Academic brings new perspective to history of abaThembu
A WSU academic’s chronicling of the abaThembu tribe’s history and evolution over an almost 300-year period from the 16th to the 19th century afforded the scholar the opportunity to acutely scrutinize the most defining moments in the tribe’s history. Through his book, titled: “A History of the AbaThembu People from Earliest... Read more
Mandela University staff train teachers in online learning tools
A team of three Nelson Mandela University staff members from different units have been in partnership since the beginning of the lockdown to contribute in up-skilling academics to transition from face-to-face to digital and remote learning and teaching. The partnership is the brainchild of Eunice “Champ” Champion, an Academic... Read more
Music students shine in international opera online singing competition
Five students from the UFH Music Department recently showcased their operatic talents during the Voices of South Africa International Opera (VOSA) online competition. Established in 2015 by London based South African Baritone Opera singer Njabulo Madlala, the competition creates a platform for young and up-coming opera singers to take part... Read more
Mandela Uni students show their skills in coding
The recent Propella Business Incubator’s virtual Hackathon proved to be a great platform for Mandela Uni students to excel. The top three teams were all from our University! Winning the competition was a team called “404 Not Found” – made up of students Jessica Schoeman, Claudio Dos Santos and Keenan... Read more
Chess star making all the right moves ahead of online Olympiad
Madibaz student Charlize van Zyl will use the time left ahead of South Africa’s entry into the Online Chess Olympiad to fine-tune her preparations for the competition in August. This tournament has been set up after the actual Chess Olympiad, scheduled for Russia next month, was postponed to 2021... Read more
WSU students study Portuguese Youtube & build machine for rural agriculture
Four WSU National Diploma: Mechanical Engineering students will effectively re-imagine subsistence living and agri-business for rural Eastern Cape communities through their Corn Sheller machine design that can shell corn kernels in minutes.  A corn sheller is a piece of machinery used to remove corn from a cob for human consumption... Read more
Planning critical to success, say Madibaz cricket graduates
Forward planning to ensure they could handle both their academic and sporting commitments was crucial to their success, say Madibaz cricketers Matthew Christensen and Luphumlo Ncanywa. The Nelson Mandela University student-athletes graduated this year, Christensen with a BCom in business management and Ncanywa with a doctorate in chemistry. Their... Read more
Madibaz rugby graduate tells of victory over adversity
Humble Madibaz rugby prop Tembelihle Yase has demonstrated how hard work and a strong support base helped him achieve his aims after a period of great uncertainty when his varsity funding dried up. The 25-year-old Nelson Mandela University graduate, who is doing his master’s in marketing, feared his varsity... Read more
Madibaz graduates driven to balance sport and studies
Drive, old-school discipline and time-management skills are shared traits of the latest crop of Madibaz Sport graduates. That – along with support from their families, friends, lecturers and coaches at Nelson Mandela University – have seen these student-athletes excel in their chosen fields. Rugby scrumhalf Dundre Maritz, who graduated... Read more
WSU students produce 2,000 masks in Covid-19 battle
WSU’s courageous second-year Fashion Design students have braved the Covid-19 pandemic to help produce two thousand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for university staff. The five-day mass production project is manned by thirteen students and their lecturer, Ms Nomonde Peter, who commended the students’ dedication to their craft. “We initially... Read more

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