MUT to open vaccination site on campus

Press release statement

For immediate release: 6 September 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

MUT to open vaccination site on campus

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will open a COVID-19 vaccination site at the institution on Tuesday, 7 September, in a bid to increase access to vaccination for staff and students at the University. The vaccination site initiative is a result of a collaboration between MUT and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.

Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal at MUT, Professor Marcus Ramogale, said that the vaccination site was part of efforts by the University to ensure that staff and students protect themselves and the loved ones against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we know, September is the beginning of Spring. Spring symbolizes the beginning of a new life,” said Professor Ramogale. “In an attempt to ensure that we have this new life, the University has decided to open a new vaccination site on campus and this will happen on Tuesday, 7 September.”

The vaccination site will open its doors at a time when the South African government is ramping up its efforts to ensure that South African adults are vaccinated against COVID-19. Bringing the vaccination site to the MUT campus will increase access for both staff and students who will not have to share a vaccination space with other citizens, which often causes delays.

“We request all staff and students to use this vaccination site so that we can all be vaccinated to combat this pandemic. If all those who are not vaccinated go to the site, I am sure this pandemic will come under control and we would have contributed to ensuring that there is indeed a new life on our campus,” said Professor Ramogale.

The vaccination site will be located at the computer laboratory formerly used by students with disability in the main campus.

For the COVID-19 Task Team (CTT) convener and Head of the Clinic at MUT, Sister Nomusa Mkhwanazi, having an on-campus vaccination site is evidence of the university’s commitment to do all that is required to protect staff and students from the pandemic. At the heart of having the site on campus is the desire to make the process as inconvenient as possible for members of the university community. Sister Mkhwanazi and her team will be hard at work ensuring that the process is quick and smooth for those vaccinating.

“We will place two clinic gazebos outside for registration and verification from the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) and set up tables for screening before inoculation, two inoculation stations behind the screens, a couch for untoward reactions (which we have been assured are uncommon), the 15-minute waiting area, and the discharge desk at the counter on the left as one leaves the room,” said Sister Mkhwanazi.

The on-campus vaccination site will enhance efforts by various MUT stakeholders, including the Student Representative Council (SRC), to get all the students vaccinated. The SRC committed to lead from the front and be the first to be vaccinated at the on-campus site in a bid to encourage fellow students to take the lifesaving jab. SRC Secretary General, Mbali Ntshingila has already taken the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, the SRC has been engaged in efforts to encourage other students to register for and get vaccinated. Although the university, through Higher Health, arranged for MUT staff and students to have their dedicate vaccination cue at the Umlazi Township D Section Clinic and Prince Mshiyeni Hospital, getting there is often a discouraging factor for staff and students.

Students, in particular, are the biggest university stakeholder amounting to over 14,000 compared to just over 600 staff members. Getting these students vaccinated is MUT’s top priority since government extended vaccination to the 18-34-year bracket starting on 20 August 2021. This has meant vigorous campaigning by the Department of Marketing and Communication at MUT targeting students and setting up vaccine registration drives in campus.

Senior Director: Marketing and Communication at MUT, Mbali Mkhize said that having a vaccination site on campus will enhance her department’s campaigns in that the department’s campaign efforts will also be guided by numbers of those using the site.

“Having a vaccination site on campus is a bold move by the university to show our students and staff that the institution cares about their well-being,” said Mkhize. “We are confident that our staff and students will take advantage of the proximity and convenience of having a vaccination site on campus to protect themselves and their loved ones. The COVID-19 vaccine is a passport to our future; it is the only one students can protect them dream of graduating with a qualification from MUT.”

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MUT student qualifies for the national EDHE competition

Press release statement

For immediate release: 31 August 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

MUT student qualifies for the national EDHE competition

 

A Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Engineering student is heading for the national leg of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) annual competition.

Wandile Sihiya, a final year Quantity Surveying and Construction Management student, will represent MUT on the national leg of the competition after he won the EDHE’s regional round that was hosted by the University of Zululand from 23 to 27 August 2021. Sihiya won the ‘Existing Tech Business’ category. The competition has four categories.

Sihiya said he felt ‘great and really surprised’ about winning the regional leg of the competition.

“It was mainly sharing ideas with my team that contributed to my victory,” said Sihiya. “My business uses high-pressured water guns to clean house roofs.”

Sihiya said they would also be adding drones later. Drones will then do the actual washing.

Ntombifuthi Mthembu, the Entrepreneurship Coordinator and a Lecturer in the Department of Human Resources and Management at MUT, said she was ‘super excited’ that an MUT student won. She said that it was the first time that the University was going to participate at national level of the EDHE competition.

The national competition will be hosted by EDHE and Universities South Africa (USAf) in Johannesburg, from 17 to 19 November 2021. All participants from the 26 universities will be physically there.

The other categories of the competition are the Innovative Business Idea category, the Existing Social Impact category, and the Existing General Business.

MUT is one of a few higher education institutions that are actively promoting student entrepreneurship. The MUT Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale, has, on a number of occasions, stated that it was imperative for universities to include entrepreneurship in their academic programmes. This would enable the students to create their own businesses upon graduating, he said. Professor Ramogale also said that students are not only educated to be workers.

 

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Seven MUT students win internal round of EDHE competition

Press release statement

For immediate release: 18 August 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

Seven MUT students win internal round of EDHE competition

 

Seven out of 14 Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) students that took part in the internal round of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) intervarsity competition have advanced to the next round. These students are now going to compete with their counterparts from the other 25 South African universities taking part in the EDHE Intervarsity Competition.

Ntombifuthi Mthembu, a Lecturer in the University’s Department of Human Resources and Management and the competition coordinator at MUT, said the seven students are preparing for regional competition, which is the next phase of the competition.  This phase of the competition will be hosted virtually by the University of Zululand from 23 to 26 August 2021. It will be followed by the national competition, which will be held later in the year.

Mthembu said the overall purpose of the EDHE Intervarsity Competition is to identify the top student entrepreneur at each of the 26 public universities in South Africa and to inspire students to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.

“The competition provides an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the ideation phase to pitch their innovative business ideas,” said Mthembu. “In the process, universities will have an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent and demonstrate the ways in which they support and grow the next generation of business leaders.”

All 14 budding student entrepreneurs impressed the judges with their presentations, and visions for their businesses. Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, one of the judges, said: “If I had enough money, I would put my money in all these businesses.”

Dr Ngcobo, an MUT graduate and entrepreneur applauded the students for the high standard of their presentations as they pitched their business ideas.

The following are the categories of the competition, and winners of those categories:

  • In the Innovative Business Idea category, there were two winners – Langalethu Malanda, and Mzamiseni Zondo.  Malanda’s business is ‘Help A Students Organisation’ (HASO); Zondo’s is the MK Beach Lockers.
  • In the Existing Tech category, the winner was Wandile Sihiya. Sihiya’s business is called Pipe Boys Plumbing.
  • The winners in the Existing Social Impact category were Makabongwe Sithole, with his Jabulani Foundation business, and Cebo Dlamini with his FIMDO business.
  • The winners of the last category, the Existing General Business, were Njabulo Mzulwini, with his Love Beauty Salon business, and Lihle Zenzile, with her TM Project and Events business.

MUT is one of a few higher education institutions that are actively promoting student entrepreneurship. The University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale, has, on number of occasions, stated that it was imperative for universities to include entrepreneurship in their academic programmes. This will enable the students to create their own businesses upon graduating, he said. Professor Ramogale also said that students are not only educated to be workers. He said there was no rule that said that graduates should only be employees. They can form their own business; the Acting Vice-Chancellor said when the University had its inaugural Student Entrepreneurial Week in October 2019.

 

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When elephants and baobab trees share habitat, it is the baobab that suffers – MUT Master’s study has found 

Press release statement

For immediate release: 30 June 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

When elephants and baobab trees share habitat, it is the baobab that suffers – MUT Master’s study has found 

It has become common knowledge that, “When elephants fight, the grass suffers, but when they make love, the grass suffers also”, courtesy of this African proverb. But what happens when these majestic and towering animals share a habitat with an equally imposing giant of the African continent, the iconic baobab tree, whose size is only best described by the Togolese proverb: “Wisdom is like a baobab tree: no one individual can embrace it.”?

This was the subject of inquiry for Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Master of Nature Conservation student, Dellan Steven Khosa. Khosa’s study was titled, Assessing effect of African elephant (Loxodontaafricana) on the African baobab trees (Adansoniadigitata) of the Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Khosa graduated with a Master of Nature Conservation qualification at MUT’s virtual graduation on 19 June 2021. He was part of the 13 Master’s students that the Department of Nature Conservation graduated this year, the highest number since the degree’s inception three years ago.

This study, which was conducted in 2019, found that the damage on baobab trees was increasing due to the impact of elephants in the park.

“Results show that 8% of baobab trees were found dead in 2019. Moreover, of 18 trees that had 100% debarking in 2005, one (1) tree (equal to 6%) was found dead in 2019,” Khosa said. “The results furthermore illustrate that debarking has increased considerably since 2009 with the majority of trees (43%) in 2009 only being in class 2 (1-26% debarked), while in 2019 the majority of trees displayed 76-100% debarking (45% in class 5).”

Khosa explained that although the study found an increase in debarking, it did not find sufficient evidence to suggest that baobab mortality between 2009 and 2019 was a result of elephant impact.

Khosa’s study set out to engage with four critical objectives: “to determine the baobab density and spatial distribution and compare the structure of the baobab population across the two sections of the Mapungubwe National Park; to determine whether elephant damage caused death of the baobab trees and the proportion of baobab mortality between 2005-2009; to determine the extent elephant damage (debark & dieback % ) within the Eastern and Western sections and also determine which size class of the tree is most affected across the two sections of the park; and to determine whether trees could survive to 2019 if they were 100% debarked in 2005?”.

Khosa explained that with the knowledge of the damage that elephant can cause on the tree population, it was important to conduct the study at Mapungubwe National Park.

“Mapungubwe National Park was created to preserve biodiversity and cultural heritage in South Africa and is an open system park with a high population of African Elephants, as well as the iconic baobab tree,” said Khosa. “The potential for elephant damage is therefore of concern to the SANParks (South African National Parks).”

The study will contribute to critical conservation efforts at the park, especially now when baobab trees are on their way to becoming endangered species due to climate change.

 

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MUT responds to The Mercury article

Press release statement

For immediate release: 27 June 2021

Submitted by: Department of Marketing and Communications

MUT responds to The Mercury article

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) wishes to set the record straight on the inaccuracies published on The Mercury news article with the headline, MUT facing independent assessment, asked to halt suspensions, published on Friday, 25 June 2021. MUT wishes to correct the following:

  1. The article presents the recent departure of certain individual from the MUT Council as evidence that “their views are contrary to the directions and actions taken by the Council”. This is simply not true. Dr Fazel Randera’s two terms on the MUT Council ended last year. Monde Mondi completed his term this year. Dr Vijay Reddy cited her workload as the reason for her exit early in the year. Dr Zethu Qunta and Professor Niek Grove resigned recently citing personal reasons. It is important to note that many members of our Council have other responsibilities outside of Council that requires their time and effort. Their role in our Council often comes at a great personal and sometimes financial sacrifice. We are grateful for the contributions that these members made to our Council.
  2. The MUT Council and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande are currently engaged in formal processes on how to assist the University to deal with issues that have been of interest to the public.

It is unfortunate that the media seem to have taken a decision to embark on a relentless campaign to discredit the University and its leadership in the court of public opinion while ignoring the University’s efforts in ensuring that classes continue uninterrupted and that students get quality education. It is even more puzzling that even after making information about graduation available, the reporter does not even allude to the MUT graduation and the fact that MUT increased the number of its graduates by 11%, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University calls upon the media not to be a purveyor of divisive disinformation and to report responsibly and objectively.

 

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MUT Master’s study establishes a link between erectile dysfunction and GBV

Press release statement

For immediate release: 24 June 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

MUT Master’s study establishes a link between erectile dysfunction and GBV

A Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Master of Nature Conservation study has found a link between erectile dysfunction and Gender-Based Violence.

Nonkululeko Lovejoy Ntshangase’s study, titled Traditional knowledge on the use of Hippobromus pauciflorus as a herbal approdisac to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), uncovered that one of the main causes of GBV was erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction, explained Ntshangase, led to cheating.

“Men would get frustrated. They have fears. Others find it difficult to buy western medicine because everything is the open. It would have been easier if there was a private room where they could buy these western medicines. They say they are embarrassed by this situation,” said Ntshangase.

With the traditional medicine, no one gets to know, there is reasonable amount of privacy. But some men have to take medication for chronic diseases. Ntshangase said because of the chronic diseases, the traditional medicines do not have the desired effects. For this reason, some men would over-compensate, and take more than what is required. For instance, a diabetic man would have his western medication wiped out by the traditional medicine. This would lead to health problems, Ntshangase said.

 

She added that some of the information about the effectiveness, or lack of the traditional medicines, was word of mouth. “I wanted to find out which one works,” said Ntshangase. “I tested the traditional medicines in the lab to determine what amount was not harmful.”

The critical part is that, as Ntshangase discovered, men that are mostly victims of erectile dysfunction are between 25 and 34 years old. She said this was because of the food that people eat and their lifestyle. She recommends eating healthy.

Ntshangase, who works at KZN Herbarium in Durban, conducted her research in some Durban hospitals, and a hospital in Nkandla, in in the north of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research was supervised by Professor Roger Coopoosamy, Acting Head of Department of Nature Conservation at MUT.

She is one of 13 Master of Nature Conservation students who graduated at this year’s virtual graduation. Other dissertations looked at the quality of water, invasive species, conservation laws in South Africa, coping with drought and climate change, among others. This is the third year the department is graduating its Master’s students.

 

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Nhlanhla Tembe graduates with Diploma in Building at 54

Press release statement

For immediate release: 24 June 2021

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

Nhlanhla Tembe graduates with Diploma in Building at 54

 

It was Henry Ford, co-founder of the Ford Motor Company, who once said: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

It is this spirit of continued learning that led Nhlanhla Tembe down the path of registering for a Diploma in Building (Construction Management and Quantity Surveying) at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT). Tembe was part of the 2812 graduates who received their qualifications at MUT’s virtual graduation on Saturday, 19 June 2021. He was the oldest graduate at 54 years of age; the youngest graduate is 35 years his junior, at 19.

Tembe comes from a family that encourages attaining university qualifications. Among his siblings there is a doctor and an engineer, to name a few. Having family members with university qualifications inspired him to also chat his path in higher education.

“When you are in a circle of people with all these qualifications, you feel that you must achieve something too,” he said.

Tembe was drawn to a qualification in building because of his almost two decades experience in construction sites.

“Most of the time I was self-employed.  I was in the signage business in building sites,” said Tembe. “I worked for almost 20 years in that business; and I saw that it (construction) is something that I can do at university now.”

But attaining a university qualification was not going to be an easy task. When Tembe initially came to register for his Diploma in Building in 2017, he was under the impression that he would be studying part-time, which was not the case. He registered for full-time study nonetheless.

“This was a dream that I had, and with the help of my wife that dream came true,” said Tembe. “My wife has been a pillar for me.”

Unlike his younger counterparts, Tembe had the pressures of family life, working part-time and studying full-time to contend with.

However, the thought of reading for an undergraduate qualification with his son, who is 17 this year, was yet another motivating factor.

 

MUT to host seminar on how Africa should unite to fight COVID-19

A press statement for immediate release

20 June 2021

 

MUT to host seminar on how Africa should unite to fight COVID-19

 On Tuesday 22 June, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host a webinar, titled: Africa Unite Against COVID-19, as part of its efforts to raise awareness on COVID-19.

The webinar, which will be chaired by Dr Thobile Poswa, Head of Department of the Environmental Health Department, arose after the Department of Marketing and Communications began analysing how Africa was being side-lined in vaccine distribution but at the same time being resilient to COVID-19.

The Department of Environmental Health became a natural partner because part of its research deals with alternative medicine, which could provide explanation for some of the resilience of Africa.

Professor Kakkau Koffi, Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg will lead discussions during the webinar and will provide some insights into how African countries are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, how values intrinsic to Africa could have contributed to this resilience and how African unity could become an important strategy in the fight against COVID-19.

Students across all universities are invited to attend as well as faculty, staff and various stakeholders.

The webinar will commence promptly at 12h00 and will take an hour.

 

Submitted by the Marketing & Communications Department

20 June 2021

 

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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’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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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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MUT registration postponed to 23 March 2021 

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

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

Issued by Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805                                         3 March 2021

 

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

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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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MUT resumes academic activities

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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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Reopening of The University and Postponement of the resumption of lectures

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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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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

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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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MUT second semester lectures to commence

Press release                                                                                                  9 November 2020

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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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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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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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