Two Fort Hare students were among the top graduate students selected by the Agriculture Chamber of Business (Agbiz) to take part in the Student Case Competition at the Agbiz congress which was held on the 25-26 of August in Somerset, Western Cape. Lunga Njara and Simbongile Mgidi, from the university’s department of Agricultural Economics and Extension were part of the select group from five other South African universities. This year’s event had representatives from University of Fort Hare, University of Stellenbosch, North West University, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, University of Free State and the University of Pretoria.
A team of Fourteen University of Fort Hare Karatekas kicked for glory and brought home six trophies in the regional annual Len Barnes tournament held in Thokoza town hall- Ekurhuleni on 23rd August. There were three fighting categories for females U55 kilograms, U65 kilograms and Over 65 kilograms. For the males there were also three fighting categories U60 kilograms, U70 kilograms and Over 80 kilograms. Under the instruction of Sensei Siphiwe Dlulane who no longer needs any introduction in the world’s toughest and knock down style the team was so competitive reflecting the world’s heavyweight champion’s prowess.
The World Health Organisation had set aside the first week of August to mark the breast feeding week worldwide more so to sensitise communities about breast feeding importance and in the context of HIV/AIDS. The university’s Nursing Department led by Mrs Zukiswa Theodora Dasheka in partnership with various Non Governmental Organisations like Mothers 2 Mothers, Saving Mothers Saving Babies including the Department of Health were in the Ndevana community. This was a local initiative with immense contribution to the global picture, said Dasheka who is a clinical facilitator for B.Cur third year’s, Midwifery and community Nursing Modules.
Every year during the month of August, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) honours South Africa’s top women scientists through the Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards are meant to encourage and reward women scientists and researchers, and also profile them as role models for younger women. This year’s edition of the awards was held on the 15th August 2014 in Johannesburg, with University of Fort Hare’s Professor Matseliso Mokhele receiving an award for being the first runner-up in the Category of Distinguished Young Woman Scientist (Humanities and Social Sciences) in recognition for her contribution in Science and Research.