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Zoleka needs you to help her get to Comrades The rest, she can definitely do on her own!https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10647Zoleka needs you to help her get to Comrades The rest, she can definitely do on her own!Petro Mostert<p>​​Just before her 40th birthday in 2022, Zoleka Keva decided to start running to get into shape for the big celebrations ahead. Little did she know that two years later, she would be on her way to lining up with thousands of runners on Sunday, 9 June 2024, at 5.30 am to run one of the world's toughest ultra-marathons: the Comrades.   <br>You read stories of how runners were born out of the most incredible circumstances. They would run 5 kilometers a day and, after forty years, decide it is time to go big and enter a half marathon. The running bug that got hold of Zoleka was spiked with steroids, as she literally went from "zero to hero" in just two years.<br> <br>Working as a financial officer in Stellenbosch University's Financial Division, Zoleka called herself a real "couch potato" who never ran or exercised in her whole life until that one morning when she put on her running shoes and completed her first 5km race, the Total Sports Women's Race in 2022. Her first marathon was the Cape Town marathon on 14 October last year, which she finished at 5:14:30, followed by the Winelands marathon just a little more than a month later, where she improved her time by an impressive 18 minutes. Next was the Peninsula Marathon in February this year, where she finished in a fantastic time of 4:29:57, followed by the Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon in 04:34:04, early in March.<br> <br>Next on her tick list was her first ultra-marathon, the gruelling Two Oceans marathon over 56 kilometers, which she finished in a fantastic time of 06:17:25, which is fantastic for any novice (especially one who has only been running for two years!).<br> <br>And as any runner can testify, once you've done an ultra, your body and mind crave for the big one: Comrades, despite having thought that running the whole day is sheer madness, Zoleka confesses. "Running has taught me an invaluable lesson – with the right mindset and unwavering perseverance, any goal is attainable. I am immensely grateful for the incredible support system of family, friends, the Cape Town running community, and colleagues who have stood by me throughout this incredible transformation. I would also like to thank my two coaches, Andre Adams and Samuel de Beer, for their constant guidance and invaluable advice."<br> <br>But before Zoleka can engrave her name next to the "great hearts" of the Comrades, she must overcome another hurdle: she needs the finances to get her to Durban and back. She will need financial assistance for her travel and accommodation expenses. She started a GivenGain page to help her in her journey and asks anyone who is able to donate—no matter how small—to help her reach her dream by finishing the 2024 "up" Comrades from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.<br> <br>"Participating in the Comrades Marathon would not only be a personal challenge but also an opportunity to raise the profile of our University and demonstrate the Institution's commitment to health, fitness, and community engagement. I believe that my participation in this event could bring positive publicity and recognition to our organisation, and it would be a great way for us to showcase our values and commitment to our employees' well-being," says Zoleka.<br> <br>If anyone wants to help Zoleka reach her amazing dream, please contact her on <strong>WhatsApp at 083 822 8917</strong> and let her know how you can contribute to her expenses for the trip to Durban and back.<br> <br>Zoleka has also joined the Department of Alumni Relations with their fundraising initiative, <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.givengain.com/project/zoleka-raising-funds-for-stellenbosch-university-south-africa-78654" href="https://www.givengain.com/project/zoleka-raising-funds-for-stellenbosch-university-south-africa-78654">Move4Maties</a>, where they raise money for students at Stellenbosch.<br> <br>She was also on our Maties radio station, MFM last week. Listen to her story <a href="/english/SUNFin/PublishingImages/AUD-20240508-WA0038.m4a">here</a> .<br> <br>And in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Zoleka, here is his advice:<br> <br>"If you can't fly, run, if you can't run, walk, or crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."<br> <br>We wish Zoleka a fantastic journey to Comrades 2024. Come on, colleagues, donate, and help her get to the starting line in Durban!​​<br></p>
Making sustainability matterhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10607Making sustainability matterPetro Mostert<p></p><p>In April, we once again celebrated Earth Day (22 April) and Earth Week (22-26 April) by raising awareness of the importance of becoming more sustainable and conserving our planet's biodiversity. I know that a day or a week seems almost insignificant compared with the enormity of the climate change risk we face, but am glad that we use all opportunities, whether large or small to build momentum for the University's sustainability agenda.</p><p>Proposed in 1969 by a senator from the US state of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day began as a day of events organised by a handful of young activists and local volunteers and eventually resulted in a day where 20 million Americans (10 percent of the total US population then) from all walks of life came together for the birth of a modern environmental movement. Since then, billions of people have celebrated this day across the globe to raise awareness and fight for a sustainable future and legacy for those who will inhibit this planet long after we are gone.</p><p>Earth day and the awareness raised by the associated events have helped build a coalition for regulation internationally on, for example, industrial air pollution, the discharge if waste in rivers and ocean and much more. We have come a long way to raise awareness of the extent of environmental degradation as well as the inextricable links between pollution and public health.</p><p>In 2022, Stellenbosch University launched its first <a href="/english/management/OperationsandFinance/Documents/W27823%20Sustainability%20Plan%202022.pdf">Environmental Sustainability Plan 2020-2025</a> — a plan with which we will reduce the environmental impact of our campuses and serve to demonstrates the University's commitment to sustainability from the perspectives of the environment, resources, and society. By leading through example, our University should play a significant role in forging the path to a sustainable future and ensuring we use our resources in such a way as to leave a thriving environment for future generations.</p><p>Nicolette van den Eijkel, our Chief Director: Facilities Management, introduced us to the concept of using the operations of SUFM as a Living Laboratory for sustainability by putting in place future-fit systems and processes since 2015 to turn SU into a sustainable smart campus. We monitor our water, energy usage, carbon emissions, and even our trees for water consumption — all to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase energy procured from clean, renewable sources as we journey to a net zero future by 2050.</p><p>During Earth Week, we've raised awareness of our campus waste footprint by showing that we produce three tons of waste on any ordinary day. Thanks to the creation of a material recycling facility (MRF), we now send only 26 percent of our waste to landfill—although we aspire to reduce that to zero by 2028.</p><p>If you have a wheelie bin that gets cleaned out every week, you are among six out of ten households that benefit from this public service nationally—a service that is declining almost daily. Please be aware that whatever you've put in that bin will go directly to landfill, as is the case with nine out of ten metropolitan households that do not separate their waste at home for recycling. Please join me in my challenge to have an empty wheelie bin every week. My family and I don't succeed every week, but we do so more often than not. It can be done.</p><p>How long can we sustain this, as most of our country's estimated 1,000 landfill sites have reached full capacity? Our campus's waste-to-landfill ratio might look promising, but this is just a drop in the bigger ocean of waste our country produces daily. I read in a recent article in the Daily Maverick that South Africa creates an estimated 122 million tons of waste per year, with an average of 41 kg of plastic waste per citizen. Only 10 percent of our country's waste is recycled or reused, while the rest goes to landfills or is dumped illegally.</p><p>As human beings, we have a fundamental right to a clean environment. Those living in poor areas, close to dump sites or even areas where there is no waste collection service at all, are exposed daily to a range of toxins that increase their health risks. Our waste is part of this social justice issue.</p><p>The enormity of this problem sometimes makes one despondent, but maybe one could solve this problem like we solve a lot of our issues: by starting at home. Next time you want to throw rubbish away, think again: Can it be recycled, reused, or even put to good use, like making your own compost?</p><h3><strong>Planet vs Plastic. The choice is yours.​</strong><br></h3><p><br></p>
When the will becomes the wayhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10603When the will becomes the wayPetro Mostert<p></p><p>When you walk along the Eerste River on the Koloniesland trail, you will find a small plaque next to a tree donated by Anton Rupert with the words:</p><p>“Waar daar 'n wil is, is daar 'n weg en soms word die wil die weg". In English: "Where there's a will, there's a way, and sometimes the will becomes the way".</p><p>These few words describe the tremendous effort that went into establishing the first support centre for victims of gender-based violence (GB) in Ida's Valley. The Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) was officially opened on 17 April, although its doors opened in February this year.</p><p>When Jaco Greeff Brink, Head of Stellenbosch University's (SU) Equality Unit, approached Nicolette van den Eijkel, Chief Director: Facilities Management to help him find a space for rape and GBV victims, she immediately identified the Bothmashoogte building in Ida's Valley, which was previously used as a residence and then vacant. Her "will" took over and went in overdrive as she jumped through a million hoops to make this happen.</p><p>Despite push-back, red tape, long meetings, and many questions from a thousand stakeholders, she persevered, and the centre became a reality. The last hurdle was to finalise the lease agreement, Nicolette got Prof Stan du Plessis's, SU's Chief Operating Officer's, buy-in, and the project became a reality. "I remember how I walked up to Stan and just gave him one enormous hug," Nicolette recalled.</p><p>What is more is that since this facility opened in February, already more than ninety GBV victims have been helped and supported – underlining the dire need for such a facility. Victims receive here the emotional, psychological, and legal support to pursue a conviction against their perpetrators. A facility like this makes it easier for victims to follow through with legal action to ensure they get the justice they deserve.</p><p>Anel Lewis, senior journalist at Corporate Communications, wrote in an <a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10571">article</a> on SU's website that the Centre has relieved the load of the Stellenbosch district hospital by providing a safe alternative for victims looking for support and emergency accommodation—said Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez. "The TCC is a place where wounded can start to rebuild, where they can transcend from victim to survivor. This Centre is just one aspect of the arsenal we need to fight the scourge of GBV".</p><p>She emphasizes how this Centre is a symbol of collaboration, made possible through the cooperation of the National Public Prosecuting Authority, the national and provincial governments, the South African Police Services, Stellenbosch University (SU), Stellenbosch Municipality, Mediclinic, Ring for Peace Cape Trust, the private sector, and "active citizens."</p><p>SU's involvement is through the INSPIRE (Initiative for Nonviolence, Support, Prevention, Intervention, Research, and Education) facility, which will help to establish global networks to study nonviolence and create an environment for academics and students to research GBV.</p><p>For Nicolette, this is another full circle in which she was privileged to play a crucial part. "This is a healing place, one where people feel safe and welcome to return to." Nicolette's will has undoubtedly become a way—a Centre that will soon be sustainable and provide a community with a crucial service. ​</p><p>​<br></p>
​SU collects and diverts more than 1 000 tonnes of waste each year from its campuses https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10575​SU collects and diverts more than 1 000 tonnes of waste each year from its campuses CCMD<ul style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><em style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">​SU's centralised Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on the Stellenbosch campus sorted and diverted more than 1 000 tonnes of waste away from landfill in 2023 </em></li><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><em style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">With an annual diversion-away-from-landfill rate of 74 percent, SU is performing well above the 50 percent average reported by other universities </em></li><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><em style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">SU last year diverted and recycled more than 10.4 tonnes of e-waste <br>​<br></em></li></ul><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Last year Stellenbosch University diverted more than 1 000 tonnes collected on three of its five campuses away from landfill, a significant step towards its goal of achieving net zero by 2050. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">The University is guided on its net zero journey by its Environmental Sustainability Plan alongside the United Nations's (UN) 2030Agenda guide, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).</span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">During the week of 22-26 April 2024, SU will once again celebrate Earth Week and Earth Day on 22 April 2024. Supporting the world theme of Planet vs Plastics, Facilities Management's Environmental Sustainability team and partners hope to raise awareness for waste reduction on campus through two waste installations on the Rooiplein and at the Engineering Faculty during Earth Week.  </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">The waste towers on the Rooiplein will represent two days of waste produced on the Stellenbosch campus. The 3,000 kg of waste equals around 30 bales, which our centralised Material Recycling Facility (MRF) produces after they sort the waste they collect daily. Of this 3,000 kg of waste, SU recycles x28 percent, sends 46 percent for composting, and 26 percent to landfill. The MRF on the Stellenbosch campus sorts waste and diverts it away from landfill and in 2023, more than 1 million kg of waste, mostly plastic and paper, were collected and diverted from landfill. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Since this facility was built, SU has succeeded in reducing its waste-to-landfill. We currently send only 26 percent to landfill. SU's goal is to get to zero waste-to-landfill by 2028, says John de Wet, SU's Environmental Sustainability Manager. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">As part of its efforts towards a greener future, aligned with these goals, the University has invested heavily in various energy, water, waste, and biodiversity programmes on all its campuses, says De Wet. Initiatives include a three-bin sorting system on all campuses, the MRF, the installation of water-saving taps, shower heads and cisterns in residences, grey water systems to recycle shower water and provide water for flushing of toilets, waterwise landscaping and the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of five buildings to reduce carbon emissions and utility costs. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">For SU to reach its net zero target, it needs to decrease its carbon emissions from 85 241 tCO2e to as close to zero as possible, explains De Wet. "Waste is one of the elements in this journey, and SU's diversion-away-from-landfill rate is currently at an impressive annual average of 74 percent - well above the 50 percent average reported by other universities."</span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Most recently, in support of SU's contribution to reaching Goal 12: responsible consumption and production, and to raise awareness about Global Recycling Day marked on 18 March, the Environmental Sustainability team at SU's Facilities Management partnered with the UNASA (United Nations Association of SA) student society, Wasteplan, and eWASA (EPR Waste Association of South Africa) and hosted a successful e-waste recycling drive on the Stellenbosch campus. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">​</p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="background-color:transparent;">O</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">n the day, Christine Groenewald, SU's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator: Engagement, said: "We want to create awareness of the significance of keeping e-waste out of landfill sites." Electronic waste, or e-waste, contains numerous chemicals and heavy metals that can risk human and ecological health. On the day, the collected e-waste filled four yellow wheelie bins, weighing just over 62kgs, says Groenewald. Items included keyboards, kettles, charging cables, old phones and batteries, accounting for a third of all the e-waste collected. </span><br></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Other recent milestones include the certification by the Green Building Council of South Africa of 18 buildings on the Stellenbosch campus, and the City of Cape Town's awarding of 5-star and 3-star ratings to the Tygerberg and Bellville campuses for effective water management. Water-wise strategies at Tygerberg resulted in a significant 30 percent reduction in potable water consumption, while Bellville's potable water supply now comes from a deepwater lake and reverse osmoses plant resulted in minimal water supply coming from the City's network. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">SU's Sustainable Development Impact Hub (</span><a target="_blank" href="https://susdev.sun.ac.za/" class="editor-rtfLink" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;color:#4a6ee0;">SDG/2063 Impact Hub</a><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">), established in late 2021 to help the University become more​ sustainable and highlight contributions to the UN and AU's agendas, has just released its second </span><a target="_blank" href="https://susdev.sun.ac.za/files/2024/03/SusDevAnnualReport_22_23_StellenboschUniversity.pdf" class="editor-rtfLink" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;color:#4a6ee0;">Sustainable Development Annual Report</a><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> (2022/2023) A Sustainable Africa: Partnerships for Progress.  </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Corina du Toit, Programme Manager at the Hub, (situated within the Centre for Collaboration in Africa at SU International), says: "The report shows how through embracing partnerships and collaboration, SU's sustainability journey aligned with the 17 SDGs and 20 AU Goals is making a significant impact not only on our community but also nationally and throughout Africa as it takes the lead in driving future-forward, research, policy, and change." </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Programme of events </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">During Earth Week (22-26 April 2024), SU's Environmental sustainability team planned a series of events to raise awareness. Some of the highlights include: </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">For the whole week: </span></p><ul style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Waste installations on the Rooiplein and at Engineering with an information stall </span></li><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">E-waste drop off point at the information stall on the Rooiplein </span></li><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Weaving Time Artwork display at the Container Gallery with the Visual Arts Dept </span></li><li style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;list-style-type:disc;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Staff competition: how to get to a net zero campus <br><br></span></li></ul><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Monday 22 April </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">18:00: A Quiz night with UNASA at Courtyard Cafe </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Tuesday 23 April: </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Earth week expo stalls on the Rooiplein (groups represented deal with the impacts of plastic pollution on the environment and assist in reducing waste to landfill) </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Wednesday 24 April  </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">13:00 – 14:00 Thrift fashion show, Neelsie stage </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">18:00 – 20:00 Movie night at Neelsie cinema: David Attenborough Earth week hamper to be won in the lucky draw after the movie. RSVP h</span><a target="_blank" href="https://forms.office.com/r/n0XLpc6T0P" class="editor-rtfLink" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;color:#4a6ee0;">ttps://forms.office.com/r/n0XLpc6T0P</a><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Thursday 25 April </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">13:00 – 14:00 How to send Zero Waste to landfill- talk with ZWASA (Zero Waste Association of South Africa) and Ecomaties, Neelsie cinema. </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">RSVP </span><a target="_blank" href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://forms.office.com/r/NXnm8vWdzg&data=05%7c02%7c%7c93908a249b0e4e06919508dc5e28bb35%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c638488776239512440%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c0%7c%7c%7c&sdata=KiB1EmlhIfoOamA8i93xEzrVeWrdzf60uGgT%2BZ8pqw8%3D&reserved=0" class="editor-rtfLink" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;color:#4a6ee0;">https://forms.office.com/r/NXnm8vWdzg</a><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Friday 26 April </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">12:00 – 14:00 Visit to the Stellenbosch Municipal landfill site and recycling drop-off facility. RSVP </span><a target="_blank" href="https://forms.office.com/r/BjqtiCdngY" class="editor-rtfLink" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;color:#4a6ee0;">https://forms.office.com/r/BjqtiCdngY</a><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Saturday 27 April </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">8:30 – 12:00 Community clean up along the Kromrivier in Idas Valley.  </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">For queries, Christine Groenewald at </span><a href="mailto:cgroenewald@sun.ac.za">cgroenewald@sun.ac.za</a><span style="background-color:transparent;">                     </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> </span></p><p style="color:#0e101a;background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span data-preserver-spaces="true" style="background:transparent;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">​​</span></p><p>​<br></p>
Show your support for Global Recycling Day: bring your e-waste to the Rooiplein on Monday 18 Marchhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10506Show your support for Global Recycling Day: bring your e-waste to the Rooiplein on Monday 18 MarchPetro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span style="">To raise awareness about Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2024 and International Day for Zero Waste (30 March), the Environmental Sustainability team of Facilities Management is partnering with the UNASA student society, Wasteplan, and EWASA for an e-waste recycling drive.</span> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">E</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">lectronic </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">waste, or e-waste, contains numerous chemicals and heavy metals that can pose a risk to human and ecological health. It is also high-value material that can be reused and save the mining of raw materials. Keeping it out of landfill sites, recycling what is possible,</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and discarding the harmful components in certified</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> responsible</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> ways is essential</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> for our planetary health</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">SU </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">provides</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">separate</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> collection str</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">eam </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">for e</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">-waste </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">on</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> our </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">campuses </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">and</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">works</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> with</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> registered waste management compan</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">ies</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> that legally</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> reuse, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">strip and recycle electronic waste</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">. For this effort, SU will </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">receive a manifest and a safe disposal certificate for e-waste </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">collected from campus</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:10.6667px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;">Please note that only </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun MacChromeBold SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;font-weight:bold;">non-SU asset items</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> can be dropped off at Monday's yellow e-waste bins on the Rooiplein</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;clear:both;cursor:text;overflow:visible;direction:ltr;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;"><p class="Paragraph SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:13px;padding:0px 0px 1.33333px;border-width:0px 0px 1px;border-style:none none solid;border-left-color:initial;border-right-color:initial;border-top-color:initial;border-bottom-color:#000000;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-ZA" class="TextRun SCXW108861340 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;">Bring your e-waste on Monday and help us create a healthier environment.</span><span class="EOP SCXW108861340 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":278,"335572079":6,"335572080":1,"335572081":4278190080,"469789806":"single"}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:22.0083px;font-family:raleway, raleway_embeddedfont, raleway_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
City of Cape Town awards Tygerberg and Bellville campuses for efficient water management https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10501City of Cape Town awards Tygerberg and Bellville campuses for efficient water management Petro Mostert<p></p><p>​​​​​​​The City of Cape Town recently awarded a 5-star and 3-star rating to the Tygerberg and Bellville campuses for effective water management to ensure compliance with the Institution's water licensing conditions. Implementing water strategies at the Tygerberg campus resulted in a 40 percent reduction in potable water consumption. The Bellville campus used water from the adjacent deep lake to supply water to the desalination plant, which resulted in a substantial reduction of potable water with minimal supply from the city of Cape Town's grid.<br></p><p>These water solutions resulted from work done more than a decade ago at Facilities Management when a cross-functional team developed the Green Business Plan, which detailed specific targets for various environmental sustainability elements. It has since evolved into the institution's 2022 Environmental Sustainability Plan.</p><p>"Our Environmental Sustainability Plan stipulates that we must reduce the impact on the earth's finite resources — energy and water. One of these strategies is the Water Optimization Strategy," said SUFM's Director of Property Services, Nadeem Gafieldien.<br></p><p>"While implementing these strategies in 2018, the Western Cape experienced the worst droughts. With Day Zero looming, we managed to fast-track our water optimization strategy. We turned this crisis into an opportunity by implementing these strategies, requiring changes in our systems to make them more resilient to future environmental crises."<br></p><p>Gafieldien said they developed several water projects and initiatives and implemented them across the institution, including the Tygerberg and Bellville campuses. This included upgrading bulk infrastructure, boreholes at Tygerberg, a new deep lake system at the Bellville campus, changing shower heads, taps, and toilet cisterns from twelve to six liters, and implementing greywater systems.</p><p>Gafieldien said all these initiatives enabled them to reduce potable water consumption, with the added benefit of reducing the municipal bill, while building resilience in the institution's water systems by optimising and diversifying this finite resource."</p><p>"While this represented certain advantages, it also came with specific legislation and regulatory requirements. This legislation requires regular testing, management, reporting, and audits on the water quality as stipulated in the water licenses," said Gafieldien.</p><p>SU's environmental sustainability manager, John de Wet, confirmed that the Tygerberg campus's water consumption is 11,638 Kl monthly, which equates to six Olympic pools.</p><p>An estimated 9514 kl, or the equivalent of five pools, is supplied by the municipality, and 2 124 Kl, or one pool, comes from the Tygerberg campus from boreholes drilled in 2016. This initiative resulted in a 20 percent reduction in potable water supplied by the City of Cape Town and made us more resilient.</p><p>De Wet said the Bellville campus has a 50-meter-deep quarry; all rain and stormwater are collected in this lake. "In 2018, SU implemented the deep-water lake projects at the Bellville campus. SU was allowed to pump water from the 52-meter-deep lake. We used this 12-degree water to supply water to three areas on the campus. Firstly, in the HVAC plant; secondly, in the filtration plant; and thirdly, to irrigate the landscape.</p><p>Raw water from the lake is filtered in the filtration plant (reversed osmoses), which supplies all campus buildings."</p><p>John confirmed that this system produces an estimated 2,051 Kl per month, equivalent to one Olympic pool of drinking water. According to him, this campus should theoretically not use potable water from the municipality. However, it is impossible due to the impact of load-shedding, as it reverts to the municipal water supply.</p><p>Gafieldien said that by adopting its environmental sustainability plan in 2022, SU is now on a new sustainable trajectory for carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero by 2050.</p><p><strong>Green building award</strong></p><p>Furthermore, the Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA) certified our Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) building with a 4-star rating as a newly built green building. The BMRI was SU's first building to receive this certification from the GBCSA.</p><p>The GBCSA rating system includes energy efficiency, water, and waste management, using green materials and construction methods, indoor air quality, transport, land use, emissions, innovation, and productivity.</p><p>"Buildings consume 75 percent of the utilities and are the largest contributor to the institutions' emissions and carbon footprint. Therefore, we focus on improving how we measure and report on the performance of our extensive portfolio of +450 buildings. We also ensure our buildings are much greener and reduce the impact on the environment and our planet," said Gafieldien.<br></p><div><br><br><br></div><p>​<br></p>
Innovus spinout CubeSpace secures R47m VC funding for global expansionhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10499Innovus spinout CubeSpace secures R47m VC funding for global expansionPetro Mostert<p></p><p>Stellenbosch University and Innovus spinout company CubeSpace, a leading satellite component manufacturer, has secured R47m venture capital funding to fuel its global expansion.<br></p><p>After establishing itself as a leader in the CubeSat market, the company is leveraging its considerable experience and research and development capabilities to transform the broader satellite industry.</p><p>The strategic shift is backed by an impressive 50 percent annual growth over the last four years, with the recent venture capital funding, led by the University Technology Fund (UTF) and co-investor Savant Venture Fund, to support expansive growth.</p><p>Renowned for successfully controlling over 300 satellites and endorsed by NASA, the company aims to strengthen its foothold in the US and European markets, enhancing support for its robust client base worldwide.</p><p>“Gone are the times when satellite manufacturing is reserved for governments of large first-world countries. We have developed a modular and low-cost control system capable of controlling any size satellite, which will help researchers, private companies, and governments globally build satellites a lot quicker, with smaller teams, and at much lower cost," says CubeSpace CEO Mike-Alec Kearney.</p><p>The company has already secured its first six contracts for microsatellites, with the largest contract being for a 400kg earth observation satellite destined for Very Low Earth Orbit at 200 km. This achievement underscores its strong position in the international satellite industry and demonstrates the industry's trust in the company's capabilities.</p><p>“With the new investment, we're expanding our capabilities to control satellites up to one ton through our revolutionary new range of large reaction wheels. These wheels will all include our high-efficiency precision electrical motor which was developed in-house and will address an urgent need in the satellite constellation market for high-performance, low-cost reaction wheels that can be delivered in high volumes for demanding schedules," explains Kearney.</p><p>The control systems play a crucial role in the operation of satellites by ensuring precision pointing and stability, enabling seamless operation of optical payloads and antennas. This expertise is highlighted by CubeSpace's inclusion in NASA's State-of-the-Art Small Spacecraft Technology report.</p><p>The company has played a significant role in groundbreaking missions, including the development of the control systems for the UAE Lunar rover, and is currently in the process of building control systems for three more lunar rovers, which will contribute to the colonisation of the moon and Mars.</p><p>Through enabling their customers to build world-class satellites, the company actively contributes to initiatives aimed at improving conditions on Earth, including projects related to the removal of space debris, smart agriculture, global internet access, and the monitoring of climate, weather patterns, and maritime activities.</p><p>“CubeSpace embodies the University Technology Fund's vision to invest in South African university technology with global potential. This is the fund's largest investment to date, reflecting our confidence in the company. Their outstanding performance in a promising sector has us excited to support their ambitious goals. We're thrilled to fuel their journey!" says UTF CEO Wayne Stocks.</p><p>“The investment in CubeSpace is a great case study demonstrating that local university technology is an overlooked but very promising asset class.  This is also supported by the fast growth in the Stellenbosch University group of companies which currently boasts nearly 30 spinout companies," explains Anita Nel, Chief Director of Innovation and Commercialisation of Stellenbosch University and CEO of US Enterprises.</p><div><br></div><div><br></div><br><p>About CubeSpace:</p><p>An innovator in the international space industry and a spinout company of Stellenbosch University, CubeSpace specialises in turn-key ADCS solutions for over 150 global clients. Celebrating South African intellectual property and expertise, CubeSpace manufactures state-of-the-art space control systems, partnering with major space agencies like NASA, ESA, and others.<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Let’s reaffirm our core values https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10486Let’s reaffirm our core values Petro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Anita Nel, Chief Director Innovation and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Commercialisation</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> writes:</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Welcome back to each member of our Innovation and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">Commercialisation</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> Team. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> take a moment to reaffirm our core values at SU, namely compassion, equity, respect, accountability, and excellence. These values shape our approach to our daily tasks and help us navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities we </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">encounter</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> daily. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Reflecting on 2023, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">we've</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> learned invaluable lessons that we are taking into 2024</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">One of these lessons is the value of </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">good communication</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and how lack thereof creates uncertainty and misunderstandings. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> give priority to excellent communication in 2024. We have also worked </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">very hard</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> over the past years to put proper processes and policies in place across our division to provide clarity and transparency and to ensure that we consistently act in the best interest of Stellenbosch University. As we embark on this new year, </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> continue to respect these guardrails and implement them consistently. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> also uphold our core values, seize growth opportunities, and work with integrity towards an even better Stellenbosch University</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW66353002 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 SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Welcome back, and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">let's</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW66353002 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> make 2024 a year of continued success and fun!</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW66353002 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
Our lesson learned: listen https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10489Our lesson learned: listen Petro Mostert<p>​<br><br></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Manie Lombard, Chief Director Finance</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, writes:</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">It was with immense gratitude and relief that I could write in our recent report to SU’s council that we have completed the formal implementation of </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">SUNFin</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and ended the three-month-long </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">hypercare</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> period that followed. We have transferred all support operations to the various Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in conjunction with the subdivision Financial Systems Support and Training. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">We’ve</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> also </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">established</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a Senate working group to help us address critical issues that arise as we </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">continue</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> our </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">SUNFin</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> journey.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">I am proud to say that the team has rolled out three quarterly updates until now without any downtime or interruption of the system – indeed, a remarkable achievement. </span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Our focus now is to </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">stabilise</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> the </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">SUNFin</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> system and ensure that we provide efficient client service and support. The </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">SUNFin</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> service desk is fully operational and </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">indicates</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> that 92 percent of help tickets have been resolved. Since going live at the end of July last year, 4 188 tickets were logged. Our team is working hard to close the long, outstanding items.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">It has not been </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">an easy ride</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, but I have confidence in the Finance team that we will achieve our goals for 2024. One of the lessons learned in 2023 was that we need to listen and find solutions for those unique problems that arise. We all know that there will be big and small mountains to climb along the way, and by </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">listening</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and understanding our client’s needs, I believe 2024 will be </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">a great year</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"></span></span><span class="EOP SCXW119456533 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW119456533 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 SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Thank you to a highly devoted and dedicated team. I look forward to another year working side-by-side and finding </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">new solutions</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW119456533 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> and better ways of working together.</span></span></p></div><p>​<br></p>
Resilience is not a single skill https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=10487Resilience is not a single skill Petro Mostert<p></p><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;font-style:italic;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">Joe Smith, acting Chief Director Information Technology, writes:</span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Having all staff members safely back after the festive season is fantastic. I hope that all of you had a good rest. I know some staff members were on standby, such as the TAS staff and the staff taking care of the data centres</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">. Eskom has mostly been good </span><span class="NormalTextRun ContextualSpellingAndGrammarErrorV2Themed SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">to</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> us, with very few load-shedding instances over the holiday period. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">Looking back, 2023 was a unique year in many ways. We had enormous challenges with massive projects running simultaneously, such as load shedding and the risk it poses to our data </span><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2Themed SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-repeat:repeat-x;background-position:left bottom;">centres</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">, the resignation of our chief director, the announcement of our new chief director in December 2023, and several retirements with an accumulative loss of more than a century of institutional knowledge</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">.  </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">We bounced back resiliently with all the challenges IT had to deal with. Our staff stayed motivated and worked with dedication, harder than ever to keep the lights on. I learned from 2023 that resilience </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">isn’t</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a single skill. </span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;">It’s</span><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;"> a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road and failures, you should emphasise the positive. – Jean Chatzky. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><div class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW3142273 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 SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin-bottom:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;"><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" class="TextRun SCXW3142273 BCX0" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;">This is what we did at IT and will continue doing at IT.</span><span class="EOP SCXW3142273 BCX0" data-ccp-props="{}" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:19.425px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;"> </span></p></div><p>​<br></p>