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Time will be of the essence when the region's top road runners hit the tarmac at the second Madibaz 21.1km race on 27 July.
A new early-warning sensor that detects the possible structural collapse of buildings and land can potentially save lives and also reduce the heavy cost of repairs and job losses.
Following Tangible Africa’s successful #Coding4Mandela event hosted last year, this year even more young people are being encouraged to code simultaneously – across the globe.
In a cultural coup for the city, the Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) award winner Stephané Conradie will show her work and conduct an art walkabout this weekend, 19 to 20 July in Gqeberha.

Nelson Mandela University’s Computing Sciences together with the Leva Foundation and Tangible Africa showcased their new coding app Speed Stars, at the Silverstone Family Zone at the recent British Grand Prix.


The Madibaz men’s hockey team will return to the premier division of the University Sports South Africa tournament in 2025 after producing a cohesive effort to win the B section in Johannesburg last week.
As part of its continued focus on serving society, Mandela University will be engaged in several activities to celebrate Mandela Month 2024. The multidisciplinary engagements will see the University partner with the Zwide Development Forum, a community partner engaged in various projects in the Zwide Community. One of the services offered on the day will be a law clinic by the Faculty of Law.


Nelson Mandela Bay Traditional Leaders (NMBTL) led by Chief Velile Mfunda, representing the King Vululwandle Sandile of the Amarharhabe Kingdom recently met with the Engagement Office team to engage in transforming disadvantaged communities by advancing social cohesion and understanding of community and individual identity through recognition, social memories and history.
“The sky is truly the limit” says Nelson Mandela University alumnus Dr Mario Maxwell Muller, “whose journey epitomises the boundless potential residing within each of us, awaiting only belief in oneself to set it free.”
As part of the National Research Foundation Global Change Social Sciences Research Programme (GCSSRP) Grant awarded to the Engagement and Transformation Portfolio, a delegation from Mandela University’s Engagement Office participated in the 10th Living Knowledge Conference in Girona, Spain from 25 to 28 June.
For the first time in three decades, the African National Congress (ANC) lost its grip on Parliament and three provincial legislatures following South Africa’s general elections in May this year. Will the country sink or swim? Nelson Mandela University academic and political analyst Ongama Mtimka is hopeful.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: The Madibaz full-contact karate team relived former glories when they took gold at the University Sports South Africa tournament in Vanderbijlpark recently.


The political and economic sustainability of higher education in South African fell under the spotlight in the first instalment of Nelson Mandela University’s new Council Seminar Series.

Seven Nelson Mandela University alumni have recently been announced as being among the 2024 Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans.


Delegates from Hubei University of Technology (HBUT) in China, recently paid a short visit to Nelson Mandela University, with the two universities signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish an official partnership from 28 June.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Reino Erasmus, 34, is at the forefront of learning and developing apps at Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies and has been named in the Technology & Innovation category of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2024.
Mandela University’s staff member in Learning Development Selwyn Milborrow, has co-authored another book. This time together with American author and academic, Janet Bostic-Williams from Salt Lake City in the USA, on their shared admiration for Elvis Presley.
One of the country’s first university choirs to blend western classics and traditional African melodies, the Nelson Mandela University Choir this month celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The Madibaz rugby team will look to improve across the board when they face their peers at the University Sports South Africa tournament this week.
Madibaz netball coach Jeanie Steyn is banking on the team’s self-belief to guide them to the podium in the University Sports South Africa tournament next week.
The Madibaz men’s hockey team have one goal in mind and that is to win back a spot in the A section of the University Sports South Africa tournament when they travel to Johannesburg this weekend.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Doctoral student in Architecture, Kawthar Jeewa, was invited to present her research at an international conference in China, based on her topic and methodology, rooted in the decolonisation of the discipline of architecture and community participation. 

If Youth Month is “a significant time for us to reflect on the challenges and triumphs of South African youth”, then what better time to share and celebrate the stories of some of the youth in and around Nelson Mandela University.

The Madibaz can expect an acid test of their skills when they return to the University Sports South Africa volleyball tournament with a spring in their step next month.
A new exhibition at the Bird Street Gallery, on Nelson Mandela University’s Bird Street Campus  is drawing a line under the colonial histories of Makhanda and Gqeberha over the National Arts Festival.

The Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Health Sciences today (24 June) launched a short learning programme to enhance mental well-being. The basic course in Enhanced Preparedness Training (EPT) is designed to empower individuals with essential psychological coping skills.

As we celebrate Youth Month at Nelson Mandela University, it is crucial to reflect on the experiences, challenges and achievements of our young students, in particular students with disabilities.
Share With Pride

Young people in South Africa celebrate Youth Month in June, and in extension to that, queer young South Africans also celebrate Pride Month in the same month. Pride Month isn’t just a celebration of being a queer person in the country or in the world.  It is about continuing the fight for freedom for queer people to live and breathe in today’s societies, where they feel they have no place nor do not belong.

The Faculty of Education (FOE) recently launched their first collective book reading initiative, with the hopes of bringing staff within the Faculty together to read, exchange ideas, and generate knowledge.

Ahead of the recent, highly contested national elections, there was a popular mantra among the youth on social media, that “2024 will be our 1994”. Social media had become an outlet for debate for many young South Africans who had grown disconnected to the politics of the country.

Amid the push for cannabis legalisation globally and the escalating drug use crisis in Africa, second year PhD student in the Department of Human Physiology at Nelson Mandela University, Musa Aminu, is pursuing critical research and awareness-raising about cannabis use disorders (CUD).

Congratulations to Yanga Lusasa on his re-election to the NASDEV Association.

The Centre for Women and Gender Studies is pleased to have been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host Professor Sybille Ngo Nyeck, to work on a collaborative project on developing postgraduate gender studies for studying postcolonial Africa.

Nelson Mandela University’s Youth Month Campaign, amidst our busy schedules, charges us to refocus and reflect on the significance of Youth Month by raising awareness. As part of Youth Month, we are encouraged to consider the historical importance of youth activism in South Africa and recognize the extraordinary young leaders who are making a difference today.

Nelson Mandela University honoured twelve of its alumni who, in their respective professional capacities, are doing their bit to change the world – as the institutional tagline charges –last night (10 June 2024) at the Boardwalk Convention Centre.

Prof Hennie van As, Director of the Centre for Law in Action and head of South Africa’s Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy, FishFORCE, at Nelson Mandela University, has been appointed as a legal expert to the first Board of Directors of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre (MCSCC), established in 2023. 

June not only marks the celebration of Youth Month in South Africa but is a timely reminder of the resolve and will to effect positive change, possessed by many young people in this country. Final-Year Public Relations (PR) student at Nelson Mandela University, Itumeleng Lebese, is one such example, intent on changing lives with words.

The Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) at Nelson Mandela University recently hosted a successful inaugural two-day provincial Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education seminar at Kingswood College in Makhanda.

Tangible Africa welcomes the Department of Basic Education (DBE)’s new Foundation Phase Coding and Robotics curriculum – which will equip learners with critical thinking skills from the very beginning of their educational journey.

The future of internal auditing and the critical features that define this key organisational function were under the spotlight at Nelson Mandela University’s Business School this week.

Student Women Economic Empowerment Programme (SWEEP) chairpersons, Nelisiwe Sishange and Phuthego Nthoke, have been nominated to represent Nelson Mandela University on a UK residential knowledge exchange study from 25 May to 1 June.

Nelson Mandela University is celebrating the sights, sounds, flavours and talent of the continent in recognition of Africa Day on 25 May.

Madibaz Sport manager Mthunzi Hewu’s rugby career will go full circle when he takes on the role of manager of the USSA sevens rugby team at the World University Championship next month.



More than 140 enthusiastic in-service Mathematics and Science educators from across the Eastern Cape attended the recent inaugural two-day provincial Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education seminar hosted by Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) at Kingswood College in Makhanda.  

Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Philosophy in Africa, in collaboration with Stockholm University’s Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, recently hosted a workshop that grappled with the ethics of war and conflict.

Professor Joanna Botha of Mandela University’s Faculty of Law recently delivered her professorial inaugural lecture entitled “The (in) justice of sanctioning hate”.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Top master’s in architecture student at Mandela University Gideon Williams has won a “Commendation” (effectively a second-place prize) in the Mandela 2023 Corobrik National Student of the Year Competition’.

Under the captivating theme "IP and the SDGs: Building our common future with innovation and creativity," Mandela University’s Innovation Office in collaboration with the Propella Business Incubator and Spoor & Fisher recently hosted the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD). 

Some 1 600 learners attending Nelson Mandela University’s annual Open Day applied at the two-day event to study at the University with the Access and Enrolment department staff assisting them.

Nelson Mandela University Financial Planning lecturer Raaiq Pandie's master’s degree study combined principles of Islamic finance and financial planning by assessing the Zakat literacy levels among South African Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) professionals. Raaiq recently graduated from the University with his master’s degree in business management (cum laude).

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: ScholarGPS, the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic scholarly site, has ranked Emeritus Professor Rossouw von Solms from Nelson Mandela University as #1 scholar in the field of Information Security over his career (lifetime).

Topical issues in technology, new business models and embracing the coming 5th Industrial Revolution, all formed part of the recent discussion at the latest Breakfast Club hosted by Nelson Mandela University Business School.

Our School of Accounting Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (CTA) class of 2024 attained an 85% pass rate in the January ITC (Initial Test of Competency) SAICA January exam sitting compared to the national average for first timers at 79%.
Lecturer in the Department of Computing Sciences Dr Ife Fashoro was recently elected Chair of the Institute of IT Professionals (IITPSA) in the Eastern Cape and will be serving on the national Members Council as EC Chapter Chair. 

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Agricultural Sciences lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, Dr Qinisani Qwabe, has been appointed Chairperson of the Australian-Africa Universities Early Career Researchers Network (AAUECRsN) Forum.

Madibaz hockey captain Chelsey Cooke went into her maiden Ironman 70.3 triathlon with the objective of just finishing. 

The Nelson Mandela University Senate, on 6th March 2024, discussed a call to action submitted by the Palestinian Solidarity Organisation on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Academics, civic society representatives and seasoned medical practitioners are among the nine people recently inaugurated as Nelson Mandela University Medical School’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) at the institution’s Missionvale Campus. 

“Time magazine has called 2024 the ultimate election year, as 64 countries go to the polls this year. These results will have major consequences for life and living, for planet and people,” said Nelson Mandela University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andre Keet.

Nelson Mandela University’s School of Accounting has partnered with the Eastern Cape Governance in what should be a win-win arrangement for both parties.

“The documentary screening of the sinking of the SS Mendi is not just a moment to reflect on history; it's a testament to the resilience, bravery, and sacrifice of those who were aboard that ill-fated ship,” said Dr Bruce Damons, Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Engagement Office.

On 27 April 2024 South Africa celebrated 30 years as a democratic country and many reflected on our advancement, growth and development to date. 
The British Council in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) and Nelson Mandela University recently launched the Teaching For All programme on the University’s Second Avenue Campus.

Madibaz coach David Manuel is encouraging his troops to play “without fear” in their FNB Varsity Cup promotion-relegation match against CUT this week.


A mile in her shoes

It is often said that to understand someone else’s pain, one should “walk a mile in their shoes”. However, this isn’t necessarily the case, according to Nelson Mandela University’s Dr Luise Amadihla. The 39-year-old psychology student, who this month was awarded her PhD during the institution’s autumn graduation season, says that second-hand trauma is real, and needs to be understood.

The role of place contributing to one’s identity forms the backbone of Victoria Flowers’ research for her Master’s degree in Fine Art, which she recently obtained at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

South Africa’s democratisation was more about political reforms as opposed to altering the structure of the economy. 

“We speak and think in our home language. When we are unable to express or explain something in English, the language we fall back on is our home language,” said Tintswalo Sambo, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in applied language studies at Mandela University’s autumn graduation.

Using technology, and specifically Building Information Modelling (BIM), to promote criticality through collaborative efforts during all stages of the building design process at higher education level, was the focus of Architecture Head of Department and senior lecturer Dr Jean-Pierre Basson’s doctoral research in Construction Management.


The world of work is changing, and business needs to adapt the way in which leadership development training is done to match the needs of emerging managers.

Increased competition between schools in the education sector and concerns about the importance of inclusion for sustainability within the sector, led to this study investigating relationship management - specifically the experience and perspectives of LGBTQ alumni in all-boys’ schools in the Eastern Cape.

The rapid rise of disruptive technologies is changing the way that we live, work, communicate and relate to each other – but how is South Africa shaping up in this brave new world?
Lions, elephants, cheetah, leopards, zebra, black wildebeest and blesbuck, all form part of the diverse and challenging projects of four Zoology students, who all graduated with their MSc cum laude at Mandela University’s recent autumn graduation.
A group of local and international guests is visiting George Campus for a two-week long Forest21 student project. This project brings together students from various disciplines across four universities: Nelson Mandela University, as the host, the University of Venda, Stellenbosch University, and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.  

A hush temporarily broke the ululation and celebrations at the Nelson Mandela University’s Madibaz Indoor Centre as the uncle of a deceased student was called up to collect their certificate posthumously.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Mia Strand from the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research at Nelson Mandela University has been selected as the South African, and one of 23 worldwide finalists, in line for the US$1.1 million Frontiers Planet Prize.
 A consortium led by Nelson Mandela University and Ikigai Group has won a UK Government grant under the South Africa-UK PACT programme to deliver an innovative feasibility study to explore the viability of Green Hydrogen Production and Export Infrastructure from South Africa's Eastern Cape region to global markets, including the UK, Europe, and Japan. 
When Algoa FM Breakfast Show presenter Lee Duru was capped with a BA Honours in Corporate Communications (cum laude) at Nelson Mandela University this week, it did not feel like a solo walk across the stage.

Overcoming language barriers posed by psychometric tests pertaining to isiXhosa speaking clients, formed part of Nicoleen Fouche’s master’s research in Counselling Psychology. She is graduating at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

Predicting solar energy accurately is the focus of Aphiwe Magaya’s Master’s research in the Department of Statistics at Nelson Mandela University. He received his Master’s during the 2024 autumn graduation.
The Madibaz will not deviate an inch from the strategy that have been the hallmark of their success story in the FNB Varsity Shield when they clash with Varsity College on Friday.

From a young age the first three Master’s graduates in the Department of Human Physiology at Nelson Mandela University have been fascinated about the human body, how it functions and how to heal it.


Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Zukiswa Zingela has produced a book on how to cope with stress and grow towards self-empowerment.

The doctoral study of Storm Watson, Business Management lecturer at Nelson Mandela University, informs decision-making, guides strategic planning, and advances the discussion on digital transformation in higher education, both nationally and internationally.
“This is a great initiative, because it opens opportunities for many people to find work, especially the youth who have been without work for some time, and recent graduates like me”.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Zukiswa Zingela, was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) subsidiary bodies, in New York, earlier this month.
A study entitled “The burden of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” published in eClinicalMedicine (part of Lancet Discovery Science) has shown that 12.9% of patients admitted to hospital in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) contract deadly hospital-acquired infections.
Receiving her doctoral degree in geology at Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation is Carla Dodd. She has been getting to grips with the little understood origin, chemistry and complexity of groundwater from source to sea in the Nelson Mandela Bay region of the Eastern Cape.

Eastern Cape conservationist Werner Conradie’s ground-breaking research in the Okavango Delta has not only yielded eight new species but given us a deeper understanding of the world-renowned area’s critical importance to both human and animal life.

BA Law (Politics and Psychology) graduate, Sibusiso Bokveldt’s triumph over early adversity is a success story that has just began, with promise in and beyond the academic spectrum of Nelson Mandela University.

The Nelson Mandela University Open squash tournament, which has been named a selection event for the student Worlds in Johannesburg in September, has attracted a star-studded national field.


The South African forestry sector’s use of pesticides poses only a low risk to human and environmental health, according to a ground-breaking Nelson Mandela University doctoral study.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Linda Mostert, an academic literacies practitioner from Mandela University’s Department of Learning Development in LT Collab, was one of five finalists in the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, with her second collection of poetry, Star Reverse, published by Dryad Press.


The Madibaz are primed to take on the top student rowing teams in the country at the University Sports South Africa sprints regatta in the Western Cape this weekend.

Madibaz rugby coach David Manuel has called for an undiluted 80-minute effort when his team take on UP-Tuks in their final round-robin match of the FNB Varsity Shield competition on Friday.


Hanna Loubser, the daughter of George Campus couple Sport Manager Hugo and Corita from Maintenance and Support Services, started her journey at Mandela University at Open Day 2008. Nature Conservation student Willem Matthee formed part of her experience.
Hopewell Moyo, who will receive his Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) with distinctionwas always interested in understanding how medications work in the body, and how the body responds to the medications that we take.
A highlight in its annual calendar, Nelson Mandela University kicked off its autumn graduation season with two sessions at its George Campus, in the Western Cape, on Friday (05 April 2024).
Ohms Kayama will cap off an exceptional academic journey at Nelson Mandela University with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, after he was reluctantly accepted without having a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Student Entrepreneurship Specialist at Nelson Mandela University Karen Snyman has been elected as the national EDHE (Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education) Chairperson for the Student Entrepreneurship Coordinators Community of Practice (SEC CoP).

A total of 24 first graduates from the new BSc Honours Natural Resource Management are graduating today 5 April at the University’s George Campus.


Two doctoral degrees in nature conservation will kick-start the 2024 Nelson Mandela University Graduation season for more than 5 600 graduates, starting at George Campus on Friday, 5 April.
Prof Christi van der Westhuizen from Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) is the co-editor of The D-Word – Perspectives on Democracy in Tumultuous Times, published by Mandela University Press.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: The research project of Professor Magda Minguzzi, "Investigation in the Indigenous Architecture in Baviaanskloof", from Nelson Mandela University’s School of Architecture, in collaboration with the First Nations Chiefs of Mandela Bay, and coordinated by Chief Margaret Coetzee, is the only one selected from Southern Africa to be published as part of the International Union of Architects-UIA Guidebook for the 2030 Agenda.

The latest method of Electroluminescence (EL) testing of solar modules/panels for large PV plants is a huge game-changer for business and industry in South Africa.

As a lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies at Nelson Mandela University, and someone deeply invested in the future of South Africa, I see a critical gap in our democracy: the under-representation and disenfranchisement of young citizens.
The addition of a large dome to the skyline at Nelson Mandela University signals another step forward in the transformation journey of an institution in the service of society.

Nelson Mandela University's Media and Communication lecturer Tarryn Rennie has been awarded an Emerging Scholar Award at the recent Design Principles and Practices International Conference in Valencia, Spain.

The role of literature in addressing issues of racism and democracy in South Africa today was the theme at the recent Dennis Brutus Institutional Public Lecture hosted by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). 
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s doctoral student in Architecture student Kawthar Jeewa was invited to recently present her research at the weeklong “Decolonial Practices” workshop, organised by the School of Architecture of Nantes (ENSA-Nantes) at its Pierrefonds Campus in Mauritius.
After being reintroduced by the #MustFall student movement of recent years, the higher education sector, in general, and Nelson Mandela University, in particular, have been grappling with the practical expression of Africanisation and Decolonisation in the system.
Nelson Mandela University’s engagement institute, eNtsa, marked a significant milestone in the Eastern Cape’s automotive component and marine manufacturing industries, with the launch of its new engagement and innovation facility.

Mandela University’s Faculty of Education’s Primary School Education Department and the Arts and Social Sciences Discipline at Missionvale Campus with a guest lecture on “Gender and Sexual Diversity through the lens of Human Rights”.

Mandela University and Tangible Africa’s landmark international educational research project was recently launched in Ireland for all primary schools in the Republic of Ireland to receive a free offline digital technology kit.
Minister of Higher Education, Training, Science and Innovation, the Honourable Professor Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande today (Friday, 15 March 2024), launched Nelson Mandela University’s state-of-the-art Science Centre and other infrastructure that his department has funded.

Nelson Mandela University's team from Development Studies and the Centre for Community Technologies published their Report "Social Ownership Models in the Energy Transition" on 8 March.


Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Asithandile Ntsondwa’s academic journey, which began in Mthatha, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate science qualifications at Mandela University, will culminate with a PhD study in Anthropology at New York University (NYU).

Hub and spokes mean more than bicycles for keen triathlete Vuyo Bongela, the director of Madibaz Sports at Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences has been collaborating with Aptagrim, a software company in India, to contribute towards research, learning and teaching. This follows after Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Professor Azwinndini Muronga signed a Collaborative Agreement with Aptagrim’s CEO, Sreegopal Mandapaka in October 2023.

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP Nelson Mandela University had two Master of Economics students, Ziyanda Magazi and Liyema Mpompi, in the Top 10 of the national Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Competition postgraduate category. Ziyanda won the second prize as first runner-up, with her essay examining the impact of the Just Economic Transition on the South African economy.

The Nelson Mandela University Council, under the leadership of the Chairperson, wishes to address the current situation regarding the ongoing strike by members of the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). We acknowledge the legal right to strike as essential to the democratic process and collective bargaining. However, while the strike is legal, we must express our profound disappointment with the illegal conduct demonstrated by some striking individuals.

Following a satisfying win in their opening match last week the belief within the Madibaz camp is that there is more to come in their FNB Varsity Shield journey.


The 27th of February marked a momentous occasion in South Africa’s remembrance of one of its struggle heroes, as Mandela University hosted its second Robert Sobukwe Institutional Public Lecture.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University Visual Arts lecturer and the University’s Bird Street Gallery manager and curator Johnathan van der Walt has been selected as the recipient of the William Humphreys Art Gallery’s (WHAG) prestigious Artist-In-Residency programme.

Paradoxically, new recruit S’bulelo Roji has had to move out of his comfort zone to forge a new one with the FNB Madibaz rugby team.

More than 100 stakeholders from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole, together with international organisations convened recently at Mandela University’s Indoor Sports Centre for a youth exchange meeting on adolescent’s access to healthcare.

Whether it is Threads or X, Insta or Facebook, TikTok or YouTube, Nelson Mandela University students and graduates are tapping into social media to carve their niche as influencers in a digital world.

Nelson Mandela University’s professor in music Alethea de Villiers together with linguistics professor Menán du Plessis, from the University of Stellenbosch, recently published an article on songs incorporated into |Xam stories. 
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University's Department of Emergency Medical Care (EMC), represented by lecturer Travis Trower, accepted a prestigious Ubuntu Award on behalf of Rescue South Africa.
Mandela University’s School of the Built Environment and Civil Engineering recently launched the first Airport planning and design module in South Africa.
Even though the buck stops with Madibaz rugby captain Leon van der Merwe, he will rely on widespread support from his teammates when they launch their FNB Varsity Shield campaign later this month.
Dr Muki Moeng, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching is Nelson Mandela University’s most senior alumnus. A true servant leader, her love of education and compassion for humanity are a powerful combination – and her story is one of unparalleled achievement against all odds. 
The Tangible Africa team at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa is a small group of passionate people working to change the narrative for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Madibaz rugby coach David Manuel is placing a lot of emphasis on the type of legacy they want to leave behind after this year’s FNB Varsity Shield competition.
With most of the students enrolled at Nelson Mandela University coming from outside of Gqeberha, and close to 20 000 students living in on-campus and off-campus residences, settling into university life can be a major adjustment.
When Gqeberha artist Pola Maneli posted his work on Instagram, he had no idea it would lead to a commission for an international magazine cover, nor to a sale to an Oscar-winning movie director.
Nelson Mandela University was a hive of activity on Saturday, 3 February when hundreds of first year students, their families and guardians descended on the Indoor Sport Centre on South Campus in Gqeberha, to be welcomed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sibongile Muthwa.
BCom (Logistics & Transport Economics) alumna Almarize Kleu from Gqeberha graduated in 2020 and moved to the Netherlands a year ago at the age of 23. It’s been the adventure of a lifetime. 
All roads will lead to Nelson Mandela University’s Gqeberha and George campuses on Saturday, 3 February, for the official first-year student welcome by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa and faculty staff.

On 26 January 2024, the International Court of Justice (the ICJ) delivered its judgment in the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v Israel).

It all started 15 years ago when a wide-eyed youngster was ogling golf accessories at Arabella in the Western Cape during a family holiday.


This was part of the wide-ranging that message technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck relayed at the Nelson Mandela University Business School in Summerstrand.
Higher education should embrace the positives and navigate the pitfalls of generative AI.
Thousands of university students may face sleepless nights due to money worries as they start their academic year.

Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Doctoral student in Chemistry Olwethu Poswayo has won the 2023 Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA) 2030 award.

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science has reached a major milestone by becoming part of the National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS) consortium, a platform granted by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The sad sight of his fellow Zimbabweans in long queues for bags of mielie meal over
the COVID-19 pandemic inspired the PhD research of Nelson Mandela University marketing student Arnold Moyo.
Spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, South African banks are shifting to chatbot-assisted customer service at a rapid rate, in line with global trends. Will clients accept the transition from human interaction to being served by a robot?
The Department of Chemistry is part of an international project aimed at greening LPG fossil fuel gas in southern Africa.
Not only the culinary arts are cooked up in a kitchen, with Nelson Mandela University academic Jessica Staple creating fine art prints using common household grocery items.

A team from eNtsa in the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology has designed and built a remote-controlled marine glider to provide a research platform able to gather data to a depth of 200m below the surface.



Award-winning research by a young forester from Mpumalanga into harvesting biomass manually after pine trees have been felled has been presented at an international conference.
Kenyan-born Abdalla Mohamed wanted to become a cardiac surgeon, but could not afford to pursue his dream.
A prototype of a mobile greenhouse that can grow anything all year round has earned an award for Nelson Mandela University geoscience lecturer Dr Gaathier Mahed, who is passionate about food security and sustainability.
Nelson Mandela University graduate Cassandra Tregoning has earned accolades for her research on sexual violence representation in South African short fiction. 
After a long and difficult road, Siyabonga Sirayi, associate lecturer in Business Management at Mandela University, managed to obtain his MCom degree in business management, cum laude, at the University’s Summer Graduation - a dream come true since his undergraduate days. And he is already working on ideas for his PhD.
The sudden popularity of and the interest in Afrikaans Instagram poets and poetry pages led to Jané de Wet's master's degree in Afrikaans and Dutch on this new form of poetry and self-publishing, with thousands of new poems and poets. Jané recently obtained the degree at Nelson Mandela University's summer graduation ceremony.
Abuse, self-enrichment and shady practices are devastating consequences of the ANC’s flawed cadre deployment policy – only urgent reform can stop the rot that should never have taken root in the first place, a Nelson Mandela University PhD graduate has revealed.
Professor Noel Chabani Manganyi was born during a time where the Black narrative was riddled with despondency. Symbolic of his birth was the greatness he would go on to pursue.
The Madibaz women’s football team reaped the benefits of discipline and meticulous planning to gain promotion to the University Sports South Africa A-section last week. 

The journey to the coveted academic title of “doctor” usually takes years of hard work and dedication.


Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Chair for African Feminist Imagination and research professor at Mandela University's Centre for Women and Gender Studies Pumla Gqola received an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Literature (DLitt), honoris causa, from Stellenbosch University at its December graduation on Monday 11 December.
East London’s Port Rex Technical High School came to Gqeberha to defend their solar boat race title and returned home with not one but two prizes.

Madibaz’s JP van der Watt stayed alive in a three-way sudden death playoff to win the University Sports South Africa strokeplay title ahead of two teammates in Makhanda recently.


Local labour law expert Advocate Luvuyo Bono will be adding a new title to his name: Doctor.
Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a prevailing issue in protected areas across Africa, threatening the livelihood of the human communities, vulnerable to this conflict and the persistence of elephant populations.
“As a career (and also a lifestyle) we aspire to actively protect nature, whether through rescuing and stabilising wildlife in need, conducting research or raising environmental awareness through education”.
Urban or rural poorer communities should not sit and wait for government assistance but rather should be empowered to build their own homes.
Ugandan economist Kenneth Mugambe sacrificed a senior Government position when he took early retirement in 2022 to follow his dream.
Jazz trumpet legend Louis Armstrong once famously said “music is life itself”, and that makes sense when we are immersed in the joy of a live performance.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Distinguished Professor in Botany Richard Cowling has received a Gold Medal from the ASSAf Academy of Science, the apex awards of the Academy and the South African science system in recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University and its tangible coding partner took top honours at a recent prestigious national ICT Awards ceremony.
Training in the midday heat is just one of the tactics the Madibaz cross country runners have adopted to prepare for the USSA championships in Bloemfontein from 6 to 8 December.

Nelson Mandela University is conferring an Honorary Doctorate on Judge Narandran Jody Kollapen at its graduation ceremony on 13 December.

Nelson Mandela University is conferring an Honorary Doctorate in Information Technology on tech expert, Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, in recognition of her impactful contribution to technology ecosystems and policy development across Africa. 
Author and cultural activist was among the first in South Africa to draw on the arts to advance the liberation struggle. He is receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Nelson Mandela University (13 December 2023).

Nelson Mandela University will be conferring an honorary doctorate on Professor Noel Chabani Manganyi, South Africa’s first post-apartheid director-general of education.


Nelson Mandela University is committed to the advancement of human rights, social justice, respect for diversity, and the rule of law. 
Theoreticians and experimentalists from the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, and researchers based at South African universities and iThemba LABS, will join one another at the second SA-JINR workshop on theory and computation in Gqebera.   
Professor Werner Olivier, Director of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC), together with Dr Kristof Fenyvesi, senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) recently presented two papers at conferences in Finland and Norway.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (CHRTEM) received a prize for the best poster presentation by Professor Mike Lee at the 20th International Microscopy Conference (IMC) held in Busan, Korea.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Three Nelson Mandela University Information Technology students won the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA) first ICT University Hackerthon, beating UJ, WSU and TUT to the first place.
Madibaz cricket coach Garth Anderson has called for self-belief from his charges when they hit the pitch at the University Sports South Africa cricket tournament on Monday.
The Madibaz water polo teams are prepared for the unknown when they take on their peers at the University Sports South Africa tournament in Gqeberha early next month.
Nelson Mandela University has launched a Giving Tuesday Campaign, to raise funds to tackle student hunger and provide bursaries for its postgraduate students.
From selling sweets at high school, to owning a driving school with a fleet of cars, Mandela University student Munei Budeli’s entrepreneurial flair is steering him on the road to success.
The excellence of 23 top students and graduates were recognised at Nelson Mandela University’s annual student Academic Achievers' Awards ceremony together with the VC’s Excellence Awards for staff on 27 November. 
Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, innovation, creative outputs and institutional support on 27 November.
The Madibaz will take a trip to the City of Saints this weekend to play the Belmont golf course in preparation of the upcoming University Sports South Africa tournament.
Mandela University’s Grysbok Environmental Education Trail recently received a Certificate of Accreditation as Green Flag Trail Green Flag Trails International, a world trails network initiative and non-profit association in Switzerland that gives accredited trails international recognition once they comply to certain criteria. 
In solidarity with our sister universities, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), as well as the affected victims and their families, we condemn the senseless stabbing of a female student, allegedly by her husband, who is a student at UWC.
A psychological preparedness training programme, developed to assist healthcare workers during COVID-19, proved so effective that it has evolved into a workplace programme.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: PhD student in Physiology Itumeleng Zosela won first place in the in the Audio Category of the Young Science Communicator's Competition 2022 edition, with her study focusing on using plant materials for colon cancer treatment.
Academics at Nelson Mandela University have launched a novel Grade R Cybersafety Project, to create awareness among young children about cyberbullying, inappropriate content and “stranger danger”.
Reasons to be Proud: #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University third-year Architecture students Theo Magwira and Zac Setzkorn won the overall and best presentation prize of the national Ceasarstone student designer competition.
Dr Brigalia Bam, former chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), was one of three achieving women recently honoured at the Hall of Femme Awards in Johannesburg.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University has won five national and international infrastructure awards for the new extensions to its Ocean Sciences Campus, in Summerstrand, Gqeberha.
Mandela University recently visited Moi University in Kenya in response to an invitation from the East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA).

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s School of Architecture has reason to smile after winning three of the five categories of the City Centre Sustainable Housing Design Competition. The competition was run by the CIB, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University doctoral researcher Mia Strand claimed the second runner-up position in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, hosted in South Africa by the University of the Free State. She also took the runner-up position at the institutional level at Mandela University, where eight students were selected to compete.  

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University students Storm Abbott and Dylan Minnaar received two top national awards at the recent Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Awards Gala evening.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University Visual Arts honours student Luke Rudman is one of 14 South African students and 38 globally to have won a Golden Key Outstanding Member Award Scholarship.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University Communication and Marketing Manager, Milisa Piko, has been unanimously re-elected to be the National President of the Careers Exhibition & Information Association (CEIA) for a second term 2024 to 2025.
The success of an introductory programme hosted by Madibaz Golf Club inspired its very first golf day, which will take place at Humewood on November 14.
“The running cost of an electric taxi is 70% lower than a diesel one, so there is incentive to the owner and the driver who will have more money at the end of the day. As diesel prices go up, fares don’t have to go up if the taxis are electric,” said GoMetro Chief Executive Officer, Justin Coetzee at the e-Mobility Summit, hosted at Nelson Mandela University last week.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - The research chair for Human Settlements at Nelson Mandela University, Professor Sijekula Mbanga, was honoured with an international award from the United States-based National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for his outstanding contribution to the international understanding and exchange of global experience in the housing and community development field.
This was the message from Nelson Mandela University philosophy department lecturer and researcher, Karabo Maiyane, at recent Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Science for Africa Foundation online event on AI and data use in social science research.
The Power of Humour
Nelson Mandela University’s Dr Jennalee Donian was invited to Paris earlier this year to be part of a documentary on Trevor Noah who has been awarded Europe’s prestigious Erasmus prize.
Mandela University alumnus Molatelo Racheku combined his passions of sport and diplomacy in a paper presented to the BRICS+ Sport Diplomacy Forum last month.
SARB Governor Dr Lesetja Kganyago spells it out at Nelson Mandela University. Climate change is real, and we need decisive action to slow rising temperatures.

Over 300 000 ex-miners never received the money or healthcare due to them when they could no longer work in the mines due to age, or occupational illness and injury.


Water polo megastar Meghan Maartens and squash ace Warren Bower received top honours at the recent Madibaz Sports Awards at Mandela University in Gqeberha. Besides being named Sportswoman of the Year, the Director of Sport and Student Personality awards were also bestowed on Maartens.

A gutsy fightback from 3-1 down in a key match against champions PE Crusaders was the catalyst for Madibaz to regain the Eastern Province men’s premier league hockey title this season.

There is no longer a debate about whether artificial intelligence (AI) is a disrupter or enhancer, but rather about how to use its powers responsibly and for the public good.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University third-year BVA Fashion Design students Yaaseen Abdulla and Jan-Hendrik van Zyl have walked away with both, the first and second prizes in the national Bernina Dress Your Style 2023 competition.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s Lodewikus Vorster, a master’s student in chemistry and researcher at the engineering innovation hub eNtsa, recently won the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining) Young Persons' Lecture Competition South Africa. He will now represent the country at the worldwide competition final next month.   
Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus is now home to a large oil painting of Madiba by acclaimed Capetonian artist, Marc Alexander, on loan to the institution from former South African Airways chief executive, Michael Myburgh.
Climate change, its effects and responses, careers in physics, science diplomacy and medical physics were some of the deliberations at the recent biennial African Conference on Fundamental and Applied Physics (ACP2023). 
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Nelson Mandela University has just qualified as a Centre of Excellence for the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) programme, one of only two in the Southern Hemisphere and 13thglobally.
Selected MathArt works from Nelson Mandela University’s GMMDC South African project with links to global sustainability themes are currently exhibited in a public art museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, until April 2024.
University choir alumnus and master’s degree graduate in Voice, Robert Gillmer, is the new Nelson Mandela University Choir Conductor.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s Bachelor of Social Work student, Sive Timakwe, received the runner-up prize for the Best Student of the Year at the recent ASASWEI Teaching & Learning Awards.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Deputy Director and Head of Mandela University’s Universal Accessibility and Disability Services (UADS), Dr Nosiphiwo Delubom, has been elected to be the Chairperson of the Higher Education Disability Services Association (HEDSA) from now until 2027.

Reasons to be Proud R2bP: Five Mandela University academics took the top awards at the recent 16th International Business Conference (IBC 2023) in Swakopmund, Namibia. In addition, the top awarded paper showed that ChatGPT could pass an MBA in South Africa.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP - Senior researcher at Mandela University’s Photovoltaics Research Group Dr Jacqui Crozier McCleland has been awarded the Best Poster Award at the recent 40th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Communication and Marketing Directorate has won gold in this year’s global Digital Communication Awards (DCA), in the Small Budget Campaign category.
Reasons to be Proud R2bP:  Extremely well-trained and rehearsed Chinese teams earned the gold and silver medals with Russian teams taking the next three places after Mandela University’s team of four.
Nelson Mandela University’s Learning and Teaching portfolio will be hosting a two-day symposium titled “Dynamics of Humanisation: Reflecting on the Pedagogy of Care and its Impact on Assessment” on 3 to 4 October 2023.
The Madibaz Athletics Club will continue its celebration of humanity alongside partner the University’s Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) when they host The Human Race at Mandela University in Gqeberha on 7 October.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University master’s student in Geosciences Bamanye Takashe won first prize for his poster at the Worldwide Congress of International Association of Hydrogeologists in Cape Town.

A predictive scoring system aimed at improving care of intensive care unit (ICU) patients at Livingstone Hospital in Gqeberha may become a national gold standard, assisting medical professionals with making informed choices in critical situations – particularly in public health care settings.

Scores of physics scholars from around Africa and the world have descended on Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus for the third biennial African Conference on Fundamental and Applied Physics (ACP2023) from 25-30 September 2023.
Mandela University is offering a new BSc Honours programme focused on Sustainable natural resource management.
The ceremony formed part of the annual Milde McWilliams Memorial Lecturehosted by the University’s School of Architecture, with Carin Smuts as the speaker this year.  
Transitioning seamlessly to the sevens format and adapting to the heat are two factors that could see the Madibaz teams avoid digging a “big hole” for themselves at this weekend’s University Sports South Africa rugby tournament in Kimberley.
Four Mandela University second-year students in Architectural Technology won third place in the York Timbers, national Timber Design competition, designing a Biodiversity Skills Centre to complement the Lapalala Wilderness School in Limpopo,
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s distinguished professor Janine Adams and doctoral student Carla Dodd both received awards in recognition for their groundbreaking water research at the recent South African Women in Science Awards ceremony.
Experienced coach Garth Anderson has a burning ambition to guide the Madibaz to the upper echelons of university cricket after being appointed as the new Nelson Mandela University mentor.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Luan Staphorst, a Research Associate with Nelson Mandela University’s Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) and University alumnus, has been awarded four scholarships to support his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, from October.


Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University master’s student in Zoology Ryan Forbes was awarded the prize for the Best MSc Student presentation at the recent Southern African Wildlife Management Association Conference.
Award-winning South African architect Carin Smuts is the keynote speaker and laurate of the 2023 Milde McWilliams public memorial lecture on 19 September at Nelson Mandela University.
Professor Amanda Lombard holds the SARChI Chair in Marine Spatial Planning at Nelson Mandela University and is lead author of a seminal article title 'Principles for transformative ocean governance', published on 7 September in the leading international journal, Nature Sustainability.
Mandela University’s eNtsa recently proved their WeldCore® (friction hydro pillar weld) process as a successful repair procedure at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.
Nedbank Running Club’s Selwyn Matthews has pulled off the incredible feat of winning both forest runs staged on the Garden Route this year.
Madibaz breaststroke exponent Dylan Botha, who is fascinated by the subtle complexities of the stroke, will put his technique to the test at the University Sports South Africa gala this weekend.
What Madibaz volleyball star Sanelisiwe Shiyani lacks in height, she makes up for in commitment.

It was touch-and-go for a while but Madibaz Football Club have made history by becoming the first team from Nelson Mandela University’s George campus to play in the Safa Eden Regional Men’s League.


Anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Raymond Mhlaba dedicated his life fighting social injustice towards a learned South African society driven by agency and service before self, said Professor Sydney Mufamadi.
To advance universal access and drive disability awareness and advocacy at institutions of higher education, such a mandate should not merely reside within a small, dedicated unit, but rather be an institutional task that forms part of its very fibre.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: PhD student in Geosciences Carla Dodd from Nelson Mandela University has recently received an NRF (National Research Foundation) Research Excellence Award for her pioneering research on groundwater resources.

The Madibaz Rowing Club will strive to back up its recent growth in personnel with strong performances at the Universities Boat Race in Port Alfred this week.

Mandela University student Jason Sheehan has been selected for the Eastern Cape team to compete at the SA Fencing Championships in September in Gauteng, after only being active in the sport since March this year.

The Madibaz showed precision decision-making and composure under pressure to register their first win in the Varsity Netball tournament against University of Western Cape in Johannesburg at the weekend.

With a new name and sponsor, the George Madibaz Forest Run is shaping up to become a premium event on the Garden Route road running calendar. 

‘Democracy is more than just elections’ was the topic of the Dr Brigalia Bam Inaugural Institutional Public Lecture held at Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus Auditorium on 25 August 2023.

While the results may not have gone their way in the first round of the Varsity Netball tournament, the SPAR Madibaz are far from done.

Nelson Mandela University’s Professor Alethea de Villiers has recently been promoted to be the first Black woman as full professor in Music in South Africa.


It was an all over celebration for learners, educators and principals, sponsors, and University staff, when STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) in ACTION, on Missionvale Campus invited their stakeholders to a recent event, showcasing their activities.

With up to 80% of South Africans choosing indigenous healers and plants over mainstream medicine, local health knowledge is a rich resource that fills a critical gap in the country’s overstretched healthcare system.

Sixty percent of Medical students in South Africa are from under-resourced families and it is very expensive to train doctors, says Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Zukiswa Zingela.
The weekend’s Madibaz Swim Gala provided an excellent marker for Nelson Mandela University swimmers to gauge their current form ahead of several important meets in the next few weeks.
The SPAR Madibaz will not be overawed by the occasion when their Varsity Netball campaign starts next week.

Nelson Mandela University will continue with online classes tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 August) in light of a call for national university shutdown.

Two key decisions taken by NSFAS this semester have impacted beneficiaries at universities, including Nelson Mandela University. These are:

  • The implementation of direct payments of allowances to NSFAS beneficiaries and
  • The defunding of some students.  

Young Muki Moeng’s first teaching tools were an old car bonnet and a piece of charcoal. After class, to mitigate the effects of disrupted education during the height of apartheid, the Graaff-Reinet teenager started study groups, helping friends to revise their schoolwork.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University partnered with more than 20 countries in the planet’s most comprehensive assessment of how marine plastic exposure is impacting oceanic birds and biodiversity.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry, Dr Mapokolo Phiri, has been selected to represent South Africa and participate at the 52nd IUPAC General Assembly, as an IUPAC Young Observer at The Hague, Netherlands.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD students Alice Bernard and Laura Lacomme, based on Mandela University’s George Campus, respectively, received the first and third young researcher prizes, from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in France, for their work aligning with renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall’s philosophy.
Delegations of Russian, Brazilian and Chinese Ministerial officials recently visited Nelson Mandela University as part of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Ministers’ meeting in Gqeberha. 
Professor Marshall Sheldon, Chemical Engineer and Executive Dean of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology (EBET) at Nelson Mandela University, is used to the surprise on people’s faces when they realise “Marshall” is a woman.
Had Nelson Mandela University opted to use its own resources to set up the solar energy plant on its main campus, it would have cost about R16m. Instead, it opted for a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and did not pay a cent upfront.
Recognising Africa as the next frontier for automotive opportunities, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) is expanding into Sub-Saharan Africa and focusing on new energy mobility solutions.

Leslie Ogundipe asks: “Are African women voiceless or do we fail to look for their voices where we may find them, in the sites and forms which these voices are uttered?”

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A quartet of SPAR Madibaz netball players were named in the national tertiary squad following eye-catching performances at the University Sports South Africa tournament recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Madibaz women’s volleyball team supplied two players to the University Sports South Africa (USSA) team to underline their growing status as an outfit to be taken seriously.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz No 1 Warren Bower was rewarded with a silver medal in the men’s individual section after producing his best performance at the annual USSA National squash tournament recently.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Making South Africa and Nelson Mandela University proud, Professor Janet Wesson from the Department of Computing Sciences at Nelson Mandela University recently received a prestigious international award.

A trio of Madibaz student-athletes are closing in on their best condition as they prepare to test themselves against their international peers at the World University Games in a fortnight’s time.

National key role-players in South Africa’s electromobility sector will descend on Nelson Mandela University this week, in celebration of 10 years of the uYilo e-Mobility Programme, hosted within the institutional engagement entity, eNtsa.

Nelson Mandela University and its engagement partners, Tangible Africa and the Leva Foundation are gearing up to host 10 000 youth in a coding tournament, titled #Coding4Mandela on Mandela Day.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three master’s students and a post-doctorate candidate from Mandela University’s Palaeoecology Lab will present their research at conferences in Rome and Berlin later this month.  

Madibaz Football Club chairman and Mandela University administration stalwart Francis Makonese has been appointed deputy executive director of Cosafa.

The Madibaz women’s volleyball team will want to carry the momentum of winning the Youth Day tournament into the University Sports South Africa competition, which starts on Sunday.

Even sans a number of key players from last year, the Madibaz netball class of 2023 should have plenty to offer at the University Sports South Africa tournament, which started on Monday.

Andile Motwana and Refeloe Solomons led from start to finish in near-perfect conditions to win the men’s and women’s races at the inaugural Madibaz half-marathon in Gqeberha on Saturday. 
The Madibaz are preparing themselves for a supreme test against the best sides in the country at the University Sports South Africa rugby tournament in Durban this weekend.

More than 200 councillors, traditional leaders and municipal employees who took up training under the Department of Building and Human Settlement Development at Nelson Mandela University will be awarded their certificates on Wednesday (05 July 2023) evening.

Nelson Mandela University today (3 July 2023) launched a multi-year global Giving Campaign, to raise R30 million to support four projects, based on empowerment and social redress.

Nelson Mandela University and the University of Oldenburg in Germany are commemorating the 25th anniversary of a productive academic partnership.

Siqhamo Ntola, 34, senior lecturer in environmental and international law at the University of South Africa (Unisa), was named in the Environment category of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.   

The Madibaz women’s hockey team will “play without fear” in the A section of the University Sports South Africa tournament in a bid to back up last year’s performance when they gained promotion.


“I want to play a part in opening avenues for young Africans to rise and take their place on the world stage” says Jackson Tshabalala, 30, from the Leva Foundation, who was named in the Civil Society category of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.

Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) is well-known for their research, development, and engagement work in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Professor Noluxolo Gcaza, 32, from the School of ICT has been announced as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Dr Zithulele Tshabalala, 35, senior lecturer in human anatomy at the Medical School, has been announced as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.


The pressure will be squarely on the Madibaz men’s team to fly the Nelson Mandela University flag at next month’s University Sport South Africa squash tournament.

Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies and DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imagination will participate in the “Dialogues for Responsible Gender and Queer Studies – Experiences from South of Africa and Germany” Summer School from 23 to 24 June at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bPSenior lecturer in biokinetics at Nelson Mandela University’s Human Movement Science department Dr Aayesha Kholvadia recently received the Healthcare Leadership Award from The Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA).

Nelson Mandela University’s campus football league has scored big time after linking up with the MySafa registration platform this year.

Decorated Madibaz water polo goalkeeper Meghan Maartens will be in a defensive mood when she leaves for her next international assignment early next month.

In a major boost for automotive industry research, innovation and development, Nelson Mandela University this week launched a new AIDC-EC Chair in Automotive Engineering.

Some 3002 learners, mainly in matric, from 57 schools across the Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, and their educators, collaborated in a science outreach programme hosted in the Vhembe District by Nelson Mandela University and the University of Venda (UNIVEN) from 2 to 5 May 2023.


Master’s student in Environmental Health at Mandela University, Yolanda Mngcongo, has won third prize at the recent South African Falling Walls Lab Science competition with her research on using nanotechnology to curb nosocomial (healthcare-associated) infections.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bPNelson Mandela University PhD in Architecture student Kawthar Jeewa has been selected as one of 50 participants at the first Biennale College Architettura (BCA) 2023 in Venice, Italy.

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus is reeling from a horrific incident earlier today (6 June 2023), where a male student allegedly stabbed a female student to death at an on-campus residence.

“Time is not on our side. Our learners urgently need access to online education and all the incredible e-resources that should be rolled out to every single school in the country", says Professor Darelle van Greunen, Director of the Centre for Community Technologies (CCT) at Nelson Mandela University.  

Mandela University’s Dr Ayanda Simayi, lecturer in the Faculty of Education, recently presented two teaching models as part of a community engagement project to empower learners to overcome cultural avoidance about menstruation and sexual education at Swartkops Primary School in Gqeberha on 29 May 2023.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Former Surfing South Africa President and Mandela University Labour Law doctoral student and attorney Johnny Bakker from Gqeberha, has recently been elected as Vice-President of the African Surfing Confederation at the AGM, which was held in Dakar, Senegal. His term runs until 2027.

Nelson Mandela University has once again shone at the annual Times Higher Education Impact Ratings, being recognised for some of its research, stewardship, outreach and teaching efforts as aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD Physiology student at Mandela University Itumeleng Zosela is one of four South African students that have been accepted to join the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist Internship Program in Switzerland over three months from June to August 2023.

Mandela University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, Dr Thandi Mgwebi, urged scientists to take ownership and responsibility as Africans to advance the practice of science diplomacy on the continent, at the recent Open Science, Open Africa event hosted by Future Africa at the University of Pretoria.

“Trying to keep up with such a hectic degree and a demanding sport was exhausting, but I wouldn’t change it for the world”, Madibaz Sport water polo star and Tokyo Olympian, Ashleigh Vaughan, said after graduating with her BPharm degree this autumn.

Mandela University’s engineering engagement institute, eNtsa, has reached an early milestone in the expansion of their facilities to support local companies in manufacturing.


Pollen is one of the most powerful tools for reconstructing environmental change because it is perfectly preserved in sediments for as long as plants have been on Earth.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Architecture graduate Luzuko Funda won the annual national Corobrik Student Architecture Awards, the fourth winner from Mandela University over the past five years keeping the tradition strong.

The theme for this year’s International Museum Day (IMD) on 18 May is “Museums, Sustainability and Well-being”.

Nelson Mandela University 2021/22 Researcher of the Year, Professor Andrew Phiri, from the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, draws on interdisciplinary econometric research to unveil key economic issues.

“Make a difference” was the theme of the annual general institutional meeting of HEITSA Higher Education Information Technology South Africa (HEITSA) that Mandela University recently hosted over two days. HEITSA comprises the Heads of Information Technology from the 26 public universities in the country.

It is hailed as one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, yet a crippling leadership vacuum has nearly reversed all the gains in South Africa’s constitutional democracy almost three decades on.

“One of the central questions for us at the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) at Nelson Mandela University is how to achieve sustainable societies that are more inclusive and equal. In particular, this requires addressing racial injustice,” says CANRAD Associate Professor, Christi van der Westhuizen.

With a powerful biorefinery to process microalgae as a renewable, health-giving resource, Nelson Mandela University's InnoVenton/DCTS innovates and develops products for the energy, pharmaceutical, agriculture and food sectors.

In May 2023, Nelson Mandela University’s internationally renowned engineering innovation hub, eNtsa, turns 21. Its director, Professor Danie Hattingh, had the vision to launch it and to continuously reimagine it.

A single-minded focus on the process rather than the end result propelled the Madibaz cricket team to the Eastern Province premier league title last month.


Representatives of the Chinese Embassy visited Nelson Mandela University today to explore higher education cooperation. Nelson Mandela University and China’s Zhejiang Normal University signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2018 and Mandela University’s Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences and the African Institute of Zhejiang Normal University have proposed a think tank cooperation initiative. These efforts will also enhance the educational cooperation between China and South Africa.  

With South Africans spending an average of 10 hours and 46 minutes daily online, compared to the world average of six hours and 48 minutes according to the latest statistics from Hootsuite, this may well be the case.

From spinach bread, a geyser sleeve saving electricity and a culturally aligned eye assessment app for young children to solar panels - inventors and entrepreneurs shared their stories and tips at the local celebration of World Intellectual Property Day hosted at Mandela University on 26 April.

The University’s alternative water supply support plans have gained traction with the successful trial run switch-over to borehole water on three of its Gqeberha campuses.

South Africa is known for its rich biodiversity, attracting tourists from all over the world. However, protecting this precious asset is a complex task, says Lize von Staden, who received her PhD in Botany at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

Public education efforts that understand and respect people's cultural diversity, as well as teamwork among traditional and medical professionals, are necessary to cope with mental illnesses and the mentally ill. 

Working in collaboration with medical practitioners at Livingstone Hospital, statistics lecturer at Mandela University Dr Sisa Pazi, has contributed to quality and benchmarking at the hospital with his statistical model for his PhD in Statistics.
Nelson Mandela University scientist, Professor Mike Roberts and his team have deployed oceanographic instruments to collect data on the ocean dynamics of the Mozambique Channel.

Spurred on by a desire to better manage and cope with a debilitating auto-immune disease, Eldridge van der Westhuizen (46) will receive his PhD in Information Technology this month for his thesis on apomediation.

Gary Koekemoer who graduated with a PhD from Nelson Mandela University on “Race as a complex system: The persistence of race as a primary driver of contemporary social relations and beneficiation” shares his journey with us.

Lara Potgieter joined her sister Liske Hemingway when she graduated recently with her Master’s in Music and Performing Arts cum laude at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. Both sisters focused on the fairy tale theme in film music for their master’s research.

Forty-three percent of primary school learners in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, showed a risk factor of getting one or more non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

“Thank you, Nelson Mandela University, for this opportunity and changing my world’, said Robert Gillmer, who is the first in the country to have graduated with a music master’s degree in performance art specialising in contemporary commercial music during Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.  

When Dr Hlanganani Siphelele Nyembe was a child in Mahujini, a village in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal in the 1990s, he saw Eskom employees installing power lines in his village. It was his dream to work for them.

End-of-life rubber tyres from motor vehicles are a huge waste problem in South Africa. The recycling challenge is to devulcanise (soften) the rubber in these tyres in an eco-friendly manner so that it can be recovered and re-used in new tyres and other products.

The screams of scared children at public dental clinics catapulted a Gqeberha clinical psychologist to embark on critical research about traumatic oral healthcare experiences in young, disadvantaged South Africans – and what we can do about it.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) has been recognised nationally by the Human Science Research Council – Universities South Africa (HRSC-USAf) Humanities and Social Sciences Awards for their scholarly efforts towards social justice.

The success Muslim women experience in the workplace stems from their belief in themselves as well as the organisation’s commitment to enhance their lives by exposing them to and emphasising various career-related interventions.

With the importance of the upcoming FNB Varsity Cup promotion match on their minds, the Madibaz stuck to the preparation plan that has served them so well in the Varsity Shield competition this season.

As graduates of an institution that strives to be in the service of society, Nelson Mandela University alumni are expected to display social consciousness and responsible citizenship wherever they go, and in whatever they do.

Balancing rugby and study commitments was no real hardship for Nelson Mandela University student Siphelo Sanyinyi. After all, the Madibaz first team player had already overcome far greater obstacles in his young life.

More than 7 000 students, including 53 doctoral recipients, are set to be capped over 19 ceremonies during Nelson Mandela University’s Gqeberha graduation, from tomorrow (13 April 2023).

Diabetes and obesity can be successfully treated with cannabis but only if the correct dosage for the individual patient is used. This is one of the crucial findings of a doctoral degree study at Nelson Mandela University. 

Language lives; it is constantly changing and it fascinates me", says Jadé Blume, who will receive her DLitt in Afrikaans on Afrikaans Fishersman’s language at Nelson Mandela University's autumn graduation ceremony in Gqeberha.

Nelson Mandela University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) renewing their commitment to a mutually beneficial and equitable partnership, which will advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nelson Mandela University is all set to continue its Autumn Graduation season with the capping of more than 7500 students, including 49 doctoral recipients, in 19 ceremonies from 13 to 26 April.

The FNB Madibaz will have a shot at redemption when they meet Cape Peninsula University of Technology at home in the semi-finals of the FNB Varsity Shield on Thursday.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University accounting graduates achieved an overall 93% pass rate in the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC).

At the age of 26, Gabriella Berman is the youngest PhD graduate in Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences since the merger in 2005.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor of Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University. Professor Janet Cherry received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Rhodes University at its graduation ceremony on 30 March.

Africa is losing an estimated US$25billion per year to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing run by organised crime syndicates.

A good dose of mental strength pushed FNB Madibaz hooker Keaton Olivier to the Player that Rocks performance in last week’s FNB Varsity Shield encounter against the University of Fort Hare.

Nelson Mandela University hosted the official national launch of the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) social media charter last week.

In a game like rugby with its massive emphasis on physicality, FNB Madibaz centre Troy Delport has taught himself to tackle those sorts of challenges head-on.

Nelson Mandela University honoured a selection of its most successful graduates at the institution’s annual Alumni Awards ceremony last night (23 March 2023) at the Madibaz Sport Centre, on South Campus.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Emeritus professor in the School of Information Technology at Nelson Mandela University, Prof Rossouw von Solms, has been ranked by as the 4th best scientist in South Africa for 2022 in the field of Computer Science.

Discoveries of aquifers – underground earth formations that hold water – often create excitement around their ability to ease water scarcity in a region.

Power to the people

With spiralling costs, loadshedding and a worldwide push for transforming energy systems, consumers are the losers – so empowering them to become part of the solution is key.

A Madibaz squad brimming with fresh talent will face their first test when the annual SPAR Madibaz Netball Tournament takes place in Gqeberha on March 18 and 19.

Nelson Mandela University’s Music and Performing Arts Department is hosting the first ever in-person South African Strings Convention 2023 from 17 to 20 March in collaboration with the South African Strings Foundation (SASF). 

Nelson Mandela University received a 22-seater bus as a donation from Bestmed Medical Scheme on Friday, 10 March 2023.

With a passion for rugby always part of his make-up, FNB Madibaz rugby player Kehan Myburgh used the disruptive nature of the Covid pandemic as a catalyst to take his game to another level.

Warren Bower became the first Gqeberha-based Madibaz student to win the Madibaz Open men’s squash title when he defeated teammate Siphelele Mpini in a gruelling final at the university’s South Campus on Sunday.

Building a giant geodesic dome or a soccer ball takes just as much maths as art – as hundreds of Grade 10 to 12 learners are discovering for themselves at three interactive workshops in the Eastern Cape this month, introducing them to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) education. 

Eastern Province Closed squash champions Hayley Ward and Dean Venter will headline the field when the Madibaz Open takes place at the Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus from Friday to Sunday.

The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is warning in its Annual Report 2022 that legalising the non-medical use of cannabis, which contravenes the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, “seems to result in higher consumption and a lower perception of risk, especially among young people”.

Madibaz sprinter Luxolo Adams, who announced himself to the world when he won the Paris Diamond League 200m last year, will headline the Eastern Province Athletics Championships in Gqeberha tomorrow and Saturday.

Nelson Mandela University has made considerable strides in addressing the myriad of challenges raised by students in the past few weeks.

Trusting his instincts is the smoking gun in Yolisa Dladla’s arsenal of weaponry and it is paying off handsomely as he continues to impress in this year’s FNB Varsity Shield rugby tournament.

Journalists and scientists often speak at cross purposes – even a “different language”. Are there ways for them to understand each other better in the interests of the public good?

Nelson Mandela University has partnered with Alumni-in-Action (A-i-A), an initiative whose mission is to enable access to advanced mental health support for student survivors of Gender-Based-Violence (GBV).

Nelson Mandela University is excitedly gearing up to host its in-person Open Day weekends in Gqeberha and George this month. This is for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown period.

A team of matric boys from Port Rex Technical High School in East London sailed home with R10,000 in cash and a pirate’s chest of other treasure, during the weekend’s inaugural Nelson Mandela University Solar Boat Competition in Gqeberha on Saturday, 4 March.  

Nelson Mandela University is aware of the statement issued by DASO today, in which they expressed their intention to convene a student sit-in and to block the entrance to Embizweni Building on South Campus tomorrow morning.

The bruising nature of the FNB Varsity Shield has proved to be a steep learning curve for FNB Madibaz’s Mpumelelo Mavuso who, fortunately, is a fast learner.

A Nelson Mandela University professor has been selected as one of two African mentors for an elite global mentorship programme.

As Nelson Mandela Metro is in the grip of a severe drought with water supply disruptions now commonplace, the possibility of waterborne disease outbreaks is becoming increasingly real.

Did you know that Africa is home to some of the world’s earliest mathematical systems? Apart from the sophisticated maths that went into building Egypt’s pyramids, artefacts found across the continent indicate that ancient African civilizations were using maths in their daily lives. 

Lectures got off to a good start at Nelson Mandela University yesterday morning, with staff working on implementing and fast-tracking Management’s resolutions on the issues raised by the Student Representative Council (SRC).

On Monday, 20 February 2023, Nelson Mandela University experienced a blockade of its entrances to the North, South, and George campuses by protesting students.

On Monday, 20 February 2023, the University community was met with a blockade of the entrances to the North, South, and George campuses by students protesting, among other things, about a funding shortfall and unfunded accommodation needs.

This week has seen a series of engagements between student leadership and Nelson Mandela University Management, in a bid to address the various concerns raised by the Student Representative Council (SRC) on the back of Monday’s protest action.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second-year Inventory and Stores Management Diploma student at Mandela University, Sinalo Matwa, will participate in the 2023 Boccia National Championships as part of the Eastern Cape team.

The Nelson Mandela University Executive Committee of Senate (ECS) met this morning, 22 February 2023, to discuss several institutional issues, including a request from the Student Representative Council (SRC) to postpone the commencement of lectures by two weeks.

Legendary artists Lizo Pemba and Dolla Sapeta have teamed up to share the craft of their art as part of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) capacity building workshop series.

The past few days have seen Nelson Mandela University Management engaging the Student Representative Council (SRC) on several issues that led to protest action at its Gqeberha and George campuses yesterday.

In 2013, the National Youth Development Fund (NYDA) shifted from supporting prospective entrepreneurs through loans to grant funding as a means to stimulate economic activity and reduce youth unemployment.

As we celebrate International Tourist Guide Day today (21 February), we tend to forget about the legislative framework that underpins the work associated with guiding tourists.

This afternoon, MANCO met to discuss the causes and effects of today's protest, which disrupted lectures and university operations.

Members of the Nelson Mandela University management committee have engaged the Student Representative Council (SRC) at its Gqeberha and George campuses over a series of issues raised by students who embarked on protest action this morning.

As the drought in Nelson Mandela Bay worsens, we are plagued by water-related questions. Carla Dodd is a PhD candidate in the Geosciences Department at the Nelson Mandela University and is currently working on answering some of these questions.

The Nelson Mandela University community is advised that protesting students have blocked the North and South campus gates, as well as George Campus, preventing lectures and operations from continuing this morning.

Students who have not been able to finalise their registration due to reasons beyond their control can follow the late registration process.

Nelson Mandela University continues to invest in ICT infrastructure geared towards enabling online services.  Access to digital resources through connectivity remains a priority, as are our efforts to ensure that no academically deserving students are left behind

As a leading institution of higher education and the only one in the world named after Nelson Mandela, we welcome our new students on campus when classes start on Monday, 20 February 2023.

Nelson Mandela University’s economics lecturer, Dr Asanda Fotoyi, will present findings of her ground-breaking doctoral thesis into the National Youth Development Agency’s (NYDA) grant funding in the Eastern Cape.

FNB Madibaz rugby captain Arnouw Nel has firmly rejected any thoughts of complacency as his team gear up for their opening FNB Varsity Shield match in Gqeberha on Thursday.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Francois Swanepoel, a Geosciences honours student at Mandela University, recently won the “best research poster” at the 17th biannual South African Geophysical Association conference.
Science is hope

Through science we are looking at the future and contributing positively to the protection of our complex natural environment and physical systems for the benefit of all life, including humankind.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Geosciences postgraduate student, Bamanye Takashe, was instrumental in guiding two high school learners to winning medals at the prestigious Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF) held recently. 

Nelson Mandela University aspires to actively promote extensive and ongoing engagement and collaboration with relevant educational partners internationally to enhance its scientific, socio-economic and policy impact.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University Master's student in Applied Languages Tsakani Shilowe has been selected as one of 150 participants across the world to attend the Global Peace Summit in Kenya 2023 from 9 to 12 February 2023.

Nelson Mandela University’s FishFORCE Academy recently introduced a virtual law enforcement game to assist law enforcement officers in the fisheries crime environment. The game is mobile-based and available on all smartphones.

Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa, assured first year students and their guardians that the institution was well on track to receive students for the 2023 academic year and to render the necessary support to make their academic careers a success.

World Wetlands Day is commemorated on 2 February and the theme for this year is restoration and the urgent need to prioritise degraded wetlands that need revival.

FNB Madibaz rugby coach David Manuel and his players are primed to embark on a journey of redemption as they prepare for this month’s FNB Varsity Shield competition.

Science lecturer in Mandela University’s Education Faculty Dr Asanda Simayi, believes in science education linked to cultural practices and indigenous knowledge to make a difference to societal challenges.

As Nelson Mandela University gears up for the start of the 2023 academic year, several systems and processes have been put in place towards ensuring a smooth admissions and registration process.


Vuyani Chipunza never expected to become a maths and science celebrity, but these days he is stopped in the streets by learners asking if he is “that Vuyani from Yebo Tutor”.

As Nelson Mandela University gears up for the start of the new academic year, thousands of first year students, and their guardians, are expected to attend the official welcoming to be addressed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa, on Saturday (04 February 2023).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Postgraduate student in Economics, Nonenelo Vuba, has been selected as one of the 20 finalists in the 51st Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.

Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre recently participated in an international conference and co-hosted a national congress on Maths and Science Education.

A new research chair in nanomedicine – the DSI-Mandela Nanomedicine Platform – was launched in the Faculty of Health Sciences last year as part of the Nelson Mandela University Medical School.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Matthew Perry, a final year Bachelor of Music student, has been selected as one of eight performers to take part in the 2023 Youth Concerto Festival hosted by the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus and former staff member, Curwyn Mapaling, has been selected as one of 150 participants worldwide, to attend the Global Peace Summit in Kenya next month.

The University is saddened to hear of the passing of one of its Honorary Doctorate recipients, Professor Dorcas Nompumelelo Jafta.

Efforts to improve Nelson Mandela University’s self-reliance on alternative water supplies continues apace across each of its campuses as the water situation deteriorates in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Marine ecosystems have a valuable role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change.

The University is saddened to hear of the passing of one of its former Chancellors, Dr Frene Ginwala. 

A Gqeberha educator is hoping to find solutions for student teachers faced with the difficulty of teaching a tough subject to young pupils in isiXhosa.

Dr Ngcali Tile’s journey from a rural village childhood to pioneering nanotechnology research has been a challenging one – but his determination to succeed in this cutting-edge field is rooted in an appreciation of life beyond electronics. 

A love of nature and a passion for teaching have inspired a Nelson Mandela University academic’s mission to educate young children about the importance of creating a sustainable living environment.

The Council of Nelson Mandela University has noted the reports of the murder of Mr Mboneli Vesele, executive protection officer to Prof. Sakhela Buhlungu, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, in what is reportedly, an attempted assassination of the Vice-Chancellor of a sister university in the Eastern Cape on Friday night, 6 January 2023.

Nelson Mandela University recently celebrated a 25-year relationship with the Carl Von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Despite numerous personal hurdles to overcome, Zimbabwean student Tariro Shumba, graduated with her MCom in Marketing (cum laude) at Mandela University’s Summer Graduation on 12 December.

A burst of scoring in a group match against Botswana turned out to be the catalyst for the South African U19 netball team to claim gold at the Region V Games in Lilongwe, Malawi, recently.


It’s the image from countless films and novels:  the old fisherman and his sons pulling their boat up on the sunwashed beach, where people from the small community who live in the white-washed houses above the shore are waiting to help unload the catch.  

Nelson Mandela University Post Doctorate Research Fellow Dr Godfred Anakpo is under no illusions about the economic challenges facing South Africa, but believes that through the development of evidence-based frameworks, plans can be formulated to address them effectively.

"The impact of scarce resources in South Africa continues to be a hot topic within state and social circles. The spotlight, however, rarely shines on the alarming 0.2 percent of South Africans registered as organ donors leaving those in need of a lifesaving organ transplant with only a wish and a prayer. Does religion play a role?

Soaring interest rates are likely to leave many people struggling to pay their debts, with the impact of this fiscal storm felt most acutely by those already working to make ends meet.

Growing up without a father, Eastern Cape education expert Obakeng Kagola recognised the importance of male role models in early childhood and has dedicated his career to creating equitable space for them in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BCom Financial Planning student from Nelson Mandela University Yonela Peter has been selected by the DHL GradStar Awards 2022 as one of the Top Ten most employable full-time students in the country.

The doctoral research of Foluke Dare (35) identified the challenges associated with applying the principle anticipatory self-defence to maritime cybersecurity.

Yusuf Adam, project manager at Nelson Mandela University’s Ocean Sciences Campus, graduated with a doctorate in Business Administration at the University’s Summer Graduation, with his research in line with the University’s emphasis on sustainable stewardship and the ocean sciences.

“Motivation (foreseeable benefits) can only get you so far in life, it's discipline that sets the winners apart, because when motivation fails, it's only discipline that will get you to do what needs to be done”, says Anelise Moyo. 
“We tend to forget that our fellow students go through many challenges. We portray that we can survive and that we do not need help. I encourage students to reach out to their peers in their group, a lecturer, or any other support structure. Just a listening ear can give hope”, says Ryan Gallant (48), who will graduated with his MBA (cum laude) on 12 December. 

The internationally acclaimed Nelson Mandela University Choir is set to continue inspiring audiences around the globe as the headline act for this year’s Isisusa Festival on Wednesday, 13 December at 7pm.

The class of 2022 BSc Honours in Formulation Students showed their mettle at their recent year-end showcase, presenting the products that they have formulated during their year in the programme.

The doctoral research of Nelson Mandela University’s Economics lecturer Asanda Fotoyi focused on the economic impact assessment of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)’s grant funding in the Eastern Cape. 

“Hooked on Gqom: An ethnographic study of a contemporary urban youth musical identity in South Africa” is the title of Ngasiirwe Katushabe, Madibaz Radio’s technical manager.
“I believe the solutions to social issues are found in the community itself,” says Dr Jane Ndungu, who will graduate with her PhD in Psychology at Nelson Mandela University on 12 December. 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, Mandela University Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and the SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imagination, has been awarded a prestigious international award. 
Despite his father’s wish for him to be become a mine worker, Khulekani Yakobi (30) has managed to become an academic, and will be graduating with a PhD in Computing Science and Information Systems at Nelson Mandela University on 12 December. 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz Sport hockey manager and Coach of the South African men's hockey team, Ches;yn Gie, took the side to international victory in the FIH Hockey Cup on the weekend.
Although the Madibaz women’s water polo team have had significant success in recent times, they are braced for a fresh challenge at the University Sport South Africa tournament in Durban this week.
“Balancing my studies with work was not an easy journey but through hard work, resilience and expanding my support system, I have managed to be where I am today”, says Social Work Master’s graduate Siphokazi Tshefu-Mavimbela (29). 
The Madibaz squad will be banking on the experience they gained from the Varsity Cricket tournament earlier this season to negotiate the Highveld conditions at the University Sport South Africa event next week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master’s student in Mathematics, Ruan Olivier (26) has won the prestigious S2A3 (Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science) Medal for the best masters in 2021 in science.

The Madibaz football teams will have qualification for the Varsity Football tournaments squarely in their sights when the University Sport South Africa week takes place in Secunda in Mpumalanga.
Although we think COVID-19 has gone, our wastewater tells a different story.
An award-winning health application developed by Nelson Mandela University will take centre stage at a major conference in Brazil in February 2023.
Concentrating on their next move will not be the only thing on the minds of the Madibaz chess players when they compete in the annual University Sport South Africa tournament next week.

Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 28 November.

The excellence of 22 top students and graduates were recognised at Nelson Mandela University’s annual student Academic Awards ceremony on 28 November 2022 together with the VC’s Excellence Awards for staff. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Finding ways to treat diabetes using indigenous knowledge about natural remedies has won Dr Nehemiah Latolla of Nelson Mandela University the top place in the FameLab International science communication competition.

Three speakers from Brazil as well as participants from Chile, Finland, France, Latvia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, China and Austria formed part of a webinar at Mandela University’s Forestry Department.

The Occupational Health Services team has done Nelson Mandela University proud receiving a 92 percent score for a professional occupational health-related audit of their operations, systems and service undertaken during the current academic year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: A team of staff, postgraduate students and alumni, under the umbrella of the Business and Economic Sciences Faculty recently won a silver medal in a BRICS high tech international industry competition with their business concept for a safe playground.

‘Active Healthy Children in Marginalised Communities: Challenges, Achievements, and Vision for the Future’ was the topic of a public lecture by Honorary Professor Uwe Pühse, Professor of Sport Science at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and Director of the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health. The lecture was hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two students from Mandela University’s Graphic Design Programme in the School of Visual and Performing Arts took top honours in international design competition. 
Nelson Mandela University is gearing up to host one of the most globally recognised scientific schools – the 7th Biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Application (ASP2022) – in Gqeberha from 28 November until 09 December 2022.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Ten outstanding young graduates from Southern Africa have been announced as the Rhodes Scholars-Elect for 2023. 

Mandela University’s disability services has received a boost to its support service for differently abled students with purchase of new specialised vehicle.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT) has won the @OutSystems Innovation Award for Social Impact with their C-Vive application.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Tangible Africa, a local organisation that spreads offline coding skills to primary and high school learners across the continent, has received a prestigious accolade from the African Union.

The continued development of the national men’s hockey team was on the mind of Nelson Mandela University’s Cheslyn Gie after being named interim head coach last week.

Nelson Mandela University has made good progress in implementing alternative water sources to ensure the institution can be less reliant on municipal supplies.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Alex Ennis, a master’s student in Human Movement Science, has bee selected to participate at the Commonwealth Rowing Association Beach Sprint Championships in Namibia.

From being a business studies drop-out to sharing the stage with a Business School professor, hospitality entrepreneur Tenjiwe Francine Zana’s career has seen her swop broom for boardroom.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University master’s in Physics student, Luchian Pullen recently won a poster presentation prize for his research at the 21st Student Symposium in the Natural Sciences at North-West University. 
The spotlight on the final day of the Nelson Mandela University 2022, was on Open Science and Open Education, in the format of a seminar facilitated by Gino Fransman, Project Leader of Open Education Influencers at Nelson Mandela University. 
Nelson Mandela University Research Week Day Four, introduced by Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation, Dr Thandi Mgwebi, under the theme innovation and technology transfer session.

Nelson Mandela University’s Departments of Human Movement Science and Architecture, together with Mandela University alumnus and architect Jacques Theron from the company Werk, have completed enhancements to playground and ablution facilities at two under-resourced schools in Gqeberha.

Interim Director for the Centre for Women and Gender Studies Dr Babalwa Magoqwana introduced Day three of Nelson Mandela University Research Week programme, highlighting the theme of research and innovation for global impact.  

Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation (NRF), delved into how international partnerships can be leveraged to advance a research career, highlighting that researchers must be agile to deal with risks of failed funding efforts. 
Day two of the Research Week held at Nelson Mandela University centred on ethics and fostering good partnerships for researchers. 

The first day of the inaugural Nelson Mandela University Research Week focused on creating equity and inclusivity in research programmes.

The systematic erasure of African knowledge has stripped society of values and world views that need to be reawakened through our universities. This is an important undertaking in revitalising the humanities at Mandela University. Heather Dugmore reports.

Leading scholars, activists, and higher education practitioners from across the world, and Africa in particular, have gathered at Nelson Mandela University for the first of the three-day Advancing Critical University Studies Across Africa (ACUSAfrica) network’s 2022 colloquium.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Sciences Societies recently announced the 25 prize winners in its third, annual online poster event, with Mandela Uni’s Dr Nehemiah Latolla being selected as a winner.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Medical School senior lecturer Dr Savania Nagiah, was recently inaugurated as one of 10 of the country’s leading emerging scientists to become members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) will hand over its new multilingual booklets to Nelson Mandela University, as part of the final leg of its efforts to popularise its tax terms in previously marginalised languages.

Green Scorpions director Dr Div de Villiers was the guest speaker at the inaugural Breakfast Club at the Nelson Mandela University Business School last week in Gqeberha, hitting out at greed and poverty and highlighting the role of leadership.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Sarah Baartman Junior Residence book club members recently participated in the 2022 Funda Mzantsi championship and were placed 2nd place in the Xitsonga debate section.

Mandela University’s Mechatronics department - in collaboration with Siemens South Africa - recently assisted two TVET colleges with 20 commissioned stations for the training of educators and students to learn industrial control programming principles.

The Nelson Mandela University Choir with 24 members is presenting its first live, full-length concert to close the academic year on Friday, 28 October in the South Campus Auditorium.
Madibaz national representatives Jeanie Steyn and Tristan Stubbs were recognised for their achievements by being named Nelson Mandela University’s sports stars of the year in Gqeberha last night.

“The dream team is from South Africa, trained in our country, in our universities, in our schools, with our products.” – Dr Imtiaz Sooliman.

Mandela University will host some of the Nobel in Africa Symposia Series outreach activities as part of The Nobel in Africa, a special Initiative of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).

Diabetes is the second leading cause of death due to disease in SA, after tuberculosis. Finding ways to treat diabetes using indigenous knowledge about natural remedies has won Dr NehemiahLatolla of Nelson Mandela University a place on the world stage of science communicators.

Given the present water shortages across the Metro, Nelson Mandela University is stepping up how it monitors the quality of water on campus.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus and Executive Director of the SA Cultural Observatory, based at the University, Unathi Lutshaba, has been honoured as one of the worlds’ Most Influential People of African Descent by the United Nations.

Nelson Mandela University is excited to announce that it will be hosting a series of graduation recognition ceremonies for the 2020 and 2021 graduates who graduated in absentia and virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Nelson Mandela University became the first university in South Africa to legally operate drones. This achievement brought it a step closer to realising its vision of offering a diverse range of life-changing educational experiences for a better world.

A group of marine scientists from all over the world gathered at Nelson Mandela University this week for an international workshop that sought to explore the potential role of atmospheric deposition in driving ocean productivity in the Southwest Indian Ocean.

Long-serving Bianca Blom rode a wave of emotion as she ended her career with the SPAR Madibaz on a high by being named player of the match in a Varsity Netball encounter on Monday.

Enlightening. Empowering. Transformative. Fulfilling. Humbling. Spiritual. Reviving. These were some of the words used by teachers to describe their profession during an appreciation luncheon hosted by Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Education in celebration of World Teachers’ Day on Wednesday (05 October 2022).

“Mathematics the language of the sciences” was the theme for the fifth annual National MathArt Competition organised by Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC).

To promote participation in the employment sector in the city, an education initiative of Nelson Mandela University and the Eastcape Training Centre (ETC) culminated in an awards ceremony at the University's Business School in Summerstrand last week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni second-year Education student, Kenan Davids has won the first prize of R50 000 in a short film competition for students under the theme of “the beauty of the Dutch language”. 

Nelson Mandela University has appointed Prof Marshall Sheldon as the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology from 1 October.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University postdoctoral fellow, Dr Nehemiah Latolla, has been selected as a finalist in the South African leg of the international science competition, FameLab. 

What’s in a name? For Nelson Mandela University, the only higher education institution in the world to carry the name of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, it means a commitment to the great statesman’s values – and more.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD in Anthropology student at Nelson Mandela University, Mzoli Mavimbela, was recently awarded a Via Afrika award for African Language Creative Writing. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Bachelor of Visual Arts honours student, Zama Spellman, has been selected to show her paintings in the national, Latitudes Reshape 22 show.

Student teachers need to be exposed to a curriculum that includes indigenous knowledge in order to develop into multiculturally conscious educators.

Mandela Uni’s Mechatronics department recently assisted three lecturers from the Takoradi Technical University in Ghana with a train-the-trainer course enabling them to educate the youth in Ghana on cutting edge, real-world, Siemens industrial technology.

Tyler Nevin of Gqeberha and the Rhodes A team emerged with the major accolades from the Madibaz Chess Festival held at Nelson Mandela University this weekend.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Communication and Marketing Department bagged an international Digital Communication Award (DCA2022), coming in third place in the “small budget campaign” category for its Autumn Graduation online campaign.

One of the highlights of the 15th edition of the Mandela/FIFA/CIES Executive Sport Management programme block week was the presentation of former Senegal women’s basketball league player and FIFA consultant, Fatou-Binetou Ba.

Substance abuse remains one of the biggest challenges affecting our communities and a concerted effort is being made to address this social ill in the Eastern Cape, in general, and Gqeberha, in particular.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Southern African Wildlife Management Association recently awarded its prestigious “Wildlife Excellence Award” to Nelson Mandela University’s Prof Graham Kerley of the Zoology Department and Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology.

SPAR Madibaz netball coach Lana Krige wants her senior players to set the tone when the demanding Varsity Netball competition gets underway in Pretoria this weekend.

Congratulations to the 11 winners of The 2022 Herald/Nelson Mandela University Citizens of the Year Awards, who were celebrated at a gala function on Friday, 9 September.

Professor Nadine Strydom stumbled upon a novel way to tackle the problem of collapsing coastal fishes populations, thanks to a radio show and a red traffic light.

Nelson Mandela University will host the 12th Steve Biko Annual Public Lecture with an international multi-lingual educator and genocide survivor as the speaker at the South Campus Auditorium on 12 September at 18:00.

Digital transformation has great potential to enhance the development of a critical mass of researchers at African universities and to help build academic and research communities on the continent, linking them to researchers and institutions in other parts of the world.

Sakumzi Ndyendwana is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Alumnus and research associate of Nelson Mandela University’s Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET),Luan Staphorst, has been awarded the Kirk-Greene Prize for Best Overall Performance in the University of Oxford’s MSc in African Studies. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Information Technology and Director of the Centre for Community Technologies Professor Darelle van Greunen and Economics’ Professor Syden Mishi respectively have both won awards at the prestigious NRF Awards Ceremony.

Nelson Mandela University will relaunch its Raymond Mhlaba Centre for Governance and Leadership with a public lecture headlined by the institution’s Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

Madibaz captain Leon van der Merwe said they would have to capitalise fully on any opportunities when they take on the formidable Progress outfit in the Eastern Province Grand Challenge rugby final on Saturday.

Ntombozuko Jafta is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s uYilo e-Mobility Programme’s Edem Foli has been nominated as a Woman in Transport by Smarter Mobility Africa. This campaign profiles women in South Africa who have made a difference in the transport sector.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Pharmacy and Leader of the Drug Utilisation Research Unit (DURU) at Nelson Mandela University Professor Ilse Truter has received the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology’s (ISPE) Judith K. Jones Award for Impact on Public Health through Pharmacoepidemiology.

A sustained commitment to improving their performances led to several accolades for the Madibaz Water Polo Club at the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics awards evening in Gqeberha this month.
Kayla Eberhardt is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Created in 2019, the 25th anniversary of President Nelson Mandela's inaugural address, the Attached to the Soil project began with a series of 50 photographic portrait tableaus by the American photographer and Michigan State University Professor of Art, Peter Glendinning.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Scrambling to connect with thousands of young South Africans under harsh lockdown restrictions, Nelson Mandela University’s tossing of traditional student recruitment rules was a gamble that paid off.


All of our lives are increasingly impacted by global sustainability challenges. We are living in a historical time in which the world labours under multiple pandemics, including leadership crises, poverty, inequality, hunger, environmental degradation, racism and other forms of discrimination. Not least of these is the widespread pathologizing of all that is Africa and African.


“Let’s Hear Them Speak” is the title of the upcoming Joint Public Lecture in honour of Dr Phyllis Ntantala and Prudence Mabele, co-hosted by Nelson Mandela University and the University of Fort Hare on the 25th of August 2022 in Gqeberha.

Linda van Oudheusden  is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Isaac Metembo is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: National performance and multimedia artist and Visual Arts honours student Luke Rudman is Nelson Mandela University’s Abe Bailey travel bursary winner and representative for 2022.

Third-year Journalism Diploma student Ayanda Mhlambiso, 32, from Nelson Mandela University was the tertiary article winner of The Herald newspaper’s Youth Supplement 2022.


Denise van Huyssteen is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Thobela Thoba is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Advanced Diploma in Public Relations Management student, Fion Mfenqa from Nelson Mandela University, was selected as one of six young people representing South Africa at a YMCA Training Workshop in Cameroon and an International Camp hosted by Cameroon YMCA.  

Gary Koekemoer is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Two of the province’s top institutions, Nelson Mandela University and Fort Hare University, instilled the importance of keeping the legacy of liberation hero Sizwe Kondile alive at the late ANC stalwart’s memorial lecture on 29 July.

Garth Sampson is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz hockey star Kamva Dyakala will strive to take his game to the next level after being selected for the South African U21 team to play in next month’s men’s interprovincial.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Mandela University Green Campus Initiative (GCI) team were voted the “most creative” at the 9th Green Campus Conference hosted by the University of Pretoria earlier this month.

What is the role of Physics in society?” This question was tabled at this year’s annual conference of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP 2022), which Nelson Mandela University's Physics department hosted earlier this month.

The addition of herbal teas to a healthy lifestyle could well add a few more good years to your life says Nelson Mandela University cellular biochemist, Professor Maryna van de Venter.

Planting trees, nurturing gardens, cleaning the environment, supporting others and ultimately building relations towards addressing many challenges are all part of the institution’s efforts during Mandela Month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Versatile Gqeberha rugby player Kyle Cyster was named player of the tournament in Division A at the recent University Sport South Africa week but acknowledged the role of his teammates in earning that accolade.

As the 6th annual Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla commenced this week, Nelson Mandela University’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor André Keet, highlighted the importance of the conference in creating a space in the world of business where transformative solutions to pressing challenges confronting the marginalized groups in our society can be addressed.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in Chemistry at Mandela University, Dr Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva, has won the best, in-person speaker award at the 14th Green Chemistry Postgraduate Summer School (GCPSS) in Venice, Italy.

Good, philosophical living needs a sense of humour – emotional, intellectual, and ethical. So, if we think of philosophy as a way of life, we should be thinking about how to train ourselves in humour and how to develop and refine our sense of humour. 

Nelson Mandela University, in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is gearing up to kickstart the series of activities in commemoration of the birth month of the man after whom both institutions are named.

Mandela University’s Dr Magda Minguzzi from the School of Architecture was recently invited to present her documentary co-authored with the First Indigenous Peoples of South Africa leaders at Iuav University in Venice, Italy.

In a first of its kind for the African region, over 5 000 learners from all nine provinces in South Africa as well as African countries, including Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia, will be #Coding4Mandela on July 18.
The most remarkable lesson for the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic was the incredible ability of humanity to work together as a single unit for the preservation of life, writes Beata Mtyingizana, Senior Director of Nelson Mandela University’s International Office. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Advanced Mechatronic Training Centre (AMTC) recently sponsored the revamping of a life-size fibre-glass rhino and its trolley for the One Land Love It (OLLI) conservation and education non-profit company.

A group of postgraduate students from the Botany Department are currently in Spain participating in a Palaeoecology Workshop at the University of León.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz field athlete Ischke Senekal will rely on more than a decade of international experience when she makes her debut at the World Athletics Championships next week.

Any organism out of place from its natural environment will always intrigue an ecologist. In the Tabasco region of Mexico at least 131 species of plants that normally occur at the coast were recently discovered in an inland lake 170 km from the sea. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz sprinters Shirley Nekhubui and Luxolo Adams have been named in the South African team to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8.

Nelson Mandela University’s School of Engineering recently supported ocean research with airborne drones and a kite borne surveillance system to study marine mammals up close - not possible from the research ship.

Two Nelson Mandela University graduates intend using their new innovative agriculture skills in the rural Eastern Cape communities where they grew up, to assist with food security in a resourcescarce region.

A delegation from the University of Sussex, which is in South Africa to continue talks around a national programme of collaboration around research, capacity building and joint Masters and PhDs programmes, visited Nelson Mandela University to explore areas of mutual interest.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Chemistry lecturer, Dr Gletwyn Rubidge, once again took top honours at the SA Pool Freediving Nationals held in Gqeberha last month.

Marine Spatial Planning research at Nelson Mandela University is continuing to make waves with new research including the impacts of the pandemic on coastal tourism.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz chess prodigy Gerald Wagner is burning the candle at both ends to prepare for battle against the best international players at the World University Championships in September.

Developing students and building research opportunities for staff and students are the result of a successful Erasmus Plus project that Nelson Mandela University’s Marine Engineering Department has been involved in together with five other higher education institutions.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BSc Honours in Botany student Marishka Govender, has been selected as one of 20 young scientists to attend a Science Communication conference in Germany this July.

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) was designed to prevent our private data being used unlawfully. But how much protection do we really have?

Attorney and esteemed academic, Professor Deon Erasmus, who was inaugurated as full professor in the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University last year, cautions that justice must be adhered to.

The entire issue of prospecting or production for oil, gas or any other substance in the little understood marine environment has to start with how to safeguard it against potential damage.

Five students from the 2020 edition of the Mandela/FIFA/CIES Executive Sport Management Programme at Nelson Mandela University, finally got to travel to Switzerland as winners of the 2020 FIFA/CIES International Network Research Competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD in Physiology student Itumeleng Zosela has been accepted to join the Next Generation Scientist Programme by Novartis Pharma and the University of Basel, Switzerland.

eSchools are the future – but what’s needed for tech-readiness in government schools is lacking in most provinces. A Nelson Mandela University academic and her team are tackling the problem head-on.

Gqeberha sprinter Luxolo Adams believed that knowing what worked best for him was the catalyst behind his eye-catching performance in the Paris Diamond League athletics meeting last weekend.

The recent rains have given Nelson Mandela Bay, inclusive of Nelson Mandela University’s campuses, a welcome reprieve from Day Zero when the taps run dry.

Nelson Mandela University will host this year’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla, which is an annual gathering of leaders in the entrepreneurial space in the Higher Education (HE) sector.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Seven local Nelson Mandela University students have been awarded the opportunity to attend the Technische Universitat Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig) International Summer School for German Language and Culture.

In the past, maths and art were always seen as separate disciplines, worlds apart. But when they are studied together, it’s clear there are strong links between the two.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: BA student, Sipho Khumalo, recently published his autobiography "Life, Dreams, Thoughts, Experiences and Personality" which is available on Amazon.

Plans to support basic emergency relief efforts ahead of a looming Day Zero are ongoing which will see the closure of certain ablution blocks, the addition of portable toilets and securing of fresh drinking water at key locations.

Nelson Mandela University will be aligning its COVID-19 standard operating procedures on its seven campuses in Gqeberha and George in line with the new national directives.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Media and Communication graduate and E-Technologist in the Learning & Teaching Collab department at the University, Simon Venter, has been selected as one of four artists to take part in this year's Nando's Creative Exchange.

The first-ever Unplugged Coding Competition for primary school coding clubs in Nelson Mandela Bay was hosted on Friday (June 10) at Summerwood Primary School.

It’s been said that the next world war may well be fought over water. Countries are already pulling political pranks to secure inflow from upstream across their borders, while entrepreneurs scramble for first place in the race to offer solutions to a thirsty, embattled Eastern Cape.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Promising Madibaz golfer JP van der Watt is ready to dip his toes into international waters as he prepares for the FISU World University Championship in Turin, Italy, next month.

Mandela University’s Universal Accessibility and Disability Services (UADS) recently hosted a workshop in partnership with Sensory Solutions - a South African company with considerable experience in the field of accommodating persons who are visually impaired (blind or partially sighted). 

Anyone going through a tough spot; read on. Research conducted by Roelf van Niekerk, a clinical and industrial psychologist, and human resources practitioner, is so forward-thinking,  that Nelson Mandela University has awarded him a professorship.

Nelson Mandela University is actively preparing for Day Zero with a series of plans and interventions to ensure that students are able to complete the 2022 Academic Year, starting with basic emergency water support and portable toilets through the forthcoming examination period.

Nelson Mandela University launched its part-time offering of its Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes this week – a move that has been welcomed as boding well with continuing efforts to boost teaching capacity.

The Nelson Mandela University Business School is proud to launch its new Master of Maritime Management (MMM) postgraduate degree.

Cybersecurity researcher Professor Kerry-Lynn Thomson in the School of ICT at Mandela University, shared groundbreaking findings at her inaugural lecture Cybersecurity – Reducing the Attack Surface, held at the University last year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Learning Development’s Gino Fransman recently represented the Mandela Open Education team in Nantes, France, for the OE Global Conference 2022.

Nelson Mandela University launched a new offering of part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education programmes at the institution’s North Campus, in Gqeberha, on Monday 6 June 2022.

Nelson Mandela University’s Physics Department recently expanded its already comprehensive range of world-class facilities for semiconductor research and development. From synthesis to characterisation and limited device processing and testing, these facilities are unique in the country and Africa.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Having cut their international teeth at last year’s Olympic Games, Madibaz water polo stars Ashleigh Vaughan and Meghan Maartens know what it will take to leave their mark on the World Aquatics Championships in Hungary in June.

There is much to learn about the wisdom and science of the first indigenous people of southern Africa. A groundbreaking book co-authored by a Nelson Mandela University academic and local Khoisan chiefs is a worthy start.

Nelson Mandela University and the Open University of Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on establishing a Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy as part of FishFORCE’s expansion to cover much of the Western Indian Ocean. 

We have to alert the world to the impending food security, livelihoods and marine ecosystems disaster in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), which extends from South Africa all the way up the east coast of Africa. 

Smart cities could have great impact, but involving every citizen, at every level, is key to ensuring that ‘smart’ means nobody is left behind, according to research by a Nelson Mandela University academic.

Breathing new life into the popular “Say Africa” song by the Nelson Mandela University is set to resonate with new audiences all over again, following its relaunch on Africa Day.

Isuzu Motors South Africa has teamed up with Mandela University’s MobiTutorZA Academy programme to help Grade 12s ace maths.

All staff and students are called to urgently save water as we are just days away from Day Zero, as is captured in this sobering article in the Daily Maverick.

Being diagnosed with cancer or the Big C, as it is referred to, often feels as if the rug is pulled from under you. But taking the prevalence of cancer into account, NTT Data’s mobile application, C-Vive, can help to increase the awareness of cancer, even before a diagnosis.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: two Mandela University professors have been recognised by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA).

The Marine Robotics Unit has designed a prototype surface autonomous vessel that is currently being tested for operational conditions.

Most of the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Metro and the adjacent Kouga Municipality will soon run out of water.

Leading South African businesswoman Dr Gloria Serobe will set the tone for a critical conversation around ‘value-based leadership’ to be held at Nelson Mandela University on Thursday, 19 May.

Nelson Mandela University’s growing reputation as a leading Ocean Sciences hub was recently recognised with a top place nationally in the Life Below Water category in the international 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

Two years ago, Professor Alethea de Villiers, Department of Music and Performing Arts head, clinched one of five coveted international music education research grants. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Council members are encouraging others, especially staff and students at the institution, to get vaccinated soonest.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: George Campus Principal, Dr Kaluke Mawila, was recently appointed to serve as an advisory panel member for the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) for a period of five years.

We have to work out how to share our oceans between a mounting number of stakeholders in a manner that values and conserves our rich marine resources. Professor Mandy Lombard is finding a way, Heather Dugmore reports.

Ocean-loving attorney and master’s student Yonela Ndila is passionate about ocean governance and the law of the sea.

Kahl Kritzinger is the first Mechatronics graduate to also obtain an MSc in Computer Science at Nelson Mandela University, and cum laude to boot!

After escaping captivity and fleeing a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, walking 6000km to South Africa and starting school at the age of 10 - Popina Khumanda graduated with a Diploma in IT at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. 

Using the principles of international law and the regulatory systems in Germany and the UK, the PhD study of Roelof van Huyssteen proposed a new renewable energy statute for South Africa to promote environmental, economic and social development and to assist South Africa towards a just transition.

Researchers at Nelson Mandela University have released a project report outlining best practices for improving student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters in isiXhosa student, Anelisa Thengimfene, has published a book of poems entitled "Amajingiqhiw'entlalo" (the ups and downs of life).

Coming from humble beginnings, Dr Munodani Chapano, utilised every opportunity that came his way to fight for his education and graduated on 20 April at Mandela University  with his PhD in Human Resource Management. 

Nelson Mandela University advanced engineering design group students have developed an early-detection device to help with the prevention of unnecessary blood loss during surgeries and other medical procedures.

With a passion for social justice, legal education and personal growth and development, it was no fluke that Nelson Mandela University’s former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Avinash Govindjee, rose to the bench of the Eastern Cape High Court at Makhanda.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and substance abuse was the research topic of two recent PhDs in Pharmacy at Nelson Mandela University.

In what will undoubtedly be a bittersweet accolade for one of Nelson Mandela University’s game-changing academics, the institution is set to confer an honorary doctorate on acclaimed paediatric cardiologist and former executive dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the late Professor Lungile Pepeta, tomorrow (29 April 2022).

In a great display of the dividends of hard work, dedication, resilience and an indisputable work ethic, veteran broadcaster and celebrated media personality, Noxolo Grootboom, showed Nelson Mandela University graduates just how far these fundamentals of professional life can take one.

A heart-breaking picture of a 16-year-old girl accepting an honours degree on behalf of her dead mother has left many South Africans in tears.

“To be a scholar is an act of freedom. There is no other job like that. Research the knowledge of your dreams. You have an impact on your own growth as you choose your path.”

Mama uyandibona (mama do you see me), Enkosi mama (thank you mama)” - This phrase has become synonymous with graduation celebrations across the country, with graduates often shouting these words across the stage to acknowledge the role that their maternal figures have played in their upbringing and success.


The Gqeberha leg of Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation season kicked off this week with more than 2 000 graduates of the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences crossing the stage, and the awarding of an honorary doctorate to struggle stalwart and ANC veteran, Sindiso Mfenyana.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Jean Greyling, Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Sciences at Mandela University, has been awarded the 2021 Distinguished Service in ICT Award.

The Gqeberha leg of Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation season kicked off this morning with more than 300 graduates of the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences crossing the stage, and the awarding of an honorary doctorate to  struggle stalwart and ANC veteran, Sindiso Mfenyana.

Today, Nelson Mandela University begins the Gqeberha leg of its Autumn Graduation season with the capping of more than 7000 graduates, including 52 doctorates.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The work of the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in collaboration with Mandela University’s Photovoltaic Research Group, presented at the 16th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference (PVSAT-16) was awarded Best Poster for its poster and conference paper.

When one of his lecturers told him, he would never graduate with his lifestyle choices, Shaadan Loonat, decided to prove everyone wrong and become a DJ who studies architecture. 

Given the advances in artificial intelligence and automation taking place in the financial planning industry, Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University, Jackie Palframan based her PhD on developing the human side and its impact on value creation.

A total of 25 students will be the first graduates to be awarded the Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. Another 40 students have registered for 2022.

Siblings Andisa Tyiwani-Batala and Makabongwe Tyiwani will both graduate with their Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation got off to a great start, with three ceremonies for close to 400 George Campus graduates held at Eden Place, in the Garden Route town.

A number of changes have been and are being implemented on Nelson Mandela University’s campuses in line with Government regulations towards the ongoing protection of staff and students as we transition from the COVID-19 pandemic to managing it like any other notifiable communicable disease.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola from the Centre for Women and Gender Studies and our SARChI Chair on African Feminist Imaginations, has won the coveted 2022 Humanities and Social Sciences Book Award: Best Monograph in Non-fiction for her 2021 book, Female Fear Factory.

New Business Development Manager at the Transnet National Ports Authority, Nozipho Booi, is the first MPhil in Maritime Studies graduate at this year’s Autumn Graduation at Nelson Mandela University.

Acclaimed paediatric cardiologist and former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the late Professor Lungile Pepeta, celebrated media personality, Noxolo Grootboom, and struggle stalwart and ANC veteran, Sindiso Mfenyana, are among the more than 7 000 graduands who will be awarded their qualifications at Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation this month.

Mandela University’s Universal Accessibility and Disability Services (UADS) recently launched a campaign to raise awareness on wheelchair use and accessibility on campus.

Seven years after graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing Science at Nelson Mandela University, Bizana-born Xolani Dlamini (30) will be crossing the same stage to receive his Master of Nursing in Advanced Clinical Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science. 
Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: South African mezzo-soprano and Mandela Uni Alumnus, Siphokazi Molteno, has won the Best Performance in an Opera (for the second time) at the 57th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards held recently.

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus will make history during its Autumn Graduation Ceremony, when Cerneels Coetzee, 56, will receive the first doctorate in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences to be awarded at this campus.

Nelson Mandela University Council has appointed Professor Sibongile Muthwa for the second term, with effect from 01 January 2023, following the Council’s Quarter 1 meeting of 2022 that took place on Wednesday 30 March.  

Nelson Mandela University Council has re-elected Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, as its Chancellor for a second term of office.

Emily and Samantha McCulloch-Jones, will both graduate with a PhD in Nature Conservation at Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus Ceremony on 8 April.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The South African Institute of Accountants (SAICA) has released the results of the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination for Chartered Accountants confirming Mandela University’s quality of accounting education.

Reasons to be Proud – R2bP: The Madibaz ladies water polo team have won the SA Nationals and are the first ever all female player and management team to win at this level.

Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation season for George Campus students will be hosted on 7 and 8 April and the ceremonies for its Gqeberha students will run from 20 April to 5 May.

Human Rights Day is one that affords us, as South Africans and Nelson Mandela University, an opportunity to reflect.

In welcoming the arrival of students and the return of staff to campus, safety and security is recognised as central to creating a vibrant campus environment.

Nelson Mandela University, in its commitment to inclusive access for success, continues to work towards ensuring a successful 2022 academic year. 

Nelson Mandela University, in partnership with the United Nations in South Africa, will be launching the annual report of the United Nations’ monitoring body of international drug control conventions, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), at the institution this week.

The US acting consul general to SA last week hailed an innovative aquaponics partnership when he visited Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale Campus.

Every year, on 08 March, the world commemorates International Women’s Day (IWD). This day serves as a symbolic reminder of the historic journey traversed globally in the ongoing efforts towards gender equality.

After a series of engagements with student leaders, tomorrow, 07 March 2022, will see a return to normal University operations.

Nelson Mandela University continues to be consistently guided by excellence, equality, social justice, Ubuntu and integrity amongst our values.

A transdisciplinary team from Nelson Mandela University recently presented the University’s contribution to the renewed collaborative and capacity building Amajingqi project in the fields of socio-geographic mapping, rural SME development, education, and eco-tourism.

Staff and students are advised to work and study remotely as far as possible today (04 March 2022), in consultation with their line managers and lecturers.


Through engagements with the Student Representative Council (SRC), Nelson Mandela University has agreed to the request from the student body for an extension to the registration closure date. Late registration will therefore no longer close tomorrow, 04 March 2022, but on Friday, 11 March 2022.

Staff, students advised to consider remote studies and work 

Nelson Mandela University continues working fervently to enable the successful registration of all admitted and academically deserving students by the close of late registration on Friday, 04 March 2022.

Even as Nelson Mandela University continues to attend to all outstanding challenges that come at the start of every academic year, it is happy to report a 34.7% increase in the number of new first- time entering students from 2021.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Chelsey Cooke, a first year Human Movement Science student, recently represented South Africa at the Africa Lifesaving Championships in Alexandria, Egypt.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni alumnus Gerhardt Boukes (38) who holds a PhD in Biochemistry, is part of a team making the first mRNA vaccine for human use on the African continent.

On 21 February 2022 the Humanities Faculty is celebrating the International Mother Tongue Day by hosting a seminar titled Writing Legal Judgments in isiXhosa: Indigenous Languages and the Law.

Piloted for the first time last year, Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre has extended its incubator school programme to assist past matriculants, giving them a second chance to pass their exams or improve their marks.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Alumnus and former Madibaz hockey player Jody Paul, would not “in a million years” have envisioned himself as the assistant coach of the Great Britain women’s team.

Following the series of positive engagements held between Nelson Mandela University management and student representatives at its campuses in Gqeberha and George yesterday, the parties found each other on a number of issues raised.

Nelson Mandela University Management held a series of positive engagements with student representatives at its campuses in Gqeberha and George yesterday.

Entrances to the University’s North and South campuses, in Gqeberha and George Campus remain blocked by protesting students.

Please be advised that entrances to the North and South Campuses have been blocked and a similar situation is being experienced at our George Campus.

In a massive boost for its on-campus accommodation offering, Nelson Mandela University has opened the first of three new student residences – totalling 1 800 beds – that are set for completion at its Gqeberha campuses this year.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honours in Visual Arts student, Luke Rudman, has been selected from more than 380 entries to participate in South Africa’s most prestigious creative developmental programme

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three design students from Mandela University were recently recognised in the 2021 WPO WorldStar International Packaging Design Student Awards.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Nandipha Sishuba as Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Director: Human Resources from 1 January 2022, reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: People and Operations.  

Nelson Mandela University has opened a small window of opportunity for late applications to selected programmes that still have available spaces from today, 26 January 2022.

The start of the 2022 academic year is upon us and Nelson Mandela University is excited to welcome its new and returning students for the 2022 academic year.

To support new students and their parents with questions and concerns at the start of the 2022 Academic Year #AY2022 and make their experience as seamless as possible, Nelson Mandela University staff who receive such requests, may find the following contact list useful.

Given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic and the need to responsibly manage the safety of our University community, the Faculty Welcomes and VC’s Welcoming Ceremony for new students will once again be held virtually.

Staff, students and members of the public are reminded that the University’s Vaccination Centre on North Campus is open, including to those who now qualify for booster shots.

Nelson Mandela University’s investment in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is preparing its medical students to work in an increasingly digital world.

The new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences has a collaborative and interdisciplinary vision for the Medical School, the 12th and latest department in this flourishing faculty at Nelson Mandela University.

Like the world over, Nelson Mandela University is saddened by the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and wishes to recognise the seminal role he played in advancing South Africa’s transformation.

A primary health care orientation lies at the heart of Nelson Mandela University’s new MBChB programme to train caring, competent, socially responsive and committed medical doctors.

The learning and teaching approach of the Medical School and Health Science Faculty has adapted with agility to address the challenges of the COVID-19 world.

When Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sibongile Muthwa welcomed 50 medical students at a small, internal Oath Taking ceremony in May 2021, it was the culmination of a dream dating back to 1946.

Students from around South Africa flooded Nelson Mandela University with applications for the first year MBChB class of 50 students.

The University's new Medical School gives students the opportunity to interact with the community from the start and looking back on 2021 this has been an enriching experience all round.

Coming from a family that is deeply rooted in education and the belief that one’s background should not determine their future, it is no surprise that Pedro Mzileni spent his time at university fighting for the education of the poor, black child.
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

Nelson Mandela University had a very clear goal in mind when it decided to place its new Medical School in the heart of Missionvale, a desperately under-resourced part of Gqeberha.

Former Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz gives his insights on bringing the dream of the new Medical School to fruition. Prof Swartz was among the guests at the launch on November 30, 2021.

Nelson Mandela University congratulates theologian and political analyst, Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, on his appointment as vice-chancellor and principal of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Patrick Joel Turkson from Ghana, who will be graduating with his PhD in Marketing on 15 December at Nelson Mandela University’s graduation, says his doctoral supervisor Dr Felix Amoah told him that "a PhD is a journey", which he says he now totally confirms.

Dr Conrad van Greunen will be receiving his second PhD in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University on 15 December, both supervised by Prof Elmarie Venter.

Student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities to mitigate youth unemployment is the focus of a collaborative project between Nelson Mandela University, University of Pretoria, and Ghent University in Belgium.

You too can make your life-time change” says Ayanda Simayi, whose PhD research, developed a teaching strategy that enabled her rural teacher colleagues to name initially avoided sexual concepts in the Life Sciences curriculum.

Struggle veteran and strategist, Joel Netshitenzhe, will be lauded with an honorary doctorate during Nelson Mandela University’s summer graduation next week for, among others, his contribution to the abolishment of apartheid and the subsequent nation-building project of South Africa.

It is essential for music creatives to focus and educate themselves on music business and music law to be successful in the ever-changing music industry and working world.

Patience, passion, and perseverance have marked the doctoral study success of Gabriel Kwadwo Twumasi, who will now graduate with a PhD in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University on 15 December.   

The research of Nelson Mandela University student Itumeleng Zosela introduces an innovative treatment, namely nanoparticles, which are only toxic to cancer cells and not normal cells. The treatments currently available have severe side effects, damaging normal cells and not only the colon cancer cells.

Protecting our environment and endangered marine life and the immense importance of the ocean, was the reason behind Andrea Govender’s Master’s in Accounting research, which created environmental awareness from an auditing perspective.

Software Engineer at Property24 Cape Town Okuhle Ngada addressed the problem of online misinformation, commonly referred to as ‘fake news’ by using technological approaches, such as machine learning and deep learning technology. 

From Olympic swimming pools to India’s cricket stadiums, from TV adverts that make us laugh and think to the banking tools that protect us from risk, from cars to recruitment, alumni from Nelson Mandela University are making a difference in diverse fields and in all parts of the world.

Business values in indigenous Black South African family businesses are influenced and shaped by their African culture, and the philosophy of Ubuntu. And parents are the most influential familial socialisation agents.

Johannesburg, 26 November 2021 – Gender-based violence (GBV) continues to plague communities across South Africa. Higher education institutions are not immune to this alarming trend of sexual violence, with increasing incidents being reported across our campuses and their surrounds.

The significant but different roles that commercial alcohol and umqombothi play during the amaXhosa initiation ceremonies have been highlighted in the Social Work Master’s degree research of Mzoli Mavimbela, 31, who will graduate on 14 December at Nelson Mandela University.

Born in Limpopo, international music performer and composer Musa Nkuna, 48, who lives in Germany, has chosen Nelson Mandela University to study for this DMus in Composition degree.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2BP - Nelson Mandela University’s Occupational Health Team won first prize for the institution’s COVID-19 poster at the national conference of the South African Society of Occupational Health Nursing (SASOHN).

Developing healthcare professionals with a heart for the community and its healthcare needs, and an opportunity for urban renewal in Gqeberha’s Missionvale area and surrounds are some of the major spin-offs of the country's newest medical school, based at Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni Geosciences PhD student, Carla Dodd, was selected for the specialised African/German field training programme (Train-ME2) as part of a group of only eight postgraduate students from across Africa.

Nelson Mandela University Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, was lauded with an honorary doctorate by the North West University (NWU) last week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The newly established Nelson Mandela University Steelpan Ensemble, conducted by Siyamthanda Xotyeni, recently won several awards at the 10th world-renowned International Marimba & Steelpan Festival, with 1615 participants this year.

Jazz takes centre stage at Mandela University this evening with the virtual hosting of the 13th Isisusa Fest ’21 in which the artistry of three fallen music legends will be celebrated.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third-year Nelson Mandela University BA Media, Communication and Culture design student Jamie Penrith, won second place in her category in the national Student Gold Pack Packaging Awards competition. She will now be entered into the WorldStar Student packaging awards.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Social Work alumnus Mzoli Mavimbela, 31, recently received the Creative Non-Fiction Award from SALA and Write Associates in collaboration with the National Department of Arts and Culture for his book MASIBUYEL’ EMBO KONAKELE PHI NA?

Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 23 November.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Education’s Prof Mathabo Khau is one of only 29 chosen from 114 applicants to participate in the Future Professors Programme Phase 2 Cohort 1 of the Department of Higher Education and Training  (DHET).

Nelson Mandela University will mark the realisation of its long-held dream to establish a medical school with an official launch on Tuesday, 30 November.

Reasons to be Proud – R2bP#: Computing Sciences honours student, Marco Venter, has developed a smart phone security app that is already creating waves in Germany and the United States.

Universities have been a source of reliable information and instrumental in providing pioneering solutions to the challenges facing society, since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.

Specialised rescue missions in the generally under resourced Eastern Cape have been given a lifeline, with Nelson Mandela University becoming the dispatch hub of Rescue South Africa activities and equipment as part of a ground-breaking partnership launched on Wednesday (17 November 2021).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Open Education community, Academic Developer and leader of Mandela University’s Open Education Influencers Project, Gino Fransman, has been recognised with a global Open Education Award for Excellence.

On Wednesday (17 November 2021), Nelson Mandela University will officially join hands with Rescue SA via a virtual launch to help build capacity for rescue training and to assist with specialised rescue operations locally, nationally and beyond.

Mathematics and science are often considered the two most difficult school subjects that are so often avoided by students, yet they can have a significant impact on what a learner can do when they leave school. 

From microfinance and empowerment of women to improving financial literacy and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses are what three recent student academic award winners have in common.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Four Nelson Mandela University students have made it through the to the prestigious GradStar Top 100.

Nelson Mandela University staff and students have also been greatly affected by the rolling power outages in Summerstrand and surrounds, where the bulk of our campuses are situated, and many students reside.

Mandela University architecture students took first place in both the 2021 PG Bison’s 1.618 Education Initiative student competition and the Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Academic Developer and Project Leader of Mandela University’s Open Education Influencers, Gino Fransman, along with a team of collaborators across four continents, have won two global awards for their innovative new children’s book, Together.

The Law Clinic at the Missionvale Campus is a full-fledged law firm which provides free legal services to people in need, and at the same time gives students opportunities to train in a real-life setting.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Mandela Uni Geosciences students won awards at the recent three-day annual Groundwater Conference in South Africa, attended in person and online by professionals and students involved in groundwater-related issues.

Reaching from the northern areas to the southern suburbs of Gqeberha, Nelson Mandela University’s two psychology clinics provide a comprehensive and accessible service to people who would not otherwise be able to afford psychological services.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two thirds of the finalists in two industry sponsored design competitions are third-year Mandela Uni Architectural Design students who have been selected as finalists in the 2021 PG Bison’s 1,618 Education Initiative student competition and the 2021 Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

A 40-minute documentary entitled "Origins: an investigation into Khoi-San heritage sites" (NRF-Nelson Mandela University) concludes three years of research about the pre-colonial First Indigenous Peoples heritage places in the Eastern Cape province, premiered on 21 October at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum in Gqeberha.  

The scale and speed at which the university sector has been required over 18 months to digitally transform to online and hybrid (a combination of online and face-to-face) models has triggered a seismic shift in higher education. 

Nelson Mandela University is saddened by news of the passing of a student during a DASO event this afternoon. It is understood that the student drowned, and another is still missing.

The Spirit of Water – Practices of cultural reappropriation: Indigenous heritage sites along the coast of the Eastern Cape-South Africa is title of the book Dr Magda Minguzzi of Nelson Mandela University recently published.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Mandela University music students have been awarded prestigious bursaries from The Southern African Church and Concert Organists Society (SACOS).

Students and staff in the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology (EBET) have been playing an incredible role in tackling COVID-19 challenges.

George Campus Principal, Dr Kaluke Mawila, was selected as Chair of FOREST21's* Advisory Board at it's first meeting.

Reasons to be proud - #R2bP: Computing Sciences student, Amica de Jager, walked away with an arm full of medals at the recent DHL Lifesaving South Africa National Championships which took place in Gqeberha.

Four student academic award recipients at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony are top achievers in the world of computers and numbers.

Mandela University’s Universal Accessibility and Disability Services (UADS) showed the way with their vaccination campaign #GETVACCINATED.

From a matric side hustle to a growing business with potential for global success, energy entrepreneurs Kwanda Jakalase and Randolph Bruce Meth say a national competition has helped to give them international wings. 

The Hubs of Convergence (HoC) is a project within the university’s Engagement and Transformation space to help the university act in service of society alongside internal and external stakeholder communities.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master’s in isiXhosa graduate, Cingiswa Mbangwa, recently received the African Languages of Southern Africa (ALASA) VIA AFRIKA Postgraduate Award for her outstanding research.

With undergraduate applications to study at Nelson Mandela University in 2022 having closed on 30 September, the institution has already made admissions offers to 15548 as compared to 14 603 at the same time last year.


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused major upheaval to daily life. Education has been at the heart of the disruption – learners in grade one to matric had to transition to new routines and styles of learning literally overnight, when the hard lockdown began in March 2020.

South Africa’s universities must shed their dominant modern/colonial imaginary character to transform and become more responsive.

Three Music students who all want to make a difference in various ways with their music, received awards at the University’s recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony.

The Nelson Mandela University Business School will assist the Metro Women Secondary Co-operative (MWSC) in enhancing their skills through training. Additionally, the secondary objective is to build an entrepreneurship eco-system in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the Province.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Lorien Pichegru, a marine biologist at Mandela University and Acting Director of the Coastal and Marine Research Institute, has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite (Knight of the Order of Merit) award from the ambassador of France in SA.

Construction of a new road to alleviate traffic congestion leading to Nelson Mandela University’s South Campus in Summerstrand is underway.

Two Madibaz tennis players are among the 24 top students who received awards at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony.

The research of two award-winning master’s graduates and lecturers at Nelson Mandela University can contribute to the country’s health services in both the legal and environmental health areas. Both women received awards at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony.

The aquaponics project on Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale Campus is an example of how  the university is working with private enterprise, a non-profit organisation and schools in the area to grow food sustainably all year round.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Bachelor of Education honours graduate, Dylan Mackenzie, has been appointed as foreign academic director for the Limai Chinese American International School in Beijing, China.

The excellence of 24 top students and graduates were recognised at Nelson Mandela University’s second, virtual annual student Academic Awards ceremony on 28 September 2021.

As a water-scarce continent and an institution that prioritises sustainability and has earth stewardship as a value, the way Nelson Mandela University saves water now through its various strategies will be key in how we view - and use - water in the long-term.

Nelson Mandela University Business School is making history on the continent by offering an internationally recognised, new doctoral programme for business professionals and specialists.

Nelson Mandela Bay residents have an opportunity to contribute to the aesthetic revitalisation of the Gqeberha central business district — and bag a few thousand rand in the process.

The SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imaginations is held by Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola from the Centre for Women and Gender Studies (CWGS). Heather Dugmore reports on why this is so significant for female empowerment.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Master’s student in the department of Media and Communication, Talya Goldmann, has won the StageLine SA ‘Queen of Colour’ 2021 competition. 

Nelson Mandela University launches the online version of it’s official University Shop today, Tuesday, 14 September 2021.

Congratulations to the 10 category winners of The Herald Nelson Mandela University Citizens of the Year 2021 competition.

Pastor Earl Piet is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Usen Obot is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Maria Grewar is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Ntombosindiso Genge is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University students won three of the four categories in the regional round of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Intervarsity and will compete in the national finals in November.

A drastic decline in the number of vaccinations being administered at Nelson Mandela University has prompted the university to engage students, staff and the public on the hesitation about getting the jab.
The six-month pilot of a webbased solution developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies to track, trace and follow up on tuberculosis patients in Wells Estate has drawn to a close.

The symmetry of a face, the angles of a city skyline, the way fireflies start flickering in unison: Mathematical shapes and patterns are all around us – and they can take our breath away.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Honours in Public Management & Leadership student, Vuyokazi Gwam, has been selected as one of 10 delegates from South Africa to participate in the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz water polo coach Delaine Mentoor received national recognition this week when named Coach of the Year at the Momentum GSport Awards.

The university sector should consider selling the benefits of transformation rather than force or impose change. 

A university lecturer and his former students have tapped into political risk research.

The scourge of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) continues to plague our society, with mostly women, children, and individuals from the LGBTIQA+ communities, worst affected.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Lynn Futcher from the School of ICT at Mandela University has been elected onto the executive of the national Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA).

South Africa, as a young democratic state with a history of brutal colonial and apartheid rule, is recognised as having one of the most progressive constitutional and legislative infrastructures in the world. 

Despite slight apprehension to take the COVID-19 vaccine, according to various polls, South African youth have been turning up to get the jab after registration, and walk-ins, were opened to them last week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor in Computing Sciences at Mandela University, Jean Greyling, has been selected as one of ten winners in the Future Learning category of the international, Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021.

Prof Zukiswa Zingela is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Dr Zikhona Tywabi-Ngeva is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Pamela Mabini is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Thamsanqa Joseph Nkevu is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

As one of the largest institutions in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Nelson Mandela University is part of the city-wide efforts to save water and avert the impending Day Zero as far as possible.

Derrick Hoshe is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Yolanda Bukani is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Chemistry lecturer, Dr Gletwyn Rubidge, once again broke a national record at the AIDA Freediving World Cup held in Egypt last month.

Nelson Mandela University has partnered with the Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC-EC) towards the provision of relevant industry-aligned degree programmes and other capacity building initiatives aimed at bolstering the manufacturing sector and provincial economy.

At Nelson Mandela University we salute all women, at all times, recognising their innate ability of strength, perseverance and determination to lead for the fight against inequality today.

Nelson Mandela University has appointed Professor Zukiswa Zingela as the new Executive Dean of Health Sciences. 

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Advanced Engineering Design Group’s (AEDG) engineering students are in an exciting collaborative project with well-known racing team, Scuderia Scribante.

Nelson Mandela University’s innovative new medical school is a dream come true, not only for the university but also for the province.

Friday, 23 July saw the official launch of the Agricultural Nutrition Project, which will see a skills transfer from Nelson Mandela University's George Campus students to inmates.

With the University having to come up with all kinds of innovative ways to save water in this water crisis, the Botany Department has implemented a closed water distilling system for their research needs, saving an enormous amount of water.   

Nelson Mandela University hosted its first virtual Pharmacist’s Oath and Pharmacy Award Ceremony on Friday, 23 July 2021.

Nelson Mandela University will be halting its vaccination to those in the 35 to 49-year age group – staff, students and members of the public - until 1 August following a directive last night from the Eastern Cape MEC for Health, through our District Manager, Darlene de Vos.

Nelson Mandela University’s Vaccination Centre in Gqeberha was swamped in more ways than one today.

Nelson Mandela University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts is showcasing two virtual exhibitions on the National Arts Festival virtual Fringe platform until 31 July 2021.

Due to the present national shortage of the Pfizer vaccine, Mandela University will be switching to the one-shot J&J vaccine from tomorrow (Wednesday, 21 July).

Nelson Mandela University has opened up a second vaccination site, specifically dedicated to its 29 000 students.

Nelson Mandela University is calling on its staff, students, alumni and friends to dig deep and join hands in living the legacy of its namesake as the country remembers Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on Mandela Day on 18 July.

Dr Phumeza Kota-Nyati has been appointed as the Dean: Learning and Teaching from July 2021.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Madibaz Sport are proud to have five representatives included in the South African team to participate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this month.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Despite enduring an extraordinary learning and teaching environment during the 2020 academic year, Nelson Mandela University’s accounting graduates achieved an impressive 83% pass rate at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) initial test of competence exam, the results of which were released last week. 

As one of the largest institutions in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, Nelson Mandela University is on a water emergency and sustainability drive to address the looming Day Zero crisis.

As planning continues for the safe continuation of the academic project in line with the recent move to National Lockdown Adjusted Level 4, Nelson Mandela University remains committed to minimising the impact on staff and students as far as possible.

The Nelson Mandela University computing sciences department is one of the main role players in a new global family tech programme created by Amazon Web Services.

Yesterday afternoon (30 June 2021), the Minister of Higher Education, Training, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, outlined sector-specific guidelines pertaining to the move to National Lockdown Adjusted Alert Level 4 announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University students were the big winners at the recent Corobrik Student Architecture Awards.

In this professorial inaugural lecture* Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mandela University, Russell Phillips, unpacked the role of renewable energy in de-urbanising post-COVID Africa. 

The first year class of Nelson Mandela University’s new medical school is encouraging the matrics of 2021 to apply for next year’s MBChB course.

With Nelson Mandela Bay’s water supply drying up fast, there is some good news with return effluent water irrigation extended to include more sports fields on campus.

Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a move to National Lockdown Adjusted Alert Level 4 as part of the national coronavirus response.

Journalism graduates and students of Nelson Mandela University contributed to a special Youth Day supplement published by The Herald on June 16, 2021.

Nelson Mandela University’s own vaccination rollout, which began on Monday as part of Phase 2 for the national programme, is happily gaining momentum – and high praise.

The South African Research Chairs Initiative, or SARChI, launched a chair in African Feminist Imaginations at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, on 5 June, headed by Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola from the university’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies.

Since time immemorial, amabali (stories) and iintsomi (folktales) have been one of the leading ways through which to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next. Having been somewhat neglected as a critical form of knowledge creation or development in the mainstream education system, there are ongoing efforts to highlight its importance in children’s development, in particular.

In line with our vision of being a truly dynamic, African University, our Music Department has introduced steel pan as a choice of main instrument in its curriculum.

Nelson Mandela University has been approved as a Master Facility COVID-19 Vaccination Site by the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDoH).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Phase of our Collective Fight against the Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organised crime with links to the illegal harvesting, processing and trading of fish and seafood globally, is so huge that it is in effect a parallel economic system that is undermining sustainable economic growth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

“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.

“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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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).

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.

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).

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 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).

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, 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.

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).

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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


“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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. 

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.

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