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  • PAG Foundation lecturers share their practices at local symposia

    • The three Foundation lecturers in Public Administration and Governance (PAG) have ECP Symposium, 30 August 2018 not only been busy implementing their new Foundation curriculum this year, they have also actively engaged in important dissemination activities to share their experiences with the wider university community. In August they participated in the regional ECP Symposium hosted by ...more
  • FoodForward SA - Community Engagement with ATS

    • The Agrifood Technology Station has had the pleasure of meeting with a not for profit organization, focused on surplus food recovery, called FoodForward SA (FFSA), in the last period. To find out more about them, please click on the link to visit their website. Suffice to say that it is a noble enterprise that is ...more
  • 21 September, Cecilia Jacobs

    • Academic literacies: enriching the theoretical ...more
  • Is it acceptable to seek out both traditional healing and psychotherapy?

    • Written by Elisabet Smit, HOD - Student Counselling, Counselling Psychologist. While Western medicine and psychotherapy is arguably the most prominent forms of health treatment today, it is not accessible to, or the first choice for, everyone. In fact, it is estimated that 72% (26,6 million) of the South African population rely on traditional healing medicine practices ...more
  • Young rugby talent showcased

    • The Bellville Campus was abuzz recently when the province’s future rugby stars showed off their skills during the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Mini Rugby Day. More than 2 000 young players braved the cold and rain to participate in the event, which was also attended by some of the DHL Western Province Stars. The WPRFU also ...more
  • Gender-based violence highlighted in Women’s Month

    • Women’s Month at CPUT was celebrated with a series of events, including the launch of the Institutional Position Statement on Gender-Based Violence. At the launch event Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo emphasised that there was no place for gender-based violence at CPUT. “We don’t have tolerance for gender-based violence and as an institution we are going to deal ...more
  • CPUT to host MACE Congress

    • Delegates from higher education institutions around the country will descend on the Bellville Campus in November for the annual Marketing Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) Congress. MACE Regional Chairperson Cathy Cloete said the congress will explore a host of issues, including trends shaping the South African communication industry and protecting your institution in a world ...more
  • Sunshine on the open road

    • CPUT students and staff members will take part in this year’s Sasol Solar Car Challenge 2018, South Africa for the first time. Held every second year, the competition sees teams from across the world design and build solar-powered vehicles to drive across South Africa in an eight day event. Prof Graeme Oliver of the Mechanical Engineering Department ...more
  • Learning to look at the world through an African lens

    • The third seminar on decolonisation lived up to its theme as “a complex drama of words”. Keynote speaker Dr Joel Modiri and respondent Asanda Ngoasheng engaged in a lively conversation around the concept of decolonising the university curriculum. Modiri is a lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria and he shared his evolving ...more
  • Powering up the Energy Institute

    • The recently held Industrial & Commercial Use of Energy Conference (ICUE) marked the changing of the guard at CPUT’s Energy Institute. Started two decades ago by Prof Ernst Uken the Energy Institute was created as a platform to market research in energy to outside industry, like Eskom. When Prof Nico Beute brought the Domestic Use of ...more
  • Academic scoops eLearning Award

    • Associate Professor Dr Eunice Ivala recently won an Award for Excellence in eLearning from the Global LearnTech (Congress and Awards). Held in July at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai, India, the Congress honoured Ivala, who is CPUT’s Coordinator for Educational Technology: Centre for Innovative Educational Technology, for her research impact in changing individual’s practices ...more
  • Diamonds and Divas dine at Hotel School

    • An afternoon of inspiring speakers, entertainment and a bulging goodie bag was on the offering for guests at the recent Diamonds and Divas event. Hosted by the Daily Voice newspaper at the Cape Town Hotel School the event profiled interesting female entrepreneurs and introduced readers to the all-female reporting staff. Comedian Marc Lottering and Cape Town favourite ...more
  • Conference inspires future media professionals

    • Speakers from different media spheres tackled the topic of Mediatisation at the annual Student Media Conference held at the Cape Town Hotel School recently. The theme of this year’s event, which was organised by the Media Department, was Media and the Changing Environment and was attended by first year Journalism, Public Relations, Photography and Film and ...more
  • Reading students are winning students

    • In an effort to encourage students to read more the Faculty of Applied Sciences recently hosted their second Reading Quiz. Nine teams of students from different departments competed against each other to establish a winning team from District Six Campus and Bellville Campus respectively. Language Coordinator for the Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr Ignatius Ticha served ...more
  • Radiography students promote healthy lifestyle

    • A healthy lifestyle was on the menu when a group of Diagnostic Radiography students recently visited a Belhar school. Student Eden Musampa said a group of six students, under the guidance of their radiographic management lecturer Saaiga Ismail, spent a day at Excelsior High to promote the importance of healthy eating habits and exercise. “This formed part ...more
  • Threading together teaching and learning

    • The Clothing and Textile Department used their recent Open Day to not only reach potential new students, but teach existing students a valuable lesson. Business and Marketing lecturer Dr Sweta Patnaik set about 150 first year and second year students the marketing project of helping run the Open Day. Not only did the students have to ...more
  • Making the case for clean soil

    • Extended Curriculum Programme coordinator for the Environmental Management programme Dr Elie Itoba Tombo can’t tell what he likes more, teaching or research. He especially loves the challenge of training previously disadvantaged students to embrace science: “Empowering them through the vocation of science to be scientists or researchers, that is what I am passionate about,” says Tombo. The ...more
  • Sharing best practice in design

    • Gender and design was the focus of a presentation delivered by the University of Leeds’ Dr Lisa-Dionne Morris who visited the Faculty of Informatics and Design recently. The presentation was one of several activities Morris participated in while visiting CPUT as part of the Participatory Tools for Human Development with the Youth project. The partners in the ...more
  • Special treatment for women’s home in August

    • Residents and staff members of St Anne’s Homes in Woodstock were in for a treat when Somatology students visited them as part of a community service event centred on Women’s Day St Anne’s provides shelter and support for pregnant, abused and homeless women with young children. Dr Nicole Brooks, head of the Department of Wellness Sciences, said ...more
  • AGRIFOOD TECHNOLOGY STATION - HOW IT COSTS ITS SERVICES

    • This may be a boring topic for some, especially if you do not use the services of ATS. It is lengthy but is packed with detail for those who use our services or who may wish to do so. However, in the interests of open communication, here goes! Circumstances have dictated that we clarify our position ...more
  • ADDING VALUE TO FOOD NPD IN ACADEMIA

    • The use of new food product development as a capstone project for most (if not all) tertiary qualifications in Food Science and/or Technology is well over 25 years old in South Africa. From very small beginnings it has blossomed into a significant part of the training programme. It is one of the key elements in ...more
  • UNITS AND LANGUAGE

    • Do you remember starting school and the point where you started learning about TENS and UNITS? If you do then you are quite young! The point here being the word UNIT(S). It’s a simple English word but with many different interpretations once you start dissecting it. What is a UNIT and how do you describe ...more
  • Positivity infuses Vice-Chancellor's vision

    • One month into his new job as Vice-Chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo is already seeing small changes that he is optimistic will translate into a transformed CPUT ready to tackle its Vision 2030 ambitions. Nhlapo has been at the institution for 11 years and is the architect of the university’s research and innovation blueprint, the seeds of ...more
  • Rewarding long service

    • Thousands of years of institutional memory was celebrated during the recent Long Service Awards Ceremony. Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo said the Awards ceremony was a way to say thank you to people who displayed loyalty towards the institution and that he was acutely aware of how hard staff worked during the 2017 crises. “Any opportunity to celebrate ...more
  • A utopian view on a better agricultural model

    • The land debate promises to be a hot election ticket as the nation prepares to head to the polls in 2019. As the propaganda and hysteria mounts around this emotive topic I propose that we consider a more utopian approach to land reform. It all hinges on the question; “How can the country’s agricultural land ...more
  • Working with a smile

    • Back when Florina Wagenaar started working at then Pentech in 1976, it was in the kitchen of a hostel that accommodated 200 students. “I had to stand on a bench just to reach the pots,” she laughs. She quickly moved to working on the floor, which meant cleaning the communal spaces of the hostel, making sure students ...more
  • Keen to Green

    • The plants in the administration building of the Bellville campus have been lovingly cared for by the same pair of hands for well over a decade. Christiaan Wynand has been a member of the gardening service department for 30 years and for the past ten years he has been tasked with tending indoor plants, of which ...more
  • Culturing enquiring minds

    • Horticulture BTech students got a taste of academic rigour when they recently presented their research on Plant Tissue Culture to lecturers and fellow students. Not only did they have to defend their presentation choices but also demonstrate whether they could draw on lessons learned in various classes to support particular statements. Plant Tissue Culture (PTC) is a ...more
  • EMS students raise money for good cause

    • The fundraising efforts of a group of Emergency Medical Sciences students will assist a non-profit organisation with its winter readiness programme. The students raised R4 500 through their Steps for Hope project and recently presented a cheque to the TB/HIV Care Association. Student Ulrike van Rooyen said the students raised the money as well as awareness about the ...more