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Architectural Studies graduate excels as DJ and dreams of stage design


When one of his lecturers told him, he would never graduate with his lifestyle choices, Shaadaan Loonat, decided to prove everyone wrong and become a DJ who studies architecture.

He will be graduating at Mandela Uni’s Autumn Graduation with his Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS). Shaadaan is a very popular DJ and is booked by event organisers from all over South Africa as a national act. 

“I decided to prove everyone wrong and become a DJ who studies architecture. As an architect I get to explore so much more than just building houses”, he says.

There’s graphic design, video creation, fashion, and music and he plans to apply his knowledge to the entertainment industry as a stage designer. Most successful architects have more than one interest, which gives them the advantage of being success entrepreneurs, says Shadaan, 21, aka DJ shadyiswavy. And many Mandela Uni Architecture alumni are indeed entrepreneurs all over the world.

Article Source: Nelson Mandela University News


Focusing on the human side of financial planning


Given the advances in artificial intelligence and automation taking place in the financial planning industry, Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Nelson Mandela University, Jackie Palframan based her PhD on developing the human side and its impact on value creation.
She will be graduating at the University’s Autumn Graduation with her PhD in Business Management supervised by Business Management’s Prof Elmarie Venter and co-supervisor Prof Shelley Farrington.


Jackie’s research found that financial planners’ social capital (measured as relational, network and cognitive capital), entrepreneurial and psychological capital had a positive and significant influence on value creation in financial planning businesses. 

First graduates in newly introduced Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy

A total of 25 students will be the first graduates to be awarded the Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. Another 40 students have registered for 2022.
“What I enjoyed most about the course is learning more about renewable energy and how it can help save the world in the future. I also liked to see in the labs exactly how it happens from the first step to the last”, says Khanyisile Sihlava, one of the students who are graduating. This is her first qualification, and she plans to work in environmental compliance planning. 


The one-year course starts with the basics of electrical and mechanical energy and then covers a range of renewable energy topics, says programme leader Electrical Engineering’s Professor Peter Freere. 

Double joy for graduating siblings

Siblings Andisa Tyiwani-Batala and Makabongwe Tyiwani will both graduate with their Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.
We are both at the pinnacle of our careers and need that extra edge to set us apart. We believe our studies will help us achieve that”, says Andisa.
And the PDBA is on the road to the MBA programme which they intend to work towards. They both completed their undergraduate studies at Mandela Uni and it came naturally that they chose to embark on their postgraduate studies at the same institution.
Andisa (40) is a Credit Manager at Nedbank Business Banking and a mother of three children who had to juggle work and family life while attending virtual classes in the evenings. Despite this, she passed the PDBA Cum Laude averaging 81%.
Makabongwe (42) is a Committee Coordinator at the Eastern Cape Legislature.

Mandela University graduates congratulated for their achievements during pandemic
Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation got off to a great start, with three ceremonies for close to 400 George Campus graduates held at Eden Place, in the Garden Route town.
During these ceremonies on Thursday, 07 April 2022, and Friday, 08 April 2022, 396 students were awarded their under- and postgraduate qualifications. Of these, five were master’s degrees and six were doctoral.
Addressing the congregation that included institutional officer bearers, graduates and their families, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa, congratulated all graduates for their success despite the challenges encountered and further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.



Top book award for African Feminist Imaginations professor #R2bP

Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola from the Centre for Women and Gender Studies and our SARChI Chair on African Feminist Imaginations, has won the coveted 2022 Humanities and Social Sciences Book Award: Best Monograph in Non-fiction for her 2021 book, Female Fear Factory.
Both the Centre and the SARChI Chair are hosted in the Faculty of Humanities at the University.
Female Fear Factory builds on the concept of how patriarchal fear is produced publicly in order to maintain compliance for gender-based violence (GBV). The book interrogates what it means to think about the “female fear factory” which is theorised much more expansively now, as a planet-wide system of control and regulation.

Article Source: Nelson Mandela University News

First graduate in newly introduced master’s degree in Maritime Studies


New Business Development Manager at the Transnet National Ports Authority, Nozipho Booi, is the first MPhil in Maritime Studies graduate at this year’s Autumn Graduation at Nelson Mandela University.

In addition, Nozipho managed to complete the two-year programme in one year. The programme was introduced in 2020 and currently has 18 registered students. 
Nozipho, 34, decided to explore the theory side of the maritime sector. She wanted to expand her fundamental understanding of the different functions within the sector and how those can be harmonised to grow the sector. 
“I am currently working within my dream area of focus, namely Business Development in the Ports Authority space. The most exciting part is that I am continuously learning new things and my leaders are some of the best sector specialists, who contribute to my knowledge and future growth opportunities”, she says. 

Mandela University to honour three exceptional South Africans at autumn graduation


Acclaimed paediatric cardiologist and former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the late Professor Lungile Pepeta, celebrated media personality, Noxolo Grootboom, and struggle stalwart and ANC veteran, Sindiso Mfenyana, are among the more than 7 000 graduands who will be awarded their qualifications at Nelson Mandela University’s autumn graduation this month.

Prof Pepeta, Ms Grootboom and Mr Mfenyana will be awarded honorary doctorates in recognition of their outstanding contribution to society through their professional and affiliated work.
Mandela University’s autumn graduation season kicks off at the George Campus on Thursday, 07 April 2022, with three ceremonies taking place at Eden Place over two days. The Gqeberha campuses will follow suit from 20 April 2022 to 05 May 2022, with an additional 23 ceremonies.

Nursing Science master’s student’s pioneering research

Seven years after graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing Science at Nelson Mandela University, Bizana-born Xolani Dlamini (30) will be crossing the same stage to receive his Master of Nursing in Advanced Clinical Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science. 
Xolani is also about to complete his first article for publication, reporting his master’s findings and preparing for his PhD. 


His research focused on the birthing process preparedness of first-time mothers in the public obstetric units of the Nelson Mandela Bay Health District (NMBHD). He found no previous similar study and/or literature with a South African context. 
Xolani is an accoucheur (male midwife) who is passionate about midwifery care and lectures midwifery nursing sciences and research at Lilitha Nursing College. He started his master’s programme on a part-time basis while working full-time in a busy maternity ward.  “I have not lifted my foot off the peddle since!. It was a four year roller-coaster, having to overcome endless lists of challenges” he says. 

Music Alumnus wins top theatre award #R2bP
South African mezzo-soprano and Mandela Uni Alumnus, Siphokazi Molteno, has won the Best Performance in an Opera (for the second time) at the 57th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards held recently.
The Award was for her 2020 portrayal of Dorabella in the Mozart opera, Così fan tutte.
Siphokazi is currently in her first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Program was created to identify and develop extraordinarily talented young artists in the realm of opera. She was previously a member of the young artist programme at Cape Town Opera, where she recently sang Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and the Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
In 2020, she won the Rising Star Encouragement Award in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup and Best Female Performance in an Opera in the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in South Africa for her 2019 portrayal of Romeo. 

First PhD in Business and Economic Sciences awarded at George Campus

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus will make history during its Autumn Graduation Ceremony, when Cerneels Coetzee, 56, will receive the first doctorate in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences to be awarded at this campus.
Cerneels, a lecturer and consultant in business management, researched the customer relationship practices and online servicescape (interaction between customers and employees) for an unsought business, such as a funeral home. His promoter was Marketing Management’s Professor Madéle Tait. His research topic, including the construction of a functional online servicescape, is largely unresearched in academia, says Prof Tait.  
“No, I don’t work in the funeral industry – it was just the industry on which I based my study, he laughs. But I did learn a lot about the industry.” He was once asked for tips on how to market a funeral home, which sparked his interest.  

Mandela University Chair of Council announces re-appointment of Vice-Chancellor for Second Term
Nelson Mandela University Council has appointed Professor Sibongile Muthwa for the second term, with effect from 01 January 2023, following the Council’s Quarter 1 meeting of 2022 that took place on Wednesday 30 March.  
Announcing the reappointment, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill, the University’s Chair of Council, said Council and the broader University community had noted with deep appreciation Prof Muthwa’s demonstrable achievements at the helm of a Mandela University firmly on course to change lives.
Professor Muthwa’s visionary, transformative and empowering leadership; her approach to strategic management, and her total commitment to entrenching ethics and integrity into the DNA of the Mandela University, has been impactful.  She is determined to create an identity for Mandela University as a leading institution in service of society, through our key strategic areas of learning and teaching, research, innovation and internationalisation; engagement and transformation as well as a variety ground-breaking academic projects.