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19 August 2021

MEET PROF RUNETTE KRUGER, THE NEW EXECUTIVE DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF ARTS AND DESIGN

The Faculty of Arts and Design (FAOD) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has warmly welcomed their new Executive Dean, Prof Runette Kruger, who joined the DUT family on Monday, 2 August 2021.

Prof Kruger who is born and bred in Johannesburg, recently moved to Durban after spending most years of her life studying and working in Tshwane.

Giving a brief background on her education, Prof Kruger said her first qualifications were in Ceramic Design and Fine Arts, whereas her terminal qualification is a PhD in Visual Studies.

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DUT LIBRARY THE FIRST TO IMPLEMENT FOLIO IN AFRICA

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Library is honoured to be the first university library in Africa to join the Future of Libraries Is Open (FOLIO) community in implementing a truly modern, open-source Library Services Platform (LSP). DUT will contribute to reimagining library software through collaboration with international libraries, developers and vendors to provide libraries with more choices and delivering new services to the users.

The implementation was conducted and executed by the local service partner Universal Knowledge Software (UKS) and Elton B. Stephens Company (EBSCO) Information Services. EBSCO, the leading provider of research databases, e-journals,  

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DUT’S DR CHISITA IS APPOINTED SECRETARY FOR THE IFLA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP INDIGENOUS MATTERS SECTION

Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Dr Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita has been appointed Secretary for the International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) Special Interest Group (SIG) Indigenous Matters Section (IMS); being the only candidate from Africa representing the continent. His appointment is from the period from August 2021 to August 2023.

Dr Chisita is a researcher, editor, author and lecturer in Information Sciences in the Faculty of Applied Sciences. He has been working with different local and international organisations including LIASA, 

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SHOWING SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

To continue with its pledge to fight Gender Based Violence (GBV), the HIV/AIDS Centre, at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), hosted the 7th Annual Silent Protest 2021 on Microsoft Teams last Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

The 2021 Silent Protest had an increased focus on student voices. Students had the opportunity to share their challenges, experiences, concerns around GBV and discussed possible solutions that can help the University address these global challenges.

Facilitating the protest was Ms Ayanda Mthethwa, Psychologist at DUT’s Student Counselling Centre,

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PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE DUT COMMUNITY DURING A PANDEMIC

The 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 Waheeda Peters spoke to Ronelle Susan Lyson, Alumni Relations Coordinator: Advancement and Alumni Relations Office.

Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT?

A: “I am the Alumni Relations Coordinator in the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office.”

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