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News from the TuksAlumni Office

It seems as if the University’s alumni are becoming busier as the year moves on. The news stories in this edition range from a romantic evening that was held for couples who met at UP and an alumni bursary-holders' function to the fiftieth anniversary gala dinner of the Department of Mining Engineering as well as the usual reports from the alumni clubs and interest groups.

Alumni in London meet

On 20 October, an alumni gathering was hosted by UP in London. The event was held at the Investec Offices in the business district and attended by 52 alumni and guests. After Prof de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP,  welcomed alumni, Mr Ian Kantor, founder of Investec (and an alumnus and Laureate recipient (2003) of UP), introduced Prof Nick Binedell (GIBS), who gave a thought-provoking presentation. The formalities were followed by a networking event where refreshments were served. Other VIP alumni who attended included former Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Calie Pistorius, and his wife, Prof Michelle Olivier, and Ben Schoeman (award-winning pianist).

Guests were very appreciative of the opportunity to hear about UP and to network with other alumni. This event succeeded in strengthening ties between UP and its alumni.

The Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey (middle), with                   The speaker, Prof Nick Binedell, with alumni.  

Laureate recipient, Mr Ian Kantor, also           Joanette Fourie and alumni representative, Ronel van Zyl.
attended the London function. 


Regional events in SA


Some 40 guests gathered for dinner at the Fusion Boutique Hotel on the evening of 2 August for the Polokwane regional function. Dr Elmarie Liebenberg and Dr DC Jacobs from the TuksAlumni Office shared the latest information about the University with guests.

Elsa and Johan van der Merwe (front) with Martina                Peet van Zyl and Schalk van Dyk.
Kgasho standing at the back. 

Cape Town

The excellent 15 on Orange restaurant was the venue for Cape Town’s alumni event. Some 52 guests enjoyed the superb food and the talk given by Prof Wouter van Hoven, Acting Director of the Centre for Wildlife Management at UP.

Wilrich Schröder attended the Cape Town         Jean and Theresa Groenewald and Noeline Friend.


Alumni in and around Nelspruit had dinner at the Kuzuri Restaurant, Lowveld Botanical Gardens, on
22 September. Prof Anton Ströh, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, addressed the 29 guests about UP, the value of its alumni, the achievements of the Faculty and the operations of the Faculty in Nelspruit and surrounds.

Prof John Shongwe from the Tshwane University of             Front: Hennie and Drieka Erasmus.
Technology, Prof Anton Ströh, Dean:  UP Faculty of               Back: Hennie van Zyl and Elsabé Malan.
Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Hans Meyer and
Maryna Matthee.


UP alumni and members of the community in Newcastle gathered on 14 and 15 October for their annual wine-tasting fund-raiser and golf day. Mr Willie Spies, chairperson of the TuksAlumni Board, also attended the event.

Johannesburg regional golf day

The tenth annual golf day of the Johannesburg region took place at the Modderfontein Golf Club on Friday, 28 October. Alumni and their colleagues, friends and clients participated in the competition. After the day’s golf, the guests enjoyed drinks and dinner. The winning team comprised of Yugen Chetty, Bruce Crossen, Sandran Chetty and Victor Sundram of Absa Cash Management.

Victor Sundram and Yugen Chetty.

Alumni bursary-holders visit Kya Rosa

On 30 August, 21 bursary-holders attended a function in Kya Rosa organised especially for them by the TuksAlumni Office. The bursary-holders met Mr Willie Spies, chairperson of the TuksAlumni Board, who is the custodian of the TuksAlumni Bursary Fund. Staff of the TuksAlumni Office had the opportunity to meet the special group of future alumni, while the students expressed their gratitude to TuksAlumni for the opportunity to study at Tuks. 

Willie Spies, Chairperson of the TuksAlumni         Lindie Schuld of the Division for Study Finance and
Board and Thabang Mahlangu, an alumni           student Chanelle van Staden.

Business breakfasts

Alumni business breakfast for women

The TuksAlumni Office presented a business breakfast for women on 12 August in celebration of Women’s Day. Some 52 guests attended the event, where Thabiso Sikwane, a radio personality, addressed the women on the best strategies for breaking boundaries and to manage their careers confidently.  

Karen Kellerman, Isobel Vosloo, Lynette Holtzhausen        Front: Nonhlanhla Motau, Kavita Dave and Carin
and Carina van Niekerk.                                                       Erasmus. Back: Maggie Moleko and Olga Granova-Mooi.

Ntombi Mongqase, Linah Laka, Komane Lehong and Colleen        Vuyo Ntloko and Thabiso Sikwane.

Business breakfast with alumnus Mr Russel Loubser

Alumni were addressed by Mr Russel Loubser, Chief Executive Officer of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, at an alumni breakfast on 4 November. He has served as CEO of the JSE Limited since 2000. His responsibilities include the fundamental strategic repositioning of the JSE, including its pioneering agreements with the London Stock Exchange as well as the acquisition of the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) by the JSE. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a former member of the team that started the futures industry in South Africa in 1987.

Mr Russel Loubser and Prof Jan van Heerden at the alumni
business breakfast. 

Alumni concerts

Vivace Guitar Duo

The Vivace Guitar Duo performed at Kya Rosa on 16 September. Gerrit Roos and Jonathan Moolman, both alumni of the University of Pretoria, entertained guests with their brilliant classical guitar performance.

Gerrit Roos and Jonathan Moolman of Vivace Guitar Duo.         Sandisile Jacko and Dimmenico de Bruin.

Jazz concert with the Resonance Jazz Trio

A jazz concert was held for alumni at Kya Rosa on 30 September. The Resonance Jazz Trio comprises of Rudine Geer, Pule Makona and Charles Geer. Rudine completed her studies in jazz at UP and had her first solo shows at the Centurion Theatre. Pule is a lecturer and regularly performs as a jazz pianist for session music, live performances and at corporate functions. Charles is a double-bass and bass guitar player.

Willem van der Weshuizen, Pule Makona, Rudine Geer,            Carl and Denise Weston.
and Charles Geer.

Eddie Clayton and Maureen van Wyk.                               Marius Redelinghuys and Steven Hussey.

UP romantic dinner

On the evening of 2 September, Kya Rosa hosted some very special couples for a romantic dinner in celebration of spring and love. They were spoiled with romantic music, lovely food and wine. These couples all met at the University, and the dinner was the perfect setting to reminisce about how they met. Those who attended enjoyed it immensely, and requested that such a function be held every year. Of course there were some interesting stories:

Jaco and Lizelle Rademeyer

About 12 years ago a university friend of Lizelle's, Doreen, celebrated her 21st birthday on her parents’ farm just outside Nelspruit. However, transport for the students was a problem. Doreen’s cousin, who was in Erika with Lizelle, had a boyfriend (now her husband) who knew that one of his residence friends, Jaco, was planning to go to Nelspruit for the weekend, and he drove the three of them there. They found out that Jaco had gone to school with Doreen, and so he stayed for the party. From the start, we got on like a house on fire. At the end of the weekend, he invited me to go to the opening of STUKU’s Italian film festival. That was the start of many nights spent in deep conversation on the steps of the residence," says Lizelle.

The Van Zijls

As a first-year medical student, Jaco van Zijl saw a girl on a photograph that a friend showed him, and she immediately caught his attention. That was in 1960. In 1962, she came to Tuks, became a drum majorette and stayed in Klaradyn. In 1963, she broke up with her boyfriend. In 1964, Jaco woke up to the sound of seven girls raiding Sonop. They caught the girls and showered them, but before they left, he gave his raincoat to the pretty girl, in the hope of fetching it later, but she sent it back with Thys, who had escorted them.
Later Jaco phoned her to ask her out on a Saturday evening, but said she had to go home. To make him feel better his friends organised a blind date for him in Benoni for that Saturday. The Friday before that, he bunked class and sat on the lawn in front of the Aula, waiting for the Perdeby to appear. And who should walk right past him? The GIRL. She said she was only going home on the Saturday, and he asked her to go with him to the Ienk concert that evening. She agreed, and then he realised he didn’t have tickets. He searched the entire Sonop and found two tickets on a friend’s desk. He took them and left the money for them without any explanation!

It felt like he was walking on air when they got to the concert and Some enchanted evening played on the radio. The blind date the following night was a total disaster – he came back and wrote the most beautiful letter to the girl in Klaradyn. That did the trick, and they were married at the end of his final year.

The Buitendags

Lizette and her husband always took the same bus from the city centre to the Campus. She was in her first year and he was in his third. He regarded her as a youngster, and didn’t realise that she was madly in love with him. In her second year, she had to write a semester test in a difficult subject in the evening. That afternoon, he walked into Coffeebuzz, where she studied. Lizette was so stressed that she rudely tried to get rid of him so that she could study. Apparently that opened his eyes, because he arranged to see her the following day, and the rest is history – although she failed the test. They have been married for almost seven years now and have two daughters.

Coenraad and Nettie Fick

Coenraad and Nettie met at Pro Arte, where they played the violin together since grade 10. Both of them enrolled at Tuks, but for different courses, although they ended up together in the Industrial Engineering class. Somehow, their love lives were not in sync until they both had to play violin at the same function in 2003. After this event, they met each other for a bicycle ride each morning and love was in the air! They were married in 2004. They have a son and a daughter, and both of them still play the violin!

Hans and Chrissie Brink

They met at the Universiteitsoord church. Chrissie went to church with one of her girlfriends, and after the service Hans chatted to her friend (they went to the same school). He asked her who her “pretty friend” was, and she introduced Hans to Chrissie. He made his move quickly and immediately invited Chrissie for coffee, and the big romance started. They will be married for 30 years in December and have three daughters. Two of them have already completed their studies at Tuks, and the third will start next year.

Morrees and Lulu Janse van Rensburg celebrated            Vanessa Ngobeni and Lloyd.
their 50th anniversary earlier this year.

Zenroux Fourie and Anje Koetsier.                                   Paulette and Koos Reyneke.

Candice and SJ Malan.                                                             Anecdotes about the alumni's romances on
                                                                                                  Campus pinned to a notice board. 

Club and interest group news

The Food and Wine Guild

On 22 July, 64 alumni attended a wine-tasting and dinner at the renowned Ritrovo Ristorante in Waterkloof. Mr Abé Beukes, cellar master of Darling Cellars, and Mr Tinus van Niekerk presented the wine-tasting. Guests sampled the Darling Cellars Brut Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, Viognier/Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Kroon (a South African style red blend),  Sir Charles Henry Darling (a Bordeaux style red blend) and Noble Late Harvest.

TuksAlumni Golf Club

The TuksAlumni golfers were out early on 22 October for the TuksAlumni Golf Day. They played a fourball format at the Pretoria Country Club. After the golf, everyone enjoyed a light lunch and watched the rugby at the Pavilion at the club.

The winners were Sakkie Burger, Delyse Burger, Alfons Meyer and Sini Meyer. Second place went to Anton Richter, Jakes Jacobs, Dawie de Villiers and Pierre Edwards, and third place went to Anthonie Botha, Bernard Botha, Dirk Venter and PJ McKechnie.

The winners: Sakkie Burger, Alfons Meyer, Sini Meyer and Delyse Burger. 

In second place: Dawie de Villiers, Craig Carlyon,         In third place: Craig Carlyon, Bernard Botha, Dirk Venter,
Jakes Jacobs, Anton Richter and Pierre Edwards.           and Anthonie Botha.  

TuksClub 60+

TuksClub 60+ participated in a number of events during the past few months. On 4 August, Prof Wouter van Hoven, Acting Director of the Centre for Wildlife Management at UP, presented a talk on contemporary issues in wildlife conservation to approximately 100 members of the Club. The talk included issues such as rhino poaching, the hunting of canned lions and elephant culling, and was very informative and interesting.

The annual visit to the Kruger National Park from 11 to 16 September was one of the best ever. The 46 club members who made the trip stayed at Satara Camp, and saw different animals every day – 19 lions, hundreds of buffalo, cheetahs, leopards and much more. The alumni expressed their appreciation for the effort that went into the trip.

On 6 October, the Club gathered for a sport day. They played tennis and gholf, and for the first time in quite a while there was enthusiastic participation in bowls.

To end their year, the TuksClub 60+ boarded the Gautrein on 10 November. Approximately 100 alumni traveled to Rosebank for lunch where they were joined by Mr Jack van der Merwe, CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency.  

Gautrain trip: Prof Eggie Gerryts, chairperson of TuksClub 60+, 
Mr Jack van der Merwe (alumnus and Laureate 2010) and Dr André
Breedt of TuksAlumni.

International student and post-graduate function

On 6 September, international alumni and postgraduate students were invited to experience the history of Kya Rosa. The stories about the house were enhanced by the photos, furniture and romance of the building.

Tengesani Baliki (Botswana), Maitumeleng Ntho-Ntho            Amantle Basiame Marumo, Emmanuel
(Lesotho), Francis Wasswa Nsubuka (Uganda),  Afrael              Owusu-sekyere and Nana Kwamina Arthur enjoy
Sarakikya (Tanzania), Pardikor Madjitey (Ghana),                    the piano in Kya Rosa.
Dr Pieter du Toit (House father).

Function with Mining Engineering alumni of HVAC

The Mining Engineering alumni of HVAC International attended a function held for them at the Dros, Silver Lakes, on 26 September. Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman, Head of the Department of Mining Engineering at UP, addressed the guests and shared information on the Department’s future plans and how they, as alumni, can promote the University in the work they do. 

The HVAC International group: Deon du Plessis, Jaco-Albert Snyman,
Marius Kleingeld, Waldo Borman, Riaan Swanepoel, Jacqui Pietersen of the 
TuksAlumni Office, Ian Mulder and Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman.


Mining Engineering hosts 50-year gala dinner

On 5 November, the Department of Mining Engineering celebrated its fiftieth year of existence with a very special gala dinner at the St Georges Hotel. It was a dazzling occasion that exceeded the expectations of the 480 guests who attended. The Department also presented a commemorative book to the guests, who were very impressed with the publication that made everyone nostalgic.

Mr Katleho Mogase of 702 Talk Radio was the master of ceremonies at the occasion, where UP, the Department of Mining Engineering, the Mining Alumni Society of the University of Pretoria (MASUP), previous and current Mining Engineering students and their spouses and South Africa were honoured. Mr Manie Conradie, the current MASUP President, Mr Rick Mohring, former President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP, Mr Dirk van Niekerk, a founding member of MASUP, and Prof Con Fauconnier, Non-executive Director at Xstrata plc and Honorary Professor at the Department of Mining Engineering, were speakers. Mr Ben Leach, Honorary President of MASUP, said grace before the dinner.

Prizes were awarded to Advisory Committee members over the years, all heads of department, professors and lecturers in the Department over the past 50 years, and to Prof Fauconnier, who was the first honours student in the Department.

Alumnus dermatologist from Texas visits Kya Rosa

Alumnus, Dr Leonard Goldberg (left), a dermatologic surgeon who lives in Houston, Texas, 
USA, recently visited Kya Rosa. With him are Dr André Breedt and Dr Elmarie Liebenberg (left) of the
TuksAlumni Office.

Human Resources Alumni Forum founded

A group of alumni of the Department of Human Resources who recently founded an
official Alumni HR Forum.  Forum members plan to interact regularly and network in support
of their careers. Contact Prof Hannes de Beer at tel. 012 4203432 or hannes.debeer@up.ac.za
for more particulars.





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