Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

6 November

Congratulations to Jason Cross and Nicholas Jordaan for winning the2016 Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge.

This competition is the first phase of the 2016 imaginecup and was fiercely contested by teams from across the entire world. They were crowned as the “2016 Big Idea: Pitch Winners” in the Game Design category, for their game idea entitled “Dragons and Sheep”.

Once again, you have made us very proud!

You can view their pitch video at



5 November

Congratulations to Razell Mohamed, a 3rd year BEd student, who recently won two gold medals at the Destiny Championships 2015. The tournament focuses on various types of martial arts.

Destiny is the annual NMA/ISKA National championships and is attended by teams from all over the world with an average attendance of about 1100 competitors and several thousands of spectators over the two days of competition.

Well done Razell!



4 November

Congratulations to Koyisa Mgedezi and Emmanuel Ferreira, two 3rd year Forestry students at the George Campus, who were invited by the Federal Russian Federation, via the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), to participate in a contest in Russia recently.

They had to prepare a report on their involvement in a research project and present the report at the contest in Russia. The purpose of the contest was to encourage cooperation among young people of different countries to develop their environment-oriented awareness, to support student initiatives in protection, conservation and regeneration of world forest resources at local and global levels and to share knowledge in forest management, environment and practical experiences.

Twenty six countries participated and 35 presentations were made. Koyisa’s report was on Phytoremediation (the use of trees to extract pollutants from mine dumps) and earned her the overall third place while Emmanuel’s report dealt with a comparison between mechanised and manual tree planting which received special recognition.

Well done on flying the NMMU flag high against other countries.



2 November

Congratulations to the South African men’s and women’s national hockey teams who clinched the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championship titles in Johannesburg yesterday.

The SA men edged Egypt 4-2 in a dramatic final while the SA ladies overcame Ghana 3-0 in the morning.

We are particularly proud of Human Movement Sciences student, Ignatius Malgraff who was once again part of the SA Men’s Team.

Well done Ignatius!


21 October

Congratulations to BTech QS graduate, Leonard Wright, who was awarded the Gold Medal Award by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) at a prestigious Gala dinner function in Bloemfontein this week.

He obtained the highest marks  in the country in the BTech QS programme.

The award was handed over by the President of the ASAQS, Bert van der Heever, as part of the SACQSP conference.

Well done Leonard!



20 October

Congratulations to staff and honours students of the Department of Quantity Surveying who won all the awards at the recent 8th Annual Quantity Surveying Research Conference held in Bloemfontein.

Sinenhlanhla Ntuli won the following awards for her presentation entitled “Quantity Surveyors’ ethical behaviour” (Co-authored by Prof Gerrit Crafford)

o    The Aecom best presentation and innovation paper award

o    The ASAQS best overall first time presenter award

o    The LimCo best youth woman presentation paper award

o    The Leon Cronje best overall youth presentation U/35 paper award

  • Joshua Young, Sharon Dent and Gerrit Crafford won the Quantum best transformation and sustainability paper award for their paper entitled “The role of the Quantity Surveyor in the green building process”. Sharon and Gerrit  also won the Pentad best academic paper award for their paper entitled “Predicting quantity surveying students’ performance”

The Department of Quantity Surveying will be hosting the 9th Annual Quantity Surveying Research Conference in 2016.

In the photo: Staff members and students attending the conference from L to R: Roy Cumberlege (HoD: Quantity Surveying), Christelle Bown (Part-time lecturer), students Roxy Malan , Sean Vianello , Sinenhlanhla Ntuli , Jacobus van Vuuren, Sharon Dent (lecturer), Joshua Young (student) and Prof Gerrit Crafford (Department’s Research coordinator).

Great achievement everyone!



19 October

Congratulations to Communication & Stakeholder Liaison who won four awards for outstanding performance among marketing and communication practitioners in higher and further education in South Africa. The gala Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) Excellence Awards event took place in Durban last week.

The #Climb4NMMU Campaign won an Excellence Award and its category and merit awards were received for our external publication InTouch, our 2015 closing date recruitment campaign and our 10-year website.



13 October

Congratulations to Euan Martins, a Bachelor of Nursing Science student, who has been recognised as an immerging young student leader in the Nursing field and selected to represent NMMU and South Africa at the STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International) Biennial Convention which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from 7 to 11 of November 2015.

It is the 43rd biennial conference and he will become inaugurated into the organisation as a member.

The theme for the Convention is to Serve Locally, Transform Regionally and Lead Globally.

Well done Euan, you make us very proud!



6 October

Congratulations to the NMMU The Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter who successfully played host to 19 branches, totalling more than 100 delegates from various universities across the country, at its annual general meeting over the weekend.

NMMU’s Nathi Dwayi has been elected as its national Deputy President (pictured right with President Daniel Hammond). He is also the former Chairperson of the NMMU BLA branch, and current SRC Law Rep.


2 October

Congratulations to Mikaela Oosthuizen, a second year BA MCC Vice Chancellor's Scholar who has been selected as one of 25 national semi-finalists for Miss SA 2016 and is currently in Johannesburg for further judging and workshops.

After winning the title of Miss SA Teen in 2010, making her the youngest title holder ever and the first from Port Elizabeth, Mikaela is hoping to make history by becoming the first person to win both the Miss SA Teen and Miss SA title.

Mikaela is the daughter of Business Management’s Nadine Oosthuizen and the granddaughter of retired staff member, Mabel van Vliet.

Let's show our support for her on social media throughout her #RoadToMissSA:

- Twitter: @smilemikaela @official_misssa #MissSA2016

- Instagram: @mikaela_oosthuizen @officialmisssa #MissSA2016

- Facebook: like the "Mikaela Oosthuizen" public figure Facebook page and comment on her semi-finalist photo on the Official Miss SA Facebook page"



28 September

Congratulations to our NMMU Microbrewery team who did very well in the 2015 SAB Intervarsity Brewing Competition held recently.

Of the five categories, NMMU placed in two, achieving 2nd place in the Carling Black Label Lager Award with their lager named “The Nelson” and 3rd place in the  Castle Milk Stout Winter Warmer category with their “Red Mistress”. The Nelson also placed second in the overall best brew of the competition.

Well done guys!

In the photo from left to right: Dale Annear – BSc Honours (Microbiology), Ned Camille – MSc (Biochemistry), Kenneth Oosthuizen – Technical staff member (Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology), William Fewell – PhD (Biochemistry), Richard Davis – BEd student and team captain Stephen Clarke – PhD (Biochemistry).



23 September

Congratulations to Zilondiwe Goge, a 3rd year BA Psychology student and 2014 BtC graduate who has been elected as Vice-Chairperson of PsySSA (the Psychological Society of South Africa) student division for 2016 at the recent PsySSA annual congress that took place in Johannesburg recently.

Zilondiwe is the current NMMU Psychology Society chairperson and Veritas Residence Secretary.

Well done!



22 September

Let’s get behind NMMU music graduate, Amanda Anthony, who has reached the Top 10 in the Idols SA competition. The standard this season is extremely high and Amanda is certainly doing us proud!

To vote for Amanda, SMS 03 to 37400 or dial *120*33033#. You can also vote for free on WeChat or the Idols website, at or via the M-Net app #IdolsSA #IdolsAmanda



21 September

Congratulations to Agriculture and Game Management’s Prof Pieter van Niekerk who was elected as president of the Confederation of Hunters’ Associations of South Africa (CHASA) at their September meeting. He served as CHASA chairman from 2007 to 2012 and has now been elected as their President.

CHASA is a national umbrella body for hunters and has 21 member association country-wide. CHASA fulfills functions such as liaison at national level with relevant government departments, SA Police Services, conservation bodies, game ranchers, professional hunters and other stakeholders in the hunting and conservation fields. The local hunting industry contributes in the order of R5,5 billion to the economy annually and is therefore essential that the interests of local hunters be protected and promoted at national level to ensure that this growing industry remains strong and vibrant.



17 September

Congratulations to the Financial Aid Office staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment which has significantly benefited our students during 2015.

An audit of bursary resources, along with a review of financial aid systems was carried out nationally to seek the most strategic and efficient approach to the annual distribution of student financial aid funding.

An MoU was concluded with NSFAS with service level agreements being implemented. By implementing these systems and controls, the University was able to assist more than 1 100 students - originally approved but not funded -  with NMMU's NSFAS allocation.

NSFAS regards NMMU as the benchmark in governing and distribution of the national funding it receives annually as part of pilot scheme.



7 September

Congratulations to NMMU Alumnus, Judy Sikuza who has made history as the first Mandela Rhodes Scholar to hold a senior position in the Mandela Rhodes Foundation where she was recently appointed as Programme Director.

Judy holds a BA in Psychology (Cum Laude) from NMMU as well as an Honours degree in Industrial/Organisational Psychology and was a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the Class of 2007.

Judy also holds an MA in Organisational Psychology (with distinction) from Columbia University in New York City, which she completed as a Fulbright Scholar.


NMMU Alumni – proudly flying the flag!


2 September

Congratulations to Prof Madéle Tait, Head of Department: Marketing Management who has launched the second South African adaptation of the world-famous book Principles of Marketing by Philip Kotler (seen as the “Father of Marketing”) and Gary Armstrong in Cape Town.

The book was launched at the 27th Southern Africa Management Scientists Conference (SAIMS) at UCT on Monday. Prof Tait, who is the South African editor of this book, addressed the audience  where after Dr Casper Kruger (in the photo) the Vice-President: Sales and Dealer Network of Toyota South Africa, delivered a key note address.

We are proud of you Madéle!



1 September

Congratulations to Computing Sciences students (left to right) Michael McQuirk, James de Klerk, Genisha Sadanand and Simon Urban who came third in the national Standard Bank IT Challenge. This is the first time ever that NMMU has been in the top three. They each won a computer monitor and R10 000 for the department.

The Challenge aims to show both programming ability and teamwork with limited resources. The competition is conducted in two phases.  The first phase, known as the Heats, occurs during the first semester.  The heats is a local competition held in the computer labs of each of the participating universities.  A representative of Standard Bank is present at each venue. 

The second phase occurs in the second semester. The best teams (from the heats) form the nine best performing universities are flown to Johannesburg to participate in the finals.  The nine universities who took part in the finals this year were: UCT, SU, UP, RU, UKZN, WITS, NMMU, UWC, and NWU.  At the end of the 6 hour competition the NMMU team came third with UCT and Wits placing first and second.

Well done!


28 August

Four NMMU nursing students and members of the Nursing Society represented our university at the annual Fundisa conference recently  where the South African Nursing Students’ Association (SANSA) was formed.

This organisation is nationally recognised and will bring about great changes within the nursing profession. Euan Martins (Chairperson of NURSO at NMMU) was elected as deputy secretary of the organisation.


Left to right NURSO Members – Euan Martins, Kamva Jokozela and Vuyisile Skarfu. In the front is  Vuyolwethu Yona.



27 August

Madibaz Athletics top Athlete, Anaso Jobodwana will compete in the 200m final at the IAAF World Championships this afternoon in Beijing.

Yesterday he qualified with an excellent personal best time of 20.01 in second position after Usian Bolt in the semi-final.

His race will be broadcast live on DStv channel 206 at 14:55 today.

We are delighted that he will be in action at NMMU on 30 September. Watch this space!

We are right behind you Anaso – fly the flag high.



25 August

Congratulations to three of our Nedbank Madibaz swimmers who have been selected for the SA swim team to participate at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo next month.  All three of them currently are currently 1st years, and will complete in the team with the likes of Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh.

Well done to (left to right) Alaric Basson, Edward Johannisen and Alard Basson – we are very proud of you all.



20 August

Congratulations to our NMMU Ballroom & Latin Dancing team who took part at the recent intervarsity Ballroom and Latin-American Dancing Nationals.

Our dancers achieved final placing’s in 14 of the 16 sections that were entered, and semi-final positions in all 16 of the sections.

The NMMU team won  two silver and three gold medals for individual couples and in the overall results, they achieved 4th place for the Team Match Medley, 3rd place overall on points and were winners of the Raucous Rose Spirit Cup for the second time in a row.

Well done to all!



17 August

Congratulations to Prof Janine Adams from the Botany Department who was recently awarded a Silver medal at the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS) conference held in the Drakensberg.

According to the SASAqS Constitution, a Silver medal “shall be awarded irregularly in recognition of the exceptionally high standard of a specific piece of research in the aquatic sciences or of the exceptionally high standard of a particular contribution to the management, conservation or development of aquatic ecosystems or resources”.

Since its inception in 1985 only eight Silver medals have been awarded.

We are indeed proud of Prof Adams!



13 August

Congratulations to Professor Rossouw von Solms (Head of the Institute for ICT Advancement at NMMU) and his daughter Dr Suné von Solms, who received the Best Paper Award at the recent International Institute of Information and Systemics Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Suné works as a researcher at the Defence, Protection, Safety & Security (DPSS) Unit of the CSIR.

Their paper was entitled Cyber Safety Education in Developing Countries.

Well done!

In the photo: Rossouw (left ) with Dr Nagib Callaos (General Chair) and Suné.



11 August

Congratulations to our NMMU music students who were selected for the South African National Wind Ensemble recently. They performed in Potchefstroom and Johannesburg during July.

Back: Tiago Vital and Erle Felkers
Front: Tian Uys, Caryn Pretorius and Paulo Putigna.
Phil Karp was absent for the photograph.

Well done!



6 August

Congratulations once again to 2nd year Interior Design student, Shane Kemp who recently participated at the Duathlon SA Champs in Bloemfontein and was selected for the South African Duathlon Team to participate at the World Championships in Adelaide, Australia on the 17th of October.  What makes his achievements even more impressive is the fact that just 3km into the race, he sprained his ankle and tore ligaments!

(In April, Shane, along with Travis McGrath,  a 2nd year BCom Business Management and Industrial Psychology student was selected for the ITU Triathlon World Grand Final in Chicago.)

Well done!



5 August

Congratulations to two of our NMMU researchers who have been included in this year’s Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans list.  This is a national supplement that showcases the young stars who are shaping the country's future.

Olwam Mnqwazi (left) is a researcher at the Centre for Integrated Post-School Education & Training (CIPSET) and has been featured in the Education category.

Prudence Mambo is a post-doctoral researcher at Innoventon and has been featured in the Environment category.

Below are links to the M&G blog with their profiles.

Well done – we are SO proud of you both.



4 August

Congratulations to the five students from the Physics Department who won Awards at the recent South African Institute of Physics annual conference, hosted in Port Elizabeth.

Mr Ross Dix-Peek won the Best Poster Award for a Honours student for Applied Physics, while the other four students won Awards in the Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials section.

Bereneice Sephton won the Most Outstanding Poster Award for Honours students, while Danielle Venter won the Highly Recommended Poster Award for Honours Students. Genevéve Deyzel was awarded the MSc Oral Award for the best oral presentation by an MSc student in the field of Materials.

The highest award of the division for Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials - the Goodfellow Award based on a publication in a scientific journal originating from a Doctoral Thesis submitted at an SA university - was awarded to Dr Zalalem Urgessa.

In the photo: Ross Dix-Peek, Bereneice Sephton, Genevéve Deyzel, Prof Derrick Swartz, Danielle Venter and Dr Zelalem Urgessa.



3 August

Congratulations to the NMMU UNA-SA Chapter society under the Arts and Culture Department on being placed 2nd at the South African Universities Model United Nations Conference.

Model UN is a debating forum for addressing global concerns and fostering global citizenship while students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.

In addition, the four NMMU students have been selected to attend High Level Experiential Diplomatic Training which will take place from 5-12 October 2015  hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

In the photo (left to right): Ayanda Gqeba, Nchafatso Pitso; Director of Economic Development at DIRCO  Mr Zaheer Laher ; Lichaaba Mooko ; DIRCO Chief Director  M. Mmathari Mashao; UNA-SA Chapter Chairperson Zuko Njikija.

Well done to the NMMU UNA-SA delegation!



31 July

Congratulations to Prof Graham Kerley, (left) Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE), who recently received the Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA) Gold Medal for outstanding achievements in Zoology in southern Africa over a number of years. 

He received the award at the joint congress of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa and the Zoological Society of Southern Africa in Grahamstown. Prof Kerley is a life member and past president of the ZSSA and the society believes his contributions to Zoology, specifically in the field of conservation biology in South Africa and internationally, merit his consideration for the award.

Another feather in the NMMU cap is the awarding of the Stevenson Hamilton Medal for 2015 to ACE research associate Dr Andre Boshoff, for outstanding contributions towards the image and awareness of Zoology, especially among the general public.

This nomination reflects the exceptional contribution that André has made to furthering the image and awareness of zoology in southern Africa, this to both the scientific fraternity as well as to the public.

We are indeed prod of you both!



30 July

Congratulations to Madibaz Aquatics stars, Delaine Christian and Courtney Musson, both representing TEAM SA at the FINA WORLD Championships in Kazan, Russia from 24 July to 10 August 2015.

Delaine is in the ladies water polo team, while Courtney will compete in synchronised swimming.

Good luck to both students!



29 July

Congratulations to Madibaz athletes Marianio Eesou (left) and Zolani Ngqaqa who both won bronze medals at the 2015 student world games in Gwangju, South Korea recently.

Marianio finished 18th in a time of 1:09:51 while Zolani ended 28th in a time of 1:12:04 in the Men’s Team Half Marathon.

We are proud of you!



28 July

Congratulations to Mzolisi Ngcamango, a Master’s in Development Studies student and Residence Student Assistant at Student Housing who earlier this year, was selected to be part of a group of five students from NMMU and a total of 22 from the Eastern Cape, to participate in the Friederich Ebert Stiftung Fort-Hare Autumn School 2015. The Autumn School has four contact sessions throughout the year and covers topical issues from Social Democracy and Political Economy.

Subsequently, Mzolisi has been nominated to attend the Southern Africa Regional Youth Forum (SARYF), which will take place from 6-9 October 2015 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Well done Mzolisi!



24 July

Congratulations to the NMMU Golden Key Chapter on being selected as a Key Chapter for 2015 – one of only 22 from around the world.

Considered to be one of Golden Key’s most prestigious honors, the Key Chapter Award is presented annually to selected Golden Key chapters that have achieved a Gold chapter standard and then gone above and beyond in their achievements. The Key Chapter Award recognises chapters who exemplify outstanding achievement and/or contributions in the areas of Golden Key’s three pillars of academics, leadership, and service.

The Key Chapter winners were recently announced at the Golden Key International Summit in Australia where four of our NMMU students were present.

In the photo (left to right): Board Chair of Golden Key, Anite Miller , committee member Muchimwa Mbulo, President Tinotenda Chihera, member Aida Nankumba and committee member.

For the full list of the 2015 Key Chapter winners:


23 July

Congratulations to Edgar Katushabe (left), a Biokinetics Honours student, and Sebastiaan Loubser, a 3rd Year BSc Information Systems student, who represented the Eastern Cape at the recent SA Equipped Powerlifting Championships in Potchefstroom in the Junior  -120kg Division.

Sebastiaan won a gold medal in his first National Powerlifting competition and Edgar won a silver medal in the same category.

Edgar’s bench press total also earned him a spot in the Bench Press Team to take part in the Commonwealth Championships in Vancouver, Canada in December this year.

Both students now wait to hear if they qualify for a place in the All Africa Championships in Morocco in October.

Well done!



20 July

Congratulations to Justin August, a lecturer in the Psychology department, who has been appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa for a five year term.

Well done!


8 July

Congratulations to CIES NMMU graduate Clyde Tlou and NMMU Communications Lecturer, Brightness Mangolothi who have nee chosen as finalists in the Standard Bank Rising Star Awards. Clyde is a finalist in the Media & Marketing category and Brightness, in the Service: Public & Private category.

The awards publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals who have a capacity for achievement and success. These are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interviews with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars.

There were about 400 people nominated for the awards and the winner will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Sandton on 24 July.



29 June

Congratulations to our Billabong Madibaz surfing team who were crowned the 2015 USSA surfing champions!!!

In addition to being overall winner of the national student tournament, they also won the Men’s Section.

Good luck to all our other sport codes - the bar has been set!!!



17 June

Congratulations to Master of Education student Kholisa Papu who won the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) best submission and best presentation awards at SASEE’s Third Biennial Conference held at UKZN last week (

Kholisa’s paper, “Investigating the use of argumentation to promote critical thinking in first year mechanical engineering laboratory report writing”, was presented in the ‘academic support programmes and initiatives in STEM teaching’ strand. Her research findings stimulated lively discussion and was considered to be an innovative and meaningful contribution towards engineering education, particularly in light of current recurriculation imperatives.

Well done Kholisa!



10 June

Congratulations to 3rd year IT Student, Lukhanyiso Matshoba, who has been nominated in the 5th Annual South African Savanna Comics Choice Awards.

He has just got back from Johannesburg where he was battling it out with other comedians from around the country. 

Lukhanyiso has been nominated for Best Newcomer, Best friend of Comedy and the Audience Choice award.

Vote for Lukhanyiso and stand a chance to win a VIP experience to the awards. The winner will get two double tickets to the awards show on the 15th of August 2015, dinner at Montecasino to the value of R500, a chance to sashay down the yellow carpet with celebs, comedians and media and access to the after party. SMS 3975 to 45757 to vote. SMS’s cost R1.50 | Limited to 20 votes per mobile number | RSA Only



5 June

Congratulations to IT students Nick Jordaan (left) and Jason Cross who have just been notified that their entry into the game design category of the Microsoft ImagineCup has been selected as one of the international finalists.

This is the first time ever a South African game design project has made it to the finals. Jason and Nick will now travel to Seattle, USA to represent South Africa in the finals. They started this project in 2014 as first year students and became the first 1st years ever to win the local leg of the ImagineCup. They continued to improve on their project despite the fact that several other team members quit along the way.

Well done gentlemen!



29 May

Congratulations to Nedbank Madibaz Swimming Club Members who have been selected for the South African Student Swimming team to take part at the World Student Games in Gwanju, South Korea from 3 – 14 July 2015.

They are from left:  Mark Edge (coach), Alard and Alaric Basson (athletes) and Melinda Gossen (team manager).

Well done – fly the flag high!



27 May

Congratulations to Goodness Onwuka, a master’s student in Mechatronics, who came third in the national finals of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Southern Africa Young Persons’ Lecture competition on 21 May 2015. He presented a lecture on “Ductile-Mode Machining of Brittle Materials".

This prestigious competition is aimed at young scientists and engineers, aged 28 and younger, in the disciplines of Materials, Minerals, Mining, Packaging, Clay Technology and Wood Science, which includes representing South Africa in the World competition in Ireland in October. Goodness won a cash prize for this 3rd place.

Well done Goodness – you make us proud!



25 May

Congratulations to Mary-Ann Chetty, Senior Innovation Manager of the Department of Innovation Support and Technology Transfer, who was selected as one of 40 South Africans to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Mary-Ann will travel to the United States in June to complete a six week fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University for specialised training in Public Management.  The prestigious fellowship is aimed at providing extensive leadership development training and networking opportunities to all attendees. On completion of the academic period, Mary-Ann will attend the Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington.

Well done Mary-Ann – you make us proud!



21 May

Congratulations to three of our Madibaz athletes who have been selected for the USSA team to compete at the student world games in Gwangju, South Korea in July.

Ischke Senekal (left) has been selected for discus throw and  Zolani Nqaqa & Marianio Eesou have been selected for the 21.1km half-marathon.

Well done students!



20 May

Congratulations to Jaci Barnett, Director of the Department of Innovation Support and Technology Transfer, who received the inaugural award for “Distinguished Contribution to the Innovation Management Profession” at the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) conference Gala Dinner held last week in Johannesburg.

Presented to her by the Honourable Minister Naledi Pandor, the award was made in recognition of excellence in Innovation Management and Jaci’s contribution to the development of the technology transfer profession locally and internationally.

Well done Jaci – you certainly make us proud!



12 May

Congratulations to Ronelle Potgieter, Project Manager at InnoVenton, who took part in the National All Styles Karate Championship recently and  won two gold medals in the masters division (ladies over 36, white to purple belt).

She also won a gold medal in the Masters Division (ladies over 36, all belt colours) going up against black belts and coming first in Shobu Sanbon Kumite, winning the title of SA National Champion.

She has been selected to represent South Africa in the WJKA World Karate Championship in the Netherlands in June.

Well done Ronelle!



6 May

Congratulations to  NMMU MBA students Mieshkah Dolley-Ryneveld (from left), Kumaree Moodley, Mary-Ann Chetty and Martin Jonker who were among two groups of students who won both first and third prizes as well as two categories in the annual Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC) Tertiary Institution Business Plan Competition.  The competition supports entrepreneurial development and is aimed at registered students at participating tertiary institutions who need to write a business plan as part of their curriculum.

Altogether 39 business plans were entered of which 16 were from MBA students representing the Business Schools of NMMU, Stellenbosch, Free State and Milpark. 

By submitting a business plan, prospective entrepreneurs are exposed to real life scrutiny of their business plans by industry experts who provide extensive input into the improvement of the business plans prior to the entrepreneurs approaching a funding body says Prof Cullen, their Entrepreneurship module lecturer and guide in the competition.

Mieshkah, Mary-Ann and Kumareey are staff members in the Departments of Industrial Engineering, Innovation and Strategic Management and Management.

Well done!


30 April

We are very proud of our Head of Department of Emergency Medical Care, Nico Louw (back left in the photo) who is part of a Gift of the Givers search and rescue team on their way to Nepal.

The team will be self-sufficient and have taken everything they require with them so as not to burden the country which on Saturday was hit by a devastating earthquake leaving thousands of people dead and injured.

He has an extensive background in technical rescue and emergency medical care, in both training and in operations.

Living our value of Ubuntu!



23 April

NMMU HMS Student, and Madibaz water polo player and captain, Delaine Christian, has been selected to the Senior National Women’s Water polo team.  The team will participate in the EU Nations Cup in Dublin Ireland 15 – 17 May 2015 with other nations also participating in this tournament.

Well done Delaine.



20 April

Congratulations to Thomas Hansford, a National Diploma: Building graduate who represented our Province at the National Senior Swimming Championships, achieving a semifinal in the 200 butterfly and a final in the 400m individual medley. And this in the same week as his graduation!

Well done Thomas.



15 April

Congratulations to first year BCom student, Jesse February, who was recently crowned as the national chess champion in her age group!

Jesse is a Springbok chess player and has played in many countries. She will now leave to play chess in Greece.

We are proud of you Jesse!



14 April

Congratulations to Avukile Jeke, a 2nd year BA Psychology & Anthropology student, who has made the South African Judo for the Blind team to represent the country in Rio at the Paralympic games in 2016.

He participated in the Nedbank Championships for the physically disabled in Germiston last week and received both a gold and silver medal, qualifying for the Paralympics.



10 April

Well done to 2nd year Interior Design student, Shane Kemp, who has been included in the team that will be participating at the 2015 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago in the United States in September. Shane was chosen to represent Triathlon South Africa in the 20 - 24 Male Age Group Standard Distance race.

He is coached by Karen Zimmerman who has been voted South Africa's Coach of the Year for coaching Lusapo April to the Olympics and 3rd in the NYC marathon. Karen also coaches two other NMMU track athletes.

We are very proud!



8 April

Congratulations to NMMU School of ICT students who won first place in the Game Development category of the national leg of Microsoft’s Imaginecup competition.

This competition is entered by approximately 400 000 competitors from more than 180 countries every year and has a number of categories, showcasing software design and development skills of students from across the world. Our winning team also received an honourable mention in the project blueprint category of the international leg of the contest, meaning that the work related to their project concept was judged as one of the 10 best in the world. They will now compete in the international semi-finals. Winners from the semi-finals will be invited to attend the finals in Seattle, USA.

What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that the group consists of  two first year students -  Jason Cross and Nicholas Jordaan - who developed most of the game as an extra-curricular project under the mentorship of Prof Johan van Niekerk, and were only joined by fourth year student Ben Joubert towards the end of 2014. These first years competed with 3rd, 4th and even master’s degree students from universities across South Africa to win their first place.

In the photo (left to right) Prof Johan van Niekerk, Ben Joubert, Nick Jordaan and Jason Cross.

27 March

Congratulations to NMMU Education student and part of the Arts & Culture team, Tiffany Oosthuizen who has the 11th most played song in Africa on the Entertainment Monitoring Africa list and was no 1 on Metro FM with her song “J’Adore”.  Well known SA DJ from the company Soul Candi, DJ Euphonik, released the song originally produced by Four7 who passed away in a car accident in December 2014.

Soul Candi filmed a music video last week and Tiffany featured in it with friends and family of Four7.  The video will be released the end of March on Channel O, MTV & Trace.

Well done Tiffany!

Check out her song on YouTube:


18 February

Congratulations to our NMMU swimmers who took part in an International Grand Prix event last weekend in Stellenbosch. 

Left, is first year NMMU student, and Nedbank Madibaz Swimmer, Alard Basson who came 3rd in the 100m Butterfly for Men in a time of 55.22 seconds. With him is Olympic gold medallist, Chad Le Clos who won the event in a time of 52.31s.

Proudly Madibaz!


13 February

Congratulations to  Paula Kotzé, an Adjunct Professor in the School of ICT and a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Community Technologies, who is the 2014 winner of the IFIP TC13 Pioneers in Human-­Computer Interaction Award.

The International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Human-Computer Interaction (IFIP TC13) appoints pioneers to honour the greatest contributors to the development and growth of the field of human-computer interaction. Seventeen nominations were considered by the committee for the 2014 award.

In addition to this prestigious award, Prof Kotze, a B-rated NRF researcher and is also the only person outside the US and Europe ever elected to serve on the Executive Committee of ACM SIGCHI.  She also held office as the Vice-President at Large of the ACM SIGCHI for two terms (8 years).  She is also recognised as an Expert Member of the Technical Working Group TC13.

We are proud to be associated with you!


12 February

Congratulations to Edgar Katushabe (left), a Human Movement Science honours student, who achieved 1st place in the Men’s Junior Equipped category with a bench press of 175kg at the South African Bench Press Championships held in Durban last weekend.

Also to JC Chantler, an Education Student, who achieved 2nd place in the Senior Men’s Unequipped Bench Press category with a bench press of 140kg.

Well done guys!


10 February

Congratulations to NMMU final year Ndip IT Communication Networks student, Sichumiso Maxakato, who won the 2014 top ambassador South African Universum Student Survey Competition. Sichumiso received an amazing 3227 responses to his link and received an extra R2 500 payment and a “Ready for the Workplace” hamper from Universum which included an Apple Mac notebook. He came first, out of ten ambassadors from six different South African Universities.

Universum delivers a full range of services in research, strategic consulting and communication solutions that enable employers to better understand, attract and retain top talent.

Thank you to all NMMU students who participated on the Universum Student Survey.


2 February

NMMU won an award for the “Technology most likely to make and impact on public procurement” at the inaugural Innovation Bridge event held recently at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Gauteng.  

The technology awarded was InnoVenton’s Microalgae to Energy project, an innovative, cost-effective process for the cultivation of microalgae that can be processed with waste coal to produce energy.  

The Innovation Bridge event was an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology to connect universities with potential funders and investors. NMMU was represented by Jaci Barnett, CEO of our Department of Innovation Support and Technology Transfer who showcased six NMMU technologies that are ready for investment and collaboration.  Watch the SABC TV interview with Jaci on our YouTube channel.