You are what you eat! So says a wise saying, which must be heeded by all. This is what drives MUT’s third year Environmental Health student, Nokwanda Sikhakhane. Nokwanda initiated an inspection of the food sold to MUT students by traders who have outlets on Mangosuthu Highway, just outside MUT. On 3 August 2017 MUT and eThekwini Municipality carried an inspection on the premises of KwaMnyandu Traders Stalls. Nokwanda said they decided to work with the store owners because the store owners sell food to MUT students. “We need to make sure the students eat food of acceptable quality. We are also going to give the vendors relevant training, given what we discovered. They are aware of the hygiene requirements, but they still need some training.”
Also, MUT is now allowing local women to collect discarded cardboards for recycling. Cash generated from selling these will be of great help to the three women, who, altogether, look after 15 children. Nokwanda, who facilitated this relationship, said training the food vendors, and recycling the used cardboard is “our effort at contributing to the green environment.” Nokwanda, an award winner, is a leading figure in caring for the environment.