UFH Alumni Affairs

Alumni Relations Office supports a network of former graduates that will, in turn, help to raise the profile of the University.

This unit falls under the directorate of Institutional Advancement, reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor.

Operating as usual

10/06/2024

๐Ÿ“ฃ Call for Papers: 2nd Annual Colloquium on Competition Law and Regulation ๐Ÿ“ฃ

05/06/2024

๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ฎ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ผ-๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ

Congratulations to our esteemed alumna and leading psychology scholar, Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, on being named the 2024 Templeton Prize Laureate in honour of her pioneering work on trauma and forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa.

Founded by the esteemed late investor and philanthropist, Sir John Templeton, the prize stands as one of the foremost individual honors globally, annually recognizing significant achievements. It is bestowed upon those who harness the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankindโ€™s place and purpose within it.

Previous recipients include Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Edna Adam Ismail.

Prof Gobodo-Madikizela completed her Bachelor's and Honours Degrees in Psychology at Fort Hare in 1977 and 1979, respectively.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHesteemedalumnaProfPumlaGobodoMadikizelanamed2024TempletonPrizeLaureate

14/05/2024

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—ก๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ก๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ'๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ

โ€œI solemnly pledge myself to the service of humanity and will endeavour to practise my profession with conscience and with dignity. The total health of my patients will be my first consideration,โ€ these are the lines from the Nursesโ€™ Pledge that one of UFHโ€™s Nursing Science alumna made and embodies.

Ms Visisa Ntengo from Scenery Park in East London who holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science (2012) and a Master of Public Health Sciences (2022) from Fort Hare was recently lauded in an article in the Health For Mzansi online magazine for her dedication to patient well-being and empowering future nurses.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHNursingScienceAlumnaembodiesNursesPledge

Photos from University of Fort Hare's post 26/04/2024
26/04/2024

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—พ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€

Three years ago, Mr Malinge Gqeba and his wife, Mrs Nokuzola Gqeba, graduated with their doctoral degrees from the University of Fort Hare (UFH). Last year, their daughter, Nangamso, obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from Fort Hare. This week, their son, Mava, collected his Bachelor of Music degree, also from Fort Hare. It is safe to say that this family from Mdantsane are true Fortharians.

We met with the Gqebas' latest graduate, an award-winning performing artist. Amid his preparation for graduation day, Mava was in the middle of rehearsals for his performance in a major production of Sarafina, showcased at the East London Guild Theatre this week.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/GqebasFamilyFortHareGraduates

25/04/2024

University of Fort Hare Alumni Association Lesotho Chapter Reunion Dinner: A Night of Remembrance and Renewal
In a heartwarming reunion that echoed with laughter and shared memories, the University of Fort Hare Alumni Association Lesotho Chapter came together last month at the prestigious Lancers Inn Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho. The event, a long-awaited gathering after the tumultuous challenges posed by the global pandemic, was a testament to the enduring spirit and camaraderie of the alumni.
The evening commenced with a sense of anticipation as attendees registered and settled in, eager to reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. A solemn โ€œOpening Prayerโ€ set the tone for the evening, invoking blessings on the reunion and all those present, while Ms. Noluvuko Makohliso, the Alumni Relations Officer of UFH, extended a warm โ€œWelcome and Opening Remarks,โ€ setting the stage for an evening of reflection and celebration.
As the night unfolded, attendees took center stage, introducing themselves and sharing their unique experiences and journeys since their days at the esteemed university. The absence of cherished members was acknowledged with a touching tribute through โ€œObituaries,โ€ honoring those who had passed but remained cherished in memory.
The highlight of the evening came in the form of a poignant โ€œKeynote Speechโ€ delivered by Mr. Bothata Tsikoane, whose words resonated with the audience, encapsulating the essence of the reunion and the significance of the bonds that united them.
A dedicated member of the Lesotho Chapter shared insightful โ€œChapter Updates and Future Plans,โ€ igniting a renewed sense of enthusiasm and commitment among the alumni. An interim committee was nominated, paving the way for continued engagement and contribution to the chapterโ€™s growth and success.
Capturing the essence of the evening, a delightful โ€œGroup Photoโ€ immortalized the smiles and camaraderie shared by all present, freezing cherished memories in time. The evening drew to a close with a heartfelt โ€œClosing Remarks & Farewellโ€ delivered by Ms. Nomi Kema, Acting Marketing and Communications, who shared the latest developments of the University, inspiring hope and pride among the alumni.
The Master of Ceremony, in his eloquent address, underscored the significance of reunions as moments to celebrate the past, renew friendships, and create new memories. He called upon the alumni to revive the spirit of the Lesotho Chapter, harnessing their collective energy and strength to propel it to new heights of success and recognition.
In a final note of commendation, he lauded the universityโ€™s management for their unwavering commitment to restoring the dignity of UFH, applauding their efforts to combat corruption and enhance the academic standing of the institute. The alumni pledged their full support to the leadership, affirming their dedication to upholding the values and legacy of their alma mater.
As the night drew to a close, with hearts full of nostalgia and hope for the future, the UFH alumni bid farewell, reinvigorated in their resolve to carry forward the legacy of excellence and unity that defined their time at the esteemed institution. With renewed spirit and determination, they set their sights on a brighter future, united in their shared commitment to uphold the values and traditions of the University of Fort Hare.
In the spirit of camaraderie and renewal, the UFH alumni Lesotho Chapter stands poised to embark on a new chapter of growth, innovation, and success, guided by the enduring bonds that unite them and the shared vision of a brighter tomorrow.
As they departed, the echoes of laughter and shared memories lingered in the air, a testament to the enduring spirit of the UFH alumni and the power of unity and friendship to transcend time and distance. With hearts full of gratitude and hope, they looked forward to the next reunion, a promise of continued connection, and shared moments of joy and camaraderie.
The University of Fort Hare Alumni Association Lesotho Chapter reunion dinner was not just an event; it was a celebration of friendship, unity, and the enduring legacy of a cherished alma mater. In the hearts of the alumni, the spirit of UFH lives on, a beacon of inspiration and pride that unites them in a bond that transcends time and space.
As they dispersed into the night, the UFH alumni carried with them the memories of the evening, a testament to the power of reunions to renew spirits, forge connections, and celebrate the shared journey that binds them together. In their hearts, the spirit of UFH burned bright, a reminder of the enduring legacy and the promise of a future filled with hope and possibility.

25/04/2024

University of Fort Hare Alumni Association Lesotho Chapter Reunion Dinner: A Night of Remembrance and Renewal

In a heartwarming reunion that echoed with laughter and shared memories, the University of Fort Hare Alumni Association Lesotho Chapter came together last month at the prestigious Lancers Inn Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho. The event, a long-awaited gathering after the tumultuous challenges posed by the global pandemic, was a testament to the enduring spirit and camaraderie of the alumni.
The evening commenced with a sense of anticipation as attendees registered and settled in, eager to reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. A solemn โ€œOpening Prayerโ€ set the tone for the evening, invoking blessings on the reunion and all those present, while Ms. Noluvuko Makohliso, the Alumni Relations Officer of UFH, extended a warm โ€œWelcome and Opening Remarks,โ€ setting the stage for an evening of reflection and celebration.
As the night unfolded, attendees took center stage, introducing themselves and sharing their unique experiences and journeys since their days at the esteemed university. The absence of cherished members was acknowledged with a touching tribute through โ€œObituaries,โ€ honoring those who had passed but remained cherished in memory.
The highlight of the evening came in the form of a poignant โ€œKeynote Speechโ€ delivered by Mr. Bothata Tsikoane, whose words resonated with the audience, encapsulating the essence of the reunion and the significance of the bonds that united them.
A dedicated member of the Lesotho Chapter shared insightful โ€œChapter Updates and Future Plans,โ€ igniting a renewed sense of enthusiasm and commitment among the alumni. An interim committee was nominated, paving the way for continued engagement and contribution to the chapterโ€™s growth and success.
Capturing the essence of the evening, a delightful โ€œGroup Photoโ€ immortalized the smiles and camaraderie shared by all present, freezing cherished memories in time. The evening drew to a close with a heartfelt โ€œClosing Remarks & Farewellโ€ delivered by Ms. Nomi Kema, Acting Marketing and Communications, who shared the latest developments of the University, inspiring hope and pride among the alumni.
The Master of Ceremony, in his eloquent address, underscored the significance of reunions as moments to celebrate the past, renew friendships, and create new memories. He called upon the alumni to revive the spirit of the Lesotho Chapter, harnessing their collective energy and strength to propel it to new heights of success and recognition.
In a final note of commendation, he lauded the universityโ€™s management for their unwavering commitment to restoring the dignity of UFH, applauding their efforts to combat corruption and enhance the academic standing of the institute. The alumni pledged their full support to the leadership, affirming their dedication to upholding the values and legacy of their alma mater.
As the night drew to a close, with hearts full of nostalgia and hope for the future, the UFH alumni bid farewell, reinvigorated in their resolve to carry forward the legacy of excellence and unity that defined their time at the esteemed institution. With renewed spirit and determination, they set their sights on a brighter future, united in their shared commitment to uphold the values and traditions of the University of Fort Hare.
In the spirit of camaraderie and renewal, the UFH alumni Lesotho Chapter stands poised to embark on a new chapter of growth, innovation, and success, guided by the enduring bonds that unite them and the shared vision of a brighter tomorrow.
As they departed, the echoes of laughter and shared memories lingered in the air, a testament to the enduring spirit of the UFH alumni and the power of unity and friendship to transcend time and distance. With hearts full of gratitude and hope, they looked forward to the next reunion, a promise of continued connection, and shared moments of joy and camaraderie.
The University of Fort Hare Alumni Association Lesotho Chapter reunion dinner was not just an event; it was a celebration of friendship, unity, and the enduring legacy of a cherished alma mater. In the hearts of the alumni, the spirit of UFH lives on, a beacon of inspiration and pride that unites them in a bond that transcends time and space.
As they dispersed into the night, the UFH alumni carried with them the memories of the evening, a testament to the power of reunions to renew spirits, forge connections, and celebrate the shared journey that binds them together. In their hearts, the spirit of UFH burned bright, a reminder of the enduring legacy and the promise of a future filled with hope and possibility.

11/04/2024

The Mail & Guardian is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a 2024 National Election Debate, in partnership with the University of Fort Hare, on 17 April ahead of South Africaโ€™s national and provincial elections.

Register here to attend: https://t.ly/FkxMj

03/04/2024

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | Congratulations to one of our esteemed alumni, Mr Avuyile Xabadiya who is the Chief Economist at the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on his recent appointment as board member of the transitional governance structure of the Small Enterprise Finance Development Agency.
Mr Xabadiya holds a BSc and Honours degree in Agriculture Economics & Extension from UFH.

According to a statement by the SA Goverment on a meeting held recently, the thirteen-member board will play a pivotal role in the amalgamation of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) and Cooperatives Bank Development Agency (CBDA) into the Small Enterprise Development Finance Agency (SEDFA) by preparing the new institution for its new mandate.

During the launch of the UFH Student Debt Campaign led by the Eastern Cape Chapter Executive Committee, Mr Xabadiya, who was the key speaker at the event, re-affirmed his unwavering support for his alma, saying: โ€œLet us uphold our status of being a university that our children aspire to attend.โ€

Photos from UFH Alumni Affairs's post 22/03/2024

๐—–๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐—” ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—ญ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ง๐˜€๐—ผj๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ก๐˜๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฎ, ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ.

A momentous occasion in the journey of empowerment and progress for the community, as Chief Zulu, alongside UFH Alumnus Sango Ntsaluba, cut the ribbon at the Tsojana Resource Centre on Tuesday. It celebrates collaboration and commitment to shaping a brighter tomorrow for all.

The Tsojana Resource Centre stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity, a testament to the tireless efforts of individuals dedicated to community transformation. With Chief Zulu's guidance and Sango Ntsaluba's leadership, the center promises to catalyze change, fostering education, empowerment, and development.

READ MORE I https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News45

19/03/2024

๐—š๐—•๐—ฉ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€

The University of Fort Hare Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention Unit is excited to announce the official opening of the GBV Prevention Unit Office on the Alice campus and the launch of the "Reclaiming a Safer UFH" campaign.

This event marks a significant milestone in the University's ongoing commitment to combat GBV on our campuses and beyond.

18/03/2024

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—”โ€™๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐——๐—š, ๐——๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น ๐— ๐—ท๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

A three-times graduate of the University of Fort Hare (UFH), Dr Phil Mjwara has been lauded by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) for his immense contribution to promoting SAโ€™s science, technology and innovation when he was bestowed the Presidential Award by the council during its 10th Annual Merit Awards held recently.

The award was granted a few days before the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande announced Dr Mjwaraโ€™s retirement from being the country's longest-serving Director-General, in his role as the DG of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

Dr Mjwara obtained a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science degrees from UFH between 1981 and 1987.

According to a statement issued by the South African Government News Agency, with 18 years of service, Dr Mjwara holds the distinction of being the countryโ€™s longest-serving DG.

โ€œHe played a leading role in shaping the policy and institutional architecture of the countryโ€™s National System of Innovation (NSI). He led the establishment of some of our countryโ€™s key science institutions such as the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Nation Space Agency (SANSA).โ€

At the awards ceremony, SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray said: "Dr Mjwara has set the vision for all policy development in the science and technology sector in SA. He saw the need to create sustainable programmes, infrastructure, and human capacity to ensure SA achieves excellence in critical areas of science and technology,"

As the Fort Hare community, we pride ourselves on our Alumni such as Dr Mjwara who continue to portray Excellence in the spaces they occupy.

https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHtriplesciencegraduateandSA

11/03/2024

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐——๐—ฟ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ท๐—ผ ๐—ง๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฆ๐—”โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Dr Koketjo Tsebe, one of the Universityโ€™s esteemed alumni and an award-winning renowned Clinical Psychologist, is among 45 officials accompanying a squad of 214 athletics representing South Africa at this yearโ€™s 13th edition of the African Games currently underway in Accra, Ghana from 8 to 23 March.

Her assignment is to take care of the teamโ€™s psychological well-being during the games.

This is not the first time the country has tasked the UFH Doctoral Degree in Psychology (Specialising in Sports Psychology) graduate with this significant role.

Last year she was the team psychologist for Banyana Banyana during the FIFA Womenโ€™s World Cup and in 2022 she was appointed as a psychologist for team SA at the African Union Regional 5 Youth Games that were hosted in Malawi.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHAlumnaDrKoketjoTsebecatersTeamSA%E2%80%99spsychologicalhealth13thAfricanGames

Photos from University of Fort Hare's post 04/03/2024

UMBHOXO , making rugby an Afrikan game book launch , day 2, De Beers Art Gallery, Alice Campus ๐Ÿ“š

Photos from UFH Alumni Affairs's post 29/02/2024

๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ

Two decades after completing his Masters Degree in Human Movement Sciences at UFH, Dr Philani Nongogo, a University of Fort Hare (UFH) three-times graduate and former lecturer returned to his alma mater this week to launch his co-authored book titled: Umbhoxo: Making Rugby an Afrikan Game, the book delves into the historical narrative of one of South Africaโ€™s most loved sports, Rugby.

In an interview with UFH News, Dr Nongogo spoke about the role Fort Hare, his late father, and East London black people's rugby stories played in realizing this book. Read the article here: https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHthreetimesgraduate%E2%80%99sresearchculminatesbookhistoryblackRugbySA

The book launch was held last evening on the East London campus and takes place today on the Alice Campus.

19/02/2024

"Join us as we celebrate the launch of 'UMBHOXO: Making Rugby an Afrikan Game.' Honoring our esteemed UFH alumnus, Dr. Philani Nongogo, alongside authors Dr.Buntu Siwisa, Dr.Hendrik Snyders, and Mr.Mzukisi Twala. An inspiring convergence of academia and cultural heritage. Your presence will make this event truly extraordinary! ๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿˆ๐ŸŽ‰ "

19/02/2024

"Empowering UFH Graduates: Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Spirit! ๐Ÿš€ Join our program to cultivate business ventures on and off campus. Let's create a future where our alumni become thriving entrepreneurs. Registration of interest is now open! ๐ŸŒ "
https://www.ufh.ac.za/dev/SME-support-program

13/02/2024

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ฎ, ๐—›๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ก๐—พ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ

Scholar, agricultural expert, author, entrepreneur, international guest lecturer, and award-winning photographer are some of the titles that Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka, a University of Fort Hare (UFH) BSc in Crop and Soil Science and Honours in Soil Science graduate has put to her name.

Born at Mqhele location in Xhorha (Elliotdale), after graduating from UFH, Nqandeka furthered her education with a double masterโ€™s degree from the National University of Ireland under the Climate Change Agriculture Food Security program and at SupAgro in Montpellier, France, specializing in Resources, Agricultural Systems, and Development.

Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University where she has focused her research on conservation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems within the realm of health โ€“ a demonstration of her commitment to both cultural preservation and community development in the agricultural and health sectors.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHAlumnaHombazkaziMercyNqandekaexudesExcellenceherfieldandbeyond

29/01/2024

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ-๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—”

Research originated from his master's degree in Human Movement Sciences twenty years ago has led to Dr Philani Nongogo, a University of Fort Hare (UFH) three-times graduate and former lecturer, co-authoring a book titled: "Umbhoxo: Making Rugby an Afrikan Game" that delves into the historical narrative of one of South Africaโ€™s most loved sports, Rugby.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHthreetimesgraduate%E2%80%99sresearchculminatesbookhistoryblackRugbySA

13/12/2023

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ| ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—”๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜€โ€™ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€

โ€œWe can't talk of agricultural growth and expansion in the Eastern Cape without including Fort Hare, its researchers, and students,โ€ Mr Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa and UFH Agricultural Economics alumnus. He was speaking at the Faculty of Science &Agriculture 2023 Academic Achievement Awards held on the Alice campus recently.

Regarded as one of our esteemed alumni, Mr Sihlobo recently published his second book titled: A Country of Two Agricultures: The Disparities, The Challenges, The Solutions.

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/AlumniOnTheMoveUFHAgriculturalEconomicsalumnus%E2%80%99latestbookexplorescountrytwoagricultures

17/11/2023

UFH SCOOPS EIGHT AWARDS AT 2023 MACE EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Cape Town, 17 November 2023 -- The University of Fort Hare retained its position as the Eastern Capeโ€™s top performing institution in marketing and communication after winning the highest number of MACE excellence awards in the province for a second year in a row.

MACE (Marketing Advancement Communication in Education), the association body for marketing and communication practitioners in the Higher Education sector, hosted the annual awards ceremony last night in Greenpoint, Cape Town.

Fort Hare stepped away with eight (8) awards in total. The University received seven (7) awards for student recruitment, multi-day events and functions, stakeholder relations, and publication design, but was also the recipient of the MACE Research Award. This award was conferred after the institution received the highest score for effective measurement and evaluation from all 153 winning entries submitted by 17 South African universities for UFH stakeholder relation campaigns.

The University won awards for:

โ€ข Wamkelekile Fresher โ€“ the 2023 bold and spirited first-year orientation programme (Student Affairs);
โ€ข the development of a special publication to assist first-time entering students cope with the fears and anxieties encountered when transitioning from high school to varsity life (Student Affairs / Student Counselling Unit);
โ€ข the 2022 UFH Staff Indaba and Appreciation Event (Office of the Vice-Chancellor);
โ€ข the undergraduate student recruitment campaign for the academic year 2023 (undertaken on behalf of the Universityโ€™s six faculties and the Office of the Registrar);
โ€ข an institutional stakeholder engagement programme ideated by Institutional Advancement for local government that involved pro bono skills training to empower PR and Ward Councilors in the Raymond Mhlaba Municipality (Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Fort Hare Solutions).

โ€œWe are grateful and humbled for the recognition. We extend our congratulations to all other winning institutions,โ€ said JP Roodt, UFH Director of Marketing and Communications.

โ€œThe awards are important for us to benchmark our growth, development and contribution to the Universityโ€™s renewal programme but also to measure and evaluate the value creation by the institution for constituents in its stakeholder universe,โ€ he said.

Case study entries evaluated by MACE in various categories need to demonstrate excellence and rigid academic standards in planning, delivery, measurement and evaluation. Entries are evaluated by seasoned professionals in higher education, government and the private sectorโ€™s marketing and communication sectors, and submissions are also moderated.

In September this year, the University of Fort Hare was named one of the coolest university brands in South Africa by the Sunday Times GenNext survey that unveiled the most admired South African brands across 70 categories, including institutions of higher learning last week.

The University of Fort Hare was the only Eastern Cape university that appeared on the list.

Institutions of higher learning in the brand survey that the University of Fort Hare surpassed in ranking position included UNISA, Northwest University, and Sol Plaatje University. The overall top five coolest brands were (1) Univen, (2) Yale University, (3) Stanford University, (4) Oxford, and (5) and the University of Fort Hare.

Researchers conducted visits to 98 schools to survey tweens (8 โ€“ 12 years) and teens (13 โ€“ 18 years), and other engagements took place to survey young professionals (25 โ€“ 30 years). The Northern Cape was excluded from visits due to sparse distribution of schools. With 5 900 young people being surveyed, the Sunday Times GenNext survey had a statistically representative sample of South African youth. The survey was audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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08/11/2023

#๐—”๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ | ๐—จ๐—™๐—› ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€

Yonela Ngcwembe, a 27-year-old University of Fort Hare alumna and environmentalist from Hamburg, never expected to end up doing what she does today. Working for the Ngqushwa local municipality, she is responsible for environmental management in the coastal area.

She ensures beaches within the Ngqushwa area are clean, waste is managed, community services are provided, environmental awareness campaigns are up and running, as well as staying on top of admin work.

The UFH graduate holds a bachelor of science and honours degree specialising in botany and microbiology.

In an interview with the Daily Dispatch Ngcwembe said the institution not only taught her theory but also life skills. "I'll forever be grateful for how the institution groomed me. I believe that's where life and adulthood start. "You are challenged and at the same time are able to come up with ways to tackle these issues."

In the words of our VC Prof Sakhela Buhlungu: "A Fort Hare degree can take you anywhere in the world!"

READ MORE | https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHGraduatefindshernicheenvironmentalmatters

Photos from UFH Alumni Affairs's post 18/10/2023

CHANCELLORโ€™S THIRD FUNDRAISING EVENT RAISES R1.5 MILLION TOWARD UFH INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

The Fort Hare Foundation (FHF) hosted yet another very successful Chancellorโ€™s fundraising event in East London recently. The event, which entailed a golf day and a gala dinner in the evening, mainly focused on lobbying partners and sponsors towards the construction of the University of Fort Hareโ€™s (UFH) key infrastructure projects.

At the end of the day, a total of R1.5 million was raised. The funds will be invested in the infrastructure fund dedicated to infrastructure projects at the University. These include the construction of a multipurpose centre on the Alice Campus, and the upgrade of the Alice Campus Library, amongst others.

The initiative has been organised annually by the Foundation since 2021 as part of its core mandate to raise funds for the University. Various sponsors from institutions, including the public and private sectors were approached by the foundation. Heeding the call, the sponsors dug deep into their pockets, some even offering pro-bono services as part of their contribution to this worthy cause.

The fundraising event started with a Golf Day that presented a delightful atmosphere which was heralded by a prize-giving ceremony. A total of 84 avid golfers representing the Uhuru Golf Club from the EC Province, and golfers from Gauteng and other parts of the country graced the event.

The evening functions brought together alumni and friends of Fort Hare from different generations and provinces who bought tables at the Gala Dinner as part of the fundraising and could not resist bidding for diverse items including artwork that was auctioned,
with R85 00 collected on auctioned items. A heartwarming donation campaign led by Advocate Mini, the President of the Convocation and Fort Hare Foundation Trustee raised a total of R1.5m. The donations were mainly from businesses, the Convocation, and the UFH Eastern Cape Alumni Chapter.

The Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this worthy event and for the overwhelming support from its generous sponsors, which includes Standard Bank, Nedbank, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, InstaToll Africa, Absa, Xerox, Chippa United, Zamindlela Consulting, Luma Ke Blues Legends, and UFH Institutional Advancement.

We also appreciate the pledges made by various businesses such as Emonti Water to continuously support this initiative. The Blues Legends Clubโ€™s pledge to support and raise funds for the UFH rugby team โ€˜Luma ka Blues.โ€™ On the day, InstaToll Africa announced their continued support of the Talent Search Program led by the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC) at UFH.

The Chippa United Football Club also committed to taking the top two soccer players from the University Soccer Club and including them in the Chippa United Soccer Academy. A special thanks goes to Justin Rohtbart from Auction One Auctioneers for the professional auctioning of the items and Oliver Dickson for the awesome directing of the program.

For inquiries kindly contact
Ms Nokulunga Mnqeta on 082 781 8514 or via email at [email protected].
18 October 2023

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