Conference considers models to take Africa out of poverty

Hundreds of delegates from African and Croatian universities converged at the Cape Town Campus to attend the recent third International Leadership & Management in Projects Driven Industries in South Africa (LAMIPISA) Conference.

Organized by the Department of Management and Project Management, the four-day conference comprised of two sections; the traditional academic research papers and academic development models on how to eradicate poverty on the continent.

In the first section 67 abstracts and 49 full papers were submitted with 42 of them being presented at the conference by their authors.

The models for poverty eradication section, which was essentially new to most academics, had 38 abstracts and 29 of the 32 full papers were presented.

Besides South African universities the international community made an impressive attendance with universities in Croatia, Botswana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia and Tanzania sending delegates.

The Department of Agriculture and the Black Management Forum also attended the conference as observers, an opportunity which the organizers intend to exploit further for future LAMIPISA conferences.

The Higher Education Supervisors’ Association for Africa was adopted as an indispensable accessory to effective promotion of more masters and doctoral students to boost the position of academics on the continent.

The association has a membership of 91 members and its draft constitution is being developed.

“The association is intended to build itself into an apolitical association of African Supervisors for higher education to leverage the shortage of supervisory capacity as well as examination of thesis making use of resources outside of host institutions,” says Nobuhle Luphondo, a member of the Organizing Committee.

“All Model papers have been dispatched for peer review and will be converted into a textbook that will be utilized in African Universities for Development Economics,” adds Luphondo.

“We have two publishing houses who have indicated interest to publish this book.”

Mover and shaker returns to CPUT

An enterprising woman who has won many accolades in various industries has returned to lecture at CPUT.

From the music industry through modeling to the corporate world, whatever Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana touches turns to gold.

Last year she added more awards to her already long list of achievements including the following: selected for Destiny Magazine Power of 40 Report (Women Achievers under 40), Overall Award of the Opel Astra New and Innovative Business Award, Bronze Award for Ulwazi (wisdom) in the category of Black Business Quarterly Awards.

Tunzelana joined the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences last semester as Co-ordinator: End-user Computing Unit.

“As an Alumna, I believe I can add value to CPUT from the wealth of education & experience I have acquired globally for the past 16 years in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),” says the tenacious lady who aspires to become a Professor.

Her research interests are Digital Analytics & Digital Innovation in Information Systems or Information Technology as well as maintaining a 100% pass rate for students from diverse backgrounds, while treating each student as an individual.

Prior to coming to CPUT she ran multiple award-winning organizations in ICT Consultancy and a non-profit mentorship organization assisting young people to realize their dreams in spirituality, post-graduate studies in ICT, music, arts, and culture.

This music disc jockey is the Executive Producer of an award winning mixtape – Botho: MotwakoTape 2 by Lemonka.

Tunzelana also worked for multi-national and international companies such as Engen, Woolworths, Old Mutual and Metropolitan.

Students renovate and donate to shelter

Students in the Professional Secretarial Learning Programme have renovated and donated food, R18 000 and equipment to the Heaven’s Shelter House in Mitchell’s Plain.

The shelter cares for 95 women and children affected by violence, neglect and abuse.

The students are secretaries and personal assistants in various departments of the Western Cape Government who enrolled in the course at CPUT to advance their careers.

As part of the course, the group of 40 students were required to complete a project management assignment.

After visiting various shelters, the group adopted the Heaven’s Shelter House and renamed themselves  Heaven’s Helping Hands and began raising money and asking for donations of food, toiletries, toys and baby clothes.

The Department of Agriculture donated soil, seedlings, garden tools including a hosepipe and provided two of its officials to provide garden training to some people identified at the shelter to ensure responsibility.

The department also arranged annual sponsorship of vegetables and fruit from its contacts.

The students publicized the project on radio stations and a Facebook page was created.

On the outreach day the students built a sandpit on which the children can play and renovated the shelter. They also donated six computers to the shelter.

The course is offered by the Graduate Centre for Management which is housed in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences at CPUT.