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30 July 2021

MBONAMBI IS ONE OF THE 20 EDUCATORS IN SA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE YOUTH IN CLIMATE ROBOTICS PROJECT

Durban University of Technology (DUT) alumnus Bheka Mbonambi is exhilarated upon hearing the news of him being selected as one of the 20 educators in South Africa to participate in the Youth in Climate Robotics Project.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa is implementing a six-month project during 2021 called Think Big Start Small: Youth-led robotics for multi-dimensional climate solutions. He was selected to participate in the project after a competitive application and selection process.

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MPHAHLELE SHARES HER EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN NGAP LECTURER AT DUT

It has been a year since Mahlatse Mphahlele joined the Durban University of Technology after her appointment as an nGAP lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department under the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Mphahlele originally from Limpopo joined DUT in July 2020, which forced her to move to Durban from Johannesburg, where she was working as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg.

She is part of the New Generation of Academics Programme (NGAP), an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in partnership with DUT to build a new generation of academics.

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DUT RESIDENCE STUDENTS EMBARK ON A CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN

A team from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Student Housing and Residence life recently embarked on a clean-up campaign following the several days of unrest and looting that took place in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The students united in a bid to help clean their communal spaces within the residences and the streets.

The team consisted of students living in the different student residences and the Residence Advisors. Residence Development Officer, Khosi Twala pronounced the essential role that the students played during the clean-up campaign.

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DR DZIIKE SHARES HIS ROLE IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH AT DUT

The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Dr Farai Dziike, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Technology Transfer and Innovation Directorate (TTI). He shares his academic and entrepreneurial journey as well as the research work he is currently involved in. 

He is also a Research Commercialization Assistant in the TTI Directorate as well as an academic entrepreneur involved in conversion of academic research into innovation technology and business development. 

His current research is in the focus area of Biomass and Sustainability – Conversion of biomass into innovation and green materials for the Circular Economy products.

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PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE DUT COMMUNITY IN THE TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

Durban University of Technology (DUT) continues to commend all its essential workers for their dedication and commitment in providing services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. DUT’s Communications team’s Simangele Zuma spoke to Ms Nontokozo Ngcobo, Manager: Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Midlands Campus.

Q: What is your role at DUT? 

A: “I am currently a manager for the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Midlands Campus under the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement. I provide business support to students and further establish practical learning spaces (the hubs) for the practical learning of our student-preneurs.”

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AMENDED 2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR 

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