Statement of MUT Convocation Executive after the first meeting which set on the 13 February 2020

For Immediate Release

19 February 2020

STATEMENT OF MUT CONVOCATION EXECUTIVE AFTER THE FIRST MEETING WHICH SET ON THE 13 FEBRUARY 2020.

The MUT CONVEXCO set for its first sitting that followed the Elective Annual General Meeting that was convened on 7 December 2019.

Mr Sandile Dlamini, President of Convocation, said they had plans that would have a impact upon MUT processes, students and graduates. “It should be noted that the current leadership of CONVEXCO is breaking new grounds and putting systems in place, which were not there before, to make our operations run like a well-oiled machine. Initiating systems in place ordinarily comes with challenges and some glitches from time to time, but as CONVEXCO we are optimistic that in due course things will start running smoothly. We will from time to time give an update in various platforms to our constituents, about the status quo of our progress as CONVEXCO.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, gave the CONVEXCO an update on the affairs of the University’s particularly the strategic vision of the Institution. Among other things, the CONVEXCO committed to strengthening its relationship with all University stakeholder, tracking and locating of all MUT graduates and alumni to update the alumni and convocation databases.

The CONVEXCO will be launching chapters starting in KwaZulu-Natal. The first port of call will be Durban.

CONVEXCO took a decision to prioritise empowering MUT graduates. CONVEXCO will also create a database for business owned by MUT graduates (51% company shares owned). This aim of this will be to ensure that certain projects are set aside for MUT graduates. The CONVEXCO also resolved to ensure that all business service providers who are doing business with MUT offer the University’s students work integrated learning (WIL).

CONVEXCO has also committed to contributing in the generation of the third income for the University. The strengthening of the efforts to generate such income will assist alleviating the pressure on the University funds. The ultimate aim is the improve the financial standing of the University, and contribute in lessening the student debt. CONVEXCO intends to appeal to potential donors to help out with funding. Also, as part of the drive to raise funds, CONVEXCO is in the process of opening an MUT foundation.

Also, in CONVEXCO elected Mr Sinothi Ndlovu to be the Treasurer of the MUT Convocation as required by Section 6.2.6. Of the MUT Convocation Constitution. We are confident that Mr. Ndlovu will do exceptional well in his new responsibilities considering his progressive role he has played in the PYB.

CONVEXCO deployed the Deputy President of the Convocation Mr Thokozani Hadebe and Mr Sandile Mbonambi to represent Convocation in the Institutional Forum. CONVEXCO remains optimistic that the voice of Convocation will be heard in every sphere of the institution as we seek to develop and transform the University.

 

Issued by:

Sandile Dlamini

MUT Convocation President

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MUT reaffirms its stand against GBV through Black Thursday campaign

Press Release Statement                                                                             19 February 2020

For immediate release

MUT reaffirms its stand against GBV through Black Thursday campaign

Mangosuthu University of Technology will host the weekly Black Thursday against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) on Thursday, 20 February 2020, to raise awareness against the scourge and to empower students with information to prevent and report GBV cases. The campaign, which runs every Thursday from 12h00 – 13h00 at the University’s Anniversary Lane sees speakers share information about different aspects of GBV and various forms of help.

This week’s theme is “Walking in her shoes”, which requires participants (male and female) to come dressed in all black with high heels to symbolise being in the female victim’s shoes. Last week participants paid tribute to victims of GBV in an event themed “You are not forgotten”, when a speaker from Thuthuzela Care Centre in Umlazi Township’s Prince Mshiyeni Hospital, shared information on what GBV is and how to report it both to the University and to the South African Police Services.

The campaign is part of the University’s efforts to reaffirm its position against GBV and to bring perpetrators to the book. Last year, the MUT Senate adopted a stand against GBV and xenophobia, which was communicated in a statement by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza.

“Gender-Based Violence has no place in our university and society. Condemnation needs to be constant and consistent, and perpetrators must be prosecuted. We are committed to doing everything in our power to eliminate the scourge of GBV within our university and to support those who have been affected,” said Dr Malaza.

The MUT Student Counselling Services has intensified its efforts to encourage students who are affected by abuse to visit their offices for professional help. The University also has a telephone number to report abuse, and cases reported through this number lend in the VC’s and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning’s offices for their attention. The University’s Protection Services has also reached out to students and staff encouraging them to report cases through the phone or in their protection body’s offices.

“It is unacceptable that 2771 women were killed in the 2018/2019 statistical year. We should be outraged that in our country women are five times more likely to be killed due to GBV. We should all lose sleep over the fact that 41,583 rapes were reported in 2018/19, that is an average of 114 rapes per day reported. MUT is ready to fight this culture of abuse,” explained Dr Malaza.

The campaign against GBV comes at a time when the University is still mourning the loss of Zolile Khumalo, who was allegedly murdered by her then boyfriend. The trial of Khumalo’s alleged murderer resumes in court for the verdict on Monday, 2 March 2020.

“Our University is deeply devastated by the loss of any staff or students, more so when such a life is cut short in such a violent manner. On 2 March 2020, our students and staff will march from Lonsdale Hotel (Residence) on Pixley KaSeme Street, through Stalwart Simelane Street to the Durban Magistrate’s Court, to demand justice for our slain student,” said Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications at MUT.

Members of the media are encourage to contact Bheki Hlophe (031 819 7195 or hlophe@mut.ac.za) should they wish to attend the event or arrange interviews.

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MUT lays the foundation for international students to succeed

Press Release Statement                                                                             19 February 2020

For immediate release

MUT lays the foundation for international students to succeed

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has started laying the foundation for international students to adjust to their new institution and to introduce them to local communities, which will be the home for the duration of their studies at the University.

The University’s Department of Marketing and Communications has scheduled a special orientation for 33 international students on 20 February 2020, in a bid to connect them with fellow international students and lecturers; and to introduce international students to the immediate surroundings so they would be comfortable, and can easily assimilate into the local population. These students are from Mozambique, Nigeria, eSwatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The special orientation will include a tour to a number of places around Umlazi Township, and the city.

“Being away from home can be an alienating experience, especially for first year students who are away from their countries,” said Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications. “It is the hope of the university that from this small orientation the students will connect with lecturers who can share advise on succeeding when you are in another country.”

International staff and students are an important part of the MUT community. The orientation programme for international students further strengthens MUT’s position against xenophobia. Last year, the University took a stand against xenophobia and Gender-Based Violence, accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor’s statement affirming the University’s position. This orientation is part of the University’s strategy to provide support to international students.

“My department is responsible for recruiting students from South African schools, as well as those from the rest of our continent. It is not enough for us to get the international students registered, then forget about them. To be in another country can be very daunting, particularly for young students. We want them to feel at home,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize added that her department was going to connect the international students with the staff members from their countries. “This is going to make them even more comfortable. We are going to propose to our international colleagues to allow the international students from their respective countries to spend time with them in their places so that the students would have home comfort of some sort. The international colleagues have agreed to take these students under their wings, and ensure they provide enough support for them to prosper academically,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize also added that she and her department decided to embark on this project in the beginning of the academic year because the first six months of the year are crucial in the transition from basic education to higher education and its accompanying freedoms. It is also a time when students from other countries have to deal with culture shock. This is when support is mostly needed.

Members of the media are encourage to contact Bheki Hlophe (031 819 7195 or hlophe@mut.ac.za) should they wish to attend the event or arrange interviews.

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MUT hits the 10,000 mark on its 12,500 registration target

28 January 2020

Press release

To be released immediately

MUT hits the 10,000 mark on its 12,500 registration target

This morning, Mangosuthu University of Technology hit the 80% mark for its 2020 registration target which sits at 12500 students.  So far the University registered 10, 020 students and counting, 7386 of which are returning students while the rest are first time entering students (2429) and students who transferred from other institutions (205).

The University has been hard at work ensuring that registration is speedily concluded for students to start preparing for the beginning of term. Lectures start on Monday, 3 February 2020. “I am proud to see that so many students are booking their place at MUT and are eager to start their academic year at the University,” said Mike Naidoo, MUT Registrar. “Our registration success is a result of months of planning and finding ways of speeding up the process, which often means a visit to Seme Hall to identify bottlenecks and solve them. As it is, we have a standing meeting every afternoon to assess our registration process.”

The breakdown of current registration numbers per faculty are as follows:

  • Faculty of Engineering – 3675
  • Faculty of Management Sciences – 4834
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences – 1511

News of the 80% mark came after a visit to the registration site in MUT’s Seme Hall by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza and members of the executive to see for themselves how the registration process was conducted.

“It is encouraging to see the number of students who are ready to shape and own their future at MUT. The demand for space within our University is testament to the quality of programmes we offer” said Dr Malaza. “I want to commend our staff for their tireless efforts and dedication to ensure that students are registered.”

The University expects to reach its registration target by end of the week.

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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

Registration protocols for MUT

7 January 2020

Press release

(For immediate release)

Registration protocols for MUT

As the grade 12 results are released, kindly be informed that MUT is still in the process of selecting new students for the 2020 academic year. As usual, the University will continue its stance of not accepting walk-ins. Prospective students that applied last year for the limited places at the University will be informed via sms, and telephone, by the responsible authorities of the outcome of their request. Such students may also call to find out about their applications. Students that have received firm offers are requested to come only on the day on which the programme they applied for is registering.

A firm offer is an SMS communication from the University to an applicant assuring them of a place to study because they meet all the entry requirements. Applicants who have been given firm offers are also expected to accept firm offers and pay that R500 acceptance offer.  If they do not accept the firm offer within the stipulated period, the firm offer is given to next applicant.

Prospective students should note that they will forfeit their firm offers if they do not register on the set date, and also do not inform the head of the department that they won’t make the date. Departments are under pressure to take appropriate decisions as spaces are limited.

All the University programmes register from 13 – 24 January 2020.

Also, please be informed that NSFAS applications are closed. The University cannot assist prospective and returning students with any NSFAS-related issues. For more information, please visit  http://www.nsfas.org.za/content/how-to-apply.html

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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