6 May 2015 was a very significant day in the history of MUT, on this day a partnership MOU was signed between MUT and Transnet. Leading the Transnet delegation was alumnus Hebert Msagala who said, “It is not by mistake or favour that we are here today, MUT has positioned itself by producing leaders. We are here to launch a foundation to ensure that MUT students get jobs; are placed into graduate training programmes; are prioritised for job placement and internship opportunities at Transnet. We are here to take MUT from good to great.”
In his many leadership roles at Transnet, Hebert has employed no less than twenty MUT students per year. We would like to show our appreciation for your support, and for being a true brand ambassador.
He is very successful at such a young age and has declared his intentions to ‘be selfish’ and prioritise MUT applicants whenever there are job opportunities in his division at Transnet Capital Projects. During the first meeting of the alumni Masters, he reiterated the importance of using their positions in becoming responsible alumni that gives back to their Alma Mater. Thank you for providing work and internship opportunities for MUT graduates.
He is very passionate about the rush of his job as an engineer at the Newcastle plant of ArcelorMittal and wanted to share the ins and outs of the mega still smelting giant with final year MUT students. An June 2015 Yanga organised a site tour for 30 final year Mechanical engineering students and their lecturers. An welcome opportunity that equipped students with the skills that are not found in textbooks but are leant on the job. The visit resulted in further collaborations between MUT and ArcelorMittal to benefit future MUT graduates.
In November 2017 Sandile lead a high-level discussions on MUT and Microsoft Collaborations. Firstly, the person who had set up the high-level meeting was a dedicated MUT alumnus, Sandile Mahlaba. Secondly, apart from Microsoft executives present, the MUT team was led by Prof Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor; Mr Gona Govender, Acting DVC: Teaching & Learning; and Sandile’s former HoD, Prof Chandra Jinabhai, among others. Thirdly, the discussion led by Microsoft on Digital & Smart Campus Concepts which was a learning curve for the MUT delegation.
Sandile is one of the MUT alumni that are active in corporate boardrooms and are using their influence to position and benefit their alma mater. He has also contributed his time; expertise; and resources as one of the main presenters at the MUT’s Empowered Administrators Conference. Sandile has equipped conference attendees with knowledge of being innovative and cutting edge 21st Century administrators.