Alumni awards


The deadline for nominations for the biennial NWU Alumni Awards was Thursday, 9 May.


Watch your email inbox and the alumni website and Facebook pages for further information about the awards.


The award ceremony will take place in October in Johannesburg.




Nelia Engelbrecht


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For further enquiries / correspondence

Nelia Engelbrecht

Tel 018 299 4937 or nelia.engelbrecht@nwu.ac.za


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Protect the vulnerable

Dear alumni


The “black dog” called depression has been on our heels for many centuries. Often seen as “melancholia”, people living during the 18th and 19th centuries even went so far as shunning or locking up patients suffering from it.


Today, scientists and mental health practitioners understand that it is a diagnosable health condition that impacts on the mood or feelings of those affected, with symptoms ranging in severity and duration.


In the article “Drowning in depression: how to survive”, you can read more about this condition that is said to affect 4,4% of the world’s population.


It is not only humankind that suffers from ill health, however. Our planet is also unwell, bearing the brunt of man’s neglect, carelessness and often greed.


On the letter page you can read how alumna Nicolene van der Walt uses the knowledge she gained while studying at the NWU to look after the water quality of the Vaal River and Vaal Dam.


Probably the most vulnerable group on earth is our children. That is why it is so important to be cautious when publishing information or pictures of our children on social media.


In the article “Think twice before posting your child’s photos online”, the NWU’s Adv René Koraan advises parents about the importance of protecting the rights of children – including when you post photos online.


Having empathy with people suffering from depression, cherishing nature and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups such as children have one thing in common: a caring attitude.


That is why the NWU has adopted “social responsiveness and an ethic of care” as part of its dream.  With such a commitment to people and nature, mankind and the planet stand a chance to endure.


We trust that you will take care of your own wellbeing, and also that of other people and our precious planet.


Happy reading!


Nelia and the

NWU & U team




The NWU & U


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Zanele Ngobese (Vanderbijlpark) zanele.ngobese@nwu.ac.za



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