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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
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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.