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June 2014

No place like home for Zoetmulders (published June 2014)

The business of sport is more than a job for the Zoetmulder family, who spend most of their weekends ensuring active Port Elizabeth residnets have unique events to keep them busy.

Michael, owner of ZSports and BSc graduate has worked for Delta (now General Motors), travelled to Europe and Autralia, started a profesional lifesaving company called Pals which he managed for four years, then moved back to the UK getting back into the IT business becoming a shareholder and eventually returned to Port Elizabeth in 2005.

His wife, Sandy, is the owner of News Cafe at the Boardwalk, and has received national awards as marketer and brand builder of the year despite the PE News Cafe being one of the smallest in their chain. 

After spending 10 years abroad and returning to Port Elizabeth in 2005 Michael started a company called Dare2Paddle which grew into managing the Surf Ski Series and started Ocean Racing Series which now heads into its 10th series and is Africa's largest family beach event.

 


 

Alumni representatives elected (published June 2014)

 

THREE Alumni representatives were elected to structures at this year‟s AGM.

The meeting which was held during May, elected two represent-atives to serve on Council and one Institutional Forum representative.

Cumngce Gawe, current Council Vice Chair and Prof Hugh Jeffery were re-elected.

Alumni Association Vice President, Evert Knoesen, was elected as the alumni repre-sentative on the Institutional Forum.

 


Alumni develops solar powered tablet (published June 2014)

 

South African startup Millbug Technology has developed a low-cost solar powered tablet, providing an accessible device for those who do not have electricity.

Millbug was founded in 2012 by Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwanaas as an e-commerce platform selling women’s clothing.

The duo studied at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and made use of online courses to educate themselves about electronics. The tablet is currently market ready and retails for ZAR1,499

 


 

Fine Art graduate excels (published June 2014)

 

Congratulations to Lisa-Mari Ledwick, a masters student in Fine Art who has made the official selection for the inaugural Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival (IMSFF).  She has been recognised for her work “Soliloquy” in the Narrative Shorts category.

IMSFF will take place from 25 - 29 June 2014 at the MAXI-Cineplex in the Hatfield Plaza, Pretoria.

Well Done Lisa-Mari!

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