Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Alumni pledge to “Create, Prosper, Uplift and Thrive,” at historic launch of Association

Proud ambassadors: (from left) Group CEO of Alexander Forbes and CPUT alum, Edward Kieswetter, Vice-Chancellor Prof Mazwi-Tanga and Chairperson of Council, Mbulelo Bikwani

Hundreds of alumni have joined forces to launch the university’s official Alumni Association. Saturday’s glittering ceremony saw graduates young and old, pledging their talent, time, skill and influence to give back to their Alma Mater.

The inauguration of the Alumni Association was timed to coincide with the kick-start of a campaign to champion the CPUT as it nears its first ten years as a merged institution. The “1st Decade of Prominence and Prosperity” campaign will lean heavily on alumni – the CPUT’s foremost brand ambassadors – to position the institution as a world-class, socially-responsive university that embraces the cutting-edge of technology.

The campaign received a massive boost at the launch as HG Traveling Services, the university’s official transport provider, donated a whopping one and a half million rand. Owner of HG Traveling Services, Leon Daniels, says, “ This first gift to the “1st Decade” campaign is intended to boost the university, her students, and all her future alumni to live up to the letters of the acronym CPUT – may they Create, Prosper, Uplift and Thrive.”

The event also saw the introduction of the newly-elected AA executive members to those present. Jeff Daniels, who holds a BTech in Civil Engineering is the first-ever chairperson of the Alumni Association. Andiswa Mali, who holds a B.Tech degree in Quantity Surveying is the deputy chairperson, while Mandla Ntlanganiso, Simphiwe Ntlantsana and Mfundo Lee Marasi make up the remaining three members of the executive.

By Jan Weintrob

Written by CPUT News