Vol8 no1 2016
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
CLAUDIA MONYAMANE, a Visual Communication (Photography) student, captured this image.
ARMAND BOTES (19), a second-year Graphic Design student, designed this see-through shopping bag as part of a packaging project.
The best part of being a lecturer is to see the potential in students and seeing them realising it (specifically, once they are members in our industry) through hard work and dedication. I am extremely proud of what our students have achieved – NINA NEWMAN, LECTURER OF THE YEAR (Faculty of the Arts).
To win this
STRAIGHT 2 THE POINT
THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
interview with Dr Ezekiel Moraka
Heita! met up with Dr Ezekiel Moraka, Acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) and DVC: Student Affairs and Extracurricular Development (SAED), to ask him some frank questions, ranging from student finances to student fun.
EXACTLY HOW DOES TUT
USE THE MONEY THAT I
PAY FOR MY STUDIES TO KEEP THE INSTITUTION GOING?
TUT has three streams of income: The first stream is government subsidy, the second is tuition fees and the third is other income, which is mobilised by the University from various sources. The first and second income streams, which make up about 90% of TUT’s income, are mainly used to pay expenses such as salaries, goods and services, finance costs and capital expenditure. The goods and services expenditure consists of items such as Campus Protection Services; Information and Communication Technology; water and electricity; cleaning services; bus transport; and operational items to cover the daily costs to run the University.
WHAT ARE THE
I DON’T PAY?
If the students do not pay their tuition fees, TUT will have insufficient income to pay its expenses. This may affect the operations of the University as there may be insufficient money to efficiently run the institution. Furthermore, non-payment of tuition fees will not assist the process of preserving TUT as a national asset for younger generations.
IS THERE REALLY A NEED
TO INCREASE FEES
Every year, expenditure increases as a result of inflation. The inflation that affects higher education is normally higher than the CPIX (Consumer price index) of the country. If income does not increase annually and expenditure continues to increase above the CPIX, the income of the University will eventually reach a point where it cannot cover all its expenditures.
EVERY YEAR, I READ IN
THE MEDIA THAT NSFAS
(National Student Financial Aid Scheme) IS AN ISSUE AT THE UNIVERSITY. WHO QUALIFIES FOR NSFAS AND HOW DOES
Financially needy and academically deserving students qualify for financial aid. NSFAS is, however, unable to assist all eligible students because of limited funds. NSFAS covers tuition fees, TUT residence fees and fixed amounts for books and meals. No private accommodation, pocket money or transport is covered. If you qualify according to the means test, NSFAS will only support you for a maximum of five years, based on the availability of funding in each year. If you change your course frequently and you take longer than five years to complete your diploma, you will have to pay for yourself until you graduate.
DOES TUT HAVE ENOUGH
TUT is the largest residential University of Technology in Southern Africa. We currently provide accommodation to a total of 10 574 students. With regards to the developments in accommodation provision, the following has been done recently, or is in progress:
In the beginning of 2015, TUT has entered into three new lease agreements for accommodation, namely:
Two new residences, which are still under construction, can each accommodate approximately 200 students:
However, there is a need for additional accommodation at all TUT campuses.
Number of students that TUT can provide accommodation for
Dr Ezekiel Moraka says an organisation/club/structure for day students, that will be called the Commuter Students Council, is on the cards.
WHAT MECHANISMS ARE
THERE TO ENSURE ADEQUATE SUPPORT FOR THE NEWLY-ELECTED SRC TO FULFIL ITS MANDATE?
There are several empowerment programmes, such as induction, strategic planning and other development programmes.
DOES THE UNIVERSITY
OFFER POLITICAL TOLERANCE TRAINING?
We offer a range of interventions and capacity building programmes. We do not have a specific programme on political tolerance. Informed by the recent occurrences, we are now discussing ways of fostering political tolerance and social cohesion amongst students.
BEING A STUDENT
SHOULD ALSO HAVE A FUN SIDE. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR DAY/COMMUTING STUDENTS IN THIS RESPECT?
We plan to mobilise all day students to form an organisation/club/structure that will be called the Commuter Students Council as an official student structure per Faculty under the guardianship of a staff member to act like a house parent. The purpose of this structure is to allow commuter students to have an office where they can report their problems and also coordinate programmes that seek to address the challenges that are unique to them.
WHAT WILL FIRST-YEAR
ORIENTATION LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR?
The University has resolved to improve the transitional support for first-year students. The first step to this support is centred on providing good quality institutional-wide first-year orientation. It is the first time that TUT would have this programme. An Orientation Task Team that is co-chaired by a SAED representative was convened at the request of the Senate Committee of Success Rate (SCSR) in March 2015, to coordinate institutional-wide first-year orientation for 2016. Significant progress has been reported by the Task Team and as the University management; we are looking forward to this new innovation for welcoming first-year students to TUT.
WHERE DID YOU STUDY,
WHAT KIND OF A STUDENT WERE YOU AND WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR STUDENT YEARS?
I studied at the former University of the North (now the University of Limpopo) and the University of Pretoria. As a student, I actively participated in various student programmes, in particular student politics. Thus, I ended up being a member of the SRC. I also participated in sport programmes and played football and tennis. Most importantly, I prioritised my studies and would like to advise all TUT students to put their education first.
NEW ORGANISATION FOR DAY STUDENTS
to look at needs of day students
COMMUTER STUDENTS COUNCIL
good quality orientation
2015 ended on a high note for third-year Graphic Design student Kgothatso Masako (22) when she was named one of the winners of the CREATE WITH US: Sustainable T-shirt Design Competition launched by popular South African retailer, Woolworths.
Not only did she bag prize money of R25 000, she also got to meet Grammy Award-winning musician, record producer and philanthropist, Pharrell Williams, who took on the role of style director for the competition.
The simplicity of Kgothatso’s design caught Williams’ eye and it is now sold as a limited range in Woolies stores countrywide.
She says she jumped at the opportunity when students were invited to submit designs for t-shirts that celebrate sustainability. Her design features a hand holding a globe which points to the interaction between man and the earth.
The competition attracted a lot of media attention and Kgothatso was interviewed on Top Billing and Expresso, among others. The presence of Top Billing presenter, Bonang Matheba, created quite a stir on the Arts Campus.
Kgothatso adds that, as a shy person, she found it a bit nerve-wrecking. “I’m not used to having so much attention focused on me.”
She plans to invest half of the prize money and use the rest to pay for her studies.
This year, she enrolled for a B Tech in Graphic Design.
Architecture also fascinates her, and she might explore it in future.
WOOLIES WINNER wows Pharrell Williams
Kgothatso with Pharrell Williams.
Her winning design (right) on a mannequin in Woolies.
MBALI SELEKE (18)
Chemical Engineering student
“It’s an awesome University.”
BERNARD MALHERBE (18)
“A friend of mine recommended the University and I did some research of my own.”
BENNY NGQOLWAZANE (23)
Electrical Engineering student
“I knew TUT better than other universities.”
EMIHLE JAVU (21)
from Tsomo (Eastern Cape)
Sports Management student
“My sister studied at TUT and she is very successful.”
JOLINDI FOURIE (18)
Sport and Exercise Technology student
“When I weighed up all my options, it was the best University.”
KHANYISILE MAHLANGU (19)
Animal Production student
“The variety of agricultural courses, especially the ones that other universities do not offer, attracted me.”
MELANDRI VAN DER WAL (19)
“It’s close to my home. My brother is also studying here and the University offers the course that I always wanted to study.”
MOSHE MAVHUNGU (19)
Hospitality Management student
“I saw it as a new beginning.”
Jackey Masekela, Res Advisor at Kollegehof and accomplished musician, speaks to Tribute (Birdie) Mboweni (29), an M Tech: Ecotourism Management student at the Department of Nature Conservation, who does not only study the environment, but also sings about it.
Tribute (Birdie) Mboweni
HOW DOES YOUR LOVE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND MUSIC COME TOGETHER? I grew up in Mkhuhlu village, near the Kruger National Park, where I was fortunate enough to be involved in a number of conservation programmes involving young people in primary and high school. I also grew up in a church-oriented family that also loved music. I picked these two things up at an early age and later on I had to face the challenge of being torn between the two. I have now managed to make them work together on my album and this is something that I aim to continue doing.
YOU WILL GRADUATE WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE LATER ON THIS YEAR AND HAVE BEEN INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE 2016 CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THESE ACHIEVEMENTS? I am absolutely excited. These are two of my dreams coming true in one year. I will obtain my degree cum laude – something I have dreamt of all my academic life. Dreams do come true, but one must be willing to apply themselves as well. I could not be happier.
WHAT DRIVES AND PUSHES YOU TO WANT TO ACHIEVE MORE? Knowing that I can, pushes me to achieve more. Knowing that despite challenges, I am, at my very core, capable.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEIR DREAMS REALISED? In the words of a dear friend of mine, Mbali Vilakazi, “Just get on with it.” It will be challenging, but when it seems the hardest, just get on with it. Talk less and listen more, investigate things, be teachable, and also learn to apply your mind to things.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I plan on further defining my path as a musician, academic and environmentalist, and ensuring that I use music as a tool to educate our communities about environmental responsibility. Ultimately, I would like to take my music to world stages and I believe that everything that is happening now, is in preparation for that.
In the next edition, I catch up with the CSRC President.
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All work and no play make Jack (and Jill) a dull boy (and girl).
It’s easy! All you have to do is answer the following
question (don’t fret, you should get the answer somewhere
in this edition): NAME THE STUDENT WHO WON THE WOOLWORTHS DESIGN COMPETITION.
BETHUEL GIFT MAHLANGU (22), a B Tech: Human Resources Management student at the Pretoria
Campus, is the winner of the competition featured in
Heita! Vol7 No.8 2015.
SPEND THE R300 WISELY.
THAT’S A WRAP
The winner of the branded folder is DILIGENCE MAJA (23), an IT student at the Soshanguve Campus.
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