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The latest Nelson Mandela University information to keep you informed and up to date. This features news stories about outstanding achievements, new developments, announcements and successes at our University.

Distinguished Service in ICT Award for Mandela Uni Prof


Jean Greyling, Associate Professor in the Department of Computing Sciences at Mandela University, has been awarded the 2021 Distinguished Service in ICT Award.

This national award is made jointly by EngineerIT magazine and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and recognises a significant, career length contribution to the ICT profession and/or the ICT Industry.

Jean received the award in recognition of the excellent work he is doing in promoting programming and IT careers among school children, specifically using the TANKS project.

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Best poster award for photovoltaic research at UK conference


The work of the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in collaboration with Mandela University’s Photovoltaic Research Group, presented at the 16th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference (PVSAT-16) was awarded Best Poster for its poster and conference paper.

The paper and poster “Assessing the Effectiveness of Encapsulation Schemes for Perovskite Devices Using Photoluminescence Imaging” were presented by the NPL’s George Koutsourakis (in the photo), with additional scientists involved in this work, James Blakesley and Fernando Castro.

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Top book award for African Feminist Imaginations professor


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.


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SAICA results confirm the quality of accounting education at Mandela University


The South African Institute of Accountants (SAICA) has released the results of the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination for Chartered Accountants confirming Mandela University’s quality of accounting education.

The ITC examination is the first of two professional examinations required for qualification as a CA(SA) and is written shortly after completion of formal university studies (a three-year undergraduate degree and a one-year postgraduate diploma in Accounting). The ITC aims to assess the technical competencies of candidates.

Nelson Mandela University is extremely proud of the graduates of the PGD (Accounting) class of 2021 who attained an 88% pass rate in the 2022 ITC examination - comparing favourably with the national average of 78%.


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Madibaz water polo team wins SA Nationals


The Madibaz ladies water polo team have won the SA Nationals and are the first ever all female player and management team to win at this level. The team recently took part in the Water polo Currie Cup National Champs in East London and proudly brought home the title of SA National Champions.

Madibaz beat UCT in the final, winning 13-6 and avenging their loss to them in the pool stages of the event. UCT were unbeaten until their loss to Madibaz in the final. The team lost to UCT in their first match in the pool stages but won all their remaining matches to annex their first ever Currie Cup title.

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Mandela Uni project part of an ‘African solution to world’s problems’


The US acting consul general to SA during March hailed an innovative aquaponics partnership when he visited Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale Campus.

Acting consul general Will Stevens was in the city to visit American firm Mondelez, one of the world’s largest snacks companies, and took the time to tour the aquaponics facility.

Funded by the Mondelez International Foundation and run-in partnership with INMED SA and NMU, this produces several tonnes of fish and fresh produce each year.

The adaptive agriculture and aquaponics project brings together aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless crop production) in a closed system that uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture — making it ideal in an arid area such as Missionvale.

Stevens said he was grateful to see how an American firm was working with “great civil society organisations like INMED and your university to solve problems”.

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Mandela University at the United Nations South Africa to launch UN Narcotics Control Board report


Nelson Mandela University, in partnership with the United Nations in South Africa, launched the annual report of the United Nations’ monitoring body of international drug control conventions, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), at the institution during March.

The launch came as the world rallied to support the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Ukraine and Russia, inclusive of the broken drug supply chain and shortage of medicines.

As a board member of the INCB, Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Zukiswa Zingela, a medical doctor and qualified psychiatrist, delivered the 2021 Report, which was a comprehensive survey of the drug control situation in various parts of the world.


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Adapted by: Liscka Hendricks

Launching the renewed Amajingqi Project reimagining rural engagement


A transdisciplinary team from Nelson Mandela University recently presented the University’s contribution to the renewed collaborative and capacity building Amajingqi project in the fields of socio-geographic mapping, rural SME development, education, and eco-tourism.


The delegation attended the first on-site meeting for the renewed project, which was started in 2012 at the Amajingqi Macadamia Farming factory, located in the rural villages of the Amajingqi Traditional Council within the Mbhashe Local Municipality. Chief Ngwenyathi Dumalisile facilitated the meeting between the University delegates, government department representatives and his team.

The University brings various capacities, most importantly research, capacity-building, technical advisory support, developing joint funding proposals, and a co-constructed blueprint on how to approach rural engagement and development of its communities.

The MoU, currently being finalised, captures the University’s strategic intent to reimagine rural engagement within the Eastern Cape and beyond.

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Mandela Uni student excels at Africa Lifesaving Championships



Chelsey Cooke, a first year Human Movement Science student, recently represented South Africa at the Africa Lifesaving Championships in Alexandria, Egypt.

Team SA were the overall winners and Chelsey came first in the Tube Rescue, fourth in Beach Flags and fifth in Long Run (2km). She also participated in the Beach Runs and Surf & Rescue events.

Chelsey, who matriculated at Collegiate Girls High School in 2021, represented the EP team in Lifesaving and is a member of Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, where she has been Top Competitor over many years.

She specialises in the beach events, but also participates in the sea events. 

Chelsey’s brother Keegan, is also a top-notch lifesaving competitor.


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New Mandela University residence opening a boost to on-campus accommodation offering



In a massive boost for its on-campus accommodation offering, Nelson Mandela University has opened the first of three new student residences – totalling 1 800 beds – that are set for completion at its Gqeberha campuses this year.

This is part of the University’s continuing efforts to mitigate the ongoing challenge of inadequate student accommodation on campus, which has been exacerbated in recent years by the influx of students from poor and working-class backgrounds as access to higher education widens.

The 500-bed residence, which includes various sustainability interventions and uses a novel construction method, forms part of the University’s broader infrastructure plans, based on its award-winning urban design framework. The latter provides a blueprint for the institution’s long-term development of campus spaces.

The new residence, situated behind the Sanlam Student Village (SSV) and the Ocean Sciences Campus, will be followed by the opening of a second residence with 300 beds in the same vicinity in April. Thereafter, a further 1000 beds are due for completion in October.

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