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Cape Town Golf Day 2014

Fun and funds on UWC’s Golf Day

It was a day of great fun, of close networking and of massive fundraising as UWC hosted another successful Cape Town Golf Day at King David Golf Course in Montana on 20 November 2014.

Even the south easterly wind, popularly known as the Cape Doctor, could not deter the participating golfers from battling it out on the course for the top prize. In the end, there could only be one winning team – and this time around the pair of Steve White and Christo Naude from Tusk Events took top honours, followed by teammates Shannon Gaskin and Paul Smith, while Clive Williams and Brian Felix from Eduloan took third place.

In its 38th year, the purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Jakes Gerwel Education Endowment and Development Fund, which offers bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. And on the day, a whopping R107,000.00 was raised.

At the prize-giving ceremony, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian O’Connell, told golfers that the University was fundraising to demonstrate that it is possible for an institution to do great things, with the help of friends. “UWC decided during the 1990s that we must be a metaphor, that we must be a beacon of hope to show that despite the fact that we are not rich we can operate at the highest levels of excellence. We’ve done that with incredible success. After the University was deemed unfit to operate on its own in the early 2000, it is now rated 6th in Africa”

“Our message is: If one believes that you can only do great things once you are already wealthy, South Africa has no future, because 80% of South Africans are not wealthy. So we must teach people to believe that whatever your humble beginnings are, if you take full responsibility for a project – if you commit yourself to that project, if you develop the knowledge necessary to make that project viable, if you collaborate with others, and if you are prepared to change when the circumstances dictate – you can accomplish great things. UWC is a manifestation of this reality.”

Patricia Lawrence, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Department for Institutional Advancement, – the department responsible for organising the event – noted that Cape Town Golf Days are social events for alumni, where UWC staff and corporate partners mix and mingle, and that the events are hosted to raise funds used to help deserving under-privileged students.

She thanked silver sponsors, Old Mutual, and watering hole sponsors who included Bidvest Managed Solutions, Open Communications, Dimension Data, CommLife Holdings, NBC Holdings, Pro Events and Sanlam Investment Management. The following teams also participated: Absa Capital, Ajay Madanlall, Brimstone Investment Corporation, Budget Rent a Car, Bytes System Integration, CBA Group, Dayline Sales, Dell Computer, Diners Club, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Incorporated, Eduloan, Furnitech, Golden Arrow Bus Services, Keyside Conferencing & Events, KPMG, Lagoon Beach Hotel, M & L Panelbeaters, Millennium Travel, Nedgroup Private Wealth, Norman Jantjies, Old Mutual Investment Group, Ozone Toners, Peter Motale, Radiodotcom, Sanlam, Santam Limited, Securitas SA, Topsteel, Tusk Events and Wasteman Holdings.