Virtual graduation breaks the MUT website

Virtual graduation microsite

MUT’s virtual graduation started exactly at 10h00 on Saturday, 27 June. In less than a minute, www.mut.ac.za was in distress. It had never seen such an influx at the same time. Students and graduandi took it to social media to complain, but in the end they were able to view. As with online activities; there would always be mixed feelings. However; from the MUT web analytics; the University won. On 27 June, the website had 424626 web hits with 7635 visits. The following day, the web hits were 151966 with 10,676 visits. Jay Roopsunker, the Webmaster said, “In the first 5 minutes of opening the graduation for public viewing, traffic was unusually heavy on the virtual graduation microsite that the server interpreted these requests as attempted intrusions and shut down temporarily. The server turned itself on again but slowed down the website because of the continuous significant demand.” The University officially joined a few elite universities, globally, which have hosted online graduation ceremonies.

How millennials and post millennials made the Virtual Graduation a go to event on Saturday, 27 June

Virtual graduation online event

As the virtual graduation was an online event, it was important to gauge the number of people who were interested in the event by having a virtual RSVP on Facebook where attendees would express their interest in the event. This was also a way of further promoting the virtual graduation and having Facebook users reminded of the event each time they go on the platform. A total of 2800 fans expressed their interest through the Facebook event/RSVP. However; on 27 June 2020, a total of 14,378 Facebook users were recorded as active at 10am. Many of these users received a Facebook notification reminding them to tune-in to the MUT virtual graduation at 10h00 that morning. Facebook also played an essential role of providing the necessary feedback on how users were interacting with the virtual graduation videos. On Twitter, there were 4,500 impressions within two days. “Our students are really engaging online and what has been great about this online event is that we have been able to respond to them in real time while at the same time escalating their queries to departments concerned”, said Mbali Mkhize, senior director, MarComms.

Giving graduates a dignified send-off

Isolezwe edition that carried MUT graduation roll

Graduation is the happiest moment in any student’s life. It marks the successful completion of one’s journey through university. Last week, MUT hosted its virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 which could not graduate in a face-to-face ceremony. To mark this first for MUT, MarComms organised for the graduation roll to be published on Isolezwe the day after graduation.

“Many of our students cannot afford the data to watch the virtual graduation, while others live in areas where internet access is an issue,” said Mbali Mkhize, senior director, MarComms. “We decided to publish the graduation roll on Isolezwe Newspaper to increase access for our graduates and their families.”

Although graduates and their parents could not physically be on campus, having names on newspapers meant that the family could again purchase the paper and look for names together, just as they did when the class of 2020 matriculated.

“Many of our students are first generation graduates in their families and having that copy of a newspaper for the rest of the family to see makes our graduation that special,” said Mbali. “It is an opportunity to sit with family and go through the names as a collective and celebrate together, which is what our graduation is about.”

Having the names of graduates on a newspaper was an acknowledgement of the diverse backgrounds that our students come from and that the institution will always strive to open access to students from all walks of life.

MUT’s three-point plan as it fights COVID-19

Raising awareness on COVID-19

This week HR&D trained the EMC on COVID-19 in the workplace. This is a part of the implementation of a safe work practice to limit exposure to COVID-19 at MUT.  HR&D rolled out its training and as the facilitator, Mr Peter Morris summarised, “The entire value chain needs to adapt to the three points to fight CIVID-19. And these are: masks, social distancing and washing of hands and/use of sanitizers.” These are essentials and most of MUT’s messages on raising awareness centre around these.

COVID-19 requires different leadership – MUT alumnus

Dr Pat Sifiso Mazibuko’s recent book

Health experts have warned that COVID-19 would continue to alter human behaviour and change business practices even long after it is no longer with us. MUT alumnus and Telkom Group Executive, Dr Pat Sifiso Mazibuko, believes that the pandemic requires different kind of leadership to the one before it.

“As a corporate leader, you cannot lead in the same way you did before COVID-19,” said Dr Mazibuko, who graduated from MUT in 1991 with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. “With COVID-19 there are things that you need to learn, unlearn and re-learn.”

He explained that because of the Coronavirus pandemic; the context had changed, the environment had changed and the people had also changed. Many employees will continue to work from home, where their line managers will not be able to see them. “There is a dire need for currency between you and your boss. That currency is trust, it needs to be there,” said Dr Mazibuko.

Dr Mazibuko further explained that in this era of COVID-19, line managers have to now demonstrate to the people who report to them that they are caring. “You need to be a caring boss, and when you care people will do anything for you,” said Dr Mazibuko.

Dr Mazibuko has recently published a book titled, Conversations with the best: Life Changing Conversations. The book covers a vast array of topics (or facts of life, as he puts it) and every chapter has a story behind it. “It is something that forces you to think and cause-correct. I am provocative, blunt and forcing people to think,” he said.

The book features provocative chapters such as: The dog’s second bite; Never say goodbye to the devil; Bad Influencer; Walk away, my friend; and Ignoring the sign.

Readers can expect Series 2 of the book in January. However, Dr Mazibuko is almost done with another book, The leadership game, which will be published in December.

Reopening of MUT in line with the Department of Labour regulations

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe; 082 432 1805                                             27 June 2020

For immediate release 

Reopening of MUT in line with the Department of Labour regulations

Further to the clinical studies students, and staff that were allowed back to the University from 17 June 2020, the University has taken a decision to allow more students and more staff back. This return, which began on 25 June 2020, will be done in line with the Department of Labour regulations, and other applicable guidelines. This is a continuation of the phased-in approach which will also allow students back to the residences.

The first phase included the return of all EMC members, COVID-19 Task Team members, some essential staff members and the academic staff from Biomed, as well as the final year Biomed students. Professor Marcus Ramogale, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, said the return of these categories of staff and students has been treated with precaution in line with the framework developed by the University’s COVID-19 Task Team.

The second phase of the return to campus started with effect from 25 June 2020, and involved the bulk of the University staff and students. Some sections of staff that returned were additional staff from essential service departments such as Finance, Human Resources and Development, Information Technology and Networks, and Operations. Also, all heads of departments, library staff, Department of Marketing and Communications staff, academic staff, among others, have returned. However, heads of department have been requested to submit plans for the segmentation of the days on which their staff will be physically in the offices as they are not allowed to be in the same place in large groups. This is a shift approach, as Professor Ramogale put it. This approach, with respect to both staff and students, will ensure that the 33% regulation is adhered to, as required by the Department of Labour and DHET. This essentially means that some of the staff members still have to work from home. All post-diploma students (e.g. Advanced Diploma; BTech and Postgraduate students); will be allowed to return to campus and residences from Sunday, 28 June 2020. Their lectures should start with effect from 1 July 2020.

Professor Ramogale further stated that in line with the health regulations, staff members who have any pre-existing health conditions (comorbidities), immunocompromised, severely obese (BMI of 40 and above) and those who are 28 weeks pregnant as indicated by the Department of Health will be allowed to work from home, on condition that the staff member has provided the Occupational Health Nurse, Sr. Gasa with a medical report from their respective medical practitioners which confirm their condition. “However, in instances where staff members with comorbidities are unable to effectively execute their functions from home, or where it is essential for them to be on campus to execute critical functions, the exemption principle as allowed by the Department of Health will be applied,” said Professor Ramogale.

Professor Ramogale also stated that all the required personal protective equipments (PPEs) as prescribed by the exemption principle, will be provided to such staff members. The same principle will apply to staff members who are over the age of 60 and where it is feasible to do so, he added. Professor Ramogale also assured staff of their safety. He said that the University had undertaken risk assessments that would ensure that the staff and students were safe. “We are all duty-bound to save lives as well as to save the academic year,” he said. The Acting Vice-Chancellor also paid tribute to essential services staff “that put in an exceptional effort to keep the University going from date of Lockdown to this date.”

 

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
T: +27 31 907 7195  M: +27 61 283 2257
E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

All set for MUT’s virtual graduation

MUT graduation will be virtual this year

Uncharted waters. New territory. Unparalled. Uncommon. Unrivalled.

Yes, this will be graduation extraordinaire for MUT which will be hosted online tomorrow so as to follow the Lockdown regulations of protecting South African citizens against COVID-19. “It is not a situation we would have loved to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020. Graduations always come with all pomp and ceremony; but this time, the University took a directive from the highest office in the Country. Without their qualifications being conferred by the Chancellor; the graduates cannot be issued their certificates. This is the best we can do under the circumstances. We wish our graduandi well during this time and we hope that the virtual graduation will give them confidence on the qualifications they have attained”, said Prof Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor.

The virtual graduation will commence at exactly 10h00 and can be accessed through the MUT website,  on www.mut.ac.za/virtualgraduation or YouTube on https://www.youtube.com/MangosuthuUniversityofTechnology  or on www.facebook.com/MUTUmlazi

Two times VC award winner walks the graduation walk on campus

Gugu Mkhize

Gugu Mkhize received the VC award last year when she graduated with a Diploma in Office Technology. At the time, her hardworking mother and her aunt were there to cheer her up. This year, Gugu; who is receiving a VC award once more is all alone. She cannot even share this amazing moment with her mother who is in Eshowe and they cannot meet under Lockdown. However; as one of the Change Agents at MarComms, she has heeded the call to celebrate by walking with her best friend, Nontokozo, with whom she graduated last year and would have graduated together. Big ups to Gugu.

MUT scientist joins world experts on BBC to discuss Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Jordaan

June 23, 2020! This day will go down in history as a day that one of the University staff members made history! Dr Maryam Jordaan, NRF Administrator, joined scientists from around the world on BBC to explore and inspire innovation worldwide to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.  “During the meeting we had the opportunity to make comments and ask questions directly with an expert panel of four world-class engineers involved in COVID-19 response.  BBC presenter Kevin Fong hosted this exciting global conversation to explore and inspire innovation worldwide,” said Dr Jordaan. Dr Jordaan was part of the audience from six continents.

Dr Jordaan believes a world effort is required to deal with Covid-19. “In order to combat the Coronavirus, a combined global effort is needed; the BBC World Service and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 created a special online forum which took place on 23 June 2020,” said Dr Jordaan.

Dr Jordaan and her colleagues at the University, Dr Oluwakemi Ebenezer, Dr Nkululeko Damoyi and Dr Michael Shapi have already written a paper on Covid-19. The paper: Virtual screening, physicochemical properties and molecular docking study of FDA approved compounds similar to ARV efavirenz, targeting COVID-19 was accepted by Heliyon, an open access journal. The team has furthermore submitted another paper for review. The preprint for this paper is available at https://www.researchsquare.com/home

Dr Jordaan is one of the University’s annual Research Award winners. The participation of Dr Jordaan in the discussion was highly applauded by the Research Directorate, under which Dr Jordaan works. “Everybody in the Research Office is filled with excitement.  We cannot be more proud of Dr Jordaan,” said Dr Anette Mienie, Director, Research.

Student Development Officer graduates with a PhD

Dr Ntuli

He has come full circle! Mthokozisi Emmanuel Ntuli, Student Development Officer in the Department of Student Affairs recently graduated with a PhD in Higher Education. This is the fulfilment of a dream whose implementation began at MUT in 1992 when Dr Ntuli enrolled for National Diploma in Personnel Management at a tender age of 18. Now he holds a PhD in a very specialised area of student activism and university governance and leadership development. His title was “Implications of Student Activism on University Governance: A Multi-Case Study in South Africa. Dr Ntuli read for his degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“I chose this title as it was most appropriate for my area of work. For me student governance and leadership development is not just a job that one needs to do from 8am to 4pm. It is a profession that needs to be taken seriously. We all need to have a deeper understating of what it is like to be a student nowadays, and the kind of challenges that students face, given the historical account of higher education in South Africa. The dynamics of higher education have changed such that it has become essential to think deeper about student governance and leadership development, and the place of a student at a University,” said Dr Ntuli.

Dr Ntuli is also an alumni of the Durban University of Technology and the University of Durham, UK, where he read for his Master’s. In 2018, he was awarded Erasmus Mundus plus Scholarship to study at the University of Tampere, Finland, on a Doctoral Students Exchange Programme. While at the University of Tampere, Dr Ntuli attended a doctoral course, which was taught by Professors from the US, UK, Europe, and South America, Africa, Australia and China. Dr Ntuli said this provided Dr Ntuli with new insight on university governance and leadership development, and leadership, student activism, governance and leadership development. Dr Ntuli said that he would like to empower others with the skills and knowledge that he has acquired and would like to utilise his newly acquired insights and perspectives for the development of the institution. “This is a very specialised area. I would like to see the number of people that enrol to study this area growing. This will have a direct positive influence upon the management of the higher education sector as the role of the students and student leadership is fast becoming more prominent,” said Dr Ntuli. Dr Ntuli added that his immediate goal was to entrench the love and understanding of student issues upon the higher education sector. “I will do this by engaging with colleagues in the sector through writing papers, and sharing information in various ways,” he said. Dr Ntuli has already published papers on student leadership and governance.

Dr Ntuli has been working at the University for 24 years. He worked for seven years in IT&N as a Technician focusing on access control system management, three years as Bursaries, Loans and Awards Officer, three years as Senior Officer: Bursaries, Loans, Awards and Scholarships, 11 years as student Development Officer. His love for interacting with all matters that have to do with students drew him towards the Department of Student Affairs, which he joined in 2009.

Fulton Trust donates R50 000 for E-Learning

At the beginning of the Lockdown, Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, submitted proposals for e-learning support to various organisations. While many organisations had already rerouted their funding support to organisations fighting COVID-19; the Fulton Trust has today donated a sum of R50,000 so as to help those students who are unable to access e-learning services. This sum will be used for the students e-learning devices. Mbali said this donation will need to be allocated to the Teaching & Learning portfolio. Reacting to the news, Dr Manyane Makua, Acting DVC: Teaching and Learning, said that donation was “good news and is commendable. As MUT we are obviously grateful for this gesture as it will go a long way in assisting our students.” Dr Makua further said that given the large volume of the students’ needs, and that there are students that are not supported by NSFAS, the funds could be used to buy gadgets to access eLearning platforms. The Fulton Trust has been sponsoring the University through student bursaries for more than two decades.

In solidarity with those graduating tomorrow at virtual graduation

Be inspired!  Some of the University’s alumni

The spirit of celebration has gripped MUT as the time for the MUT virtual graduation draws nearer. As a form of support and paying tribute to our students who could not graduate in person, and their lecturers, today we show our readers some of our staff members and interns that have graduated from MUT. Some of these colleagues would have graduated this year if it was not for the Covid-19 restrictions.

Staff and students at MUT adapt to the ‘new’ normal

A staff member wearing the necessary protective gear

As the country gets used to Level 3 of  the national Lockdown and adapts to the new ‘normal’ within communities and the working environment, MUT welcomes staff and students by ensuring that they are all safe. The University has ensured that all the applicable protocols are followed to the letter.  “It is mandatory that everyone is screened at the gate before entering the University premises, and no one is allowed to enter the premises without a permit,” said Lizwi Masondo, who has been appointed as the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.  Lizwi continued to explain that the University has ensured that it is safe and conducive as it welcomed back the Biomedical Technology students and some of its staff members.

“We have conducted risk assessment all around the University to make sure everything is in compliance with government regulations. There are lots of changes yet to be implemented, but what we currently have is enough to put the message across. Posters are up all around campus to ensure that staff and students are fully aware and implement the basics of social distancing,” said Lizwi.

As is the case throughout the country, MUT has to adapt to the new ‘normal’ and abide by the regulations to keep staff and students safe from the Coronavirus.

A week to go before the MUT Virtual graduation ceremony

Prof Ramogale

On June 16, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, recorded his graduation message to the MUT Class of 2020. This message will be part of the virtual graduation ceremony that will be live-streamed on 27 June 2020 at 10h00. There is a significant symbolism in recording this message on 16 June. Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, MUT Chancellor and Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation has also recorded her message. These will be part of the Virtual Graduation. All hands are on deck to make this unique and pioneering event a success. Mike Naidoo, MUT’s Registrar penned a letter to the Class of 2020 where he congratulated them on their success in obtaining their qualifications and reminded them that under normal circumstances they would have graduated in person at the University but given the challenges the country is facing right now “we are affording you an opportunity to a virtual graduation ceremony due to the social distancing requirements.” Mike also reminded students that for them to receive their graduation certificates the Chancellor needs to declare at an official ceremony that they have met the requirements for the award of their qualifications.

Mike also added thatit is only after this pronouncement by the Chancellor that the certificates could be issued. So immediately after the virtual graduation ceremony, certificates and the academic records will be posted to graduates who are in good financial standing with the University, however, academic records will be posted to all graduates.”

A 2020 graduate is nominated to Presidential Working Group

Bright Hlongwane

Bright Hlongwane, a 2020 graduate, has been nominated to the Presidential Youth Working Group chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Presidential Youth Working Group was established to mainstream youth development and empowerment in the work of government.  Bright said he was “excited by the fact that young people are slowly being listened to, and being given a chance to contribute meaningfully to the growth of South Africa and the continent.” At MUT, South Africa and beyond, Bright is known as a staunch advocate of entrepreneurship. During Youth Day (June 16) 2020, young Bright was on Ukhozi FM and eTV News, talking about how important it was that the country’s youth got involved in business as job creators, not job seekers. Bright has two businesses of his own, UrbanZulu Group Pty Ltd, a brand marketing company, and Youth in Business, an NPO. In 2017 Bright attended the Advanced Entrepreneurship Programme at Stanford University in the United States. Bright said at the time that he would share the knowledge with his peers.

Bright is among the 2484 MUT students that are graduating virtually this year. He graduates with a Diploma in Public Administration. Like any other student, Bright regards this achievement as a milestone in his life.

HR&D sets in motion awareness on the Code of Conduct

Bheki Shezi

Bheki Shezi, Director, HR&D has vowed that the Code of Conduct will not just be a document sitting on the shelf. It will be followed to the tee by every employee. Bheki has launched the MUT Code of Conduct from the top. On 9 June 2020, Bheki requested the EMC to be the first ones to sign the Code of Conduct. In his request to EMC, Bheki said: “All staff must sign the Code of Conduct as it has a bearing on the Disciplinary Code and Procedure of the University which has been approved. It is aligned to the King 1V Report on Governance for South Africa and is also aligned with the value system of the University. It requires that the University takes active measures to ensure that all employees and officials adhere to it. This Code of Conduct covers some of the most important issues relating to personal conduct, integrity and ways to mitigate conflict. It further gives a framework of standards and behaviour guidelines. However, it is not intended to be exhaustive.”

This publication will run snippets of the policy principles so as to promote standards of conduct that support the vision and mission of the University:

Employees must act in good faith.

Employees must promote the interest of the University and spend the amount of time in performing their duties.

Employees must refrain from competing with the University as far as its core activities are concerned.

Acting VC makes senior appointments

Left, Dr Makua, Dr van Koller, Lizwi Masondo

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marcus Ramogale has appointed Dr Johan van Koller as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning, Dr Manyane Makua, as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, and Lizwi Masondo as the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

June 16 inspires staff member to deal with

Sizakele Sosibo

Today we are announcing the winner of the June 16 prize. It is Sizakele Sosibo from the Department of Chemical Engineering. Sizakele won a set of 10 surgical masks.

Sizakele says that although June 16 happened 44 years ago, the spirit of this landmark should inspires everyone to deal with present challenges. “Today like with 1976, students have to grapple with accessing education. They have to deal with online communication and learning challenges. This is a new struggle for many of them. But it can enable them, instead of oppressing them,” said Sizakele.

 

2484 to be capped at MUT’s virtual graduation

22 June 2020

For immediate release 

2484 to be capped at MUT’s virtual graduation

A total of 2484 graduands will be capped at this year’s Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) virtual graduation. This graduation will also include the capping of three Master’s students along with other 372 post-diploma graduands.

This year’s graduation which usually takes place virtually can be accessed through www.mut.ac.za/virtualgraduation on 27 June. In a communication to graduands, MUT Registrar, Mike Naidoo informed graduands that the University had opted for a virtual graduation to enable students to receive their qualifications.

“Under normal circumstances you would have graduated in person at the University but given the challenges the country is facing right now we are affording you an opportunity to a virtual graduation ceremony due to the social distancing requirements. For you to receive your graduation certificate the Chancellor needs to announce as follows: ‘I declare that the candidates whose names appear on the programme have complied with the requirements for the award of the Diplomas and Degrees’,” said Naidoo.

The ceremony will start with constituting the congregation and introductory remarks by MUT Chancellor, Lindiwe Sisulu (MP), who was the first to send in her recorded message. Sisulu’s introduction will be followed by an address by the Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale. The conferral of qualifications will follow immediately after Professor Ramogale’s address; while Sandile Dlamini, President of Convocation, addresses graduands after the conferral of qualifications. Sisulu will then dissolve the congregation. As if to give graduands a send-off they will remember, the last dance will follow after convocation president’s address.

The University will make arrangements for students to receive their qualifications and/or academic record after the virtual graduation.

“Immediately after the virtual graduation ceremony, certificates and the academic records will be posted to graduates who are in good financial standing with the University. Nonetheless, academic records will be posted to all graduates,” said Naidoo.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
T: +27 31 907 7195  M: +27 61 283 2257
E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

IT&N urges staff to use self-service facility to manage passwords

Thembeka Mkhize

The University’s Department of Information Technology and Networks (IT&N) has made arrangements for staff to manage their passwords remotely as they work from home. Staff can now go on the University website, and register on the staff portal before they would be able to change their passwords. They need to click on ‘staff portal, then click on ‘self-service password reset’. “We are appealing to staff to use our facilities to reset or change their passwords and unlock computers. Staff are requested to streamline the use of this facility. This will be easier than calling the Helpdesk, or coming to the IT&N offices every time users have to change their passwords or unlock computers,” said Thembeka Mkhize, IT&N’s Service Desk Agent.

Njabulo Xaba, who is responsible for data security in the department, said if staff took advantage of this facility, they would improve data security for the University. Data integrity is one of the most important pillars when it comes to cyber/information security, Njabulo said.

School uniform outlet donates jerseys to Menzi High

Muntu Ntombela, left, and Zama Sishi, showing one of the donated jerseys

As the winter chill is almost upon us, 20 Menzi High School learners will be able to focus on their school work as they will be shielded from the chill, thanks to the donation from GEM. GEM, a school uniform outlet, responded to a request from the school, via the University’s Department of Marketing and Communications. Zama Sishi, Director: Stakeholder Relations at the University’s Department of Marketing and Communications, said they wanted to assist the school to maintain its excellent record by keeping the learners warm so that they are able focus on their studies. Mohammed Pandor of GEM said despite the knock from Lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus, they were happy to be associated with a good performing school like Menzi High School. The Principal of the school, Muntu Ntombela, said they were grateful for the donation. “I requested staff to assist with donations so the learners would be warm. As usual, our classes start very early, even in winter,” said Muntu.

FAO continues to resolve NSFAS funding issues despite Lockdown

Andrew Kubone

Although the Lockdown restrictions are still in place, the University’s Financial Aid Office (FAO) is busy sorting out all NSFAS-related problems.  The FAO has approved 512 NSFAS applications so far, after lodging appeals for continued funding. Andrew Kubone, FAO’s Manager, said of the 512 students, they managed to pay 481 students without physical contact. The challenge with the remaining 31 is that the email facility is not the right tool for this exercise, said Andrew. One of the major challenges they had to contend with was the payments of allowances direct to student accounts. “The list we receive from NSFAS is raw; we have to do a thorough clean up before we publish it. The critical part is to make sure that we pay the correct amount to the right person at the right time,” said Andrew. Andrew added that due diligence was done to eliminate certain categories that were not supposed to be funded. The categories of students that are not funded are Pre-Tech, Post-Graduate, privately funded and those who have exceeded N+2. There are almost 10 000 NSFAS-funded students at MUT and 9660 qualify to receive allowances.

The common issues FAO is dealing with are enquiries relating to NSFAS funding and appeals for funding from students who do not meet the minimum requirements. Andrew said in dealing with these enquiries they access the NSFAS portal to ascertain the application status of the student. “To determine academic eligibility, we access the University’s academic record to look at the student’s performance. This also assists us with finding out other relevant information,” said Andrew. Students can use enquiriesfao@mut.ac.za  to send their applications to the FAO.

MUT Accounting student plays for Sharks under 19

Anesipho, prepares to tackle

Anesipho Malgas is not your typical Diploma in Accounting student. Her life is built around her favourite sport, rugby.

“I fell in love with the culture of the sport and as I attended a lot of training sessions the love for the sport grew, then I decided on taking upon the sport as I found great pleasure in playing,” said Anesipho.

Her hard work in the rugby field paid off last year when she made it to the Sharks rugby team’s Under 18 for both the 7s and 15s. “It actually took me four years to make it through the Sharks team. I decided on playing rugby in 2016,” said Anesipho.

At MUT, Anesipho trains with her male counterparts to keep fit and to sharpen her skills. It is the team spirit and the way that fellow players treat her, which makes the experience worth a while. “I normally train with the MUT team, being the only lady around those gents, they have helped me a lot in such short space,” said Anesipho. “My level of communication has gotten better and they don’t treat me soft, we’re equal in this.”

Being a female rugby player is not without its challenges. “The challenge I face is that people have this mentality that it’s male dominated and because of that they think I am a tomboy or making myself a man which is not the case,” said Anesipho. “A lot of discouragement comes from them not believing in a woman. Some just tell you upfront to quit.”

Anesipho draws her inspiration from both the male and female Springboks rugby teams. It is no surprise that her role model is Springbok Women’s Sevens Vice-Captain Zinhle Ndawonde.

“I’d love for ladies to come through and experience much within the sport,” said Anesipho.

MUT graduate among top 35 of Miss SA contestants

Kadija Makhanya

MUT says congratulations to Kadija Makhanya, our graduate, for making it to the top 35 of Miss SA competition.  Kadija Makhanya (23) is from Umlazi Township. She graduated with a National Diploma in Civil Engineering from MUT. She is presently pursuing a B. Tech at Tshwane University of Technology in Construction Management.

 

MUT ready to welcome staff and students in line with Department of Labour regulations

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe; 082 432 1805

13 June 2020

For immediate release 

MUT ready to welcome staff and students in line with Department of Labour regulations

Mangosuthu University of Technology will welcome staff and students back to campus on 17 June as part of the “Save Lives. Save the Academic Year” in line with the Department of Labour regulations.

In communications to both staff and students; Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marcus Ramogale said: “I would like to announce that MUT is ready to commence a phased-in return to campus for students. This was not an easy decision but the reassurance we have as EMC (Executive Management Committee) makes us confident that we will be safe”.

Professor Ramogale explained that the return to campus for students will happen as follows:

  1. From 17 June, about 65 Biomedical students doing their final year will be welcomed back so that they may complete their clinical training.
  2. Upon their return, they will be provided with the requisite PPE: masks and hand sanitizers will be available at every point of entry.
  3. The Biomedical students will also receive digital information on how to keep safe against COVID-19 on campus, home, community and while in transit.
  4. During the first week, the Biomedical students will receive intensive training on hygiene, social distancing and learning to adapt to the new norm.
  5. All the Biomedical sciences students that would be returning will be issued with permits from the Office of the relevant Faculty Dean.
  6. Biomedical students that reside in residences will be allocated in one unoccupied residence on campus.
  7. All residential students will only arrive on campus on 17 June regardless of where they were previously residing. Thereafter; the University will provide transport to take them to pick up their belongings from external residences.
  8. From 01 July, we will welcome all post-diploma students and will issue similar protocols on how they should return to campus.

For staff members the return to MUT will entail the following:

  1. From 17 June; Executive Management, COVID-19 Task Team members and selected staff members who have been identified by their line managers will be expected to report for duty.
  2. Upon their return, staff will be provided with the requisite PPE: masks and hand sanitizers will be easily accessible at every point of entry.
  3. Staff members will also receive digital information on how to keep themselves safe against COVID-19 at work, home, community and while in transit.
  4. About 65 students from Biomedical sciences will be back on campus and will spend the first week receiving intensive training on hygiene, social distancing and learning to adapt to the new normal.
  5. The Biomedical students who resided in our various outsourced residences, will be provided with accommodation in one of the unoccupied residences on campus.
  6. We are working hard preparing to welcome the next cohort of staff and students from 01 July. Between now and July, we would have undertaken intensive risk assessments such as ensuring that water is available, creating social distancing protocols and ensuring that there is proper ventilation.
  7. All staff members that would be returning need to ensure that they have applied for permits through their respective line managers.
  8. The Human Resources & Development Department will prepare a self-declaration form to be filled in by those people that got sick during the Lockdown and for people that are in the vulnerable group as defined in the regulations by Department of Labour .

“We have done our best to assess all health protocols and guidelines in line with the legislation,” said Professor Ramogale. “Please let us join hands in saving lives and saving the academic year.”

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