Our annual Maties Homecoming weekend for alumni will be taking place from Thursday 8 September to Saturday 10 September 2022 on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. And after two years of lockdown, this year's event promises to be one for the books.
As usual, the Alumni Relations Office has planned various tailormade gatherings. Expect networking events, campus tours, a business breakfast, sporting activities and socials. No fewer than 11 residences will also host birthday reunions over the weekend, and the first-year groups of 1971 and 1972, 1981 and 1982, 1991 and 1992, 2001 and 2002, 2011 and 2012 will meet up in Stellenbosch on Saturday 10th
September; and the 1982, 1992, and 2012 graduates of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are getting together on the Tygerberg campus.
Here's what you can look forward to:
Thursday 8 September
A round of golf
We're kicking off Homecoming at 11:00 with a first-ever golf day for our SWANs (Stellenbosch Women Alumnae Network) at the Stellenbosch golf course. A prize-giving ceremony will take place at the end of the day, followed by a dinner and the opportunity to enjoy award-winning wines from SU's very own winemaking alumni. The cost is R3 600 per four-ball and all proceeds will go towards SU's Bursary Fund.
Enquiries: Marvin Koopman, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Jimmy, email@example.com
Friday 9 September
We're up bright and early for a business breakfast at 09:00 at the Adam Small theatre complex in Stellenbosch. A panel of experts will be discussing the theme “Bull or bear? Leaders' views on the future of South Africa's economy".
Leading thinkers such as South African Financial and Fiscal Commission chair Dr Patience Nombeko Mbava, Artscape chief executive Dr Marlene le Roux and Simon Susman, Chairman of Conservation South Africa, President of Intercontinental Group of Department Stores, Board member of five companies and Chairman of Woolworths Holdings Ltd, will share their insights. Dr Morné Mostert, Strategic Foresight Advisor and former director of the Institute for Futures Research, will serve as moderator of what is bound to be a highly informative discussion in light of the current challenges and opportunities in both the South African and global economy.
Tickets are limited and cost R250 per person, which includes a full South African breakfast upon arrival. The event will be hosted in partnership with the Stellenbosch Business School.
Close your eyes and imagine spring in the Boland, the smells of food wafting through the air, and the very best company … Now gather your friends and make that vision a reality. At 14:00, we'll be hosting a Matie Soirée at the Alumni Clubhouse at Die Stal.
We have teamed up with nine wine farms and our winemaking alumni to present a tasting of their finest produce. For those preferring something non-alcoholic, The Raw Berry Press will be on hand to serve up some of their top-quality cold-pressed juices. While you mingle with both familiar and new faces, we'll treat you to an evening of first-class entertainment.
Cost: R100 per person
Saturday 10 September
Bergpad run, walk or cycle
Come fill your lungs with fresh air and stretch those legs. The festivities continue with a walk, run or cycle up breath-taking Stellenbosch mountain at 07:30. Not superfit? Don't worry, we're accommodating all fitness levels, so bring your friends, family and pets, and enjoy fantastic views of the town. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Alumni Clubhouse.
CLICK HERE for the full Homecoming programme. Any questions? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 21 808 2710.