Nicolize van der Walt is the section head of the Alumni Office.



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Nelia Engelbrecht

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


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Message from the Alumni Office

Let’s talk…


Sometimes something keeps on bothering you, like a stone in your shoe – it does not cause bleeding, but it scratches and irritates. You are uncomfortably aware of its presence.


This happens in life too, and sometimes we prefer to struggle on with that stone instead of removing the shoe, shaking out the grit and carrying on smoothly.


If there is something about your relationship with the NWU that bothers you, please don’t let it fester. My invitation to you is: if the stone bothers you, contact us and let’s talk about it.


There are few things I enjoy more than talking to our alumni. Even about difficult topics.Sometimes I receive a terse, rude email and my first reaction is usually shock. Then I remember: people are driven by emotions. And then I like to reach out.


The media, social media, the grapevine and other sources sometimes spread information as the holy truth. This can leave alumni hot under the collar, or even in certain cases make them feel left out and alienated.


Let’s talk about that. Discussion is healthy. Sometimes we will have to agree that we will NEVER ever agree – with the necessary respect. The NWU respects its alumni and we know you are the roots that allow this beautiful institution to grow.


We are proud of every alumnus who carries our banner aloft. We invite you back for any further studies, we invite your children and grandchildren – there is enough light here for the sun to shine on all of us.


Come and get rid of the stones and strengthen the hands of the institution even further so that we can continue delivering some of the best academic products in the country.


We would like to hear from you. Contact me at nicolize.vanderwalt@nwu.ac.za.




Warm wishes,


Nicolize and team




The NWU & U


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Alumni relations practitioners


Tshepisho Sebeela (Mahikeng) tshepisho.sebeela@nwu.ac.za


Abigail Leshope (Potchefstroom) abigail.leshope@nwu.ac.za


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



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