MUT to host a press conference to discuss 40th anniversary on Thursday at 10h30

12 June 2019 

Press release statement: For immediate release

Submitted by: Azwi Mufamadi

Email: hlophe@mut.ac.za

MUT to host a press conference to discuss 40th anniversary on Thursday at 10h30

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host a press conference on Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 10h30, to discuss its upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations. These celebrations are also meant to celebrate the history of Umlazi Township, where the institution is rooted.

“Much as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary as an institution, there are other things we want to do beyond MUT. We have realised that Umlazi Township does not have tangible information about its history and we want to excite the people of Umlazi to share their historical information with us. We have commissioned a temporary gallery where some of this history will be displayed along with the history of MUT,” said Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, sixth Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT.

Dr Malaza further explained that the university recognized the contribution made by the people of Umlazi Township not only to MUT but to the rest of South Africa.

“There are people who have shaped Umlazi Township and South Africa but they are unsung heroes. That history is not there. As much as we are celebrating 40 years we are also expanding beyond the University to include Umlazi Township,” Dr Malaza explained.

Details of the press conference are as follows:

Event/activity: Press Conference on MUT 40th anniversary

Time: 10h00 for 10h30

Venue: HR Boardroom, MUT

To RSVP and arrange one-on-one interviews, contact Bheki Hlophe on hlophe@mut.ac.za or 031 907 7195 by 14h30.

MUT’s 40th celebrations events start with the Town Meets Gown Parade on Friday, 14 June 2019 outside MUT’s main entrance; led by the MUT Council, Executive Management and MUT Founding Father, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The Parade will be followed by the unveiling of the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Mosaic Mural at MUT’s anniversary lane. After the Mural unveiling, guests and participants will move across the road to the Faculty of Natural Sciences, where the University will open the History of MUT and Umlazi Gallery (temporary) at the Natural Sciences Building foyer.

The second day of celebration (Saturday, 15 June 2019), is packed with fun and formal events. The Alumni Masterclass on Entrepreneurship will kick start proceedings in the morning, followed by the Alumni Homecoming Picnic, which is accompanied by soccer and netball tournaments. These activities will culminate into the last activity of the day, the Inaugural Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Public Lecture, which will be delivered by Dr Moss Mashamaite.

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A spirit of gratitude prevails as MUT turns 40

Press release statement: For immediate release

Submitted by Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications 

A spirit of gratitude prevails as MUT turns 40

From 14-16 June all roads will lead to Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) where it will commence its 40-year celebrations. The first event on 14 June will be an academic parade to King Zwelithini Stadium to meet the people of Umlazi. This is a Town Meets Gown / Yazisa umakhelwane wakho event. Staff will be bearing gifts to the people of Umlazi who were affected by the recent floods. The University will also be donating furniture to schools and affected families. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi will be leading the parade.

Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, Vice-Chancellor & Principal of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), believes that if MUT is to succeed in implementing its Strategy 2025 it first has to revisit its humble beginnings. “For the University to celebrate 40 years of existence without a purpose would defeat the very cause for which the University, was formed as a Technikon in 1979”. One of the key goals of MUT Strategy 2025 is national engagement, particularly focusing on nation-building.

“MUT should not take lightly the fact that its establishment was based on a humanitarian philosophy. It was based on a fundamental approach that those who can and who have should uplift those who do not have. It is this spirit of altruism that built MUT into what it has become 40 years later. MUT should replicate what the Founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi did by knocking on the door of Sir Harry Oppenheimer for seed funding to establish MUT”, Dr Malaza said. Today, MUT has over 40,000 alumni, some of whom are also sending their children to MUT.

The capstone events are the unveiling of the Prince Buthelezi mosaic mural, the opening of a mini gallery showcasing the culture of Umlazi Township and the life of Prince Buthelezi. There will also be a public lecture on Saturday, 15 June in honour of Prince Buthelezi. The speaker will be Dr Moss Mashamaite.

On the side line of these events will also be the Alumni Homecoming weekend filled with sports, Master Classes, picnics and prayer.

Minister Pandor releases the for Public Comment Draft Policy Framework to Address Gender-Based Violence at TVET and Universities

To: All Media
For Immediate Release
02 May 2019

Minister Pandor releases the for Public Comment Draft Policy Framework to Address Gender-Based Violence at TVET and Universities

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Naledi Pandor, has released for public comment, the draft ‘Policy Framework to address Gender-Based Violence in the Post-School Education and Training System.

Through this Policy Framework the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is creating an enabling environment for the eradication of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and instill respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The Policy Framework compels PSET institutions to both create awareness of GBV policies and prevent incidents of GBV; as well as to assist PSET institutions to address the occurrence of GBV.

It also provides a monitoring instrument to the Department to assess the implementation of the Policy Framework. This significant development also shows the commitment of the DHET to build an inclusive and diversified post-school school education and training system where all citizens have equal access to quality post-school education and training opportunities in a safe environment.

The Policy Framework is a product of an intensive consultation process that includes a wide range of post-school education and training stakeholders.

It is now available on the website of the Department of Higher Education and Training (www.dhet.gov.za).

All interested parties are asked to send their written inputs to The Director-General, Private Bag X174, Pretoria, 0001 for the attention of Ms S Mahlobogoane, Director: Social Inclusion and Equity or Email: socialinclusion@dhet.gov.za. Interested parties have 30 days, excluding, weekends and public holidays, from the date of the publication of the Government Gazette,

The call for public comments is published in the Government Gazette (N-190430-0578-781, of Thursday 3 May 2018.

For your ease of reference, the draft policy is attached.

Media Enquiries:
Mr Lunga Ngqengelele

Media Liaison Officer
Cell: 082 566 0446

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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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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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 Awards for top schools in Umlazi

14 March 2019

MUT Awards for top schools in Umlazi

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will once again host the annual Circle of Excellence Awards (COE) to honour local schools that performed exceptionally well in last year’s Grade 12 examination. The event is also meant to encourage other schools to improve their results and join their counterparts in achieving excellent results.

The COE is an initiative and the brainchild of MUT, working with the leadership of the Department of Education’s Umlazi District. MUT Stakeholder Relations Director, Zama Sishi, said the University was mindful of the role that the district director, leadership at district level, principals, teachers and even parents play in the success of these high schools.

“The time has now come for MUT to assist in the revitalisation of Umlazi Township. We see our relationship with the schools as a gateway towards this advancement of Umlazi. Together we have an obligation to empower learners so they become global citizens who will recognise the necessity to embrace diversity and equality. The COE provides a platform for all of us as stakeholders to become astute and serve Umlazi to the best of our abilities,” said Zamai.

Now in its sixth year, the COE has expanded its area of focus to include Accounting, English, Mathematics and Physical Science in order to accommodate more learners and schools in the area.

“Having celebrated excellence at Umlazi high schools over the past five years, we are heartened to see that our neighbouring high schools have changed learners from ordinary to extraordinary. Inspired by the COE, some schools have forced their way to the top, while those at the summit have been able to hold on to that their positions. That is very nice to see,” said Sishi.

It is worth noting that the big push by its neighbours have not dislodged Menzi High School from its top stop, even after the sad passing of its revered Principal, Felix Mshololo. His management style has ensured that Menzi High continues to excel. This school has done even better by helping other schools to perform better. Sishi said that such corporate social responsibility was the very premise that the CoE were founded on. The CoE has given Umlazi Township teachers a chance to rub shoulders with education leaders from all over the country. When the COE was introduced, there was literally no budget; but through the benevolence of funders such as the Willowton Group, Gem School wear, Iqraa Trust, Elet, ENGEN, Lasec Edutrade, Lab O’Quip, Van Schaik Bookstores, ProcessLitho, Sesifikile Booksellers, MUT has been able to encourage good performance at Umlazi Township schools, and rewarded their excellence.

The CoE is in line with the new University Anchor Strategy which was introduced by MUTT Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, as part of the University’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. The CoE reaffirms MUT’s commitment to the development and empowerment of Umlazi Township, its people and its schools in particular.

“It has been our observation that as a result of the CoE, additional schools have been spurred on to stake their claim within the circle of excellence. Just when we thought that certain schools were leading in certain subjects, we have noted that new schools are emerging as leaders in particular subjects. This is healthy competition that should be encouraged,” said Zama.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: 15 March2019

Time: 12h00

Venue: Umlazi ComTech High School

 

Members of the media can contact Bheki Hlophe on Hlophe@mut.ac.za or 0319077195 to RSVP.

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Press Release Statement: Student Protests at MUT

20 February 2019        

For immediate release: Submitted by Hlophe@mut.ac.za

PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT: STUDENT PROTESTS AT MUT

The University has in the past three weeks gone all out to show it regards its partnership with students seriously. To this end, the University has made a number of concessions and indicated to the SRC that some of these are dependent on Council as they have budget implications and some of the requests are policy issues at national government level.

When the University pronounced that students should vacate the University, the decision was made in the interest of the safety of staff, students and property. Moreover, the University also has an obligation to protect the people of Umlazi Township. The student protests had also spilled outside campus.

So far, the university has done everything in its power to resolve the stalemate with students. It is unfortunate that the university had to resort to cancelling lectures and sending students home, in order to create an environment where negotiations can continue without putting students’ lives at risk. As far as the taking the University to court, in terms of the University Statute, the Vice-Chancellor has a right to close down the University after consultation with all the relevant parties to ensure the safety of staff, students and property. The students have a right to approach the court.

Please find demands by students and responses by the university below:

  1. Concessions

We agreed on fee concessions and have been implementing as per agreements with the SRC. However, in the meeting of the 18 of February, the SRC informed us that, because Friday was the last registration day, some students could not register on Friday. This meant that the University would have to extend its registration to accommodate those who had not registered. Annual students have expressed the desire to have their full learning materials allowances paid, which the University will do.

  1. Allowances

The Financial Aid Bureau (FAB) has confirmed that the payment process is ongoing. There are now 8500 MUT students who are NSFAS approved. A summary of the state of allowances is as follows:

  • We have paid allowances to 7022 students; •There were 44 students who had incorrect banking accounts by Thursday afternoon; •A batch of 330 students has been compiled for payment of students who submitted documents up to Thursday, 14 February 2019. This will be paid latest today, 19 February 2019, after validation.
  • Documents for 144 students were received on Friday, 15 February 2019, and we need to validate these documents for payment on Thursday, 21 February 2019.
  • Out of the 8500 NSFAS confirmed students, we are missing banking details for approximately 1058 students.

We are trying to get students with incorrect banking details to re-submit correct ones.

  1. Infrastructure demands by students
  • Library access for 24 hours per day every day of the week; •Access to clinic for 24 hours of the week; •Provision of adequate printing facilities to students Undertaking from executive management

3.1. Extended Library access:

Library hours can be extended immediately with two additional hours (from 9:00pm to 11:00pm daily).  This decision will have additional salary implications for the university (six staff members/ 2 hours per day overtime salary costs).

3.2. Further extension to 24 hours per day will require Council approval because of the huge financial and staff implications (e.g. staff numbers and salaries will have to be doubled). Council is meeting on 28 March 2019. Management can provide the SRC with Council’s decision at the end of March 2019. The additional hours will initially be provided during peak exam periods, in June and November exam periods. In the meantime, the use of the Library by students will be monitored to determine the hours and pattern of use to inform decision on the optimum operating hours for the Library.

3.3. Extended Clinic access:

Clinic hours will be extended from 08:00am in the morning to 8:00pm in the evening or from 07:00am to 7:00pm. This arrangement would have four additional staff and salary implications for the University.  A twenty-four-hour access is not possible immediately. The University has written to the MEC for Health in the KZN Province regarding additional nursing assistance to MUT. Even if that succeeds, the matter also needs to be taken to Council first for their approval. EMC will only be able to provide feedback to the SRC after the Council meeting on 28 March 2019.

3.4. Access to more printing facilities:

The University will ensure that the heavy use printer in the faculty of Natural Sciences is operational at all times; and will use benchmarked ratio of printers per student in the computer laboratories.

  1. Fee increment

The students have requested the fee increment to be reversed. The University will consult with Council as this has budget implications for the entire year.

5.The issue of accommodation was discussed last week but not raised at today’s meeting The SRC has rejected the residence fees deposit, which are approximately in the range of R4,600 to R8,000. They have advised that the residence fee should not exceed R6, 000 for external residences and have also rejected the residence fees for the Phase 1 Student Residence arguing that it is not as if the University has to pay rent on it. The reason why the campus Phase 1 New residence deposit is approximately R8000 is because standards are not the same as the residences built two decades ago. Students want this reduced. They do not want the new campus residences to cost the same as the ones in town. However, the University is servicing a loan of R105 million from ABSA for the new residences. The additional costs will allow us to pay-off the loan in twenty years. Students want these residences’ deposits to remain at R4, 000 on campus and R6, 000 respectively. We will be taking this matter to Council as well.

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Press Release Statement: Student Protests at MUT

20 February 2019        

For immediate release: Submitted by Hlophe@mut.ac.za

PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT: STUDENT PROTESTS AT MUT

The University has in the past three weeks gone all out to show it regards its partnership with students seriously. To this end, the University has made a number of concessions and indicated to the SRC that some of these are dependent on Council as they have budget implications and some of the requests are policy issues at national government level.

When the University pronounced that students should vacate the University, the decision was made in the interest of the safety of staff, students and property. Moreover, the University also has an obligation to protect the people of Umlazi Township. The student protests had also spilled outside campus.

So far, the university has done everything in its power to resolve the stalemate with students. It is unfortunate that the university had to resort to cancelling lectures and sending students home, in order to create an environment where negotiations can continue without putting students’ lives at risk. As far as the taking the University to court, in terms of the University Statute, the Vice-Chancellor has a right to close down the University after consultation with all the relevant parties to ensure the safety of staff, students and property. The students have a right to approach the court.

Please find demands by students and responses by the university below:

  1. Concessions

We agreed on fee concessions and have been implementing as per agreements with the SRC. However, in the meeting of the 18 of February, the SRC informed us that, because Friday was the last registration day, some students could not register on Friday. This meant that the University would have to extend its registration to accommodate those who had not registered. Annual students have expressed the desire to have their full learning materials allowances paid, which the University will do.

  1. Allowances

The Financial Aid Bureau (FAB) has confirmed that the payment process is ongoing. There are now 8500 MUT students who are NSFAS approved. A summary of the state of allowances is as follows:

  • We have paid allowances to 7022 students; •There were 44 students who had incorrect banking accounts by Thursday afternoon; •A batch of 330 students has been compiled for payment of students who submitted documents up to Thursday, 14 February 2019. This will be paid latest today, 19 February 2019, after validation.
  • Documents for 144 students were received on Friday, 15 February 2019, and we need to validate these documents for payment on Thursday, 21 February 2019.
  • Out of the 8500 NSFAS confirmed students, we are missing banking details for approximately 1058 students.

We are trying to get students with incorrect banking details to re-submit correct ones.

  1. Infrastructure demands by students
  • Library access for 24 hours per day every day of the week; •Access to clinic for 24 hours of the week; •Provision of adequate printing facilities to students Undertaking from executive management

3.1. Extended Library access:

Library hours can be extended immediately with two additional hours (from 9:00pm to 11:00pm daily).  This decision will have additional salary implications for the university (six staff members/ 2 hours per day overtime salary costs).

3.2. Further extension to 24 hours per day will require Council approval because of the huge financial and staff implications (e.g. staff numbers and salaries will have to be doubled). Council is meeting on 28 March 2019. Management can provide the SRC with Council’s decision at the end of March 2019. The additional hours will initially be provided during peak exam periods, in June and November exam periods. In the meantime, the use of the Library by students will be monitored to determine the hours and pattern of use to inform a decision on the optimum operating hours for the Library.

3.3. Extended Clinic access:

Clinic hours will be extended from 8:00am in the morning to 8:00pm in the evening or from 07:00am to 7:00pm. This arrangement would have four additional staff and salary implications for the University.  A twenty-four-hour access is not possible immediately. The University has written to the MEC for Health in the KZN Province regarding additional nursing assistance to MUT. Even if that succeeds, the matter also needs to be taken to Council first for their approval. EMC will only be able to provide feedback to the SRC after the Council meeting on 28 March 2019.

3.4. Access to more printing facilities:

The University will ensure that the heavy use printer in the faculty of Natural Sciences is operational at all times; and will use benchmarked ratio of printers per student in the computer laboratories.

  1. Fee increment

The students have requested the fee increment to be reversed. The University will consult with Council as this has budget implications for the entire year.

5. The issue of accommodation was discussed last week but not raised at today’s meeting The SRC has rejected the residence fees deposit, which are approximately in the range of R4,600 to R8,000. They have advised that the residence fee should not exceed R6, 000 for external residences and have also rejected the residence fees for the Phase 1 Student Residence arguing that it is not as if the University has to pay rent on it. The reason why the campus Phase 1 New residence deposit is approximately R8000 is because standards are not the same as the residences built two decades ago. Students want this reduced. They do not want the new campus residences to cost the same as the ones in town. However, the University is servicing a loan of R105 million from ABSA for the new residences. The additional costs will allow us to pay-off the loan in twenty years. Students want these residences’ deposits to remain at R4, 000 on campus and R6, 000 respectively. We will be taking this matter to Council as well.

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Press Release Statement: Student Protests at MUT

18 February 2019        

For immediate release: Submitted by Hlophe@mut.ac.za

PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT: STUDENT PROTESTS AT MUT

This morning, 18 February 2019, students commenced their protests just before 7h00. Executive management has subsequently met with the students and will regroup and meet them at 12h00. 

The students’ demands are as follows:

  1. Concessions

We agreed on fee concessions and have been implementing as per agreements with the SRC. However; in today’s meeting the SRC informed us that, because Friday was the last registration day, some students could not register. This means that the University will have to extend its registration.

  1. Allowances

The SRC has made a claim that some students have not received their allowances. The University’s records show that 7022 students have been paid their allowances and learning material. Only 46 students had wrong accounts and their issue is being resolved. The SRC has indicated that there are more payments still outstanding. Executive management has requested the SRC to produce the evidence which they claim to have.

  1. Infrastructure: Extension of library and clinic opening hours to 24 hours as well as increasing the number of printers across campus

The DVC Resources and Planning will advise at the meeting scheduled with the SRC on how best we could deal with this.

  1. Fee increment

The students have requested the fee increment to be reversed. The University will provide feedback on this when the meeting with the SRC resumes at 12h00. 

  1. The issue of accommodation was discussed last week but not raised at today’s meeting

Previously, the SRC had requested that those students doing post-graduate programmes be allowed to register for free and be allocated free accommodation and meals even if NSFAS is not paying.

Issued by the Marketing & Communications Department

SRC Request and management responses

Following the meeting between Executive Management, SRC and Dr Sipho Nzimande (DHET Mediator) held on 07 February 2019, hereunder are the SRC requests and Management responses: –

1. Registration of ±600 students who are owing fees and the extension of registration

Management response: ­ Agreed, that they will be registered, provided the academic criteria is met.

Registration will be extended till Friday, 15 February 2019.

2. Fees raised without consultation, including the increase in the deposit for residences

Management response: The issue will be referred to EXCO / Council for consideration. The issue of the residence deposit will be relooked urgently by Management and a response released by close of business on Monday, 11 February 2019.

3.  Intake and enrolment increase of 10 per programme

Management response: Agreed to admit +- 260 students to be spread across the Faculties of Management and Natural Sciences faculties in keeping with the enrolment targets. In addition, all the returning qualifying students will be accommodated.

4.  NFAS appeals to be allowed to register

Management response: All NSFAS appealing students will be admitted provided proof of appeal is provided and students qualify. The Finance Division will check if the appeal is registered with NSFAS.

5.  Allowances decreased from 2018

Management response: The mediator agreed to take this matter up with the DHET.

6.  Academic records

Management response:   All students will be able to access their academic records through the student portal even if fees are outstanding. Students pursuing WIL will be assisted by the Cooperative Education Department and the releasing of academic records to graduates who are owing will be urgently considered by Senate / Senex of the University.

7.  Postgraduate Students to be given accommodation

Management response: Postgraduate students are currently allowed to register irrespective of the amount owing. Students who require accommodation are required to pay the requisite deposit. Current students who have been erroneously placed in residences will be assisted by Mr Ngidi in consultation with the SRC and the Dean of Students.

8.  General support services

Management Responses

(i)  Extension of library hours 24/7

The human resource and financial implications of extending Library hours will be looked at immediately, however in the interim, smaller lecture venues will be made available for students for studying purposes.

(ii)  Inadequate printing facilities – require printing facilities

Currently we have four heavy duty printers in the library and one in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Main Library is currently coping with the demand, however the printer in the Natural Sciences is currently being looked at in terms of its functionality.

(iii)  Inadequate Clinic services 24/7

Currently, ambulance services are available 24/7 through the Protection services department, however the VC and the Mediator will be pursuing the extension of services through the Health MEC.

(iv)  Inadequate Computer Laboratories 24/7

The opening of the computer laboratories for extended periods will be looked at immediately.

 

Dr ED Malaza

08 February 2019

MUT lectures to resume on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 

04 February 2019

Press release statement: For immediate release 

Submitted by Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications: 

MUT lectures to resume on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 

MUT lectures will resume on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 after the mass meeting which was held on Monday for the Student Representative Council to address students regarding the meal allowances and book allowances.

The University has so far paid out 5600 allowances to students. In addition, the University is preparing to pay 1600 students by end of Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

Violence on campus 

Mangosuthu University of Technology condemns an assault by students affiliated to various political parties in campus. It is with regret to learn that two of our students have been hospitalised following an assault this afternoon. We note with disgust the level of political intolerance that has been demonstrated by some elements within our student population. We urge our students to resolve their issues through communication.

On Tuesday last week, 14 were arrested and are now out on bail. Of those arrested, two had never registered at MUT and of the 12 only seven registered.

The MUT management is always open to engagement with students in a bid to resolve student grievances. We remain committed to starting the academic calendar, which we have so far lost over a week.

On registration 

By Friday, 01 February, the University had registered 11,900 students of its targeted 12,500 students of which 600 are expected to register in the second semester.

Issued by the Marketing & Communications Department

SRC Mass Meeting on Monday

04 February 2019

Press release statement: For immediate release 

Submitted by Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications: 

PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT: SRC MASS MEETING ON MONDAY 

On Friday, 01 February 2019, the SRC requested executive management to provide feedback to the students on the status of NSFAS allocations and other registration-related matters. The SRC convened a mass meeting scheduled to commence at 11h00, on Monday, 4 February 2019. However, the University has noted with concern inciting messages of mass student protests being circulated across different social media platforms. These messages are contrary to the discussions between MUT executive management and the SRC leadership and do not seem to have been posted by the SRC.

There seems to be individuals who are determined to dissuade the SRC from leading the student body and are even unwilling to accept gains made by the SRC in trying to work with executive management to make the registration process seamless and timely. These are some of the gains made by the SRC in negotiating challenges faced by students:

  1. Fee concessions

The SRC submitted a number of concessions which it wanted the University to meet as part of opening the doors of learning to all. The University published the concessions on the website and social media platforms.

  •  All cash paying, final year students will be allowed to register provided that they produce a signed letter from the HoD confirming that they have less than 3 subjects left to complete their qualification.  The student will also have to pay the applicable deposit.
  • All NSFAS approved students for 2019, who are in their final year, will be allowed to register.
  • The bursary awarded students will be allowed to register if they comply with the approved concessions, that is, they will be allowed to register if they owe less than R10 000.
  • Students will be allowed to pay deposit for accommodation if they owe less than R10 000.
  • All post-graduate students will be allowed to register irrespective of what they owe.
  • Regarding the Mathematics Pre-Tech issue, EMC has appointed a Task Team to investigate the matter of Pre-Tech students that failed mathematics. The task team will look at the statistics and propose possible means to address the matter.
  1. Notional allowances 

Toward this end, about 8000 students are approved by NSFAS and should receive their first payments before close of business on Monday, 04 February 2019

The University has engaged the SRC to make them aware that the allowances are allocated according to the capped national allowances which the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) has issued for all universities. The meal allowance will be R14,400 per annum whereas the learning materials’ allowance is R5,000. Unfortunately, this decision is not going down well with the SRC as in the past two years, MUT students were receiving R16,000 per annum for meal allowances as well as R7,000 for learning materials, in line with a decision MUT took in 2017.

The directive for the capping came in 2018, after MUT had already started paying the allowances according to its decisions.  The DHET then gave MUT a concession, but only for 2018.  From 2019 onwards, MUT is expected to adhere to the limits issued by the Department.

Nonetheless, the University negotiated with DHET to allow MUT to exceed the notional allowances but was not successful.  The University understands the students’ frustration on what the reduced fees mean for them. There are some collaborative programmes which the University will propose to the SRC. As things stand, there is a Student Pantry that has been put up through the donation of one of the MUT alumni. Needy students will be provided with a basic start up pack and the SRC has commenced an initiative on to provide students with sanitary towels. The University is fully behind this initiative and has commenced discussions with some partners in this regard.

  1. Update on student numbers

By Friday, 01 February, the University had registered 11,900 students of its targeted 12,500 students of which 600 are expected to register in the second semester.

  1. Residence allocation

With regard to residence allocation, the process is currently underway. The University will do its best to ensure that NSFAS funded students get accommodation. The University provides students sufficient time to choose a student residence of their choice. The residence pre-allocation project was completed in December 2018. However, allocation is based on the capacity of that residence. It is impossible to accommodate every student on campus but  campus residences can only take a certain number of students. In this regard, the University is offering alternative accommodation.

Conclusion

The University urges students to accept the allowances and ensure that the African child gets the utmost education. Every day, hour, minute, second is important in filling the African child with knowledge. The words of one of our democracy’s Founding Fathers should inspire the MUT son/daughter to become something:

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  • “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Issued by the Marketing & Communications Department

Student Protest

29 January 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Following student protests which beseeched the MUT campus this morning; calm has been restored.

Management has engaged the SRC and concessions have been made to allow the registration process to follow seamlessly. The registration process will resume tomorrow and close on Friday, 01 February.

Lectures will commence on 04 February.

We apologise for any inconvenience experienced.

ENDS

Issued by: MUT Marketing and Communications Department

Bheki Hlophe

Publications Officer

Marketing and Communications Department

Mangosuthu University of Technology

Umlazi

Tel: (031) 907 7195

Cell: (061) 283 2257

Email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za
Website: www.mut.ac.za

MUT condemns the scamming of prospective first-year students

15 January 2019

MUT condemns the scamming of prospective first-year students

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is aware of an incident where a prospective student was persuaded to pay money into the MUT account under the pretence that the money was for registration. The institution has referred this matter to the South African Police Services to investigate further.

“MUT condemns in the strongest terms this attempt to bypass security and to mislead students,” said Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications. “We want to remind our potential students that MUT will never ask you to pay via e-wallet, CashSent, Instamoney and other payment methods.”

She explained: “There is only one payment method at MUT, and that is to deposit money into the official MUT ABSA bank account.”

A prospective student, who did not apply to study at MUT, was waiting outside the University gate for a space to register at the institution.  The student then approached one of the registration team members who promised to help her provided she sends her details. Upon sending her details the prospective student received what looked like an MUT acceptance SMS with a 2019 student number requesting her to pay registration into the MUT account.

The prospective student then paid the registration amount only to be told as she attempted to register that the student number she received belonged to another registered student and was referred to the University’s Protection Services. The prospective student then pointed out the registration team member who ‘helped’ her and got her the acceptance SMS to the Protection Services who brought him into their offices for questioning.

The registration team member confirmed forwarding the SMS to the potential student and to six others in ‘an attempt to bypass security so that the students could get help’.

The Protection Services Director, Sizwe Nkabinde, called the six other recipients of the SMS, who confirmed that they did receive the SMS but did not pay the registration fee. He then referred the matter to the SAPS for further investigation. The SAPS then arrested the SRC registration team member on Monday, 14 January 2019.

Further details will be communicated as the case develops.

 

ENDS

Issued by: MUT Marketing and Communications Department

Azwi Mufamadi

Director: Public Relations and Brand Management

Marketing and Communications Department

Mangosuthu University of Technology

Umlazi

Tel: (031) 907 9417

Cell: (078) 528 6065

Email: hlophe@mut.ac.za
Website: www.mut.ac.za

 

MUT’s statement on the institutional assessment by the Independent Assessors

26 November 2018 

MUT’s statement on the institutional assessment by the Independent Assessors

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) welcomes the report of the Independent Assessor in the Government Gazette 1268, dated 23 November 2018.

The appointment of the assessor was at the request of the new leadership of Council elected on 27 September 2017 to enable it to fully understand the role Council had played in the governance and management during difficulties experienced by the University.

The report will allow the University to break with the past, create a space for good governance and develop a new vision and strategy going forward.

Toward this end, the new MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, has engaged over 500 constituencies on the new MUT Strategic Plan 2020-2025. The constituencies have ranged from staff, academics, MUT leadership, student leadership, alumni, KZN business, government and the corporate world. Within his 100 days in office, there has been progress on the governance and management of the University. (See 100 Days in Office)

ENDS

 

Issued by: MUT Marketing and Communications Department

 

Bheki Hlophe

Publications Officer

Marketing and Communications Department

Mangosuthu University of Technology

Umlazi

Tel: (031) 907 7195

Cell: (061) 283 2257

Email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

Website: www.mut.ac.za