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The Department of Biomedical Sciences recently collaborated with the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) for the annual Bone Marrow Drive at the Bellville Campus.

The SABMR helps to find matching donors for patients needing a bone marrow transplant and who do not have a match within their own families.

Biomedical Sciences lecturer, Rizqa Siebritz, said the Bone Marrow Drive aims to bring awareness of the importance of being a donor in the hope of giving someone else a better tomorrow.

“My students in the Haematology II Biomedical Sciences Department volunteer to assist in spreading awareness of the bone marrow donation process and how easy it is to become a donor.”

Nadia Chalkley, head of donor recruitment for the SABMR, said drives like the one at CPUT were critical “because it helps us really focus in terms of the demographic we want to recruit to our registry”.

“The South African Bone Marrow Registry , even though we have 78 000 current donors, [they] are predominantly Caucasian, and we really need to diversify if we want to service all our patients in South Africa and in Africa. So, not only diversifying the registry in demographic terms, but giving patients a better outcome, really is what this is about. And it's obviously always wonderful working with CPUT, they're so efficient in the implementation of the service-learning agreement that it makes sense for us to partner with CPUT through events like this, through lectures and hopefully more to come this year.”

The Bone Marrow Drive was followed by a virtual online talk by Canadian partner, Sylvia Okonofua, from Black Donors Save Lives. It was titled: “A needle in a haystack: What are the odds it’s going to be you?”

The aim was to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the donor population in order to increase the chances of finding donors for patients in the same genetic pool.

Other partners in the drive included:

  • Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC)
  • Organ Donor Foundation (Save Seven Lives)
  • Vitanova (Tissue Bank)
  • Western Cape Blood Services.
  • CPUT Student counselling
  • CPUT HIV/Aids Unit

The Faculty of Education recently announced the commencement of a mutual reciprocity collaboration between the faculty academics, students, and Chandigarh University in India.

Clive Brown from the Intermediate Phase at Mowbray Campus said in an era marked by interconnectedness and globalisation, universities worldwide increasingly recognise the value of international collaboration in advancing academic pursuits and nurturing a diverse, inclusive learning environment.

Brown said the CPUT visit to Chandigarh University earlier this year, served as the catalyst for a burgeoning partnership aimed at bridging geographical boundaries and harnessing the collective expertise of educators and learners from diverse cultural backgrounds.”

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Andile Mji, thanked the colleagues from India for being caring hosts to Dr Rolene Liebenberg, Dr Sharon McAuliffe, and Prof Hanlie Dippenaar during their international visit to India.

Brown said developing a transnational collaboration between CPUT and Chandigarh University holds immense importance in fostering global academic exchange and synergy. “Such collaboration can enrich educational experiences by offering diverse perspectives, methodologies, and cultural insights to students and faculty alike. It facilitates the sharing of resources, expertise, and research findings, enhancing the quality and depth of academic programmes and research endeavours.”

He added that transnational collaboration opens avenues for joint projects and initiatives, fostering innovation and addressing complex global challenges through collective efforts. By leveraging the strengths of both institutions, “we can embark on interdisciplinary research endeavours that transcend geographical boundaries and contribute to the advancement of knowledge on a global scale.

This collaboration cultivates a network of international scholars, graduates, and professionals, promoting cross-cultural understanding and facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices. “Through meaningful engagement and collaboration, we can collectively work towards building a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future for education worldwide.

“This partnership underscores the mutual reciprocity between the two countries and institutions in advancing research across transnational spaces. Together, we embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and collaboration that transcends borders and enriches the academic landscape for generations to come.”

More than 100 graduates recently celebrated their achievements during the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences’ Higher Certificate Graduation ceremony.

The ceremony, which was held at the Education Hall on the Bellville Campus, celebrated graduates who successfully completed the Higher Certificate in Dental Assisting and the Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care in 2023.

Acting Assistant Dean, Dr Lloyd Christopher, welcomed the graduates and their loved ones and said the road the graduates had taken was challenging but they completed it and excelled.

“You’ve made a success of your time at CPUT and now you can inspire others to consider a university education because they have seen you succeed,” he said.

“What we would like to do is to take what you’ve learnt from us and do to good in small and big ways.”

Dental Assisting class representatives Radhiyah Fakier & Faaria Shaik acknowledged the support of their lecturers and congratulated their fellow graduates on their success.

EMS alumni Sergio Amos and Ashlee Alpes shared their experiences in the field and thanked the EMS staff members for the role they played in their lives.

“You can never go back to being the same person you were. This is a special department in that it changes you and you grow so much as a person and a practitioner. At this time, I want to commend the lecturers, the management and the staff of EMS,” said Alpes.

CPUT Libraries, in collaboration with the Department of Student Affairs (DSA), recently joined the global celebration of World Book and Copyright Day under the theme "Read Your Way”.

This annual event is observed worldwide, and it serves as a tribute to the invaluable contributions of books and authors, while also highlighting the importance of copyright protection in fostering creativity and innovation. The World Book and Copyright Day holds profound significance, tracing its roots back to UNESCO's decision in 1995 to commemorate April 23rd as a day of literary celebration. This date was chosen to honour the birth and death anniversaries of renowned authors, including William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, underscoring the universal appeal of literature and its timeless impact on human culture.

At the heart of CPUT's celebration were esteemed guest speakers, dedicated staff, and enthusiastic students, all gathered to partake in a series of enlightening discussions and presentations. Yunus Omar, Library Manager of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, set the tone for the event, emphasising the importance of reading as a transformative force that enriches the mind and broadens the horizon. Njabulo Maphumulo, Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, emphasised the importance of cultivating a culture of writing and storytelling, stressing that it is crucial to create avenues where individuals can share their narratives and contribute to the rich tapestry of literature. Maphumulo also highlighted the critical role of access to books in empowering individuals to chart their intellectual journey. He stressed the need for collaborative efforts, such as this event, to bridge the gap and make educational resources more accessible to students.

There were also insightful presentations by guest speakers, Ntombozuko Bota- CPUT alumna and author of a book: A Seed Grown Into Flower and motivational speaker and Musa Tshabangu- first-year student and author, who captivated the audience with their inspiring journeys and invaluable insights into the writing, publishing process, and importance of copyright. With firsthand experience and expertise, they shared practical tips and financial considerations essential for aspiring authors, shedding light on the intricate path from conception to publication. Musa has authored two books, Decision Making and Koke ngaphasi komthunzi welanga kune skhathi sakho.

Under the adept direction of Regina Sikhosana, Library Manager, Faculty of the Engineering and Built Environment, the programme unfolded seamlessly, providing a platform for dialogue, learning, and inspiration. Janine Lockhart, Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services, extended heartfelt gratitude to all participants for their contributions and commitment to promoting information literacy as a skill taught in libraries to support learning and teaching, and protection of authors’ copyright and intellectual property in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Ntombekhaya Gwaqa , Marketing Librarian, said the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day was a testament to the institution's unwavering dedication to fostering social cohesion, a culture of reading, learning, and creativity. “Through collaborative endeavours and insightful discourse, it reaffirms the enduring significance of books as vessels of knowledge and the indispensable role of copyright in safeguarding the fruits of human imagination. As we reflect on this commemorative day, let us renew our commitment to cherishing literature, nurturing talent, and upholding the principles of intellectual integrity and cultural diversity.”

Prospective students are invited to come and explore CPUT’s exciting 2025 course offering during our annual Open Day on 11 May 2024.

The event will take place at the Bellville Campus and will showcase our exciting degree and diploma programmes in our six faculties - Applied Sciences, Business and Management Sciences, Engineering & the Built Environment, Education, Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design.

Whether you want to be a teacher, a journalist, a jewellery designer or a nurse – CPUT has something for everyone ready to kickstart their careers.

Open Day will also offer learners the opportunity to interact with staff members and students who will be on hand to assist with information.

The event will run from 9:00 to 16:00 and the venues on the Bellville campus will include the Major Sport Halls, the Student Centre, Old Education Building as well as faculty venues.

The loyalty, commitment and dedication of 240 staff members who have collectively served the institution for 4190 years, were celebrated during the recent CPUT Long Service Awards ceremony.

Among the recipients were ten staff members who have each served the institution for 40 years. They are:

  • Darrol Abrahams
  • Adenaan Abrahams
  • David Bailey
  • Gillian Khan
  • Charmaine Nutt
  • Patricia Samuels
  • Sonja Swanich
  • Elizabeth van Zyl
  • Jessy Van Wyk
  • Vidonia Viviers

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, thanked all recipients for the many years of dedication and sacrifice and said all of them had helped to “build up this institution brick by brick”.

“The fact that you are Long Service awardees means that many of you have seen and done it all during your tenure and have a wealth of institutional knowledge. Institutional memory is critical for the efficient functioning of any organisation.”

Nhlapo added: “CPUT will never forget what a marvellous job you have done, and you’ll always be one of us.”

The Centre for Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Change (CDISC) in collaboration with the Institutional Gender-Based Violence Committee (IGBVC) Pillar 6: Research and Information Management Systems recently held their 1st 2024 Crucial Conversation under the theme: Voices and Spaces, Creating Inclusive Spaces” # RecognitionOfVoices.

The event which was held at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre was attended by organisations such as Triangle Project, Gender Dynamix, Commission for Gender Equality, NSP GBVF Localisation, Transgender Advocate, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, CPUT Queer Unicorns, CPUT Student Representative Council, CPUT staff and students.

The purpose of the 1st 2024 Crucial Conversation was to provide platforms and opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to share their stories, perspectives, and experiences and to:

  • Encourage open and respectful communication between diverse groups to promote understanding, empathy, and acceptance.
  • Ensure that physical and digital spaces are accessible to people of all abilities, including those with disabilities, to create an inclusive environment.
  • Identify and address systemic barriers that prevent certain voices from being heard or inhibiting full participation in society.
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts between different stakeholders to design and develop inclusive spaces that meet the needs of all.
  • Promote diversity, inclusion and foster a sense of belonging for all CPUT staff, students, and those we interact with.

Stream Coordinator: Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tumiso Mfisa, said the conversation allowed open engagement showing that “CPUT should hold itself accountable for creating and maintaining inclusive spaces, with clear strategies for measuring progress and enforcing policies”.

“What stood out for CDISC is that the conversation fostered a holistic view from a local and international perspective around Diversity, Inclusion, and a sense of belonging for all in Higher Education Institutions.”

Mfisa stated that the attendees must continue the conversation in their respective spaces, as this was the start of a series of crucial conversations. “CDISC extends gratitude to the CPUT community, international visitors, organisations, NGOs, members of society and other academic institutions that attended in person or joined via the CPUT YouTube channel.”