On 28 September 2020, the University’s alumni officers, Modjadji Baloyi and Nganele Dube, visited eThekwini Municipality’s Departments of Architecture and Human Settlements where they met four alumni – Nokwethemba Zulu, Nkosinathi Dlamini, Hlengiwe Mthethwa, and Sibongakonke Gumede, as part of the on-going programme to strengthen relations between the University and its former students. The visit was part of the University’s general programme to create and keep a strong bond with our alumni. Modjadji said they wanted to reconnect with the alumni. The office has lost contacts of some of the alumni. “Contacts were lost as a result of alumni moving around. We also invited the alumni to take part in alumni projects, some of which are initiated by the alumni themselves, and run by the Alumni Office,” said Modjadji. Modjadji added that their main goal was to maintain a productive relationship with alumni.
The two pressing projects that alumni are requested to take part in are the Alumni Fund, and the revision sessions for students. Alumni contribute to the Fund by donating money. The Fund assists students from disadvantaged background with registration fees. Alumni can also donate benches so the students can have some comfort while they are still part of the student body.
The revision programme aims at assisting students who have been hard hit by the COVID-19 restrictions. Students had to vacate the University residences before the Lockdown started; some of them struggled with online learning. Some alumni came back to give their time to help students with revision sessions on Teams organized by the Department of Marketing and Communications. These sessions are much needed to reduce the academic anxiety students have because of the pandemic.
Modjadji said their focus on the two projects was out of necessity. “Students will be registering for their second semester soon. They will need money to register, and they will need to have passed their assignments and tests; hence our involvement in these areas,” said Modjadji.