Engagement at NMMU: 10 years in 10 lines for R10 000 winning story

As part of the 2015 NMMU 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, CAEC asked staff members to share their Engagement stories in ten lines, while standing the chance to win R10 000 towards their Engagement project. 30 Entries were received from across NMMU. To read all the stories told by NMMU Engagement project leaders, go to: http://caec.nmmu.ac.za/Engagement-Information-and-Development/Engagement-NMMU-s-10-Year-Anniversary

Congratulations to Prof Raymond Auerbach (Agricultural Management, George Campus) for winning the R10 000 for the George Campus Food Security Project's story. His 10-line summary of this ongoing project was recognised for its combination of clarity and creativeness in telling the project's story; the involvement of a wide spectrum of internal and external communities; integrated Teaching, Research and Engagement work and its focus on sustainable living (one of NMMU's focus areas). Prof Auerbach has also recently been nominated as a Champion of African Ecological Agriculture for consideration during the African Ecological Conference in October 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.


Eve Stoffels organised a garden competition with the help of NMMU Agro-ecology programme; 56 gardeners participated in 2014 (Photo: Christine Ridge-Schnaufer)


Other projects that received special mention from the competition evaluators and will each receive a R5 000 merit award are:

  • 67 Hours (Ms Kim Elliot, Student Governance)
  • PasSport to Health (Prof Cheryl Walter, Human Movement Science)
  • Pay-it-Forward (Dr Amanda Werner and Ms Bridget de Villiers, HR Management)
  • Women in Engineering Leadership Association (Dr Ann Lourens, Industrial Engineering)
  • First Lego League (Mr Ronald Leppan, Information Technology)