Thursday, 29 February 2024

DEMS assists with mountain rescue

The Department of Emergency Medical Sciences (DEMS) assisted the Western Cape Provincial Emergency Medical Services with a Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) operation on Table Mountain earlier this week.

According to a report by the Department, two hikers had encountered difficulty on the mountain the previous evening and were assisted by Metro Rescue staff and WSAR volunteers overnight.

“In the morning, due to dangerous high wind conditions, neither the Table Mountain cableway nor the Red Cross Air Mercy Service helicopter were able to assist in the rescue. The on-scene commander subsequently decided to go ahead with a ‘carry out’ rescue. As both hikers were located at the top of Table Mountain on the Platteklip Gorge trail this was to be a massive rescue effort.”

On receipt of the request for assistance, the Department of Emergency Medical Sciences Head of Department, Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa, mobilised a team of two lecturers, led by Xavier Millar and Benjamin de Waal, and eight second-year Bachelor of Emergency Care students to assist in the rescue effort.

The CPUT team arrived on scene and proceeded up the Platteklip Gorge trail where they met up with the Metro Rescue team, which included a number of CPUT alumni, and the patient just below the contour path.

The CPUT team proceeded to assist with carrying the patient down as well as managing some elements of the technical rope operation providing safe lines for the patient and rescuers.

The rescue was successfully completed. In total about 50 rescuers assisted in the operation from various agencies including Metro Rescue, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, SANParks rangers, Metro Police, WSAR volunteers and CPUT DEMS, with the rescue lasting almost 24 hours.

The Information Technology Department in the Faculty of Informatics and Design has partnered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in terms of content development for the Community Education and Training (CET) project.

The project aims to develop the content, upload the developed content onto the Moodle platform and train CET lecturers on how to use the learning management system,” said Acting Head of Department, Dr Tabisa Ncubukezi.

CET was previously known as Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and CPUT developed the Moodle platform as the supplementary tool for the content delivered at the CET centres.

Last month the IT Department hosted CET lecturers from seven provinces as well as a DHET team, led by led by Adv Monica Van De Walt, Linda Tom-Noma, Zanele Maseko, Sakhumzi Njili, and Jennifer Mahuma, and Deputy Director General, Tembisa Futshane.

Prof Bennet Alexander led the development of the content for the identified content developers.

The project is steered by Monde Nonjabe.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd representatives who recently visited the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (FEBE) expressed their genuine appreciation when the faculty delegation presented an overview of the Institution, faculty portfolio and outlined previous achievements as well as ideas and plans for the future.

The two-member delegation was Nyameka Tshangana, Technical Team leader Electrical, Mechanical, Advanced Technology Training and Azan Sotshangane, Team Leader Automotive and Shopfloor skills Training.

The Dean: Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment Prof Suresh Ramsuroop, who welcomed the delegation to the Bellville Campus, highlighted the collaboration opportunities to enhance sustainable working relations between the two institutions. The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (DMME) Co-operative Education Coordinator, Zimisele Mlumiso, said the delegation from the giant car manufacturing company are ready to start working on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for both Work Integrated Learning and research opportunities. “They showed keenness to work with us on the electric car formula student,” said Mlumiso, adding that the “commitment from the FEBE deanship as whole was overwhelming”.

The visit included numerous presentations and a walkabout around the engineering labs, with engineering staff members showcasing the department’s capabilities with the limited resources they have and with a mission to identify collaboration opportunities on the practical trainings and machinery.

He said that their aim was to establish a relationship with Mercedes Benz and “we can say that has been achieved just by them arriving on our doorstep”. One of the outcomes from the meeting was a need for establishment of standardised and generalised industry collaboration MOU to “reduce response times on these opportunities”.

Mercedes Benz representative, Nyameka Tshangana, said their visit was mainly a response to the visit and request they had from Mlumiso, who visited the company’s offices in East London and had a proposal for a collaboration. “His reasoning being that since the University has students from the Eastern Cape, it will be good if Mercedes Benz can host them for practical training and also to look at other opportunities of how we can work together (industry and the university) to assist the youth and also for the University to ensure that they are in line with industry needs,” Tshangana continued.

She was encouraged by the “warm welcome we received from the deans and staff of the Engineering Department, as well as their passion and the emotional investment to the success of their students”. “I was impressed by the previous innovations shared with us achieved by the institution’s Engineering Department.”

Tshangana added that the University is producing talent and skills that align with industry needs.

She also highlighted that it was encouraging that the Eastern Cape is producing matriculants who are competitively meeting the requirements to be accepted to study at the top University of Technology in South Africa (CPUT).

Dedicated athlete Tariq Klink has earned a spot in the Western Province team for the Athletics South Africa 20 km Race Walking Championships.

The third-year Human Resource Management student, who hails from the Boland town of Worcester, has been participating in the sport since he was in Grade 6 and earned his Boland colours just a year later.

Despite having to juggle many roles, Tariq is not letting anything get in the way of the big dreams he has.

He has to make the long commute from Worcester to class every morning and once he arrives home in the afternoon after a long day on campus, he usually starts training for the next race.

In between he has to make time for his studies while he recently also launched a modelling academy called TK Modelling Academy.

“I want to create a better life for myself and my family,” said the CPUT Athletics member.

His sporting hero is national race walking champion, Wayne Snyman, and Tariq has set his sights on participating in the 2028 Olympic Games.

“When you run, you can run how you want to run. But race walking has a specific technique. You have to keep your knees locked, you must have contact with the ground, and that’s what I love,” he says about this passion for the sport.

Tariq thanked CPUT for supporting him on his journey.

The ASA 20 km Race Walking Championships takes place on 2 March at the Youngsfield Military Base.

CPUT supporters witnessed an error strewn FNB CPUT performance as the home team started its reign in disappointing fashion, going down to visiting team, FNB NMU Madibaz despite having a numerical advantage for the majority of the match.

FNB CPUT’s campaign started with a 21-7 defeat in their quest to bring the trophy home this year. The visitors, FNB NMU Madibaz delivered the statement performance their supporters were hoping for as they forced a comprehensive 16 - 0 halftime scoreline against the hosts, FNB CPUT in their match at the Bellville Sports Stadium.

According to the Varsity Shield website the clinical and all-around disciplined performance by FNB Madibaz saw them edge FNB CPUT, 7-21, in the opening round of the FNB Varsity Shield in Bellville.

It was stated that the Cape side were at disadvantage early on when hooker, Lihle Kula, got red carded for a dangerous tackle in the opening quarter of the match.

Kehan Myburgh brought his kicking boots and slotted four of his five first-half attempts at goal. He converted Kyle Erasmus' 15th minute try, which handed Madibaz a 0-13 lead as the halftime approached. The sides headed into the sheds following a third penalty conversion with the visitors firmly in the lead, 0-16.

The website continued to say that the CPUT came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, Timothy Shortles scored the home side's first and what proved to be only try of the encounter. Myburgh added to kicking success by scoring his side's second try taking his tally to 16 points and extended the Madibaz lead. Despite concerted efforts, the two-time Varsity Shield champions could not penetrate the Madibaz's defensive resolve as they picked up an important away 7-21 victory against the formidable CPUT.

However, the disappointed coach, Alastair Theys, is upbeat about the next match against the FNB UP-Tuks at Tuks Stadium in Pretoria.” It’s unfortunate we lost our first game to NMU – I think from arugby perspective, we prepared well for the game. On the night I just think NMU was the more matured side in the way they handled the game…But CPUT, we looked dangerous on attack when we had a ball in hand but it's not clinical on the night. I do think if we were clinical on the night, we could have a different outcome of the game… Even in the build-up to the game, it was quite hectic for us…

“Nevertheless, we always stay positive as a team to try to overcome whatever challenges that can be thrown our away. I do think the campaign is still young as it was the first round of the campaign, We have a tough game coming this week against Tuks who came down from the Varsity Cup, and they have won the Varsity Cup on two occasions before they were relegated. So they are a tough outfit that is coming up.

Theys continued: “But I am confident that we are going to get better and better as the competition goes along. The aim is to get to knockout stages and it’s a game again because anything can happen in knockout stages. So the [CPUT]community can look forward to the good brand of rugby as it was on Friday night. We will try to turn it around for them and then just keep on doing our best as we are going forward into the tournament.”

FNB CPUT was crowned Varsity Shield champions in 2019 and 2021 and lost to FNB UWC in the final last year. For fixtures and logs, please click here.

Friday, 23 February 2024

Get-up-and-go for WIL coordinators

Director: Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning (WIL), Prof Lalini Reddy, and her team recently hosted an induction workshop for 50 WIL coordinators at Bellville Campus.

Under the theme: Promoting Employability of Graduates, the workshop was held with the aim of discussing the WIL Quality Cycle and to induct current and new WIL coordinators within various faculties. Reddy, who opened the event said: “WIL Co-ordinators were inducted to latest trends and WIL Quality Management Cycle for effective student exposure to industry. It is our quest to prepare our students for the future world of work.”

In the well attended workshop, Andrew Rand, Faculty WIL Coordinator: Applied Sciences, provided a presentation on WIL Data Capture and Management.

The guest speaker, Estian Behrens from Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), presented on Building University – industry partnerships for work-integrated learning programmes. Meanwhile, Dr Lizel Hudson, WIL Coordinator: Health and Wellness Sciences Faculty, also presented Work Preparedness Programme. Jayde Barends, Senior Marketing Officer: Technology Transfer and Industry Linkages Office, talked about entrepreneurship.

Walter Kohlhofer, Faculty WIL Coordinator: Engineering and the Built Environment closed off the event with closing remarks and thanked the guests who graced the event.

Reflecting on the event, most attendees expressed that the information was very relevant and informative as it provided a bird's eye view of what WIL is all about.

Project Lead, David Haarhoff, said as an inclusive university, the institution strives to equip all staff members with the necessary skills required to execute their respective tasks. Haarhoff said this particular WIL Coordinators Induction Workshop was no different. “Work integrated Learning plays a pivotal role in respect of student skills development within industry and our WIL Coordinators play a critical role at faculty level to ensure that they meet the deliverables in this regard. The event was well supported by faculties and participants engaged well in the workshop success.”

Wednesday, 21 February 2024

FNB CPUT Ready to Rock in Varsity Shield

FNB CPUT kicks off their Varsity Shield 2024 campaign tomorrow and the team plans to bring the trophy home this year.

The team has been hard at work preparing for this year’s tournament and their first game will see them facing off against FNB NMU Madibaz at CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville tomorrow night.

“We can’t wait to feel the presence of the CPUT community behind the team as the competition starts. We will continue to ride and push the #blue wave forward. As we look to play an entertaining and attacking brand of rugby for our CPUT fans and community and, by doing so, we want to put smiles on their faces,” said Sport Development Officer, Bulelani Mlakalaka.

He continued: “Our theme for the year is: ‘There is no place like home’ and we are planning on bringing the shield trophy home despite all the challenges we are facing. To all the fans – come and join us at home as we partake on this year’s journey.”

Tomorrow night’s game kicks off at 19:00 and tickets can be purchased online.

FNB CPUT was crowned Varsity Shield champions in 2019 and 2021 and lost to FNB UWC in the final last year.

Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

For fixtures and logs, please click here.

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