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Maties lecturer tackling up-hill Comrades for students in need AND healthy brain cellshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10637Maties lecturer tackling up-hill Comrades for students in need AND healthy brain cellsFaculty of Science (media and communication)<p>​<br><br></p><p>Prof. Ben Loos, head of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU), will use the challenge posed by the Comrades Marathon – also called “the ultimate human race" – to raise funds for science students in need.</p><p>This will be his second Comrades Marathon, but his first time tackling the uphill race.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I know it sounds a bit mad to run almost 90 km, for fun. The run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg is going to be a tough run, almost a whole marathon length up-hill. I am quite worried, and that is probably a good thing!" he commented this week. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">But besides running for students in need, he has another reason for keeping fit! His research group in the Department of Physiological Sciences at SU studies the biology and physiology of the cell, using advanced microscopy and biochemistry tools to understand what goes wrong in our brain cells in the case of neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We know that exercise increases the levels of autophagy, a cellular process during which brain cells get rid of damaged proteins, thereby decreasing the risk for the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. This is where my research interest and the running come together," he explains. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He hopes to raise at least R20 000: “It has been a hard beginning of the year for the students, with many struggling financially, often because funding has been tight and delayed. Their resilience and grit are inspiring and wants you to do more," he says.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We are proud of our students, and we look to them for new ideas and solutions. They do the tough work, and often push past what is possible, for a better blot, a better micrograph, another repeat, a novel approach, and that often under immense personal pressure and financial vulnerability. This deserves celebration." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">While he enjoys the Comrades Marathon's incredible spirit of togetherness, it is for him also a celebration of life and conquering that which at first seemed unachievable.</p><p>Please support Prof. Loos' initiative at the <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.givengain.com/project/ben-raising-funds-for-stellenbosch-university-south-africa-78574&data=05%7c02%7c%7c95884a6ed7a947e5f5c608dc75ac867a%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c638514631063788613%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c0%7c%7c%7c&sdata=GUVPyj44jnbj6HLD/o0mBnDdE3BjKte17ihCzU2mvc8%3D&reserved=0">GivenGain platform</a>, where he will be joining a growing number of SU staff, students and alumni running the #Move4Maties Comrades Marathon for students in need. </p><p>Click <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://chat.whatsapp.com/DD9JPhA0eky01q0E5tw0rF&data=05%7c02%7c%7c95884a6ed7a947e5f5c608dc75ac867a%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c638514631063800000%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c0%7c%7c%7c&sdata=Iab0Qxzg/EFEfo311cI6epJlwwah2OW5zLmpSJrUVF4%3D&reserved=0">here</a> to join the #Move4Maties Comrades Marathon WhatsApp group.</p><p>In April this year, <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10583">Dr Marietjie Lutz</a> raised over R60 000 for BSc chemistry students in need when she cycled a gruelling 600 kilometres in six days.</p><p>On the image above - Cells undergoing the process of autophagy: The green vesicles in the image are so-called autophagosomes – small vesicles that are responsible for the engulfment of cargo to be degraded. Here, the cell is very active and in the process of removing old and damaged proteins. These proteins are broken down into their separate molecules, which are then available again for the cell to build new ones or to generate energy. A very efficient recycling system at play. Images: Ben Loos<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Two FMHS professors land prestigious Fulbright Scholarships http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10620Two FMHS professors land prestigious Fulbright Scholarships FMHS Marketing & Communications – Sue Segar<p></p><p>Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) celebrates two faculty members awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. </p><p>Professors Eileen Africa and Conran Joseph will use this opportunity to enhance their expertise in the US and contribute their learnings to South Africa's healthcare landscape. The Fulbright program allows South African university faculty to conduct research in their field for 3-9 months at a US institution.</p><p><strong>From local kinderkinetics initiative to US Play Strong programme</strong> </p><p>Africa, who heads up the Kinderkinetics honours programme within the Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy, travels to Ohio State University's College of Medicine in November to work with Prof James MacDonald, a paediatrician familiar with her Kinderkinetics work. </p><p>MacDonald is involved with a medically supervised wellness programme, called “Play Strong", which uses play to demonstrate the benefits of activity and encourages healthy fitness habits at home. </p><p>“Play Strong aligns closely with our Kinderkinetics programme at SU," says Africa. “Their programme is a part of the Nationwide Children's Hospital's offering, while ours is an external service. I believe I can learn a great deal from this programme and its application.</p><p>“I am interested in learning how they manage this programme in the hospital setting. We can certainly benefit from this," she said.</p><p>Whilst her main goal is to learn what she can at the hospital, Africa said she will explore the possibility of co-authoring an article with MacDonald or initiate a collaborative research project.</p><p>Africa, who has worked in SU's Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine for 18 years, says the Fulbright Scholarship marks a significant moment in her career. “I took a leap of faith in applying, but I didn't want to get my hopes up. It's an incredible opportunity for my academic career. It opens doors to resources and expertise that I wouldn't have access to otherwise, setting a strong foundation for what I hope will be a fulfilling and impactful career in academia."</p><p>In terms of future plans, Africa says she aims to enhance the effectiveness of her programme, continue to have a positive impact on children in the community, conduct advanced research in paediatric movement science, and publish impactful papers.</p><p><strong>Co-creating a self-management model for people with neurological disorders</strong></p><p>Joseph, who heads the Division of Physiotherapy, will spend six months – from January to June 2025 – at the University of Vermont in Burlington, US, where he will be hosted by Prof Reuben Escorpizo. The two worked together previously on a large, ongoing international project relating to spinal cord injuries.</p><p>“Through this connection, we've developed a shared interest in support mechanisms for people with neurological disorders," says Joseph. “While at Vermont, we will work on an education-related project defining core competencies needed to promote self-management in persons with neurological disorders for rehabilitation sciences programmes."</p><p>The project developed from the need for a more behavioural change approach to managing rehabilitation services, and a shift from “hands-on" interventions to developing problem-solving capabilities and health literacy and self-management education amongst patients with health conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, etc.</p><p>“This project is of relevance to both South Africa and the US due to varying indigenous knowledge systems and explanatory models for health, wellbeing, disease and illness," explains Joseph. “To effectively guide towards self-management of health conditions it is essential to understand most of the explanatory models to ensure a culturally appropriate approach to building the therapeutic alliance and frameworks for enabling self-management."</p><p>He hopes his work will result in a “micro-curriculum containing constructs of self-management needed to effectively manage neurological conditions". </p><p>Joseph says he feels privileged to receive a Fulbright research award. “For as long as I've been in academia, it was always something I was striving to apply for one day and I was lucky to be successful."</p><p>He believes the award will provide further opportunities for networking and collaboration in the US. </p><p>“In my field and in the rehabilitation sciences, we have few collaborations with the US, yet there are several touchpoints and linkages with the US in terms of diversity, healthcare inequality, and social determinants of health and wellbeing that we can learn from."</p><p>Joseph says the Fulbright award also provides opportunities for networking and collaboration with the Fulbright network and alumni. He says he hopes to be an ambassador for South Africa, SU, as well as his Division and Department, whilst immersing himself in the culture and society of his host country.</p><p>“As the head of the Division of Physiotherapy, I also hope to promote the further internationalisation of my programme at SU."<br><br></p><p><em>​Caption: Professors Eileen Africa and Conran Joseph.</em><br></p>
FMHS Social Impact report: Healing beyond the classroomhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10612FMHS Social Impact report: Healing beyond the classroomFMHS Marketing & Communications<p>Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) extends its influence far beyond the realm of education and research. While renowned for training highly skilled healthcare professionals and tackling South Africa's pressing health issues through cutting-edge research, the faculty's commitment also extends to the community level through a multitude of impactful social initiatives.<br></p><p>“We encourage faculty members, support staff, and students to develop and participate in activities that address priority health issues," explains Dr Therese Fish, FMHS Vice Dean: Clinical Services and Social Impact. “This includes volunteerism, teaching activities, research projects, and service-related programmes focused on South Africa first, then expanding to continental and global impact."</p><p>These efforts are guided by the FMHS' Social Impact Framework (SIF) 2019-2024, a strategic document that aligns the faculty's vision, mission, and core values with tangible social impact. “The SIF aims to achieve systemic, structural and social changes, ultimately leading to improved access to quality healthcare, a key indicator of social impact," says Fish.</p><p>A <a href="/english/faculty/healthsciences/cssi/Pages/default.aspx" style="text-decoration:underline;"><span class="ms-rteForeColor-8" style="">recent report</span></a> highlights several of the FMHS' social impact initiatives. “The report showcases the remarkable contributions of our diverse faculty community," explains Ms Stacey Blows, FMHS Social Impact Coordinator. “These projects exemplify the unwavering commitment of individuals and groups who are dedicated to creating positive change in healthcare and beyond."</p><p>Here are summaries of social impact initiatives highlighted in the report:<br></p><ul><li><strong>​Adapt2move – FIT (Frequent Individual Training)</strong><br><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine<br></em><em>Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU's Sport Science programme offers an elective module, “Adapt2move", focused on physical activity for individuals with disability. Students gain practical experience by designing personalised intervention programmes for clients from the wider community, aiming to improve their health and wellbeing. Clients, ranging from children to seniors, all have diagnosed disabilities. Under supervision, students dedicate at least 18 individual training sessions per semester at no cost to clients. <br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Co-creating a culture of wellness in the Western Cape</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Biomedical Sciences</em><br><em> Division of Medical Physiology</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The Division of Medical Physiology is actively promoting wellness in the Western Cape. They are involved in the WoW! Project which focuses on co-creating and sustaining a culture of health at all levels of society. This collaborative effort targets the prevention, reduction, and improved management of non-communicable diseases. Partnering with various stakeholders, the project empowers WoW! champions and participants in Cloetesville with twice-weekly exercise sessions. These sessions aim to foster a healthy relationship with physical activity within the community through structured training. <br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>The key to improving developmental skills for movement (KIDSmove)<br></strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine<br></em><em>Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>Stellenbosch University's innovative Kinderkinetics programme, KIDSmove, tackles various childhood development challenges through engaging movement-based activities.</p><p>The program offers a multi-pronged approach, addressing the needs of children in diverse situations. In the disadvantaged Kylemore community, KIDSmove partners with the AITSA! Aftercare Centres to promote holistic development in foundation phase children. This initiative prioritizes gross motor skills and introduces sport-specific activities, providing a foundation for healthy physical development and positive after-school options.</p><p>KIDSmove also addresses the impact of the pandemic on children's physical activity. In collaboration with Weber Gedenk NGK and Bellpark Primary Schools in Jamestown and Bellville, the programme incorporates sport-specific skills, fitness, and dance into a holistic approach aimed at rebuilding motor proficiency and movement confidence in a fun and engaging way.</p><p>For children with Down Syndrome, KIDSmove offers targeted support in Mitchell's Plain. Partnering with Beacon School for LSEN learners, the programme provides weekly sessions at the university's Department of Sport Science. These sessions focus on gross motor skills and sensory development, benefiting children while also equipping Kinesiology students with valuable experience in planning programmes for children with Down Syndrome.</p><p>Another specialised KIDSmove programme targets gross motor skills in children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) at Tygerberg Hospital School. This initiative focuses on motor planning, a skill linked to language development in young children with CAS. Movement-based activities aim to enhance both motor skills and potentially aid in language acquisition.</p><p>Finally, KIDSmove reaches Somerset West and Mitchell's Plain to support children with autism spectrum disorder. Collaborative efforts with Beacon School for LSEN learners provide weekly sessions focused on movement, water confidence, and sensory integration. This initiative benefits children while also offering valuable experience for Kinesiology students planning programmes for children on the autism spectrum.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>African Network for Evidence-to-action in Disability (AfriNEAD)<br></strong><em>Department of Global Health<br></em><em>Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU plays a key role in advancing disability rights through the African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD). This initiative fosters a collaborative environment where researchers, stakeholders in the disability field, government representatives from Africa, and the international community can work together. AfriNEAD's core focus is on disability research that directly impacts policy and practice, ultimately improving the lives of people with disability.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Zwelihle school programme</strong><br><em>Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences</em><br><em>Division of Occupational Therapy</em><br></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The Zwelihle school programme was designed to address the gross motor, fine motor, and perceptual stimulation needs of children at Lukhanyo Primary School in the Xhosa-speaking Zwelihle community near Hermanus. The initiative targets this specific developmental gap within the student population and empowers teachers to integrate the programme into the curriculum.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>The Chaeli Campaign</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Global Health</em><br><em> Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The Chaeli Campaign, a well-established Cape Town NPO, provides therapy and outreach services to under-resourced communities. Their interdisciplinary team offers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and communication support to children. With inputs from the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, the team has published good practice models and case studies from their grassroots work. This collaboration has led to publications, service-learning opportunities for students, and postgraduate studies for Chaeli Campaign therapists, with the potential to expand these partnerships with other NGOs.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Collaborative community cure during Covid-19 in Worcester</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Global Health</em><br><em> Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>Faced with a high burden of chronic and infectious diseases, the Breede Valley sub-district and its residents with limited resources was a focus for the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health (CRH) during the Covid-19 pandemic. Building on their existing relationship with the Cape Winelands District Health, Ukwanda CRH took an active role in assisting the community. Their initiative prioritized student and staff engagement to address the community's health needs, working alongside stakeholders to identify patients, assess health status, ensure medication adherence, and connect residents with necessary resources.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Ukwanda Annual Community Partnership Function</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Global Health</em><br><em> Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health promotes health care in rural communities through intentional and relevant student, staff, and community collaboration. The Ukwanda Annual Community Partnership Function is a collaborative celebration of the year's community engagement activities at distributed rural clinical sites. This initiative was launched over a decade ago and has grown from strength to strength.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>The 123 of TB</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Biomedical Sciences</em><br><em> Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>Recognising a high rate of tuberculosis in Upington, Northern Cape, the TB Host Genetics Group partnered with the community to raise awareness. Their ongoing research, focused on genetic susceptibility to TB, has involved multiple trips since 2009 to share findings and build collaboration. Initially population-based, the study expanded to collect DNA from TB clinic attendees in the greater Upington area.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Vaccine Science 101 – An online course for Africa-based journalists</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Global Health</em><br><em> Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics</em><br><br></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The global pandemic thrusted health issues into the spotlight, leaving many journalists scrambling to understand complex scientific jargon. To bridge this gap, a short course offered by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism and Stellenbosch University equipped Africa-based journalists with a foundation in vaccine science, specifically covering development, implementation, variants' impact, and procurement.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Stellenbosch University Telerehabilitation Initiative<br></strong><em>Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences<br></em><em>Divisions of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Speech-Language Therapy</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>​The Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences rose to the challenge of disrupted services during Covid-19 by launching the Telerehabilitation Initiative in 2020. The purpose was to develop a model of telerehabilitation to complement clinical training in the three rehabilitation divisions and to provide complementary rehabilitation services to individuals at risk of functional limitations due to impairments. This initiative has seen further development with its integration into the undergraduate curriculum in a hybrid learning format. Telerehabilitation holds significant potential, particularly for remote and underserved rural areas, by offering increased access to crucial services where communities may have limited or no options.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Decolonising Sport and Health Matters</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine</em><br><em> Division of Sport Science</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>A project at the FMHS is fostering a network of young researchers focused on sports, health, social justice, and decolonisation. This "community of practice" will provide a platform for these scholars to publish their work and connect with others in their fields. The project also aims to develop learning materials based on their research and to create opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and with the broader community, reflecting the faculty's longstanding commitment to public engagement.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Rare Diseases Awareness Month<br></strong><em>Department of Biomedical Sciences<br></em><em>Molecular Biology and Human Genetics</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>A first-of-its-kind project in sub-Saharan Africa is tackling rare diseases. A team of clinicians, scientists, and patient advocates are raising awareness, sharing patient experiences, and creating educational materials. This initiative aims to improve access to healthcare and services for families, influence policy changes, and boost education about rare diseases in South Africa. By increasing awareness of research efforts, the project also hopes to encourage more patients to participate in studies, leading to earlier diagnoses and potentially new treatment avenues.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>SUNWELL Community Health Programme</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine</em><br><em> Division of Sport Science</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>​​SUNWELL Community Health Programme promotes healthy living across generations in low-income communities. The "upliftment through knowledge and movement" initiative aims to educate and empower adults and children to lead active, healthy, and safe lives.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Rural retention for undergraduate students – Ukwanda Rural Clinical School</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Global Health</em><br><em> Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU Rural Clinical School (RCS) expands access to healthcare training in underserved areas. Originally launched in Worcester and Ceres, the RCS programme has flourished, establishing additional sites in Swellendam, Hermanus, Robertson, Caledon, and Upington. Future expansion plans include Stellenbosch and Malmesbury.</p><p>Final-year students at RCS locations participate in real-world learning through quality improvement projects. These projects directly benefit healthcare facilities and communities, often resulting in the creation of valuable resources such as posters, educational materials, assistive devices, and patient aids.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Ukwanda for Dietetic IV</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Global Health</em><br><em> Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>Aiming to address healthcare inequities, the Dietetics programme places final-year dietetic students in rural communities for a six-week rotation. The Ukwanda Dietetics rotation integrates classroom knowledge with real-world experience, allowing students to provide nutrition services, conduct education sessions, and collaborate with healthcare workers across various settings. This immersive programme equips future professionals to effectively respond to the unique needs of underserved communities in South Africa.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Bishop Lavis SLEAK programme</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine</em><br><em> Division of Occupational Therapy / Faculty of Theology</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU's SLEAK (Skills, Learning and Educational Activities for Kids) programme equips learners from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bishop Lavis with the tools they need to navigate a crucial developmental stage (Grades 4-7). The programme focuses on fostering key developmental tasks, including social cooperation, skill acquisition, and a healthy sense of self-worth. Through engaging and constructive leisure activities, SLEAK sessions help learners build resilience in the face of their resource-constrained environment. Structured activities promote the development of transferable skills, enhancing social and interpersonal interactions, resilience, and basic work readiness – all essential for future success.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Inkuthazo Yesizwe youth organisation programme<br></strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine<br></em><em>Division of Sport Science</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU's Division of Sport Science collaborates with the Inkuthazo Yesizwe youth organisation, empowering young people in Kayamandi township. Sport Science students serve as instructors for aerobics classes, coaching sessions, and coach education workshops, while also incorporating cardio exercises. Their role extends beyond fitness, fostering a positive learning environment and social cohesion within the programme. This initiative tackles health and mental wellness challenges, aiming to equip participants with skills that pave the way for fulfilling careers and life choices.<br><br></p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>Patient-centred lifestyle rehabilitation for non-communicable disease in a low-resource setting</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine</em><br><em> Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>As South Africa and other developing countries grapple with a shift from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases (NCD), a new study aims to improve how rehabilitation services are delivered. The research focuses on creating a patient-centred, cost-effective approach specifically designed for low-resource settings. This project will test the feasibility of this model and pave the way for a larger study to assess its effectiveness in managing NCDs.​<br><br></p></blockquote><p></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Physiotherapy service-learning initiative</strong><br><em>Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences<br></em><em>Division of Physiotherapy</em></li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p></p><p>​​SU's service-learning projects immerse students in community-based rehabilitation while emphasizing collaboration, sustainability, and social justice principles. These real-world experiences, completed during clinical placements, equip students for primary healthcare challenges – a vital skill as they move into community service. The 8-week projects involve community assessment, intervention planning, and patient education on topics like stroke recovery, TB compliance, and early childhood development. Locations span from Helderberg Hospital to the Military Hospital in Wynberg.</p><p></p></blockquote><p></p><p><strong>​<br></strong></p><ul><li><strong>​Futureproofing Public Health<br></strong><em>Department of Global Health<br></em><em>Division of Health Systems and Public Health</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>​​​The Division of Health Systems and Public Health launched "Futureproofing Public Health" in 2019. This initiative fosters a collaborative environment where experts explore pressing public health issues through a future-oriented lens, considering local realities. By examining current global health challenges, the programme aims to anticipate future threats and explore innovative interdisciplinary solutions that account for emerging trends. These discussions pave the way for effective strategies to address both communicable and non-communicable diseases.<br><br></p></blockquote><p></p><ul><li><strong>Empowering Women Initiative – A Women's Health and Wellness Day<br></strong><em>Department of Global Health – Division of Health Systems and Public Health<br></em><em>Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Division of Physiotherapy</em></li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU's Division of Health Systems and Public Health collaborated with the Northern Tygerberg community to empower women through health promotion initiatives. Their "Women's Health and Wellness Days" mobilise women, offering knowledge sharing, dialogue, and showcases of community resources. These events empower women, highlight critical issues, and convene key stakeholders to address them effectively.​<br><br></p></blockquote><p></p><ul><li><strong>​Medical 3D Printing Lab infrastructure upgrade<br></strong><em>Department of Surgical Sciences<br></em><em>Division of Orthopaedic Surgery</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>SU's Orthopaedic Medical 3D Printing Lab, established in 2018 for surgical planning and training, rose to the challenge of Covid-19. They repurposed their printer to rapidly design and produce PPE for healthcare workers. Partnering with various departments and volunteers, the lab quickly manufactured face shields, hands-free door openers, and vital equipment for the frontline, demonstrating the agility of 3D printing in crisis situations.</p></blockquote><strong> </strong><p></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Tuberculosis Hip Hop Science Spaza<br></strong><em>Department of Biomedical Sciences<br></em><em>Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics</em></li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The "Tuberculosis Hip Hop Science Spaza" project used rap and hip hop to make science fun and accessible to high school students. This initiative tackles knowledge gaps about TB, medical science, and related research. School learners collaborate with scientists to create hip-hop music about TB, its comorbidities, and risk factors. Public performances and radio play featuring researchers' insights aim to raise awareness, inspire future scientists, and bridge the gap between science and the community.</p></blockquote><p><br></p><ul><li> <strong>SALT (Sharing Abundant Life Together)<br></strong><em>Department of Nursing and Midwifery</em></li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The FMHS partners with Sharing Abundant Life Together (SALT) and the Department of Health to address the extensive healthcare needs of women in Dunoon, a community facing high HIV rates and unemployment. This collaboration aims to bridge the gap between available services and community needs, with a focus on holistic women's health – mental, physical, emotional, and socioeconomic. SALT, a social justice NPO, offers additional support including counselling, document assistance, and life skills training, emphasizing their commitment to "equal rights and dignity for all."</p></blockquote><p><strong><br></strong></p><ul><li><strong>​Open doors to future possibilities<br></strong><em>Department of Biomedical Sciences<br></em><em>Division of Medical Physiology</em></li></ul><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The FMHS bridges the opportunity gap for disadvantaged high schoolers by hosting visits to its Department of Biomedical Sciences. These visits expose students to research activities, basic science practicals like microscopy, and other campus facilities like the Anatomy Museum. Collaborating divisions showcase potential career paths, scholarships, and even health topics relevant to daily life through a mini-symposium. This initiative, fostering collaboration within the department, aims to spark curiosity and empower students from underserved communities.<br><br></p></blockquote><p></p><ul><li><strong>​Let's Move_Kom Beweeg_Masihambe<br></strong><em>Department of Exercise, Sport and Lifestyle Medicine<br></em><em>Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy</em></li></ul><p></p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><p>The Division of Sport Science's Movement Laboratory tackles movement disorders in elderly and neurological populations. They partner with local organisations like Bridging Abilities to address the gap in community health programmes. Research translates into action through educational platforms and supervised exercise groups led by Biokinetics students. This collaborative approach empowers communities, fosters student learning, and fuels ongoing research focused on improving movement and health outcomes.</p></blockquote><p>​<br></p>
Colleagues team up for fundraising successhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10602Colleagues team up for fundraising successDevelopment & Alumni Relations<div>​Stellenbosch University (SU) academics and senior leaders have taken up the opportunity to gain valuable fundraising insights at a recent upskilling workshop hosted by the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR). The workshop, in its second year, aims to equip participants with the skills and insights to solicit philanthropic funding.<br></div><div><br></div><div>This year’s workshop, entitled “Develop your fundraising pitch”, ran from 22nd to 26th April at the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses and was coordinated by the Major Gifts & International Engagement unit within DAR. The week-long voluntary practice development sessions attracted participants from SU’s faculties, schools, and institutes.</div><div><br></div><div>Graeme Byrne, UK-based consultant at DAR, and founder of Lagotto Solutions, says it was heartening to see colleagues embracing the upskilling initiative.</div><div><br></div><div>According to Byrne, the job of fundraising at universities is not just for the fundraisers. "The philanthropic fundraising initiatives of the university will only be strengthened when DAR continues to partner with academics to raise the profile of the university. Therefore, many of the sessions focused on showing academics how they should go about interacting with fundraisers and how fundraisers should interact with academics. If it is done well, it means that the organisation is more likely to raise big gifts. So much of this is about building the right teams and working well together."</div><div><br></div><div>Byrne, who works with universities throughout the world to help them raise philanthropic income more effectively, says the aim is also to take the fear out of fundraising.</div><div><br></div><div>"I work with a lot of academics, and I always ask them, ‘What scares you about fundraising?’, and the response most often is the thought of being stuck opposite another person asking them for money. That thought can be quite daunting, but the truth is that most of the time they will be working with fundraisers who have years of experience in the field. The idea is that we will work with you to develop relationships and to identify the right time to ask for money.”</div><div><br></div><div>He says when you ask people to consider new ideas or do things that they haven’t done before, there is always a danger that it can be met by a level of cynicism. "But that was not the case when DAR presented the first upskilling programme in 2023, and judging by this year’s attendance, the programme continues to grow from strength to strength."</div><div><br></div><div>Director of Fundraising at DAR, David Marupen, says the upskilling programme was introduced to foster collaboration between DAR and SU colleagues, and to upskill and expose them to best practices that will help attract philanthropic support for projects and initiatives.</div><div><br></div><div>"We wanted to reach as many of our colleagues as possible through this programme because it also ties in with the long-term Strategic Fundraising Plan that we are developing. This strategy aims to not only guide our fundraising activities within DAR, but also within the broader institution," he says.</div><div><br></div><div>According to Marupen, the success of the programme has prompted DAR to plan and host more workshops in the future, ensuring this valuable training reaches a broader audience. ​<br></div><div><br></div><div><em>Photographer:  Ernest Birkenstock<br></em><br></div>
Irshaad's journey to successhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10568Irshaad's journey to successDevelopment & Alumni Relations<p>Irshaad Ahmad Parker's participation in the Stellenbosch University SciMathUS university preparation programme changed his life and taught him this profound life lesson: where you start out does not necessarily dictate where you will end up.<br></p><p>The SciMathUS programme gives high school learners who have already passed Grade 12 but do not qualify for higher education selection, a second opportunity to improve their National Senior Certificate results in mathematics, physical sciences and accounting. This will enable them to re-apply for university programmes.<br></p><p>Irshaad, who hails from the Cape Flats suburb of Grassy Park, explains: “The community I grew up in is not very supportive of youngsters pursuing their studies and one can easily get caught up in the elements the area is plagued with. But by equipping me with qualities such as punctuality and attention to detail, the SciMathUS programme made me realise that I am responsible for my own success. It helped me to unlearn the ingrained but mistaken belief that the circumstances I grew up in would determine where I would end up. This was a hard lesson to learn, but I am glad I did because now I believe I can accomplish anything I set my mind to."</p><p>He has no qualms about advising others to consider the SciMathUS programme.<br></p><p>“The programme gives you an opportunity to improve your marks while enjoying the full-on student experience. This offers a great advantage if you decide to study at Stellenbosch. Furthermore, many matriculants rarely ever know what they'd like to pursue as a career nor what their interests are. SciMathUS offers you the opportunity to find your niche, and what you'd like to pursue academically."<br></p><p>Irshaad says SciMathUS helped him to find his academic niche and the discipline to be successful in it.<br></p><p>“The programme helped me to realise that I have a passion for Biology, and after improving my math and physics marks, I enrolled for a BSc in Human Life Sciences at SU in 2017. This option was a great way to enter the sciences and helped to quench my thirst for understanding biological phenomena. Thereafter I pursued an honours degree in Biochemistry. This was a sensible option as Biochemistry offers a great variety of fields to explore."<br></p><p>During that time, he also distinguished himself in other areas, thereby exemplifying the programme's philosophy of delivering well-rounded, capable students and individuals.<br></p><p>“During my undergraduate years, from 2017 to 2020, I stayed in Helderberg Men's Residence. There I was a mentor for two years, chairperson of a critical discussion forum and served on the first year committee. In addition, I served on the Natural Sciences Committee as a social representative in 2020. I was class representative for numerous Biochemistry modules (214, 315, 345). At the end of my undergraduate studies, I completed my degree with a 73% average, securing me a scholarship for my honours year. During my honours year I lived at Huis De Villiers and received an award for being a section representative. I successfully completed my honours year, graduating cum laude. All of this was completed while working part-time for an international company (Systeme.io), launching a business (Local Cape Roots), developing another (Sprout Smart) and working on a contract basis as a project manager at family business Churchill."<br></p><p>In December 2023, Irshaad obtained his master's degree in biomedical engineering cum laude, also at SU. <br></p><p>“Upon the completion of my BSc Hons, I had set my sights on pursuing an MEngSc in Biomedical Engineering. This choice followed deep contemplation of future career prospects and personal development.<br></p><p>“When you think about a master's degree, one immediately thinks about research articles and experiments. While that is a great deal of mastering, the actual mastering is that of oneself. Principles such as discipline, time management and accountability, are really what the master's is about, for me at least."<br></p><p>He has signed a contract with the Panthera Conservation Organisation, where he will be taking point as their Conservation Support Coordinator. Using the skills from his research project, he will join the Panthera team in the fight against the loss of big cat biodiversity. “Our team will be implementing cutting edge machine learning techniques to track, monitor and protect big cat species in our wild parks," he says.<br></p><p>“When I think back to my SciMathUs days, I cannot believe the person I was. The transformation over these years has been incredible. I am so thankful and grateful for the opportunities and effort many of the SciMathUS staff put into me (you know who you are). I hope my success has brought you joy, and you can rest easy knowing that all that patience really fuelled my academic career."<br></p><p>He hopes, in his way, to be an example to the youngsters back home who are still stuck in the cycle of entrapment that he was so fortunate to escape.​</p><p><br></p>
SU awards honorary doctorates to economic expertshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10539SU awards honorary doctorates to economic expertsCorporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking<p>​​Stellenbosch University (SU) awarded honorary doctorates to two economic experts Profs Leonard Wantchekon and James Robinson at its March graduation. They received the degrees Doctor of Commerce (DCom), <em>honoris causa</em>, on Wednesday (27 March 2024) at two separate graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.</p><p>Wantchekon was honoured for his substantive contributions to the fields of political economy, development economics and economic history, while Robinson received the degree for advancing the field of quantitative economic history in South Africa and for his commitment to working in the global south and actively collaborating with emerging scholars in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.</p><p>In his acceptance speech, Wantchekon, who hails from Benin, thanked SU for the honorary doctorate and said he felt honoured and proud for having received this incredible recognition. </p><p>“I am glad that I have been invited to join the effort to build strong, resilient, and cutting-edge academic instititutions in Africa, particularly South Africa.  </p><p>“This is a huge opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to engage personally and institutionally with SU and other elite universities, and the university system in South Africa. I am eager to continue what we have been doing at SU for the past several years."</p><p><strong>More about Wantchekon</strong></p><p>A professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, Leonard Wantchekon's research centres on Africa, with a focus on democratisation, clientelism and redistributive politics, the resource curse, and the long-term social impact of historical events.</p><p>His innovative work includes research on political institutions and governance, for which he did field experiments with politicians competing in real-time elections to investigate the effects of policy and campaign messaging on voters' behaviour. Other ground-breaking studies related to the long-term economic effects of historical events, such as the Atlantic slave trade, on Africa.</p><p>In 2014, Wantchekon established the African School of Economics (ASE) in Benin, his native country. The school identifies prospective African economists and policymakers and prepares them for industry or for doctoral studies. Several ASE students have since enrolled in PhD programmes in the United States and elsewhere.</p><p>Having previously held positions at Yale and New York universities, Wantchekon is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, as well as an executive committee member of the International Economic Association.</p><p><strong>Prof James Robinson</strong></p><p>In his acceptance speech, Robinson<strong> </strong>said he was very happy with the great honour bestowed on him by SU.</p><p>“My collaboration with SU has been important to me personally and intellectually. Now I send my PhD students here as often as I can to work in the institute LEAP (Laboratory for the Economics of Africa's Past). The research at SU is revolutionizing the study of economic history of Africa and I just hope that I can be a part of that and scale it up to the whole continent."</p><p>Robinson encouraged the graduates to carry forward all the intellectual life and research at SU.</p><p><strong>More about Robinson</strong></p><p>Prof James Robinson is a thought leader on economic development and political institutions. His affiliation with SU dates back several years. He supported the University as it prepared to host the first-ever World Economic History Congress in Africa in 2012. Engagements following this event precipitated the establishment of the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa's Past (LEAP) to elevate African voices in the disciplines of Economic History and Economic Development.</p><p>With collaborators from SU, the University of Chicago and Harvard, he also embarked on a project focusing on women's political participation in sub-Saharan Africa in historical and contemporary contexts. The exchange between SU and Chicago remains active.</p><p>Robinson currently serves as Reverend Dr Richard L Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, university professor as well as director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts – all at the University of Chicago.</p><ul><li><strong>Photo</strong>: Profs James Robinson and Leonard Wantchekon with their honorary degrees. <strong>Photographer</strong>: Stefan Els</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Psychiatry doctor continues family's PhD tradition; focuses on break-ups among emerging adults http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10532Psychiatry doctor continues family's PhD tradition; focuses on break-ups among emerging adults Corporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking [Alec Basson]<p>​Coming from a bloodline of academic intellectuals, it was only a matter of time before Alberta (Berte) van der Watt of Paul Roux in the Eastern Free State would scale the heights of academic success. She obtained her doctorate in Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University's (SU) March graduation on Tuesday (26 March 2024).<br></p><p>What makes her achievement special is that it brings the Van der Watt family's crop of doctorates to four – not something one encounters every day. Both her parents, Gideon and Ronél, and her sister, Lize-Marié, have PhDs – Gideon in Theology, Ronél in Psychology and Lize-Marié in History. They are also all Matie alumni. Gideon and Ronél obtained their master's degree at SU and their doctorates at the University of the Free State.</p><p>“I feel very proud to be able to hold my family's name high. I also realise how incredibly blessed and privileged I was (and still am) to have been able to study," says Van der Watt, who is currently based at SU's Department of Psychiatry.</p><p>“I always jokingly referred to the 'Van der Watt PhD disease' and said I wasn't going to contract it, but well, here we are."</p><p>Van der Watt's parents say they are very proud of their daughter's achievement, especially her hard work and perseverance. They also greatly appreciate her supervisors and the Department of Psychiatry for the opportunities they created for her.<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/AlbertavdWatt_7.jpg" alt="AlbertavdWatt_7.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:540px;height:360px;" /><br></p><p>According to Van der Watt, she was never under any pressure to also obtain a doctorate like the rest of her family.</p><p>“I've been blessed with wonderful parents who allowed me to find my own path, do my own thing. They were always very supportive. My family has been incredibly supportive of me, giving me advice on how to break the back of the work, how to deal with the politics of academia, and how to keep praying."</p><p>Van der Watt says her path to academia wasn't exactly straight forward.</p><p>“I actually wanted to be a Haute Couture designer and first did a three-year diploma (and one year internship) in fashion design, as well as short courses and diplomas in event and conference management, among others. Things didn't work out the way I had planned so I decided to go to university.</p><p>“After obtaining my master's degree in psychology, I left academia and ventured into project and construction management. But the academic bug bit again and I became the research assistant to Prof Soraya Seedat at our Department of Psychiatry, and the rest is history."</p><p><strong>PhD research</strong></p><p>In her research, Van der Watt looked at the emotional effects (specifically post-traumatic stress disorder) of crumbling love relationships on emerging adults. Emerging adults are 18–25 years old.</p><p>She says research shows that these break-ups can be quite traumatic, causing symptoms similar to those seen after physical or sexual assault. The characteristics of these break-ups (for example, specific reasons why the relationship ended) can put emerging adults at greater risk of experiencing trauma.</p><p>“Recognising the traumatic nature of the associated experiences can help individuals to seek support and improve their mental wellbeing. The findings suggest that the use of trauma-focused treatments should be explored as potentially useful therapy to address the post-traumatic stress symptoms associated with crumbling romantic relationships among emerging adults."</p><p>Van der Watt says she had to process broken love relationships herself and the comments she received often made her feel as if her pain was not valid and her feelings were meaningless.</p><p>“As a result, the hurt, the break in confidence, the feeling of not being good enough was never truly dealt with. The emotional wound was only soothed, which makes people develop a distrust and an unhealthy attachment that has other negative consequences and can hinder future relationships. I realised there are so many other emerging adults who are going through exactly the same thing."</p><p>According to Van der Watt, her findings can help emerging adults avoid unhealthy attachment, stop the negative circle of bad relationships, and show more respect for their feelings.</p><p>“They are already under so much stress to find their way, find a career, find a life partner – if things don't work out, they need help and recognition of their feelings."</p><p><strong>Future plans</strong></p><p>Although she has already reached the pinnacle of academic success, Van der Watt wants to do another master's degree in clinical psychology and also combine clinical work and research.</p><p>“I desperately want to develop a trauma-attachment-oriented intervention for emerging adults struggling to cope with a break-up.</p><p>“I'm thinking specifically of a combination of long-term exposure therapy and rupture repair. For this, I need further education, especially in therapy."</p><p>Van der Watt describes herself as an open book. “My face has never been able to hide anything either." She says people are sometimes surprised when they hear she likes the German heavy metal band Rammstein.</p><p>Apart from her involvement in research projects in the Department of Psychiatry, Van der Watt is also a freelance editor.</p><p>When she has time for a break, Van der Watt goes to the gym, plays tennis or visits wine farms. She also enjoys board games, reading and watching television series.</p><ul><li><strong>Main photo:</strong> Dr Alberta (Berte) van der Watt at the graduation ceremony. <strong>Photo 1</strong>: Dr Alberta (Berte) van der Watt with her parents at the graduation ceremony. <strong>Photographer</strong>: Stefan Els</li></ul><p>​<br></p>
“Wheels of Opportunity” – Stellenbosch chemistry lecturer cycling 600km for student supporthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10508“Wheels of Opportunity” – Stellenbosch chemistry lecturer cycling 600km for student supportFaculty of Science (media & communication)<p><span style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Marietjie Lutz, a first-year chemistry lecturer at Stellenbosch University, is embarking on an ambitious effort to raise funding for undergraduate BSc students facing financial challenges by cycling from George to Stellenbosch over the Easter weekend, covering 600 km in only six days.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lutz says the inspiration for embarking on this project came after trying to find ways of helping a bright first-year BSc student attending her classes in 2022: “The student was on the brink of homelessness and food insecurity. Despite facing immense financial stress, this determined student excelled academically, demonstrating resilience and determination".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lutz then realised she can use her passion for cycling – she has, inter alia, completed the Cape Epic in 2016 and 2017 – to empower students who are dedicated to their studies, but lack the financial resources to complete the journey.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">With the support of her husband and four children, she will cycle mainly on gravel roads from George through the towns of Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Riversdal, Swellendam, and Greyton to Stellenbosch. This unique fund-raising effort will take place over the Easter weekend, from 29 March to 3 April 2024.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">She invites individuals who share her vision of providing opportunities for promising students to contribute to this meaningful cause.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">To support the "Wheels of Opportunity" initiative, interested individuals can donate through the<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/project/marietjie-raising-funds-for-stellenbosch-university-south-africa-75358"><strong>GivenGain platform​</strong></a> (click on this link to make a contribution)<strong>.</strong> Every contribution, no matter how small, will make a significant impact on the lives of students striving for excellence against all odds. For those interested in participating or supporting the cause in any alternative manner, contact her directly at <a href="mailto:mlutz@sun.ac.za">mlutz@sun.ac.za</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> Together we can make a difference.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<strong>Event details:</strong> "<a href="https://www.givengain.com/project/marietjie-raising-funds-for-stellenbosch-university-south-africa-75358"><strong>Wheels of Opportunity: Cycling for Student Support</strong></a>"  (Click here to make a contribution)<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Dates:</strong> March 29 to April 3, 2024<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Route:</strong> George to Stellenbosch (via Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Riversdal, Swellendam, and Greyton)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Distance:</strong> Approximately 600 km in 6 days<br></p><p><em>​On the photo above, Dr Marietjie Lutz in front of her first year chemistry class in the General Chemistry building. Photo: Stefan Els</em><br></p>
Show your support for Global Recycling Day: bring your e-waste to the Rooiplein on Monday 18 Marchhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10506Show your support for Global Recycling Day: bring your e-waste to the Rooiplein on Monday 18 MarchPetro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span style="">To raise awareness about Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2024 and International Day for Zero Waste (30 March), the Environmental Sustainability team of Facilities Management is partnering with the UNASA student society, Wasteplan, and EWASA for an e-waste recycling drive.</span> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">E</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">lectronic </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">waste, or e-waste, contains numerous chemicals and heavy metals that can pose a risk to human and ecological health. It is also high-value material that can be reused and save the mining of raw materials. Keeping it out of landfill sites, recycling what is possible,</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and discarding the harmful components in certified</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> responsible</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> ways is essential</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> for our planetary health</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">SU </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">provides</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">separate</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> collection str</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">eam </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">for e</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">-waste </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">on</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> our </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">campuses </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">and</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">works</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> with</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> registered waste management compan</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">ies</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> that legally</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> reuse, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">strip and recycle electronic waste</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">. For this effort, SU will </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">receive a manifest and a safe disposal certificate for e-waste </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">collected from campus</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;">Please note that only </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun MacChromeBold SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;font-weight:bold;">non-SU asset items</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> can be dropped off at Monday's yellow e-waste bins on the Rooiplein</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:13px;padding:0px 0px 1.33333px;border-width:0px 0px 1px;border-style:none none solid;border-left-color:initial;border-right-color:initial;border-top-color:initial;border-bottom-color:#000000;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;">Bring your e-waste on Monday and help us create a healthier environment.</span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278,"335572079":6,"335572080":1,"335572081":4278190080,"469789806":"single"}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
Record number of Maties cyclists tackle Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise at least R350 000 http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10480Record number of Maties cyclists tackle Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise at least R350 000 Corporate Communication & Marketing / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie & Bemarking [Anél Lewis]<p>​A record number of 70 cyclists will be moving for Maties in need during the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March.</p><p>Lead by Prof Wim de Villiers, Stellenbosch University (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor, the group of alumni, staff, students and friends of the University hopes to each raise at least R5 000 for #Move4Food, one of the priority initiatives that form part of the University's Bridge the Gap fundraising campaign. </p><p>Combined, the efforts of this intrepid group of veteran and newbie cyclists could raise at least R350 000 to help hungry SU students who may not have the financial resources to cover their food costs while they are on campus. </p><p>While in the past, participants taking part in the event to raise funds for the University used to be able to choose their own cause, the dire need to support students grappling with food security led to the decision to concentrate the cycle tour's fundraising efforts in Move4Food. “The need for support keeps growing each year. This year alone at least 5 000 students are silently battling hunger," explained Alwin Mabuza of SU Development and Alumni Relations, “and we want to change that." </p><p>Speaking at the official jersey handover ceremony this week, Mabuza added that the student-led campaign is one of the ways in which SU can provide immediate relief for hungry students. Viwe Benxa, Alumni Participation Coordinator, shared some of the stories of students who have benefitted from the campaign in recent years. “Poverty is not a choice, and Move4Food is the reason why we can still smile and retain our dignity," reported one of the beneficiaries. </p><p>The number of SU cyclists taking part for a worthy cause has grown from five a few years ago to a substantial 70 participants. “Next year, we aim for 100," quipped De Villiers, who will take part in 2025 for the last time as Rector and Vice-Chancellor as his term ends. A veteran of the 109 km event, Prof De Villiers shared sage advice for the debutants encountering Suikerbossie for the first time. “You are going to be having a lot of fun while doing good. When you go up Suikerbossie, just start singing. Soon, others will join and that, as well as the shouts of 'Go Maties', will carry you through." Admitting to having not done much training, he said he was hopeful that “muscle memory" would carry him over the line.</p><p>Brandon Como, SU Event and Security Operations Officer, agreed that the spectators' cheers would help tired legs keep moving. “Also, hearing shouts of Move4Food during the race are a reminder that there is a bigger cause behind you." Ferdinand Mettler of the Stellenbosch Business School is cycling to raise funds for the Future Fund, which supports postgraduate students with bursaries. Admitting that he is “one of those cyclists who gets a push up Suikerbossie", he said knowing the hard work was for a worthy cause made the efforts worthwhile. “We want to make a difference."</p><p>First-time participants and postgraduate students Siphiwe Phetla and Tendani Tshauambea said they're taking part as their way of “paying it forward." Both have firsthand experience of the difference #Move4Food can make in the lives of students in need. “This is my way of giving back, as I too have received support from SU," said Tshauambea. While nervous about the daunting 109 kms that await him in less than two weeks' time, Phetla said he was looking forward to completing the race “for a greater cause". </p><p>Ferdi van Dyk, Alumni Participation Manager, said he was pleased to see the growing popularity of the fundraising event. “We want to build a culture of Maties making a difference on campus."</p><ul><li>To support any of the Maties cyclists taking part in the CTCT for #Move4Food, visit <a href="https://www.givengain.com/campaign/move4food"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="">https://www.givengain.com/campaign/move4food</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style=""> or go to </span><a href="https://www.givengain.com/campaign/move4food"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="">GivenGain</span></a> and search for Stellenbosch University and its fundraising campaigns. <br></li></ul><p>​<br></p>