Nikiwe Zulu, who was crowned best secondary school teacher in South Africa at the 2017 National Teaching Awards, tells education students about the challenges and opportunities that may await them.

Teacher Pule Pitso answers a question from one of the BEd students. He was one of the two alumni who advised the students on how to survive and thrive in the classroom.

Hearing it from the horse’s mouth

Tertiary education can thoroughly prepare you for your future career, but hearing about the realities of the workplace straight from the horse’s mouth can make it all come to life.

Members of the Alumni Advisory Committee in Vanderbijlpark are, in front from left, Zanele Ngobese, alumni relations practitioner, teachers Yolanda Fourie and Nikiwe Zulu, and Pat Matla who works in the field of industrial psychology.


At the back are Prof Linda du Plessis, vice-chancellor for strategic planning and campus operations in Vanderbijlpark, financial industry professionals Mpho Mosia and Vincent Kheswa, teacher Pule Pitso who is the committee’s chairperson, and businessmen Thami Manzi and Morabe Ramosebi.

As working professionals, sharing valuable information about their careers with current students is one of the functions of the Alumni Advisory Committee members in Vanderbijlpark.


Four new members were elected at the committee’s last meeting of 2017, held on 22 November. The new members are Yolanda Fourie, Pule Pitso (also elected as the new chairperson), Nikiwe Zulu, and Thami Manzi.


These newcomers joined the rest of the committee for their first quarterly meeting on 22 February 2018, with their induction as part of the agenda.

All committee members are professionals and their objective is to advise the alumni office about how alumni can become involved with the university, for instance by sharing information on current trends in the different industries with students.


Putting their words into action


Two of the committee members, teachers Pule Pitso and Nikiwe Zulu, demonstrated that action speaks louder than words when they visited the campus on 28 March 2018 to mentor BEd Society students.


During this occasion, the two alumni shared their experience about the ins and outs of being a teacher.They told the students for instance how teachers should conduct themselves, what is expected of them in the classroom, and how to keep on learning and honing their skills.


Afterwards, Neo Mokhothu, the current president of the BEd Society, said it was an eye opener and that there should be more mentorship programmes to prepare students for what awaits them in the world of work.


Alumni who would like to be involved in mentorship programmes can contact alumni relations practitioner Zanele Ngobese at or tel (016) 910 3250.




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