Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Message from the Alumni Association

Alumni Association Chairperson, Jeff Daniels, (far right) and the entire executive wish fellow alumni a peaceful, prosperous 2016. Alumni Association Chairperson, Jeff Daniels, (far right) and the entire executive wish fellow alumni a peaceful, prosperous 2016.

Fellow alumni,

2015 has been a significant year for our university, with many highlights and milestones achieved.

As CPUT proudly celebrated its 10th year as a merged institution, there have been grave happenings too. The nationwide protest action by students for more affordable education affected every university in South Africa, some more deeply than others. The #FeesMustFall campaign is a stark reminder to all of us how strongly our young people hunger for a decent education. For all committed alumni, it serves as a call to action to strengthen and reinvigorate the support we give to our Alma mater. I thank all of you who have so generously supported the CPUT Bursary Fund in the past. I urge those who would like to help the cause of education in South Africa to now consider making a contribution, no matter how small.

It is now, more than ever, that we can help those who are so desperately keen to make a success of their lives. I also want to express my appreciation to our alumni who offer experiential learning opportunities to our students. Our gratitude is also due to those alumni who give their expertise, time and energy to the institution. It is these kinds of actions that contribute to taking CPUT from good to great.

Our planned Alumni Association activities - including a networking event in the Eastern Cape and our AGM, have both had to be cancelled due to the student protests. Sadly, these protests were at times violent and have resulted in the postponement of exams, now rescheduled for January.

Despite the difficulties of the past few weeks, I urge both current students and alumni to not lose faith in our university. CPUTs’ students are our children, our siblings, members of our society and our future workforce. Let us be in the forefront of calling for discipline and respect for fellow students, university staff and property. As alumni let us be proud brand ambassadors for CPUT and uphold our values of Ubuntu and mutual respect. It is in times like these that we need to unite and strengthen our support to ensure the legacy of CPUT continues.

On behalf of the entire Alumni Association Executive, I wish you a safe, peaceful and joyous holiday.

Jeff Daniels, Chairperson of the Alumni Association

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Written by Janyce Weintrob

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