MUT warns applicants of WhatsApp scam doing the rounds

19 July 2022

RE: MUT warns applicants of WhatsApp scam doing the rounds

Dear Applicants and Parents,

It has come to MUT’s attention that WhatsApp scams are doing the rounds. These scams are targeting applicants. Their modus operandi is to invite applicants who want to study at MUT to pay money using the following payment methods:

  1. E-Wallet
  2. Money Send
  3. Spar Payment
  4. Capitec
  5. Shoprite

All the above payment methods are not the official payment method used by MUT. The individuals luring applicants to pay money using those methods are not acting on behalf of the University. The WhatsApp messages seek to defraud applicants of their hard-earned money by misleading them into thinking they are paying for spaces at the university, which is unlawful and illegal.  All applicants get spaces based on their grade 12 results after they have applied through the Central Application Office (CAO). MUT wants to guarantee you that any money you pay using the five payment methods mentioned above will not go to the University, and neither will it get you space to study at the University.

You are also reminded that MUT does NOT communicate with applicants via WhatsApp messages. MUT communicates with applicants through SMSes using the mobile numbers they provided to the CAO. Any money that you are required to pay MUT should be paid directly to the MUT ABSA, Current Account number: 4063827633, branch code: 632005.

All applicants are advised to be vigilant with their money, and not to be scammed into paying any individual, including students and staff members, for spaces at the University.  Remember to immediately report to MUT security personnel or call 0800 228 999 should you know of anyone demanding money from applicants on behalf of MUT and/or to get applicants space to study at MUT.

Sincerely,

Zolisa Gqamane

Deputy Registrar: Academic Affairs

MUT suspends all lectures and examinations scheduled for today amid disruptions

23 June 2022

Press release statement: For immediate release

Sent by: Bheki Hlophe, Publications and Media Relations Officer

Email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

MUT suspends all lectures and examinations scheduled for today amid disruptions

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

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

While the University is still trying to piece together what happened, this morning’s incident allegedly unfolded as follows:

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

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

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

 

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University update: Classes, examinations, and university operations on Friday, 24 June 2022

Dear Colleagues and Students

University update: Classes, examinations, and university operations on Friday, 24 June 2022

Kindly note that the Executive Management Committee (EMC) had an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss the unfortunate disruption that took place on campus in the early hours of the morning. EMC resolved that classes and examinations scheduled for tomorrow, 24 June 2022, are still on hold. Support staff members are to report to campus, especially staff in the cleaning services who need to do the clean-up and get the campus ready.

EMC will meet again tomorrow to discuss a way forward regarding the commencement of classes and examinations.

Issued by: Department of Marketing and Communications

Classes and examinations have been suspended

Dear Staff and Students

It is with sadness and shock that the University has woken up to malicious damage on campus.

Regrettably, all classes will be suspended today and all the planned examinations for today are all suspended. All staff and students should not come to campus today.

Protection Services has beefed up security to protect the University, staff, and students.

The University will apply its disciplinary procedures accordingly.

 

Kind regards

Issued by: Marketing & Communications

 

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

Press release statement

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

9 June 2022

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press release statement

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

9 June 2022

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Gift of the Givers replaces flood-damaged desktops at MUT

Press release statement

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

9 June 2022

Gift of the Givers replaces flood-damaged desktops at MUT

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

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

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

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

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

 

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EARLY CLOSURE FOR THE UNIVERSITY

TO : ALL STAFF & STUDENTS
FROM : PROF MM RAMOGALE (ACTING VICE-CHANCELLOR & PRINCIPAL)
DATE : 13 APRIL 2022
SUBJECT : EARLY CLOSURE FOR THE UNIVERSITY
Dear Colleagues and Students,
I trust that all of you are well and safe from the terrible floods we have witnessed on various media channels. As indicated earlier this morning in my communique, the Executive Management Committee has been monitoring the state of disaster around Umlazi and within the Province. To this end, we have concluded that your safety and that of your families should come first despite the challenges we all have with the academic calendar. It is for this reason that I wish to inform you that we have taken a decision to close the University for an early recess today, the 13th of April at 13h00.
We believe that this should give you time off to attend to responsibilities that have arisen because of these unexpected challenges.
I would like to send an Easter message to all of you and remind you that this is a season of selfreflection on our religious beliefs. I wish to request you to dedicate this long weekend to your families whether they are close by or far away. Try to touch base with them and find out what their needs are, their aspirations and how you could all work together in building loving and caring families. The University is dedicating next week to a few engagements which aim to strengthen family bonds. Our campaigns will centre around one message, which is “Families who pray together, stay together”. I invite you to reflect on this message and join university engagements on this message as we resume classes next week.
Wishing you safe travels, till we meet again.
Sincerely,
Prof MM Ramogale
Vice-Chancellor & Principal (Acting)