TUT ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
Vol3 No1 | 2018
TUT sets the tone in transformation of the Higher Education Sector
So What’s your Plan?
South Africa’s golden girl joins TUT Athletics
Tut Sports 2018
TUT comes out top of its peers in terms of donor funding
Update from the VC
Tumi Mphaho: In conversation with Ziyanda Mbambo…
Student accommodation, an ongoing demand
The impact of Fee-Free Higher Education for the Tshwane University of Technology
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South Africa’s golden girl joins TUT Athletics
Caster Mokgadi Semenya has just returned from the Common Wealth games with Team SA where she bagged South Africa’s 13th gold medal after winning the athletics women’s 800m final at the games. Upon her return she joins the TUT Athletics Club and will from hence forth compete clad in TUT colours at a national level. This is according to Mlungisi ‘Jazz’ Mnyengeza – Sports Officer at the Department of Sports and Recreation.
Semenya registered for her BTech in Sports Management at TUT and since then the department started talks with her and her management team to get her to run in the University colours.
TUT Sports is glad to have South Africa’s golden girl running her future competitions in the University’s colours. Having Semenya form part of TUT Athletics will boost our image and will be a good marketing tool for TUT Sports. We now have more athletes who have shown interest in being part of TUT Sports.
Semenya’s next appearances where she will be in TUT colours will be in Sasolburg and in Qatar – Doha.
To follow her progress and competition you may follow the TUT Sports Facebook page
With the first term of 2018 drawing to a close, rapidly, I would like to share some of my reflections on a very busy first three months of the year.
Update from the VC
It saddens me immensely when our students lose their lives. The tragic death of Siyabonga Mbonambi at the hands of an angry taxi industry is too overwhelming to comprehend. Such violent acts can never be condoned and the University will support the legal system in any way possible towards the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators. Our deepest condolences are extended to his family, friends and the TUT Department of Sport Management on their loss.
As a responsible, responsive university of technology, it is important that we regularly look inward to recognise and celebrate our successes while also embracing the challenges still facing us in order to become a better quality and more transparent University.
Looking back at the beginning of 2018 and to some extent 2017, I can honestly say that I am satisfied with the progress this people’s university has made in achieving its key strategic objectives. In terms of the University governance and management, there is an increasing commitment from managers across the University to work towards streamlining processes, adhering to professional and ethical business practices and, most importantly, supporting the Financial Growth Strategy that was implemented in 2017 and which aims to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of TUT.
Aligning academic programmes with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF)
Remaining relevant in an ever-changing world of work is possibly one of the biggest challenges confronting higher education institutions globally. In the past two years, much work has been done behind the scenes to align our academic programmes with the HEQSF and the opportunities presented by the national decolonisation debates.
The HEQSF provides the basis for integrating all higher education qualifications into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). It offers a foundation for standards development and quality assurance, academic standards, portability of qualifications, as well as a mechanism for improving the qualification coherence within the higher education system. It also indicates the articulation routes between qualifications, thereby enhancing the flexibility of the system nationally and internationally, and enabling graduates and students to move more efficiently over time from one programme to another, as they pursue their academic or professional careers.
In addition, it is not only qualifications that will change in the coming years, but also the very nature of the future of work itself, since this process will also require a significant change in the mindset of those employed in the education sector to produce students who can become responsive, adaptable and entrepreneurial citizens of the country.
Currently, about 90% of our programmes are in preparation and ready to be offered from January 2019. Appreciation is extended to our relevant academics and the Directorate of Quality Promotion for spearheading the HEQSF project. We are grateful to every colleague who was involved in the process for their hard work and dedication in ensuring the future quality and relevance of our academic programmes and the calibre of our graduates, both personally and professionally.
Student finances and challenges
In December 2017, government announced that “fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working-class South Africans would be introduced”. The funding would be channelled through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to first-time entering undergraduate students at public universities who are from South African households with a combined annual income of up to R350 000 in the 2018 academic year. This has resulted in the establishment of the DHET Bursary Scheme for poor and working-class students desiring to study at a public university.
Through regular liaison with DHET, NSFAS and other relevant bodies, as well as through communication from the CFO’s office, it has been possible to manage the process effectively and without any major disruptions of any TUT processes.
The dire need for student accommodation countrywide has also impacted on TUT. Following the University Council’s approval of a Policy on the Accreditation of Private Student Accommodation early in 2017, the University has been working vigorously to find additional and suitable accommodation for our students. This process is, in addition to TUT’s long-term resource planning which provides for the building of new residences, mostly with the assistance of government funding and the leasing of spaces, as well as public-private partnerships, to continually increase student accommodation capacity.
While there still are current issues around the availability of residence accommodation, TUT is presently able to provide accommodation to 21% of our students, which is about 2% above the national average.
Student enrolment targets and registration statistics
The hunger for post-school education is evident in the annual number of applications received at TUT from prospective students. All universities annually submit their Student Enrolment Plans aligned with their institutional resources, to ensure the provision of quality education to all students to the DHET for approval. TUT is currently one of the institutions countrywide that enrols the largest number of first-year students. This year, we enrolled 15 127 first-year students, the largest first-year enrolment in the history of TUT. The University received, by the end of 2017, in excess of 100 000 applications from prospective first time-entering students.
By the close of registration in February 2018, a total of just over 63 000 students were registered for study in the 2018 academic year.
The second term will see the autumn graduations from 16 April to 29 May. A total of 10 904 successful graduates will receive their qualifications, 20 of which are at the doctoral level and 146 will receive master’s qualifications. I would like to congratulate all the new TUT alumni on their achievements. Welcome to the TUT Alumni family!
All the best until we talk again.
Prof Lourens van Staden
VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL
Tell us about yourself
My Name is Ziyanda Mbambo, a proud former student of the Tshwane University of Technology. I am a Marketing graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Marketing Management, I have a Diploma in Business Management and a post graduate qualification in education. Currently, I am busy with an Honours degree in Educational Psychology at UNISA. My real passion lies in uplifting and restoring of the dignity of the black woman and the black child. I was recently selected as one of the top 100 Semi-finalists in the Mrs South Africa Passion for 2018 competition. I’m an avid community builder with an aim to take up two charities, one focused on helping adult women with the ability to read, simply because I believe illiteracy is the cause of many struggles amongst women today and the other for abused women and children.
Tell us about your childhood
I had a normal upbringing, I was raised in a Christian home with both my wedded parents, so I always knew I would end up getting married and raise kids. I was the indoors type, spent much of my time reading. I started reading from the age of 11, fortunately my mother opened a library card for me at a young age, it helped me experience a life I wouldn’t have when it comes to mind expanding.
Tell us about your time at TUT?
I had a very lovely time at TUT, I believe the University nurtured my leadership skills. In high school I was part of the drama society. I took part in the theoretical plays and I always played the leading role. High school definitely birthed my leadership skills and being elected as the class head in my matric year was a notable achievement, but I do believe that it’s my years at varsity that eventually made me the leader I am today. During my 2nd year at TUT I was elected as a course representative for our Marketing Faculty this meant taking up responsibility for raising matters of concern to students with senior faculty staff discussing problems and solutions for the benefit of the students and this I truly enjoyed.
How has life been since varsity?
I obviously left TUT and joined the ranks of the working class where the pressures of adulthood became a reality. I worked in recruitment in private sector, then later moved to the public sector departments such as the department of small business enterprises, science and technology and I then studied towards my post graduate qualification in education after which I Started my Honours degree. Whilst teaching at a local school in my community I was encouraged to start a shoe collection campaign after seeing children going to school without any shoes in the cold winter and watching others teasing one another for not having decent clothing. This behaviour affected the targeted kids academically and I was moved by passion start the campaign as this is close to me because I grew up in the same situation as them.
What is the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa competition and what is it about?
The Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa Competition is a female empowerment programme for married women in South Africa. It’s not a traditional pageant in the normal sense of the word rather a life changing experience to challenge women to be the best versions of themselves. It runs over 4 months where we are given obligations to fulfil. There are series of workshops
in business skills and life skills for development for those who wish to be entrepreneurs and change agents in societies. This programme helps women discover their capabilities to make serious and meaningful change in society.
Why did you enter the competition and how far are you now?
I believe that I am a mature, I driven and ambitious and most of all relatable woman who is striving to be the best version of herself. I am hoping that somewhere somehow, someone can be inspired by my journey and realise that they are never too old, too young or too different to go out there and be a change maker that they want and need to be. I am at the same time trying to raise awareness in 3 areas namely firstly the area of learning disabilities.
How can we as TUT with our students assist you?
I want to come back to Tut and address students by way of Q and A sessions, give lectures and motivational talks not only to create exposure for myself but to also as a way of giving back. I will motivate students and answer their questions. I know black women have so many questions that they need answered, that I would be happy to address and to get students talking especially female students.
Tell us about your upcoming mother’s day event
I am hosting a Mother’s day event on the 13th of May, I have a star-studded line up of guest speakers because I am very excited about this, the theme will be around “being a woman in business” ,being a mother, a wife and juggling it all together and being successful. The venue will be at the Macanado restaurant cocktail and cigar lounge, previously known as Winny’s Restaurant in Wendywood (Sandton), all the donations will be going to our home abused women and children and some going through to my collect a shoe campaign.
How do we vote for you?
Top 25 judging will be happening towards the end of June, I am obviously hoping to make it to the top 25 with everyone’s help by voting for me via sending a sms with the name Ziyanda Mbambo to 35959 and following me on my link and share my picture as well:
Former President Jacob Zuma announced that government will subsidise free higher education for poor and working-class students on 16 December 2017, the same day that the ruling party was to begin its 54th elective conference. The Heher Commission has found that the state has no capacity to provide free tertiary education to all students.
Our Beat spoke to the Financial Aid Director, Mr Roekus de Villiers to find out about the impact of this announcement; and what plans has the University put in place since the announcement.
1. What plans has the university put in place from when registration started?
Even before registration started, the most important factor was to obtain a clear understanding of what was meant by free higher education (FHE) for the poor and working class students.
This proved to be a very controversial statement as most of the Higher Education stakeholders, especially students, understood this to be “totally free”. This was a misconception and that the funding was actually a DHET Bursary for all first-time entering (FTE) students covering their full cost of study, and therefore a five-year bursary roll out starting from 2018. It is also linked to conditions such as continuous academic performance and compulsory community service. Many meetings were held throughout the University to explain the implication of this bursary scheme to all stakeholders, especially the ISRC and CSRCs.
First-year students need to apply directly to NSFAS and those who did not do so were assisted by Financial Aid Offices (FAOs) at the various campuses. The cut off combined family income of R350 000 was established by staff and those who qualified were requested to complete and submit relevant documentation which allowed us to clear them for registration without having to pay the upfront registration fees. A list of students who applied directly to NSFAS was received and also cleared for registration.
Once students were registered, the FAO started to release allowances for books and meals to students.
The next step will be for students to sign the agreements which will contain the conditions as mentioned above.
2. How has this announcement affected the rolling out of funding for students?
Essentially only the following has changed from the previous funding model:
3. Will there be enough funding for the first-time students?
The announcement was made and it’s being implemented. DHET and National Treasury have confirmed the funding. It was also in the budget speech of the Finance Minister.
4. Has DHET provided plans of how students will be funded?
DHET has provided the guidelines for the implementation of fee-free higher education.
5. What will happen to the students who are in their second and third years?
They will continue to receive funding if they perform academically well as required by NSFAS. Continued funding is now a bursary and no longer a loan.
The Tshwane University of Technology held a very successful Transformation Summit from 12 – 13 September 2017 at the Pretoria Campus. Over 280 delegates comprising staff and students took part in the Summit and all TUT campuses were represented. Some Council members attended and participated in the vibrant engagements on a range of topics, with student voices taking up much of the interactions. The parallel session presenters were commended for their contributions. The evening culminated in a social function on the first day.
Transformation Summit provided an opportunity for the University to initiate a range of discussions related to transformation beyond the two-day programme. Points raised at the Summit were incorporated into the Transformation Framework, which was approved by the University Council on 24 November 2017. The framework will serve as a guide to inform the scope and actions to be taken in the coming years in transforming the University.
Our Beat is teaming up with Dr Gerhard van Wyk to unpack this phrase. For 2018, we are pleased to be working with Dr van Wyk, author of the book – So What’s the Plan?
Dr Gerhard van Wyk has vast experience in Marketing and Sales Management with specific focus on Business to Business Marketing, Sales and Franchising. Dr van Wyk has worked in the petrochemical and chemical sectors. He is involved in the identification of growth opportunities and the development of marketing and sales strategies to unlock sustainable wealth. As an academic, he lectures Marketing and Sales Management and supervises the creation and completion of dissertations for MBA students.
Dr van Wyk’s book, which is structured as a workbook, allows entrepreneurs to grasp the theory of some of the concepts associated with formulating a strategic plan with links to articles or videos (with URL’s) on the various topics. Established entrepreneurs would be able to complete a practical exercise formulating their own strategic business plan.
Our Beat caught up with Dr Gerhard van Wyk to find out more about what the people can expect during our interactions with him in the next few editions of the newsletter.
We will focus on making your dreams come true by setting and achieving your own objectives. By following the SWYP-Methodology, potential and current entrepreneurs will discover how easy it is to:
Set your own objectives – live your dream
Create and develop a strategic plan – have a focused approach
Communicate the plan and gain support from stakeholders – be a leader
Implement and execute the plan – influence the future
Review successes and take corrective actions to greater success – create growth
There are hundreds of people offering to teach you how to formulate your own strategic plan. But what if you aren’t good at setting objectives? Or you haven’t constructed a business plan before? Or you don’t have the tools to manage risk? Or what if you just don’t know where to start?
In the next few editions of the newsletter, I will be discussing various topics in relation to the creation and implementation of your strategic business plan for future entrepreneurial success.
2017 was the most successful year for the University since it received over R64 million from its donor partners. This is according to the Director at the Advancement and Partnerships Office (APO), Ms Mari Booysen. On 20 February 2018, APO held a donor engagement function to acknowledge those that have partnered with the University as donors and stakeholders for 2017.
After the function, Our Beat met with Mari Booysen to understand more about the success of being able to attract donors and how her office was able to attract more donors for the University.
For the past five to six years, TUT has gradually improved on donor income. Mari attributes this to the Kruse Inyathelo Advancement Initiative (KIAI), which was a five-year funded programme by the Kresge Foundation. TUT was one of the four grantees; others being UJ, UFS and DUT. The Kresge Foundation helped the institutions to institutionalise advancement over a period of five years, which started in 2012. The Foundation assisted the four universities in putting in place proper systems to maximise donor income; part of achieving this was getting the alumni engagement ongoing. Alumni play a pivotal role in ensuring that the University is able to be sustainable financially and for the 2017 period, the Advancement and Partnerships Office engaged with alumni on four occasions where senior
University leadership and Council members were present to inform alumni of their role and the latest developments within the University.
2017 saw the culmination of the KIAI programme, which has put TUT in a better position since its inception. Training of staff and capacity building workshops and resources have now put the Advancement Office in a better position to attract a diversified income stream. In 2017, the University saw more people participating in the individual giving programme that was put in place. Donors have responded positively to TUT due to the stability that the University enjoyed for most of 2017.
The amount of R64 million received in donor funding, the biggest funding for 2017. This amount comes from corporates, government and foundations. The University also has an individual giving strategy where its alumni, staff and leadership contribute to the fund. The amount raised from individual giving programme supports the bursary and scholarship fund in totality. TUT staff and leadership were the biggest contributors to the individual giving fund and we call on TUT alumni to come on board in their numbers.
With changes in the Higher Education Sector after the announcement of free Higher education for low income households, the TUT Bursary and scholarship fund remains a strategic project of the TUT Council and the terms of reference of the fund may change due to this announcement. The fund, however, is still the appropriate vehicle to building a sustained funding mechanism for the university.
TUT is a forerunner amongst the universities of technology when it comes to fundraising.
The Tshwane University of Technology is the biggest contact University in South Africa and has a huge demand for accommodating its students. In 2017, a total number of 12 640 students was housed in all TUT residences at the eMalahleni, Mbombela and Tshwane campuses. These spaces included leased accommodation and TUT-owned residences. Accommodation is always a huge demand for students.
To meet the ongoing need for accommodation, the University has approved a Policy of Accreditation of Private Student Accommodation. Since its approval, Ms Nita van Den Berg has been assisting with its implementation and she has shared some insight on how it has been unfolding.
Accredited accommodation has been considered at least since 2013, but has only became a viable alternative when NSFAS committed to funding students who resided in private accredited student accommodation at the end of 2017.
The accreditation policy was approved in April 2017 and the accreditation process was immediately implemented. The media attention to the issue of accommodation shortage only featured in June 2017.
TUT has steadily increased the accommodation available over the years. The provision of accommodation is a national matter. The actual challenge is also not only related to the provision of accommodation, but the affordability of accommodation for students. The funding available for higher education since the beginning of 2018 gave many more students the opportunity to stay in funded accommodation.
The University has always been aware of the need of accommodation and has always planned to address this by means of leasing, constructing new buildings and Private Public Partnerships. All these processes do, however, hold risks for the University, take time to implement and are very costly.
TUT made incredible progress in providing accommodation through the process of accreditation, which is a relatively quick manner to provide suitable accommodation for students and will probably be the most expedient manner to do so in future. The process is however, not without challenges, for example the high standards required for accredited accommodation, the limited funding available for relatively high priced accredited accommodation, the provision of transport, the lack of staff capacity to manage all aspects of the process and concerns about exploitation of students and the system.
For future plans with regard to accommodation, Building and Estates directorate is responsible for all physical facilities and the acquisition of property. In general, TUT will continue to provide accommodation by means of accredited accommodation and TUT-owned residences.
The Tshwane University of technology’s Vikings played six games in the league. The Vikings played 3 matches at home, at the pavilion stadium. The players did very well by winning five games which took them to the semi-finals. Vikings bowed to the UWC at the UWC stadium. Despite that, the boys did well and the university is happy and proud of them.
Common wealth games
The following students participated at the common wealth games representing TUT: Steven Mokoka, Erikah Seyema, Caster Semenya and Henrich Bruintujies. Steven Mokoka said, ‘it was awesome and a very great exposure’. Mokoka RAN 10 000 METER AND CAME POSITION 6. He ran SEASON BEST. Erika Seyema jumped 170 and came number 7 in the finals. Semenya won 800 and 1500 meters. Henricho Bruintujies won silver in 4:1 in 100 meters.
“The four participants represented South Africa and the University very well”, said coach Mokganyetsi. This will motivate other athletes and to take sport serious.
Representing South Africa