Cape Town Alumni Chapter launched

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Cape Town Alumni Chapter launched

On a vibrant 8 June 2024, the Alumni Affairs Office launched the Cape Town Alumni Chapter, marking a significant milestone in fostering stronger connections between Cape Town alumni and their alma mater. The event, held in the heart of Cape Town, saw a warm gathering of former students eager to reconnect and contribute to their university’s legacy.

Ms Jacqueline Pietersen, Deputy Director: Alumni Affairs, opened the event with an inspiring welcome address. Her heartfelt gratitude and excitement were palpable as she expressed appreciation for the alumni attendance. “Your presence signifies the enduring bond we share with our alma mater,” she said.

The session featured an engaging presentation by Ms Jubee Mawoyo, Assistant Registrar: Academic Structure and Student Enrolment Services. She captivated the audience with a detailed lesson on the new website functionalities, application processes, and common challenges students face today. Her step-by-step guide on how to apply and choose qualifications was particularly well received, highlighting her dedication to making academic processes more accessible and user-friendly.

Prof. Solomon Makola, Acting Director: Institutional Renewal and Transformation, presented a historical overview, eloquently tracing CUT’s journey from its origins as Vista Campus to its current status as a university of technology celebrating its 20th anniversary. “Alumni are the only permanent stakeholders of the university,” he emphasised. When the university thrives, so do its alumni.”
Prof. Makola highlighted key transformation aspects such as cultural change, business process innovation, spatial infrastructural and environmental advancements, scholarship, and research and innovation enterprise. He also proudly announced the increased representation of female Council members, underscoring the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Dr Clifford Nxumani, Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, enriched the discussion with insights into the symbiotic relationship between alumni and the university. “The university is our mothership, where we gain our academic heritage and life skills,” he remarked. He stressed the importance of alumni maintaining a reciprocal relationship with the university. “Invest in giving back,” he urged. “Your industry experience is invaluable. You can guide the new generation, who may not yet know what to expect professionally. Remember, universities need resources to thrive. It’s not about us asking for donations, but recognising that as alumni, you possess social capital, built during your time here and expanded through your professional networks. 

The event concluded with the election of the chapter leadership. Kim van de Bosch was elected as the new Convenor, and her acceptance speech was both humble and heartfelt. “I am deeply honoured and privileged to serve,” she expressed. “My passion lies in teaching, training and improving our students. You are my community and family, and I look forward to leading alongside those elected today.”

The launch of the Cape Town Alumni Chapter shows the enduring spirit of the university community. It promises to be a cornerstone for fostering lasting relationships, mutual growth, and shared success. The enthusiasm and commitment displayed by all attendees set a promising tone for the future endeavours of the chapter.

Newly elected Cape Town CUT Alumni Chapter leadership with the CUT delegation

Uploaded: 28 June 2024
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