Vol1 no6 2016

our

beat

The Alumni newsletter of the

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Published by the Advancement & Partnerships Office

Pretoria Campus, Building 21: 221

Staatsartillerie Road, Pretoria West

Private Bag X680, Pretoria, 0001

Tel: +27 (0)12 382 2804

Email: ourbeat@tut.ac.za

The Beat Goes On

Dear Alumni,

 

Season’s greetings to you all and welcome to our last edition for the year 2016. I trust that you will enjoy it. It has indeed been a wonderful journey sharing with you the University’s highs and lows. Let me also express my sincere thanks to all those alumni who have shared their stories with us and those who have continued to keep in touch with us. We value your contribution.

 

Allow me to also announce that OUR BEAT received a Merit Award at the annual Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) Conference, in the category of Digital Media: External Publications, for outstanding performance among practitioners in the higher education and training sector. Again, we couldn’t have done it without your contributions.

 

We have some exciting alumni activities lined up for you in 2017, but I will not spoil the surprise divulging all the details, stay connected and you will see.

 

If you plan to travel over the festive season please ensure your safety at all times and do not drink and drive. Stay Alive!

 

May you and your family enjoy all the warmth, happiness and peace this season has to offer. Have a wonderful holiday and a new year filled with prosperity.

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Please send your answer, name and contact number to alumni@tut.ac.za  before or on 31 January 2016. Please mark the subject field: COMPETITION.

 

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Editor: Kefentse Molotsane

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Dear Alumni,

 

The year 2016 is slowly but surely drawing to an end. Despite all the challenges the Higher Education sector faced this year, TUT experienced many positive highlights as well.

Update from the VC

To bring stability to the University is a high priority for both the Council and Executive Management Committee. It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce that Council, at its meeting on 2 December 2016, ratified the appointment of Dr Michael Mushaathoni as the University’s new Registrar with effect 1 January 2017.

 

Dr Mushaathoni, who holds a PhD in Public Management and Governance, is no stranger to the TUT community. Since 2004, he occupied the position of TUT’s Deputy Registrar and has also acted as Registrar between 2010 and 2012 and also more recently from January 2016. Before the establishment of TUT in 2004, he also worked as Deputy Registrar of Academic Administration at the former Technikon North West.

 

The Registrar’s Office plays an important role in facilitating the annual Convocation meeting, which comprises all Alumni and academic staff of the University and serves as an advisory body to the TUT Council. During the 2016 Convocation meeting, hosted on 5 November, a number of new office bearers were elected. Aubrey Letsoalo, former President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the Polokwane Campus has been selected as the new Chairperson. He will serve for a term of three years. The new Deputy Chair is Billy Sepuru, and the Treasurer is Silvia Radebe. More Mokobane and Mduduzi Vilakazi, will represent the Convocation at the Institutional Forum, with Karabo Mohale and Rodney Leshabangu representing Convocation at Council level.

The last quarter has been especially challenging with continuous attempts from protesting students to have exams suspended until January 2017. Despite these attempts, we managed to extend the academic year by two weeks and have students sit for the exams. The Registrar’s Office in close collaboration with the Executive Management Committee (EMC) and newly established Institutional Management Committee (IMC), went out of their way to make it possible for students to write. The response from students was overwhelmingly positive and in most instances there was a 100% turn-out to write.

 

In addition to the appointment of the Registrar, the process to appoint a Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC): Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation is also underway and it is expected that an appointment will be made early in 2017.

 

Another highlight was certainly the Donor and Stakeholder function hosted by the Advancement and Partnerships Office (APO) on 2 December 2016. The event brought donor partners and key-stakeholders, including members of the TUT Council, student and industry representatives together to recognise and thank them for the value all their efforts add to TUT.

During the event the Chair of Council, Dr Bandile Masuku, TUT’s Chancellor, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa and I commended donors for their continued support to the University.

 

Other highlights of 2016 that should also be mentioned include the Varsity Football victories (both men and women teams), the graduation of more than 11 000 students and the donation of R6.6 million from ABSA to the TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund.

 

Please allow me the opportunity to once again remind you, our valued Alumni, of the TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund. The ongoing  #FeesMustFall protests has once again put the spotlight squarely on the necessity of stakeholders, including Alumni, to become more involved in giving back to their Alma Mater, especially financially. I would like to invite each and every Alumnus to become part of this Fund and to assist in creating a better future for the youth of South Africa.

 

In closure, I would like to wish you all a blessed Festive Season. Enjoy the holidays and remember, TUT highly values your ideas and opinions, therefore please keep in touch with us as we would like to hear from you regularly!

Absa pledges R6.6 million to the TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund

Absa Bank made a R6.6 million donation to the TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund, which aims to support academically deserving students who face financial obstacles and challenges.

 

Steven Seaka ,Absa Bank’s Head of Public Sector, announced the donation on 2 November, during a celebratory event organised by the institution’s Advancement and Partnerships Office (APO), where the first 200 founding donors of the fund were honoured for their contributions.

 

“Investment in knowledge pays the best interest and we have a mandate to invest in education and skills development in order to improve the lives of young people in South Africa,” said Seaka.

 

As one of the three pillars of their Shared Growth strategy, Absa has recognised the importance of education and skills training to socioeconomic development throughout Africa. They have committed to R1.4 billion to education and skills training across Africa over the next three years.

 

The Bursary and Scholarship Fund’s patrons, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, and TUT’s Chancellor, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, as well as the Chairperson of the TUT Council, Dr Bandile Masuku, all attended this prestigious occasion.

 

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Manana thanked fellow contributors of the fund and encouraged them to continue investing in education. “I am proud that we have come to the fore, contributing to the education of an African child.

 

This is a long-term initiative and it is much more than a donation, it is our legacy,” he said. He also announced that he will extend his contribution to the fund for another five years.

The Fees Must Fall campaign has put the availability of adequate funding for financially needy students in South Africa squarely in the spotlight. At TUT, about 90% of its students are NSFAS dependent or fall within the “missing middle” group, leaving the University with the mammoth task of continuously launching new initiatives to raise funds to assist these students. One such initiative is the TUT Bursary and Scholarship Fund, launched in November 2014.

 

Dr Bandile Masuku, Chairperson of the TUT Council fortified individuals, the public sector, private investors and corporate South Africa to never allow anyone to derail them from the mandate of empowering students. “The aim is to fund all our students and we need all of you to realise that dream,” he concluded.

Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, TUT’s Chancellor, praised the University’s Council members, management and staff members for their generous support of the fund since its launch.

 

“Through this Fund, we hope that we will encourage students to excel and improve their academic qualifications, even beyond undergraduate studies,” she said.

 

There is still an opportunity for alumni to become part of this exclusive club of the First 200 Founding Contributors.

 

Should you wish to sign up, please contact

Pearl Seakamela at seakamelakp@tut.ac.za,

012 382 5825 or Danie Ferns at fernsd@tut.ac.za, 012 282 5366.

 

From left: Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, TUT Chancellor, Prof Lourens van Staden, TUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Oscar Siziba, Managing Executive: Absa Gauteng North, Limpopo & Mpumalanga Regions, Lydia Magopa, Head Education: Absa, Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Fuad Adams - Corporate Banker: Absa, Steven Seaka, Head of Public Sector, Absa, Dr Bandile Masuku, TUT Council Chairperson and Mari Booysen, Director: Advancement and Partnerships Office at TUT.

ALWAYS KEEPING THE EYE ON THE BALL Alumna wants to leave a football legacy for University

After leading the TUT Men’s football team to Varsity Football glory, coach and Lezard Residence Advisor, Bushy Moloi, took time out of his busy schedule to share his journey since joining the institution as a student in 1998.

 

Bushy was born in Itsoseng and grew up in the small town of Mogwase in the North West.

 

He played football from a tender age and always had a burning passion for it, which is evident from his facial expression. Back in the day he played for the district and the national Bophuthatswana teams.

 

After he completed secondary school in 1997, he made his way to Technikon Pretoria to study for a Diploma in Commercial Administration. He continued playing football, doing so well that he was voted Player’s Player of the Year and Player of the Year.

 

Unfortunately, in 2001 he had to stop playing due to financial constraints. His father had just lost his job and Bushy had to look for work. Luckily, by the end of that year he was offered a post as Student Assistant.

 

During his early days at Technikon Pretoria he was elected chairperson of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) youth structure. He also started a political movement in 2001 called the Student Alliance, providing sound leadership, even in the face of rampant racial conflict. The structure he led won one seat in its debut election.

 

As time passed he realised that he may never play football again as he was too busy with student activism and work. He turned down a three-year contract at Supersport Football Club, focusing on his studies. This led to a fallout with his father who was also a former football player and the High Priest in the IPHC.

“I had to allow some of my relationships to become sour because I chose not to play football. Little did I know then that I was going to get a permanent post at TUT. So things worked out,” he says.

 

Bushy’s early professional career is a big highlight in his life. “Progressing from a Student Assistant to a Financial Officer must have been the greatest moments in my time here.”

Coach and Lezard Residence Advisor: Bushy Moloi

He says the most challenging moment in his career was the task of reforming TUT football. It looks as if all the hard work paid off.

 

“In 2004, when I started coaching, the University’s teams were barely surviving relegation in two different leagues. I was approached to intervene and we survived relegation.”

In the following 2005/06 season he was appointed as coach, ending the season second on the log. “Since then I haven’t had sleep because I had to play a major role in people’s lives just as there were people who played a major role in mine,” he chuckles.

 

Bushy has worked on the TUT football team since 2004. He was groomed by the late Thomas Madigage, Themba Mguni, Kwanele Kopo and mentored by Floyd Mbele, who is now the Orlando Pirates administrator. He also mentions Pitso Mosimane, Eddie Brandt and Bongani Ndaba as people who have influenced him in football.

 

He strongly believes in investing in both youth and experienced players to advance South African football. He also thinks that people overrate some players and coaches. “We still have a long way to go, but we have the talent and the skills. We just have to be fair and steer clear from dubious decisions as we continue to produce well-rounded students.”

 

Interestingly, Bushy has played as a goalkeeper, striker and a winger. “I also have ambitions of coaching in more mainstream leagues, although I would like to help the University build a football academy first.” “I have two lives. The first one is spiritual and the other one is all about football. My father inspires me so much because I feel he contributed immensely to my life and to the church. In football, all the people I’ve had a chance to work with have added to my expertise.”

 

Bushy’s favourite football club is Kaizer Chiefs. “I admired players like Doctor Khumalo and Ace Khuse because they were quality players which no other team had. I fell in love with Chiefs since then.” When Bushy isn’t busy being a football mastermind, he works hard at Lezard Residence, sings, socialises and enjoys praying and going to church.

One-on-One

with Lehlogonolo Masoga

Tell us about what you do each day at work?

My job entails presiding over the proceeding of the legislature, presiding over committees where I am the chairperson such as Programming and Internal Arrangements and overseeing the functioning of the institution as the deputy executing authority.

 

What qualifications do you have and how have they helped you do your job?

My current qualifications are a B-Tech in HRM and a post-graduate Diploma in Leadership and Governance. The human resources management qualification has assisted me greatly in mastering the art of inter-personal and human relations as a manager, leader, and public representative. The other qualification enhanced my leadership and governance skills within in the public sector.

Campus and later being chosen to lead a SA youth delegation to participate in the 12th Ship for World Youth Program taking place in four countries with youth from 16 countries.

 

Which of the skills you learnt at TUT are you currently using in your daily job?

Leadership, integrity and perseverance.

 

What do you do when you not working?

Although my work extends outside the legislature where real politics play out, I also play my other roles as a responsible father and husband. But again I am still a student pursuing various programs at Masters level.

 

The best advice you have ever received and how did you apply it to your life?

The best advice I received that made an impression on me was from my mother who counselled when I was young, that sharing and caring is not limited to the family circle only. This shaped my outlook of life and resulted in me appreciating my role as a public representative later in life.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

I have always dreamt about being a lawyer but after completing matric in 1994 I travelled to Polokwane hoping to register for a law degree at Turfloop University. Whilst in Polokwane, I learnt of a Technikon admitting new students for a diploma qualification. Upon arrival at the then Pretoria Technikon Polokwane Campus I learnt of courses offered and discovered that there was still space in the Diploma HRM. As they say the rest is history.

 

What challenges do you face in leadership and how do you overcome them?

The challenge for leaders is that often we expect people to hold the same views as ours and half the time we get shocked when they don’t. The other challenge is when out of passion to serve, you start harbouring an illusion that you can save the world and along the way you get consumed in a struggle to resolve personal challenges of individuals. However, over the years I got to appreciate the value of embracing a “bigger picture approach” to leadership beyond incidents and temporary circumstances that threaten medium to long-term breakthroughs.

 

What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

Transitioning from a full-time public servant to a career politician on the eve of an  election.

 

What is your fondest memory of your days as a student?

Serving two terms as the Deputy President of the Student Representative Council at the Polokwane

Lehlogonolo Masoga

Background info:

Age : 40

Place of birth : Marulaneng Ga-Mphahlele

Qualifications : B-Tech HRM and Post-graduate Diploma in Leadership and Governance

 

Current position:

Deputy Speaker of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature and a Member of the Provincial Legislature.

Where are

THEY NOW

When did you complete your studies at TUT and what did you study after?

I studied Dance Theatre under the Musical Theatre and Dance Department from 2003 to 2004.

 

Please tell us more about your career journey - where it all started?

Professionally, it only began in Denmark during 2002 when I was offered a non-paying professional job with Nick Boje, one of Denmark’s celebrated choreographers. I was cast as one of the leads for the Halekeem and Columbine Musical theatre production. It was my first job in a proper production and the beginning of a love affair with the stage. I then returned home to study at TUT, upon which during the end of my second year I was offered a one-year contract on eTV's Backstage.

 

Has Musical theatre/dancing been something you’ve always wanted to do?

Dancing/musical theatre has always been something I wanted to do. I’ve always been passionate about the performing arts. I wish I

could sing but it’s not something I have been blessed with. However I have made the best of all my other talents, from dancing, choreography, writing, acting, and producing. I am passionate about story telling. From my primary school days, I was always involved with school and community productions.

 

The theatre/choreography/acting industry is very competitive, what keeps you going?

What keeps me going is faith in tomorrow and handling each season as it comes. One of the things that have allowed me to continue on this journey has been the diversity of career options I have opened up for myself. If I’m not on stage I am probably writing, running my company or teaching through my foundation. I have learned that one has to be versatile in their approach. The industry allows one to wear several hats, and for me that is what has kept me going.

 

What is the most important lesson you have learned about the industry?

I have learned that the arts need to be managed like any business, with a plan, systems, structure and lots of innovation.

 

In your opinion, what are the qualities of an excellent actor or actress?

The qualities of an excellent performer is someone who comes to their role prepared for the job. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you don’t put in the work you will never be as great as you could be. A great performer is committed to the work, and never undermines the work.

 

Should we expect to see you on our local screen? If yes when?

 I am working on several projects at the moment. Key of those is the Paul Modjadji breaks down African borders Series. It is a TV documentary series that is presently in production.

What are your fondest memories of your days as a student?

The fondest memories of my days as a student at TUT are receiving the best dance education from the best in the business in those studios. For the years I spent on campus they became home. And even though at the time it didn’t feel fun, I look back with fondness and appreciation for everything I was taught. It more than prepared me for the career I now enjoy.

 

Which of the skills you learnt at TUT are you currently using?

More than I can share on this platform. But mainly the technique, the discipline, the etiquette, and the knowledge. It was one of my lectures, Johan, who once taught us that “The audience can hear what you are thinking louder than they can hear what you are saying.” A lessson in being authentic and in the moment when you are on stage. To this day when I step on stage I remember to be committed to the moment.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

In five years I see myself operating a state of the art Arts Centre in Hammanskraal, and continuing with my international work within the dance space. There’s a lot of work to be done around advocating for arts education in the world.

Paul Modjadji

Background info:

Age : 33 years

Place of birth : Temba, Hammanskraal

Qualifications : National High Certificate in Dance Theatre (TUT),  Diploma in Media studies and Journalism (Intec College), Art Administration and Project Management (Faisit Business College), Civic Leadership (Tulane University)

 

Current position:

CEO of Imvula Pula Entertainment, Founder of The Leaders Who Dare to Dream Foundation, Choreographer, Dancer, Writer.

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