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<strong>March</strong> 2024 - <strong>Vol</strong>ume 8, <strong>Issue</strong> 1<br />


Thabani Magubane<br />

By Excel Fongoma<br />

T<br />

habani Magubane based his fictional works on contemporary<br />

South African life. He is an independent author. ‘The Carpenter’s<br />

Son’ (2020) garnered significant notice during the Covid-19<br />

shutdown, and “The Black Ants” (2021) earned him a Book Behind<br />

Award in 2022. The two novels were then screened for the Young<br />

Writers Competition by the Gauteng Department of Education and both<br />

works of literature were added to the school catalog.<br />

The Gauteng Department of Education has then used Magubane’s Novel,<br />

‘The Carpenter’s Son’ as an Internal Assessment for Grade 12 students.<br />

Magubane detailed about the creativity and inspiration on the book,<br />

“This book was inspired by the revelation of some hardships that most<br />

black people have continuously been faced with; from poverty to the<br />

need to prove their humane constituent, which has been declared dead<br />

amongst people who are born black.”<br />

He further explained his views on the book’s relevance to the<br />

contemporary issues and social context, “I think the book relates to<br />

both the young and old generations. It speaks about recurring issues<br />

that a lot of black people live with. The importance of this revelation is<br />

not to try and conform, but to understand why we are, and where we<br />

went wrong.”<br />

According to Magubane if you have a dream, chase that dream and<br />

never let anything stop you from achieving your goal, “Dare to dream.<br />

It becomes more possible the more you believe it. Don’t let anything<br />

stop you from starting.”<br />

Magubane is grateful for the opportunity and the support he received<br />

from the Tshwane University of Technology’s community. He said, “TUT<br />

is where I found myself. The classroom built me and the rugby field<br />

became my fresh air. I lived in TUT residences and got my first pay<br />

check there. It enabled me to be work-ready, and propelled me forward<br />

into the start of my career.”<br />

His tales shed light on the realities that are often disregarded yet still<br />

exist in the Rainbow Nation and the New South Africa. Raised in a free<br />

and diverse neighborhood, he views equality as a neutral position that<br />

is untouched by challenges of poverty and the legacy of the former<br />

apartheid state. “Being in an environment where a lot of things are<br />

accessible sort of kills the reality of the struggles that other people<br />

might still be facing out there. Reasons easily sound like excuses and a<br />

‘them vs us’ attitude develops, creating what we can term the ‘Better<br />

Black’.”<br />

According to Magubane, a significant portion of being black is defined<br />

as an achiever in white schools, where basic characteristics such as hair<br />

colour and language used in the hallways must alter for the duration of<br />

one’s desire to remain a part of the system, which is typically no less<br />

than 12 years.<br />

“We shunned our peers who sang traditional<br />

music, who were loud when socialising, or who<br />

even dressed in traditional attire. It was simply<br />

unsophisticated because nobody taught us about<br />

the importance of our identity while our parents<br />

were at work”<br />

Thabani Magubane<br />

Photo by Nhlawulo Chauke<br />

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• Editor<br />

Excel Fongoma<br />

• Journalist<br />

• Asiphe Mjongile<br />

• Phidiso Makwana<br />

• Nosipho Mnyandu<br />

• Lindokuhle Nkosi<br />

• Social Media<br />

Excel Fongoma<br />

• Layout and Design<br />

Nadia Ross<br />

TUT Printing Services<br />

• Images and photos:<br />

• Cover Photo: Nhlawulo Chauke<br />

• Mack Mokganyana<br />

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Ashwin Marais - 22<br />

Fashion design student Office<br />

I was rejected<br />

by NSFAS<br />

on my first<br />

year and did<br />

appeal but still<br />

got rejected. But applied<br />

again for this year and got<br />

funded, that really makes<br />

me happy but I am worried<br />

about my friend because he<br />

got defunded.<br />

Students Views on the<br />

NSFAS Funding process<br />

By Phidiso Makwana<br />

Nakisani Sivhabu - 26<br />

Crop Production<br />

Personally, I<br />

am not pleased<br />

with NSFAS because, it is<br />

taking time to process my<br />

application and I haven’t<br />

registered, that time<br />

classes have started<br />

Sizakele Dubazane - 18<br />

Electrical Engineering<br />

It’s<br />

frustrating<br />

to not be<br />

financially<br />

cleared especially because<br />

I have to look for an<br />

accommodation and<br />

obviously they would not<br />

allow us to stay in the<br />

school residence without<br />

NSFAS.<br />

Manqoba Cele - 23<br />

Kinesiology and coaching<br />

science student<br />

NSFAS makes<br />

everything easy<br />

for us. Because with<br />

NSFAS we are able to<br />

register, just like now I am<br />

registered and all of my<br />

friends are funded.<br />

Elizabeth Madinginye - 20<br />

Kinesiology and coaching science<br />

student<br />

I am very<br />

happy with<br />

how things<br />

worked fast for<br />

me with NSFAS; they<br />

approved in very short<br />

space of time and I<br />

registered immediately<br />

and found a better<br />

accommodation<br />

Sthabiso Mlotha - 20<br />

Crop Production<br />

I am funded and<br />

I have registered<br />

at the same time I am<br />

placed at one of the<br />

accommodations and that<br />

makes me very happy.<br />

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RC preparing for their<br />

presentation<br />

S<br />


for Soshanguve<br />

residence committee<br />

By Lindokuhle Nkosi and Phidiso Makwana<br />

oshanguve campus Residence Committee students attended training in Toppieshoek from 9 -11 February,<br />

2024.The Directorate of Accommodations Residence Life and Catering (ARLC) Soshanguve campus hosted<br />

the students. The aim of the training was to equip new student leaders with sharpening their skills in<br />

leadership. They also inculcated new ideas and strategies for 2024 academic year and beyond.<br />

Magubane Tebogo, Station Manager of Tshwane FM said, “I think one thing we fail to do as leaders is to be an<br />

example. Be that person when they make an example.”<br />

Precious Nyembezi who was the organiser said, “We are appealing to all students to report all faults to their<br />

residence managers. With all reported faults, we will forward them to the maintenance coordinator and also<br />

not forgetting that all the maintenance big issues that we have we are not allowed to deal with them as ARLC.<br />

We have to forward them to building and estates which is a process but we do follow ups and this year we<br />

are trying to do as much as we can.”<br />

Solomon Sekgalabje the residence administrator said, “The biggest challenge that we have is our<br />

registration system. When applications are done, most students do not get space to stay and it<br />

delays our process, also most students get scammed because they pay strangers to help them with<br />

accommodation. Students then end up coming to us to complain about the scammers”<br />

Kgalabi Phale who is the Residence advisor “As residence committee we lack<br />

collaboration with various departments within the university and also we have<br />

inadequate maintenance of facilities in the residences.”<br />

The university aims to put more effort on making student living better.<br />

The ARLC also urges all the students to contributing to making<br />

the university situation better in terms of breakage and<br />

ruining of other resources.<br />

Solomon<br />

Sekgalabje Mr Kgalabi Phale, Residence Advisor<br />

Mr Jackey Masekela, Residence advisor at Orion<br />

From left to right: Austine Mongwe, Omphile Magane, Refilwe Makua,<br />

Lebogang Gafane and Uhone Lugisa<br />

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Ms Hester Louw<br />


Residence Committee<br />

training 2024<br />

By Lindokuhle Nkosi<br />

An Accommodation, Residence Life and Catering workshop was hosted at Tshwane<br />

University of Technology, Pretoria campus and ToppiesHoek, on 29-30 January,<br />

2024.<br />

he first day of the training started at Tshwane University of Technology, Prestige auditorium, Dinokeng<br />

building, served as a training program for the residence committees of Pretoria Campus Residences.<br />

T The training was meant for building capacity for incoming residence leaders. The purpose was to allow<br />

leaders to know the environment better and to know the different role players who will assist them during their<br />

term of the office.<br />

“We expect to see Residence Committee members serving their fellow students with distinction and to<br />

orientate the newcomers in the residences so that they can excel in their new environment” said, Jackey<br />

Masekela, Residence Advisor at Orion who was also a facilitator on day one of the training for the first part<br />

which focused on ARLC Management Sections, the other 2 parts focused on leadership concepts and basic<br />

skills touching on topics like mental health, ethical leadership, communication, project plan and discipline.<br />

Thato Morema who holds a position at ISRC: SARO-O is responsible for assisting students with<br />

accommodation and monitor that the residences students stay in are in good condition and safe. He<br />

also added how governance and leadership is to an extent about input and output and how they<br />

can never relax while students face challenges.<br />

Day 2 of the training was held at Toppieshoek Recreation centre based on people’s<br />

skills and social challenges. The residence committee were taught about conflict<br />

management, emotional intelligence, and diversity, personal development and<br />

social media. “The experience was so phenomenal and fantastic. Got to<br />

meet impressive unique personalities, and also got to engage<br />

with different and diverse individuals” says Tebogo<br />

Justin Molebaloa, RC Lezard Residence,<br />

portfolio: Academics.<br />

Thomas Mnisi, Head of Department<br />

Pretoria Campus ARLC<br />

Edwin Manyaka<br />

Tebogo Justin Molebaloa,<br />

RC leadership Lezard Residence<br />

Kgalabi JK Phale,Residence Advisor<br />

From left to right: Austine Mongwe, Omphile Magane, Refilwe Makua,<br />

Lebogang Gafane and Uhone Lugisa<br />

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Empowers New Interns<br />

From left Lindokuhle Nkosi, Asiphe Mjongile,<br />

Nosipho Mnyandu and Phidiso Makwana<br />

By Excel Fongoma<br />

<strong>BUA</strong> Team building Lebogang Mogale Student Life and Governance Officer.<br />

Said, “The Bua Newspaper Teambuilding Session emerged as a valuable and<br />

enriching experience for the newly recruited student interns. This session<br />

encapsulated the spirit of unity and collaboration essential for the interns’ journalistic<br />

responsibilities. Furthermore, the session laid the foundation for a cohesive and<br />

collaborative working environment among the interns.”<br />

He added, “As the teambuilding session unfolded, the interns experienced first-hand<br />

the importance of teamwork and effective communication. The challenges presented<br />

in the activities mirrored the complexities of the journalism field, fostering resilience,<br />

adaptability, and innovative thinking. The session not only nurtured a sense of<br />

camaraderie but also instilled in the interns a deeper appreciation for the collective<br />

efforts required in their journalistic roles.”<br />

“The knowledge and skills imparted during the teambuilding session extend beyond<br />

immediate tasks. They lay the groundwork for a culture of collaboration and mutual<br />

understanding among the Bua Interns, ensuring that the benefits of the session<br />

reverberate throughout their tenure. The psychological insights gained will serve<br />

as a compass for navigating the complexities inherent in teamwork, fostering an<br />

environment where each intern can contribute meaningfully to the collective success<br />

of the team”, Lebogang concluded.<br />

Counsellor for Health and Wellness Delta Tladi. She outlined the reasons why it is<br />

crucial that faculty and students consider diversity. She said, “Diversity is rich with<br />

perspectives. A diverse staff brings a multitude of perspectives, experiences and<br />

skills. This encourage creativity, foster innovation and stimulate critical thinking.<br />

By embracing diversity in the workplace, staff members will feel more motivated<br />

to achieve a shared goal. Diversity also help in creating a mutual understanding and<br />

respect to everyone, which also creates a more open and accepting environment where<br />

everyone is able to contribute.”<br />

“Equality, inclusion, humanity, unity, efficient communication, professionalism,<br />

empathy, sympathy, patience and acknowledgement of all humans as well as their<br />

variant factors”, Tladi added.<br />

Phidiso Makwana <strong>BUA</strong> Journalist, “Being at the Camp has taught me how to be patient<br />

and also that being away from people to recharge is quite possible.”<br />

Delta Tladi, Health and Wellness counsellor<br />

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By Lindokuhle Nkosi<br />

The Department of Transport has been providing on-camp transportation in<br />

2 ways, the first part is; students who are living on campus residences are<br />

automatically registered since they live within campus premises. Secondly,<br />

students who reside off campus are given the opportunity to apply.<br />

Even though a student card needs to be done when every academic year starts, students<br />

are still given time to use their 2023 student cards when loading the bus. “We normaly<br />

allow students during registration, and then after the registration period is finished<br />

we give them about a week or two, but that is also informed by the Department of<br />

Transport if we are ready”, said Khumotsego Malebane who is the Head of Department<br />

for the Department of Transport.<br />

She also mentioned how the cyber-attack that occurred at TUT might have a negative<br />

impact when it comes to the registration of buses as they might be left with no choice<br />

but to do everything manually which has disadvantages. One of the challenges could be<br />

that the transport department might be forced to do everything manually which will<br />

cause traffic, and the issue of students going to register for the bus at another campus<br />

causing a mix up with the application files. Making the online system the best way to go<br />

as the students are linked to their respective campus.<br />

Sam Shabalala who is the Deputy Director at Transport services touched on the issue<br />

of how intoxicated students when boarding the bus tend to trouble the drivers causing<br />

them to not feel safe as he has gotten reports before about this type of situation. “So<br />

far the institution has unregistered students who are gate crashing; they are not even<br />

registered TUT students but expect to use the bus service, whilst we know very well<br />

that in order to use the bus service you must be a registered student” said Richard<br />

Rikhotso, the contract manager of Ikhwezi bus services.<br />

The students also requested a few changes they would like to see regarding the<br />

boarding of busses. “To reduce the overloads, specifically for busses going on long<br />

distances such as Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa. There must be maybe an extra bus on<br />

standby so that people won’t wait for an extra hour” said Simamukele a third year<br />

student in the Department of Public affairs.<br />

The department of transport will communicate with students once the application for<br />

bus transport are opened and students are urged to register for the 2024 academic year,<br />

so they can be able to register for the bus.<br />

Richard Rikhotso Ikhwezi bus<br />

service contractor<br />

Bus conductor assisting<br />

students<br />

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IEC Targets Tshwane University Students with<br />

Registration Drive<br />

By Lindokuhle Nkosi<br />

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) visited the Tshwane<br />

University of Technology (TUT), Pretoria Campus, on 13 February<br />

2024 in a bid to boost youth voter registration. This targeted<br />

intervention aimed to ensure students, a key demographic, are ready to<br />

participate in upcoming elections.<br />

“The first thing the youth can do is to make sure that they have a say when<br />

it comes to government because it is only them who can change things when<br />

it comes to issues that affect them,” said Lucwangco Madikida,<br />

Democracy education facilitator at IEC.<br />

The Tshwane University of Technology students lined up as they were<br />

all prepared to register to vote, whilst showing that the youth of<br />

South Africa finally realises the need to vote. Lucwangco continued<br />

to add that the stats from IEC that shows that most young people<br />

are not engaging when it comes to elections, hence why they have<br />

been visiting most high schools around Pretoria West and other<br />

surrounding areas.<br />

The elections which will be held in May 2024, will see over 81<br />

percent of people under the age of 30 (stats by IEC) taking to the<br />

polls to vote, even though some still haven’t registered. “I did not<br />

register to vote, because there’s no party that seems to enforce a<br />

fight against income distribution and equality,” said Mpho Malope, a<br />

Diploma in marketing second-year student.<br />

Placeholder for<br />

online video<br />

Student gets help from an IEC official<br />

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Promoting Healthy Choices:<br />

By Asiphe Mjongile<br />

The Pretoria Campus’ Directorate of Health and Wellness hosted<br />

their 2024 inaugural event on February 12 and 13. Held at both<br />

the Arts Campus and the Pretoria Campus, the event offered<br />

a variety of crucial services including HIV and STI testing, alongside<br />

educational sessions on reproductive health, teenage pregnancy<br />

prevention, family planning options, Gender-Based Violence, and<br />

LGBTIQ+ awareness.<br />

Aiming to raise awareness and equip students with the skills they<br />

need to stay healthy and safe, the event focused on promoting<br />

healthy behaviours, reducing stigma surrounding HIV and STIs and<br />

providing accurate information about overall health and well-being.<br />

Ultimately, the goal was to create a safe and supportive environment<br />

where students could access the information and resources needed to<br />

make informed decisions about their health.<br />

Mack Mokganyana who is the administrator and marketing officer<br />

said, the services which they provide are quite good for the students,<br />

eventually, they urge students to get to know about the services on<br />

campuses.<br />

“Students need to know about First Things First, their role and<br />

responsibility to take care of themselves especially when it comes to<br />

health and well-being for themselves,” he explained.<br />

Inspires Students to Overcome Obstacles<br />

He further stated., we encourage students to engage in activities of<br />

the First Things First campaign whereby they need to know and test<br />

for HIV, and screen for Tuberculosis (TB) and STIs.”<br />

Noko Morakaladi who is a professional nurse highlighted how they<br />

are promoting these services on campus and the challenges they face<br />

when providing these services.<br />

“We do orientation sessions for new students, outside interventions,<br />

and inviting stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations<br />

(NGOs) to participate in events. Administrators also use social media<br />

platforms such as Facebook and TikTok to raise awareness about<br />

services available,” he explained.<br />

He elaborated, “Students face a lot of social problems such as the<br />

National Student Financial System (NSFAS), which leads to stress and<br />

to mental health problems. Students want to know about sexually<br />

productive health and other common ailments, including HIV and<br />

AIDS.”<br />

Priscilla Baloyi student who attended the event said that, she is<br />

comfortable enough to use the services provided on campus.<br />

“I am comfortable to use these services that are provided on campus<br />

because they are very helpful in terms of knowing your health<br />

status,” She said.<br />

Noko Morakaladi (Professional Nurse) and Paulina Mabena (Professional Nurse)<br />

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Masterpiece<br />

By Phidiso Makwana<br />

“What motivated us is the thought that<br />

we are helping a cause that is needed<br />

to be known, so one of those ways<br />

that everyone gets to see it even at the<br />

glimpse of their eye is a billboard and<br />

also the challenge that we came across<br />

is making sure the pictures speak<br />

volume but in the end we managed to<br />

get it all together.”<br />

Lesedi (24)<br />

Integrated Communication Design student<br />

Integrated communication design students have taken a bold stand<br />

against the owning and trading of exotic animals through an eyecatching<br />

billboard campaign. Making use of their artistic talents, the<br />

students have created a thought provoking masterpiece that aims to<br />

raise awareness about the consequences of this controversial practice.<br />

The captivating billboard, strategically placed in a high traffic area,<br />

showcases visuals and powerful messaging designed to grab the<br />

attention of people passing-by. The intention behind this campaign is<br />

to educate the public about the negative impacts associated with the<br />

ownership and trade of exotic animals. Led by TUT’s school of arts<br />

and design, the students employed a variety of artistic techniques to<br />

convey their message effectively, they skilfully combined bold colours,<br />

striking imagery and compelling taglines to ensure the billboard leaves<br />

a lasting impression on viewers. By highlighting the inherent cruelty<br />

and detrimental environmental effects caused by exotic animals trade,<br />

TUT’s students hope to change public opinion and encourage ethical<br />

choices.<br />

Mpho Moema (21) an integrated Communication Design says “I am<br />

deeply dedicated to working with more female driven organisations<br />

and businesses especially those led by black women. I want to actively<br />

contribute to the development and growth of women who share my<br />

drive for success. The empowerment of women has always been dear to<br />

me.”<br />

Kutloano Lebethe (22) an integrated communication design student says<br />

“It feels inspiring to work with people who were so passionate about<br />

animals and I’m beyond proud to have been able to bring their vision to<br />

life.”<br />

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Tshepo Masela<br />


By Nosipho Mnyandu<br />

Playing a role on screen is one thing, but who talks about the<br />

work that is behind the scenes? Tshepo Masela is an actor and a<br />

casting director who has put his name on the map. His passion<br />

is to identify potential talent, polish it, and give aspiring actors and<br />

actresses their shine through the mainstream acting art industry.<br />

Tshepo started acting through the Love Life programs back in high<br />

school and he enrolled for a Diploma in Economic and Management<br />

analysis at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Ga-Rankuwa<br />

Campus in 2010. He mentioned that, there was a Drama Society under<br />

the Directorate of Extracurricular Development (DED), and that was<br />

where he fell in love with acting. “I would not say I chose the acting<br />

career, but I think the acting is just something that chose me and will<br />

be within me forever,” he said, further explaining that he did not study<br />

drama but still found drama even when he studied a different program.<br />

SAED played a role in assisting the young director to fulfil his dreams<br />

through their extracurricular development programs, support, and<br />

investment. Tshepo is proud to say that TUT has shaped him into the<br />

artist that he is today, and aided him in owning a successful artists’<br />

management company named Ke-MoAfrika Media. Among other<br />

supporters is Ntombi Mahlangu, who is a DED practitioner at the Ga-<br />

Rankuwa Campus, who he believes did not only do her job but loved<br />

what she was doing.<br />

She would organise a full-time drama director for them, organise<br />

multiple stage performances, squeeze drama performances in any event<br />

on campus, organise free tickets and transport for them to go watch a<br />

theatre show at the South African State Theatre and take their shows to<br />

National Art Festivals in Grahamstown.<br />

As an actor, he has been featured in a couple of shows including<br />

Isidingo, Muvhango, the second season of It’s Complicated and The<br />

River, amongst others. As an artists’ agent, he has managed to reach<br />

shows like The River, Adulting, Skeem Saam, Outlaws, Scandal and<br />

now the new telenovela airing on Mzansi<br />

Magic called Champions. His agency<br />

Ke-MoAfrika has groomed upcoming<br />

actors and actresses namely Minkie<br />

Malatji, Rethabile Mohapi, Buhle<br />

Maseko, Mpho Sewela, and Simon<br />

Makama.<br />

Upon asking how he spots<br />

potential in people, Tshepo<br />

replied that he can tell from a<br />

person’s behaviour that one has<br />

potential and if further polished,<br />

can be someone great. “A casting<br />

director has a third eye,”<br />

he added. Tshepo’s main<br />

goal is to completely<br />

change the perception<br />

of TUT’s Directorate<br />

of Extracurricular<br />

Development by proving<br />

to others that DED is not<br />

a waste of university<br />

resources.<br />

Tshepo Masela<br />

Nkosindiphile<br />

Shandu<br />


By Excel Fongoma<br />

Nkosindiphile Shandu<br />

Nkosindiphile Shandu from the TUT Faculty of Humanities,<br />

scooped a SAFTA Award. The award was for Best Factual<br />

Programme: Grizelda Grootboom, it aired on SABC 2 IN 2024.<br />

He was part of the offline/online editing team. The show was called<br />

Rebounders.<br />

According to Nkosindiphile, he is humbled by being recognised for<br />

his work. He explained, “My biggest highlight is winning a SAFTA<br />

award. I can now say, I am an award-winning Video Editor. I have also<br />

been nominated before for SAFTA, for Best Digital Content for Africa<br />

Fashion International in 2020.”<br />

He further said, “It means the world to me because, I have been<br />

in the film industry for less than 10 years and I have already been<br />

awarded with such a prestigious award. It was a massive team effort;<br />

I am glad that I am credited on the show as one of the important guys<br />

who made it happen.”<br />

“TUT shaped my career because that is where I realized my love<br />

for TV or broadcast media. I will forever be thankful to the team of<br />

Qube Radio Online and two of my lecturers, Tshamano Makhadi and<br />

Vukosi Baloyi. When I entered TUT and interacted with those people<br />

I have mentioned I already knew what I was going to do in my future<br />

career. They gave me opportunities that I have always dreamt of. I<br />

was allowed freedom to express myself and those teachings from TUT<br />

allowed me to get where I am today”, said Nkosindiphile.<br />

Nkosindiphile worked for 32Done Productions, a production company<br />

based in Roodepoort. from 2019 – 2023. He said, “I started as an<br />

intern and worked my way up as a junior video editor. Currently I am<br />

working for Zee World Enterprises, an Indian media conglomerate.<br />

He is currently doing promos, scripting and final mixing for 6 of their<br />

channels based around Africa; ncluding the newly launched isiZulu<br />

dubbed channel Zee Zonke.”<br />

He mentioned challenges that he faced “my biggest challenge was<br />

when I was an intern in 2019 at 32Done Productions and I had to learn<br />

every editing software from scratch while not being paid any stipend<br />

or even transport money. I had to endure that to get where I am today,<br />

“I am doing what I love, he added. I wake up every day knowing very<br />

well I chose a career that I love which is doing stuff for Television.<br />

I do it with pride and joy and that’s what keeps me going”.<br />

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Tumelo Adelinah Sanyane Faculty Marketer for Engineering<br />

and the Built Environment, outlined about the significance<br />

of orientation and how the first years are welcomed by the<br />

university, “What we do with Orientation is introduce our First<br />

Years to not only our or Executive Dean and Management,<br />

but all student-aligned services that are at their disposal here<br />

on Campus, to make their journey seamless. We want them<br />

to feel at home and not fear approaching any of our staff and<br />

senior students for help.”<br />

“We have not yet received full official feedback from the<br />

survey we run each year after Orientation, however, what I<br />

can tell you is that we used the results received in 2023 to<br />

improve our offering for 2024. The direct feedback received<br />

on the day was all positive from the First Years. We try to<br />

make the day fun and informative”, explained Tumelo.<br />

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To welcome First-year students, the Faculty of Arts and Design held an orientation week.<br />

Furthermore, the event highlighted the extensive support services available<br />

to students. The services include academic counselling, career guidance<br />

health and wellness centres, and library facilities, aiming to enhance<br />

student’s well-being throughout their academic journey, information on<br />

financial aid, and student societies.<br />

Chante Golt who is a motion picture lecturer says “Orientation is vital<br />

because it gives students a chance to get to be familiar with each other and<br />

learn what it means to be at a tertiary institution.”<br />

Kemoikantse Phago first-year students said, “I appreciate this orientation<br />

opportunity because we get to learn about the campus at large and build<br />

connections with other Faculties as well as know other students”.<br />

By Phidiso Makwana and Asiphe Mjongile<br />

The Faculty of Arts and Design hosted a week-long orientation program,<br />

providing a warm welcome to it’s first-year students. The event aimed<br />

to familiarize the incoming students with the campus environment,<br />

culture, services, and facilities available to them. With a wide range of<br />

activities and sessions, the orientation program aimed to ensure a smooth<br />

transition into university life for these aspiring young artists.<br />

The orientation program showcased the rich cultural heritage of the TUT<br />

Arts Campus as a melting pot of diverse talents and artistic endeavours,<br />

the campus fosters an environment that celebrates creativity in all its<br />

forms. New students were encouraged to embrace this open-minded and<br />

innovative atmosphere and explore their artistic abilities without fear of judgment.<br />

Irene Boter Faculty Marketer for Arts and Design said, “We would appreciate<br />

if the students use this opportunity to make a difference through the arts,<br />

especially the activism theme that we have in the faculty”.<br />

Chante Gorlt<br />

TUT first years at Arts Campus<br />

TUT dancers entertaining students<br />

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It is important for staff to be aware of legal requirements that guide<br />

them on how to respond to students who report cases of Genderbased<br />

Violence (GBV), particularly the new amendments made to the<br />

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences & Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of<br />

2007. This was the view of Manoko Mogoroga, Life Skills Practitioner at<br />

Student Development and Support (SDS) and counselling psychologist at<br />

the TUT Gender Desk, during a GBV workshop hosted by the Faculty of<br />

Arts and Design on 17 January, just before the start of the new academic<br />

year.<br />

In her presentation, Gender-based Violence and the Role of the Gender<br />

Desk, Mogoroga highlighted three notable amendments to the Act. She<br />

said the changes in the Act may help to protect the vulnerable groups.<br />

The amendments as indicated in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences<br />

and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2021 are as follows:<br />

Insertion of new Part in the Act - Sexual Intimidation<br />

14A. A person (‘A’) who unlawfully and intentionally utters or conveys<br />

a threat to a complainant (‘B’) that inspires a reasonable belief of<br />

imminent harm in B that a sexual offence will be committed against B,<br />

or a third party (‘C’) who is a member of the family of B or any other<br />

person in a close relationship with B, is guilty of the offence of sexual<br />

intimidation and may be liable on conviction to the punishment to which<br />

a person convicted of actually committing a sexual offence would be<br />

liable.’’.<br />

Amendment of section 40<br />

Considers females under the age of 25 years who receive education at<br />

higher education institutions as a vulnerable group.<br />

Amendments to the Sexual Offences Act (Section 54)<br />

Obligation to report the commission of sexual offences against a<br />

vulnerable group (children, persons who are mentally disabled, female<br />

students below the age of 25).<br />

“54. (1) [(a)] A person who has knowledge, reasonable belief or suspicion<br />

that a sexual offence has been committed against a [child], person<br />

who is vulnerable as defined in section 40 must report such knowledge,<br />

reasonable belief or suspicion immediately to a police official.<br />

[(b)] (2)(a) A person who fails to report such knowledge, reasonable<br />

belief or suspicion as contemplated in [paragraph (a)] subsection<br />

(1), is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or to<br />

imprisonment for a period not exceeding 5 years or to both a fine and<br />

such imprisonment.”<br />

Mogoroga emphasised that to facilitate the implementation of the DHET’s<br />

GBV policy framework, Higher Health has published four new protocols.<br />

The protocols are intended to address issues of Gender-based violence<br />

in higher education institutions. They also outline the main guidelines<br />

that must be followed and what institutions can do to offer support.<br />

The protocols in place are about minimum standards for campus safety<br />

and security, safety in private accommodation, safety in on-campus<br />

residences, and staff-student relations.<br />

In relation to students’ referrals, she emphasised that the POPI Act must<br />

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always be considered. For example, the nature of the problem<br />

determines the channels of referral and that such channels should<br />

be streamlined, that information/level of disclosure should be<br />

censored when referring/reporting, that it should be transparent,<br />

and that feedback should be confidential in terms of the POPI Act.<br />

During the workshop, Sr Noko Morakaladi, Clinical Nurse<br />

Practitioner at The Directorate: Health and Wellness on the Arts<br />

Campus, explained the role of the Directorate and GBV-related<br />

services.<br />

He said that many victims of rape/sexual abuse present<br />

themselves at a health facility immediately after the assault<br />

because they do not want to file a complaint but need medical<br />

treatment, they want to file a complaint but need medical<br />

or psychological treatment first, or they are unaware of the<br />

procedures to follow after being raped/abused.<br />

In his presentation, Captain Gert C Smith of the South African<br />

Police Service stressed that perceptions of what constitutes sexual<br />

assault vary and that staff need to explain to students what kind<br />

of behaviour puts them at risk.<br />

Prof Nalini Moodley, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts<br />

and Design, said the GBV statistics were disheartening, citing<br />

nationally reported SA rape statistics of 10 500 from July to<br />

September 2023.<br />

She said the University, particularly the Faculty of Arts and<br />

Design, had made progress in addressing the scourge of GBV. In<br />

addition to establishing the Gender Desk in response to the rising<br />

incidents of hate crimes against women and girls in the country<br />

and in higher education institutions, the Faculty has introduced<br />

gender champions and applied for a niche area in artivism and<br />

how it can address GBV. The latter was awarded last year.<br />

“I hope this will lead to ways and strategies to prevent GBV,”<br />

she said. She added that attention should be paid to disrupting<br />

learned behaviours, addressing patriarchy in the curriculum,<br />

understanding the root causes of GBV, becoming more victimcentred<br />

and engaging men as allies in the fight against GBV.<br />

Sources of referral:<br />

1. Nearest campus clinic/hospital emergency unit – if the survivor is in immediate danger or seriously injured<br />

2. SAPS and Campus Protection Services (CPS) – should they wish to open a case<br />

3. SDS and Gender Desk – professional counselling and psycho-education. Available on all campuses. Email: Counselling@tut.ac.za<br />

4. SADAG 24-hour toll-free telephonic counselling helpline – for TUT students is 0800 68 78 88.<br />

5. Department of Social Development – psycho-educational support for survivors and perpetrators<br />

6. Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCCs) – one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce<br />

secondary victimisation and to build a case ready for successful prosecution<br />

7. Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT) – support for IPV survivors and perpetrators<br />




• GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428<br />

• South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime<br />

Stop: 08600 10111/SMS Crime Line: 32211<br />

• People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA): 011<br />

642 4345 as well as online.<br />

• Stop Gender-based Violence helpline: 0800<br />

150 150<br />

• TEARS helpline: 010 590 5920; *134*7355# -<br />

for an emergency dial 2 (24/h free call)<br />

• National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800<br />

222 777<br />

• National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322<br />

• Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567<br />

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From Disability Activist to<br />

Education Leader<br />

By Excel Fongoma<br />

he Tshwane University of Technology’s School of Education Alum, Sarah<br />

Morulane is presently pursuing her PhD. Her master’s degree in education,<br />

T “Challenges Faced by Students with Visual Impairments at a University of<br />

Technology,” is what she currently possesses.<br />

Since 2008, she has advocated for the inclusion of students with disabilities while<br />

working as a Student Development Support (SDS) practitioner: Disability Services.<br />

Morulane has been elected as the chairperson of the Higher and Further Education<br />

Disability Services Association( HEDSA), Gauteng Region and is an active member<br />

of the advocacy and rights-based non-profit organization that represents disability<br />

services in Higher and Further Education Institutions (HEDSA).<br />

As chairperson, she will oversee the development of an inclusive PSET system for<br />

the Gauteng Region, assist Post-School Education and Training(PSET), institutions in<br />

creating an environment that is supportive of individuals with disabilities, serve as<br />

the chair of the HEDSA National Executive Committee, and guarantee that disability<br />

compliance is mainstreamed in all PSET institutions in the region.<br />

She delivered an array of paper presentations at various conferences:<br />

• 2019: Conceptual Paper on exploring the readiness of higher education<br />

institutions for inclusive education<br />

• 2018: Poster Presentation on navigating through challenges faced by students<br />

with visual impairments at the University of Technology<br />

• 2009: Co-presenting a conceptual paper on establishing a mentorship forum in<br />

higher education in Southern Africa<br />

Her work is significant to her because she enjoys working with students with<br />

disabilities, even in little ways, working with these students can impact her life.<br />

Her philosophy to work is to constantly<br />

challenge oneself, even in areas she is<br />

experienced with. She finds inspiration in<br />

expanding her knowledge, learning new<br />

things, seizing opportunities, and working<br />

with colleagues and other stakeholders<br />

Ivy detailed how she feels about being<br />

elected as a HEDSA Chairperson in Gauteng,<br />

“I have mixed emotions. Honestly, I<br />

am eagerly anticipating the challenge<br />

since I am following in the footsteps of<br />

exceptional leaders who have guided this<br />

task with diligence. I am faced with the<br />

challenge of living up to high expectations.<br />

Nevertheless, I am prepared to embrace<br />

this challenge.”<br />

She mentioned that raising TUT’s Flag<br />

comes with having to prioritise and<br />

maintaining the reputation of the<br />

institution, “I prioritise maintaining<br />

the reputation of TUT, so I try to<br />

uphold TUT values when<br />

interacting with external<br />

companies and colleagues<br />

from the PSET system.”<br />

Message of gratitude to her<br />

colleagues:<br />

“I am grateful for their<br />

trust in my abilities<br />

and aim to introduce<br />

innovative projects in the<br />

area. I anticipate that my<br />

actions will successfully<br />

show my appreciation.”<br />

Sarah Morulane<br />

Karabo Minkie Malatji<br />

Telenovela actress<br />

and TUT alum<br />

Minkie Malatji<br />

shines in “Champions”<br />

By Nosipho Mnyandu<br />

inkie Malatji (24) is an alumni of the Tshwane<br />

University of Technology. She attended classes<br />

M at the TUT Polokwane Campus in 2023, studying<br />

business management. Born in Tzaneen, Limpopo,<br />

Malatji has set the screens as she stars in the new<br />

telenovela on Mzansi Magic called ‘Champions’, which<br />

airs on channel 161 every Monday to Friday at 21:00.<br />

“I feel so blessed and thankful to be part of such an<br />

amazing production and cast,” she said.<br />

Minkie discovered her acting ability when she was in the<br />

9 th grade, she was given a task to write a story and act it<br />

out. This was when she realised her passion for acting.<br />

Her interests were also driven by her mother who is also<br />

passionate about acting. She further explained that, her<br />

mom used to do plays at her schools and always wanted<br />

to become the greatest actress. After a long time and<br />

when she started venturing into other things, she met<br />

Tshepo Masela, her manager who is also a TUT graduate,<br />

who assisted her in becoming the star that she is today.<br />

In acting, one tends to find themselves having a<br />

relationship with the character that they are given.<br />

For Minkie, it is not about switching from herself to her<br />

played character, Oratile Rapoo, but it is about finding<br />

similarities between herself and Oratile and she said,<br />

that helps her a lot.<br />

Minkie explained that she finds her motivation and<br />

support at home from her family, especially her mother,<br />

little brother, and her colleagues. “The people I work<br />

with are very supportive and very patient with me and<br />

for that I am thankful,” she added.<br />

Ivy Sarah Morulane: TUT Disability Co-Ordinator<br />

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Magnitude of flavors to the world<br />

Byline: Nosipho Mnyandu<br />

dlette Skhoabane (28) is a qualified facilitator<br />

and aspiring life coach. Born in Carletonville,<br />

E Johannesburg, she is a two-time graduate of Diploma<br />

in Recreation Management and an Advanced Diploma<br />

in Business Administration at the Tshwane University of<br />

Technology.<br />

Growing up, Edlette always had aspirations of opening her<br />

own business and decided to embark on the journey of<br />

entrepreneurship. She started as a junior facilitator to top<br />

senior programs and did volunteering work and mentioned<br />

that she loves working with people to help them to grow<br />

and to feed them.<br />

She is the co-founder of a catering company called<br />

Magnitude of Flavours, which was initially named Growtha<br />

La Grill. The business was established in 2021 and started as<br />

a fast food joint. “I started by selling chips at the student<br />

residence that I was staying in”, she said.<br />

When she was selling at her student residence, she<br />

would face encounters of the security staff confiscating<br />

her food and tools, as it is not permitted to sell at<br />

student residences, but that did not stop the ambitious<br />

businesswoman. “I did not open this business because<br />

I wanted money. I fell in love with serving and helping<br />

other students”, she explained. From this small food joint,<br />

Edlette was able to raise enough funds to buy a fullfurnished<br />

mobile kitchen trailer.<br />

The business has worked with Community Economic<br />

Development (CED) program by TUT, which provided sixmonth<br />

entrepreneurship lessons, mentorship and coaching.<br />

Edlette mentioned that, “the program is still in touch with<br />

them and wants to know the progress of the business”. She<br />

also stated that, “myself-confidence was mostly influenced<br />

Edlette Skhoabane<br />

by TUT programs and Student Governance and Leadership<br />

Development (SGLD). In future, I would like to partner<br />

mostly with and cater for the entertainment business and<br />

commercials.”<br />

“I would like to encourage the upcoming entrepreneurs to<br />

never give up, stand for what you believe in, and accept<br />

criticism because that is what builds you”<br />

Due to the high demand of customers, Magnitude of Flavours<br />

expanded the menu and started to cater for everyone.<br />

Limpho Cecillia Ramoabi is one of their loyal customers.<br />

“The chefs are very friendly and approachable, and the food<br />

is amazing. It has a unique taste and was clearly made with<br />

love.” she stated.<br />

She also shared that, “my favourite meal on our menu is<br />

the burger and chips”. Magnitude of Flavours caters for any<br />

sorts of events and are looking forward to expanding more to<br />

corporate events.<br />

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My disability is<br />

not My inability<br />

By Asiphe Mjongile<br />

hembeka Dhlula, a 22-year old, originally from Botabelo in Free state,<br />

former Miss Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) plus size winner,<br />

T was born blind. Despite the fact that she is blind, she has never let her<br />

disability define her, instead she used that as an opportunity to show others that<br />

a person‘s abilities are not limited by disabilities.<br />

She highlighted that entering Miss TUT plus size was not about winning instead it<br />

was about changing the narrative. “Going out there walking on stage with heels<br />

on, showing that blind people, are capable of winning, I was brave. Miss TUT<br />

plus size also came as a shock to me because, I was doubting myself, as I was<br />

competing with people who are not blind”, said Thandeka.<br />

She also shared her journey while she was preparing for the competition. She<br />

faced a lot of challenges especially when they were rehearsing. One of the<br />

challenges she faced was learning choreography and gestures required for the<br />

competition, which proved difficult due to her blindness. To overcome this, her<br />

coach had to physically guide her into correct positions and movement.<br />

“My coach had to come to me and show me especially when she was saying chin<br />

up, shoulders up and chest out and I had to hold her shoulders, then when we<br />

have to do those turns and twisting, I had to hold her shoulder”, she explained.<br />

She mentioned that other contestants were helpful in terms of helping her on<br />

what she lacked. The disability lab from Soshanguve Campus also supported her.<br />

They would come and ensure that she was accommodated in the rehearsals by<br />

the Directorate of Extracurricular Development (DED).<br />

She said, “I believe that everything<br />

that you put your mind to, you can<br />

achieve. “People should take the<br />

necessary steps and make it happen”.<br />

She emphasised “People may try to<br />

limit you or scare you, but if you<br />

believe that you can do it, there is<br />

really nothing that can stand in your<br />

way”.<br />

Thandeka had already established<br />

herself as a model in the pageants<br />

for people with disabilities, but<br />

entering Miss TUT was like a stepping<br />

stone in her journey and challenging<br />

the societal views about beauty. It<br />

gave her the confidence to take on<br />

new challenges and defy stereotypes<br />

about beauty and disability.<br />

After, Miss TUT, she entered Miss<br />

gorgeous Pretoria. She went on to<br />

find her own pageant called Miss Blind<br />

South Africa, a pageant dedicated to<br />

highlighting the beauty and talent of<br />

people living with disabilities.<br />

Thembeka Dhlula<br />

From Vaal to<br />

the Big League<br />

By Lindokuhle Nkosi<br />

Thabiso Lebitso: TUT Alumni<br />

habiso Lebitso is a Tshwane University of Technology<br />

Sport Management Graduate and, TUT men football<br />

T team winger or right back who has currently signed with<br />

Orlando Pirates.<br />

Having grown up in Vaal, Sebokeng, growing up he was mostly<br />

inspired by his senior players at a team called Junior Lions,<br />

and also by the likes of Thabo Mnyamane and Rakhale who also<br />

managed to follow their dreams by playing pro football and<br />

becoming graduates just like the former red army player.<br />

Just like any other kid who is a soccer fanatic, Thabiso had<br />

always dreamed of playing at the highest level of the game.<br />

It was when he joined the TUT men’s football club between<br />

2016 and 2017 season that he started to shine even more by<br />

putting on an exceptional performance in the Varsity Football<br />

tournament. Thabiso is one of players who were able to<br />

put balance between playing soccer at a high level and also<br />

focusing on academics.<br />

“It was a nightmare to juggle both, but my wife helped me<br />

big time to inject more discipline and respect for football and<br />

studies at the same time, but the most important thing is time<br />

management” explained Thabiso.<br />

He went on to be selected for the 18 men team in the year<br />

2019 for the Nedbank Cup “Ke Yona” squad and was also<br />

selected as captain of the team, not only that but has also<br />

been part of the USSA Football mens senior national team that<br />

was at the World Student Games which took place at Naples,<br />

Italy in 2019. The talented player whom his favorite moment<br />

in his career is signing his first professional contract, he also<br />

said that his debut match playing for Chippa was a dream come<br />

true.<br />

Having now signed with Orlando Pirates, Lebitso is ready to<br />

tackle his new challenge playing for one of the biggest teams in<br />

the country. “I was very excited because, I never thought I will<br />

play for a big club like Orlando Pirates in my life. It is a dream<br />

come true” said Thabiso.<br />

“Trust the process of life, it doesn’t matter how long it takes<br />

but have faith and work extra hard, respect your craft and<br />

don’t let negativity impact your career because only you and<br />

God know where you are going”, concluded Thabiso.<br />

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Zusakhe Ngqame<br />

secured four awards at the<br />

Incubator Programme Award<br />

Byline: Excel Fongoma<br />

Zusakhe Ngqame, a TUT Alum has secured four awards at the<br />

Incubator Programme Awards. Zusakhe Ngqame is the director<br />

of IMXINWA and he secured the following awards, Best Technical<br />

Choices, Best Costume Design, Best Set Design, and Best Supporting<br />

Director of the Programme.<br />

Zusakhe said, “I started performing from a very young age, singing at<br />

church and then later on in 2009 I joined a community Theatre Group,<br />

Rainbow Arts Organisation, where I did various performances and from<br />

there I then decided to further my studies in Drama with TUT. I have<br />

been doing well and I wouldn't do anything else except Theatres/ TV, It's<br />

my life and Love”.<br />

He further said, “Winning the Awards in the Incubator program means<br />

a lot and it is a dream come true. I believe any hard-working Director/<br />

Performer dreams of winning an award one day for their offerings in the<br />

entertainment industry because it is not just about the award but about<br />

the engagement and the world appreciating your art. So it feels good<br />

and it also pushes me to do more and better work moving forward.”<br />

Zusakhe Ngqame: TUT Alumni<br />

Zusakhe is planning to do more for the play Imxinwa. “The plans<br />

I have for the Production # Imxinwa are endless. I want to stage<br />

the show in different stages, in different provinces, because the<br />

narrative of the play is relatable in any culture, tribe, and society.<br />

All that can only happen with getting funding/ Sponsorships to<br />

stage the Production” said Zusakhe.<br />

“Throughout my years studying at TUT, I have learned so much<br />

about Theatre, TV, and Production; from Improvisation, Directing,<br />

and Pitching creative ideas, to writing. Although these tasks<br />

intimidated me in the beginning, I can confidently say that I am<br />

now very skilled and knowledgeable about the Field”, explained<br />

Zusakhe.<br />

Zusakhe is grateful for the opportunity and support he got from<br />

different organisations, “Growing up in the Western Cape and being<br />

part of various community initiatives, I have learned that, for a<br />

dream to come true, there are several people involved in making<br />

it happen and those individuals form part of my family, friends,<br />

industry colleagues, and Theatre lovers. Who always support my<br />

work and believe in my dreams. I would like to thank every one of<br />

them for believing in me. It means a lot. Thank you."<br />

“The Arts industry is tricky and<br />

challenging, that being said, I<br />

would advise all those who look<br />

up to me to nurture their talent<br />

and skills by going to school.<br />

To be better and respected<br />

in the industry, you need a<br />

Qualification, talent only is not<br />

enough."<br />

Zusakhe Ngqame<br />

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