Two former MUT academics paid a surprise visit to the Department of Marketing and Communications (MarComms) on 21 June 2017. “This was my first boss,” said a very happy Mbali Mkhize to colleagues at MarComms, where she is a senior director. She was referring to Jill D’Eramo. Jill was the head of the Department of Communication. She worked at MUT from 1989 to 2003. The other lecturer was Dr Bridget Brookes who worked at the Department of Chemistry for almost two decades – 1989-2007. Dr Brooks said she missed teaching and her MUT students. Both are now enjoying their retirement. But Dr Brookes does teaching from time to time.
The Department of Human resources and Development staff, Dudu Shezi and Agnes Mkhwanazi were very happy to meet their former colleagues. Dudu said it was like meeting family members after a long time. Jill taught her Communication when Dudu was studying towards her Diploma in Office Technology. Dudu described Jill as “a very kind person,” and Dr Brookes “as a diplomat with good ideas who gave solutions to challenges.” Like Jill and Dr Brookes, Dudu and Agnes joined MUT in 1989.