2017 uplifts with

fun activities


The annual Indaba ended 2017 on a high note with fun-filled activities, inspiration and motivation.

The Quality Enhancement Office hosted their seventh successful Indaba in December at the Faculty of Engineering in Potchefstroom.


It will be remembered as an indaba like no other, as it offered staff the opportunity to listen to expert motivational speakers and also engage in fun activities in and outside the lecture hall.


Indaba gives super support


NWU staff hung on the words of their colleagues, GP van Rheede van Oudtshoorn from Marketing and Student Recruitment and Corneels Schabort from the Faculty of Engineering.


They both led sessions that included presentations with titles such as “A dream for support”, “What’s in a name?” and “Exceeding expectations”. One interesting and thought-provoking session showed staff what people could learn from the behaviour of animals in specific situations.


“The greatest challenge is in believing that you have the ability to overcome obstacles. Remember, you have a role to play and you can exceed expectations,” said GP.


What’s in a name?


For many participants, a highlight of the Indaba was learning what their individual names mean and how this reflects their identity.


Corneels emphasised that every name has meaning. The meaning of each person’s name was written on a piece of paper on the back of each delegate’s name tag. Colleagues shared touching stories about their lives and how the meaning of their names relates to their lives. The message was clear: every person is unique and is here for a reason.


More than 130 staff members attended the Indaba. Johanna Müller, quality manager for support services, said the response they received from staff after the indaba was overwhelming. “They all said it was a wonderful event that left them feeling positive and motivated.”