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I am because we arehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9251I am because we arePetro Mostert<p></p><p>The past few weeks have been an emotional time on campus. Deep wounds of discrimination, inequality and inhumanity surfaced again, to remind us of an unhappy past. Sometimes one thoughtless event is all you need to disrupt and undo all the good from the past.</p><p>I wish I could say this will never happen again. Our country bears the scars of a deeply divided past that lives on in the present, and it will be our future leaders that are currently sitting in our lecture halls that will have to work hard to close this divide effectively and create a country where people are not discriminated against because of the colour of their skin or any other source of division.</p><p>Have you ever walked in a restaurant where there are people of different races, and suddenly realised how one group ignore the other, almost as if they are not there: invisible? I have. This act of inhumanity happens in our country. Not acknowledging a person for who and what they are (a person) is nothing more than inhumane. They are black. They are white. They are coloured. Not invisible. Not ghostly figures.</p><p>Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (which translates into a person is a person through other persons) is the basis of Ubuntu and should be the mantra we carry in ourselves and in the way we live. Nelson Mandela found that the power of Ubuntu, the inner core of every person's humanity, could move mountains. And so can we if we live by it.</p><p>I am confident that retired Constitutional Court Justice Sisi Khampepe's Commission of Enquiry into “Incidents of racism at the University, with reference to the recent occurrences at Huis Marais and the Faculty of Law's Law Dance" as well as “The current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the University campus culture, with specific reference to racism" will help us to understand these difficulties and will make practical recommendations to help us become the University we aspire to be.  ​</p><p>​<br></p>
Cape Epic Riders kick off “relay” for #Move4Food and #BridgeTheGap to raise funds for Stellenbosch University https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9078Cape Epic Riders kick off “relay” for #Move4Food and #BridgeTheGap to raise funds for Stellenbosch University Operations and Finance<p></p><p>On 27 March 2022, Stellenbosch University staff members Robert van Staden, and Francois Swart finished the gruelling Absa Cape Epic after 657 kilometres and 16 900 meters of climbing over 8 days to raise awareness for Stellenbosch University's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/move4food?__eep__=6&__cft__%5b0%5d=AZW9KvkNDUoU8_DDc-fQSq2JaSSD3zCv3hOERr6EoUxvyTAJa1QND8OAvBsfwjuiEIRa69KcrjQuWrst1F301_sva-hv6lCQPLVTPhAPVd_z4Zx3bPHNxo1YiSP0mn7-hm6HRHBcCR_uGyRMCZ-QRcr1XST-xcL2x7P6oKSramkY6A&__tn__=%2aNK-R">#Move4Food</a> campaign.</p><p>Swart, at Facilities Management, and Robert van Staden, at the Faculty of Education, had to keep the wheels rolling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep fit for this race. They are now giving over the #Move4Food baton to Maties alumni Petro Mostert and her riding partner Vibeke Moore who will be riding the 990km, 9 day, Joburg2C mountain bike adventure from 22 to 30 April 2022 from Heidelberg to Scottburgh on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal. The pair will take over from Van Staden and Swart to raise awareness for the campaign that the Epic team started.</p><p>But the relay does not stop at Scottburgh, as the Joburg2C riders will then hand over to a team of four adventure racers racing the Adventure Race Croatia from 14-22 May 2022. The team consists of three Maties Alumni, Tamaryn Larkman, Caroline de Villiers and Ryan Larkman, all three from Elgin. Their fourth member is Harold Smook from Onrus River. Their 550 km race over 4 days will include mountain biking, paddling, running, roping and navigation. As part of their effort, they will be raising awareness for Maties Alumni's Bridge the Gap campaign.</p><p>“Fundraising to help students is a proud Matie tradition with staff members keen to get involved," says Stellenbosch University's Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers.</p><p>“I do the Cape Town Cycle Tour every year with colleagues, students, alumni, and friends. This year, I must admit, I suffered a bit! It is all for a good cause: #move4food, SU's campaign to raise funds to improve food security for our students." </p><p>#Move4Food is one of the priority initiatives under the University's annual fundraising campaign, Bridge the Gap. This Annual Fund aims to remove the obstacles hindering Maties on their road to success.</p><p>Our SU relay teams want to raise funds to provide immediate relief to curb student hunger on SU's campuses and ensure that no student will have to study on an empty stomach.</p><p>They challenge all other cyclists, SU staff, students, donors, alumni, friends of the University, and the general public to open their hearts and wallets and donate towards this worthy cause. </p><p>Mostert and Moore urge their supporters to please donate to the campaign started by the Epic riders. </p><p>Go to: <a href="https://www.givengain.com/ap/francois-robert/">https://www.givengain.com/ap/francois-robert/</a></p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Let’s do OPRA this yearhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8984Let’s do OPRA this yearPetro Mostert<p>​No, I didn't misspell her name as this is no reference to the famous talk show host. This acronym is what I would like to call our Responsibility Centre's house rules for the year ahead. For us, OPRA stands for:​<br><strong>Ownership</strong><br></p><p><strong>Performance</strong></p><p><strong>Respect</strong></p><p><strong>Accountability</strong></p><p>But let's first talk about operational excellence.</p><p>It is a huge trill when the Rector, Prof Wim, tells me after a Council meeting that Operations and Finance "is one hell of a RC". He is correct, we are one hell of an RC, and you are all significant parts of it.</p><p>Operational excellence is an attitude – a continuous striving to improve, own our shortcomings, and turn them into new skills.</p><p>P is for Performance. It is the concrete achievement of a stated objective. To perform, we need to know what our objectives and goals are. In striving to attain them, we must perform.</p><p>SU's values (or what I like to call our action guides) of Excellence, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Equity is easy to remember as the acronym ECARE. These values help us decide daily how to do our work, which affects our attitude towards our work and those we work with.</p><p>I've borrowed Respect and Accountability for our RC's values.</p><p>To achieve our ambitious goals at SU, we need to show each other respect. The respect we owe each other as colleagues (and our students) is what I call "owed" respect: since we are all inherently valuable and acknowledge the importance. However, the different contributions we all make to creating this world-class University.</p><p>That is why SU describes this value as "Civility in our mutual and public discourse, due regard for the freedom, equity and dignity of all, and respect for the environment".</p><p>And finally, striving to attain your goals shows you accept accountability for that. Being accountable for something means you take responsibility for it. Hence it is a core value and one we can never compromise.</p><p>I don't blame colleagues for making mistakes. If you took a decision based on the best information and it didn't work out is not a crisis; as long as you learn from that mistake and take corrective action.</p><p>I blame colleagues for not making a decision; I blame colleagues for kicking the can down the road, or even worse, delegating upwards, hoping that someone higher up will decide for you. No, ownership means each of us takes responsibility for our decisions and those tasks that have been assigned to us. You own your job, and we hold you accountable for your performance.</p><p>Let's do OPRA this year in our RC: together as the biggest (and the greatest) team in this University. We got through two challenging years, and we are still here. I believe we will achieve even more outstanding results in the years to come.​<br></p><p><br></p><p>Prof Stan<br></p><p><br></p>
Gooi Mielies! Maties Sport is ready for 2022https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8985Gooi Mielies! Maties Sport is ready for 2022Petro Mostert<p>​<br><br></p><p>The past two years were not the best years for sport, but our team made sure that the MaroonMachine do not lose momentum.</p><p>Thanks to a great team, we've identified our top priorities for the year ahead, and I would like to share them with you.</p><p>The academic success, support and well-being of athletes and support staff will always be our priority, and this year is no exception.</p><p>This year we will also renew our campus sports programme for students and staff. Our fundraising efforts will focus on donations for Women's Sport, as well as collective sport club income generation initiatives and training and development will stay high on our priority list.</p><p>To support SU's strategic goal of purposeful partnerships and networks, our telescope is set on Africa – so watch this space.</p><p>Our media and communication focus will be guided by our digital strategy and we are excited to make huge strides with our advanced e-Sport programme in partnership with Innovus.</p><p>To my team: Thank you team for being the best team one could ask for. We are ready for another great year #MaroonMachine!<br></p><p><br></p><p>Ilhaam<br></p><p>​<br></p>
I have one word for 2022: SUNFinhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8986I have one word for 2022: SUNFinPetro Mostert<p><br><br></p><p>When I had to write a message for 2022, one word came to mind: SUNFin. Since we started this journey to the cloud (without a rocket from SpaceX, that is), we never thought it could ever become the project it is currently: engulfing us in every way possible.<br></p><h3>Building a house in the 80s<br></h3><p>​Our current Adabas financial system can best be described as a house that a newlywed coupled had built for themselves in the 1980s. With the birth of every child, they would add one room at a time, later a playroom, a study, indoor gymnasium, a long corridor and eventually even a garden flat for the grandparents. Similarly, we added rooms and functionalities to our financial system to accommodate more faculties, students, suppliers, debtors, and creditors. It was easy to do, as we had the functionality in-house.</p><p>Moving to Oracle Cloud Financials, is like locking up this huge house with furniture and appliances and with only your clothes, some books (on kindle) and your (electric) toothbrush in hand, we moving into a fully furnished and equipped apartment on the fifth floor with remote access and a coffee machine that know at what time to brew your morning coffee.</p><p>Our new house has no space for any clutter or hoarding. No customisation is possible.</p><p>We have reached our tipping point, and the risks are high as we move to the cloud, which people refer to as the innovation engine for today's digital economy. Within this engine are the people who must multitask, work very long hours and give more of themselves than we could ever imagine.</p><p>Thank you all for every minute of every day you bend over backwards for Stellenbosch University. This too shall pass, but until then, my door is open to help where I can. I believe in this team and know you will get us in the cloud on time.​<br></p><p><br></p><p>Manie<br></p><p><br></p>
What we do mattershttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8987What we do mattersPetro Mostert<p>​<br><br></p><p>Already three months into 2022 and counting. We are so grateful that our campuses are busy places again and that we see each other face to face more regularly.  </p><p>My hope for 2022 is that we remember the lessons we learned during the most challenging times of the pandemic. My most important lesson is “people matter and what we do matters!"</p><p>Let us focus on building ourselves so that we are skilled, have resilience and have sound judgement to take ownership of our work. We need to prioritise our well-being. Access support services if necessary and maintain balance.  </p><p>During the pandemic, Facilities Management showed that we can do a lot by collaborating. Through collaboration, we can find better solutions to challenges such as cost-saving, service improvement and environmental sustainability, to name but a few. What is more, we work together as a multi-disciplinary team and solve problems campus-wide.</p><p>I want to repeat: what we do matters. We have a direct influence on how students and staff experience our university. That is a tremendous responsibility and gives us so many opportunities to have purpose and make a difference to our world and our university.</p><p><br></p><p>Nicolette<br><br></p><p><br></p>
A bumper year awaitshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8988A bumper year awaitsPetro Mostert<p>​<br><br></p><p>2022 is a good year.</p><p>It came fast out of the blocks and gave us back a sense of normality. We have less screen time and more face time, more energy and activity in our offices and a wonderful sight to see our students and staff back on campus.</p><p>With most of our colleagues back in the office, new ideas and initiatives are mushrooming in our meeting rooms and corridors. Apart from a myriad of policy revisions and new policies, we have a long to-do list for the year across the various Innovus divisions. Still, our teams seem all happy and motivated to tackle whatever comes their way this year.</p><p>Let's look at some items on the to-do list: Firstly, we are excited to roll out the Rinaibra system throughout our residences to improve communication around maintenance logs. Between spinning out new companies and licensing SU's patents, our technology transfer team is taking our service offering for entrepreneurs one giant step forward with the planned Hackathon and the launch of the Instant Startup Toolkit for entrepreneurs.</p><p>This year, you will also see many improvements and changes in the SU Botanical Garden (watch this space!). We are working with Maties Sport to establish a dedicated e-Sport facility on our campus. Awareness of all the many and diverse activities in our division is also a focus area this year.</p><p>A big thank you to everyone across the Innovus teams for being even more enthusiastic than I am about what will be a bumper year for all of us!​<br></p><p><br></p><p>Anita<br></p><p><br></p>
ICT setting the pace for SU's digitisation strategyhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8989ICT setting the pace for SU's digitisation strategyPetro Mostert<p>​​<br><br></p><p>Here at ICT, the wheels are spinning. Our team and I are doing the groundwork to create our new digital strategy for Stellenbosch University. We have two choices today. We can either keep on doing things the way we always have, or we can take a different road and build a better IT – one we can be proud of.</p><p>With change and new leadership, there is always a bit of anxiety, fear, and e​xpectations. I have decided to meet all SU's stakeholders to understand their needs, from the deans of our faculties, the faculty managers and the SRC. I have also requested to have a cup of tea with each member of my internal ICT teams, and yes, that's 151 cups of tea! It is rather ambitious for my diary at current; however, this evidences my commitment and dedication to the 'people' aspect of change, getting to know them, hearing them out, and eventually bringing people along with this new ICT digital journey at Stellenbosch University.</p><p>Apart from active listening to the needs and expectations of our students and staff at Stellenbosch University, my 100-day plan focus on three areas:</p><p>Firstly, I would like us to focus on maintaining, running, and fixing our existing systems to ensure our users have a seamless ICT experience. Secondly, I would like to transform our SU stakeholders' mindset of ICT's staff and culture into a 4IR mindset. And lastly, our focus should be on emerging technology: providing "sprinkles" of new technology to be implemented that will give value-add to our stakeholders.</p><p>I like to see myself as a transformational IT leader, and where I come from, I've had many successes thanks to people buying into my vision and helping me transform for the future, which we know can change in a day altogether. Here at IT, we need to be at the forefront of these rapid changes, and although hard at first, messy in the middle, successful change is gorgeous in the end.</p><p>I would like you to talk to me and tell me your thoughts and how you see yourself in this new journey ahead. I am energised and so excited to be here.</p><p>And I cannot wait to hear from you all.​<br></p><p><br></p><p>Denisha<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Coach Lenise leading junior SA hockey team to African Cup of Nationshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8994Coach Lenise leading junior SA hockey team to African Cup of NationsPetro Mostert<p>​​<br></p><p>At the tender age of nine, Maties Sport's head coach for women's hockey started playing hockey. Today Lenise Marais is doing her part in developing future national stars as head coach of the South African junior women hockey team that is currently training for the 2022 African Cup of Nations.</p><p>“The team's focus going into the tournament will be on executing individual skills and collective game strategies which will help them perform to the best of their ability at the 2022 African Cup of Nations," said Lenise.</p><p>The international event is currently taking place in Ghana and will see teams from around the continent competing. We want to extend our good wishes as Lenise and her team battle for the top honours.​</p><p><br></p>
Grant takes leading role in sporthttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8992Grant takes leading role in sportPetro Mostert<p></p><p>Congratulations to our Sports Technology Manager Grant van Velden for being re-appointed onto the USSA Cricket Executive Committee as their general secretary. Maties cricketer Lehan Botha accompanies him as a student representative.</p><p>"I am extremely honoured and excited to be re-elected to the USSA Cricket Executive as General Secretary for a second term. With the recent restructuring of the professional game in South Africa, student-cricket forms an even more important talent development pipeline for cricket in South Africa than ever before. I look forward to contributing to this significant talent development pipeline and seeing more student-cricketers graduate into the professional game with degrees that set them up for life after cricket," said Grant.</p><p>Maties Cricket Manager Keagan van Aarde went on to say: "I think it is aligned to what we would like to achieve as Maties Cricket in producing well-rounded individuals. I am very proud of their inclusion on the committee"​</p><p>​<br></p>