Award recipients for the Mentor’s Awards 2018
On 30 November, Vaal University of Technology (VUT) hosted the mentors’ year-end function through the Centre for Academic Development (CAD) Department. The function was held at Quest conference centre where mentors received certificates.
Dr Cornel van der Walt, First-Year Experience Manager, opened the event by saying that she would like to thank mentors for hanging in there throughout the year and that she understands that it was not easy for them. She also thanked them for attending the event.
The guest speaker, Ms Nkululeko Khumalo (Fine Art), who is “a proud black woman”, advised the mentors to own and to be proud of what they are doing. She also told the mentors that where they come from should not determine where they are going. She said that even though she is impatient, she can be patient for the things she really wants – “whether it takes 15 or 20 years, the bottom line is getting there”. It is not about how long it takes you get there; it’s about the journey, the process and what you learn along the way, she said.
“Let us stop having a pull-me-down syndrome; if someone is negative, cut them off; don’t hold grudges, life is too short,” said Ms Khumalo. She also mentioned that mentors should find their purpose in life and make it count, they should find themselves a mentor in order to find a way to fulfil their dreams. “Your passion first, the rest will fall in place,” she said.
Motivational speaker and CAD graphic designer, Ms Esmerie Guglielmi said to the mentors: “It is not how hard you fall, but whether you get up from that fall. Whatever you do, aim for your goal, never give up and believe in yourself, you will make a success.”
Entertainment was provided by Mr Bryan Sibisi, Ms Favour Mba and Ms Precious Ngoveni.