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September 2017

Alumnus and former Shop Manager appointed as coach for SWD (Published September 2017)

South Western Districts Cricket has appointed Baakier Abrahams as their new coach following the resignation of Andy Moles earlier this month. Moles, a former national coach of Kenya, New Zealand and Afghanistan, who was at the helm since July 2016 accepted the a post at the Afghanistan Cricket Board where he will coach the National A- and U/19 team.

Abrahams completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2008 majoring in Sociology and Business and Strategic Management. He obtained his Cricket South Africa Level 3 coaching certificate in 2010 and was employed at Eastern Province Cricket as an assistant coach to the senior provincial team and academy as well as the Cricket South Africa talent scout for the Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) in the Warriors region overseeing the age group pipeline from 16 – 19 years of age. He was also the Head Coach at the NMMU Madibaz Cricket Club between 2012 and 2016 and head coach of the SA Tertiary team in 2014 and 2015.

They will play their first provincial fixture of the season as from 2 November 2017 when they take on Eastern Province at the REC Ground in Oudtshoorn in the Sunfoil Cup Three-day competition.



Law graduate awarded Abe Bailey Travel Bursary (Published September 2017)
BCom (Law) graduate and third year LLB student, Michael Balie who has been awarded the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary for 2017 which covers an all expenses paid trip to the United Kingdom.

Michael is one of only 18 students selected from 24 South African universities to receive this prestigious award for this year. The recipients will travel to the UK in November with the objective of broadening the view of young South Africans who show exceptional leadership qualities; a strong service ethic; who wish to effect greater understanding and co-operation among those with various language and cultural backgrounds; to foster enterprise, commitment and effective participation in a common future and to promote South African unity.






PhD student awarded best paper trophy (Published September 2017)

Siyabulela Mandela – a PhD student in the Department of Political and 
Conflict Studies, who was awarded the best paper trophy at an International Conference on Peace and Conflict Management held in Sri Lanka recently.
The Conference was organised by the Global Academic Research Institute and the University of Colombo under the theme: International Peace and Conflict Management.  At the conference, Siya presented a paper entitled: Preventive diplomacy and 'conflict provention' as a model for the mediation of conflicts in Africa: A human needs perspective. The research  forms part of his PhD research studies. 

In the photo with Siya is Dr Maneesha Wanasinghe,  the Head of Department of International Relations at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.





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