HR&D repositions itself to improve services to staff

HR&D staff, with other MUT staff at the breakaway

In its efforts at ensuring that University governance principles were adhered to, and to maximise the benefits the University would accrue, MUT’s Department of Human Resources and Development (HR&D) had a break-away session from 2-3 July 2019 wherein the department put together a programme towards this goal.

The Acting Senior Director of HR&D, Bheki Shezi, said they felt that the department had to reposition itself so that it could improve its service standards to staff and students. Shezi said the main aim of the break-away was to devise a plan for the department to align its operations with the University’s strategic plan. Shezi said: “Our department is a nerve centre for effective implementation of Mangosuthu University of Technology’s strategic plan. As a result, HR priorities, plans and activities are to be aligned with broad strategic objectives of the University. The HR workshop we hosted was one of the first strategic planning processes aimed at creating space for the Department and its partners to meaningfully participate in the strategic direction of the Department.” Shezi added that they invited colleagues from other departments to assist in crafting a plan that would be their road map. “We needed colleagues to assist us to gather as much information as possible, particularly on the challenges faced by our clients and the University at large towards the realisation of its objectives in order for us to develop clear and well-defined interventions,” said Shezi.

In his presentation to the team, MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza informed HR&D staff that there were various parts of the Strategic Plan 2020-2025 that the team should respond to, and use them as an umbrella guide for the Department’s plans for the University. Dr Jerome Mabaso, Director: Risk and Compliance, informed attendees of the risks that HR&D had to be mindful of, and extended an invitation for assistance should they need it.

Members of the department came back invigorated and ready to take the challenges. They said they learnt a lot from the exercise, which Dudu Shezi, HR officer described as fruitful. Dudu Shezi added that the exercise was an empowerment drive for everyone, including the interns who performed well in their presentation, and showed leadership qualities. Dudu Shezi said that they now know what everybody in the department was doing; the silos had been broken down.