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International fashion contest (published June 2012)

For the second consecutive year, an NMMU fashion graduate was selected to compete in the premier international student fashion competition Arts of Fashion in America.

BTech student, Arielle Arndt is the only contestant from South Africa to make the top 50, and follow in the footsteps of alumnus Bianca Boshoff, who travelled to San Francisco for the same competition last year.

Arielle now has to produce two of the three garments she has designed, and find sponsorship to fund her trip to San Francisco, where she will be able to attend a number of master classes and interact with leading fashion designers.   


 Alumnus represents South Africa (published June 2012)

Quantity surveying alumnus Khwezi Kondile recently represented South Africa at two youth leadership summits, the Y20 in Mexico and the G8-G20 in Washington.

A Business Analyst at the Accenture Group in Johannesburg, Khwezi was part of NMMU's Beyong the Classroom leadership development programme, preparing him for these summits facilitated locally by the SA Youth for International Diplomacy.


PE - born author publishes romantic novel (published June 2012)

Port Elizabeth - born author, Zanele Nondzimba, is now one of South Africa's latest novel sentations.

Zanele, who was raised in Cotsworld now shares the bookshelves with the likes of chic-lit doyenne Danielle Steel as her debut novel, From the First Kiss, begins to sell rapidly.

Zanele is a media studies graduate from NMMU and is currently a communication specialist and editor at Metropolitan Retirement Administrators based in Johannesburg.


Audi scores with BCom boss (published June 2012)

BCOM graduate Johan de Nysschen, has been appointed as the new the senior vice president of Nissan at Infiniti Worldwide in Hong Kong.

De Nysschen, worked as president of Audi in America, and was also at the forefront of turning Audi into a top luxury brand that is now mentioned in the same breath as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.


Alumnus runs Comrades (published June 2012)

NMMU professor and 16-time Comrades Marathon participant, Sylvan Blignaut, will contribute sponsorships from his last run to his former high school. 

Blignaut accepted donations and sponsorships ahead of the Comrades event – the proceeds of which will be given to his alma mater, Gelvandale High School which is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

He completed his 16th Comrades Marathon and finished 1272 in his category and his overall position being 10074.

The education faculty professor has been attached to over 30 different marathons around the country to date