Friday, 14 November 2008

Office Management and Technology students support Nazareth House


For the past few years, Office Management and Technology (OMT) students have applied the skills learned during their studies to raise funds for worthy charities. This year, as a result of their annual Market Day, OMT students collected a profit of R8 000, which they donated to Nazareth House in a ceremony on 4 November 2008.

The OMT Market Day project requires students to identify a suitable charity, plan and operate small businesses and donate the proceeds.

The project challenges students to integrate the skills acquired in their various subjects, such as entrepreneurship, communication, computing, negotiation, time management, teamwork and conflict resolution.

The students selected Nazareth House as the 2008 Market Day Charity. They were further inspired by their chosen charity after attending a presentation by fundraiser Janice Mullholland. The organisation cares for children who are HIV positive, abused, abandoned or disabled. It also looks after frail elderly people and disadvantaged people in the final stages of AIDS.

OMT lecturer Jasmiena Latief, together with five second year second students, Shareef Cornelius, Beaulah Dreyer, Blessing Moshoeshoe, Nomfundiso Ndude and Aasimah Parker, facilitated the planning for the Market Day which was held on Monday 20 October 2008 .

The students were divided into 12 groups, with each group selling a different type of product. The business ideas were extremely creative and innovative. Students did cold calling for sponsorship and the groups that were persistent were successful in obtaining results.

Their efforts resulted in the Department being able to hand over an R8 000 donation to Mullholland, representing Nazareth House, at the November ceremony.

The ceremony celebrated the work of all the students involved in the initiative and included addresses from Course Co-ordinator, Mandie Richards, Assistant Dean of the Business Faculty, Schalk van der Merwe, and Head of the Department, Andre du Toit.

Awards were given to the most successful Market Day businesses. The ‘Burger Joint’ received the prize for the most profit (R1756.00), and ‘ Pita Palace ’ for the best portfolio.

“OMT Market Day 2008 was a resounding success thanks to the spirit of ubuntu of the first year OMT students and all the lecturers in the department,” said Richards, reflecting on the outcome of the project.

The OMT National Diploma and BTech equip students with skills in office management, administration and technology. The Department supports the university’s mission to actively participate in community engagement. It believes in adopting a holistic approach that focuses on the development and empowerment of the student as a whole. By the Department of Office Management and Technology

Photograph: (Back, left to right ): Winning Group:'The Burger Joint:': Jody Koen, Fuad Moosa, Dilip Dhanuk, Nicole Perzent, Thersia Adams, Randolph Balie. (Front left to right) Jasmiena Latief - Market Day Co-ordinator, Busiswa Bengu, Janice Mulholland representing Nazareth House, Widad Rhode, Zayhaan Allie, Mandie Richards - P rogramme Co-ordinator.

Written by CPUT News