NMMU George Open Day 2011 attracts visitors from far afield

More than 400 learners and about 140 parents who accompanied learners visited George Campus on Friday and Saturday (13 and 14 May 2011) as part of the annual NMMU Open Day at this Campus.

More individuals and smaller groups visited the Open Day this year, as opposed to larger groups, with learners attending from schools throughout the region and further afield – including towns and cities such as Pretoria, Cape Town, Humansdorp, Kareedouw, Paarl, Grabouw, Port Elizabeth, Somerset West, Heidelberg, Mooi Rivier, Dysselsdorp, Ladismith and Willowmore.

Feedback received from exhibitors indicates that visitors were generally well prepared and sought information on specific programmes they had identified as areas of interest in advance.

The exhibition of the Agricultural Management Programme at NMMU George scooped awards in two categories – Most Visually Appealing, and Most Interactive. SANPARKS was acknowledged as the best external exhibitor. The adjudication was done over three days, commencing on Thursday evening, by three independent judges who are experienced in the field of marketing and communication.

Open Day 2011 was complemented by an information stall at the regional shopping centre, Garden Route Mall, and a live broadcast by community radio station, Eden FM, directly from NMMU’s George Campus on Friday, 13 May. This ensured that information on NMMU’s programmes and services also reached a much wider audience throughout the Eden / Karoo region.


Winning stall. NMMU George Agricultural Management Programme took the honours with the Most Interactive and Most Visually Appealing exhibition at the 2011 NMMU George Open Day . Prof Victor Mmbengwa, student Justin Cork and Prof Raymond Auerbach, Programme Co-ordinator for the Agricultural Management Programme proudly display the ceramic artworks the stall received as prize.

Prof Christo Fabricius, NMMU George Campus Principal, with guests at the Open Day function – Acting George Mayor Mr Lionel Esau and Dr Rajesh Maharaj, Deputy CEO: Innovation & Development of the South Cape College.

Mr Sam Dyasi from the WCED and Ms Florence Rhoxo, Director: Eden & Central Karoo Education District with NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof Christo Fabricius at one of the Open Day stalls at George Campus. Ms Florence Rhoxo, Director: Eden & Central Karoo Education District was one of the guest speakers at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s recent Open Day at George Campus.

NMMU George Librarian, Bertina Odendaal, with a group of learners from Fezekile Secondary School who visited the Campus during Open Day.

Prof Patrick Bean from NMMU’s Education Faculty in Port Elizabeth shares information with Eden FM listeners during the live broadcast from the George Campus as part of the Open Day proceedings, while Dr Du Preez of the Science Faculty looks on.

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