Alumnus dares UHPPTA to dream

2015-10-08 06:00
=Prof Carlos Bezuidenhout

=Prof Carlos Bezuidenhout Photo: SUPPLIED

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Prof. Carlos Bezuidenhout, from the North West University, inspired his audience at UHPPTA’s (Uitenhage High Past Pupil and Teacher Association) glittering annual gala evening.

This humble gentleman from Gerald Smith, Uitenhage was one of the first South Africans to obtain a Phd in Biotechnology in 2002.

“Prof. Bezuidenhout, a visionary leader, was instrumental in establishing a computer room at the school in the late 1990s when he taught at Uitenhage High School,” said Malise Terblanche, UHPPTA marketing andamp; media liaison.

“Even in those early years of technological advancements he had the dream that all learners at Uitenhage High School should become computer literate. The school started with 486 computers sponsored by Goodyear. His quest for excellence continued when Uitenhage High School acquired Pentium 2s at a later stage.

“Since then this legacy of Prof. Bezuidenhout has grown with giant steps.”

Bezuidenhout reminded his audience that everything starts with one’s dream. Despite experiencing trials and tribulations one should always follow one’s dream.

He believes that one should use one’s circumstances as a catalyst to enable one to realize ones dreams.

A true team player, Prof. Bezuidenhout has not forgotten his roots. He acknowledged the role of his parents, the school, his family and other role players in his success.

He was present at the reunion of the Class of 1978 where the mustard seed of UHPPTA was born. He supports UHS and UHPPTA wholeheartedly.

“In the past five years UHPPTA has assisted learners with bursaries to the tune of R150 000. This practice will be extended in 2016 to include sponsoring two parents at Coega IDZ. This implied that 21 recipients would have received assistance from this initiative.

“Under the auspices of UHS a local law firm has also endeavoured to pay for one learner’s studies from his/her first year to the completion of his/her articles,” said Terblanche.

Prof. Bezuidenhout appealed to alumni from all schools to become involved in the plight of learners by ploughing back into communities

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