These photos were taken at the alumni events held in Bloemfontein and at the Gariep Dam.
Taetse and Hillegonda Vorster attend the alumni gathering at the Gariep Dam.Zagrijs and Jeanette Venter share a moment with Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg during the Gariep Dam event. Fika is the NWU’s vice-principal and deputy vice-chancellor for employment equity and campus operations in Potchefstroom.Fika enjoys the company of Carina and Meyer van der Walt who hosted the function at their guesthouse, Driekwartbou outside Gariep.Ammi and Salome Postma are guests at the alumni event held at the Gariep Dam.Kobus and Ester Botha pose with Fika and fellow alumni Jors and Suzette van der Schyff in Bloemfontein.Ithumeleng Phage and Funiwe Dlangu with Fika in Bloemfontein.Here are Trix Snyman and her son-in-law, Muller Heyns, attending the alumni gathering in Bloemfontein.Wim and Christa van der Loo are among the alumni who gathered at the Botanical Gardens in Bloemfontein.<>
Sharing their experience
At an Alumni Career Empowerment Workshop, alumnus Lionel Eksteen, currently a practitioner at the NWU’s People and Culture department, gave students useful tips about writing a curriculum vitae and sailing through a job interview.
Adele Croucamp, who is the owner of an organisational management consulting company, told the students what to expect in the work environment.
From the lively engagement and networking among the speakers and alumni, it was clear that both speakers hit their mark.
Life is all about giving and receiving – this became clear at recent alumni events held at our NWU campuses and also as far afield as Gariep and Parys.
Alumni Lionel Eksteen (at the back, third from left) and Adele Croucamp (next to him) spoke to students about the realities of work life. With them are some of the students who attended the workshop in Potchefstroom.
At these events, alumni received information about the NWU and also “paid it forward” by advising current students on what to expect in the world of work, for instance at an event held on the campus in Potchefstroom on 25 July.
At that Alumni Career Empowerment Workshop, two of our alumni advised 90 master’s and honours students about bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Find the ideal job
The roles were also reversed: instead of alumni empowering students, the NWU also empowered alumni who are still trying to crack the job market.
This empowerment happened on 2 August at the campus in Vanderbijlpark during an Alumni Career Day organised in partnership with the NWU’s Career Centre. Absa Vaal and Teleresources/Only the Best, a recruiting company, informed the yet-to-be-employed graduates about job opportunities.
The next day, on 3 August, alumni from the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences gathered at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark to talk about what the future may hold.
Hitting the road
Then, on 16 and 17 August respectively, it was time to hit the road to Bloemfontein and Gariep in the heart of the Free State. This first-ever alumni event at Gariep – and in particular the effort made to meet with our alumni in more distant areas like this – was much appreciated, with alumni from as far as East London attending.
In addition to alumni, parents of prospective students also attended the events – one held in the beautiful surroundings of the Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens and the other on the banks of the tranquil Gariep Dam.
Having breakfast in Parys
Another waterside event took place on 29 August when alumni gathered for a breakfast near the Vaal River in Parys. During this event at the ArtLovers Guesthouse, alumni from the Vredefort Dome area listened attentively to Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, the NWU’s vice-principal and deputy vice-chancellor for employment equity and campus operations in Potchefstroom.
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Several alumni enjoyed each other’s company during an alumni breakfast in Parys.
Alumni David Mapikitla and Reuben Kgagara share a special moment with Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg.Dr Frans Prinsloo, David Mapikitla, and Mark and Corien Pretorius listen to Fika addressing alumni at the breakfast meeting in Parys.At Fika’s side is his wife, Sunette Janse van Rensburg. With them are alumni Rev Jabulani and Limakatso Temba on the left and Rev Koos and Lucia Cloete on the right.<>
The Absa and Teleresources exhibitions attract the attention of alumni attending the Alumni Career Day in Vanderbijlpark.
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