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Monday, 04 November 2019

Late applications now accepted

CPUT is accepting late applications for programmes with available spaces until Friday, 8 November 2019.

Monday, 04 November 2019

Donation benefits most vulnerable

Victims of a fire that ravaged an informal settlement in Strand will be among the recipients of a bed donation from CPUT.

The beds are part of a renovation of one of CPUT’s largest residence, Freedom Square, and in total 1254 beds and mattresses will be donated by December.

The recipients include places of safety for children and women fleeing domestic violence and Ward 85 residents who are rebuilding their homes after the devastating fires earlier this year.

The exchange is being managed by CPUT’s Residence Business Unit in conjunction with the Community Engagement Unit. The recipients were identified by student outreach organisation, The Hope Foundation.

The City of Cape Town’s Tsoarelo Kopolo, who collected the beds from the Bellville campus on Friday, on behalf of the recipients, says the Strand residents were left with absolutely nothing after the fire.

“It will mean a lot to those families because when you have nothing and something big like this comes your way then it’s a big thing. We are very thankful to CPUT.”

CPUT’s Phillip Chibvuri says the value of the current bed donation is in excess of R100 000 with the total of the 2019 bed donation across the institution expected to total roughly R250 000 to charitable organisations.

A Masters student in Mechanical Engineering scooped the Best Research Paper and Best Presentation accolades at this year’s International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy Systems (NEFES 2019).

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Light years ahead

The ushering of first-year Chemical Engineering students into university learning has evolved significantly and culminated in major developments in student academic performance when four top teams recently competed in a thrilling final of the department’s design competition.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in South Africa and the Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences Department recently arranged a range of activities to raise awareness of the disease. 

A beaming smile glows and shines with true joy, on Chemistry Masters’ student, Bongisiwe Zozo, after producing the best poster at The First African Conference on Edible Insects held in Harare, Zimbabwe, recently.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Prestigious Achiever Award will be helping 10 academically gifted students to fund their post-graduate studies.

Valued at R1 million for the current cohort, the fund identifies students who have achieved excellent results throughout their academic studies and can make a contribution to society by completing their Masters and/or Doctoral studies.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Nhlapo says the award is a way of grooming the next generation of professors and ensures that Dean and Vice-Chancellor medallists remain connected to CPUT and come back to complete their Masters and Doctorates with the institution.

In 2019 one student was selected for the honour but a year later the pool of recipients has increased to 10, with students studying a variety of course options including Food Technology, Public Relations and Mechanical Engineering.

The Mauerberger Foundation Fund, which is a key sponsor to the award, was represented at the certificate ceremony by Advocate Dianna Yach.

She complimented the institution on making a real-world difference to positively transform society through technology.

“The recipients have a real desire to solve local and African problems in emerging economies and to do so in a way which is scalable. This is where CPUT makes the difference,” she said.

Prof Nhlapo called the recipients the cream of the CPUT crop and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

“You have been chosen because you represent the best of what CPUT has to offer, you have displayed the graduate attributes of resilience, superior problem-solving abilities and most importantly ethical capabilities. You already have the recipe for success,” he said.

PR Masters student Sivenathi Jayiya, who lives in Delft, thanked the award panel for seeing the best in her and believing in her capabilities.

The award will cover her existing student debt and finance the logistical cost of completing her Masters like transport, interviews and editing.

“Thank you to the panel for listening to my story and seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself. Thank you also to the VC for giving children from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to study in peace and without worry,” she said.