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The state-of-the-art Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu Science Centre was launched in Cofimvaba in the Eastern Cape on October 6, and from its conceptualisation the faculty of science at Nelson Mandela University was deeply involved.

What is being offered as schooling in rural South Africa is not nearly good enough and we need to stand together as communities to create something better; create community schools that produce top-achieving learners based on a culture of learning and teaching.

The 2021 Nobel prize in physics, shared by three laureates, means the conversation about climate change should no longer be about debating the science itself or whether climate change is real, but rather on what we should be doing about it. 

Over the last 18 months, our mental health and wellbeing have been stretched to their absolute limits.

Challenging the scepticism and resistance in the public response to the COVID-19 vaccine is deeply important to the state of public health.

Behavioural economics is key to helping escape the Eastern Cape’s water crisis – understanding how people view water allows for the development of strategies that can help change these views, and then the behaviour, in a systematic way.

The UN designated the decade 2014-2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

Close analysis of global heritage identification and conservation reveals enduring inequalities. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted our student community by drawing bold lines that essentially deprive us of physical interactions, which used to define a vibrant student life known for its enriching experience through socialisation with one’s peers, while developing skills needed for university and beyond.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and adjacent Kouga Municipality will soon run out of water.

The notion of the engaged university is far removed from its historical definitional identity. 

We want to send our medical graduates out into the world knowing how to practise primary healthcare in holistic, culturally sensitive and comprehensive ways. Impoverished areas – urban and rural – are massively underserved, and this was a major factor for Nelson Mandela University to place our new medical school in Missionvale.

Research and innovation in the ocean economy is essential if SA and Africa are to nurture the sector and contribute to the growth of the national and continental economies.

Each August, South Africans turn our collective attention to women’s historic contributions and contemporary value.

My personal experience of having worked with young adults in higher education for more than 30 years is that students who grew up in adverse social economic circumstances but who had the benefit of being exposed to reading from an early age, generally excelled despite their circumstances.

Ongama Mtimka writes that as Mandela month comes to a close, we should think about how we emulate the values Madiba modelled in order to honour his legacy.

Youth Month, June 2021, the month Nelson Mandela University launched its vaccination programme, will be remembered at our institution, and perhaps the higher education sector, as a critical moment in the ongoing battle to contain and turn the tide against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sport forms a critical component of SA’s social fabric and is recognised as one of the key pillars of nation building.

We are on the cusp of change and have always been in a changing world.

To meet the challenges of the climate crisis involves a fundamental rethink of how living and working spaces are designed and constructed. 

The third COVID-19 wave is due to hit the two big Eastern Cape metros of Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City by the end of March/beginning of April. This is sooner than expected and we are confident of the prediction as it is based on a range of local and regional data and on a year of national modelling, from the time that COVID-19 hit South Africa in March 2020.

It is a massive concern that the official unemployment rate among people aged 15 to 34 in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 46%. 

When Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, coined the phrase ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ (4IR), he argued that this new industrial revolution would happen at an exponential pace, and that new technologies would change society in unpredictable ways. 

It is often hard to find light in the seemingly endless pandemic. Still, perhaps the single most valuable consequence for higher education during this time is that it has forced us to reimagine ways in which to reach and engage our students, industries and communities, and provided unexpected insights into what is possible when technology is optimally leveraged.

SA’s 10th medical school opens its doors this year at Nelson Mandela University after the idea of building a medical school in Port Elizabeth was first mooted in the 1940s.

A Covid-19 resurgence is upon us, as evidenced by the rising number of cases nationally. In particular, the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and George, where our campuses are situated, have been flagged as hotspots as the numbers continue to rise.

It takes a village to raise a child, and our experience from the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that our “village ” has many actors, or stakeholders, willing to ensure that our children achieve holistic education outcomes in a system still characterised by glaring inequality, especially in socio-economically marginalised communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced academics to reflect and reimagine teaching and learning.

Professor Lungile Pepeta passed away on August 7. He was just 46 years of age.

The rural village of Ludeke in the town of Mbizana in the Alfred Nzo region of our province, birthed, grew and honed a fine young man, who would not only make them proud, but also ceaselessly exemplify his roots — humble beginnings, reaffirm his identity and most importantly, connect and carry the aspirations of his people, particularly the youth. 

Has the Eastern Cape hit the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic? While this question is on the lips of many, the answer, at least for the Eastern Cape, is no.

Right now South Africa needs to start reimagining our schools as places of hope and opportunity, not only for our children but for the residents of the area in which they are situated.

I write this reflection on those “Six Days in August” (the title of a DVD by Mikale Barry), the Northern Areas uprising in 1990, with a visceral memory of that tumultuous time in our history.

A shortage of nurses and doctors, coupled with the health sector's failure to have a coordinated response in the Eastern Cape, has ensured a tsunami wave is on its way, the dean of the Department of Health Sciences at the Nelson Mandela University, Professor Lungile Pepeta, has told News24. 

Hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay were implementing emergency plans on Monday as the number of coronavirus cases in the metro neared 5,000 and was expected to double in the next 10 days.

Some schools, predominantly the better-resourced schools, have been able to carry on with teaching online whereas in many other schools, learners have had to make do with a couple of radio and television lessons.

Who would have thought that internal marketing would pay off at a time like this? Where traditional marketing focuses on satisfying external customers, internal marketing focuses on keeping internal customers — that is, the employees — happy.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have created significant challenges for the higher education sector, and our universities and colleges are working hard on strategies and solutions to achieve the end goal of catching up and completing the 2020 academic year.

Nelson Mandela University’s conundrum – online teaching when 35% of students don’t have digital access.

We need to mask up and ramp up local solutions to break the Covid-19 transmission chain in our diverse urban, township, informal settlement and rural communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the need for South Africa to manufacture life-saving drugs.