Press release statement
Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications
Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za 3 March 2022
MUT’s 2022 academic lectures to start on 10 March
Issued on behalf of Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will start its lectures for the 2022 academic year on Thursday, 10 March. The University announced the new lecture start date after the special meeting of Executive Management Committee (EMC) held on Wednesday, 2 March.
The resumption of lectures was initially scheduled for 28 February but had to be postponed allowing for registration of returning students to continue. In his update to the University community, MUT Acting Registrar, Mr Phumzile Masala, assured the public that Faculties were going to develop plans to recover the eight days that would be lost due to this postponement.
Masala also announced that the University had been informed by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) that the funding body would only start paying allowances to funded students in April 2022. NSFAS funds about 75% of all MUT students. The decision to only pay allowances from April onwards would mean that NSFAS-funded students would start lectures without allowances. EMC resolved to assist NSFAS-funded students by paying potions of the allowances as they wait for NSFAS.
“Learning Material Allowances and Living (meal) Allowances will be paid in March at
70% of the approved allowance. The remainder will be paid within two working days of
receiving the first payment from NSFAS in April. This means that for annual students, the total allowance to be paid in March 2022 will be R4,690 per student and for Semester students, the total amount will be R2,870 per student. These payments represent the University’s attempt to assist students using its own resources while waiting for NSFAS to release funds for students,” said Masala.
The University has committed to pay the allowances for returning students on Wednesday, 9 March 2022, and those for First Time Entering Students (FTENs) the following week on Wednesday,16 March 2022. The delay in paying allowances for new students is a result of the bank details verification process that MUT must conduct after these students submit proof of their bank accounts and certified copies their identity document to the Financial Aid Office, said Masala.
Meanwhile, at its meeting of 24 February 2022, the MUT Senate resolved that “contact teaching can take place to the maximum of 50% [capacity] of scheduled lectures, especially for large classes,” said Masala. “Exemption to this is possible for small classes.”
Students have until end on 11 March 2022 to complete their registration.