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2017 INFORMATION AND FORMS

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Links to Financial Aid providers

- The National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

- The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2017 INTAKE

Closing Date:

30 September 2016 (Will only be extended if there are still places available)

Application Fee:

R100 (details on the last page of the application form)

Attach to Application Form:

- Copy of deposit slip (R100)
- ID copy
- Copy of latest Matric Results
- Copy of Age exemption letter from Matric Board (if applicable - older than 23)

Contact Details:

Ms Nombulelo Matroos
information@spu.ac.za
053 491 0000

Links to Financial Aid providers

- The National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

- The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

SPU Staff Member Inspires

Bernard Farmer, an employee in the Human Resources Department of Sol Plaatje University, not only holds the privilege of being the first SPU employee to take part in and complete the Comrades, but has done so for the 9th time this year.

Among other marathons, Bernard also annually takes part in the 56km 'Two Oceans Marathon', for which his best time is 4h47 - having completed the race 11 times. He is also a keen cyclist and has completed the annual Argus Cycle Tour (109 km) 12 times, his best time for this being 3h15.

Read the full article and interview with Bernard

Bernard Farmer

Bernard at the 2016 Comrades Expo - proudly boasting a picture with one of his Comrades idols, Bruce Fordyce

Minister visits SPU

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, visited the SPU campus on Friday 22 July 2016. This was the Minister's first visit since we completed Phase 1 of our construction programme on the Central Campus and he was most impressed by the developments.

The Minister was accompanied by Mr Norman Shushu, the MEC for Agriculture and Land Reform in the Northern Cape, together with staff from their respective offices. The delegation visited the residences, dining hall and lecture facilities at the new buildings and had opportunity to interact with some of our students. Minister Nzimande was particularly complimentary about the academic performance of our students and urged us to sustain these levels of academic achievement.

Ministers Visit

SPU students interacting with Minister Nzimande and MEC Shushu in their classroom

Ministers Visit

Minister Nzimande and MEC Shushu visiting two students in their residence room

NEW SPU CONTACT NUMBER

SWITCHBOARD: 053 491 0000

Calendar


Download our updated calendar for 2016


For full details : Download the brochure here

SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (GENERIC)- B.COM.

Period of study: 3 Years

The Bachelor of Commerce exits at HEQSF level 7 and the minimum duration is three years. A student needs to obtain a total of 416 SAQA credits in order to obtain the degree.

There is a strong focus on core functional areas of Business Management with majors offered in Business Management and other disciplines. The B.Com intends to develop skilled graduates who are able to engage critically with the world and apply disciplinary content to the resolution of problems.

Career opportunities

The demand for commerce graduates is high, as they fit into a variety of jobs. There are numerous options for B.Com graduates, including becoming accountants or taxation specialists. The job may include administration, credit control, hospitality, production planning and control, purchasing, quality management, marketing and travel and tourism.

B.Com graduates have a fundamental knowledge of finance, marketing, operations and systems, budgeting and business planning and are preferred in most departments and allows you to work in management, development, investment, sales or valuation.

Commerce Graduates have good employment prospects and there is almost no area of business today where your analytical, accounting, human resources and research skills cannot be used.

DIPLOMA IN RETAIL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Period of study: 3 Years

This diploma provides students with the knowledge, insight and skills needed to follow a successful management career in the retail or wholesale fields. Retail and wholesale businesses strive to satisfy the needs of consumers by providing the necessary products and services.

Career opportunities

The retail industry offers national and international career opportunities for the graduate. The variety of retail and wholesale businesses is enormous and includes departmental stores, hypermarkets, shopping centres, speciality stores, general dealers, chain stores, supermarkets, factory stores, boutiques and restaurants.

Retail managers are generally required to work in teams and the programme therefore focuses on the development of professional communication skills which prepares students to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong emphasis is placed on problem solving and students are also exposed to good management practices in the field of retailing. Our work integrated learning programme allows students to gain some retail management experience. Students are also exposed to uncompromising approaches in the ethical practice of this management discipline.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) Degrees

Period of study: 3 Years

The B.Ed. programmes in Senior Phase and FET Teaching and Intermediate Phase Teaching, are specifically designed to prepare students for teaching in the South African schooling system. National imperatives such as the shortage of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Geography and Technology teachers, as well as regional imperatives such as the need for Afrikaans and Setswana teachers in both primary and secondary schools in the Northern Cape, were important considerations in the design and development of these programmes.

It is intended for students who want to obtain a degree in Education, specialising in Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Geography, Technology, History, Afrikaans, English or Setswana that would qualify them as professional educators for the Senior Phase and Further Education and Training or Intermediate Phase. These qualifications are also suitable for expertise in education-related careers such as training officials

The purpose of the B.Ed. degree is to provide a well-rounded education that will empower graduates with an integrated knowledge base enabling them to demonstrate competence, commitment and responsibility as academically and professionally qualified beginner teachers. The curriculum and the accompanying classroom practice is a shaping force of the students admitted to this University. The approach to teaching, learning development and assessment on this degree programme is strongly guided by the intellectual and professional attributes that our graduates need to develop in order to have a positive impact on the schooling needs of the diverse communities in our country.

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) SENIOR PHASE (Grade 7-9) & FET PHASE (Grade 10-12)

This programme targets potential students who have successfully completed Grade 12 with admission to degree studies and who want to teach one or more of the following subjects at school: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences; Geography, Technology, Languages, History Accounting, Economics and Business Management.

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) INTERMEDIATE PHASE (Grades 4-6)

These programmes target potential students who have successfully completed Grade 12 with admission to degree studies and who want to teach Languages, Mathematics, Natural Sciences or Languages, Life Skills and Social Sciences to Grade 4-7 learners

SCHOOL OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN DATA SCIENCE

Period of study: 3 Years

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science degree has a strong mathematics core and a focuses on data science and applications thereof. The degree is designed to develop highly skilled graduates in areas in which there are considerable shortages across the country. Graduates in possession of this degree will be both employable and eligible for further study, whether in honours or postgraduate diploma studies.

Data Science focuses on finding solutions to solving the big data problems. This qualification addresses the need for predictive models in diverse disciplines such as clinical research, intelligence, consumer behaviour and risk management continues unabated. It also addresses the critical skills shortage in the country and will provide access to students to an advanced area of study in a critical contemporary discipline.

At least one university is presently developing postgraduate qualifications in Data Science (the University of the Witwatersrand), thus ensuring vertical articulation possibilities and further encouraging the development of academic programmes in this field.

Career opportunities

Data Scientist Software Engineer Business Analyst Solutions Architect Statistics Computer Network Professional Network Administrator Network Analyst Software Applications Programmer Software Applications Developer Web Administrator Web Designer Web Developer Chief Information Officer Business and Systems Analyst Intelligence Analyst Systems Administrator

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.Sc.)

Period of study: 3 Years

The Bachelor of Science degree has been carefully designed to address a critical skills shortage in the country and will provide access to students to an advanced area of study in a critical contemporary discipline.

The programme aims to produce science graduates who have a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and an understanding of underlying concepts and principles; the ability to assess and evaluate scientific information; a high level of cognitive and other generic skills; written and spoken communication, computer literacy and competence in applying knowledge through basic research methods and practice.

The programme is offered in four specific sub-field specialisations, namely Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Sciences and Biological Sciences.

Career Opportunities

Science graduates are open to various career opportunities in academic, government and industry. A Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree emphasises coursework in the sciences, mathematics or career-specific topics. The degree can serve as foundation for a variety of careers. Job prospects for B.Sc. graduates offer a diverse range of professional fields to work in, such as healthcare, finance, biology, chemistry, forensic sciences, consulting, engineering and computer programming.

Diploma in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)Specialised in Applications Development

Period of study: 3 Years

The pervasive use of computers has resulted in an ongoing need for a wide range of highly skilled human capacity in ICT disciplines. The field is subject to rapid technological changes and therefore requires professionals who are well-educated, who keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and who can engage future trends and developments in the field.

The purpose of this Diploma qualification is to provide a career-focussed, professional qualification featuring industry-referenced knowledge and skills transfer, technological competencies, critical cross-field skills as well as attitudinal development. The programme deals with the conceptualisation, design, development, implementation and testing of computer software applications to meet the enormous commercial and social demand for such products. Students are prepared for careers in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis & Design but will gain exposure to a wide range of related topics. The diploma graduate will be knowledgeable and competent in the discourse and practice of the ICT discipline and have specialist knowledge of the Applications Development sub-discipline of ICT. The curriculum features a range of professional and personal development initiatives relevant to the ICT industry and the promotion of lifelong learning skills. Qualifying students will therefore be proficient in the general discourse of ICT but have specialised knowledge and skills that are focussed on Applications Development. The programme is designed to promote initiative and responsibility in an academic and/or professional context to respond to the local, regional and national, community and industry needs.

Diploma graduates in ICT specialising in Applications Development are able to:

  • Create and modify general computer applications software or specialised utility programs for stand-alone and distributed environments including the web environment,
  • Analyse user needs and produce a suitable specification for a system, covering a medium sized business problem,
  • Develop computer programs to demonstrate the ability to store, locate and retrieve information from different data sources, and
  • Deploy a suitable, secure software solution based on a given scenario demonstrating an understanding of systems architectures.

ICT practitioners are generally required to collaborate in teams to accomplish a common goal by integrating personal initiative and group cooperation around ICT projects. The course therefore also focuses on the development of professional communication skills which prepares students to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong emphasis is placed on creative problem solving and structured project management approaches.

The dynamic nature of the ICT industry demands that practitioners remain aware of developments and continuously update their skills. Practitioners must be au fait with the best practices and benchmark standards of the ICT industry. The programme therefore focuses on developing the lifelong learning skills of students.

Security of information has become a key concern in the modern business environment. As future ICT practitioners, students will therefore be exposed to uncompromising approaches in the ethical practice of their profession.

Applicants to the Diploma in ICT qualification must have a Matric with reasonably strong First Language (and English) and Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy marks. It is highly recommended that applicants should also have Computer Applications Technology (CAT) or Information Technology (IT) as subjects in their Matric curriculum.

Career Opportunities

An exciting career awaits those who successfully complete the Diploma in ICT specialised in Applications Development qualification. A world without ICT and software application is unimaginable! Applications Development manifests in every facet of life – mobile phone apps, ATMs & banking, mining, television, medical equipment, agriculture, finance & accounting, education, geographical information systems, film & video, motorcars and aeroplanes, toys, social media & the internet… The list is endless.

In South Africa and across the globe, ICT is regarded as a scarce skill and opportunity awaits those who have the right knowledge, skills and attitude.

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

Period of study: 3 Years

The Bachelor of Arts exits at HEQSF level 7 and the minimum duration is three years. The B.A. intends to develop skilled graduates who are able to engage critically with the world and apply disciplinary content to the resolution of problems. There is a strong focus on languages (Afrikaans, English and Setswana), History, Heritage Studies, Geography, Mathematics and Sociology.

Heritage Studies is a compulsory 1st year module to provide students with an interdisciplinary academic field that takes a critical look at the way we preserve, present, participate and interrogate heritage and the unofficial objects and symbols of heritage.

For the B.A. Degree, it is envisaged that articulation into postgraduate qualifications will enable further development of the majors or in selected professional fields. The package is aimed at equipping the learner with communication skills as well as in-depth knowledge of the subjects of their choice. Students from the B.A. acquire perspectives on different aspects of people and their interaction with the world.

Career Opportunities

B.A. graduates are equipped to become researchers or practitioners in a variety of professional domains such as museums and other heritage organisations, language based positions (translation and editing), teaching, communication, journalism, creative writing, media work, community development, tourism and the diplomatic service.

HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN HERITAGE STUDIES

Period of study: 1 Year

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical grounding of knowledge and skills about the heritage sector.

A key benefit is that this Certificate provides an opportunity for studying further in heritage or another discipline. This Certificate would enable a pathway for ongoing learning and successful graduates could enter one of the various undergraduate degree course such as the B.A. or B.Ed. Degrees. We are keen to produce students with a strong ability for independent thinking who can be prepared for this level of learning.

Career opportunities

The skills developed, would encourage work in diverse roles within national and provincial heritage management bodies or privately-managed heritage organisations. This could include roles from administration in heritage institutions such as museums. Other possible roles could include assisting in archival work in a wide range of institutions including universities, public and private bodies, or working within the tourism industry.

For full details and admission requirements please download the brochure here

For further information on the applications process, please contact:

Contact Details:

Ms Nombulelo Matroos
information@spu.ac.za
053 491 0000

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

For full details : Download the brochure here

This page sets the minimum academic requirements for admission into study programmes at Sol Plaatje University in 2017. The requirements are based on the results that applicants achieve in the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Applicants who hold certificates from a different examination system will be considered individually for admission.

Note that if you satisfy the minimum admission requirements stated here, this does not automatically mean that you will be admitted to the study programme at SPU. The final decision on your admission will be based on your academic performance and the availability of space in the programme. The better your academic performance above this minimum, the better will be your chance of being admitted to study at SPU.

Calculating the SPU Admissions Points Score (APS)


NSC Achievement Level NSC % SPU Points Score Additional points for Mathematics and LOLT or HL Points for Life Orientation
8 90 - 100 8 +2 4
7 80 - 89 7 +2 3
6 70 - 79 6 +2 2
5 60 – 69 5 +2 1
4 50 – 59 4 +1 0
3 40 – 49 3 +1 0
2 30 – 39 2 0 0
1 0 - 29 1 0 0

Minimum Requirements for admission to study programmes at SPU

English Language:

The language of learning and teaching at SPU is English. All our academic programmes require that students will have taken NSC English either as the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) or home language (HL); or as the first additional language. Note that, in calculating the APS, the additional points apply to any of the official languages taken as the HL or LOLT.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) SENIOR PHASE (Grade 7-9) & FET PHASE (Grade 10-12)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor's Degree requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4
  • If Life Sciences or Physical Sciences is an elective: NSC Level 4
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (B.Ed.) INTERMEDIATE PHASE (Grades 4 - 6)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor's Degree requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4
  • If Biology/Life or Physical Sciences is an elective: NSC Level 4
  • APS: Minimum 30 points


SCHOOL OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.Sc.)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor's Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; or English 1st language:: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4 (Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable.)
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN DATA SCIENCE

A National Senior Certificate as recognised by Umalusi with a minimum achievement of Level 5 for Mathematics (60% and above) and a minimum achievement of level 4 for English (as first or First Additional Language; 50% and above). Mathematical Literacy will not be accepted for admission to this programme.

  • NSC pass with Bachelor's Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; or English 1st language:: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 5 (Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable.)
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY(ICT) Specialising in Applications Development

  • NSC pass with Diploma requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy: NSC Level 5
  • APS: Minimum 25 points

It is highly recommended that applicants should also have Computer Applications Technology (CAT) or Information Technology (IT) as subjects in their Matric curriculum.



SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (GENERIC)- B.COM.

  • NSC pass with Bachelor's Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; OR English 1st Additional Language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 4 (50%). (Mathematical Literacy is not acceptable.)
  • A National Certificate Vocational with relevant subjects will be considered for entry into this programme.
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

DIPLOMA IN RETAIL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • NSC pass with Diploma requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4; or English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: NSC Level 3 OR Mathematical Literacy: NSC Level 5
  • At least one of the following at NSC Level 4: Accounting, Business Studies or Economics
  • APS: Minimum 22 points


SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

  • NSC pass with Bachelor's Degree requirement
  • English LOLT or HL: NSC Level 4; OR English 1st Additional Language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: 30% (NSC Level 2) OR Mathematical Literacy: 40% (NSC Level 3) is required
  • Additional subject requirements have been set for students wishing to enrol for a major or modules in Economics, Geography or Mathematics a minimum achievement of Level 4 (50% and above)
  • A National Certificate Vocational with relevant subjects, or SPUs Higher Certificate in Heritage Studies will be considered for entry into this programme.
  • APS: Minimum 30 points

HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN HERITAGE STUDIES

  • NSC pass with Certificate requirement
  • English HL: NSC Level 4 OR English 1st additional language: NSC Level 5
  • Mathematics: 30% (NSC Level 2) OR Mathematical Literacy: 40% (NSC Level 3)
  • APS: Minimum 25 points


For full details : Download the brochure here

SPU Tender Management System

In order to ensure a fair procurement process, we have engaged the SABEeX Delivery Management System to manage the procurement processes for our large capital procurement activities.

All transactions relating to a procurement are undertaken directly through this system to maintain a clear audit trail:
- registration of interest in a procurement
- downloading of procurement documentation
- distribution of addenda and notices
- submission of tender queries.

Click here to access the SPU Tenders Platform.

Please note that the systems is constantly updated, so check back often for updates and new tenders

The Sol Plaatje University Council Members

CHAIRPERSON

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JUDGE YVONNE MOKGORO

Judge Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro has stepped down from the Constitutional Court of South Africa where served from the inception of the Court in 1994 until the end of her 15 year term in 2009. She served simultaneously on the South African Law Reform Commission from 1995, chairing the Commission (1999 - 2011).
Immediately prior to her appointment to the Constitutional Court, she was Associate Professor of Law at what is now the University of North West (Mahikeng Campus), the University of the Western Cape and the University of Pretoria. She serves as Professor Emeritus at the above universities and also at the Universities of South Africa and Cape Town. She has been conferred with the degree Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the universities of the then Bophuthatswana, Western Cape, Limpopo, South Africa, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Pennsylvania (USA) and Toledo (USA). She serves on the Council of the South African Institute of Judicial Education, chairing the Curriculum Development Committee of Council.
She is Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and is also a member of the Mandela Rhodes Trust. She is commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (2014 - 2019), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Open Society's Justice Initiative Project (2014-2017) and serves on the International Arbitration Committee of the International Olympics Committee. Judge Mokgoro is patron of the South African Chapter of the International Women Judges Association, a member of the South African Women Lawyers Association, and the International Women's Forum. She is a recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the annual award by Advocates for Transformation (2014) and by the General Bar Council (2014) for service to the law in Southern Africa. She has been appointed by the President of South Africa as an Advocate for Social Cohesion (2012-2016).

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

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MS JENNY GLENNIE

Ms Glennie is the Founding Director of the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE). She has recently completed her term as the Chairperson of the Sol Plaatje University Interim Council, tasked with overseeing the establishment of the University. She is a long-standing Council member of Unisa and its Audit and ICTs Sub Committees, and she served two terms as the South African government's representative on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL). As a member of the Minister's Council on Higher Education, Ms Glennie was an active participant in the establishment of South Africa's first Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), and served for 10 years as the Deputy Chairperson. She was the founding president of South Africa's distance education association, NADEOSA. She served for many years in a senior position at the Sached Trust, a prominent anti-apartheid organization. She has received honorary awards from both CoL for her significant contribution to distance education and the University of Pretoria for her contribution to education in South Africa. Ms Glennie has a BSc Hons in Mathematics from Wits and a Masters degree from the University of London.

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MR GOOLAM HOOSAIN AKHARWARAY (Goolam)

Goolam Hoosain Akharwaray is currently the Municipal Manager for Sol Plaatje Municipality, having been an MEC in the Northern Cape Government since 1994 in portfolios such as Finance, Economic Affairs, Tourism and Social Development. He practiced as an attorney for about 10 years before joining the Legislature. He holds several tertiary qualifications in law and management: B Proc (UCT), LLB (UFS), Certificate in Management (GSB-UCT) and Certificate in Municipal Financial Management. He has also attended many training courses such as Macro- economic planning (American Univ), Fiscal Planning (London School Of Economics), Debt Management (UWC) Evidence Based Governance (Oxford) and enrichment courses in effective public speaking, managing diversity, building teams to name but a few. He has been widely acknowledged as an ethical leader and for turning around the fortunes of the Social Services Department and more recently the Sol Plaatje Municipality, which is now considered to be amongst the top seven well managed municipalities in RSA

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PROF YUNUS BALLIM

Prof Yunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). He spent six years in the construction industry and has been in academia since 1989. He currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Wits between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of the Council on Higher Education and is Chairperson of the Higher Education Quality Committee. He has served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and he held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000

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MR LAWRENCE JOHN BLANCKENBERG

Lawrence was born and raised in Kimberley, and matriculated from Kimberley Boy's High School. He graduated from the University of the Free State with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Computer Science, and began working as the IT Services Manager for the newly established National Institute for Higher Education - Northern Cape in November 2003. He has spent most of his career within the Higher Education Sector, apart from three years as Operations Manager for a mining engineering company. In February 2014 he was appointed as the IT Manager for the Sol Plaatje University. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with the UCT Graduate School of Business.

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MS BARBARA MARCIA SEGAMETSE BLOEM (Mercia)

Barbara Marcia Segametse Bloem Aka Mercia Bloem, was born in Taung, North West - the first born of four children, brought up by a single mother. Inspired by her grandfather to dream, he taught her nothing is impossible. She obtained her Business Management and Leadership Diploma through the University of the Free State and obtained most of her credentials within the Standard Bank. Her career started with the Standard Bank of Bophuthatswana in 1994 in Taung and took numerous transfers to further her career within the Standard Bank. She was appointed as Head of the Northern Cape 2012 and as an Executive Director of the Standard Bank SA Ltd in 2014 March. Her passion in Banking is inspired by the astronomical impact it has in changing the quality of people's lives for the better through wealth and job creation. A catching quote she learned in her youth paved much of what she does, which is, "All that is necessary for evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing." In her passion to give back to the community, she founded Blue Soldiers@work, a project which she uses to raise money for charity in the Northern Cape. The most recent of her projects was 'The In Tune' in Kuruman on 21 June 2014 to raise funds for charity. On 26 July 2014 she had an event to raise awareness of the lives of children living at Lerato Place of Safety in Galeshewe.

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MR RALPH HOLLINGWORTH CLARKSON (Hollie)

As a Chartered Accountant, Hollie Clarkson possesses almost 38 years' working experience both in a professional audit, accounting and management consulting services environment, as well as in the financial and executive management of a number of higher education institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University, together with two post- graduate qualifications, namely diplomas in Taxation and in Forensic Auditing and Criminal Justice, respectively, both obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
For sixteen years, he served with the major global accounting firm, Deloitte, variously in Mutare, Harare (Zimbabwe), East London and Mthatha (Eastern Cape). He joined the then University of Natal (UN) in 1992, initially as a Deputy Finance Officer and head of the Pietermaritzburg Campus Office. As a result of ongoing rationalisation and consolidation processes, both within UN and also during and following its merger in 2004 with the University of Durban-Westville (UDW ) to form UKZN, he relocated first to Howard College in Durban and thereafter to Westville and fulfilled various university-wide roles as Finance Officer, Director of Finance, Financial Director: Projects and Infrastructure, and Chief Finance Officer. He retired in December 2013, but currently serves on the Planning and Infrastructure Committee of the University of Zululand, which University he has also assisted from time to time in a consultative capacity.

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DR EDWARD ATTA NAA DAKORA (Edward)

Edward Dakora is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Retail Business Management Programme at the Sol Plaatje University. He is a member of the W&RSETA HET group, and contributes to discussions on curriculum and skills development as well as training for the wholesale and retail sectors.
Edward holds a Doctoral degree in Marketing from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he also lectured Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Research Methodology before joining the Sol Plaatje University. He has also coordinated research and the post graduate programme in the Department of Entrepreneurship at CPUT. Edward has previously worked on research projects with the HSRC focusing on South Africa's corporate investment in the rest of Africa. He has conducted research on the internationalisation of South African retail businesses within Africa and is currently leading a research project on the challenges facing South African retailers expanding into the continent, commissioned by the Wholesale and Retail Leadership Chair. Edward is also a team member of collaborative international Entrepreneurship research project investigating students' attitude towards new venture creation. His research interest includes: international Business, especially in retailing and marketing, Entrepreneurship and African Markets.

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MR JOHANE HLATYWAYO

Johane Hlatywayo is a Geography and Education lecturer at Sol Plaatje University in the B.Ed. programme. He received a Diploma in Education in 1997 from Hillside Teachers College in Zimbabwe and a B.Sc. Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Studies in 2004 from the Zimbabwe Open University. He received his two Master degrees from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN), Masters of Commerce in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies in 2008 and Masters of Science in Environment Management and Development in 2012. He taught Geography and Business Studies in several high schools for years. He is currently studying a Ph.D degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his research is focusing on the integration and diffusion of ICT-Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Geography in high schools.

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JUDGE HENDRIK JOHANNES LACOCK (Hennie)

Hendrik Johannes Lacock (Hennie) was born in Namibia, but completed school at Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosh. He obtained BCom and LLB degrees at University of Stellenbosch and practiced as an attorney for 5 years. Thereafter he practiced as an advocate for 24 years before his appointment as a Judge of the High Court in 2002 and he is still on the Bench.
Currently he is the Vice-Chairperson of the National Council of Correctional Services. He is married to Mali, has a son and four daughters and is grandfather to 14 grandchildren. He lives at Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate just outside Kimberley and enjoys golf and cattle- farming.

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MR ABEL MADONSELA

Mr Madonsela is the Regional Manager: Public & Corporate Affairs at De Beers Consolidated Mines, where he is responsible for development and implementation of overarching strategies and programmes which impact positively on the image, reputation and internal and external brand of De Beers.
Mr Madonsela has an MBA degree from the North-West University.

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DR YVONNE MUTHIEN

Dr Muthien has served in several senior executive positions in major South African corporates. Apart from her positions as Founding Executive Director: HSRC and Public Service Commissioner.
She has been a lecturer at the University of Natal and the University of the Western Cape. She has served on various Boards of Directors and as the Ministerial Appointee to the Council of the University of Stellenbosch. Dr Muthien holds a D.Phil. (Sociology & Politics) from Oxford University.

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MR JULIUS JACOB MUTYORAUTA

Julius Jacob Mutyorauta is an exploration geophysicist and holds a B.Sc. (Physics and Mathematics), M.Sc. (Exploration Geophysics), M.Sc. (Mineral Exploration) and a MBA.
He worked both in the private sector and in civil service in the following disciplines: groundwater exploration and development, mineral exploration and development, exploration for oil and natural gas and in in environmental management.
He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of two oil and gas exploration companies in South Africa {Aberdeen Offshore Engineering (Pty) Ltd and Riverwalk Trading 124cc) and is also a member of the Board of Governors of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution.

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DR ZENZO POLITE NCUBE

Zenzo Polite Ncube is the Programme Head and Senior Lecturer and Programme Head in the Department of Information Technology. He joined Sol Plaatje University from North West University (Mafikeng Campus) in 2014. He is the third born in a family of five, three boys and two girls. He is married to Samkeliso Tracey Ncube and they have three children (1 boy and 2 girls) Zibusiso Polite, Sibusisiwe Elinah and Ntandoyenkosi Princess. Dr Ncube aka Baba Ncube did his BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science in Cuba (Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, Isla De La Juventud). He then studied for a Masters' degree in Computer Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST ) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Baba Ncube completed his doctoral studies in Computer Science at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University. He worked for three years at the University of Venda in Limpopo in the Department of Business Information Systems (BIS) before moving to the North West University where he spent almost ten years teaching both Computer Science and Information Systems.

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MR MANDLA NDZILILI

Mandla Ndzilili is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier of the Northern Cape Province. He is a son of Kimberley and the Northern Cape at large.
Before his appointment as Chief of Staff, he served in various senior management positions as well as Head of Ministry of the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation in the Northern Cape from 2009-2013. He has completed a professional certificate in Government Communications and Marketing, as well as an executive programme in Public Service Management with the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a Diploma in Journalism, and a BTech degree in Public Management.

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MS FAITH NKONYANE

Faith Nkonyane was born and raised in Rockville, Soweto - raised by a single parent who maintained that education would open any door for an African child. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Social Science from the University of Witwatersrand in 2002.
After qualifying as a Social Worker, she worked extensively in the NGO sector. During this time she was involved in the advocating and lobbying for women who were incarcerated for killing their husbands due to domestic violence before the Domestic Violence Act was introduced. She is a firm a believer in the fact that human beings can change, thus she was involved in the process of Restorative Justice where offenders come face to face with victims of their crime to ask for forgiveness.
Working with young people is Faith's passion. She believes that she can contribute in the shaping of young minds and Sol Plaatje University has given her an opportunity as Residence Manager to interact with young people on a daily basis.

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PROF VISHNU PADAYACHEE

Professor Vishnu Padayachee is currently Professor Extraordinaire in the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, a (non-resident) Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford University and a Visiting Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS). He also holds the title Professor Emeritus in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was inducted as a member of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2012 (MRSSAf) and is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (MInst.D) since 2011. He received his PhD from the University of Natal in Economics and Economic History in 1989. Though trained in mainstream (macro) economics, his research and graduate teaching is best described as falling within the confluence and traditions of political economy, economic history and development studies. He has held visiting fellowships in Europe and the USA, including the Paul H Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (USA) (1985/6); the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway (1993); and Robinson College and the Judge Business School both at Cambridge University (1995/6).
Prof Padayachee has served on many governing boards and councils in both the public and private sector including being a non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank (1996-2007).

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MADAM JUSTICE MMATHEBE VIOLET PHATSHOANE (Violet)

Violet Phatshoane was appointed a Judge of the High Court of South Africa, Northern Cape in May 2011. She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1999. In 2009 she was enrolled to practice as a Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court. She holds B.Proc, LL.B and LL.M degrees.
She was one of the founder members of a prominent Bloemfontein law firm, Phatshoane Henney Inc and the Chairperson of the Phatshoane Henny Group of Associated Law Firms. She was a part-time arbitrator and conciliator at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) from 1999 to 2004. She also served in the same capacity in many of the public sector bargaining councils, amongst them: the Education Labour Relations Council, Public Health Welfare Sectoral Bargaining Council, and the South African Local Government Bargaining Council.
She lectured students enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Labour Law at the University of the Free State as well as candidate attorneys on Aspects of Gender Law and Aspects of Customary Law at the School for Legal Practice of the Law Society of South Africa.

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DR SEJAKO JOSEPH SENATLE SC

Sejako Joseph Senatle is a Senior Counsel in private practice. He worked underground in the mines and joined the public service as a court clerk/interpreter and also worked as a general clerk. He pursued his legal studies and completed BJuris,LLB (Unibo); LLM (Howard Law College); LLD (PU for CHE) and Arbitration Certificate(SA) - all part time. He was appointed prosecutor including managerial positions at all levels of the prosecutorial ladder from the lowest to the highest court. Senatle was admitted as advocate on 7 Dec 1995 and worked in the public service for more than over 20 years.
He served as Deputy Chair of the Bar Council for 3 terms and was awarded letters patent, Senior Counsel by the State President. He presided over and led evidence in various Commissions of Inquiries. As a Colonel in the SANDF, he served as a Senior Military Court Judge and in national and provincial statutory Boards as Chairperson and Deputy-Chair.
Senatle tutored at Technikon SA/UNISA and has read law papers locally and abroad and published in reputable law journals. He was a law reporter for the SALR and SACR. Professional membership includes Extradition Lawyers Association, SADC Lawyers Association and International Bar Association.

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DR ETIENNE SLABBERT

Dr Etienne Slabbert joined the Absa / Barclays Group 1 May 2010 and in his current role has overall technology leadership (CIO) responsibility of the Retail Business Bank, Digital, Card & Architecture Technology teams (UK, India, Singapore and South Africa) across all business areas within the Absa and Barclays Africa Group - 507 in direct team (9 Senior Leaders) and 100+ indirect team. Prior to this role Etienne held the roles of Head of IT: Digital & Card, Head of IT: Cards and Channels RBB - Africa Technology, Chief Information Officer: Retail Bank as well as Chief Information Officer: Unsecured Lending at Absa Group.
Etienne spent close to 9 years at the Nedbank/Nedcor Group, of which 6 years in Group Technology in various executive roles within Project & Programme Management, Systems Integration and since January 2009 as Divisional Technology Officer for Retail Banking.
Etienne holds a PhD in Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) from the DaVinci Institute and an MBA from OxfordBrookes, UK. His PhD thesis - "TOWARDS A FRAMEWORK FOR OPTIMISING THE MANAGEMENT OF VIBRATION TENSION IN CONTEMPORARY RETAIL BANKING" was ground breaking and received accolades from many academia in South Africa and Australia.

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Professor Yunus Ballim

Yunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). He spent six years in the construction industry and has been in academia since 1989. He currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Wits between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of the Council on Higher Education and is Chairperson of the Higher Education Quality Committee. He has served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and he held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000.

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SECOND PUBLIC LECTURE ON FRACKING, GROUNDWATER AND ENERGY


2014-07-24



Akpofure Taigbenu is Professor of Water Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and heads the Water Research group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University, USA and has over 30 years experience in higher education. He has served in various capacities in academia as Professor, Dean and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and his research and teaching interests are in computational methods, water resources management, and behaviour of groundwater systems. He is the founder of the computational technique: The Green Element Method (GEM), which is a powerful computational solution tool for engineering systems.

In this lecture, Prof Taigbenu discusses some of the possible effects of fracking on the Karoo's groundwater.

PUBLIC LECTURE - REGIONAL EXPANSION OF RETAILING


2014-07-22



Sol Plaatje University presents a public lecture by Professor Carol Finnegan, an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has a PhD in Retailing and has conducted research in International Marketing and Retailing, Channel relationships, and Marketing Strategy. She has published widely and internationally and her research interest is in Retail Strategy, Marketing Strategy and International Business.

In this lecture, she talks in broader terms about regional expansion of retailing and retail businesses; the movement and adaption of Retail Corporations across regions and the impact of regional or multi-country operations on national retail activity.

FIRST PUBLIC LECTURE ON FRACKING, GROUNDWATER AND ENERGY


2014-06-19



Sol Plaatje University presents a recording of the first public lecture in a series on Fracking, Energy and Groundwater titled "Shale Gas in the Karoo - the scientific facts ??" and presented by Professor Danie Vermeulen - Director of the Institute for Groundwater Studies,University of the Free State on the 19th June 2014 at the William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.

In this lecture, Prof. Vermeulen presents some of the facts around shale gas and hydro-fracturing and raises questions about the extent of our scientific knowledge and our ability to make good decisions on the subject; the ability for the Karoo to deal with shale gas exploitation without harming the environment; the availability and pollution potential of regional ground water resources and the place of shale gas in relation to South Africa's energy needs.

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