What is Alumnus?

“Alumni” is a common term that describes all those who have spent some time studying at a particular institution. At WSU, we’ve defined Alumni to be “persons” who have studied at former Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and University of Transkei that merged to form Walter Sisulu University for Technology Science, Eastern Cape in July 2005.


Alumni is more than just a definition, it’s not only a part of your past, but also who you are today. For WSU, your association with the institution did not end with your graduation day; indeed, this milestone event is simply a transition in a lifetime relationship with the University.

WSU Alumni as part of this very special family, we value your continued interest, communication, and tie in the living of your University.


Why is an Alumnus important?

Many have moved on, perhaps to a place that makes it unlikely for you to be of assistance to us. We want you to know that there are several ways you can participate in WSU activities. We are confident that all of you know where to make your mark when it comes to striving to make your alma mater even greater. Please feel free to contact one of the alumni officers in this regard. We look forward to hearing from you.



Steps have been taken to regain Alumni interest


  • Regular communication with the alumni
  • Organising reunions
  • Establishment of chapters/regions
  • Alumni road shows
  • Alumni newsletter
  • Tracing alumni reporting on their status
  • Investigate alumni progress.


The Alumni Relations Office serves to:


  • Facilitate communication among and between WSU and friends
  • Organise networking opportunities amongst alumni
  • Enhance the national and international reputation of WSU
  • Support the development of the WSU
  • Coordinate the University alumni programmes and related administrative functions
  • Develop, sustain, and strengthen alumni chapters/regions nationwide and may advise student leadership in developmental programmes
  • Manage production of alumni-focused publications, both online and in print.



Convocation President

Adv. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SC)



Deputy President 

Mr Lunga Mantashe


Treasurer General: 

Melikhaya Mcitwa


Additional Members:

Simthandile Ford

Sandile Puti

Landie Tulile Sikhinzi

Melikhaya Sihawu



After almost nine hours of hard bargaining by delegates in efforts to elect a new convocation president, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi emerged victorious at the WSU Convocation AGM held in Mthatha recently.



Following what was an emotionally-charged and hotly contested race for the top seven executive positions, Nkgcukaitobi outmuscled his nearest opponent, then sitting president Zincedile Tiya, by a handsome margin to relinquish his predecessor off his duties.



“I love this University! I love Unitra and I love WSU – I’ve always loved this institution. However, today I learnt that you must fight for the things that you love. I did not fight alone, and all thanks must go to the incredible solidarity and support shown to me by my fellow convocants,” said Nkgcukaitobi gleefully.



Making an observation about the hallmarks of good leadership, he identified two key components essential for successful leadership – vision and conflict resolution.



After being at ringside for most of the day, listening and analysing comments made by his predecessor Tiya in voicing his displeasure regarding University management, Nkgcukaitobi expressed grave concerned about the seemingly antagonistic relationship between Convocation and management.



“Sometimes conflict is necessary! But the problem of conflict is the unnecessary and toxic conflict, the kind of personalized and childish conflict – a kind of conflict that is dilapidating and takes you away from your focus of skills development, eradicating unemployment and poverty alleviation through education,” he added.



In an effort to help the university overcome some of its most invasive challenges, Nkgcukaitobi has highlighted five pillars upon which to propel the intervention into the University’s state of affairs.



He said issues such as academic integrity; reputation management; restoration of the LLB degree; student experience; improved working relations between management and resuscitation of convocation chapters.



“What we want is a vibrant convocation! We want to own this convocation – a change of attitude to days gone by when I used to look at this convocation from a distance. I didn’t feel like part of it until I decided that enough is enough and I’m going to fight to participate in the betterment of our students,” said Nkgcukaitobi.



In his State of the University address, Vice Chancellor Prof Rob Midgley gave a detailed account of the status quo within the university, including the challenges with the LLB programmes.



He said the university’s efforts in restoring the LLB accreditation were paying off, this after the Department of Higher Education and Training gave its approval for the programme to be submitted to CHE.



“We now wait for the CHE feedback and given that we have followed the same processes as we did for Psychology and Social Work, we remain hopeful that the CHE will also be satisfied with this submission and that our LLB programme will be accredited.

By: Thando Cezula





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Convocation exists in terms of the university statute as gazetted on 26 August 2008.  Paragraph 38 (C) of the statute outlines the critical role of Convocation as inter alia being that of assisting the university and WSU foundation in fund-raising.  Paragraph 41 (8) of the institutional statute also clearly states that the secretary to Convocation is the Registrar.
When WSU was established on 01 July 2005, it inherited three convocation offices which represented separate merger institutions: Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei. All former students and staff of these institutions as alumni, are eligible for WSU Convocation membership. Since the establishment of WSU, an integrated alumni/convocation has been formed.
The Mthatha Convocation Chapter Committee has been established and further Chapter committees have been established in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape and in the Eastern Cape in Port Elizabeth and East London.


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