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New leadership for EC alumni

Colleagues from the Mthatha Unisa Office with Nicolas Mnguni (Centre Manager) (second from left)

Alumni gathered on 17 August 2018 in Mthatha at the Hotel Savoy and Conference Centre to welcome the new leadership of the chapter. Thando Mxoli was elected as the new convenor.

Motale Nkgoang, Regional Director of the Eastern Cape, made a plea to alumni of the chapter to become more involved with activities in the region, especially where community outreach was concerned.

He said that Unisa was involved with the Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu universities in the construction of a collaborative library. “This is a mega-library that costs R200 million, and houses a multimedia centre, book collections, e-resources, and administrative offices. The facility caters for 18 000 students and has further capacity to seat at least 2 500 students.”

Lloyd Modjadji (Fundraiser: Unisa Foundation) did a presentation about individual giving, and quoted Warren Buffet: Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree long ago.

Thando Mxoli has been elected as the new convenor of the Mthatha Alumni Chapter.

Sabelo Mhlungu, President of the Unisa Convocation, informed alumni about the need to resuscitate the Convocation bursary, which will benefit students who have completed their studies but who cannot graduate because of outstanding fees, and final-year students who are left with no more than seven modules to complete. “Over and above the importance of communities getting involved in the affairs of the university, it is important for Unisa to invest in the recruitment and employment of their own graduates.”

Sabelo Mhlungu (President: Convocation)

New convenor for Mthatha

Who is Thando Mxoli?

Xabiso Msimelo Luthando Mxoli is a Unisa alumnus with a BCom Economics degree and a final-year LLB Unisa student. Advocating human rights is what drives and motivates him, hence he is the national organiser of the Academic and Professional Staff Association (APSA). He is responsible for galvanising Unisa workers behind the banner of APSA and assists in resolving workplace struggles.

His plans for the chapter moving forward

“The chapter will strive to grow so that it does not only exist on paper but is active and engaged in its mission to advise and serve the vision of Unisa, which to be theAfrican university shaping futures in the service of humanity. We will be there to coordinate alumni activities and events and most importantly to promote the membership of the Alumni Association.”

Publish date: 2018/10/09