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Alumnus, only South African chosen for World Cup Athletics (Published June 2018) 

Congratulations to Education alumnus and post graduate student Ischke Senekal and her coach Kobus Van Zyl for her selection to represent South Africa at the World Cup Athletics in London from 13 to 15 July 2018.  Top Bestmed Madibaz Athletics club athlete, Ischke, will be the only athlete from South Africa who will participate in two events, namely Shot Put and Discus.

South Africa is the only country from the Southern Hemisphere to be invited to take part in this competition.







Entrepreneur and alumnus in season two of popular TV series (Published June 2018)

Billy Siziba, an Architectural graduate has made it to season two of the TV series - "The Unbreakable Entrepreneurs". In 2016, Billy launched Bullyz Fitness, a fitness apparel brand and shortly thereafter, he met his business mentor ASA Mazomba who saw potential in him and encouraged him to enter the business pitching competition.

One of his stores is located on our South Xampus at the Fitness and Aquatics Centre. Check out his video at:




Alumnus participating in International Training in Sweden (Published June 2018) 

BAdmin graduate, Ntombovuvo Linda, is participating in the International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM) conference in Sweden. 

The ITDM builds on 45 years of peace and conflict research and education at Uppsala University, combined with insights from the Dag Hammerskjold Foundation's ongoing engagement in international policy discussions in the beacebuilding field. 





Nominations for Alumni Awards now open (Published June 2018)

The Nelson Mandela University Alumni Association once again invites alumni and academic departments to nominate alumni achievers for the 2018 Alumni Achiever and Alumni Rising Star Awards  to acknowledge individuals who have made their mark locally, nationally and internationally. 

Our alumni represent our global footprint and it is fitting that we recognize their achievements at all levels and in all disciplines. Read full article at: MandelaUniAlumni



Fashionista jetting off to international Fashion Festival (Published June 2018)


Fashion Design alumnus Siphesihle Soldati will be showcasing her new design collection at the Mercedes Benz African Fashion Week being held at the World Trade Centre in Accra, Ghana during July.
The fashion show is produced by Global Ovations in collaboration with the French Fashion Federation which are also the organisers of Paris fashion Week.
“Fashion Week is a huge thing to any designer. Apart from the fact that I will unveil my talent and skill but also bring me, retailers and consumers to a common platform. It’s the most effective trade event platform for us as designers and the people that are within the fashion industry, she says”. Read full article at MandelaUniAlumni


Global Alumni Ambassador returns to ‘give back’ (Published June 2018) 

Zimbabwean born and proud alumnus of Nelson Mandela University, Solomon Mudege, was recently promoted as FIFA Senior Development Manager.  Mudege is an MA Human Movement Science and FIFA/CIES/Nelson Mandela University Programme Sport Management graduate.  
Mudege is an MA Human Movement Science and FIFA/CIES/Nelson Mandela University Programme Sport Management graduate. He expressed his gratitude and pride in being a Mandela University ambassador and former staff member. 
On a visit to Port Elizabeth as guest speaker at the Sport Conference for the Nelson Mandela University FIFA/CIES Executive programme in Sports Management, Mudege informed the guests and students about the FIFA Forward Football Development Programme which was launched in 2016 by the current FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Read full article at: MandelaUniAlumni

Alumnus inducted into Radio Hall of Fame (published June 2018) 
Dave Tiltmann, Algoa FM Managing Director and BCom alumnus is celebrating 29 years with the  radio station, 18 years as MD.  Algoa FM recently received the Commercial Station of the Year in South Africa award at the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards.
“We have been knocking on the door for a few years now and in 2018 we simply broke the door down,” he said “What a feeling to win in front of the entire radio industry.”
This also meant that it was the first time in history that a station outside of Gauteng has claimed this title.  In addition to winning this Algoa FM also received recognition in the following categories; Best Community Project, Best Stunt/Promotion/ Event and Best Daytime Show. Read full article at: MandelaUniAlumni

New Alumni Council representative elected (Published June 2018)
At a recent Alumni Association Special Election Meeting, Ms Michelle Mbaco (BCom ’04, MA ‘13), was elected as an Alumni Council representative.

Ms Mbaco is currently a Senior Manager: Outreach and Reporting for the Parliament of South Africa’s ANC Parliamentary Caucus. She is a former educator and education official with qualifications and training from several other academic institutions. She is active in national and local structures such the National Empowerment Fund board and the Nelson Mandela University Alumni Association Executive Committee.

Ms Mbaco will start serving her four year term on Council from July 2018. 



Prof Hugh Jeffrey’s term ends 30 June 2018. A former Dean of Engineering at PE Technikon, Prof Jeffery served the university in many different capacities for many years. The Alumni Association and the University thank him for his selfless service. 





Alumni sisters' documentary screened at International Festival (Published June 2018)
Nelson Mandela University Alumni sisters,  Nomakhomazi Dewavrin and
Okuhle Dyosopu's documentary film was screened at the Encounters 20th South African International Documentary Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Nomakhomazi, 38 (Media and Communication) and Okuhleopu, 25 (Graphic Design) filmed their documentary, Land and Identity, in Cape Town last year.
The documentary centres around issues of the Group Areas Act during apartheid. Read full article at: MandelaUniNews