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Stellenbosch University’s Gradlinc show exceptional growth in first yearhttps://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 entrepreneurshiphttps://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 #Action4Inclusionhttps://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 https://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 https://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 https://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>
Another year of celebrating excellencehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10327Another year of celebrating excellencePetro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW50506470 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 SCXW50506470 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW50506470 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"></span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Every year I stand in awe </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">when I </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">look back</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> on what we as the Responsibility Centre of Operations and Finance </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">achieved. This year was no exception, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">and allowed me, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">once again</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, to</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> present</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> our annual report to Stellenbosch University’s Council with </span><span class="NormalTextRun DraftCommentAnchorIntent DraftCommentTextAnchorIntentHighlight AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">great</span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;"> pride</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">. The 140-page long report tells the story of you, the people in our RC who </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">went out of </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">your</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> way to make our Institution even better. For this, I want to say thank you.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">At our sixth annual awards function, we celebrated ten outstanding colleagues who touched our hearts and minds with their stories of endurance, perseverance, loyalty and love in their work. These colleagues earned our respect for their unwavering service to </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">students</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, </span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">colleagues,</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">and the broader </span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">SU</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> community. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">We t</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">hank </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">them for their exemplary </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">work and</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> for making us want to </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">follow them and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">excel in </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">our</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">work</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun MacChromeBold SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;font-weight:bold;">The highlights</span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">This year, we commemorated significant accomplishments like launching our first cloud-based financial accounting system, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">SUNFin</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and cutting the ribbon on the magnificent BMRI building on our Tygerberg campus. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">R</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">esearch and education</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> can </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">proceed</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> on our campuses despite </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">heavy load shedding because of around sixty generators that are </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">maintained</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> around the clock, seven days a week, by a dedicated crew. Thanks to a well-thought-out </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">environmentally</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> sustainable plan currently in place with projects that keep us on </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">track</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, we are on our way to reaching net zero. We honoured the leaders of </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">the University’s </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">companies</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">who support our fifth-stream revenue and help no-fee schools reduce their electricity costs, as well as the new spinout enterprises that have joined our university family.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">We appreciate </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">the employees who went </span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">above and </span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">beyond</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">to keep our institution running smoothly. We are grateful to the staff members who volunteered to </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">recover Admin A from </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">a</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> major flood  over the precious festive season</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> to those who worked long nights and weekends to load data and test our new financial system, to those who walked the campus day and night to ensure the safety of our students and staff, and to those who support our </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">student-athletes as they strive for greater success. My list of gratitude never ends. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Being a member of this amazing team makes me </span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">really proud</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and appreciative, and I </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">look </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">forward to seeing what our colleagues will </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">accomplish</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> in 2024.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p class="Paragraph SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><br></span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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 SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">I wish you all a blessed holiday season and some quality time spent with your families</span><span class="NormalTextRun AdvancedProofingIssueV2Themed SCXW157621900 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">.  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW157621900 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559740":276}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:21.85px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW157621900 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, 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Jakes helps keeping the lights onhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10328Jakes helps keeping the lights onPetro Mostert<p>​<br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jakes van Deventer is our electrical services foreman at Facilities Management. Think loadshedding, then think Jakes. He is receiving this award today in recognition of his outstanding work to ensure that our campus community can function thanks to generators that they've installed as well as external lightning in crucial areas.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jakes joined Stellenbosch University in 2009, primarily to manage generators and external lights. Over the past few years, thanks to Eskom, he had his work cut out for him with hours of loadshedding being part of our daily lives on and off campus. Thanks to Jakes and his team, we could keep the lights on during crucial times to ensure the campus functions properly, exams could be written and events, such as our graduation ceremonies, can continue without interruption.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2014 Jakes and his team upgraded the switchgear and replaced the generators at the SU library and the Neelsie Student Centre – as these were old and past their lifetime. He was also instrumental in ensuring student safety by installing crucial external lights onto the generators' grids so that students could safely walk on campus during loadshedding.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Over the past few years, we've seen major parts failing on some of our critical generators, but in each case, Jake's and his team's response was swift and exemplary. Jakes installed hired generators in most of these cases within hours to ensure a seamless transition from one to another without us putting our core business to risk.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During crucial loadshedding times, Jakes almost lived on campus, so to speak, and we are immensely grateful to him, given the impact this disruption had on his family. Thank you, Jakes, for your continued dedication to your important work on our campus.​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Watch Jakes's video <a href="https://youtu.be/JPtoXozEfp8">here</a><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Regan is a constant studenthttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10329Regan is a constant studentPetro Mostert<p><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Regan Janari, a senior systems administrator at Information Technology, counts as one of IT's most professional, knowledgeable, and helpful team members. He is always willing and available to go the extra mile to assist his colleagues, even after hours. And for that, we give recognition to him.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Regan is usually one of the first people who is available in the mornings and will be present until late in the evenings ensuring he fulfills his tasks and responsibilities before heading home. He does not shy away from any task and his professional and gentle demeanour makes him easy to approach by his fellow team members and colleagues.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As a senior Microsoft system administrator, he has done amazing work. He recently grabbed the opportunity to enhance his professional pedigree by volunteering to gain experience as a Cloud architect.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">On a personal note, Regan is a loving husband and father, while in between finding time to complete his national diploma in information technology through Unisa.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">His colleagues tell me that Regan is already looking for his new challenge and will be enrolling for his advanced diploma soon. Thank you, Regan, for your tremendous dedication to Stellenbosch University.​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Watch Regan's video <a href="https://youtu.be/osFQ0qBXqUw">here</a><br></p><p><br></p>
Anche taking Maties hockeyclub to new heightshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10330Anche taking Maties hockeyclub to new heightsPetro Mostert<p><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Anche Nortje, Maties Sport's new hockeyclub manager, is leading one the biggest clubs of Maties Sport. In her unique way, Anche led her team through an extremely busy time and kept it all together so that we could tell her successful tale.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Anche and her team have had an exceptionally successful year across all the key areas of University Sport – this includes campus league hockey, provincial league hockey, USSA hockey, and exceptional operational excellence.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Anche also took on the position as lead of our new Campus Sport concept that Maties Sport launched this year and delivered three bumper events that were huge successes and very popular with our student-athletes, the broader community, and alumni who attended. Through Anchen's pro-active leadership, several of our Sport Managers collaborated on the Campus Sport product that included seven sports, and entertainment on all bumper events.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Anche is truly a remarkable asset to Maties Sport, and we highly value her contributions in the past, present, and what will follow in the future. Thank you Anche, for your immense contribution to the success of Maties Hockey, Campus Sport, and the continued excellence of our Maroon Machine.​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Watch Anche's video ​<a href="https://youtu.be/eHSAaf8ZhPY">here</a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong></strong></span><br><br></p><p>​<br></p>