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    New campus transport brings Maties together Riding a skateboard, even between classes, is by far the coolest form of campus transportation, writes Nico Gous, a Journalism student. In simple terms, a longboard is a surfboard on land, with wheels attached. Others call it a derivative skateboard, but that's a nuts-and-bolts debate we won't go into. A visible increase in the number of longboards on campus begs the question - is this just a craze or here to stay? Jaques van Jaarsveld, co-owner of Cornerstone Surf & Skate in Stellenbosch, believes that despite South Africa joining the ranks only fairly recently, longboards are here to stay. "In New York, you see guys in suits going to work on their longboards." Longboards came about after surfers from Oahu, Hawaii, had to seek their thrills on land when the waves were dull. Imitating their surf moves on land, it was first called sidewalk surfing. Longboards and skateboards first hit the marketplace in 1959, but have had their ups and downs. A dip in popularity saw them return in the 1970s, with a third upsurge in the early 1990s. The third revival saw these sports hitting South African shores. Most entry-level boards start at around R1 000, but Van Jaarsveld says it's worth it. "With a skateboard, your deck breaks, but on longboards you don't do as many tricks, so you don't have to worry about your board breaking." Even among longboards, there are differences in terms of shapes and truck positioning. Trucks are the mechanisms connecting the wheels to the deck. Pintails (110-150 cm) are teardropshaped boards suitable for beginners. When the trucks are mounted on top of the deck, they are called drop-decks (80-110 cm). Cruisers (70-80 cm) are smaller, close to the size of skateboards, with elevated edges to help longboarders brake. Cruisers are ideal for transport, as they are comfortable to carry around, whereas others are better for doing tricks. Matt Ardene, 'A good street skater can learn incredibly quickly, but I think it is safe to say most people will have the basics down within six months' an Industrial Engineering student and avid longboarder, is involved with a Facebook page bringing longboarders in Stellenbosch together. Simply called "Longboard Stellenbosch", they encourage beginners to get into the sport by meeting up on Tuesday evenings at a determined location. Participants need to organise their own board or helmet. From there on, it's a trial-and-error process. "A good street skater can learn incredibly quickly, but I think it is safe to say most people will have the basics down within six months," Ardene says. Maties have taken on longboards instead of bicycles. Others, such as Ardene, have been longboarding since 1997. Depending on the size of the board, most students have no problem carrying their boards wherever they go. Ardene believes calling the sport a craze is dismissing its history. "Currently, there is a growth in popularity larger than has been seen before, but it is not the first time there has been a large growth." Why the spike in growth? Ardene believes economics are behind it. "I have my suspicions it has something to do with the weak economy, and people not being able to afford motocross and similar, expensive hobbies." For the experienced, Cornerstone organises night runs, where they hit the streets for downhill races when there's little or no traffic around. Distillery Road in Onderpapegaaiberg and the Superspar parking lot on the road to Helshoogte are popular locations. Meeting around 22:00, organisers and longboarders say there's no excuse for lacking in safety. "We decide on one of a few locations that we know will be quiet, and post it on Facebook. When they arrive, we insist that everyone wears helmets, and then off we go," says Ardene. Accustomed to runins with the police, Ardene says it's better to respect authorities than to give them reason to give you trouble. "The police do give the skaters in Stellenbosch a lot of trouble, and quite a few have had fines issued or their boards confiscated." MATIELAND SUMMER2011 49

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    Contact centre already successfull by Wayne Muller Just over a year following the launch of Stellenbosch University's (SU) customer contact centre, this facility is already paying dividends. But, says the centre manager, Darryn Havenga, they have many more plans in store through which they aim to deliver a better service to SU's external and internal customers. Mr Darryn Havenga, the manager of the contact centre, pictured with Ms Izel Gordon-Rossouw in the centre's offices in the Admin A building. In the background are Mr Gavin Nimmo and Ms Cheryl Richardson. 50 MATIELAND SUMMER2011 The contact centre deals with all telephonic, e-mail and fax enquiries addressed to SU. Prospective and current students, parents, companies and the general public may approach the centre with any enquiries, in response to which the centre staff will endeavour to furnish as much information as possible. Unlike a normal switchboard, the contact centre provides the required information immediately, instead of simply putting callers through to someone else, who may even refer them to yet another person. "For example, if someone phones with a question on admission requirements, we will be able to assist that person immediately. Or if a company wants to have a product tested, we are able to give them accurate information on how to do it and who to call," says Havenga. Precisely this seems to be the contact centre's greatest success: The centre responds to, or deals with, 65% of all enquiries addressed to SU. In June alone - which is normally a relatively quiet time of the year - the centre dealt with an astonishing 20 800 enquiries. "We receive all sorts of enquiries. At one point, CONTACT CENTRE STATISTICS 19 711 Average number of enquiries per month (6 851 in Afrikaans; 10 220 in English - including fax enquiries). January is the busiest month, with over 30 000 enquiries. we used to receive many calls on the water filter bag (developed by Prof Eugene Cloete, Dean of the Faculty of Science). We also receive quite a number of calls from companies who want to have products tested. We establish exactly what the person wants to know, and if we do not have the answer, we refer him or her to the right place - something that did not happen previously. Therefore, we deliver an improved service, thereby also improving SU's image," says Havenga. The centre, located on the ground floor of Admin A, is staffed by a well-trained team. "They all have tertiary training, and six of the nine staff members studied at SU," says Havenga. He says the contact centre now aims to become the central point from which SU information is distributed to external clients - irrespective of the way in which enquiries are received, i.e. telephonically or on Facebook or Twitter. "We also want to establish a second contact point in the Neelsie, where the same kind of information will be provided. Eventually, you should be able to enquire from any point and receive exactly the same answer." * The University's general phone number is 021 808 9111 and the e-mail address info@sun.ac.za. INTERESTING CALLS * "Please connect me to the Rector? I need to tell him that my son is too ill to write his test today." * "How much does 1 kg of the University's sports field cost?" * "What are the admission requirements for becoming an astronaut?" * "Could you please print out my academic records, but leave out all those modules I flunked?" * "Could you please help me to complete another university's application form? You guys are the only ones who pick up your phones, and I am very desperate by now!" 13 052 Average number of telephonic enquiries (6 851 in Afrikaans; 5 321 in English) 5 520 Average number of e-mail enquiries (965 in Afrikaans; 4 555 in English) 2 018 Average number of fax enquiries

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    Renewal without embedded tradition implies a lack of identity. Tradition without continuous renewal implies stagnation, writes Prof Pieter Kapp, outgoing President of the Convocation. TRADITION AND RENEWAL FOR SU The fact that Stellenbosch, both as a town and university, has a rich tradition makes it particularly appealing to prospective students and visitors. The fact that Stellenbosch, as an institution of higher education, has never ceased re-inventing itself since 1877 has enabled it to achieve significant successes for, and render valuable services to, South Africa. It is precisely this history that lends Stellenbosch its unique character. And it is the integration of tradition and renewal that makes the University more than just a place of professional training. If managed sensitively and implemented in a balanced way, the renewal as contained in the five strategic objectives that were drafted in 2000 could create the symbiosis required to maintain SU's longstanding excellence. Therefore, in 2001, the Executive Committee of the Convocation embraced these five objectives, which also serve as principles in certain key respects, with the clear understanding that not ELECTION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS: CONVOCATION AND DONORS What you should know During February/March 2012, the Convocation must appoint three Council members, while SU's donors must appoint one. One member has resigned and the others' terms of office expire on 1 April 2012. Nominations will be invited in early January 2012. Should the nominations received exceed the vacancies, an election will be held during February/March. Donors who qualify as members of the electoral college of donors and SU Convocation members will be able to participate in the election by voting on the University's website (www.sun.ac.za) or by completing a ballot and one of the five will carry more weight than the others individually or collectively. This view was also clearly expressed by the University management. But how do you promote all five vision statements in a balanced way? By making certain that every important decision, from appointments to awards, considers all five. This formed the basis of the support that the Convocation has lent the University the past ten years. Among others, this entailed not hesitating to point out those issues where theory and practice did not seem to harmonise. The diminishing offering of Afrikaans, which is central to the University's unique character, has been of particular concern to the Convocation since 2002. As one of the speakers at the most recent annual meeting remarked: The problem with Afrikaans students is not that they are unfamiliar with English; on the contrary, they are too familiar with it. One may add: The real problem is that they lack knowledge submitting it to the Registrar's office, faxing it to the designated number or e-mailing it before the closing date. Votes cast in any other way than on the web or via ballot paper will be invalid. Non-citizens who are Convocation members or donors may obtain access to the web/voting process by means of their student numbers, while SA citizens may use their ID or student numbers. The qualifying criteria for Convocation members or members of the electoral college of donors appear on SU's website. CONVOCATION of Afrikaans technical terminology. However, this problem is not insurmountable. If Afrikaans is done justice in all respects, nothing stands in the way of developing the five vision statements in harmony. This is a challenge from which SU, in view of its tradition, should not shy away. Acknowledge the University's Afrikaans tradition, and use it as the foundation for continued renewal. To this end, SU alumni continue to commit themselves to the University with the utmost loyalty and dedication. The Rector's assurance to parents that their children will still receive their education at Stellenbosch in Afrikaans, as stated in the television interview with Freek Robinson on Sunday evening 13 November 2011, is significant. If so, the problem is obviously resolved. Then Stellenbosch will have a 100% Afrikaans offering, and the arguments about Council's resolution to guarantee only 60% Afrikaans instruction fall away. Ballot papers are distributed by ordinary mail or e-mail, and registered voters are therefore kindly requested to ensure that the University has their correct contact and other details. To check or update your details, contact Malena Fourie on 021 808 4843 or alumni@sun.ac.za. MATIELAND SUMMER2011 51

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    This is what SU alumni want A record number of opinions were voiced in the first ever official survey among Stellenbosch alumni. And the respondents were quite decided on what they want! The Alumni Office conducted the survey to establish whether they are meeting alumni's expectations and needs through their offering of opportunities for interaction - between alumni and the University as well as among alumni themselves, opportunities for greater engagement with the University, and their communication. Of the approximately 64 000 Maties who were approached to participate, a substantial 11,1% eventually did. "This is an impressive percentage, especially if one keeps in mind that the international average for feedback on alumni surveys usually lies between 4% and 7%," says a proud Ms Heidi October, Manager: Alumni Relations. "This provides us with a very good indication of the way SU alumni see the road ahead with us." Engagement with SU "According to the feedback, alumni want to stay engaged with SU for further education opportunities such as workshops and seminars, as well as for career networking," says Ms October. "We find this feedback particularly exciting, as we would like SU to remain alumni's intellectual home." Many respondents also indicated that they would 52 MATIELAND SUMMER2011 More of this! Former students of the Engineering Faculty who graduated in the 1980s got a chance to socialise in September at dinners in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg. At both events, the Dean, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, shared with alumni the Faculty's Vision 2020, and appealed to them for financial support. Fond memories were recalled at the two events held at the Wallenberg Centre (9 September) and at Southern Sun Montecasino (16 September) respectively. Pictured here are Rita and David Johnson, Sonette and Jan Lategan, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel (Dean), Marinda and Andrew Rossouw, and Roland van Rooyen. like to serve as mentors to students. "We hope to be able to utilise this information as best we can in order to expand alumni engagement with the University even further," she says. In 2011, the Alumni Office started to strengthen their partnerships with faculties, residences and societies in order to offer a more comprehensive and integrated alumni programme. This has already led to an increase in attendance of both local and international events as well as financial support for HOPE Project initiatives. According to Ms October, the further expansion and diversification of the Alumni Office's offering have a marked positive effect on how alumni regard their ties with their alma mater, as well as their willingness to give of their time and skills and to act as SU ambassadors. "This confirms the qualitative data collected in the survey: Our alumni want to assume greater ownership of their connections to SU, particularly in their own environments and their respective fields," she says. When asked about Matieland, 34,1% of Afrikaans- speaking alumni said they would not mind receiving only an online version of the magazine, while a substantial 42,5% who had indicated English as their preferred language confirmed that they would like to receive the magazine online. "We would like to thank alumni for their overwhelmingly positive response and proposals. This will assist us in improving our interaction strategy further, so that we will be able to meet alumni's needs even more efficiently in 2012," she says. * Congratulations to Mr Le Roux Burrows, who has won himself a Kindle by participating in the survey. This is what alumni want: * Faculty-driven events (including panel discussions on subject-specific topics) * Informal networking events (preferably between 18:00 and 20:00) * Informal breakfasts (between 07:00 and 09:00) What can alumni look forward to in 2012? * The launch of OACS (Our Alumni Circle Stellenbosch) in Gauteng * The first alumni career day * The introduction of the alumni mentorship programme, specifically aimed at giving final-year students career advice * New social networks for our international alumni via various media platforms * A brand-new alumni web portal, alumni.sun.ac.za, where one will be able to obtain your old study records, information on upcoming alumni events, news on the latest developments in your faculty, and online versions of Matieland and AlumnUS - all in a single spot

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    New-look crest for Alumni Relations A new name, a new look and an improved strategy to keep Stellenbosch alumni connected to their alma mater long after the euphoria of graduation has died down. The team at the Alumni Relations Office at Stellenbosch University (SU) recently revealed their new crest, with which they strive to "elevate the brand and create enthusiasm and a sense of pride in SU". The new branding incorporates the official SU crest and links directly to the University, and, says Ms Bev Witten, Director: Alumni Relations, is therefore representative of all alumni. According to Witten, the new crest is also a symbol of the Division's new strategy to cultivate better relationships with alumni and to get them more involved in SU's activities. "We wanted to elevate the brand and give it a more sophisticated look. The new crest had to represent all alumni at all levels, and increase loyalty and a feeling of nostalgia. They should feel proud of the institution from which they graduated. We also want to establish a feeling of community among alumni," she says. Witten says the team felt that the previous branding, MatiesAlumni, lacked inclusivity, having been associated with sports and societies only. Alumni Relations has also started giving effect to its new five-point strategic framework, which is based on cultivation and engagement, communication, volunteer management, early student engagement, and alumni giving. "These strategies include initiatives specifically aimed at alumni in order to raise enthusiasm for, and interest in, supporting their alma mater, so that SU can remain a It is all about connecting with our alumni and building relationships. relevant, competitive institution that continues to build its knowledge and research," Witten says. The first leg of the strategic framework, namely cultivation and engagement, involves establishing, building and maintaining positive relationships, internally and externally. "The past year, we've had 35 alumni events in different locations around the world - more than double the number of events in previous years. It is all about connecting with our alumni and building relationships." Through communication, Alumni Relations wants to create hubs and interest groups among alumni on all platforms, including the social media. "We also want alumni to contribute not only financially, but also through their talent and skills, thereby creating a peer-to-peer UNIVERSITEIT * STELLENBOSCH * UNIVERSITY A L U M N I connection and a body of ambassadors for SU who will illuminate the work of the University and its impact in the field of higher education," says Witten about their strategy of volunteer management. The fourth leg of the strategic framework, early student engagement, aims to involve current students in alumni activities and interactions, so that they would stay connected to SU after graduating. "Research has shown that if you do not connect with alumni within the first five years after graduation, you've lost them." With alumni giving, the Division wants to increase participation in annual giving to SU. "We also want to create a culture of giving among current students by inviting them to join the Class Gift programme. It helps them understand that their collective contribution can make a difference," Witten adds. MATIELAND SUMMER2011 53

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    When William Morris assembled a group of students to form a choir in 1936, he probably did not think that this choir would end up in the second spot on the world ranking list of the top 1 000 choirs. T he SU Choir, which is currently led by André van der Merwe, participated in the 2010 World Choir Games, and was named the winner in two categories and received the title "Choir of the World". But it has been quite a journey to get there ... Dedicated choirmasters such as William Morris and Gawie Cillié did pioneering work. Philip McLachlan ushered in a new era when he took over the choir in 1955 and reduced it to a group of selected voices. Over a period of 22 years, McLachlan changed the face of choral song in South Africa, and enchanted audiences across the country with an unprecedented sound. McLachlan's successors, former choir members Johann de Villiers and Acáma Fick, continued this wonderful educational task. Both kept the Stellenbosch University Choir at the cutting edge of choral music in South Africa. Their selfless service to music, the University and choir members has been immortalised in the choir annals. During her time as conductor, Sonja van der 54 54 MATIELAND MATIELAND SUMMER2011 SUMMER2011 SU Choir celebrates 75 years of singing glory By Matilda Burden Walt led several highly successful foreign tours, which saw the choir leaving its mark on international choral music at choir festivals and competitions. Under the competent leadership of André van der Merwe, the already famous choir continues to achieve even greater heights of success. Reunion weekend From 2 to 4 September 2011, former choir members from across the country as well as abroad congregated to celebrate the choir's illustrious 75-year existence. Socialising, chatting, eating, reminiscing and, above all, singing were high on the agenda. At an SU Choir reunion, the main objective for former choir members is to sing together and again experience the wonder of choral music and the uniting force of ensemble singing; the excitement of producing something that touches thousands of people in a positive way. Then one recalls why you went to hours of choir practice every evening; Above, far left: The 1959 choir tour from Cape Town to Durban on the ship Cape Town Castle. Above left: Mr William Morris, the first conductor of the choir, in action at Intervarsity. Below, far left: A definite highlight was when both former and current choir members took the stage to sing "Come again, sweet days". (Photo: Anton Jordaan, SSFD) Below right: The elders! Pictured here are Rosemary Lewis, who was a choir member in the mid- 1950s; Greta Gericke, who sang under the founder William Morris and then Gawie Cillié (1939-1941), and Janetta de Vos, also a choir member in the mid- 1950s. Ms Frieda Holzapfel, a founding member in 1936, attended Saturday evening's concert. why you sacrificed so much, and why other things (such as studies and loved ones) often had to play second fiddle. Choir tours; bus, train and boat rides; flights that were caught and missed; programmes that did not go according to plan; wonderful though sometimes peculiar hosts; lost baggage; illnesses, sore throats and hoarse voices, and the magical moment of that first chord of the concert - everything is relived. Camps and ceremonies, item evenings and volleyball are all recalled, as well as the difficult parting when your time in the choir has come to an end; singing "Hoed my as ek my gaan neerlê" and, of course, "Come again, sweet days" ... * Order a double CD of Stellenbosch University Choir performances through the years (R150,00) and of the 2011 reunion concert (R50,00) as well as copies of the 75-year festschrift (R85,00) from Lydia Meier on us_koor@sun.ac.za.

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    Die Matie editors get together Die Matie, independent student paper of Stellenbosch University, turned 70 this year. Anika Marais, 2011/2012 editor in chief, tells us more. On Friday 2 September, the recently elected 2011/2012 editorial staff of Die Matie hosted former editors of this paper in Stellenbosch. This social get-together, where young and old from across the country celebrated the student paper's 70th birthday, was held at STIAS. Guests included Mr J.R. Olivier, editor of 1951, who entertained the younger editors with stories from the olden days, and Ms Marietjie Vos, editor of 2010/2011, who joined the festivities via Skype from Amsterdam. In 1941, Die Matie made its first appearance on campus under the editorship of W.A. Joubert. Ever since, the paper has had several functions on campus, including student mouthpiece, student leadership watchdog and frank critic of the apartheid government. To this day, the paper remains proudly independent. The former editors conveyed precisely this message to the newly elected editorial staff: "Keep the torch burning" ("Laat die fakkel brand"), as the paper's slogan goes. This was also the main thrust of the message delivered by Pieter-Francois Theron, editor of 2007/2008. Die Matie offers young journalists the ideal platform for creative interaction with the media. In his speech, Dr Llewellyn MacMaster, Dean of Students, also challenged Die Matie editors who attended the event (terms of office between brackets). Back: Annelize Kloppers (2010), J.R. Oliver (1951), Freddie Marais (1976), Chris Otto (1971), Anton Steenkamp (1985), Johan van Tiddens (2003), Gerrie de Villiers (1972) and Koos Bekker (1975). Front: Ettienne de Villiers (1969), Annelie Maré (2007), Julia Andersen (1991), Pieter-Francois Theron (2008), Louis Heyneman (1979), Dirk Hertzog (1968), Altus Joubert (1974), Ettienne van Heerden (1977) and Chris Heymans (1978). Right in front is Gustav Malan (2004). (Photo: Yolandi Maritz). the new editorial staff to use this independent platform to address important issues on campus. There was great excitement as the new editorial staff prepared for the festivities: They inter alia spent quite a few days on the JS Gericke Library's database to source old articles, photos and advertisements, following which Roann Louw, current graphics editor, designed a timeline as a memento to each former editor. The memories that were recalled at the event made it extra special. Later the evening, the guests stood in a large circle, listening to former editors' interesting stories - from how they had to rush through to Cape Town at night to get the paper to the printers in time, to editors' fear of having their rooms raided after they had published controversial articles in the paper. However, the words of Koos Bekker, editor of 1975, made the deepest impression: Die Matie is where lifelong friendships are forged. To another 70 years of memories, fearless reporting and friendships! * Visit Die Matie on www.diematie.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/diematie. CAMPUS QUOTES Generations of Die Matie readers first turn to "Campus quotes". These are some of this year's most popular ones: Do you still remember the London riots? - To students who jump the queue for sêr (serenade) tickets So, is this, like, the special building for sêr? Or is it, like, used for anything else?" - Student overheard in the Endler I had such a good dream last night; it even had credits rolling in the end. - Overheard during teatime in the Chemistry building Is Neil Diamond the guy who sings all the Steve Hofmeyr songs? - Student tries to get his facts straight I'm more than just a pretty face. - Attractive SRC candidate markets her various qualities at a circus No, I no longer attend class, I'm clever enough ... - Overheard on the Rooiplein I was so useless today - for a change! - Final-year Engineering student strengthens popular belief that they're geeks I vote for Eendrag men and pretty girls only. - Student explains his approach to the SRC election MATIELAND SUMMER2011 55

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    Dagbreek celebrates its 90th BY Marco Botha, member of the Dagbreek Old Boys Society Half an hour before the legendary Cor Langenberg of Studio Lockley came to take a group photo of reunion guests, one 'old boy' from the early 1940s took a seat on a bench in Dagbreek's quad. The trees in the quad all carry a small plaque indicating each tree's history. The plaque on one of the tallest trees indicates that it was planted in the early 1940s. Haikona, says the old chap, that can't be right. "Could have been just after that, but when I was here, there was no tree," he relives his Matie days some 65 years ago. The reunion weekend kicked off with a gala evening in the Conservatoire two days before. It was a lovely evening, featuring several music stars. A highlight was the performance by André Schwartz, also a former Dagbreek resident, who sang songs from the well-known production The Phantom of the Opera. No wonder Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber once lauded André's rendition of the Phantom character as one of the best ever. On the Friday afternoon, the first Street Mile Festival was held in honour of old boy De Villiers Lamprecht, the first South African who ran a fourminute mile. The day ended with a Legends Evening for Dagbreek's Springbok rugby players. Dawie Snyman joined the two ministers, Bekker Nieuwoudt and Braam Hanekom, as presenters. They entertained the 56 MATIELAND SUMMER2011 Roommates of 1975! Andre Louw, Bekker Nieuwoudt and Retief Olivier enjoy the Dagbreek reunion. audience by exchanging anecdotes, memories and life's lessons with Colin Beck, Jan Boland Coetzee, Dawie de Villiers, Faffa Knoetze and Albie de Waal. In addition, the reunion made a substantial contribution to the Dagbreek Old Boys' Bursary Fund. Fundraising activities included Vriesenhof wine sales courtesy of Jan Boland Coetzee, and a highly successful golf day hosted by Roelou Slabbert. The Saturday's formal dinner exceeded all expectations. Items that were auctioned off included Jan Boland Coetzee's first wines made at Kanonkop and Otto von Griethuysen Sr's newly introduced 'floating trophy' - a 2006 reunion wine donated back to Dagbreek to be auctioned off again. Likewise, Kobus van der Merwe, former Western Province coach, bought a Springbok jersey signed by the Dagbreek Boks, and also donated it back. The evening yielded R30 000 for the bursary fund, which will make four Dagbreek residents' study dreams come true in 2012. * Visit www.dagbreek.com for more information, or contact Hanno Vermaak on 076 474 8800 or beurse@dagbreek.com for information on how to contribute to the Dagbreek Old Boys' Bursary Fund. 28 January: Event for alumni parents of firstyears 16 - 17 February: Simonsberg 50th 'Met' reunion 29 February: Bloemfontein networking event 31 March: 1 April - Goldfields 25th reunion Visit www.alumni.sun.ac.za for the latest information on alumni events. 50 years FOR MICROBIOLOGY In November, the Department of Microbiology celebrated its 50th birthday with a stylish dinner at the Wallenberg Research Centre at STIAS in Stellenbosch. Guests included alumni and both current and former staff members (including former departmental chairs). At the event, Prof Doug Rawlings, outgoing chairperson, said the Department's success can mainly be ascribed to the fact that staff are afforded the freedom to grow and develop personally as well as professionally. He added that alumni must keep in mind that the degrees they obtain and the successes they achieve reflect on the University, and vice versa. Two of the three former departmental chairs, Profs Hennie Louw and Mike Loos, told anecdotes and recalled fond memories. Prof Eugene Cloete, Dean of the Faculty of Science, said the Department "stands on the shoulders of giants" who had conducted excellent research, not only locally but internationally as well. * Pictured above are Profs Eugene Cloete, Mike Loos, Hennie Louw and Doug Rawlings. (Photo: Anton Jordaan, SSFD)

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    SCIENCE ALUMNI GET TOGETHER Prof Eugene Cloete (second from the right), Dean of the Faculty of Science, was the guest speaker at a networking event for alumni of the Faculty. Here, he welcomes Sandra Dickson, Hannetjie Needham and Songvei Cluver. Helderberg turns 65 In September, Helderberg men's residence had their 65year reunion. Lefras Uys, head student (or 'President', as Helderberg men prefer to call it) for 2011, tells us more. After a rainy start on Friday morning 26 August, the long-awaited Helderberg reunion kicked off with a highly successful golf day. The men thoroughly enjoyed the fresh air and exercise, as well as catching up with old friends. Friday evening's activities started off with a huge jollification in the Jack Wells (previously the Recreation Hall). Former Helderberg residents provided some musical entertainment and created a pleasant party atmosphere to go with the spitroast. The 'OMK' was packed to capacity, and stories and anecdotes were exchanged until the wee hours of the morning. On Saturday morning, guests were treated to a wine and brandy tour. At Bergkelder, there was some jolly singing, while three premium brandies were tasted at Van Ryn's Brandy Distillery. The men could also watch a cooper demonstrate how to make a barrel by hand. Following a visit to Neethlingshof, everyone went off to prepare for the formal dinner - a very pleasant and elegant event with good food and wine. The auction, during which the Helderberg Old Boys' Fund initiative was launched, proved to be a definite highlight and a huge success. The fund will offer financial aid to a current resident in need, but will also be utilised for residence-related projects. Singing the Helderberg anthem brought tears to many eyes. And rightly so, because Helderberg is a place close to everyone's heart; a place to laugh, cry, get together, study and, most importantly - LIVE! Many thanks to everyone involved! * Contact Lieb Otto on liebrecht.otto@daimler.com for more information on the Helderberg Old Boys' Fund initiative, or go to www.sun.ac.za/helderberg. Reunion photos will also be published on the website. Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa Stellenbosch ~ the most prestigious address in town ~ Enjoy sincere, personalised hospitality in our exclusive, charming and beautifully appointed 16-room boutique hotel, ideally located in the heart of historic Stellenbosch. At Coopmanhuijs, guests enjoy complete privacy. Our enclosed courtyard and pool is a haven of tranquillity. Our specialised spa treatments, scrumptious breakfasts, delectable lunches and exquisite dinners (prepared by Executive Chef Gaetano Sgroi), all contribute to a truly memorable stay. Coopmanhuijs is the embodiment of a boutique hotel. 33 Church Street, Stellenbosch * Tel +27 (0)21 883-8207 Fax +27 (0)86 520-2327 * E-mail info@coopmanhuijs.co.za www.coopmanhuijs.co.za

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    When you graduate from Stellenbosch University (SU), you not only walk away with excellent qualifications and skills, but you also become a flag-bearer for your alma mater. Therefore, when you succeed, we succeed. When our graduates excel, we like to celebrate their successes with them. With the launch of Nyukela* Notes, we have created a platform where we will feature the achievements of Stellenbosch University graduates from across the globe. Send your Nyukela Notes to alumni@sun.ac.za - it's a great way to keep in touch! * Nyukela means 'going up' in isiXhosa, and was suggested by Mr Pumlani Sibula of SU's Unit for isiXhosa. 58 MATIELAND SUMMER2011 Compiled by Liezl Scholtz Matthew D. Dekenah is the new Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for 2011/2012. He will be representing South Africa, Namibia and Angola for Rotary International District 9350, and is currently reading for a Master of Science in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Lt Gen Themba Nkabinde, General Officer Commanding of the SA Army Infantry Formation in Oudtshoorn, has been appointed as Chief: Human Resources at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) headquarters. Nkabinde was the commanding officer at the Infantry Formation since 1 April 2003. He holds a Practical and Advance Project Management diploma from UNISA, and an MBA from SU. Walter Andrag has been appointed as the managing director of Agrico (Pty) Ltd. He is a fourth-generation member of the founding family of this 105-year-old family business. He has been with the company for 14 years. He completed a bachelor's and honours degree in Accounting at SU. With effect from 1 January 2012, Christo van der Rheede, Director of the Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA), will be taking over the reins as Chief Executive of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI). He previously served on various boards of directors, including those of the ATKV, ABSA and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, and is currently a member of Media24's synergy team. He holds a master's degree in Public Administration from SU and a BA from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He also completed a master's in Business Administration at Stellenbosch University's Business School as well as director's training at the Institute of Directors. Jacobus G. 'Koos' Prins from GEI Consultants, Inc in Sacramento has been promoted within this international company. Dr Prins has more than 30 years' engineering experience in various fields, including sanitary sewer collection, water distribution, stormwater collection systems modelling, water quality modelling and master planning, and collection and distribution systems design. He earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from SU, a master's degree in Sanitary Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in Water Utilisation Engineering from the University of Pretoria. Esmaré Weideman, previously at the helm of YOU and Huisgenoot magazines, has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Media24. With a degree in both Business and Journalism, Weideman started her journalism career at the then Finansies & Tegniek (now Finweek), before joining The Star newspaper in 1989 as political reporter - smack in the middle of South Africa's turbulent political days. These experiences led her to become the only South African journalist to accompany former President Nelson Mandela on his six-week world tour after his release from prison. Drum magazine was the first to experience Weideman's skill for editing, followed by Fair Lady. She then went on to become the first woman - and also the youngest - editor of Huisgenoot and YOU magazines. Capt Laura Ilunga, holder of a higher certificate in Military Studies from SU, made headline news recently when she was one of a trio of the first all-female crew on an air force helicopter flight in Durban in August 2011. Capt Ilunga began her aviation career in the South African Air Force in 2004, and received her wings in July 2007. She is also actively involved with the South African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry. Desmond Smith, chair of the board of directors of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) was elected as the chairperson of the International Actuarial Association in Austria. Mr Smith, a former chairperson of the SU Council, is the first person from Africa elected to this position. Sonet van Zyl joined the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at the California State University (Fresno) in September 2011 as associate professor of Viticulture. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the South African Agricultural Research Council in Stellenbosch, where she evaluated new table and raisin grape cultivars. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from SU in respectively Viticulture, and Genetics and Viticulture. Her doctoral dissertation work was conducted at SU and the University of California at Davis.

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