Book review – 140 years of shaping futures – University of South Africa

As an Alumnus and current student of Unisa, I was very excited to have been able to purchase two copies of the celebratory record of Unisa’s 140-year history earlier this month. From the moment I opened the book, the immediate sense I got was that Unisa is indeed an institution of substance and value. This is well reflected in the book’s high quality pages, giving a balanced and inclusive description of this great institution’s journey through history, its contribution to the continent, to its people and to all those beyond our borders. The book, like the institution, is diverse, interesting, relevant, colourful. I learnt things about Unisa that I did not know. I smiled with pride at some of the things that always make me smile when I think of Unisa, not least of which are the images of the main campus in Muckleneuk, which has been quoted as being “a Tshwane landmark” (p. 127), with its unique structure watching over all who learn and work there.

Comparing the 140 year publication to the 1973 publication, Spes in Arduis, a history of the University of South Africa, which has been gracing my bookshelves for the past quarter of a century, there is no doubt that Unisa keeps up with the times, reflects what is, and what was. Whilst Unisa is an institution of distance learning, a publication such as the 140 years of shaping futures brings the reader closer to this vital, vibrant, interesting institution. This publication is so much more than a coffee table book, lending elegance to a piece of furniture. It is a publication to be devoured, its contents reflected upon, its message to be treasured. For me, it is a privilege to be associated with Unisa, and it was a privilege to immerse myself between the covers of this publication.

© Beba Papakyriakou
Mon. 28 April 2014

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Our precious little boy – Tic Tac

Our precious little Tic Tac whom we rescued on Saturday 4 February 2012.

What a darling little man. The perfect gentleman, with the most expressive eyes. A gorgeous, clean, sweet, energetic, smiley, playful, courageous, adorable bundle of white fluff who brought us nothing but love, joy and delight. He shared all his special ways with us, and everyone who knew about him, and made us richer for having had him in our lives and our homes. It was such a privilege to be part of his life and to look into his sweet, warm eyes.

His little heart carried such weight for so long but it kept him going even after his heart attack on 28 August 2013. He graced us with almost another 7 weeks of specialness and love until 19h15 on Sunday 13 October.

Every extra minute we had with him was a blessing. We cherished every moment, and are so grateful we had him with us. The best little gift. He was our special little piece of heaven.

We send him to meet Ari, Nanuk, Bobo, Beethoven, Casper and Koukla in doggie heaven, and we know this darling little boy will find lots of other playmates up there. xx

Special thanks to Dr Israelite in the early days, and Dr Greenberg and his team in the last few weeks – Lot, Teegan, Elaine and others. And to everyone who loved Tic Tac and could understand what a special little boy he was. We greatly appreciate your loving support.

Stay slim during Ramadan!

Ramadan is a religious observance, where the faithful fast from dawn to sunset for a month. This year Ramadan is expected to begin around 9 July. The essence of this fast is to remember those less fortunate, but it also comes with the nutritional challenge of eating fried foods and less-than-healthy desserts when the time comes to eat after sunset.

But this significant time does not need to derail your weight management efforts. There are ways of observing your fast while also taking good care of your body and your wellbeing. Ask me how.

It is simple, it is effective, and it will keep you on track with your nutrition and your religious expectations. Go to:

by Beba Papakyriakou

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