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Minerals to Metals 10th Year Anniversary

16 – 18 November 2017

The Minerals to Metals initiative is delighted to celebrate our 10th year anniversary of operation in 2017.

We are planning a number of events to mark the occasion and hope all previous and current participants of the programme can join us.

•             Formal Dinner : Thursday evening 16th November

•             Research Showcase: Friday 17th November

•             ESDA Workshop : Saturday 18th November

Please diarise these dates and kindly let us know if you are interested in attending and details will follow.

For enquiries please email Dee Bradshaw

Reunion report back

25  Year Civil Reunion, Saturday 30 April 2016

The Civil Engineering class of 1990 held their 25th reunion in Cape Town on Saturday the 30th April 2016. The reunion saw 21 former graduates travel from far and wide, some with families, to share a weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing and engaging with fellow classmates.

The alumni were welcomed back to campus by the HoD of the Civil Department, Prof Neil Armitage, and the EBE Alumni Officer, Mandisa Ralane. Prof Armitage presented on the State of Civil Engineering at UCT, and took the alumni on a tour of the department to experience their old lecture rooms, as well as the new infrastructure developments. The reunion committee afforded the Black Young Gifted initiative, represented by Kelly Blair and Zane Bala, the opportunity to talk about their vision of encouraging and supporting back students to pursue postgraduate studies in Civil Engineering. Following the visit to campus, the classmates had lunch at Brass Bell to rekindle old friendships.

Thank you to Prof Mike de Kock and Prof John Lazarus for attending the reunion to reconnect with their former students, as well as to Mike Webster and Antony Boting for organising a successful reunion weekend.

Quotes about the reunion

“Yes, thank you to you all for setting up the reunion. The venues and the visit to UCT was amazing. It was good to see everyone again and especially to know that all are well and still going strong.” Jeff Pipe

“It was great to see all the guys again after 25 years. More than half of the class is still involved in civil engineering in some way, which was encouraging, and all were enthusiastic to consolidate the network. We were most impressed by the New Engineering Building, and to see that the department is thriving. We are grateful to all UCT has given us, and stand ready to support the University and the Department in the future.”  Mike Webster

1972 to 1974 Civil Engineering Reunion

The civil engineering classes of 1972 to 1974 held a 40-year reunion in October 2014. The reunion was a resounding success, thanks to Mandisa Zitha and a dedicated reunion committee chaired by Terry Wallace (1974). Also on the committee were: Colin Hall (1973), Alastair Bishop (1973) and Peter Silbernagl (1972).The reunion weekend began on the Friday evening at the newly opened Snape Building. Professor Neil Armitage, HOD of the Department of Civil Engineering, gave an informative presentation that gave the alumni insight into the expansive progress in the academic field of civil engineering since the 70s. Professor Armitage took them on a tour to see some of their old lecture theatres, and the new labs in the New Engineering Building, before they gathered in the foyer for a cocktail event.

Saturday night proved to be a memorable dinner for alumni and their partners at Kelvin Grove.  The invited keynote speaker and former lecturer, Professor Sparks, exhibited his vast knowledge of tales of the Spartans in their David and Goliath campaigns. The dinner gave the alumni more opportunities to catch up and resume old friendships.Kirstenbosch’s lush gardens were the ‘surprise venue’ for breakfast on Sunday, which was enjoyed by all. The alumni decided to contribute towards a bursary for a civil engineering student in need, and raised R15 500, which was greatly appreciated by the Faculty. The success of the 40th Civil Engineering Reunion has opened the door for a 50th anniversary reunion. 

Western Cape Alumni networking event - June 2014


On Tuesday 17 June, Professor Gordon Pirie, Deputy Director of the African Centre for Cities, was the speaker at the EBE Western Cape alumni event.  The title of his talk was Titans, Totems and Torts, and it focused on the lack of writing in the engineering profession.


EBE Class of 1963 - 50 Year Reunion - December 2013

Feedback from Mike Shand who attended the reunion:

"We were amazed at the developments that have taken place in the Engineering and the Built Environment Department as described by Prof Petersen and were impressed by your new building. Please thank Prof Petersen and our tour guides. Your very enjoyable cocktail function gave us the opportunity to get to know our former fellow students again. I think that those who went on the site visit found the Berg Water Project to be an interesting scheme.

"The Wild Fig venue was nice and private for our dinner. Mike Dachs served well as MC, Dave Beyer reminded us of our colleagues who are no longer with us, Tony Murray spoke, Ronnie Scheurenberg reminisced on our former days and Steve Fanner apart from being our Treasurer also spoke as did a number of others. Thank you again for bringing our class together and for our very successful reunion weekend."