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IN THIS ISSUE: Tata Africa and Carnegie support Wits • West Campus heritage • Celebrating diversity
which took second place in the Best External Magazine category for lower budget publications at the annual SA Publication Forum competition. reunions. business and industry . and the launching of alumni chapters have been very successful this year and will continue to be an important part of the alumni programme. including all libraries. Peter Maher Director: Alumni Relations Kudos for WITSReview. Apart from electronic communication and a soon to be launched annual newsletter. We're therefore very pleased to announce the launch of a Wits Alumni Lifestyle Benefit Programme that offers significant benefits and services to alumni (see alongside). whether on campus or across the globe. the past year has been a busy and exciting one for the alumni office. Wits is very conscious of this and has been working hard at improving its relationship with alumni. tours of places of interest. I wish you all the best over the holidays and I look forward to engaging with you in the year to come. This is in addition to our existing alumni ICAM card which gives alumni access to the campus and its facilities. Providing opportunities for alumni to socialise and network. A benefit programme for alumni has been another priority as incentives play a critical role in motivating alumni to stay in regular contact with the University. The holding of networking breakfasts.attracts the best publications corporate South Africa has to offer.which is open to all organisations. S Lastly. Our pre-alumni progamme. October 2008 WITSReview 1 . I'm proud to say that WITSReview took second place in the annual South African Publication Forum competition held in August this year in the Best External Magazine category and also received merit certificates for excellence in communication and writing. aimed at familiarising all students with the alumni office and the concept of alumni relations. has also been priority. As a result. Thank you again for your support. has been one of our priorities and the introduction of a Wits mascot has helped identify and brand alumni relations amongst students. regular communication is essential in maintaining our relationship with alumni. As this is the last issue for the year. the WITSReview is a flagship publication for alumni that has been very popular and successful.Editorial Investing in alumni relations uccessful universities make a significant investment in building and maintaining relationships with their alumni as there is a correlation between the level of involvement and support of alumni and the relative success of their alma mater. This is a significant achievement for a new publication as the competition .
Contents 19 6 Nadine Gordimer: A flood of curiosity Tata Africa takes the long view with scholarships 30 36 39 Stress management Photo essay: Pubs and clubs at Wits Alumni achievers Social events Book reviews Obituaries At Wits End: Traditions 14 44 19 Carnegie gives researchers a space to share ideas Diversity: It takes all kinds to tear off a label Disability: Ramping up access to education Heritage: West Campus WITSReview 51 54 56 22 26 62 30 2 October 2008 .
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News of his death was greatly exaggerated Dear Editor Alan Swerdlow was registered as a student in the history of drama at Wits in the period preceding my three decades of lecturing there in the history of drama, so I can't be held responsible for his historiographical mistakes. His little history of the Wits Theatre (WITSReview 5, 2008) states that “Sadly, David Horner died before the Theatre was opened”. David, having invited me to direct the opening production of The Comedy of Errors, was very much alive when he sat next to me on the opening night. He was also very much alive when he presided over his own delightfully Acknowledge role of support staff Dear Editor I really enjoy reading the WITSReview, however, nowhere in the article about the recent protest action on Xenophobia or in the editorial does it include mention that support staff also joined the march and supported this important event. It only makes reference to academics and students. I really want us to always remember to include the support staff when we talk or write about the University in general, a lot of good people work behind the scenes because they have a true passion for the University and believe in doing their bit to create a better society in the long run. If we include the support staff when we talk or write about the University I am sure that with time we could address this silly divide between the academic and support community. Emannuel N Prinsloo, Director: Property and Infrastructure Management Division University of the Witwatersrand.
The fourth paragraph of the article referred to “academics and staff...” but point taken - Editor ,
conceived opening ceremony for the Theatre with both the current and the elected ViceChancellors on stage (commencing his address with the words “My Lords...”). And he was very much alive when, more than a year after the opening night, he was Master of Ceremonies at my wedding. Ian Steadman (MBA, 2001; PhD, 1985) Oxford, UK
A comedy of errors A grovelling apology is owed to Alan Swerdlow who was given the huge disservice of having his original copy which referred to “Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London” incorrectly edited to “Stratford” and then in the printed version to “Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon” - Editor
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Theatre story brings back happy memories Dear Editor I was delighted to receive the Volume 5 July 2008 WITSReview and all the more so as the cover picture was of someone I had taught in my speech and drama studio years ago. In the late 1950s, when I was a student at Wits, there were no courses in the performing arts. Those, like me, who were passionate about the theatre, joined the University Players and performed on the stage of the Great Hall. I took part in the production of Love's Labour's Lost, sharing the lead with Janet Suzman on alternate performances, and in Julius Caesar presented on the steps of the Great Hall. Both plays were directed by the late John Boulter. I still have my programmes and various pieces of memorabilia from those productions. In the early 1980s, my daughter was a student in the Drama Department where she performed in as well as directed plays. Most of the presentations were staged at the Nunnery Theatre. I was invited by the late Professor David Horner to take the post of part-time lecturer in the department and I juggled my duties with teaching in the Business Communication Department as well as running my own private speech and drama studio. It was an exciting and demanding time. It was obvious that Wits needed a theatre and when the Wits Theatre was finally built it brought fresh and innovative productions to the city. Your excellent article on the history of the Drama Department brought back great nostalgia and happy memories of my years at Wits. Congratulations to Wits Theatre on its 25th birthday. May you continue to grow and succeed in all your future endeavours. Doreen Feitelberg (nee Bichunsky) (BA, 1959) Chicago, U.S.A.
Honouring famous Witsies Dear Editor, Having just received your WITSReview I was very interested in your article on Professor Tobias who lectured me way back in 1950 when I was studying Occupational Therapy. He is an extraordinary man and I have followed his career ever since my medical school days. He deserves all the honour and glory bestowed on him. Long may he live! I also had the privilege of knowing Professor Sydney Brenner. What an amazing man..! He should have been honoured more in your journal... after all how many graduates from Wits have been awarded the Nobel prize? Perhaps you could do more about him in your next journal? Joan Elias (BSc (OT), 1977) Plettenberg Bay
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recipient of an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Wits and a Nobel Prize in Literature.Interview A flood of curiosity Nadine Gordimer. education and the legacy of South Africa's past. October 2008 WITSReview 7 . spoke to Tara Turkington about writing.
TT: So you never considered doing a full degree there? Tara Turkington (TT): I've been looking at what the internet has to say about you and the first thing that struck me is that you've been writing for nearly 60 years. And I think that's good. I don't know why I did that really. in which we live are so close. By the time I was 15 I'd published my first adult story. playing hop scotch or drawing or doing whatever. you know. Why? NG: I was an occasional student. TT: What did your parents think? NG: Luckily nobody took any notice of that. Nadine Gordimer (NG): I've been writing since I was nine years old. which I could easily have been made. and as I get older I realise there are whole huge abysses of knowledge where my very wide reading could not lead me. TT: You've never struggled for motivation? NG: No. But there were one or two good people there and I think it stimulated my critical sense. TT: What staying power. I don't understand that. you become more and more interested because the connections between scientific subjects and daily living and indeed the circumstances. TT: What did you study? NG: English literature and English language. In science. TT: You were at Wits for a year and then you left. if you have it inside you. yes: when I was a little girl I wanted to be a dancer and I was rather a good dancer until the age of 10 or something and that was my idea of a future for myself.. it's terrible being made a prodigy. TT: I wanted to ask you about the role of education and writing.Profile Nadine Gordimer NG: That was in a rather good journal. because at 20 I had read much more than was on the reading list. NG: I think I would be the last person in the world to decry education. it's an impulse and it's a necessity. you're not an actor or a dancer. If you have to struggle for motivation then you're not a writer. which is good because if you're going to be a writer at all you have to develop a critical sense of your own work. I'd already educated myself. ecological and otherwise. because as a dancer I would long ago have been washed up. one of the early stirrings of liberal discontent with what was beginning to happen here … I think it was called The Forum and I think the editor was Jan Hofmeyr. What a good thing. for instance. it was just Nadine scribbling away the way some other child might be doing something else. but then that changed. I took occasional courses. NG: I don't think so.. TT: Could you ever have been anything else? NG: I think so. If you have to struggle for motivation to act or dance. TT: Where was that? 8 WITSReview NG: No. so that if you're concerned as I am now about climate October 2008 . If you have to struggle for motivation then you're not a writer.
you're going to have certain vocal chords. Without them.this is something you can't teach anybody. Eleven of them would have made competent journalists perhaps. because I have once in my life done a course in creative writing. You can train an intelligent person to be a good journalist because there are certain rules and traditions to be followed. and the flood of curiosity and ideas and reaching out into this eternal mystery of life . This was as a guest professor at Columbia University in New York and I had 12 graduate students who were handpicked. where I was already selfeducated. So if I look back on my life. I happen for certain reasons to be re-reading the works of Carlos Fuentes and Salman Rushdie and others. including Wits. a scientific background would be a great help.Interview change.the little bit of formal study that I did should not have been literature. What do you think about that? Can you teach someone to write? NG: You cannot teach people to write. but not to write. I always use the same comparison: if you're going to be an opera singer. TT: There are a lot of South African universities now teaching creative writing. To my shame now. it was silly . because to have read some of the world's greatest writers only in translation seems to me a deprivation. one had something of the natural drive and ability to be a writer. and that was the final proof to me that it is no use. we can go October 2008 WITSReview 9 . TT: Because it's a state of being? NG: Of course. I should have gone into some other subject and also languages.
My night reading has always been my main reading. your perceptions. Graham Greene said. . and I think that's true. your ear. very much aware of people's body language as well as what they say and do.Profile Nadine Gordimer writers are all exceptionally observant. or you're standing in a queue and you see a child obviously impatient with the mother. Then the translations came. you're in their company. because very little was translated. NG: There are two public addresses I have to give. I'm either rereading. or reading contemporary fiction and non-fiction by writers who mean a great deal to me and new writers as well. you never know anybody well enough to base your character on them. People kept asking him. in answer. and I think that writers have some equivalent of these special vocal chords. you become intrigued. TT: What else do you read? What are your reading habits? to all the singing classes but we never will be ready for La Scala. I don't watch TV there's no time if you want to read. well. ears wide open. that intrigues or troubles you. I had never read anything of his until he got the Nobel Prize a few years ago. Of course the experiences of your own life get fed into this as well. not by some great inspiration but by something that captures your eye. what your vocal chords are. then again you're not a writer because you are chosen. your perceptions. books that I desperately want to read again before I die.you are chosen. you invent.. eyes wide open. TT: Who are your favourites? NG: It changes all the time but if I look back at the last 10 years or so. in one of his autobiographical essays. for instance a discovery for me was José Saramago. that's one of the But Graham Greene said. Graham Greene put it marvellously. You invent. so I'm doing some reading for those. you're sitting in a bus or standing in a queue or you're eating in a restaurant or anything like this. and I've never forgotten it. TT: Do you ever have trouble choosing what to write about or is it something that you know? NG: If you have trouble choosing. that intrigues or troubles you. always eavesdropping by nature. where do you get your characters from? Are they based on real people? My answer to that would be. you hear a few snippets. You could live with someone all your life and you know that certain aspect of your relationship with them and someone else who's had a different relationship knows a different person. So you see this couple near you and they're having an argument perhaps. especially as I get older. 10 WITSReview October 2008 . your ear. not by some great inspiration but by something that captures your eye. you're in some remote relationship with somebody. and that is: from childhood. which make it possible for them to develop themselves as writers. you know? It's got to be there. an alternative life for the person you see. And now we come back to what makes you a writer..
but the problems that we inherited go back centuries. of oppression. Great admirer of Chinua Achebe. who are now in their 50s. I read it in translation.Interview good things about the Nobel. NG: If you had come to me two months ago. 10 times … Now by the time we get around to when the WITSReview 11 . and of course he is a great writer so that would be one. a really marvellous writer. were kids. I wanted to ask October 2008 you about South Africa now and what you think the challenges are for our leadership and also for education. I've always felt that we have tremendous problems and the world thinks the problems began at the end of the 1940s when we invented apartheid. Octavio Paz. [Gabriel Garcia] Marquez. Wole Soyinka … TT: Am I allowed to ask you what you are working on at the moment? NG: I never talk about what I'm working on. a great favourite. of totally unfair education and other kinds of training for black people as compared with white. the government spent 10 times as much on each white child as on each black. When I think that when my children. and so on … and of course I read our own. and I mentioned Fuentes and. because I always call myself a realist-optimist. among the poets. the socalled Latin Americans. a very strong sense of justice and what was right. Günter Grass. unfortunately I can't read German. TT: Your whole life you have been someone who has had very strong political convictions. not only South African but African writers. you would have got a very different answer from the one now. Salman Rushdie I think is a wonderful writer.
in the streets protesting. as I said. but what's been happening since May has been so terrible and now in the last two weeks.and here of course my realism must come into it . How can you bridge what your education has failed to do from the age of six until the age of reaching your matric? So I'm very. TT: With all you've just said. Of course we also didn't realise the problem of HIV and AIDS. school kids killing one NG: That's another big worry. or sports field. I have been ever since it was a legal organisation and when it wasn't a legal organisation I worked with it all the time. that they have gone to other countries where they are 12 WITSReview October 2008 .Profile Nadine Gordimer another. So I'm extremely worried. I always kept in mind. what do you think about education in this country and where we're going with that? such signs of dissension and the split and I'm very worried about Mr Zuma. that was reduced but even today. I think that the universities have done a pretty good job of struggling for transformation. But I'm very worried to see in the party that I believe in. very concerned about our education system and the fact that we have lost teachers. not only our own but some coming in from outside and making a profitable business of employing others. but what can they do about people just scraping in to university from their matric. not even a proper lavatory. So this backlog from the past. that with our wonderful new constitution that we're so blessed with. But mainly it's the violence and of course violence arises out of desperation and is exploited by real criminals. Now. that I believe in. you've still got kids in the bush who are sitting on the floor. and the increasing desperation of people who are not paid enough to live on and who are every day. you can't possibly refuse to face the problems that we have. I'm a member of the African National Congress. where it's completely equal for whatever colour you are. And it's amazing the number of houses we have built and we've installed sanitation and electricity and so on. but it's never enough. But I've still always felt that we were tackling them and that having overcome apartheid we had now gained the possibility of changing and we're applying ourselves. I don't blame them. or a library for heaven's sake.but I didn't realise and none of us realised that we were going to have this influx of many thousands of others to be provided for from the conflicts around us. not in a classroom. the incredible violence. never mind not having a laboratory. coming to university but really ill-equipped for university subjects? I think this makes it very difficult for the University and I think they are struggling with that. And now of course with a huge complication . liberation movements were unbanned in the 1990s and when we finally voted in 1994. such signs But I'm very worried of dissension and the split to see in the party and I'm very worried about Mr Zuma. two months ago I still would have kept my balance of optimism and concern.
WITSReview 13 . TT: What would you like people to learn from your writing or to take from it? NG: I'm not teaching anybody anything. one from Cuba. and from France. NG: I know. And now of course it's even more discouraging for those who stay here that they are in schools where you have to have the children examined. but I was surprised because I thought military men get this. but every country has to deal with it. with a proper recognition that it must come to an end. but what is it you still want to do? NG: I suppose in terms of my life as a responsible human being. first of all because it's a world prize.Interview better paid. And last year I got the Légion d'Honneur. yes. it's not only South Africa. And obviously. Commonwealth Prize. or that mean the most for you? NG: If you're talking about the prizes. I would indeed like to contribute whatever little I have to bringing about change to make my own country and the world a little more human. The best that I could say and hope for is (as I find when I read other writers) that they should question their own set ideas. But what I do feel particularly gratified with are some other honours that I've been given. But it did recognise perhaps the other side of my life. TT: But it's a global phenomenon. not only for guns but for scissors and knives. to continue to do. one from Chile. but that is of course a minuscule thing that one does. for as long as it's possible. Think again about your certainties. Booker Prize. I'm always moved to get any of them and I've never accepted a prize that I didn't believe in. the Nobel is the top one. TT: Have you turned down prizes? NG: A couple. it's not a literary one. Nobel Prize. TT: You've achieved so many things in your life. the work that I've done all my life. and the classroom and the school recreation facilities are a battleground. Which are the ones that you are the proudest of. October 2008 TT: What do you still want to achieve. not in terms of prizes.
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from a gross revenue point of view. Boards can no longer separate the three aspects of people. It also becomes clear why companies are greater agents for change today than governments. Loyiso Nongxa. 2008 Tata Africa takes the long view The Tata Africa Scholarships 2008 represent a new trend in corporate social investment. Tata Africa has awarded full scholarships for postgraduate study across all fields at Wits. Directors of companies can no longer make only shortterm decisions for short-term gains. Of the 100 largest economies in the world.are made to financially needy students who have a proven academic track record. October 2008 . the environment and profit. According to Prof.Tata Africa “The company has become integral to society. Deputy ViceChancellor: Advancement and Partnerships at Wits University.” he said. planet and profit. Rob Moore. These prestigious awards . postgraduate studies are one of the most strategic interventions that we can make to uplift the human capital of our country. the partnership between Tata Africa and Wits University incorporates triple bottom line reporting. That gives one a taste of the huge influence which these multinational companies have over communities.39 to date .” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof. are companies and only 49 are governments. 51. WITSReview 15 F or the third year.” Mervyn King. They have to make decisions for the long term. “The take-up of this approach in South Africa has been relatively slow. where industry works to benefit the broader society. which considers society. “In our view. so that those who come after us are not compromised by the decisions we make today.
Tata Africa “In contrast. Tata believes that no success universities on the continent term visible returns. Loyiso Nongxa with Tata Africa Scholarship 2008 recipients .” and is achieved by fair and honest means. 16 WITSReview October 2008 . expanded for Tata Africa's investment in investment we will on his company's values: “The Tata broader society. and Prof. Tata Africa deserving students. Prof. Wits takes returns. or achievement in material terms demonstrates the corporation's is worthwhile unless it serves the commitment to high-quality initiatives that needs or interests of the country and its people benefit the society in which it operates. Nongxa added: “Our relationship with We are committed to skills development in Tata Africa has a particular character because South Africa and are proud to support Wits of Tata's values and the long-term view that Tata University by providing scholarships to these adopts to invest in society. The fact that Group has always believed in usher in both Tata Africa has chosen as a returning wealth to the society it partner one of the premier immediate and longserves. Managing as a partner with and a channel Director of Tata Africa.” Raman Dhawan. Managing Director of Tata Africa. the Tata Africa understands that we contribute Tata Africa Scholarships 2008 awards to the fundamental quality of understands that we celebrate an innovative society and together with their contribute to the approach to corporate social investment we will usher in both investment in South Africa and fundamental quality immediate and long-term visible on the continent.” of society and great satisfaction from its role together with their Raman Dhawan.
Yunus Ballim. the creation of new ideas and the development of scarce and critical skills much needed by Africans living in a globalised economy in the 21st century. paid tribute to the students for challenging the assumptions made in society. the group has donated a top-of-the-range offroad vehicle for use in the Ndlela Research and Clinical Trials Unit. Evans Netshivhambe. Moore. bursary recipient Nicole de Wet expressed her sincere gratitude to Wits.it is more than just passing high-level examinations. we must use our knowledge to search for and open the right doors to achieve success. It was established in 2006 to conduct clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of HIV and related diseases like tuberculosis in rural South Africa. In this way we can create new ideas and new knowledge and information to further develop our society.” said Prof.” Wits University also enjoys a strong relationship with Tata Consulting Services (an IT-focused subsidiary) and negotiations are underway for Tata and Wits to partner in a programme to provide access to technology for marginalised communities.” Completing her PhD in demography studies (a scarce skill) under Prof. Tata and her mentors for their contribution to her future. WITSReview 17 'It is the responsibility of each recipient of this award to emulate this achievement' Nongxa added that t h e s ch o l a r s h i p s should be seen as an acknowledgement of achievement. Dhawan called on students to conduct their business on the basis of values like integrity. said: “These awards have led to the furtherance of academic knowledge.” “Wits University is proud to partner with Tata on a number of initiatives. I made two distinctive observations which speak directly to the establishment of these prestigious awards the investment by corporations and the private sector into higher education and knowledge institutions. Clifford Odimegwo. a rural community health project driven by Wits’ School of Public Health. Prof. “This is the mark of a good graduate . honesty. unity and social responsibility. and give back to society. transparency.” he said. “Your education gives you power and tomorrow you become the new leaders of society. a student reading for his PhD in music.” Oluwatoyin Kolawole. Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Vice-Principal. an award recipient and pharmacy PhD student. I leave you with two messages .avoid any form of corruption.” at Wits. “In addition to the Tata Africa scholarships. and the emphasis on producing quality teaching. excellence. Head of Population and Demography Studies October 2008 . “When visiting India recently. “We are fortunate to have been given the key that can open several doors. “It is the responsibility of each recipient of this award to emulate this achievement. emphasised the obligation of students to use financial support fruitfully. However.” he said. learning and research (academic excellence) despite socio-economic disparities.Tata Africa Announcing the awards in August 2008.
Ireland and Britain. UK. COMET emphasises the dissemination of quality communication research. in cooperation with the City of Joburg. A meeting of minds at COMET 2008 The Conference on Communication. 2005). Strachan competed in the pike and shot renaissance game. international event grounded in a problem-oriented approach. marketing. COMET brings together scholars from different disciplines including medicine. pricing. This year's championships were played using ancient rules which allow games to include battles between armies from different historical eras. in June 2008. 1995) and PhD student and vice-chair of the Wits War games Club. The six-month programme. historically situated in the period 1494AD-1700AD. 'waged war' against some of the best players on the globe. budgeting and financial management. Matthew Strachan (BEconSc. Street traders graduate with business skills Wits Enterprise. David Vannucci. in 2003. and networking. sustaining and growing a business. A literacy component was recently added. developed by a Wits academic and packaged to ensure accessibility. Colin Webster (BA. hosted a graduation ceremony for 550 street traders who successfully completed a business improvement training course in July. some 2000 traders have benefited from training provided through the Wits/Joburg City partnership. covers fundamentals of small business management including business plan development. Three Wits academics continuously monitor progress for quality assurance. The competition pits the most adept and skilful strategists against each other in simulated board-game battles from various eras. which examines the challenges patients experience in the healthcare industry and which informs communication and practical ethics directly relevant to healthcare practitioners. Since 2004. 18 WITSReview October 2008 . Hosted by the Wits Health Communication Project. Medicine and Ethics (COMET) took place in Africa for the first time in July 2008. Webster and Vannucci faced off against rivals in the game of the ancients. which pits armies in the period 3000BC-1500AD. COMET is now an annual interdisciplinary. As part of the South African Mind Sports team. The objective is to defeat the enemy with guile and shrewd army and weaponry choices. to share research in the relatively new field of health communication practices.News Bytes witsnews Alumni go to war in Finland! Two Wits alumni and a Wits PhD student participated in the War Games World Championships in Helsinki. the humanities and the social sciences. providing a platform to highlight South Africa's unique cultural and linguistic diversity. First held in Cardiff. legislative and metro legislative requirements. sourcing finance. using weaponry such as cannons and muskets. All three men played two games of about three hours each a day against opponents from France. Finland. Finland.
Carnegie Carnegie gives Wits a space to share ideas Photo by Dimitri Selibas By Shirona Patel “Only in popular education can man erect the structure of an enduring civilisation” Andrew Carnegie October 2008 WITSReview 19 .
Loyiso Nongxa. “Young scholars now have the opportunity to realise their true potential.” he said. when the Corporation bought books to the value of US$25 000 after a fire destroyed much of the original library in Central Block. which provides better access to teaching. we have much to be grateful for to Carnegie for its continuous support over the years. The funding received by Carnegie has also contributed to the financial strength of this institution and has provided opportunities for collaboration in various areas within the University community and beyond.” she said. “Libraries are the lifeblood of any university. “Carnegie support addresses several of Wits' strategic goals and ambitions. Prof.only knowledge and literacy is relevant. Dr Vartan Gregorian and Prof. The funding of several transformation projects has provided an opportunity for meaningful transformation to occur. learning and research at Wits. October 2008 20 WITSReview . young black women are encouraged to pursue careers in which they have been previously under-represented. Loyiso Nongxa at the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the opening of the new Postgraduate Research Commons. “through the Carnegie-funded scholarship programme.” “For example. including its support in developing web-based library reference works. time and distance is now irrelevant . numerous publications through Wits Press and service areas like the Postgraduate Research Commons area. “for every single book that is published to be accessed via the web. Belinda Bozzoli thanked Carnegie for its contribution to upgrading various projects within Wits' libraries. dates back as far as 1931. President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.” Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research. located on the north side of the Ground Floor Reading Room of the William Cullen Library.” These were the words of Dr Vartan Gregorian. The contribution of the Corporation has specifically made an impact on developing infrastructure through the funding of various library projects like the Postgraduate Research Commons. Carnegie has supported the research agenda of the University and has provided a platform to enhance postgraduate studies at Wits. one of the educational institutions it supports in fulfilling the legacy of Andrew Carnegie. the librar y academy programme. the Equity Research Centre. Nongxa continued. “As a University. Carnegie's involvement with Wits. when he visited Wits University in July 2008.” Prof. “It is now possible.” Representatives of Carnegie's board of directors were at Wits to open a facility funded by the Corporation: the new Postgraduate Research Commons.” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof.Carnegie “S pace.
and virtually as well as in person. a senior Wits librarian. learning and research. we will promote the use of the Research Commons as a space for the exchange of ideas both formally and informally. He described libraries as ‘the DNA of our culture’ Beneficiaries of the Carnegie-funded South African Academy who visited the United States as part of an internship programme shared their views at the opening of the Research Commons. advice on research October 2008 .” Walker expanded on the services on offer: oneon-one consultations with knowledgeable and highly skilled research librarians. “We envisage the Research Commons as a place for engagement in interdisciplinary discussion and the cross-fertilisation of ideas.” he said. Bozzoli and emphasised the importance of making full use of the web in teaching. research and for preparing and rehearsing presentations. bibliographic management software support. expert assistance and seamless access to research information. agreed that there was a strong emphasis on communication technologies in the United States. We see it as an inspiring workspace for contemplation. seminars to promote the crossfertilisation of ideas. teaching. “Similarly. He described libraries as “the DNA of our culture” and as “invaluable to those who are engaged in lifelong learning and who could not imagine an existence without something new to learn about every day. and general administrative services. author and researcher Norman Cousins: “The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. “The Research Commons offers the opportunity for a more personal focus and the emphasis will be on one-on-one consultation and research support. to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates. Paiki Muswazi said that the internship provided invaluable exposure to the latest research technology and current thinking on academic research support available through knowledge and information commons.a place where history comes to life.” According to Claire Walker. should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas . “Libraries in the United States are focusing on creating spaces for intellectual interaction. It not only serves as a computer laboratory but allows the researcher to build a support relationship with research librarians.” The importance of these endeavours is summed up in a quote by US journalist.” Maryna van den Heever. The target groups are Masters and Doctoral students and academic staff and researchers. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one's devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual.” Wits University Librarian Felix Ubogu concurred: “The Research Commons provides quality services. research exhibitions.Carnegie publications. Wits University's Deputy Librarian. A library. the new Research Commons will serve the needs of postgraduate students and researchers in the digital environment. citation searching.” WITSReview 21 Dr Gregorian concurred with Prof.
we celebrate diversity. the South African media were replete with images of dazed people. dust-covered and dripping blood. Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Photos by Peter Maher October 2008 . By Professor Yunus Ballim. 22 WITSReview It takes all kinds to tear off a label In May this year.all of them victims of a label: 'foreigner'. a burning man in a chaotic cloud of fire extinguisher powder. people collecting rags from the paper ash of what had been a home .Diversity We do not tolerate diversity at Wits .
However. A university is a place where ideas are openly contested. sexuality and the like. However. would arrive at Wits carrying with them much of the dust of their social context and experiences. acquired in different ways and places and ingrained to different degrees. particularly in the light shone by the people they are prejudiced about. labels allow people who hurt and kill in the name of identity to live with themselves . It is only natural that staff and students. I believe it is the role of a university to provide an environment that allows staff and students to consider their prejudices in a different light. be charming socialites or bring adorable puppies home to their children on birthdays.Diversity J ust as they did under apartheid. Whatever form it takes. comprising over 80 international nationalities and reflecting our own country's diversity. October 2008 WITSReview 23 . A university is a place where ideas are openly contested. ethnicity. this continual challenge to our thinking helps to form graduates who are able to contribute to the world in new and exciting ways. This takes many forms on campus: lecture and discussion events open to the public. I believe it is the role of a university to provide an environment that allows staff and students to consider their prejudices in a different light. gender. particularly in the light shone by the people they are prejudiced about. the formal and informal debates from the classroom to the canteen and sometimes through protest action by our staff and students against sections of the university community itself. Some of these people may harbour prejudices about race.to say their prayers. This is exactly what we want: to be exposed to a world of rich variety that we can learn from.
in the same way that we rely on civil society structures such as a free press and the Constitutional Court to be guardians of society. And Wits should always be up to this task. The apartheid Group Areas Act and bantustan policy were about tolerance.difficult as that may be. October 2008 I understand a university to be a place that invites scrutiny and criticism.we celebrate diversity. in the words of Peter Scott. essentially saying: “We don't like you but you can stay because we need you. To 'advance national transformation' . We do it for the good of society. generating new knowledge and research. independently minded and critically engaged with important matters of the human condition .Diversity We cherish and celebrate diversity because it helps us to understand the world we live in.. However. It's a university's job to develop intellectual resources in defence of citizenship and good governance.across all disciplines . I firmly believe that South Africa needs and deserves universities that graduate a disproportionately large number of public intellectuals who are strong-willed.because this is a social good. to contribute to “a political world more sensitive to reason and more civilised in its search for truth”. We cherish and celebrate diversity because it helps us to understand the world we live in and.which is what we aim to do through our graduates .. We do not tolerate diversity at Wits . 24 WITSReview . keep your otherness to yourself. One would have difficulty putting a 'fair value' price on what we actually do . We need academics and graduates who are sufficiently and independently critical to make society think differently about the way in which it goes about its business. of learning and teaching.we must prepare them to engage with the world in all its wonderful variety.nor should we try to. Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor. Our students learn that the Wits notion of 'graduate' is more than the ability to pass an exam . not because it makes economic sense.” Such an attitude of tolerance does not fit with us as a University. The way we relate to each other in the higher education community is more than simply economic. Such young graduates are the custodians of the idea of a University going into the future.
A leading specialist in the field of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology. The Centre for Entrepreneurship will work closely with students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to host the event which is geared towards finding solutions to global entrepreneurship challenges. PhD. Criteria include the number of alumni who are Nobel Laureates or field medal winners. Penn's contribution to the field of speech and language pathology. 1994. Jacklin improves the lives of children with mental health problems caused by physical disabilities or abuse. American universities Harvard. Linzer is a seismologist who undertakes applied research for the mining industry in order to improve safety underground. Alumnae Dr Janet Poole (MBBCh. made a difference in the broader South African community and inspired others. PhD. highly-cited researchers. News Bytes Women of the Year making lifetime contributions Professors Lorna Jacklin (MMed. 1998) and Claire Penn (BA Sp&H Therapy. As Principal Consultant Paediatrician in the Faculty of Health Sciences. sign language. This is the first time that this conference will be held in Africa.witsnews Wits ranked amongst top 500 universities worldwide Wits is again one of just three African institutions to be ranked in the top 500 globally. Poole has achieved an exceptional success rate in the treatment of young patients with cancer/malignancy and blood disorders. Some 2 000 universities worldwide are reviewed and scored against criteria relating to academic or research performance. Wits is working towards being ranked as a top 100 university by its centenary year in 2022. Entrepreneurs worldwide seek solutions at Wits Business School The Wits Business School through its Centre for Entrepreneurship has won the bid to host the 12th MIT Global Start-Up Workshop in March 2009. linguistics. which compiles the highly regarded annual ranking. October 2008 WITSReview 25 . 2002) were finalists in these respective categories. 1983) were named winners in the health and science and technology categories respectively in the 2008 Shoprite Checkers/SABC2 Woman of the Year Awards event held in Cape Town in July. child language and aphasia won her the Order of Mapungubwe (silver) from President Thabo Mbeki. papers published in nature or science journals. She is only the second woman to have won the Rocha Medal from the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) for the best doctoral thesis in the field. 1978) and Dr Lindsay Linzer (BSc Hons. The awards pay tribute to women who are nominated by the public as having succeeded in their respective fields. but preceded the University of KwaZulu-Natal which was ranked in the top 400. ranked in the top 200. articles indexed in major citation indices and the per capita academic performance of each institution. Stanford and California (Berkeley) took the top three spots. 1973. Wits followed the University of Cape Town. according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Institute of Higher Education. followed by England's Cambridge University in fourth place.
Disability Unit Ramping up access to education By Kate Thompson Photos by Peter Maher 26 WITSReview October 2008 .
Registration and assistance is provided at shifted to addressing all areas of accessibility for no extra cost. It was a huge to support any student achievement. We like to think that we are creating a userfriendly environment. The arts and business postgraduate student first joined the Wits University Disability Unit in 2003. The Disability Unit takes an holistic view.Disability Unit S urprise Khoza has limited movement in his arms. the lecturers learning disabilities and would have already started psychological disabilities. joined the Unit in 1999. for example. The University is so huge and we are dealing with old buildings. Now there is a great deal of focus on “I can walk. ramps. and his hands twist at the wrist. a month or a year. previously the making sure that they Disabled Students' access to education. reducing his fine motor control. October 2008 “We have tried to address the issue of access. a far wider group than the 120 registered users. The issue of access to education encompasses more than the obvious needs for access to buildings and interpreters for deaf students. a staff member or a student. has evolved Staff and students with since its student-led disabilities are encouraged to register with the inception in the mid-1980s. wheelchair made my life to support any student who “Essentially we are here much easier. Some may see this as an obstacle to an art career. but those hands are also the instruments he uses to create his striking sculptures. needed. may need a modification. work that is quickly gaining him recognition as an artist. making sure that they have The Unit. Now the focus has Unit. and a number of casual workers as adjustments already made. “We try to support students with all types of disabilities." have access to education. WITSReview 27 . but some of the gains are felt by students. The Unit has helped him with his request for extra time in exams and supplied him with his first motorised wheelchair.” Programme. whereas initially the focus was more on the visible disabilities . who has a special need. It may be a person with a delivery trolley or an elderly person who struggles to climb stairs. traffic light crossing in Yale Road to assist blind The staff complement has grown to 11 full-time staff and students are just a few of the members.” Lawton-Misra explains. staff and visitors to Wits University. sight and physical. It can't be fixed in just a week. Any user of the University.hearing. but allowing individuals to guide its interventions. has a special need. and a beeping Wits graduate herself.” says Lawton-Misra. such as lectures. whether it is a guest. some that cannot be made user-friendly because their design makes those adjustments impossible. The "Essentially we are here explains Lawton-Misra.” says Khoza. Disability Unit Director Nita Lawton-Misra. a The addition of chair lifts. but with only 15 minutes between other disabilities. preferring not to define ‘disability’ rigidly.” when I got there. “We don't see only wheelchair users needing a ramp to get into a building.
which can zoom in on text up to 36 times. who is soon to qualify. Thandile Kondilathi 28 WITSReview October 2008 . Yusuf Talia Some computers are connected to Braille-output devices that automatically convert lines of visible text to a touch pad near the keyboard. as well as a Braille printer. Lawton-Misra says governmental organisations are the biggest employers of graduates who were registered with the Unit. he demonstrated the capabilities of the computer programme. Andrew Sam. is a user of the magnifying software. Elash Mistry. and are still breaking through perceived barriers. of which. pointing out the notice board with both printed and Braille notices. Papi Nkoli Cuthbert Ramatlo. who is partially sighted. which are always open and equipped with special hardware and software. for example. The Unit has a full-time information technology (IT) specialist. will be South Africa's first blind actuary. Others have magnifying software installed. who provides computer training to staff and students and conducts research on IT accessibility. thanks to support from companies such as IBM and Microsoft. allowing users who have limited sight greater control of the monitors' visual output. A former student and current employee of the Unit. Graduates of the programme are employed far and wide. there are many. Sam also maintains the high-tech assets of the labs.” says Sam. “Screen-reader software and speakers are also configured for use in these labs.Disability Unit The Disability Unit has also overseen the opening of three special computer centres for disabled members of the university community.
“I like sculpture. his collection of ‘clothing’: shoes and trousers that are elongated.” October 2008 WITSReview 29 . is deaf and uses the services of a sign language interpreter to assist her in classes. It has been so successful in that it changes perceptions immediately through experience. The Disability Unit's programme has been so successful that for Khoza his biggest challenge at Wits is the art of sculpture. and decorated with bright paint or disturbingly dark. Accompanied by Pearl Mbolekwa. In 2007 he was awarded Wits University's prestigious Awareness Day Surprise Khoza (Photo by Kate Thompson) Martienssen Prize for art (jointly with Gabrielle Goliath). Khoza has seen his share of media attention recently. which means that only three deaf students can be accommodated. “We do have a full-time sign language interpreter. a second-year student.” says Lawton-Misra. because of the dramatic sculpture he has been creating and in particular. rather than his disability.” explains Lawton-Misra. the Unit's permanent interpreter.Disability Unit Nyeleti Nkwinika. We have two more whom we employ on an hourly basis. asking for them to attend tutorials with her three times a week. “They make sure they get the senior executives involved for the week.” he says. For the past three years the Unit has organised a Disability Awareness Week as part of its contribution to spreading awareness of and sensitivity to disability at the University. such as getting the ViceChancellor in a wheelchair. she took the opportunity to appeal to Lawton-Misra for additional time with interpreters. Unfortunately when it comes to deaf students we have to cap the number of students we accept. Interpreters are a scarce and expensive resource in the Disability Unit. distorted even. but of course she can only assist one student at a time. or blindfolding the Deputy VC and asking him to conduct a meeting. “because it really challenges my ability.
Heritage PARTONE The West Campus at Wits By Professor Katherine Munro Photos by Peter Maher 30 WITSReview October 2008 .
Cars and delivery vehicles have been kept out of the core. vast exhibition site extending over 38 hectares. the ‘Union Castle’ grey paint adds to the artificial unity of the composition. sports fields and residences towards the lower reaches of the slope. the West Campus has a north-south orientation on the steeply sloping ridge. a modernist tower. Its layout reflects that it was a prestigious. academic buildings at the top of the hill. is worth exploring. the charm of the West Campus lies in its mix of a sports stadium. As with the East Campus. water features.Heritage I have worked on the Wits West Campus for some 15 years and the pleasure I feel each day when I take that right-hand turn from Yale Road through the tunnel is rooted in the feeling of excitement generated by one the greatest childhood treats Johannesburg could offer: a visit to the old Rand Easter Show. landscaped gardens and outdoor sculptures turn the West Campus into a harmonious whole. the Cape Dutch-style cluster of buildings (home of the Wits Club and Alumni Relations). The buildings are an eclectic mix of adapted permanent exhibition halls and buildings constructed during the exhibition era Proudly Wits from Tower of Light to symbol of diversity October 2008 WITSReview 31 . with its 29 buildings. spreading lawns. Love it or hate it. Old exhibition buildings have been gutted and redesigned to serve new purposes but unusual architectural features have been retained. The West Campus. T oday. bricked walkways. and the old trees. including a few heritage features that ought to be preserved to add to the experience.
I daily recapture that embroidery. Later. with that heady show in its attendance. Wits acquired the land and its marvel at the enthusiasm of real housewives in infrastructure in the early 1980s. bottled Witwatersrand Agricultural Kakamas peaches or delicate . We of white conscripts. to segregation was necessary and 1936 modernism . It did not on sticks to a yo-yo that occur to me as a child to glittered in the dark. our own inspection of the begin to question why quality Afrikander cattle. The Home Industries of their national military service. from the place.Heritage (1907 to 1984) and the more modern buildings at the lower end of the site were always adaptations and additions of purpose-built a drawcard with their incongruous faux Cape university residences and academic office and Dutch houses and barns. or that aroma of exotic orchids. roses and colourful dahlias. where one could teaching spaces. for this was a segregated Flower Hall. to conducting times and bad. I did to Empire Road..architect’s vision the displays of intricate why the showground was also industrial machinery. the Rand Show was Still.. 32 WITSReview October 2008 . when the producing the ultimate sponge cake. of a ride on the cable car at Easter).. The Star reported on indulgent spinster aunt had record attendance figures or given me an entire day of when it rained anxiously frivolous purchases. I simply loved it through rain to checking out the best and shine and through good from the Tower of Light leghorn hens. prize I was a privileged white child.. childish anticipated thrill If it rained (and it often did south of Johannesburg. We reflect on the strongly colonial wandered through acres of and then apartheid feel of the thrilling displays. An gadgets. the the place where the South newest in swimming pool design and all that African Defence Force gathered its annual intake one could import from faraway countries. from worried about break-even candy floss and toffee apples visitor numbers. I daily recapture that a bedraggled and miserable that ran down the hill childish anticipated thrill of place. Society (WAS) relocated to the showground site at Nasrec. The crowds evaporated a ride on the cable car that along with the glamour and ran down the hill from the it suddenly became a place Tower of Light to Empire where desperate salespeople Road and the garish pleasure urged you to buy tawdry of funfair roundabouts. The showground was the gathered pamphlets and dinky samples of starting point for ‘the boys’ (all white teenagers household products and took a rest to swallow in those days) to begin their military training an indigestible pie and gravy in one of the and then later to be sent to ‘the border’ as part cavernous canteens.
in an effort to prepare when its assets were liquidated by West Trust them for university. published the occasion was Verwoerd's in 1970. In the War. on Witwatersrand Agricultural Society Annual 9 April. never had enough money to In 1976. agricultural) show in that year. The WAS finally folded in 2001 the "lost generation". after the Soweto cover its expansionary plans. the Nasrec Expo October 2008 WITSReview 33 . a member of the WAS. You can still walk or sprint but the location was closer to around the athletics track and the old Fort. the WAS held its first show on the Prime Minister opened the Rand Easter the Milner Park site in 1907. to the north and By the 1960s. The history is Show. children's revolution. but not Johannesburg positions the the Tsafendas knife attack in “Agricultural Show Ground Parliament in 1966. The 1896 Plan of attempt on his life. The scene of the crime recorded in Thelma Gutsche's You can still walk or was the President's box and A Very Smart Medal. between Braamfontein and Parktown.. between 1941 and 1945 Old Grandstand August chill the showground while the showgrounds at did not look so inviting but we attempted to Milner Park were taken over by the Union engage with the group of students who became Defence Force. WAS had been established in celebrating the 50th jubilee 1894 and held its first (mainly of the Union of South Africa. survived that first Menell ran classes in some of the exhibition halls for angry Shows did not take place attempt on his life. and now school-abandoned during the Second World children from Soweto. Hendrik Verwoerd was shot in the face Exhibition.. we could Jurisdiction Boundary”. The visualise the day 49th Rand Easter Show. in postoutside the Sanitary Board's Sharpeville times. That first show visualise the day. With the support of the City of by David Pratt.Heritage The Sharpeville massacre took place on The Rand Show's official title was the 21 March 1960 and less than a month later. The book is worth sprint around the speech to mark the launch of reading to capture the athletics track and the Union Exposition and the nostalgia of a bygone era. The see the might and muscle of WAS survived many financial the apartheid state in military and political vicissitudes and displays in the State Pavilion. and the third exhibition area. a group the weather playing havoc of us as concerned academics Verwoerd miraculously with attendance numbers at under the leadership of Irene its shows. Verwoerd was opened by President Paul miraculously survived that first Kruger. when Johannesburg.
The area donated had been an old town brickfield and the first investment had to be in clearing the land of trees and bushes and levelling large excavation holes. In 1937 Sir Malcolm Campbell's famous landspeed racing car Bluebird could be viewed in the Hall of Transport. now home to the Office of Alumni Relations Ernest Ullman’s family group outside the FNB building . Thirty-two acres were ready for the 1907 show. passed into the ownership of Kagiso Exhibitions.new uses for an industrial exhibition building Cape Dutch fantasy. Sir John Maud.Heritage Centre. comments that Johannesburg owned hardly any public land during its first 17 years as it was thought that the town had the impermanence of a mining camp. who at this date was the Governor of the Transvaal and Orange River Colony. in City Government: The Johannesburg Experiment (1938). The Milner Park site has an interesting history. with Johannesburg as its mining and commercial hub. The site was subsequently named Milner Park. In 1903 the Transvaal government gifted the large open space to the north-west of the town centre to Johannesburg. It was an odd situation. for the show was a twoweek event and during those two weeks the 34 WITSReview October 2008 Home of PIMD . By the 1950s the WAS was the host of a number of prestige international pavilions in addition to the extant arena being used for cattle judging and equestrian events. as a result of the initiative of Lord Alfred Milner. He instigated the reconstruction of the then Transvaal Colony after the Anglo-Boer War. It was at the Rand Show that soccer was first played by floodlight in the main arena. The popularity and coverage of the annual show of the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society expanded and the focus shifted from agricultural to industrial and consumer products reflecting the development of the South African economy.
If ever there was a story of muddled thinking. The tunnel route and the small overhead foot bridge were the only two points of direct north and south access from the University campus. Barry Gould and Johan Bruwer: The Rembrandt Gallery. Clive M Chipkin: Johannesburg Style. University of the Witwatersrand. Parking was always at a premium and there were many years when the University almanac had to schedule the Easter break between teaching blocks to close for teaching and enable the reopening of the campus as a giant extra parking lot. Arts Culture and Heritage Services. John Maud: City Government: The Johannesburg Experiment Oxford. The Exhibition Visitors' Social and Business Guide to Johannesburg and the Reef Golden Jubilee Souvenir 1936. national road-building authorities and the City of Johannesburg said it all. City of Johannesburg. A chapter in the planned book on Wits buildings will be on the West Campus and its history. Ernest Ullmann: Designs on Life Howard Timmins 1970. Sources: Anna H Smith: Johannesburg Street Names 1971. Henry Paine. lack of foresight and poor town planning.1960s.za.munro@wits..Heritage Show was an impossible neighbour for the University on the other side of Yale Road. ‘Park and Ride’ services did not solve the problem. Tower of Light. Numbers swelled and increasing wealth led to more people arriving in more private vehicles.ac. Architecture and Society 1880s . please contact the author on katherine. the unsatisfactory relationship of Wits University and the WAS. The Agricultural Society had the right of possession and by 1967. Should any Wits alumni have any early photographs of the Rand Easter Show or its reincarnation as the Wits West Campus. Wits University Report on the Condition of the Building April 2008. William Martinson: Tower of Light. Thelma Gutsche: A Very Smart Medal: The Story of the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society 1970. Both institutions had grown through the years and both served thousands of clients. the future physical co-existence of both institutions had to be questioned.1956. recorded by Flo Bird.. Even as the motorway sliced through the eastern edge of the showground in the late 1960s. John Lang: Bullion Johannesburg: Men. West Campus Architectural Description. across Yale Road. Felix Stark (editor & publisher): Seventy Golden Years 1886 . Bruce K Murray: Wits: The Early Years 1982. Immovable Heritage Inventory Form. Mines and the Challenge of Conflict 1986. over the motorway and onto the Milner Park show grounds. To be continued. 44 years of lease were still to run and the Society dug in. The University of the Witwatersrand The Reporter CUP Extra 25 July 1983 Ernest Ullmann’s The Cross Bearers the original Diaz Cross is housed in the Cullen Library October 2008 WITSReview 35 . when the University offered its Frankenwald Estate of 1 000 acres in exchange for the Society's 97 acres.
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some find it difficult to cope and succumb to stress.” WITSReview 37 October 2008 . my high school principal used to say: 'Unyaka uphelile bantu benkosi' . Other students use a positive approach . With white people it's different: most of them become self-reliant . good people'. or they just can't adapt. and this enables them to cope with stress. so they rely on God to help them rationalise things. As the exams approach they party more or try to find a job so that they don't think about exams. And this applies throughout life. It's what gets them through. Coping with stress can be positive or negative. What he meant was that on the first day of the year you don't realise that a day wasted is gone forever . when I was at university. Some over-indulge in things like partying and food. I finally understood that as a student.they start developing a time management strategy. They believe that there is a greater power like God. “Coping means you learn to master.'the year has ended.they tend to find rational ways of dealing with stress. Some people turn to religion to help them cope. Describing the avoidance strategy. perhaps peer pressure leads them down the wrong path. Laher describes stress management as learning to cope.” she says. These pressures are one of the biggest learning opportunities at university. to avoid stress you must finish things on time.” says Laher. The new environment.that knowledge comes only at the end of the year.Stress Management In his first assembly address in January of every year. “The avoidance strategy is when students find ways of avoiding studying for exams.” she says. form study groups and so on. reduce or tolerate the demand created by stress. the freedom. everything happens very fast. For new students. they lash out at people and fight with others for no apparent reason. Perhaps they fail a major subject. As a result. she says: “Here people give up immediately and are in denial. living alone. “This strategy is very common among African people: they seek social help from family and friends. a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Wits. the non-stop parties … studies tend to come last in the list of priorities. Dr Sumaya Laher. By Miliswa Sitshwele Cartoonist: Ernie Joseph A few years later. draw up study timetables. The positive way to manage stress is doing it constructively. says students have two ways of dealing with stress: the avoidance strategy and the positive strategy.
4.it doesn't cost a thing. Strike a balance: there's a time and place for everything. • Eat a healthy diet.walk or do relaxation techniques. Prioritise.” According to Milner. 2. who studies part-time after a full day at work. 6. get help. don't waste time . and see if your coping methods are good or bad.” Here are 10 tips to help you deal with stress: • • • • Manage time effectively. do something nice for yourself. Get some exercise and fresh air. it won't be fat. Know when it's time to work and when it's time to relax. Milner has these suggestions: When I am stressed. So. 7.if you feed it when you are about to slaughter it. 5. You can't always be busy or stressing. because everything is set out for you. Let go: what's the point of fretting over something you can't change? 8. It is also useful to sleep and have moments of doing nothing. Treat yourself: when you are feeling down. Reduce the roles that you play. Don't leave whatever has to be done until the last minute: there's a Xhosa saying that goes: “Ayifidwa xa izoxhelwa ngoba ayizotyeba izohlutha” . smile and walk away . • Exercise . “This helps you to avoid running around like a headless chicken. or join a gym. October 2008 . I take a break and try to figure out the next step. Be true to yourself: know what you are there to do and don't bow to peer pressure. don't wait for other people to take you out. 38 WITSReview 1. people get stressed when they see the demand imposed on them as having great consequences and when they are afraid of not meeting this demand.Stress Management Laher has these suggestions for managing stress: • Identify your stress: know what's bothering you so that you can understand the problem. Feel a sense of control over your environment and circumstances. So if someone works on your nerves. Itumeleng Makgobathe. Eat well: avoid junk food. 3. See a mentor: if you feel that you are unable to cope with the load. 10.just get it done and then enjoy that feeling of accomplishment. Industrial Psychology Professor Karen Milner says people experience stress when they cannot meet demands imposed on them. drink water. you'll eventually lose your mind. “We need to realise that we are capable of meeting those demands and also reduce the negative self-talk and look at things more realistically. • Ask yourself how you normally deal with stress. 9. get enough fruit and vegetables. There has to be another option. “There are two primary ways of dealing with stress: to increase the capacity to meet the demand or to decrease the demand. says she has learnt to rely on a diary and having a plan. Get in touch with nature.” she says. it will be full. • Accept the problem and try to do things differently. Get clarity on what's expected from you. have a plan of action and get things done on time. Laugh it off: it takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile.
Photos: Peter Maher Knockando Residence fundraising event at the “Duck and Bull”.Photo Essay Pubs & Clubs @ Wits Wits is renowned for its demanding academic programme and so most of our students have their heads in their books 24/7. October 2008 WITSReview 39 . We’re certainly not implying that alcohol can be found at all these locations…but the members of the “Snowski” Club didn’t look like they were in a position to do slalom racing anytime soon when I paid a visit.. It’s probably fair to say however that some might occasionally find a stolen moment to wet their lips at a local establishment..
Photo Essay Knockando residents take a study break at the “Duck and Bull”. 40 WITSReview October 2008 . Mining engineering students celebrate ‘Skiffyskofbaas’ Day at “Ore House” on West Campus.
Photo Essay TOP & BOTTOM: The members-only Blind PiG (postgraduate doesn’t have an eye) Club. October 2008 WITSReview 41 .
42 WITSReview October 2008 .Photo Essay TOP & BOTTOM: ‘Snowski Club’ members ‘chill’ in between Joburg snowstorms.
Photo Essay ‘Yacht Club’ members high and dry. Waterpolo Club members actually do get to wet more than their lips! October 2008 WITSReview 43 .
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she obtained her LLD from the University of Stellenbosch the following year. She has taught courses in gender law. WITSReview 45 . co-authored Principles of Evidence and co-edited Women and the Law (1994). Currently Deputy Dean and Head of the Department of Public Law. She was an editor of the South African Journal of Criminal Justice until 2008 and she sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof. Seeking a professional qualification on her return. Schwikkard found law boring. Schwikkard is a widely published and accomplished scholar with extensive experience October 2008 in both academia and the legal profession. legal interpretation. Schwikkard loves the law. In 2001 Schwikkard joined UCT's Faculty of Law as Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. civil procedure. She switched to a BCom. Schwikkard will take up her new position in January 2009. Despite being a self-confessed 'absent-minded rebel' who is 'not very good at protocol' and sometimes 'overlooks the rules of social etiquette'. Appointed Professor of Law at Rhodes University in 1998. She is a member of the South African Law Reform Commission. with the dual role of Deputy Dean of the Law Faculty in 2007. She was appointed head of this department in 2006. legal skills and special contracts. She has commented that she enjoys academia and universities because they are full of intelligent and quirky people with whom to interact on a daily basis. youth justice. conflict resolution.AlumniAchievers rofessor Pamela Jane 'PJ' Schwikkard (BA. criminal procedure. 1982). criminal law. and finally settled on a humanities degree. evidence. Some 20 years on from her undergraduate days. which she found even more boring. She graduated from Wits with a BA in Psychology in 1982 and then went travelling in Europe and North America. is the first woman to have been appointed Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She wrote the book Presumption of Innocence (1999). who earned her undergraduate degree at Wits. she obtained her LLB and LLM at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in the mid-1980s and then lectured at UKZN for several years before being admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1990. P Pamela Schwikkard As an undergraduate.
” After graduating from Wits. searches across Europe for every fund manager with a three-year track record. Commenting on Kuhnert's achievement. said: “Greg embodies the ideals we have for Investec Asset Management as a business. while the average manager in his sector delivered 109%. He joined Investec Asset Management in 1999 and moved to the London office the following year to work as an analyst on Asian and global equities. This means he made more money for every 1% of risk taken than any other fund manager in Europe. where he audited and consulted to mining and financial companies and achieved his chartered accountant status in 1997. Hendrik du Toit. Kuhnert joined Ernst & Young in South Africa. We are about giving talented people the freedom to create their own success. More recently the approach has changed and we have been buying a lot of companies with stable visible growth. to build a world-class international investment firm. which is in turn driving growth around the world.” Kuhnert has been the portfolio manager on the Investec Asia ex Japan portfolios since 2003.Kuhnert achieved a return of 170% in dollar terms before charges. The portfolio manager of the Investec Asia ex Japan Fund achieved this honour by gaining the best risk/return ratio of any fund manager across the continent. Over the three years to the end of 2007 . 1995) has been named Citywire's 2007 European Fund Manager of the Year. This is because the slowdown in the UK has obviously made things more difficult. a leading specialist publishing house and database provider. mining and construction which were driven by China. He is an AAA-rated financial sector specialist with 13 years' experience on the Global Equity team. Kuhnert told Citywire: “We invested in the 46 WITSReview October 2008 . proud of its South African roots.Kudos Greg Kuhnert more cyclical stocks like steel. the CEO of Investec Asset Management. and earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2004. G Citywire. reg Kuhnert (BAcc.the period over which the top 100 list was calculated .
Gallo's legal services division offered him a position after a meeting at which he was representing an artist. L Lazarus Serobe Serobe's legal background and his experience in executive positions in the music and entertainment industry. 1991) Managing Director and CEO of the Gallo Music Group in June 2008. 1998. However.Kudos eading South African media and entertainment company. Serobe also worked for Vodacom as executive head of mobile entertainment and Lion King South Africa. Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. as his inspiration. Serobe claims to be tone deaf and doesn't play a musical instrument (his mentor while growing up in Soweto. Serobe's career actually began at Gallo. LLB. he listens to music constantly to de-stress and cites Sir Richard Branson. facilitated by invasive technology and the globally shrinking music industry. He never looked back. a consummate communicator. secured his appointment. notably as former MD of Sony Music and CEO of Heita! Records. October 2008 WITSReview 47 . While he was practising entertainment law. One of the key challenges Serobe faces in his new post is the increasing prevalence of piracy. In a way. Avusa Limited (formerly Johnnic Communications) appointed Wits alumnus Lazarus Serobe (BA. reportedly ‘fired’ him after a disastrous attempt at drumming).
T Van der Walt's thesis. who comments: “Van der Walt's thesis is a remarkable feat of scholarship which effectively challenges much of the received wisdom in South African labour history. The award of this prize is richly deserved international recognition for truly original work. contrary to conventional wisdom and partisan accounts. Internationally. Van der Walt was supervised by Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) Professor Jonathan Hyslop (PhD. Van der Walt showed that. It pioneered socialism and labour unionism amongst people of colour who were sceptical of both African and Afrikaner nationalism and it aimed at a universal human community based on internationalism.historical or contemporary . The journal is widely considered the pre-eminent publication for historical scholarship in its field in the world. This radical tradition worked across the colour line and across borders. originality and quality of research.” he Labor History Journal has awarded Wits sociology alumnus Lucien van der Walt (PhD. Anarchism and Syndicalism in South Africa. the sophistication of methodology. this was a period of widespread anarchist and syndicalist influence. the cogency of arguments and the contribution to the field of labour studies. 2007) its prestigious international prize for the best PhD dissertation of 2007.Kudos Lucien van der Walt The award is made on the basis of the significance. the clarity of presentation. 48 WITSReview October 2008 . these currents had a pervasive influence locally as well. 1904-1921: Rethinking the History of Labour and the Left won the prize for the best PhD on a labour topic . Van der Walt's thesis looked at the influence of anarchism and syndicalism on left.regardless of discipline. labour and nationalist movements in southern Africa from the 1890s through the 1920s. selfmanagement and libertarian socialism. 1991).
AdDipFa. 2002). 1964 is made of concentric circles of tiny foiled images of Mandela's life. Drum magazine and local product labels. Susan Woolf. Woolf's carved wooden macquette entitled Witness: Shadow of Ubuntu is a composite model of 11 outdoor sculptures which will span more than 30x30 metres high and across when fully erected. A combined anthropology and art PhD student. A founding member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). at a specific time. She developed the idea of using tinfoil to frame images from. Price aims to promote jewellery expression that carries a distinctly South African feel and to convey value without using precious minerals.Kudos n art exhibition focusing on the highlights of Nelson Mandela's life was curated at the Constitutional Court in July 2008 by alumna Natalie Knight (BA. 1958). WITSReview 49 . 1975. October 2008 The ‘witnesses’ cast shadows which collectively read ‘ubuntu’ throughout the year. She founded the Natalie Knight Galleries in the 1980s and has curated numerous local and international exhibitions in a career spanning some 40 years. A Natalie Knight and Beverly Price The art/jewellery of Beverley Price (BA Sp&H Therapy. every day.like a silent movie whose movement is governed by the body”. chain-mailed into the form of a neck/shoulder adornment piece. for example. Knight is an attorney. The art of two Witsies was included in the exhibition. 1975. in a profound and living example of the true meaning of ‘ubuntu’ that Mandela embodies. entitled Contemporary Replica of the Xhosa Neckpiece that Nelson Mandela Wore to his Sentencing on June 12. The intention with the Mandela neckpiece was “to make a story around the neck . playwright. lecturer and researcher specialising in Ndebele and Shangaan-Tsonga beadwork. which used different media to represent the life of the former president. exhibited two resin artworks entitled Towards Mandela. In her art. LDip. The artworks were motivated by the civic unrest and violence that made headlines in 1989. Knight was nominated for the Woman of the Year Award (cultural category) in 2007. combining the foiled unit to make jewellery. art consultant and curator.
The gestures as a means of communication and the interaction between various audiences will be analysed.Kudos Susan Woolf Woolf's PhD. “I see the taxi hand signs. associates and locates the signs socially.” explains Woolf. A Woolf personally painted the quirky depictions of the hand signals used daily by millions of taxi commuters to indicate their destination.she is a white woman in her 50s from affluent Sandton. will explore the theoretical anthropology of the hand signs.and not across . Woolf's thesis and project will culminate in an art exhibition in 2010. Although she doesn't fit into the traditional taxi-commuter demographic . 26 Taxi Hand Signs for Sighted and Blind People (2007).by the people and for the people.she spent two years researching and documenting the signs and routes. She met taxi associations and travelled to taxi ranks to speak at length with drivers about the routes and signals used. Her hand-signs art will appear on the national stamp that the South African Post Office is producing for the 2010 World Cup. Woolf's 67-page directory has been catalogued for use in metropolitan libraries. It is truly unique . The taxi hand-signs project will be expanded to include street sculptures depicting the gestures which may become a permanent fixture around and after 2010. Taxi Hand Signs in Social Spaces. Woolf reports that “the taxi drivers were all very friendly and welcoming”. The artistic application of Woolf's PhD is reflected in her use of cartoons in the hand signs she painted.communities. rtist Susan Woolf.” 50 WITSReview October 2008 . “As I was driving around Johannesburg I began to notice this complex alphabet. has compiled South Africa's first taxi hand-sign book. who commences her cross-disciplinary PhD in art and anthropology at Wits in 2009. with limited experience of travelling in taxis . so I decided to put it in bookform as part of my PhD at Wits. The thesis assumes that the signs are communicated within . and the thesis will question how each audience understands. She was intent on “fashioning something entertaining for something functional” and on injecting optimism and enthusiasm into the complicated and controversial taxi industry. which were invented by taxi drivers and commuters. along with the unique set of symbols in raised dots (Braille) she created for the visually impaired. as part of a South African commuter culture practised by millions of people every day.
BA 1974) were recent guest speakers at Alumni Networking Breakfasts held at the Wits Club. Dr Azar Jammine (BScHons 1973. Lesedi Job brought the house down with her voice. he reminded guests that BBBEE was a process. The Wits Choir gave a perfect performance and Ed Jordan was a consummate auctioneer of theatre memorabilia. Themba Wakashe. Speaking on Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment on 7 August. October 2008 He warned that there could be no political stability in the absence of economic transformation. 1998) and Director and chief economist at Econometrix. staff and friends of Wits and the Theatre on 31 August. Jack said BBBEE comprised a variety of elements that were aimed at lifting the disenfranchised from “the well of economic oblivion”. the boom in commodity prices. causing Dali Tambo to invite her to sing at his forthcoming birthday. Although all BBBEE targets are unlikely to be reached by 2014. The duet of Ilse Fourie and Fortunato Mazzone provided double the pleasure and Gina Shmukler's rendition of Maybe this Time reminded the audience why she's always in demand for casting in musicals. Mr Vuyo Jack (BComHons.witssocial A quarter century of drama at the Wits Theatre Social Rachel Tambo was a poised and elegant MC while Alan Glass and Ed Jordan had everyone in stitches as they recalled the past. Alumni networking breakfasts Empowerdex Executive Chairman. The Theatre was awarded a cheque for R25 000 from alumnus and Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture. WITSReview 51 . lampooning both students and lecturers of yesteryear. not an event. Jammine captivated an audience of 85 alumni on 13 June with a riveting presentation on South Africa's economic prospects within the context of global financial turmoil. the electricity crisis and domestic political developments. before the cake was cut and some serious partying ensued! The Wits Theatre celebrated its 25th birthday with an event for alumni.
William McGill. Ula Hagerman. Andre Stasikowski. Dr Amanda Esterhuysen (BA Hons 1992. George Kalivitis. MA 1996. Hein Sonnendecker. Peter Maher also addressed the gathering. Michelle Sonnendecker. Patsy Stasikowski. 52 WITSReview October 2008 . Their next get-together is planned for early November at a wine estate. Professor Loyiso Nongxa hosted an alumni reunion at the Maseru Sun Hotel in Lesotho on 22 August. Three guides took guests on a tour of the Centre. The Deputy ViceChancellor: Advancement and Partnerships. Helen Kalivitis. Alumni return to their roots Seventy alumni attended a talk and tour of the Origins Centre on 28 June. PhD 2006) delivered an informative and entertaining presentation entitled. Helen Dodge. Libby McGill. was also used as an opportunity to launch a Lesotho alumni chapter. Frank Hagerman.Social Lesotho alumni chapter launched Perth get-together The Perth alumni chapter held a function at the Kalamunda Club on 6 July where they unveiled a giant Wits logo they developed to clearly identify themselves as Proud Witsies. Archaeology lecturer. Michael Haynes and Sean McCoy Seated(L/R): Silvana Lindsay. Dominique McCoy. From the Cradle of Humankind to the Origins Centre. Professor Rob Moore and the Director of Alumni Relations. which was attended by about 100 guests. Marita Backes. The Vice-Chancellor. The reunion dinner. Roger and Joyce Sutherland. Harry Backes. Paula Conway and Zvi Yom-Tov and children of alumni. followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise. Standing (L/R): Nick Lindsay.
DSc Med. Hendrick Wageng and Grant Bernsden also completed the 89km (56 miles) ultra-marathon. Professor Mthuli Ncube. Demi Moore. 1971. Ncube told guests that although the recent high oil price had benefited oil-producing countries such as Nigeria and Angola. Spitz revealed that the first depiction of a pregnant woman in recorded history was found in Israel. especially with regard to the shortage of managerial skills. PhD. He said the WBS had to respond to challenges created by this global economic environment. Illustrating his talk with striking audiovisual images.Social Kudus athletes tackle Comrades 2008 The largest number to date of athletes from Varsity Kudus. The talk explored depictions of pregnancy in art through the ages. nude film star. Wits Business School engages alumni in New York Director of the Wits Business School (WBS). Spitz (MBBCH. 1991) who won his fourteenth Comrades silver medal in a time of 07:29:16. A pregnant pause for Jerusalem alumni Wits alumni who are also members of the Jerusalem South African Alumni Association convened for their annual meeting at the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem in July. Alumnus Professor Irving M. particularly the poor who were vulnerable to food price inflation. completed his 25th Comrades the day before his 61st birthday and is the third of only two other Kudus . 1967) and Rob Steer . he said. To address this shortage.John Shillington (BSc Eng. 1963. the first alumnus home was G r e g Wo o d w a r d (BDS. a long-standing member of the club.to have achieved this. 2002) followed in a time of 07:42:59. the running club for Wits alumni and staff. MSc Eng. Of the thirty Kudus competing. current global economic conditions had negatively affected Africa. culminating in a 1990s photograph of a pregnant. Lawrence Mallen. October 2008 WITSReview 53 . the capacity of WBS had been expanded dramatically to offer a wide range of executive education programmes. Alumnus Frank Kienhofer (BSc Eng. circa 4500 BCE. on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Varsity Kudus members Tracy Malakou. successfully crossed the finish line at the 2008 Comrades Marathon from Durban to P i et e r m a r i t z b u r g . 1996. 1999) addressed the 40 alumni on the topic Images of Pregnancy in Western Art: An Odyssey over 30 000 Years. addressed WBS alumni at a breakfast meeting in New York in August.
But the author still has the burden of making good on such an alluring opening gambit. smaaked (as in ‘preferred’ or ‘liked’). and although it is delicately carried off. in which he narrates from a first-person point of view. Leon de Kock. making this novel a worthy contribution to serious South African writing about identity. making the novel read flawlessly and engagingly. and the complex (not to mention unexpected) processes of selfdiscovery. ‘doing a leg-shiverer’ (sex). intensity and betrayal are superbly rendered. I betrayed him. interleaved with correspondence.Book Reviews Book Reviews My Brother’s Book By Jo-Anne Richards as it does of contending perspectives that she must manipulate into shape. Almost. The childhood evocations of yearning. unreliable father. better left to the reader to discover. race and betrayal called My Brother's Book. and what the fictional brother's (fictional) book supposedly says about her and their life together. Wits Journalism lecturer and author of three previous novels. the ultimate author. and his business is also to debunk his sibling's 'wrong' view of things. The brother also has his own section of the novel. the novel almost writes itself. the novel is elegantly framed. shows some strain at times. the structure of narration. consisting 54 WITSReview October 2008 . before the whole world. whose difficult task it is to make her primary fiction convincing. On page 52. The novel's first part works excellently. Professor and Head of the School of Literature and Language Studies at Wits. Richards aptly captures the language of a ‘white’ childhood with words like broeks. The opening line reads: “I was born on page 23 of my brother's book. becoming. ‘blimming’. She has to fill in the interplay between what her protagonist thinks she knows about herself and her life. The mother has mysteriously disappeared. Behind all of this is Jo-Anne Richards. with that kind of angle established.” As I said to a group of writing students recently. My Brother's Book is published by Picador Africa. Jo-Anne Richards. There is a deft twist in the tale. and so on. The second part is more complex and difficult to handle. 2008. has come up with an intricately patterned novel about love. From a writer's point of view. among them The Innocence of Roast Chicken. It recalls a childhood in Eastern Cape towns such as Bedford and Cathcart with a peripatetic.
Mbeki's contribution and reference to Rolihlahla Mandela and Oliver Tambo are probably the most authoritative commentaries that give Biko and BCM its place in history. The third aspect relates to restoring Biko the person. “Steve shone in any gathering because of his interest in people. his sharp intellect and his eloquence. literature. but the challenges of mental liberation remain. Bokwe Mafuna describes him as follows. The role of black people in defining and directing their struggles is a continuing struggle.Book Reviews We Write What We Like Edited by Chris van Wyk (Wits University Press) Seleoane's somewhat funny and somewhat personal story sharply drives this point home. President Mbeki's contribution in this book dispenses with such attempts. Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena relates fascinating experiences with Biko and why we need a heavy dose of BCM today. But like many of us. However. Independent Political Analyst. He was knowledgeable about African traditions and the history of our people.black or white. one approaches anything written about him with a bit of reluctance. Biko was a towering figure. working class or rural folk. Business Day Columnist and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations. Having heard and read so much about Stephen Bantu Biko. October 2008 WITSReview 55 . jazz or Marabi music. with a heavy dose of scepticism. I approached the book. intellectuals. For the likes of Mandla Seleoane.” Professor Sipho Seepe. He was successful with the ladies. I was amazed at the range of his abilities. He drank and liked to party. First. The second refreshing aspect of the book is that contributors have sought to reflect on how Biko and BCM have had an impact in their lives. He was a gifted speaker and could spellbound any audience . The context may be different. young and old…he could talk about economics. the book is refreshing for a number of reasons. he was not bereft of weaknesses. We Write What We Like. The revisionist cannot fathom a movement that has not been influenced by the ANC. Biko and BCM provided an explanatory lens through which he could understand black people's seeming collusion in their own oppression. commemorating Biko's death and celebrating his life is a direct critique of those who had sought to deny Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) their place in history.
Barnard received the first scholarship for apprentice electricians awarded by the Johannesburg City Council. He graduated from Wits with a BSc Eng (Mining Geology) degree and worked briefly with the Geographical Survey.Obituaries In Memoriam Wits University fondly remembers those who have passed away. To notify us about the recent death of a Wits alumnus. London at the time of his death. JOOSUB EBRAHIM (1919 . He was 87 years old.from Wits. and recipient of the University Gold Medal . from 1986 to 1994. Due to take up his appointment at IHE in September. PGDA. He studied further in England after receiving his undergraduate degree . appointed first director of the Wits Institute for Human Evolution (IHE).2008) Dr Joosub Hajee Suliman Ebrahim .ac.2008) Simon Hyman Behr (BSc Eng. 1948. died tragically in a motorcycle accident in London in July 2008. Botswana and Namibia until the time of his death. 1955) died at his home in Johannesburg on 12 July 2008. a diploma in township development . His other accomplishments include scoring two holes-in-one in golf and qualifying as a bowls umpire in 1990.2008) Wessel 'Barney' Barnard (BSc Eng. Montreal. it was incorrectly stated that the late Radford Jordan lived from 1918 to 2007. aged 75. WESSEL BARNARD (1921 .passed away in January 2008 while on a cruise with his wife.Wits benefactor. Behr commenced his studies at Wits in 1952 and was elected cheerleader by popular acclaim in 1954. Erratum: In the July 2008 obituaries of WITSReview. funder of numerous academic prizes and awards in the Faculties of Health Sciences and Humanities. He also held an MSc (Applied Mineral Exploration) degree from McGill University. CHARLES LOCKWOOD (1970 . Barnard travelled the world as part of his service on national and international electricity advisory boards. Born in Villiersdorp. Lockwood was working for University College. 1980) passed away on 13 May 2008. Behr was a respected consultant involved in exploration work throughout South Africa.za 56 WITSReview October 2008 .2008) Dr Charles Abram Lockwood (PhD. He chaired the Association of Municipal Electrical Undertakings from 1983 to 1985 and was the first electrical engineer to serve on the Electrical Control Board. WITSReview relies on the Wits community to keep us informed of alumni deaths. SIMON BEHR (1933 . He was 38 years old. a deep understanding of the South African research landscape and an ability to inspire young people. retiring from the City Council in 1986 after more than 41 years of service. 1997).and later. Jordan was in fact born in 1917. Barnard went on to become City Electrical Engineer of Johannesburg. please e-mail alumni@wits. Lockwood will be remembered as a young academic with a brilliant record. after which he went into private practice.
October 2008 WITSReview 57 . He travelled extensively. he joined the South African Air Force as a fitter and turner. Grant was the founder member and subsequently an honorary member of the engineering section of the Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (Academy for Science and Arts) and was involved in the establishment of the South African Council for Professional Engineers. after which he moved to the USA to take up the post of Chief Resident in Medicine at the Children's Medical Centre in Boston. simultaneously pursuing further study and obtaining his matric. the Fever Hospital and the Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children. Braudo subsequently moved to Toronto. Braudo then practised privately. which he developed over five years to suit the separation of silicon isotopes for the electronics industry. Braudo matriculated from King Edward VII High School for Boys and then graduated from Wits with a medical degree and the David Lurie Prize in surgery. aged 85. An art connoisseur. One of the oldest members of the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering. He was also an Honorary Chief Paediatrician at Wellesley Hospital.Obituaries MICHAEL BRAUDO (1928 . After Grant completed Standard 8. visiting remote places such as Antarctica. Grant retired to his farm in Mpumalanga in the early 1990s but re-emerged in 2001 to work on the vortex separation theory. and frequently visited his native South Africa. eastern Turkey. The University of Toronto endowed him Emeritus Associate Professor of Paediatrics. Acutely aware of the importance of his initial training and education at Wits. friends and family members who remember him with great fondness as a remarkable individual. DSc Eng. Ethiopia and Libya. a technikon qualification and Wits engineering and applied mathematics degrees by 1951. the highest order that could be bestowed upon a South African citizen at that time. 1957) passed away in April 2008 after a short illness. American and Canadian works and one of the largest collections of indigenous Eskimo art. Braudo went to Scotland in 1953 to pursue postgraduate studies. specialising in paediatrics and clinical paediatric cardiology in 1960 and continuing in this field for some 40 years. He trained for five years at the Sick Children's Hospital in Scotland. After working at the Johannesburg General Hospital. 1950) passed away on 7 April 2008 at the age of 79 after a long illness. 1948.2008) Dr Michael Braudo (MBBCh. beginning a long association with the Hospital for Sick Children. Braudo never married but left a multinational network of colleagues. He also taught at Harvard Medical School during this time. in Palestine. Grant led the research in 1966 at the Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC) that made it possible for South Africa to create its own nuclear industry. briefly.2008) Dr Walter Lawrence Grant (BSc Eng Mech. healers and caregivers. He was awarded the State President's Southern Cross (Gold) in 1989. His legacy both at Wits and in Toronto is entrenched and he inspired many in their careers as doctors. Braudo was a generous benefactor to the Faculty of Medicine. having scored top marks in internal medicine and overall in the final Wits Medical School exams. serving as a member on the first Council. Braudo acquired an extensive collection of modern paintings comprising South African. WALLY GRANT (1922 . Born and raised in Johannesburg and.
1999) and his younger son. Michael. Stein was a member of the radical Junction Avenue Theatre Company along with her future husband. 1977. after which he worked as a mine medical officer for JCI for five years. DPH. Representations and Resources (Routledge. held at the Wits School of Education in June 2007. occupational health. DHSM. which provided an opportunity to bring Wits University closer to a wider audience. French and Ancient Greek) followed by an Honours degree in Applied Linguistics. as well as art and culture generally. more recently. Educated at Roedean School for Girls. DTM&G. He also held a diploma in infectious diseases from the University of London. 2008). She was joint leader of the Wits Multi-literacies Research Project and an organiser of the highly successful 14th International Conference of Learning. Stein's doctorate on multi-modal pedagogies was the basis for her critically acclaimed book. Multimodal Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms: Rights. He was a lifelong student. BA Hons. 1990. Stein was admired and loved by students and colleagues alike. 41. 1987) passed away on 7 August.her recent 2006 guest editorship with Denise Newfield of English Studies in Africa is testimony to this. Stein's many publications spanned the fields of educational and semiotic theory and practice. Harrison was an astute clinician. 58 WITSReview October 2008 . where she was Head Day Girl. a book on the artist Deborah Bell. Pippa Stein Purkey was born in Johannesburg. aged 53. Phillipa 'Pippa' Harriet Stein (PDE.2008) Prof. She won the prestigious Wits Academic Citizenship Award in 2007. Malcolm Purkey. having obtained in the 1990s no fewer than four Wits diplomas in tropical medicine and hygiene. In 2003. which accompanied the Junction Avenue Theatre Production of Sophiatown in the 1980s and. DOH. One reviewer commented that "the book breathed life into theory".Obituaries ROBERT HARRISON (1967 . Stein was responsible for the annual Nadine Gordimer lecture series. 1995. Always drawn to pedagogy. Stein graduated from Wits with a BA in Languages (English. Stein was a great collaborator . 1998.2008) Dr Robert Sidney Harrison (MBBCh. Harrison re-entered the field of occupational medicine in 2003. A brilliant teacher. always up to date with the latest literature and extremely well read. were tragically killed in a car accident on 7 April 2008. working first as an occupational health consultant for Anglo Platinum and then for Lonmin. While studying at Wits in the 1970s. Following his passion. Stein taught at Waverley Girls' High School after graduating and moved to Wits in the 1980s to lecture in the Department of Applied English Language Studies. At the time of his death Harrison was pursuing his Masters degree in occupational health through the University of Manchester. Her passion for social change led to her initiating the Soweto English Language Project. she completed her PhD at the University of London and was promoted to Associate Professor at Wits in 2005. She wrote Sophiatown Speaks. out of which grew her highly regarded series of textbooks for the teaching of English. after losing the battle against cancer. the first of Phillip and Shirley Stein's five children. 1993. followed by five years as a GP in Letsitele. completed his internship at Tygerberg Hospital in 1991. health service management and public health respectively. Professionally. Harrison. PIPPA STEIN (1955 .
a breakthrough in large animal tranquillisation. In 1994 he was the first graduate with a PhD in Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery and in 1997 was the first Head of the School of Oral Health Sciences.an activity that produced a steady output of publications. 1944. including one in 2008 when he was very ill. combining clinical practice with research to produce evidence on which to base patient care . He held the post of Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1997 to 1999 and then served as Dean before being appointed to the Chair of the new Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery Division in the Department of General Surgery in January 1982. He was a longstanding Honorary Research Fellow in the now-defunct Dental Research Institute.Obituaries JOHN LOWNIE (1943 . October 2008 WITSReview 59 . MBBCh. 1967. He served as a Senator of the College of Medicine of South Africa for more than 15 years and as its Honorary Registrar for three years. In the 1950s. He retired from this post in January 2008. thereafter specialising in physiology. Lownie contributed significantly to the profession. He was an ideal academic. Luck married in 1945 and took up the Chair in Physiology in the new pre-medical course for students at Fort Hare University. Luck relocated with his family to Kenya in 1921. A Wits alumnus and member of staff since his graduation. aged 91. He served as President of the SA Society of Maxillo- Facial and Oral Surgeons for two terms and was President of the College of Maxillo-Facial Surgeons of South Africa for three terms. A pioneer in the field of osseointegrated implants. Born in Sweden. 1946) passed away on 18 July 2008. 1943. Cecil Percy Luck (BSc. Luck established a research team that undertook drug-darting experiments that culminated in the use of M99 and its antidote. PhD. Prof. Lownie became an instructor in 1996 and then served as Regional Director of the Witwatersrand ATLS in 1999 and as its National Chairman from 2003 to 2006. initiating transformation through training black students in this field before it became an official requirement. the first of its kind in East Africa. His booming voice and infectious laugh will be missed. Trained in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) at the American College of Surgeons in South Africa. In 1953 Luck gained a scholarship to the Department of Physiology at University College London. He chaired the College's Examinations and Credentials Committee at the time of his death. Luck developed his vision for a mobile field laboratory. He returned to Sweden at the age of 12 to be an apprentice to a blacksmith and carpenter.2008) Prof. CECIL LUCK (1917 . He trained a generation of maxillo-facial and oral surgeons. MSc Dent. 1994) died on 2 June 2008 at the age of 65 after a courageous two-year battle against cancer. Lownie also obtained a Higher Diploma in Dentistry and a Diploma in Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery in 1975. Here he became increasingly involved in animal physiology as big game parks in western Uganda were being established and the efficient tranquillising of game was required. 1978.2008) Prof. Three years later he took up the chair of physiology at Makerere University Medical School in Uganda. BSc Hons. jointly supervising 16 Masters degrees and publishing 12 scientific papers with colleagues. John Forsyth Lownie (BDS. received a Swedish matriculation and then came to Wits to study medicine.
Obituaries drawing researchers from the USA. junior primary teaching. a devoted mother and a spirited. Scandinavia. South Africa. After attending Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town. In the late 1960s. a charity organisation that aimed to raise funds to secure the future of children born to HIVpositive women. keeping a roomful of them in his department! So enthusiastic was he that five PhDs on the unique metabolism of these creatures were produced by his department. creative and compassionate individual. During this time she established African Mother. SHALDEEN MCLAREN (1973 . A natural and brilliant teacher. Luck took up the chair of physiology at Wits Medical School. anthropologist. Born in South Africa as Malcolm Lyall-Watson. An apparent polymath.2008) Alumna and former teacher at the Wits Aletta Sutton EduCentre. he was still working in copper at the age of 85. he enrolled at the age of 15 at Wits. biologist. where he earned his undergraduate degree. He established a carpentry school and took on apprentices in wrought-iron work. ethologist and author of many new-age books. she was the second of three children and the only daughter of Sally and Michael McLaren. where there was more scope for the animal research he sorely missed. 1996) passed away in East London. several Springbok rugby players. McLaren returned to teaching in 2008. Born in Klerksdorp. Her teaching career took her to council estate schools in England as well as to corporate crèches and private educentres in South Africa. he had an early fascination for nature in the surrounding bush. Watson also held an MSc (1959) from the University of Natal and a PhD (1963) from the University of London. just months prior to her untimely death. She was 35 years old. Germany and Britain. He was intent on making sense of natural and supernatural phenomena in biological terms. Watson was director of the Johannesburg Zoo at 23 and subsequently became a producer of documentaries on sumo wrestling and paranormal phenomena at the BBC (the 60 WITSReview October 2008 . and wrote a teacher's guide to developing children's self-confidence. Active in his forge until the age of 80. 1959) died on 25 June 2008 of a stroke. He retired at 60 and set up a forge and carpentry shed from which he produced doors. she was loved and respected by children and colleagues and made a significant impact on the lives of those she knew. She retired temporarily from teaching to focus on parenting after the birth of her son in 2003. He moved later to the Wits Dental School. She grew up in gold mining communities in Deelkraal and Aggenys and was educated at Potchefstroom High School for Girls. balustrades and gates. Here he pursued studies of fruit bats. During her treatment. Luck maintained his interest in carpentry and wrought-iron work throughout his life. Watson was a botanist. After matriculating in 1991. where she was a gifted academic and an Honours Roll student. she fulfilled the dream of a fellow young terminal patient by arranging for him to meet his heroes. Shaldeen McLaren (BEd. at Wits in 1993. intelligent. zoologist. LYALL WATSON (1939 .2008) Dr Malcolm Lyall-Watson (BSc. McLaren pursued a degree in her first love. He was 69 years old and lived in Ireland. on 20 June 2008 after a courageous yearlong battle against cancer.
1941)." LINDO WEBB (1913 . In the 1970s he wrote books on a wide variety of topics. Born in Witbank. and founder of the life science consultancy. His niece. His first two marriages ended in divorce and his third wife died in 2003. His interest in electrical machines together with his exemplary academic record won him a Chamber of Mines scholarship for electrical engineering in 1935. Gifts of Unknown Things (1976) and Lifetide (1979) are among the best known. He was initially apprenticed as a plumber and tinsmith. the University recalled Webb to assist with laboratory supervision and external examiner duties. Biologic of London. Webb matriculated with distinction and then made his way to ‘the Big City’ in search of a job during the Depression years. Seychelles and Indonesia. a worldwide bestseller exploring phenomena such as ESP. These laboratories were his ‘baby’ and he remained a central figure in their development and operation until his first nominal retirement in 1978. Watson was married three times. He continued until his failing eyesight finally forced him. psychokinesis and telepathy in nature. the Amazon River. but Webb's employer arranged a laboratory assistant position in the Wits Electrical Engineering Department after noticing his passion for all things electrical.. he regaled his family with tales of October 2008 how they would stand guard with knobkerries as there were no spare rifles available! With the cessation of hostilities Webb married a Canadian nurse in 1947 and then joined Wits as a lecturer in heavy current engineering and machines. His empathetic style. Describing himself as a 'scientific nomad'. to bid farewell to his beloved machines in 1992. dry humour and passion for his subject left lasting impressions on most of his students. Webb was an accomplished yet humble man devoted to teaching and the service of others and has left an enduring legacy. the Seychelles commissioner for the International Whaling Commission. recalled a quote that summed up his attitude to work and life: "I live and work alone and travel light. an expedition leader and researcher in Antarctica. former lecturer in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering from 1945 to 1978 and assistant in the laboratories until 1992. Working parttime as a power station attendant and studying in the evenings. After a short sabbatical. “Now then gentlemen. after 50 years. Webb graduated as an electrical engineer in 1941. Watson considered conventional science simply inadequate to explain much of human experience.” when something had gone haywire. he entered the war supplies structure until he was recalled by the University to join Prof. passed away on 23 June 2008. together with the memory of his hallmark phrase. Katherine Lyall-Watson. aged 95. Having been unsuccessful in joining active service in the war owing to poor eyesight. Goldsmith's ‘secret war projects’ team. Although Webb never revealed what ‘they’ were busy with.Obituaries period during which he adopted Lyall as his first name). relying largely on my memory and making a point of letting intuition guide my way.2008) Vosdick Lindo Webb (BSc. Webb was responsible for establishing the Electrical Engineering Department's laboratory facilities to meet the demand for training created by returning ex-servicemen. let's gather round and talk about this. of which Supernature (1973). WITSReview 61 ..
and Wits University is no exception. From picnics to pillow fights. held every year just before exams. October 2008 62 WITSReview . In contrast. the rites of Wits' various clubs and of course the Knockando Streak. the worship of Penelope the Duck.At Wits End Naked and running: don't knock tradition Ask any university student around the world what makes his or her university special and many of them will point to time-honoured student traditions. Wits' traditions cover the spectrum from gastronomic celebrations to bludgeoning technique. you will fail. By Nikolai Viedge R egarded by many as the 'ties that bind'. the Mining Engineers dressing up in their underground mining kit for ‘Skiffyskofbaas’ Day. In addition to the stress-relieving pillow fight. there is the all-res picnic. mostly requires some form of apparel. Stark naked. This (in)famously flagrant display traditionally occurs on the evening that the Knockando Residence's house committee chairman is elected. Scoff as you might about chatting to a duck called Penelope about your innermost fears. Wits tradition and superstition has it that if you haven't started studying by the time the jacarandas flower. the house mascot. there are a number of traditions specific to tertiary institutions around the world . Knockando residents tear across the bridge to the Education Campus and back. the Engineering Spring Breakfast on the AMIC deck. you might be tempted once the jacarandas bloom.
or his or her perception of his or her experience. the more time people spend together the better the chances are of a positive relationship-forming experience. the traditions serve the same function as anniversaries or dates: they reaffirm the link between the individual and the institution..” says Sissons. a religion professor and unofficial college historian at the University of the South in Tennessee. the greater the affect-based trust: trust that is felt rather than rationalised. quite a number of university ‘traditions’ are connected to risktaking behaviour: drinking. that person will be more willing to share experiences. people perceive that the organisation will continue to treat them in a favourable manner in the future.” But while the sillier escapades may not have the weight of history behind them. Traditions give the participants an idea of what can be expected from the institution and in turn show the students what's expected of them.. The More Things Change. an attitude of ‘what can I get out it?’ As a result. It's very often a day-to-day experience. “As soon as that relationship is set up. This starts to build more concrete relationships. an organisational psychologist. and of common discourse .Traditions But do these traditions serve any beneficial purpose? Not according to sociology lecturer Professor Jan Coetzee from Rhodes University. when a favourable impression is created at the outset. according to Sissons. creating trust relationships. (Currents September 2007). argues that these traditions and superstitions are often the very things that create a common identity among university students. is to create a good first impression. “The first thing that needs to happen.a feeling that the university will be there for the person in the future. According to Wits alumnus Grant Sissons. On September 5 every year the engineering students gather on the AMIC Deck wearing pyjamas to celebrate the onset of spring. “Moreover.” And traditions play a vital role in building positive impressions of an institution. Jerry Smith.” says Coetzee. October 2008 WITSReview 63 .” This unifying influence is evident in the engineering students' spring celebrations at Wits. of community. thereby drawing the individuals and the institution closer together. “In our modern times people don't often think of traditions in their historical context. sex-related practices and so on.a shared life.” says Sissons. in order to build a flourishing relationship. they serve to initiate people into an appreciation for values of civility. Quoted in marketing coach Larry R Humes' article. “Traditions are normally connected with historical heritage. A good Orientation Week experience can act as some sort of predictor of the perceived organisational support . traditions also serve to set the boundaries of the group. “The more time that people spend around one another. “Effectively a relationship between any organisation and its employees or students is much like a romantic relationship. According to Sissons.” On top of creating and reaffirming a feeling of unity. Smith says: “In one way or another.
Penelope Engineering Spring Breakfast on the AMIC deck. 64 WITSReview October 2008 . Skiffyskofbaas Day Pillow Fight Study before the Jacarandas flower! Knockando mascot.At Wits End Engineering Spring Breakfast Ready to do battle in the Pillow Fight.
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