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Staged in the Sanlam Auditorium on the campus in Potchefstroom on 30 and 31 August and on 1 and 2 September, the much-loved musical Fame was a thrilling, unforgettable feast for the senses.


The creative team responsible for Fame, namely members of Artéma, Alabama Productions and NWU Potch Arts, took the audience on a glorious journey filled with great performances by talented performers who included students and lecturers.


Alumna Nacia Kruger directed and choreographed this exciting production, while Pieter de Bruin, the artistic director of the Artéma recording studio, was in charge of the music. A nine-piece orchestra provided the accompaniment.


On the front page photograph, Stephen Bogatsu (as Tyrone Jackson) dances with Lyrinda Venter (in the role of ballet dancer Iris Kelly).




Betty was crowned the Institute of People Management’s Emerging Practitioner of the Year, 2016. Here she is at the award ceremony.

Betty is a busy bee


During her time at TFR’s Talent and Leadership Development Department Betty has worked on and executed a number of initiatives with great success.


These initiatives include the development of HR toolkits aimed at capacitating and enhancing the skills of HR administrators, the development and launch of the TFR Employee Value Proposition (the outcomes of this programme led to critical insights for the development of the TFR Employee Value Proposition Statement) and the Top Employer Certification Awards.


The latter saw Betty coordinate the development, update, and submission of all HR People Practices for TFR.


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Good! Better! Betty!

Remember the name Betty Mahlatsi. This 28-year old alumna of the NWU campus in Vanderbijlpark has her sights set on success and if her professional run so far is anything to go by, she is on track for greatness.

Betty, a talent and leadership development coordinator at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), was recently lauded as the Institute of People Management’s (IPM) Emerging Practitioner of the Year 2016.


The annual IPM Awards give recognition to innovative and capable people leaders in both the HR and general business community. As the IPM Emerging Practitioner of the Year, Betty outshone thousands of young human resources (HR) practitioners across industries, at the prestigious annual conference of the IPM.

She started her career as a “graduate in training” at Transnet and differentiated herself from the word go.According to Tumelo Mokwena, the general manager for human capital at TFR, Betty’s sense of curiosity, her initiative and go-getter attitude makes her an invaluable HR practitioner.

“Betty never shies away from a challenge,” says Tumelo. Passion, drive, motivation, zeal… call it what you want, a self-driven attitude will lead you down the path of career success.

Passionate about people

“I am passionate about people development,” says Betty and ascribes her result-orientated work ethos as a consequence of her resilience and focus.

In her daily work environment Betty presents workshops and advisory sessions to line managers and employees regarding leadership development interventions and processes, she facilitates talent management training at various levels and represents the TFR in various career and skills development exhibitions.

On the banks of the Vaal River

Betty enrolled at the NWU in 2007 after completing her secondary schooling at Ed-U-College in Vereeniging. While studying on the NWU’s campus in Vanderbijlpark, Betty obtained a BCom degree in human resource management which she followed-up with a postgraduate certificate in education in 2010.

As a member of the Acacia day residence, Betty enjoyed an active student life and served in various student leadership positions.

She served as treasurer and transformation officer, vice-primaria and primaria of Acacia, as well as a term as arts and cultural officer of the student Representative Council.

Asked what her fondest memories as a student were, Betty laughs and says that the interaction and camaraderie between Acacia and Oryx (a men’s day residence) was “legendary”.

When she visits the campus now, she is struck by the many infrastructure developments. “It has always been beautiful to me, but these developments made it even more awesome,” says Betty.

As for the future, Bettie sees herself completing her master’s degree in five years’ time, and if not assuming a great leadership role, then being at the helm of her own business.

“I have learnt so much from the NWU and will forever be thankful for the lessons and opportunities granted to me.”


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Student Betty (centre) takes part in a cultural play during an annual Culture Day Festival.

Fast facts about Betty


• Nickname(s) while studying:
First Lady, Bettista, Pain Train

• What I listen to while driving: 94.7

• Favourite holiday destination: New York City

• Role model: I am my own role model. I make things happen because I know what I want and how to get it.

• My mantra: Be the change you want to see in others.

• What I would like my legacy to be: Anything is possible if you believe.


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