The Department of Information Technology and Networks (IT&N) has collaborated with the University of Zululand (UniZulu) to create a new student allowance payment system. Applications Manager in the IT&N department, Sherwin Mudaly, said “the major benefit of the system was that students are now going to be paid in real time. It was developed to pay student allowance payments directly into the student bank account. It will replace a system that is still dependent upon manual work,” said Sherwin. The new system is expected to be implemented soon.
Other universities are already showing interest in using the new system and have made enquiries to the IT company Adapt IT who built the new system. Adapt IT has recognized the innovative thinking that stemmed between MUT and UniZulu, and has already rewarded MUT with 50 system development hours equivalent R74 000 in monetary terms. Sherwin said IT&N has already started the planning processes to use these hours for new ITS system innovations in to provide improved system work flow processes to the MUT community.