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September 2013

NutriTech gets top honours (published September 2013)

 

A Port Elizabeth supplements company that sponsors the Southern Kings, EP Kings and Chevrolet Warriors has won two national awards. NutriTech was the winner in the Whey Protein of the Year and Brand of the Year categories at the 2013 Chrome Annual Awards of Excellence recently.

The awards were instituted by Chrome to recognise Africa's favourite and most trusted supplements brands and products. NutriTech managing director and founder Jaco Serfontein hold a building diploma from NMMU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mixed results on Somerset East farms (published September 2013)

 

AGRICULTURAL management graduate, Ayanda Mehlo is the boss of his own farm, Kranzkraal and still knows exactly how to catch a sheep from his 1000-strong flock. Mehlo, started his path of entreporeneurship when just a child buy selling sweets at school with a R20 his grandmother had given him after his mother passed away.

From there, there was no turning back, Mehlo then supported himself throughout his school career and went on to own a spaza shop  and liquor business in town. He waited for more than six years to get land where he started a a sugar beet farm supplyign grain for the biofuel plant to be erected near Cradock.

 


 

The Young Design Duo win national competition (published September 2013)

 

TWO young Port Elizabeth designers beat off other cotenders to claim the prestigious titles of the winners of the first-ever Cobra Design Competition. The winnders were Andrew Mboyi for Edge in the student designer category and Leigh Mclaren for Ceramic Lace in the professional/other category both were awarded R30 000.

Mboyi is currently studying architecture at NMMU. Mclaren is a MArch graduate and candidate artichect at B4 Architects in Port Elizabeth and passionate about design.

 


 

NMMU star in line for 'best goal' prize (published September 2013)

 

DIPLOMA in Management graduate and BTech student, Niven Kops, competes against two students from North West University for the Varsity Football Cup's Samsung Superstrike: Goal of the Series.

The former Bay Stars and Bay United player said the nomination came as a suprise as is was simply the case of being "in the right place at the right time" during their match against Tshwane University of Technology on August 26. The winner will receive a Samsung S4 cellphone and a R1500 Debonairs voucher.

 

 

 


 

Bay dancer off to Joburg (published September 2013)

 

NMMU graduate, Aarti Narotam, hopes to leave audiences wanting more when she takes her one-woman show to Johannesburg shortly.  Her new project titled Devadasi will open doors for her as an artist.

Narotam who holds a BCom law degree from NMMU said she abandoned law for her passion in dancing. Devadasi was performed to sell-out audiences in Port Elizabeth and East London, followed by an international debut in Mauritius.


 

Bay does it again (published September 2013)

NMMU fashion graduate, Leigh-Anne Liebenberg will represent South Africa in an international textile dying competition in November. In the fifth consecutive year that NMMU has produced the national winner in the Society for Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition - and three of its previous NMMU winners went on to win the international competition.

Liebenberg, who works part time at Silver Spoon Clothing was overwhelmed when she received news of her victory against top fashion students throughout South Africa. She will be competing against 11 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Ireland, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

 


 

Interact Award for master's student (published September 2013)

 

COMPUTER Science master’s student Michael Kyazze recently received an award at the international INTERACT 2013 conference (held in Cape Town) for the best paper at the conference’s African Masters Consortium. 

Students from across the continent could submit papers for this. The paper was on A Model for Managing Personal Health Records Using Mobile Devices in South Africa. It was the first time that this prestigious conference was presented in Africa, with Prof Wesson (Dept of Computing Sciences) and Prof Paula Kotze (School of ICT) as co-chairs.

 

 

 


 

Master's student wins Interact Award (published September 2013)

 

INFOTECH: Software Development BTech graduate and current ICT Master's Student, Natalie Meiring, has won the Interact Award for the Best Masters Research Poster at the 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in Cape Town. 

The criteria for posters were:  Visual appeal, content, readability and design.

Natalie received the award based on the most votes received from the conference participants.  400 delegates attended the conference and different categories of posters were entered and judged.

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