch Campus.</p><p>The Maties Shop in the Neelsie was established in 1995 but has been given a new look and was reopened on 15 January. The Stellenbosch University Store in Dorp Street, which opened on 7 February, is housed on the same premises as the Gallery University Stellenbosch. Both stores showcase and sell various SU-branded merchandise like clothing, gifts, wine, plants and even baby clothing. The stores also stock a variety of innovative designs from SU students and other designers.</p><p>“The shops have a classy yet fresh design and a modern and flexible layout. It is also a prime example of how InnovUS works with an academic environment to create a symbiotic relationship around commercialisation activities," says Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU.</p><p>The two shops fall under the management of SUNCOM (previously known as Commercial Services), and, in collaboration with InnovUS, have, over the years, helped to bring the excellence and innovation of SU products to the forefront.</p><p>“InnovUS and SUNCOM joined forces in 2017, bringing together the commercialisation of intellectual property and that of support services into one division. We believe that this supports the strong message from the University executive that we must all work together to develop the fifth income stream of the University to contribute to long-term sustainability," says Hein Swanepoel, Director of SUNCOM.</p><p>Swanepoel believes that the stores have items linked not only to SU but also to the general public. “These two stores can be a place of joy and become the centre of all shopping on Campus. In town, we want to focus on the tourism market and promote SU and Stellenbosch in general."</p><p>Speaking at the official opening of the Matie Shop[U1]  in the Neelsie, Anita Nel, Senior Director for Innovation and Business Development, said that the two shops will be a window to the world for Stellenbosch University.</p><p>“This is not only a shop but also a place where students can showcase their work. We have home-made products like Maties Milk, wine and jewellery – all these will be available at the two stores for people to get a taste of Stellenbosch.</p><p>What we have done here, with the Stellenbosch University Store  in Dorp Street, is a first for South Africa, as no other institution of higher learning in the country has had a shop outside its university premises selling its products."</p><p>Apart from InnovUS, the Department of Visual Arts is also closely involved in the SU store initiative. The stores will stock the unique creations of SU's jewellery design students and products like wine and small plants from the University's Botanical Garden.</p><p>Many SU students are happy about the new shop in the Neelsie . The Corporate Communication team spoke to Chris Kode, a BCom law student: “I'm trying to decide which hoodie to pick!" Commenting on the expansion, Kode said that the new shop is a lot bigger and very student-orientated, which he likes.</p><p>Shanice du Preez, studying for a BSc in viticulture and oenology, said that it is as though the shop is inside a mall: “There are so many items to choose from! I'm getting ideas to buy birthday gifts here because this shop caters for everyone."</p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p>