MUT student astounded by mechanical engineering award

Perfect Mgwenya
Perfect Mgwenya

As celebrating excellence grips MUT at this year’s graduation, a Mechanical Engineering student took this message of excellence a step further.  Thembinkosi Perfect Mgwenya received the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) Meritorious Student Award.

Ngwenya did not believe that he indeed was a recipient of the SAIMechE Award. Even as he handed over a piece of paper for the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering to announce that he has been awarded with the prestigious award, he could not string together sentences to describe his joy. After some time, all he could manage was – I am very happy.

Ngwenya earned his award. He was perfect in his approach to his studies. “I associated with the correct people.  We worked hard. We focused on our studies” said Ngwenya. He has more people to thank. “When I joined MUT I lodged with my cousin. Also, my family played a very big role in my success. My brother, who was essentially our bread winner, supported me financially. All this help made it easy for me to study,” said Ngwenya.

In the letter to Ngwenya, the SAIMechE Chief Executive Officer, Vaughan Rimbault, said: “it gives pleasure to confirm that you have been selected by the Mangosuthu University of Technology to receive the SAIMechE Meritorious Student Award for 2018 for the National Diploma programme in Mechanical Engineering. SAIMechE congratulates you on your outstanding achievement.” The award was accompanied by a medal, certificate and cash prize of R1 000.

SAIMechE is a senior body representing the discipline of Mechanical Engineering in South Africa. The institution is now more than 100 years old. It aims to further education through career guidance, technology awareness programmes, liaison with universities and universities of technology. It also provides its members with news of the latest developments in technology. The institute is a platform for publication of papers through various seminars and conferences.

Ngwenya is now working at the ACTO John Thompson where they make and maintain boilers. He is hoping to be fully employed with the firm. In Ngwenya, Mangosuthu University of Technology has indeed empowered a nation, as was said by Prof Marcus Ramogale, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, during the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Engineering on 9 April 2019.