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CPUT Libraries, in collaboration with the Department of Student Affairs (DSA), recently joined the global celebration of World Book and Copyright Day under the theme "Read Your Way”.

This annual event is observed worldwide, and it serves as a tribute to the invaluable contributions of books and authors, while also highlighting the importance of copyright protection in fostering creativity and innovation. The World Book and Copyright Day holds profound significance, tracing its roots back to UNESCO's decision in 1995 to commemorate April 23rd as a day of literary celebration. This date was chosen to honour the birth and death anniversaries of renowned authors, including William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, underscoring the universal appeal of literature and its timeless impact on human culture.

At the heart of CPUT's celebration were esteemed guest speakers, dedicated staff, and enthusiastic students, all gathered to partake in a series of enlightening discussions and presentations. Yunus Omar, Library Manager of the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, set the tone for the event, emphasising the importance of reading as a transformative force that enriches the mind and broadens the horizon. Njabulo Maphumulo, Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, emphasised the importance of cultivating a culture of writing and storytelling, stressing that it is crucial to create avenues where individuals can share their narratives and contribute to the rich tapestry of literature. Maphumulo also highlighted the critical role of access to books in empowering individuals to chart their intellectual journey. He stressed the need for collaborative efforts, such as this event, to bridge the gap and make educational resources more accessible to students.

There were also insightful presentations by guest speakers, Ntombozuko Bota- CPUT alumna and author of a book: A Seed Grown Into Flower and motivational speaker and Musa Tshabangu- first-year student and author, who captivated the audience with their inspiring journeys and invaluable insights into the writing, publishing process, and importance of copyright. With firsthand experience and expertise, they shared practical tips and financial considerations essential for aspiring authors, shedding light on the intricate path from conception to publication. Musa has authored two books, Decision Making and Koke ngaphasi komthunzi welanga kune skhathi sakho.

Under the adept direction of Regina Sikhosana, Library Manager, Faculty of the Engineering and Built Environment, the programme unfolded seamlessly, providing a platform for dialogue, learning, and inspiration. Janine Lockhart, Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services, extended heartfelt gratitude to all participants for their contributions and commitment to promoting information literacy as a skill taught in libraries to support learning and teaching, and protection of authors’ copyright and intellectual property in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Ntombekhaya Gwaqa , Marketing Librarian, said the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day was a testament to the institution's unwavering dedication to fostering social cohesion, a culture of reading, learning, and creativity. “Through collaborative endeavours and insightful discourse, it reaffirms the enduring significance of books as vessels of knowledge and the indispensable role of copyright in safeguarding the fruits of human imagination. As we reflect on this commemorative day, let us renew our commitment to cherishing literature, nurturing talent, and upholding the principles of intellectual integrity and cultural diversity.”

Prospective students are invited to come and explore CPUT’s exciting 2025 course offering during our annual Open Day on 11 May 2024.

The event will take place at the Bellville Campus and will showcase our exciting degree and diploma programmes in our six faculties - Applied Sciences, Business and Management Sciences, Engineering & the Built Environment, Education, Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design.

Whether you want to be a teacher, a journalist, a jewellery designer or a nurse – CPUT has something for everyone ready to kickstart their careers.

Open Day will also offer learners the opportunity to interact with staff members and students who will be on hand to assist with information.

The event will run from 9:00 to 16:00 and the venues on the Bellville campus will include the Major Sport Halls, the Student Centre, Old Education Building as well as faculty venues.

The loyalty, commitment and dedication of 240 staff members who have collectively served the institution for 4190 years, were celebrated during the recent CPUT Long Service Awards ceremony.

Among the recipients were ten staff members who have each served the institution for 40 years. They are:

  • Darrol Abrahams
  • Adenaan Abrahams
  • David Bailey
  • Gillian Khan
  • Charmaine Nutt
  • Patricia Samuels
  • Sonja Swanich
  • Elizabeth van Zyl
  • Jessy Van Wyk
  • Vidonia Viviers

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, thanked all recipients for the many years of dedication and sacrifice and said all of them had helped to “build up this institution brick by brick”.

“The fact that you are Long Service awardees means that many of you have seen and done it all during your tenure and have a wealth of institutional knowledge. Institutional memory is critical for the efficient functioning of any organisation.”

Nhlapo added: “CPUT will never forget what a marvellous job you have done, and you’ll always be one of us.”

The Centre for Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Change (CDISC) in collaboration with the Institutional Gender-Based Violence Committee (IGBVC) Pillar 6: Research and Information Management Systems recently held their 1st 2024 Crucial Conversation under the theme: Voices and Spaces, Creating Inclusive Spaces” # RecognitionOfVoices.

The event which was held at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre was attended by organisations such as Triangle Project, Gender Dynamix, Commission for Gender Equality, NSP GBVF Localisation, Transgender Advocate, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, CPUT Queer Unicorns, CPUT Student Representative Council, CPUT staff and students.

The purpose of the 1st 2024 Crucial Conversation was to provide platforms and opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to share their stories, perspectives, and experiences and to:

  • Encourage open and respectful communication between diverse groups to promote understanding, empathy, and acceptance.
  • Ensure that physical and digital spaces are accessible to people of all abilities, including those with disabilities, to create an inclusive environment.
  • Identify and address systemic barriers that prevent certain voices from being heard or inhibiting full participation in society.
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts between different stakeholders to design and develop inclusive spaces that meet the needs of all.
  • Promote diversity, inclusion and foster a sense of belonging for all CPUT staff, students, and those we interact with.

Stream Coordinator: Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity, Tumiso Mfisa, said the conversation allowed open engagement showing that “CPUT should hold itself accountable for creating and maintaining inclusive spaces, with clear strategies for measuring progress and enforcing policies”.

“What stood out for CDISC is that the conversation fostered a holistic view from a local and international perspective around Diversity, Inclusion, and a sense of belonging for all in Higher Education Institutions.”

Mfisa stated that the attendees must continue the conversation in their respective spaces, as this was the start of a series of crucial conversations. “CDISC extends gratitude to the CPUT community, international visitors, organisations, NGOs, members of society and other academic institutions that attended in person or joined via the CPUT YouTube channel.”

The Business and Information Administration Department in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences continues to pursue integrating practice into theory by engaging with industry partners.

Students and academics recently had the opportunity to engage with Sheremone Lottering, Regional People Partner at Shoprite Group of Companies. Lottering is a CPUT alumnus who completed his National Diploma and BTech degree in Human Resources Management (HRM) at CPUT and is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management at Stellenbosch University.

His guest lecture, The HR Value Chain: An essential component for adding value to HR, aligned to the content of the curriculum in subjects across the levels of study, and highlighted the pivotal role of Human Resources and the impact upon each aspect in the Value Chain.

Lottering further advised that, as the Regional People Partner, he gives input to all functional business and People related strategic requirements which is key to the day-to-day operational excellence of their business operations. His role also requires that he drives the tactical and routine people service delivery aspects in their business areas and that he takes operational accountability for the overall performance and productivity in the organisation.

Lottering stated: “Businesses cannot only be operations focused, they also have to be people centred.” He further stated that “It is essential that the correct people are employed in organisations with the necessary skills”. He expanded upon business strategies as it related to Checkers Sixty60 and the role of data analytics to achieve overall success.

Lottering quoted the philosophy of many great leaders “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”, and expanded upon the requisite audits which are required to ensure that the objectives of the organisation is achieved, and the importance of the financial resources, and the impact on the bottom line. He provided the audience with a relevant case study at the organisation and integrated into each level in the Value Chain.

He also highlighted that morals, ethics, values and fairness is integral to the success of any organisation, and contributes to the culture of the organisation.

Tyrees Jantjies and Kay-Cee Appollis, both Advanced Diploma students, provided positive feedback and indicated that the guest lecture enhanced their understanding as to the relevance of the Value Chain and the application to the various activities in the organisation.

Mandie Richards, senior lecturer and transformation chairperson in the Faculty of Business and Management, emphasised that pedagogy needs to be responsive to industry needs, and thus opportunities are provided for student to experience engagement with experts from industry.

Richards said the lecture elicited challenging questions from the students and staff, as pertains to the retail store and were provided with firsthand information by Lottering as to strategies currently in place at the Shoprite Group to address the situation. She further advised that Lottering’s guest lecture provided valuable insights and that information shared as pertains to strategy at the organisation, most times cannot be found in a textbook.

The Centre for Business Innovation and Incubation (BiiC) recently participated in a vibrant collaboration aimed at inspiring the next generation of technology enthusiasts at Thuto ke Matlaa Comprehensive High School in Tembisa, Johannesburg.

This engaging Career Day event was co-hosted by MTN Chenosis API Marketplace and Girlcode, and sought to encourage both girls and boys to explore careers in technology and showcased the exciting possibilities within the tech industry.

“At the heart of this initiative was the goal to demystify the pathway to a tech career, emphasising the importance of foundational subjects in high school,” said Prof Michael Twum-Darko, who led the BiiC. Twum-Darko added that the attendees were introduced to the key subjects essential for pursuing a career in technology, highlighting the role of mathematics, computer science, and physics in building a strong technical foundation.

He said that BiiC served as a technology and innovation partner to MTN Chenosis API Marketplace. “The BiiC Team showcased the cool factor of developing mobile apps using artificial intelligence (AI), captivating the learners with real-world applications, and demonstrating the limitless possibilities within the tech space.”

Twum-Darko also shared insights into BiiC's groundbreaking Machine Learning and AI online Learner Academy (Bridge-in), designed to bridge the gap between technical skills and the demands of the professional world. “This academy serves as a critical resource for newly recruited graduates at MTN Chenosis, providing them with practical training and hands-on experience to excel in the dynamic field of technology.”

He said the event proved to be an enriching experience for all attendees, fostering a spirit of curiosity and ambition among the students. By highlighting the collaborative efforts of industry leaders, educational institutions, and non-profit organisations, Career Day at Thuto ke Matlaa Comprehensive High School underscored the importance of nurturing talent and empowering the youth to embrace careers in tech, Twum-Darko remarked.

“Through such initiatives, the organisers and partners reaffirmed their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity within the tech ecosystem, inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.”

The CPUT Performing Arts Society will be showcasing their talents at the 21st edition of the popular Suidoosterfees.

The play titled The Funeral: Is he being reasonable? is written and directed by N.T Jikwa and explores how different people deal with grief.

It centres around Bathini, a religious young man who was taught to serve God in his church and community. When he experiences traumatic events that lead him to question God and his faith, Bathini takes extreme measures to confront God about his journey on earth.

The actors are Buhle Sihlahla, Lilitha Hiliza and Thato Sikhweni

Jikwa said the show was created to be “very inclusive” of the audience, who will feel that they are part of the show,

“They should look forward to drama and to be taken on a healing journey”.

Marysa Leukes from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, said the performance is scheduled for 1 May at 17:00 at the NATi Rep Theatre, Artscape.

The tickets are R80 and can be purchased via webtickets.