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Monday, 18 December 2017

Slow journey to graduation pays off

The road to graduation took a detour for two Cape Town-based media specialists. Gasant Abarder and Nashira Davids dropped out of Journalism studies years ago to pursue flourishing careers, but the pull to complete their degrees always remained. The pair completed their portfolio of evidence for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and completed their BTech year in 2017. Abarder is the Regional Executive Editor of the Independent Group and Davids is a journalist and News Editor at the Tiso Blackstar Group which publishes the Sunday Times. Around two decades after starting their studies the pair graduate this week.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Sewing for studies

Jeanette Niyidufasha arrived in South Africa from Rwanda in 2005. She first obtained a Diploma in Mathematical Technology from CPUT in 2015. After a year of being unemployed, the married mom of two decided to return to CPUT to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which now enables her to teach Maths and Physics.

CPUT’s first December Graduation kicked off today with the capping of Faculty of Informatics and Design students in the Major Sports Hall on Bellville campus.

Business Administration 1 students in the Business and Information Administration Department have donated R85 385 to The Children’s Hospital Trust of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Final-year Product and Industrial Design talent was recently showcased at the Annual Graduate Exhibition in Woodstock.

Miss CPUT Bellville, Pauline Marere, will soon be jetting off to Seoul, South Korea to participate in the World Miss University pageant.

Pauline will join other beauties from universities worldwide later in November for a month-long stay in South Korea and Cambodia. Before winning Miss CPUT in September, Pauline was voted the “People’s Choice” in the Miss Universities SA competition. The winner in that pageant has not been chosen yet, but fortunately her participation in the international competition is not dependent on her winning the national crown.

Originally from Zimbabwe, this third-year Electrical Engineering student, was delighted when her application to enter the 28th edition of World Miss University was successful. “I was encouraged to enter the competition by my mentor and friend, Sibonginkosi Hove, and couldn’t believe it when I was accepted,” says Pauline.

Pauline met Sibonginkosi, a fellow Zimbabwean who was first princess to the World Miss University in 2014, through her cousin two years ago. They have maintained contact despite Pauline living in Cape Town and Sibonginkosi in Harare. “Sinbonginkosi is an inspiration, who always tells me to not to neglect my studies. She studied Marketing in Zim and won an academic prize for the best student at her university in the same year as participating in the pageant,” adds Pauline.

In the month overseas, Pauline will participate in international charity drives and will get trained in make-up and beauty. Participates must bring their own wardrobe and this is the area in which she needs help. She is currently looking for a clothing sponsor.

Her dream is to graduate next year, to be crowned Miss Zimbabwe, which will see her qualify for the Miss World competition.

Interior Design student, Kriska Liebenberg, recently won a prestigious competition, which will see her winning chair being manufactured and sold by a renowned Cape Town-based furniture-maker.