Alumni - A ground breaking record in Botswana
Mafikeng – A record number of 300 alumni from the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) recently attended a gala dinner at the Gabarone Sun Conference Centre in Gabarone, Botswana.
Ms Susan van Rooyen, Acting Manager: Marketing and Communications welcomed the Alumni and assured them that the University is proud of their exceptional achievements and leading roles in Botswana. “Alumni are ambassadors and partners of this university and we want you to be involved and engaged with your Alma Mater,” Ms van Rooyen said.
Prof Dan Kgwadi, Campus Rector, expressed his delight with the number of Botswana alumni still believing in their Alma Mater and invited the alumni to visit the Campus and play a more active role in mentoring current student leaders by availing their expertise.
The Rector informed the alumni that during 2008 the campus was affected by unrests and that the situation is now under control. “Thanks to a successful recovery plan that was put in place the academic year was saved and students managed to sit for their final exams without any interruptions,” he explained.
Prof Mogege Mosimege, Vice-Rector: Academic, updated the audience on Academic matters while Mr Joseph Sathekge, Manager: Student Affairs, was heartily welcomed by the alumni. It was clear that he was like a father figure to these former students during their stay at the Campus.
Mr Louis Jacobs Director: Corporate Communications represented the Vice-Chancellor. Highlights that Mr Jacobs mentioned included the University’s first place in the 2008 PricewaterhouseCoopers Higher Education Excellence Award for Corporate Governance, the award by the Pan-South African Language Board for the biggest contribution towards multilingualism and nation building during the past ten years in the South African higher education sector, as well as the NWU’s nomination by the Department of Science and Technology as the most progressive technologically innovative university in South Africa.
Amongst the luminaries who graced the occasion were: former SRC presidents and members, Mrssrs Friday Leburu, Mpho Mfoloe, Treasure Mothobi and Tefo Kebabope.
Activities were interspersed by the melodious renditions from the Botswana cultural dance and singing group, Matsosangwao. Mr Chillie Samtisi, Manager and founder of this group - and also a former student of this University - sponsored the entertainment for the gala evening.