Graphic design students and graduates receive more national and international honours

Following hot on the heels of prizes at both the Loerie Awards and the Student Gold Pack Awards (read more:, North-West University (NWU) students and graduates in Graphic Design continue to reap national and international recognition for their distinctive creativity and skills.

Submitted on Mon, 12/04/2023 - 15:02

Lecturer and student shine in Christmas Concert recording

In a delightful showcase of musical talent, North-West University (NWU) lecturer Thomas Erlank and second-year BA student Sisikelelwe Mngenela took the spotlight as soloists in Salon Music's enchanting Christmas Concert recording.

The recording took place in Studio M1 at the SABC in Johannesburg. Accompanied and guided by Dr Antoinette Olivier, the duo's outstanding performance promises to mesmerise audiences nationwide.

Submitted on Tue, 11/28/2023 - 14:09

Will young people turn out to register to vote this weekend?

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it is ready for this weekend’s voter registration (18 - 19 November) and is urging the youth to make use of this opportunity to be able to vote in next year's local and national elections.

However, Naledi Modise, lecturer in politics and international relations at the North-West University (NWU), notes that the North West province has among the lowest turnouts in the country, with only 42,36% of registered voters turning out to  vote in the 2021 local government elections.

Submitted on Fri, 11/17/2023 - 12:16

Lifting Dreams stimulates young minds

When we all lend a hand in helping the communities around us, we improve everyone's quality of life. This is what the Lifting Dreams organisation aims to do. Lifting Dreams seeks to transform communities through education – and it should come as no surprise that academics and students from the North-West University (NWU) are part and parcel of this weekly run initiative.

Submitted on Fri, 11/17/2023 - 09:09

School of Music honours students at Bursary Winners’ concert

“Music students are easily recognised, not by the musical instruments they carry, but by their dedication, respect, and unwavering commitment. They are the embodiment of hard work, continuously striving to better themselves, and their art.”

These are the words of Dr Yvonne-Marié Brand, director of the School of Music during her welcome message at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Music annual Bursary Winners’ concert on 24 October 2023.

Submitted on Thu, 11/16/2023 - 09:24

Poverty thrives where corruption is high

“When good governance is sacrificed on the altar of corruption, service delivery falters. Where corruption thrives, as we have seen in many of our municipalities, an increase in poverty becomes inevitable.”

This is according to Prof Kedibone Phago, director of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) School for Government Studies, who explains that corruption is killing the country’s future.

Submitted on Wed, 11/15/2023 - 08:50

Unlocking the cultural language of emojis: a study on Facebook emojis and isiXhosa meanings

A researcher in the School of Communication at the North-West University (NWU), Dr Quatro Mgogo, has embarked on a study to explore how Facebook emojis are being employed to shape the meanings of izaci namaqhalo esiXhosa (isiXhosa proverbs and idioms).

The study also delves into how isiXhosa-speaking Facebook users are harnessing emojis to breathe fresh life into isiXhosa expressions. This study, rooted in interpretivist research philosophy, seeks to decode the cultural values of the Xhosa community through their use of emojis in digital communication.

Submitted on Tue, 11/14/2023 - 10:44

Academic walks away with Best Poetry award 2023

Kaka Mokakale from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) subject group Setswana was announced the winner in the Best Poetry category of the 2023 South African Literary Awards (SALA).

The awards were made after the Africa Century International African Writers conference that took place on the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus.

Kaka competed against six nominees out of more than 30 entries, and his anthology of poetry – TSWINA YA POKO – were announced the winning entry.

Submitted on Fri, 11/10/2023 - 09:46

Capability development is key to sustainable employment – North-West University

Imagine an hourglass and think of one of the countless impoverished communities in South Africa. Ask yourself: How do we enrich the lives of the people in these communities and equip them with the skills to secure sustainable employment opportunities? If you fill the hourglass with resources and turn it over, these resources will trickle down steadily, but leave few lasting effects for the community. Therefore, the question remains unanswered.

Submitted on Thu, 11/09/2023 - 08:49

NWU designers dazzle at Loerie and Student Gold Pack awards

Winning an award once is admirable. Winning it twice is even better. Winning it again and again is a feat.

Students and graduates of the North-West University’s (NWU) Graphic Design subject group shine in national and international awards competitions year after year. Showing incredible consistency, they have been bagging awards through their distinctive creativity and skills.

This year, true to their tradition, NWU designers again excelled at the international Loerie Awards and the Student Gold Pack Awards.

Submitted on Fri, 10/20/2023 - 11:46