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Monday, 30 June 2014

CPUT mourns the death of Prof Russel Botman

MOURN: Staff and students at CPUT join the family and the Stellenbosch University (SU) community in mourning the death of Prof Russel Botman. MOURN: Staff and students at CPUT join the family and the Stellenbosch University (SU) community in mourning the death of Prof Russel Botman.

Staff and students at CPUT join the family and the Stellenbosch University (SU) community in mourning the death of Prof Russel Botman.

Botman, the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU died in his sleep at his home in Stellenbosch on Friday night.

He made history in 2007 when he was appointed as the first black Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU. He was reappointed for a second 5-year term in 2012.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge and Information Technology Service, Prof Louis Fourie, who is currently acting as CPUT’s Vice-Chancellor, commended the late Botman for his contribution to South Africa.

“Prof Botman was an academic leader of note, who made a large contribution to Higher Education in South Africa,” says Fourie.

“He will be remembered for his efforts to enhance collaboration between the four universities in our region, as well as his emphasis that the broader community must benefit from the expertise of academia.”

On behalf of the CPUT community, Fourie expressed his sincere condolences to Botman’s wife, Beryl, his four children, family as well as staff and students at the SU.

Please note:

Messages of condolence can be sent by e-mail to rektor@sun.ac.za

Cards addressed to the Botman Family, c/o Wildré Kok, can be delivered by hand at the reception desk at the Stellenbosch University Admin B building, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch, or sent by mail to Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602.

Use the hashtag #russelbotman in tweets.

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311
Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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