When alumnus, Songezo Mabece, is not dissecting issues of the day on SAfm's The View Point, he's serving as Legal Counsel and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Competition Commission of South Africa. Songezo was our guest speaker at the second Careers Café for 2019.
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Die Matie Press Club was launched in October. This get-together was held as a conversation with an experienced panel of speakers. On the panel were political commentator Max du Preez, investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Janet Heard, managing editor at Daily Maverick.
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The class of '79 Civil Engineering had their 40th class reunion in October. They had a walkabout on campus, wine tasting at L’Ormarins in Franschhoek and lunch and dinner in Stellenbosch.
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The inaugural Maties Dublin Hub was launched in October 2019. This hub is a social network of alumni living and working in Dublin, established to help them engage and interact with fellow Maties in their area.
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Darryn Havenga (middle), UK Fundraising Director within the Development and Alumni Relations Division, engaging with alumni and friends of the University in Dublin, Ireland.
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Political commentator Max du Preez and Judge Albie Sachs were the keynote speakers at the first Anton Lubowski Memorial Lecture held at the Faculty of Law on the 30th anniversary of his death.
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The newly-launched Doc Craven Golf Day took place in October. This event will be an annual highlight on the Maties Rugby alumni calendar. All proceeds went to the Craven Bursary Fund.
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We hosted a networking event in Zürich in September. Our host was Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU.
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The Development & Alumni Relations Division and The Maties Cricket Club recently held a Maties Tassies six-a-side tournament at the Coetzenburg Cricket Stadium. All proceeds went to the Maties Cricket Club Bursary Fund.
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The annual meeting of the Convocation took place on 14 November and was attended by more than 300 members.
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We recently visited various cities in Germany to engage with Law Faculty alumni. Guest speaker was Prof Theo Broodryk, Manager of the SU Law Clinic, who presented a talk on the topic: The South African class action mechanism: a cornerstone of access to justice.
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SRC alumni had a chance to catch up at a recent gathering. The aim of the event is to formerly recognise the incoming and outgoing SRC members and to provide cross-generational SRC alumni engagement and networking.