Vaal alumni play amongst the stars
VANDERBIJLPARK – It was a night straight from the glossy pages of a Hollywood magazine - from a red carpet to flashing camera lights. Members of the North-West University’s (NWU) Vaal Triangle Campus (VTC) alumni fraternity were recently entertained with “A night with the stars”. Several alumni members were honoured during this gala event for their contributions in their respective communities and fields of work.
According to Ms Alwine Naude, co-ordinator of the VTC alumni, the aim of the event was not only to strengthen the network between alumni members, but also to thank these “ambassadors”.
“We are extremely proud of our alumni, and it is only right that we as a Campus give them recognition,” said Ms Naude. She added that it is indeed the students of yesterday that laid the foundation for today’s students.
Manuel Escorcio was the master of ceremonies and guest artist.
Alumni members who received special acknowledgement were:
• Mr Heinrich Kriel, General Manager of Saldanha Steel and his wife, Christelle, also a VTC alumnus.
• Mr Corrie Botha, Works Manager: Iron manufacturing – Arcelor Mittal. His wife, Marianne, is also a VTC.
• Ms Lindokuhle Dingiswayo, the Old Mutual/Nedbank budget speech competition winner of 2008. Ms Dingiswayo, the first black woman to win this award, is currently working at the South African Reserve Bank.
• Dr Mojaki Mosia, Director: Human Resources at BMW South Africa. His wife, Magauta - also an alumnus – is the HR Director of Rand Merchant Bank.
• Mr André Mellet, Economist of the Year, 2006 and runner up for 2007. He is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Economy and Information Technology.
• Ms Haidee Kruger, lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, and the author of Lush: poems for four voices. Her husband, Dr Jan-Louis Kruger, also an alumnus, is the Director of the School of Languages on the VTC.