London: UK 2018 Alumnus Event


The annual function of UKZN’s Alumnus Association in Europe – with almost 100 people attending - was held at South Africa House in central London on 12 September.

Mr Bruno van Dyk – the Chair of the Alumnus Association in Europe welcomed the gathering and introduced the Speakers: Dr Peter Collett (who delivered the main address), Mr Fanle Sibisi (President and Chair of Convocation) and Professor Anesh Singh (Executive Director of the UKZN Foundation).

Dr Peter Collett (a fellow UKZN alumnus) – provided a most entertaining and thought-provoking address titled “Mandela and his smile: How to read politicians from their body language.”  In his address, Collett explored Mandela’s personal appeal and examined the vital role that aspects of behaviour like facial expression, posture, gesture and tone of voice play in domestic and international politics. Presenting clips from his TV programmes, Collett showed that while some non-verbal signals are deliberate, others are unintentional and therefore more revealing.  In politicians’ attempts to come across as powerful and approachable, it’s often their body language that determines whether they succeed or fail.

Mr Fanle Sibisi (President and Chair of Convocation) addressed the grouping and stressed the need for graduates to “give-back” to their alma mater. Mr Sibisi also gave a succinct update on the recent developments at UKZN.

Professor Anesh Singh (Executive Director of the UKZN Foundation) did the Vote of Thanks, updated attendees on the role of the UKZN Foundation and encouraged everyone to consider donating to the University.

South African canapés and drinks were served after the talks and guests were able to network and catch-up with fellow graduates. Both Ms Normah Zondo  (Acting Executive Director of Corporate Relations) and Mr Finn Christensen (Manager of Alumni Relations) were in attendance to meet the guests and to answer any questions that they had regarding the University. A lucky-draw was held and UKZN specific gifts were presented to the winners. Packs with the latest UKZN information and UKZN mementos were distributed, allowing attendees to read about their alma mater at their leisure.

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