Towards the end of last term me and two of my colleagues decided to Visit Fatima Habib’s house in Saxonworld.
This was before she and the Habib family were renovating Savernake for them to move into. Fatima is as outspoken and spontaneous as her husband Adam. We got look through the house and see the beautiful decor, which is unique to the Habib style.
Photos of her two sons and Adam was displayed throughout the house. Fatima told us about her personal life and her professional life as well as how it felt to be the first lady of Wits University.
Brooks said: “Brooks said that this project’s momentum is expected to be “stop and start” due to the major work and finances involved.
Richard Ward houses the university’s School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering and is situated on East Campus.
The university has planned three phases of development, estimated at R75-million, for the building’s modernisation project and hired Activate Architect to head the renovations.
Emanuel Prinsloo, director of campus development and planning, said the first phase of the project amounted to R31.5 million.
The Department of Higher Education (DoHET) has facilitated in funding the first of the three phases of this modernisation project. They invested R14-million in this project.
Sunny Lyuke, Head of School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, said: “The main reason for the renovation is to house world class modern laboratories.”
All seven floors of Richard Ward will be modernised. The first phase included renovating the laboratories on floor two and the postgraduate space on floor seven.
“The building is about 40 years’ old and needs to be revamped,” Prinsloo said.
The modernisation is also aimed at expanding teaching and research spaces. The modernisation project aims to; increase the School’s contribution to industry-related research by introducing five new laboratories spaces in biochemical processes, nanotechnology, atomic absorption and volatile organic compounds.
Edward Brooks, the project architect, said they started in November and finished at the end of June with phase one. There was a team of 10 designers who managed and developed the design and at maximum 100 contractors who worked on the ground.
According to the Wits website there has been an increase in chemical and metallurgical engineering students and therefore there is a greater need for infrastructure improvements than before. These changes will ensure the highest levels of teaching are achieved according to the site.
But Prinsloo said: “Nothing will happen in the next six to 10 months.”
He further said once the last two phases have started, they will take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete.
On Monday afternoon Wits University faced North West University (NWU) in the kick-off game for the Varsity Football tournament.
The game took place at the Milpark stadium where hundreds of fans came fully geared up in support of their teams. Wits University got a white-wash from NWU 4-0.
Francois Pienaar, captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning Springbok team could be seen supporting the players.
The stadium shook with cheering fans stamping their feet and blowing their vuvuzelas.
Wits Vuvuzela: NWU hand Wits drubbing at Varsity Football opener, July 24, 2013.
Wits University held its second shavathon today during lunch in front of Umthombo. Students of all faculties gathered to show their support for cancer survivors and sufferers.
‘Take Away Cancer’ is an initiative by students of Wits university who hold these events in order to raise money for cancer research with all the proceeds go to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).
The shavathon attracted an equal amount of men and women. But the majority who shaved their heads were men. Women students indulged in highlighting their hair with various colours of spray. Tarryn Human, community mobiliser for the CANSA Houghton office said if women shaved their heads, their hair would be parcelled and sent to make wigs and weaves out of them for cancer patients.
In the mission statement for Take Away Cancer it stated this initiative aims to be the equivalent of love life by 2022 said Benedict. “We aim to have a mobile clinic on campus for women who live in residence and all women on campus to have free mammograms done”, Benedict said.
After much consideration about the career path I have chosen, I decided that it is important to know how to capture a good photo. As a journalist one should be able to invision what photo they need in order to take their story to the next level.
After a hectic week in the newsroom I took a stroll in the park to de-stress with my camera in-hand. This is a photo diary of what I saw and invisioned as good photo opportunites.
Definately a good experience and I taught myself so much more about photography in my quest to get the best pictures of nature.