MUT to launch a radio station on Youth Day

A press statement for immediate release

14 June 2021

MUT to launch a radio station on Youth Day

This year, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will commemorate the annual Youth Day, 16 June, with the launch of its online radio station, MUT Radio. The station, which will be launched virtually because of the COVID-19 protocols, will give young people a voice to tell their stories in their own terms.

Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications at the University, said the radio station is a more than welcomed addition to their communication platforms. “Our brand-new radio station will be online-based and will operate for 24 hours. Our main goal is to inform our MUT community – the students and staff, and the larger society – of what is happening at the University. The station will go some way in giving the necessary information to the public almost immediately,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize also said that the station would have various programmes and genres that are meant for different purposes. “There will be news, general information, sport, traffic report on a regular basis, particularly in the morning and in the afternoon when there is a lot of people travelling,” said Mkhize. The programming will also reflect the academic setup at the University.

Mkhize added that it was all systems go for the new kid on the block. The radio team in collaboration with the Department Marketing and Communications are finalising the programmes, and all other requirements for the stations to operate successfully. She added that students who have volunteered to be part of the radio station crew have been trained adequately to execute their duties well. “Our presenters, producers and other personnel were taken through the paces by a credible organisation over two weeks. We are more than confident that they will hit the ground running,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize added that the station’s programming reflects the University’s vision and mission, and the Institution’s commitment to the greater society. “The bedrock of our radio station are the principles that guide our University. The station is guided by principles such as the Media Relations Policy, the Website Content Management Policy, MUT values, along with the journalistic principles of OATH (Objectivity, Accountability, Truth and Honesty),” said Mkhize.

The creation of the radio station has been hailed by the highest leadership of the University. Recently, the Chair of the University Council, Morailane Morailane, and the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale.

The station has also been welcomed by the Founder of the University, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who commended the Institution for amplifying its voice by adding the radio station to the legacy of the Institution.

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Submitted by the Marketing & Communications Department

 

Invitation to the MUT Press Briefing

1 June 2021

ALL MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA

INVITATION TO THE MUT PRESS BRIEFING

Over the past few weeks, the University has experienced a series of online and offline allegations by various role-players. The University also faced a series of questionable protests whose goalposts kept on shifting despite the executive’s efforts to meet them.

Despite all of the above, the academic agenda is in full force and it is all systems go to complete the academic plan by the end of January 2022. Unfortunately, the University continues to be in the media spotlight with some disinformation.

To tell the University story, Mr Morailane Morailane, Chairperson of the MUT Council, and Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, have scheduled a press conference for Thursday, 3 June 2021 at MUT’s Council Chamber at 12h00, to discuss the following matters:
1. Stability on campus, and headway with the academic agenda.
2. Success with the accreditation of engineering qualifications.
3. Update on the suspended executives.
4. Salary adjustments.
5. Laptop distribution to students, and why some students opted out of the distribution of laptops.
6. Progress with the appointment of the DVC: Resources & Planning.
The University wishes to share all these matters with the press and people of South Africa. Members of the media who wish to join the briefing virtually should email Mufamadi.Azwi@mut.ac.za

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

MUT’s response to the Sunday Times article

A press statement for immediate release                                         31 May 2021

 

MUT’s response to the Sunday Times article dated 30 May 2021

 

In response to the Sunday Times headline of 30 May 2021: “University that skimped on laptops gives staff highest pay rise”, the University wishes to set the record straight:

  1. On 7 May 2021, the University issued a statement with regards to a submission by the Student Representative Council (SRC) where the SRC argued that students wanted the full Learning Materials Allowance (LMA) to be paid to them, instead of 50% of the total which the Finance Department had already started releasing to students.
  2. The Finance Department’s plan was that the other 50% would be used as part-payment for the laptops that NSFAS procures for students once each student has indicated if he/she wants a laptop or not. Instead, the SRC proposed 100% release of the learning materials allowance.
  3. For students requiring laptops, the SRC proposed that students must be allowed to acquire them through an MUT-managed scheme meant for cash-paying students. This scheme utilises a special Covid-19 Responsiveness Grant (CRG) made available by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for students not funded by NSFAS. Management could not accept this proposal as the funds in this scheme are limited and are meant for non-NSFAS-funded students and will also not cover the thousands of students funded by NSFAS.

This is what has been done by the University: 

  1. The full learning materials allowance has been released to students.
  2. The University believes that students who opted out of the NSFAS-funded laptop scheme and had their full learning material allowance paid out have indeed bought laptops through their own means, as per the proposal by the SRC.

Students who opted out of the NSFAS scheme will not be permitted to participate in the MUT-managed Covid-19 Response Grant (CRG) scheme as this is strictly for cash-paying students.

Online lectures are continuing seamlessly and there have not been any challenges with the online system as the University has given students carte blanche to procure laptops.

The University takes offense at the news headline because the journalist has only mentioned 10 universities that had given their staff a pay hike out of 26 universities in South Africa. Other universities declined to respond but MUT is being singled out as having ‘given the highest pay rise’.

MUT has come out of the most brutal protests since the beginning of the year and is at a point where it has returned to normalcy. To this end, the University is trying to reboot its brand and requires every stakeholder, including the media, to support this milestone which seemed impossible at the beginning of the year.

Relationships between staff and students are paramount to the University’s efforts of saving the academic year and saving lives. The University calls upon the media not to be a purveyor of divisive disinformation.

To quell disinformation that is being peddled in the media about MUT, a press briefing is scheduled this week (tba) and this allow the University to tell its own story about ongoing disciplinary actions, wage increase, student protests and how the University is rising amid these. The University has just completed an accreditation process by the Engineering Council of South Africa. At no point has MUT programmes been unaccredited and this is an example of how great stories coming out of MUT are shunned by mainstream media.

 

Submitted by the Marketing & Communications Department

31 May 2021

MUT to pay staff salary increases this week 

Press release statement

For immediate release: 25 May 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

  

MUT to pay staff salary increases this week 

Please cite Mbali Mkhize, MUT Spokesperson 

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will pay its staff salary increases on Friday, 28 May 2021. This is the amount of money that staff should have received as part of the salaries from January 2021 had organised labour and university management agreed on a salary percentage increase and have it approved by the University Council.

In a communication to campus yesterday, MUT Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale said: “I am also pleased to inform you that the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has confirmed that the salary increase will be paid on 28 May 2021. For some staff members, the amount paid may reflect a day after 28 May, depending on the bank they use.”

The decision to pay out the increases comes after the university Council sat at its special meeting on 20 May and approved a 5,08% salary increase that the University management and organised labour agreed upon. The University has decided to pay out the amount this week to reduce any unnecessary delays in getting the money to staff, who should have received it as part of their salaries since the beginning of the year.

 

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MUT confirms incidents of protest on Thursday, 13 May 2021

Submitted by the Department of Marketing and Communications, 13 May 2021 

MUT confirms incidents of protest on Thursday, 13 May 2021 

On 13 May Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) woke up to news of tyres burning and broken bottles at the entrances to campus threatening to prevent staff from accessing the University. These entrance blockades were cleared, and some staff members made their way into the University while the rest continue to work remotely. It is not clear who the perpetrators of this morning’s protests are.

This morning’s incident follows a series of protests by staff who want the 5.08% salary increase that the labour unions agreed upon with the MUT management to be effected this month. However, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT, Professor Marcus Ramogale, informed the University community on Sunday that although the labour Union and University management signed an agreement, it still must serve at a Council meeting for approval before it can be implemented.

Professor Ramogale explained: “A submission on the salary increase and the revised budget has already been prepared. It will serve at Council’s Finance and Investment Committee on Monday, 17 May, before proceeding to a special Council meeting to be held either on 20 or 21 May. Once approved the salary increase will be implemented in the June payroll, retrospectively from January 2021”.

Professor Ramogale also informed the university community that the salary increase that the labour unions and university management settled upon as part of the collective bargaining agreement was not budgeted for and required a revision of the 2021 budget.

In the meantime, Executive Management is pleading with staff to be patient, and to resume their work as usual, and refrain from any form of intimidation and destructive behaviour. Management is committed to providing a safe environment for staff, students and everyone that visits MUT.

The University management has done its best to concede to the demands by organised labour as well as the students. University management continues to appeal to staff and students to work with the university in ensuring that all its services resume so that students can start with their lectures.

 

Submitted by: Mbali Mkhize (Ms)

Senior Director: Marketing & Communications.

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Update on negotiations with labour unions

Submitted by the Department of Marketing and Communications, 19 April 2021

Please cite Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications 

Update on negotiations with labour unions

The two labour unions at MUT have accepted the University Management’s offer on salary increase and other related matters, as was said by the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale on 19 April 2021. Professor Ramogale also confirmed that student registration for both new and returning students had recommenced. “The University Registrar will soon send out a communique on the registration process, and the start of the academic programme,” said Professor Ramogale. He added that a plan to recover lost time would be presented to the University’s SENEX in due course. 

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

MUT statement on University closure on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 

Submitted by the Department of Marketing and Communications, 6 April  2021

Please cite Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications 

MUT statement on University closure on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 

The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) management can confirm that they decided to close the University this morning (Tuesday, 06 April 2021) because of the following reasons:

  1. One of the recognised labour unions at MUT, NEHAWU has embarked on a strike with effect from 01 April 2021 due to issues related to annual salary increases for staff.
  2. As part of the Picketing Agreement, which was signed between MUT management and the labour union, staff who wished to participate in the strike and who wished to picket, can only do so in the mutually agreed picketing designated areas.
  3. Today, we have found a situation where those who were picketing did not remain in the designated picketing areas and have moved to areas which would obstruct the main entrance of the University.
  4.       In addition, some of the picketers have set alight tyres in front of the main entrance of the University.

Due to the above-mentioned situation, MUT had to request assistance from the local South African Police Services to clear the main entrance to the university. In order to avoid any injuries to staff and students, as well as damage to University property, we have decided to close the University.

MUT management has arranged a meeting with both recognised labour unions as well as the executive members of the Student Representative Council for tomorrow (Wednesday, 07 April 2021) to discuss the issues and to return to our normal operations.

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

MUT registration postponed to 23 March 2021 

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

14 March 2021

 

MUT registration postponed to 23 March 2021 

Please cite Mike Naidoo, MUT Registrar 

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has postponed its registration to 23 March 2021 to give the University more time to solve all NSFAS challenges that all universities are currently facing.

Registration was initially scheduled for 15 to 26 March. In letters to new and returning students, MUT Registrar, Mike Naidoo said that the Executive Management Committee of the University took the decision to postpone registration on Friday, 12 March in an attempt to ensure that the process commences seamlessly.

Naidoo added that “given that some students are still writing their supplementary examinations; it would have been difficult to continue with the registration without students having received their results”.

The Registrar also said that Executive Management was aware of the inconvenience that the latest decision would cause, “but at the same time believes that this is in the interest of all students”.

Naidoo also reminded students that the Executive Management was also concerned about COVID-19 challenges and the decision to postpone registration was also taken to ensure that the safety of students comes first.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

MUT extends deepest condolences on the passing of Zulu King, His Majesty Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

12 March 2021

MUT extends deepest condolences on the passing of Zulu King, His Majesty Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is saddened by news of the passing of Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. His Majesty passed away in hospital in the early hours of Friday, 12 March 2021. The king is a nephew to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who is MUT Founder and cousin to the king’s late father, Bhekuzulu kaDinuzulu.

Speaking on behalf of the MUT community, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, said: “A very sad moment for South Africa. His Majesty was not just a symbol of unity and stability, but was also a tireless peacemaker. We will remember his life with the greatest measure of love and gratitude. May his sole rest in peace. The University extends deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the Zulu nation during this difficult time. Our flags will be flying on half-mast until the King is laid to rest.”

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

MUT registration to take place online, walk-ins not accepted

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805                                         3 March 2021

 

Media Advisory

MUT registration to take place online, walk-ins not accepted

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is ready to register new students for the 2021 academic year. Registration of new and returning students will commence from 15 to 26 March 2021 online. The University will not accept any walk-in applications or registration.

Deputy Registrar: Academic Administration, Zolisa Gqamane said the university will register all its students online in accordance with the COVID-19 safety protocols. “We decided to take our registration online to avoid having large gatherings of students on campus. We do not entertain any walk-in applications or registrations. Applicants who did not apply are advised to contact the Central Applications Office, which handles applications on behalf of universities in KwaZulu-Natal.”

According to MUT’s revised academic plan, the university is wrapping up the selection of new students which is scheduled to end on Friday.

Lectures will start on 6 April 2020

 

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

MUT Director of Strategic Planning appointed Deputy President of SAAIR

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805                                         20 January 2021

 

MUT Director of Strategic Planning appointed Deputy President of SAAIR

Mangosuthu University of Technology’s (MUT) newly recruited Director of Institutional Planning is already flying the University flag a few weeks into her new position.

Liile Lerato Lekena, who sits in the Directorate of Institutional Planning and Research (DIPR) has been elected Deputy President of the Southern African Association of Institutional Research (SAAIR) from 2021 to 2022. According to the constitution of the SAAIR, Lekena will proceed to become President of SAAIR from 2023 to 2024 at the end of her current term as Deputy President.

The work of the SAAIR is to advance research and analysis, leading to the production of improved management information for understanding, planning, management, and operation at higher educational institutions and agencies. The organisation also furthers the professional development and training of individuals engaged in institutional research and analysis or interested in its utilisation in planning, management, and resource allocation.

Lekena said she was looking forward to contributing to the SAAIR which empowers employees in institutional research field. “I am very passionate about what SAAIR does. Being part of the organisation has helped me grow to the level I am at today. Planning, policy formation, and decision support in higher education are skills not taught in the traditional qualifications which many of us in this line of profession were trained in,” said Lekena.

Lekena said that SAAIR is instrumental in teaching these vital skills in a safe environment.   “I will use the skills I am acquiring at SAAIR to advance the work of the DIPR specifically, and MUT at large,” she said. The SAAIR provides a platform in which practitioners share innovation. The SAAIR helps members to tap into their creativity and become innovative, said Lekena.

Commenting on Lekena’s appointment as Vice-President of SAAIR, Dr Johan van Koller, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning said that the institution was “honoured to have Lekena as a staff member at MUT”.

Lekena started in her position at MUT at the beginning of the month.

 

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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MUT opens a Writing Centre to strengthen academic support to staff and students

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

20 January 2021

MUT opens a Writing Centre to strengthen academic support to staff and students

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has opened a Writing Centre to empower both staff and students with academic writing skills, which lays the foundation for academic success.  The Writing Centre has opened its doors at a time when South Africa is still contending with the second wave of COVID-19 infections; while universities are devising strategies to support learners to achieve academic success.

Dr Katie Bryant, Coordinator at the Centre said that the Centre would provide very essential academic writing skills which will help with various academic writing tasks. “The Centre will provide the following services: assistance with assignments, lab report, essay, annotated bibliography writing; research writing proposals, and   support with understanding issues of academic integrity and referencing,” said Dr Bryant.

Dr Bryant, who is also an Adjunct Research Professor from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada, said the goal of the Writing Centre is to continue to build a strong academic and research writing culture at MUT. “The premise here is that everyone needs some form of assistance with their writing. You can only get better with experience. And you need a constructive reader. We come from different backgrounds,” said Dr Bryant.

The Writing Centre will be a much-needed resource for first year students as the transition from high school into the tertiary education system. The Centre is operational during MUT working hours (Monday to Thursday from 8h00 – 16h00 and 8h00 – 13h00 on Fridays).

Students and staff need to register an account at the Writing Centre’s online booking platform mut.mywconline.com or email the centre on: writingcentre@mut.ac.za. They can also chat with the Writing Centre via WhatsApp @ 079 020 0172. The Centre is on the first floor of the main campus’ library building.

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

MUT resumes academic activities

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

7 January 2021

MUT resumes academic activities  

At a meeting of the Executive Management held on 6 January 2021 deliberations were held on the resumption of academic activities and the returning of students taking into consideration the Lockdown Level 3 regulations.

Dr Manyane Makua, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, said that after careful consideration, the University Executive Management resolved as follows:

  1. The Platoon system schedule will continue as originally conceptualized with more emphasis placed on blended learning. Faculties will determine how these approaches will be implemented and monitored to ensure the efficient completion of the academic programme;
  2. Data will be provided to students and staff until the end of the current academic year;
  3. The University will reopen for teaching and learning activities on Monday, 11 January 2021 on a staggered basis as follows:

Faculty of Management Sciences:

  • First and Second year students will commence with academic activities on 11 January 2021
  • First year students will finalise outstanding assessments on 11- 15 January 2021 and thereafter leave for home, and
  •  Third and fourth year students will return on 20 January 2021 to prepare for examinations which commence on 25 January 2021;

Faculty of Engineering:

  • First Year, S1, Pre Tech and ECP students will return on 15 February 2021 to 12 March 2021 when examinations conclude;
  • S3, S4 and Advanced Diploma students will return on 11 January 2021 to 12 February 2021 for their final examinations.
  • First Year and Second year students from Quantity Surveying, S1, S2, Pre Tech and ECP students will return on 15 February 2021 to 12 March 2021 to conclude all assessment;
  • Third year quantity surveying, S3, S4 and Advanced Diploma students will return on 11 January 2021 to 12 February 2021 in preparation for their final examinations to commence on the 15th of February.

Faculty of Natural Sciences:

  • ECP, First and Second year students will return on 11 January 2021 to 15 February 2021
  • Third year, Advanced Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters students are not required to be on campus as they will work on-line. Exit level students with outstanding practicals will be informed by their respective HoDs on when to return to conclude these activities.

This schedule is intended to ensure the orderly and safe return of students to residences. Affected students are encouraged to return as advised as acceptance to residences will be based on this schedule.

The EMC also considered the following:

  1. In the interest of the health and safety of students and staff, Management encourages the continued use of blended learning to conclude the remainder of the 2020 academic year;
  2. In cases where students are required to be physically present on campus, the platoon system will be used and all safety protocols will be enforced, including the compulsory wearing of masks;
  3. Management will monitor Health and safety issues with a view to continuous improvement. To this extent all facilities that require urgent maintenance and repairs are being attended to as a matter of priority;
  4. All students and staff are required to adhere to Covid-19 protocols i.e wearing of face masks; sanitization; and social distancing.

 

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

Reopening of The University and Postponement of the resumption of lectures

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

1 January 2021

REOPENING OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POSTPONEMENT OF THE RESUMPTION OF LECTURES

On 31 December 2020, the University Executive Management held an emergency meeting in which they deliberated on the reopening of the University, the return of students and the resumption of lectures. This was a response to the country being placed on Lockdown Level 3. The Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale, said that after careful consideration of various options, Executive Management resolved as follows:

  1. That the University will reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021, for administrative and academic staff members only;
  2. That students who are already at home should not return to the University and to their residences until further notice; and
  3. That the resumption of lectures on 4 January 2021 is postponed until further notice.

“The rationale for the above resolutions is to allow us some time to prepare for the return of students and the resumption of the academic programme as Level 3 restrictions necessitate a review of our teaching and learning plan. Students will be informed in due course about the date of their return and the resumption of lectures,” said Professor Ramogale.

Professor Ramogale then wished staff and students a prosperous and safe 2021. “Let us pray that 2021 becomes a better year characterised by individual responsibility and concerted efforts to protect one another from COVID-19 infections. I am very happy that the President has made the wearing of masks enforceable and I trust that we will apply this rule on our campuses and residences as well,” concluded the Acting Vice-Chancellor.

 

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

MUT loses two students

Press release

5 December 2020

For immediate release

Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

 

MUT loses two students

This weekend the University lost two of its students, one through a freak accident, and one to natural causes.

Nokuzola Ndawande, a third year Quantity Surveying student from Durban’s Clermont, met her untimely death during a celebration by the EFF Student Command (EFFSC) students. The members of the EFFSC were moving from student residence to student residence, celebrating their winning of the 2020 Student Representative Council (SRC) elections. It is reported that the members of the EFFSC took to King Dinuzulu Road, Musgrave. Nokuzola accidentally slipped and was knocked down by two cars, it was reported.  A male student who was with her at the time has reported that he called the medical emergency services; they waited for two hours, it is said he reported, and that when the ambulance arrived at the scene, it was too late.

Nokuzola’s family has been notified and been to the scene. The University has assisted the family with collecting Nokuzola’s belongings at Bernard Close, an external student residence where Nokuzola resided. Any other information will be communicated to the University community once the family has confirmed the details of her burial arrangements.

Sthembiso Mttshali, an Electrical Engineering student from Escourt, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, passed away due to illness.

 

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MUT Convocation Executive to hold an AGM

Press release                                                                                               26 November 2020

For immediate release

Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT Convocation Executive to hold an AGM

The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Convocation Executive (CONVEXCO) that was elected on 7 December 2019, will host its first annual general meeting on 28 November 2020 at the University’s Pixley Seme Hall. CONVEXCO will use the meeting to report on what they have been able to do in the last 12 months. Sandile Dlamini, President of the MUT Convocation said they have managed to achieve a few things, despite the hardships imposed upon them by the Coronavirus regulations and protocols. “We set out to achieve a number of things when we started off last year. For instance, we wanted to connect with strategic people who would assist us with the generation of third stream income which is needed particularly for students that cannot afford fees required by the University. Such funds would also assist students that are studying towards their advanced diplomas. These students do not receive government support in the form of NSFAS funding,” said Dlamini. Last year the newly elected Convocation Executive also said they would assist by sourcing funds to make it possible for the University to deal with historic debt.

According to Dlamini, all these plans came to a sudden halt as a result of the national Lockdown. However, Dlamini said their plans were still on track. He said at the beginning of the year they were able to meet some of the most strategic leaders and talked to them about their plans to assist the University with funds. “On 10 March 2020, we met the Founder of the University, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Ulundi. Prince Buthelezi was very happy to hear about our plans,” said Dlamini. On the same week CONVEXCO met Willies Mchunu, the former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. Both meetings yielded positive results.

Dlamini said the most positive achievement of their tenure so far has been the beefing up of the alumni database. He said the database had been of great help to them. He said they used the database to connect with many former students. “Some of these alumni are in serious business, and they will be attending the AGM,” said Dlamini. Dlamini said they were hopeful that these former students would contribute in their goal of assisting the University with third stream income.

Dlamini also added that they wanted to use the AGM to strengthen the bonds between the former students.

“This CONVEXCO has taken an initiate to resuscitate relations with all our alumni, employed, unemployed, and those who are in business,” said Dlamini.

The meeting starts at 10am.

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

MUT second semester lectures to commence

Press release                                                                                                  9 November 2020

For immediate release

Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT second semester lectures to commence

Mangosuthu University of Technology will commence with lectures for its second semester this week. The lectures,  which resume on Wednesday, 11 November 2020; follow two weeks of registration. The Registrar of the University, Mike Naidoo, said all outstanding first semester examination results were expected to be finalised on Monday, 9 November 2020. The second semester ends at the end of February 2021. The delay in beginning of the second semester comes as a result of the national Lockdown.

Meanwhile registration for the second semester continues until the end of this week. So far, 4 658 students have registered. The total number of students enrolled with the University so far is 15 199. This is inclusive of annual students.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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MUT ends its first semester and announces an election date for the new SRC

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe, 082 432 1805

30 October 2020 For immediate release

 

MUT ends its first semester and announces an election date for the new SRC

 

Professor Marcus Ramogale, acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT made two significant announcements this week; the first one on the official end to the first semester after the country went under Lockdown and the second one announcing the postponement of SRC elections.

In his email announcing the end of the first semester, Prof Ramogale said, “Saturday, 31 October, marks the end of our reorganized first semester. It is appropriate, as this momentous event approaches, to write to you to express my appreciation for your contribution to our endeavour to save the academic year. Our successful conclusion of the first semester has been a collective effort, and I would like to thank each and every one of you.”

Using a powerful Zulu idiom, “’Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”: I am, not because I am, but because we are, Prof Ramogale expressed his humility and graciousness to both staff and students who all rose to the occasion in saving lives and saving the academic year. “The worst could have happened, but because of all your efforts to comply with the new normal, we are now able to complete our reorganized first semester without having experienced interruptions. You were called upon to do things differently, and you all adapted impeccably and unconditionally. Not a single one of you complained. Instead, some of you even went the extra mile by assuming more responsibilities,” said Prof Ramogale.

In another letter to students, Prof Ramogale also provided reasons why the SRC elections will now be moved to 3 December. “Kindly be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations, it has not been possible for the university to hold SRC elections in the month of September as stipulated in the SRC Constitution. Further, it was not feasible to have the elections in September as only 66% of students were allowed on campus as prescribed by the Ministry of Higher Education. Staging the SRC elections in September would have deprived the 33% of students who had not yet returned to the institution of their right to vote.  A shift to Level 1 of the Lockdown and the return of second year students who formed the final 33% of the student body now make it possible to hold SRC elections. It is for this reason that at its meeting held on 26 October 2020, the Executive Management resolved that SRC elections will take place on 3 December 2020; and that the SRC’s term of office will be extended until the inauguration of a new SRC in December.”

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

MUT Council re-instates chairperson after forensic investigation

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe, 082 432 1805                                             26 October 2020 For immediate release

MUT Council re-instates chairperson after forensic investigation

The Council of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has re-instated its chairperson, Mr Morailane Morailane after he was exonerated of any wrongdoing through a Council-commissioned forensic investigation by SNG-Thornton. Council deliberated on the final report and adopted it at its virtual meeting of the University Council held through Microsoft Teams on 23 October 2020.

In a statement to the MUT community, Interim Council Chairperson Dr Zethu Qunta explained that Council resolved that it “should invite back to Council, members of Council, such as the Chairperson of Council, whom the SNG-Thornton report has exonerated”. The investigation was commissioned to probe alleged corruption and irregularities at the University

Dr Qunta’s statement also added that the Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale will continue in his acting capacity.

“The university community and all stakeholders are requested to give the Acting Vice- Chancellor and his management team maximum support as they execute their duties and responsibilities,” said Dr Qunta.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

Statement on an incident where two individuals were allegedly stabbed at MUT

19 October 2020

For immediate release

Statement on an incident where two individuals were allegedly stabbed at MUT

On Sunday 18 October, the Mangosuthu University of Technology community woke up to the news of a near fatal incident in which two individuals were allegedly stabbed at a “University event” on Saturday. Because this was not a planned University event; it was difficult to even locate the University contact person who might have been at the forefront of planning the event.

The incident took place at the time when the University is busy with its semester examinations and continuous assessments. MUT is at the forefront of running various campaigns dissuading students from social gatherings and had thus suspended any form of social gatherings. It is unfortunate that such an unsanctioned soccer tournament took place at the university on Saturday, 17 October 2020

This matter is currently under investigation with the South African Police Services and a court case was today postponed to 27 October 2020. The University is also conducting its own internal investigation to establish what happened.

The University wishes the two individuals a speedy recovery.

Azwi Mufamadi (Mr)
Director Public Relations & Brand Management
Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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MUT welcomes the last group of students back to campus

Press release                                                                                      25 September 2020

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Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT welcomes the last group of students back to campus

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is ready to welcome the last group of students to the University while following the COVID-19 protocols.  Second year students are expected to arrive back on campus from 26 September 2020. The Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Dr Manyane Makua said that preparations were currently underway to welcome this group of students and to facilitate their safe return to residences and campus. “I am pleased to announce that the final group, which is our second year students, is scheduled to return to campus for the resumption of face-to-face teaching and learning activities,” said Dr Makua. Lectures for these students will commence on 1 October 2020.

Dr Makua added that only students who must attend lectures will be allowed to be on campus at any given time. According to Dr Makua, the students that require access to the library will be allowed to do so on a rotational basis.  The library will communicate access times to ensure the safety of students and staff at all times.

The second year students will be given orientation on COVID-19 protocols and regulations when they return to campus as part of MUT’s efforts to ensure that both staff and students are safe. This will be run from 28-30 September 2020. Further logistical arrangements will be communicated with the students as soon as they return to campus.

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MUT hosts a public lecture to honour the contribution of nurses

Press release                                                                                      1 6 September 2020

For immediate release

Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT hosts a public lecture to honour the contribution of nurses

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host a Public Lecture to honour the contribution that nurses make to save lives in their day-to-day work and also during the Covid-19 pandemics. The public lecture comes at a time when the World Health Organisation declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in recognition of the vital role that nurses played this year as the world is battling the Coronavirus.

The Public Lecture is titled, Transformation Leadership in 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

“This Public Lecture is our way of reaching out to touch the lives of our people and bring those outside MUT closer to our campus in order that we may find ways as a collective to build the nation together. This is in line with MUT strategic goals, in particular Goal 4: Targeted national and international engagement,” said Prof Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal at MUT. “This goal outlines MUT’s nation-building agenda. It is for this reason that we have chosen the theme of Transformational Leadership in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”

The centrality of the role of nurses has been highlighted by stories of nurses selflessly putting their lives on the line to save the lives of those infected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The nurses were quick to adapt to the new ‘normal’ and contributed enormously in saving lives during the outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic. Teamwork, proactivity and innovation which have always been embedded within the nursing profession from time of Florence Nightingale, suddenly became more relevant to everyone; from household, boardroom, remote-learning and many other scenarios. In many respects, transformational leadership became the norm for all of us. We still need to talk loud and clear about transformational leadership and that is the reason why we have the Public Lecture to reiterate the need for transformational leadership,” said Prof Ramogale.

This virtual public lecture will be broadcast on 1KZN television (Channel 261, DSTV) on Saturday, 19 September 2020. During the recording, the media will get a chance to interview the speakers who are well-vest in the nursing profession and transformational leadership.

Heavyweight radio presenter and queen of the airwaves, Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza will facilitate the lecture proceedings. Belinda Lehnerdt, Nursing Manager at Netcare Umhlanga, will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way the health sector works. Dr Ntombizodwa Linda, Lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science (DNS) at the University of Zululand, will share the important lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for training future nurses. MUT’s own award-winning researcher, Dr Maryam Amra Jordaan, will take the audience through the difficult journey of finding vaccines against global pandemics. The keynote speaker, Professor Betty Mubangizi will consider the implications for Transformational Leadership for the nurse and the mid-wife in the context of the urban – rural divide.

The Public Lecture will be recorded on Thursday, 17 September 2020, from 13h00 at the Pearls Capital Hotel in Umhlanga. This recording session will be followed by a press conference to give the media an opportunity to talk to the speakers before the lecture is broadcast on 1KZN.  Members of the media will be watching the lecture from another room as it is being recorded, and social distancing will be observed.

For more information on the speakers and the lecture visit,

https://www.mut.ac.za/publiclecture

 

Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

MUT distributes learning material to second-year students

Press release                                                                                                  2 September 2020

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Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

 

MUT distributes learning material to second-year students

 

As part of Mangosuthu University of Technology’s efforts to save the academic year, MUT will start distributing learning material to second-year students from its Bozzoli and Seme Halls from 3 to 7 September 2020. Students have been assigned Faculty specific days to collect learning material as part of the University’s efforts to enforce social distancing and to prevent congestion. The Faculty of Natural Sciences students will collect their learning material on 3 September; the Faculty of Management Sciences students will collect theirs on 4 and 5 September, while students in the Faculty of Engineering are set to collect on 7 and 8 September.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Dr Manyane Makua said that the University would courier learning materials to all students who are unable to collect their learning material on the stipulated dates. The second-year students are the only group of students that has not been allowed to return back to campus through the phased return. So far MUT has welcomed back clinical students, post-diploma and final year students, along with first-year students who returned to campus on 29 August 2020, to make-up the 66% of students allowed back in campus as per the Lockdown Level 2 guidelines.

First-year students are currently attending the COVID-19 orientation before they start face-to-face lectures on 3 September 2020.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

MUT not a high risk institution in terms of COVID-19 infections

Press release                                                                                                  27 August 2020

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Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

 

MUT not a high risk institution in terms of COVID-19 infections

Mangosuthu University of Technology wants to put it on record that the Institution is not among six of the high risk universities in terms of COVID-19 infections and transmission, despite erroneous reports by eNCA and other media houses.

The erroneous news reports came after Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande through various media platforms provided measures in the post-school education and training sector during COVID-19 alert Level 2 on 26 August 2020.  In his report, the Minister provided a state of readiness for various higher education institutions to receive more learners onto their campuses.  MUT was announced as being within the six high risk institutions in relation to the provision of multi-modal remote teaching and learning.  The Minister’s announcement was a comment on the stage at which MUT is at regarding the provision of online teaching materials to our students based on the plans and reports that the Institution provided to the Minister.

It is unfortunate that despite, Dr Nzimande’s clear explanation that the classifications were based on reports by institutions on their operations and plans to complete the 2020 academic year, some media houses have proceeded to create a link between high risk and COVID-19 infections. MUT wants to reiterate that the high risk classification has no relation to the number of COVID-19 infections among MUT staff and students. MUT notes that the report has created an impression that the chances of being infected with COVID-19 were higher at MUT and the other five institutions, which is incorrect and deeply regrettable. What is more concerning is that these media houses did not bother to contact the university for comment on these erroneous stories or for an update on the Institution’s state of readiness as one would have expected.

As things stand, MUT has so far welcomed over 7000 students back to campus as part of the phased return to campus. Taking into account the many precautions and measures put in place to protect the lives of staff and students, the infection rate among our students has been very low.  Today we can report that only three MUT students were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.  None of the reported student infections could be traced back to campus.  We are confident that all measures put in place are water tight to protect the lives of students while saving the academic year.

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

MUT increases staff allowed back in the university to 66% 

Press release                                                                                                  25 August 2020

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Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT increases staff allowed back in the university to 66% 

In response to the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, that the country is now under Level 2 of Lockdown, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has made adjustments to the number of staff allowed to be on campus at the same time. MUT is now going to add another 33% to the number of staff allowed to be on campus at the same time. This is according to the guidelines from the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, which permits higher education institutions to bring back 66% of their staff members to their campuses under Lockdown level 2.

The acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning, Dr Johan van Koller, issued a request to all Heads of Departments, Directors and Managers to ensure that the percentage of staff is increased accordingly as of Wednesday, 26 August 2020. “Notwithstanding this arrangement, the principle still stands, that, those staff members who are able to perform all their required duties effectively from home, could continue to do so, provided that their respective line managers have agreed to that arrangement,” said Dr van Koller.

Dr van Koller added that the University would continue to observe the Covid-19 safety protocols and ensure that the required PPEs are available for all returning staff members.

The University has also allowed first-year students to return from 29 August 2020. First-year students will be given the required orientation to remind them of protocols to follow to protect themselves from COVID-19. They will resume face-to-face learning on 3 September 2020.

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

MUT first-year students return to the University in September

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe, 082 432 1805

24 August 2020

For immediate release

MUT first-year students return to the University in September

Upon receiving advice from the Department of Higher Education & Training, the University’s Executive Management Committee (EMC) has resolved to return its first-year students in the beginning of September 2020.

In a communication to campus, Dr Manyane Makua, Acting Senior Director: Teaching and Learning at MUT, informed the University community that the  Institution was expecting first-year students to return to campus from 29 August 2020. As part of the preparations for the return of students, the University continues to put systems in place to ensure the seamless and safe return of first-year students. Student permits will be ready by 28 August 2020.

Dr Makua also said that the university had made arrangements to orientate students to COVID-19 procedures. From 26 to 28 August 2020, first year students will receive training on Covid-19 protocols and regulations. Further training (face to face) will take place at the University’s Bozzoli and Seme Halls from 31 August – 2 September 2020.  The training will take place in groups of 50 students at a time in line with social distancing regulations. The students who would have missed the face-to-face training will be given online training via Microsoft Teams on Thursday and Friday of the same week.

Face-to-face lectures will commence on 3 September 2020. First-year students will be able to collect their printed learning materials from Bozzoli and Seme Halls from 31 August to 4 September 2020. Further logistics will be communicated to students as soon as they return to residences.

Second-year students will return later as determined by government’s Lockdown regulations. These students will be assisted to participate in teaching and learning activities through the University’s various platforms. Printed materials have been prepared for distribution or collection on dates to be announced soon.

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

MUT graduate nominated for UK awards 

Press release                                                                                                  2 August 2020

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Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT graduate nominated for UK awards 

Presidential Youth Working Group nominee and 2020 MUT graduate, Bright Hlongwane has been nominated for the Prestige Awards. His colleagues in the Isimangaliso Group, a consultancy and media marketing communication firm based in the Durban CBD, nominated him in response to an invitation from Cooperate Live Wire, a London based organisation that is organising the Prestige Awards in South Africa and overseas. Bright was nominated for sterling efforts in youth business participation. Cooperate Live Wire saw his profile online.

Cooperate Live Wire wants to use the Prestige Awards to recognise the efforts of young entrepreneurs put in the economic development of their countries. Young Bright fits into this profile. “I feel very excited and proud to know that our strides as young South African entrepreneurs are known and recognised abroad,” said Bright.

Bright said the Cooperate Live Wire came to know about his efforts through online platforms. “Cooperate Live Wire sent us an invitation upon seeing my profile online. They invited us to take part in the nomination,” he said. The event is planned to take place towards the end of the year, or early in 2021 in London, UK, but it will all depend on the coronavirus trajectory.

At MUT, South Africa and beyond, Bright is known as a staunch advocate of entrepreneurship. During Youth Day (June 16) 2020, he was on Ukhozi FM and eTV News, talking about how important it was that the country’s youth got involved in business as job creators, not job seekers. In 2017, Bright attended the Advanced Entrepreneurship Programme at Stanford University in the United States. At the time, Bright said that he would share the knowledge and expertise he gained with his peers.

Bright was among the 2539 MUT students who graduated virtually in June. He graduated with a Diploma in Public Administration.

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

MUT graduate’s wood and coal business fires up 

Press release                                                                                                  2 August 2020

For immediate release

Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

 

MUT graduate’s wood and coal business fires up 

On several occasions while addressing the University staff and students, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marcus Ramogale bemoaned the fact that no graduate should see themselves as job seekers but as work seekers, “there might be no jobs but there is plenty of work, our graduates would succeed if they focus on finding work,” said Prof Ramogale.

Njabulo Mabaso, class of ‘19 is one such graduate who has heeded Professor Ramogale’s call. His impatience while waiting for responses from prospective employers has resulted in him becoming a business man in his province. He started a business of selling wood and coal.

The 26-year-old Njabulo, who had started a number of businesses and failed, spotted a gap and acted on it.  As far as his current business goes, it all started in May this year. “We had wattle woods in the household. I told my siblings I was selling those woods for us to get money to buy bread. Like everybody, we also use the woods for cooking and to keep ourselves warm,” said Njabulo.

The family has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. There was no source of income. Njabulo himself lost his internship because of the virus. The new venture was the step that gave Njabulo a chance to show his mettle.  “I sold almost six wheelbarrows in a week. That was my first success,” said Njabulo. Soon the family needed to make some important adjustments. “We decided to sell the family bakkie to buy a truck so we could sell more wattle woods. Soon I added coal in my stock that I sell in the township.”  Njabulo gets wattle woods from three local farms, and coal from the coal mines around Ermelo.

Taking lessons from his failed business ventures, Njabulo has a plan to ensure that his current initiative does not suffer the same fate as others he had before. “I want to take advantage of digital space to grow my business. I will use Google and social media to promote it. I will also lease stands around Ermelo where my target market will reach my product.  This will also ease my delivery costs,” said Njabulo.

Njabulo said he was planning to sell the wood to some of the big chain stores in the area but was still finalising the branding of his products. He said social media have been instrumental in reaching his target audience.  “I decided to post at least three messages a day on Facebook using humorous status about my product. This helps to engage my customers, and bring awareness about what I sell,” said Njabulo.

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