For­mer PAHS head­boy oc­cu­pies higher po­si­tion at Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity

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BORN and raised in Port Al­fred, for­mer PAHS head­boy Sil­vanus Wel­come has been mak­ing strides in his ca­reer, hav­ing been re­cently em­ployed by Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity as di­rec­tor of in­sti­tu­tional ad­vance­ment.

The univer­sity has en­trusted Wel­come with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of turn­ing things around for the bet­ter in re­la­tion to fund­ing.

“I over­see alumni re­la­tions and donor re­la­tions,” Wel­come said.

He ex­plained that his core func­tion was to en­hance the third stream in­come of the univer­sity.

Un­der­stand­ing the role of ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers, such as gov­ern­ment, alumni and cor­po­rates, Wel­come is of the view that build­ing healthy and sus­tain­able long-term re­la­tion­ships with the afore­men­tioned en­ti­ties can make his work a suc­cess.

“One of the strate­gies is to en­hance our staff giv­ing via pay­roll,” he said.

“The fo­cus this year is around the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of Tata Man­dela and uMama Al­bertina Sisulu, who both would have been 100 years old.”

Wel­come said they would use Nel­son Man­dela’s years in the strug­gle for free­dom as one of their key fundrais­ing strate­gies for the year.

“Man­dela was in the strug­gle for free­dom for 67 years and we have en­cour­aged staff to do­nate at least a min­i­mum of R67 or R100, or an amount of their own choice that will go to­wards the Wal­ter Sisulu Bur­sary Fund,” he said.

The univer­sity also wel­comes pub­lic sup­port.

“We also en­cour­age the pub­lic to get in­volved in any way that will as­sist our stu­dents to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

“They should, there­fore, not hes­i­tate to con­tact me on swel­come@wsu.ac.za.” Wel­come was head­boy at PAHS and ma­tric­u­lated in 2007.

PAHS still held a spe­cial place in his heart, he said.

He pur­sued his ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at Rhodes Univer­sity, where he com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Science (law) and fur­ther ob­tained a Post Grad­u­ate Diploma with the Rhodes Busi­ness School.

More­over, he stated that he was cur­rently a Mas­ter’s in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion stu­dent.

AN­TIC­I­PATED CHANGE-MAKER: Sil­vanus Wel­come is the di­rec­tor of in­sti­tu­tional ad­vance­ment at Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity. He ma­tric­u­lated at Port Al­fred High School be­fore pur­su­ing his Bach­e­lor of So­cial Science (law) de­gree at Rhodes Univer­sity

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