Neville Isdell at the Neville Isdell Leadership Course 2012

Neville Isdell at the Neville Isdell Leadership Course 2012

The Smuts Hall Alumni Association (SHAA) is an initiative that was started in 2009 by a few Smutsmen and the residing warden at that time. SHAA is an NGO which operates under the University of Cape Town, though receiving no remuneration from the university. The organisation is kept alive through the tireless work done on a volunteer-basis. This initiative is intended to add value to the lives and experience of those residing in the residence.

If you would like to partner with SHAA, there are many ways which are available to do so; either through time, skills, sponsorship, money, or other ways – we welcome any new ideas or means of partnering with us.

Previous donations have been received from Neville Isdell, whom has sponsored a leadership course for all incoming first years into the residence. Mr Isdell has kindly sponsored the first three years of this camp beginning in 2011.

In November 2013, SHAA launched its first donation initiative at the Prof. Danie Visser dinner. The initiative, named “Operation Kernel”, drew significant interest, with a number of alumni committing to valuable monthly debit orders.

If you are interested in partnering with SHAA in contributing to the ongoing development of Smuts Hall; we welcome you to contact us via email at alumni@smutshall.com.

Giving Back to Smuts Hall

Sketch of Smuts Hall Porch

Sketch of Smuts Hall Porch

This is a Smuts Hall Alumni Association initiative with the support of the University of Cape Town Development and Alumni Department. Its purpose is to raise funds on a regular basis, providing a way for supporters of Smuts Hall to contribute towards achieving the Objectives of the Association. The Constitution of the Smuts Hall Alumni Association which includes its Objectives can be found at the following short URL, http://goo.gl/CAcQUd.

Specifically, Operation Kernel seeks to provide the regular financial base that the Association needs to implement and develop systems and infrastructure. These will ensure the Association is effective and building sustainably into the future. In 2013 the activities of the Association reached a tipping point where a part-time volunteer committee could no longer realistically grow the Association’s programme without the implementation of robust support systems to underpin their volunteer efforts. Having a committed monthly/annual budget gives the Association the financial wherewithal to plan for and incur regular expenses that are critical to the growth of the Association. It is an exciting milestone to have reached and the Committee hopes many members will join it in underwriting the Association as it moves into a new phase of growth and ‘coming of age’.

All donated funds are managed by the Smuts Hall Alumni Association Committee. Operation Kernel pledge forms are available for download here and can be returned to office@smutshall.com.

 

Development Projects

A portfolio run by the Smuts Hall Alumni Association (SHAA), Development Projects aims at developing, upgrading, and maintaining the tangible and practical aspects of Smuts Hall. The portfolio intends on establishing Smuts as a world-class residence that is capable of placing its residents in a suitable environment, with appropriate facilities, to enable growth and development as both students and individuals during their time in the residence.

Students and alumnus discussing the proposed George renovations

Students and alumnus discussing the proposed George renovations

No project is deemed to be too small, nor too large, to be considered for development by SHAA. This can be seen by the list of prospective projects ranging from simple maintenance projects to complete overhauls of large components and areas of the residence. The funding for the majority of these projects is sourced, via donations, from Smuts Alumni. It is these much appreciated donations that enable the dreams and visions of SHAA to transform into the brick and mortar realities of the residence. As with the scope of project sizes, no donation is deemed to be too small, nor too large, to contribute to Development Projects, and all are much appreciated by the Smutsmen and Alumni.

Comments, project proposals, and funding offers are always welcomed and appreciated, and can be directed, via SHAA, to Chris Campbell. Chris, a Smuts Allumni, past Sub-Warden and SHAA committee chairman, is responsible for chairing the Development Projects portfolio in 2013.

Prospective projects (in no particular order)

  • Refurbishment of the Dining Hall
  • Overhaul of The George (Smuts Hall Pub)
  • Construction of a Smuts Hall lectern
  • Refurbishment of the Smuts Hall bell
  • Construction of a Smuts parking-lot boom
  • Maintenance of Honours Boards in Upper Common Room

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Alumni Association AGM

Alumni Association AGM

SHAA puts on a number of reunion events and events aimed at student development in a number of cities throughout the year. All of this would not be possible without the various contributions and donations which have been received over the past couple of years. Like any organisation, SHAA needs to have a steady inflow of funds with which to perform all of its functions.

Donations received will be used as per the specifications of the donor. Donations which have not been specified will be used generally to assist with the organising of reunion events and other student development events. Donations will not be used to remunerate any committee members or to dishonour the wishes of the donor. The donor is entitled to receive feedback as to how their donation has been spent to ensure accountability of the committee.