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International conference draws world’s leading gender scholars http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5064International conference draws world’s leading gender scholars Lynne Rippenaar-Moses<p style="text-align:justify;">A number of high profile academics from across the world specialising in gender politics are at Stellenbosch University (SU) this week to participate in a conference on <em>Gender, Politics and the State. </em>The conference is hosted by the Research Committee 07 (Women and Politics in the Global South) of the International Political Science Association and the university's SARChI Chair in Gender Politics from 8-10 August. The conference will take place at STIAS in Stellenbosch and coincides with Women's Day in South Africa too.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“It is the first time that the RC07 conference is held on South African soil," says Prof Amanda Gouws who is the Chair of RC07 and a Political Science professor that specialises in gender politics in the Political Science Department. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">She also holds the SARChI Chair in Gender Politics.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“This conference is very important because it brings together women from developing countries, or what is known in academic circles as the Global South, to talk about issues that are important to them.  Very often their voices are drowned out at conferences in the Global North [developed countries]."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference will involve participants from Africa, Asia and Latin America.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The three keynote speakers at the conference are Prof Josephine Ahikire, an Associate Professor and Dean in the School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University in Uganda; Prof Gabeba Baderoon, an Extraordinary Professor in the English Department at SU and Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality and African Studies in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University  in the United States; and Prof Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, a leading literary theorist and feminist critic from Colombia University. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Prof Spivak, who is hosted by the Stellenbosch University Business School, will also be participating in the RC07 conference in collaboration with the Business School, where she will speak on the Vanishing Present at the Global University, a topic she will introduce for further discussion by Prof Vasti Roodt of the Philosophy Department at Stellenbosch University and Ms Lovelyn Nwadeyi, a social justice activist and former student at our university too. This is a topic of utmost importance because of the influence of neoliberal capitalism on universities worldwide, which has led to universities being managed like corporations and has affected the academic project negatively." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Gouws, Ahikire's talk “On the Shifting Gender of the State in Africa" – a presentation about challenges, victories and reversals of women's struggles for gender equality in Africa – will be of particular interest for delegates, especially those from South Africa. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We are now witnessing how new forms of authoritarian leadership and corruption have reversed hard won gains women have made through activism and advocacy over a long period of time.  This is also very topical for South Africa that has a 50% quota for women in government, yet policies made by government fall far short of ensuring gender equality in this country." </p><p>The papers presented at the conference will focus on women's activism and women's movements highlighting contemporary issues that  have been in the public eye such as gender-based violence, including rape culture on campuses and gender attitudes within government institutions; women's role in peace processes across the globe; the representation of women in religious, political and national government institutions; identity politics; migration; state responses to harmful cultural practices affecting women – something that many South African women will be able to relate to; women and policy making; and women's empowerment.</p><p>On Women's Day, which is celebrated on 9 August, Baderoon, who is a feted South African poet, will deliver a keynote address on the “World of Black Women's Writing in South Africa".  In the afternoon a Pakistani film titled “The Girl in the River" will be shown at the Pulp cinema in the Neelsie to highlight the problem of harmful cultural practices.<br></p>
R11.2m Mellon grant to investigate transformation at Matieshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4674R11.2m Mellon grant to investigate transformation at MatiesIlse Arendse & Lynne Rippenaar-Moses<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">While the #FeesMustFall movement of 2015 and 2016 highlighted the urgency of questions around transformation in the higher education sector, it left many stakeholders, in particular universities, perplexed about how best to respond to students claim of continued inaccessibility and discrimination.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Now, thanks to a R11.2 million Andrew W Mellon grant, Stellenbosch University's Sociology and Social Anthroplogy Department will delve deeper into questions about how best to transform higher education environments by concentrating on its own existing curriculum and engaging with critical pedagogy and institutional transformation through its Indexing Transformation project. The project will be officially launched on 16 February at the university.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Prof Steven Robins, the Indexing Transformation project leader, the Department will now be able to interrogate what 'transformation' actually means for South Africa's higher education sector as well as the wider South African society.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"In 2015 a documentary called <em>Luister </em>(Listen) about black students' experiences of studying at Stellenbosch University was posted on YouTube. It instantaneously generated a vociferous national debate about institutional racism and the linguistic and cultural obstacles black students encounter at Afrikaans-medium universities," says Robins.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Whereas the management team had previously framed transformation at the university simply in terms of statistical data, graphs and indices on campus racial demographics – of white, Indian, Coloured and black African students and staff – the <em>Luister</em> documentary foregrounded the lived experiences of black students in the residences, in the university town and on the campus."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Robins the project will also help the Department shed light on who defines, evaluates, and measures institutional transformation and how knowledge in the human sciences in South Africa has responded to the racialised histories of their formation, 22 years into post-apartheid democracy.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">These questions will be central to this new research and postgraduate education project which is being undertaken by a team of researchers in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department. The project has been made possible by a five-year grant of R11.2 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will support a part-time programme manager, research projects, 78 graduate student scholarships, and a weekly seminar series. It will also be used for an international conference on institutional transformation that will set agendas and identify challenges for the study of transformation and an annual workshop of faculty and graduate students working on transformation issues.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It will be driven by Robins, who is the Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigator Dr Bernard Dubbeld, and a Steering Committee consisting of Mr Jan Vorster, Ms Elizabeth Hector, Ms Anne Wiltshire and Ms Nwabisa Madikane.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project will also involve the development of research clusters, the introduction of a coursework Masters focusing on the theme of Critical Transformation Studies, and a seminar series. The aim with these scholarly interventions, says Robins, is "to develop Indexing Transformation into an innovative and dynamic intellectual space for scholars and graduate students to interrogate the diverse dimensions of transformation".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Speaking about the new project, Dr Saleem Badat, Program Director: International Higher Education & Strategic Projects at the Mellon Foundation, said that they "are pleased to be associated with Stellenbosch University as one of the leading research universities in Africa".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Foundation's partnership with Stellenbosch seeks to strengthen and promote the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies, and to support high quality programmes oriented to producing new knowledge, and building new generations of intellectuals scholars, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds," added Badat.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The project follows directly from the Mellon-funded Indexing the Human project that successfully ran a seminar series and developed a dynamic research space in the Department between 2014 and 2015.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Indexing the Human succeeded in catalysing critical reflection on the history of the human sciences in Stellenbosch, and in South Africa more generally. Our current project emerges out of this on-going concern with the nature of knowledge production in the human sciences. It is also the outcome of the recognition that our university spaces and intellectual work require serious examination in relation to persistent racial inequalities and obstacles to democratic, inclusive intellectual practice, a recognition amplified by recent student protests across South Africa," said Robins.</p><p><em>Photo: Students from Stellenbosch University participated in the #FeesMustFall movement in 2015 and 2016. (Stefan Els)</em></p>
Music students win top prizes at ATKV-Muziqhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5054Music students win top prizes at ATKV-MuziqLynne Rippenaar-Moses<p>Two music students from the Music Department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have walked away with the top prizes at the national instrumental classical music competition, ATKV-Muziq, which was held on 29 July in Parow, Cape Town. <br></p><p>Twenty-four year old pianist and Masters degree student Sulayman Human (photo) was named the overall winner of the competition and received a prize R65 000 while Cameron Williams (saxophone), a second-year BMus student,  received the overall second prize of R32 000. Both students also received additional prizes of R8 500 each with Human receiving the prize for the <em>Best Interpretation of a</em> <em>Baroque or Classical Work </em>for his rendition of Mozart's  Sonata no. 10 in C major, K330; III. Allegretto and Williams receiving it for the <em>Best Interpretation of a South African Composition during the Second Round </em>for his rendition of A. Stephenson's <em>Introduction and Allegro.</em> The overall third prize of R16 000 was awarded to Jeffrey Armstrong (violin).</p><p>ATKV-Muziq is the biggest and most prestigious annual classical music competition in South Africa, with previous winners including international award-winning pianists Ben Schoeman and Megan-Geoffrey Prins. Through the competition ATKV makes a contribution to classical music in South Africa. The competition is open to young musicians between the ages of 15 and 27 with a total of R180 000 in prize money awarded to the winners. </p><p><em>Photo: Pianist and Masters degree student Sulayman Human was the overall winner of the ATKV-Muziq competition this year. (Supplied)</em><br><br></p>
Van Hemert to bring challenging production to Woordfeeshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=2267Van Hemert to bring challenging production to WoordfeesStephanie Nieuwoudt<p>​Playwright and director Ilse van Hemert will be bringing a challenging work − August Strindberg's <strong><em>Skuldeiser</em></strong> (<em>Creditors</em> in the original<a href="file:///C:/Users/sonika/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/WC7HWKA8/Ilse%20van%20Hemert%20(Eng%20).doc#_msocom_1">[U1]</a> ) − to the Woordfees (Stellenbosch University's annual 'wordfest<a href="file:///C:/Users/sonika/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/WC7HWKA8/Ilse%20van%20Hemert%20(Eng%20).doc#_msocom_2">[U2]</a> ') this year after more than a decade away from the stage. <strong>Stephanie Nieuwoudt</strong> spoke to her about this production.</p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">The success of </span><em style="line-height:1.6;">Skuldeiser </em><span style="line-height:1.6;">is determined by the actors' interpretation of it, which is the greatest challenge of this piece.</span></p><p>"With other works, you can play with light and sound and design. But <em>Skuldeiser</em> doesn't ask for music and all those other things. It asks only for brilliant acting," explains Van Hemert, who also translated the work from English to Afrikaans.</p><p><em>Skuldeiser </em>is the story of a happily married couple, the artist Adolf and his wife Tekla. Until Adolf is visited by Gustav, Tekla's former lover, who manipulates Adolf psychologically.  When Tekla appears on the scene, Gustav tries to charm her all over again.</p><p>Anna-Mart van der Merwe is Tekla, André Odendaal is Gustav and Adolf is played by relative newcomer Stiaan Smith.</p><p>"Working with experienced people has its challenges: you want to use their experience and the techniques that they bring to a play − but you don't want them to fall back on interpretations that worked in the past. I want my actors to start from scratch every time. I'm actually seen as a despotic director because I want to orchestrate every breath, every pause." Van Hemert  smiles.</p><p>"I force actors to go back to a place of honesty every time. They do then sometimes rebel against this – because it makes you feel naked. Anna-Mart though gives herself to her director 100%; she has the kind of technique that you don't get without very hard work. André has similarly brilliant technique. And I'm excited about introducing Stiaan, our 'new' actor, to audiences. I think, at times, he may well have wanted to run away − but I chained him to the stage."</p><p>Why did she want to return to the stage with <em>Skuldeiser</em> in particular?</p><p>"When you work with a classic, you know it's stood the test of time; it's not a green text that you have to try and ripen, maybe before it's ready to do so. Strindberg was way ahead of his time. This specific work is more than 120 years old – it was written in 1888 – but Strindberg's ideas were modern way back then already. The crises depicted in this play are still relevant. Jealousy is still jealousy. A woman's need for her independence hasn't changed. The issue of what a man and a woman 'owe' one another in marriage still holds. Trust is also still a bitterly thorny issue."</p><p>This will be the first time that Van Hemert would have tackled a work by Strindberg.</p><p>"I've always been fascinated by his work and by his ironic view of life. I was keen to delve into a drama of his. <em>Skuldeiser</em> is a psychological thriller and a lot of wounds are inflicted; blood will flow."</p><p>As the translator of the piece, Van Hemert removed and changed references that are time and place-bound. But she used Afrikaans words that have become slightly obsolete in order to retain an old, classic feel.</p><p>"It's interesting that audiences forgive glitches in their own language less easily. If characters in a production don't use their mother tongue properly, or use crude language the audience will object much more quickly by walking out, for example, than when this happens in another language."</p><p>Van Hemert decided 15 years ago to start working full time as producer of the TV series <em>Scandals</em>.</p><p>"My son Alexander was only eight months old and I worked on theatre productions with him in a cradle underneath the table. As a single parent, I took a materialistic decision not to do any more theatre work which pays very little. Another reason was that I was suffering from truly deep exhaustion. I was working on five or six productions every year and I began feeling as if I could no longer bring anything original to my work."</p><p>In the course of those 15 years, however, Van Hemert was able to fit two theatre productions in between her television work.</p><p>"Doing TV work is endlessly satisfying. On <em>Scandals</em>, I work<em> </em>with the best writers and actors. I'm proud of the production − it reaches 3 million homes! Of course, you also have to be responsible. You have to think carefully when you tell a story about corporal punishment and abortion, for example. And to be able to understand my viewers' world better, I learnt to speak Sotho and Zulu."</p><p>Has her television experience made her a better theatre director?</p><p>"I don't know if I'm a better director. But I do know that I'm a more compassionate and grateful person."</p><p> </p>
Feinauer and De Roubaix make huge contribution to unique collection on Alice in Wonderlandhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=3327Feinauer and De Roubaix make huge contribution to unique collection on Alice in WonderlandFakulteit Lettere en Sosiale Wetenskappe<p>​This year marked the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the first publication of one of the world's most beloved children's books, <em>Alice in Wonderland</em>. Lewis Carroll's masterpiece was published in the UK in 1865 and quickly became one of the most read and also most translated books in history. In order to commemorate this special occasion, a collection entitled <em>Alice in a World of Wonderlands </em>was published this year. </p><p>This work, published in three volumes by Oak Knoll Press, is the result of a project headed by general editor Jon Lindseth and technical editor Allan Tannenbaum cataloguing all known translations of <em>Alice in Wonderland</em>. The project was started in 2011 and involved contributors, authors and translators from all over the world.</p><p>The first of the three volumes of <em>Alice in a World of Wonderlands </em>contains essays written on all known translations of <em>Alice in Wonderland</em> in 174 different languages, including Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu. In the second volume, back-translations into English of one specific excerpt from <em>Alice </em>are provided in all 174 languages, to illustrate how different translators approached their translations. The final volume contains bibliographies of all adaptations and versions of <em>Alice </em>in a particular language. </p><p>Prof Ilse Feinauer and Lelanie de Roubaix of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch wrote the essay on the Afrikaans translations of <em>Alice</em>, tracing the history of different Afrikaans translations and editions, and were also responsible for the back-translation and the bibliography of the Afrikaans <em>Alice</em> for the second and third volumes of the publication. They attended the launch of the <em>Alice in a World of Wonderlands </em>publication at a special conference in New York City in October that coincided with "Alice 150" celebrations which took place all over the city. Events that formed part of these celebrations included a special exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, where Carroll's original manuscript of <em>Alice in Wonderland</em> was on display, performances presented by the New York Public Library as well as lectures and performances at Columbia University. </p><p>During the <em>Alice in a World of Wonderlands </em>conference, speakers reflected on the importance of this publication in terms of world literature and translation. They emphasised that <em>Alice </em>is not only a well-known children's book but that it has, as a result of translation, become a worldwide phenomenon. Prof Zongxin Feng, reporting on the Chinese editions of <em>Alice</em>, for instance said that, "Of all Western literary masterpieces introduced into China in the twentieth century, no other work has enjoyed such popularity." </p><p>The <em>Alice in a World of Wonderlands</em> conference, the "Alice 150" celebrations, the display of Carroll's original manuscript and an exhibition of translations of <em>Alice </em>at the Grolier Club in New York all prompted a renewed awareness of the importance of translation for intercultural communication. The contributions in <em>Alice in a World of Wonderlands</em>, such as accounts of their translations written by various translations and cover pages of various editions of <em>Alice </em>from all over the world, to name but two, further highlighted not only the importance of translation as a phenomenon, but also the significant role that translators, editors, illustrators, curators and so many other people play as facilitators of communication that cuts across time, age, language and culture. It is therefore particularly satisfying to see contributions on <em>Alice </em>in Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu in this particular collection.</p>
Postgrad students dissect transformation issues thanks to Mellon fundinghttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5085Postgrad students dissect transformation issues thanks to Mellon fundingLynne Rippenaar-Moses<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Twenty one postgraduate students from the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences came together recently to participate in a Postgraduate Student Conference made possible thanks to funding received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Indexing Transformation </em><span style="text-align:justify;">project.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2016 <em>Indexing Transformation</em> received a five-year grant of R11,2 million from the Mellon Foundation to support mainly student scholarships and a seminar series.</p><p>At the time of the launch of <em>Indexing Transformation</em>, Prof Steven Robins, the project leader said: "<em>Indexing the Human</em> [a previous project that was funded by the Mellon Foundation from 2014 to 2015} succeeded in catalysing critical reflection on the history of the human sciences in Stellenbosch, and in South Africa more generally. Our current project emerges out of this on-going concern with the nature of knowledge production in the human sciences. It is also the outcome of the recognition that our university spaces and intellectual work require serious examination in relation to persistent racial inequalities and obstacles to democratic, inclusive intellectual practice, a recognition amplified by recent student protests across South Africa."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Postgraduate Student Conference forms part of the academic activities proposed as part of <em>Indexing Transformation</em>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Dr Bernard Dubbeld, a Senior Lecturer in the department and the conference convenor, grants from major international donors like the Mellon Foundation have helped the department to nurture academic capacities among the university's students. This grant has allowed us to focus specifically on issues that pertain to contemporary transformation and produced analytical insights and understandings into pressing problems and challenges in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“The aim of this conference was to offer a platform for Masters and doctoral students to present work in progress, to gain feedback from their peers and staff alike, and to give them experience in presenting in conference like scenarios," says Dubbeld. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition, he noted, it was an opportunity to celebrate the quality and extent of student scholarship in the department. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The conference featured 21 student presentations, focusing on a range of themes delving into contemporary issues in South African society, the African continent and globally. This included papers focused on:<br></p><ul><li>the social and collective conditions of xenophobia;<br></li><li>witchcraft and witch hunts;</li><li>new mechanisms of public participation focusing on real-life examples such as the public briefings of shale gas development in the Karoo;</li><li>care, institutions and the dynamics of empowerment;</li><li>ethnographies of the new economy, focusing on, amongst others the intersection of formal and informal economies and computer gaming;</li><li>space, social transformation and citizenship focused on the reception of the SKA in Carnarvon and race, class and religion in Johannesburg; and</li><li>formations of resistance, which dissected issues around student activism, Open Stellenbosch and Afrikaans as a creolised language.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">“Conferences of this nature provide our students with an opportunity to further strengthen their research and academic presentation skills and thus their CVs and to disseminate their research work to a wider audience. A further aim of this conference will be the development of the papers presented on the day into proper journal articles that can be published in peer-reviewed journals in future," says Mr Jan Vorster, Chair of the department. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Photo: Twenty-one Masters and PhD students recently participated in the </em><em>Postgraduate Student Conference made possible thanks to funding received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In the photo are the students </em><em>Stephanie Borchardt, Sallek Yaks Musa, Cassey Toi, Safiyya Goga, Crystal Farmer, Sune Butler, Menan van Heerden, Ashwin Phillips, Dianne Lombard, Anne Wiltshire, Natasha Solari, Michael Passetti, Jackie Roux, Vanessa Mpatlanyane, Robert Nyakuwa, Kristen Harmse, Claudia Janse van Rensburg, Saibu Mutaru, and Leza Soldaat. Amon Ashaba Mwiine and Neil Kramm also participated in the conference but where not present for the photo.​ (Lynne Rippenaar-Moses)</em></p>
Son of SU Council Chairperson graduateshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=1450Son of SU Council Chairperson graduatesKommunikasie en Skakeling/Communication and Liaison<p>​"Today I am a relieved man," said Gys Steyn, son of Stellenbosch University (SU) Council Chairperson, Mr George Steyn, on Wednesday morning (23 April 2014).</p><p>He was one of the 469 students in the B-Group of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences who obtained their degrees at the second April 2014 graduation ceremony.</p><p>Gys, who received his BCom degree, said he enjoyed the last few years as well as staying in Wilgenhof Men's Residence. He is currently doing his Honours in Logistics at SU.</p><p>When asked if he would follow in the footsteps of his grandfather (a former SU Council Chairperson) and father (current Chairperson of SU Council), Gys said he rather prefers to walk his own path.</p><p>Also among the BCom graduates were Charlton Roux, brother of Ms Chené Roux, a Human Resources Practitioner at SU, Francisca Heese, daugther of SU's former archivist Dr Hans Heese and Sheree Davids, an Imfundo Trust bursary holder. </p><p>Sheree is currently doing her Bachelor of Commerce Honours and says she is looking forward to one day becoming a financial risk manager. Imfundo Trust is a scholarship initiative of the Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIGSA) that aims to address the shortage of black investment professionals and grow the pool of suitably qualified individuals in the asset management industry.</p><p>At Wednesday evening's graduation ceremony, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences awarded its medal for the best master's student and thesis which was completed in 2013 to Ms Andrea Palk.</p><p>She also received her degree MA (Philosophy) cum laude.</p><p>Palk achieved a mark of 85% for her degree, and one examiner remarked that it is a pity her thesis had not been upgraded to a doctorate, because of the high quality of work she has delivered.</p><p>For every module Palk has completed since starting her BA studies at SU, she passed with distinction.</p><p>Before starting her studies at SU, Palk performed as a soprano in operas in the United Kingdom and is well-known for her Mozart interpretations.</p><p>The topic of her thesis is: <em>The morality of transhumanism: assessing human dignity arguments</em>. Her study leader was Prof Anton van Niekerk. She has also been Van Niekerk's academic assistant over the past few years.</p><p>The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (Group B) and Faculty of Arts  graduation ceremonies on Wednesday were the second and third respectively of seven ceremonies taking place this week. Degrees in the Faculties of Science, AgriSciences, Theology and Engineering will be awarded on Thursday 24 April at 17:00.  </p><p>Also on Thursday, two separate ceremonies to award doctoral degrees will take place in the Endler Hall in the Konservatorium.  At 10:00 doctoral degrees in the Faculties of Science, Agri Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences and Engineering will be awarded and at 14:00 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Theology, Law and Medicine and Health Sciences. </p><p>The graduation ceremonies come to an end on Friday when honorary degrees will be awarded to musician David Kramer, businessman and physician, Dr Edwin Hertzog, the theologian, Prof Wolfgang Huber and former SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Andreas van Wyk.  </p><p><strong>Photo 1</strong>: Miets Steyn, Gys Steyn and George Steyn; <strong>Photo 2</strong>: Sheree Davids and Prof Russel Botman; <strong>Photo 3</strong>: Andrea Palk and her supervisor, Prof Anton van Niekerk.</p><p><strong>Photographer</strong>: Anton Jordaan</p><ul><li><a href="http://youtu.be/HsylLtz95xM">Click here</a> for a video of Wednesday morning's graduation ceremony.</li><li><a href="http://youtu.be/65my1EBGN8Y">Click here</a> for a video of Wednesday evening's graduation ceremony.</li></ul><ul><li>All the graduation ceremonies can be followed live on the internet at <a href="/streaming">www.sun.ac.za/streaming</a>. </li><li>Visit Stellenbosch University's Facebook page and tag yourself in photographs.</li><li>Tweet using the hashtag #SUgraduation and mention @Matiesstudents and @StellenboschUni in your tweet.</li></ul><p> </p>
First Mandy Rossouw Scholar announcedhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=1305First Mandy Rossouw Scholar announcedKim Van der Schyff<p>​​The Alumni Relations Office in partnership with the Mandy Rossouw Scholarship committee recently announced S’thembile Cele as the first recipient of this prestigious award.</p><p>A selection committee for the scholarship comprising of leading editors, journalists and former colleagues of Mandy made the announcement earlier this week. </p><p>The scholarship was awarded in collaboration with Mandy's family and SU's Department of Journalism to a female student who has been selected for the one year postgraduate BPhil degree. S’thembile (22) graduated with a BA International Studies from the University in 2013 and started reading for the BPhil in Journalism at the beginning of February. She is a presenter at campus radio station MFM, a member of the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Leadership Institute and a recipient of a Media24 bursary. She impressed the committee with her political insights and charmed the socks off them with her confidence, humour and attitude. The selection committee believe S’thembile, who has already shown so much spirit, talent and ambition has the makings of a great political journalist.</p><p>S’thembile will be flown to Johannesburg later in the year for a celebratory event where donors, family, friends and colleagues of Mandy will have the opportunity to interact with her. The German Embassy has also confirmed its intention to send S’thembile to Germany this year on a media trip, and she is being considered for inclusion in a program for young female leaders.</p><p>Editor of <em>Rapport</em> Waldimar Pelser said: “Thank you to everybody who made it possible to launch the Scholarship in Mandy’s honour, including SU’s Alumni Relations Senior Director, Bev Witten, who suggested the establishment of the Scholarship last April and Friedrich Schröder for the generosity of his Embassy and government”.</p><p>Donors are thanked for their generous support - the Scholarship is already fully funded for 2014 and 2015! Only a proper endowment will make the Mandy Rossouw Scholarship viable in the long run, and that is why we ask you to consider favourably our invitations for future contributions later in the year.</p><p>Please liaise with Ms Bev Witten at <a href="mailto:bevwitten@sun.ac.za">bevwitten@sun.ac.za</a> for more information on how you can contribute towards the scholarship</p>
University establishes bursary for descendants of Die Vlaktehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=2520University establishes bursary for descendants of Die VlakteKorporatiewe Bemarking/ Corporate Marketing<p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;">A bursary fund for descendants of people who were forcibly removed from </span><em style="line-height:1.6;">Die Vlakte</em><span style="line-height:1.6;">, an area close to the town centre of Stellenbosch, in the 1960s, was established this week.</span></p><p>Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, announced the bursary at his inauguration last week (29 April 2015) while the University's management met this week to determine the initial criteria.</p><p>"The bursary is in direct response to students calling for the creation of such a bursary. It also serves as a further sign of redress the University committed itself to at the turn of the century," Prof De Villiers said. "Last year, Stellenbosch University paid out R588 million in bursaries and loans to the 37% of our students in need of financial assistance. Of this amount, 55% went to black, coloured and Indian students based on merit and financial need."</p><p>Among others, academic faculties at the University, already earmarked nearly R350 000 for the bursary.</p><p>Criteria for the bursary fund are currently being finalised, but bursaries will be made available to undergraduate students for the normal duration of a degree programme up to the maximum of four years. Applicants who are no longer living in the Stellenbosch area but who can give proof of their parents or grandparents being affected by the evictions, will also be considered. Community leaders will also be requested to form part of the panel that will consider applications.</p><p>The bursary creates, apart from the existing recruitment bursaries available to coloured, black and Indian students, new opportunities to local residents to further their studies at the University.</p><ul><li>The public can also contribute to the bursary. Liaise with Lorenza George at tel 021 808 3090 or via e-mail at <a href="mailto:lcg29@sun.ac.za">lcg29@sun.ac.za</a> for more information.</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>MORE INFORMATION ON DIE VLAKTE, THE UNIVERSITY'S MEMORY ROOM AND THE OLD</strong><strong> LÜCKHOFF SCHOOL</strong></p><p><em>Die Vlakte</em> was declared a white group area on 25 September 1964 in terms of the Group Areas Act of 1950. Besides the 3 700 coloured residents, six schools, four churches, a mosque, a cinema and 10 business enterprises were affected by the forced removals that followed. As an institution, the University did not protest against the evictions at the time and in general the university authorities went along with the government policy.</p><p>For decades, the removals from the <em>Die Vlakte</em>, and the Battle of Andringa Street (info below) were not part of the official history of Stellenbosch and were only placed on record with the publication of <em>In ons Bloed </em>(2006) and<em> Nog altyd hier gewees: Die storie van ʼn Stellenbosse gemeenskap</em> (2007) – publications on the history of the area and supported by the University.</p><p>In 2013, the University opened a Memory Room in the Wilcocks Building as a gesture of reconciliation between Stellenbosch University and the town's coloured community (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gADDLUkkbWM&feature=youtu.be">video</a> here and <a href="/english/entities/archives/exhibitions">article</a>). The Room is a permanent contemporary exhibition space depicting the suppressed history of people of <em>Die Vlakte – </em>as the area in the Stellenbosch town centre demarcated by Muller Street, Ryneveld Street, Banghoek Road, Smuts Street, Merriman Avenue and Bird Street was known in the 20th century – and the Battle of Andringa Street.</p><p>The brainchild of the late Prof Russel Botman, the then Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, the Memory Room originated from the apology (<a href="http://bit.ly/TWLoLR">available here</a>) in 2012 offered by student leaders in Dagbreek men's residence for the role they played in the Battle of Andringa Street (when white students attacked Coloured residents of the adjacent Vlakte and damaged their residences in 1940) and the subsequent meeting between students and former residents of Andringa Street at Botman's house. "It's a place where we can reflect on the past, and hopefully learn to reconcile with one another. Reconciliation is born of memory and cannot happen if there is denial and amnesia," Prof Botman said at the time of the opening.</p><p>Forced removals from <em>Die Vlakte</em> under the Group Areas Act also resulted in the Lückhoff School in Banghoek Road being given to the University. The Lückhoff School has since been rededicated to the local community (in 2007) and houses various community organisations in addition to the University's Community Interaction division.  In 2008 and 2009 a permanent photo exhibition was installed in the building to give recognition to old boys and girls of the school who had become prominent role players in South African society.</p><p><em><strong>Photo</strong>: The late Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, with Mr John Abels and Mrs Sybil Kannemeyer, residents of Idas Valley, at the opening of the Memory Room in 2013. Photographer: Anton Jordaan.</em></p>
A-mandla Freedom Ensemble - Jazz Trumpet Lunch Hour Concerthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=2728A-mandla Freedom Ensemble - Jazz Trumpet Lunch Hour Concertme<p></p><span><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14.6666666666667px;font-family:arial;color:#000000;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">The Endler Concert Series is proud to present the Amandla Freedom Ensemble in the Fismer hall on 21 July 2015 at 1pm. Entry is free. </span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:14.6666666666667px;font-family:arial;color:#000000;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">The Amandla Freedom Ensemble consists of founder Mandla Mlangeni and his band . Mandla Mlangeni was born and raised in Soweto, Gauteng. He graduated from UCT, specializing in composition. Apart from his band the Amandla Freedom Ensemble he regularly plays with various prominent South African jazz musicians as well as groups all over the world. </span></p><br><br><span style="font-size:14.6666666666667px;font-family:arial;color:#000000;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap;background-color:transparent;">The concert will take place 21 July in the Fismer hall in the Stellenbosch Konservatorium at 13:00 and will entry is free of charge. </span></span>