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Nelson Mandela University’s award-winning choir received an unexpected thumb’s up from Mango Groove lead singer Claire Johnstone for their rendition of the South African band’s own song “Faces to the Sun”.

Dr Magda Minguzzi, senior lecturer at Mandela University’s School of Architecture and researcher at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, recently received recognition for her years of research and commitments with the First Nation. 

With a third wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa upon us as also evidenced in the University’s own sharp increase of cases, it is critical that we each do what we can to counter this.

An Autonomous Solar Boat prototype that was designed in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon have its maiden voyage at sea.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Chemistry lecturer, Dr Gletwyn Rubidge, broke two national records and matched a third at the Freediving World Cup held in Egypt last month.

“My roots are in the Eastern Cape village of Centane where Wipagriculture, a subsidiary of Wiphold, has established a maize and soya bean farming project on 2500 hectares of land with 2800 landowners, of whom 52% are women,” says Gloria Serobe, leading South African businesswoman, CEO of Wipcapital, a subsidiary of Wiphold (Women Investment Portfolio Holdings) and pioneer in the field of broad-based economic empowerment for women.

Africa requires a country and university to take the lead in governance and intellectual development for the blue economy and sustainable conservation of the continent’s oceans, says Emeritus Professor Martin Tsamenyi who is being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Law (Maritime Law) from Nelson Mandela University during the virtual graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Law on Thursday 22 April.

An exciting new partnership is on the cards between Nelson Mandela University and Ubuntu Pathways, with the institutions effectively seeking to cement a longstanding informal collaboration that spans many years.

“The moral fibre of our society is dead and the rot starts from the head. There is no moral leadership in our land and the new generation of graduates needs to play their part in changing this,” says Mmatshilo Motsei, intuitive healer, author and activist who combines midwifery, psychology, creative writing and African spirituality in her work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be much more than just a health crisis, but a societal one that has once again laid bare the country’s deep social crevices. 

'The Future of Museums: Recover and Imagine', is the theme of this year's International Museum Day. 

The first cohort of 50 medical students at Nelson Mandela University’s Medical School on Missionvale Campus are hard at work with their studies.

Business Management’s Prof Shelley Farrington, as local promoter, and masters’ student Riyaad Ismael as lead researcher, have been focussing on the identification and distribution of best practices in university-based student entrepreneurship support and creating a student entrepreneurship development tool.

Nelson Mandela University will be sharing its own vaccination rollout plans to staff and students in the second of its VAX FAX Conversations webinar series at midday on Monday, 17 May.

Nelson Mandela University is partnering with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on a symposium reflecting on the role of South Africa in fostering multilateralism in Africa and the rest of the world.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Director of Madibaz Sport, Yoliswa Lumka, has been appointed to serve as the Chairperson of the SASCOC High Performance University Sport Working Group. 

“I am grateful to NSFAS and Nelson Mandela University for this opportunity to have a qualification that no one can take away from me and to Student Counselling for making sure that I kept my sanity” says Nomsa Gida, 35, who graduated with a Diploma in Building, 15 years after she first started at the University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A group of 2020 3rd year IsiXhosa language students, assisted by their lecturer, Professor Linda Kwatsha, have written a book of poetry entitled Umphanda Wolwazi.

“My granny is my inspiration and motivation”, says 21 year old Avelile Lutho Cishe, a cum laude Forestry graduate from Idutywa in the Eastern Cape. 

Silindokuhle Kwani, 28, who graduated last week with her second degree in Nursing at Nelson Mandela University (Bachelor of Nursing in Advanced Primary Healthcare), wants to change the mind set of young and future nurses and motivate them to be educated nurses and not just stay at the basic level.

“Guys I did it, who would have thought a girl from the farm could achieve such immaculate grades”, posted Tematfombeni on her social media page as she bagged 22 distinctions out of 30 modules in her four-year academic journey.

In the context of possible future shale gas exploitation, if the conflicts and uncertainties between communities and traditional authorities regarding land tenure and tenure security are not addressed, the potential benefits of shale gas development may be jeopardized. 


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Fourth year Education student and Madibaz Sport Student Assistant, Thabiso Letselebe was recently appointed to the International University Sport Federation (FISU) Media & Communications International Working Committee.

Barriers to learning for students in the TVET college sector, was the focus of the research done by Master’s in Education graduate, Nontutuzelo Magingxa, 46.

The first two graduates in BEngTech Marine Engineering graduated at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Final year law student, Liso Zenani, flew the flag high at the annual Uhuru World Debate Championship (UWDC) held recently, making it to the grand finals of the English Second Language category.  

Nelson  Mandela University students, staff and alumni – along with three top South African musicians – will share a virtual stage with hundreds of international performers participating in UNESCO-backed International Jazz Day on 30 April.

In 2016, when BCom Business Management graduate Marie N'Guessan, arrived from Côte d’Ivoire, excited and ready to study at Nelson Mandela University, she had never been to South Africa and had just learnt to speak English.

Zoology Master’s graduate Hendrik du Toit overcame the challenging trials of doing a field and laboratory-based research project during the lockdown of 2020, to graduate cum laude at Nelson Mandela University’s April Graduation.

“Quoting our namesake, Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it is done” was a reality for the MPhil in Information Technology (IT) Governance treatise research that I undertook in 2020” says graduate Constandious Takura Munakandafa.

The graduation of Gabriella Berman with an MCom: Marketing makes history for the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, and the Department of Marketing Management on the George campus.

“It’s important for people to turn negative situations into positives,” this is the outlook of Public Relations Management graduate, Ross Dakin, 23.

The Times Higher Education [THE] Impact Rankings are global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – essentially measuring higher education institutions’ contribution to the SDGs. 

The first of more than 6 000 graduands, including three honorary doctorate recipients, crossed the virtual graduation stage today in the first of six ceremonies at Nelson Mandela University.

The development of a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors, while at the same time guiding policymakers and the mining industry in the development of policies and strategies, are among the contributions and findings of PhD in Business Management graduate Talifhani Khubana’s study.

Amber Meyer was the South African Institute of Industrial Engineering’s Best Final Year NDip student in 2019, yet she never thought she would graduate, twice in a row or cum laude, having had to overcome educational and financial hurdles.

Junior lecturer in the Business Management Department at Nelson Mandela University, Storm Watson said the biggest challenge he encountered during his master’s journey had to be time management - balancing his personal life, work and studies.

The Zoology honours class of 2020 who will obtain their degrees at this year’s Autumn Graduation, achieved a new record for Zoology honours with a 100% pass rate and 67% of the class passing cum laude.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz Water Polo player and 3rd year Pharmacy student, Ashleigh Vaughan, was named Player of the Tournament at the recent Senior Nationals (Currie Cup) held in Durban.


Nelson Mandela University is presently addressing various challenges facing both new and continuing students at the start of its 2021 academic year, which began on 23 March.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Computing Sciences Distinguished Professor, Andre Calitz, has been honoured with a Distinguished Service in ICT Award at the 2020 Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) President's Awards.

Nelson Mandela University remains steadfast in its commitment to social justice. As such, for the past several weeks, the University has been actively working to address the myriad of access-related issues in a bid towards as smooth a transition to the 2021 academic year as possible.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz swimmer and BTech Construction Management student, Alaric Basson set the National Olympic Swimming Trials on fire last week as he swam his way to gold in three events in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth).

Nelson Mandela University is aware of the growing anxiety around the impending close of registration as several students are still grappling with funding and other access challenges.

Overriding safety concerns in line with COVID-19 regulations pertaining to large gatherings, means Nelson Mandela University will again be hosting its Graduation sessions virtually.

Nelson Mandela University is aware of protest action and calls for a sit-in by students on its main Gqeberha campuses and is presently assessing the situation.

Nelson Mandela University is aware of, and is presently addressing, various challenges facing both prospective and continuing students at the start of the 2021 academic year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Student Entrepreneurship Specialist in the Department of Student Governance & Development at Mandela University, Karen Snyman, has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the Community of Practice for Student Entrepreneurship.

As previously communicated, the Executive Committee of Senate (ECS) approved the shifting of the commencement of the 2021 academic year from 15 March to 23 March 2021 due to the delays experienced in receiving NSFAS funding confirmations for qualifying students which also then delayed their registration. 

Nelson Mandela University welcomes the newly elected Student Representative Council (SRC), led by the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), following its victory at the elections last week.

As we prepare to enjoy Easter weekend, please continue to remain vigilant in practicing all prevention measures against the transmission of COVID-19. This appeal comes as more young people are contracting the virus, including students, as captured in today’s Daily Maverick story.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Associate Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies at Nelson Mandela University Dikeledi Mokoena, was elected as the new Treasurer of the African Association of Political Science at its recent conference.

The University is actively preparing itself as an accredited vaccination centre to support its staff and students as part of the country’s phased COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme.

We, as the Nelson Mandela University Council, like other university councils and higher education stakeholders, are deeply concerned at the persistent funding and fee challenges that South African universities and the post-school education and training sector in general are experiencing. 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The UNODC’s E4J (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Education for Justice) project, of which Nelson Mandela University is one of four participating universities in the world, recently received the 2020 UN Secretary General Award for Innovation.

Nelson Mandela University held a short virtual remembrance service at midday on Friday, 26 March 2021, to give all staff and students the opportunity to collectively remember and celebrate the lives of family and friends lost since the COVID-19 pandemic came into our lives.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Final year Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies student, Zikhona Matolengwe has been elected to serve on the EDHE (Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education) – a student entrepreneurship Community of Practice.

Student formations at Nelson Mandela University are gearing up for the election of a new Student Representative Council (SRC) this week in the first ever virtual election, due to the prevailing pandemic and safety protocols that limit gatherings.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University scientists from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, have been awarded the annual prize for the 2020 best paper in the field of Applied Physics Research from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Russia. 

It has been a little more than 25 years since the watershed Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China, in September 1995, which forged a global agenda towards the achievement of gender equality. 

Nelson Mandela University is gearing up for the start of formal academic activity next week, following an earlier agreement to use this week to prepare students and allow time for the finalisation of their funding and registration statuses.

More than 11 056 ePermits have been accepted and issued to new and senior students to date (17 March), as part of Mandela University’s efforts to continuously manage health and safety across all seven campuses in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and George in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Department of Computing Sciences has received funding from The British Council Creative Commission as part of Project-ArC – an international consortium of 12 universities that will collaborate to deploy local initiatives for Climate Change accountability and responsibility.

Nelson Mandela University has always been resolute in its commitment towards social justice. To this end, the University remains committed to ongoing efforts to widen access to higher education for students, in particular those from poor and working class backgrounds.

A meeting between the Nelson Mandela University’s Student Representative Council (SRC) and senior members of management is underway to discuss challenges arising from the national call for shutdown across the higher education sector.

Nelson Mandela University is aware of the call for a national shutdown of the higher education sector until such time as the demands of the South African Union of Students (SAUS) are met.

Dear Students. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the start of the academic year on 15 March 2021. You probably have many questions about whether you need to attend all your classes, tutorials, lab and studio work, etc. on campus, or if some of this can be done online.

As universities across the country gear up for the start of the 2021 academic year, one of the major issues the higher education sector is grappling with is that of funding.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Chris Oosthuizen, a Nelson Mandela University postdoctoral fellow hosted by Prof Pierre Pistorius, was recently awarded a prestigious CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) Scientific Scholarship.

Nelson Mandela University is aware of the various challenges facing students’ ability to register and wishes to assure affected students and their families that we will continue to hold these places as solutions are sought.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Geosciences lecturer Navashni Naidoo, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study towards her PhD at the University of Illinois in the Unites States.

Nelson Mandela University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa will virtually welcome all new first-year students and their families to the institution in an address that will be premiered live on Saturday, 6 March on the University’s You Tube Channel.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Fourth year Education student and former SRC member, Thabsio Letselebe, has been appionted as the Team SA Media & Communication Officer for the 2021 World University Games to be held in Ghengdu, China in August.

With safety being the overriding consideration, there will be no mass mask-to-mask registration for students on the University’s Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) or George campuses this year.

Nelson Mandela University will be hosting a series of virtual welcomes for its new students and their families from Monday 1 March to Saturday 6 March. 

The two subjects that most matric learners fear and dread are mathematics and science – and often these are the two subjects that cause learners either to fail their year, or miss out on a university pass.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second year BComm student, Ndivhuwo Malange, has been named winner of the Undergraduate Category in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

Nelson Mandela University will be hosting a series of language-related events throughout the course of the week, headlined by the virtual launch of a children’s “Virus Fighters” series in five languages and featuring storyteller Dr Gcina Mhlophe, today (Thursday, 25 February).

Nelson Mandela University is gearing up to welcome back all its students, including first years, for the 2021 academic year. 

It has been a week since the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine reached Nelson Mandela Bay shores, where a host of frontline workers lined up for the first jab of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in line with the first phase of the country’s national vaccine rollout plan.

South African actress Dr Gcina Mhlophe will share the magic of storytelling at a Nelson Mandela University webinar this week to celebrate International Mother Language Day.

With the release of the Matric results today, we congratulate the Class of 2020 who managed a national pass rate of 76.2% under the difficult conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than two in five young South Africans out of work, Nelson Mandela University’s School of Economics is presenting a free webinar on youth entrepreneurship on Wednesday, February 24.


Nelson Mandela University has switched its traditional welcoming events for new students, parents and guardians to online and has adapted its format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A novel building method and a forward-thinking funding model are being used to speed up construction of much-needed student accommodation at Nelson Mandela University.

Completing the 2020 academic year, while preparing to start the new one in mid-March 2021, in the midst of a pandemic is a complex and multi-layered undertaking.  The University is confident, however, that it will achieve both, and be ready to virtually welcome up to 6 500 new students.

An innovative app allows healthcare workers to remotely create an electronic medical record for a tuberculosis patient, capture patient data and record medication compliance.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Nelson Mandela art and design alumni are flying the flag high in Hollywood!

Nelson Mandela University has transferred a number of those services traditionally hosted on its campuses in Port Elizabeth and George at the start of the academic year, to online platforms for health and safety reasons.

From 11 February 2021, the executive leadership of Nelson Mandela University will gather virtually for a four-day Branding and Resource Mobilisation Executive Education Programme aimed at rallying funds to advance the legacy of the iconic statesman.


Five professors at Nelson Mandela University have received the prestigious title of Distinguished Professor, which entails an elevated status in recognition of their dedication and commitment to their field of expertise.  

Emeritus and distinguished Botany Professor, Richard Cowling, published a position essay on biodiversity conservation in response to an invitation from the world’s most prestigious science institution, The Royal Society (London).

“It is a privilege to help people in distress and bring back the real-world experiences to the University. It benefits the community and it helps to give the families closure as many loved ones are lost."

Cultural activist, Dr Nokuzola Mndende has joined Nelson Mandela University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology as an Adjunct Professor. 

This week, as we continue our efforts to complete the 2020 academic year and prepare to virtually welcome the class of 2021, the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in South Africa.

News of the Nelson Mandela University’s new medical programme has been overwhelmingly positively received, with more than 3 600 applications successfully submitted online since applications opened on 06 January 2021.

Nearly two-thirds of schools in SA lack computer labs. One professor has found a way to fill the gap.

As academic activities resume towards the conclusion of the extended 2020 academic year and preparation for 2021, work is under way at Nelson Mandela University concerning student access matters. These include registration and the requisite financial aid from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

As the start of the new academic year approaches, some tertiary institutions have already begun preparations and put measures in place to ensure the students’ studies are as seamless as possible.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mechanical Engineering student, Wian van Aswegen from Port Alfred, has designed and created a unique 3D metal printed golf putter.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Economics students, Ndivhuwo Malange and Lehlohonolo Domela, have been selected as two of the Top 20 finalists in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

With a new, more transmissible, variant of the coronavirus spreading and adjusted level 3 restrictions in place, Nelson Mandela University is increasingly seeking ways to improve health and safety measures for staff, students and visitors on its campuses.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz judo star, Lwazi Mapitiza, achieved a major career highlight when he returned with a bronze medal from the African Judo Championships in Madagascar recently.

As you return to your work or studies, it is important to consider the implications of the Alert Level 3 adjusted COVID-19 regulations that came into effect at midnight on 28 December 2020 and a subsequent communication received from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) on 31 December 2020.

Nelson Mandela University’s Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), together with Visual Arts student Mr Luke Rudman had the opportunity to be involved in the international artistic initiative the MaskBook Project, which recently formed part of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

The Inyathi Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili (wisdom is learnt/sought from the elders) of our African Women’s Intellectual Histories conference sought  to centre the intergenerational conversations and recognitions of interdependence of one generation to the other.

“If you consider that in 2050 Africa will have a population of approximately 2.5 billion people, representing a quarter to a third of all humanity, it becomes clear that Africa’s emerging markets are your future.” 

Nelson Mandela University is deeply saddened by the passing of trailblazing higher education leader, Professor Marcus Malusi Balintulo.

An unwavering commitment to water conservation culminated in a doctorate for a Southern Cape academic, whose lifelong dream to change her world through education began under an avocado tree two decades ago.

The line between what you study at university and the career you ultimately pursue has become increasingly blurred, says the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, who was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce by Nelson Mandela University, during its online Business and Economic Sciences Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 17 December.

Inyathi ibuzwa kwabaphambili – a Xhosa proverb that means wisdom is learnt or sought from the elders. This powerful proverb was the overarching theme of the two-day virtual colloquium hosted by the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University, in collaboration with Rhodes University and the University of Pretoria.

Taking physical and emotional care of Nelson Mandela University’s 29 000 students and 4 000 staff is a huge responsibility at the best of times.  Throw in a taciturn global pandemic and you accept that you will be stretched as healthcare workers at an institution of higher education.

Little over 12 months ago, we only vaguely knew about coronavirus. It was something “out there and far away”. We could never have guessed then of the impact that this virus – COVID-19 - would have around the globe.

As the year draws to a close, Nelson Mandela University has implemented a number of measures to support staff and students after the institution’s closure, including plans to assist any students recently infected by the coronavirus.

It is full steam ahead for South Africa’s 10th medical school, which is located at Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth.

More than 180 Nelson Mandela University students graduated as part of the first cohort of the new and highly popular Advanced Diploma in Technical and Vocational Teaching (Adv Dip TVT) at the University’s virtual summer graduation yesterday (17 December 2020).

Nelson Mandela University’s two-day virtual summer graduation kicks off on Thursday (17 December 2020), with more than 1 200 students to be awarded their qualifications over five sessions.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: During the recent Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Virtual Presidential Tour and Awards Ceremony, BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying graduate, Michael Venter, won the ASAQS Gold Medal Award for outstanding academic achievement during the 2019 academic year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lesego Nkosi, a Mandela University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology student, recently graduated from the sought-after Democracy Works Academy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Prof Brenda Scholtz (Department of Computing Sciences) and Prof Lynn Futcher (School of Information Technology) have been appointed as the South African representatives on The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).

Graduation is the pinnacle of one’s academic career and, following a rather turbulent year, Nelson Mandela University will celebrate this flagship event in its annual calendar virtually next week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Project Leader for the Open Education Influencers, Gino Fransman, has been appointed to the Board of Advisors on UNESCO’s international open education programme, Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW).

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story, aimed at healing our society today.

Nelson Mandela University will be celebrating its Summer Graduation season online on 17 and 18 December with a series of ceremonies to acknowledge those students who will be graduating at the end of a long and difficult year.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: KaziHealth, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), has received a merit award at the 4th Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

The Eastern and Western Cape provinces, where Nelson Mandela University campuses are situated, are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.  The rate of infections and fatalities is a cause for concern.

Carrying the name of one of the world’s greatest leaders brings with it enormous responsibility. This is something Nelson Mandela University takes very seriously, as it strives to be a university that is of service to society.   

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Representing South Africa, Nelson Mandela University students Randolph Meth and Kwanda Jakalase will receive resources and mentorship for developing their visionary idea to make an impact on campus and beyond.


As COVID-19 forced distance learning on schools across the country, a maths and science learning-support app developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre has been providing critical support for learners in every province.

Nelson Mandela University Business School’s Research Associate, Dr Bryan Robinson, has been elected President of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa).

Nelson Mandela University has intensified its efforts to contain the present spike in infections on its campuses and within its accredited off-campus residences through a series of interventions.

Collaboration between the sciences and the social sciences can only lead to the improvement of sustainable and renewable energy, the effects of climate change on the environment, food security and the alleviation of poverty. 

Engineering students and academics from Nelson Mandela University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) represented South Africa in the 2020 Global Cybathlon Championship hosted by Switzerland last weekend. 

Nelson Mandela University wishes to announce a second National Research Foundation (NRF) SARCHI Research Chair in Humanities.

Arts, Culture and Heritage will broadcast the first digital instalment of their annual flagship jazz event – Isisusa Jazz Fest ’20 - on Friday, 27 November at 7pm on the University’s YouTube Channel.

New Phase of our Collective Fight against the Pandemic

The exponential increase of infections in Nelson Mandela Bay and at our university calls for more united and determined action to reverse this negative trend.

Nelson Mandela University joins South Africa in mourning the passing of Kimi Makwetu, the outgoing Auditor General, whose contribution to good governance and passion for mentoring young people will long live on.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The 2020 academic year is one that will not be forgotten for a number of reasons – and for eight Nelson Mandela University students from the Department of Media & Communication and the Department of Visual Arts – it could become memorable in the most rewarding of ways. 

The first official operations of the new fully functional hyperbaric chamber platform at Mandela University’s Ocean Sciences Campus recently took place, when two separate 30m chamber orientation dives were carried out for six Class III and Class IV trainee commercial divers. 

The spike of infections on both the University’s Port Elizabeth and George campuses is deeply concerning, all the more so because of ongoing blatant non-compliance of COVID-19 preventative measures.

Two weeks ago, Nelson Mandela University became aware, through media reports, of plagiarism allegations against one of its Adjunct Professors

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lindokuhle Mvango, a second year Logistics student at Mandela University, has had her dream come true by being selected to represent South Africa at The International ARTS Talent Showcase in New York next year.

Nelson Mandela University’s STEM IN ACTION entity is giving matrics an extra “boost” with a Boost Prep Pack containing summary videos of their entire Physical Science curriculum, including the experiments.  It encourages learners not only to work together with their educators, but also independently.

In two weeks the number of Covid-19 cases in Nelson Mandela Bay have increased tenfold as authorities pleaded with residents to wear masks and stop socialising. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Justin August, lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University has been elected as the Chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Gender-based violence remains one of the greatest challenges in South Africa. Higher education institutions, as microcosms of society, are not immune to these violations. Nelson Mandela University, having had challenges with capacity to effectively and speedily deal with GBV cases, has seen a marked improvement in the manner in which it deals with such cases.


Corruption and lawlessness are some of the biggest obstacles to the ongoing fight against fisheries crimes. With the incorrect belief that marine resources are unlimited, plunderers and often the public, seem to be of the view that their actions are victimless.

Mandela University's Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriShet) and the University of Johanneburg's Ali Mazrui Centre and the Post Graduate School's Research & Internationalisation will jointly host the launch of Prof Ihron Rensburg's book - Serving higher purposes - University mergers in post-apartheid South Africa.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Mike Roberts who holds the Chair in Ocean Science and Food Security, has been awarded a 2020 Newton Prize recognising research and innovation projects between the UK selected partner countries.

A COVID-19 resurgence is upon us, as evidenced by the rising number of cases nationally. The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has been flagged as a hotspot as numbers continue to rise.

When disaster struck at two Nelson Mandela Bay communities in recent weeks, seeing a number of families lose their homes and belongings to fires, Nelson Mandela University’s Convergence Fund Deployment Committee (CFDC) stepped in to assist in the support initiatives for the affected communities.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third year IT Software Development student, Athenkosi Sajini, was part of the team that took 2nd place in the recent Microsoft Safe@Home Hackathon.

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus’ COVID-19 compliance efforts and commitment to ensuring that all students are able to complete the academic year were applauded during a ministerial oversight on 27 October 2020.

The Department of Economics at Nelson Mandela University is presenting a free webinar on Monday, November 2, to unpack the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement and government’s recent Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (RRP).

Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola will deliver the annual Tambo Foundation Anniversary Lecture on Friday (30 October).

Nelson Mandela University mourns the passing of the first Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Dr Rolf Stumpf.  Dr Stumpf was Vice-Chancellor of NMMU from 2006 to 2008.

The University had hoped that by this coming December it would revert to hosting its normal summer graduation ceremonies, but unfortunately the situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet improved to a level where it would be feasible and safe to do so. 

There has been a notable rise in the number of COVID-19 cases nationally, provincially and within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, where the bulk of our University campuses are located.

As one of the largest institutions in Nelson Mandela Bay, Nelson Mandela University is on a water sustainability drive to address the water crisis in the metro and to ensure that our university, students and staff have sufficient water supply and reserve, without which we cannot operate.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Rose Boswell a new SARChI Research Chair in Ocean Cultures and Heritage.

Around a hundred thousand years ago, South Africa’s Cape south coast was a busy place. Giraffes, crocodileshatchling sea turtles and large bird species populated the landscape. Early humans were there, too.

The Board of Directors of Universities South Africa (USAf) has noted with grave concern, reports of 
reckless student behaviour on campuses since South Africa relaxed the national lockdown to Levels 2 and 1, respectively.

Professor of Ocean Cultures and Heritage Rose Boswell has been invited to participate in a special edition of the “Master Class against Racism and Discriminations: Philosophical perspectives” presented by UNESCO on World Philosophy Day, 19 November 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Public Law Department Head at Nelson Mandela University, Prof Joanna Botha, has been invited to participate in an expert seminar of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Nelson Mandela University‘s Faculty of Law will host a webinar by former South African Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, based on his recently published book, All Rise: A Judicial Memoir.

Nelson Mandela University’s 830-hecture nature reserve is at its springtime best, as a new virtual field trip of its exceptional plant diversity reveals.

Nelson Mandela University recognises the need for excellence in its research and scholarly endeavours and has committed itself to conducting such activities with utmost integrity.

It is with extreme shock and utter sadness that Nelson Mandela University has learned of the passing of social entrepreneur and change agent, Dr Vuyo Mahlati.

In the 2020 academic year, unprecedented in its historical significance the world over, Nelson Mandela University will pay homage to five outstanding men and women, who have made a remarkable contribution to society, through their work in the fields of literature, economic development and gender advocacy.

School closures driven by COVID-19 have presented major challenges for learners everywhere – including a group of past matriculants who were hoping to use this year to improve their poor matric marks, to gain access to university.

The Damas guesthouse in the remote Riemvasmaak area in the Northern Cape, which received its first off-grid facility from Nelson Mandela University two years ago, now boasts a larger pumping system as well as an off-grid power supply system for lighting.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University students and members at the Madibaz Debating Union, Sibusisiwe Jaggers and Liso Zenani, recently represented the University at the inaugural Africa Inter-Varsities Debating Championship, making it through to the Grand Final.

Nelson Mandela University has appointed human rights activist and eminent scholar, Professor André Keet, as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Engagement and Transformation.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A quartet of teenage SPAR Madibaz netball players highlighted their potential when they were chosen for the South African U21 squad in preparation for the World Youth Cup next year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters student in Physical Oceanography from Mandela University's Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, Michael Hart-Davis, is the recipient of the prestigious S2A3 Masters Medal. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A strategic decision to prioritise digital communication at Nelson Mandela University is reaping substantive results, including an international digital communication award.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Education for Justice (E4J) Grants Programme for Higher Education Institutions of the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has selected the Centre for Law in Action in the Law Faculty of Mandela University to be awarded a major United Nations Grant.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Asanda Koyo, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Economics student, has been selected to participate at the prestigious and competitive 2020 Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival hosted by the Institute for Economic Justice.

COVID-19 may have put the brakes on many events, but it didn’t stop the Nelson Mandela University’s annual GMMDC (Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre) National Math-Art Competition from going ahead.

Nelson Mandela University has entered into a partnership with Sasol to boost production and provision of free hand sanitisers.

Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), in partnership with the institution’s Department of History and Political Studies, is running a series of talks, lectures and engagements with Visiting Lecturer and Research Professor Raymond Suttner.

In preparation for the gradual return to campus, a lot of work has gone towards ensuring that staff and students come back to a safe and COVID-19 compliant environment on campus.

The Chair for Youth Unemployment, Employability and Empowerment, in collaboration with six partner institutions launch a series of webinars today (11 September 2020) that focus on the implications of COVID-19 on the South African TVET colleges sector.

Nelson Mandela University mourns the passing of Adv George Bizos SC.

More than 11 800 students have already accepted the opportunity to return to campus to continue their studies, albeit in new ways and in very different conditions.

The move to digital, which was fast-tracked as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, has seen a 36.9% increase year-on-year in provisional acceptance offers made to possible future Nelson Mandela University students.

Nelson Mandela University Professor Rose Boswell has released a book of poetry which she hopes will help heal minds made fragile by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: KaziHealth, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), has been named a finalist in the fourth Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

A team of three Nelson Mandela University staff members from different units have been in partnership since the beginning of the lockdown to contribute in up-skilling academics to transition from face-to-face to digital and remote learning and teaching.

The 2021 academic year at Nelson Mandela University looks set to begin in March 2021, as the current academic year will be extended to ensure its successful completion.

Mandela University staff members paid tribute this week to the former Department of Public Administration and Leadership (PML) Head and Director of the Raymond Mhlaba Unit, Dr Sindisile Maclean, who passed away after a short time in hospital.

Nelson Mandela University will follow the same cautious and controlled approach in welcoming more staff and students back onto campus in the forthcoming weeks.  Up to 66% of our staff and returning students are permitted to be on campus, as per the Lockdown Level 2 regulations.

This Women’s Month, the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University is running a programme in honour of African women intellectuals and their historical contribution to the region.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Journalism Alumnus, Thulani Gqirana, has been appointed as the new Editor of Media24 Lifestyle’s magazine, Drum.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Final year Financial Planning student Khayalethu Khoza and Psychology student Sanele Thwala have been selected as two of the Gradstar Top 100 university students across South Africa.

Nelson Mandela University will host its first virtual inaugural professorial lecture on Monday, 24 August 2020 at 17:30.

In a symbolic gesture of peace and victory, every Nelson Mandela University staff member who overcomes COVID-19 will receive an olive tree sapling from the institution.

COVID-19 survivor Skye Cronje, a Lab Technician with the School of Visual and Performing Arts, has nothing but praise for the University’s support system, especially the Occupational Health Services team.

New FNB Madibaz rugby coach Andre Tredoux wants to make Nelson Mandela University the institution of choice for talented players in the Eastern Cape.

A colossal figure with a heart for humanity. A selfless leader.  A humble and hugely compassionate man, devoted to ensuring adequate primary healthcare services to all as a basic human right.

The scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the poor, in particular, has once again highlighted the need for intervention in the country’s most vulnerable communities.

Nelson Mandela University will pay tribute to its late Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Lungile Pepeta, with a Virtual Memorial Service at midday on Friday, 14 August 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The recent Propella Business Incubator’s virtual Hackathon proved to be a great platform for Mandela Uni students to excel.

The University will be livestreaming the official provincial funeral in Bizana, in the Eastern Cape, of our late Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Lungile Pepeta, from 08:30 tomorrow (Wednesday 12 August).

The Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University, together with the Political and International Studies Department at Rhodes University and the English Department at the University of Pretoria, wishes to convey its deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and students of the late Executive Dean of the Health Sciences Faculty, Prof Lungile Pepeta.

It is with great sadness and an immense sense of loss that we at Nelson Mandela University learned of the passing of our Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Lungile Pepeta.

This Women’s Month, the Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University is running a programme in honour of African women intellectuals and their historical contribution to the region.

The Coronavirus pandemic has touched lives across the globe. Here at home, in South Africa, case numbers are rising and have reached Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: In a first of its kind, the biennial international BRICS* Skills Challenge 2020 took place in a virtual online format, and Mandela University student Jacques Welgemoed (23) was part of the experience.

Professor Richard Cowling of the African Centre for Coastal Paleoscience at Nelson Mandela University has spearheaded international research discovering why the tropics and a handful of other areas across the globe have become the most biodiverse places on the planet.

A full COVID-19 screening, visits to some of the residences and evidence of the suite of health and safety protocols firmly in place at Nelson Mandela University was enough to satisfy Higher Education and Training, Science and Innovation, Deputy Minister, Mr Buti Manamela, during his visit to campus yesterday (04 August 2020).

Ensuring that Nelson Mandela University’s campuses are safe and functioning while striving to complete the academic year, in the midst of a global pandemic takes a team.

The working, learning and teaching experience at higher education institutions in the last few months has been extraordinarily different to the way it was when staff and students left campuses on early Recess in March 2020.

The Deputy Minister in the Department of Higher Education and Training, Science and Innovation, Mr Buti Manamela, will be at Nelson Mandela University tomorrow as part of his oversight visit to higher education institutions in the Eastern Cape.

Madibaz student Charlize van Zyl will use the time left ahead of South Africa’s entry into the Online Chess Olympiad to fine-tune her preparations for the competition in August.

Coding for good
Mandela University’s Department of Computing Sciences recently concluded its inter-schools virtual coding tournament which started on Mandela Day, 18 July 2020.

The FishFORCE Academy within the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University has been identified by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States as a regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the training of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and other law enforcement officers operating in the fisheries sector.

When Faculty of Law Deputy Dean Dr Lynn Biggs learnt in early June that her husband, Gavin had COVID-19, she feared the worst.

“If it is my time to die, I accept.” But it was not Nelson Mandela University staff member Simamkele Kali’s time to die, and she is now on a quest to share her story as a means of encouraging others to take the dangers of the COVID-19 virus seriously. 

The first four intubation units designed by Nelson Mandela University’s Advanced Engineering Design Group (AEDG) were recently delivered to the Anaesthesiology staff at Livingstone Hospital.  


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three students from Nelson Mandela University claimed the third  spot in the country in the annual Propella Hackathon that was held virtually last weekend due to the lockdown regulations. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Law, Professor Avinash Govindjee, has been appointed as one of two legal academics designated by the South African Law Deans' Association (SALDA) to serve on the South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI).

“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is inspiring others to move beyond it.” These words by Nelson Mandela are the inspiration behind a series of digital tributes to Nelson Mandela University’s namesake during Mandela Month in these unprecedented times triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was easy for the first two days as I had no symptoms whatsoever.  However, four days later things started changing.  I was losing my sense of smell and developed a massive headache and sore throat. It was awful.”

Third year media and communication students created exciting ideas for children’s mask fabric patterns, had them made up and donated them to a primary school in Bethelsdorp.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying at Mandela University, Sharon Dent, has been appointed as a Board Member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

Two Nelson Mandela University student entrepreneurs have extended their vegetable selling business to include a community outreach programme to benefit residents in the northern areas.

Walking the talk and getting right behind the University’s #MaskUpMandela campaign, the Nelson Mandela University Psychology Society have posed a challenge to students, staff and the South African public at large, to take part in their mask selfie competition.

Towards the end of 2019, the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) published a special issue under the theme “Reassessing Mandela”, which includes ten articles from various scholars.

Mandela University’s Visual Arts Department through the #MaskupMandela campaign, recently handed over 100 masks to staff and residents of the Cheshire Home (for the physically disabled) in Summerstrand.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Vice-Chancellor's Personal Assistant, Babalwa Sishuba was recently chosen as the public sector category winner in the OPSA (Association for Office Professionals of South Africa) National Administrative Excellence 2020 competition.

The Nelson Mandela University department of computing sciences is hosting another inter-schools virtual coding tournament on Mandela Day.

The Nelson Mandela University Convergence Fund has been gaining traction, attracting donations from various members of the University community around the world.

It is with great sadness that we inform our University community of the passing of Mxolisi Cumngce Gawe. Mr Gawe has served the University and its predecessor, the PE Technikon, in various capacities since 1986, including being part of the University interim council during the merger.  

When is the peak? A question that many scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, social scientists and data analysts have tried to predict as close to accurate an answer to, using various data models.

Education is the best way to flatten the coronavirus curve. That is the message from Nelson Mandela University professor and director of the university’s Centre for Community Technologies, Darelle van Greunen.

“When is the peak?” This is a question being continuously explored, with various sets of data used to model predictions of when South Africa’s COVID-19 infections will reach their peak.

A new online COVID-19 self-screening tool aimed at monitoring the wellbeing of Nelson Mandela University staff and students and to facilitate easier access to campuses and residences is now officially in use.

It was a cold, rainy Friday morning. A group of women braved the unfriendly Nelson Mandela Bay weather to gather at their children’s primary schools in Zwide to receive some much-needed food relief.

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, on Friday teamed up with the Nelson Mandela University’s Visual Arts Department to deliver the first batch of a uniquely designed mask to Cape Racife School in Summerstrand. 

COVID-19 is an unprecedented occurrence in our country's young democracy. It has presented itself not only as a serious health issue, but also a societal one that has once again revealed the deep social crevices.

Lockdown has not hindered the creative juices of Nelson Mandela University students who have produced a diverse digital contribution in recognition of Youth Day on June 16.

Students need to take responsibility for ensuring that they see themselves in the outcome.

Mandela University Professor in Philosophy, Andrea Hurst, really has gone above and beyond to embrace the University’s #MaskUp Mandela campaign philosophy of “…each one of us doing something ordinary to ensure an extraordinary impact – that of protecting ourselves and protecting others by simply (making and) wearing masks.”

From music to digital storybooks and virtual cartoons, Nelson Mandela University’s arts, culture and heritage department has been spearheading a number of projects aimed at promoting positivity while providing entertainment and education during a time when personal interaction is not allowed.

Be it engineering or entrepreneurial skills, an ability to network, educate or simply to remind us of the positives in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, Nelson Mandela University alumni are doing their bit.

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, a lot has been said about the global pandemic and its impact on society. Experts and commentators alike have added theirs to the multitude of voices on the impact of the virus that has taken place over the world, and proven to go beyond just a health issue, but a social one too.

Humble Madibaz rugby prop Tembelihle Yase has demonstrated how hard work and a strong support base helped him achieve his aims after a period of great uncertainty when his varsity funding dried up.

The government’s guidelines on containing Covid-19 require considerable revision. They rely far too heavily on the strategy of testing as many people as possible (contact tracing), which has limited yield, and, given the shortages of test kits and the processing backlogs in the labs, this approach will not assist in dealing with this pandemic.

The theme of UN World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” Innovation—relating to the introduction of new methods, ideas, or products — is a dynamic term, and one that is fundamentally filled with hope.

TjopTjop, a new app designed by two South African universities will soon be rolled out to assist schools and businesses to do a faster screening at entrance points and keep accurate digital records. 

The University is aware of the many concerns relating to the return to campus of a limited number of staff and students later this month. Please be assured that plans to this end are well advanced, and that you will be given ample time to prepare, should you be identified to be among the first to return.

Infrastructure and inequality in the Eastern Cape will hamper any efforts by the department of education to save the school year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the health system gaps in the Eastern Cape and nationally. Countrywide, we have to start looking after the health of the entire population in far more streamlined ways, and in close collaboration with the clinicians and health services teams on the ground.

Mandela University Law postgraduate associate Zimbini Mnono and Law Faculty Alumnus Koshesayi Madzika, have had an article published in the June edition of the highly acclaimed law journal, De Rebus.

A swathe of exotic black algae is spreading across the middle reaches of the Swartkops and Sundays estuaries, suffocating fish and raising a red flag for human health.

A national state of disaster was published in Government Gazette No. 43096 on 15 March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The University, like all other institutions, has been under Lockdown alert Level 5 and Level 4.

“At this time, more than any other, we are reminded of the words of Madiba, when he said: ‘It is now in your hands’.”

Many well meaning education benefactors and commentators in South Africa have expressed that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic online self-guided learning could solve some of the current teaching problems and address the educational backlog.

Short lessons, recorded experiments, career exploration and wellness segments, are just a few of the interventions planned by Mandela University’s STEM IN ACTION’s programme to assist Grade 12 learners once they are back at school.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Danie Hattingh, Director of eNtsa (the Innovation through Engineering Institute housed at the University) and Professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been announced as one of 2020’s Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (SA Academy for Science & Art) prestigious Award winners, namely the Honorary Medal of the Faculty of Natural Science & Technology.

Real people in real settings playing their part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. That, in short, is what a new series of posters is intent on capturing as part of Nelson Mandela University’s #MaskUpMandela campaign to change behaviour and save lives.

Alumnus Vanessa Mhlom, a business analyst at the Nybble financial technology company in Johannesburg, came up with the idea to develop a Lockdown Levels app to give users detailed updated information about their district’s lockdown level, using a smartphone GPS-tracking capability.  


The sights, sounds, smells, intellect and colours of Africa are being celebrated virtually at Nelson Mandela University today in recognition of Africa Day.

Honours student in Geographical Information Systems, Michelle Lee, created an operational dashboard for Covid-19 in South Africa as part of her methodology for her research project this year.  The map is similar to the famous Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 map.

Nelson Mandela University, as an engaged institution, anchored in its resolve towards social justice, has established a Convergence Fund, to provide direct assistance to the needy and most vulnerable persons in our immediate communities.

It’s no secret that climate change, overfishing and pollution are changing the world’s oceans and  that certain key areas need to be protected. But identifying these areas is difficult, especially in the most remote waters on Earth.

The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) is delighted to welcome four Honorary and Adjunct Professors as part of its expansion of research and engagement activities. 

Changing behaviour to save lives is the overriding hope of the #MaskUpMandela movement.

Be it song, dance, mime, art, theatre or the spoken word, the visual arts have the capacity to touch – and educate the heart – like nothing else.

In recent weeks, several announcements have been made on developments in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic generally and, with regards to the higher education sector.

Digital technology has taken centrestage and so too has the work of the University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT).

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Richard Cowling has been elected as one of 62 Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) members profiled in the second edition of Legends of South African Science. 

Can you sew? Do you have material? Are you available to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by making masks?

In keeping with the level 4 lockdown decisions announced by Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande last week, there can be no campus-based learning activity at Nelson Mandela University or any other universities or colleges at present. This also means on-campus residences remain closed.

In the month of May 2020, the Centre for women and gender studies (CWGS) will be looking at Women, Work and Mobility, to honour Workers’ Month but also raise questions around women’s work that continues to carry society through the COVID-19 period, mostly in the retail and health sector.

Recently, government has made several announcements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In the main, we shift from a national lockdown alert Level 5 to alert Level 4, with the announcement of the plans for the higher education sector to commence the roll-out of a phased return to campus.

In keeping with the strategies to support a multi-modal flexible remote learning and teaching pathway during Level 4 of Lockdown announced by the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, Nelson Mandela University is putting the following measures in place...

Nelson Mandela University will be paying tribute to frontline workers in its re-imagined celebration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Jazz Day.

Apart from his research on South Africa’s controversial health care system and already studying for another master’s degree, Nelson Mandela University PhD in Business Management graduate Dr Gideon Botha, is a true role model.

Two students at the Nelson Mandela University George Campus are living examples of how true love can exist in academia.

It wasn’t exactly the Graduation ceremony she had anticipated, but given the present exceptional circumstances, Nelson Mandela University Pharmacy graduate Shanel Kommer is grateful for having been acknowledged.

As the hospitality sector is suffering badly during the COVID-19 lockdown, much will have to be done to restore the sector and Dr Megan Sharrock’s doctoral research will help to better understand guest experiences in hotels.

Computing Sciences’ Prof Andre Calitz and Donald Munro who just received his doctoral degree, started their journey in 1983, when Dr Munro, a Pearson High School matriculant, started his BSc with Prof Calitz who was then also in his first year of lecturing at the then University of Port Elizabeth.

Today, as Nelson Mandela University confers the awarding of qualifications in absentia, we salute the 4 447 students who would have been celebrating at Autumn Graduation this week.

Estuaries, their functioning, conservation and management is the specialist research field of Prof Janine Adams, who has been appointed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as the SARCHi Chair in Shallow Water Ecosystems at Nelson Mandela University until 2023.

The results of an experimental study carried out among formal and informal traders in East London selling “slap” chips and ice-cream bring a small ray of hope to financially-stretched  small business owners.

While we support the need for Universities to respond as a collective, as to when and the way in which academic activities will resume, we also realise that some responses, will have to be tailor-made to institution-specific conditions.

The University is mourning the loss of Professor Maarten de Wit, an A1-rated National Research Foundation (NRF) scientist and holder of the Chair of Earth Stewardship Science, who died yesterday.

Seeing the need for devices to assist people suffering from Covid-19 and other diseases, a multi-disciplinary team of innovative young engineers based at the Propella Business Incubator in Port Elizabeth have dropped all their other projects to develop a low-cost bag mask ventilator.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: First year Public Management student, Siviwe Dyubhele, has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Model and Talent Association convention, scheduled to take place in New York in July.

With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting South Africa and starting to take root in the Eastern Cape, medical staff at the local Livingstone Hospital are under enormous strain.

Our faculties and academics at Nelson Mandela University have combined forces with hospitals, businesses and communities in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro to help fight Covid-19 at a time when society needs us the most.

Ulagh Williams has been appointed as the new choir conductor and manager of the Nelson Mandela University’s international award-winning choir.

In doing its part to combat Covid-19, Nelson Mandela University has already donated more than 100 3D-printed visors to Livingstone Hospital.

Do you have sewing skills and want to play your part in the broader societal fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic? Then be part of Nelson Mandela University’s Community Mask Development Project, driven by the Faculty of Humanities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed society to re-imagine space, community, life and engagement. With Online Reading with the Author on Fridays at 13:00 to 14:15 on Microsoft Teams, Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) seeks to create a space to ask questions, make meaning and develop new tools of understanding the current crisis.

As the number of (COVID-19) novel Coronavirus cases escalates in South Africa and the Eastern Cape, efforts to curb the spread of the virus are being intensified, with Nelson Mandela University availing its suite of skills and expertise to support local and provincial government’s efforts in the fight against the unfolding pandemic.

Whales, dolphins, seals and even sea turtles can vocalise under water – and scientists have discovered that penguins can, too. It is the first time seabirds have been found to produce sound under water.

The University continues to encourage and enable staff and students to adhere to and find ways to cope with the national lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Nelson Mandela University’s efforts in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly the institution’s move to manufacture its own hand sanitiser in response to the national shortage, grabbed the attention of the Eastern Cape provincial government.

Nelson Mandela University School of Accounting graduates Hayley Ward and Charis du Plessis did not let national lockdown take the fizz out of festivities on Friday when they learnt they were top and fourth placed students in the national South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) standard setting exam.

E-schools are the future. But are traditional South African schools ready for it? To evaluate and assess the e-readiness of all South African government schools, the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University helped to develop an easy downloadable app, called the e-ready ICT maturity assessment tool.

The University welcomes Dr Thandi Mgwebi as our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation (RII) from 1 April 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University's 2019 Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA-CTA) graduates achieved the highest pass rate in the country for qualification as Chartered Accountants, placing our University first out of sixteen accredited universities in the country.

As South Africa goes into a national lockdown from today, as part of government’s efforts to flatten the curve and contain the virus, the country woke up to news that it has also registered the first two fatalities as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Eastern Cape communities do not have to fear that they will be left out in the cold during the 21-day lockdown period announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. All the information they need will be available by downloading an app on their mobile phones.

Firstly, I would like to thank our President Cyril Ramaphosa, for his courageous and decisive leadership. Worldwide the COVID-19 pandemic is rampant and is increasing much faster than initially anticipated.  Following the President’s national disaster and nationwide lockdown announcements, we find ourselves in unchartered waters.  

The Accounting Sciences Department at Mandela University has just piloted an online tutorial project to promote online learning in their department.

We note President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 to midnight on Thursday, 16 April 2020.

The Eastern Cape recorded its first confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case on Saturday, 21 March 2020, with the figure increasing to two as at the latest official update on Sunday, 22 March 2020.

Today, about 450 Nelson Mandela University students boarded busses to their homes at various parts across the country.

The impact novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has been declared a global pandemic and a national disaster in South Africa, has created a highly volatile situation that has necessitated a great deal of flexibility in the way that work is conducted.

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa continues on the rise, presently at 202, with infections reported at some higher education institutions.

With the current scarcity of large amounts of hand sanitiser, Nelson Mandela University’s own scientists are urgently producing hand sanitiser as part of its efforts in preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The number of confirmed novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in South Africa continues to rise, with the latest figures from Government showing that the country presently stands at 116 infections. This figure is up from 85, as at yesterday (17 March 2020).

Following a consultative meeting today between Dr Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Universities South Africa (USAf) Executive Committee and other stakeholders, a decision was reached to advise Universities and TVET colleges to call for an early Recess from Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third year BA Media, Communication & Culture student, Charlize van Zyl, has been chosen to compete in the World Chess Olympiad in Russia in August.

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in South Africa has increased from 24 to 62, pointing to the rapid spread of the virus in parts of the country where there have been confirmed cases.

As the extended registration period closes, Nelson Mandela University has done its utmost to assist students, who remain unfunded for various reasons, with securing funding and successfully registering before the end of today (13 March).

Land reform, jobs, crime, cannabis, poor municipalities, and oil and gas resources were just a few topics students in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences wanted answers for at a National Treasury budget debate held on Wednesday 11 March at Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University recently hosted the second instalment of the FishFORCE Dialogue entitled: “Tightening the Net 2.0” over one and a half days at the North Campus Conference Centre.

Nelson Mandela University as one of the leading drivers of the project in Africa recently hosted the kick-off meeting of Digital Initiatives for African Centres of Excellence - or Digi-Face – which aspires to open up educational access by linking geographically separate participants with user-friendly tools and technology.

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences will host representatives from the National Treasury for the annual post-budget speech debate on Wednesday (11 March).

Nelson Mandela University recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with bee industry role players to not only ensure the conservation of healthy bee colonies but also to benefit from floral pollination and the resulting seed distribution in sensitive ecosystems.

Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo. These words, from a famous South African struggle song, have come to symbolise women’s resistance to the various forms of oppression meted against them.

Nelson Mandela University’s Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy (FishFORCE) is hosting its second annual dialogue, aimed at increasing awareness about fisheries crime, and to engage a variety of international and local agencies and organisations on these issues.

Influential role players and organisations from across the globe, and in particular those from Africa, will gather at Nelson Mandela University on Monday and Tuesday 09 and 10 March to share knowledge, ideas and advances made in beating fisheries and other marine-related crimes.

Nelson Mandela University will host its biggest netball club competition yet this weekend when the SPAR Madibaz Tournament takes place over three days for the first time.

The country’s 10th medical school, which aims to address the severe shortage of doctors in the Eastern Cape, is well on its way to being launched by April.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Junior Student Life Officer in the residences, Xolela Madlanga, along with three students have been invited as mentors and facilitators to the Rotary Adventures into Citizenship programme in Cape Town in June this year.

The Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies hosted former Malawian president Joyce Banda for a public lecture on women and leadership in Africa on Saturday afternoon.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: "Africa has the ability to leapfrog the rest of the world with innovation. The continent has faced its fair share of challenges but with technological change, we can not only transform the continent but lead the way with innovation."
Mandela University Computing Sciences’ Prof André Calitz is often the “most read researcher from Nelson Mandela University” on ResearchGate, especially his publications related to social media in research studies.

The University had approached the court on an urgent basis consequent to the protest action which commenced on its campuses on Monday, 17 February 2020 for urgent interdictory relief. 

Following an assessment of the campuses that had been affected by student protests, University operations will continue uninterrupted today.

Yesterday the University reached agreement with the Student Representative Council (SRC) on a number of issues relating to registration and funding.    

The University obtained a final interdict from the High Court on 19 June 2018. The main purpose of the interdict is to protect the rights and safety of those who wish to access the University to work or pursue their studies, whilst also allowing for the right to protest in accordance with the conditions set out in the interdict. 

Nelson Mandela University is in the third week of the 2020 academic year, which is generally a very busy time at higher education institutions countrywide. Mandela University’s academic and support staff have been hard at work to ensure the start of the year runs as smoothly as possible.

A group of protesting students blockaded entrances to some Nelson Mandela University campuses this morning. At the time, the reasons for the blockades had not been communicated to University management through the agreed upon protocols.

Following this morning’s entrance blockages, the Dean of Students received an MoU from the students outlining the reasons for today’s protest action. These had not been formally communicated to University Management, in accordance with the mutually agreed engagement protocol.

The University has been made aware of disruptions to classes and acts of intimidation at other campuses. These actions are totally unacceptable.

Monday, 17 February 2020, 08:00 - Access to North and South Campus has been blocked.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and the project manager for the Humanising Pedagogy Praxis and Research Niche (HPPRN), Mukhtar Raban, recently received an award for Best Presentation at an international conference in France.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: NcedisoTM, a homegrown technology tool developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), will be showcased at an event hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa later this month.

Nelson Mandela University recently launched an updated and expanded version of their web platform, after extensive research, planning and stakeholder engagement.

The University’s first Learning and Teaching Review is now available, offering a full overview of the innovation, success stories and ethos of Learning and Teaching at Nelson Mandela University.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Raymond Auerbach, a research associate on the George Campus, recently launched a book “Organic Food Systems: Meeting the Needs of Southern Africa”.
A mobile coding game project, developed at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and designed to teach computer programming to disadvantaged children, is set to be showcased to the world.
High-performance coach Rob Yates will be aiming to add a fresh mindset to the FNB Madibaz rugby team when they open their Varsity Shield campaign next week.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s release, Nelson Mandela University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have cemented a strategic partnership that seeks to take Madiba’s legacy forward into the next 30 years and beyond.
On 2 February 1990, then President FW de Klerk announced the highly anticipated news of the release of Nelson Mandela from his 27-year imprisonment – a move met with mixed emotions worldwide.
As Nelson Mandela University opened for the new academic year on February 3, first-year student Lonwabo Jacobs, 17, took his first steps towards a dream career in the sciences.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) has been awarded the prestigious ISACA South Africa Contribution Award.

Scientists say lions and rhinos among species at risk from breeding of trophy animals. Lions, rhinos and cheetahs are among the wild species at risk of irreversible “genetic pollution” from breeding experiments, scientists have warned.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela University have joined hands in an effort to advance the legacy of the world icon after which they are named.

The main reason is everyone in the region supports a culture of education, with a focus on maths and science.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Senior Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, Dr Gavin Rishworth, has been selected as an Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences for a period of five years.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Law student Samantha Msipa and Psychology student Thuli Chauke, have been selected as two of 10 South African students, to attend the 2020 Golden Key Asia Pacific Leadership Summit in Australia next month.

Mandela University's Architecture lecturer Dr Magda Minguzzi recently received a traditional necklace from the Oeswana Bushmen tribe, of the first indigenous peoples of South Africa, located mainly in the northern area of Nelson Mandela Bay. 

Nelson Mandela University will host more than 8000 first-year students and their parents and guardians at its annual Welcoming Ceremony on Saturday, 25 January.

The world’s oceans cover 70% of the planet and are a critical source of oxygen, food, marine resources, employment and subsistence. Knowledge of what is being done to conserve our oceans and to ensure that the so-called blue economy is sustainably developed is therefore vital.

We are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and online enquiries and are doing our best to assist and reply as quickly as possible. In the interim, herewith information and links to help you, based on the most requested queries we have been receiving.

As we move towards the start of the 2020 academic year, herewith an update on our current situation in terms of admissions, finanical aid, registration etc.

Professor Sibongile Muthwa, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Nelson Mandela University, took up the reins as Universities South Africa Chairperson from 1 January, 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the School of Information Technology and PhD candidate, Vuyo Mdunyelwa, recently attended and presented a paper at the 4th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Young Scientist Forum (YSF), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Prospective students who, for various reasons, have not applied to or been accepted to a tertiary institution for their 2020 studies are encouraged to use the opportunity to apply for placement using government’s Central Applications Clearing House (CACH).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters in Engineering student, Michelle Ngugi, recently won first prize for the best presentation of her paper at the African Laser Centre (ALC) Conference held in Stellenbosch. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Hennie van As from the Department of Public Law at Nelson Mandela University has been appointed as the regional coordinator for Africa (south of the Sahara) and the Indian Ocean Small Island Sates for the Global Access to Justice Project.

Please note that the University is NOT receiving late applications. Late applications must be directed to the DHET central application clearing house (CACH) as from 13 January 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Ayanda Simayi, a Nelson Mandela University and CERMESA* PhD scholarship recipient in the Faculty of Education will present a paper exploring cultural taboos in India this month.

Following the extensive outreach campaign, which saw NSFAS officials reaching out to small towns and rural areas, we are happy to report that by November 30, 2019 the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) had received a record number of 543 268 first-time ever applications (prior year 428 929) by the closing date.

Nelson Mandela University has noted with concern that there are postings in the social and digital media concerning a student who indicates that she completed a Master’s degree at the university in five months.

Prospective students who, for various reasons, have not applied for or been accepted to a tertiary institution for their 2020 studies are encouraged to use the opportunity to apply for placement using government’s Central Applications Clearing House (CACH).

The Executive Council of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government has approved the Oceans economy master plan, giving a green light for the implementation of this strategy estimated to inject R10.4 billion into the provincial economy and create about 33 785 jobs after the first five years of its implementation.

The thrill of walking across the stage in graduation attire, being capped and looking out into the crowd to see family and friends beaming with pride is one that Kwanele Mlinganiso does not mind getting addicted to.

Nelson Mandela University’s summer graduation kicked off today (10 December), and will see higher certificates, diplomas and under- and postgraduate degrees conferred to more than 2400 students over eight sessions this week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Sanette de Villiers, a 3rd year Architecture student at Nelson Mandela University has won the highly acclaimed PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative 2019 competition.

Nelson Mandela University has entered into a research partnership with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Lyon 1, which will see the institution being home to a first of its kind collaborative research and training hub.

From solid shampoo bars to instant stain removers. These were part of the BSc Formulation Science honours students’ product showcase presented last week.

In an effort to address the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the social and economic needs of citizens in the Eastern and Western Cape, the Nelson Mandela University Computing Sciences department is hosting a 10 day summer school.

Reason to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University student, Gabangaye Shongwe, got international recognition as a Highly Commended entrant in the Music, Film and Theatre category of the Undergraduate Awards at its Global Summit held in the Irish capital, Dublin, recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honorary Professor in Information Technology, Rossouw von Solms, was honoured with a "Distinguished Service in ICT award" at the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) President's Awards this week.

Nelson Mandela Bay music lovers are in for a musical feast served by some of the Bay’s most talented musos with this year’s Isisusa Concert on Friday.

A BSc Construction Studies degree has been approved for offering in January 2020 after accrediation by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) was granted recently. 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Rising SPAR Madibaz netball star Jami-Leigh Goeda is overjoyed at the recognition she has received through her selection to the South African U21 team.

Reasons to be Proud UPDATE - #R2bP: Mechanical Engineering BTech student, Byron Blakey-Milner's optimised titanium mountain bike frame which made the top 38 entries in the world in the 2019 Permundus Challenge, won the Public Choice Award.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two 2nd-year Physics students - Tamera Morgan and Elizabeth van der Merwe competed in the Rosatom Atoms for Africa Online Video Competition and received the topmost marks from all jury members – winning them a trip to Russia as special guests of Rosatom.

Two programming apps that don’t require computers played a key role in bringing the world of coding to 11 500 learners across Nelson Mandela Bay in October.

A collection of artistic, academic and musical interpretations of an ocean-based pilgrimage across various water sources in the coastal Port Elizabeth city is currently being exhibited at Nelson Mandela University’s Bird Street Art Gallery.

Reasons to be proud - #R2bP: Professor Brenda Scholtz and Master’s student in Computer Science, Faith Moyo received the runner-up award for Best Paper at the 4th International Conference on the Internet, Cyber Security and Information Systems (ICICS).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Staff and students from the Department of Quantity Surveying were acknowledged for their excellent work at The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) International Research Conference in Johannesburg.


Nelson Mandela University is managing Port Elizabeth’s first pollen and spore sampler, which will allow the city’s hay fever sufferers to access up-to-date pollen counts online.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Stemming from a simple desire to curb water bills for the disadvantaged, Neo Mabunda and Zain Imran designed a water meter prototype that scooped two awards at the 2019 Sita ICT Public Service awards held in Durban last week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor in the Department of Statistics at Mandela University, Prof Igor Litvine, and his PhD student, Farai Mlambo were awarded the Best Paper prize at the recent ESM Conference in Spain.

The Nelson Mandela University has steadily stayed the course in digital transformation. Plans are afoot to seize opportunities presented through technology right across the institution. This enterprise is multifaceted, complex and fraught with risk. The journey to digitalisation is far-reaching and affects entire organisations.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Adding some more local flavour to the Springboks Rugby World Cup win, is Mandela University Sports Management Alumnus, Lindsay Weyer – the team’s Technical Assistant.

An environmentally aware legal eagle, a socially conscious leadership development promoter and a renowned automotives exporter were among the group of Nelson Mandela University graduates lauded at the 10th annual Alumni Awards on Friday night.

When Ayanda Martin left his home town of Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape, in search of opportunity in Port Elizabeth, he did not think that just seven years later he would be so close to achieving what once seemed like a pipe dream.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University final year Law student, Gamuchirai Mudehwe, and Master’s in Philosophy and Linguistics student, Luan Staphorst have been selected as part of the 54 exceptional young African leaders to join The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship class of 2020.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Chemistry’s  Dr Gletwyn Rubidge recently showed off his sporting skills by being awarded South African colours for free-diving and in addition, breaking three SA records at an international competition in Cyprus last month.

For the first three months of the academic year, Nelson Mandela University BEd student Heather Wilkinson did not know if her bursary application would be approved or not and, as a result, she could not afford to buy the necessary textbooks.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: At the forefront of technology and innovation are class of 2016 BEng Mechatronics graduates, Matthew Venter and Theo Weyers who were recently selected as finalists in MTN’s Internet of Things (IoT) Awards. They were recognised for their modular and advanced IOT-enabled platform.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University won the runner-up award at the Higher Education Facilities Management Association of Southern Africa (HEFMA) awards ceremony earlier this month. This award is granted solely on renewable energy initiatives implemented at any institution and savings should also be reflected.

Nelson Mandela University is confident that it has moved a step closer to establishing the country’s 10th Medical School following the evaluation and approval visit of the Health Professions Council of South African (HPCSA) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) this week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BA Media, Communication and Culture (MCC) student, Gabangaye Shongwe is among this year’s regional winners of the annual Undergraduate Awards, recognised in the Music, Film and Theatre category.

Nelson Mandela University currently has 11 nGAP (soon to be 12) lecturers and intends to employ four more for Phase 5 of the programme by 2020, says acting Research Capacity Development Director, Dr Denise Schael.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BTech Mechanical Engineering student Zaahid Imran, a team member in the Advanced Engineering Design Group in Mechanical Engineering, has been announced as one of the Top 5 Winners in the 2019 National RAPDASA Design Competition. 

Making it through to the finals has raised extraordinary passion in South Africa not seen since the country’s last victory in the World Cup in 2007. Even that was not a patch on 1995 when, emerging slowly and painfully from apartheid, the country saw its newly elected President, Nelson Mandela, don the ‘green and gold’ Springbok rugby jersey to watch South Africa play – and beat – New Zealand’s All Blacks, at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: 2019 has been an auspicious year for the Visual Arts department with four graphic design students being nominated as finalists for the renowned packaging design competition, Student Goldpack and one student winning the Gold Trophy for the best design nationally.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mechanical Engineering BTech student, Byron Blakey-Milner's optimised titanium mountain bike frame has made the top 38 entries in the world in the 2019 Permundus Challenge.

Meandering through the Nelson Mandela University Art Gallery one can be forgiven for questioning if art truly does replicate life as your eyes are drawn to fascinating creations from North Korea.

The world’s freshwater supplies are at risk. This is a threat to all life on the planet. It’s therefore no surprise that water purification has turned into a multibillion dollar global business.

Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, met with vice- chancellors from the country’s 26 universities in Johannesburg on 23 October 2019.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Budding stock market investors Kyle Johnston, a second year BSc Computer Science student and Francois Burden, a third year Mechatronics student, were runners-up in the 2019 JSE Investment Challenge for university students.  

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Hats off to Bukiwe Tiyane, a third year Bachelor of Arts (Language & Literature) student who has had one of her poems published in the official University of South Africa (UNISA) Study Guide for African language students. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology student, Mingon du Preez, recently won the Dolores Luiz prize for the best podium presentation at the 18th International Scientific Meeting of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD), held in London. 

The Nelson Mandela Bay fashion industry has, once again, proved to be in good hands with the success of the 2019 NMU graduate fashion show. A group of budding designers from the university’s fashion and textile design courses blew guests away as they showcased their work at the Tramways Building at the weekend.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The eNtsa Testing Laboratory at Nelson Mandela University recently became an accredited mechanical testing facility with the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: After winning the best poster presentation prize at a recent Radiation Effects in Insulators Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, Anel Ibrayeva continues with her winning streak and was recently presented with the Best Young Scientist Presentation Award at the Interaction of Radiation with Solids conference held in Minsk, Belarus. 

Nelson Mandela University Law students Thina Ntsaluba and Lawrence Lwanga scooped top honours at this year’s Achievers Awards, which recognise students’ leadership excellence. The student Achiever awards recognize Mandela University’s exceptional student leaders who have excelled in the areas of Arts, Culture and Heritage; the Student Representative Council (SRC); Student Societies and Residence Life and Leadership, while maintaining a good academic performance.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus, Gideon Botha, was named as a category winner in the prestigious South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) list of the Top 35 Under 35 Chartered Accountants in the country.

When I am standing in one of our medical school lecture halls at Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale campus, I almost don’t believe that we have come this far. People have been waiting for a medical school in Port Elizabeth since1946. It’s a giant boost for public health and the local economy.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BA Media, Communication and Culture graduate and PR/Marketing Intern in the Faculty of Education, Sinolwazi April recently took part in the International ARTS Talent Showcase and has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Modelling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York next year.

An inclusive and safe environment devoid of any forms of discrimination, as well as an extensive teaching and learning programme to advance students, staff and other stakeholders’ knowledge about LGBTQIA++ has been the underpinning objective of Nelson Mandela University’s Pride celebrations this week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Damon Banks, a 4th year BEd student and teacher at Dr Viljoen Primary School in Port Elizabeth, recently received national acclaim with his school’s choir. Damon is the pianist for the choir who competed in the television choir competition, Sing in Harmonie on DSTV KykNet and won first place in the Micro School category.

Nelson Mandela University computing science professor Jean Greyling has been nominated for two more awards. The tech whiz’s fun and educative computer game Tanks, which he developed with former honours student Byron Batteson, won NMU’s 2019 Innovation Excellence Award in September.

A group of team members and research associates from the African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience at Nelson Mandela University recently discovered the first fossil trail examples of baby sea turtles near Still Bay and Sedgefield in the Southern Cape.

Research associates and fellows from the African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience at Nelson Mandela University recently found various patterns, possible animal images and trace fossil evidence made by early humans on the Cape South Coast.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus, Sizi Matthews Botsime who completed his Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2007, recently received an AKS Global Teacher Award – for the second year in a row.

The University welcomes Dr Beata Mtyingizana-Buhlungu as its new Senior Director: International Education from 1 October 2019. Dr Mtyingizana-Buhlungu comes with a wealth of strategic management experience of the internationalisation of higher education from the universities of Cape Town (as Director for International Academic Programmes) and Free State (as Director for International Affairs) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) (as Director of Global Partnerships).

That was the call at a National Marine Week event at NMU by computer science Professor Jean Greyling, who unveiled a mobile game for youngsters to raise awareness about the marine plastic pollution crisis.

Mandela University Visual Arts Adjunct Professor, Marcus Neustetter, is one of 19 invited artist-activist participants taking part in the new display of CrossSections at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden from 2 till 15 October.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Songezo Nogwaja, an Advanced Diploma in Economics student at Mandela University has been elected as the National Chairperson of the Black Management Forum Student Chapter.

The Nelson Mandela University community is mourning the passing of students in separate incidents over the weekend.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Nelson Mandela University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grant Snyman, was placed second at the South African National Band & Orchestra Competition held in Umhlanga, KZN last weekend.

Qualifications offered by universities have to be accredited nationally by a range of statutory bodies. The final step in the accreditation process is the registration of the qualification on the NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK, which includes the qualification being allocated a SAQA ID. Until a SAQA ID is allocated, a qualification cannot be advertised and the application/admissions cycle cannot be opened.

A group of 21 pupils had a peek into their possible careers in an innovative accounting school project at Nelson Mandela University on Monday.


The government needs to deal with the poaching and smuggling of vital natural, economic and food resources as organised crime, but insufficient attention is given to law enforcement. Although marine living resources are strictly regulated by law, the implementation, administration and enforcement falls woefully short. This is evidenced by large-scale confiscations and statistics relating to imports into market states.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Four Mandela University students have been included in this year’s prestigious GradStar Top 100, with one being placed in the Top 10.

The University is pleased to welcome Professor Mfanufikile Nomvete in the new position of Director of the Medical Programme from today, 1 October 2019. Prof Nomvete has worked in both public and private medical practice sectors, as well as the higher education sector in the Eastern Cape, giving him a good understanding of South Africa’s health care challenges and what is needed in establishing a new Medical Programme at Missionvale Campus.

The Madibaz premier league men’s and women’s hockey teams have crowned a year to remember for the club by annexing the Eastern Province titles. In addition, both teams won the Knockout competitions which were played from mid-year onwards.

A total of 15 Mandela University honours’ and masters’ geosciences students were recently exposed to French experts when they attended a five-day short course followed by a two-day fieldtrip in geodynamics and continent-ocean connectivity in Southern Africa, in line with the University’s Ocean Sciences vision. The course was open to postgraduate students at South African universities.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Arno Janse van Vuuren from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) at Nelson Mandela University won the award for the best oral presentation at the Radiation Effects in Insulators (REI-20) Conference held recently in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three Mandela University Alumni have been included in the prestigious South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) list of the Top 35 Under 35 Chartered Accountants in the country.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Manager of Research Capacity Development at Mandela University, Imtiaz Khan, recently received the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) award for "Professional Excellence in Research Management" at the SARIMA annual conference held in Somerset West.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BEd student, Thato Moshoeshoe has made it through to the top 10 on SABC3’s Presenter Search reality show where contestants vie for one of two coveted presenter spots on the energetic weekday breakfast show, Expresso.

Building linkages between the classroom and the community and providing food security, ocean research, workshops and consulting, providing voluntary academic tutoring and supervised prosocial peer engagement and students designing real architectural projects form part of this year’s engagement winning projects.

Commitment to your students, critical and creative thinking processes, practical back-up, using videos, learning through experiences, juggling many balls, providing safe spaces and  experience and practice are some of the principles our top teachers believe in.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Nelson Mandela University Forestry students from our George Campus, Collen Baloi and Entle Kwababa were invited to attend the recent International Forestry Students’ Symposium (IFSS) 2019 held in Estonia, Northern Europe. 

Marine predators and climate change, renewing university traditions, greener chemical processes, media expression in Africa, new era-economics, construction safety, creative thinking skills, medicine effectiveness and a framework for hate crimes and speech, are all areas of our top researchers, who received awards at the recent Vice-Chancellor’s Excellent Awards function.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Marilyn Willemse, a lecturer in Radiography at Mandela University was recently awarded the “best poster presentation” by the Society of Radiographers of South Africa* at the recent RSSA-SORSA 2019 SA Imaging Congress held in Cape Town.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honours student in Development Studies, Thembelani Sikilishe, has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA). The final competition will be held at the end of this month In Mahikeng, North West.

Two Eastern Cape entrepreneurs are shortlisted for the 2019 SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards, which will see the winner receive R1.3m on October 9. Luleko Mkuzo and Nelson Mandela University’s Prof Jean Greyling are among 17 finalists named by SAB in the run-up to the October awards event.

One of the matters that surfaced in last week’s protest action was related to students not wanting to write tests in the evenings due to security concerns. The Executive Deans and Timetable Office have worked hard to come up with a solution.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Alastair Potts, a Senior Lecturer and Researcher from Mandela University’s Department of Botany was last night awarded a National Research Foundation (NRF) P research rating at its annual Awards ceremony. This is the first time that a researcher from this University has been awarded such status.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lizalise Mngcele, a masters student with AEON* at Mandela University's Faculty of Science, achieved 2nd place at the ISI & Esri Student Competition held at the International Statistical Institute World Congress in Malaysia in August.

The darkness that has befallen us is affecting the emotional state and wellbeing of our community and country. We are at war with ourselves; a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa. As a nation and university community we stand ashamed and distraught.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Asekho Toto, a first-year Business Studies student at Nelson Mandela University’s George campus, has had his dream realised by having a book published and listed on international shopping site, Amazon.

“We are experiencing an unspeakable time, a gruesome year and one of the most horrid eras of human rights violations since the dawn of democracy in 1994.” So said Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sibongile Muthwa, at the culmination of a peaceful institutional march that she led, alongside Chair of Council, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and students linked to the Activist Connexions group.

The Madibaz women’s squash team continued their dominance of the Eastern Province first league when they retained the title last month. Last year the Nelson Mandela University outfit won the league for the first time since 2002, edging Crusaders by two points in the final standings.

A total of 49 awards were handed over to staff members and teams at the Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards which, for the first time, combined professional and support staff (PASS) and academic staff at one function.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Anney Xala, a second year Accounting student at Nelson Mandela University, has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Heritage South Africa pageant - a pageant that aims to empower women of all ages with a platform to bring sustainable change and to become charity and culture ambassadors within SA and the broader international community.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Fourth year Mechatronics student at Nelson Mandela University, Jacques Welgemoed, was awarded a bronze medal at the recent World Skills competition held in Kazan, Russia - the first time a South African has ever won a medal at the "Olympics" of industry skills.

The implementation of a comprehensive Safety and Security plan has been underway across all seven campuses for the past two years. In this time, a number of advances have been made around infrastructure, supporting equipment and stakeholder engagement in beating the scourge of crime.

The second annual China-South Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum will take place at Nelson Mandela University Business School in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. The Youth Forum is jointly organised by the Zhejiang Normal University from Jinhua, China and Nelson Mandela University. The first China-South Africa Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum was hosted by the Zhejiang Normal University in 2018.

A number of initiatives in line with the University’s long-term goal of being able to offer education anywhere and anytime are under way. Connectivity plays a pivotal role to this end and so the University continues to invest resources in expanding and densifying Wi-Fi access across all its campuses.

We are experiencing an epidemic of incomprehensible violence. South Africa’s universities are reeling this week from the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and the murder of UWC student Jesse Hess at a truly tragic moment in our country’s history, a moment that has moved South African society, across constituencies, to say enough is enough. 

Nelson Mandela University places the utmost importance on the safety and security of its students, staff and visitors.  The University is of the belief that its core functions of teaching, learning, research and engagement, as well as support activities should be carried out in a safe and secure environment.

A message from our Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sibongile Muthwa in solidarity with the national movement against Gender Based Violence (GBV), xenophobia and all forms of violent crime.

After extensive engagement with the SRC by University management, led by the Vice-Chancellor (VC), it was decided that on-campus academic activities and operations resume tomorrow.

Students, please be aware that FREE WiFi on the Eduroam network is available at various libraries around the Metro. 

An in-depth assessment of the prevailing circumstances has been undertaken and there will be no face-to-face Learning and Teaching activities tomorrow. However, the University wishes for the academic programme and workplace productivity to continue.


Nelson Mandela University management has just concluded a meeting to assess the events that unfolded today, 2 September 2019. Early this morning, a group of protesting University students attempted to block entrances to the North and South campuses.

Early this morning, 2 September 2019, protesting Nelson Mandela University students tried to block entrances to the North and South campuses. The University’s Protection Services and the additional security personnel deployed to the campuses who were on the scene tried to clear the barricades to ensure access to the campuses.

In light of the present concerns around protesting students on South Campus, staff and students are advised to liaise directly with their lecturers and line managers in using alternative means to continue both work and studies where possible.

Students affiliated to the EFF Student Command tried to block access to North and South campuses this morning. Protection Services and the additional security personnel deployed from last week who were on the scene tried to clear the barricades.

A nation without direction, an education system in the doldrums and political parties that are serving their own narrow interests - this is the state of the country. But there is hope, according to former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

What can you do to fight crime? Criminals are smart, so we need to be smarter. With that in mind, business leaders, residents, government officials and civil society have pledged to work together to root out crime in Nelson Mandela Bay.

A shoal of sea monsters invaded Nelson Mandela University on Wednesday afternoon in an unusual piece of performance art devised by a first-year student for Greenpeace Africa. Port Elizabeth art student Luke Rudman, 19, has been working for several months on the fashion-show-cum-political-protest to draw attention to the dangers of plastic pollution. 

Reasons to be proud - #R2bP: Three Nelson Mandela University design students have earned an honour at Africa’s most prominent advertising and marketing awards, the Loeries, for their campaign that changes the conversation on gender inequality.

The work of Nelson Mandela University's Eco-Car team in the School of Engineering was recently featured on SABC 1's Teenagers On A Mission (TOMz) show, aimed at promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

The situation at Nelson Mandela University remains calm and student transport is running as scheduled.  Additional security personnel have been deployed and there is visible police patrolling around North and South campuses. 

A meeting between the Central Student Representative Council (CSRC), EFF Student Command and members of University Management was constituted after the receipt of the memorandum of demands from the EFFSC as submitted on 26 August 2019. 

The Dean of Students engaged with students and two issues were raised about safety on and off campuses and the issue of treatment of off-campus students. Productive discussions ensued and reaffirmed the implementation of the University’s comprehensive safety and security strategy, where after the meeting concluded.

Engagement with protesting students, the SRC and University Management is presently underway following the blockade of entrances to North and South campuses early this morning.  A memo to Port Elizabeth staff and students to use alternative learning platforms was also issued.

The University obtained a final interdict from the High Court on 19 June 2018. The main purpose of the interdict is to protect the rights and safety of those who wish to access the University to work or pursue their studies, whilst also allowing for the right to protest in accordance with the conditions set out in the interdict. 


In light of this morning’s protest action on North and South campuses, academic and Professional, Administrative and Support Services on all PE campuses should liaise directly with their line managers with regards to possible alternative working arrangements.


Based on further consultation, Management have taken a decision to host lectures via alternative methods today (Monday, 26 August 2019) until further notice on all PE campuses.  All efforts will continue to maintain accessibility on North and South campuses.

The gates to North and South campuses were blockaded early this morning.  When University staff tried to unblock the barricades it almost escalated into violence.


The number of reported criminal incidents in and around the campus communities has the attention of Nelson Mandela University. The incident reports of muggings and/or robberies affecting our staff, students and the community is concerning and is being addressed.


When one looks at the prevailing trends in the automotive industry nowadays, most of them have the same common denominator and that is going green. The increasing awareness about saving the planet from various environmental threats has caused even the largest industries to take a stand so they can contribute to the initiative instead of making matters worse.

A portable, multifunctional, beautifully designed crèche, constructed from mainly recycled and foraged materials, is to be built in the economically impoverished, informal settlement of Airport Valley in Walmer Township, Nelson Mandela Bay. It is a fine example of sustainable, social enterprise architecture.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Students from the Department of Quantity Surveying won all three of the 2019 Association of South African Quantity Surveying (ASAQS) Awards. The awards were presented at a gala event in Cape Town earlier this month.

Following a successful 2018 campaign, the SPAR Madibaz outfit will be focused on making a fresh start when the Varsity Netball tournament gets under way on Monday. The Nelson Mandela University team open their programme against University of Johannesburg at the Madibaz Indoor Centre in Port Elizabeth, after making the semifinals last year.

An audit of the finances of 16 provincial and national government departments has uncovered 60 instances of questionable transactions by civil servants.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Nelson Mandela University postgraduate students were among a host of women recognised as the best in the country in science, technology and innovation at the annual South African Women in Science Awards in Port Elizabeth recently. 

A maths and science incubator run by Nelson Mandela University is producing promising results.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz cricketer, Lutho Sipamla, was awarded the Mzansi Super League Young Player of the Year, at the recent Cricket South Africa Awards.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BSc Mathematical Statistics graduate, Khanya Mkoto, was selected as 1 of 28 ambassadors from  across the world to attend the 24th session of The Youth Assembly currently happening in Washington, DC & New York.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Politics student, Wandile Msomi and Sociology student, Mosa Mdungase recently returned from Ghana where they represented South Africa and our university at the International Youth Diplomacy Conference hosted by the University of Ghana. Both were awarded certificates of Excellence by the IYDC for their sterling efforts.

The Eastern Cape’s universities will gather for a celebration of student activities when the annual intervarsity takes place at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth on Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 August.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus, Kwande Cakata, recently had the opportunity to live a musical dream when he sang bass as part of a choir on the brand new Lion King soundtrack.

Convicted Makhanda drug mule Nolubabalo “Druglocks” Nobanda made her first public appearance virtually at Nelson Mandela University on Friday.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mfezeko Mini, a second year student in Agricultural Management on our George Campus recently took first place in a talent competition in New York.

In its current form, Black Economic Empowerment has created beneficiaries who are merely sitting around waiting for dividends from companies they do not even know, according to Black Management Forum president Andile Nomlala.

Why is it that the same women who competently govern their households are not trusted with decision-making positions in the workplace? This was the daring question posed by The Elilox managing director Prof Bridgette Gasa at Nelson Mandela University’s annual youth convention on Wednesday.

Nelson Mandela University and the Donald Woods Foundation have joined hands in a bid to tackle some of the prevailing challenges faced by the poor people of the Eastern Cape, in particular around health.


The present is fashioned based on the imagined future. Young people are future guardians and inheritors of the imminent world. The making of the future world and the preparation of young people to assume their future roles as leaders will always be a continual endeavour.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third Year Education student and SRC Sports Officer, Thabiso Letselebe was named in the News 24 Top 100 Future Mandelas list.

A group of Nelson Mandela University students have formed the basis of a photography project by Michigan State University professor Peter Glendinning in honour of the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy.

Former president Nelson Mandela’s approach at the pre-1994 negotiations had less to do with his traditional background and more to do with his family’ s links to the quasi par li amen taryiB hung a( council), and pragmatic co-operation with the colonial power.

The Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law launches a comprehensive publication showcasing the Faculty and providing a strategtic overview of its activities and plans. 

A great family man, educator and mentor known for his love and passion for African culture and tradition, which fed into his life’s work of developing and nurturing indigenous language and literature.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dez Rosenblatt, a Biokineticist from Nelson Mandela University’s High-Performance Centre, was recently part of the Bowls South Africa team that took part in an international tournament in Hong Kong and China walking away with three medals.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University was awarded the Greenest Campus in South Africa award at the 8th Annual Green Campus Conference attended by 19 institutions of higher learning. The award was based on the university’s green institutional infrastructure, green projects and Green Campus Initiative society (GCI) activities.

In various biographies, Nelson Mandela is portrayed as the product of a “tribal” world in which he watched his guardian, Chief Jongintaba, exercise a certain leadership style to run the village. However, what has not come out in these biographies is his experiences of political modernity – through his family’s “pragmatic cooperation” with colonialists and their role in the quasi-parliamentary iBhunga (traditional council).

The standard of competition is improving each year, so the Madibaz surfing team are eager to build on the experience they gained at the University Sport South Africa contest this month.

Night sky viewing, rocket building, chemistry demonstrations and a celebration of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements in indigenous languages are among the array of activities planned around National Science Week at Nelson Mandela University.

The Madibaz squash team kept the Nelson Mandela University flag flying high when they returned with the silver medal from the University Sport South Africa tournament early this month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University Alumni, Tolika Sibiya (33) and Chumisa Ndlazi (27) have been included in the prestigious 2019 Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list. 

An increase in the depletion of sea life has necessitated the country's first law enforcement academy for fisheries - FishForce - a Nelson Mandela University initiative. ETV's Nuusdag om 8 team paid them a visit. 

“That’s the Africa we want.” So said Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) Vice-Chancellor Prof Address Malata about African universities working together across disciplines at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the institution and Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University continues its innovative work towards the establishment of the country’s 10th Medical School on Missionvale Campus, which will be officially and fully operational once the requisite accreditation process has been formally concluded.

Melissa Landsberg’s master’s degree research focused on the relationship between an infant and its primary caregiver and the life of Ted Bundy, the serial killer, who murdered more than 30 young women.

Nelson Mandela University continues its innovative work towards the establishment of the country’s 10th Medical School on Missionvale Campus, which will be officially and fully operational once the requisite accreditation process has been formally concluded.

Nelson Mandela University’s Chairperson of Council, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill, is among seven global change agents to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) today.

With several new faces in their outfit, the Madibaz surfing squad will be banking on a concerted team effort when the University Sport South Africa competition takes place later this month.


Ria Dreyer is the first woman wool appraiser in South Africa, with nine years of experience in the wool industry. Employed at BKB, South Africa’s largest wool brokering organisation, she hopes to make a unique contribution to the wool industry by completing her doctorate soon.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Tyla van Huyssteen, a first year Bachelor of Radiography student and Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar, has been selected as one of two students from the Eastern Cape to be part of the National Science & Technology Forum’s (NSTF) Brilliants programme.

“I would love to encourage more people, especially women and the youth to see agriculture as a vital career path. In my opinion, everything starts and ends with agriculture, it is an incredible industry, it has great opportunities and is growing in technological advances” academic award winner S'Busisiwe Vilakazi says.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Madibaz swimmer, Alaric Basson has taken another step forward in his career by being included in the South African squad to participate in the World Aquatics Championships in South Korea next month.

PhD in Nature Conservation student, Emily Jones is known as “the fern lady” and her research focuses on invasion biology; and particularly, alien ferns, their ecology and distribution globally.

From alien ferns and street art, to serial killer Ted Bundy and nanoscience targeting breast cancer cells, Mandela University’s top performing students had a vast array of research topics for their award-winning studies.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Madibaz Sport will be well represented in a variety of roles when the South African squad take part in the World Student Games in Italy from July 3 to 14.

Organised crime with links to 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.

Reasons to be proud - #R2bP. Nelson Mandela University Human Movement Sciences student, Kyle de Beer, finished in the top 5 at the recent English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Golf Championship in the UK. 

Geosciences academic Dr Gaathier Mahed has just published a 70-page popular book entitled “Mad Scientist” to inform high school students and the general public about what scientists do and their perspective on things.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Centre for Teaching, Learning & Media and #OpenEdInfluencers’ leader at Nelson Mandela University, Gino Fransman, has been selected to present the Becoming an Open Education Influencer (BOEI) project at the UNESCO Open Education Design – A Course for Practitioners in Slovenia.

A passion for the sport and plenty of hours in the pool paid off for Madibaz water polo star Casey Mcleavy when she was named the female player of the year at the recent Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics prize-giving. 

The Chair in Mechatronics, headed by Professor Igor Gorlach, facilitates engineering projects between the Nelson Mandela University's Mechatronics Department and Isuzu. Gorlach said it is important to expose Mechatronics students to the real industrial world, so that they can be better prepared for the final-year project.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Madibaz hockey coach Cheslyn Gie will further his development as a mentor at the highest level after being appointed to the national men's management team for the FIH Hockey Series Finals in India this week.

The Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR) recently hosted the Ocean Race team for a session of presentations around the research being done at the Ocean Sciences Campus and the University’s strategy regarding ocean science. The Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world, held every three years.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Five students from Mandela University's Education Faculty recently attended the World Undergraduate Congress 2019 at Oldenburg University in Germany. Each of them made presentations at the Congress.

“I feel that art plays a fundamental role within society and the small act of drawing iconic figures, the process of creative re-representation, assists in reiterating the importance of such figures in contemporary society more so than what an archival photograph would have, says artist Jonathan van der Walt.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Mandela University Alumnus and current student, Baxolile Babongile Nodada, was recently sworn in as one of the Democratic Alliance's youngest Members of Parliament in South Africa. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Department of Public Law is hosting a Hate Bill Seminar this week that seeks to address the implications of the enactment of the Prevention and Combatting of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Nelson Mandela University’s Cisco team recently won the Top Academy Support Centre Award at the Cisco national conference held in Cape Town. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP. Top Mandela University researcher, Professor Richard Cowling, has been inaugurated into the United States' National Academy of Sciences - fondly known as the Oscars of Science. 

Nelson Mandela University is set to launch its institutional Naming and Renaming Project next week, with the initial phase being the launch and unveiling of eight renamed student residences.

The colloquium Dalibhunga: This time? That Mandela? – held in March at Nelson Mandela University – was essentially a conversation to explore, debate and discuss what the proposed Transdisciplinary Institute for Mandela Studies (TIMS) could look like, including the main themes that should be explored within it. 

While historical accounts from books and other mediums generally form the foundation of learning at almost any education institution, first-hand experiences and perspectives can, for their audience, arguably add rare and far more valuable insights into just about any topic.

Insightful discussion on state of democracy and 2019 poll outcomes. The low levels of voter participation in the May 8 national and provincial elections and the significance thereof was a key focus in what was arguably one of the most refreshing and insightful Herald Community Dialogue events to date.

Nelson Mandela University’s second organic vegetable garden has taken root and is set to benefit dozens of students looking for a healthier bite amid fertilised and commercialised options.

The Faculty of Science at Nelson Mandela University is at a crossroads. Having been part of a relatively young merged university, less than 15 years old, we are in the process of reshaping our identity and assessing our role as the largest service faculty within Nelson Mandela University.

When Nelson Mandela University dropped “Metropolitan” from its name in 2017, it was no longer named after a city, but the person, Nelson Mandela, the global icon for social justice. And there was a huge responsibility that went with that, a point emphasised by then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the official ceremony marking the name change, who said: “The decision to become Nelson Mandela University is not simply an exercise in corporate rebranding. It is a statement of intent. It is a statement of values … It makes a statement about justice, rehabilitation and reconciliation.”

The Madibaz men’s basketball team have qualified for the University Sport South Africa national tournament this year after coming through to win the Eastern Cape play-offs.

As a university that carries Mandela’s name our focus is on our identity as a university of continental and global repute, pioneering knowledge generation and reimagining engagement and transformation.

The significance and value of indigenous languages was once again highlighted during a conversation Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa had with Nelson Mandela University students on Friday (26 April).

More than 300 municipal councillors, traditional leaders and officials from various Eastern Cape municipalities were awarded certificates upon successful completion of Human Settlements Management short learning programmes undertaken at Nelson Mandela University over the last two years.

They say it is impossible to shoot two birds with one stone, but a Nelson Mandela University graduate has managed to defy the odds, excelling in both his studies and sport. In April, Madibaz football striker and former captain made history as the first player to be capped in a red gown, graduating with a PhD in Chemistry.

Operations at Nelson Mandela University are set to return to normal on Tuesday (23 April) following student protest action over the last two days. This follows an agreement reached between the Student Representative Council and Management at a meeting held this afternoon.

Nelson Mandela University has been working to restore normal academic and other operations following disruptions on Wednesday.

Nearly 2000 students who were unable to register for various reasons – ranging from a lack of funding to poor academic performance – were given a second chance at access to university tuition through a number of concessions by Nelson Mandela University.

The year 2019, declared the International Year for Indigenous Languages by UNESCO, has seen the seventh Doctor of Literature (DLitt) degree in isiXhosa where the thesis written entirely in the language, conferred at Nelson Mandela University last week – ten years since the first.

As an emotional Ncebakazi Siziba crossed the graduation stage to a standing ovation and cheers from the audience, she could not help but shed a tear and say a silent prayer to continue making her late mother proud.

Professor Chris Adendorff of the Nelson Mandela University Business School, who specialises in Future Studies has been appointed by President Ramaphosa to the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

FNB Madibaz rugby captain Riaan Esterhuizen wants his team to emulate their defensive display in the semifinals when they face Cape Peninsula University of Technology in the FNB Varsity Shield final on Thursday. The match will take place at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth, kicking off at 6.15pm.


Just over a year ago – fresh into his honours course and with a newly obtained postgraduate certificate in education – he threw in the towel because of what he described as a “very difficult” undergraduate journey.

“What will you do with your education from Nelson Mandela University to change the world – for your family, your community, your profession, your country? What contribution will you make towards Africa’s growth and development that leads to a better life for all?”

This question by Chancellor Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi calls on new graduates to go out into the world and change it – as the institutional tagline charges – by doing their bit to strengthen democracy, equality and justice in their respective career paths.

Gender-based violence remains one of the biggest and most profound problems in South African society. Its prevalence in institutions of higher learning – as a microcosm of this society – has garnered much debate and attention, particularly in recent years.

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” This poignant African proverb – to which literary giant Chinua Achebe expanded on to say that writing “is something we have to do, so that the story of the hunt will also reflect the agony, the travail; the bravery, even, of the lions” – served as a fitting underlying theme at the launch of Nelson Mandela University’s quarterly student journal.

It will be more of the same in terms of preparations by the FNB Madibaz rugby team as the FNB Varsity Shield reaches its business end with this week’s semifinals.

Four remarkable South Africans whose work resonates with the University’s resolve to be in service to society are among more than 5000 graduands to be capped during Nelson Mandela University’s upcoming autumn graduation.

The National Intellectual Property Management Office of the Department of Science and Technology has named Professor Russell Phillips of Mechanical Engineering and the late Prof Ben Zeelie of InnoVenton (posthumously) as the Top Intellectual Property Creators for Nelson Mandela University from 2011 to 2018.

Two weeks of training and strategic conversations between multiple stakeholders including South African and Kenyan government officials, fisheries law enforcers and researchers on the extent and impact of fisheries crimes took place at Nelson Mandela University earlier this month.

Confronted by the serious and growing problem of tuberculosis infections in Nelson Mandela Bay – with a confirmed 10,271 patients infected – the Centre for Community Technology has designed an innovative mobile application to help communities and health authorities track, treat and stop the dreaded illness.

Taking on the name Nelson Mandela means “shouldering a great responsibility”, Cyril Ramaphosa said two years ago when Nelson Mandela University dropped “Metropolitan” from its name, no longer representing the Eastern Cape city where it is located, but rather the statesman.

South Africa’s entire coastal marine area has been identified as globally important for marine mammals. Five candidate important marine mammal areas were demarcated for South African coastal waters at a workshop in Oman in the Middle East, each one of them applying to Algoa Bay and together encompassing all SA’s near-shore waters.

In the sludge and slime of the strange stromatolites – living “rocks” formed by microscopic algae –along the shorelines near Nelson Mandela University, a research team uncovered a new species last year: the Stromatolite Tanaid (Sinelobus stromatoliticus) which has just received world acclaim.

The 3rd International Indian Ocean Science Conference (IIOSC) conculded in Port Elizabeth on 15 March 2019, attended by over 100 delegates from 21 countries and hosted by Nelson Mandela University.

Achieving academic, sporting and cultural excellence in South African schools – many of whom are based in communities battered by a myriad of socioeconomic challenges – is no easy feat for the average pupil.

The FNB Madibaz rugby team will resume their FNB Varsity Shield campaign with fresh energy when they host Tshwane University of Technology in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The match at the Madibaz Stadium starts at 6.30pm and will see the Nelson Mandela University side back in action after a bye this week.

A major marine research conference on the Indian Ocean, held for the first time on the African continent, got under way at Nelson Mandela University on Monday.

Although he was arguably the most famous man in the world, former president Nelson Mandela loved simple, traditional “home food”. Invited guests got a taste of some of Madiba’s most favourite dishes at the Nelson Mandela University’s scholarly centenary exhibition at the South End Museum on Thursday.

The University obtained a final interdict from the High Court on 19 June 2018. The main purpose of the interdict is to protect the rights and safety of those who wish to access the University to work or pursue their studies, whilst also allowing for the right to protest in accordance with the conditions set out in the interdict. 

As universities work towards transforming their curricula, culture and other aspects foregrounded by the #FeesMustFall movement, along with global shifts in higher education, there is an urgent need for high level administrators able to respond to such changes, writes Nicky Willemse.

The FNB Madibaz rugby team are gearing up for what will be their toughest fixture to date when they tackle University of KwaZulu-Natal in the FNB Varsity Shield in Maritzburg on Monday (6.30pm).


Whether you are surrounded by towering skyscrapers on a bustling city street, or contemplating the intricate design of a tiny flower, one thing is clear: mathematically-precise shapes, angles and patterns are everywhere.

“How can South Africa, and Africa as a whole, realise communities that are both aware of, and responsive to, their troubled past while remaining committed to social cohesion?” This question emerges as one of the focus areas of the newly launched SARChI Chair in Identities and Social Cohesion in Africa (ISCIA) at Nelson Mandela University. 

Challenges of global change and water resources in the Global South, with an emphasis on the Karoo, is the focus of a five-day workshop currently under way at Nelson Mandela University.

Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is buoyant after getting five points from their opening FNB Varsity Shield game in Port Elizabeth, but says they realise a tough challenge lies ahead for the team.

Six sparkling tries paved the way for the Madibaz to start life in the lower tier Varsity Shield with a 38-21 win over the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Monday night.

He has been the butt of many a joke and the subject of countless Zapiro “shower head” cartoons – but now former president Jacob Zuma is the inspiration behind the body of work of a Nelson Mandela University master’s student.

Nelson Mandela University marine biologist Prof Tommy Bornman has returned from a pioneering international expedition in the Southern Ocean which has revealed evidence of icemelt on the underside of icebergs, an ominous new signature of climate change.

Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys wants his team to create a winning habit when they begin their Varsity Shield campaign at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The Nelson Mandela University team’s opening game is against Cape Peninsula University of Technology, heralding an intense start to the competition when they play three matches in eight days.

Dr Savo Heleta of the Office for International Education will be honoured with an award for his article “Decolonisation of higher education: Dismantling epistemic violence and Eurocentrism in South Africa”, published in the journal Transformation in Higher Education (2016).

Final-year education students in Nelson Mandela Bay and Mthatha are learning how to use cutting-edge technology in real-life teaching situations.

Nelson Mandela University welcomed more than 8000 first year students and their parents and guardians at the weekend, and is on track to welcome back all its students on Monday for the official start of the 2019 academic year.

Students at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) must work consistently, manage their finances, ask questions and lead a healthy lifestyle. This was part of the message from vice-chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa when she welcomed thousands of new students to the university on Saturday.

Madibaz cricketer Lutho Sipamla was “surprised and shocked” to get a call-up to the Proteas cricket team, but is determined to make the most of the opportunity. The 20-year-old fast bowler, who is in the second year of a business management degree, was named on Friday last week in the national squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan.

The Weekend Post recently published an article stipulating plans by property owners of the city to blacklist students who owe rentals from previous years and also to ban students who have damaged their property. I’ve decided to share some contents of my masters degree research in this article, to reveal the latest evidence from the student accommodation industry which the university, government, property owners and students need to grapple with for all of us to arrive at better and tangible decisions derived from criticality.

In June 2017, one of the worst wildfires on record in the Knysna region of the Western Cape burned 15000 hectares – from Knysna to Sedgefield in the west, and to Plettenberg Bay in the east – destroying more than 800 buildings, 5000 hectares of forest plantations, and claiming the lives of seven people.

I am truly privileged to welcome you all as we start the 2019 academic year at Mandela University. To those who are returning, thank you for your contributions in 2018 and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed a good break and reconnected with family, friends and communities. To those joining us for the first time, welcome, namkelekile nonke!

Nelson Mandela University operations are in full swing, with academic and support staff gearing up for the official start of the 2019 academic year.

Mandela University is part of a £20 million (R358m) programme aimed at tackling threats to the world’s oceans. From plastic pollution to rising sea levels and acidification to over-fishing, the threats facing our oceans are well documented. 

Have South Africa’s leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles been displaced from their optimal habitats by human activities or by changing climatic conditions?

Uganda has two million organic farmers, 200 000 of whom are certified as organic producers, which qualifies them to sell and export their products as organic, and gain higher revenue. There is no reason why South Africa cannot achieve the same, according to Nelson Mandela University's Professor Raymond Auerbach, whose research over the past 45 years on organic farming and sustainable food systems, has established him as an international authority. He has doctoral students working in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

In grappling with the decolonisation of teacher education, Professor Nokhanyo Nomakhwezi Mayaba’s concern is whether or not curriculum developers invest issues of language – which she believes to be at the heart of the curriculum – with thought and ingenuity.

"The ways in which poor working class communities and schools come together to create an enabling environment for learning to occur is rapidly emerging as a practice and scholarship,” says the Director of the Centre for the Community School (CCS) in the Faculty of Education, Dr Bruce Damons, who graduated with his PhD in 2017and was the recipient of the South African Education Research Association (SAERA) national award for the top PhD.

Only a final sign-off is needed for the Eastern Cape to get its second medical school. The recruitment of students for SA’s second post-apartheid medical school at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth will start soon, with the first batch expected to start classes in January 2020.

“Pain is the most common medical symptom worldwide,” Prof Truter says. “It intrigues me because it is so common and there is a story behind every pain condition – from physical pain, such as a broken leg or migraine – to emotional pain. There is also a strong addictive component to painkillers such as codeine – a mild, over-the-counter opioid available in South Africa.”