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LAW DAY 2018

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth- #Slay in Your Lane was a hashtag used to catch the attention of Nelson Mandela University Students’ 2018 Careers fair. The Accounting & Law Day was held on 02 August in Building 35, South Campus between 09h00am to 15h00pm.

The Nelson Mandela University had a chance to create a platform for students’ interaction with company representatives and get their contact details, get information on how to  apply, make a good impression, learn about other accounting and law firms where their current skills sets were in demand and to compare companies, network and make contacts. There were many different companies at the Day who were hoping to talk to students about their firms. Companies participating on the Day included Auditor-General of South Africa, Bowman’s , Deloitte, Ernst Young, Incorporated, Fasken, Moore Stephens, SAIPA some of the few law and accounting firms of over 23.

What was even more interesting was a presentation by a company called Fasken which is an international Law firm, based in Canada but the company’s African office is based in Sandton, Johannesburg. Fasken Law firm has a Lundi Gadla bursary which was named after a partner who was a former Nelson Mandela University student who tragically passed away in a car crash. As a result, in his honour this bursary has been opened. Now the bursary is ONLY applicable to Nelson Mandela University students. The firm will also go to the school Lundi Gadla went to as a child, known as Masibambisane combined primary school where the firm will make donations to them. Faskin has various opportunities to law students from universities in South Africa such as bursaries, vacation work programmes, articles and so on.

An online dictionary describes a career fair as an event in which employers or company representatives recruiters give job related information to potential employees, and it  usually takes place in universities. What to expect at career fairs from a careers fair Day?Career fairs are usually packed with information, these regular events attempt an exclusive opportunity to make connections with employers and bring your future to a focal point. PWC is a professional services firm and global leader, recruiting Nelson Mandela University graduates from both Accounting and Information Technology disciplines. PWC coaches and encourage their recruits to develop in Audit, Tax, and Advisory service lines. Required qualifications are BCom C3, BCom Honours Accounting.

Students should visit a Career Day to see what is being offered and how to network. Careers fair focus on an assortment of industries and many of the companies head hunt graduates/undergraduate studying a huge range of subjects. Most universities have their own career Day which is represented by employers. These companies hand out contact information, business cards, booklets and offer advice about their services. Also, what their firms are about in terms of employment.

 A pre-recorded question and answer interview with Ronel Rizzo senior Manager at Graduate &Student Placement:

Q: How did the fair start and what the thinking behind it?

A: General career fair started in 2008 with 70 companies in attendance. The idea was to give both student and employers a platform. To engage face to face also allowing companies, to display their brand as an employer of choice.

Q:Who is  it targeted at ?

A: All current and past students it encourages students to build their portfolios of evidence from early as first year

Q:What has changed over the years about the event

A: In 2009, in request of accounting and law firms. They hosted their first accounting and Law Day, similarly they also hosted the computers and IT fair a few years later.

Q:Is there a specific theme each year?

A: yes, it depends on current trends and this year its #Slay in your own lane

Q: What are you hoping to achieve with this

A: job opportunities for the students building and maintaining strong relationships with the stakeholders

Q: How do you measure success of each event ?

A:They survey the experience of the exhibitors and students plus changing strategies as and where needed

Q:What has been some of the highlights:

A:Witnessing the alumni as come back as employers of choice. Thus, setting an example to current students and making the experience more realistic. NMU awards 5 to 10 years certificates for consistent attendance
For students  who have already determined on a career path, there is a myriad of specialist careers event Day specifically Accounting and Law from firms seeking lawyers, financial advisers, and accountants etc. The main advantage attending  is the opportunity to meet and talk to recruiters. Companies usually assign a blend of representatives such as HR Reps, HR Clerks and trained members of staff and recent recruits. Bigger careers fairs often involve a CV clinic run by HR professionals. Getting involved can give you beneficial information and tips to help you get a head start in terms of graduate placements and internships including permanent employment.

RESERVE BANK GOVERNOR SLAMS INEQUALITY IN SA.

By: Sisanda Ngongoma

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja kganyago made his second visit after two years in Nelson Mandela University at the Second Avenue Business Campus on Thursday, to lecture about inequality and monetary policy in South Africa.

The governor indicated that democracy in South Africa is faced with the biggest challenge, which is that of social inequality. Saying debates about inequality have increased into higher volume in recent years in academia, policy circles and in the broader political space for central banks especially those in advanced economics.

Inequality has become an inescapable issue and experimental policies like quantities easing have been blamed for making it worse.

The Governor stated that, critical thinking amongst South Africans is key in economically moving the country forward.

Mr Kganyago said ‘’I would like to clear up misconceptions about interactions between the Inequality and monetary policy, inequality has actually been declining because of the sustain growth in emerging markets in other countries”.

In South Africa inequality has been percistantly high but the composition of inequality has changed.

“People often do not know where their family feeds in south Africa’s income distribution. The relationship between inequality and monetary policy does not quite work the way people usually think, lower interest rates typically was an inequality. Said Kganyago.

He further stated that the reduction in inequality is achieved through better economic policy-making, growth in world of trade, the spread of technology and more education.

Mr Kkganyago suggested that south Africa is at 0,7% on gill co-efficient which makes the most unequal country in the world. people do not understand the contribution of monetary policy saying higher inflation creates more jobs that go to poorer people because more households are more indebted.

The Governor explained the four most important channels through which monetary policy affects inequality, which are, borrowing costs, asset prices, the employment wind growth and inflation. “The decision to go for loose monetary policy is often to worsen inequality and making it more extreme, South Africans households borrow for and what rate of interest depends mostly on their jobs and their income, but they do not understand that.” He said.

According to the National Credit Regulator [NCR], reports show that there are 25million credit active people in SA at the end of 2017, but only 16million people are permanently employed ,most loans are for motor vehicles and are loaned by the working class threshold that earn average salary.

The Governor encouraged South Africans to use formal loans with less interest rates.

South Africa tends to get stronger economic growth and more job creation when the inflation is low. The increase in demand, mostly from stronger productivity growth and investment slowly levels the playing ground.

 

 

DIVERSITY MONTH [Continued]

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth- The Diversity month meeting has recently taken place at North Campus 2nd floor in the New Admin Building.

The meeting took place to discuss all events that will take place in the Month of August. Many of these events are confirmed and noted on the diversity month calendar.

The meeting involved different stakeholders including students and staff who were part of a panel that pitched, opposed or confirmed some of the events being done in case there are clashes taking place. The meeting was chaired by Sikelela Matandela .

This was a brief of what took place at the last meeting and finalization of the diversity month calendar.

This was where stakeholders amended certain portions of the calendar including adding any inputs, change, acknowledgments or agreements on their proposed events. As previously discussed, the music department had aforementioned that they would look into the practicability of developing the date for their concert due to it being on the same day as the national #Total Shutdown against female abuse. The department verbalized that they were at the leading stage of their planning and would not be able to reverse the date. A make up however was attained with those accompanying the concert who were in agreement with the cause were inspired to wear black and black masking tapes as a form of a silent protest. Thus paying respect to the cause but not disturb the undertaking of the music department.

The month of August has a plethora of events that will cater to different interests and mindsets. The calendar of August has been posted on memo for students to access, just to explain the background behind Diversity month and the university’s stance on the concept of diversity month.

Diversity Month is a Nelson Mandela University initiative about advance and ability, as well as motivation for change and constructing social union. NMU staff who will continue with the university for a much longer duration are accepting the requirement for transparency, variety, and allocation of familiar view, aim and university’s student focused access.

The deliberate concerns which govern Nelson Mandela University’s diversity that were formerly buried and kept for private talk among students outside lecture halls, can now have bureaucratic affairs of climate ability, lived experience and ideology through the diversity month initiative.

10 Years of the Nelson Mandela University General Careers Fair.

By: Andisile Klaas

Port Elizabeth – The year 2018 marks 10 years since the first General Careers Fair. The event, hosted by the Nelson Mandela University’s Graduate and Student Placement Department, is aimed at providing students and employers the opportunity to interact face-to-face.

The 2018 edition of the General Careers Fair was a two-day event that took place on the 25th – 26th of July 2018 at Heinz Betz Hall on the North Campus, with the theme ‘#SlayInYourLane’. Truworths, Spec Savers, Continental Tyres and Allan Gray were some of the many companies in attendance.

The General Careers Fair began in 2008 with 70 companies in attendance with the hopes of giving students, both current and past, the opportunity to interact with potential employers and allowing companies to display themselves as a brand and future employers of choice. The Careers Fair is also aimed at assisting students with jobs once they have graduated and encourages them to create and maintain updated portfolios as early as their 1st year.

A year after the inaugural fair, the organisers were requested by Accounting and Law firms to host an Accounting and Law day; which was followed by the Computing Sciences and IT Careers Fair a few years later. Both events are now hosted annually.

The event is put together by the Graduate and Student Placement department. They measure the success of each fair by surveying the experiences of the exhibitors and students to filter for areas of improvement. The most rewarding part is witnessing alumni’s coming back as exhibitors, making the experience more realistic for current students. As a gesture of gratitude, companies were awarded certificates for 5 & 10 year consistent participation.

Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Andre’ Keet

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth- Sounds of the symphonic orchestra filled the heavily packed room as the academic procession entered the theater in all their respective academic honours regalia. The atmosphere of pride, honour and achievement filled the air.

The audience rose to its feet in respect of the academic procession of the professional inaugural lecture of prof Andre’ Keet at the Nelson Mandela University, North Campus Conference centre on ‘The Plastic University- Knowledge, Disciplines and Decolonial Circulations’.

The welcome of the inaugural welcome was done by vice chancellor Sibongile Muthwa. She started greeting and welcoming all stakeholders and students who came out in numbers to be part of the inaugural lecture. Muthwa also expressed a warm welcome to professors, stakeholders and academics  who were present. She extended a warm welcome to representatives from different institutions of education. Lastly, she acknowledged prof Keets wife, children, and mother in-law. Muthwa then congratulated the professor on his achievement in particular as a chair for critical studies in higher education transformation (criSHET).

The introduction of the speaker was delivered by Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Engagement Professor Andrew Leitch. He gave a background of  professor Andre’ Keet’s life and professional career. Professor Keet comes from Palermo a town close to the Stellenbosch in the western cape. Between 1996 to 2008 he worked he worked within independent public institutions, responsible for navigating a crucial transitional phase of South Africa’s contemporary history. Thus, also part time and on visiting basis in universities across the country. Most of his post 1994 work focused on processes, the deepening democracy, social justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.

He then joined the South African human rights commission in 1996 and later on, became its chief financial officer which was a unanimous nomination from parliament. The president appointed Andre’ as a pastime commissioner for gender equality commission in 2008 and then became director of churl’s disciplinary program at the university of Fort Hare. His first professorial appointment was as an adjacent professor at the University of Pretoria in 2009, followed by appointments at the University of Free State in 2011 as the director of institute reconciliation and social justice. Keet was an exceptional scholar and has had his book published locally and abroad.

His topic defined plastic process as flexibility of form and also shared that plasticity is the ability of the brain to change one’s life.

His message was centered around social justice and the transformation within the university including the political discourse. Prof Keet left everyone bursting with laughter with his jokes. The night ended with congratulations and word of thanks from deputy vice-chancellor Denise Zinn.

Prof Thuli Madonsela: Social justice is about fair distribution of opportunities.

By: Sisanda Ngongoma

Port Elizabeth- Former Public protector Professor Thuli Madonsela, delivered her social justice lecture at the Nelson Mandela University South Campus on Thursday[ 19 July 2018]. 

Prof. Madonsela opened her lecture by addressing  and defending the late revolutionary giant Nelson Mandela against  allegations of being called a “sell out”, saying that he played a pivotal role in the struggle as one of the icons who placed South Africa on higher ground when it comes to social justice.

“When people talk about social justice and about life and times of Nelson Mandela, it is important to remember what he stood for”, she said.

She also emphasized that Nelson Mandela stood for world peace and equality for all.

“He understood he was part of the collective, he always remembered to honor the collective and of course he took responsibility because he was a member of the team but also a captain”, she added.

However, Professor Madonsela called on Mandela students to use their privilege of education to write the next chapter by joining the M plan for social justice and using their academic intellect to assist the government with the M plan. 

Social justice is about fair distribution of opportunities, resources and burdens of society as well as between societies. Social justice is between two people who co-exist and social justice between groups that co-exist.

She also added that the value of equality in the constitution is presented as an inspirational value.

” The constitution paints visions of  future values that are fundamental basic entitlements of citizens. Including fundamental human rights and social economic rights.”said Thuli

Madonsela further described ,”There is no equality socially because women still bare the burden of looking after the disabled and the elderly, while  200 000 families are headed by 15-year old’s.”

she further alluded, “When dealing with social injustice we need look at justice for all, not just in terms of color, but gender and age as well.”

She concluded the lecture by saying that instead of complaining about leaving the poor behind, we must help them with statistics to predict the future.

“ We not going to end social injustice alone we need to connect our lights. When spider webs unit they can even tie up a lion! We are capable”.

Well known for the time she served as the country’s Public protector with integrity and fearlessness, the Auditorium was filled to capacity by Mandela staff, students and  Port Elizabeth community.

 

DIVERSITY MONTH

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth- Diversity month’s initial meeting was held yesterday- 19 July- at North Campus in the executive seminar room from 13h00 to 14h00. The meeting was chaired by Sikelela Matandela.

The session served as the initial meeting in order to coordinate activities from the various departments, faculties and other stakeholders within the institution for diversity month within the month of August. To ensure that they complement one another, the goal is to develop a meaningful calendar. The diversity meeting stakeholders include a panel of staff  and students representing many departments such as Arts and Culture, Law, Music and Residence Assistance.

The  meeting included a number of discussion points that had not yet been planned for diversity month due to a number of factors, seeing that many colleagues were on leave, as it was the recess period. Those who were present at the meeting presented their proposed draft programming. The CANDRAD confirmed that the events throughout the month of August are as follows:

  • Democracy and women seminar  2 August South Campus, Council chambers
  • Democracy seminar with Prof Steven Friedman, South Campus
  • Student Colloquium on democracy, North Campus.

These dates are subject to change later on.

CANDRAD is an organisation based at Nelson Mandela North Campus and is the one that organises and confirms all the University’s events.

One of the stakeholders from the music department raised a point on how the university does not acknowledge or rally the music students department, until they get acknowledged nationally or even internationally. “It also feels like the university needs validation from international acknowledgement before they as an institution start appreciating them”, one of the stakeholders said. He went on to say that when the institution holds varsity cup they should consider students from the music department who are also well- sought after to perform during the varsity cup, instead of paying other celebrities to come and perform.

Before the closing it was decided that the diversity month calendar would be finalised and issued before the commencement of August.