Class of 2016 MUT alumna, Lungelwa Faith Mnyandu, has returned to MUT for another qualification and secured employment during the national Lockdown.
“Being an MUT student feels like home. The diversity of culture and the familiarity of the environment makes everything seems comfortable,” said Lungelwa. “I am from Umlazi, so for me Mangosuthu University of Technology is just home away from home.”
Lungelwa graduated with a Diploma in Community Extension. She completed her qualification in the prescribed minimum time and credits her success to “the structure and good quality of lecturing”.
She started yet another journey with her alma mater. She began reading for an Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development in the beginning of the year, before the COVID-19 national Lockdown.
She is one of a few individuals who managed to secure employment at this difficult time for all South Africans. “During the Lockdown I started my new Job at Liv Village under National Route Agri-Tech Solution doing Agribusiness Management, assisting farmers with buying and selling of farm inputs.”
Lungelwa is no stranger to the world of work. Between 2018 and January 2019, she worked for Wildlands Conservation Trust as an Extension Officer and Plant Nursery Maintenance before her contract terminated in January 2020. However, this is the first time that she has to juggle the pressures of work along with the challenges of being a student.
“The only way I am able to survive is to stick to my work and school timetables. During the week I go to work for 8 hours. When I get home I put one hour away for my studies so I do not fall behind. On weekends I sacrifice one day to catch up,” said Lungelwa.