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First-year students in the Business and Information Administration (BIA) Department are part of the social entrepreneurship movement at CPUT and believe that active citizenship benefits all in society.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Standing against human trafficking

Emergency Medical Sciences students have helped to combat human trafficking by raising awareness on how to prevent falling victim to modern day slavery.

The incoming 2019/2020 Student Representative Council (SRC) has been encouraged to listen to the voices of students.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Students design dustbin for disabled

First-year Mechanical Engineering students have developed an automated dustbin for people with disabilities.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Boost for emerging farmers

Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying and Centre for Water and Sanitation Researcher, Dr Bongani Ncube, is beaming with confidence after she played a leading role in the successful launch of a website that will support ‘smallholder’ farmers with water resource management.

The website was developed from a research project which is titled, Approaches for Emerging Farmer Participation in Water Resource Management: The Case of the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA), Western Cape. As a project leader, Ncube collaborated with BGCMA and the University of the Western Cape to develop and implement joint research and capacity building programmes based on the BGCMA research and training needs for emerging farmers. The launch was held in Worcester recently.

The main objectives were to assess the progress in accessing water by small-scale and emerging farmers, challenges faced by the farmers in participating in water resource management and to explore the opportunities for engaging the farmers in water allocation processes.

According to Ncube, the Water Research Commission funded the project and translation of the package from English into Afrikaans and IsiXhosa. The website is freely accessible and it can also be accessed via mobile phones. The package is also downloadable in the three languages. “For the farmers who do not have smartphones the package has been printed into hard copies for free distribution via the participating institutions,” she said.

Other participating institutions include the Department of Water and Sanitation, Berg-Olifants Proto CMA, Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and African Farmers Association of South Africa. Meanwhile, CPUT played the coordinator and facilitator roles.

BGCMA Chief Executive Officer, Jan van Staden, said the website will play a huge role in assisting the emerging farmers to access the agricultural information which was not easy to find before. “The website will enable the emerging farmers especially from the previously disadvantaged communities to know where to go for support. With a click in a button they will know who to contact or where to go for any particular information.”

Friday, 15 November 2019

Boot camp boosts fitness

Staff and students are shaping up at a free boot camp series at the Outdoor Gym on the Bellville campus.

The boot camp sessions take place on weekdays from 4 pm to 6 pm and staff and students can join any 30-minute slot during this time.

“Professional trainers facilitate the camp every day. The pieces of outdoor equipment in the gym are used to enhance body fitness. The sessions are absolutely free, there is no sign-up fee and you can come whenever you feel you need to level up your fitness,” said Phillip Chibvuri from the CPUT Residence Business Unit.

Chibvuri said participation and interest in the boot camp were growing.

“We are looking at ways to bring excitement to all students and staff about appreciating the spaces we have on our campuses as well as the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, which can go a long way in enhancing productivity and output,” he said.

Chibvuri added, “Once the boot camp has deeper roots we are looking at giving students and staff swimming lessons to equip them with this skill more especially as we live in a coastal metropole.”

After six years, five cohorts and graduating 79 students, a pioneering Architecture programme, which was developed to transform the industry, has successfully concluded.

The Open Architecture – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (OA-CPUT) collaboration on the BTech: Architectural Technology course was a first of its kind in Africa, and is one of only six programmes worldwide (including the USA, Canada, Africa and Australia) to offer architectural design education online.

The innovative blended learning model enabled working students to do studio-based learning in an online environment with the support of office-based mentors, lecturers and student peers, with occasional scheduled on-campus block sessions.

Online critique sessions often continued despite the challenges of load shedding and venue challenges during the fees crisis.

Department of Architectural Technology & Interior Design Senior Lecturer Jolanda Morkel praised the dedication of the students and staff involved.

“This programme is a testimony of passion, dedication and perseverance of people. A group of people believed in making the impossible possible. This marks the culmination of a decade’s work from CPUT’s side,” said Morkel.

Open Architecture Programme Director, Prof Lone Poulsen, said the programme was trailblazing in that it attempted to transform the Architecture industry in a digitally savvy way that accommodated diverse student needs, and that it has helped shift the mindset that architectural learning can only happen in a physical studio.

CPUT is currently phasing out the BTech Architectural Technology degree in accordance with the new HEQSF structure. In 2020 this alternative model will become the norm, with the implementation of a new two-year blended Advanced Diploma, drawing on the lessons learnt. Contact Thandiswa Madadasana at madadasanat@cput.ac.za for more information on studying Architectural Technology.