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This statement was released on 14 December 2017 by Universities South Africa (USaf)
Nelson Mandela University’s Infrastructure Projects director Greg Ducie and project manager Gerrit Smit received their PhD in Business Management on 14 December, both with Business Management’s Prof Miemie Struwig as supervisor. Incoming Vice-Chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa was also the co-supervisor for Greg’s studies.

Recognised as a legal giant who has made an immense contribution to the South African legal landscape, former Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will be honoured at Nelson Mandela University’s upcoming Summer graduation this week. 

Being the first honorary doctorate recipient of the recently renamed and rebranded Nelson Mandela University reinforces the close relationship that former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke had with the institution’s namesake.

The establishment of a campus dedicated to the future growth of Ocean Sciences, broad agreements around related research themes, and the strengthening of partnerships both nationally and internationally in 2017, all augur well for the University’s future.

Winners of the First Lego League’s local leg, DF Malherbe High School, have won the national competition and will be heading off to Houston, Texas in the USA in the new year to compete in the international competition. They came out tops in the country, beating 30 schools to take the honours.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Siboniso Dlamini, Nelson Mandela University Marine and Maritime Studies researcher as well the chairperson of the Marine and Maritime Association, who was selected to form part of the 75 exceptional young leaders delegation from the African continent to participate at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Wildlife Youth Forum this week. 

Art + maths = magical connections for teachers and learners

Although maths and art seem worlds apart, they are more connected than you think.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University Choir Conductor and Music lecturer Junita van Dijk who has been invited to be a member of the esteemed international jury during the World Choir Games which will be held in Tshwane, South Africa in July 2018.


An innovative and internationally recognised animation artist, a sports administrator with a penchant for community development and the owner of a techno hub assisting start-up entrepreneurs to flourish are among a number of former students honoured at the annual Nelson Mandela University Alumni Awards last night.

SETTING a budget, monitoring cash flow and learning how to grow your money are all valuable life skills – although they do not form a core part of classroom curricula.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Distinguished Professor in the Department of Zoology, and founding Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE), Professor Graham Kerley, who has been awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to 4th year Textile Design student, Liehandri Nel, who has been recognised for her work by having her designs included in a homeware range at national retailer, @home.

DECOLONISING curricula and transforming universities have long been talking points at universities in this country – even more so with the arrival of the #FeesMustFall movement. But to what extent are universities putting all this talk into practice?

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to two of our final year Fashion Design students, Sihle Soldati and Neliseka Kwanele Colidiza, who have been selected to be part of the 4th Annual Fashion Graduate Recruitment Showcase (FGRS 2017).

Nelson Mandela University and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) have entered into a three-year partnership agreement aimed at revitalising and stimulating the provincial economy in line with Operation Phakisa objectives.

An educational mobile application, the brainchild of a Nelson Mandela University student, will soon shape the next generation of software developers in the rural and township schools in the Eastern Cape.

Nelson Mandela University’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme is one of only three LLB programmes in the country to have been given confirmed accreditation by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to four of our students from the School of Language, Media and Communication who were selected to participate and represent South Africa at the International Youth Organization Forum & Beijing Youth Camp in Beijing, China recently.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Development Studies student, Student Entrepreneur and SRC member, Sandile Mjamba who has been invited to participate and present a paper at the Youth Development Southern Africa (YODESA) Inaugural Summit in Durban later this month.

THE impact that research can have in benefitting society was effectively showcased during the successful hosting of Nelson Mandela University’s first Research for Change event this week.


Twelve years ago, three formidable institutions of higher learning merged to form what was known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. With that came the merging of established academic departments – one of these being the chemistry departments of the then University of Port Elizabeth, Vista University and Port Elizabeth Technikon.

Reasons to be Proud: Congratulations to Imtiaz Khan from the Department of Research Capacity Development (RCD) who received the Designated Authority award for 2017 at the National Research Foundation’s Research Administrators Workshop recently.

Reasons to be Proud - congratulations to Qhamani Sinefu and Buntu Mnyaka who have been invited to participate in the African Youth Parliament in Lagos, Nigeria later this month.

“Fisheries crime and the illegal harvesting, processing and trading of fish and seafood globally is so huge that it is in effect a parallel economic system that is undermining sustainable economic growth. Countries are being deprived of taxes; citizens of jobs, food and income; and fisheries and environments are being destroyed.”

Nelson Mandela University will be giving its own staff and students a glimpse of some of its exciting research projects in a novel event at the institution over the next two days (8 and 9 November).
Nelson Mandela University Forestry students Zamadlamini Dlamini and Tertius Venter were chosen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to attend the 14th International Junior Forest Contest 2017 which took place from 3 – 8 September 2017 in Russia (Moscow). Both students were highly commended for their work and received Merit Diplomas and a medal for their research presentations.

Congratulations to Prof Ilse Truter, Professor in Pharmacy, who has been elected as a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Working Group for Drug Statistics Methodology.

Erlier this month, Enactus Society members from Nelson Mandela University competed against nine other universities in the recent University Business Challenge held in Johannesburg in which they ended as first runners-up in the competition. 

LEARNERS from 10 under-resourced schools in Nelson Mandela Bay are celebrating improved results in maths and science, thanks to a technology-linked maths and science support programme, run by the Telkom Foundation in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University’s pioneering microalgae-to-energy project received high praise in the national parliament recently for its versatile eco-solution.

The South African higher education sector is at a crossroads, as it is forced to introspect and rethink the manner in which universities, and the sector in general, has been operating over the years.

The Nelson Mandela University Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Ambassador, Ms Nozipho January-Bardill and Mr Siya Mhlaluka as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, respectively, of the institution’s highest decision-making body.

Drs Lynn Biggs and Jacqui Luck have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowship for 2018.

The aim of this fellowship is to contribute the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders and mentors in their fields.

Nelson Mandela University congratulates the South African Students Congress (Sasco) on winning the Student Representative Council elections this week. After a day of voting at various voting stations across the Port Elizabeth and George campuses on Wednesday, Sasco saw a landslide victory and secured eight seats in the central student council.

The success of the study Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health (DASH), a partnership between the University of Basel, Nelson Mandela University and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute has led to the launch of a follow up project Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities – the KaziBantu  project, funded by the Novartis Foundation. 

Eight Nelson Mandela University students have been chosen as part of a select group of 100 top students at the Gradstar Awards held in Johannesburg recently. 

Council is delighted to announce that Dr Sibongile Muthwa has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Nelson Mandela University. Dr Muthwa, who has served as the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support for the past seven years, serves as the institution’s first black African female Vice-Chancellor and brings to the post a wealth of experience from the public sector and academia, both nationally and abroad.

Concerns around safety and security in and around campus have once again come under the spotlight following the vicious rape and stabbing of students in a computer lab on Second Avenue Campus last Monday.

Nelson Mandela University’s Human Movement Science Department will officially launch the Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities – the KaziBantu Project.

Management are currently engaging with student leadership about their concerns regarding gender violence attacks and the related impact on the safety of students. At the moment, the North, South and Missionvale Campus entrances are inaccessible.

Lengthy discussions between Nelson Mandela University management and students leading the protest resulted in an agreement to successfully resume operations and academic activity at the institution tomorrow, 5 October.

Nelson Mandela University is deeply saddened and shocked by the vicious attack on two students at Second Avenue Campus last night.

Nelson Mandela University will be beefing up security across all its campuses to try to ensure the safety of staff and students following a vicious attack of two students at its Second Avenue Campus on Monday night.


Nelson Mandela University welcomes Professor André Keet as the incumbent of the University’s new Chair: Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation.

“Humans have been intricately linked to the ocean for tens of thousands of years. Our University recognises this and is advancing faculty-wide research to understand the ocean environment and how this couples with coastal livelihoods and human impact on our ecosystems.” – Professor Nadine Strydom
Nelson Mandela University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz, has been the driving force behind its bold new Ocean Sciences Strategy since around 2014. 

The launch of our new Ocean Sciences Campus tomorrow (Friday, 22 September) will physically signal our University’s intent to become the leading Ocean Sciences University in the country.

South African academics have been called upon to play a more active role in the country’s major decision making structures so as to use their research to make a meaningful impact in the development of the country.

This was the bold call by renowned actor and creative Dr John Kani, while delivering the keynote address at Nelson Mandela University's prestigious Research, Teaching and Engagement Excellence Awards last night.

With five of its seven campuses located a few hundred metres from the sea and within 25km of two major ports, Nelson Mandela University’s involvement in the blue economy is inescapable.

In 2014, the South African government launched the bold Operation Phakisa growth strategy, under the guidance of the National Development Plan, to harness the largely untapped potential of the blue or oceans economy.

A MULTI-MEDIA event showcasing Ocean Sciences at Nelson Mandela University takes place this week as one of a number of events leading up to the launch of its new campus on 22 September.

The ‘Waves of Change’ event featuring staff and students from Arts through to Zoology as part of Ocean Sciences  new transdisciplinary approach of working together, precedes a series of marine and maritime related initiatives as the University’s efforts in this field gain momentum.

The adequate provision of, and access to, quality health services remains a challenge in the Eastern Cape, particularly in the poorer and more rural areas. One of the contributing factors to this challenge is the insufficient number of health care professionals to meet South Africa’s needs.

By 2050, people will have e-pets and even e-partners – which will bring with them a multitude of ethical e-challenges.

So says Prof Rossouw von Solms, Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security, who is an expert on IT governance, cyber security and the many risks facing lax or uninformed internet users.

Learners in Nelson Mandela Bay will again be exposed to the excitement and benefits of science and technology when Nelson Mandela University’s School of Information Communication Technology hosts a regional qualifying tournament for the First Lego League (FLL) challenge.

South Africa has a history of inequality that has left an indelible mark on its people predominantly along racial lines, which has affected and manifested in their social and economic lives. The impact thereof is visible across all spheres of society, including the academic and science workforce.

Prof Darelle van Greunen, Director of the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, won a R1 million Discovery Foundation Rural Fellowship at the awards ceremony recently. It will boost her development of a mobile application aimed at reducing high drug-resistant TB burden in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

NELSON Mandela University’s pioneering microalgae-to-energy project is proving to be a highly versatile eco-solution: besides cleaning up the atmosphere by mitigating carbon dioxide to grow the algae, and being a source of renewable energy, it is also an effective fertiliser, can clean up oil-soaked soil, and can even be used to produce a low-smoke, long-lasting fuel for households.
Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education launched the International Culture Fest for the very first time on Saturday, 19 August at the Tramways Building. The purpose of this festival was to celebrate the rich cultural diversity within the university as well as in the city.  The festival was previously known as the Multicultural Extravaganza and was part of International Diversity Week on campus. The event, which was only accessible to university staff and students, was moved to a public space so that it was open to everyone.

Nelson Mandela University student, Ettienne Minnaar, recently took first prize - twice - at a meeting of the Microscopy Society of America, Microscopy and Microanalysis 2017, held in St Louis, Missouri.

Minnaar had been invited to attend the conference by renowned physicist, Dr Nester Zaluzec, from Argonne National Laboratory in the USA. Dr Zaluzec, a friend of the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM), is best known as the inventor of the Scanning Confocal Electron Microscope.

Behind every student number is a story – of hope, dreams and aspirations, will and unparalleled resilience. 

These very stories, of eight Nelson Mandela University students who have had to overcome a myriad of challenges – financial, institutional and social – to successfully access university form the emotive backbone of a photo documentary exhibition that opened at the institution’s Bird Street Art Gallery last week.

Developing knowledge and awareness of different cultures by promoting intercultural understanding, tolerance and mutual respect is the aim of the International Culture Fest, hosted by Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education.

Everybody has a story, but not everybody’s story or voice is heard, particularly if you are a woman from the rural areas of South Africa.

Two Nelson Mandela University students are set to jet off this weekend to Johannesburg for a two-week fellowship following their selection to the 2017 Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Centre (YALI RLC).

THE sacrifices made towards providing students with a tertiary education came under the spotlight this week as Absa announced a R17-million bursary investment for Nelson Mandela University students over three years.

The news has been widely welcomed against the backdrop of huge financial challenges within the Higher Education sector, but none more so than by the students who are benefitting from the unexpected windfall.

Banking giant Absa and Nelson Mandela University have joined hands and entered into a three year-partnership that will essentially alleviate the financial burden on hundreds of financially needy students through a multi-million rand investment.

GREATER diversity and more equality in science must urgently be addressed, while more needs to be done to make the field accessible for different groups of people.

These and other issues, including adding indigenous knowledge, the power of language, ancient African Mathematics, older and younger lecturers and gender equality were among the topics addressed by both experts and student presenters at a pre-launch symposium to the National Science Week (NSW), which kicks off this weekend.

Some 50 learners from Coselelani Senior Secondary School and Urban Academy had the opportunity to experience the world of science during a virtual tour of the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) outside Geneve, Switzerland.

The virtual tour, under the theme Advancing Science Tourism, took place at the university’s Business School Auditorium and was one of several National Science Week pre-launch activities hosted at Nelson Mandela University.

Siphelo Ndungane is an eighteen year old from KwaZakhele Township, Port Elizabeth.  He suffers from a rare life- threatening illness. As a result he dropped out of school, because he was unable to continue with his studies - but Siphelo had a dream.

He dreams of becoming a teacher one day and with the help of Reach for a Dream, he was taken to Nelson Mandela University on Friday, 28 July to visit the Faculty of Education.

Glaring similarities and parallels in the everyday lived experiences of black female academics in universities in the United Kingdom and South Africa were laid bare in a thought-provoking public lecture held at Nelson Mandela University yesterday.

Leeds Beckett University’s Professor Shirley-Anne Tate shared relatable examples of institutional racism experienced by black women academics in UK universities as she delivered her paper at the South Campus Council Chambers.

As part of the road to National Science Week, the University’s Faculty of Science has been hosting Pre-launch events together with DST and NRF/SAASTA.

On 29 July, the Faculty of Science, the National Department of Science and Technology and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement hosted a 5km fun run on the University’s Missionvale Campus to promote National Science Week. Around 500 staff members, students and members of the community came out to support the event.

On Saturday 29 July, it was all about showing learners that science can be practical and fun – not just abstract theory. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science in conjunction with the Science Students' Association hosted a lecture on scientific landmarks of Africa and invited leaners and educators from local schools and surrounding areas.

Following their kick-off meeting in South Africa in January 2017, the EU-funded Common Good First project team recently met again in Glasgow. 

Common Good First is a digital project which will link community projects in South Africa to each other and to higher education institutions around the world using a web-based knowledge bank and innovative digital storytelling solutions. 

In a democratic nation such as South Africa, democratisation of state institutions is necessary and important. This is a critical aspect with impact on good governance.

This is the premise of Nelson Mandela University Public Management lecturer Professor Sebenzile Masango’s inaugural lecture, to be delivered on Thursday, titled “Democratisation of State Institutions and Processes – A Critical Ingredient for Good Governance”.

Officially launching Nelson Mandela University today is the easy part, with the challenge being to live up to the revered former President’s name and picking up the baton from the unfinished journey that he started.

This was the message Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz gave on Tuesday as he addressed hundreds of staff and students gathered at the University’s Missionvale Campus for a celebratory Mandela Magic Concert that set the tone to today’s official launch.

The official launch of the University’s new name to that of Nelson Mandela University will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20 July.

As part of the campaign  lead-up to this high-profile event where the new look of Nelson Mandela University will be revealed, we share inputs from some of our Alumni Award recipients from across the globe on what the name Nelson Mandela means to them.

She has spent many years holding leadership positions, both in the public and higher education sectors, in spaces that require one to use evidence in decision making and in managing complexity within organisations.

This experience forms the basis of the contribution that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, will make to the country through her new role as deputy chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

This poignant call to action by former President Nelson Mandela has become the basis of the wave of good deeds undertaken by millions of people across the globe in commemoration of Mandela Day.

From financial investigators to Chartered Accountants, social workers, artists and entrepreneurs, the career dreams of the 350 Grade 11 pupils attending an accounting winter school in the Bay this week (10 to 14 July) are as varied as the schools they come from.

It’s little wonder “the future’s so bright, you need shades” is the theme of this year’s winter school, run annually by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU’s) School of Accounting, and sponsored by professional firm PwC.

The importance of Financial Services Providers (FSPs) to the South African economy, specifically towards GDP growth, employment creation and employment transformation will be the main topic of the inaugural professorial address by Professor Chantal Rootman tomorrow evening.

Think back to when you were a child, learning to read. The strange squiggles on the page came alive when you learned that each represented a familiar sound. When you sounded out each letter, familiar words were formed. When you put the words together, there were sentences.

Now imagine trying to go through that same learning process without being able to hear. Letters cannot be brought to life with sound. They remain squiggles on a page.

Take a tour through science with the Department of Science and Technology as it hosts the annual National Science Week in in Nelson Mandela Bay this August.

National Science Week 2017 (NSW2017), which will be hosted at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Missionvale Campus, will this year take on the theme “Advancing Science Tourism” – in recognition of the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Sea turtles in South Africa are getting smaller – and scientists are trying to find out why, and how this will affect future populations.

“What we are finding is that the size at reproduction of individual loggerhead and leatherback turtles is getting smaller over time, and we are gearing our research to find out what could be the cause,” said NMMU’s Head of Zoology, Associate Professor Ronel Nel, one of the world’s leading sea turtle researchers.

Today, there is medication that prevents pregnant HIV-positive women from passing the virus onto their babies. So why are children still being born with the virus? 

Dr Rosemary Chimbala-Kalenga, Director of NMMU’s HIV and Aids Research Unit, said the main reason is the stigma still associated with the disease.

Hundreds of maths teachers from across South Africa will descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the annual Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) national congress next week.

From Monday, 3 July to 7 July, the 23rd annual conference – under the theme “Restoring the dignity of Mathematics learners through quality teaching and learning” – will be hosted at the University’s South campus.

The ocean as the source of life and its ill-treatment or lack of appreciation by humans will be one of the highlights at the National Arts Festival, through the stage production I Mpilo Y Amanzi.

An originally conceptualised dance production, written and staged by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage students, I Mpilo Y A Manzi uses a mixture of dance styles to tell the juxtaposed story of the oceans.

From the perfect symmetry of a snowflake to the intricate patterns on a puffadder’s skin to spiral galaxies in space, nature is filled with mathematically-precise patterns. 

On 18 July 2017, the world will mark what would have been former President Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday.

On 20 July 2017, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will relaunch itself as Nelson Mandela University – the only higher education institution in the world to bear the name of one of the world’s most revered leaders.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University third year Interior Design students won gold for their exhibition stand at the recent Homemakers Expo held at the Boardwalk Exhibition Centre.

Is innovation making our lives healthier, safer and more comfortable - turning problems into progress?

This was the theme of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Innovation Office’s celebration of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day.

A FORESTER exploring harvesting machine simulator usage and a human resources practitioner focused on the integration of foreigners into organisations, are among te 28 students who were recognised at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Academic Achiever’s Awards last night.

Ethical leadership and empowerment will be under the spotlight at the 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit jointly hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School and Ukuvula Foundation on 28 June.

The 45th International Forestry Students’ Symposium (IFSS 2017) which will be hosted by the South African chapters of the International Forestry Students’ Associations (IFSA), spearheaded by NMMU is set to attract more than 130 students from 56 countries to South Africa between 2 and 17 July.

Plettenberg Bay zoology masters student Danielle van den Heever adopted a nocturnal routine to study tropical “ghost birds”, slightly bigger than doves yet tough enough to fly hundreds of kilometres out to sea.  

Swiss day at NMMU

Switzerland’s University of Basel vice-president Prof Edwin Constable will form part of a delegation that will descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Monday to promote the country’s universities and scholarship programme.

The role of credit ratings agencies has been a contentious one, with a number of differing views being aired about their credibility, how they form part of the architecture of global finance and what it is that influences these decisions.

A new locally-developed web application, called Sgela Saam, is aiming to help the Eastern Cape - and South Africa, improve its pass rate by allowing learners and teachers to share study material, which includes past papers and their problem solving methods.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s annual accounting winter schools for Grade 11 and 12 pupils are about much more than boosting exam results – they are about bringing young people together from all walks of life, and inspiring them to dream.

South Africa has come a long way, with the first two decades dedicated mainly to reconciliation and nation building. However, if education and the school and post-school curricula are not transformed in meaningful ways, the dream of a non-racial and just society will remain an elusive one.

The issues of landlessness, poverty and under development that continue to plague the Eastern Cape cannot be understood fully without reference to the wars of dispossession and resistance that played out in the province in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

In a bid to educate, motivate and inspire staff, students and the general public about Africa’s rich history and fruitful future, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) hosted a week of fun and colourful events to celebrate Africa Week.

Nelson Mandela Bay art lovers, historians and all those with an appetite for South Africa’s history through the decolonisation lens are in for a treat, with the upcoming photographic exhibition by acclaimed documentary photographer Cedric Nunn.

In a major coup for women’s rugby at NMMU, the Port Elizabeth varsity has been named host of the sixth University Sport South Africa (USSA) sevens tournament in September.

Gender-based violence – a term used interchangeably with violence against women – is a widespread and critical issue in South Africa that requires effective and efficient action that goes beyond the campaigning and sloganeering.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University management and unions yesterday reached an agreement on the cost of living adjustment component (COLA) of the salary negotiations, with effect from 1 May. 

Johannesburg, 16 May 2017 – THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) – a national public research entity of the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University promoting capacity building across the cultural domains – has empowered South African festival and event organisers to track the economic impact of their events.

All our graduation ceremonies were streamed live on the internet and were also recorded. They are now available for viewing.

A website dedicated to all matters relating to our transition from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to Nelson Mandela University is now available.

NMMU Second-year Fashion, Textile design and Graphic design students stand a chance of winning thousands of rands towards their study accounts, as well as mix with the rich and famous at the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby race at Fairview Racecourse in Nelson Mandela Bay, on Saturday, 13 May 2017.

A commitment to efforts to curb the spread the HIV/Aids and the rampant rape culture and sex for marks trend that has gripped many tertiary institutions was reinforced at the provincial launch of the Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS) First Things First Campaign at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University yesterday.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s award-winning Eco-Car will be a star attraction at this year’s Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth (30 April on the Knysna High School Fields).

Enactus at NMMU (an international nonprofit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action) have launched their upXycle Store in the Madibaz complex on South Campus.

A long-term partnership aimed at addressing the myriad of educational challenges largely affecting rural Eastern Cape schools was rubber stamped, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the iKamvelihle Development Trust (iKDT) on Friday.

“As consumers, we should all contribute to a better world with our spending behaviour reflecting that we care for the well-being of future generations. Aspects such as responsible spending, being activists for sustainable products and packaging as well as recycling, all form part of being accountable consumers”, says NMMU Special assistant to the Vice-Chancellor Laura Best whose doctoral research is pioneering the way.  

The compelling photographic exhibition, 'Between States of Emergency', that documents the work of photographers who took a stand against the atrocities of the apartheid regime opens at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's (NMMU) Bird Street Art Gallery tomorrow.

A student has been found guilty and expelled and disciplinary proceedings against several others are continuing in relation to various acts of violence and disruption associated with the #FeesMustFall protests that rocked Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last year.

It has been a difficult, yet rewarding journey for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first ever intake of BSc Dietetics students, who graduated yesterday afternoon.

A simple call for help has translated into hope for brothers Bulelani, 25, and Masande Putuzo, 24, from the Eastern Cape town of Qumbu.

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for years.” This Chinese proverb is the personal philosophy of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) PhD graduate Paul Tai-Hing. 

It was a symbolic moment for internationally acclaimed educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker when he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) yesterday.

Two major obstacles once threatened their ability to access higher education at their preferred institution Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – their visual impairment and a lack of funding.

The compelling stories of five Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students struggling for access and to complete their university studies was captured in a photographic documentary booklet, which will form part of an exhibition later this year. 

One of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) honorary doctorate recipients today urged graduates to leave the institution not looking to find jobs, but to create them.

A celebration of years of hard work played itself out at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Indoor Sports Centre today as hundreds of students crossed the stage at the first graduation session for the Port Elizabeth campuses.

More than 6700 graduates are set to cross the stage over Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) two-week long graduation period, which starts tomorrow (31 March 2017).

For many young South Africans, getting a tertiary education is only a wish. For 24 first year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students who were awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship on Friday night, this wish has become a reality.

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has awarded seven scholarships and bursaries for the 2017 academic year allocating over half a million Rand to supporting young academics conducting research across the creative and cultural industries (CCIs). 

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has appointed Jan-Carel Van Der Linde as the SACO Database Coordinator, to head up the SACO’s database management. 

His participation in the Eastern Cape leg of the FameLab international science communication competition – dubbed the ‘Pop Idols of Science’ – gave provincial winner and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student hope for the future of science in South Africa.

More than 30 final year students whose hopes of finishing their academic journey were dashed by a lack of funds shared their excitement at being the recipients of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) #Trailblazing campaign funds.

Later this year, we will officially launch Nelson Mandela University.

We are singularly privileged to bear the name of one of the world’s greatest icons - a man whose humble beginnings, values and hopes resonate with our own hopes for a transformed and better future for all.

House robberies, drug and alcohol abuse and a general lawlessness were just some of the things that made the Walmer Township community stand up and work to actively fight the scourge of crime in the area.

The university’s School of Clinical Care Sciences runs its own health truck, called Zanempilo, which bears some similarities to the train mod- el, although on a much smaller scale.

Zanempilo, which in Xhosa means “bringing health to the people”, is a mobile clinic that has consulting rooms and a mini-pharmacy, and sees about 40 people a day.

THE digital project, Common Good First, of which NMMU’s Centre for Community Technologies is the lead South African co-coordinator, has won a top international award.

IT’S AN extravaganza of creativity and culture not to be missed – but how much does the Cape Town Carnival add to the bottom line of the City and more?

A NEW aquaponics unit built on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Missionvale Campus is an excellent example of institutional collaboration and partnerships that benefit others.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is celebrating the local and international success stories of graduates who have not just climbed the corporate ladder, but have become inspiring leaders and change agents in the process. 

There are a number of students who have been admitted to the University but have been unable to register due to awaiting funding confirmation from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) or other finance-related challenges.

An innovative and cost-effective food production hub recently built at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Missionvale Campus – which is to offer healthy lifestyle solutions to primary school pupils in the neighbouring communities – will be launched tomorrow (Thurs 9 March).

THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) recently opened registration for its annual conference, which this year will explore the interface between the creative economy and development. 

A student who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on campus last weekend is recuperating well in hospital, while another was treated for minor injuries and released.

There are a number of applicants who have been admitted to the University but are not yet registered as students because of a lack of funding.

First-year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Accounting Diploma student Amanda Faku, 23, literally had The Voice South Africa coaches spinning in their seats with her audition on this music competition recently.

Retired NASA Deputy Chief Technologist Jim Adams will be at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on 8 March to talk about robots. Adams will provide an overview of how “robots” came to be infused into our culture and of the role they play in everyday life, as well as in space.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) may well be home to the largest 3D-printer in Africa. The five-metre tall printer with an ability to print enormous structures across a wide array of transdisciplinary applications is the result of the efforts of a team of student engineers and their lecturers.

Lectures on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s North, South and Ocean Sciences campuses (old CSIR campuses) have been cancelled this morning following last night’s veld fire.

The massive fire saw the evacuation of dozens of students staying at Sanlam Student Village late last night, and large tracts of bushveld destroyed on the University’s South and North campuses.

Fire-fighters are currently monitoring North and South campuses and putting out flare-ups as they occur. There is still heavy smoke on parts of both campuses but the situation is under control.

Afternoon classes are to resume at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from 2pm today as the veld fires that affected some of its campuses have been brought under control.

Following  a risk assessment made on North, South and Ocean Sciences (CSIR building) campuses, it was deemed safe to proceed with lectures so as to minimise impact on the academic programme.

As at 16:20 today, the fires on campus were largely under control. Metro fire-fighters are still on the scene monitoring the situation and putting out flare-ups as they occur. The fire between Link Road and Letaba Residence on North Campus is currently being attended to.

The fires that have ravaged through some of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) campuses have been contained, with the municipal and on-campus firefighters closely monitoring the situation and attending to the flare-ups.

A collaborative and research education hub that seeks to bring together the practical and research orientated aspects of ICT for supporting the country’s sustainability efforts, kicks off at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) today.

The University today met with the executive leadership of a number of taxi associations operating in the Nelson Mandela Bay in a bid to iron out issues that had earlier this week seen disruptions at the Missionvale Campus.

Students whose household income does not exceed R600 000 are urged to apply for the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Fee Adjustment Grant.

A Port Elizabeth taxi association operating in the Missionvale area yesterday disrupted the University’s student shuttle service and blockaded the entrance to NMMU’s Missionvale Campus, making it impossible for vehicles to access the campus.

The NMMU Council wishes to announce that Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz has indicated that he will not be seeking renewal of his contract at the end of 2017 as he wishes to pursue other professional and academic interests. Council was made aware of his decision at the start of his second term of office, in January 2013.

Three Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Fine Arts master’s students will be showcasing their work at the opening of the Masters Graduate Exhibition on Friday, 24 February.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) was shocked to learn of discriminatory comments allegedly made by a staff member using the University email system.

BEFORE the Phelophepa health care trains can pull into a station to set up their mobile clinics, there is much work to be done.

More than a week into the start of the first term of 2017, thousands of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students are fully registered and attending lectures.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” – Princess Diana

This quote aptly describes the recent act of kindness displayed by a third-year BSc Computer Science student, who gave up a bursary, in order to help somebody else complete their studies.

The latest arson attack on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University property this weekend is viewed in the most serious light by University authorities. It follows in the wake of two arson attacks in November 2016 which are still under police investigation.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has called on communities and all relevant arms of the state to work together and redouble their efforts to track, prosecute and bring to book the small band of arsonists who are destroying the country’s education infrastructure.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) 2017 interim Student Representative Council has been officially constituted and is set to champion student issues until elections are held later this year.

As you know, last year had indeed been a challenging and troubling one for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in particular, and the higher education system in South Africa as a whole. Much of the second half of 2016 was caught up in a protracted student fee protest campaign that caused major, and near catastrophic loss of academic time for students and staff alike.

Over the past decade, archaeologists have discovered critical information about our species in the caves along South Africa’s southern Cape coastline. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) learnt with shock and outrage the news that the Procurement Building on South Campus was petrol bombed on Saturday night, and graffiti about ‘free higher education’ and ‘fees must fall’ painted on the walls of the building. 

A TRIED-AND-TRUSTED, technology-linked maths and science support programme is being introduced at several high schools in Mthatha – which is set to improve learners’ understanding and results, and grow the expertise of teachers in that area.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) is wrapping up its first week of academic activity following the smooth start of lectures on Monday, 6 February.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is gravely concerned by the large number of NSFAS-funded students who have not yet signed their 2016 contracts.

The NMMU Business School today announced that its flagship MBA programme received prestigious international accreditation by AMBA; and also that the school secured a top position  through the Eduniversal international business school rankings for South Africa.

FOR nine months of every year, Phelophepa I and II travel the country, spending one or two weeks at 40 stations countrywide reaching almost 400 000 underprivileged people through its onboard and community outreach programmes.

Student Representative Council (SRC) presidents from across the country met with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) this week on student funding matters. A number of resolutions were made in a bid to enable a greater number of students to register in time for the start of lectures.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is geared up for the influx of students to its campuses when lectures start on Monday, 6 February 2017.

Since last Monday (23 January), hundreds of the Bay’s poorest residents have been flocking to Transnet Foundation’s Phelophepa II health care train, which has set up its on-board mobile clinic at Swartkops Station.

The bulk of South African universities are starting the 2017 academic year off on a sour financial footing, with more than R2-billion in outstanding fees owed to them.

For Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the accumulated debt stands at R122.5-million, with R99.3-million of that accrued in 2016 alone. A further breakdown is included hereunder.

The registration process at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is well under way, with more than 5000 first year and returning students having registered since online registration began last week.

The Fees Must Fall protests in the last term of the 2016 academic year meant the annual Student Representative Council (SRC) elections at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University could not be held.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first year students received a sobering welcome to the institution this weekend as vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz highlighted the opportunities, challenges, rights and responsibilities in store over the next few years.

Large numbers of first-year students and their parents poured onto Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s six campuses for the official 2017 Welcoming Ceremony early today.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) academic and residence admissions processes are well on track, with the bulk of first year applicants in possession of their firm acceptance offers.

The financial stability of South African universities – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) included – is under severe threat following the national call for free higher education and the implementation of a 0% fee increase in 2016.

Students are advised to be cautious, particularly at the start of an academic year when fraudsters actively exploit newcomers to the metro and University.

Scores of new students and their parents are set to descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday (21 January 2017) to kick-start the annual first-year orientation programme.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Centre for Access Assessment and Research (CAAR) is working to finalise access testing on thousands of prospective students this month.

By the end of the 2016 academic year, approximately 8000 candidates had been referred for access testing but had not yet taken up the opportunity to write the test.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Student Housing officials are processing and finalising the applications and admission of first year and returning students to residences for 2017.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) admissions office is currently dealing with large volumes of enquiries, while trying to finalise the 2017 admissions process.

The University is aware that there are applicants who are still awaiting the final outcome of their applications following the release of NSC results last week and the Admissions Office is working around the clock to finalise this process as soon as possible.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is pleased to welcome Dr Randall Jonas on board as the new Business School Director.

Dr Jonas, who assumed duty yesterday (9 January 2016), brings with him a wealth of business and education experience to NMMU. He is also no stranger to the University, having previously served on the NMMU Council and NMMU Trust with distinction, and is currently President of NMMU Alumni Association.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has successfully completed the bulk of the 2016 academic year and has worked hard to ensure that all is on track for welcoming this year’s intake and returning students.

Africa’s vast coastline is governed by the continent’s multitude of coastal countries – with the result that legislation differs from one maritime zone to the next. 

Because this has far-reaching implications in terms of the exploitation of resources, the management of pollution and maritime security, Africa’s only Research Chair in the Law of the Sea is looking to compare and harmonise legislation pertaining to the continent’s marine environment.

NMMU 2017 readiness

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has successfully completed the bulk of the 2016 academic year and is working hard to ensure all is on track for welcoming next year’s intake and returning students.

Could the Eastern Cape have played a role in the very origins of earthly life?

The recent discovery of one of the world’s earliest life forms right here along our coast suggests it could. 

With the bulk of its Academic Completion Plan completed, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) wishes to thank those who supported the institution in making this possible.

A NEW marine-focused research chair – jointly held by South Africa and the United Kingdom – is developing an immense research programme linked with food security, stretching between Cape Town and the Arabian Sea.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has, like the majority of South African institutions, announced a fee increase of 8% – effectively taking full advantage of government’s concession to subsidize poor and “missing middle” students for the increase.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) efforts towards the establishment of the country’s first dedicated maritime centre of excellence were boosted with the recent transfer of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) building into its name.

“There is power in unity. Indeed, together we can do anything to tackle challenges presented to us and take South Africa forward.”

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s January examination timetable will be available on 23 December 2016.

Two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students have joined a host of university students who have bagged the coveted Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for their 2017 postgraduate studies.

South African universities are facing challenging times which are compounded by the deteriorating economic climate. 

To assist the university with their #Support4NMMU campaign, General Motors generously donated boxes full of toiletries to needy students at the institution.


Prospective students who have applied to study at NMMU in 2017 and have been referred to write an access test, please note that the published telephone number to make a booking – 041 504 2918 – is extremely busy.  Should you still wish to book a test for this week, you can also call our Contact Centre on 041 504 1111 or book online at When arriving to write the test, please make sure that you bring your latest results and your ID.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be assisting nearly 500 students with temporary accommodation so that they can complete their December examinations.

It was not love at first sight, but Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Animal Production Lecturer and doctoral student Potego Phakwago’s love for Agriculture grew, and he has recently been selected for a Fellowship as one of 50 Young Scientists in Developing Countries to work in India for six months.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is all set for the 2016 final exams, with the first session having kicked off this morning. The three-week long examination period is the culmination of the University’s student-centred Academic Completion Plan that has enabled students to complete the academic year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) 2016 final exams got off to a smooth start, with the stadium venue accommodating a record number of students today.

In light of the alterations to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s normal academic delivery methods – which have resulted in the use of alternate venues for classes and examinations – the University has been granted an order that essentially effects an extension to the existing court interdict. 

Former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Student Representative Council (SRC) president Hlomela Bucwa has once again broken ground, this time being recently sworn in as South Africa’s youngest member of parliament.

ACCESS testing of prospective students to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) for 2017 is continuing despite the challenges associated with the national #FeesMustFall movement.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) admissions staff are utilising all available resources and working around the clock to process the tens of thousands of applications that have come through this year for 2017 studies.

On behalf of the University Council, it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of paediatric cardiologist Professor Lungile Pepeta as the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1 January 2017.

You are requested to take careful consideration of this revised Exam Timetable as dates have changed. 


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes the decision by a section of the Fees Must Fall movement and its fellow applicants to withdraw its application for a court interdict against the University’s academic completion plan.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students and staff are gearing up for the final 2016 exams, which will be written over two sessions this year and early next year.

Please be informed of the following examination dates:

November/December 2016 examinations: 25 November - 15 December 2016, inclusive.
January 2017 examinations (including re-examinations): 9 – 24 January 2017, inclusive.
Re-examinations: 9 - 17 February 2017, inclusive.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes the Grahamstown High Court ruling in its favour, which essentially reaffirms the University’s belief that it had done all it could to meet its obligation towards the successful completion of the academic year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University student, Kirsten Illenberger, took top honours in a sought after international accounting exam, coming up joint-first in the world.
Communication is vital in crisis management, which is why in light of the current situation our universities find themselves SMSPortal is donating one million SMSs between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports efforts to ensure that no academically-deserving, financially needy students are prevented from accessing higher education.

As you know, the South African higher education sector has been facing widespread protest action following the announcement on fees for 2017 by Minister Blade Nzimande. To this end, we would like to update you on current matters at the University with regards to our admissions processes for 2017.

Nelson Mandela Bay cares.

That’s the early verdict of a call to the metro to get behind Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in helping its students to complete their academic year.

NMMU BCom (Economics) student Adewale Osifowokan was recently announced as one of the "Top Ten Finest" in the Gradstar Top 100 graduates in SA competition.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes the arrest of a suspect in the case of rape of two of our students earlier this month. This was brought to our attention earlier today by through a statement released by the Police.

The implementation of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Academic completion programme for 2016 continues in earnest.  Students are continuing to receive Faculty-specific plans and guidelines as well as related support material. 

In a recent ground breaking announcement, four of South Africa’s largest mobile Internet Service Providers, Cell C, MTN, Vodacom and Telkom, indicated that they will waiver any costs associated with data being used to access university websites in South Africa until the end of 2016.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s multi-layered academic completion strategy to help its students complete the 2016 academic year is underway.

The court mandated mediation process that has been running for the last few days has not yielded the desired outcome.
The court-mandated mediation process has not yet been concluded. As a result, classes at NMMU remain suspended. We will communicate further tomorrow. 
Communication and Stakeholder Liaison
A volunteer campaign to support Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students in completing their academic year – Support4NMMU – is being launched virtually today.
The mediation has reached a point at which the issues mediated need to be presented at a mass meeting, which the FMF movement is arranging tomorrow (26 October). Classes will remain suspended for the day.

Once again, thank you for your patience and resilience.


In keeping with the official mediation process ordered by the High Court and in efforts to restore normalcy, the university has been engaged in protracted negotiations with the student leadership.

The court ordered mediation process is to continue tomorrow, Tuesday 25 October. As such, classes will be suspended for a further day, in order to reach essential agreements.
The events witnessed and experienced during the past week at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) go against everything the University stands for, and everything it has wished to avoid.

Staff and student update – 21 October 9am

The North Campus entrance is open. You are allowed to park in the main parking lot or alternatively park off campus.

A second case of suspected arson has been reported and is under investigation by the police. Last night, the Campus Boma was completely gutted and the cause of the fire is as yet unclear.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is extremely saddened by the news of the rape of two of its students.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) valiant attempts to resume the academic programme and salvage what is left of the 2016 academic year this week were thwarted by ongoing protests and resultant clashes with police.
The main springboard for the student attacks is from the Madiba Shirt area and has moved from the back of the university towards the front of South Campus.

NMMU Eco-Car wins Gasoline category in 2016 Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa! From October 13 - 16, the 3rd Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa was held at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria, and saw participants from the African continent competing across three categories: gasoline, battery electric and hydrogen power to establish the furthest distance a custom-designed vehicle could travel on an effective 1 litre of standard pump-available petrol.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has valiantly tried to resume classes and continue with academic work this week. However, circumstances on the ground made this extremely difficult – with ongoing student protests and subsequent clashes with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

SIX students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have been arrested to date this morning.
In light of the confusion around what is presently happening on our campuses, it is important that we remind ourselves how we got where we are as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
UPDATE 19 October
The last two days at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have been more difficult than anticipated. This follows the institution’s decision to resume the academic programme this week.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) remains committed to completing the academic year in spite of the many challenges it faced with today’s resumption of classes.

Below is a record of NMMU's engagements and responses to the demands of the #FeesMustFall movement for your interest.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) operations and academic preparations for the resumption of class tomorrow proceeded satisfactorily across all six campuses in Port Elizabeth and George today.

Dear parents and care-givers

After four weeks of disruptions, intensive engagements with key stakeholders and a court-ordered mediation process to end the shutdown, I am pleased to share that operations will resume at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) tomorrow and classes on Tuesday.

As excited as staff and students are to finally complete the 2016 academic, NMMU recognises that many are anxious about their safety.

After four weeks of disruption, intensive engagements with key stakeholders and a court-ordered mediation process to end the shutdown, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is pleased to announce the resumption of operations on Monday, 17 October 2016.

Court order
Herewith, a copy of the court order stipulating the rules around the resumption of operations at NMMU on Monday, 17 and Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Council, at its meeting on 14 October 2016,notes that South Africa’s Bill of Rights of 1993 (section 29) states that all citizens have the right to further (and higher) education, which the State, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.

The High Court has tasked NMMU with appointing an independent mediator to engage all stakeholders to resolve the impasse that led to the closure of the University in mid-September. Yesterday’s agreement, which was made an order of court, requires the University to engage all stakeholders in a mediation process – including the various student formations and parents.
NMMU remains closed

NMMU remains closed until further notice. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) had decided to resume operations today (Friday 7 October), with classes starting on Monday (10 October).


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports the call to widen access to quality higher education for academically deserving, financially needy students.  Every opportunity to engage with students and various stakeholders to resolve the deadlock relating to the #FeesMustFall demands has been explored.

In line with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s commitment to complete the academic year, the University is focusing on its readiness for the resumption of classes.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff and students are shocked and appalled at the news of a second year female student being raped, brutally assaulted and left for dead on Saturday night at Schoenmakerskop.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is critically aware of the impact that the present situation in the higher education sector is continuing to have on our staff, students and their families.

Address by President Jacob Zuma at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on the crisis in Universities, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park.

As a result of intensive multi-stakeholder engagement, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is actively exploring student-friendly academic recovery plans to minimise the impact of time lost as a result of the shutdown.

The need to address the funding crunch, the resultant need for substantial financial aid particularly for students from poor and the so-called “missing middle” families, which has in turn inspired the local and national “free higher education” campaign, has been under intense discussion country-wide

Classes and other academic activities remain suspended at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).  

Below is a statement of the Justice, Crime Prevention & Security Cluster (JCPS) on the situation at institutions of higher learning.

In light of the present uncertainty across the sector nationally, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating specifically to various issues and challenges at NMMU.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University sincerely apologises that university operations have been disrupted in spite of our best efforts to prevent this.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) sincerely hopes that classes will resume and that the 2016 academic year will be completed as planned.  Management is continuing to engage at both institutional and national levels to move beyond the present impasse.

Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) acknowledges receipt of petitions submitted by various student formations in Port Elizabeth and George.  After reading the various petitions, we are of the opinion that the cause for quality, affordable higher education for academically-deserving poor and so-called “missing middle” students is noble and just. NMMU will continue to call on all sectors of society to invest more in higher education to ensure that universities can continue to provide quality teaching, research, and holistic support for our students.

Below are the four memoranda received from four student formations at NMMU being the SRC, the George Campus Student Council, the student FMF coalition in PE and the FMF movement on the George Campus.

The higher education sector has been facing protest action since Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement was made a week ago (Monday, 19 September) in respect of fees for 2017.

Students have blocked the entrances to several campuses this morning. Therefore, the University remains inaccessible.  The protesting students are yet to give Management their petition of demands. NMMU is monitoring the situation and will advise on the next course of action.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University management sincerely apologises that university operations did not resume today in spite of our best efforts to ensure that this would be possible.

The University has now received four different petitions from various student formations, the latest of which was handed over at a mass meeting in the Kraal at lunch-time today. Management will be working through the various demands to provide a response to students by Monday.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports the call to widen access to higher education for academically deserving poor and “missing middle” students. No such students should be denied the opportunity of pursuing tertiary studies as a result of socio-economic circumstances.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff making major strides in their respective academic fields were lauded for their work at the prestigious Research, Teaching and Engagement Excellence Awards last night.

All staff and students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are advised to stay off all campuses, including George and Missionvale, today due to student protests in line with a national call to shut down all universities.

Management’s attempts at engaging with students today have proven inconclusive. As such, we do not believe that resuming University operations for the next two days will be a viable option.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement today, which essentially gives universities direction in dealing with the university fee issue going forward.

After making a good impression in its previous performances, the award-winning Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) choir has advanced to Varsity Sing’s semi-finals which will be aired on KykNet (DSTV Channel 144) at 8:30 pm on 29 September.

Shale gas exploration in the Karoo may be a contentious and controversial issue, but South Africans – especially in and around the Karoo – may just have to brace themselves for what appears to be an inevitable move.

Shale gas exploration in the Karoo may be a contentious and controversial issue, but South Africans – especially in and around the Karoo – may just have to brace themselves for what appears to be an inevitable move.

“Once Biko encounters you, he never leaves you,” so recalled veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu in a statement from a Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) commemoration of Steve Biko at the weekend.

THE Telkom Foundation – Telkom’s Corporate Social Investment arm – is pouring R3m into a three-year technology-linked maths project, to boost the results of learners in 10 under-resourced high schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor, Lesetja Kganyago, will deliver a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) this afternoon.

Twenty-two years into democracy, has our much-lauded constitution transformed what was a very unjust and unequal society into something better?

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) made its submission to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (the Fees Commission), highlighting a need for a national university funding review, adequate financial support for the so-called “missing middle” and improved management of student loans to help the national financial aid scheme meet the funding needs of poorer, academically deserving students.

Following the information session previously held at the institution earlier in the year, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of ICT will be having a First Lego League (FLL) Challenge Release official launch workshop tomorrow (September 3).

Minister Nzimande Hopeful of Successful Conclusion To Consultations on 2017 University Fees, Calls For Continuing Patience from All Sides.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, says he is hopeful that his current consultations with all stakeholders on 2017 university fees will conclude successfully, with an announcement in this regard expected to be made in mid September this year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Tourism Management students are set to get the experiential training they need for their studies through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed between the university and Comair Limited tomorrow (September 1).

THE rights and experiences of indigenous peoples of Southern Africa (focused on the Ju/'hoan of Namibia) was recently shared by NMMU Language and Literature’s Distinguished Professor Helize van Vuuren at Hiroshima University, Japan.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) travelling exhibition showcasing the impressive work of its first-year architectural students will be opening in Johannesburg this week.

NMMU’s Botany department has had a research output boost this year with students and staff producing 20 articles and supervisor Prof Janine Adams reaching a milestone of more than 100 published scientific articles.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Faculty of Education is hosting this year’s Mandela Legacy Lecture, with distinguished scholar Prof Catherine Odora-Hoppers to deliver the main lecture under the topical theme “Decolonizing Higher Education in South Africa” this week.

As we understand it, today‘s blocking of the majority of NMMU’s campus entrances is in line with a national call by students towards its ongoing demands for free education for poor students. Management will be engaging with these students at 8am today. In the interim, you are advised to stay off all NMMU campuses – including George and Missionvale - until further notice.

As an update to this morning’s text message, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will remain closed today.

With just two days before Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University trailblazers jet off to South America to take on the 43km Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, fundraising initiatives are still going strong in a concerted bid to help raise the R4-million to help third or final year students finish their academic journey.

NMMU supports the calls for free education for poor and academically deserving students. The Minister of Higher Education and Training is expected to make a pronouncement in the next week in respect of tuition fee increases for 2017. The University will work with students and staff to co-create an implementation plan for next year once there is further clarity in this regard.

Management has considered and consulted widely on the impacts of the action of the last two days at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and reached various resolutions.
An early morning attempt by students to block various NMMU PE campus entrances has been brought under control.
In light of the present uncertainty on NMMU campuses and important issues to be discussed by students regarding higher education matters, the University is officially postponing all academic activities and tests scheduled to be written today. This includes both Missionvale and George campuses.
Academic activities will resume tomorrow and will continue until recess starts on Friday afternoon, 26 August 2016.

For months, Phumla Jack had mixed feelings about her daughter Nandipha’s impending climb up South America’s Machu Picchu, but she was left highly relieved after a meeting with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz and fellow trailblazer and alumni Dr Bridgette Gasa last week.

A traveling exhibition of the national Loeries awards has hit Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University this week, showcasing recipients from previous years.

NMMU is aware of the various calls to action by student groupings at the University, and is actively monitoring and engaging with those concerned.

As South Africa places a marked focus on energy production and finding alternative energy sources, Sweden’s Lund University Professor Gustaf Olsson raised awareness about the crucial link between water and energy at a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Thursday.

Four first year Computing Science students have developed an app to ensure that everyone can experience the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with Professor Derrick Swartz, the Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and two other members of the #Trailblazing team.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Office for International Education has been hosting delegates from partner universities around the world as part of the university’s bi-annual Family Week.

OVER the past seven decades, foreign aid worth almost a billion dollars has been pouring into Africa to assist with development, focusing particularly on reducing poverty and the issues linked with this in both urban and rural contexts.

Girls for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a programme dedicated to inspiring young girls towards STEM subjects and ultimately careers, hosted a Business Women’s Luncheon at the Propella Business Incubator this past weekend.

The NMMU-Madibaz teams retained their status as the top sporting institution in the Eastern Cape with another triumph in the annual intervarsity in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff and students are still reeling from the shocking news of the heinous crime in which a female student was raped and a male student killed in Port Elizabeth this weekend.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) South Campus will be abuzz with activity on Saturday, when hundreds of students from the Eastern Cape’s four university gather for the annual Intervarsity sporting extravaganza.

A last minute notification and a spontaneous decision to enter a prestigious textile competition has earned Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student Kristen Ristow national honours in the South African leg of the Society of Dyers and Colourists International Design competition.

Bay art lovers will be afforded the opportunity to engage with one of the “Fantastic” art exhibition curators, art historian Dr Nomusa Makhubu when she conducts a public walkabout of the exhibition at NMMU’s Bird Street Art Gallery on Wednesday, August 10.

Conducting and producing amazing scientific research means very little if you cannot effectively share it with the general public or potential funders.

This was one of the driving forces behind a workshop by two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) postgraduate students - to bring good communication skills and a human touch to scientific research - to 16 of NMMU’s women science students.

EXCITEMENT and nerves are getting the better of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) #Trailblazing student Nandipha Jack, after a dry run at the 5km Lady Slipper trail this week.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s BA Honours in Sociology student Dominique Ralarala has been accepted into the Seva Mandir internship programme in Rajasthan, India.

Two hundred years ago, what we call “science” was known as “natural philosophy”, with an overarching focus to understand how the world worked, in its entirety.

Through time, “natural philosophy” split into different scientific specialisations – among them physics, chemistry, geology, biology and so on – and, with the rising emphasis on measuring and quantifying nature, the word “philosophy” slipped away completely.

Gaye le Roux, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying at the then University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), has spent a lifetime making her mark in what has been a predominantly male environment.

South Africa's varsity players established themselves as the best in the world when they returned from the World University Netball Championships in Miami, United States, with the gold medal.

Art lovers can look forward to a two-week visual art treat, with the “Fantastic” art exhibition opening at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Bird Street Art Gallery on August 1. 

The exhibition, hosted by the NMMU Department of Visual Arts in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis Art Gallery, will run from August 2 to August 18.

THE ocean is a busy place. Apart from the sea life inhabiting its countless ecosystems, it plays host to commercial fisheries, ship traffic, gas exploration and seabed-mining companies, fish farms, marine tourism, marine protected areas and much more.

Africa’s construction industry is booming, but where are the Africans within this building renaissance?

This is the question that will be asked by Dr John Ebohon, one of the international keynote speakers at the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa’s (ASOCSA’s) 10th Built Environment Conference, which takes place in Port Elizabeth from July 31 to August 2.

The phrase ‘dreams come true’ is one that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Rugby and Golf Sport Manager, Melissa Awu can attest to after recently being elected as the first female in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Rugby Executive Committee.

THE decline of women participation in sport and the reasons for certain sports getting more support than others are among the issues for discussion at the first sport transformation indaba at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) today (Monday, 25 July).

THE fundraising idea behind the Sweat100k for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is novel, but it is the organiser's commitment to the cause that is really inspiring.

Yesterday, NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz announced that the Government has given formal approval for the establishment of South Africa’s 10th Medical School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth.

ABOUT 270kg of plastic enters the sea every second. That’s 15 tons every minute. If something isn’t urgently done to manage plastic pollution, the amount of rubbish filling our oceans will outstrip the total weight of fish in the sea by 2050.

Did you know that Volkswagen is a family-owned business, with the Porsche family owning more than 30% of the company’s shares, and that the Walton family owns more than half the shares of United States retail giant Wal-Mart?

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga – a theoretical physicist and highly-regarded science educator – is delivering a public lecture in George on July 21, titled “Gravitational waves: Einstein’s ripples in the fabric of space-time – Unlocking the deep secrets of the Universe”.

I aspire to inspire, before I expire. Inspire me.
These words by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Law student and poet Romeo Phekana set the tone for the recent third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Societies’ Breakfast as both the Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa and the new Dean of Students Luthando Jack addressed the institution’s society leaders.

Jennilee Oosthuizen, 22, lives in Bethelsdorp Extension, in the Northern Areas.

She is well aware of the many challenges facing the youth in this area, including under-resourced schools that opened late this year, as parents and other community members protested for better school conditions.

NELSON Mandela’s legacy lives on in so many ways, not least in the annual celebration of his birthday, which staff and students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University celebrated in innumerable ways.

NMMU in partnership with the Coastal and Marine Research Institute and the American Corner Port Elizabeth will be hosting a talk by United States Science Envoy for the Ocean, Dr Jane Lubchenco tomorrow.

WHAT started out as a low-key act of charity a year ago has blossomed into a fully-fledged network of knitters at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), whose efforts will soon warm the lives of others.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University Architecture master’s student Judy Cizek was one of three joint winners in a prestigious national architecture competition, open to top candidates from architecture schools across the country.

Saturday’s examinations, offered as an alternative option for those scheduled to write on Tuesday 12 July, will take place on 16 July at 2pm on NMMU’s South Campus (at various venues), as well as on its Missionvale Campus. Shuttle services have been arranged as per normal Saturday afternoon examinations.

ACADEMIC excellence took centre stage when Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s top brains were honoured at the Academic Awards Dinner last night.   

After a successful first run at the Cape Institute of Architecture in Cape Town in April, a travelling exhibition showcasing the impressive work of first-year architectural students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, is now in Bloemfontein.

CLOSE to 50% of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students scheduled to write exams that were previously postponed, opted to write yesterday as a two-day student and worker protest on campus ended.

A few of staff and students have blocked the North and South Campus boom gates. Staff and students however are being dropped off along University Way and are accessing campus via various side gates. 
The safety and security of staff and students is paramount. As such, the University is hosting urgent meetings with unions and worker representatives with the express purpose of returning the campuses to normalcy.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has addressed immediate issues and is addressing a wide-range of medium to long-term issues raised by the SRC and various student groupings at the institution.

Lectures resume

Lectures and all related academic activities will resume tomorrow when all support services are back in place.

Dr Ismail Lagardien – the new Dean of Business and Economic Sciences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be the speaker at a public lecture to be hosted at the George Campus on 14 July.
THE safety of our staff and students will always be a key priority. With this is mind, and coupled with the need to start the second semester, management has been engaged all day with various groups towards seeking solutions to the many #FeesMust Fall student and staff related issues raised.

A GROUP of 30 Yale University alumni in Nelson Mandela Bay on part of a national tour of institutions of higher learning have rated Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) as being “among the best”.

More than 1000 Grade 11 and 12 learners in the Eastern and Southern Cape are attending three Accounting Winter Schools this week (4 to 8 July), one in George and two in Port Elizabeth, run by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Accounting.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Pharmacy has published the country’s first pharmacy technician training manual.

THE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) examinations that were postponed due to the province-wide taxi strike and public transport shutdown on 10 June will be held at the start of the new semester.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) has identified a serious need among its visually-impaired students, for assistance with computer skills. 
This week, with the orientation of our new international Study Abroad * students, we will be holding a week-long ‘instameet’ competition. 
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will use its official lunch period and offer duplicate lessons as a temporary solution towards possible overcrowding in the second semester.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Dean of Students, Luthando Jack, took up his appointment today (1 July).

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has appointed its first Deputy Deans: Filling the two new positions are Prof Dalena van RooyenDirector of the School of Clinical Care Science, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Prof Hendrik Lloyd, Director of the School of Economics, Development and Tourism, within the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences.

SHARED values and a passion for creating a sustainable future for all is the driving force behind a new partnership for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Maryna van de Venter is testing the medicinal properties of plants from around the world, including Romania, Egypt and Nigeria, screening mainly for anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and anti-HIV/Aids activity – and yielding a number of positive results.

About 250 Grade 11 and 12 learners from Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounding areas will be exposed to the various fields of science at this year’s Science Discovery Week at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from 27 June to 1 July.

The Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) has presented Pieter Swart – Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – with the 2016 PRISA President’s Award for outstanding service to the profession.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is investigating a series of allegations of apparent violence between different student groupings on its North and South campuses a week ago.

On 29 June 2016, an exhibition of contemporary highlights from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s collection – titled 16/60 – will open at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Bird Street Gallery.

Education in Nelson Mandela Bay was given a much needed boost with the launch this week of an innovative Youth for Technology Academy.

The Youth for Technology Academy is a unique initiative that its creators, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) Eastern Cape and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), believes will transform communities by enriching the Metro's Grade 8 to 12 Secondary school learners.

Elukholweni Farm School in Seaview has two brand new classrooms, thanks to the efforts of second-year interior design students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Umjuxuzo Alive
The NMMU Department of Arts & Culture supported by the Port Elizabeth Opera House will be staging its first student dance production. 

King penguins off the sub-Antarctic Marion Island make epic trips to find food for their young, some swimming 2000km away from the island, crossing from the Indian Ocean into the Atlantic, and lasting for as long as four weeks.

MANY students are forced to drop out of university due to financial challenges, but none so tragic are those who complete 75% of their qualification with just a year to go, and have to cut short their educational dream.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) wants to try to reverse this for some through a novel fundraising initiative.


Postgraduate students from across the Eastern Cape attended a South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) student meeting, which was held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Tuesday, 14 June 2016.

“For the first time in my entire university career, I can buy all my text books!”

For Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Psychology Honours student Sithisa Magxwalisa, 21, receiving the university’s Summit Scholarship – worth R50 000 and specifically for Honours students – has meant the end of long hours spent in the library, photocopying textbooks she could not afford.

IN a bid to boost maths results throughout the Eastern Cape, a group of academically top-performing Grade 10, 11 and 12 maths teachers, all from disadvantaged schools, have been selected to mentor and assist other teachers in their districts, and also help with structured exam revision.

The University is mindful of the inconvenience that the postponement of today’s examinations has had for many staff and students. Unfortunately, the province-wide public transport strike was beyond our control and, as shared earlier, after considering all options we felt the wisest and safest decision was to postpone today’s examinations.

THREE students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have just returned from Yangling, China, where they represented South Africa at a 20-day seminar on “agricultural environment-controlling technologies of arid areas for developing countries”.

NMMU BTech Biomedical Technology graduate Tanya Herselman has achieved first place in South Africa in the national Clinical Pathology board exam, which she wrote with 180 others in March.

Fourteen Masters of Accounting students from Kansas University (KU) in the United States have just wrapped up a two-week “study abroad” trip to South Africa – hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) – to get a taste of business in Africa.

“Fisheries crime and the illegal harvesting, processing and trading of fish and seafood globally is so huge that it is in effect a parallel economic system that is undermining sustainable economic growth. Countries are being deprived of taxes; citizens of jobs, food and income; and fisheries and environments are being destroyed.”

By October this year, NMMU student Liehandri Nel, 20, will see her designs appear on a range of scatter cushions, sold at selected Foschini and @Home stores nationwide.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s newly-appointed Executive Director of Human Resources, Ntoza Bam, comes with a wealth of experience, spanning 24 years across various sectors, including local government, media and banking.

Professor of Law Avinash Govindjee – an accomplished researcher and lecturer, with a high level of involvement within the community – is the new Executive Dean in the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) wishes to extend its sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Dr Simon Gqubule, who passed away in recent days.

DEVELOPMENT Studies lecturer and human rights activist Professor Janet Cherry will present her professorial inaugural lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) today.

Sivuyisiwe Gora, 20, falls into the so-called “missing middle” category of students, who are deemed not poor enough to qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

She achieved outstanding results in her first year of analytical chemistry at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) last year but, unable to pay her fees, almost dropped out.

Missing their ride is a thing of the past for Gautrain commuters, thanks to Eastern Cape-born computer whiz, Litha Soyizwapi, who has developed a smartphone application that helps Gautrain commuters track bus and train times. 

SMSPortal – the successful bulk SMS marketing business used by the likes of Pick ‘n Pay and Anglo American – was started in a Port Elizabeth garage in 2002 by two students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s fashion and textile department teamed up with the Reach for a Dream Foundation to make a young fashionista’s dream a reality for a day.

IN South Africa, you can get killed for a cell phone: What underlies the extraordinarily violent crime that is so rampant throughout this country?

SOUTH Africa, and more specifically the Eastern Cape, will benefit from the exciting partnership opportunities identified between the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Twenty-five first year Bachelor in Emergency Medical Care (EMC) students are raising funds to cover the expenses of organising this year’s “Vasbyt” event, aimed at preparing first-years for the adverse conditions in which they may work as paramedics.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Art Gallery, in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis Galleries, is opening its latest exhibition “ijusi – Design based in African Experience”, on May 23.

NMMU’s award-winning choir, well-known for their diverse musical repertoire from Western Classical to traditional African music, will be one of 12 choirs participating in the national Varsity Sing competition organised by Varsity Sports and kykNET. 

The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) today (18 May) donated two high-tech turbodiesel engines to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Ford Engine Research Unit (FERU) – and, in a surprise announcement, also pledged to donate a Ford Ranger vehicle to the university.

SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of NMMU students surveyed were satisfied with NMMU and 79% of them would recommend NMMU to a friend. They rated as very positive the quality and variety of education at NMMU and good professors and lecturers.

A golfing marathon yesterday (16 May) to raise money for autism and for his team to participate in this year’s national inter-varsity golf tournament, saw Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Mike Usendorff playing 200 holes in 10 hours, the equivalent of 11 full rounds of golf.

FOUR Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students have been granted the opportunity of a life-time, in the form of an educational trip to China with students from across the globe – which will be televised daily on Chinese national television.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today (16 May) issued an interdict against a small group of community members, who on Thursday (12 May) blockaded both entrances of the university’s Missionvale Campus with burning tyres and rocks – and also stoned the university’s shuttle buses.

Did you know that South Africa’s cultural economy – the revenue generated through the arts and cultural events – makes up almost 3% of South Africa’s GDP, which is higher than the country’s agricultural economy of 2.5%?

NMMU third-year IT students Nick Jordaan and Jason Cross have for the second time won first place in the Gaming category in the nationals at the ImagineCup, a global student technology programme and competition.  
FIVE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students have been included in the Under 20 Junior Springbok squad – the most from any one tertiary institution.

PHELOKAZI Nguqu, 18, is studying medicine at the University of Cape Town. It’s a dream come true for the rural Eastern Cape matriculant – and one she attributes to a unique learning opportunity she received last year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s drive towards creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs received a further boost this week with the unveiling of a R25m partnership with Telkom.

The planned national Central Application Service (CAS) is expected to be implemented from 2019, for as many as 700000 prospective post-school education and training students.

The University Council has appointed Dr Sibongile Muthwa, DVC: Institutional Support as Acting Vice-Chancellor from the beginning of May until 31 December 2016 in order to provide Special Leave for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz.

Just four months after it was launched, Port Elizabeth start-up IT software company Avocado Chocolate (AvoChoc) has been selected to develop web and mobile apps for a major international soccer tournament in Chicago, USA in June.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University golfer Mike Usendorff will soon embark on his longest round of golf yet: an attempt to play 180 holes in just 10 hours.

Acclaimed South African writer, poet, feminist and activist Makhosazana Xaba will be delivering a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on May 5, titled “‘Conjuring up her wholeness’: How my life has influenced my writing”.

The Eastern Cape Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Department of Arts and Culture are hosting a #creativeintersections seminar in the form of a panel discussion, addressing the theme of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Community Based Projects.

Radio and TV personality, Richard Nwamba, well-known across the globe for his expertise on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora, will be in Port Elizabeth today (May 4) to share his insights about “African music’s response to African politics”.

The launch of a bilateral Research Chair between South Africa and the United Kingdom – the first joint Chair between the two countries – takes place on 4 May 2016.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today announced the first winner of the Mandela Bay Entrepreneur Fellowship: Computing Sciences masters graduate Martin Smuts has received R100 000 for the growth of start-up company, Avinci Consult.

The first recipient of the Mandela Bay Entrepreneur Fellowship – provided by non-profit company Happimo and underwritten by successful South African businessman and serial entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr – will be announced on May 3.

LECTURES at our Missionvale Campus are ongoing. There is however, a small group of protesters at the entrance whose presence is being monitored. Staff and students are entering the campus as per normal.

SAFM radio personality, Richard Nwamba, well-known across the continent for his expertise on the music of Africa and its Diaspora, will be in Port Elizabeth on May 4 to share his insights about “African music’s response to African politics”.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s fuel-efficient “Eco-Car” – which has been designed to travel nearly 300km on just one litre of fuel – along with the University’s electric bikes, cars and other electric mobility projects, will be on display at the Knysna Motor Show on May 1.

A holiday visit to a high-end visual effects company in New York led to a dream job offer in Chicago for Port Elizabeth graphic designer, Udesh Chetty.

Horizon 2020, the European Union’s biggest research and innovation programme yet, will be showcased at a workshop at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 25 April – to inform academia and industry about the programme and its opportunities for funding.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is acutely aware of the challenges around sexual harassment and rape within South African society generally and the higher education system, as a constituent part of the society.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is launching its brand new Bitumen Laboratory on 21 April – where students will receive hands-on experience of the latest equipment and testing methods, used in road construction and other fields.  

SOLUTIONS to overcrowding challenges at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are being found.

Duplication of lectures, the hosting of lectures during lunch or late in the afternoon have been introduced in an attempt to alleviate the overcrowding challenges that have arisen to date.

Solar farm for NMMU

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University may soon have its own on-campus solar photovoltaics (PV) farm.

WHEN post-electoral violence in Kenya in the late 2000s turned tribal, a nun found herself being victimised – and had to be hidden by the other nuns.

The experience inspired her to tackle post-electoral violence through academic studies – in the hopes that Kenya and other African countries would embrace a model for mediation that would allow for free and fair democratic elections.

Lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life, Ingrid Oxley would never have believed that Tuberculosis would change her life for the good – and contribute to her becoming NMMU’s first ever Master’s in Dietetics graduate.

FINE food and art, research and innovation, will be showcased at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on April 20, in celebration of the University’s first “French Day”.

French Ambassador to South Africa, Her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, accompanied by a delegation from France, will be on campus to officially open French Day, and participate in the various events.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s first completely blind graduate Xolisa Yekani, 37, is hoping other blind students will be inspired to follow his example.

This speech was delivered by maths education specialist, Sharanjeet Shan, on the occasion of being awarded NMMU's first ever Chancellor's Medal. This new award has been introduced in recognitioon of individuals who make a substantial contribution to both academic scholarship and society nationally. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is celebrating the graduation of its very first intake of Chemical Process Technology students – the pioneering diploma course which was tailor-made to meet the critical scarce-skills needs of South Africa’s chemical processing industry.

“You can’t use your disability as an excuse.”

That’s what Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University graduate Duncan Monks’s mother told him when she was fighting to keep him in a mainstream high school – and they are words he continues to live by.


A speech given by the Chancellor, Santie Botha, at the South Campus graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

WHEN Heinrich Williams crosses the stage this graduation, his companion and study buddy Viking, donned in full graduation attire, will as usual be right by his side.

Viking, the four-year old Golden Retriever mix, attended all Heinrich’s lectures and exams as a service dog, assisting Heinrich in achieving his NDip Industrial Engineering.

As aspiring business leaders climb the corporate ladder in today’s globalised, rapidly-changing world, the skill sets they require stretch far beyond traditional number crunching, to being able to think strategically and make sustainable, future-orientated decisions.

A speech given by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz at the George Campus graduation ceremony on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

The United States government yesterday (April 11) launched its newest “American Corner”, at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Bird Street Campus in Port Elizabeth.

Nigerian-born Kayode Ayankoya, 41, who is graduating with his PhD in Computer Science from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, values the sacrifices his mother made for him to be educated.

“I MAY have come from the dusty streets of Mount Frere, with many villages having no electricity or running water, but I know I can do anything or be anything ... It doesn’t matter where you come from.”

Single mother Fezeka Majiki, 29, achieved something most of Mount Frere’s 5 000 or so town and village residents would deem out of reach: her master’s degree in agricultural research – and she wants to use her qualification to make a real difference to farming efforts in the poverty-stricken area.

TWO PhDs in any one family are impressive, but even more so when the two recipients complete the same degree, at the same time – while both managing full-time jobs at the same institution.

Zimbabwean married couple and parents of four, Canisius and Ennie Manyumwa, who have each spent 34 years as educators, will receive their PhDs in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, on April 13.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University graduate Enrico Acker has proven that rugby players are blessed with brains in addition to brawn, by completing his master’s studies while playing top-league rugby.

SUCH is the calibre of work by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s first-year architecture students that they will be participating in their second exhibition in a month.

A COMMUNITY health and business centre in Gelvandale – a beacon of hope in an area affected by gang violence, drug abuse and poverty – will be the first to benefit from a free Wi-Fi project in Nelson Mandela Bay.

When Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University launches its new Foundation Phase building on April 4, its students will have the opportunity to participate in a unique music workshop, learning skills they can one day take into their own classrooms.

CLOSE to 5 000 students across six faculties and in as many as 335 different qualifications will graduate from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 15 ceremonies hosted in George and Nelson Mandela Bay from Thursday 7 April.

Mathematics educator Sharanjeet Shan – the recipient of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s inaugural Chancellor’s Medal – says her role as a “disruptive educational social entrepreneur” is necessary if South Africa is to advance its citizenry via education.

THERE is a national shortage of teachers in the Foundation Phase – that critical first phase of a child’s schooling – and particularly mother-tongue speakers of indigenous languages.

During its upcoming graduation ceremonies in April, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will confer an Honorary Doctorate on Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder and director of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster response NGO of African origin.

Monday (4 April) sees the launch of a brand new building tailor-made for budding Foundation Phase (Grade R to 3) teachers, studying towards their BEd degrees at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The impressive effort of first-year architecture students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – who pour hours and energy into recreating the plans and models of existing architectural masterpieces – has led to a unique travelling exhibition of their work.

Dr Ismail Lagardien – who has two decades of experience in an academic and policy environment, and 15 years’ experience as a journalist – is the new Dean of Business and Economic Sciences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. 

EXCELLENCE will take centre stage this week when 25 students are recognised as the latest cohort of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars.

NMMU’s latest research unit, the Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU) will be launched on Wednesday 16 March.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is committed to putting the welfare of its students first.

That’s the word of NMMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support Dr Sibongile Muthwa who was speaking at the launch of a new 24-hours computer laboratory at the University’s Bird Street Campus in Central.

The cornerstone of South Africa’s fledgling democracy – its Bill of Rights – will be acknowledged and promoted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2016, starting with a launch on 22 March. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is opening a 24-hour computer laboratory on its Bird Street Campus to assist an increasing number of its students living in the metro’s Central area.

Learners in Nelson Mandela Bay will again be exposed to the excitement and benefits of science and technology when Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of ICT hosts a regional qualifying tournament for the First Lego League (FLL) challenge.

RESEARCH has shown that antibiotics are typically over-prescribed in many Western countries – leading to drug-resistant and often deadly superbugs – but not nearly enough is known about the situation in Africa.

FOR the past three decades, scientists have maintained that the sea was hot when life first began on Earth some 3,5 billion years ago – somewhere between a scorching 30 and 80˚C. But at the same time, research has shown that the sun was much less intense, generating about 25% less heat than it does today.

THREE state-of-the-art lecture theatres – including a plush circular 250-seater auditorium – have opened for science students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

SCIENTISTS from the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will deliver the opening and closing talks during a week of space and science-related public talks, which kick off at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on March 3.

THE number of students who applied for residence accommodation at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2016 has increased by 11%. The University received 15 573 applications this year compared to 13 536 in 2015 and the 3.4% growth from 2014 to 2015.

A BRAND new building tailor-made for BEd Foundation Phase teachers (Grade R to 3) – designed around a brand new curriculum and teaching philosophy – is how Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is hoping to grow more teachers in this critical first phase of a child’s schooling.

THEIR tuxedo markings and awkward waddle-walk – along with movies like “Happy Feet” – have boosted the “cuteness” stakes for penguins. But below the waves, that all changes.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s latest architecture exhibition showcases Nelson Mandela Bay in innovative and insightful ways – from a re-imagined South End, evoking memories of the old suburb prior to forced removals, to a built-up Baakens River Valley, connecting city to sea, to a brand new citywide rail system.

IN 2010, Peter van Kets spent 76 days alone in a seven-metre rowing boat, crossing the Atlantic without any support.  It was the second time he had made the epic journey, but the first time completely on his own. Two years later, he and a team-mate completed a gruelling race to the South Pole.

THE safety of staff, students and visitors to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be the key consideration when hosting Varsity Cup rugby matches and any other Varsity Sport events going forward.

FOR the next few weeks – for as long as it takes – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be providing extra practical science sessions for Grade 10 to 12 learners from Northern Areas schools, to help learners make up for lost time.  

STUDENTS and staff at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University can cut out the long walk between the university’s North and South campuses, by hopping onto a solar-charged e-bike.

MORE than 50 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Health Science students will work alongside trained professionals to bring primary health care to 72 communities throughout South Africa aboard the Phelophepa health care train.

THIRTY maths lecturers from South Cape Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College – the biggest of the Western Cape’s six TVET colleges – are approaching the teaching of their subject in a new way, infused with the latest technology, to pique students’ interest and boost poor pass rates.

A MOVEMENT like #FeesMustFall, with its protests, marches, sit-ins and meetings, is viewed by some as a disruption to formal learning – yet Aziz Choudry says the knowledge that emerges out of such movements should not be overlooked.

ACADEMIC research that leads to real change in society, improving lives in the process, lies at the heart of a new journal at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

A good number of currently vacant professional and support services (PASS) posts at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have been temporarily frozen – a decision which is part of a wider investigation towards increasing efficiency and operational effectiveness at the institution.

ASSOCIATE Professor of Economics Ronney Ncwadi – an expert in his field, with years of experience in the banking sector – is the new head of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Economics.

ENROLMENT figures at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are set to increase in 2016 if initial registration statistics are anything to go by.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Honours students are set to benefit from funds raised by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Derrick Swartz, through the #climb4nmmu campaign he undertook last year.

GLOBAL RECOGNITION … Max Grünewald and Warren Hartland, who completed the international FIFA/CIES Sport Management programme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last year, have come second in the 2016 FIFA/CIES Network competition.

SENIOR managers from 18 of South Africa’s 26 Higher Education Institutions and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), have just spent a week (22 to 29 January) collectively grappling with the many issues affecting universities in this country, from a management perspective.

PARTNERSHIPS forged by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with private property owners throughout the metro have helped to alleviate annual accommodation shortages for its students.

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Jason Cross and Nicholas Jordaan first gained attention in the local software development industry in 2015, after winning the local round of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2015.

This story appeared in the Herald e-edition on 1 February 2016.

FROM humble beginnings to standing a chance to win a coveted architectural award, a former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student is making waves in the world of architecture.

In November last year, NMMU took the decision to extend its help to students from the so-called “missing middle” – these are students whose families are not poor enough to qualify National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) support, but not wealthy enough to pay for own their tertiary studies.

NMMU is offering these students as well as unfunded NSFAS students 2015 debt relief and/or 2016 down payment relief, which means payment is initially deferred.

These are some of their stories …

Inam Pinyana, 22, grew up in the deep rural village of Mhleleni, near the town of Tabankulu, in the former Transkei. His mother, an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) educator, is the sole provider in the village home he shared with his brother and about eight cousins, whose parents are either unemployed or deceased. Since his mother earns reasonably well in her job, relative to others in the same and neighbouring rural areas, Pinyana has been deemed not poor enough to qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) but his family is not wealthy enough to pay for his studies.

Coming to university for the first time is often an exciting, life-changing experience. However, it can also be challenging and stressful. The transition often involves major changes, like leaving friends and family for the first time, coming to grips with a new course and independent study, discovering new ways of doing things and facing new expectations.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture is hosting three internationally-recognised professors of architecture, as part of its annual International Architecture Workshops, strengthening the country’s architectural ties with the rest of the world.

GYMNASTICS, acrobatics and dance are woven into the gravity-defying routine expertly delivered by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Varsity Sports cheerleaders, the reigning national champions.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, welcomed the 2016 first year students and their parents to NMMU during the Welcoming Ceremony, held on Saturday, 23 January.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Student Representative Council today (22 January) launched its #enablingDREAMS campaign, to raise funds for students who qualify for registration, but cannot afford to buy text books or food. 

They are also establishing a food bank and book collection programme.

All roads lead to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for first-year students and their parents at 9am on Saturday (23 January) for the annual Welcoming Ceremony.

With 5 000 to 6 000 new students expected to register at the university in the next few weeks, Saturday’s event is aimed at providing newcomers, their parents or guardians with insights, assurances and excitement about studying at NMMU.

ALTHOUGH Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana has spent most of her life in South Africa, she has never forgotten her roots in Lesotho, her place of birth. The Nelson Mandela Bay clothing designer crafts contemporary fashion using traditional Basotho blankets – and one of her designs, titled “Starburst Coat”, is one of the 10 contenders in Design Indaba’s prestigious Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2016 exhibition.

APPLICATIONS to study at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2016 have increased by more than 80%.

The University’s decision to provide free online applications in 2015, in line with its commitment to widen student access to higher education, especially to academically-deserving but financially needy students, has seen its applications rocket to unprecedented levels.

We, the vice-chancellors representing all 26 universities in South Africa, remain committed to continuing the widening of student access to university study and to the transformation of our universities consistent with the founding provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. A quality higher education system, we believe, is necessary for realising a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and economically and socially inclusive society.

THE NMMU Council has appointed Professor Azwinndini Muronga as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Dean of Science from 1 April, 2016. Prof Muronga is a theoretical physicist, who started his tertiary education at the University of Venda with a BSc degree in Mathematics and Physics, then enrolled for a BSc (Honours) and Masters of Science (MSc) degrees in Physics at the University of Cape Town.

THE NMMU Council has appointed Mr Mike Monaghan as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Executive Director: Finance. Mr Monaghan will be assuming duties from 1 January, 2016, to lead NMMU’s Finance Department, a crucial position in the institutional leadership of the University.