Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Update for WoWers of 2007!

It seems to me that Jean's roundabout has sparked a new flurry of activities among the WoWers of 2007 (my apologies to Bruce).

So here's my bit:

After 14 months at the Institute of Race Relations in Braamfontein, I happily eloped to the African Futures Institute in Tshwane which makes good use of my various talents.

After observing South African politics from a liberal perspective, I am now working on development issues on a continental scale.

And it finally it is true: after months of waiting (I handed in my PhD thesis in February 2007), I am scheduled to graduate on 25 November 2008.

In true Wits fashion, enough to entertain all conspiracy fans in the country, I was confronted with last minute, allegedly unpaid fees, putting a red flag on my graduation status, after I was told in June 2008 that I only had to wait for the graduation date to come up.

Thanks to the ever agile Magda Gale from the Politics Department, it was all sorted out. (They gracefully paid the so called fees for 2007: fees for what?, for waiting around to graduate?)

3 comments:

Dino said...

Congrats again! I must say graduation should be recognized for what it is, finally getting to be out of the system! by the time you are being charged invisible fees, clearly it is a difficult thing to achieve. The writing and submitting bit is just but a tip of the iceberg. Well done, and wish you well.

Susan Arthur said...

Congrats Thomas!
It was good to graduate on the same day as you! good luck for the year ahead.

Thomas Blaser said...

Thanks for the congrats and the same to you.