Global academic heavyweights to descend on the MUT annual Focus Conference

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16 August 2022

Global academic heavyweights to descend on the MUT annual Focus Conference

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host its annual Focus Conference to discuss the latest trends in teaching and learning in the post-Covid-19 higher education context from 17 to 19 August 2022 at Durban’s Elangeni Hotel. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Re-inventing higher education: insights, trends and lessons learnt from COVID-19’.

This year’s Focus Conference, which is organised by the Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC) at MUT, features prominent scholars in the world of teaching and learning, along with academic leaders who experienced the impact of Covid-19 on teaching and learning first-hand. Over 200 delegates will take part in the conference to share their academic contributions to re-inventing higher education post-Covid-19.

Dr Phiwayinkosi Gumede, acting Senior Director: TLDC, said he was confident that the conference would succeed in its mission to have academics and researchers share their research and experience on teaching and learning in a world where Covid-19 continues to shape how things are done.

“There is still a lot that we need to learn about how Covid-19 will continue to affect the higher education sector years beyond the lockdowns,” said Dr Gumede. “We are also fortunate to be joined by senior scholars in the field of teaching and learning, who will share their wisdom as we re-imagine the higher education landscape”.

Dr Whitfield Green, Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), will deliver the first keynote address on the first day of the conference.

One of the most anticipated sessions is the Vice-Chancellor’s panel discussion, which runs from 11h30 to 12h15 on Wednesday, 17 August 2022. The panellists for this session are former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and current Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, Vice-Chancellor of the Tshwane University of Technology. The panel discussion will be chaired by MUT acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale.

On the second day, Professor Stephen J. Marshall, Director of the Centre for Academic Development at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand will deliver the second keynote address and share insights during his address. The University of Illinois’ Professor Bill Cope/Professor Mary Kalantzis will deliver the afternoon address on the second day of the conference.

The Focus Conference is a platform for academics and researchers to share knowledge and experiences on various subject matters; which include the dynamics and the complexities of the academic profession as altered by the Covid-19 pandemic,  the importance of e-learning and virtual education as a mode of learning, staff and students health matters as a result of disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to continue globalising education, and other challenges that academics experience within the profession and their possible solutions.

“Our sessions offer a variety of topics to provide a holistic understanding on the impact of Covid-19 beyond just access to teaching and learning,” said Dr Gumede. “One of the conference sub-themes will be looking at staff and students’ health in general, and mental health in particular, because most of the time the focus is on the adoption of e-learming, with less emphasis on psychosocial support”.

 

MUT to host the National Science Week launch and webinar

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For immediate release: 28 July 2022

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MUT to host the National Science Week launch and webinar

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host the launch of this year’s National Science Week (NSW) and a webinar to celebrate the role of women scientists as part of the build-up to the NSW, which runs on 1-6 August 2022. The launch of the NSW will take place on Saturday, 30 July 2022, at the University’s iconic Pixley kaIsaka Seme Hall from 08h00 in the morning.

“We are honoured that MUT has been chosen to host the launch of the National Science Week. The NSW is about bringing science to the people. As the only South African university solely based in the township, bringing the launch of the NSW to MUT is part of efforts to widen access to sciences to the broader South African society,” said Dr Manyane Makua, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at MUT.

The NSW webinar, on the other hand, will be held on Friday, 29 July 2022 at Hall 7 at MUT’s North Campus. The webinar, which is titled: “The untold story of women scientists in MZANSI”, will start at 11h00 and will also be available to participants who wish to join the conversation virtually through Zoom.

The webinar is intended to celebrate women in the sciences and highlight some of the challenges they encountered in their various career trajectories.

The webinar is hosted in honour of all women in science, who have defied all the odds, from science being male-dominated to societal expectations of what women should and should not do. The webinar will also explore the role of professional development societies and organizations in advancing women in STEM, careers in the post-pandemic era and issues of Gender-based violence.

The webinar will be hosted by Xolile Ngubane of the Technology Station in Chemicals at MUT. It will feature three speakers who are in various stages in their journeys through their careers in science.

The first speaker is Professor Zilungile Mkhize-Kwitshana, Associate Professor: Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN). Professor Mkhize-Kwitshana is a C-3 National Research Foundation-rated scientist and former Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at MUT. Miranda Mpaka-Mbatha, Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at MUT, is the second speaker. Mpaka-Mbatha is the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Best Emerging Teacher Award recipient. She was recently awarded an international scholarship to read for a doctorate with the University College of London. The last speaker, Zakithi Mkhize is a doctoral candidate in the HIV Pathogenesis Programme at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN. Mkhize is also an avid science communicator and youth STEM activist. Through her YouTube channel BlackGirlScientist, Mkhize shares her journey through science to help others to navigate the field.

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More women to be capped at MUT’s Women’s Month graduation

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For immediate release: 27 July 2022

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More women to be capped at MUT’s Women’s Month graduation

Women are once again leading the pack of those graduating at this year’s Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) graduation, further cementing the university’s position as a leader in empowering the underprivileged and previously disadvantaged individuals through education.

A total of 1608 female and 1151 male graduands will be capped at MUT’s graduation, which will be held during Women’s Month (8-13 August 2022), at the University’s iconic Pixley ka Isaka Seme Hall in Umlazi Township.

Commenting on this year’s results, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT, Professor Marcus Ramogale, said he was excited at the number of female graduands that the university was producing.

“MUT has always believed that education has the to transform the lives of all in society. It is encouraging to see that women are graduating in their numbers. I am sure that these graduates will take what they have learnt and plough back to their communities. To borrow from the African proverb, if you educate a woman, you educate a nation,” said Professor Ramogale.

The theme of women leading also cuts through the three faculties where 990 women will graduate from the Faculty of Management Sciences compared to 453 males, and 308 women will graduate with qualifications in the Faculty of Natural Sciences compared to 204 men. The Faculty of Engineering remains the only faculty where men lead the numbers with 494 compared to 310 women. The statistics in the Faculty of Engineering are similar to those of 2021.

This is the second year in a row that more females are graduating at MUT than their male counterparts. Having the graduation ceremonies in Women’s Month is also meant to honour women.

“Our University was founded to provide technical education to marginalized black people at the time of its founding; we are honoured to see that we continue to empower disadvantaged groups through education,” said Dr Phumzile Masala, MUT Registrar.

The 2022 graduation comes at the back of two years without face-to-face graduation at the University due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s ceremony will also see MUT introduce its new academic attire which is aligned with its new Corporate Identity.

Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communication at MUT, said it was befitting for the university to introduce its academic attire at this year’s ceremony.

“Our students waited for two years for face-to-face graduation; the new attire makes this year’s graduation extra special,” said Mkhize. “The feedback from staff, students, and the alumni community have been overwhelming.”

Mkhize added that it was humbling to see such positive responses from students who are the end-users. The new academic attire has been welcomed by thousands, as shown by responses on social media posts.

“That we get to launch the new academic attire during Women’s Month where more women will be graduating than their male counterparts is the cherry on top,” said Mkhize.

 

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MUT study identifies six potentially harmful elements in Krugersdorp water 

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4 July 2022

MUT study identifies six potentially harmful elements in Krugersdorp water 

In terms of producing large volumes of wastewater, the South African mining industry is notorious for generating Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) which renders wastewater toxic and unusable. Aside from the fact that AMD contaminates both surface and underground water even decades after mining operations ceased, the cost of treating AMD is exorbitantly high and treatment is often required when mining operations have stopped.

In a quest to determine the levels of various elements in toxic wastewater and AMD in the Krugersdorp mining area of the Gauteng Province, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) academics and their counterparts from the Council of Geosciences discovered high concentrations of six potentially harmful elements (PHE) in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve.

The study explained that these PHEs are “elements that are toxic at certain concentrations to one or more species, but in many cases are also essential nutrients at lower concentrations”.

The study found the area’s water bodies to have concentrations of silver, arsenic, cobalt, chromium, manganese and vanadium, which were higher than the amount permissible by the World Health Organisation.

“All these values are in excess of the MAC (minimum alveolar concentration) levels set by the World Health Organisation or other accredited institutions for groundwater or drinking water,” the study explained. “These results raise a safety concern as many PHEs are required to be within the recommended limits.”

The study was conducted by Dr Michael Shapi, Head of the Department of Chemistry at MUT; Dr Maryam Amra Jordaan, National Research Foundation Administrator and Researcher at MUT; Andile Truelove Mbambo of the Department of Agriculture at MUT; Professor Theophilus Clavell Davies, Research Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at MUT; Emanuel Chirenje, Geophysicist at the Council for Geophysics; along with Mpumelelo Dube, Scientist at the Council for Geophysics. It was titled, Determination of Potentially Harmful Element (PHE) Distribution in water bodies in Krugersdorp, a mining city in the West Rand, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It was published in the Minerals journal.

The presence of silver concentration in the water was not surprising given that the element is a by-product of gold-refining, and the area is home to two large scale gold mining outfits: Mintails Mogale Gold and Rand Uranium.

In terms of high levels of arsenic, the study explained that the chemical is usually found in minerals bearing sulphide, such as gold ores. Arsenic in this mining area could be a product of leaching from mining operations into groundwater.

The study also found over three times of the WHO maximum allowed concentration of cobalt. The study attributed such a high level to “physical and chemical weathering of rocks by water and decomposition of plant waste” during the rainy season. High levels of chromium were attributed to mining processes in the area.

The study explained that the high levels of manganese concentration in water were a product of “underground mining activities for the element”.

While vanadium, on the other hand, is associated with gold producing Carbon Leader Reef in the Witwatersrand area.

“Data from the hydrochemical literature, as well as from the current research, indicate that large amounts of mine pollutants produced mostly in the form of AMD have entered the hydrological system and other environmental compartments of the Krugersdorp Game Reserve through ground and surface waters, over several decades of gold mining. These pollutants have caused modifications to natural element cycling in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve and adjacent ecosystems,” the study explained.

This study has charted a new path in understanding the distribution of various toxic elements in AMD and how treatment of mining wastewater could be designed in relation to the elements’ contact will life in the area.

The study comes at an important time in the country when South Africa is looking at various ways to recycle and save water. This is after the 2018 National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, identified the potential for South Africa to face a water supply deficit of 17% by 2030.

 

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MUT calls for justice to be served as four appear in court for destructions at the university

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27 June 2022

MUT calls for justice to be served as four appear in court for destructions at the university

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is calling for justice to be served as four students from sister universities in the province appear in court for allegedly destructing MUT property on Thursday, 23 June 2022.

“While we are saddened by the damage to property that the University incurred because of Thursday morning’s protest, we are also deeply troubled by the lack of care for the rule by the perpetrators of Thursday’s destruction,” said Professor Marcus Ramogale. Acting Vice-Chancellor at MUT. “No amount of political or social motive can justify the destruction to University property and endangering lives. We are confident that justice will be served to also send out a message that there is no place for acts of criminality in protest.”

The four are part of what the University has alleged to be a group of ‘hired hands’, who were acting as part of a bigger plan to capture and control Student Representative Councils in TVET colleges and universities in the province. Two of these students are from the University of Zululand, another one from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and one from the University of South Africa.

The destruction has also forced the university to halt its operation and move the planned examinations which were already in progress.

“The actions of about 30 students have robbed many of our students of the opportunity to continue with their studies and to write their examinations. This infringement on the rights of others is in direct contrast with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,” said Professor Ramogale.

The total damage caused by Thursday morning’s destructions at the University is estimated to be above R2 million, excluding the cost moving examinations and re-adjusting the academic year.

Meanwhile, classes and first semester main examinations resumed this morning and will end on Monday, 4 July 2022.

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MUT suspends all lectures and examinations scheduled for today amid disruptions

23 June 2022
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MUT suspends all lectures and examinations scheduled for today amid disruptions
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) suspended all lectures and examinations scheduled for today due to violent student protest, which endangered the lives of staff and led to the destruction of university property. The Executive Management Committee (EMC) of MUT took the decision to cancel activities on campus to protect staff, students, and university property amid this volatile situation.

The EMC has not received communication from the Student Representative Council (SRC) with demands or anything that could explain the reasons behind this morning’s destructions.

While the University is still trying to piece together what happened, this morning’s incident allegedly unfolded as follows:
1. A group of about 30 students, some with their faces covered, started pelting security personnel at the Main entrance with stones.
2. Security personnel who were in the guardroom when the incident started could not go out in fear of being struck by the stones.
3. The protesting group proceeded to burn the guardhouse with security personnel inside.
4. Security personnel managed to escape the guardhouse and left through the main entrance.
5. The protesting group proceeded to burn two university vehicles and caused destruction to several other university assets.
6. The protesting group was carrying 5 litres of sanitizer, which they use to start the fire.
7. So far, the list of damaged assets includes:
a. The windows at the Academic Affairs Offices (known as ‘Steps’) have been broken,
b. Examination Office was pelleted by stones,
c. Senate Chambers was pelleted by stones,
d. Two university cars burnt to ashes,
e. Refrigerators were burnt, and
f. Mobile toilets, which the university provided considering the water shortages, were also burnt.

The University has opened a case with the South African Police Service in Umlazi Township and expects the perpetrators to be brought to the book. Bringing the perpetrators of such illegal acts to the book does not mean that MUT is trying to stifle protest within the University. Instead, the University supports the constitutional right to protest when such right is exercised in within the confines of the law and in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. It is unfortunate that this morning’s incident infringed on the rights of those students who were scheduled to write their examinations, threatened the lives of security personnel, damaged university property and infringed on the freedom of movement.

We sympathise with all those affected and encourage those who embark on protest to also give dialogue and engagement a chance. Universities are spaces where ideas are debated, and issues are resolved through dialogue. Violence and acts of criminality have no place at a university. MUT is always opened to engage with the SRC on any student issues as part of its commitment to the wellbeing of its students.

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Employees in fibreglass reinforcement industry are (literally) choking on plastic – MUT study found

Employees in fibreglass reinforcement industry are (literally) choking on plastic – MUT study found

“Our planet is choking on plastic.” This was a warning issued by the United Nation’s Environment Programme on the threat of plastic to the planet.

But for employees in the fibreglass reinforcement industry, the threat is too close to home. They are literally choking on plastic. According to a study co-authored by a Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) academic, these employees’ exposure to styrene increased the risk of chronic respiratory symptoms and reduced lung function.

The study, titled Styrene associated respiratory outcomes among reinforced plastic

industry workers, was co-authored by Zanele Zulu, a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health at MUT, and Professor Rajen Naidoo of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It was published in the Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health Journal.

 

Zulu et al’s ’s study found that “respiratory symptoms’ prevalence increased statistically significantly across low, medium and high cumulative exposure categories.” The study did not find any link between doctor-diagnosed diseases increased exposure to styrene.

Of the 254 employees who participated in the study, 33 employees in the medium and high exposure to styrene category suffered from chronic cough compared to six of their counterparts in the low exposure category. Thirty two employees in the medium and high exposure category suffered from chronic phlegm compared to four of their counterparts in low exposure category; 14 employees in medium and high exposure category suffered from breathlessness compared to just two in the low exposure category, while 32 employees in the medium and high exposure categories experienced wheezing, compared to six employees in the low risk category.

“The prevalence of chronic cough and wheezing was similar among males and females, whereas breathlessness was higher among females (15.3% vs. 3.6%); phlegm was higher among males (8.2 vs. 1.7%),” Zulu et al’s study explained. “While the women smoked substantially less and worked in the lower exposed areas as compared to their men counterparts, we are not able to determine the reasons for this variation in symptoms presentation.”

The study was conducted at a fiberglass reinforced plastics factory in Durban, South Africa. This factory manufactures vessels and tanks. The factory’s operation took place in the General Laminating Department (GLD) and the Fitting Department (FD). The lion share of the factory’s laminating tasks happened in the GLD which is big enough to accommodate large components, vessels, and tanks, and had a section for grinding and refining components. The FD, on the other hand, was reserved for small parts and accessories.

“As expected, the GLD had the highest styrene level of exposure as compared to the FD. These differences in exposure levels reflect the tasks performed in the departments, with the larger vessels being processed in the GLD, and small components in the FD. Both departments’ styrene levels of exposure were within compliance of the South African legal occupational exposure limits stipulated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993,” Zulu’s study found.

The findings of this study provide further evidence that health-based exposure standards as opposed to permissible exposure standards are needed to protect the health of employees in this, and similar work environments.

MUT and three non-profit organisations dedicate resources to fight GBV and food insecurity during Youth Month

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9 June 2022

MUT and three non-profit organisations dedicate resources to fight GBV and food insecurity during Youth Month

 

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will collaborate with various partners to highlight the plight of youth studying at the University and to provide relief as part of the University’s Youth Month activities. These NPOs are Gift of the Givers, Mina Foundation and Khanyisa Imitha Development Centre. Vodacom is the only corporate that will sponsor these activities.

The aim of this collaboration is to raise awareness on challenges faced by the youth of today. While in the pre-democratic Republic of South Africa challenges focused on access and discrimination in higher education, today, the youth who have been given access through National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding, face more challenges such as food insecurity, access to data, and Gender-Based-Violence (GBV).

To amplify these challenges, MUT is joining forces with its radio station, MUT Radio, to give a voice on how GBV is subtly conducted in the guise of withholding resources. Mina Foundation will address this issue by educating girls on sustainable sanitary products to enable them not to depend on men for support during their cycles. Zaakira Dilmi, Chief Executive Officer of Mina Foundation will address the issue of young menstruators having to miss school owing to their lack of access to menstrual products.

Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communication at MUT said the focus on sanitary cups and towels stemmed from knowing that GBV encompasses denial of resources.

Mkhize said: “Our view of GBV should be broad enough to include structural ways in which women have to pay a hefty price for being born female while their male counterparts are exempt from this gender tax. For many South African women, the reality is that both sanitary pads and cups are often too expensive for their reach, which often means being at the mercy of their male counterparts to buy these products. This is dehumanising and heart-breaking; more so when a university student cannot attend class because of ‘period poverty’.”

Supporting this initiative is also a former MUT student, Nkululeko Mthembu, a businessman who is also the founder of Khanyisa Imitha Development Centre. He has already procured toiletries for 200 female students to bring dignity into their lifestyle.

With MUT Radio celebrating its first birthday, it will play a huge role in drawing students not only from MUT to participate in debates surrounding GBV, but it will also draw attention to the plight of students who face food insecurity. The University has these students covered.

“No student should go to class hungry. We will be launching a Pantry to allow students to have at least one decent meal a day,” said Gift of the Givers’ Muhammad Sooliman, director of operations. He has been at the forefront of providing humanitarian aid relief at MUT since the 2018 floods.

Noting the data challenges that students also face, Vodacom will run a series of campaigns to allow MUT students an opportunity to win meaningful prizes as they celebrate Youth Month. Gift of the Givers has also made a substantial contribution by replacing desktops at one of MUT’s Computer Laboratory. These desktops were damaged during the floods.

 

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Gift of the Givers replaces flood-damaged desktops at MUT

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9 June 2022

Gift of the Givers replaces flood-damaged desktops at MUT

 

The adage, ‘show me your friends and I will tell you who you are’, has never been truer. With floods damaging computer laboratories at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), MUT turned to Gift of the Givers for assistance.

On 15 June 2022, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal at MUT, will officially unveil the new desktops from Gift of the Givers.

“We are humbled that the Gift of the Givers Foundation has once again come to our aid with a generous donation that will give our students more access to education especially at a time when tertiary education is moving away from face-to-face platforms to virtual ones,” said Professor Ramogale.

This gift, which comes during Youth Month, is further evidence of the institution’s commitment to the wellbeing and success of its students who are the future.

Contact Bheki Hlophe (Hlophe@mut.ac.za) for interviews and/or to attend the events.

 

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Enactus MUT to compete for a chance to represent SA at upcoming Enactus World Cup  

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9 June 2022

Enactus MUT to compete for a chance to represent SA at upcoming Enactus World Cup

 

The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Enactus team has a one in 13 chance of representing South Africa at the upcoming Enactus World Cup 2022 to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 30 October to 2 November. This is after the MUT team qualified to take part in the Enactus National Competition.

“This opportunity is very huge for MUT, as Enactus MUT will be part of the teams that will be presenting [their projects] among universities that have been ranked as the best universities in the country,” said Sthandiwe Biyela, Chairperson of Enactus at MUT. “It will also allow the team to grow and work even harder especially because most of our members are new and partaking in such a huge competition will open a lot of channels for them.”

The MUT Enactus team will compete against 12 teams from other universities for an opportunity to represent South Africa at the World Cup. Teams that will compete in the National Competition, which is scheduled to take place on 14 July at the Sandton Convention Centre, are from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Mpumalanga, University of Pretoria, Central University of Technology, University of Limpopo, University of Cape Town, University of Venda, University of Johannesburg, North-West University, Walter Sisulu University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Nelson Mandela University.

“Making it to top 13 was such a huge milestone for our team, provided that we had to rebuild the whole team after being affected by Covid-19, and also with most previous members graduating. Making to the nationals means that Enactus MUT is growing and back to the game of entrepreneurs and innovators,” Biyela said.

This Enactus MUT’s feat of success is part of the University’s overwhelming success in inculcating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship as part of the curriculum.  Commenting on news of the Enactus team’s success, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT, said the success of the Enactus team was yet another indication that the students were taking entrepreneurship and innovation seriously.

“We are proud of this remarkable performance by our Enactus team. As a university, we encourage our students to not only use their qualifications to look for jobs but to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice. It is especially encouraging to see that our students have embraced entrepreneurship and they are doing well against their counterparts from other universities in various competitions,” Professor Ramogale said.

In recent years, has enjoyed a representation by a successful student project at the national level of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) competition.

Just last week, Ntombifuthi Mthembu, Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Lecturer the Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Lecturer in the Department of Human Resources and Management at MUT, received the annual ‘Start Me Up Award’ from the Wadhwani Foundation for her word in guiding aspiring student entrepreneurs.

In 2020, Professor Ramogale was honoured with an EDHE Award for the progress that MUT had made in advancing entrepreneurship.

Contact Bheki Hlophe (Hlophe@mut.ac.za) for interviews and/or to attend the events.

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Banana peels effective tool in tackling Acid mine drainage – MUT study finds

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15 June 2022

Banana peels effective tool in tackling Acid mine drainage – MUT study finds

 

According to the 2018 National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, South Africa will face a water supply deficit of 17% by 2030. This not only means that the country is running out of water, but it also points to a greater need for the country to intensify its water recycling efforts, especially in sectors such as mining, which are notorious for large amounts of water, which becomes a large quantity of wastewater.

Academics from Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) have discovered an unlikely key ingredient for the treatment of the highly toxic Acid mine drainage (AMD) into usable water. A study co-authored by MUT academics found banana peels to be a cheap and efficient bio-sorbent for the removal of copper and lead from AMD.

The study, titled: Bio-sorption of a bi-solute system of copper and lead ions onto banana peels: characterization and optimization, was conducted by Professor Babatunde Bakare, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at MUT, Professor Paul Musonge, Research Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at MUT, and Durban University of Technology’s Dr Felicia O. Afolabi. It was published in the Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering.

“AMD is highly toxic water with low pH and increased amounts of heavy metals and salts. AMD emanates from abandoned and ownerless mines or improper or failed treatment methods. It contains heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, manganese, mercury, zinc, chromium, and copper, which are hazardous to humans, plants, and animals,” the study explains.

The study focuses on the mining industry because mining “generates high volumes of wastewater which greatly affect the environment”, with a high treatment cost. The use of bio-sorbents, which are absorbents from natural and agricultural waste, is not only cheap, but is good for the environment.

“There are many treatment methods that can be used to achieve better effluent quality such as ion exchange, osmosis, oxidation and reduction, flocculation and coagulation, complexation, solvent extraction, membrane separation, adsorption,” explains the study. “All these methods except adsorption require high-cost maintenance and level of expertise.”

The findings of this study are key to South Africa’s quest for a cheaper alternative to treat AMD. Using banana peels, which are agricultural waste, opens the door to the possibility of recycling large quantities of water at a time when the country is facing an impending water crisis. That the study uses banana peels collected from the local market also adds to the efficient use of resources.

The study is part of a series of studies from MUT researchers and academics in the area of Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes.

Last year (2021), Professor Bakare was awarded a National Research Foundation (NRF) Grant under the Competitive Programme to support Y-rated researchers to fund his research project, titled Application of Carbon NanO-Tube Technology in Emerging Contaminants Removal from Urban Wastewater, for the year 2022 to 2024. This project supports the Water supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) objective as outlined in the South Africa National Water Resources Strategy 2. This strategy encompasses all aspects of managing water for an equitable and sustainable future.

 

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MUT hosts Africa Day webinar to discuss food security, education and marginalisation

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25 May 2022

MUT hosts Africa Day webinar to discuss food security, education and marginalisation

 

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host the Africa Day (26 May) webinar to interrogate the marginalisation of Africa as part of the University’s Africa Month celebration. The webinar will focus on a variety of ways in which Africa has been marginalised.

The webinar, which will take a form of a roundtable discussion, will feature three speakers: Professor Jane lloanya from the Department of Education and Language Skills at Botho University in Botswana; Dr Godson Gatsha, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Services at Botswana Open Air University; and Dr Xolile Mkhize, Lecturer in the Department of Community Extension at MUT.

Dr Gatsha’s paper will be on: The Marginalised Indigenous Peoples of Africa – downtrodden or has the agenda changed; Professor Iloanya’s paper will focus on Infusing Africanness in our teacher education programmes; and Dr Mkhize’s paper will focus on: The marginalised indigenous nutrition value of Africa.

The notable inclusion of nutrition as one of the ways in which Africa is marginalised is important to highlight, especially since 2022 is regarded as the “Year of Nutrition”. Just last Friday, the United Nations highlighted food insecurity as a problem that continues to loom large over Africa, and some other parts of the globe.

MUT, like every other universities, has taken up this task of reminding people that food scarcity is a problem, and that indigenous African foods are still the best to consider for better health. These foods are readily available to most people, in urban and rural areas. Most of these are easy to plant and to care for.

“It is time to reflect as the African continent at large on the richness, wholesomeness, and the nutritional denseness of our food right from our own soil. Our African food is packed with many memories, stemming up from childhood to adulthood, and celebrations. Our African food is renowned for its great taste and unique flavour. Our indigenous foods have many nutritional benefits for our bodies and can improve our health,” said Dr Mkhize.

Dr Mkhize said that as we celebrate Africa Month, it is time to remember to preserve this heritage that comes from the African soil by not neglecting it in our diets.

“Come with us and enrich our MUT community for the next few weeks by capturing your most favourite African food moment with us as we share these experiences in our social media platform let’s preserve our heritage,” said Dr Mkhize.

Dr Gatsha is no stranger to farming and agriculture. The well-travelled Dr Gatsha practices what he preaches. Dr Gatsha practices subsistence indigenous farming.  Dr Gatsha rears small numbers of indigenous cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, and grows vegetables for subsistence. He also engages in seasonal dryland cultivation and has plans underway for urban vertical agriculture. Dr Gatsha’s paper will look at whether the agenda has changed for the marginalised indigenous people.

Professor Iloanya’s paper will help the audience navigate the question of how to infuse Africanness in teacher education programmes. This is an important topic for South Africa as the country continues to look for new ways to improve the quality of basic education.

 

Details of the webinar are as follows:

Theme: The marginalization of Africa

Date: 25 May 2022

Time: 12h00 – 13h00

Platform: Microsoft Teams | MUT Radio

  Education scholar calls for the Africanisation of the curriculum as part of MUT’s Africa Month public lecture

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23 May 2022

 

Education scholar calls for the Africanisation of the curriculum as part of MUT’s Africa Month public lecture

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host a public lecture on the Africanisation of the curriculum as part of the University’s activities to mark Africa Month.

The public lecture, which is scheduled for the day after Africa Day (26 May 2022), will be delivered by education expert, Professor Molebatsi Nkoane, Head of the School of Education Studies at the University of the Free State. Professor Nkoane, who is among the leading scholars on the decolonisation and Africanisation of the curriculum, will deliver a paper titled: Africanisation of the Curriculum as a Celebration of Africanness. 

Professor Nkoane’s paper will be part of his continuous efforts to add knowledge to the growing quest to Africanise the curriculum at a time when Africa and the Global South are claiming their rightful place in the global knowledge production table.

“The Africanisation of the curriculum intends to trouble dominant global north discourses that through colonization, imperialism, apartheid, neo-colonialism, and marginalization has constructed ‘other’ forms of knowing as unscientific, pathetic, appalling and puzzling that should be subjected to cleansing with global north epistemological devices,” said Professor Nkoane.

Professor Nkoane further explained that the inequities created by dominant discourses in the body of knowledge systems make it necessary to call for the Africanisation of the curriculum. His lecture will challenge hegemony in any form, size, and shape in the pyramids of ways of knowing.

Professor Nkoane said that the hegemony or dominance over ‘other’ forms of knowing, its boundaries “could be ruptured in pursuance of equality and justice to forms of knowing. Africanisation of curriculum is about counter discourse and creating an alternative equal intellectual space for self-consciousness”.

In this struggle for knowledge redress, Professor Nkoane argues for the valuation of African forms of knowing, which are grounded in the geo-socio-political fabric of African people.

“African forms of knowledge construction map out humanity from an African epistemological perspective,” said Professor Nkoane. This, he explained, influenced “what is worth knowing and how we make sense of knowledge system”.

Professor Nkoane, who has written extensively on Education and the curriculum, said the aim of his lecture was “to amplify the discourses on Africanisation of curriculum, and not necessarily blindly join chorus of voices calling for decoloniality”.

MUT Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale will present a response to Professor Nkoane’s lecture.

Professor Ramogale’s paper will focus Didactics, which is also known as the science of teaching, as a tool for decolonising the curriculum in a manner that is sustainable and values the knowledge students bring to the classroom.

Dr Manyane Makua, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, will facilitate the lecture: Teaching and Learning at MUT.

Details of the public lecture are as follows:

Theme: Africanisation of the curriculum

Date: 26 May 2022

Platform: Microsoft Teams | YouTube | MUT Radio

 

Contact Bheki Hlophe (Hlophe@mut.ac.za) for interviews and/or to attend the event.

 

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MUT study lifts the lid on the corrupt involvement of legal professionals in health care sector

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10 April 2022

MUT study lifts the lid on the corrupt involvement of legal professionals in health care sector

A study, co-authored by Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) research professor, has shone the spotlight on the corrupt involvement of legal practitioners in illegal and fraudulent acts and their role in litigation on issues of medical negligence.

Research Professor Evangelos Mantzaris of the Faculty of Management Sciences at MUT, co-authored the study with Professor Pregala Pillay of Stellenbosch University.

The study, titled, Legal Profession and Corruption in Health Care: Some Reflective Realities in South Africa, was published in Frontiers in Public Health Journal.

Professor Mantzaris’ study analysed the legal demands, mediators, and negligence in Gauteng’s Department of Health in 2017. The analysis painted a grim picture of a Department faced with 2,317 cases for “medical negligence” with the “contingency liability” of between R18 to R21b at the end of that financial year. Equally concerning were the study’s findings on how the cases came about.

“In almost all cases, these legal actions against state institutions have been initiated by members of the legal profession who over the years have taken advantages of circumstances to enrich themselves illegally and immorally. In most instances, they collaborate directly or indirectly with medical or nursing staffs who direct them to existing health problems facing patients. There have been cases where lawyers themselves or their “representatives” (medical practitioners, nurses, or “mediators”) are “searching/haunting” public hospitals mainly to discover patients with medical problems, usually children with defects. After making their own notes or illegally obtaining copies or originals of medical reports, they file cases against the Health Department,” Professor Mantzaris’ study explained.

In terms of possible collusion between the Office of the State Attorney and private legal practitioners, Professor Mantzaris’ study concluded that legal syndicates that operated in the public health sector did so either separately or in collaboration, occasionally. The study quotes a senior Department of Health administrator who alleged that: “it was known that state attorneys did not file court papers in time, did not attend seriously to litigation matters against the Department, colluded with private lawyers and mediators, and were instrumental in settling out of court, exorbitant financial demands, even when they themselves had defended such cases as their position required”.

Professor Mantzaris’ study also referred to reports of scams defrauding government departments through “state attorneys strategically losing cases or settling out of court and sharing the pay-outs”.

Furthermore, Professor Mantzaris’ study also highlighted examples of fraudulent medical negligence claims lodged by legal practitioners in provincial Health Departments as reported the Minister after an investigation. Many of these claims were made in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga. The Eastern Cape was singled out for having the highest number of cases where the state attorneys settled out of court and “shared the pay-outs in the form of kickbacks”, Professor Mantzaris’ study found.

Among the key findings of Professor Mantzaris’ study are the roles of collaborators and mediators in enabling fraudulent claims by external legal practitioners.

“There are public servants within the Health Department who help lawyers in state fraud by photocopying documents that are instrumental in the duplication of claims. “Spotters” who are used in hospitals and clinics are those stealing patients’ documents, selling them to lawyers who then institute claims. In a number of cases, the claimants themselves have no knowledge of the claims in their own name,” Professor Mantzaris’ study found.

Furthermore, Professor Mantzaris’ study also found that private legal practitioners were resorting to advertising their services in public hospitals by using advertising pamphlets and by using nurses and other medical staff. These legal ‘helpers’ are the private legal practitioners’ contacts with those with medical problems. In some cases, they even go as far as handing patient files to law firms.

According to Professor Mantzaris’ study, the Law Society of South Africa’s response to the allegations against legal practitioners in the State Attorney’s Office and private legal practitioners was that was an effort to tarnish the reputation of the legal profession.

In terms of mitigating against these corrupt activities at a policy level, Professor Mantzaris’ study concluded that comprehensive review of the rules, regulations, legislation, and policy governing the Office of the State Attorney was required. The Procurement Policy and Supply Chain Management systems needed to be strengthened, along with Internal Controls and Internal Audit to effectively play their role of “prevention, deterrence, monitoring, analysing, detecting, investigating, and responding”, Professor Mantzaris’ study concluded.

 

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Reliability, the most important attribute in choosing flights in SA – MUT study found

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31 March 2022

 

Reliability, the most important attribute in choosing flights in SA – MUT study found

Issued on behalf of Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

 

A study by academics in the Faculty of Management Sciences at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) found airline reliability to be the most important attribute that influences customer preference and choice of airline in South Africa, ahead of ticket prices and airline safety.

The study, titled, Airline preference and choice factors in the South African domestic passenger market: An exploratory study was conducted by Dr Nkululeko Fuyane, and Mnelisi Xaba, both of the Department of Marketing, and Dr Mpuzu Sikwela of the Department of Public Administration and Economics.

Published in the International Journal of Business and Management Studies, the study comes at a time when the global aviation industry is slowly finding its wings after months of being grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants in the study ranked airline reliability as the most important attribute in a list of 10 attributes.

“Airline reliability is more about averting customer inconvenience by performing as per promises made to customers,” the study explains.

The other attributes that followed by order of importance in determining airline choice and preference were booking and check-in; staff competence, courtesy and responsiveness; luggage handling; cabin features and experiences; safety; ticket savings; loyalty programmes and ancillary pricing; on-board services; and airline reputation.

The study comes at an important time when petrol prices continue to rise to all-time highs in South Africa, prompting aviation experts to comment that the rising petrol price will lead to increases in ticketing prices.

Though not conducted on a national scale, this study demonstrates that the decision on which airline to use is a product of a complex process, which is affected by many other variables beyond the price of a ticket.

The fact that the three most important attributes after reliability – booking and check-in; staff competence and courtesy and responsiveness; and luggage handling – are processes where airline staff play a significant role, are some of the study’s major findings with important implications for commercial aviation.

This finding could mean a significant investment in staff training for airline staff who are involved in physical check-in of travellers, and those who encounter travellers, whether inside the flight or before they get into the flight. However, booking and check-in is also about having a system that is not only user-friendly, but also accommodating.

“It (booking and check-in) consists of items such as easiness and efficiency of booking, user-friendly online booking and check-in services, mobile booking and check-in, secure online payment processes, reservation flexibility, self-service kiosks and facilities for people living with disabilities,” explained the study.

Luggage handling, on the hand, has been a subject of frequent inquiries in the commercial aviation sector.

“The fact that luggage handling is among the top five most important airline service attributes in this study is not surprising, following many reports on luggage loss or damage. The three researchers observed variables that significantly describe luggage-handling construct loaded significantly; luggage security loaded highly, followed by luggage tracking and notification technology, and free luggage allowance. “This explains why airlines have adopted luggage tracking and theft prevention technologies,” the study explained.

In terms of the preferred airline for travel within South Africa, the study participants picked the South African Airways (SAA) as their preferred airline.

“The results show that the negative publicity around South African Airways and its subsidiaries (before it was placed on judicial management) did not deter people from preferring it when flying within South Africa,” explained the study. “About half the respondents indicate that they prefer SAA and its subsidiaries (SA Express Airways) at 32.2% and 18.1%, respectively and 13.4% preferred Mango Airlines, a low-cost carrier wholly owned by SAA.”

British Airways and Kulula placed three and four respectively with 14.1% and 12.4% percent, while Safair (6.4%) and Cemair (0.3%) ranked seven and eight, respectively.

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MUT’s 2022 academic lectures to start on 10 March

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MUT’s 2022 academic lectures to start on 10 March

Issued on behalf of Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will start its lectures for the 2022 academic year on Thursday, 10 March. The University announced the new lecture start date after the special meeting of Executive Management Committee (EMC) held on Wednesday, 2 March.

The resumption of lectures was initially scheduled for 28 February but had to be postponed allowing for registration of returning students to continue. In his update to the University community, MUT Acting Registrar, Mr Phumzile Masala, assured the public that Faculties were going to develop plans to recover the eight days that would be lost due to this postponement.

Masala also announced that the University had been informed by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) that the funding body would only start paying allowances to funded students in April 2022. NSFAS funds about 75% of all MUT students. The decision to only pay allowances from April onwards would mean that NSFAS-funded students would start lectures without allowances. EMC resolved to assist NSFAS-funded students by paying potions of the allowances as they wait for NSFAS.

“Learning Material Allowances and Living (meal) Allowances will be paid in March at

70% of the approved allowance. The remainder will be paid within two working days of

receiving the first payment from NSFAS in April. This means that for annual students, the total allowance to be paid in March 2022 will be R4,690 per student and for Semester students, the total amount will be R2,870 per student. These payments represent the University’s attempt to assist students using its own resources while waiting for NSFAS to release funds for students,” said Masala.

The University has committed to pay the allowances for returning students on Wednesday, 9 March 2022, and those for First Time Entering Students (FTENs) the following week on Wednesday,16 March 2022. The delay in paying allowances for new students is a result of the bank details verification process that MUT must conduct after these students submit proof of their bank accounts and certified copies their identity document to the Financial Aid Office, said Masala.

Meanwhile, at its meeting of 24 February 2022, the MUT Senate resolved that “contact teaching can take place to the maximum of 50% [capacity] of scheduled lectures, especially for large classes,” said Masala. “Exemption to this is possible for small classes.”

Students have until end on 11 March 2022 to complete their registration.

 

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MUT postpones registration of returning students to 24 February

20 February 2022

 

MUT postpones registration of returning students to 24 February

 

Issued on behalf of Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

 

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has postponed the registration of returning students, which was meant to start on Monday, 21 February 2022.  It is now scheduled to run from Thursday, 24 February to Wednesday, 2 March 2022.

In a statement to the University community issued on 19 February 2022, Acting MUT Registrar, Phumzile Masala, said the postponement was “due to the list of NSFAS-funded students being received in the evening of 18 February 2022 from NSFAS. Work on the list to clear these students for registration requires three working days.”

Masala also advised returning students not to travel to campus to register physically but to register online from the comfort of their homes when registration opens from Thursday 24 February 2022 to 2 March 2022.

Meanwhile, the registration of new students will continue next week until the University reaches its target of 3516 new students. On Friday, 18 February 2022, MUT had registered more than 1812 new students since the registration of new students opened on Monday, 14 February 2022.

New students are also advised to register online.

 

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Registration going smooth at MUT

16 February 2022 

Registration going smooth at MUT 

Issued on behalf of Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

Today is the third day of a week for registering new students. As of yesterday, the University had registered more than 1172 of the new students. (Today’s registration figures will be available by the end of business). The University has 3516 places for new students, for all three of its faculties. Xolani Kunene, Head of Academic Administration, has said all the University systems are working well; they have not had any glitches. “We have not had disruptions and students are registering smoothly. Others are registering off campus using online systems, while others preferred to come to campus where they are assisted with their registration.

New Students are registering from 14 to 18 February 2022, while returning students register from 21 to 25 February 2022.  Returning students are requested to register during their allocated time.

The Deputy Registrar: Administration, Zolisa Gqamane added that the total number for new and returning student enrolment for 2022 academic year is projected to be 13 524.

SAPS are on campus to certify documents for the students to make the registration a seamless exercise and to eliminate the chances of students being robbed of their belongings while visiting centres that would give them that service.

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MUT makes history as female president and majority female SRC is inaugurated

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                                                                                                            13 February 2022

 

MUT makes history as female president and majority female SRC is inaugurated

 

On 11 February 2022, the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) inaugurated its new Student Representative Council (SRC) on campus. It was history in the making as Makaziwe Ndlovu, Advanced Diploma in Public Administration student, officially took over the reins as SRC President.

This is the second time that MUT students elected a female leader; the first female SRC president was elected to the office in 1999. The icing, this time around, is the fact that female leaders make up the majority of SRC members.

Welcoming the new SRC, the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale commented on how a majority female was a first for country. The four-member SRC Executive has three female leaders. He applauded the student body for electing a majority female SRC, and said females make good leaders, mainly because of their nature.

“There aren’t many SRCs which are predominantly female-led. Even the SRC executive is 75% women. It is also no coincidence that you are being inaugurated on the exact day the first democratic president of the Republic, Honourable Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The long walk to freedom Mandela spoke about is being realized today. In his words, Mandela said his struggle was not for nothing. It was not, given the fruits we are witnessing today”, he said.

Professor Ramogale also used the opportunity to share leadership wisdom with the new SRC. He highlighted the significance of character and making good decisions. “The decisions you take should not favour you. Your decisions must benefit the students and the entire University,” said Professor Ramogale.

Professor Ramogale informed the new leadership that it was not going to be easy because they would have to deal with the reality that may not have been visible when they were outside of power; something that outgoing SRC President, Mthokozisi Gumede, confirmed.

Professor Ramogale advised the student leaders to follow the correct channels in resolving whatever student issues might land on their leadership plate.

“I am the last port of call; my door is always open,” he said. “But you must see me when you have exhausted all other avenues.”

Professor Ramogale congratulated the new leadership and paid tribute to the female led SRC leadership.

“We have realized that women can make a difference in leadership,” said Professor Ramogale. “They hold some character traits that move institutions forward.”

In her address, the new SRC President – Makaziwe Ndlovu – highlighted the plight of students who were hard hit by the effects of COVID-19, some of whom lost all forms of financial support, like bursaries, and financial support from family.

“The University must maintain the relationship with private sectors like SETA that were funding students in the previous years to continue funding students that are needy,” Ndlovu said.

 

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EFFSC wins SRC elections at MUT

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                                                                                                          10 February 2022

 

EFFSC wins SRC elections at MUT

The Economic Freedom Fighter Student Command (EFFSC) will continue leading the Student Representative Council (SRC) after emerging victorious during the elections held on 25 November 2021 at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT).

The EFFSC obtained 2 613 votes, which gave it five seats, followed by the South African Student Congress (SASCO) with four seats from the 2 582 votes. The remaining two seats went to independent candidates, Nqobile Ndlovu and Simanga Khumalo.

The delay in publicizing the final election results and inaugurating the new SRC was due to student formations raising objections against the preliminary results.

“Following allegations of irregularities and anomalies made by some student formations in respect of the SRC elections that were held on 25 November 2021, the University appointed an external auditing firm to look into these allegations,” said Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT, in an announcement to the university community. “The auditors recommend several improvements for the future but have arrived at the conclusion that “the University followed all due processes in compliance with the SRC Electoral Policy, SRC Constitution and the SRC Elections 2021 Code of Conduct”.”

The original results were upheld after the investigators gave the process a thumbs up in a report tabled at the Executive Management Committee of MUT yesterday.

The announcement of the SRC results comes just in time for MUT registration, which is scheduled for 14-18 February (for news students) and 21-25 February 2022 (for returning students).

Dr Mthoko Ntuli, the Student Development Officer in the Department of Students affairs, said the new SRC would be inaugurated on 11 February 2022.

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MUT ready to welcome new students for the 2022 academic year

9 February 2022

MUT ready to welcome new students for the 2022 academic year

Issued on behalf of Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

 As Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) wraps up its 2021 academic year, the Institution is already in its final stages of selecting new first time university entering students for the 2022 academic year. The process is now in full swing since matric learners received their results on Friday, 20 January.

The Deputy Registrar: Academic Administration, Zolisa Gqamane, said that the institution was ready for the registration of both new and returning students. Registration at the MUT begins on 14 February and is expected to end on 25 February. Gqamane said the University was encouraging prospective and returning students to register online.

He added that the total number for new and returning student enrolment for 2022 academic year was 13 524.  The University has 3516 places for new students in its three faculties: Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Management Sciences, and Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The University is appealing to prospective students that have been given firm offers to accept their offers in time to avoid losing their spaces to other students.

The Head of Academic Administration at MUT, Xolani Kunene, cautioned that prospective students who “fail to respond timeously” to firm offers ran the risk of losing their places.

“These candidates end-up approaching the University late after their offers have been withdrawn. This interferes with process of registering new students, and the general process of enrolment,” said Kunene. Kunene said that they would request the University’s Department of Finance to identify applicants that have accepted offer.

“This information will be shared with selectors. We will then withdraw offers which have not been accepted,” said Kunene.

Kunene added that they had arranged with CAO (Central Applications Office) to attend to walk-in applicants and those who may not have applied.

Speaking on MUT Radio on 9 February 2022, Nkosana Jijimba, Business Analyst at the University, said their system were ready for students to register online.

The information about venues for those students who may have to register online will be made available. However, students are encouraged to register online, mainly because of Covid-19 protocols.

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MUT ready to accommodate students at its residences

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MUT ready to accommodate students at its residences

As Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) gears up for its registration, interest in the University’s residences is growing. So far, over 8,000 students have applied for residence for the 2022 academic year.

The MUT Housing Superintendent, Gugu Madlala said the number of students who seek accommodation at the university has been steadily growing over the years. This sustained interest by students is a result of MUT’s efforts in ensuring that the University has the best residence system that money can buy. Safety of students is always at the top of the priority list.

Jackson Rammala, Acting Director: Protection Services at MUT said that parents can be assured that their children will be safe at MUT residences.

Residence applications at MUT are done online. The registration fees for booking a place at the residences are as follows:

Registration Period Internal Residence (old res) Deposit External Residence & New Internal Res Deposit
Semester R6 150 R11 650
Annual R12 750 R22 750

 

Madlala said returning students had to login on their ITS portal and follow the easy steps and choose the residence of their choice. New students apply for residences via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Madlala added “all residences are ready to allocate for the 2022 academic year”.  Madlala also said that COVID-19 protocols were to remain a priority in all residences, he said.

Students will only be allowed to access their residences as soon as they register. The University is one of the few institutions in the country that accommodates over half of its students in residences.

MUT has 39 residences; most of these are off campus. Students will only be allocated accommodation upon registration.

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MUT moves to strengthen stability as the New Year starts

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                                                                                                            01 February 2022

MUT moves to strengthen stability as the New Year starts

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has set its sight on creating stability within the institution as one of its top priorities for 2022. In only just a month into the New Year, the University has already made its intentions clear.

Last week, the Chair of Council of MUT, Morailane Morailane, announced to the university that its then suspended Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, had reached a mutual agreement with the institution to terminate his employment at the end of January.

“It is the considered view of Council that this will end a period of unwelcome instability in the executive management and leadership ranks of the university and will allow the restoration of order and certainty at this level of management and leadership,” Morailane said.

The termination of Dr Malaza’s services came at a time when MUT is in the process of filling vacant senior management positions as the university prepares to add a full staff compliment at its most senior strategic level.  This is the university’s brain trust, responsible for setting the institution on course to achieve its goals as set out in the MUT Strategic Plan 2025.

Morailane explained: “It is Council’s belief that, together with the conclusion of the process of the recruitment of the vacant executive positions that is currently underway and is planned to be completed by 31 March 2022, the university will have stability at executive management level.”

The vacancies in question were for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement, Registrar, and Executive Director: Institutional Advancement. The search started after the University successfully recruited its new Senior Director: Human Resources and Management, Dharamraj Brijlal, who assumed office in November 2021.

The recent termination of the Vice-Chancellor’s appointment left the most senior position at MUT vacant. This position is vital for providing the highest level of leadership within the University.

“We hope to start with the process of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor and Principal as soon as Council gives the go ahead to do so,” said Morailane. “This is expected not later than 24 March 2022, which is the scheduled date of the next ordinary meeting of Council.”

 

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MUT parts ways with its VC, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza

Press release statement: 31 January 2022

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MUT parts ways with its VC, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has parted ways with its Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza. Dr Malaza’s last day as an employee of the University is 31 January 2022. News of this mutually agreed upon termination of Dr Malaza’s tenure as VC was communicated by the MUT Chair of Council, Morailane Morailane on Friday, 28 January 2022.

In the announcement, Morailane said: “The Vice-Chancellor and Principal will no longer be an employee of the University as of 1 February 2022. It is the considered view of Council that this will end a period of unwelcome stability in the executive management and leadership ranks of the University”.

Morailane also assured the University that the process of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor and Principal would take place as soon as Council gives the go ahead to do so, at its first ordinary meeting on 24 March 2022.

“On behalf of the University, I would like to thank Dr Malaza for his contribution at Mangosuthu University of Technology. I wish him well in his future endeavours”, said Morailane.

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MUT programmes hitting the sweet spot with learners

27 January 2022

MUT programmes hitting the sweet spot with learners

Please cite Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications at MUT

Interest in qualifications that Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) offers is growing across its three faculties. This week, Acting Registrar at MUT, Phumzile Masala, revealed that various programmes in all three faculties were emerging as favourites among new students looking to further their studies at MUT.

Masala revealed that the Faculty of Management Sciences’ Diploma in Office Management and Technology is the most popular among the faculty’s academic programmes. Over 13040 learners applied for this programme. This large number of applicants are competing for 167 places that are available in the programme.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences’ Diploma in Information Technology is the second most popular qualification.  More than 11 780 learners applied for this qualification. The target for the year’s intake for diploma programme is 116.

Other academic programmes that attracted large numbers of applicants are Diploma in Public Management. More than 10 060 learners applied for this programme, which has a target of 305 places for the 2022 academic year.  The Faculty of Management Sciences received 48 920 applications for spaces.

The Faculty of Engineering received more than 22830 applications for its academic programmes.  The Diploma in Electrical Engineering was the most popular academic offering among the Faculty of Engineering’s academic programmes. This offering attracted over 2870 learners’ applications for first semester registration. These applicants will compete for 167 places; the Civil Engineering, for which 2248 applications were received, has 58 places; Mechanical Engineering, with 2135 applications, has 51 places; and Chemical Engineering, which attracted 1544 applications, has 84 places.

The Faculty of Management Sciences has 1431 places for first year students, while the Faculty of Natural Sciences only has 493 places for its 46 865 applicants. The selection of new students continues, while registration is expected to commence online from 14-25 February 2022.

MUT’s Deputy Registrar: Academic Affairs, Zolisa Gqamane, said the high volume of applicants who want to further their studies at MUT was a product of a variety of efforts by the University.

“Our Schools Liaison team travels all over the country and beyond, to inform learners of the wonderful programmes that our University offers,” said Gqamane. “In addition to being one of the most reasonably priced institutions of higher learning, MUT has some of the most impressive student support programmes and residence facility. Every student wants to be at an institution where they have a greater chance of success; and we are happy to be in this position,” concluded Gqamane.

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MUT ready to welcome new students for the 2022 academic year

23 January 2022

MUT ready to welcome new students for the 2022 academic year

Issued on behalf of Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

As Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) wraps up its 2021 academic year, the Institution is already in its final stages of selecting new first time university entering students for the 2022 academic year. The process is now in full swing since matric learners received their results on Friday, 20 January.

The Deputy Registrar: Academic Administration, Zolisa Gqamane, said that the institution was ready for the registration of both new and returning students. Registration at the MUT begins on 14 February and is expected to end on 25 February. Gqamane said the University was encouraging prospective and returning students to register online.

He added that the total number for new and returning student enrolment for 2022 academic year was 13 524.  The University has 3516 places for new students in its three faculties: Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Management Sciences, and Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The University is appealing to prospective students that have been given firm offers to accept their offers in time to avoid losing their spaces to other students.

The Head of Academic Administration at MUT, Xolani Kunene, cautioned that prospective students who “fail to respond timeously” to firm offers ran the risk of losing their places.

“These candidates end-up approaching the University late after their offers have been withdrawn. This interferes with process of registering new students, and the general process of enrolment,” said Kunene. Kunene said that they would request the University’s Department of Finance to identify applicants that have accepted offer.

“This information will be shared with selectors. We will then withdraw offers which have not been accepted,” said Kunene.

Kunene added that they had made arrangements with CAO (Central Applications Office) to attend to walk-in applicants and those who may not have applied.  

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MUT to roll out peer mentorship to support new students

19 January 2022 

MUT to roll out peer mentorship to support new students

Issued on behalf of Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

Every year, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) rolls out its peer-mentoring programme to support new students as they start on their transition from high school to University. This programme is managed by MUT’s Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC).

Arthi Ramrung, Peer Meer Mentoring Co-Ordinator and Lecturer at TLDC, said the programme was meant to assist new students who face challenges when they join the University to help them settle into their new lives as university students. The programme uses senior students to mentor their new counterparts.

Ramrung said adaptation to a new environment is just a small hurdle to climb in comparison to the deep seating challenges students truly face. She said many of MUT students come from similar backgrounds.

“Having to succeed takes strength, courage and tenacity. It is for this reason that the strength of this programme comes from the role of the student mentors,” said Ramrung. “Who better to share their experience than those who have walked a similar path and succeeded?”

The programme is designed to not only create a holistic support system (academic, social and motivational) for first-year students, but also empowers senior students by allowing them to develop and use their leadership skills with the goal of creating compassionate, knowledgeable future leaders. For these peer mentors the programme offers them the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of not only their discipline, but also themselves. It allows them to develop leadership skills that they can take forward into their careers. Through this programme, the University improves the overall success of its students as they learn how to work and support each other.

“The success of the programme is dependent on the dedication of the students towards making the time to engage with each other. Packed timetables sometimes limit the interaction of the groups. It would be great to see departments integrating participation in the learning that goes on in the classroom,” said Ramrung.

Ramrung added that it was important that students understand that they alone were responsible for their success and that MUT has programmes to support them.

“It is important that students take opportunities such as this programme to develop themselves, and steer away from restrictive mind-sets that will limit your growth,” said Ramrung.

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MUT popularity soars among potential students

12 January 2022

 MUT popularity soars among potential students

 Issued on behalf of Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is gearing up for registration for the 2022 academic year which will commence in February 14. The University has received more than 105 000 applications, for 3516 for places for new students in its three faculties for the 2022 academic year.

Zolisa Gqamane, Deputy Registrar: Academic, said: “the number of first-time entering students for 2022 academic year is 3516 across all faculties.

The Faculty of Engineering received 17 411 for all its six mainstream academic programmes and the Extended Curriculum Programmes and access courses. The Faculty of Management Sciences received the biggest number of applications. The Faculty received 45 995 applications for all its academic programmes, including the Extended Curriculum Programme. The Faculty of Natural Sciences received 43 932 applications. These included 60 prospective Master’s students, and 70 prospective Postgraduate Diploma students, both in the Department of Nature Conservation. The Diploma in Office Management and Technology received 12 235 applications, making it the most popular offering in the University. Altogether, the University received 107 338 applications for January/February 2022 intake.

MUT registration for 2022 is scheduled for 14-25 February 2022.

Gqamane said new and returning students were encouraged to make use of MUT online registration platform.  The Institution is expected to enroll a total of 13 524 students, which includes both new and returning students.

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