A CPUT student has won the Green Ambassador of the Year award during the national Green Campuses Conference held at the University of the Western Cape recently.

The five-day conference, which explored the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on higher education, recognized Xolani Ntshinga for his outstanding contributions to the Green Campus Initiative (GCI) at CPUT as a Green Ambassador. GCI is a student development initiative which is coordinated through Student Development and Student Housing.

Xolani, also CPUT’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI) chairperson, says the award motivates him to do more green work and brings him more responsibilities to attend to.

Student Development Officer Melani-Ann Hara says he has been a member of the GCI since 2017, and has over the years shown great dedication and commitment to the initiative’s mission and vision. “His innovative idea of turning abandoned refrigerators into food gardens at student residences is one of the initiative’s flagship projects,” said Hara.

He has ensured the success of the project and tends the gardens. The fresh produce is utilised to supply students in need who cannot keep up with supermarket prices.

Xolani graduated with a ND: Civil Engineering in 2018 and is currently pursuing a BTech degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Urban Engineering Studies. His academic research focuses on developing sustainable building material using renewable resources for low cost housing.

“It’s our responsibility as engineers to make sure that we create more sustainable environments using innovative ideas,” he says.

He adds that the food garden project, which GCI started at Freedom Square Residence, has expanded to Sacco Residence and that plans to start other gardens on the Wellington Campus and in the Bellville Campus Student Centre are in the pipeline.

GCI is now focussing efforts on how they as students can contribute and positively influence CPUTs waste management policy ensuring that CPUT promotes sustainability and is a Green University.

Team CPUT bagged six awards including the Most Outstanding Growth during the recent Enactus South Africa National Competition.

Journalism students recently had a front seat to democracy in action when they were embedded in the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Results Operation Centre.

A BTech Architectural Technology student took top honours in the student category of the annual 2019 SAIAT Architectural Awards.

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Management recently hosted an awards ceremony to acknowledge students who excelled in their first-year studies in 2018.

Students who completed their qualifications with flying colours were awarded medals at this year’s Autumn Graduation.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Team work makes the dream work

The final ceremony of Autumn Graduation will be a proud moment for the Centre for Substation Automation and Energy Management Systems (CSAEMS) with four of their own receiving their DEng: Electrical Engineering degrees.