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The SA-UK Trust Network’s Gathering - Education

The SA-UK Trust Network’s trustees organised another successful gathering with the theme of Education. The event was generously sponsored by the outstanding Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel. Speakers included Prof David Wolfe, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico and Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics. David is also a loyal volunteer with the SA Institute of Physics (SAIP) and was part of the establishment of a programme to upskill science teachers and, six years on, continues to give of his time to this vital initiative.

The Network was also fortunate to have its meeting coincide with a visit to the UK by South African higher education fundi, Dr Mark Hay. He serves as a member of the Council of the University of KwaZulu Natal and is a former Executive Director of Quality Assurance at the SA Council on Higher Education. He also provides strategic support to the VC of TUT. Mark shared an insightful update on higher education in South Africa.

Paid up members have the opportunity to share information on their organisations and guests at this meeting were delighted to learn of the caring and compassionate work undertaken by Apostleship of the Sea as shared by John Green. Few of us think about or know much about the life of sailors, many of whom suffer atrocious human rights abuses. Apostleship of the Sea is active globally, including in South Africa. We commend them.