Prof Ramogale pays tribute to 2015-16 student leadership

Prof Glenda Gray addressing graduates and parents during the first ceremony

Prof Ramogale quoted national newspapers that carried screaming headlines that highlighted that MUT was normal while all other institutions were dealing with the fees related problems. This calmness at MUT drew the attention of the national education officials. In an email to Prof Ramogale, Prof Diane Grayson, Director of Institutional Audits at the CHE   commended MUT students for the “maturity, rationality, discipline and understanding” they had demonstrated.

Prof Ramogale said the 2016 class would be given a testimonial that would be an indication of the kind of people they were. They kept calm, focused on their studies, and this led to the continuation of MUT as the leading institution with a good throughput rate, a feat MUT has continued to carry for the past few years. For this reason, Prof Ramogale informed the audience that his office had conceptualised the idea of giving all the Class of 2016 graduates a testimonial that would make it easier for the new graduates to secure jobs. This would be a direct message from executive management laying bare the relationship between them and the graduates.

The graduation ceremonies were dedicated to four esteemed individuals that have made a huge mark in the lives of their country folks and beyond. The Natural Sciences faculty ceremony was dedicated to Prof Glenda Gray, the CEO of the SAMRC, who is one of TIME’s magazine’s top 100 most influential people. The others were Thembinkosi Madikane, MD of Igoda Projects who is also an MUT graduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering, to whom two Engineering faculty ceremonies were dedicated; and Prof Otty Nxumalo, and Dr Reuel Khoza, both for the Faculty of Management Sciences.

N-Gap lecturer graduates

Sithembile collecting her tickets

Out of more than 2000 students that will be graduating next week, there will be Sithembile Nkosi, a nGap lecturer who started lecturing in the Department of Nature Conservation in 2016. The nGAP involves the recruitment of highly capable scholars as new academics, against carefully designed and balanced equity considerations and in light of the disciplinary areas of greatest need. Sithembile will be one of the second cohort of students to graduate with the recently introduced Post-Graduate Diploma in Nature Conservation. A very “delighted” Sithembile picked up her graduation tickets at Department of Marketing and Communications (MarComms) on 3 May 2017. Sithembile is one of the first students that are currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Nature Conservation. MUT is the only University of Technology in the country that offers this qualification.

MUT welcomes a Research Manager in the office of the DVC, Research, Innovation and Engagements

Prof Makhafola

MUT’s attempts at strengthening its academic prowess by empowering its staff are getting better and better. Recently the University hired three research professors. Now MUT welcomes another Professor, Tshepiso Makhafola, as a Research Manager, and Associate Professor. He has a solid academic background. Prof Makhafola, who obtained his PhD (Paraclinical Sciences) from the University of Pretoria, will be overseeing projects in the office of the DVC, Research, Innovation and Engagements, Prof Zodwa Dlamini, particularly the SAMRC-related projects. He has published over 12 peer-reviewed papers in internationally recognised journals. His area of speciality is Phycomedicine. Among other things, Prof Makhafola will research the effects of natural products on delaying different carcinogenic processes, including suppression, reduction or inversion of carcinogenesis.  Prof Makhafola will also be involved in teaching, learning and research in the university’s Department of Biomedical Sciences.

MUT graduation stars

04 May 2017
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Softly-spoken mechanical engineering student wins prestigious SAIMechE Award

Xoliswa outside the Toyota SA plant

MUT graduation is a very pleasing time for parents who have invested much in their children’s education. For Xoliswa Patience Langa, her graduation on 11 May will be particularly special – although her demeanour gives few clues as to her story.
With her head down most of the time, Xoliswa could hardly be associated with anything sensational. But her academic record is! “She has 16 distinctions. I saw her results,” said one of Toyota SA’s employees about Xoliswa, who is doing further training at Toyota’s car manufacturing plant in Prospecton, Durban.
Xoliswa confirmed the 16 distinctions. “This excludes the PreTech,” she said in a very soft voice. Xoliswa puts her huge success down to “hard work, dedication and being focused on what I was doing. I used to ask questions from the lecturers, but not before I tried and failed. Also, I found group study to be very helpful, particularly because I was not staying in the residences.”
For her efforts Xoliswa has received the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) Meritorious Student Award. Xoliswa’s overall average mark for the last examination was 75%, a performance which drew the HoD’s attention. Prof Ewa Zawilska said: “This award comes with a beautiful medal and a prize chque. I am very proud of my student.” This award is given to a deserving student every year.
Xoliswa said she chose mechanical engineering because it related well to mathematics. She is comfortable with calculating things “rather than taking down notes”, said the former Ganges Secondary School learner, who added that although she has many distinctions, it was not easy. “The Strength of Materials course was particularly challenging, but I got over 60% for it,” she said.

Senamile Mbokazi, Simiso Ntuli and Asanda Khumalo at Umgeni Water laboratory, Pietermaritzburg

Analytical chemistry student wins national competition and gears up for Dubai
MUT students continue to hold their own among some of the best in the country. And they win. This year has seen this trend continuing. Three of MUT’s analytical chemistry students participated in the World Skills South Africa competition at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, from 13-17 February 2017 – and went home with a first and second prize!
Asanda Khumalo, Simiso Ntuli and Senamile Mbokazi – who are all doing their internship at Umgeni Water in Pietermaritzburg – took part in the Aquatronics category. “We did five tasks. These were lab, pumps, edukit, process control (also called Environmental Discovery System or EDS) and visual reality,” said Asanda.
The students had practised these tasks as a group while training for the competition at Festo SA, an industrial equipment supplier in Johannesburg, as well as at Umgeni Water. During the actual competition they performed the five tasks as individuals. Asanda became the overall winner and received a gold medal, and Simiso came second – beating two groups from Unisa.
In October Asanda gets to compete at international level in the World Skills competition in Dubaiin the United Arab Emirates. She will be briefed by Festo SA before flying over to the Middle East in October. All three students are graduating as part of the Class of 2017.

Grant money generates a cum laude
The unemployed parents of Phumzile Hadebe would never have imagined that their government grant would go a long way in making one of their children an Environmental Health graduate from Mangosuthu University of Technology.
Phumzile is from Estcourt and went to Sizathiwa High School. She is among five top students in her Faculty of Natural Sciences. “This is a huge achievement for me and my parents who are unemployed. I am grateful to them for their love and sacrifice on the little they had, to ensure that I get the best education. I am also grateful to the Bursary I received from the Mining Qualification Authority for without this support, I would have battled financially and psychologically”, she said.
Phumzile is currently studying towards her B.Tech in Environmental Health through the University of Johannesburg.

MUT graduation 2017 dedicated to SA’s servant leaders

3 May 2017

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MUT graduation 2017 dedicated to SA’s servant leaders

Now in its 7th year of honouring great South African achievers, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) continues its tradition at this year’s graduation ceremony where it dedicates its graduation to notable South Africans. Prof Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor, says, “Having a graduation ceremony dedicated to an individual, is a greatest honour a University can bestow upon that person. It means the individual has done great things which are exemplary and need to be emulated by graduands. Talking about great deeds by persons is not enough if you can’t show proof. It is for this reason that we honour these people’s work before our graduands in order to inspire them to do even greater in their lifetime.”

MUT’s three faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Management Sciences and carefully selected most deserving individuals who are making a difference in the day-to-day  lives of South Africans to be honoured this year and they are:

  1. Professor Glenda Gray: President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council. Last month she was recognised by Time Magazine in the top 100 most influential people in the world
  2. Mr TC Madikane, Managing Director of Igoda, Projects;
  3. Professor Otty Mandla Nxumalo, renowned Zulu literature writer and former DG of KZN Treasury;
  4. Dr. Reuel Khoza Chairman and major shareholder of Aka Capital (Pty) Limited.

Additional information is attached.



Notes to the editor

Prof Glenda Gray

A qualified paediatrician, an NRF A-rated scientist and first female President of the SA Medical Research Council.  Co-founder of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Soweto, South Africa.  Expert in PMTCT, HIV vaccines and microbicides.  Co-PI of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Director of the HVTN International Programmes. On TIME magazine 100 list. Recipient of the Order of Order of Mapungubwe, South Africa’s highest honour granted by the country’s President for achievements in the international area which have served South Africa’s interests.

Prof Gray serves on important national and global bodies:

  • Member of the Academy of Science in South Africa and chairs its Standing Committee on Health;
  • Member of the National Academy of Medicine, also serves on its Global Health Board;
  • African Academy of Science;
  • American Academy of Microbiology;
  • National Council of Innovation; and
  • Chair of the Global Alliance of Chronic Diseases.

Awards and accolades:

  • 2002 – Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for pioneering work done in the field of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV-1;
  • IAPAC “Hero of Medicine” award for work done in the field of HIV treatment in children and adults;
  • 2009 – Prof Gray and James McIntyre received the N’Galy-Mann lectureship in recognition of their HIV research contribution in South Africa;
  • 2012 – received a DSc (honoris causa) from the Simon Fraser University; Vancouver, Canada, for her work in the field of PMTCT;
  • 2012 – admitted into the American Academy of Microbiology;
  • 2013 – received South Africa’s highest honour from the President of SA – Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) for achievements in the national and international arena;
  • 2013 – EDCTP Award: Outstanding African Scientist;
  • 2016: TWAS regional prize: building scientific institutions; and
  • 2017: On TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.


Prof Otty Ezrom Howard Mandlakayise Nxumalo was born at Ngoje, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, to Bonisiwe MaQwabe Nxumalo and Qedusizi Nxumalo, son of Tshwala Nxumalo who fought at eSandlwana in 1879 as part of the Umcijo Regiment.

This scholar has the following academic achievements: B.A Honors, Master of Arts, D.Litt et Phil (honoris causa) (University of South Africa); Bachelor of Education (University of Zululand); Master in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard); Master in Education, Doctor in Education (Harvard University).

Prof Nxumalo’s professional experience includes: Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Zululand; Professor at the Governor School of New Jersey, Monmouth College, USA, Adjunct Professor in the Adults Degree Option Program, Lesley College, Cambridge, USA. While working at the University of Zululand and after, Prof Nxumalo promoted Ph.D students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well.

For six years Prof Nxumalo served as a Director General of the KwaZulu-Natal Government. While Prof Nxumalo occupied this position, he was appointed as a member of a Peace Monitoring International Committee under the Chairmanship of Justice Richard Goldstone.

For about 14 years Prof Nxumalo was a Public Relations Officer and Speech Writer for His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini.

After his retirement, Prof Nxumalo served as a member of a Majola Commission assigned to resolve disputes on Ubukhosi succession in KwaZulu-Natal. He also designed and conducted courses on leadership skills for traditional leaders.

A list of organisations to which Prof Nxumalo was invited to serve stands thus: Board Member of the South African Reserve Bank;  Board Member: Harvard Education Review Journal;  Trustee: African Renaissance Movement;  Member of the Institute for Multi-Party Democracy;  Leader of an Elections Monitory Team: Zambia Elections; Deputy Chief Scout of South Africa; Founding member and Chairman of the Dr FT Mdlalose Foundation; Member of the Committees translating the Bible under the auspices of the Bible Society and the Catholic Church, Diocese of Durban, respectively; appointed as a terminologist to translate terms in respect of different disciplines,  submitted to the University of KwaZulu-Natal from English to IsiZulu.

Finally Prof Nxumalo’s contributions to the development of IsiZulu are evident from over a thousand articles he has published as a columnist in Ilanga, and Inkazimulo, a newspaper he established five years ago. Prof Nxumalo is a writer of IsiZulu books, novels, poetry, essays, short stories, children’s books and in collaboration with others; and language and lexicographical works. He is one of the three biographers of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka King Bhekuzulu ka King Solomon.

Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza (31.12.1949)

Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza

Reuel is an advocate of a new management and leadership culture which is based on inclusivity, Afrocentricity and Ubuntu. He is an exponent of African-led, globally competitive economics and industries and is a distinguished consultant and lecturer on diverse business topics.

Dr Reuel Khoza is currently Chairman and major shareholder of Aka Capital (Pty) Limited, an investment holding and private equity company with investments in various industries. He is also the Chairman of Nedbank Group Limited and Corobrik (Pty) Limited. He is a director of several companies in which Aka Capital is invested, including Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc.

Dr Khoza is the author of Attuned Leadership and Let Africa Lead; and is the co-author of The Power of Governance.

Dr Khoza was the Founding Chairman of the Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) from 2001 to August 2011. During his tenure he initiated the establishment of the African Leadership Development Programme, which is jointly run by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and the NBF. He is Fellow and President of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Dr Khoza is a Visiting Professor at Rhodes Investec Business School, Rhodes University, former Professor Extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and Chancellor of the University of Limpopo, succeeding former President Nelson Mandela.


  • BA Honours (Psychology) (University of the North, RSA) (now University of Limpopo)
  • MA (Marketing Management) (University of Lancaster, UK)
  • Engineering Doctorate (Business) (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Programme for Management Development (Harvard Business School, USA)
  • International Programme for Board Members IPBM (IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa (Rhodes University, RSA)


  • NAFCOC Milestones: A History of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce’s First 21 Years
  • Ubuntu – Botho – Vamunhu Vhutha: A Monography on African Humanism
  • The African in My Dream
  • The Power of Governance, Co-authored with Mohamed Adam
  • Let Africa Lead
  • Attuned Leadership

Current chairmanships

  • Aka Capital (Pty) Limited (Executive Chairman)
  • Globeleq (Non-executive Chairman)
  • Main Street (Non-executive Chairman)

Current directorships

  • Platinum Hospitality
  • Nampak
  • Sasol Oil

Current memberships

  • Chancellor of the University of Limpopo, succeeding former president Nelson Mandela
  • Visiting Professor at Rhodes Business School, Rhodes University in Grahamstown where he lectures corporate strategy, corporate governance, business leadership and marketing communications
  • Former Professor Extra Ordinairé at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town where he lectured corporate strategy, corporate governance and business leadership
  • Fellow and President of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa
  • Director of the Nepad Business Foundation
  • Member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa
  • A Programme Pioneer of “Nelson Mandela – The Champion Within”
  • Adjunct Visiting Professor: Wits Business School

Profile of Thembinkosi Madikane, known as TC

Thembinkosi Madikane is the Managing Director of Igoda Projects, an electrical consulting engineering company operating throughout South Africa and has served on number of Boards as Non-Executive Director.

Mr Madikane was inaugurated at the SAIEE Annual General Meeting on the 5th of April 2016.

Mr Madikane has a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Mangosuthu University of Technology), Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (University of Natal) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (University of Natal). He has more than 22 years’ experience in industry.  His areas of interest and expertise are in power engineering, energy management and project management. He is registered with Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineer.

Mr Madikane joined the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) in 1994 and became Chairperson of the University of Natal’s SAIEE Student Chapter in 1996. He served on SAIEE KZN branch from 1998 and became a SAIEE Council member in 2007. In 2006, TC won the SAIEE’s Engineer of the Year award. He became Fellow of SAIEE in 2010 and is also a Fellow of South African Academy of Engineering.

Mr Madikane has served on various Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) committees since 2005 dealing with professional registration and university accreditations. He is currently the Chairperson of ECSA’s Registration Committee for Professional Engineers. He became the first Secretary General of National Society of Black Engineers SA in 1998.

As an MUT alumnus, Mr Madikane has been ploughing back to MUT for more than a decade. Every year, his company employs no less than 20 MUT electrical engineering graduates as interns.


Over 25 high schools attend Open Day

Learners at the Biomedical Technology stand

MUT continues to strengthen its partnerships with both primary and high schools in an effort to position brand MUT to learners in the region. More than 3000 learners from selected high schools around Umlazi and the greater Durban descended on MUT for the Open Day on 24 to 25 April 2017 at Seme Hall. The purpose of this event was to enlighten learners on programmes offered and to try and close the gap that still exists regarding the importance of applying on time for the right programme relevant to the learners’ school subjects. The event was a collaboration between MUT’s Marketing and Communications and eThekwini Municipality’s office of the Deputy City Manager which was represented by Veena Naidoo.

MUT’s academic and support departments embraced the opportunity to showcase their department programmes and gave the learners valuable information that will determine their future.  The Central Applications Office (CAO) was also present to hammer the message home – apply in time, and via the correct route!  Learners also picked up the application forms at the CAO stand. A 17 year old learner from Welbedene Secondary, Chatswoth, was one of the learners that benefited from being at the event. Collen Sukhran aspires to do ICT.  “I am so happy that I got the opportunity to come to MUT.  I want to be an IT technician.  I want to learn how to develop an App and improve the systems of technology. I learnt that there are different components that make up computers and there are so many opportunities if I study IT.”

Plans underway for MUT to host a Human Settlements’ Conference

The team that had the preliminary discussions at MUT. Maclean is second from left

The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has sealed a partnership with MUT through the Research, Innovation and Engagements directorate after recently injecting a R3, 5million grant for the DHS Research Chair at MUT. This is not the only investment DHS has resolved to undertake for MUT. A National Human Settlements conference will take place from 5-6 October 2017 at the ICC with MUT as the conference convenor. A DHS team, led by Monwabisi Maclean, accompanied by Prof Sijekula Mbanga from Nelson Mandela University (NMU) held a historic meeting to discuss how the conference could help position MUT’s research and its strength on alternative building technologies to DHS, government and all relevant stakeholders. “The long term goal would be to develop a professional body which will show that research is an important part of DHS. The DHS partnership with universities is based on various niche areas. For example, at UNISA the niche area is public administration, NMMU’s the social sciences, while MUT’s is alternative building technologies. We envisage these niche areas being developed at post graduate qualification level in human settlements for parliamentarians and various professionals. There is ample need for these qualifications,” Maclean said.

For MUT, the highlight of the conference will be the launch of the Human Settlements Chair. The conference hopes to draw various role-players such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and eThekwini Municipality.

I want to assist in closing the gap,– new Engineering faculty Research Professor

Prof Theodore Haupt

MUT has secured the services of who joined MUT as the Research Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. Prof Haupt, got his PhD from the University of Florida, USA and has published 169 peer-reviewed papers in 69 journals. He has written two books and published seven chapters in books.  Prof Haupt’s speciality is Construction safety.  Prof Haupt is a man on a mission. He spotted a gap at MUT and decided he was going to take it as a challenge. “I want to be part of a team that will assist MUT to have a stronger programme qualification mix (PQM), approved by the CHE. The programme must have academic offerings from Pre-Tech to PhD so that MUT will be able to attract students for all levels of study. This will close the gap that is currently existing. But for this to happen, MUT staff must have PhDs so they would be able to supervise Master’s and PhD students. This will bring in a lot of funds to MUT as Master’s and PhD students will write and publish papers,” he said. Prof Haupt is supervising seven MUT staff doing Master’s and two doing PhDs at UKZN. Prof Haupt said he is expecting the gap to close in the next five years.

MUT enhances its international presence

The MUT delegation at the SA Embassy, in Ireland

Prof Zodwa Dlamini’s mission to put MUT in the global map is fast gaining traction. From 8-15 April 2017, Prof Dlamini led a 12-member delegation which included two student leaders to the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland. The delegation discussed areas of collaboration with their DIT peers, and got first-hand experience in a world-class institution. The delegation’s interaction with DIT Management gave it an assurance that the collaboration was going to bear results. “My philosophy is that the starting point for a vibrant research, innovation and engagement environment should be strategic benchmarking at a global level. For 2017, I set my target very high, that the first effort towards this goal should be with a first world country. DIT was happy to work with us. I then set the ball rolling by mobilising funding from an external source and I am grateful that MUT has drawn the attention of funders,” said Prof Dlamini. An MoU is about to be signed and will focus on immunology, mathematical support, data analytics, research capacity building, and innovation. The MoU will assist MUT to access DIT’s strategic partners that MUT would not have been able to access on its own. These are Google, Siemens, Microsoft and other companies usually found in the Forbes 100 list.  The delegation also visited the SA Embassy in Ireland. The Embassy committed itself towards making the partnership with DIT succeed. The student leaders, Vezi Simelane and Sandile Mbonambi, said “The trip was an eye-opener in many fronts. It made us dream bigger for our future and the future of the student body we lead.”


Annual Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching & Learning Awards feature students

Inaugural winners! Mbongeni, Fisani and Phakamani, with Dr Makua, seated

The 5th annual Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching & Learning Awards that took place last Friday, 7 April 2017, had a new item – Recognition of Student Academic Excellence Awards. Dr Manyane Makua, Senior Director, Teaching and & Learning Development Centre (TLDC), said the reason they decided to include the students in the awards was that students were a reflection of the excellent work by the lecturers. The two are a mirror image of each other.

Three students from the University’s three faculties won cash each, and other prizes for their efforts. The inaugural winners were Phakamsani Thwala, a second year Construction Management & Quantity Surveying student, Fisani Shandu, a second year Marketing student, and Mbongeni Khoza, a second year ICT student. These students were awarded for obtaining over 80% average marks during the last examination, and became the best students in their respective faculties.

The 2017 VC Teaching & Learning Awards winners were: Prof Logan Naidoo, from the HR&M department; Kevin Ramsarghey, from the Accounting department; Nkululeko Damoyi, from the Chemistry department; and Adesoji Jaiyeola, from the Civil Engineering department. All four won silver trophies, cash, and other prizes. Vukile Mgijima, from the Communication department won a bronze trophy, and like others, he received cash, a tablet, and other prizes. All winners will attend the 2017 Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) conference to be held in November, with all expenses paid by the TLDC. The event was graced by Prof Helen Bond from the Howard University, Washington DC, and Prof Mahlapahlapana Themane, from the University of Limpopo. Both professors had been keynote speakers during the annual colloquium that preceded the VC’s awards on 5 and 6 April 2017.