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Congratulations Dr Thokozani Xaba & Dr David Ntaote Shooto #DTech #Chemistry #ProudlyVUT #RedGown #VUTGraduations

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#SABPP #Congratulations

Boy-boy Mofokeng and Nwabisa Marwanaqana are the proud and grateful recipients of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) BTech/Hons bursaries for 2017.

The SABPP made two bursaries available for senior Human Resource Management students at SABPP accredited universities in South Africa who are registered as student members of the SABPP.

The purpose of the bursaries are to enable top performing, deserving students to pay their tuition fees. The awarding of the bursaries is administered by the Human Resource Universities Forum (HRUF). Both bursaries were awarded to VUT students and it is expected of them to successfully complete the qualification registered for in the year that the bursary is paid. It is also expected of the bursary holder to participate in the activities of the SABPP and to act at all times as ambassadors of the profession and SABPP in particular.

The Department is proud of these students and wish them well with their studies.

#SABPP #Congratulations #hardworkpaysoff #maVUTisonthemove

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VUT PR Master’s student publishes first book

Twenty-six-year-old (26) Katucia Moussongo Bitsaka, a Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Public Relations, Master’s Degree student never imagined that she’d one day be a published author. Nor did she plan on pursuing a career in writing.

Katucia has published her first book, titled; BLUES – We are all concerned. The book focuses on the effects of depression and rejection. She challenges the societal myth that claims depression as a “stage that will pass”. It’s an illness that needs to be attended to. Through this book, Katucia aims to help the reader overcome rejection, anxiety and depression.

The 35 page, self-published book was Katucia’s way of expressing her thoughts and sharing her experiences with others who are going through depression. “I was often overcome by emotions of sadness and feeling lonely, and I thought it best to express this. After observing my peers, I soon realised that I’m not the only one going through these emotions. It was easier for me to write about my observations and experiences. I realised after a few chapters that I was actually working on a book and then I decided to publish it. I published the book myself, I’m also promoting it myself, however, Reach Publishing assisted me with the editing,” she said.

The book delves into the life of a young girl named “BLUES”, the reader is taken through her life journey and her first experience of rejection – which then leads to a series of events that causes her to go into depression. “I decided to give depression a life-like character, so as to make it easily relatable to the reader. BLUES is a solution to fighting off depression. It takes you through the healing processes and also highlights the importance of faith and prayer,” said Katucia.

BLUES, is Katucia’s first project, it’s currently available as an e-book on Amazon, Kindle, Smash Words and on her website She is currently working on her second book titled; Women Empowerment. With an online magazine that was launched in August, called “Thoughts on life”, Katucia is proving to be a very busy woman, with a mission to change the world – one book at a time.


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Dr Joubert elected as HRUF Chair

Life can only keep getting better for Vaal University of Technology’s Dr Pierre Joubert who is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Commissioner of Oaths and Master HR Practitioner.

Dr Joubert was elected as the Chair of the Human Resources Universities Forum (HRUF) at its annual meeting which was held at Walter Sisulu University, on 11 August.

The forum was established in 2001 and consists of all universities in the country that offer Human Resource Management (HRM) and related qualifications. The purpose of the forum is to achieve a high standard of HRM academic programme delivery by means of institutional co-operation. This is achieved through the sharing of information, pooling of resources and ideas to promote continuous improvement, promoting articulation between institutions and aligning curricula of institutions to national and professional requirements.

This new role will be in addition to Dr Joubert’s responsibility for accreditation of HR programmes at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through his membership of the Higher Education Committee of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) and his role as task team member of the SA Technology Network, responsible for the implementation of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) at all HEIs.

VUT will host the annual meeting of the HRUF in 2018 and the HR Department has already started planning to make this a huge and prestigious event.

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The F’SASEC VUT students received donations from their sponsors which include The French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, Schneider Electric and Vaal University of Technology.

They received overalls, hard hats, caps, scarves and ear plugs from the centre’s Directors: Professor Alexandre Sebastiani and Mr Hendrick Langa on 23 August. Prof Sebastiani noted that it was necessary for all the students accessing the labs to look professional and this initiative would also train the students on how to be professional in the working environment. He said: “The students should be well dressed in a uniform for them not to let their backgrounds determine their futures.”

One of the students from the centre, Refilwe Ngozo, expressed her delight at the items received. She said that all the received goods would ensure that all students look the same when accessing the labs. Ms Ngozo continued her thanks by saying: “Professor Alex Sebastiani has been nothing but good to us since we started in March, we weren’t really expecting such sponsorship from the centre.”

The F’SASEC VUT is a small department, yet, it has greatly enhanced the lives of 50 underprivileged students since it was founded in 2012.

The training centre has enrolled a further 24 students, more than fifty percent of whom are women. They are also on their way to becoming artisans.

@FsasecZA #proudlyVUT

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SASSA extends a helping hand once more to VUT students
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and VUT’s partnership in alleviating poverty amongst needy students has gone from strength to strength since 2015. They have once again emerged from the Student Life boardroom, after a meeting on 22 August, with an agreement to support 60 students with food parcels.

The special sitting was honoured by Head of Department: Student Support Services, Mrs Matjhabedi Mazibuko; Social worker at Student Counselling and Support Services, Tumelo Metsing; representatives from SASSA, the Student Representative Council President, Gcina Ngceke; Thenji Motaung, from the VUT Corporate Communications office as well as a representative from the protection services department; Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Gratitude was expressed to SASSA by Mrs Mazibuko for choosing VUT, bearing in mind that VUT is not the only institution or organisation in need of such initiatives.

The contribution that SASSA has made will go a long way in terms of assisting the students and it is hoped that in the next operation, even more students will be reached.


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VUT captain heads to Taiwan
Malesela Chokoe, better known as ‘Jomo’ to his teammates, is at this moment representing the South African national football team at the World Student Games in Taipei in Taiwan.

The centre back and four-time VUT captain is in his fourth year at the university and is busy doing his in-service training with the Sports Management Department. His first experience of the World Student Games tournament took place in South Korea in 2015.

The Limpopo-born player played in the Vodacom League with Mighty Mega Force in the 2010/2011 season before heading to FC Buffalo, where he spent three seasons before starting his studies at VUT in 2014.

Under his leadership, VUT managed to secure its spot in the ABC Motsepe League in 2014/2015.


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In true Vaal University of Technology style, our VUT ladies dressed to impress at this year’s Women’s Day celebration held at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall on 4 August. Themed: “The Stars Amongst Us” we celebrated and showed appreciation to the hidden gems of VUT.

Keynote speaker was Ms Onica Matsheke, a lecturer and facilitator of entrepreneurship at VUT within the Faculty of Management Sciences. She is also a community engagement representative and the founder of Thandonica Pty (Ltd) and Bumbokuhle. As one of the many stars at VUT, her message to the ladies was focused on self-awareness, self-management and pursuing one’s goals.

“How we manage our own emotions and our interaction with others has a much more profound impact on our professional success,” she said. She further shared her expertise and knowledge of entrepreneurship. She told the audience that if ever they’re in need of advice her door is always open.

Other star speakers were: Ms Eleanor Moloko, a professional nurse, who spoke on health related matters, such as breast cancer and HIV/AIDS; Celine Mainguy, from 4DHealth, who shared an amusing, yet very informative, presentation on Bravacious, a company that specialises in bras for curvy women; and Marishka Moodley, from SAB People, who ended off with a powerful talk on the important role women have in empowering each other in today’s society. Ms Kimberly Coetzee was the perfect programme director – leaving everyone in smiles and hearty laughter.

VUT female staff in entrepreneurship had the opportunity to showcase their products and service offerings at the stalls set up outside the venue. VUT’s very own Ms Millicent Seripe, from the Centre of Academic Development, who runs a make-up artistry business, was happy to sponsor treats for a few lucky ladies in the audience.

Everyone was in good spirits and enjoyed performances from Team SpokenWord (a music and poetry performance act from VUT). They seemed overjoyed with their gift packs and prize giveaways.

#VUT #WomensDay

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VUT strives to pave a way to a better future for the youth. It is therefore keen to support any opportunity that avails itself to improve the lives of young minds through education and career guidance.

This year at Sasol Techno X, which is regarded as the largest career guidance exhibition of its kind in South Africa, opportunities were created for the youth to dream, explore and become. There were about 65 exhibitors from all over the country who came to share opportunities with the youth and to inspire them.

For VUT, it was an exhibition not to be missed.

Both the University and the Science and Technology Park attended the exhibition from 31 July to 4 August in Secunda. It was held in partnership with the Mpumalanga Government.

Under the theme: Dream, Explore and Become, learners were encouraged to discover more about a wide variety of disciplines and careers relating to Maths, Science and Technology.

VUT showcased: 3D Printers from the Idea 2 Product Lab; CL organic smokeless coal, the Mama V Project; the process of hydroponic farming by the Enactus students; the cooling tower from Chemical Engineering; and the robot and jigsaw machine from Mechanical Engineering.

Mrs Venessa Bradbury: Senior Administrator, took the International Office to another level when she played games with the learners to test their knowledge of different languages and countries. For each good answer, learners were given VUT branded caps, bags and stationery.

VUT is proud to have exposed the learners to the displayed technologies and show them the endless possibilities when it comes to science and technology.

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