Mfesane High School in Motherwell Gets a Visit From Deputy Minister Thomson Barbara.

By Simamkele Mazondwa.

Port Elizabeth- Deputy minister Thomson Barbara paid Mfesane high school in Motherwell a visit yesterday. Barbara was accompanied by a number of ANC members as she donated 100 school tables at Mfesane high school.

“As the deputy minister of Environmental Affairs it is my job to see to it that learners are studying comfortably and that the environment is safe for learning”,said Barbara.

There were a number of activities that took place on the day other than the give away of tables, the activities included people of various stakeholders such as fire fighters, teachers and community members who also contributed by cleaning the school and surrounding areas within Motherwell.

One of those community members were Ayanda Ntsiki, 33, who expressed how the day was for her and how special the visit from deputy minister Barbara is for them.

“We woke up in the early hours today just to assist the students and clean our community. The teachers were also assisting in cleaning around the school because an environment that is clean means our children will be able to think clearly too. Too much dirt can affect our health including our children that is why it is important to keep our areas clean,” said Ntsiki.

Anezwa Belu, 17, who is currently doing her matric also added saying this visit means a lot to them. “I am very happy that the deputy minister came to visit us and I am also happy that she donated 100 tables,” Belu said.

This visit comes at a very critical time as learners are approaching third term exams including those doing matric are about to write their trial exams.

Barbara concluded saying if learners, teachers and parents could work together a lot could be achieved in township schools.

 

WARD 4 COUNCILLOR DELIGHTED BY MANDELA MONTH DONATIONS IN COMMUNITY

By: Sidima Mfeku

Port Elizabeth– Nelson Mandela Bay’s ward 4 ANC Councillor, Mr Ayanda Tyokwana expressed his gratitude and honour towards the various stakeholders that gave back to  Walmer township community during the course of Mandela month [July].

Councillor Tyokwana applauded the efforts taken by different private organisations that took the initiative in helping to eradicate poverty in Walmer township.

“As walmer community we are grateful to have benefited from Nelson Mandela’s 67 minutes and the entire month in general”. Tyokwana said.

Tyokwana said as a collective they hope the sponsorships will change the lives of the impoverished Walmer township residents.

The community of Walmer township received various donations from numerous organisations, including the re-painting of Walmer Primary School.

The community also saw visits from Dameline College students who donated snacks to John Masiza Primary School pupils as part of the 67 minutes’ initiative in celebration of the Nelson Mandela legacy.

A variety of free services were provided to the community including: Feeding schemes, cleaning initiatives, blanket donations and home of safety food donations.

Councillor Tyokwana described that, since he took office in 2017, he realized a lot of work had to be done to improve the community, including youth building and development.

“when I was elected as a Councillor in this community I had the opportunity to correct some of the issues that I deemed challenging and done incorrectly, therefore i established a youth forum called Gqebera Youth Movement (GYM)”

The Councillor alluded the exceptional work done by GYM as they take matters of social development upon themselves and not solely depend on government.

“Drugs and alcohol abuse is a rife challenge because there is a lack in sustainable activities involving the youth and through the Gqeberha Youth Movement [GYM] the future is bright, we will have sustainable programmes through music, arts, entertainment, sports, and education”. Described ANC Councillor Tyokwana.

The issue of drugs, alcohol abuse and crime is one of the overarching challenges the community comes across on a daily basis.

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.

Tourism in South Africa

By: Sisanda Ngongoma

Port Elizabeth- Tourism is the fastest growing sector in the world, but in south Africa it needs marketing and to be made more accessible .

Tourism CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona gave  his lecture about the value of tourism in South Africa at the Nelson Mandela University on Second Avenue Campus on Monday. Mr Ntshona said that tourism is the fastest growing sector in the world and that statistics indicate it has grown by 7%. He also added that South Africa’s economy has been dominated by mining, but the world has been moving towards servicing industries that are much more sustainable and tourism is contributing  in every sector. Ntshonga mentioned that he wants to make tourism a Career of choice among young South Africans to make sure they increase the contribution of tourism to the GDP.

Tourism is another area which provides our country with incredible opportunities to shine and currently directly sustains 700 000 jobs and is performing better than any other sector at present . Tourists from all over the world are attracted to South Africa’s wildlife and stunning natural beauty.

Tourism is about marketing South Africa internationally and domestically as a destination. South Africa’s tourist industry is competing with the best destinations, and they must convince people to come to South Africa. Most economies around the world are building on very strong domestic tourism industries, saying there is also a need to faster a culture of travel. The majority of South Africa need passes to move from one city to the next among South Africans, due to our segregated past. There is also a need to create a platform to educate people around the world about South Africa . The aim is to keep the tourists in the country for a longer period; the longer they stay, the more money they spend, and this requires a strategy on how to deliver and put everything together in efficiency and precision .

In 2017 South African tourism had 1,3 billion international arrivals that is the size they want to improve and keep. Statistics indicated that Paris is the most visited destination in the market chain, and South Africa enjoys only 6 % of global tourists . Ntshona said, “we do not have enough to sell to people. In a global average of 7% South Africa’s performance only did 2,4%. We are on low numbers because of restrictions like visas and those barriers make South Africa unattractive. South Africa is shooting itself in the foot. We need free visas”. He also added by saying, “When South Africa aligned with Angola with no visas required, we saw a 50% increase between the two countries. We are aiming at growing tourism by introducing rural and township tourism”.

He concluded by saying that they need to deliver high services to make  sure they keep them and that each and every citizen in the sector needs to play a role. “The friendlier we are the more our economy grows. Integrity is important – what we say is what we do”, he said in closing.

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.

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