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I am enoughhttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9334I am enoughPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>"Beautiful people, believing I am enough is an important part of a healthy relationship with myself. Those of us who stand firmly in this belief can be mentors and provide support for others. Those who struggle with this self-belief can seek mentorship and support from communities like this. In building on progress already made, let's hold each other up, let's affirm each other."</p><p>We are quoting our guest speaker on our RC's Women's Day 2022 celebration, Sindiswa Calana, a people development and relationship systems practitioner.</p><p>Sindiswa is no stranger to some of Stellenbosch University's women and was the obvious choice when the organising committee needed someone who could give that more profound meaning to the theme of "Just Be".</p><p>Her "peanut gallery", which keeps her entertained, she says,  is also the source of her (and many of us) self-imposed limitations. She encourages people to understand and embrace their inner voice (or voices). "Acknowledge the critic when it comes up. Do not let it doubt your abilities or diminish your confidence. Ask the question: how is it trying to be helpful? Extract the useful information, thank your inner critic for raising some valid points you need to consider and then move on from it. Don't let this "imposter syndrome" sow seeds of self-doubt."</p><p>While dealing with her inner critic, on the one hand, Sindiswe encourages us to diligently train our cheerleader voice – the one who encourages you to "be you" and to believe in yourself. "You have to train this voice – like a muscle, so there is no chance for self-doubt to take over."</p><p>"Why can't I get the conversation with that person out of my mind?"</p><p>"Why does so-and-so seem to think they can make decisions for me?"</p><p>"Why did I react so strongly when that person made that remark?"</p><p>For Sindiswa, it was a pivotal realisation for her when she realised that many of her frustrations are not about "them" but "her" – "me". The role I've assigned to "me", how I see myself, and the extent to which I exercise agency in my life.</p><p>"My relationship with myself is a critical lens through which I view and make sense of the world. The more I understand myself, the better I can own my actions and advocate for myself from a place of self-understanding in a world where it is easy to get lost in the noise from out there – by what standards we should live by, the definitions of self and what we should regard as important. My journey led me inward and to realise that investing in my relationship with myself is not selfish. It is an act of self-love."</p><p>Her question to us was: "What is your relationship with yourself, and how does it support you in just being? And remember, to "Just Be" means different things to different people."</p><p>One thing she noticed in her life is how easy it is to be kind to others yet be quite hard on yourself. "Each person in this room has overcome, jumped over hurdles, persisted. The women who marched to the Union Buildings would grin from ear to ear looking into this room," Sindiswa said.</p><p>She said that when one believes she is enough, she can easier permit herself to be. "In our 21st-century lives, it is easier to be swept away by doing, doing and doing. Our world makes it incredibly easy to be human doings rather than human beings."</p><p>That is where self-care comes in. "Being a giver by nature, I realised that giving brings me joy and does not leave me feeling empty. So, I've identified and intentionally engaged in what makes me smile, what makes my heart skip a beat, and what fills me with inexplicable joy. Knowing these things enables me to own that replenishment: it equips me to tell others what I need."</p><p>Sindiswa said self-care is no grand gesture. It should be a daily discipline. "To "Just Be", I am grounded in my relationship with myself and believing I am enough; it gives me permission to "Just Be", and self-care fuels the engine for all of it. Tap into that power and let your lights shine – encouraging others to turn on their lights too."<br></p><p> </p><p>​ </p><p>​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Just Behttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9327Just BePetro Mostert<p>​For the fifth time, our Responsibility Centre Operations and Finance celebrated Women's Day together and in what better place than the breathtaking Johannesdal overlooking the Banhoek valley mountains? On this rainy Friday afternoon (19 August 2022), 190 women came dressed up in black and white with here and there a zhuzh of colour in a hat, a scarf, shoes, or an earring. They came here to JUST BE.</p><p>During lockdown, we had to improvise and make do with whatever online creativity allowed us to design. This year, the mountains, the rain, and the fantastic women of this RC made the event just fabulous. "I remain the proudest head of a Responsibility Centre in the University on account of how you do your work in the University," said a proud Prof Stan du Plessis, our host and the person who started this initiative.</p><p>Our finance division had to pull out all the stops to create a magical event this year. Our co-host, Manie Lombard, chief director of Finance, and his organising committee ensured we would remember this event for a long time.</p><p>And what better theme than Just Be? As Prof Stan says: "some of the most complex philosophical ideas of the last century were about "being"." In highlighting the importance of our work life versus our personal life and whether or not this should be a balancing act like being on a seesaw, Prof Stan preferred to call this a work-life-integration.</p><p>"I hasten to add that I don't mean your work should dominate your life, especially not your family's life. I am not saying integrate your family time into your work or allow your work to dominate your family time. Your work at the University should be meaningful enough, and you don't have to feel transactional about it. When we do meaningful work, we don't feel we have to sacrifice a part of ourselves. We can really BE at work and BE OURSELVES in such meaningful work."</p><p>This year Prof Stan took inspiration from a famous young Pakistani, Malala Yousafzai, a youth and women activist who became the youngest recipient of the Nobel prize when she received the peace prize at 17.</p><p>She said: "I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us is held back."</p><p>"I am delighted to say that women's voices are increasingly heard in this University. You can increasingly "be yourself" at SU, at all levels, including the executive level. Of the five Chief Directors in our RC, four are women, and two of the University's four vice-Rectors will be women next month. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. Vroue van die VS: Bedryf en Finansies. Ek hoop dat julle werk en julle werk en lewe integrasie betekenisvol sal wees. Dat julle julself kan wees, dat julle by die US kan wees soos julle ook tuis is. Be yourself at SU; that is the valuable contribution we need from each of you," said Prof Stan.​</p><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
All hands-on deck for Mandela day 2022 at AF Louwhttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9323All hands-on deck for Mandela day 2022 at AF LouwPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>​Since 2009 we have celebrated Mandela Day (18 July) to carry on his work and inspiration to change the world or at least a part of it. This year, Facilities Management's staff, suppliers, and contractors pulled out all the stops to give back to the AF Louw Primary School in Stellenbosch.</p><p>One by one, construction vehicles pulled in and out came the ladders, paintbrushes, screwdrivers, weed eaters and chain saws. There was no one giving instructions, calling out demands. Instinctively everyone started to work on something they were good at – planting vegetables in the new garden, thinning out bushes and trees, fixing leaks, laying new tiles, painting walls, and restoring an old rusty pavilion next to the sports field where the lawnmower tractor is doing its thing.</p><p>Principal Anne Tarr welcomed the teams, who said she expected a few people to come to the school to fix some stuff, but instead, it was a full-scale operation. "Thank you for touching lives here today. We must teach our children to dream; this is how dreams come true. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."</p><p>Because Principal Tarr and this school touched her life, Aloma Fourie, Manager: maintenance planning at FM's Property Services, was delighted that this school was picked for this year's Mandela project.</p><p>Aloma quickly assembled a team with Robert Todkill, technical advisor, and the maintenance team at FM to get the maintenance wheels rolling. Over 170 people helped somehow on Mandela day to improve the school. "You give a job like this to Aloma, and magic happens," said Nicolette van den Eijkel, FM's Chief Director, who thanked each person for arriving and helping where they could.</p><p>Aloma said she wanted to show that SU is not an entity in isolation. "SU is part of the bigger Stellenbosch community, and what we do impacts everybody that lives here. Many of FM's staff and their children attended this school. I wish that SU inspire the children from this school as a place that is there for the bigger community."</p><p>"Some of our suppliers and staff were on site almost this whole week leading up to Mandela Day, as there was a lot of work to be done," said Brandon Como, who took the lead on this event. "It is unbelievable how everyone just came on board to make this project far better than we anticipated." Brandon and his organising committee did wonders in arranging the day's logistics and ensured everyone was there, had their tools and a much-deserved lunch. The staff even organised to collect non-perishable articles to donate to the school.​</p><p>The atmosphere at AF Louw was eclectic and energetic. You could not help laughing at all the sayings from people working hand-in-hand and against the clock to restore, fix and create a place that learners will be proud to return to. People said they were privileged to be part of a group of people that give of themselves, so you cannot even find words to describe it.<br></p><p></p><p>Watch the video here: <a href="https://stellenbosch-my.sharepoint.com/personal/como_sun_ac_za/_layouts/15/stream.aspx?id=/personal/como_sun_ac_za/Documents/Mandela%20Day%202022/Mandela%20Day%20Video/Mandela%20day%20%28Full%29%20%281%29.mp4&wdLOR=c9196A99B-AD21-034F-B1D8-17EEC2AEA3AA&ga=1">FM's Mandela day 2022</a> for a quick glimpse of the day's activities.</p><p> "It always seems impossible until it's done," said Madiba.</p><div><br>​<br></div><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Stellenbosch se Groen Skool is nou nog groener met ‘n nuwe sonpaneel-stelsel https://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9284Stellenbosch se Groen Skool is nou nog groener met ‘n nuwe sonpaneel-stelsel Petro Mostert<p>​'n Jaar gelede het Laerskool Cloetesville die eerste skool in Suid-Afrika geword wat 'n Energieprestasiesertifikaat (EPC) ontvang het nadat die Universiteit Stellenbosch en die Innovus afwentelmaatskappy GreenX Engineering (GXE) energiebesparende tegnologie by dié skool geïnstalleer het. Op Vrydag, 12 Augustus 2022 het hierdie gewilde Stellenbosse skool, bekend as die Groen Skool, 'n 7.5kW sonpaneel (fotovoltaïese) stelsel ontvang wat ongeveer 14MWh (14 000 eenhede) elektrisiteit per jaar sal opwek. Die stelsel sal jaarliks byna 13 ton koolstofdioksied negeer en R20 000 per jaar bespaar terwyl hulle elektrisiteit aan die netwerk terugverkoop.</p><p>Agter hierdie jong Innovus-maatskappy sit die span van GreenX onder die leiding van dr Jason Samuels, wat aan die einde van 2021 sy PhD in elektriese ingenieurswese ontvang het; navorsing wat gelei het tot energiekostebesparings by skole in die Stellenbosch- en Paarl-streek. Samuels se mentor prof Thinus Booysen, 'n professor in die Departement Elektriese en Elektroniese Ingenieurswese, en prof Saartjie Grobbelaar, 'n professor in die Departement Bedryfsingenieurswese, is albei by die maatskappy betrokke.</p><p>Onder die US se Senior Direkteur van Sosiale Impak en Transformasie, dr Leslie van Rooi se leierskap, het die US se Departement Sosiale Impak en die Fakulteit Ingenieurswese in 2021 'n veldtog begin en ligte by 25 geen- of lae-fooi-skole te vervang om die skole te help om hul elektrisiteitsuitgawes en die las op Eskom en die omgewing te verminder. “Ons het daarin geslaag om die skole se elektrisiteitsrekeninge met enigiets van 21% tot soveel as 39% te verminder," het prof Booysen gesê.</p><p>Danksy nog beskikbare fondse nadat die aanvanklike projek voltooi is, kon hulle 'n sonkragaanleg by Die Groen Skool installeer. In 'n afsonderlike projek in 2018 het die span 'n toetsprojek begin waar hulle 'n paar sonpanele by Rhenish Primêr, AF Louw Primêr en Laerskool Stellenbosch geïnstalleer het. Die projek se gunstige resultate het Rhenish gemotiveer om 'n groot sonkragaanleg te installeer en die sonpanele van die toetsprojek aan Cloetesville Primêr te skenk.</p><p>Dr Van Rooi het gesê die Universiteit Stellenbosch bly verbind tot vennootskappe met plaaslike skole op baie vlakke. “Ons doen dit spesifiek om ons skole en gemeenskappe positief te beïnvloed. Dit is wonderlik dat ons ook so kan bydra tot die leergeleenthede van Cloetesville Laerskool. My opregte waardering aan ons kollegas en die skoolgemeenskap dat ons op hierdie manier kan saamwerk."</p><p>Dr Van Rooi het gesê aangesien die skool nou 'n 10kW-omskakelaar het, sal die US nog 'n paar sonpanele skenk om te verseker dat die aanleg op volkapasiteit kan werk.</p><p>Mnr Salie Abrahams, die Adjunk Direkteur-generaal: Onderwysbeplanning by die Wes-Kaapse onderwysdepartement (WKOD), gesê hierdie projek wys wat skole kan doen om gemeenskappe te help om te herstel na 'n baie moeilike tydperk . “Vandag is 'n fantastiese dag. Hier sien ons eerstehands hoe skole 'n groter rol in gemeenskappe kan vervul deur dienste te verskaf wat hulle kan help ophef. Met hierdie kreatiewe projek sien ons hoe skole kan help om die nasionale energiekrisis aan te spreek en die veerkragtigheid en algemene welstand van die plaaslike gemeenskap van Cloetesville te verbeter. Ons moet nou 'n manier vind om 'n model te ontwikkel wat dit na meer skole kan uitrol sodat meer gemeenskappe by hierdie innovasie kan baat." Abrahams het gesê die Wes-Kaapse regering en WKOD wil aan hierdie proses deelneem. “Om hierdie projek vorentoe te neem is vir ons 'n prioriteit en ons sien uit daarna om die vennootskappe te bou wat die nodige platform sal skep om soveel skole as moontlik aan boord te kry. Hierdie projek het die volle ondersteuning van die WKOD," het Abrahams gesê.​</p><p>Mnr Alex Hall, skoolhoof van Rhenish, het gesê dit is 'n viering van die menslike gees om hierdie droom 'n werklikheid te maak. “Ons was bevoorreg om hierdie jaar ons eie sonkragaanleg te installeer met 'n 22kW-omskakelaar wat ons 42 MWatt-ure per jaar gaan bespaar. “Ons is veral trots op die 40-ton koolstofvrystellings wat ons gaan negeer. Dit is met groot trots dat ons op hierdie manier aan die Stellenbosch-gemeenskap iets kon teruggee," het Hall gesê.</p><p>Met die dank aan die vennote van hierdie projek, het Cloetesville Laerskool se skoolhoof, mnr Rodger Cupido, gesê die skool sal nie net die finansiële voordele van hierdie energiebesparende stelsel ervaar nie, maar hulle is nou deel van 'n meer betekenisvolle leerproses wat hulle na hul gemeenskap kan neem. "Ons is opgewonde om deel hiervan te wees en baie dankbaar vir al die betrokke vennote. Dit is fantasties om al hierdie mense hier te hê wat 'n verskil maak, en ons hoop om voort te bou op hierdie verhouding op ons groen reis as die Groen Skool."​<br></p><p><strong>Meer skole bevoordeel</strong></p><p>Die WKOD het onlangs aan GreenX Engineering die geleentheid gegee om IoT-energiebestuur en beligtingsdoeltreffendheid-opgraderings te loods by 25 geen-fooiskole in die Wes-Kaap en hulle te help om op hul elektrisiteitsrekeninge te bespaar. Vir hierdie R6 miljoen-projek, het GreenX uitgebreide energie-oudits by die verskillende skole gedoen om te bepaal hoe hulle hulle met energiebesparende ligte en meters die skole kan help om hul energiegebruik te meet en te bestuur.</p><p>“Ons het reeds 100 geen-fooi-skole in die Wes-Kaap geïdentifiseer wat by ons energie-ingrypings sal baat vind," sê Samuels. “Ons hoop dat na die suksesvolle voltooiing van die werk aan die eerste 25 skole, die WKOD ons projek sal uitbrei om die res van die 75 skole in te sluit. Hierdie energie-ingrypings sal gebruikskostebesparings vir die skole teweeg bring, en ook die WKOD grootliks bevoordeel, aangesien hulle 'n bloudruk sal hê om na ander skole in die streek uit te rol."</p><p>Samuels sê: "Ons voorsien dat 'n skool enigiets tussen 20-40% op hul energierekeninge sal kan bespaar, wat 'n gemiddelde besparing van sowat R3 000 per skool per maand en 'n totaal van R36 000 per jaar kan beteken." </p><p>LET WEL:</p><p>Op Vrydag, 12 Augustus het die Universiteit se Senior Direkteur: Sosiale Impak en Transformasie, dr. Leslie van Rooi, en die skoolhoof van Rhenish Laerskool, mnr Alex Hall, die panele van 'n sonkragaanleg aan die skoolhoof van Cloetesville Laerskool, mnr Rodger Cupido oorhandig.​</p><p><br><br></p>
Innovus vier vroue entrepreneurs wat van ons wêreld 'n beter plek maakhttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9262Innovus vier vroue entrepreneurs wat van ons wêreld 'n beter plek maakPetro Mostert<p>​Suid-Afrikaners herdenk elke jaar Vrouemaand in Augustus as 'n huldeblyk aan die dapper vroue wat op 9 Augustus 1956 na die Uniegebou gestap het om 'n einde te bring aan vroue wat passe moet dra. Dit is 2022, en ons het al ver gekom. Dit sien ons daagliks by die Universiteit Stellenbosch se innovasie- en kommersialiseringsafdeling, Innovus, waar hulle entrepreneuriese vroue-innovasies koester en ontwikkel tot lewensvatbare besighede wat beduidende verskille maak in die wêreld waarin ons leef.</p><p>“Ons het vroue entrepreneurs van alle soorte," sê Anita Nel, US se Hoofdirekteur: Innovasie en Kommersialisering. “Vrouewetenskaplikes wat onlangs 'n baanbrekende navorsingsmetode gepatenteer het om mikroklonte in die bloed van Long COVID-pasiënte op te spoor; 'n ingenieur wat gehelp het om 'n groenenergiemaatskappy te stig wat nou skole help om hul energierekeninge te verminder; 'n mariene bioloog wat die see veilig maak vir haaie en mense; ons kreatiewe en energieke nuwe Matie Shop-bestuurder wat ons US-handelsmerk na die sterre neem; en ons vrouetegnologie-oordragspan by Innovus wat 24 uur per dag werk om kommersieel lewensvatbare besighede uit US-studente se navorsing te skep. Daar is nog vele meer. Elkeen van hierdie vroue inspireer ons by Innovus daagliks."</p><p>Nel het onlangs van Amsterdam af teruggekeer het met 'n toekenning van die Universiteit-industrie-innovasienetwerk (UIIN) aan die US as naaswenner vir Uitstaande Entrepreneuriese en Betrokken Universiteit op grond van die werk wat via Innovus gedoen is. Sy glo dit is die vroue-entrepreneurs van vandag wat 'n beter môre vir almal skep. “Ek sien dit daagliks soos innovasies van ons vroulike navorsers op ons lessenaars beland. Ons moet ons vroue-entrepreneurs ondersteun, want hul nalatenskap sal 'n beter wêreld vir ons nageslag skep," sê Nel.</p><p>“Ek is bevoorreg om die enorme effek te sien van vroue se suksesse wat direk tot plaaslike ekonomieë bydra en die lewens van die mense in daardie gemeenskappe raak. Vroue soek voortdurend maniere om terug te ploeg in hul gesinne en gemeenskap - om onderwys op te hef en die beste voeding, welstand en kinders se gesondheid te verseker. Hul innovasies is ook meer geneig om dienste en geleenthede aan hul gemeenskappe te verskaf."​ As een van die aanbieders by die UIIN-konferensie in Junie vanjaar, het Anita die lesse wat sy geleer het om die US se entrepreneuriese ekosisteem te vestig, met die gehoor gedeel. Dié ekosisteem bestaan uit Innovus se Tegnologie-oordragkantoor, die Universiteit van Stellenbosch se maatskappye, die US LaunchLab en SUNKOM, die US se afdeling wat fokus op die kommersialisering van nie-akademiese dienste en projekte. “Die samewerking van hierdie entiteite, tesame met die stigting van die Universiteitstegnologiefonds en die US Beleggingskomitee bied die platform vir entrepreneurskap om te floreer."</p><p>Nel glo Universiteite in Afrika kan 'n beduidende rol speel om entrepreneurs te ondersteun om ekonomiese groei-agente in hul streke te word, ondernemings te begin en te laat groei. "Om die US as 'n entrepreneuriese Universiteit te laat groei, moet ons die instelling ontwikkel om te innoveer, geleenthede te erken en skep, risiko's te neem en op uitdagings te reageer en uiteindelik 'n natuurlike broeikas te word wat sy akademici, tegnici en studente kan ondersteun om nuwe ondernemings te skep," sê Nel , met verwysing na die Britse akademikus David Kirby se definisie van entrepreneurskap.</p><p>Innovus publiseer in Augustus 'n reeks artikels oor die US se vroue-entrepreneurs op hul webwerf by <a href="http://www.innovus.co.za/">www.innovus.co.za</a>  en op sosiale media-platforms. Lees hul stories en help ons om die uitstaande prestasies van vroue in verskeie dissiplines te deel en te vier, deur 'n beter lewe vir almal te skep deur innovasie.​</p><p><br></p><p>Innovus webwerf: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.innovus.co.za/womans-month&data=05%7c01%7c%7c57c14ec92be9483f009208da753ab3aa%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637951192362816364%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=wy1SHR4NhHYE2cWeahlDq2FeQ7wAVqVn6I3CS9eoDBQ%3D&reserved=0">Woman's Month (innovus.co.za)</a></p><p>LinkedIn: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.linkedin.com/company/883499/admin/&data=05%7c01%7c%7c57c14ec92be9483f009208da753ab3aa%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637951192362816364%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=3PYlqhCwJJg1SEwwZpjklWY1L/NzglikOW84%2B%2BFQCgo%3D&reserved=0">(1) University of Stellenbosch Enterprises (Pty) Ltd: Company Page Admin | LinkedIn</a></p><p>Facebook: <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.facebook.com/InnovusTTO&data=05%7c01%7c%7c57c14ec92be9483f009208da753ab3aa%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637951192362816364%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=rQanHrrCw0U6Z2UG27wJY4XPDhSCV/BNzo%2BrBJrtGnc%3D&reserved=0">Innovus Technology Transfer | Facebook</a></p><p> <br></p><p><br></p>
Die US ontvang internasionale erkenning as 'n uitstaande entrepreneuriese en betrokke Universiteit https://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9224Die US ontvang internasionale erkenning as 'n uitstaande entrepreneuriese en betrokke Universiteit Petro Mostert<p>​Die Universiteit Stellenbosch is by die Universiteit-Nywerheidsinnovasienetwerk (UIIN) se jaarlikse konferensie in Amsterdam aangewys as naaswenner in die kategorie vir 'n uitstaande entrepreneuriese en betrokke Universiteit op grond van die werk wat Innovus, die Innovasie- en Kommersialiseringsafdeling van die Universiteit, gedoen het.</p><p>UIIN is toegewyd om die toekoms van hoëronderwysinstellings te bevorder en die globale gemeenskap van professionele universiteitsbedryf te ondersteun.</p><p>"Dit was 'n wonderlike voorreg en ongelooflike ervaring om in Junie vanjaar aan die UIIN se konferensie in Amsterdam deel te neem en die organisasie se 10de verjaardag te vier. Dit was 'n groot verrassing en bonus om die naaswenner-prys te ontvang," sê Anita Nel, Hoofdirekteur: Innovasie en Kommersialisering.</p><p>Nel het 'n toespraak gelewer by die konferensie oor ons Universiteit as 'n entrepreneuriese universiteit met die tema: "Doen dit net!". In haar praatjie het sy die entrepreneurskaplandskap wat Innovus gevestig het om entrepreneurs by die instelling te ondersteun en te ontwikkel, ten toon gestel. Sy het die vier strukture bekendgestel wat entrepreneurskap by die US ondersteun, naamlik die Innovus Tegnologie-oordragkantoor, US Enterprises (Edms.) Bpk., die volwaardige universiteitsmaatskappy wat die Instelling se aandele in sy groep van maatskappye hou, die US LaunchLab en SUNKOM, die US se afdeling wat fokus op die kommersialisering van nie-akademiese projekte. Sy het ook die verskeie inisiatiewe bespreek wat hierdie strukture aan personeel en studente bied en die talle suksesse wat die instelling deur hierdie platform behaal het, gedemonstreer.</p><p>“Hierdie erkenning wat ons ontvang het by 'n wêreldkonferensie wat toegewyd is tot en bygewoon is deur entrepreneuriese universiteite, is baie bemoedigend en inspireer ons om verder te bou op hierdie spelveranderende strategie van ons instelling," sê Nel, wat glo daarin om suksesse te vier en te kommunikeer en gevallestudies, soos die US se indrukwekkende lys van maatskappye, te gebruik om geloofwaardigheid te bou.​</p><p><br></p><p>Oor die UIIN</p><p>Die UIIN is toegewy aan die bevordering van die toekoms van hoëronderwysinstellings en die ondersteuning van die globale gemeenskap van kundiges in die universiteitsbedryf. Hulle doen navorsing, organiseer geleenthede en bied opleiding en konsultasiedienste aan hul gemeenskap van 80+ organisatoriese en 500+ individuele lede. Sien https://www.uiin.org/</p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p>
Innovus celebrates their CEO’shttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9182Innovus celebrates their CEO’sPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>Every year Innovus celebrate the outstanding work the Chief Executive Officers and staff of Stellenbosch University's group of companies do.</p><p>In his address to the guests, SU's Chief Operating Officer, Prof Stan du Plessis, reminded them about Tom Hockaday's book "University Technology Transfer: What is s and how to do it" and the word SYZYGY​​​ – meaning "conjunction, or a pair of connected or correlated things".</p><p>"Hockaday argued that launching a company from a University requires Syzygy, that is to say, alignment between many parties: the researchers, the tech transfer office, managers of the company and the investors. The interests of these parties are not automatically aligned and require much work and mutual trust to achieve Syzygy. A vibrant research culture, tech Transfer office, a business incubator, and a University Technology Fund can be crucial in achieving the required conjunction."</p><p>Prof Stan said SU is incredibly fortunate to have such high-quality teams in our faculties, at Innovus, at USE, at the LaunchLab, as well as our partners at the UTF. "You allow us to attain Syzygy."</p><p>He referred to the pandemic times that tested big and small companies and is grateful that most of SU's companies managed to survive the troubled times.</p><p>"As a university, we are delighted to see this growing group of companies. Each of these companies represents a massive social impact from SU, locally and internationally. When we succeed in the difficult task of creating a viable product, or service, or business process out of a research idea, we turbo charge the impact that a research-intensive University can have on society."</p><p>Prof Stan also thanked the University Technology Fund for their confidence in the companies they have funded to date. He said that in addition to the UTF investments, the University's Investment Committee has also started investing in later-stage rounds to build the University's own equity portfolio in USE companies.</p><p>​ </p><div><br><br></div><p><br><br></p>
Lost and found items will be donated if not collectedhttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9178Lost and found items will be donated if not collectedPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>Campus Security offers the service of managing lost and found personal items. Students and other members of the campus community regularly hand items to campus security found on or around campus. Security staff regularly identify the owner of items handed in and then contact the owner to collect their belongings. Owners are required to provide details that correspond with where an item was lost to ensure that the rightful owner receives his belongings back. Owners of the lost property also enquire at the security desk and, in many cases, are reunited with their precious belonging. </p><p>"We are concerned that there are many items that nobody comes to collect. As we are running out of storage space, our security staff will be left with no alternative but to donate personal belongings that have not been claimed or collected to a local welfare organisation," says Melany le Roux, manager security systems and intelligence.</p><p>"Campus Security appreciate the assistance of student leaders to spread the message to the wider campus community that lost items could potentially be found and handed in at the security office at 62 Merriman Street, Stellenbosch."</p><p>Le Roux says the office is open day and night throughout the year.</p><p>"People regularly accept that it is a lost cause to receive a stolen phone, pair of spectacles, brush, purse, memory stick or even a whole bag. The reality is that there are still many people around that will do the right thing to hand found items in rather than keep them. Campus Security regularly observes astonished owners of items when they receive their belonging back."</p><p> </p><p>​ <br></p><p>​<br></p><p><br><br></p>
Residence students learn the ropes of using a fire extinguisherhttps://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9179Residence students learn the ropes of using a fire extinguisherPetro Mostert<p>​</p><p>With more than 30 000 students enrolled at Stellenbosch University, of which approximately 10 000 reside on and around campus, there is a good chance that the first person who discovers a fire and responds to it will be a student. </p><p>"As many people have not had the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher, it is possible that the first person on the scene of the fire is not familiar with using a fire extinguisher. Although it is not difficult to use, practicalities such as unhooking a fire extinguisher from the wall or removing the safety pin is much easier the second time than the first time," says Melany le Roux, manager security systems and intelligence.</p><p>Le Roux says Campus Security recently arranged a practical demonstration for student leaders. The established partnership with the Stellenbosch Fire Services contributed to the Fire Services agreeing to familiarise student leaders with some basics about fires and using fire extinguishers. "We used the parking area behind Campus Security to start a mock fire which students then extinguished. The primary gain was the shared knowledge and experience, while the fun the students had was a bonus," said Le Roux.<br></p><p>​ </p><div><br><br><br></div><p><br></p>
Bicycle theft on campus still a headache https://www.sun.ac.za/afrikaans/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9180Bicycle theft on campus still a headache Petro Mostert<p>​</p><p>A student once complained to a security staff member that his third bicycle was recently stolen. Although Campus Security, along with bicycle owners and student leaders, have over many years cooperated to reduce the number of bicycle thefts, bicycles still get stolen.</p><p>"Members of bicycle theft syndicates and many thieves have been caught so many times that the Court have no option but to sentence them to imprisonment. Sadly, many of these bicycle thieves continue stealing bicycles once they finish their term," says Melany le Roux, manager security systems and intelligence.</p><p>Although there will probably always be attempts to steal bicycles, le Roux advises bicycle owners to ensure their bicycle is the most difficult one to steal.</p><p>"If possible, always leave your bicycle in a lock-up facility, like a house, office, garage or shed. When you leave it outside, always lock it with a high-quality lock, preferably a U-lock," says le Roux. The photo shows how to lock your bicycle with a U-lock through the frame and the wheel. "If you have an expensive sports bicycle or a collector's bicycle, you could even consider using two U-locks to secure the front and back wheels to the frame."​</p><div><br><br><br></div><p><br></p>