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Alumnus listed in Mail and Guardian 
Nelson Mandela University alumni Chumisa Ndlazi who was named in the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2019
Chumisa Ndlazi is the Marketing and Communications Practitioner, CSIR, and holds a BA (Media, Communication and Culture) and was named on the list under the Science & Technology category.


“Science wasn’t always a subject that fascinated me because I didn’t understand the importance of it. However, when I joined the CSIR and started interacting with the researchers, reading and learning about the work they do and its impact, I developed a passion for science communications,” she says. “Now I’m convinced that science communicators have a huge role to play in bridging the gap between the world of science and technology and the public.”


Pioneer in the wool industry

Ria Dreyer is the first woman wool appraiser in South Africa, with nine years of experience in the wool industry. Employed at BKB, South Africa’s largest wool brokering organisation, she hopes to make a unique contribution to the wool industry by completing her doctorate soon.

Born and raised in Beaufort-West, Ria recently received the Nelson Mandela University Council Award for the best Master’s in Technology by Dissertation: Science, Engineering and Technology at the recent annual Academic Awards.

She obtained 78% for her Master’s degree in Agriculture, focusing on communal wool production.





Alumnus heads to South Korea

Madibaz swimmer, Alaric Basson has taken another step forward in his career by being included in the South African squad to participate in the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea next month.

The 23-year-old Uitenhage-based star will make his first appearance for South Africa at this level and is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the best in the world.

The championships will take place in Gwangju from July 12 to 28, marking a busy time for the construction management post-graduate student.

Basson will first attend the World Student Games in Napoli, Italy, from July 3 to 14 before turning his attention to one of international swimming's top-level events.