MUT excellence grips job-seeking South Africans

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

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2 January 2023


MUT excellence grips job-seeking South Africans

A mobile app to help South African graduates seeking employment, Job X, may just be what the doctor ordered to curb a high unemployment rate in South Africa.

Job X, which was conceptualised and developed by Mzamo Mbhele, a third-year Information Technology (Software Development) student at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), has become the talk of the town. This is after Job X, a zero-rated app that allows users to download and use it without having any data, received over 10,000 users in its first week and well over 40,000 downloads so far.

“We are humbled by this achievement from our IT student in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. I wish to reiterate what our Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale, always say to our graduates, “let not your past determine your future”. Today, we are seeing a MUT graduate making international headlines, and this shows that our strategic direction on excellence has begun to bear some fruits,” said Dr Manyane Makua, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at MUT.

“We are proud of Mzamo Mbhele, and we will assist him to protect his product. We are on course with enhancing our incubation centre. Mbhele will be able to be protected in an environment where he could imagine more innovations,” added Dr Makua.

The University has noted the support by the media and wishes to encourage the media not to shy away from saying Mbhele is a Mangosuthu University of Technology graduate, not a KZN graduate.

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