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Vol. 3 No. 8 17 September 2013











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Well hello there Spring! Kinga Siejek

So Spring is finally here; flowers are blossoming, and we are all saying goodbye to thick Winter jackets. The other day I was thinking; what does this time of year mean for highschool students? • Getting home in the afternoon and getting a bit of sun tan or lazying around the pool pretending to do homework. • September is also the month with mothers calling all the dress makers they know of; and fathers finding friends with the latest and most flashy cars for their little boys and girls to look amazing and drive up in a smoking hot car for the Matric Farewells. But what does it mean for University students? • Sitting either in a classroom, the library or bedroom studying up a storm for semester tests, class tests and the upcoming final exams. • Third year and Honours students missing up to three or four days (yip no longer just hours) of sleep, and maybe noticing early grey hairs due to research papers that need to be changed or rewritten almost weekly. • Final year students almost spamming companies with their CVs, hoping for at least one bite by now... Yip, priorities definitely change when growing up. Fun, isn’t it? No matter what ‘trauma’ you may be going through, remember to stay calm. As a friend of mine likes to say, “Whether you stress or not, we all die in the end”. Now this may not sound like a positive pep-talk; but between the lines there is a moral. This doesn’t mean that you should rather give up on everything now, and just wait for things to come to you, or to wait for death... Rather, give it all you can, but try not to torment yourself while waiting or when getting results, if there is nothing you can do about it. Do all you can, and be positive about yourself, as thinking happy will make you happy. Take a break from

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thinking of the stress that is waiting for you, and smell the roses (literally if you want). There is a light at the end of the tunnel for everyone. While it may take some people longer to get there than others, it is possible for you to reach your dreams. Winter is over, with its depressing brown grass and leafless trees, and Spring is here with the smells of flowers and the sound of chirping birds. Feeling a bit better? I hope so, but if not, I am available for hugs (in return for chocolate or you reading the paper, hehe). Now grab a nice cold drink from the fridge, open the windows to hear the birds, and have a read through the rest of the Edition! Oh and HAPPY SPRING everyone!

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Vuvu’s Soapbox Fake it till you make it. Quack! The philosopher William James believed that acting a certain way could make you feel that way. Many experiments have proved him right – a study at Clark University for example showed that smiling made people feel happier (...for best results, grin and hold for 20 seconds). From personal experience, I can’t really say that I wholeheartedly believe in this concept... Just the other day I tried to pass myself off as one of the feathered-IT folk (yes, my change in facade was meant to impress a I really that predictable?), and let’s just say it did not go as planned! The goose in question, send me a WhatsAppmessage and from there everything went pear shaped. What follows is our entire conversation... Goose: I am B@K. Where r u? :-)” Vuvu: ? Goose: Where you at? Vuvu: AGLE session Goose: BYTME ;-) Vuvu: What?! Why so angry? Goose: AYSOS? And just like that, our conversation and future life together came to a complete (digital) stand still. Baffled by her strange telephone etiquette... I waddled back to Building 6 to lick my wounds in private. It was only after showing the messages to my friend Martin Booth from the Serious Games Institute (SGI-SA) that I realised (with absolute horror) that yours truly and the goose-of-my-dreams literally spoke different languages...she was all techsavvy with her computer lingo while I... well, I tried to do my fifth-grade English teacher proud. Quack! After deciphering the message, it looked something like this: Goose: I am back at keyboard (BAK). Where are you? Vuvu: I don’t understand.

Goose: Vuvu: Goose: Vuvu: Goose:

Where are you? I am asking, where are you? AGLE session Better you than me (BYTMe) What?! Why so angry? Are you stupid or something? (AYSOS)

She must think that I am an absolute flat footed fool... pretending to be an IT student and not being able to ‘walk the talk’ – pffffft! I will never be able to show my beak there again... I think I should take Eric Ntumba’s advice... He says that we should remember to breathe and take it easy (it sounds simple enough...). Who is this Eric Ntumba, you ask? Way back in 2002 he was the SRC President and today he is regarded as being one of the campus’s most accomplished alumni members. As the Corporate Manager at the Commercial Bank of Congo he is climbing – or should I say flying up the corporate ladder. Maybe I should try my hand at economics or banking... Quack! Just kidding! So I leave you with some of my newfound pearls of wisdom... “@TEOTD U CAN A2D THAT ALCON SHOULD ALOTBSOL BB4N!” For those of you who missed it... At the end of the day you can agree to disagree that all concerned should always look on the bright side of life. Bye-bye for now!” Or as Eric puts it: “Just breathe!”




ear students

According to the dictionary, culture refers to the pattern of human activity and the symbols, which give significance to this activity. Culture is furthermore represented through the art, literature, costumes, customs and traditions of a community. We recently celebrated our annual Cultural Festival and it reminded me – once again, of the importance that culture plays not only in our society but in our personal development. Just as the theme, “East meets West” was depicted through roleplay and storytelling; culinary delights and bright costumes the event itself represented the very essence of the Vaal Campus c o m m u n i t y. The values that we, as a campus, hold dear contributes to who we are – in fact, our character is made-up solely of the shared culture of our people. Culture is learned and passed from the older generations to the newer ones – and never has this been more evident

than during the Cultural Festival when a former SRC President and esteemed alumnus, Eric Ntumba, was afforded the opportunity to address his alma mater. For those of you who do not know this, Eric was instrumental in organising the very first cultural event on the campus way back in 2002. For him the event signified the vesting of a campus custom that to this day remains one of the highlights of the annual campus calendar. In just a few months the NorthWest University will be celebrating its 10th anniversary (following the merger of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North West) and I am proud to

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say that as an institution of higher learning we have come a long way in vesting a culture of excellence and innovation. After attending the first-ever NWU Alumni Awards ceremony in Sandton recently, it dawned on me that as an institution we are known by the accomplishments of our students and graduates. In much the same way as the culture of the University is inculcated in every student and it impacts on the very fiber of our being. It influences one’s principles and philosophies in life and ultimately it shapes our way of living. As our pay-off line states: It all starts here. Be proud of our campus culture. Embrace it. Cherish it.

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A student we shall miss From the Campus Rector

It is with a sense of deep sadness and loss that I inform you of the untimely passing of Whitney Tumisho Phala (20), on Friday 30 August 2013. Whitney was registered in the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology and was studying towards a degree in Economics and International Trade. The death of a young adult is a devastating loss. As a campus community we mourn the loss of Whitney’s life, potential and future. Although no words can really help to ease the loss that her loved ones, family and friends have to bear, just know that you are all very close in the thoughts and prayers of all the

members of the Vaal Triangle Campus community. The Directorate Student Counselling and Development (Building 24) is available to aid with trauma and grief counselling if the need should arise. Please make use of this service. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. In sorrow, we mourn Whitney. In gratitude, we embrace those around us. In sympathy, we reach out to those who grieve. A funeral service was held on Friday, 6 September 2013 at 07:00 in Whitney’s home town of Ga-Marishane in the Limpopo province.

CSRC Manifestos: The last lap before voting Nontokozo Tshambo

After a challenging year to the previous CSRC leadership, we all waited with eagerness to see the students who had courage to stand up and promise their peers that they are willing to do better as the new leadership if given a chance. All started with a quiet atmosphere, with candidates preparing their speeches to encourage the crowd of students that they are worthy of their votes. After a three hour delay; the long awaited event started with students singing and dancing while waiting for their prospective student leaders to go on stage. According to Mmabatho Makhobotloane, the program director, the delay was due to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff that arrived late to present the voter’s education to the students.

South African Students Congress’ (SASCO) media and campaigns officer Katleho “Big Nuz” told Student 24/7 that some candidates were a bit nervous but well prepared to win the favour of the students and he was confident that the SASCO candidates won the favour of the students due to the support during the strike. After the IEC delivered their voters education everything

was well underway. Candidates were given a maximum of three minutes each. Issues discussed include: computer labs, language policy on campus, residences, edu-loan, student center, amongst others. Freddie Motsoeneng, a student said, “The candidates have the capability but we should not vote by popularity, being a leader is a gift that one is born with”.



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Getting to know Miss NWU Vaal 2013/2014 Malenyalo Molemane & William George

Chatting with Lerato Motsoane, our new Miss NWU VTC 2013/14; this first year BA Public Management and Politics student couldn’t believe that she is a representative of NWU. There are a few things we might not have known about our Miss NWU. She’ll now be telling us more about herself and her plans as our new ambassador of the Campus. Which course are you doing and the year you doing? I am a 1st year student, currently studying BA Public Management and Politics Where are you originally from? I am from Johannesburg in the East Rand Have you ever entered a pageant before? Yes I have, when I was young. I remember I was 14 years old and still back at school. I was also part of a Modeling Agency, so I did some runway and promotions. Any hidden talents and what don’t people know about you? Wow, I can really dance. I’m pretty good dancer if I do say so myself. Back when I was in high school I used to be in a hip-hop dance group Who is your inspiration in life? (With tears in her eyes) My mom. My mom is one of the strongest people I know, rais-

ing me and my brother and sister alone, showing her strength and love. I learned so much from her and much more I will still learn. How did it feel when they called out your name? It was like I was dreaming. I felt like I was one of the audiences looking back at myself. Have you ever thought, you would be crowned Miss NWU at some stage in life? Not at all, I never thought of becoming the ambassador, because the competition was tight. All I did was to give it my all, that’s why I am so surprised to be crowned Miss NWU VTC. How was the overall experience? It was great, that’s one word I have for the experience. I had so much fun. What extraordinary things are you willing to do for our campus? I have so many ideas, but one thing that I have realized is that our campus doesn’t

have a women’s group. Since I am born on women’s month, I want to motivate and inspire young women. What are your long term goals? I just want to have my own business. Being an ambassador for this campus made me check on really what I want to do with my life. Anything you would like to say to your fellow students? Let’s inspire each other rather than hate each other, and let’s not bring each other down rather build each other up.

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Getting to know Mr NWU Vaal 2013/2014 Malenyalo Molemane & William George

Getting to know our new Mr NWU VTC MacDonald Legare, this BMI mathematics student was shocked when his name was called out. Shy as he is, we spent a day to find out more information about him and this is what he had to say as he will be telling us more about himself and upcoming plans. Which course are you doing and the year you are doing? I am currently studying BMI mathematics and doing my 1st year. Where are you originally from? I am from Kempton Park, in East Rand, but I was born in the Eastern Cape at East London. Have you ever entered a pageant before? No, my first pageant I entered was the Mr and Miss Thuthuka Resident pageant where I became 1st prince then Mr and Miss NWU VTC. Any hidden talents and what don’t people know about you? (With laughter) I don’t have any. I just work out that’s all. Who is your inspiration in life? My dad inspires me. Not to forget the famous TV and Radio personality Sizwe Dlomo, because he’s a dreamer and a hard worker like me. How did it feel when they called out your name?

It was nerve-racking because they were playing a nice beat in the background. I was really shocked but excited at the same time. Have you ever thought, you would be crowned Mr NWU at some stage in life? I never thought that because pageants were never something I thought about.

Mr NWU VTC, I will think things through and re-check myself. Anything you would like to say to your fellow students? Change. They will definitely see change because I have so many things I will like to do. What is your favorite quote? If it’s painful it’s definitely worth it.

How was the overall experience? It taught me a lot of things about myself. It taught me how to handle pressure and work with time. It really helped me gain self-confidence. What extraordinary things are you willing to do for our campus? I want to improve the event posters because they need more art. I also would like to go around to high schools to inspire and motivate young grade 12 students who would like to feather their education in this beautiful campus of ours. What are your long term goals? I really want to have my own business but since I’m crowned

Have a look on pages 24 and 25 for more picturess on the two lovely winners, in: “ A day with Mr and Miss NWU Vaal”



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From Brunch till Lunch

Portia Motsoeneng

After many months of great anticipation, the young life of Vaal Campus’ radio station still manages to give me goose bumps. It is still unclear to many how the campus radio station, River FM came to be; however those who know will surely agree with me when I say that, it has been quit a journey. A journey filled with anxiety, excitement and challenges. With that said it was all worth it now that it is up and running very efficiently thanks to the Vaal Campus Management, Itumeleng, Kinga and Annette. For a radio station that was recently established, River FM has a variety of shows that aim to appeal to not only the students and staff members of this campus, but also to all the respective listeners off campus residing in surrounding areas. One of those shows is From Brunch till Lunch which airs every Saturday from 10:00- 14:00. The name of the show is pretty explanatory. During this time, many people are busy running errands, doing their laundry or cleaning their rooms. Nonetheless this is generally a time most individuals find the radio as a source of entertainment while busy doing other things. Seeing that this is a campus radio station, the theme of “From Brunch till Lunch” is: ‘what it is like to be a young person in a country such as South Africa, the joys and responsibilities our youth are faced with on a day to day basis”. On this show issues such as; what we as the

Shattered Dreams Roche Artz

Imagine completing your degree then working in the industry you always dreamed of. Shortly after achieving those goals, being shot and killed in cold blood. This is the tragic passing Kgomotso Gieger (KG) Makgamatha, BA (Communications) graduate and former Student 24/7 journalist, encountered. Rodney Mdhluli, 3rd year BA (Communications) student, who was a friend of Kgomotso, described him as “one who was cooler than

youth are doing for our communities and country, materialism, the influence of modernization and related topics are addressed. On this show, it is believed that controversy is not always a bad thing; all our topics are handled with great respect allowing everyone the platform to voice their opinions and thoughts. The reason for this theme is the role our generation is destined to play in the future, and to bring the attention of young people in our country to the fact that ignorance is not always bliss. As young educated citizens of any country and community members, it is essential to take the initiative of correcting all that is wrong and improving the standard of living for those around us. Although there is very interesting talks and debates on “From Brunch till Lunch”, listeners also receive a very wide variety of the latest music, national and international. River FM prides itself on playing good music from all genres. It has become a part of many students and staff members lifestyles to be tuned into River FM 87.6 and what makes it even more entertaining is the fact that one gets to hear their friends and acquaintances live on air, take that for local excitement! With the support of all the North-West University students, River FM is bound to make its mark in the entertainment and news industry, so play your part and tune into River FM 87.6 -This is how we flow. most guys”. He said, “KG was an ambitious man who would set high-ranking goals, like having three cars while in varsity.” Kgomotso was known amongst his friends as one who loved making jokes; he loved nature, and embraced the serenity on campus. While Rodney was reminiscing on past times he shared with Kgomotso, he made it clear that the “one thing KG respected is the struggle people endured just to make a success”. Rodney said, “KG wanted to be in that number and breathed well under academic pressure to achieve this goal.”

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Association of Catholic Tertiary Students Portia Motsoeneng

The Association of Catholic Tertiary Students (ACTS) is a national organisation for Catholic students in tertiary education institutions throughout South Africa; however the association also have members who are non Catholics. ACTS was founded in 1993, when CASA (Catholic Students Association) and NCFS (National Catholic Federation of Students) were dissolved as a response to the changes within the country; it is an affiliate of the International Movement of Catholic Students. About ACTS ACTS is a student driven faith community and Christ-centred. The association performs various activities such as Retreats, Sports days, Youth rallies, career advice, formal occasions, Pray cells, and visitations to hospitals, hospices and orphanage houses. Aims and Objectives The association aims to provide a strong catholic community for all students at tertiary

Social Work Annette Willemse

The NWU Vaal’s Department of Social Work, within the School of Behavioural Sciences, is having a 2013 filled with several firsts. Earlier this year the Department held an information day for the first time to brief supervisors from various welfare organisations who act

level and to create an understanding of and foster nonracism, non-sexism and other forms of non discrimination in a democratic nation. It encourages the integration of faith in the lives of members and creates a vision of a united people‘s church and actively participates in this transformation. The association helps to address the academic and social needs of students and strives to assist Catholic and nonCatholic students on Campus in achieving their spiritual goals. ACTS is a non-profit organisation that develops effective leadership and share skills among its members for a successful society and church. It strives for an economically and socially liberating national education system. ABCD Lifestyle Rally ACTS is currently on a mission of going green, promoting a clean and healthy environment. The main purpose of the ABCD Lifestyle rally is to address young people and reach out to the broader community about the importance of life and to preserve the environ-

ment. ACTS is active at the Vaal Campus and appeals to all student to take part in achieving their spiritual goals. ACTS NWU Vaal informs all Catholic and non-Catholic students that holy mass is held every Sunday on campus at 10:00 at building 9 G02, it is important for all students to fulfil their spiritual needs and to be able to cope with the challenges and adversities of life and society. ACTS is committed in empowering and enriching the youth spiritually towards the development of the local church within the context of South Africa. For more information about acts join ACTS, ACTS (Gauteng family) and ACTS NWU Vaal family on Facebook, or email Bethuel Mokoena chairperson of ACTS NWU Vaal at bethuel.

as supervisors to final year social work students during their internships.

ect Day. During this day the students had to present their projects for evaluation.

During their internships social work students must plan and carry out a project relevant to the community served by the welfare organisation. On 27 August, these students and their lecturers took part in another first: the Intercampus Student Social Workers Proj-

This day was attended by more than 130 guests, which included fourth-year students, lecturers and field placement supervisors from the NWU’s three campuses, as well as representatives from the Council for Social Service Professions. Students presented their group



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and community work services that covered a wide range of focus areas, such as substance abuse, child and youth care, life skills, improving welfare structures, disability care, and gender issues. The theme of the day was: Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide. Prof Linda du Plessis, the Vaal Triangle Campus’ Vice Rector: Teaching and Learning, also attended the day and spoke to the group of enthusiastic social work students: “I salute you. It is you who will make a real difference in the lives of so many people of our country”.

Stuvia: upload and win! Rudolf Schutte

Stuvia SA launched on 4 May, with students from across the country making thousands of Rands while helping other students in no time. The buying and selling of notes and summaries is becoming a big business; with Stuvia making it possible for students to

buy and sell on a national level, quickly, easily and efficiently. Upload your notes and summaries today and refer fellow students via the ‘refer a friend’ tab under your personal Stuvia profile. Vouchers worth R100 for petrol, airtime and other ameni-

ties can be won INSTANTLY; as well as the grand prize of a Contiki tour of Thailand for two! (Nine days, with flights included). So what are you waiting for? Get uploading now! For more information see www. Thailand competition link:

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Globe-trotting student of adventure Roche Artz

She is known for being quiet, yet in that silence, Melba Tatenda Chivungwa, Journalism Honours student, plots her next travel expedition where only her mind serves as a compass. Born and raised in the town Masvingo in Zimbabwe; Melba, first born with two brothers, grew up convinced that she would leave Zimbabwe out of sheer love for travelling. After completing her final year in high school, Melba had three options. “I could either study in Malaysia, Namibia, or South Africa.” She was not concerned where she studied, just as long as it was not in Zimbabwe. “I’m a spontaneous person and wanted to get out of Zimbabwe,” she said with emphasis. Being the only daughter, her father pleaded with her to study in South Africa, as it is closer to Zimbabwe. Not being a person who takes everything as is, she giggled and said, “My father convinced me to study near Zimbabwe.” However, South Africa is not the furthest point of travel for this Vaal Campus (NWU Vaal), Journalism Honours student. Her eyes are set on the entire globe. “I don’t think I’m going to remain in South Africa”, she said while starring ahead of her, “I want to travel the world.” Being a person of spontaneity and travel, Melba loves exploring variety and all that which she has not yet encountered. In South Africa, Melba has been to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Polokwane and Durban. As she is studying at the Vaal Campus, she is based in Vanderbijlpark. “I’ve come across different people in my life, and can relate to many people as I’m also very patient.” When she reflected on her stay in Durban, she laughed while reminiscing on her experience with the Nigerian culture. “A couple of Nigerian students where I was visiting cooked a Nigerian dish of food items they received from Ni-

geria when they visited their family.” She continually smiled and laughed, saying “It was just fun to taste food of a different culture.” Being one who travels, Melba makes a lot of comparisons to Zimbabwe. “Of South Africa, I love the malls and the infrastructure, as in Zimbabwe it’s smaller.” On the subject of malls, Melba’s face lit. She adores shopping. Though she follows fashion trends, she prefers to have less focus placed on her. “I don’t want to stand out of the crowd, and have people say ‘Oooohhh, look at that woman there’,” she said dramatically in a different character. She made it clear that her influence regarding which clothes to wear and how to wear them, derives from magazines. “I love anything in fashion and anything I can wear.” However, she pointed out that Zimbabwe does not have specific attire. On a cultural day, she would not have specific Zimbabwe clothes to wear, she would just wear clothes. The Xhosa attire has attracted Melba’s desire. She loves the look and feel of it. “I would wear the Xhosa attire on a cultural day as it looks absolutely beautiful.”



Melba lives alone in South Africa. As a result, she buys a variety of take-away foods. “I love junk food, but don’t eat it every day.” Her favourite fast food outlets include McDonalds and KFC. She also made it clear that she loves spare ribs, as she closed her eyes while imagining some. Yet, travelling has it bumps and potholes at times. For Melba, those challenges were mainly languages. “The greatest difficulties I’ve had in South Africa, is the language barrier.” Staying in the Vaal, where Sesotho and Afrikaans are the dominant languages spoken, Melba found it daunting at first. “Everywhere they’d assume I’m Sotho, but now I’ve learnt Sotho and I know most of the words and am able to communicate back.” Having been in South Africa since the year 2010, Melba has been having a pleasant stay. “I’d describe the people of South Africa as being nice, as most of them are nice.” She has never experienced any form of xenophobia

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attacks, though she has witnessed many in news programs she watched. “I find it sad that people assault others just for being from a different country”, she said with heartfelt disappointment. Melba lives by the philosophy of “You only live once”, as she believes everyone has once chance on this earth. “It is wise to make the best out of the chance you have while on earth.” Though Melba is one of few words, she is also aware that many whom she interacts with, sees her as such. “I think people describe me as calm, collected and friendly, because I interact with everyone that I get to meet.” But who would not be quiet while they map out their next move to an unfamiliar country, where only the mind serves as a compass? Though Melba is known for being quiet amongst her peers, her travel experiences speak loudest.

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Alumni reunion revisits old memories Annette Willemse

“A lot can happen in a decade... even more so in three!” With these words, the Campus Rector – Prof Thanyani Mariba, recently welcomed alumni members of the past thirty years back to their alma mater for the Vaal Campus’s annual alumni reunion. Storytelling In preparation for the event, the campus’s Marketing and Communication Department embarked on a story telling campaign to find out more about life on the Vaal Triangle Campus over the past thirty years and during the event guests were transported to yesteryear through anecdotes; photo exhibitions and media flashbacks. One of the stories that come to mind is that of the engineering students who distilled their own ‘Mampoer’ as part of a fundraising project in 1982. It was only after the houseparent at that time, enquired about the overwhelming pumpkin smell that hung in the corridors that the students spilled the (fermented) beans. Asked if they at least made a profit, none of the then students seem to remember... it is suspected that the high alcohol content and the stringent quality control measures might have had something to do with their lapse in memory! The then Iscor Club – now the Quest Conference Estate, was regarded as the official venue

for social gatherings but since dancing was viewed as immoral the students had to socialise with their lecturers... that is until the lecturers went home. One alumnus, Prof Marius Stander, recalls that he once faced disciplinary action for organising a dance at this very same venue where the 2013 reunion was hosted. Overview In his address the Campus Rector encouraged the alumni to celebrate their shared associotion with the Vaal Triangle Campus – an association that unites through a bond of loyalty, camaraderie and humility. “As you are seated here tonight, you represent different chapters of our history as an institution of higher learning – be it as an alumnus of the VaalPukke, the Watuni’s or the merged and integrated North-West University. Today we wear the NorthWest University’s emblem with pride – as we would our very own family crest,” said Prof Mariba. “On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the North-West University,

13 I am proud to announce that the Campus’s alumni fraternity represents a strong and vibrant professional network of over 10 000 members – located around the globe,” continued Prof Mariba. In his overview of the developments of the past ten years, Prof Mariba said that millions of Rand has been spent on new infrastructure developments on the campus – the latest being a R60 million state-of-theart library facility. In addition to this the academic programme offerings have been expanded to include fields of study such as Positive Psychology, Law, Social Work, Technical Teacher Training and Applied Risk Management. “In fields such as Language Practice, Positive Psychology, IT-studies and Entrepreneurial Sciences we are blazing a trail of excellence not only in South Africa but also within the continent,” said Prof Mariba and added that in terms of sporting prowess, the campus boasts with no less than 12 sporting codes participating nationally.



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Former SRC President visits his alma mater Annette Willemse

It is incredible how one simple piece of advice can make all the difference. The right words at the right time can set you on a new path, open your eyes to something you had not considered and make the road of life a little easier to navigate. This is how Mr Eric Ntumba, former Student Representative Council President and esteemed alumnus of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) reflects back on his years as a student on the banks of the Vaal River. For Eric – who is the Corporate Manager of the Commercial Bank in Congo, a visit to his alma mater recently took him on a nostalgic trip down memory lane. During a twoday visit to the Vaal Triangle Campus, Eric not only retraced his steps as a student but also acquainted himself with the immense developments that took form on the Campus since 2002. As a student leader in 2002, Eric found himself at the very core of the negotiations to facilitate the merger of the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), the University of North West and the incorporation of the Vista Sebokeng Campus. Back then, the total student headcount just exceeded 1 000 students. Today, nine years after the incorporation process, the Vaal Triangle Campus boasts a dynamic and ever growing student commu-

nity of 6 000 students. During his visit, Eric enjoyed the opportunity to officially open the Campus’s annual Cultural Festival – a tradition that was the brainchild of Eric and his team of Cultural Officers way back in 2002. During those days the cultural event was called a “Gumba Sokkie” where Afrikaans music and kwaito were played on the same dance floor. “Everyone was expecting a flop; people thought it could never work. The beginning was shy but as the songs in Afrikaans followed kwaito bits and vice versa, we came to a point where everyone started to enjoy the music for what it was: a universal language that brought people closer,” Eric remembers. Other highlights during his

visit to the campus included a discussion with the members of the newly elected Student Representative Council, a guest lecture at the School of Information Technology, a radio interview, campus tour and dinner with the members of the campus’s senior management team. Asked what advice he would give to the Eric that walked the campus grounds in 2002, he jokingly says: “Take it slow, boy! Enjoy the moment and make the most of every opportunity!”

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Understanding Wellness Day Mamello Bless

Prevention is better than cure; people don’t have to be ill before they start changing their lifestyle. Thus the clinic hosted a Campus Wellness Day on 11 September. The Campus Wellness Day is a screening day for the campus community; it is for both students and employees. When the Campus Wellness Day was initiated, it was for students. The purpose of this event is to create awareness of many diseases out there. It is very important that everyone know their health status so that when there are abnormal results found, the person can be helped on time. Another purpose of this event is educating the campus community about the different diseases and the right ways of living life. “I have realised that most students discover their health problems at the clinic” said Sister Mapeete Malumba. This project helps students and employees know their health problems without having to see a doctor. This is a huge advantage especially to those who do not have medical aid. The aim of this project is more of prevention than cure. All people with abnormal results are referred so that they can get help before things get out of hand. Screenings included those for sugar diabetes, cholesterol, Tuberculosis (TB), Human immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Blood Pressure (BP). Ladies were also invited to go for breast cancer screening and pap smears, Sister Mapeete said, “All ladies should go for cancer screening.” For men, there was only information regarding the types of cancer affecting males. Sister Mapeete explained that this day is not only about screening (knowing one’s health status), but also about informing and educating the campus community about healthy life styles and giving back by saving lives. “The campus community must know about saving lives.” Service providers on the day included: South African National Council on Alcoholism

and Drug Dependence (SANCA): There will be a group of representatives from SANCA to give the campus community life skills on dealing with stress and problems without having to engage in drugs or abuse them. South African National Blood Service (SANBS): Representatives from SABNS will be giving out information on saving lives by donating blood and the South African Donor foundation will be giving out information on saving lives by donating organs. Along with the freebies of getting to know your health status and getting important health and life skills information comes other freebies. “More people must participate and get helped” Sister Mapeete.



Albinism awareness month Nontokozo Tshambo

September is a month that welcomes the spring season, it brings new life to plants and people wear their beautiful colourful clothes. This month also raises awareness to a very important issue of albinism. According to the National Organisation for Albinism and Hypo-pigmentation; people with albinism have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair. They have inherited altered genes that do not make usual amounts of a pigment called melanine. Albinism affects people from all races. Our campus has a few students with albinism. Student 24/7 managed to talk with one of them, John Mogorosi from Vredefort in the Free State province. He is a second year Bcom Charted Accounting student, who also serves in the house committee of Thuthuka residence. Nontokozo Tshambo (NT): Do you know any famous people with albinism? John Mogorosi (JM): Yellowman. NT: What is a good thing you can say about having albinism? JM: We are not different from other people, because we can do everything that other people can do. The only difference is our skin colour and our eye sight. NT: What are some of the negative experiences you

have had because of your condition? JM: In 2008, I experienced bad treatment at a school that I was attending; the other learners were not accepting me as I am. People say I have pride but for me it’s confidence. Our eyes and skin are very sensitive more especially during summer. NT: Does it offend you when people call you an albino? JM: No, because that is who I am. NT: Do you have any allergies? JM: Yes, I do not eat chillies and most people I know who have albinism also do not eat chillies. NT: Have you ever thought of not doing something because you were scared of what people may say about your skin condition? JM: No. Critics are everywhere; I just go there and prove that I can do things as well as everyone. NT: Have you ever been offended by some of the negative comments made towards you? JM: I am used to joking around and I don’t take things personally so it really doesn’t affect me. NT: Have you ever try to educate people about albinism?

17 Sep 2013 JM: Yes, I once did it indirectly through a poem titled “They think I am different from them but I’m not”. NT: Are you aware of any activities that focus on albinism that take place during the albinism awareness month? JM: Not really, but I know that there is a company in Johannesburg that is owned by people with albinism only and that is very inspiring for me. NT: Anything that you might like to say to people who do not understand albinism? JM: People should know that everything that they can do we can do as well, the only difference is our skin colour, we are not disabled or anything like that. For more information visit

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Heritage Day or Braai Day? Why not both! Kinga Siejek

Heritage Day. For those living in South Africa, Heritage Day may have a different meaning, depending on culture, tradition or the family you are brought up in. Since its beginning, Heritage Day has changed. A few years ago it may have just involved a day going to a Heriatge Day event. Later it may have just turned into an extra day-off from work. From around 2007, with the help of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and organiser Jan Scannell, the day was also turned into Braai4Heritage (Braai Day). A day where family and friends get together and enjoy a braai (one South African heritage tradition). So whatever your tradition, or heritage; spread the South African love!

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Make a child smile – donate a teddy bear! Annette Willemse

Staff and students of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Campus are uniting to celebrate their most loyal childhood companion – the teddy bear. On Monday, 9 September 2013 the Faculty hosted a special teddy bear drive in an effort to not only support International Teddy Bear Day but also to raise much needed awareness of the plight of needy children – especially within the Vaal Triangle region. According to Ms Natanya Meyer, a junior lecturer in the School of Economic Sciences and the organiser of the teddy bear drive, the Faculty aims to collect at least 100 teddy bears to distribute to charitable organisations within the region. A collection point has been set up in Building 4, room 225 and if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, you can send Natanya an e-mail in this regard or contact her on (016) 910 3373. You still have the opportunity to do your bit and contribute a teddy bear – or two, to the project... so hurry-up and help to make a child smile! Did you know? • The teddy bear dates back to the early 1900s and its history are closely linked to the American president, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. While in its hundred-plus year history, the humble teddy has conquered the world from Europe to America to Japan and back

– and seems to be more popular than ever. • Other famous bears are… Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo, Care bears, Smokey the Bear, Fozzie Bear (from The Muppet Show), The three Bears (friends of Goldilocks), Gummi bears, Rupert, Corduroy, Little John (from Disney’s Robin Hood cartoon) and the Berenstain Bears.

• I know, we are talking about bears, not birds but did you know that some species of bears make trees! Not all bears but many including Asiatic bears, sun bears, spectacled bears and even black bears. They bend down tree branches and make sitting areas that look much bird nests. Some bears will sleep in these nests while others will just hide or eat in them.


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East meets West on Culture Day Asiphe Tsolo

On Thursday, 6 September, our campus celebrated Cultural Day which was held near the Big Lapa. All the residences had to choose an international culture that they wanted to represent. With the theme being East meets West, things were bound to be interesting indeed. The countries being chosen were India, which was represented by Santrust; Australia, which was represented by Vergelegen; Jamaica, which was represented by Longfellow; Italy, which was represented by Acacia and China, which was represented by Oryx. Other countries were Ghana, represented by Thuthuka; and Nigeria, represented by Jasmyn. The international student’s society was also in attendance and represented America and China. The different residences were competing with each other to see who best represented the culture of the country that they chose. The program of the day included the decoration of the stalls according to the cultures of each country, having the people from the different residences wearing the clothes from the cultures that they were representing, as well as the cooking of food from the different countries. From the chili spices of India, to the kangaroo stews of Australia as well as the banko of Ghana; the participants sure went out to impress. The day was attended by staff as well as the students. Direc-

tor of Academic Administration, Neels Vermeulen, also came to show his support at the event. Vermeulen stressed the importance of knowing cultures from across the world instead of focusing on South African cultures alone, as he was quoted saying, “it is important for us to learn of other cultures since knowing about other cultures helps us understand them better, and this goes a long way in incorporating international students into the student social life and also helps curb xenophobia.�

The event started with the decoration of stalls and then the judges came to assess the stalls. The judges also tasted the food. After the judging of the stalls, the day ended with the different groups performing for the crowd. The winners were: Faranani won for the best food Longfellow won for best stall Oryx won for attire and performance The overall winners were Thuthuka.



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A day with Mr and Miss NWU Vaal William George & Malenyalo Molemane

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Campus plays host to Wheels at the Vaal Vintage and Steam Festival Annette Willemse Photos by: Corrie Steyn

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than to spend a day next to the magnificent Vaal River? The Vaal Triangle Campus of the NorthWest University (NWU Vaal) recently played host to the annual Wheels at the Vaal Vintage and Steam Festival and afforded motor enthusiasts from across the country the opportunity to marvel at the golden era of motoring, mechanical and design ingenuity as well as the passion associated with the restoration of vintage automobiles. The festival took place on August 31 and September 1 and was organised by the Vaal Old Wheels Motor Club. The NWU Vaal hosted the event in 2013 for the 8th time. Apart from a large variety of food stands, a beer tent and a festive atmosphere, festival goers were treated to demonstrations of working vintage steam engines; exhibitions of new cars and motorcycles as well as staunch old vendors; merchants and service suppliers ranging from the antique and rare to the quant and quirky. The annual static engine exhibition remains a highlight of the festival. Static engines date back to the early 1900s and were initially used by farmers, among other things to pump water and generate power. Later they were used in factories as part of the manu-

facturing process. One of the better known brands of static engines, Lister, built engines in Vereeniging at the beginning of the previous century.

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The Library sees lots of talent at Show-Off Sally van Heerden

The annual talent show-off program took place on Friday 23 August in the library. The standard of the competition is higher every year and I want to congratulate all the participants on their performance, and especially the winners in the competition. The Poetry was excellent. It was fun and entertaining and I am amazed by the excellent talent on Campus. The two EMCEE’s, Vuyokazi Hele and Refiloe Mashigo, did a great job in keeping the audiences attention and handling the whole event perfectly. The winners in the Singing category was: First: Nico Kriel and Charl Wannenburg Second: Mpho Thabana Third: The Excentric group The winners in the Dance Category was: First: Roselina Genu and Pule Sejanamane Second: Cassie Bila Third: Carien Trauernicht And the Winners of the Poetry category was: First: Vincent Zxazonke Second: Tshepo Twapa Third: Thato Moeng Well done all. I hope to see you again next year and invite all the talented students to keep this event in mind for 2014.



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A woman is as steadfast as a rock Annette Willemse

The campus recently celebrated Women’s Day to give thanks to and to honour the role of women in our society.

the helm of Dr Saneth Dreyer, each female staff member and student received a stone with the message ‘You are a Rock’.

With the assistance of peer helpers from Student Counselling and Development under

This was done in commemoration of the national march of women in 1956 to petition

Lecturers praised for new book Annette Willemse Photo by: Sesethu Nyokana

It has been labelled as an interdisciplinary reference for diverse social, economic, political and administrative issues within the African context and for the editors of the new book, ‘Public Administration in Africa: Performance and Challenges’ it represents the coming together of a cohesive study on the major issues and regions that impacts on the field of Public Administration. The editors – all staff members of the School of Basic Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the NorthWest University (NWU Vaal), are Prof. Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad, Dr. Lukamba-Muhiya Tshombe and Prof. Ernest Peprah Ababio. The publication features contributions from leading regional scholars and examines the complexities of the art of governance from a unique African perspective. Regions such as South Africa, Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius and Botswana are analysed according to various themes including colonialism, reform, poverty, economy, decentralisation, financing, media and political structures. Issues emerging policy-makers in Africa face like poverty and the denial or lack of resources are explored in the book while it furthermore analysing aspects of good government reforms. Launch The book was launched at the Vaal Triangle

against the pass laws. During the march the women sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock).

Campus Library’s annual Publishers’ Fair and saw representatives from all major publishing houses in attendance. In her address the Vice Rector, Prof Linda du Plessis said that the Vaal Triangle Campus wants to be known as a vibrant and innovative campus where students are being equipped to face the challenges of the twenty-first century. “As a university we invest a lot in the academic literacy of our undergraduate students – and since the fundamental component of academic literacy is rooted in the act of reading it is befitting that we launch this important book during the Publishers’ Fair” explained Prof Du Plessis. According to Prof Du Plessis research productivity and the production of new knowledge are the biggest factors that will contribute towards reforming South Africa from a service economy to a knowledge economjy which will improve not only our economic standing but also enhance the country’s competitiveness ranking. The Vice Rector congratulated Prof Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad, Dr Lukamba-Muhiya Tshome and Prof Ernest Ababio on their accomplishment and added that the campus community is priviledged to have them as esteemed researchers.

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Discovering who Kagiso Korae is Roche Artz

Ever heard of a male feminist? Quite unlikely, don’t you think? Kagiso Korae, third year BA (Communication) student, made it very clear that he is a feminist. He said, “Women are clearly better than men.” However, he feels that women’s voices are not heard enough in various industries. “I think women face the biggest injustices of the world just because of their gender roles.” Kagiso (whom his friends refer to as “KG”) describes himself as one who is rooted in idealism. He says, “I believe in seeing the world in ideals and striving for it.” He does, on the other hand, get carried away with his ideas. “I can sometimes go too far with my views and impose it on others.”

He pointed out that he is very outspoken with his views, “but willing to accept others’ viewpoints as valid”. Because of his hulky physical features, you’d think he is a bully. On the contrary, his friends describe him to a funloving character. From a distance, you’d think Kagiso is one of the most popular guys on campus. “I might know a lot of people, but I’m friends with few people,” he said grinning. His favourite lecturers are Annette Willemse and Naomi Du Plessis. “They are the ones that mentored me the most and gave me a different view on the field I am studying.” He appreciates all experiences he has received from campus

Vaal student making her way to France Mpho Nakana

Thanks to her background of an educated family that encouraged her to read and study, she was very active in school- in primary school she co-founded a newsletter and was the chairperson of the debating team in her former high school. In varsity she was a Supplemental Instructor (SI) and even a member of the SRC. Now she will be heading to France. Duduzile ‘Dudu’ Mkhwanazi (22) is one of twelve South African students awarded the SAFe Think Bursary sponsored by the French Embassy in South Africa. In February of this year she was endorsed by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) to be interviewed at the French Embassy for the SAFe Think Bursary programme that would fund her studies for a Masters at a French university of her choice.

and regards them as stepping stones. “When I leave, I will take all of these experiences and continue to apply them in my daily interactions.” For someone who loves sports, poetry, Japanese graphic novels and gaming, Kagiso lives by the philosophy of, “Whatever happens, happens”.

“In February I received an email from SAIIA informing me of this opportunity to study in France… I was one of ten people endorsed by them (SAIIA) to have the interview with the French Embassy,” she says. In high school she had taken part in a debate competition sponsored by the SAIIA, and that’s how they knew her. “Within three weeks after the interview I was notified that I had received the bursary.” She then had the task of applying at a French university in order to retrieve this bursary, and told us how frustrating the search was because of the language barrier and not being familiar with French learning institutions. “Professor Gouws, my supervisor and mentor, then referred me to one Professor from the University of Pretoria who had previously completed his Masters in France and he gave me a list of universities I could use. Then in May I was finally able to successfully submit


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my applications, with the help of Taty de Koke, French lecturer at Vaal, since we decided the applications had to be in French.” She was accepted into Montpellier University in the south of France for a Masters degree in Comparative Politics and Public Policy; the first African to do so. Her classes start on 23 September; and the bursary will cover tuition fees, living costs, a round trip air flight ticket across Europe, visa fees and full medical insurance for the duration of her studies. She will be leaving the country on 20 September. “It’s my first trip overseas so I’m excited, but also emotional since I’m so close to my grandmother… I plan to spend a lot of time with family before I leave.” She says that her going to France is not luck, but a result of hard work. “I was groomed and prepared for this since I was young… God put his grace on me” When she completes her Masters she plans to work for a research institute and pursue her plans of completing a PhD by the age of 26. “I want to be a diplomat for South Africa one day.” Profile: Dudu Mkhwanazi Duduzile ‘Dudu’ Mkhwanazi (22) describes herself as ‘not a typical kasi girl’ who started watching the news at the young age of 5; and read Danielle Steele novels by 9. “I decided in grade 8 that I wanted to be a journalist, so in grade 9 I was the co-founding editor of a newsletter at my former high school, Fumana Comprehensive School.” However, that all changed when she became a member and chairperson of the school’s debate society. “The world opened up to me when I took part in the Model UN Debate Competitions (sponsored by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) at Wits University). We had to represent a country and know everything about it including its allies and enemies; and then debate a topic that the United Nations was busy engaging on.” She realized here that

there was more to politics than just being ‘a leader of this or that party’; this is where her love for research grew and she decided then that she wanted to study Political Science. After completing matric she received a bursary and registered at the Vaal campus in 2009, where she majored in Public Management, Political Science and History- she was a Supplemental Instructor for the two latter modules since 2010. In 2012 she completed her Honours in Political Science. While busy with her Honours studies she received an internship at SAIIA and was elected as Constitution and Societies Officer for the 2012/2013 SRC, she chose to serve in the SRC. “Serving in the SRC was a goal I had set for myself. One day I want to analyze politics and I wanted to experience it... being in the SRC means that you’re an activist, and I needed the leadership training.” She served in the SRC until her suspension for violating her oath of office when she participated in a student protest earlier this year. Currently she works as a Research Support Assistant for the School of Basic Sciences; until her departure for France later this month.

Interesting Facts      

Enjoys scrapbooking Listens to classical music Self-confessed social media junky Claims to have watched ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ for 150 times! Is an avid reader Can speak French

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Breaking new grounds

Malehlohonolo Motloung

‘It’s not only a men’s thing, women can also do it’- Tsholofelo Chabalala Many of us perceive bodybuilding as a thing for men, but for Chabalala it is more than that. “I like to call what I am doing ‘fitness modelling’, because people attach a manly perception to bodybuilding,” she said. Tsholofelo Chabalala, a final year student in Economics and International Trade, has represented the university in a remarkable way. Chabalala joined the campus bodybuilding and fitness team two weeks before the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (IBFF) regional competition, and managed to win in two divisions. She was placed first and third for the Student’s Beach Bikini division and the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) Sedibeng Ladies Championship division, respectively. The competition was hosted by Slater Gyms for the Sedibeng region. According to Chabalala, she initially joined gym as a way to maintain balance on her social and academic life after going through what she calls a terrible heartbreak. Luckily for her, heartbreak seems to have led her into a fortunate opportunity. “It is good to focus on something which you have control over, (and) working out is something one has control over. You easily decide when to go to the gym and when to stop going. Unlike relationships, it does not depend on your emotions and sentimental attachments.” According to her, fitness and working out has become more of an addiction. One of the things that keep her motivated is the possibility of travelling around the world and being internationally recognized. She was one of those chosen to go through to the International Federation of Bodybuilders South African (IFBBSA) nationals, which were hosted between 4-7 September in Port Elizabeth. “Whether I win or not I still will be fit. So it’s a gain in either way,” she said at the time.


Chabalala is determined to carry on with the bodybuilding and fitness route for as long as her responsibilities allow her to. “Maintaining fitness is more of a lifestyle now, which I will carry forever. As for the competing part, I will stop once I am working as it will not be convenient for me to juggle between the two.” She says that people should not be stereotypical about bodybuilding and fitness. “It is not just about lifting heavy weights or about how much you go to the gym. It’s about what you do in the gym.” She is planning to pursue a Masters and Ph.D. in the future.



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Mind over matter

tive goals and above everything else, that we are in control.

Do you really think about absolutely everything you do? Are you an active participant in the day-to-day running’s of this busy life we are living? Are you present body, soul AND mind? Off the top of your head, do you remember what you ate for lunch last week? Or better yet, how you felt round about this time two weeks ago?

Just from remembering how you felt last week when you submitted your assignment, or how it felt when you realized that it’s almost the September holidays and how that would mean that you would get to go home; remembering those emotions and taking into account the actual strength you used to acquire these emotions is what mindfulness is about. Knowing what happens well enough to record it in your mind to use it for future reference. It’s pretty simple and easy to learn to do. For a period of 7 days try an exercise...record 3 meaningful events that took place on each of the 7 days, remember the strength you used to acquire the experience and also jot down why you deemed this experience meaningful and I promise that within a period of no longer than a week, you will be more appreciative and willing to take account of your day to day encounters with those around you.

Ronald Mhangani

Well, instead of bombarding you with endless amounts of questions, I’ll get straight to the point. Did you know that paying more “mind” to your day-to-day events can actually increase your mood, making you more appreciative and help amplify your level of memory, which in turn will help you better regulate your mood. Here’s how to get it right... Playing more of an active role, regulating your attention more so the level of attention you actually pay in regard to your life is referred to as having an active state of “mindfulness”. According to Dr Jonn Kabat-Zinn, a professor who specialises mainly on the topic of mindfulness, he refers to it as a state in which you pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, in a non-judgemental manner (as if your life depended on it) because it is with the help of paying attention that we get to navigate our lives and actually take an active role in ensuring that we are always linked with our prospec-

It merely takes a minute to do but the results and lessons you learn from being mindful will be useful for the rest of your life. It will teach you that no experience is too small and that you should be able to find either joy or experience from each and every one of your encounters. Your mood today can help regulate your mood tomorrow; all it take is a little more attention...

Kiss my... beehive! Ronald Mhangani

A very good friend of mine used to say, “our main purpose in life should be to live it”. She’s passed away now, but that’s a completely different story. I guess what im really trying to say is, as people sometimes we get so wrapped up in try-

ing to fit a certain mould that we actually forget to live our lives… to live in the moment, to take joy in our imperfections and to use what we have to get to where we want. Contrary to the popular stereo-

type, it isn’t just girls who are overtly self-conscious; if anything I believe we all have an element of self-consciousness within us. If you are under the impression that men couldn’t care less about how they looked and that they are more than willing to just roll out of bed and instantly look presentable or “proper”…then you don’t

17 Sep 2013 know the half of it. If that were true, why is it that most boys have mirrors in their rooms? (Speaking from experience). I have been lucky enough to be exposed to some of the most self-conscious men, possibly in all of the Vaal, but I’d rather not mention names for ‘quality control purposes’ Weather it’ s worrying about your hair or how you look, those things take just too much of our precious time away from us, not only that, but they also

Friendship Java Zwane

They say friends are the family we choose for ourselves and what we cannot help but appreciate is how they are always there when we need them. Well, at least most of the time. A friend is that person you call in the middle of the night when you find yourself struggling to fall asleep. As annoyed as you may be that they called at that time, you can’t help but answer that phone. It always turns into a heart-warming conversation. Friendship is built on trust. What happens when the trust you have for a friend is then tampered with? It’s always unfortunate that you find yourself thinking about not wanting to lose a friend. You think of all the good things they’ve done for you during the time you’ve been together. It also depends


take the fun element out of life. Often we become so attached to these things that without them we feel as though we cannot function!…so instead of worrying about what really matters, we’re busy worrying about where the next jean will come from or making it in time for that sale at that store than has a 50% off sale (checks watch) Im not trying to persuade anyone to go green or dress down, if anything I’d be the first to

35 drop my jaw, should that happen but rather I’d be happy if I could get us all to see life for what it really is…a gift, an advantage and above all a blessing…so before you put on your 6-inch heels or Vans, maybe you should acknowledge life and learn to live it regardless of your circumstances. Trust me; it will improve your mood drastically! And remember… “Life itself doesn’t impoverish anyone, it is our thoughts that do”

on the type of person you are. If you are generally a forgiving person then it becomes easier for you. But it always becomes a challenge when you forgive a person without their knowledge of what they did wrong because it means they can still do it again anytime.

to be done. It simply means that some things you are supposed to know without being told. Some things you are just not supposed to do. Of course there’s going to be ups and downs but one thing you must learn is not to try and change the other person.

It is unfortunate again that when you become friends with someone, there’s no manual as to how things are supposed

Trust and loyalty go a long way in any relationship; practice it; most abundantly.



My redeemer lives Poet: Kiki

The other side of the story Records of your marvellous glory Heavenly blows and kisses Love letters and best wishes

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All honour and praise unto you Bone deep gratitude for all that you do Even in the mist of decease I know my redeemer lives

An intimate companionship Eternally unconditional relationship Perpetual experience of your steadfast love Constant stillness - peace of a white dove Sensations of your earnest embrace Comforting assurance of your genuine grace It is a heartfelt conviction A spiritual-only comprehension The universe is the work of your art Your temple is the human heart Place of your dwelling Supernatural instrument for loving

Now you see me William George

“The closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.” – J. Daniel Atlas If you like magic, illusions, thriller and suspense, then you should go get Now You See Me released on DVD and Blu-ray in September. Now You See Me was directed by Louis Leterrier, who worked on previous films such as, The Transporter (2002), The Transporter 2 (2005) and The Incredible Hulk (2008). The film stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) playing Daniel Atlas as the illusionist, with other street magicians Merritt McKinney the mentalist, portrayed by Woody Harrelson, Henley Reeves an escapist played by Isla Fisher, and Jack Wilder played by Dave

For more information on this amazing student poet, find more on under Kiki.

Franco. They all unite to form a magic group called “The Four Horsemen”. Atlas, McKinney, Reeves and Wilder “The Four Horseman” go to Las Vegas for a magic show to ‘rob a bank’ in Paris on stage, this includes tricks and gimmicks. They perform multiple shows, while being sponsored by Arthur Tressler played by Michael Caine. Arthur Tressler is an insurance company owner, who later is robbed by the same group of magicians he has entrusted and sponsored. The Four Horseman robbed Arthur Tressler’s company “Tressler Insurance” for a reason, which is explained during their finale show. The foursome gets discovered by an FBI agent Dylan Rhodes played by Mark Ruffalo, joined by Alma Dray played by Mélanie Laurent. They both assist one another on figuring out how they, The Four Horseman, were able to

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rob a back while on stage. They meet Morgan Freeman playing Thaddeus Bradley, an exmagician who plans on making money out of exposing The Four Horseman’s magic tricks on his show. A big-twist is in the last 15 minutes of the film and a cliff-hanger in the middle of film credits leaves us with many questions unanswered. Which soon might be answered, since the film’s production company Lionsgate CEO, Jon Feltheimer confirmed that there will be a sequel of the film. Which Louis Leterrier will direct and it’s production will start in 2014. The Blu-ray release has an interesting extended version of the film, with extra 16 minutes. It also has: a behind-the-scenes and a “History of Magic”, with 30 minutes of deleted scenes.

Keep a lookout in cinema or DVD...



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Information session on post-doctoral bursaries for research in Germany: How to become an Alexander von Humboldt Scholar Presenter: Prof Hennie Strydom

(Secretary of The Alexander von Humboldt Association of Southern Africa (AHASA – South-western Chapter))

Date: 7 October 2013 Place: Senate Hall (NWU, Potchefstroom Campus) Time: 11:00-12:30 “Whether you are a young postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of your academic career, an experienced, established academic, or even a world authority in your discipline - our research fellowships and research awards offer you sponsorship tailored to you and your career situation.” Everyone welcome!

It all starts here

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Taking It On The Chin... Fairy Tale Love Ratanang Mogatusi

As kids growing up, many of us witnessed love quite differently from how we have come to experience it. We grew up exposed to fairy tales and cartoons that pretty much subliminally preached the same message. It is the message of the joy and prosperity that comes with finding true love. Be it the story of Aladdin, Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, or Snow White; and even Sleeping Beauty, all these stories tell of how a romantic love is the most powerful force in the universe. They depict that it conquers all and even goes as far as to suggest that it can break any curse. Isn’t it funny how falling in love can be so empowering, and at the same time it is so disarming? When one falls holistically and undeniably in love after finding that one person that makes you feel connected to the world, you become someone different. The feeling can be so inspiring that it makes you feel as though you can do anything; and even change the world. Ironically, it can also make one feel like all is right with the world; thereby making them see life so differently that they become overly comfortable with their circumstances at that point. If we’re not careful, we can even detach ourselves from the rest of the world because we begin to feel as though our significant other is all we need truly need. A person in love then has to face the challenge of learning to walk the fine line that could soon define them as a casualty of love, or a as a conqueror that draws strength from the miracle that is finding love. It is not easy to find love that is true. Nor is it easy to stay in it. Making it last requires genuine adoration of the other party and devotion to a relationship that we’re not always comfortable with investing our hearts in. The risk seldom seems worth it, and it quiet often isn’t. However, when it is true, nothing can hold in comparison to it. It is for this reason that although it is sometimes scary falling in love, so

many of us are still in love with the idea off falling in love. I believe in fairy tales. I believe in a magic between two people that is so strong it cannot be shaken by lies, nor barely tainted by sin. A love that is truer than I can put in words. It fuels hope and births joy so divine it seems lost in stories we have only come to know as tall tales. A passion so great that it not only makes one want to become someone better; but actually moves you to do so. These are affections so complex that we are blessed to be capable of them; and we should most certainly cherish the seldom occurrences when we are fortunate to experience them. Furthermore, we should learn to draw strength from them when times are tough and the future looks bleak. By God’s mercy and grace, each one of us hopes to someday truly know it. And in an ideal world, we all would; for each and every one of us in some way deserves to know.



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Spring... Fashion guide 101 Annelize de Lange

Finally! Something to get excited about… Say goodbye to your WINTER clothes and get out your ADVENTURE COMPASS… because with the right outfit everyday can be an adventure and LUCKILY… Student 24/7 is your guide to make every day this spring a fashionable adventure!


#3Peek-a-boo pieces Did anyone say date night… This spring you won’t have any problem finding something irresistible to wear. Sheer fabrics were all over the runway and the beauty of trend? There is a sheer fabric for every body shape.

#1 The Bermuda Shorts They were all over the New York runways… These slouchy-cool-girl shorts are perfect for every girl. Whether you want to pull off those cheek-baring cutoffs((Very beloved on instagram)… These shorts are ultra chic, flattering and seriously what’s not to love?? #4 Trendy sunglasses Add a runway feel to your everyday basics. Pick up a pair of OMG-WORTHY SUNGLASSES.

#2 Black and white Does your typical easter egg colours come to mind?... You know happy go lucky maybe even floral colours? BUT not this spring… This season designers put the emphasis on strong black and white looks. It is appropriate to wear all year round and easily to pull off at e v ery budget. This is the definition of wearable.

#5 Sporty summer dresses Spring sporty dresses- This will certainly distract quite a few dudes this spring… And this is a GUARENTEE! They are lovable because they go with everything!! Wedges, Heels, Flats and even sneakers



Guys… don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about you!! Every guy needs a bit of help, and here are a few tips to SWOOSH up your everyday look!!

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#4 HATS A very fun way to add a runway trend to your everyday basics!! Be creative boys!!

#1 The blazer Add that formal-I’m-the-guy look to your everyday outfits!!! Blazers are fun and give you the edge to play around with other fierce trends as well

#2 The multi-colour tie Bringing back the nerd,,, with a collar top this is a definite must this spring!

#3 Shorts Like always it is so fun to play around with these, you can look extra classy with above mentioned, or if you are more of a plain guy, add a bold colour golf tee and round this look of with a pair of sandals

#5 Colour-me-crazy The days when guys were only allowed to wear a few colours are something of the past!! All over the runways we saw guys in multi-colour outfits, so be bold and express yourself in every colour!!

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Recovery Month... • The act or process of regaining or repossession of something lost. • A return to normal health. • A return to former status. • Renewed growth after a slump/financially (economy) The month of September is considered as a month of bloom, recovery of all flowers and green grass leaves at first hand. In that case, let’s all take the theory into practice and form guidelines for nothing less than a total personality transformation. The following is a description of the process on how one can bloom into the summer season. The fact that it is described in a linear fashion is straightforward , because the steps are experienced both simultaneously and in a circular manner. Although the same process is applicable to recovery from addiction to a substance (e.g. alcohol, drugs, food) or a compulsion, such as gambling, debting, or caretaking, the focus of this article is on alcohol and drug addiction and the family members in a codependent relationship with the alcoholic or addict. Facing the Problem The beginning of recovery is acknowledging that there is a problem involved. It may be drugs, alcohol etc., there is help outside oneself, and the willingness to utilize it. This also represents the very beginning of trust in something beyond oneself (such as a therapist, sponsor, or the program), and the opening up of a closed family system. Invariably, it takes years to face the problem. With growing understanding of the problem, denial further thaws. In Step 1: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives have become unmanageable”. The addict begins to understand she or he is powerless over the drugs or alcohol, and the codependent begins to understand that she or he cannot control the substance abuser. The struggle not to drink and the codependent’s vigilant watching the addict begin to slip away. Gradually, atten-


tion starts to shift from the substance, and, for the codependent, the substance abuser, to focus on oneself. There are deeper levels of working the first step. The first stage of coming out of denial is to acknowledge that there is a problem; second, that it is a life-threatening problem over which one is powerless; and third, that actually the problem lies in one’s own attitudes and behavior. Surrender The acknowledgment of powerlessness leaves a void, which formerly was filled with mental and physical activity trying to control and manipulate the addiction or the addict. Feelings of anger, loss, emptiness, boredom, depression, and fear arise. The emptiness that was masked by the addiction is now revealed. It is an awesome realization when you acknowledge that you or your loved one has a life-threatening addiction over which you are powerless, subject only to a daily reprieve. Now, with a modicum of trust, one acquires a willingness to turn to a power beyond oneself. This is step 2: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In the book Alcoholics Anonymous, it states: “Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power — that One is God.” (p. 59). That power can also be a sponsor, therapist, the group, the therapy process or a spiritual power. Reality itself becomes a teacher, as one is asked to continually “turn over” (to that Power) an addiction, people, and frustrating situations. The ego gradually relinquishes control, as one begins to trust that Power, the



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This is the practice of “letting go” and “turning it over.” As faith builds, so does the ability to let go and move toward more functional behavior.

growth process, and life as well. Self-Awareness What has been happening up until now is an increasing awareness and observation of one’s dysfunctional behavior and addiction(s) – what is referred to as “insanity” in the Second Step. This crucial development signifies the genesis of an observing ego. Now one begins to exercise some restraint over addictive and undesirable habits, words, and deeds. The Program works behaviorally as well as spiritually. Abstinence and forbearance from old behavior are accompanied by anxiety, anger and a sense of loss of control. New, preferable attitudes and behavior (often called “contrary action”) feel uncomfortable, and arouse other emotions, including fear and guilt. From a Jungian perspective, one’s “complexes” are being challenged: “Every challenge to our personal habit patterns and accustomed values is felt as nothing less than the threat of death and extinction of our selves. Invariably such challenges evoke reactions of defensive anxiety.” (Whitmont, p. 24) Group support is important in reinforcing new behavior, because the emotions triggered by these changes are very powerful and can retard and even arrest recovery. Additionally, resistance is experienced from self, family, and friends for the very same reasons. The anxiety and resistance may be so great that the addict or abuser may go back to drinking or using. There is help in Step 3: “We…turn our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.”

Inventory and Building Self-Esteem Now with a bit more ego awareness, self-discipline, and faith, one is ready to review one’s past in Step 4. It requires a thorough examination (an “inventory”) of one’s experiences and relationships with a view toward uncovering patterns of dysfunctional emotions and behavior, called “character defects.” Whether in therapy or with a sponsor, disclosure of the inventory in Step 5 aids development of self-esteem and an observing ego. One gains more objectivity and self-acceptance, and guilt, resentments, and paralyzing shame begin to dissolve. With it goes the false self, self-loathing and depression. For some, this process may also involve recalling childhood pain, which is the beginning of empathy for oneself and others. Self-Acceptance and Transformation Acknowledgment of one’s behavior patterns is not enough to change them. This will not happen until they can be replaced with healthier skills, or until the benefit derived from the old behavior is removed. Old habits become increasingly painful, and no longer work. This process is described in Step 6: “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” It underscores the psychological process of personal transformation that evolves throughout recovery, and represents a further development of self-acceptance, the key to change. As long as one tries to change, and blames oneself in the process, no movement occurs – not until one gives up. Then one is “entirely ready.” Step 6 asks that one give up control and ego clinging, and look for a source beyond oneself. Then, it’s suggested to take Step 7: “Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.” There’s a parallel in Jungian therapy, where a critical point is reached: “We then discover to our dismay that our attempts to solve (our problems) by an effort of will avails us nothing, that our good intentions, as the saying goes, merely pave the way to

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the Self, increases honesty and awareness, improves mood, promotes new behavior, and reduces the anxiety accompanying change. Building tolerance for the experience of emptiness supports the Self, as old behavior and ego structures fall away.

hell…conscious effort are indispensable but do not get us far enough in our really critical areas…A resolution of this seemingly hopeless impasse eventually occurs by virtue of the awareness that the ego’s claim of a capacity to control rests on an illusion…Then we have come to a point of acceptance that initiates a fundamental transformation of which we are the object, not the subject. Transformation of our personality occurs in us, upon us, but not by us… The point of hopelessness, the point of no return, then is the turning point.” (Whitmont, pp. 307-308) Compassion for Others The review of one’s shortcomings reveals one’s effect on others, and awakens empathy for those harmed. Steps 8 and 9 suggest that one make direct amends to them – a further step in building a more solid self, humility, compassion, and self-esteem. Tools for Growth Recovery and spiritual growth are a continual process. The 12 Steps provide daily tools. Step 10 recommends a continual inventory and prompt amends as necessary. This builds awareness and responsibility for one’s behavior and attitudes, and maintains peace of mind. Step 11 recommends m e d i t a tion and prayer. This strengthens

Step 12 recommends doing service and working with others, and practicing these principles in all our affairs. This Step develops compassion and lessens self-centeredness. Communicating to others what we have learned is selfreinforcing. It also reminds us that spirituality cannot be practiced in only one segment of our lives, without contamination from other areas. For example, dishonesty in any area undermines serenity and self-esteem, affecting all of one’s relationships. Thumbs UP to a fresh start - Happy Summer Season*

Pearl Mavunda A Million Miles From Normal



A note from the Sports Ed...

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The NWU Vaal ladies team finished a respectable second position after winning hardfought matches against their counterparts from Mafikeng and Lichtenburg Dunkers, before playing second fiddle in the final against the strong Botswana Police team. The men’s team finished third after strong performances, winning 2 games and losing the other two games. The team was unlucky to lose against Lichtenburg after going down by a solitary point. According to Frans Matloga, coach of the NWU Vaal A-team, there were also undesirable problems with transport. “We would like to bring attention to the fact that we were very disappointed with the kind of bus we were supplied with. It was in was in a bad condition, hence all our players felt sick on our return,” he said.

NWU Vaal Basketball A-team get last laugh at Vaal River Carnival

The NWU Vaal men’s basketball A-team recently won their first tournament, after winning the Vaal River Carnival tournament in Evaton. NWU Vaal beat Score Webb 58-34 in an exciting final. NWU Vaal recently competed in two high profile tournaments, with the other tournament taking place at NWU Mafikeng Campus. The tournament occurred on 10 August where they were pitted up against, Botswana Police, Dr Kenneth Kaunda Selection team, Mafikeng Campus and the Lichtenburg Dunkers.

The Vaal River Carnival tournament was played on the 24th and 25th August 2013 at Evaton Mafatsane sport complex. The A-team won all their matches and was deserved winners of the tournament. Ernest Masimini, who plays shooting guard for NWU Vaal scores the most points in the tournament, and was voted as the player of the tournament by all the coaches present. He is surely a star to look out for in the future. NWU Vaal basketball is booming, with a crop of talented players and coaching staff. They are doing exceptionally well considering this is their first year as a full team. Check out their Facebook page at: https:// Mafikeng results: Ladies results

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1. NWU Vaal 35 points vs. NWU Mafikeng 29 points 2. Botswana Police 59 points vs. NWU Vaal 13 points 3 Dr Kenneth Kaunda Region Selection 24 points vs. NWU Vaal 27 points 4. Lichtenburg Dunkers 17 points vs. NWU Vaal 26 points Semifinal Final: Botswana Police 56 points - NWU Vaal 15 points Men’s results 1. DR. KENNETH KAUNDA REGION 35 points VS. NWU Vaal 56 points 2. LICHTENBURG DUNKERS 46 points VS. NWU Vaal 45 points 3. NWU MAFIKENG 39 points VS. NWU Vaal 59 points 4. BOTSWANA POLICE 48 points VS. NWU Vaal 43 points Semifinal


Vaal River Carnival results: RESULTS FOR TEAM A 1. SCORE WEBB 27 points vs. NWU VAAL 39 points. 2. NWU VAAL 56 points vs. BLACK PANTHERS 16 points 3. BLACK PANTHERS 20 points vs. NWU VAAL 55 points ( SEMI-FINALS ) 4. SCORE WEBB 34 points vs. NWU VAAL 58 points ( FINALS ) RESULTS FOR TEAM B 1. NWU VAAL 19 points VS. BLACK PANTHERS 44 points 2. ANGOLA 30 points VS. NWU VAAL 20 points



NWU and TUT share spoils Mangaliso Maduna

NWU kept their hopes of qualifying for the USSA Championships alive when they came back from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw in a hard fought battle against TUT. The game was of utmost importance to NWU because nothing less than a win or a draw would put their qualification under threat. The mandate was clear to the players, go out there and fight for the honour and pride of NWU. The home supporters were in a frenzy state, they had come out in numbers to rally behind their team and without a doubt the game looked set to produce astounding fireworks. The opening ten minutes were rather monotonous and did not live up to expectations as both teams’ reluctance to attack each other killed the momentum of the game which made the game directionless. TUT were the first to pose a threat after an NWU defender erroneously slipped and gave the ball away but were denied by the brilliance of the NWU keeper.

TUT continued to build up nice passes from the wings and kept NWU at bay most of the time. Slowly but surely NWU were starting to regain their mojo. The game was equally balanced now with both teams firing shots on target. TUT were denied an opener after their striker was left unmarked in the 18yard area but failed to capitalise his chance as the ball went wide instead. NWU also got their fair share of chances but were denied by the woodwork on two occasions. TUT would finally break the deadlock with five minutes to go into the half-time after their holding midfielder unleashed a thunderous shot and left the keeper in pieces to give TUT the early advantage. TUT went into the half in the driving seat.   The second half resumed in a fancy fashion with NWU making tactical changes with a view of beefing up their manpower in front of goal with the

17 Sep 2013 introduction of two strikers. The coach decided to sacrifice a defensive midfielder and brought attacking-minded players to increase goal-scoring opportunities. NWU wasted no time and made their intensions clear with few shots on target. Their defence was now disciplined and their midfield was starting to connect with the strikers and one could see that the equalizing goal seemed imminent. It seemed like all odds were against NWU as they did everything by the book and the only thing that was eluding them was finding the back of the net. It is true when they say “adversity brings the best out of your opponents” and this became testament as NWU ‘s hard work would finally pay off in the dying minutes of the game after a second half substitute smashed the ball in the back of the net and kept NWU ‘s hopes of qualifying for the championships alive. All that is needed from the boys is to win all their remaining games against UP and UJ if they are to book their spot in December games.

Sports awards: Another success story

Archibold Bojosi

The 2013 Sports awards were held on Friday 16th at the Big Lapha courtesy of the sports department. It was a time to honour those specific individuals who exceled in their respective sporting codes. They were awarded for their bravery, charisma, commitment and their heroic displays throughout the course of the year. These are men and women who stood above the rest and represented the NWU badge with pride.

In our midst were honorary guest Prof Thanyani Mariba and Mr. J. Simango. The event started on high note after an inspiring introductory speech from the campus head of sports Mr. Seun McCallaghan and harmoniously welcomed everyone present. He congratulated the big winners and thanked everyone from coaches, players and spectators who contributed in ensuring that different sporting codes are a success. He also highlighted the impact of sport in unifying people with different ethnici-

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ties and nationalities but voiced his disappointment in lack of spectatorship from students. First on the agenda was the presentation of certificates to students in different sporting codes ranging from dance to volleyball. For the second year running volleyball team were crowned the best team of the USSA competition. Team of the year went to the bodybuilding team. However, the most fascinating award was the sportsman of the year due to the fact that it was a shared accolade. Both Bennie Ferreira and Jason Yawa were honoured for their discipline and commitment both on and off the field. Other surprises included the omission of the sports woman of the year award as the sports department felt that there were no ideal women who were outstanding in the current campaign. The list of winners is as follows: Chess player of the year: Ingret Poopa Bodybuilder of the year: Jason Yawa USSA Rugby player of the year: Juandre Alberts USSA 7’s player of the year: Carel Goss Male cricketer player of the year: Bennie Ferreira Dancer of the year: Lindiwe Roselinah Genu Netball player of the year: Melicia Sauer Hockey player of the year: Liandi Janse van


Vuuren Ladies soccer player of the year: Seipati Motsau Male soccer of the year: Teboho Sepato Achievement of the year: Wikus Botha Team of the year: Bodybuilding Sport man of the year: Bennie Ferreira/ Jason Yawa Coach of the year: Raphael Ntumba



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Action Man: The man behind the new look of the NWU Football Club Mangaliso Maduna

Change is not always received well in any aspect of life, more especially when it seeks to improve that which had reached a point of demise or even worse declined. Thomas Thema is the change the in the NWU Soccer office, do read on as he introduces himself and changes his since brought. Personal level * Could you tell us more about who Thomas Thema is? I was born in Limpopo, and I come from Turfloop, I am currently Soccer Manager-cumcaretaker Coach of North West University Vaal Campus Football Club and also the head coach of University Sports South Africa and I recently participated in the SAB U-21 League in preparation for Uruguay FIFA 100 years of FIFA affiliation World Championships to take place in December. *When did sport bug hit you? I have always loved and played football, I intended to be a lawyer and actually studied Law in my first year but later changed to sport management as I felt I could offer more and I have always had a liking for football governance. *What motivates you every morning? That God has given me another day, I am driven by my passion and really by my goals ought I to achieve.

The Soccer Manager *What is your mandate? To solidify the NWU F.C structure internally, externally and also to make the brand more appealing to students and the community.

*As a soccer manager what changes have you made and kindly tell us what you found on our arrival? To be honest when I started there was nothing, the team was run by the coaches and players, something I changed and took full control of operations. I gave back Sailor FC to its rightful owner which is a franchise playing in the South African Breweries (SAB) league, terminated the assistant coach’s contract and introduced some Sport Science students from our own campus in our technical team as a way of providing them with experience. * What have been your highlights and lowlights? Great colleagues, they have helped me settle in quicker especially my superior Mr. Sean Mcallaghan as his support has been pivotal and is a very knowledgeable person. Lowlights would be NWU F.C not fully capturing the students’ attention as supporters but it is work in progress. *What is your vision for the team? It is to provide entertainment for the students on and off the field and also for the commu-

nity. To get the campus close to the community as NWU is not known that much which is a sad reality we aim to change and to help unify society as it’s a role I believe we should play whilst also providing sport opportunities. * What are some of the practical changes you have made towards the first teams? More balls and for the first time a training kit and consistency in how we operate. *How have your changes been received? The coaches had some uncertainty which is normal in football and the players have been very supportive to and have adapted to my style. *Why did you see it fit to terminate the partnership between NWU and Sailor F.C? I want the University to own its own club, hence we will later buy a recognizable franchise in the National Third Division the Vodacom League as its known because we want to do things our own way and from scratch which will afford the Vaal Triangle area its own football club after the now defunct Vaal Professionals F.C which was based in Vereeniging.

*As a campus how essential is it for you to buy a football franchise? Highly essential as it will give the Vaal area and its people a football club of its own basically something they can be

17 Sep 2013 proud and patriot of. It will also bring our campus on the same level as your WITS, UJ, and U.Ps who own their franchises, remember our sister campus in Mafikeng has a franchise in the North West league, a Soccer Instuite and the main campus in Potchefstroom has its own franchise so Vaal deserves one too. It will open doors whilst also create employment. Organizations, businessmen, politicians and big companies will also consider sponsoring the team once all is sorted. *NWU Football F.C will be taking a break from all competitive leagues except for the University Sport South Africa (U.S.S.A) Football men and women leagues, why the decision? This decision will give us an opportunity to work on our internal restructuring and really stabilizing the team before getting back to competing as we want deal with everything. We are surely avoiding taking short cuts as their effects are much longer and disastrous. The AssistantCoach *Talk about doubling up, your impact on the results of the club on


the field are almost a replica of the work you have been doing in the soccer office, which one do you love coaching or managing? I came here to manage but because I did not like how certain things were being done I vowed to assist in helping the team to be become a force to be reckoned with. *A team on the rise surely, it was 6 months in the job and you had managed to coach the team perform consistently in the U.S.S.A qualifiers and in June the campus for the first time saw 4 players from the men’s football team selected for the SAB Provincial Team?

51 Yes I was happy for the boys and the future looks bright. *The recent game against University of Pretoria didn’t take place due to a late arrival from NWU F.C but U.P knew about it; can you tell us when it will be sorted? Yes the meeting will take place during the week of September 9 2013, and we hope to play soon and a win will mean a first U.S.S.A qualification for the Vaal Campus. *What is your message to the students on campus? For them to support the team and their fellow students.NWU Kaofela



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