This week, the Southern African Accounting Association (SAAA) hosts its largest annual conference at Fancourt, George where three of CPUT’s accounting lecturers will present their cutting-edge research in the dynamic field of accountancy.

LEADING THE WAY: (From left) Management Accounting and Internal Auditing HOD Spurge Rudman, lecturers Aletta Visser, Henrie Benedict and Yolande Smit with Willem Lotter, HOD: Financial Accounting and Taxation. The three lecturers will represent CPUT at the annual accounting conference this week.

The CPUT choir took part in a rare performance hosted by Artscape Theatre, Cape Town entitled 'A Choral Tribute to Madiba', on 18 and 19 June 2011. The former state president Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was honoured through song with this performance produced by the Indigenous Arts Department (under the National Department of Arts and Culture) and Artscape, in partnership.

CHORAL CHAMPIONS: (Above) The CPUT Choir performing a choral music item at the WECCMA Festival at the Cape Town City Hall in May. This choir was crowned the champions in their category at the 2009 Old Mutual Choir Festival.

President Xia Jianguo seals the deal with Vice Chancellor Prof Mazwi-Tanga as Mr. Patrick Mclaren (HOD) Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,(right) and Dean of Engineering, Dr Nawaz Mahomed, (far right) look on.

CPUT has recently added to its already extensive array of global alliances by signing Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with similar institutions in Ghana and China. The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department has forged new links with Shanghai Dian Ji University (SDJU), while Engineering Faculty affiliate, F’SATI has entered into an agreement with Ghana Telecomms University College (GTUC) to share their satellite technology expertise.

It’s a sad fact that more money is spent on upgrading rugby fields at urban schools than is spent on all the educational needs of most children in rural areas. This neglect of South Africa’s rural poor has prompted CPUT’s Education Faculty and African stationery giant Waltons to join forces. While this budding partnership is still in its infancy, it has already resulted in every child in two of the poorest schools in the province receiving all the stationery they need to make learning possible and fun.

Learners at Bergrivier Primary School in Wellington unpack their "toolboxes" filled with stationery, donated by Waltons in alliance with CPUT's Education Faculty.

With Golden Arrow Bus Services celebrating 150 years in the business of transporting passengers across the Peninsula, it has partnered with CPUT to bring education to worthy students who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to study at a tertiary level.

HONOURED PARTNERSHIP: Vice-Chancellor Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga (centre) and Director: Advancement Dr Garth Van Gensen (back row) with members of Golden Arrow Bus Services, their holding company HCI Ltd and CPUT staff.

Dr Mongane Wally Serote, world-renowned poet, writer and cultural activist was the keynote speaker at CPUT’s Africa Day celebrations on Bellville campus on 25 May. Revered as one of the Soweto poets who embodied the literary revival of black voices in the 1970s, Serote is generally regarded as one of South Africa’s pre-eminent writers.

CPUT’s HIV/AIDS Unit joined thousands across the globe on Monday, 16th May 2011 to remember those who have died of AIDS and support those who are living with the disease.  On the 28th anniversary of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, Acting Head of the unit, Alex Semba says, “It was an honour to have such a great show of support from the CPUT community and the learners that we invited to be a part of the memorial in showing compassion and concern for people living with HIV/AIDS.”