If the turn out for and reactions at the Gauteng Alumni Gala dinner on Friday 20 March 2015 is anything to go by, then the university has moved off the starting blocks in preparations for the much awaited 2016 centenary celebrations. The official launch of the centenary countdown is due to start in May this year. The outgoing CEO of FirstRand, Dr Sizwe Nxasana who obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Fort Hare in 1979, Vice Chancellor Dr Mvuyo Tom and members of the Central Centenary Committee played host to alumni of different generations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Dr Tom called on Alumni to brace themselves for the act of celebrating a lifetime, a lifetime of excellence and innovation, a lifetime of legends and to remember their Alma Mater, the University of Fort Hare.
The University of Fort Hare’s Awonke Tshefu, a Master’s student in Chemistry has been chosen to participate in the 2015 Mandela-Washington Fellowship for young African leaders to be held in the United States for six weeks starting from the 19th of June 2015. This comes as no surprise having been in Russia in 2013 to study the instrument s for scientific research, thanks to the National Research Foundation that made it possible for him and other top twenty young scientists drawn from the South African universities.
FNB UFH-Blues director of rugby Elliot Fana cited a lack of experience for his side’s poor showing against FNB-Wits in Johannesburg last night.Blues suffered its heaviest defeat of the season, and the biggest in the history of the club, with a 93-0 loss away top of the log Wits side.The students from Alice conceded 40 points in the first half en route to their most embarrassing loss, which keeps them second-bottom of the standings.
The Department of Science and Technology with National Research Foundation hosted its research day for interns at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on February 27th. CPUT played hosts to Fort Hare University, UCT, Stellenbosch, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research and other NRF/DST sponsored institutions. Fort Hare’s Zimkhitha Soji, an MSc- Animal Science under the mentorship of renowned meat science researcher Prof Voster Muchenje took home second prize for the best oral presentation.