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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.   

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.

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.


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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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).

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. 

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.  


“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. 

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).

“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.”

“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.

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).

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.  

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.  


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).

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

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. 

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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’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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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. 

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.

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

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. 

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

Monday, 17 February 2020, 08:00 - Access to North and South Campus has been blocked.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
The main reason is everyone in the region supports a culture of education, with a focus on maths and science.

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.

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.

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.  

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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 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.

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.

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.

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).

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: 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.


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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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: 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 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: 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.

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: 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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: 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. 

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).

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.


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: 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. 

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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 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.

“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.

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.

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.

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: 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 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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).

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 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. 

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.


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.

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.


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. 


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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. 

“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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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. 

“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. Nelson Mandela University’s Cisco team recently won the Top Academy Support Centre Award at the Cisco national conference held in Cape Town. 

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. 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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. 

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.”

The fruits of the East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) became evident when the first cohort of eight scholarship students, all from Kenya, graduated in December 2017, 50% of them cum laude.

Africa’s   first   internationally   accredited   testing    facility for lithium-ion batteries is situated at Nelson Mandela University. This has been achieved through the intensive facilitation and activities of the uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme.


The organising theme of our work over the next five years, beginning in 2018, is to position our intellectual and social project - In Service to Society - at the centre of our university.

Situated in the School of Information and Communication Technology, the CCT was established by Prof Greunen in 2014 and has grown exponentially in the past four years. From a team of one, it now has an internal team of 19 postgraduates and lecturers, and a full-time business analyst and project manager. Externally, the CCT subcontracts a team of 27 Mandela University IT graduates now working   as IT professionals in Port Elizabeth, which is fast gaining momentum as a “software city”.

“Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and gliders, also known as autonomous underwater vehicles  (AUVs), are classified as Remotely Piloted Vehicles, and are rapidly gaining ground globally as they have revolutionary potential in their diverse applications,” says mechanical engineer, Damian Mooney, who is one of South Africa’s few specialists in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). He has been a commercial pilot for 20 years and is a member of the Mandela University Autonomous Operations (MAO) Group in the Faculty of EBEIT, which is working on a range of pioneering drones and gliders to support the research conducted by the university’s scientists and engineers.

“In business and life you have to work hard, you have to have integrity and you have to choose your partners carefully,” says Dr Judy Dlamini, medical doctor, MBA, Doctor of Business Leadership, Wits University Chancellor and one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs.

An international women’s rights activist, renowned rugby player and humanitarian and a businessperson with a passion for development were honoured at the annual Nelson Mandela University’s Council Prestige Awards for using their individual influence for the greater good of humanity.

Nearly 2000 Nelson Mandela University graduands are set to be conferred their under- and postgraduate qualifications at the institution’s six summer graduation sessions this week.

Software developer, cloud computing, problem solver and analyst, David Brown focused on becoming excellent in his field of expertise.

Mthatha-born singer and songwriter Amanda Benedicta Antony – better known by her stage name, Amanda Black – grew up pursuing one dream only: to be a famous singer. The 25-year-old spent her childhood entering school talent shows and competitions – but it was her third entry to SA Idols in 2015 that ultimately led to her success.

From small beginnings working alongside his father in the automotive industry, Hiten Parmar is now leading the automotive technology landscape in South Africa.

Rising Star awardee and proud Nelson Mandela University alumnus, Zimbabwean-born Solomon Mudege certainly lives up to the award in the 13 years since he first graduated with BCom HMS: Sport & Recreation in 2005, to promotion to FIFA Senior Development Manager, which he achieved earlier in 2018. 

Make things happen

Seasoned international business and legal executive and strategist, Kurt Pakendorf believes in making things happen. He graduated from Nelson Mandela University with BProc (1991) and is currently the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for Face IT Limited in London, UK and California, USA. 

As a small boy growing up in Port Elizabeth’s Northern Areas, Kurt Kannemeyer watched the TV series LA Law and Murder She Wrote – and knew one day he would become “a voice to those who needed a voice”.

It’s a dream that led him to study law – becoming the first in his family to go to university – and has seen him becoming an advocate for social justice in the United States. In recognition of his efforts, he received a prestigious Alumni Achiever Award from his alma mater Nelson Mandela University on November 23.

Orphaned as a teenager after the death of his parents in 2010, 17-year-old Vusumzi Qumza and his three siblings and a niece seemed destined for a life of hardship.

But thanks to the generosity of Sunday Times readers and a Good Samaritan, Qumza is on his way to graduating with a law degree and is now writing a book.

A renowned South African singing sensation, an international sports administrator, an e-mobility guru and a social justice advocate are just some of Nelson Mandela University’s alumni recognised for their outstanding contribution to society through their work.

“Twelve years ago I started challenging my students to give of their time and come up with an action plan that would help to change our part of the world for the better.” Director of the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resources, Professor Michelle Mey, emphasises the importance of engagement-focused higher education and research in the School, in line with Nelson Mandela University’s vision. 

IT was “higher education” of an entirely different nature on Wednesday evening when a diverse panel of medical and anthropological academics at Nelson Mandela University unpacked some of the effects of the recent Constitutional Court ruling on the private use of dagga.

A national and global historic first – the scientific assessment of livestock predation and its management in South Africa – was recently launched at Nelson Mandela University. Edited by Mandela University researchers Prof Graham Kerley, Dr Sharon Wilson and Dave Balfour of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology, the publication provides government, industry, and stakeholders with detailed and current insight and knowledge on the complexities of managing livestock predation in policy development. 

Madibaz Sport continues to make its presence felt at a national level following the appointment of Yoliswa Lumka to the management team for the World Student Games next year. The director of sport at Nelson Mandela University will be deputy head of the South African delegation for the world event, which takes place in Napoli, Italy, from July 3 to 14.

SITE: Engaging the archive is a photographic exhibition by Photography Professor, Heidi Saayman Hattingh challenging perceptions of colonial English identity as private photographic narratives resist and/or endorse the popular image of women perpetuated by advertising in South African English-language women’s magazines during the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The Business School’s Inclusive Development and Strategic Growth Strategy, developed and launched in 2017, addresses its corporate citizenship contribution through a number of Strategic Development Projects (SDPs). These are all about making a meaningful contribution to socio- economic development, a central component of which is how the Business School can be more actively engaged in SMME development and entrepreneurial training   programmes at the local development scale, in line with the national imperative.

A rare and special plant species that was believed to be extinct for years, has literally raised its head on our nature reserve again, making our reserve even more important as a conservation area and raising our status as a reserve.

In years past, spaces for people and spaces for infrastructure were not seen to be associated with each other. Our cities were set up to be divided and categorised. Large, centralised sewage treatment plants were originally constructed on the periphery of cities and in many cases were not well managed or ecologically considerate, leading to the current situation of derelict wastelands with people living in and around them, as urban expansion has far exceeded historic town planning.

An exhibition of Mandela University‘s second-year Architecture students on “Architectural Engagements with our Human Origins” is currently on display at Werk Workshop in Alabaster Street, Baakens Valley.

Korsten was just a blot on Port Elizabeth’s landscape – riddled with plague and disease and a dreadful slum.

That is how the apartheid regime described the area in the 1950s amid one of the biggest forced removals in the country when more than 45,000 people were forcibly kicked out of the suburb and resettled in the townships of New Brighton or Kwazakhele. 

Let us decode terms that relate to gender, gender equality, patriarchy and sex to make them more relatable.

The Nelson Mandela University Eco-Car Team were again crowned Champions of the 2018 Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa (SEM:SA) in their category at the Zwartkops Raceway in Mid-Rand, Gauteng last weekend

THE cultural and creative industries (CCI) are often misunderstood. Not anymore. The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), based at Nelson Mandela University, has developed a baseline cultural information system to help practitioners, policy-makers and planners better understand the South African cultural and creative economy.

Fisheries crime, or “multicrimes” affecting the fisheries sector range from illegal capture of fish to human trafficking and forced labour, fraud, forgery, corruption, money laundering and tax and customs evasion. These crimes pose a massive challenge to fisheries law enforcement agencies in developing countries across the world.

The Nelson Mandela Bay metro is to spearhead an African drive to cut marine plastic pollution. The aim of the Norwayfunded project is that marine plastic pollution will be slashed to zero in the Bay within three years and the same will be achieved in Africa within 17 years.

The Batteries & Electric Vehicles Conference 2018 is all charged up for Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30. The conference, taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay has attracted speakers and delegates from around the world.

Politicians are not going to fix South Africa’s economy – rather we need to look to entrepreneurs. These were the words of Professor Ronney Ncwadi during his inaugural lecture at Nelson Mandela University, where he received his full professorship on Tuesday.

Pupils from disadvantaged schools across the Eastern Cape are taking their first steps towards IT careers, by getting a feel for coding theory.

The frustration of not knowing what to study has been harnessed to great effect by a Nelson Mandela University fashion and textile design student, who is delighted to have been chosen to represent SA in a design competition in London.

In a first for SA, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) launched a digital storytelling laboratory, Common Good First, in Port Elizabeth on Monday – to tell the stories of the voiceless and provide opportunities for effective and targeted partnerships to deal with social problems in communities.

South African field athlete Ischke Senekal and karate ace Gcobani Maxama walked away with the top accolades at the Madibaz Sport gala awards evening in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.

The newly launched marine research initiative infrastructure will provide direct data to grow the blue economy, especially in the key sectors of fishing, aquaculture, oil and gas, shipping, mining and coastal development. The array of sensors and research platforms will place South Africa and its scientists at the forefront of climate and global change research in the coastal zone.

Language and (de)colonisation in Africa was recently discussed at a two-day workshop, which Nelson Mandela University hosted in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale) in Germany.

South Africa's oceans play a vital role in Southern Africa's climate and weather patterns, and also influence the climate globally. However, ongoing pollution, climate change and other factors are threatening these oceans.


"True success is determined by the number of lives you change." These are words that postgraduate economics student and entrepreneur Sandile Mjamba lives by – and his will to succeed is largely driven through his endeavours to create the space for youth entrepreneurship development.

By 2025, electric vehicles – which have zero exhaust emissions – are expected to cost the same as combustion cars, and many more people will opt to drive them.  

In a public lecture at Nelson Mandela University, advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi said: “Considering 27 of those years were spent in prison, it tells us about the resilience of the man and the fact he was not prepared to let those conditions in prison prevent him from obtaining his dream of being Mandela the lawyer.

A guesthouse in the remote Riemvasmaak conservancy area in the Northern Cape now has cost-effective access to water. This is thanks to a solar pump station developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre, in collaboration with the merSETA (Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training).

Student and staff printing needs have had a welcome boost this year with the opening in January of the ICT CopyTech shop at the South Campus Kraal complex.

At the height of the #FeesMustFall movement in 2016, when universities closed for months, lecturer Shelley Saunders came up with an innovative system to ensure her students did not fall behind – and she continues to use it today.

A large clearing adjacent to the main intersection in front of the main tower building on Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus awaits the establishment of a new solar farm, to supply the institution with green electricity going into the future. The project is planned to be completed by February 2019.

Over the past 10 years, South Africa’s health sector has spent R120-billion importing Advanced Pharmaceutical Intermediates (APIs), which are essentially the ingredients needed to make generic medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Students studying nature conservation at Nelson Mandela University's George Campus are set to benefit from the proceeds of the Schalk Willem Theron Trust.

Nelson Mandela University is the first university in South Africa to offer the Advanced Diploma in Technical and Vocational Teaching (Adv Dip TVT). It is a diploma programme which, studied over two years, part-time, will provide lecturers in the TVET sector with a professional lecturer’s qualification. The qualification is five years in the making after the government gazetted the policy in 2013.

An award-winning psychology centre in one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s most impoverished townships is making a dramatic difference to hundreds of lives – and highlighting the critical importance of a multidisciplinary approach to health care in South Africa.

NELSON Mandela University together with a consortium of three university partners have been awarded a multi-year contract to advance the operations of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and support the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).

Marine top predators like seals, penguins and other seabirds are often referred to as the sentinels of the sea, as their behaviour provides important insights into the state of our seas. 

The South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) recently appointed Nelson Mandela University Business School Director Dr Randall Jonas as its new president. Dr Jonas served as the association’s deputy president last year.

Nelson Mandela University’s Tourism Department will launch a new programme offering, the BCom Hospitality Management programme, on World Tourism Day (27 September). The new programme will be offered to 40 students in 2019.

The technical and vocational sector is globally punted as the main driver of post-school education because of its potential to drive economic development. In South Africa, government has identified Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a national priority, with a goal of having a headcount of 2.5-million students enrolled in TVET colleges by 2030.

Eleven third-year and honours Media, Communication and Culture (BA: MCC) students had the opportunity to engage with the horseracing community and produce films to be showcased locally and alongside the international television broadcasting of horseracing on the DSTV Tellytrack channel.

Nelson Mandela University recently recognised the institution’s academics who have excelled in their respective fields of teaching, research and engagement – with these efforts aimed at making a difference in communities and effectively changing the world.

Well-Known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, playwright, director and author Dr Gcina Mhlope, will be delivering a public lecture titled Bones of Memory: In pursuit of Cultural Heritage at the Nelson Mandela University in Heritage Month, in the centenary year of Nelson Mandela.

Forty-one years after his brutal death at the hands of apartheid security police, the spirit and legacy of Black Consciousness Movement leader Bantu Stephen Biko remains a resilient and undying one.


Centre for Law in Action Director Prof Hennie van As and Faculty of Law colleagues Prof Aifheli Tshivhase, who is the Head of Department: Criminal & Procedural Law, and Tina Hokwana have been appointed as members of the “civilian oversight committee” of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police. Prof Van As is the chairperson.

After receiving thousands of entries from across the country and putting the entrants through a rigorous four-phase judging process, South Africa’s Top 100 university students have been unearthed from across the country.

Mandela University’s Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC) recently designed and manufactured industrial automation training equipment for the East Cape Midlands College’s Brickfield Campus in Uitenhage to be used in artisan training.

Over the past two years, Absa has invested in the youth and the future of the country by assisting 233 Nelson Mandela University students with bursaries to the value of R11 million.

Professor Darelle van Greunen, the Director of the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University, has received an Honorary Professorship from Amity University (India).

Close to twenty awards were presented to excelling Nelson Mandela University (George Campus) Accounting students during the prestigious 2018 School of Accounting BCom George Excellence Awards sponsored by SAICA Southern Cape District Association.

The Humanising Pedagogy Praxis and Research Niche (HPPRN) project of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Denise Zinn, launched the Humanising Pedagogy Portal and poster.

High Rates of unemployment continue to affect thousands of graduates on an annual basis. Every year, universities produce graduates from different academic disciplines and send them into the labour market with an idea that upon graduation, they will be liberated with unlimited job opportunities.

Scholars, artists and academics from Africa and abroad have gathered at Nelson Mandela University to critically reflect on significant cultural and economic shifts taking place around the world, with the aim of building up to new cultural discourses.

Centre for Community Technologies (CCT) Director at Nelson Mandela University, Prof Darelle van Greunen, recently attended the installation of Glasgow Caledonian University’s new Chancellor, singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist, Annie Lennox. 

Court interdict

Staff and students are reminded that an interdict remains in force (see copies attached).  The court order is aimed at protecting the rights of those who wish to access the University to work and pursue their studies, while also allowing for the democratic right to protest peacefully in accordance with the conditions stipulated.

Classes and shuttle services have been temporarily postponed until 10am on all Port Elizabeth campuses due to protest action at North and South campus entrances early today.

Nelson Mandela University has taken a decision to suspend all academic activities for the day, including evening classes, while management actively engages with protesting students on matters relating to gender-based violence (GBV).

The alleged rape incident of this past weekend has once again foregrounded Nelson Mandela University’s deep concerns regarding reported, and unreported, cases of gender-based violence. The University unequivocally reiterates its condemnation of acts of GBV and remains committed to working with staff and students to embed a culture of zero tolerance.

Nelson Mandela University, with its main campus uniquely situated in a nature reserve, has become a safe haven for rehabilitated wild animals.

Higher education in South Africa and globally is in transition. In the country, student movements, intellectual analyses and government reports over the last few years have highlighted that the move towards more decolonised, equitable and inclusive institutions of higher learning has been slow.

The waves of change in South African society and the higher education sector in recent years have necessitated deep reflection and introspection on the content and pace of transformation. Young people have been key participants and contributors to conversations around the deepening of transformation in the country and sector, as witnessed during the campaigns for access, transformation and decolonisation in the last few years.

As part of National Science Week 2018, Nelson Mandela University presents "Two Neutron Stars Collide - and the explosion shakes up the universe and lights up the sky!". A presentation by the Dean of the Faculty fo Science, Prof Azinwinndini Muronga. 

Transformation in South Africa generally, and higher education in particular, has progressed at a painfully slow pace. To address this, Nelson Mandela University has, for the last decade, been hard at work on deepening transformation at the institution through various initiatives, as well as contributing to national conversation.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

This famous Nelson Mandela quote is a powerful illustration of the immense value the global icon placed on education. It is this very statement by the former president, made in July 2003, that the Faculty of Education's colloquium on 19-20 July seeks to interrogate as a means to understand its contextual relevance in the 21st century.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University supported the National Transplant Games that took place on the 13th and 14th of July 2018 in Port Elizabeth. Various departments from the Faculty of Health Sciences volunteered their services, staff and students to help with the event.

NELSON Mandela University’s South Campus will soon be producing just over 10% of its electricity requirements, thanks to an innovative R18-million green power plant, which is being established on the campus this month (July).

Restless curiosity, wild brilliance, particle physics, rocket building and launching, ancient African interpretations of the night skies, coding and computation in anticipation of the fourth industrial revolution and big data science.


Nelson Mandela University is one of the largest campuses in South Africa and is situated on an extensive nature reserve, resulting in university buildings being largely dispersed, leaving students, staff and visitors, who do not own vehicles, having to traverse considerable distances.

The year 2018 is an important one as South Africa, and the world, celebrate 100 years of one of the 20th century’s most revered leaders, Nelson Mandela. The Mandela Centenary Year, as it has come to be known, will see heightened efforts to mark the life, times and legacy of a man who has dedicated the bulk of his life in service to the people, particularly the vulnerable and marginalised. 

Following a highly successful run at this year’s National Arts Festival in Makhanda, dance production Love in the Time of Revolution comes to the Port Elizabeth Opera House tomorrow evening (July 11).

Nelson Mandela University acknowledged the academic achievements of its top students at the annual Academic Awards Dinner with the leadership encouraging the recipients to use their ability to serve others.

Through the ages, the sea has not only fascinated marine biologists but also poets, painters, filmmakers, thinkers and composers. Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Arts is hosting a colloquium, titled The Nautical Metaphors in the Arts, which is the first step taken by the faculty to bring together speakers from different disciplines to discuss a common theme related to the ocean sciences.

The recent screening of former British High Court Judge Nicholas Stadlen’s documentary Life is Wonderful in Nelson Mandela Bay has reinforced the national call for the inclusion of such authentic depictions and aspects of South African history into the curriculum.

Working together in seeking solutions is a catch phrase of the Missionvale Care Centre, which has been providing access to health, well-being and education in an impoverished environment for the past 30 years.

On 3 May 2018 an email headed “UNIVERSITY UPDATE – 3 MAY 2018”, was sent out via MEMO. A copy of the interim Court Order obtained on 3/05/2018 was attached to the MEMO.

Water-saving initiatives will be factored into the budget of every new building to be constructed at Nelson Mandela University – to ensure all new buildings are water-wise.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University Alumni sisters,  Nomakhomazi Dewavrin and Okuhle Dyosopu, whose documentary film was screened at the Encounters 20th South African International Documentary Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The South African higher education sector is in a state of transition, with conversations around the deepening of transformation in the sector having gained renewed vigour. Students have been key participants and contributors to these conversations, as witnessed during the campaign for access, transformation and decolonisation in recent years.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University FIFA/CIES Alumnus, Stanley Raubenheimer, who has been appointed as the Coach of the Springbok Women’s Rugby team.

Our universe – which is all of time and space and everything in it – is mostly unchartered territory. n an attempt to answer age-old questions (and no doubt stimulate new ones) about activity in the ether, from black holes to hard-to-see rotating stars called pulsars to the possibility of life elsewhere, a massive amount of space data is being gathered and analysed worldwide.

Nelson Mandela University is gearing up to launch its second public art piece in honour of Tat’ uMadiba and his values on education, that is symbolic of the journey and trajectory that the recently renamed institution is taking, on Africa Day on Friday.

“MATHEMATICS is all around us, whether we are [aware of it or not].” So says Mia Brettell of East London’s Grens High, who created a human face entirely out of mathematical shapes as her entry in the Eastern Cape’s first Math-Art competition, run by Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC).

The on-campus Green Route, as part of the safety and security implementation plan, is now operational. The introduction of a further 48 cameras along a dedicated 1.5km safe Green Route from the main building on South Campus through to the student residences is now being actively monitored at the expanded central Security Operation Centre (SOC) at North Campus.

In many under-resourced schools across South Africa – with often under-qualified teachers – pupils do not always gain the mathematical knowledge or skills they need to excel at school or to access universities.

Nelson Mandela University remains resolute in its commitment to creating enabling conditions to ensure student access and success for all students, particularly those from poor and working class backgrounds.

Only serious collaborative action can fully address the challenge of invasive alien exotics and so a call to action for volunteers to help preserve the finest collection of dune fynbos in the world is being made.


Nelson Mandela University has declared its commitment to working hard to ensure wider access and success of students and learners particularly those from poor and rural communities, and do everything within its power and means to implement support measures and interventions to ensure such access and success.

The University obtained a final court order stipulating the rules around the resumption of operations at Nelson Mandela University on Thursday (3 May 2018) following yesterday’s barricading of campus entrances.

The University is committed in its efforts to continue with its activities, whilst acknowledging that there have been disruptions to normal academic programmes and general work flow. The serving of the interdict is one of the mechanisms to help ensure the safety of our staff and students.


The Vice-Chancellor and executive management members received a formal petition from the SRC at a meeting this afternoon to which the University has committed to respond to within 48 hours. The ongoing engagements with student leaders, unions, divisional heads, managers and deans are intended to ensure the situation is normalised as quickly as possible.

University update
Update on current situation on Nelson Mandela University campuses regarding SASCO call for shutdown today, 2 May 2018.

Nelson Mandela University remains resolute in its commitment to creating enabling conditions to ensure access and success for students across the board and particularly for those from poor and working class backgrounds.

A chance to showcase one’s undergraduate research to the world is one that should not be passed up, believes Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga.

SOUTH Africa has a critical shortage of qualified paramedics. It is a scarce skill, with a total of just under 2 300 qualified Advanced Life Support paramedics.

A managerial accountant in the automotive industry will be the recipient of the first ever PhD in Accounting at Nelson Mandela University, since the merger of its three predecessor institutions.

Conscious of the critical role artists can play in challenging and changing society, Nelson Mandela University set about transforming its entire visual arts curriculum. 

Imagine if all South Africans lived in decent homes with all the basic services they needed, closer to their workplaces, and with easy access to safe public transport.

Congratulations to the following staff, students and Emeritus Professors who have excelled in their fields in the last two weeks.


Despite the challenges of an impoverished childhood, raising three children (two with special needs) and supporting a husband battling cancer, 52-year old Zenobia Olivier has fulfilled her life-long dream of studying further.

The year 2016 was meant to be the exciting final year of 24-year-old Thobani Mkananda’s BA Psychology degree. Instead, it turned into the most traumatic year of his life when he suffered a sudden stroke.

“Yes at times I find life difficult and depressing but there is so much to live for. I was dealt this hand of cards, now I have to play it to the best of my ability,” says Ciské Faber, who receives her BA degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology this April.

An air of pride and absolute excitement was in the air as newly installed Nelson Mandela University Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, robed the institution’s first black African female Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa, at the historic inauguration yesterday.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to BSc Honours (Mathematical Statistics) Alumnus, Khanya Mkoto, who was chosen to be part of a group of youth leaders from 53 Commonwealth countries to take part in the Commonwealth Youth Forum happening in London.

More than 5000 Nelson Mandela University students are set to cross the graduation stage over the next two weeks at the institution’s Port Elizabeth and George campuses.

Final year PhD candidate in Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry, Pulleng Moleko-Boyce, emerged the winner at the Nelson Mandela University heat of science communication competition FameLab South Africa.

Have politicians put Nelson Mandela Bay’s water security at risk over the past decade by ignoring sound technical advice from engineers?. This evening (10 April), Prof Mike Muller – Visiting Adjunct Professor from Wits University’s School of Governance – will suggest they have, in a public lecture at Nelson Mandela University, titled “Decolonising Engineering”.

A new era is on the horizon as the only university in the world to bear the name of one of the 20th century’s most revered leaders, Rholihlahla Nelson Mandela, prepares for the historic inauguration of its first black African female Vice-Chancellor and principal.

It was with deep sadness and extreme sense of loss that Nelson Mandela University received the news of the passing of one of the colossal figures of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa, Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela.

Nelson Mandela University’s long-term research on King Penguins at Marion Island formed part of an international study which predicts that 70% of the sub-Antarctic seabirds could disappear by 2100, as a result of climate change

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to three postgraduate LLM students in the Faculty of Law, Rachael Chasakara, Nikita Govender and Ntemesha Maseka, and their coach Mr David Abrahams, who will represent South Africa at the 30th edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition in Ohrid, (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) this week.

Excellence, hard work and talent were rewarded at Nelson Mandela University last night, when 25 students were announced as the recipients of the prestigious Vice-Chancellors Scholarship.

Nelson Mandela University wishes to announce and congratulate Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi as its new Chancellor from 1 April 2018.

As Nelson Mandela University draws close to the end of the first term, strides have been made in addressing the myriad of challenges that often come with the start of an academic year.

Nelson Mandela University is spearheading a R20-million project to increase the amount of return-effluent water it uses to irrigate its sports fields, as one of several on-campus initiatives to save water.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to first year BCom Accounting student, Ian Venter on winning the South African Open water 3km title last weekend. 

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Alumnus David Brown, BCom honours graduate (2001), who has been promoted to Vice-President, Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) at Amazon in the USA.

Nelson Mandela University’s Visual Art Department in the School of Music, Art and Design will be exhibiting the work of award-winning artist and academic, Nomusa Makhubu. 

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Siboniso Dlamini, a Marine and Maritime Studies researcher as well Chairperson of the Marine and Maritime Association at the University who has been appointed as the Southern African (SADC) Regional Associate on the International Executive Committee of the Youth Alliance for Leadership Development in Africa (YALDA).

High school pupils, university students and teachers across Nelson Mandela Bay are being challenged to use maths to create art, in the city’s first Math-Art Competition, which kicks off on March 3.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Dr Jaco Olivier and Prof Jan Neethling from the Centre for HRTEM on their recent publication in the prestigious Nature Materials*. The paper has caused quite a stir in the scientific community, with a commentary in Nature Materials news & views** and over one thousand views on LinkedIn. This is a true testament to the quality of research at Nelson Mandela University. Well done Dr. Olivier and Prof. Neethling, we are proud of you!

On 21 October 1949, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe stood as president of the University of Fort Hare’s student representative council (SRC) and lamented the fact that an institution deemed an independent African university was predominantly guided by a Eurocentric school of thought.

A sludgy, green world surviving along the coastline of South Africa is captivating the attention of a team of scientists at the Nelson Mandela University. Amidst the slime, this previously unexplored habitat was noticed only this past decade on the doorstep of the University.

On Friday, 16 February 2018, Nehawu embarked on a march, at which a memorandum of demands was presented to Management, occasioning the attached response. In responding to the list of demands, the University has opted to provide a full and comprehensive response principally because of statements being bandied about that essentially amount to a gross misrepresentation of the facts around labour matters.

Nelson Mandela University associate professor in marine ecology Ronel Nel is one of eight marine researchers from around the world selected to the 2018 Pew Marine Fellows Programme.

SUCH was the success of a technology-linked maths and science programme at 18 schools in the Bhisho area, that funders Old Mutual have not only extended that project – but are also introducing it at a further eight schools in East London’s Duncan Village area.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bp): Congratulations to Thandazani Nofingxana, a 4th year Fashion and Textile Design Student who has been selected as one of the Top 40 Emerging Creatives Class of 2018 at The Design Indaba's Annual  design festival.

Prof Patrick Vrancken, who is the incumbent of the South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa at Nelson Mandela University, is the main editor and one of the authors of The Law of the Sea: The African Union and its Member States.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University PhD students who, once again, excelled at the annual conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa held in Bela Bela recently.

Three Russian scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, will be visiting Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science, as part of their visit to the country, to discuss possible future collaboration with South African institutions.

Nelson Mandela University’s Visual Art Department from the School of Music, Art and Design will host an exhibition of master’s students work opening on 9 February.  at the university’s Bird Street Campus in Central.

Staff and students at Nelson Mandela University are gearing up for the start of lectures on Monday, 5 February. As more students have been allowed to proceed with registration, a total 18 553 students – including 6102 first years – have registered to date.

The start of the 2018 academic year is proceeding smoothly at Nelson Mandela University in spite of the additional challenges of facilitating the new Government bursary funding benefits.

As thousands of new students begin their higher education journeys this year, in the wake of the announcement for free higher education for students of poor and working class families, Nelson Mandela University vice-chancellor Prof Sibongile Muthwa stressed the institution’s commitment to their success.

With up to 6000 new students and their parents or guardians expected to converge on Nelson Mandela University’s George, Second Avenue, South and North campuses for the 2018 Welcoming Ceremony at 9am tomorrow, you are urged to get to your destination early. 

Registration is proceeding well at Nelson Mandela University, with more than 5000 students successfully registered to date.

Nelson Mandela University has always held the strong view that no academically deserving, financially needy student should be denied access to higher education, and as such welcomes government’s announcement of its commitments towards fully funding higher education students  from poor and working class backgrounds.

Nelson Mandela University Marine Engineering lecturer Boswell Lungisa Douse was awarded his Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture in December 2017 from the University of Southampton with his dissertation focussing on the loss of stability of the H.M.H.S Britannic, the sister ship of the S.S Titanic. Part of his research was to investigate the sinking of the H.M.H.S Britannic.

Reasons to be Proud (R2bP): Congratulations to two of our recent Alumni who have been awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for their 2018 postgraduate studies.

The first week of January is normally a time when Nelson Mandela University opens up for late applications, where spaces are still available in programmes that are, for varied reasons, under subscribed.

It was a cocktail of emotions at the last day of Nelson Mandela University’s Summer graduation on Friday, where outgoing vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz capped graduates in the remaining five faculties. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art + maths = magical connections for teachers and learners

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swiss day at NMMU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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