Message from the Campus Rector (Acting)

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June 2, 2016 by Student 24/7 Blog

It is reassuring to note the quiet atmosphere on campus now that our students are readying themselves for the exams.  This can be seen as an indication that they are serious about their studies and that we can expect good results. I hope that every student works hard during his/her preparations for the exams and that the hard work that they put in will bear fruit.

There is a wave of renewed concern doing the rounds regarding the safety of campuses country wide in the run up to Youth Day.  We have also seen protest action resulting in damages on other universities and unrest happening at our neighbouring institution, VUT.  I would like to once again assure you that the safety of our students and staff remains paramount to us and we have proactive contingency plans in place to face any challenges head on.  Should you come across anything that may, in your opinion, jeopardize the safety on our campus, I request you to let us know immediately. You can do so by contacting Campus security on extension 103132 or Mr Pola Mmapulana on 082 320 2481.

In spite of the wet weather, role players across campus joined in to successfully conclude this year’s open day.  Please accept my warmest congratulations on an enthusiastic effort, which reflected a true image of every Faculty, School and Support Department, of which we can be proud.

The new Mr and Miss NWU Vaal were announced at a gala event on the same evening. Congratulations to Lawrence Marlow from Oryx and Zinhle Maseko from Thuthuka, who will be taking over the respective crowns from Thamsanqa Mangesi and Jahna Scholtz.  May you continue in the fine example that your predecessors set.  Our congratulations also to Neo Makobe (1st Prince) and Stefan Coetzer (2nd Prince) as well as to Marilyn Angel McOliphant (1st Princess) and Boitemogelo Mmankou (2nd Princess).

The Faculty Humanities recently hosted their annual gala in recognition of the hard work of their students in 2015. Congratulations to each student who received an award on the evening and also the Faculty for hosting such a special event.

The sixth annual Learning and Teaching Seminar is hosted by our colleagues at Academic Development and Support this week. The theme of the Seminar this year, Reshaping the Curriculum, will be discussed by among others Prof. Robert Branch from the University of Georgia (USA) and Prof. Lesley le Grange from the University of Stellenbosch.  The theme ties in well with the ADS theme for 2016 which is: Going places – The journey to academic success.  We wish you every success with the seminar.

It is with great excitement that I can officially announce the planned extension of our student accommodation infrastructure.  The Department of Higher Education and Training has committed to funding the construction of more residences on our campus. This is another testimony to the positive growth that we are experiencing on our campus.


Prof. Linda du Plessis
Campus Rector (acting)


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