September 2017 | Newsletter Issue 14
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Your Christian Varsity of Excellence

Helderberg College has a distinct philosophy of education and mission that assures success in both the professional and personal life. I would like to highlight two aspects of our distinctiveness: values-based education and wholistic education. Employers and society at large expect graduates from an educational institution not only to have job knowledge and skills but also to have values and ethics. However, it is anybody’s guess as to how many institutions teach from a values-based standpoint. At Helderberg we not only teach and impart ethical and moral values based on a Christian world-view but staff are also committed to these due to their own conviction.

We believe in training the whole person as opposed to developing the mental faculties only. As Ellen White puts it, “Something more is called for than culture of the intellect. Education is not complete unless the body, the mind and the heart are equally educated. The character must receive proper discipline for its fullest and highest development. All the faculties of mind and body are to be developed and rightly trained.” (Ministry of Healing p. 98)
I welcome you to take a look at our values-based and wholistic programs and activities on our website.

Vincent R Injety, PhD
President: Helderberg College
An Answered Prayer: B.Ed Programme Approved

We are pleased to inform you that we received notification from the Council on Higher Education (CHE) that the B.Ed (Foundation Phase Teaching) qualification has been accredited. This, however, is only the first step. The programme is currently with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for registration for listing on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) after which the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will formally register the programme. This has been a long-awaited outcome on our part and we are grateful to the Lord for answering our prayers and rewarding our efforts. Once the programme is fully approved, we will be able to train educators primarily for the Southern Africa Union Conference and other territories within the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID).

The accreditation of a qualification by the CHE is a rigorous process conducted by a committee consisting of senior academics from both public and private education institutions, Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) members and representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training. We are proud to have met their requirements for accreditation of the programme.

This is indeed a moment to rejoice, but we solicit your continued prayers for the success of other programme applications that have been submitted in an effort to increase the number of academic offerings at Helderberg College.

Our objective is to register the first cohort for the B.Ed (Foundation Phase Teaching) programme  in January 2019. More information about the programme and its admission requirements will be provided in the course of 2018.
HCOM Students Aim for Excellence

The Higher Certificate in Office Management is a one-year certificate programme that makes provision for full-time working individuals to expand their academic horizons. The College offers the CHE-accredited qualification (SAQA ID 94574) as both a part-time and full-time programme. 

Candidates who complete this programme will receive a qualification in the field of Office Management. Emphasis is placed on cognitive and practical skills which will equip the graduate with good interpersonal skills, as well as boost his/her confidence in working with computer applications and office technology. The ultimate goal of the programme is to produce an office manager with outstanding office etiquette, job-specific skills and high moral values.

The 25 individuals currently enrolled come from various SAU conferences and entities of the Church as well as from the community. If you desire to improve your office management skills and receive an accredited Higher Certificate in Office Management, contact the Admissions Office for more information.
SAU Teacher Enrichment Programme

For two weeks in July, Helderberg College hosted over 90 teachers from Seventh-day Adventist schools in the Southern African Union (SAU) as part of a 3-year programme designed to ensure that values-based instruction continues to play a central role in our educational endeavours. The programme is split into two modules completed each year.

As a college of higher education, we believe in supporting initiatives that aim to improve the quality of Adventist education. Qualified lecturers from Helderberg College conducted various modules that equip the teachers with the necessary skills to improve Adventist education in their respective schools. The fundamental principles and values of Adventist education form the foundation of the modules. We look forward to welcoming the teachers back to the campus in 2018 to continue their commitment to improving the standard of our Adventist schools.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Helderberg is a higher education institution of opportunity for all. We aim to offer every person the opportunity to pursue a course of study. We are acutely aware that many adults who have an incomplete degree or who lack a degree, but have acquired skills by working, have the desire to complete or pursue a tertiary qualification.

Our Portfolio Development Course is a three-week programme in which candidates are given the opportunity to compile a portfolio that is used as the main assessment tool in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. This helps aspiring students fulfil the prescribed requirements to gain access to Helderberg College programmes.

If you wish to complete or pursue a degree through the RPL process please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Pictured here: Four RPL students and Helderberg College lecturer, Ms Sherelle Naidu.
From left:
Ferdie Grove, Ms Sherelle Naidu, David Nkosi, Marlene Matamu and Ramushe Siwela.

The Good Samaritan Fund Continues to Do Good

Larry Walli, a proud supporter of Adventist education from the USA, visited Helderberg College and was impressed with the determination of students to be here to receive a top quality education while making such tremendous sacrifices. When hearing about The Good Samaritan Fund, Mr Walli, who comes from a family of Adventist educators, did not hesitate to donate his travel per diem to this fund. "A donation of R12 000 has made all the difference to this fund," stated Dr Tankiso Letseli, Director of Student Services.

Many students at Helderberg are here because they believe in Adventist education, and despite the sacrifices it takes to receive this education, they are determined to persevere. Some students battle to pay their fees and to sustain themselves. Helderberg staff saw this need and launched The Good Samaritan Fund in August 2013. The primary aim of the fund is to assist those students who struggle to afford a meal.

If you would like to contribute to The Good Samaritan Fund, contact the Student Services office:
Email: (email subject: The Good Samaritan Fund)
Telephone: Nosipho Songwiqi: +27 21 850 7542

Week In Spiritual Emphasis

Best known as WISE, the Week In Spiritual Emphasis, conducted twice a year, is a time of special focus on spiritual growth. While Helderberg College has a year-long interest in the spiritual well-being of its students, during these two weeks the focus is sharpened.

For the second semester WISE, Ps J Netshifulane, Director of ADRA SA, was the guest speaker. Ps Netshifulane presented a series of messages that were spiritually awakening, encouraging the audience to look at life and realise that without God very little would have any meaning. Drawing on Bible texts such as Leviticus 11:3-4, Ps Netshifulane's messages aimed to guide the youth in making wise decisions and avoiding regrets in the future.

The sermons were well-suited to students pursuing a course of study as they placed an importance on humility, work ethic and how to be a positive influence in the community. For example, a simple explanation on the teamwork of ants, which work tirelessly, each doing its part to ensure the  survival of the colony, helped us to understand that so should the Adventist of today be. While many people have become selfish and are focused entirely on personal interests, Ps Netshifulane encouraged us to love one another and work together as God's children to fulfil His mission in this world.
Ps J Netshifulane, Director of ADRA SA
KZN Alumni Chapter Launches in Durban

We are very excited to announce the official formation of the KZN Alumni Chapter! With an incredibly dedicated Alumni Association, Helderberg College's objective to form alumni chapters around South Africa and abroad is becoming a reality. The aim is to connect alumni within each region, ignite and share the passion for their alma mater, become the example for current students, and work with the College to ensure Helderberg College is the top-quality, values-based, Christian higher education institution that it strives to be.

In the newly formed KZN Alumni Chapter, the elected officers are Ps Paul Govender (Chapter President) and Ps Kim Rowe-Rowe (Chapter Secretary). Pictured here are the new KZN Alumni Chapter officers as well as Ms Juba Khuzwayo, Alumni Association President, and Dr Vincent Injety, Helderberg College President.

The next Alumni Chapter formations will be taking place in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Washington DC and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Let us know where you are -- we could be starting an Alumni Chapter near you too!

Please contact the Alumni Relations Office for more details:
Erone Oliphant, 
Helderberg College Makes Plans for a Xhosa-speaking Church

From 30 July to 12 August Helderberg College Faculty of Theology conducted a two-week evangelism effort. Driven by the Evangelism Field School class, the module aimed at catering for the spiritual, social and environmental challenges that stand in the way of establishing a strong relationship with God. The programme was initiated by Dr M Gwala in 2007 and has equipped Theology students to be active in doing evangelism work and also take part in praise teams, provide counselling, prepare meals and distribute religious material.

Cape Conference Senior Pastor Nono conducted the effort as there was much success in the previous campaign. The College Chaplain's Office, in partnership with the College Administration and Faculty of Theology, targeted this effort to raise interest in building a Xhosa-speaking church, addressing some of the needs of the support staff community living on campus.
 Students painting support staff housing
Some of the focus points of the class involve projects and activities such as painting support staff houses, building a jungle gym and coordinating spiritual audio-visual programs for children on campus. The biggest project from this class is the establishment of a Xhosa-speaking church by making use of an already existing structure at the College. The College Administration and Faculty of Theology are steering this project with strong participation from the Evangelism class in compiling the research and logistics to make this project possible. All that is needed now is funding so that once the structure is done all the interested Xhosa-speaking members will be channelled into this church and form part of a new congregation catering for many who will be able to understand God's message much more clearly.
Structure for the Xhosa-speaking church
Heritage Day

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September each year on which South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.

This year, we bring back the fun-filled celebratory day, highlighting the various cultures currently on campus. The day will be filled with festivities, food and fun for the whole family. Come and join us on Sunday 24 September 2017 at 10:00.
Alumni Annual General Meeting and Dinner

As the College has passed the 120-year mark offering Christian education, so the number of alumni has increased. The Annual General Meeting is a time for alumni to reconnect and rekindle fond memories of the College. It is a platform to show recognition of alumni achievements, provide project updates and seek participation from alumni to assist students and the College with various projects. We invite all alumni to join us at this year's Alumni AGM and Dinner on Thursday, 30 November, 2017. A special celebratory emphasis this year is placed on the graduates of 1937, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact Amanda Petersen, or +2721 850 7500.
Juba Khuzwayo (Helderberg Alumni Association President),
Francois Louw (CEO of Vista Clinic), and Dr Gerald du Preez
(SAU Education Director)
Graduation Weekend

Widely regarded as the climax of the academic year, graduation weekend is a time when guests, alumni and friends of Helderberg College come from around the country and abroad to attend this annual celebratory weekend. For the students, this is a time of excitement, a weekend filled with pure joy and heartfelt gratitude. It is a weekend that celebrates hard work, long hours, sweat, tears and the culmination of years of sacrifice.

This year, graduation weekend will take place from Friday evening, 1 December, to Sunday morning, 3 December, 2017. Guest speakers include Ps Mornay du Plessis, Dr Paul Shongwe and Dr Molapo Qhobela, CEO of the National Research Foundation.

For more information about graduation, please contact Amanda Petersen, or +2721 850 7500.
Tel: +27 21 850 7500 | Fax: +27 21 850 7547
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