MUT launches two Advanced Diplomas with Department of Agriculture

Prof Msomi, left and Acting Deputy Director General, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Nonhlanhla Zwane-Dlomo, tasting some of the edibles made by MUT Community Extension students

Today MUT launches two new academic programmes in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Advanced Diplomas in Crop Production, and Agricultural Extension and Community Development programmes are being launched in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development.

Commenting on the launch of the programmes, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof Alfred Msomi has said what the University was doing is in line with the national agenda. “MUT has a bigger picture as we look into the future. We would like to make a sizeable contribution to our immediate community and beyond. In this we are guided by the University’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025, part of which is to work with the communities of Umlazi Township. This is part of the Anchor Strategy to revitalise Umlazi Township. The Anchor Strategy responds to the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, which dictates all South Africans must contribute to ridding the country of poverty by 2030.”

Part of the launch was a press conference at the University where the leadership of the Departments of Agriculture and Community Extension addressed the media on the two programmes, and the importance of planting indigenous plants. This will be followed by a visit to Swelihle High School, in Umlazi Township’s Section C, and eKhanana Old Age Home in the same section. Swelihle High School has been identified as a place where most of the high school agricultural activities will take place, since it has large enough land, and it is also central. The Head of Department of Community Extension, Eric Mthembu, also addressed teachers, principals and learners on the importance of Agriculture as subject to study at all levels, and as a source of food for both consumption and commercial purposes. Umlazi Township has 18% of schools that offer Agriculture as a subject.

Some of the spin-offs of the launch will be that the schools can put themselves in a position to produce enough agricultural produce to feed their learners.

Nature Conservation department continues to pave the way

Professors in the Department of Nature Conservation, Georgina Arthur, left, and Roger Coopoosamy, fifth from left, with their Master's graduates at the graduation
Professors in the Department of Nature Conservation, Georgina Arthur, left, and Roger Coopoosamy, fifth from left, with their Master’s graduates at the graduation

The Department of Nature Conservation shone once again for the second consecutive year, during the graduation on Saturday, 13 April 2019. This time around the department graduated six Master’s students, with one student obtaining her qualification cum laude.

Commenting on the success of the Department and its future plans, the Head of Department, Professor Peter Small said his intention was to see the department provide a complete suite of qualifications culminating in a PhD. “My aim is to help the department acquire a PhD in Nature Conservation. I would like to see this happening before I put my feet up,” said Prof Small. The Department of Nature Conservation, with the highest compliment of Professors and staff with doctorates, is more than ready to provide this PhD qualification.  Prof Small also pointed out that MUT will be the first to offer a PhD in Nature Conservation in the country. At the moment the University is the first and only university in South Africa that offers a Master’s in Nature Conservation.

The six Master’s students were part of over 2500 students that graduated at MUT during the five-day event.

MUT pays tribute to security that secures our graduation

Some of the security personnel that ensured that all graduation ceremonies went off without a glitch
Some of the security personnel that ensured that all graduation ceremonies went off without a glitch

Even though the series of graduation ceremonies that took place at the University’s Seme Hall from 9-13 April 2019 saw over 2500 students graduating, and more than 8000 parents descending upon the University to witness the lives of their children changing, the University security systems were able to cope, and ensured the ceremony went on without a glitch.

Working together with the Durban Metropolitan Security and the South African Police Services (SAPS), Sandile Security, which is contracted to MUT helped to provide extra security services for an eventuality. The national and municipality security was there mainly to control traffic outside the University, and to and assist with crime prevention duties.

The MUT Head of Protection Services, Sizwe Nkabinde, said they were grateful to have contributed to the success of the University’s graduation ceremonies. Nkabinde said their security personnel were a professional outfit that was trained to deal with large numbers of excited people. “Our role is to make sure that there is peace and order during all the five ceremonies. In fact, our task regarding graduation started some weeks ago when we held a number of meetings with members of the university management as part of the planning for this event which grows in stature year after year. As usual, we had to call for reinforcements because the numbers keep growing, as it happened this year. MUT graduated 400-700 students a day. If you multiply that by four, you will notice that we had to contend with more than 3 000 people who needed all forms of different space, parking, seats in the hall, and directions to the bathrooms,” said Nkabinde. Nkabinde said that despite the big numbers, they were grateful that the students and parents continue to show respect for security personnel and the event as a whole.

What made it easy for security services was that at MUT parents were given full respect by Management. “We see them dancing and ululating when their children ascend the podium. This makes them relax, and focus on the business of the day – which is graduation,” said Nkabinde, who holds a degree in Law and is completing a Masters in Law.

Security Services is not the only department that shone above the rest. Maintenance staff also continue to make a significant contribution to graduation. “We are pleased to see everyone being comfortable at MUT. Our cleaners and maintenance staff have ensured that our bathrooms and all our surfaces are good enough for all the thousands of people that MUT hosted over five days,” said Jabulani Ellenson, the Acting Works Manager.

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Karate ace takes bodybuilding by storm 

A proud Thembelihle with her medal
A proud Thembelihle with her medal

Thembelihle Cele (22), a Chemical Engineering S4 student, known for her success in karate has now taken another sport by storm. Responding to the Bodybuilding Manager’s call for more female students to join the sport, Cele recently competed in the sport and came up second in her category.

On Saturday, 13 April 2019, Cele obtained a second spot in the beach bikini, over 163cm category in the King Shaka Classic Bodybuilding tournament at Durban’s North Beach.  Although this was her first time, Thembelihle was able to hold her own. “I put in a lot of effort into the practice. I was also mentally prepared.  Our coach Anele ‘Mashisa’ Lugayeni helped us a lot. He gave us guidance, over and above training,” said Cele. Cele also applauded the role played by their manager, Charmaine Kgomo. “Charmaine got us the proper gear for the sport which assisted the judges to make the right decisions. The usual swimming bikini set does not show the body proportion,” she said.

Kgomo said they were encouraging female students to do bodybuilding. She said female students had an incorrect impression that anyone doing bodybuilding would be musclebound. She said categories like Cele’s did not result in that kind of body shape. Kgomo is doing her final year towards Diploma in Quantity Survey and Construction Management.

Congratulations to our newlyweds!

The newly weds!
The newly weds!

This week we are happy to report that a lecturer in the Department of Human Resources and Management, Lwazi Mthimkhulu, got married to Mbali Dladla on Saturday, 13 April 2019. MUT congratulates Mr Mthimkhulu and MaDladla and wishes them well as they embark on a new journey in their lives.

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MEC for Agriculture to launch two new programmes at MUT

16 April 2019

Submitted by Bheki Hlophe Hlophe@mut.ac.za                                                                                                           

MEC for Agriculture to launch two new programmes at MUT

On 18 April 2019, MUT will launch two new academic programmes in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Advanced Diploma in Crop Production, and Agricultural Extension and Community Development programmes will be launched in the presence of the MEC for Agricultural and Rural Development, Themba Mthembu, a former MUT student.

Commenting on the launch of the programmes, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof Alfred Msomi said what the University was doing was in line with the national agenda. “MUT has a bigger picture as we look into the future. We would like to make a sizeable contribution to our immediate community and beyond. In this we are guided by the University’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025, part of which is to work with the communities of Umlazi Township. This is part of the Anchor Strategy to revitalise Umlazi Township. The Anchor Strategy responds to the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, which dictates that all South Africans should be poverty-free by 2030.”

Part of the launch will be a press conference at the University where the leadership of the Departments of Agriculture and Community Extension and Agriculture will address the media on the two programmes, and the importance of planting the relevant and suitable plants. This will be followed by a visit to Swelihle High School, in Umlazi Township’s Section C, and eKhanana Old Age Home in the same section. Swelihle High School has been identified as a place where most of the agricultural activities will take place as it has large enough land, and it is also central. The Head of the Department of Community Extension, Eric Mthembu, will address teachers, principals and learners on the importance of Agriculture as subject to study at all levels, and as a source of food for both consumption and commercial purposes. Umlazi Township has 18% of schools that offer Agriculture as a subject.

Some of the off-spins of the launch will be that the schools can put themselves in a position to produce enough agricultural produce to feed their learners.

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Honoree arms graduates with wise words to prepare them for work

Sindi Mabaso-Koyana
Sindi Mabaso-Koyana

Speaking at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) graduation on Friday, 12 April 2019, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana reminded graduates that receiving a qualification was only the first part of the journey and that they needed more to succeed.

“You have not yet arrived. Now brace yourselves for the next leg of the journey,” said Mabaso-Koyana. “The work life will require the same perseverance, endurance, resilience and hard work you now know you have.”

Mabaso-Koyana explained to graduates that there were other qualities that they needed to learn for the world of employment and that it would have been easier if these qualities were taught at home. These qualities are advocacy, attitude, being an economic and social activist, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, integrity and ethical conduct, investing in yourself and value of abundance, not fear.

Mabaso-Koyana said that although the qualifications would open doors, graduates would need positive and strong attitude to succeed in the workplace. “An attitude that is open to learning, respect, always going an extra mile and showing up at your best and on time,” said Mabaso-Koyana. “Be deliverables focused than a time keeper. Always appreciate the role that your small contribution does to the greater vision of the organisation.”

Mabaso-Koyana, a Chartered Accountant, also reminded graduates to be “advocates of financial discipline without waiting for it to be an instruction from the top”. She explained: “It may be too late by the time people at the top realise the company is battling whereas you had an opportunity to stop it when you could.  That is what will set you apart from the rest.”

As the job opportunities continue to be scarce, Mabaso-Koyana told graduates to become economic and social activists who take full advantage of opportunities around them. “South Africa has a number of youth development programmes. I encourage you to seek these platforms, not just as beneficiaries but also to offer your skills in also paying it forward,” she said. “You are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of tomorrow.”

Some of the most important qualities that the graduates have to embrace, as Mabaso-Koyana explained, are integrity and ethical conduct. “I would like you to remember that whilst corruption gets pinned at government, we need to always remember that the other party to the corrupt transaction is usually business, and the private sector.” she said. “Therefore as you join the business world, whether as an employee or an entrepreneur, remember that integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking, always! Your personal worth is more than your material worth.”

As major changes continue to happen I the job market, with technology being the driving force, Mabaso-Koyana told graduates to continuously invest in themselves, not just as a professional exercise but also for self-development which will help improve self-belief and self-worth. Investing in themselves will help graduates seek new opportunities and even become entrepreneurs. “I am pleased to see BEE being reshaped,” said Mabaso-Koyana. “In the early stages of BEE, we focused on ownership, we moved to tenderpreneurship, we are slowly moving into being operators. But this is growing at a very slow pace; you are our hope as the generation that makes things and grow the economy instead of us just playing musical chairs.”

Mabaso-Koyana closed her addressed with a stern reminder that there is an abundance of business opportunities that graduates should take advantage of. “Go out there knowing that amidst the challenges of this world, this world is your oyster and presents a number of opportunities.

“Approach the world and your daily life with an attitude that says: “There are so many life challenges to be solved.  Which ones do I want to take on? Roll up your sleeves and shake off the sense of entitlement. Let’s not scramble in trying to slice the pie into many pieces, but go out there and make many pies,” said Mabaso-Koyana.

64 year old graduate brought the house down at MUT graduation

Mrs Sizakele Ngcobo
Mrs Sizakele Ngcobo

Mrs Sizakele Silungile Ngcobo, MUT’s main Student Residence official, endeared the whole audience made of parents, students, high school learners, guests, executive management, staff and lecturers when she walked up the stairs to receive her Diploma in Office Technology. She is 64 years old and very proud that she has achieved; a dream of setting an example for her children and grandchildren.

She has travelled her own journey having to raise five children by herself after the passing away of her husband in the early 90’s.  She has done an exceptional job as a single mother with two of her children also having graduated at MUT. Her elder daughter, Amanda, obtained a diploma in Electrical Engineering and her son, Phila, graduated with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering.  Both have secured good employment and this has given Ngcobo the relief to focus on her studies.

“I initially registered at MUT in 1997, but had to put my studies on hold because at the time my children were still in primary school.  I had to see my children through school and university. Once that was achieved I would then have time and funds to finish my studies, age was never an issue.  My classmates some of whom are the same age as my children and grandchildren were very good to me, they understood my pace as a mature student and were always there to remind me of outstanding assignments,” said Sizakele.

At her graduation on Wednesday, 11 April 2019, the stage had earlier been set by Prof Ramogale, acting Vice-Chancellor with his announcement that she is an exceptional graduand.  When she got on stage, the house came down. The confidence she showed, made everyone realise that the qualification was never by accident. It was intentional and will be used fruitfully. She is an inspiration to all. “The University is very happy about this achievement, thank you Sizakele for reminding us that education knows no age and that those who study remain young,” Prof Ramogale said.

 

New MUT Student Counselling Director to promote social transformation and redress

Dr Paulette Naidoo
Dr Paulette Naidoo

In a bid to offer students quality services and support to enable them to complete their studies and have a rich experience of the Institution, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has recently recruited a new Student Counselling Director.

Dr Paulette Naidoo joined the MUT family in the Department of Student Affairs on 1 April 2019. “MUT has a lot of potential in terms of being accessible to students from historically disadvantaged communities. MUT as an institution is representative of academic and socio-economic transformation and redress,” said Dr Naidoo. “I believe that joining MUT would enable me to assist in supporting students to succeed in higher education and thereby promote social transformation and redress.”

She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in student counselling environment. A Counselling Psychologist by profession, Dr Naidoo holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has 19 years’ experience as a registered professional with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), and has worked in the student counselling context for close to 12 years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the University of South Africa (UNISA).

MUT students will benefit from her approach to student development. Dr Naidoo believes in a “holistic approach to student development and well-being that encompasses both problem-solving and solution-focused support services, as well as skills development initiatives that enhance students’ emotional intelligence, acknowledges student resilience and promotes self-reliance and adaptive coping”, said Dr Naidoo.

Dr Naidoo is passionate about community psychology, with a particular focus on the experience of first-generation students from disadvantaged communities, issues of social justice and psycho-social factors that impact on student admission, retention and throughput rates in South African higher education. Her areas of special interest include “mental health awareness and promotion, gender-based violence, career development and employment preparation for students exiting tertiary education”.

Community outreach in the context of career guidance and skills development for learners and Life Orientation educators in local, historically-disadvantaged schools and communities is close to Dr Naidoo’s heart. She is also passionate about student mentoring and leadership development, and is excited at “the prospect of working together with MUT student structures and the broader student community on projects and programmes that will empower them to be socially responsible, effective global leaders and representatives of both MUT, and the social communities from which they come”, said Dr Naidoo.

Research is another interest area and priority for Dr Naidoo. Her area of special interest is the experience of professional identity and practice as it unfolds in the context of organizations such as higher education, public service and social communities in South Africa.

As Director of Student Counselling, Dr Naidoo hopes to use her research background to stimulate a research momentum amongst student counselling staff, with the aim of producing research outputs relevant to student counselling, that inform best practices and help to showcase MUT as a leading University of Technology at local and international platforms.

Dedication and hard work pays dividends for Chemistry’s Dr Gumede

Dr Njabulo Gumede
Dr Njabulo Gumede

Hard work has borne fruit for the industrious Dr Njabulo Gumede, a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. Dr Gumede has been awarded by the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) for the two patents they lodged in the past four years.

“We started with one provisional patent in 2015. Then in 2016 we lodged a Patent Cooperative Treaty (PCT). This patent was protected globally during that time and was lodged in the Australian International patent office,” said Dr Gumede. He added that they modified the patent as per request from the international office.  “The international patent office examined the patent and requested that we separate the patent into two because eight of the compounds have different chemical scaffolds while the other five compounds share a similar scaffold.” They revised the patent and divided it into two patents with different claims. They then submitted the patents.

The International Search Report (ISR), together with the Written Opinions (WO) rendered the claims as innovative, inventive and with industrial applicability. Dr Gumede said there were some claims that the international patent office found not to be innovative but with industrial applicability. The two PCTs were published by the international patent office in April 2017. In 2018, the two PCTs were lodged in the national phases in South Africa, the United States, the European Union and Canada. The patents will be granted in these different due restrictions in 2020/21.  Ending his glorious story with great excitement, Dr Gumede said: “The NIPMO and DST are now acknowledging and rewarding our efforts as we have reached a milestone that was not reached before. It is rare for a first patent to be rendered as innovative, inventive and with industrial applicability in due restrictions with stringent protocols like the US and the EU regions.”

NIPMO was established as a Specialised Service Delivery Unit (SSDU) with effect from 13 December 2013.  NIPMO relies on the Department of Science and Technology for all support services.

The award did not go unnoticed. Writing to Dr Anette Mienie, Director of Research at MUT, Vishen Pillay, a partner at Adams & Adams congratulated the University for receiving the award. “On behalf of the partners at Adams & Adams, I’d like to congratulate your institution as well as your office on being recognised as having produced and supported some of the Top Intellectual Property Creators which were celebrated at the recent IP Creator’s Dinner hosted by the Department of Science and Technology and NIPMO,” said Pillay. 

“Your institution’s as well as your office’s outstanding contribution to innovation in this country has not gone unnoticed and we commend your support to solving some of South Africa’s economic and social challenges through innovation.”​

MUT academic’s parents weep tears of joy as son graduates

Dr Joseph Bwapwa
Dr Joseph Bwapwa

A call from 2675.2 km away was one of the most important calls for Joseph Kapuku Bwapwa, a Department of Civil Engineering academic. It was from his parents, Albert Kabantu, his father, and Therese Biakasasa, his mother. They wanted to congratulate their son for obtaining a PhD. In his study, Dr Bwapwa demonstrated how algae could be used to produce jet fuel. He graduated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 3 April 2019. “My parents were in tears. It was heart moving,” said Dr Bwapwa.

Soon after his graduation, Dr Bwapwa’s brother posted his pictures on social media. Also, after Dr Bwapwa had given a talk to his students about the importance of studying further, the students used his photos as their profile pictures on social media. “I told them that they needed to believe that anybody could obtain a PhD. It is not for certain individuals. But you just have to work hard,” said Dr Bwapwa. He told the students that they should not let their backgrounds determine their future. This is a message that MUT Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Marcus Ramogale usually passes to MUT students. Dr Bwapwa’s promoter was Prof Akash Anandraj of MUT’s Department of Nature Conservation.

Inkosi Madlala visits his alma mater for son’s graduation

From left, Inkosi Madlala, Freedom, and Undlunkulu at the graduation
From left, Inkosi Madlala, Freedom, and Undlunkulu at the graduation

For Inkosi (Prince) Mntwana Ngamizizwe Madlala his son’s graduation meant a trip down memory lane to his own stay at MUT when he was still a student. His son graduated with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering this morning (Wednesday, 10 April 2019).

Inkosi Madlala and his wife, Ndunkulu Nkanyiso Madlala were at one of the five MUT graduation ceremonies to witness their son Mthokozisi Lungelo Freedom Kukhanyakwezwe Madlala going through the illustrious rite of passage as he was becoming an MUT graduate. Inkosi Madlala’s Traditional Council is under Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, in the Ugu Municipality in the south of the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Inkosi Madlala became chief in 1994 after the passing away of his father. However, Inkosi Madlala had long been acting on his father’s behalf as his father was already too old. His father was more than 100 years old when he passed away.

Inkosi Madlala holds his status as an MUT alumnus to high regard. “There it is, Undunkulu (Queen) says I graduated in 1991. I studied towards a Diploma in Public Administration when the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution was Professor Vos,” said Inkosi Madlala, with a wide smile. “We are not supposed to put ourselves on a pedestal. I am glad to hear that my son was keeping a low profile while studying at this University. I would not be feel right if he was always on a high horse.”

Inkosi Madlala is a direct descendent of the Zulu Royal House. He can recite the history of the Zulu nation, going back to its foundations. He is very proud of his royal lineage. But the Prince does not lead with this fact, lest it put him above all others.

The humble Inkosi Madlala visited MUT at the time when the University celebrates 40 years of existence, and on the year in which the University graduates more than 2000 students. “Among them are six students with disabilities whose graduation is a testament that where there is will there is a way,” said Prof Marcus Ramogale, the Acting Vice-Chancellor. Also to graduate during the 2019 graduation season will be a 64 year old Sizakele Silungile Ngcobo, Sizakele graduates with a Diploma in Office Management and Technology. “We thank Mrs Ngcobo for reminding us that anyone who keeps learning becomes young,” said Prof Ramogale. Prof Ramogale also told the full house that MUT was graduating a record number of SRC leaders.

Proud parent cries tears of joy as son graduates

Sanele, graduates with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering
Proud mum with Sanele graduates

The passing away of her husband did not dent Tholakele Khumalo’s zeal to put her children through university. On 10 April 2019, Khumalo left Newcastle at 4am for MUT to see her last born son, Sanele, graduate with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering. In tears after ululating and performing a Zulu dance up and down the narrow corridor in the Seme Hall where the graduation ceremony took place, Khumalo whispered into the ear of her son: “What would your father be saying if he was still around. My child I am so grateful.” As she said this Khumalo was receiving a tissue paper from one of the cleaners to wipe her teary eyes. She said her son showed her great respect, and did not take advantage of the fact that his father was no longer around.

The ‘drowsy’ Khumalo said she battled to make ends meet. “But Sanele’s brother, Sibonelo, and the government help through NSAFS helped me a lot,” she said. Khumalo said what made her proud was that Sanele focused on his studies and did not do anything that would embarrass her. “I did not even know where he was staying in Durban. I am so proud of him.”

Sibonelo graduated at MUT with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He has since furthered his studies through Unisa. Sibonelo now holds an M.Tech.

International students graduate at MUT

Mbole Ntunka, international students graduate at MUT
Mbole Ntunka, international students graduate at MUT

Je suis veru en Afrique du Sud quard J ovosis 12 ons (I came to South Africa when I was 12 years. So said Mbole Ntunka, a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national who graduated with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Ntunka is one of many international students that graduated during the Faculty of Engineering ceremony on Wednesday, 10 April 2019. Mbole, who comes from the DRC’s Lubumbashi, one of the big cities in the DRC, said she came to MUT because she believed the University offers better qualifications. Mbole is now a research assistant at the UKZN’s Howard College campus where her brother is a lecturer.

Another international student that graduated was Hermenegildo Dos Santos Fernando. Gil, as he is affectionately called, graduated with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. Gil (26) is from Angola’s capital, Luanda.

Former Dean of Management Sciences congratulates ‘star employee’

Slindile Hlongwane (right) with flowers at her graduation
Slindile Hlongwane (right) with flowers at her graduation

Former first Dean of Management Sciences turned entrepreneur attended Mangosuthu University of Technology’s (MUT) second graduation ceremony to congratulate ‘star employee’.

Nana Ngobese attended the second MUT graduation on Wednesday, 10 April 2019, to surprise her ‘star employee’, Slindile Hlongwane, with flowers at her graduation.

Hlongwane is employed as a junior Quantity Surveyor at Oro Projects, Ngobese’s company.

“She started with us a year and a half ago. She is absolutely amazing because she is one of the youngest working for us in our department as a quantity surveyor,” said Ngobese. “It is a new department.”

Ngobese has a long history with MUT through her and her husband’s work as academic staff in the University. It was through their stay at MUT that they identified the qualities that they like about the University’s students.

“We only take Mangosuthu students because I worked here in Mangosuthu in the 20s. I was the first Dean of Management Sciences and my husband was a Mechanical Engineering lecturer,” said Ngobese.

“We run an engineering and construction company and we only take Mangosuthu students. We have a very close relationship with MUT, which still has the best students that you could ever have in terms of attitude, hard work and they understand the African environment where we work. We don’t have to explain to them that they have to be respectful and they have to work with local people,” said Ngobese.

This quality sets MUT apart from its peers. “What Mangosuthu University of Technology is doing is total different from other universities who don’t have community understanding because their students don’t have the community touch,” said Ngobese. “I think Mangosuthu students do that better”.

Ngobese’s company employed 25 MUT students for Work Integrated Learning but the project finished. “We were forced to take some students from Vaal because the project was in Vaal,” said Ngobese.

“When we are in KZN we always take MUT students because there are no restrictions there” said Ngobese. “When we go to another area the municipalities will always say they want their local people.”

MUT student astounded by mechanical engineering award

Perfect Mgwenya
Perfect Mgwenya

As celebrating excellence grips MUT at this year’s graduation, a Mechanical Engineering student took this message of excellence a step further.  Thembinkosi Perfect Mgwenya received the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) Meritorious Student Award.

Ngwenya did not believe that he indeed was a recipient of the SAIMechE Award. Even as he handed over a piece of paper for the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering to announce that he has been awarded with the prestigious award, he could not string together sentences to describe his joy. After some time, all he could manage was – I am very happy.

Ngwenya earned his award. He was perfect in his approach to his studies. “I associated with the correct people.  We worked hard. We focused on our studies” said Ngwenya. He has more people to thank. “When I joined MUT I lodged with my cousin. Also, my family played a very big role in my success. My brother, who was essentially our bread winner, supported me financially. All this help made it easy for me to study,” said Ngwenya.

In the letter to Ngwenya, the SAIMechE Chief Executive Officer, Vaughan Rimbault, said: “it gives pleasure to confirm that you have been selected by the Mangosuthu University of Technology to receive the SAIMechE Meritorious Student Award for 2018 for the National Diploma programme in Mechanical Engineering. SAIMechE congratulates you on your outstanding achievement.” The award was accompanied by a medal, certificate and cash prize of R1 000.

SAIMechE is a senior body representing the discipline of Mechanical Engineering in South Africa. The institution is now more than 100 years old. It aims to further education through career guidance, technology awareness programmes, liaison with universities and universities of technology. It also provides its members with news of the latest developments in technology. The institute is a platform for publication of papers through various seminars and conferences.

Ngwenya is now working at the ACTO John Thompson where they make and maintain boilers. He is hoping to be fully employed with the firm. In Ngwenya, Mangosuthu University of Technology has indeed empowered a nation, as was said by Prof Marcus Ramogale, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, during the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Engineering on 9 April 2019.

Faculty of Engineering celebrates graduation in style

A very happy parent at the  Faculty of Engineering Graduation - 9 April 2019
A very happy parent at the Faculty of Engineering Graduation – 9 April 2019

Highlights of the event – 9 April 2019

The first 2019 Faculty of Engineering graduation ceremony took place at the University’s iconic Seme Hall saw a full house of parents and guardians from all over the Republic as they bear witness to the highlights of their children’s academic journey. The parents, whom the University respects and revere for the support of their children and their trust in the fact that MUT can change their lives for the better, came to witness a life-changing event for their children.

For as long as necessary, the parents sat quietly, listening to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Marcus Ramogale, the Honoree of the two Faculty of Engineering ceremonies, Nondwe Monyake, as they addressed the audience. This silence was not going to last for long. As students received their qualifications, parents broke out in songs and ululation, accompanied by whistles, as the names of their children were called out to come to the stage and be capped. The different cultural and religious dances that were performed on stage were a strong indication of how African MUT graduation ceremonies are. Thembinkosi Majozi who graduated with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering even called out a war cry, Hebe! Usuthu!!

MUT changed their lives, and it cannot be denied that their lives have changed for the better. As was announced by Prof Ramogale, MUT graduates are playing a big role in the economic sector, as employees, and job creators. The recently graduated students will eventually land jobs. They will also do well to take Prof Ramogale’s advice to look for work, not jobs. Meaning, they should think long and hard about creating their job opportunities, by creating their own businesses, as has been done by former students like Zenzele Dlomo, a goat breeder in eMakhabeleni, in Kranskop, central KwaZulu-Natal. Zenzele benefited from the knowledge he gained when he was studying towards a Diploma in Accounting – Public Finance more than 10 years ago. Other former MUT students that the graduates would do well to emulate are Thandeka Ellenson, the Acting CEO of the Moses Kotane Institute, and Thabang Mofokeng, the founder of the SAMAC Engineering Solution, to name a few.

The ceremony was also attended by the KwaZulu-Natal Deputy Surveyor-General, Thamsanqa Phakathi. Phakathi is a product of MUT. “My office is indebted to Professor Koos Landman for this gem,” said Monyake.

The ceremony was dedicated to Monyake, the Surveyor-General of KwaZulu-Natal Province with more than 20 years’ experience. Monyake holds a B.Sc (Surveying) from the University of Cape Town. She is one of 41 black surveyors registered with the South African Geomatics Council. Her message to the graduates was simple – the value of integrity.

“You need to have strong moral values. Integrity is forever,” said Monyake. She appealed to graduates not to disappoint their parents by lacking in integrity. “Go out there and be Wendy Okolo who has become the first black woman to get a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering at the tender age of 26 and now works for the American Space Administration (NASA). Show South Africa what you are made of,” she said.

The ceremony was closed by what has now become a signature tune for all the University graduation ceremonies – the Last Dance, which is a symbol of the ceremony as a rite of passage.

MUT honouree and KZN Surveyor-General reminds graduates to act with integrity

Surveyor-General of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Nondwe Monyake
Surveyor-General of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Ms Nondwe Monyake

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) honorary fellowship recipient has reminded graduates to act with integrity in their respective careers to set an example for younger people who see them as their beacon of hope.

Speaking at the first MUT 2019 graduation ceremony on Tuesday (9 April 2019), Surveyor-General of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Nondwe Monyake, told graduates that integrity meant acting ethically and doing the right thing at all times.

“Integrity is about doing the right thing even when it’s not acknowledged by others, or convenient for you,” she said. “Building the reputation of integrity takes years but it takes a second to lose it.”

This is followed by respect for time as a virtue, an important practice especially for graduates who are about to enter the world of work where they are expected to be on time.

“Be always on time for meetings. This is a clear sign of respect, not only for the people you are meeting but for yourself,” said Monyake. “Being on time shows that you are dependable and trustworthy and makes one earn people’s respect.”

However, integrity stretches further to the character of individuals and how they should carry themselves.

“People with integrity are humble, they have a strong sense of self, they have high self-esteem, and they are self-confident. These characteristics are important because sometimes, you, as young people, will be under intense pressure from your peers to make the wrong choices and decisions,” said Monyake. “Learn to be assertive so that you can defend an ethical position and not succumb to peer pressure.”

Signs of integrity are often mundane activities that are taken lightly and treated as not being important although they say a lot about the individual.

“When you replace printer paper after finishing the paper for the next person not to be inconvenienced. When you sign the correct arrival time in the work register rather than the time you are contracted to arrive at and working that time you owe your employer by working overtime,” said Monyake. “When you allow the security guard to search your bag and make you sign the register even though you are the boss in your company; he is just doing his job. When you submit your leave form without having to be reminded to do so.”

Her message comes at an important time in South Africa where the country is witnessing a leadership vacuum characterised by business and political leaders being hauled to courts and commissions of inquiry over allegations of corruption, unethical practices and lack of integrity.

Monyake dedicate her MUT honorary fellowship to the Chief Surveyor-General, Mmuso Riba, whose dedication to transformation has shaped the relationship between MUT, other universities and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

“In 1994 there was no black woman Professional Land Surveyor in our country,” said Monyake. “But 25 years later, through Mr Riba’s vast contribution, this country has got 41 members that are registered with the South African Geomatics Council.”

Getting an MUT honorary fellowship was a sentimental moment for Monyake because of her father’s friendship with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, MUT’s founding father.

“What is humbling the most for me is the fact that this University was founded by one of our own, Nkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The good Prince, not only was he my father’s good friend, Nkosi Kaiser Daliwonga Matanzima, but is also a close family friend,” said Monyake.  “I truly admire the legacy he left behind for the future generations to enjoy. My father would have been very proud to witness this day, particularly at this university.”

VC awards for top students in Faculties

9 April 2019

VC awards for top students in Faculties

The MUT graduation ceremonies that will take place from 9-13 April 2019 will see three students from the Faculties of Engineering, Management Sciences and Natural Sciences receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s award in recognition of being top students in their respective faculties.

Siboniswa Phakamani Thwala (Engineering), Gugulethu Cynthia Mkhize (Management Sciences) and Mthandeni Marvin Xulu will each receive a trophy and a R5 000 cheque at this year’s graduation as part of the VC awards. Thwala got an overall average 83%, while Mkhize and Xulu sat on 82% and 80%, respectively.

Commenting on her overall performance, Mkhize attributed her academic success to the goal she sat herself when she first arrived at MUT.

“When I arrived my goal was to get 90% for my courses,” said Mkhize. “I got 80 on my first test and I told myself that was the end of getting 80, and after that I never got less than 90 except for practical tests.”

The practical test that Mkhize refers to were computer-based and her struggle stemmed from only learning to use a computer at MUT. “At school I never used a computer; first year [at MUT] I could barely type. That is why I got 66%, 71% second year and 79%,” she said.

Mkhize now works as an Intern at the MUT Marketing and Communications Department and is a Residence Assistant in one the University residences. She will graduate with a National Diploma in Office Management and Technology on Thursday, 11 April 2019.

Xulu, who is now reading for a BTech at the Durban University of Technology, said the award will inspire him to perform even better in his studies.

For Xulu, his performance stemmed from the desire to do better than he did in high school.

“I did not pass with the marks that I wanted in high school,” he said. “At University I wanted to perform my best.”

He was expecting even more in the way of recognition for his performance. He believes that the trick to performing better lies in setting a target, having a studying strategy and most importantly, studying consistently.

Xulu will graduate with a National Diploma in Information and Communication Technology on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

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2617 students to be capped at MUT graduation 

05 April 2019 

2617 students to be capped at MUT graduation 

About 2617 students will be capped at this year’s Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) graduation ceremonies, which start on Tuesday, 9 April ending on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

The ceremonies, which will be held at Dr Pixley Seme Hall at MUT, will also honour four South Africans who have made significant contributions to the lives of South Africans through their service. These individuals are Ms Monde Monyake, Surveyor-General and first African woman to hold this position in the province, KwaZulu Natal Province; Dr Phumla Mnganga, Managing Director: Lehumo Women’s Investment Holdings; Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Chairperson of the African Women Chartered Accountants Investment Holding Company and Chairperson of Advanced Capital and of the Advanced Group of Companies; and Professor Sunil Maharaj, senior professor in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Graduation will run for five days. The Faculty of Engineering (Departments of Civil Engineering & Survey and Mechanical Engineering) will kick-start the ceremonies on Tuesday; setting the tone for the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction Management & Quantity Surveying which wrap-up the Faculty of Engineering’s ceremonies on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

The Faculty of Management Sciences will take to the stage on Thursday, 11 April and Friday, 12 April 2019. Students in the Departments of Human Resource Management, Marketing and Office Technology will graduate on Thursday, while their colleagues from the Departments of Accounting & Public Management will get capped on Friday.

The last ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, 13 April 2019, is reserved for the Faculty of Natural Sciences. This ceremony will also see six Master’s students receive their qualifications.

Although the numbers of students who will be graduating are still trickling in and subject to change, they are as follows so far:

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES 2019    
ADVANCED DIPLOMA 28    
B TECH 36    
MASTERS 6    
NATIONAL DIPLOMA 439    
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA 8    
TOTAL 517    
FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES 2019    
ADVANCED DIPLOMA 98    
B TECH 66    
NATIONAL DIPLOMA 1052    
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA 25    
TOTAL 1241    
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING 2019    
B TECH 16    
NATIONAL DIPLOMA 843    
 TOTAL 859    
GRAND TOTAL FOR ALL FACULTIES 2617    

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Inseparable twins graduate with HR diploma

Zinhle and Ziningi collecting their graduation tickets
Zinhle and Ziningi collecting their graduation tickets

Parents can’t wait for the big day

The parents of twins, Ziningi and Zinhle Mbona cannot wait to come and see their daughters ascending the stairs at MUT, and hearing Prof Chandra Jinabhai, the Acting Dean in the Faculty of Management Sciences, calling their names. Ziningi and Zinhle will be graduating with the Human Resources and Management Diploma on 11 April 2019. It is only then that the parents will believe that their last born children will be graduating. The twins said their hard work was made a little lighter by the fact that they were studying the same programme, and worked together as a team.

“We had other students studying with us. But we were mostly on our own,” said Zinhle, the less-reserved of the two. The KwaMashu girls agree that what they achieved was not usual. “In most cases twins would not go this far. At least one would progress, while the other would show less interest in studying. We kept our focus,” said Ziningi. They both said they could barely wait for their graduation day. “We are not sure if we will be able to sleep on the 10th. That is how excited we are about graduating, the outcome of our hard work!” said Ziningi.

The twins have a separation anxiety. They fear that graduation excitement will soon be replaced by separation as they are likely to secure jobs at different places. They do not have the experience of being apart since they met in the womb. However, they both think that regular communication will smoothen the rough experience.

Services Seta signs agreement with post-grad students

Siphesihle and Sthembiso, second and third from left, with Services Seta staff, and MUT FAO's Cynthia Nkosi, left
Siphesihle and Sthembiso, second and third from left, with Services Seta staff, and MUT FAO’s Cynthia Nkosi, left

Almost 120 MUT post-graduate students felt the weight lifted off their shoulders on 2 April 2019 as they signed the bursary agreement forms with the Services Seta. Post-graduate students studying towards Advanced Diplomas in Human Resources Management, Office Management and Technology, Marketing, and B. Tech in Accounting will each receive R65 000 for tuition, allowances, books, residence, and transport. Sthembiso Gasela, an Advanced Diploma Office Management and Technology student, said he was very happy with the support he had signed for. The same was true with Sphesihle Shabangu, an Advanced Marketing student. Sphesihle said she was delighted her financial problems were sorted out. It is a blessing, she said.

Cynthia Nkosi, the Senior Bursary Officer at MUT’s Financial Aid Office, said the more than R7 million that will be given to the students would go a long way in closing the gap since postgraduate students are not funded by NSFAS. “Now the students can breathe a sigh of relief and focus on their academic obligations. The financial help they are receiving from the Services Seta is likely to have a positive impact upon their academic performance,” said Cynthia.

MUT student addresses the UN

Bright Hlongwane
Bright Hlongwane

First he wowed MUT by being chosen to receive business lessons in the US’s University of Stanford in July 2017. Now still young Bright Hlongwane (22) will be addressing the UN on 8 April 2019. Bright said the reason for him wanting to send a message to the world through the world body was that the youth issues were supposed to be taken seriously.  Bright will be talking at the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, which is under the auspices of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, former President of Portugal.

Bright said the mandate he will be carrying was: “Nothing for us without us!” Bright’s presentation will be “Promoting Youth participation in Decision Making”. “I have goose bumps. But I will be fine.” Bright will leave for New York tomorrow.

Bright was invited by the Office of the ECOSOC of the UN in January 2019. “I was overwhelmed by the invitation,” he said. “I think they got to know about me when I delivered a speech on the same topic in Egypt in November 2017.”

Bright met former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon in 2011 in Durban as one of the UN’s UNESCO Ambassadors. He was only 13 years at the time. He is one of the few non-diplomats from South Africa that has ever addressed the UN.  One of those few is Miriam Makeba, who addressed the UN in 1963 on the evils of apartheid.

MUT celebrate Human Rights month by having an LGBTQI parade

Students and staff on the road as they delivered the message: we are different but equal
Students and staff on the road as they delivered the message: we are different but equal

As a Constitutional Democracy, South Africa accords and protects certain rights to all of its citizens. In South Africa, the month of March is deemed as a Human Rights month, with the 21st of the month as a day when the country celebrates the triumph achieved by the women who marched against the apartheid pass laws in 1960. But during the month of March, other forms of victory are celebrated.

On 27 March 2019, MUT had a Rainbow Parade aimed at promoting tolerance and acceptance of people living with disabilities, albinism and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. Jade Mthiyane, Events Co-ordinator at the University’s Department of Marketing and Communications, said “We wanted to highlight the fact that MUT is a University for everyone. We would like to see all the differences – cultural and sexual, celebrated at MUT. We advocate for acceptance of the differences as was mentioned by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza last year during his series of meetings with staff when he was promoting his Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Mthiyane added that as the Department of Marketing and Communications, they wanted to create an atmosphere that would support all the students’ academic and social life activities in their time at MUT.

Luyanda Mchunu, a third year Marketing student said celebrating the rights of the LGBTQI at MUT meant a lot to him. “When I joined MUT I did not think that the University would be welcoming to people like me. I would like to see this day being celebrated every year. The parade gave everyone a chance to show who they are, without them saying anything negative,” said Mchunu.

The parade, which was well organised, started from the University’s main gate at 11 am, snaked out into Mangosuthu Highway, towards the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and turned around at the Umlazi Comtech and headed for the University’s sports grounds, via Inwabi Road. At the grounds the parade settled down for a picnic and got more than a mouthful of information. The University’s Clinic gave students health-related information. “We are available to all of you to assist you test for your health status. Our main focus is on sexually transmitted infections (STIs). But there are also other services that we offer,” said Cebi Nkosi, HIV/Aids Counsellor at the Clinic.

Students also received prizes for taking part in the entertainment, and responding to questions. What was most heart-warming was that the day was supported by students and staff, an indication that MUT is an open-minded community. Mchunu said they would like to have a formal structure as LGBTQI students.

Another NRF rating for MUT academic

Dr Kwitshana
Dr Kwitshana

Prof Alfred Msomi, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, proudly made an announcement at the last Senate meeting of Dr Lungi Kwitshana’s rating as a C3 researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF). MUT is also proud to see one of its first alumnus receiving this recognition. Dr Kwitshana is registered as a Medical Scientist with the Health Profession’s Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and is also a member of the South African Immunology Society.

Armed with the MUT National Diploma in Medical Technology (Clinical Pathology) she received in 1987, Dr Kwitshana has come back to MUT full-circle. Dr Kwitshana returned to MUT in 2015 as Head of Department of Biomedical Technology and her research output has grown immensely. Dr Kwitshana has published 16 peer reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, a book, and 22 conference abstracts.

Dr Kwitshana has been a Principal Investigator in several research projects that researched the intersection between immunity, nutrition and co-infections with HIV, and attracted millions in grant funding. Dr Kwitshana also serves as a reviewer for Master’s and PhD protocols.

Dr Kwitshana has a national and international academic footprint. She was appointed by the Minister of Health to serve two terms as a Board Member of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).  Dr Kwitshana is an editorial board member of several international journals.  She also serves as a reviewer of international journals. She is a recipient of the UK CIA Immunology Fellowship. Dr Kwitshana is a co- founder of the National Parasite Control. She was appointed by the Director-General for Health to serve as a member of the NTD Forum.

Dr Kwitshana has supervised to graduation Honours, Masters and PhD students.  She serves as a reviewer for NRF, DHET and other national institutions.

In 2017, MUT recognised Dr Kwitshana during its Annual Research Awards evening with a Gold Award for the greatest number of publications and a Silver Award in recognition of a researcher with the highest funding in 2017.

The NRF rating affirms years of hard work in research and research mentorship. MUT Senate congratulated Dr Kwitshana for this great achievement.

7th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium recognises outstanding teachers and students

Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards
The VC Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards winners, with MUT Management and MUT Chair of Council, Mr Morailane Morailane

Eight Mangosuthu University of Technology academics and three students were awarded at this year’s Teaching and Learning Development Centre’s (TLDC) Teaching and Learning Colloquium, which started on 27 March 2019 and ends today (29 March 2019).

Winners were recognised in the following categories: Best Established Teacher: Gold Award, Best Established Teacher: Silver Award, Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award, Best Established Teacher: Silver Award, Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award, Best Emerging Teacher Award and Best Students in the Faculties.

The Colloquium, which was themed Re-imagining the Purpose of Higher Education for Social Justice, saw guests from various institutions locally and in the United Kingdom present papers in various topics related to learning.

The two keynote speakers; Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, Director of the Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Chairperson of the African Language Association of South Africa (ALASA), and Professor Rajani Naidoo, Director of the International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom; focus on language in knowledge development and dissemination and how universities contributed to social injustice respectively.

The Awards continued to scan the entire MUT academic field; the winners included three students, one per faculty. The students were judged based on their 2018 final examinations, which was their first year. The top achieving students per faculty were Ntando Khuzwayo, a second year Accounting & Public Finance student, Phila Dlamini excelled in Information Communication Technology (ICT), while Vuyiswa Mazibuko of Electrical engineering toped the engineering faculty.

All the students were awarded a sum of R7 500 each. This cash will be deposited into the MUT student accounts. Khuzwayo said she took all her tests seriously as she built towards the final examinations. “I also worked with groups. I would ask my classmates the questions on things I did not understand,” said Khuzwayo.

The rest of the winners were as follows along with their prizes:

Best Established Teacher: Gold Award

Mrs Thobeka Makhathini – Dept. of Chemical Engineering – Faculty of Engineering

Receives:

  1. Gold award trophy
  2. R65 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Elangeni Hotel, Tsogo Sun
  7. R50 000 Research grant (SoTL)
  8. Student Assistant to alleviate their teaching load

Best Established Teacher: Gold Award

Prof Sandiso Ngcobo – Dept. of Communication – Faculty of Management Sciences

Receives:

  1. Gold award trophy
  2. R65 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All-expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Elangeni Hotel, Tsogo Sun
  7. R50 000 Research grant (SoTL)
  8. Student Assistant to alleviate their teaching load

Best Established Teacher: Silver Award

Dr Misery Sikwela – Dept. of Public Administration and Economics, Faculty of Management Sciences

Receives:

  1. Silver award trophy
  2. R40 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Garden Court, Marine Parade
  7. R25 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Silver Award

Prof M Coopoosamy – Dept. of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Receives;

  1. Silver award trophy
  2. R40 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Garden Court, Marine Parade
  7. R25 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Silver Award

Mr Bethel Mutanga – Dept. Of Information and Communication Technology, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Receives:

  1. Silver award trophy
  2. R40 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing, including breakfast at Garden Court, Marine Parade
  7. R25 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award

Mr Lungani Makhathini – Dept. Of Accounting and Law, Faculty Of Management Sciences

Receives:

  1. Bronze award trophy
  2. R25 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conferenceBreakfast voucher for 2 at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, sponsored by TsogoSun
  6. R15 000 Research grant (SoTL) 

Best Emerging Teacher Award

Ms Sithembile Nkosi – Dept. of Nature Conservation, Faculty of Natural Science

Receives:

  1. Award Trophy
  2. R30 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. Breakfast voucher for 2 at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, sponsored by TsogoSun
  7. R20 000 Research grant (SoTL)

Best Established Teacher: Bronze Award

Mrs Ana Bigara – Dept. of Environmental Helath, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Receives:

  1. Bronze award trophy
  2. R25 000 cheque
  3. Certificate
  4. Goodies hamper
  5. All- expense paid for attendance of 2019 HELTASA conference
  6. Breakfast voucher for 2 at Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, sponsored by TsogoSun
  7. R15 000 Research grant (SoTL)

MUT to march against intolerance

25 March 2019 

MUT to march against intolerance

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has organised a Rainbow Parade aimed at promoting tolerance and acceptance of people living with disabilities, albinism and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) community.

“This parade is our way of saying that MUT is a home for everyone and that diversity is one of our greatest assets as an institution,” said Dr E. Duma Malaza, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT. “As an academic institution, we offer students a window into the future; discrimination and intolerance are not part of that future. In a way, the parade is a confirmation of our pledge against discrimination of any kind.”

The parade will start outside MUT’s main entrance (511 Griffiths Mxenge Highway, previously known as Mangosuthu Highway), and proceed to make a U-turn at the traffic lights by KwaMdladla Butchery. Staff and students will then march back, pass the MUT main entrance, then turn left into Inwabi Road before turning left into the Dr Pixley Seme Hall entrance where the parade will end.

Name of the march: MUT Rainbow Parade

Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Time: 11h00 to 12h30

Route: From MUT main entrance, U-turn at the traffic lights by KwaMdladla Butchery, walk past the MUT main campus then turn into Inwabi Road before turning left into the Dr Pixley Seme Hall entrance

Participants in the parade will be guided by 20 marshals who will be wearing reflector jackets. Marshalls will also provide participants with water during the parade. Ambulance services will be available to take care of any medical emergencies during the Parade.

Members of the media should contact Bheki Hlophe on 031 907 7195 or email hlophe@mut.ac.za for interviews.

MUT and partners commemorate National Water Week

Dr Thobile Poswa, HOD, Environmental Health, seated, left, with partners from the various organisations, and Thulisile, fourth from right
Dr Thobile Poswa, HOD, Environmental Health, seated, left, with partners from the various organisations, and Thulisile, fourth from right

As water continues to be a scarce resource around the world, Mangosuthu University Technology (MUT) and the Department of Health, Umgeni Water, and eThekwini Municipality joined forces to commemorate National Water Week.  At the event, which was hosted by MUT’s Department of Environmental Health on Tuesday 19 March 2019, all parties harmoniously sent out a strong message that water was a fundamental human need and played an essential role in all forms of life.

The event was hosted to commemorate the International Water Week which is commemorated through a series of events in South African and the rest of the world. The 2019 International Water Week is commemorated from 18 March to 24 March.

Commenting on the importance of water as a scarce resource that needed to be well looked after,  Thulisile Mtshengu, Lecturer in the MUT’s Environmental Health department, said water was essential for the people’s health, food production, and the environment. “What makes water even more important is the fact that South Africa is a water scarce country receiving around half of the global average annual rainfall. This fact is exacerbated by an escalating demand due to economic and population growth, urbanisation and rising standards of living, unsustainable use and high levels of wastage and loss, as well as increasing pollution which renders water unfit for use,” said Mtshengu.

Thulisile said the objectives of the National Water Week were “to strive through a collaborative effort and active engagement of government departments, private companies, academia, community members and stakeholders in the sector, to find solutions to water conservation, pollution, climate change, as well as floods and droughts”.

Over the years the importance of water and its scarcity has been highlighted by the fact that the United Nation’s General Assembly on 22 December 1992 adopted a resolution to declare 22 March of each year the World Water Day. This day is observed annually and focuses on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The UN aims to ensure that everyone in the world has access to safe water by 2030.

The UN goal was further emphasised at the event by Belinda Makhafola of the Department of Health when she said that the 2019 slogan for the event was “leaving no one behind”, and it aimed at reducing inequalities in access to safe and reliable water supplies for all.

Orientation gives students a head start

After the formal part of the orientation, the first years had a chance to be children again
After the formal part of the orientation, the first years had a chance to be children again

In an attempt to equip new students with the necessary foundation to enable them to adapt to life at residences and cope with the shock of having to share living spaces with other fellow students, the MUT’s Student Housing Unit hosted this year’s residence orientation on Saturday, 16 March 2019 for students residing at the on-campus residences.

Ndlelenhle Jiyane, a warden in one of the main campus residences, said the aim of the Orientation was to give the students a head start. “A number of divisions at the University descended upon our Seme Hall to give students information on security at residences; NSFAS informed the students about finance-related issues, while the Student Housing Unit explained the rules applicable at the University residences. The general idea for this orientation was to make sure that students were informed, so they would know, and then behave accordingly,” said Jiyane.

The lighter part of the event gave new students a chance to socialise and get to know one another better.. Fun and games were staged at Seme sports grounds. “We wanted to give our students a chance to be young again. This will contribute a long way in making MUT a home away from home and would be part of the students’ campus life. Also, any form of play and exercising contributes to living a long fulfilling life, as research says,” said Jiyane.

Students had a time of their lives as they played with big ‘toys’ that turned the MUT  sports ground into a giant playground. Nkanyiso Shozi, a first year Nature Conservation student, said he knew life at the university was different.  “What I saw at MUT went beyond my expectations.  Back at high school we did not have such a variety of sports and games; there were only soccer and netball. When a lot of sports like hockey, rugby and volley ball were introduced to us at the orientation, I was super excited and felt like joining every part of the sports. I am so glad that I am part of the University that cares about the students well-being. I love the fact that they reminded us of the fun we used to have when we were kids by having the fun games in our orientation. I really felt like a kid again,” said Nkanyiso.