MUT takes a great leap towards securing its IT system from cyber threats

MUT takes a great leap towards securing its IT system from cyber threats
MUT takes a great leap towards securing its IT system from cyber threats

The MUT information system is set to be more secured now, thanks to the forward thinking of the IT&N team who ran a cyber awareness campaign from 8 to 12 October 2018. Staff came in their numbers throughout the week to listen and engage with cyber security professionals who gave presentations on cyber-related threats. The professionals said staff were the most vulnerable to cyber-attacks because of the variety of access they have to the system. IT&N Senior Director, Dr Marlo de Swardt, said they were impressed by the response from staff. “Staff asked questions that clearly indicated that they were not just interested in the presentations, but believed the messages from the professionals were essential to them. Staff are going to be a big part of our effort to secure MUT from cyber-attacks,” he said. Dr de Swardt said they intend taking the campaign beyond October which is Cyber Awareness Month the world over. Njabulo Xaba, who is responsible for general network security at the IT&N, said the feedback from staff was very positive.

Students awarded for excellence in sports

Sportswoman and sportsman of the year, Sinethemba and Philani
Sportswoman and sportsman of the year, Sinethemba and Philani

The hard toil throughout the year culminated into great joy for Philani Gabela, a man who had to forsake social activities to ensure his body was in top shape to win bodybuilding titles. Philani was one of the athletes who left the Coastlands Hotel on Friday, 5 October 2018 with accolades at the MUT Sport awards. Philani, a third year Quantity Surveying student, was crowned Sportsman of the year on the day. He was awarded the South African colours in September 2018. In November, he will be competing in Ecuador, South America.

The Sportswoman of the year title was awarded to Sinethemba Simelane, who excelled for the MUT dance team. Sinethemba won competitions in King Cetshwayo, University of Zululand, and Intervarsity, among others. “The sport awards event is a very important event in our student calendar. It is important to give recognition to all students who have been good ambassadors and put our university on the map,” said Bongile Ganyile of the Sports department.

The MUT teams would not have done so well had it not been for the guidance of their managers and technical teams. The soccer and hockey teams, who were nominated as the teams of the year had thanked coaches, Wonderboy Ngcobo and Sanele Madida, and manager, John Masimula. Wonderboy and John received trophies for being coach and manager of the year respectively.

 

MUT signs an umbrella agreement with NHLS

Welcome, left, shakes hands with Dr Malaza, while Nhlanhla and Dr Kwitshana look on
Welcome, left, shakes hands with Dr Malaza, while Nhlanhla and Dr Kwitshana look on

MUT has signed the Umbrella Agreement with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) which will pave the way for skills exchange for staff and training for students.

The agreement will streamline the activities of the NHLS and the universities so that they would not “get in each other’s way” doing the same thing, as Dr Lungi Kwitshana, Head of the Department of Biomedical Technologies said.

As part of this agreement, the NHLS would render various industrial services to MUT students.

“MUT students will have access to our infrastructure. They will get training, WIL, internship and laboratory exposure, using the latest technology,” said Welcome Gogoba, Research compliance Manager at NHLS.

Gogoba, who has been going around the country getting universities to sign the agreement, was at MUT on Monday, 1 October 2018.

Nhlanhla Nsele, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Technologies, said the NHLS staff will be guest lecturers at MUT, and MUT staff will visit the NHLS labs at least once a year to update themselves on the latest technology.

This initiative will make MUT students work ready, and fit for purpose.

Nsele concluded that the knowledge the Department will acquire as a result of the agreement will make it easier to prepare for auditing by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, said the agreement with NHLS would enhance the University’s teaching and learning vision, and thus give our students the best education informed by current industry requirements.

 

A ‘skilled senior information and communication manager’ joins MUT

Dr de Swardt
Dr de Swardt

MUT has acquired the services of a very seasoned Information Technology (IT) guru. Dr Marlo de Swardt joined MUT as Senior Director of the IT&N on Monday, 1 October 2018.

Dr de Swardt started his career in IT operations in 1990, and progressed to systems development, project management, budget planning and business analysis, IT architecture design, consulting services, strategy management and general management.

He spent two years at Tshwane University of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in the faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and was also a Chairperson of the ICT Faculty Committee for Research Ethics. Dr de Swardt has also supervised a number of Master’s students. He is currently supervising four master’s students and serves as a co-supervisor for one doctoral student.

Dr de Swardt also contributed to the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).