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DUT to resume classes following protests

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Students at the University of Technology are today expected to return to lectures, following three weeks of disruptions. 

The academic programme at all five Durban University of Technology (DUT) campuses is expected to resume on Monday, after management and the student representative council (SRC) reached common ground following protests.

Management suspended classes at DUT earlier this month after  clashes between protesters  and private security led to the death of 21-year-old student Mlungisi Madonsela  at one of the campuses.

DUT Vice chancellor, Thandwa Mthembu says management and students leaders have finally reached an agreement. He says he is confident the academic programme will resume without a hitch.

The institution has also secured a court barring students and organisations from protesting and damaging property on campus. 

According to News24, in a joint statement by university management and SRC, it is stated that classes at all DUT campuses will resume next week, provided that students who are currently appealing the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and who are staying in the Baltimore residence, are moved until the outcome of their appeal.

According to the statement, there are 232 students awaiting a decision on NSFAS funding.

New24 also reported that “Management agreed to this condition, subject to Student Housing Department confirming that the spaces still exist,” the joint statement read.

Additionally, students whose appeals are unsuccessful will be given 48 hours to vacate the residences.

“Further, the meeting agreed that students who are waiting for their appeal decisions should be allowed to attend classes until their cases are finalised or on 15 March 2019 – whichever comes first.”

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SA tourism gearing up to open the industry

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South Africa’s move to level 1 allows for the countries tourism sector to open up and exploring what the country offers has been put high on the list.  

As the tourism industry recovers, South African’s and international visitors gear up to start exploring the country’s attractions, province at a time. The path to recovery began with this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations hosted at Maropeng’s Cradle of Humankind.

Under the theme, ‘Rural Development and Tourism’, the focus is to drive development towards rural communities through tourism.  A plan by the department of Tourism to use domestic tourism market to  reignite the sector, by driving tourism to lesser-visited rural communities in all nine provinces.

“As we navigate a path to recovery, and gradually re-open our borders to safely welcome international visitors, we urge South Africans to travel and explore their country responsibly,” said Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

The department of Tourism looks to continue to embrace South Africa’s rich culture and heritage as borders gradually re-open and prioritise safety as it welcomes international visitors.

“Our authentic heritage and cultural experiences have been a draw card for international visitors for many years. Although a large number of employment opportunities have in the past been driven by international tourist arrivals, we believe that these jobs, and those yet to be created, will be sustained by the renewed strength of our domestic tourism markets.”

 

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Engineering World Cup, helping SA’s Engineers Reach International Standards

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Engineering has been pushed beyond South Africa’s borders, creating partnerships which allow South Africa’s engineers to reach the international bench-marked standards.

The annual International Engineering Alliance Meeting (IEAM), brings together IEA members to discuss ways to equip them, improving engineering standards to enable them to be compatible according to international standards.

Initiatives such as the “Engineering World Cup” put engineering at the forefront, discussing “strategic issues relating to best practice in accreditation be considered, policies and procedures, accreditation reviews be reviewed and decisions on applications for membership be made.”

To meet international bench-marked standards, IEA members are equipped through engineering education and getting aquainted with the expected competence for engineering practice through the serial of Educational Accords and Competence Agreements.

The “Engineering World Cup”, hosted by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) brings together delegates from various jurisdictions and countries/regions.

“South Africa is represented in all three accords, namely the Washington, Dublin and Sydney Accord. The broad representation of South Africa in these Accords results in the mobility of professional engineers across the countries where these multi-lateral agreements are in place.”

This allows professional engineers to gain recognition and work in these countries based on the agreements which are put in place.

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ECSA guiding SA’s future engineers, lecture at a time

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The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has taken the initiative to provide students, professional engineers, professional Engineering technologists and mentors with the necessary guidance and preparation they need to be compatible within the Engineering industry.

The Tswane University of Technology has been one of the institutions which ESCA extended their initiative to.

To become successful within the engineering industry requires forming effective networks, access to mentorship, connecting with industry experts, associating with certain voluntary associations, and building a marketable profile.

One of the problems identified was the lack of mentorship within the work environment, which ECSA has provided a solution through its support system for registered professionals. It allows professionals to access questions and answers regarding registering as a professional.

Training extends to engineering students, professional engineers, professional engineering technologists,mentors, and reviewers. This has been achieved through discipline specific guidelines.

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