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May 2013

Programmes first cum laude graduate  (published May 2013)


BCom accounts first cum laude graduate, Khanya Ndzululeka, has made NMMU history as the first student in the School of Accounting's Thuthuka bursary programme - which aims to grow the number of black chartered accountants.

Ndzululeka said she owed her success to a balanced approach to her studies, excellent time management skills, strong family support and her faith. The Mthatha-born student has no doubt she will one day become a chartered accountant - and is aiming to use her skills to help others.



Alumnus appointed as new Proteas coach (published May 2013)


SPORT management graduate and former Warriors coach, Russell Domingo, has been appointed as the new South African cricket coach from August this year. Domingo who was the assistant for the past two years, will be taking over from former South African cricketer, Gary Kirsten.

Domingo's appointment was announced less than 24 hours after Kirsten opted out of renewing his contract for another two years. The former Chapman High School pupil said "It's not all love and fresh air - there is a lot of work to be done, and its only the start. It's a challenging period in my career."  



EX - Bay CA leads Grant Thornton Merger (published May 2013) 


BCom (Hons) NMMU graduate, Andrew Hannington, has been appointed chief executive officer of Grant Thornton auditing firm after playing a pivotal role in a two-month merger between the company and multidisciplinary professional services firm PFK.

The merger will move the second-tier Grant Thornton a step closer to its aim of playing in the same league as the "Big Four" in SA after Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Deloitte and KPMG. The newly appointed CEO said Grant Thornton Johannesburg would have 500 employees including 50 directors and 100 CAs. 




Bay Lecturer creates own light aircraft (published May 2013)  


A lifelong passion for aviation and inventing has paid off for NMMU lecturer and MDip Tech (Mechanical Engineering) graduate, Russell Phillips, with his creation of a light aircraft gracing the cover of popular aviation magazine SA Flyer last month. The Whisper X is the second aircraft that mechanical engineering lecturer has designed and built.

Phillips also has several noteworthy inventions in the renewable energy field, including the "twerly" a green street light completely powered by wind and solar energy, which is being commercialised.



Pharmacist runs chain of pharmacies for over 30 years (published May 2013)


AFTER over 30 years of running successful pharmacies, Port Elizabeth businessman and MPharm graduate, Deon Schoeman says the secret to success is hard work, taking care of employees and customers and providing exceptional service.

Schoeman owns the Klinicare chain of pharmacies in Nelson Mandela Bay which comprises eight pharmacies, two franchise stores owned by independent pharmacists, a nursing services business and a medical homecare store. Plans are in the pipeline to expand the business throughout rhe Eastern Cape. 

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