Change the world

Zanele Mdodana’s star continues to rise

The former SA Netball captain has been appointed assistant coach of the national team by Netball SA. Mdodana who graduated with a ND ’05 and BTech’09 specialising in Sport Management is a 2015 Mandela University Rising Star Award Recipient. She has 82 caps for SA and has also participated in one World Cup. Mdodana is currently located in Saudi Arabia, where she has been helping grow the sport of netball in the country. 
Post Source: HeraldLive
Phot Credit: HeraldLive
Read the article HERE


Mandela University palaeoscience student accepted for anthropology doctorate at New York University

Asithandile Ntsondwa’s academic journey, which began in Mthatha, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate science qualifications at Mandela University, will culminate with a PhD study in Anthropology at New York University (NYU).
From left, Dr Lynn Quick, Asithandile Ntsondwa and Professor Marc Humphries outside Boomplaas Cave; Asithandile in the field and Asithandile and Dr Quick analysing her MSc charcoal results in the Palaeoecology laboratory.
The soon to be 24-year-old PhD candidate will research interdisciplinary archaeological anthropology at NYU from 2025, drawing from fields within both the sciences and the humanities.
“Throughout my education path, I have been intrigued by the interconnectedness of our world.


“Hence, for my undergrad studies, I chose to do a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Sciences, which incorporated various modules from four disciplines, namely, Botany, Zoology, Geography, and Geology”, says Asithandile.

#WomenLead #CEO #CelebrateSuccess

Congratulations to Faculty of Law alumna Michelle Phillips on her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Transnet. The announcement was made on 28 February by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan.
Phillips is the longest-serving executive at Transnet with a career spanning over 20 years. In her former position as CEO of Transnet Pipelines she saved the business R1.5 billion over a period of 18 months. Nelson Mandela University Alumni wishes Ms Phillips all the best in her new role. 


Post Source: News24


Visual Arts lecturer selected as William Humphreys Art Gallery’s Artist-In-Residency 


Nelson Mandela University Visual Arts lecturer and the University’s Bird Street Gallery manager and curator Johnathan van der Walt has been selected as the recipient of the William Humphreys Art Gallery’s (WHAG) prestigious Artist-In-Residency programme.
The 2024 WHAG’s Artist-In-Residency national call received a multitude of exceptional applications, but Jonathan’s innovative and compelling approach to sculpture appealed the most to the Gallery’s curatorial strategy.

Two master’s in economics students shine in top 10 of Nedbank-Old Mutual Budget speech competition
Nelson Mandela University had two Master of Economics students, Ziyanda Magazi and Liyema Mpompi, in the Top 10 of the national Nedbank Old Mutual Budget Competition postgraduate category. Ziyanda won the second prize as first runner-up, with her essay examining the impact of the Just Economic Transition on the South African economy.
Right, Ziyanda Magazi and Liyema Mpompi.
“I found the topic very interesting, and I was eager to research and evaluate the potential implications for the South African economy.
“I wanted to offer my views on the South African context of this global deliberation and perhaps the most critical socioeconomic challenge of our lifetime, climate change, said Ziyanda.