Vanderbijlpark Campus News

South Africa post-2020: Covid-19 and the economy (part 2)

It was not the aftermath of the storm. Indeed, the rain was still pelting down, but South Africa’s economic ship needed to be steered towards lost prosperity. In this, the second part of a series of articles, Professor Raymond Parsons from the Business School at the North-West University (NWU), looks at how the easing of the lockdown restrictions affected the economy.

As a sense of “normality” – and the word is used in its most diluted sense here – returned as restrictions were eased from Level 5 of the lockdown, a gradual recovery of the economy ensued.

NWU lecturer appointed as acting High Court judge

Mr Mandla Motha, a part-time lecturer at the North-West University’s Faculty of Law on the Vanderbijlpark Campus, was recently appointed as an acting judge of the North Gauteng High Court.

Mandla was born in Soweto and spent three years in Durban, but came back to Johannesburg to obtain his matric qualification.

He completed his BA…

Marlene’s undying fighting spirit

It’s exciting to be a university student, but it is also very challenging on so many levels: figuring out a career, managing your time, and, for Marlene Taylor, finding out that she has kidney stones.

The 23-year-old Marlene Taylor is from Vanderbijlpark and the youngest of three siblings. She enrolled for her BA degree in Language and…

Once in a lifetime

It was an almost unfathomable feat. It was as close to perfection as a bowler can hope to get. What Graeme Pieter Bouwer, an alumnus of the North-West University’s Vanderbijlpark Campus, accomplished in 1991 was unreal.

Bowling at the Dick Fourie Stadion in Three Rivers, Vereeniging against the Meyerton Cricket Club, Bouwer took five…

NWU first to host disciplinary hearings online

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced courts and institutions across South Africa to embrace digital platforms with unprecedented haste – also for legal proceedings.

Taking the lead, the North-West University (NWU) is one of the first institutions in the country to host their disciplinary hearings online.

Student Judicial Services on the…

NWU donates much-needed hand sanitisers to schools

With no vaccine in sight for Covid-19, a number of countries are under a lot of economic pressure, trying to lessen the impact of the pandemic. Over the last few months South African businesses and citizens have come together to assist the less fortunate, with food, medical supplies, clothes and toiletries.

The Faculty of Natural and…

Club player Kazlo boasts with 50 games for the first team

Taking the field in 50 games for your rugby club’s first team is definitely an exceptional achievement. Kazlo Holtzhauzen of the rugby club of the North-West University (NWU) in Vanderbijlpark – the NWU Vaal Rugby Club – achieved this honour earlier this year.

The 27-year-old Kazlo not only shines as player for the club, but also as…

Alumnus publishes tell-all mental-health memoir

When Dr Kleinjan Redelinghuys, an Optentia postdoctoral research fellow and expert in industrial psychology, recently published his book, Unfiltered: Grappling with mental illness, he was guided by two objectives.

The first was to write about a side of himself that people have never seen before – a vulnerable, struggling and messy side. The…

NWU’s Leopard Lair Competition – entry deadline looming

The deadline for entries for the 2020 version of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) popular Leopard’s Lair Business Competition is approaching, and all studentpreneurs are invited to take part. If you consider yourself to be an innovator with an out-of-the-box business idea, this competition is just for you and offers you the opportunity to…

Ilze goes all out to follow her sports dream

Ilze du Plessis believes that your attitude determines whether your path through life is going to be thorny or strewn with rose petals. And if you look at the long list of accomplishments this 18-year-old first-year student at the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has achieved on the sports field, it is clear that she is…

Young Alumni chapter announces new leadership structure

If strong and dedicated leadership is a requirement for a successful alumni chapter, then the Vaal Alumni Chapter of the North-West University (NWU) is off to a great start.

The chapter recently announced its leadership structure for the 2020/2021 term and it is clear that the elected team of ten alumni is eager to make their impact felt.…