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July 2017

DVC appointed by President Jacob Zuma (Published July 2017)

 
DVC: Institutional Support, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, has been appointed 
by President Jacob Zuma as Deputy Chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).
  
Dr Muthwa has been a part-time Commissioner of the FFC since July 2014.
 
Her institutional memory and expertise as well as her experience as a serving member of the FFC will add enormous value to the Commission.
 

The Commission's primary objective is to make recommendations to Parliament, the provincial legislatures, local government and other organs of state on financial and fiscal matters as envisaged in the Constitution and other national legislation.

 

 

 


Professor elected as first Chairman (Published July 2017)
 
Alumnus Prof Andre Calitz of the Department of Computing Sciences was 
recently elected as the first Chairman/President of the Southern African Computer Lecturer’s Association. 
 
He was elected at the 46th Annual SACLA Conference held earlier this month.  Over the past few years, Prof Calitz was instrumental in changing the SACLA management structure resulting in a formally elected Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman/President.  
 

The annual SACLA conference, now under his leadership, is hosted by a different South African university every year and the SACLA conference now produces an accredited Springer publication. He is also Chairman of the newly established South African Computing Accreditation Board (SACAB). 

 

 


PhD students receive SAIP awards (published July 2017)
 
 
Two Physics students received awards at the recent annual conference of the SA Institute of Physics (SAIP) held at Stellenbosch University.  
 

In the Applied Physics Forum division, George Isoe (centre) won the award for the Best PhD Poster while Ross Dix-Peek (3rd from right) won the award for Best MSc Oral Presentation.  Ross also won a second award. 

 


 

Graduates selected for the Young African Leadership Initiative (Published July 2017)
 
Development Studies student and SRC Academics Officer, Sandile Mjamba (top right) and Sigqibo Jack (bottom right) an honours in economics student, who have been 
selected the Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Centre. 
 
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former President of the United States, Barack Obama, 
as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. 
 
The RLC SA will develop young African leaders in Business
 and Entrepreneurship Development; Civic Leadership; and Public Management and Governance through a hybrid of innovative and complimentary approaches that include contact sessions; online mentoring; online self-paced tuition; industry placements and experiential learning.
 
They will be taking part in the fellowship from 13 August to 9 September 2017. Sandile has been selected for the Entrepreneurship and Business Development track Sigqibo has been selected for the Public Management track. 
 
 

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