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Let’s reaffirm our core values http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10486Let’s reaffirm our core values Petro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Anita Nel, Chief Director Innovation and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Commercialisation</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> writes:</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Welcome back to each member of our Innovation and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Commercialisation</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> Team. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> take a moment to reaffirm our core values at SU, namely compassion, equity, respect, accountability, and excellence. These values shape our approach to our daily tasks and help us navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities we </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">encounter</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> daily. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Reflecting on 2023, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">we've</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> learned invaluable lessons that we are taking into 2024</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">One of these lessons is the value of </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">good communication</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and how lack thereof creates uncertainty and misunderstandings. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> give priority to excellent communication in 2024. We have also worked </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">very hard</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> over the past years to put proper processes and policies in place across our division to provide clarity and transparency and to ensure that we consistently act in the best interest of Stellenbosch University. As we embark on this new year, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> continue to respect these guardrails and implement them consistently. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> also uphold our core values, seize growth opportunities, and work with integrity towards an even better Stellenbosch University</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Welcome back, and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> make 2024 a year of continued success and fun!</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
Resilience is not a single skill http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10487Resilience is not a single skill Petro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">Joe Smith, acting Chief Director Information Technology, writes:</span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Having all staff members safely back after the festive season is fantastic. I hope that all of you had a good rest. I know some staff members were on standby, such as the TAS staff and the staff taking care of the data centres</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">. Eskom has mostly been good </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">to</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> us, with very few load-shedding instances over the holiday period. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Looking back, 2023 was a unique year in many ways. We had enormous challenges with massive projects running simultaneously, such as load shedding and the risk it poses to our data </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">centres</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, the resignation of our chief director, the announcement of our new chief director in December 2023, and several retirements with an accumulative loss of more than a century of institutional knowledge</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">We bounced back resiliently with all the challenges IT had to deal with. Our staff stayed motivated and worked with dedication, harder than ever to keep the lights on. I learned from 2023 that resilience </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">isn’t</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a single skill. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">It’s</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road and failures, you should emphasise the positive. – Jean Chatzky. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">This is what we did at IT and will continue doing at IT.</span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
We can achieve incredible successes http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10488We can achieve incredible successes Petro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Nicolette van den </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Eijkel</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, Chief Director Facilities Management (SUFM)</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> writes</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">It’s</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> great to see the campus buzzing with the excitement of new students. Spending time with them at the Societies Fair was very inspiring. We used the opportunity to </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">showcase</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> what we do at SUFM to our new students and to talk to them about environmental sustainability and safety. Many students were impressed, and some were keen to come and do job shadowing in the division. The usual welcoming week of security and safety talks has gone down well, with the self-defense demonstrations a big hit </span></span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:28.0583px;font-family:"apple color emoji", "apple color emoji_embeddedfont", sans-serif;">&#128521;</span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">2023 taught us that we can achieve incredible successes, such as building the BMRI at Tygerberg – a building that will undoubtedly positively affect the world. 2023 also taught us that we have </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">a great team</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> at SUFM that keeps the campuses </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">operating</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> well regardless of storms, excessive heat, crime, load shedding, or any other issues that affect us so that our students and staff can learn and teach</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">In 2024 we will build on what we do well but focus on operational efficiencies. Information that we </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">start</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> to get out of our systems will enable us to see where we can work smarter and more effectively across the Finance and Operations Responsibility </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">centre</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW130835556 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW130835556 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
Accolades to our #MaroonMachine family http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10490Accolades to our #MaroonMachine family Petro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director Maties Sport</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, writes:</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">2023 was another exceptional year for Maties Sport and our student-athletes, both on and off the field. </span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">In addition to our nine high-performance teams achieving an 85% academic pass rate across our nine high-performance codes, 18 of our sporting disciplines collected thirty medals (ten gold, eight silver, and twelve bronze). Our Maties student-athletes have fared exceptionally well on the national and international stage, with 47 student-athletes </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">representing</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> South Africa and their countries across 12 different sporting codes. A few of our codes won their respective league titles with highly contested victories for Western Province (rugby 15s, hockey) and Cape Town (netball) and Football winning the sought-after ABC Motsepe Nedbank Cup. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Congratulations to our #MaroonMachine family of staff, student-athletes, coaches, medicine and sport science support staff, facilities and grounds teams, interns, sponsors, donors, partners, stakeholders, families, friends, communities, and to our fans on another amazing year</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">After a good break, reviewing these outstanding performances reminds us how privileged we are and that we should be grateful for the opportunity to achieve through the power of sport. </span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Maties Sport has also had a few staff movements. We said farewell to Grant van Velden - our </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">previous</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> head coach for high-performance; to Cameron Donkin, our strength and conditioning coach; and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Lungako</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Mweli</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> our athlete support services manager, who had a short stay with us. We wish them all well in their future endeavors. While it is challenging when key staff move on in their careers, it provides opportunities for new appointments or promotions of current staff, celebrating healthy internal advancement. In this spirit, we congratulate Keagan van Aarde as our senior manager: high-performance since January 2024. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">A reminder and lesson in 2023 </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">is</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> the importance of the #MaroonTeam because, at times, we contribute beyond the call of duty, and to continue to keep driving results, we need our staff to do so. I </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">don’t</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> always get it right, but I am committed to advancing every one of our team members</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">With the re-allocation of sports codes, and staff movements, change is inevitable, and to manage these changes, as the Chief Director of Maties Sport, my key focus areas for 2024 will be: </span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Human resource management with the focus on strengthening skills to further advance our operational excellence; revisit personal development plans to align to our succession planning; and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">facilitate</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> investment by everyone to contribute towards a balanced, healthy, and positive work environment for both career and personal wellbeing. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Advancing our relevance through social impact, research and building </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">capacity</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> through our Centre for Sport Leadership (CSL) and the recently awarded International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Studies Centre which, in partnership with CSL, present excellent opportunities to </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">showcase</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and apply our research and management </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">expertise</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Personal development and the advancement of my own knowledge and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">expertise</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> through the pursuit of my Ph.D. I can do so with the support and guidance of my family, the #MaroonMachine team, and the leadership of Professor Stan du Plessis, the University’s Chief Operating </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Officer</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and Maties Sport’s line manager. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">We are geared up for 2024 to advance our relevance through what we do for and with our internal and external stakeholders. We </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">remain</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> committed to Stellenbosch University’s inclusivity, excellence, and innovation vision. We will continue to make a difference, guided by our vision ‘To be the leading university, contributing to a holistic and diverse experience through sport.’</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW265484168 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW265484168 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch University’s Gradlinc show exceptional growth in first yearhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10454Stellenbosch University’s Gradlinc show exceptional growth in first yearPetro Mostert<p>​Stellenbosch University's startup company Gradlinc — an innovative graduate career development platform — signed up more than 4 200 students and 250 companies in just over one year.<br></p><p>This innovative platform that connects employers, graduates, and universities country-wide was launched at the beginning of SU's graduation week on 5 December 2022. Gradlinc is a must-needed solution to connect employers, graduates, and universities on a national cloud-based platform. The platform's unique matching algorithm ensures that employers' job requirements match very precisely with the graduates' skillset. Stellenbosch University's innovation division, Innovus, funded this initiative.</p><p>As a response to the critical need to bridge graduates with opportunities during their studies and as fresh graduates, the Gradlinc journey began with the recognition that many tertiary institutions faced similar graduate employment challenges, with only a handful having dedicated job portals for students. In a bold move, Gradlinc decided to build a national platform to remove barriers for all students.</p><p>The platform witnesses daily sign-ups from university students nationwide, representing 23 of the 26 public universities, with ongoing efforts to onboard students from private universities and institutions. Most sign-ups are undergraduate students, followed by Honours, Masters and Doctoral students. Altogether, 20 percent of students studied degrees in Arts and social sciences, followed by BSc Human Life Sciences, BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, LLB, International Studies, Management Sciences, and Financial Accounting, with Engineering Science and Medical Sciences not far behind.</p><p>A recent testimonial read: “As an aspiring BSc Human Life Sciences graduate, job hunting was a frequent and often very stressful activity. Not only did Gradlinc help me with the job searching process, but it was also such a simple and user-friendly website. The platform allows companies to post jobs and internships available to recent graduates, which is extremely helpful. Gradlinc allowed for a quick and easy application process and provided the utmost assistance in finding the right job for me."</p><p>“The story of Gradlinc is one of developing African solutions for African problems, bringing the solution to those who can benefit. It's a testament to the collective effort required to address graduate employment in South Africa," said Lizane Füzy, General Manager of Gradlinc.</p><p><strong>Enhancing a graduate's employability</strong></p><p>Gradlinc's latest addition is the Gradlinc Employability Award, a program, designed to acknowledge and reward activities like volunteer work and workshop attendance, and allows students to earn points reflected as badges on their profiles, making it easier for employers to recognise employable talent. “With plans to extend this program to schools in 2024, Gradlinc is actively contributing to enhancing students' employability from an early stage and facilitating a strong foundation to build successful careers," said Füzy.</p><p>In January this year, Gradlinc initiated a modern online job shadowing experience through a weekly webinar series titled "<em>A day in the life</em>," where Industry professionals join live sessions and share their insights into various careers. The webinars, open to students and school pupils, feature live Q&A sessions and can be viewed afterward on Gradlinc's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/%40gradlinc/streams">YouTube</a> channel.</p><p>Füzy says a key differentiator for Gradlinc is their commitment to advocate for the youth and giving graduates a voice, as one student remarked: “usually the job criteria stipulates that an applicant needs experience". But what if you have just graduated? In cases like these, Gradlinc's algorithm assists graduate employers in attracting employable candidates, even without experience. Students don't lose access to the platform after graduation as they have lifelong access. This commitment ensures a sustained connection between academia and professional life. Gradlinc also offers diverse opportunities, including part-time roles, full-time positions, holiday work, and internships, creating a comprehensive platform for career development.</p><p>In a recent accolade, Gradlinc was one of the top ten finalists in the AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition. The competition, held in collaboration with the Start-up World Cup powered by Pegasus, was held at the Africa Tech Festival between 14 and 16 November 2023. “This recognition underscores Gradlinc's commitment to creating sustainable solutions for the youth and fostering a thriving entrepreneurial landscape in Africa," says Füzy</p><p> </p><p>Visit <a href="https://gradlinc.co.za/">Gradlinc</a> for more information and follow Gradlinc on social media:</p><p>Instagram: gradlinc_sa </p><p>Facebook: gradlincSA </p><p>LinkedIn: gradlinc</p><p>X: gradlinc_sa </p><p>YouTube: @gradlinc<br></p><p><br></p>
New Maties Coffee Hub: a fusion of tradition, innovation, and local entrepreneurshiphttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10455New Maties Coffee Hub: a fusion of tradition, innovation, and local entrepreneurshipPetro Mostert<p>​In a move that celebrates both tradition and innovation, Stellenbosch University's (SU) iconic Maties Shop will expand its offerings to include a unique coffee experience by opening the first Maties Coffee Hub on 1 March 2024, located inside the Matie Shop in the Neelsie. This exciting venture will enrich the vibrant campus culture and exemplifies the University's commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and community engagement.<br></p><p>At the heart of this endeavour is a partnership with Mhlengi Ngcobo, a former Matie and esteemed local entrepreneur behind CoffeeMM in the Co-create Hub opposite the Adam Small Theatre complex of SU. Ngcobo's deep roots within the University community and his passion for coffee and business acumen make him the perfect collaborator for this venture.</p><p>CoffeeMM was founded in 2017 as a local coffee company that provides high-quality, ethically sourced coffee beans and products to the Stellenbosch community and surrounds.</p><p>The partnership between CoffeeMM and Maties Coffee Hub emerged from a collaboration, transitioning from a supplier to a strategic partnership motivated by their shared values of sustainability and empowerment. By aligning with an institution deeply rooted in the Stellenbosch community, Ngcobo saw an opportunity to amplify the impact of his entrepreneurial endeavours while contributing to SU's holistic development and entrepreneurial spirit mission.</p><p>“By partnering with local businesses, we are enhancing the campus experience and catalysing economic development within the local region. This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to driving positive change and creating meaningful opportunities for our students and campus community", says Hein Swanepoel, Senior Director, Suncom (a division of Innovus). Beyond serving as a campus hotspot, the Maties Coffee Hub aims to foster meaningful connections and relationships within the Stellenbosch community, bridging the gap between students, faculty, and local businesses.</p><p>In essence, this collaboration exemplifies the positive effects of commercialisation within a university setting. It underscores Stellenbosch University's role as an enabler of entrepreneurial opportunities, showcasing the potential for synergy between academia and commerce in driving economic growth and social impact.</p><p>As the Maties Coffee Hub integrates into campus life, it sends a powerful message to the SU community and the broader public. It embodies a commitment to excellence, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and community empowerment—a testament to the University's enduring legacy and dedication to shaping a brighter future for future generations.</p><p><strong>More about Innovus</strong></p><p>Innovus is a division of Stellenbosch University responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation. The Technology Transfer Office manages the University's innovation and intellectual property portfolio through seeking relevant intellectual protection for the university's intellectual property portfolio, such as patenting, trademark, design, and other forms of protection. The team is also responsible for the management of the portfolio and the commercialisation of innovation through licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.<br></p><p>For regular updates and opening specials, follow us on Facebook and Instagram  </p><p>For more information, please contact:</p><p>Gary Muizenheimer:</p><p>garym@sun.ac.za<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Prof. Thuli and supporters sweat for #Action4Inclusionhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10442Prof. Thuli and supporters sweat for #Action4InclusionPetro Mostert<p>​Prof. Thuli Madonsela, the first director of the newly established Centre for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, and a group of supporters for the #Action4Inclusion (#A4I) campaign on Saturday (3 February) endured the scorching Stellenbosch sun to walk 7 kilometers in the Banhoek Conservancy in their effort to raise money and create awareness for students who are struggling with debt to continue their studies. <br></p><p>A group of around forty supporters arrived early morning at the Bethlehem farm and, armed with a “roosterkoek" and “koesister" organised by Visit Stellenbosch, explored the beautiful hiking trail in the Banhoek valley in Kylemore, outside Stellenbosch. This was the fifth time a #Action4Inclusion Social Justice Walk took place, and Prof Madonsela (who has already climbed a mountain or two and walked many kilometers) says it is only the beginning of many to come. The hike was led by TV personality, author, and journalist Erns Grundling. He gives his spare time for this worthy cause led by Prof Madonsela and her team from Social Justice. #Action4Inclusion is led by law graduate and candidate attorney Thembalethu Seyisi and final-year engineering student S'thabile Duma.</p><p>In 2020, the Student Representative Council at SU, Prof. Madonsela, Prof. Sonia Human, the former dean of the SU Faculty of Law, and other social justice ambassadors collaborated to launch the # A4I initiative. This is one of the many programmes funded by the SU's annual Bridge the Gap fund. “We are all concerned about closing the gap between talent and financial need, and this fund helps the community to support our students in that regard," said Prof. Madonsela.</p><p>The funds raised via #Action4Inclusion are used to support students who cannot register for the next academic year because of outstanding student fees and graduates who cannot access their academic records upon graduation, which hampers their capacity to contribute to a talented workforce. “We believe that education is a right and not a privilege, and we are committed to creating a more inclusive environment where all students can thrive," Prof Madonsela concluded.</p><p> Erns also reminded the group that Prof Thuli would walk a more than 300-kilometre route in October this year after she began her Pilgrimage of Hope in August last year. This is a popular but challenging pilgrimage route of more than 300 km, through diverse communities and beautiful scenery, from Stellenbosch to the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. The target for fundraising is R3 million, which will be used to alleviate student debt.</p><p> Prof Madonsela is no stranger to hiking for causes as she has already summitted Mount Kilimanjaro twice (2019 and 2022) for the Trek4Mandela initiative to celebrate Nelson Mandela's legacy and many more.</p><p> To support this worthy cause, you can donate to #Action4Inclusion through the <a href="https://www.givengain.com/campaign/action4inclusion">givengain</a> website by clicking on this link:</p><p><a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.givengain.com/campaign/action4inclusion&data=05%7c02%7c%7c06e67b6143334323b71208dc26d8ecbc%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c638427960359787557%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c0%7c%7c%7c&sdata=Yl3bu8TKoq7lQ0ms9O6/TtmMXz7fPOK/v4i7Nsgbh9g%3D&reserved=0">https://www.givengain.com/campaign/action4inclusion</a></p><p>​ </p><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch University launches new collateral-backed study loan application portal for financially burdened http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10431Stellenbosch University launches new collateral-backed study loan application portal for financially burdened Petro Mostert<p></p><p>Stellenbosch University (SU) launched a new, dedicated study loan application portal aimed at addressing the financial challenges faced by National Student Financial Aid Scheme- (NSFAS-) funded students, and students from the 'missing middle' income group.</p><p>“The University has collaborated with student finance facilitator Student Hero and consulted with leading South African banks and the financial service providers Fundi and Manati, to explore the viability of collateral-backed student loans," says Lerato Mkhabela, Deputy Director at SU's Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans (CUBL).</p><p>She says a couple of the banks and financial service providers are currently developing financial collateral loan options and SU envisages implementing these solutions in a phased approach from this year, for completion by June 2024.</p><p><strong>Why this financial support initiative?</strong></p><p>“The initiative arose in response to the 2023 accommodation allowance cap of R45 000 per annum imposed on NSFAS-funded students, which resulted in a shortfall on their student accounts. There was also a need for funding for the missing middle group (a student from a home where the household income is between R350 000 and R600 000 per year; or if more than one student in the home is at a university, then between R600 000 and R1 million per year). SU recognised the importance of accessible and flexible financial support to ensure that every student can pursue their academic goals without undue financial burden," said Mkhabela.</p><p><strong>Who are the loan providers?</strong></p><p>According to Mkhabela, the University is currently engaged in discussions with prominent banks to provide these collateral-backed student loans. Product development is in progress and the loans will be available to students as soon as these processes have concluded. Additionally, partnerships with financial services providers such as Fundi and Manati further diversify the options available to students.</p><p><strong>What types of loans are available?</strong></p><p>“The application process provides a single platform to assist with various funding options. Some banks offer specialised loans tailored to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) study programmes, requiring no collateral. Students who do not qualify for this type of loan will have the opportunity to benefit from collateral-backed loans provided by the University in collaboration with the relevant bank or financial institution as soon as these become available."</p><p>Mkhabela says implementation follows a phased approach, commencing in January and with June 2024 earmarked as the month of completion.</p><p><strong>What is the loan application process?</strong></p><p>Undergraduate SU students can apply for these study loans through the University's <a href="https://finaid.sun.ac.za/bank-loans">bursaries and loans</a> website. The online application process mirrors the Finance division's 2024 SU Funding Opportunities, enabling a seamless experience for applicants. The University remains committed to the application process to ensure students can easily access the financial support they need. More information on the various loan options is also available on the website.</p><p><strong>Who should apply for a study loan?</strong></p><p>Stellenbosch University encourages undergraduate students who are currently funded by NSFAS* – or who have applied for NSFAS funding for 2024 – and current undergraduates who fall in the missing middle household income group to apply for a collateral-backed study loan via this <a href="https://landbot.pro/v3/H-1648192-V7CAIWV44UWQ6WAN/index.html">link</a>.</p><p>*<em>NSFAS financial eligibility criteria are that the student must come from a home where the household income is less than R350 000 per year, or for a student living with a disability, then not more than R600 000 per year</em></p><p> </p><p> <br></p><p>MEDIA QUERIES</p><p>Petro Mostert</p><p>0823346193</p><p>petromostert@sun.ac.za</p><p><br></p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Dr Antoinette van der Merwe to lead Stellenbosch University’s IT Division http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10383Dr Antoinette van der Merwe to lead Stellenbosch University’s IT Division Petro Mostert<p>​<br><br></p><p>When looking at the series of events, milestones and turning points that moulded Dr Antoinette van der Merwe's professional career path, it appears as though the stars aligned perfectly to prepare her to take on her new role as Chief Director of Information Technology at Stellenbosch University (SU), which she will assume from 1 March 2024.  </p><p>Dr Van der Merwe is no stranger to the digital world, as she has been involved in digital teaching and learning since she joined SU in 1998. Over the years she has gained valuable experience leading a variety of institutional strategies and projects, most notably the pivot online during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I believe that I have forged close ties and healthy working relationships with a large number of stakeholders in faculties and the PASS environments to help me take on this new challenge together with an unbelievably skilled and committed IT team." </p><p>When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new role, Dr Van der Merwe said it is working with and being the voice of a strong and dedicated IT team that has demonstrated over the years that they are knowledgeable, skilled, and deeply committed to SU's mission and vision, making a difference in helping the University on its journey towards digitisation and digital transformation.  </p><p>Prof Stan du Plessis, SU's Operating Officer, says during her presentation to the selection committee Dr Van der Merwe shared “a highly compelling vision of what we can achieve at SU over the next decade with an ambitious IT agenda and that he is energised to work with her to realise this enormous potential. She brings tremendous institutional knowledge and experience and a track record of being able to mobilise cooperation and to deliver. She has my complete confidence."  <br><br></p><p>Dr Van der Merwe was previously the Senior Director in the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement. She has been instrumental in professional academic support for the past 25 years at SU. She holds an MA in History from Texas A&M University, USA and a PhD from Stellenbosch University in Science and Technology Studies. She also completed the Wharton Advanced Management Programme in 2023 which she describes as a life-changing experience. “It afforded me the opportunity to learn about leadership and all aspects of management from<em> </em>the experiences shared by gurus in diverse fields, network and learn with<em> </em>48 other C-suite individuals from across the globe as I critically reflected on my own leadership style." Her main research interests include the scholarship of educational leadership, the effective use of learning technologies in higher education and language planning and management. <br></p><p><strong>IT's next journey</strong> </p><p>Dr Van der Merwe says IT has their work cut out for them in the next few years to drive sustainable digital transformation as a collaborative institutional strategy and to transform learning and teaching, research and social impact aligned with Vision 2040 and the Institutional Framework (2019-2024). This will require a team effort with shifts in terms of technology, culture, and workforce both within IT but also broader within the institution to ensure that there is a high level of intentionality for true digital transformation of all aspects of the University to be successful. </p><p>She is especially excited about leveraging the potential and opportunities of <em>generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) </em>both in terms of enhancing productivity and driving innovation while also of course remaining cognisant of potential risks. </p><p>Most importantly, she said, is to ensure that IT has “a seat at the table": that we will be able to listen to the needs of the faculties and institution and that our voice as a team will be heard to be a full partner in the institutional planning and building of the Stellenbosch University of the future. She will therefore have a dual focus: Leading the IT team to deliver operational excellence through technology infrastructure and services and enabling transformation through the translation of innovation into new business value by aligning closely with the institutional strategy and needs of the faculties and PASS environments. </p><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For Dr Van der Merwe it is crucial in strategy and in life to always </span><span style="text-align:justify;">make</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> sure that you start </span><span style="text-align:justify;">with</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> the </span><span style="text-align:justify;">objective</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> in mind and then align your strategies to achieve that. “IT is an </span><span style="text-align:justify;">enabler,</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> and it is important that we imagine our potential futures as a university collaboratively given the current Higher Education national and international trends and challenges and then consider how we can use IT to effectively enable and support those potential futures."</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I believe that the IT team is already standing solidly on the building blocks they've put in place to take on the challenges that lie ahead. Together with the existing technical and governance expertise in the IT team and in collaboration with faculties and other stakeholders, I hope to provide intellectual and strategic leadership as an integrative leader to achieve our vision: “<em>Leading sustainable digital transformation at SU to enable Vision 2040 through the innovative, integrated and appropriate application of Information and Communication Technologies in all SU's core functions through collaborative and reciprocal internal and external partnerships."</em> I believe that it is crucial that we build on and learn from our remarkable achievements (attained in a record time) during the COVID-19 crisis to plan for post-COVID-19 technology-enabled HE scenarios in a flexible and consultative way, while taking the uniqueness of every faculty, the diversity of our student body as well as SU as a university in (and for) Africa (and the world) into account." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">When asked what she does in her spare time, Dr Van der Merwe answered: “I am first and foremost the mother of Alex. He grounds me". As one of South Africa's top chess players, Alex recently finished his matric at Paul Roos Gymnasium, and together the duo travels a lot to attend championships across the country and abroad. He will be joining SU next year to study Data Science. “He is the best thing that happened in my life," she says. Her husband, Brink, is a Professor in Computer Science at SU.  ​</p><p>​<br></p>
International Olympic Committee awards Olympic Studies Research Centre to Stellenbosch University http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10399International Olympic Committee awards Olympic Studies Research Centre to Stellenbosch University Kimara Singh<p></p><p>2023 has continued to be a busy and impactful year for Maties Sport. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently approved and awarded Maties Sport the right to host an Olympic Studies Research Centre (OSRC). OSRCs are the brainchild of the IOC and form an integral part of the academic and research integrity of the Olympic Movement.</p><p>The newly formed Centre – the South African Centre for Olympic Studies and Social Impact (SACOSSI) – is only the second of its kind in the country and Africa, and one of 68 around the world. As the name of the Centre indicates, all output shall be aligned to meaningful impact.</p><p>SACOSSI will be led by one of SU's <a href="https://sport.sun.ac.za/centre-for-sport-leadership/">Centre for Sport Leadership's</a> (CSL) Research Fellows, who also established the first Olympic Studies Centre in Africa in 2014 at the University of Johannesburg – Professor Cora Burnett – as Director (from 1 January 2024) and the CSL's Head – Dr Nana Adom-Aboagye, will be its Deputy Director.</p><p>SACOSSI will aim to act as a leading research and academic entity in Africa and engage in multi-stakeholder collaboration for conducting impactful and engaged education, training, and research to inform policy development, strategic decision-making and knowledge production related to Olympic Studies and Sport for Development and Peace at all levels.</p><p>This mission will be supported by the 21 (3 local and 18 international) internationally recognized and highly productive Research Fellows that the CSL has been able to appoint during the year.</p><p>“The depth of scholarship among the Research Fellows translates to about 1,600 publications between them, which brings them to be colloquially named 'The Dream Team'," says Nana Adom-Aboagye. “The CSL and SACOSSI have indeed been able to attract a 'dream team' of scholars whose areas of expertise range from sport history, gender and sport, sport governance to cognition and e-sport, but to name a few areas of specialisation."</p><p>The 21 Research Fellows represent 11 countries, spread across five (5) continents and will be affiliated with both the CSL and SACOSSI. The Fellows represent the following institutions:</p><p>·       Stellenbosch University (Prof Albert Grundlingh, Prof Cora Burnett & Dr Michele van Rooyen)</p><p>·       University of Technology Sydney, Australia (Prof Nico Schulenkorf)</p><p>·       Victoria University, Australia (Prof Ramon Spaaij)</p><p>·       Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil (Prof Billy Graeff)</p><p>·       University of Calgary, Canada (Dr Araba Chintoh)</p><p>·       Palacky University, Czechia (Prof Simona Safarikova)</p><p>·       Brunel University London, England (Professor Vassil Girginov)</p><p>·       Durham University, England (Prof Iain Lindsey)</p><p>·       Loughborough University, England (Prof Richard Giulianotti)</p><p>·       Loughborough University London, England (Dr Holly Collison)</p><p>·       Université de Toulon, France (Professor Arnaud Richard)</p><p>·       University of Limerick, Ireland (Prof Adam Toth, Dr Ian Sherwin & Prof Mark Campbell)</p><p>·       Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (Prof Lesley Ferkins)</p><p>·       University of Otago, New Zealand (Prof Sally Shaw)</p><p>·       University of Waikato, New Zealand (Prof Holly Thorpe)</p><p>·       The University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Dr Christine Nash)</p><p>·       Adelphi University, USA (Prof Meredith Whitley)</p><p>“We are proud to be associated with such high-caliber individuals and welcome them to SACOSSI!" says Burnett<br><br></p><p>​<br></p>