Back after 50 years


Fifty years after taking their first steps as brand-new students on the campus of the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, or at the Potchefstroom Teachers’ Training College, they were once again in Potchefstroom.


What a festive day it was when the first years of 1967 visited the campus on 27 October. Theo Cloete, director of marketing and student recruitment, told them about some of the latest developments at the NWU and expressed the university’s appreciation for their ongoing support through the years.


Alumni’s roots are
spread far and wide

Young and old came from all over, everyone with the same purpose in mind – to strengthen their ties with fellow alumni and their alma mater.

A group of first years from 1967 visits the campus in Potchefstroom. They are Kobus van der Walt, An du Plessis, Frik Prinsloo, Cornelia Swanepoel, Ernst Breet, Francien Smuts and Izak Hoffman.

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Alumni from the campus in Potchefstroom recently gathered in Pretoria, Potchefstroom and far-off Swakopmund in Namibia.


For the Pretoria function on 20 September, around 120 alumni gathered at the Olympus function venue. Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, the deputy vice-chancellor of the campus in Potchefstroom, talked to them about the NWU’s unitary strategy and why that is important for the future of the university. Dr Theuns Eloff, the former vice-chancellor of the NWU, was also one of the guests.


Pharmacy celebrates 75 years


Pharmacists came from far and wide on 10 and 11 November to visit the campus in Potchefstroom and to celebrate the School of Pharmacy's 75th anniversary with a symposium and gala dinner.


During the tour of the new pharmacy building on the Friday afternoon, many alumni could not believe their eyes when they saw all the state-of-the-art facilities.


Saturday was symposium time, with quite a number of eminent speakers taking to the podium. Alumni could listen to Prof Sarel Malan, chairperson of the South African Pharmacy Council, Dr Joey Gouws, registrar of the Medicines Control Council, Vincent Tlala of the South African Pharmacy Board, Joubert Krugel of the auditing firm KPMG, and Prof Antoon Goossens, the first dean of the former Pharmacy Faculty.


That evening Prof Robert Balfour, the deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning, opened the gala event. Prof Awie Kotzé, the executive dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, gave an overview of the faculty and the position of Pharmacy within it.


Where the ocean and the dunes meet


Where Namibia’s reddish-brown dunes and the cold Atlantic Ocean meet, another group of alumni demonstrated how proud they are to still be part of the NWU.


Staff from the alumni office and 30 alumni gathered in the Swakopmund Plaza Hotel on 3 November to renew their ties, even with the university more than 1 000 km away.


During the function, the alumni wished the university management well in implementing the new strategy..


In the back row with Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg (centre) are Pretoria alumni John Jacobs, Ruan Meyer, Ili Kirsten, Cecile Bisschoff and Adri Haasbroek. In front are Martin Park, Morne du Toit and Nico Botha.

At the event in Swakopmund are Izette Schouwstra of the alumni office, Prof Rikus Fick, director of student life on the campus in Potchefstroom, and alumni Henry McCarthy, Elmine McCarthy, Julia Engels and Chris Engels.

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