Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Alumni gathering boosts Bursary Fund

Thato Molaolwa (left) receives a voucher to the value of R950 for a couple photo-shoot (sponsored by Andre Campher Photography) from MC Jermaine Craig (right) Thato Molaolwa (left) receives a voucher to the value of R950 for a couple photo-shoot (sponsored by Andre Campher Photography) from MC Jermaine Craig (right)

Alumni, staff, friends and supporters of CPUT have joined forces to mark the close of 2014, raising thousands for the university’s Bursary Fund in a festive get-together at a city hotel.

The editor of the Cape Argus, alumnus Jermaine Craig, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and set the tone with his entertaining directing of the night’s events, while Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Prof Anthony Staak, gave a punchy presentation on CPUT’s recent achievements. These include launching the first cube-satellite in Africa, hosting the only South African Renewable Energy Training Centre, and the only Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre in Africa, amongst other accomplishments.

Amidst the wining, dining and reconnecting with old friends, a series of raffles were held with all proceeds going to the Bursary Fund. Prizes included stunning jewellery worth thousands donated by alumni Jeanine Benjamin of Jinn and Marizanne Kellerman of Zanry Jewellery Design and Manufacturing. Other prizes included a Cadac Safari Chef Gas Cooker, donated by Alumni Association chairperson, Jeff Daniels, while both the Best Western Cape Suites Hotel and the DoubleTree by Hilton Upper Eastside Hotel donated a complimentary stay for two for two nights.

img-Alumni-gathering-boosts-Bursary-Fund-2Alumni Association Chair Jeff Daniels (left) donates a Cadac Safari Chef to raffle winner Jean Jackson (right)

A special raffle for regular supporters of the Bursary Fund was also held, with Nomhle Klaas from Bloemfontein winning a superfast Proline Tablet worth R3 000. Although not present at the event, Nomhle is delighted at the news.

img-Alumni-gathering-boosts-Bursary-Fund-4Nomhle Klaas, winner of a Proline Tablet for her support of CPUT’s Bursary Fund

“I decided to be a regular donor as I myself was the recipient of a bursary. Had it not been for this, I would not be where I am today. Having never won anything in my life, I’m overwhelmed – thank you very much!”

Alumni Officers Val Deelman and Francois Jooste have extended grateful thanks to all who made the event such a success.

“It was an honour to spend time with some of our finest alumni, and to raise a total of R6 400 through the raffles. We hope 2015 sees many more of our alumni join us to give back using their professional resources, networks and goodwill.”

img-Alumni-gathering-boosts-Bursary-Fund-3Sandi Goodwin from PPS (left) and Nancy Daniels (right) who won the set of earrings and matching pendant valued at R1 500 from Zanry Jewellers

For more information on becoming an active alumnus, please contact the Alumni Office on 021 460 3389. More photographs of the celebration can be found on CPUT’s Alumni Facebook page.

Written by Janyce Weintrob

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