Two students from the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) were part of a recent US tour by the Cape Town Youth Choir, whose performance at Carnegie Hall on 3 April received two standing ovations.
African Centre for Cities Senior Researcher, Dr Jane Battersby was honoured as the 2017 laureate of the Premio Daniel Carasso at a ceremony in Valencia, Spain on 18 May. The international prize, first presented in 2012 by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation is awarded every two years in recognition of outstanding scientific research into and social commitment to sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. Jane was selected as the laureate by a jury of experts from among 40 candidates from 25 countries.
Leslie Downie BA LLB Hons (English) MPhil (Geomatics) achieved her MPhil in the EBE faculty in 2015, with distinction. The thesis was supervised by Jenny Whittal in the Geomatics Division and Amanda Barratt in the Law Faculty. Leslie recently converted the material into a textbook published by Juta, entitled Pro-Poor Legal Practice: Household Rights and Subsidised Housing in South Africa. The book develops a methodology for adding legal weight to informal land agreements and various universities are currently discussing its potential for use in transformed curricula.
Motlatsi Mabaso, a 2007 chemical engineering graduate, was the second alumnus to be part of the Chemical Engineering Department’s Visiting Engineer Programme which brings in experienced engineers to: (a) provide technical input (in their areas of expertise) to undergraduate courses; and (b) speak to students about their experiences in the workplace.