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News from the TuksAlumni Office 

The TuksAlumni Office presented several regional and other events during the last few months, while the TuksAlumni Golf Club had their annual golf championships. You can also read more about the social responsibility project of the TuksAlumni Office as well as the planned alumni acitvities for the next few months.

Alumni Office's donations keep children warm this winter


A social responsibility project of the TuksAlumni Office, which started with the donation of used paper for the purposes of recycling, has culminated in the donation of blankets to a disadvantaged preprimary school in Mamelodi, Pretoria.


The used paper that was collected at Kya Rosa over a period of time by TuksAlumni and the Department for Institutional Advancement staff members was purchased by Mondi to be recycled. The funds that were received were used to buy blankets, which were presented to the children of Viva Village a needy community that had been identified by the TuksAlumni Office on Friday, 16 April.


The community in which Viva Village is located is an informal settlement in Mamelodi East that is home to over 250 000 inhabitants. It suffers from an unemployment rate of 89%, a high level of illiteracy, an increasing crime rate and children who suffer the effects of HIV/AIDS. The University of Pretoria is involved in a number of projects to uplift this community, including the construction of an after-school centre by construction management students and the provision of counselling services by students in educational psychology.


The preprimary school that has been established as part of this project provides a secure, healthy environment for these vulnerable children. It is attended by about 30 children from four to six years of age on a daily basis. They are fed, cared for and participate in a programme of educational activities, and were overjoyed to receive the brightly coloured blankets that will keep them warm throughout the winter.  

TuksAlumni staff member, Vuyo Ntloko, with children            These boys were quite impressed with their new blankets.
from the Viva Children's Village.

Retirement seminars are well attended

The TuksAlumni Office presented two seminars on retirement in March – one for people younger than 65 and the other for those over 65. These seminars were well attended and proved to be very successful. Dr Piet Muller, a futurologist and writer, acted as facilitator at these sessions.


The seminar for the younger group focused on preparing for retirement. It covered aspects such as the psychological and future aspects of retirement, determining what one wants to do with the rest of one’s life, medical aspects of aging, inner growth after retirement, and the all-important financial aspects of retirement.


At the seminar for the older group, an attempt was made to find answers to the following two questions: How can I finance my life expectancy (since people’s life expectancy has increased by 40 years since the previous century)? How do I find sense and peace in my later years? Topics covered included paradigms on age, money matters and the medical aspects of aging.


Alumni group gets together after the Varsity Cup


The TuksAlumni Office organised tickets for the big Varsity Cup match between the universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch on 1 March. About 67 alumni attended the game, and although Tuks lost, the vibe was good! Afterwards, 30 people gathered in a restaurant for a function hosted by Prof Niek Grové. Everyone enjoyed the evening, and the bonds between alumni were once again strengthened. 

Johannesburg region holds AGM

Alumni of the Johannesburg region convened for their annual general meeting at the GIBS Campus on 12 May. After the AGM, alumni could enjoy dinner. The speaker at the event was Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Principal and Chancellor. Approximately 100 people attended the event and the music was provided by Aanklank, a group of two Tukkie students.

Vernon and Kobie van Wyk.                                   Front: Neo Tsebe, Tebogo Sebambo; Back: 
                                                                               Ben Ridgard and Riaan Booysen.

TuksAlumni business breakfast with Michael Katz

Prof Michael Katz was the guest speaker at the TuksAlumni business breakfast that took place on 7 May. He discussed the topic Trends in South Africa on both corporate law and tax reform.

His presentation focused on the new Companies Act and the changes it contains with regard to the amalgamation of companies, categories of governance, directors’ duties of compliance, business rescue and the recognition of employees.

Prof Katz is the chairperson of the corporate law advisors, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc. In 1997, he was awarded an honorary professorship by the University of Pretoria and he was appointed as an extraordinary professor. He is featured as a leading lawyer in several international guides on lawyers, such as the Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Lawyers 2008 and the PLC Which Lawyer 2008/2009.

Michael Katz was the speaker at the first Alumni Business Breakfast for 2010.

Club and interest group news


AmaTuks Soccer Supporters Group


The AmaTuks Supporters’ Group is active, and has supported AmaTuks throughout the Nedbank Cup this year. They even travelled to Pietermaritzburg to support their team against AmaZulu in the quarterfinals, which the team unfortunately lost by one goal.

TuksAlumni Golf Club

The TuksAlumni Golf Championships took place at the Pretoria Country Club on 6 March. It was a successful event in which 88 players participated.

The winners of the championships were as follows:

Men’s champion for 2010:
Anthonie Botha with 73 points

Men – A Division:
Dawid Muller with 67 points
Anthonie Botha with 70 points
Gideon Lombard with 72 points

Men – B Division:
Jacques Botha with 43 points
Rene Otto with 35 points
an van der Merwe with 35 points

Men – C Division:
Tucker Vorster with 33 points
Brett Oldridge with 32 points
Kobus Coetzee with 26 points

Ladies’ champion for 2010:
Lenza de Jager with 83 points

Laetitia Steynberg with 31 points
Colette de Klerk with 31 points
Gaye Vivier with 29 points

Artur Pereira with 32 points 

Francois van Schouwenburg was closest to the flag on the eighth hole, and Anthonie Botha on the 14th hole, while the longest drive on the 12th hole was by Willie Theron.

The new committee was elected at the annual general meeting, and is as follows:

  • Dr Pierre Davis (Captain)
  • Anthonie Botha
  • Craig Carlyon
  • Erich Grützmacher
  • Dudley Pound
  • Willie Theron
  • Christene Hare
  • André van Wyk
  • Dirk Venter 

Be sure to diarise the following events on your golf calendar: 

  • EBIT (Engineering Golf Day) on 30 July at the Pretoria Country Club
  • Tuks vs Rhodes on 15 August at the Irene Golf Club
  • Tuks vs Kovsies on 19 September at the Irene Golf Club
  • TuksKlub 60+ on 7 October at the Pretoria Country Club
  • TuksAlumni Golf Day on 23 October at the Pretoria Country Club
  • Tuks vs Maties on 7 November at the Wingate Park Golf Club


For more information on the TuksAlumni Golf Club, please contact Lynette Smith at 012 420 2278 or 


Be sure to diarise the following dates over the next three months:

  • 1 June: Deadline for nominations for the Laureate Awards
  • 3 June:  TuksRugby Supporters Club (TROK): Golf day
  • 4 June: TuksAlumni Food and Wine Guild: Tasting of outstanding French sparkling and South African table wines
  • 9 June: TuksClub 60+: Culture visit
  • 23 July: TROK lunch
  • 29/30 July: TuksAthletics Supporters Club: Lunch (2)
  • 30 July: TuksAlumni Golf Club: Engineering Golf Day, Pretoria Country Club
  • 5 August: George regional event
  • 5 August: TuksClub 60+: Lunch-hour concert and light lunch
  • 6 August: NKP Rugby Supporters lunch
  • 12 August: TuksSport Golf Day: Nelspruit
  • 12 August: Windhoek regional event
  • 19/20 August: TuksSport Hall of Fame Event
  • 29 August - 3 September: TuksClub 60+: Annual visit to Kruger National Park