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The Beat

Dear Alumni,


It is time again to catch up on activities at your Alma Mater and on stories about your fellow alumni who are true TUT ambassadors.


In this issue…


Read about the acclaimed Keabetswe Moeketsane, who was selected as one of the top 200 interesting young South Africans (under-35’s) who stands out from the pack and shows us what to look forward to in future. Also read the One-on-One interview with the enterprising Sibongiseni Gentsu, perfume producer and aspiring media industry mogul. We introduce you to TUT made football maestro, Themba Ndlovu, a Varsity Cup super -striker who got snatched by Black Leopards, following their recent promotion to the PSL.


Also in the issue, we introduce two new features: a TUT news page that is produced by our colleagues in Corporate Affairs and Marketing, aimed at keeping you abreast on exciting activities at your Alma Mater; and a series on entrepreneurial advice and tips compiled by our Alumnus and author of the book - So What’s your Plan: Your Entrepreneurial Guide, Dr Gerhard van Wyk. The latter is meant to encourage dialogue on entrepreneurship.


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Editor: Mosimanegape D Sedumedi

Contributors: Danie Ferns, Willa de Ruyters, Mokete Radebe

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Dear Alumni,


Reflections on the first semester of 2018


As we get back into the full swing of the second semester

of the academic year, I would like to reflect on the first

semester and share some of our highlights with you.

Update from the VC

Graduation numbers on a steady incline


One of our ongoing strategic goals is to increase our success and throughput rates annually. The steady incline in graduation numbers proves that TUT is achieving this goal. During the Autumn graduations in April and May 10 904 successful graduates received their qualifications, compared to 10 148 in 2017.


I would like to extend a special word of congratulations to the twenty alumni who received doctorates and the 146 graduates who received master’s degrees.


Research, Innovation and Engagement Strategy


At a strategic level, Council’s approval the five-year Research, Innovation and Engagement Strategy (RIES 2018-2022) in June, is an important step ahead for TUT’s Research and Innovation drives, as well as our global standing in these areas.


In addition, Council approved a name change for the PRI&E

(Postgraduate Studies, Research, Innovation and Engagement) environment, to become Research, Innovation and Engagement (RI&E). Although we dropped Postgraduate Studies from the name, it does not take away the importance of postgraduate studies. It still is the driver for research. The rationale behind the decision was that postgraduate studies is a subset of research, hence the function remains a crucial part of the portfolio.


The primary purpose of the strategy is to provide a framework for the operationalisation of the University’s commitment to contribute to a number of development goals increasingly. The strategy aims to position TUT in national, regional and global context, taking into account:


  • The vision of the National Development Plan (NDP);
  • TUT’s commitment, as an African institution, to increase and strengthen its connections, collaborations and contributions in Africa; and
  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 United Nations Agenda towards a globally agreed-upon vision for a sustainable future.

Entrepreneurship at The Centre of



TUT’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (The Centre) has recently been approved. The project, launched by the Faculty of Management Sciences together with the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, aims to foster entrepreneurship and to provide support to start-up businesses.


The Centre will focus on four areas:


  • The Business Clinic
  • The Entrepreneurship Start-up
  • Teaching and Learning related activities
  • Research and Innovation


The Centre, in collaboration with NEDBANK and Chevron SA, has already developed a 27-week Entrepreneurship Skills Development Project to address the critical need for entrepreneurs in the country. A 100 potential and start-up entrepreneurs identified for the project, will benefit from the practical business and entrepreneurship skills, mentorship and access to business networks and start-up businesses.


I would love to share all our achievements and highlights with you but because of to space limitations, it just is not possible. However, you can follow our regular updates of news, achievements and events at your Alma Mater on


All the best until we talk again.


Prof Lourens van Staden




with Sibongiseni Gentsu
perfume producer and an aspirimg  media industry mogul…

If you thought that production of an elegant fragrance was a preserve of the French, think again! Sbongiseni Gentsu, an IT graduate  is giving the French a run for their money. Save for a French-sounding surname, Gentsu is as indigenous as they come. He was born and bred in Katlehong  township and studied at the  Soshanguve Campus.

  • Who is  Sbongiseni Gentsu?
  • Sibongiseni Abram Gentsu is a young man who is  enthusiastic about life and passionate about making a difference in his broader community. He is a 27-year-old go-getter from Katlehong, raised by his wonderful mother Nozipho Gentsu, following the passing of my father, Gideon Gentsu on the 26th February 2006.


  • What was growing up in Katlehong like?
  • Growing up in the dusty Mandela Street, was not an easy ride for me. Despite the many challenges I faced, I was determined to be successful. Unlike other kids, I never wasted too much time playing in the streets. I found comfort and purpose at the library, reading and volunteering at Love Life.


  • Why did you choose to come to TUT?
  • Phew! – Choosing TUT was the best decision I ever made. Firstly, I chose TUT because my childhood friend was studying there. He told me how nice it was and if I wanted to do well in IT I had to go to TUT. But, I truly believe TUT chose me rather than me choosing it. It was

the only tertiary institution I applied to  in Grade 11. In the same year, I visited the Soshanguve Campus and liked it so much that I never bothered to apply anywhere else and I was accepted.


  • Let’s get to your first passion, why a fragrance? How did the idea come about?
  • A fragrance, because I believe so much in smelling nice  and that scents have an effect on boosting people’s confidence or destroy it, at times. My focus is on inspiring people to think and act positively.

    Another reason why I chose to start with fragrances is that when I grew up I could never afford to buy any. I was a roll-on person. I grew up in a poor community where there wasn’t much information about colognes or perfumes.  I wanted to change that in my community.

    The first time I ever had a cologne was at varsity, because someone bought it for me. At first, I wonder whether the person thought I had bad body odour, but I realised it was meant to help boost my confidence.
  • You studied IT with us, but you have an interest in the  media, why?
  • I did IT, specialising in Multimedia, that’s the catch. I studied multimedia because I wanted to explore the world -media gives you that opportunity. Through background knowledge and the skills in multimedia I acquired at TUT, I managed to become both a creative individual and an entrepreneur at the same.


  • You also had a shot at presenting a TV show on DSTV. What was the experience like?
  • It was an experience of a lifetime! I learnt so much – starting with the initial training the company provided, to the new things I learned each day –it was an awesome ride. But it was challenging because most of the time live shows are unscripted. I only got a short brief and I had  to wing  it. There is no room for errors - one mistake and I would have been out.  But luckily I survived.



  • What is happening now? What is Gentsu ‘cooking’?
  • I am currently working for Skyfi Internet Solutions as a Client Liaison Officer. I am also working on Gentsu Media Service. Gentsu – Elegant Gold perfume is growing and hopes to expand  the brand to include a Ladies perfume as well. But prior to the Ladies range there’s a surprise product launch - GENTSU Hand & Body lotion which we plan to release soon.


Keamogetswe Moeketsane, TUT’s Drama Department Alumna was recently listed as one of the top 200 young people (under-35’s) in the country, by the Mail and Guardian. The newspaper annually profile “interesting young people who stand out from the pack and show us what to look forward to in future”.


OUR BEAT ask what could have earned Kea, as she is affectionately known, such an honor besides being an illustrious alumna of TUT. We found that she is indeed no stranger to accolades. Kea is a 2017 Young African Leaders Alumni (YALI) award-winning Director, an Actress, and a Business and Arts Administrator. Her professional acting career started in 2008 with a role in Romeo and Juliet directed by Claire Stopford. She also worked for various children’s theatre companies. Her television credits include Tsuga and Lefa , Mindset TV Dramas , SABC’s award winning Sokhulu and Partners and Ga Re Dumele on SABC2 as well as  presenting on  the Learning Channel.


“I have written and performed in various industrial theatre campaigns for Hecate, The Win Win Group, Stage Fright, Water Affairs and Blue Moon Communications. I cut my teeth in theatre working as an assistant director for Aubrey Sekhabi in the Naledi Award winning play Rivonia Trial and most recently in Sophiatown.”  Her directing debut was on Sorry Wrong Number, at the National Arts Festival. “I co wrote and directed Forgiveness, a stage play adapted from a Greek tragedy in 2014” she adds.


In 2015 she co-produced Home Theatre Festival with KgaogeloTshabalala at The South African State Theatre.The aim of the project was to bring theatre to the people.  “We visited 30 homes, in 30 townships and suburbs in Pretoria (Tshwane), with 30 actors and 30 filmmakers, with all shows starting at 3pm across Tshwane.  This initiative was such a success that I was invited to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, to work as part of their Home Theatre team,” she continues.

Kea was recently appointed as a Producer, for the South African State Theatre (arguably the largest theatre on the continent). She is the first female Producer the Theatre has ever had. “I am responsible for the overall financial and managerial functions of a production or venue, hiring of personnel for creative positions i.e writers, directors, designers, composer, choreographers and in some instances, performers”, she explained.


Asked what her biggest dream was, she says; “It is to tell authentic African stories. Although I am now behind the scenes nothing brings me greater joy than creating access to the arts for  previously disadvantaged communities.”


“I believe in using the arts, especially theatre, as a tool for empowerment through my non-profit company, CUT Solutions. I have conducted Educational Theatre plays that I take to schools, targeting the youth using theatre to create dialogue and hopefully find solutions to issues affecting them. Issues such as HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and the sugar daddy syndrome” she added. The City of Tshwane funded one of the projects, in 2015.


Despite her busy schedule, Kea still finds time to serve the Mamelodi community she comes from. In 2017, together with partners, she opened Tshwane Playhouse - an Arts Centre in Mamelodi. The aim was to provide access to the Arts through music, dance, theatre or the spoken word. “It attracted a lot of young people and kept children off the streets, however, due to a lack of funds it was unsustainable.  However on the last weekend of every month, depending on my schedule and availability, I still conduct drama workshops and facilite activities in Mamelodi”.


OUR BEAT believes Kea deserves her place on the 200 list of interesting Young South Africans since  she makes a difference where ever she goes.

University super striker, Themba “Messi” Ndlovu, has signed a three-year deal with the newly promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Black Leopards.

Thus far, the year has been great for the 24-year-old Mpumalanga youngster. He recently graduated with a National Diploma in the Arts and also received a R20 000 award for being top goal scorer of the year at his previous club, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) FC. His professional career made headlines when he was signed by the Limpopo outfit, TTTM FC, which is in the National First Division. All of these achievements were on top of a sterling season with coach Bushy Moloi’s lads in the Varsity Football competition.


He played an integral role in the #TUTSport red machine that went unbeaten right up to the final, when the University of Pretoria beat them. He ended the season with an impressive seven goals and four assists.


Speaking to OUR BEAT, Themba said although he is excited to join Leopards, he is calm in the run-up to his debut in the PSL. He said he will remain the Themba Ndlovu everyone knows – a hard worker – even at the Leopards.


“I have been waiting for this opportunity for very long in my career. I am ready for the challenge and my priority is to score goals. This is exactly what I needed in my life – an opportunity to demonstrate my hard work and consistency. Together with prayer and faith, I believe I will make it,” he said.


Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation, said “this people’s university firmly believes in empowering student athletes and ensuring their holistic development.”


We are excited that Themba joined the TUT football club and delivered on his mandate as a prolific striker and obtained his qualification as well. We also wish him well in his career as a professional footballer. We trust that he will play his part in assisting Black Leopards to stay in the PSL. He is a true ambassador of TUT Sport,” said Shadrack.


TUT Alumnus and Varsity football star

joins Black Leopards

If you could give future entrepreneurs one tip, what would it be?


“Think ahead and diversify your income. While rugby is my main source of income now, I’ve realised that one day it won’t be. Don’t wait until you’re confronted with the problem – be proactive and plan for it now”.


Source: Bank better, live better, Siya Kolisi on being an entrepreneur,

[available online] [retrieved:19 June 2018]

With these words of wisdom from Siya Kolisi. Stop and ask yourself: So What`s your Plan?


If you don’t have one, or need to evaluate some future opportunities, don`t wait, join us as we follow the SWYP Methodology to:

  • Set your own objectives – live your dream;
  • Create and develop a strategic plan;
  • Communicate the plan and gain support from stakeholders;
  • Implement and execute the plan – influence the future; and
  • Review successes and take corrective actions to greater success.


In my discussion with many business owners and entrepreneurs over the years, I have often asked the question - how did you start the business or how were you able to identify the opportunities and capitalise on them? Some shared stories of luck being at the right place at the right time and other shared some amazing insights of dedication and hard work. However, after further analyses, it became clear that these individuals, either as existing or aspiring entrepreneurs had one thing in common – They had a Plan!”


Granted not all plans were formal or even sophisticated, but they had a workable plan that identified opportunities and drove activities. As future leaders from Tshwane University of Technology don’t be left behind; start planning your future today. Start with your own vision and mission statement.



Good vision statements often have common components:

  • It is written in the present, not future tense;
  • It is summarised with a powerful phrase;
  • It describes an outcome; the best outcome we can achieve;
  • It uses unequivocal language;
  • It evokes emotion; and
  • It helps build a picture, the same picture, in people’s minds.


Before constructing your mission statement, consider the following:

  • Mission statements need to act as road maps for individuals and businesses;
  • Mission statements need to make it possible for individuals and businesses to make an effective difference;
  • Mission statements need to provide powerful tools for individuals and businesses leaders to stimulate innovation; and
  • Mission statements need to provide “identity” to individuals and businesses.


If you are still unsure of what is required to formulate your Vision and Mission don’t stress, start anyway - we will discuss the detail in the next publication.

The spirit of varsity is in the air with the weather starting to warm up slightly, sporting rivalries gearing up, and tailgates to attend. But, if you are no longer in the varsity scene, you might feel a twinge of jealousy toward those still in the midst of their student experiences.


To rid yourself of the longing for yester-year, we have created a column to keep you in the loop of what’s happening on the TUT front. Whether you want to stay connected digitally or you want to be part of the action, be sure to remain involved at your alma mater. Check out the TUT website for news highlights and events information or even to find out how you can stay in touch.


Visit us on, to read more about these and other TUT stories.

Dave Newman, Lecturer and Programme Coordinator for the Jewellery Programme at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, is the new chairperson of the Jewellery Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (JMASA).Jewellery lecturer shows his mettle


Dave Newman, Lecturer and Programme Coordinator for the Jewellery Programme at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, has been appointed new chairperson of the Jewellery Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (JMASA). He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Association as he has been actively involved in the South African jewellery industry since 1984, both as a business owner and an educator.


JMASA is a division of the Jewellery Council of South Africa. Its role is mainly to represent and address the needs of its members in issues affecting the manufacture of jewellery.

Tebogo Nyathela engaging with assistants at the farm.Farmer’s Hope gives new hope to students


Two agricultural students were given new hope to complete their studies after they each received a R37 000 bursary. Tebogo Nyathela, owner of Farmers’ Hope, an accredited training provider with the Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA), awarded the bursaries to the students. The self-proclaimed philanthropist is a former colleague from TUT’s Directorate of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, alumna and established farmer.

Dr Shiferaw Teklemariamat, Ethiopian Ambassador designate to South Africa.International World Camp aims to change youth’s mindset


In a first for TUT, the University hosted a three day long International World Camp in partnership with the International Youth Foundation. The aim of the event, hosted at the Soshanguve South Campus in June, was to positively influence the mindset of the youth during Youth Month. During the event, ten students received tickets to participate in the upcoming World Camp, that took place in South Korea. The tickets included accommodation, food and transport. With the theme for the 2018 camp, #Youth Mind Education Training, the event focused on empowering the youth through mindset training and lectures. The Good News Corps (GNC), organiser of the event, travels to over 180 countries every year, empowering the youth globally.

More students benefit from Stud Game Breeders® bursaries


A total of 39 academically deserving Game Ranch Management and Nature Conservation students from disadvantaged backgrounds received bursaries worth R945 000 from the Stud Game Breeders (SGS®) organisation. The bursaries were awarded during a function hosted at TUT on 23 May. This year’s bursaries saw an increase of R310 000, with 19 more students benefiting, compared to last year. The bursaries have shown a steady increase since 2012 when only two bursaries were awarded.

A total of 39 academically deserving students who received bursaries from the Stud Game Breeders®