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Stellenbosch University vaccination statementhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8569Stellenbosch University vaccination statementStellenbosch University Rectorate/ Rektoraat van die Universiteit Stellenbosch<div style="text-align:left;">Forward together: Choose vaccination | Saam vorentoe: Kies inenting | Sonke siya phambili: Khetha ugonyo</div><p style="text-align:left;">​<br></p><p>We call on the people of Stellenbosch University (SU) to <em>choose vaccination</em> against COVID-19, a severe, life-threatening disease. The vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself as well as your family, friends, colleagues, fellow students and members of our community.</p><p>The coronavirus pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on our lives. Some of us have lost loved ones, while others have survived COVID-19, but now face its lingering after-effects. The lockdown restrictions have dealt our country a financial blow, which has put livelihoods at risk. The pandemic has also forced us to adjust to the “new normal" of life with COVID-19, a harsh reality that has changed how we live from day to day.</p><p><strong>Move forward together</strong></p><p>Consistently adhering to all the relevant health and safety measures and choosing to get vaccinated is the best way to overcome this pandemic and the risk it poses to our lives and livelihoods.<br></p><p>We know some are hesitant to get vaccinated. However, we assure you that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, whether you receive Pfizer's (double-dose), Johnson & Johnson's (single-dose) or any other approved vaccine. It has been tested scientifically and approved by medical authorities, and – most importantly – it undoubtedly reduces risk and saves lives.</p><p>Vaccines are designed to prevent loss of life, and have been doing just that for decades across the globe. They not only reduce the consequences of infection for those who contract an infectious disease, but – above all – largely prevent infection altogether. Vaccines helped eradicate smallpox and continue to prevent devastating viruses such as polio from causing severe illness and death. The COVID-19 vaccine is doing the same for the coronavirus.</p><p><strong>Choose vaccination</strong></p><p>As part of our commitment to overcome this pandemic, the University has established a vaccination site at the Lentelus clubhouse at SU's soccer complex in Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch. The site is open to staff, students and members of the broader community. <a href="/english/covid-19-vaccinations">Click here</a> for more information.</p><p>Please make use of the vaccination services at this site or one closer to you, and encourage others also to vaccinate.</p><p>Choosing vaccination is the responsible choice, and a commitment to moving forward – for yourself, your family, your community and our nation.</p><p><em>Choose vaccination | </em><em>Kies inenting | Khetha ugonyo</em></p><p>This statement was adopted by the Stellenbosch University Rectorate on 15 September 2021:</p><ul><li>Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor</li><li>Prof Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer</li><li>Prof Nico Koopman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel</li><li>Prof Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching</li><li>Dr Ronel Retief, Registrar</li><li>Prof Eugene Cloete, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies<br></li><li>Prof Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and Internationalisation<br></li></ul><p><br></p>
SU celebrates Arbour Week by planting trees on campushttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8536SU celebrates Arbour Week by planting trees on campusFacilities Management<p>​Facilities Management's Landscaping and Environmental Sustainability teams collaborated to plant between 50 and 60 trees over the past couple of months on Stellenbosch University's campus, ending on a high note in celebrating Arbour Week during the first week of September 2021.<br></p><p>According to the initiators of the project, Christine Groenewald, engagement project coordinator, and Sivu Kweleta, senior horticulturist at Facilities Management, they, together with colleagues, suppliers and students have planted various trees on campus at buildings, such as the Engineering Faculty, the Old Main Building and the Krotoa Building – all at carefully selected spaces and allocated in appropriate areas within existing garden spaces.</p><p>"The collaborative effort between our environment sustainability and landscaping teams resulted in us planting 50 to 60 trees. We all know that trees create a greener and more oxygen-rich environment.  It also helps to cool down our urban areas, increase the resilience of our ecosystems, and increase carbon sequestration," says Groenewald.  The term carbon sequestration describes both natural and thoughtful processes by which CO2 is either removed from the atmosphere or diverted from emission sources and stored in the natural carbon sinks.</p><p>Groenewald says tree planting also enriches SU's biodiversity and help with the conservation of our biomes. The trees that were selected and planted varied from indigenous, water-wise and endemic trees, which adapt and survive in the weather conditions of the Stellenbosch area.</p><p>"Indigenous trees help create resilient ecosystems that can survive climate challenges like the recent drought we had. They help improve biodiversity and the sustainability of open spaces on campus. Most of the non-indigenous trees or plants use too much of our precious water resource, tend to become invasive, displace our rich biodiversity and disconnect our rich environmental, ecological services and are less resilient against pest and diseases Trees also help with the total ecosystem balance when one plants endemic and indigenous species," Kweleta says.</p><p>Nadeem Gafieldien, Director Property Services at Stellenbosch University's Facilities Management (SUFM)​, says the Environmental Sustainable Unit is currently rolling out a series of projects and engagements on campus that form part of SU's overall environmental sustainability strategy towards becoming a sustainable university. In using their division as a living laboratory, SUFM has since 2015 been putting systems and processes in place to start paving the way for the University to become a smart campus where data-led decision-making will result in solving problems and providing sustainable solutions for the future.</p><p>"We have even digitised our trees to measure and manage many of the influencing variables. In some cases, this information enabled us to replace some vegetation with the water-wise endemic and indigenous trees planted in the past few weeks," says Gafieldien.​</p><p><br></p>
SU and fitness company holds first-ever virtual sports and wellness day in support of #Move4Food https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8495SU and fitness company holds first-ever virtual sports and wellness day in support of #Move4Food Innovus <p>​​Stellenbosch University joined forces with a virtual health and fitness company, JEFF Fitness, in hosting the first-ever virtual sports and wellness day in the hope to set a new world record for #BiggestUniversityWorkout on Saturday, 28 August 2021, and raising funds for SU Alumni's # Move4Food initiative. A hallmark of #Move4Food is Stellenbosch University students, staff, alumni, and friends taking part in sporting events to raise funds to aid student hunger.<br></p><p>Some amazing people will join in on the fun and help in the fundraising cause, such as SA sport stars, Alumni champions from around the world, some of our Paralympic athletes currently on their way to the Tokyo Paralympics, students, celebrities and previous and current Maties Sport stars.</p><p>The event will take place virtually from 07h00 until 13h00 and consists of live workouts, competitions, talks, live "virtual" music, cook-offs and more.</p><p>SU's new Central Events and Conferencing Office (CECO) is the driving force behind this unique "Stellenbosch University-owned event". Liz Dirkse-van Schalkwyk, the event's main organiser, said they have partnered with JEFF fitness to co-host the event. JEFF brings to the event their expertise and know-how to host online events of this size and scope.  Supporting this event from within SU is the office of the COO, Maties Sport, SU Wellness and SU Alumni.</p><p> "JEFF is owned by SU Sport Science Alumni, Johno Meintjies, who is passionate about impacting people's lives through sports and wellness," says Dirkse-van Schalkwyk. “This fitness company was born in the recent lockdown through a free Facebook group that has grown into a global fitness company impacting lives in more than forty countries. With their recent success in virtual events of this nature the synergy just made sense for one of our alumni to take hands with us and do something special together with the rest of our Maties community around the world," says Dirkse-van Schalkwyk.</p><p>She said they would like Maties and Alumni from across the globe to join them and experience the "gees" of the broader local, national and international Stellenbosch community in coming together to support our students and global health and fitness.</p><p>"Join us and experience an iconic event from the comfort of your home and stand a chance to win prizes throughout a fun-filled morning," says Dirkse-van Schalkwyk.</p><p>She said they are finalising the programme of events and will communicate all the information on social media and SU's website over next week – leading up to the challenge. In the meantime, visit the event's website page <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.jeff.fitness/pages/stellenbosch-university-sports-wellness-day&data=04%7c01%7c%7c73460954b3a44220798308d9636bbd61%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c637650136655870636%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=G6lTglqugTcRwugupiSc8W7G0YRSEvqYfkxpenhIkaU%3D&reserved=0">here</a> to take part.​</p><p><br></p>
Innovus celebrates women entrepreneurshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8498Innovus celebrates women entrepreneursInnovus <p>​Innovus, Stellenbosch University's university-industry innovation interaction platform for the commercialisation of SU's assets, celebrates our women entrepreneurs – an opportunity to showcase SU's entrepreneurial talent.<br></p><p>"We've decided to launch a series of stories celebrating entrepreneurial women in Stellenbosch during this year's women's month," says Anita Nel, Chief Director: Innovation and Business Development. "Every year, more and more women approach us with their innovations and ideas to start small businesses and time and time again, we stand in awe of what they bring to us. We've seen it all: farming with insects, solutions for early detection of cancer, virtual reality therapy tools and eco-friendly shark barriers, to name but a few.," says Anita.</p><p><strong>Meet the women entrepreneurs of BioCODE</strong></p><p>This week, Innovus celebrates its first group of women entrepreneurs: The team from BioCODE. BioCODE develop point-of-care smart sensing solutions that detect novel circulating inflammatory molecules in the blood.</p><p>The directors of BioCODE are Prof Resia Pretorius, head of Stellenbosch University's Physiological Sciences Department in the Faculty of Science (Managing Director), Prof Anna-Mart Engelbrecht and Prof Willie Perold. Together with Este Burger and Simoné Turner, the team pride themselves that they are the first company to receive funding from the newly formed University Technology Fund (UTF) for developing their rapid inflammation biosensor. Innovus Technology Transfer has been working very closely with the team and supported them to protect their intellectual property, set up the company, enter into partnerships, raising funding etc.​</p><p><br></p><p>Read their full story <a href="https://www.innovus.co.za/celebrate-women-entrepreneurship-at-stellenbosch-university.html">here</a><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch University paving the way for becoming a smart sustainable campushttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8456Stellenbosch University paving the way for becoming a smart sustainable campusPetro Mostert<p></p><p>In using their division as a <em>living laboratory</em>, Stellenbosch University's Facilities Management (SUFM) has since 2015 been implementing systems and processes to start paving the way for the Institution to become a smart campus where data-led decision-making will result in solving problems and providing solutions for the future.</p><p>Nicolette van den Eijkel, Chief Director at SUFM, says one of their strategic objectives for 2021–2025 is to move to a technology-enhanced campus through a process of digitalisation in collaboration with, among others, SU's Faculty of Engineering. </p><p>This directly supports SU's Vision 2040 of being a technology-enabled university.</p><p>Within the broader context of the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals (SDG's)and South Africa's commitment by signing the agreement on climate change, and participation in the Global Alliance for Universities in Climate (GAUC), Stellenbosch University (SU) is following suit by reducing the University's carbon footprint to Net Zero Carbon and ensuring that 50% of all electricity used comes from renewable sources by 2025.</p><p>"We can only manage our utilities by measuring it," says Nadeem Gafieldien, Director: Property Services at SUFM. "That is why we've been working hard to put digital systems and infrastructure in place to measure our utilities such as water and electricity. Our smart metering systems provide us with valuable usage data which ensure that we can make effective decisions and react to real-time problems as and when they happen."</p><p>According to Gafieldien they have been installing smart metering systems at most of the buildings on SU's five campuses and embarked on various projects, which have already had a significant impact on energy, water and waste saving for the University.</p><p>"Our smart metering systems provide us with the agility to react fast and pro-actively plan for the future. It also enables us to verify our usage in terms of checking it against our billing information. This ability has already resulted in large cost savings."</p><p><strong>Data integration</strong></p><p>Recently SUFM joined forces with Prof Anton Basson and his team of researchers at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering to develop a system that can integrate all the different data sources using a reconfigurable approach to enable data-led decisions by various users. </p><p>"Our research deals with handling information in complex systems - systems where there are many different components and interactions. The system is dynamic and evolves over time, which means it changes as the system and needs change," says Basson.</p><p>"There are expensive commercial systems on the market, but we have decided to develop a unique system to provide an integrated information system to support SUFM in our decision making and reporting."</p><p>The approach taken for SUFM's Smart Sustainable Campus builds on the idea of using “Digital Twins" and “Microservices" to combine information from existing systems, which currently exist as "information silos", to enable detection of anomalies (e.g. to quickly identify water leaks), expedite monitoring and reporting (e.g. of electricity use and carbon footprint), record usage actual patterns (e.g. of lecture room occupancy), and other data-lead decision making.</p><p>“Our approach stems from the 'shoestring approach' formulated by Cambridge University to also help small and medium businesses (SMEs) who cannot afford expensive software to manage their information. The approach is that we build a basic framework, and companies can buy more modules to expand the system's capabilities," Basson said.</p><p>In this way the system can grow indefinitely as needs grow or new data sources are added.</p><p>While completing his PhD, Dr Anro Redelinghuys built the basic architecture for the software and is currently working to implement the system at SUFM, where the first commercial release is nearing completion. "Eventually, the system will be able to provide different users with different dashboards of actual usage patterns of utility information which will assist them with efficient decision-making," says Basson. </p><p><strong>Becoming a sustainable university</strong></p><p>In the meantime, the sustainability team at SUFM is hard at work to ensure that SU becomes a sustainable institution. "We work arduously to change our systems and processes to more sustainable energy sources and reduce the impact on the environment," says Gafieldien referring to initiatives such as creating their own recycling plant, installing PV panels on the roofs of SU's buildings, consolidating and reducing air conditioning systems and generators, as well as installing greywater systems at residences and faculty buildings on the various campuses – all projects that resulted in further cost savings and contributing towards the institution's sustainability goals.</p><p>"We have even digitised our trees to measure, among others, their water usage. Thanks to this information, we have been able to replace some vegetation with water-wise endemic and indigenous trees."<br><br></p>
How to get vaccinated against COVID-19 https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8454How to get vaccinated against COVID-19 Prof Stan du Plessis & Prof Nico Koopman<p>​<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0 ms-rteFontFace-5"><em>A message to SU staff from Prof Stan du Plessis, Chair of the Institutional Committee for Business Continuity, and Prof Nico Koopman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation & Personnel</em></span></p><div><hr width="33%" size="1" align="left" /><div><div style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><a name="_msocom_1"></a></span> ​<span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Dear colleagues</font></span></span></div></div></div><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Stellenbosch University (SU) is pleased to announce that it ​will be establishing a vaccination site to administer COVID-19 vaccines.</font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">The site, located in the </font><strong><font color="#000000">Lentelus clubhouse</font></strong><font color="#000000"> at SU’s soccer complex </font><a name="_Hlk78363566"><font color="#000000">in </font><strong><font color="#000000">Hammanshand Road</font></strong></a><strong><font color="#000000">, Stellenbosch</font></strong><font color="#000000">, will commence operation on </font><strong><font color="#000000">Tuesday 10 August</font></strong><font color="#000000">, starting off using the Pfizer vaccine. </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Vaccines are safe and save lives.</font></span><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> By enhancing access to vaccinations, the site is expected to free up much-needed capacity in hospitals and clinics. </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">For now, all permanent and non-permanent staff members over the age of 35 from any of the University’s five campuses will have preference at the SU vaccination site. As an added benefit, they will also be able to have members of their families vaccinated. </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Once </font></span></span><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">registered on the national </font></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;"><a href="https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff">EVDS </font></span></span></a></span><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">(Electronic Vaccination Data System), s</font></span></span><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">taff can register on </font></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="margin:0px;"><a href="https://stellenbosch.sharepoint.com/sites/SUNVACCINATIONROLLOUT" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-ZA" style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff">SU’s vaccination portal</font></span></span></a></span><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> to scheduled an appointment for their vaccination. </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">The launch of the site coincides with the roll-out of the Higher Health mass vaccination programme set up in collaboration with Universities South Africa (USAf). This programme secured vaccines for the higher education sector in the same way that healthcare workers and teachers were assisted with vaccines.</font></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"> </font></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000">Getting vaccinated is the responsible thing to do – not only for your own sake and that of your family, but also to protect the broader University community and society at large. Please make use of this opportunity, or an alternative vaccination option you may have access to. </font></span></p><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="rgb(0,0,0)"></font></span></p><div><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="rgb(0,0,0)"></font></span></div><div><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="rgb(0,0,0)"></font></span></div><p style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;"><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><a href="/english/covid-19-vaccinations"><font color="#000000"><strong>Click here</strong></font></a></span><span style="margin:0px;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><font color="#000000"><strong> to read more about the site.</strong></font></span></span><br><br></p>
COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for staff over 35https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8431COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for staff over 35Prof Stan du Plessis & Prof Nico Koopman<p style="text-align:right;">​26 July 2021<br></p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>Dear colleagues<br></p><p>As stakeholders of <a href="https://healthcheck.higherhealth.ac.za/login/?next=/"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5">Higher Health</strong></a> via Stellenbosch University (SU), our staff now have access to the comprehensive post-school education and training (PSET) COVID-19 vaccination strategy, which was developed in line with the Department of Health’s national vaccination roll-out plan.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p><strong>All SU staff aged 35 years and older – including full-time, part-time and contract staff as well as postgraduate students who teach at the University</strong> – are eligible for the following two initiatives, starting this week:</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>1. Between Tuesday 27 and Friday 30 July 2021, from 08:00 to 17:00 daily, any PSET-institution staff member over 35 – as defined above – can go to any of more than <strong>2 000 public health vaccination sites nationwide</strong> to get vaccinated against COVID-19. <a href="/english/Documents/2021/Annexure-A-Provincial-Vaccination-Plan-Sites-List.xlsx"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5">Click here</strong></a> for a list of sites. Please note that this opportunity has been extended to our sector on a priority basis, but at some sites employees from a number of government departments might also be assisted at the same time.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>2. Alternatively, Higher Health has allocated dedicated slots at specific times for SU staff members (same definition as above) at the <strong>Momentum mass vaccination facility at Parc Du Cap in Bellville</strong> between Friday 30 July and Monday 16 August 2021. You will need to register specifically for this opportunity, as explained below.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>We welcome these valuable opportunities and encourage everyone who is eligible to participate. To make use of either of these two opportunities, you must register on the national EVDS (Electronic Vaccination Data System) by using any of the following options: · Self-registration web portal: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za</p><p>· Dial *134*832*ID number# on your cellphone. (No ID? – Just dial *134*832#)</p><p>· WhatsApp: Send the word “REGISTER” to 060 012 3456.</p><p>· Toll-free hotline: 0800 029 999</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>If you wish to make use of the opportunity at <strong>Momentum</strong>, please also register on SU’s database by entering your details <a href="https://stellenbosch.sharepoint.com/sites/SUNVACCINATIONROLLOUT"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5">here</strong></a>. Once registered, you will be notified of the scheduled time when you need to go to the site at 5 Mispel Road, Bellville, to obtain your vaccination. Further information will be provided on confirmation of your scheduled timeslot.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>For either opportunity, please remember the following: <br></p><p><strong>Leave</strong>: As per the staff notification of 11 June (<a href="https://stellenbosch.everlytic.net/public/messages/view-online/94LMxBaGIHp4a2YI/cZA95VcKwWPL55SZ/46YwOa4vTvUq7hUj"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5" style="">click here</strong></a>), please submit a leave request, selecting “Leave of absence: Vaccination”.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p><strong>Identity</strong>: Please remember to take a valid ID document or passport along, as well as your SU staff card or letter from the University. If you are going to the Momentum site, you will also need your medical aid card (any scheme).<br></p><p>If you require further information regarding COVID-19 vaccination, please <a href="/english/faq-covid-19-vaccination"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5">click here</strong></a> to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>For any further questions, please contact SU’s:</p><p> · Campus Health Service on <strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5" style="">chs@sun.ac.za</strong> or 021 808 3494/6 </p><p>· Human Resources on <strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-5" style="">sun-e-HR@sun.ac.za</strong> or 021 808 2753/2484</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>We are extremely grateful for these opportunities. At the same time, we continue working on other initiatives to ensure that all our staff and students are assisted under the national vaccination programme as soon as possible. We will keep you informed of further developments.<br></p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>It is in everyone’s interest – yours, your family’s and the broader SU community’s – to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Please make use of th​​​is opportunity, or an alternative vaccination option you may have access to.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>Sincerely<br></p><p><br></p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><p>Prof Stan du Plessis </p><p>Chair: Institutional Committee for Business Continuity<br></p><p><br></p><p>Prof Nico Koopman </p><p>Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation & Personnel​</p><p>​<br></p>
Matie shop goes online from 1 July 2021https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8378Matie shop goes online from 1 July 2021Innovus <p>Stellenbosch University's (SU) popular Matie Shop opened its online shop on Thursday, 1 July 2021, offering its whole range of SU-branded apparel, gifts and accessories.<br></p><p>“We are very excited to offer our customers this convenient way of shopping," says Matie Shop's newly appointed manager, Lara Cronje. “To celebrate this milestone, we will have exciting specials throughout July – so please watch this space."</p><p>For Cronje, who joined Innovus three months ago, the opening of the online shop is the culmination of careful planning and testing of the online commerce environment.</p><p>“Our team has been testing online sales for a while now, and there is a huge demand for our products to be available online – especially amongst our alumni, students that are studying remotely and the broader university community."</p><p>“We receive a lot of queries from alumni living abroad, and hope to provide them with the opportunity to access all SU branded products from anywhere across the world in the near future as it will be a dream come true. In the meantime, local Maties can shop away!"</p><p>Apart from stocking SU products, residences and faculties will also have access to this online store to sell their branded SU merchandise through a central platform.</p><p>Keep an eye on social media and visit Maties Shop online at www.matieshop.co.za from 1 July 2021 for all your SU needs. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest specials.<br></p><p>​<br></p>
SU spinout company ensures school receives first ever energy efficient certificate in SAhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8325SU spinout company ensures school receives first ever energy efficient certificate in SAPetro Mostert<p>​Stellenbosch University (SU) spinout company GreenX Engineering's initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School in Stellenbosch with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an Electrical Performance Certificate (EPC). The school received an A rating for electrical consumption of 17 kWh per m².<br></p><p>The EPC is the culmination of hard work and dedication, a great team effort and leaping over the final hurdle in completing his PhD, says Managing Director of GreenX, Jason Samuels.</p><p>Under the supervision of Thinus Booysen, professor in electrical and electronic engineering, and Saartjie Grobbelaar, associate professor in industrial engineering, Samuels is doing his PhD focusing on schools and their energy usage; creating methods to reduce their consumption and systems to manage the school more efficiently. Samuels, Booysen and Grobbelaar, together with entrepreneur Mario Roos established GreenX Engineering with the help of Innovus Technology Transfer, SU's innovation division. Booysen and Grobbelaar are both non-executive directors of GreenX Engineering.</p><p>“GreenX Engineering's creation can be traced back two years ago when I heard Prof Booysen on the radio talking about his involvement in projects to help schools in and around Stellenbosch and Paarl save water and electricity. I realised that my specialised lighting and electrical maintenance company could become an essential partner to Booysens initiatives at schools," said Roos, and the conversation started.</p><p>Roos said that when the amendment to the National Energy Act of 1998 was proclaimed in December 2020 by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy – requiring building owners to publish the electrical consumption per square meter by 2022, they saw a gap in the market for establishing a company that can ensure that buildings adhere to this new regulation.</p><p>As GreenX's technical director, Booysen brings the company his technical expertise and experience with assisting schools to become more energy-efficient and reduce their electricity and water bills. “There are many schools with no financial or technical means to manage their energy and water resources efficiently. We initially started with thirteen schools, and this number has grown to 25 schools in the Stellenbosch and Paarl area. Thanks to funding from the Western Cape Education Department, as well as from SU's social impact and transformation department, we can equip these schools with energy savings technology to help them reduce their energy bills," says Booysen.</p><p>For Roos, the dream is to ensure energy efficiency at all South African schools and actively reduce their carbon footprint. “Our calculations show that we can take out 120 kg of carbon emissions per school per day. So, if we could expand our programme to incorporate all 1 600 schools in the Western Cape, it will translate to taking out 90 million kg of carbon emissions per year."</p><p>Roos believes they are creating a blueprint that could be duplicated across the country and internationally. “Our initial focus is schools whereafter we will roll out to corporate and government buildings across the country."</p><p>For Grobbelaar, the business model they have created will allow the company to grow while retaining a solid link to SU's engineering research expertise. “Initiatives such as these is bringing SU's research into the real world and actively changes the lives of people – currently starting at school level; a place where all people need to move through at some point in their lives."</p><p><strong>FUNCTION</strong></p><p>At a function at Cloetesville Primary in Stellenbosch today (10 June 2021), Deputy director-general: education planning of the Western Cape Education Department, Salie Abrahams, handed the school's CPT certificate over to school principal Rodger Cupido on 10 June 2021.</p><p>For Cupido becoming a sustainable and energy-efficient school is high on his list of priorities. “Our school is also known as the 'Green School'," he says, referring the temporary green structure that served as the original school building when the school was established in 1969. “Now we are green because we are energy efficient and for that I am very grateful."</p><p>Congratulating Cloetesville Primary with their EPC certificate, Prof Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer at Stellenbosch University, said it is very symbolic to handover this certificate at a school. “It is not my generation, but that of my children's who will suffer if we do not make a difference to our environment through energy-saving projects such as this one. With this project we see what the impact is when we move ideas into the market – we built great companies like GreenX that can help a school like Cloetesville Primary save 20% on their monthly energy bill."</p><p>Abrahams says there is immense pride in the approach that shaped this partnership between the WCED, local authorities, the University, school and the private sector. “My vote of thanks goes to all that contributed to this project and to the leadership of this school that, despite challenges and constraints, could made this happened and introduced our children to the development of entrepreneurial spirit – how young mind can give flight to their ideas. We hope to be part of a bigger project leading out of this."<br></p><p><br></p><p><em>Note: </em><em><strong>EPC certification</strong></em><em> refers to the measurement of the net energy consumed in kilowatt hours per square meter (kWh/m²) to meet the different needs associated with the use of the building. Energy Performance Certificates are now mandatory for private sector, non-residential buildings with a total net floor area of more than 2 000 m², and government buildings of more than 1000 m². The certificates must be displayed at the building's main entrance; and must be submitted to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). The certificate is valid for a period of five years whereafter it must be renewed.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>Note: </em><em><strong>Stellenbosch University</strong></em><em> (SU) received the very first Electrical Performance Certificate (EPC) for any building in South Africa in February this year. SU's Admin B building received an A rating for electrical consumption of 48 kWh per m².</em></p><p>Caption: Cloetesville Primary receives its Energy Performance Certificate. From the left Deputy director-general: education planning of the Western Cape Education Department, Salie Abrahams, Cloetesville Primary School principal, Rodger Cupido, and Prof Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer of Stellenbosch University.<br></p><p><br></p>
Applications are open for SU Techpreneurship Centre’s second Data Science and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2021https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8297Applications are open for SU Techpreneurship Centre’s second Data Science and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2021Petro Mostert<p>​​Stellenbosch University LaunchLab's newly-established SU Techpreneurship Centre (SU TPC) will be hosting its second <em>Data Science, Machine Learning and Entrepreneurship</em> <em>Bootcamp </em>in July this year after the first cohort successfully completed the programme in March 2021.</p><p>The SU TPC is a ​new data science and entrepreneurial development upskilling initiative developed by the SU LaunchLab, the University's technology and entrepreneurship incubator, in collaboration with the SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking. The Centre offers courses that bridge the gap between technology and entrepreneurship by providing candidates with both in-depth programming skills in data science and machine learning and how to use these skills in the industry. </p><p>SU LaunchLab CEO Joshua Romisher says they are excited to launch the next programme after successfully ensuring that 90% of the first cohort's participants have landed interviews with partner companies after taking the first course in February. </p><p>The second programme will consist of a 4-week, full-time immersive Bootcamp during the July-August winter holiday. Experts from the SU LaunchLab and SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking will cover a range of topics such as machine learning techniques, algorithms and models, data exploration and analysis in Python, and soft skills such as SCRUM, Agile and Kanban.</p><p>SU TPC Coordinator Daniel Maloba says the programme, which will run during the winter break (13 July to 6 August 2021), is open to anyone from all academic levels and backgrounds to apply, and that multidisciplinary applicants and backgrounds are very much encouraged. “The course is coding-intensive; therefore, we recommend that candidates understand programming principles, but it does not matter if you have no specific programming experience."</p><p>One of the participants of the first programme, Tanya Meyer, says the SU TPC was instrumental in fast-tracking progress for her MEng research project in Machine Learning and Data Science. “It skyrocketed my Python programming skillset whilst developing my previously non-existent, soft tech skills with lots of guest speaker talks, entrepreneurship sessions and colleague collaboration."</p><p>Maloba said participants seeking internships should look no further than enrolling for the programme. “We have great industry partners who are always looking for new talent," said Maloba. </p><p>Applications opened on 3 May 2021 and will close on 18 June 2021. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. </p><p>The total cost of the 4-week, full-time programme is as follows: SU participant (SU students, staff, recent grads, alumni, etc.): R10,000 excl.; R11,500 VAT incl.</p><p>For more information or to apply for the programme, click on this <a href="https://launchlab.co.za/events/su-techpreneurship-centre-bootcamp/">link</a>. Anyone wishing to learn more about the initiative - applicants, partners looking for young talent, or just in general -  can contact  Daniel Maloba at <a href="mailto:daniel@launchlab.co.za">daniel@launchlab.co.za</a> .​</p><p>​<br></p>