eThekwini Municipality embarks on raising awareness on BRICS

From left, Teboho Semmerlink, GoDigital SA’s Chief Operations Officer; Mapule Ncanywa, Chairperson: BRICS Skills Development Working Group: Future Skills; and Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director at MUT’s Department of Marketing and communications

MUT has not been left behind by eThekwini Municipality which is at the centre of skills development. Presenting a keynote address at the BRICS information flow meeting which had more than 100 attendees of which only two came from MUT, Mapule Ncanywa, Chairperson: BRICS Skills Development Working Group (SDWG) Future Skills – South Africa, said: “Higher Education has an important role to play in the digital skills revolution. One of our objectives is to share knowledge with BRICS Council partners, higher education and TVET partners to help build skills pathways towards future jobs”. MUT’s entry into BRICS should be attributed to MUT’s long-standing relationship with GoDigital SA which has been instrumental in pioneering digital programmes with MUT and Umlazi schools.

GoDigital SA’s relationship with MUT ensured that MUT was not left behind during the BRICS summit in 2023. This week’s information flow meeting enabled, both Mbali Mkhize, senior director, Marketing and Communications and Professor Alfred Msomi, head of the mathematical sciences department an opportunity with influential stakeholders in the various BRICS programmes. “We were able to engage deeply on the next steps of action with Ncanywa, and I do believe that the initial BRICS uptake by Professor Msomi will enable other colleagues to participate more in the BRICS programmes, especially with the soon to be announced plan for Russia”, said Mkhize.