Mduduzi Ngwane, class of 1996, has vivid memories of the day his father gave him only R1000 and sent him off to a place he had never been to. He hails from Mtubatuba in Northern KZN, and in 1993, after hearing about MUT from a friend, he travelled alone to enrol for a diploma in mechanical engineering.
He arrived by train on a Sunday and today he is still very grateful to the late Mr Mandlenkosi Sikhosana and Mr Ngcebo Mngomezulu, residence superintendents who immediately became caring ‘parents’. They offered him accommodation, free meals, and guidance on how to go about formalising his registration. The selfless care and guidance from the two gentlemen reassured Mduduzi that he had made the right choice and was indeed on his journey to build a positive career for himself.
“At first I thought I was the only one from a disadvantaged family, but as I met other students I realised that everyone had a story to tell about the hardships they had endured before arriving at MUT. The most valuable lessons I learnt during my years at MUT were independence, caring and sharing. After receiving free meals from Mr Sikhosana on my first day at MUT, I mistakenly thought meals were free. It was a delusion and as time went by, I learnt that if one student had some money for food, he would buy and share with others. This taught me brotherhood, a trait that has contributed immensely to managing teams at work and also raising my twin boys,” said Mdu, who drove taxis to make ends meet.
Graduating in record time at MUT in 1996, Mdu joined Eskom as a trainee mechanical technician and has never looked back. Through the years at Eskom, he has moved up the ladder in various positions and is currently Milling Plant Manager based in Witbank. He loves the finer things in life and has a passion for great clothing brands. He and a few friends club in and travel to Paris to stock up on high end men’s clothing for personal use or to sell, which is something he does as his pastime. His investment in MUT is two-way . When his twin boys completed matric he never hesitated to send them to MUT as well, which was his way of affirming the quality of the MUT brand. His sons, Nhlakanipho and Nhlonipho are now doing S4 Civil Engineering at MUT and are positive that they are set to become the second generation of MUT graduates in the Ngwane family.