The fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) continues to be at the helm of MUT’s priorities in 2021. The University joined forces with alumnus, Andile Mafa to host a two-day event in Umlazi that anchors a new campaign message, #NoExcuses for GBV.
Mafa, the MUT Accounting class of 2007 is the Umlazi Local Coordinator for Ranyaka, a social enterprise established to provide sustainable, integrated solutions to the challenges facing communities.
The devastating impact of the national Lockdown has given rise to a number of GBV cases. Although GBV affects everyone, women and girls are at an even higher risk. On 7 April 2021, Ranyaka and MUT collaborated in an event at Hope of Glory Ministries, in Umlazi’s R Section. The event brought together 50 girls including grade 11 and 12 learners from one of Umlazi’s iconic school, Vukuzakhe High School, MUT students and alumni to join in on a conversation about placing the power back into women’s hands. The conversation was led by Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida and the Kolisi Foundation. The Kolisi Foundation was founded by the SA rugby team captain Siya Kolisi and his wife Rachel. Shudufhadzo said, “the country needs to develop an army of empowered women as one more step to fighting GBV”.
To highlight the pivotal role men play in the fight against GBV, 30 budding MUT sportsmen attended the second day of the event that was dedicated to educating them about the significance of mental health and the role sport plays in the fight against GBV.
Mafa facilitated a session which highlighted how being active participants in group sports keeps one’s mind stimulated in a positive manner. Leading a healthy lifestyle contributes to the overall well-being of any individual. Andile said: “This sense of well-being spills over into that person’s relationship with their spouse, partner and family. Finding healthy outlets for stress and frustration is key for ensuring one does not vent towards fellow humans.”
The event brought together an assortment of stakeholders that included Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Njabulo Nzuza, Executive Director of Uyinene Foundation, Masimbulele Buso, and the family of late Uyinene Mrwetyana, who lost her life in 2019 due to GBV.