for tomorrow


The University today met with the executive leadership of a number of taxi associations operating in the Nelson Mandela Bay in a bid to iron out issues that had earlier this week seen disruptions at the Missionvale Campus.

Students whose household income does not exceed R600 000 are urged to apply for the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Fee Adjustment Grant.

A Port Elizabeth taxi association operating in the Missionvale area yesterday disrupted the University’s student shuttle service and blockaded the entrance to NMMU’s Missionvale Campus, making it impossible for vehicles to access the campus.

The NMMU Council wishes to announce that Vice-Chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz has indicated that he will not be seeking renewal of his contract at the end of 2017 as he wishes to pursue other professional and academic interests. Council was made aware of his decision at the start of his second term of office, in January 2013.

Three Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Fine Arts master’s students will be showcasing their work at the opening of the Masters Graduate Exhibition on Friday, 24 February.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) was shocked to learn of discriminatory comments allegedly made by a staff member using the University email system.

BEFORE the Phelophepa health care trains can pull into a station to set up their mobile clinics, there is much work to be done.

More than a week into the start of the first term of 2017, thousands of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students are fully registered and attending lectures.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” – Princess Diana

This quote aptly describes the recent act of kindness displayed by a third-year BSc Computer Science student, who gave up a bursary, in order to help somebody else complete their studies.

The latest arson attack on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University property this weekend is viewed in the most serious light by University authorities. It follows in the wake of two arson attacks in November 2016 which are still under police investigation.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, has called on communities and all relevant arms of the state to work together and redouble their efforts to track, prosecute and bring to book the small band of arsonists who are destroying the country’s education infrastructure.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) 2017 interim Student Representative Council has been officially constituted and is set to champion student issues until elections are held later this year.

As you know, last year had indeed been a challenging and troubling one for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in particular, and the higher education system in South Africa as a whole. Much of the second half of 2016 was caught up in a protracted student fee protest campaign that caused major, and near catastrophic loss of academic time for students and staff alike.

Over the past decade, archaeologists have discovered critical information about our species in the caves along South Africa’s southern Cape coastline. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) learnt with shock and outrage the news that the Procurement Building on South Campus was petrol bombed on Saturday night, and graffiti about ‘free higher education’ and ‘fees must fall’ painted on the walls of the building. 

A TRIED-AND-TRUSTED, technology-linked maths and science support programme is being introduced at several high schools in Mthatha – which is set to improve learners’ understanding and results, and grow the expertise of teachers in that area.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) is wrapping up its first week of academic activity following the smooth start of lectures on Monday, 6 February.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is gravely concerned by the large number of NSFAS-funded students who have not yet signed their 2016 contracts.

The NMMU Business School today announced that its flagship MBA programme received prestigious international accreditation by AMBA; and also that the school secured a top position  through the Eduniversal international business school rankings for South Africa.

FOR nine months of every year, Phelophepa I and II travel the country, spending one or two weeks at 40 stations countrywide reaching almost 400 000 underprivileged people through its onboard and community outreach programmes.

Student Representative Council (SRC) presidents from across the country met with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) this week on student funding matters. A number of resolutions were made in a bid to enable a greater number of students to register in time for the start of lectures.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is geared up for the influx of students to its campuses when lectures start on Monday, 6 February 2017.

Since last Monday (23 January), hundreds of the Bay’s poorest residents have been flocking to Transnet Foundation’s Phelophepa II health care train, which has set up its on-board mobile clinic at Swartkops Station.

The bulk of South African universities are starting the 2017 academic year off on a sour financial footing, with more than R2-billion in outstanding fees owed to them.

For Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the accumulated debt stands at R122.5-million, with R99.3-million of that accrued in 2016 alone. A further breakdown is included hereunder.

The registration process at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is well under way, with more than 5000 first year and returning students having registered since online registration began last week.

The Fees Must Fall protests in the last term of the 2016 academic year meant the annual Student Representative Council (SRC) elections at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University could not be held.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) first year students received a sobering welcome to the institution this weekend as vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz highlighted the opportunities, challenges, rights and responsibilities in store over the next few years.

Large numbers of first-year students and their parents poured onto Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s six campuses for the official 2017 Welcoming Ceremony early today.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) academic and residence admissions processes are well on track, with the bulk of first year applicants in possession of their firm acceptance offers.

The financial stability of South African universities – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) included – is under severe threat following the national call for free higher education and the implementation of a 0% fee increase in 2016.

Students are advised to be cautious, particularly at the start of an academic year when fraudsters actively exploit newcomers to the metro and University.

Scores of new students and their parents are set to descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday (21 January 2017) to kick-start the annual first-year orientation programme.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Centre for Access Assessment and Research (CAAR) is working to finalise access testing on thousands of prospective students this month.

By the end of the 2016 academic year, approximately 8000 candidates had been referred for access testing but had not yet taken up the opportunity to write the test.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Student Housing officials are processing and finalising the applications and admission of first year and returning students to residences for 2017.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) admissions office is currently dealing with large volumes of enquiries, while trying to finalise the 2017 admissions process.

The University is aware that there are applicants who are still awaiting the final outcome of their applications following the release of NSC results last week and the Admissions Office is working around the clock to finalise this process as soon as possible.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is pleased to welcome Dr Randall Jonas on board as the new Business School Director.

Dr Jonas, who assumed duty yesterday (9 January 2016), brings with him a wealth of business and education experience to NMMU. He is also no stranger to the University, having previously served on the NMMU Council and NMMU Trust with distinction, and is currently President of NMMU Alumni Association.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has successfully completed the bulk of the 2016 academic year and has worked hard to ensure that all is on track for welcoming this year’s intake and returning students.

Africa’s vast coastline is governed by the continent’s multitude of coastal countries – with the result that legislation differs from one maritime zone to the next. 

Because this has far-reaching implications in terms of the exploitation of resources, the management of pollution and maritime security, Africa’s only Research Chair in the Law of the Sea is looking to compare and harmonise legislation pertaining to the continent’s marine environment.

NMMU 2017 readiness

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has successfully completed the bulk of the 2016 academic year and is working hard to ensure all is on track for welcoming next year’s intake and returning students.

Could the Eastern Cape have played a role in the very origins of earthly life?

The recent discovery of one of the world’s earliest life forms right here along our coast suggests it could. 

With the bulk of its Academic Completion Plan completed, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) wishes to thank those who supported the institution in making this possible.

A NEW marine-focused research chair – jointly held by South Africa and the United Kingdom – is developing an immense research programme linked with food security, stretching between Cape Town and the Arabian Sea.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has, like the majority of South African institutions, announced a fee increase of 8% – effectively taking full advantage of government’s concession to subsidize poor and “missing middle” students for the increase.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) efforts towards the establishment of the country’s first dedicated maritime centre of excellence were boosted with the recent transfer of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) building into its name.

“There is power in unity. Indeed, together we can do anything to tackle challenges presented to us and take South Africa forward.”

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s January examination timetable will be available on 23 December 2016.

Two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students have joined a host of university students who have bagged the coveted Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for their 2017 postgraduate studies.

South African universities are facing challenging times which are compounded by the deteriorating economic climate. 

To assist the university with their #Support4NMMU campaign, General Motors generously donated boxes full of toiletries to needy students at the institution.


Prospective students who have applied to study at NMMU in 2017 and have been referred to write an access test, please note that the published telephone number to make a booking – 041 504 2918 – is extremely busy.  Should you still wish to book a test for this week, you can also call our Contact Centre on 041 504 1111 or book online at When arriving to write the test, please make sure that you bring your latest results and your ID.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be assisting nearly 500 students with temporary accommodation so that they can complete their December examinations.

It was not love at first sight, but Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Animal Production Lecturer and doctoral student Potego Phakwago’s love for Agriculture grew, and he has recently been selected for a Fellowship as one of 50 Young Scientists in Developing Countries to work in India for six months.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is all set for the 2016 final exams, with the first session having kicked off this morning. The three-week long examination period is the culmination of the University’s student-centred Academic Completion Plan that has enabled students to complete the academic year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) 2016 final exams got off to a smooth start, with the stadium venue accommodating a record number of students today.

In light of the alterations to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s normal academic delivery methods – which have resulted in the use of alternate venues for classes and examinations – the University has been granted an order that essentially effects an extension to the existing court interdict. 

Former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Student Representative Council (SRC) president Hlomela Bucwa has once again broken ground, this time being recently sworn in as South Africa’s youngest member of parliament.

ACCESS testing of prospective students to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) for 2017 is continuing despite the challenges associated with the national #FeesMustFall movement.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) admissions staff are utilising all available resources and working around the clock to process the tens of thousands of applications that have come through this year for 2017 studies.

On behalf of the University Council, it gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of paediatric cardiologist Professor Lungile Pepeta as the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1 January 2017.

You are requested to take careful consideration of this revised Exam Timetable as dates have changed. 


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes the decision by a section of the Fees Must Fall movement and its fellow applicants to withdraw its application for a court interdict against the University’s academic completion plan.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students and staff are gearing up for the final 2016 exams, which will be written over two sessions this year and early next year.

Please be informed of the following examination dates:

November/December 2016 examinations: 25 November - 15 December 2016, inclusive.
January 2017 examinations (including re-examinations): 9 – 24 January 2017, inclusive.
Re-examinations: 9 - 17 February 2017, inclusive.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes the Grahamstown High Court ruling in its favour, which essentially reaffirms the University’s belief that it had done all it could to meet its obligation towards the successful completion of the academic year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University student, Kirsten Illenberger, took top honours in a sought after international accounting exam, coming up joint-first in the world.
Communication is vital in crisis management, which is why in light of the current situation our universities find themselves SMSPortal is donating one million SMSs between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports efforts to ensure that no academically-deserving, financially needy students are prevented from accessing higher education.

As you know, the South African higher education sector has been facing widespread protest action following the announcement on fees for 2017 by Minister Blade Nzimande. To this end, we would like to update you on current matters at the University with regards to our admissions processes for 2017.

Nelson Mandela Bay cares.

That’s the early verdict of a call to the metro to get behind Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in helping its students to complete their academic year.

NMMU BCom (Economics) student Adewale Osifowokan was recently announced as one of the "Top Ten Finest" in the Gradstar Top 100 graduates in SA competition.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes the arrest of a suspect in the case of rape of two of our students earlier this month. This was brought to our attention earlier today by through a statement released by the Police.

The implementation of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Academic completion programme for 2016 continues in earnest.  Students are continuing to receive Faculty-specific plans and guidelines as well as related support material. 

In a recent ground breaking announcement, four of South Africa’s largest mobile Internet Service Providers, Cell C, MTN, Vodacom and Telkom, indicated that they will waiver any costs associated with data being used to access university websites in South Africa until the end of 2016.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s multi-layered academic completion strategy to help its students complete the 2016 academic year is underway.

The court mandated mediation process that has been running for the last few days has not yielded the desired outcome.
The court-mandated mediation process has not yet been concluded. As a result, classes at NMMU remain suspended. We will communicate further tomorrow. 
Communication and Stakeholder Liaison
A volunteer campaign to support Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students in completing their academic year – Support4NMMU – is being launched virtually today.
The mediation has reached a point at which the issues mediated need to be presented at a mass meeting, which the FMF movement is arranging tomorrow (26 October). Classes will remain suspended for the day.

Once again, thank you for your patience and resilience.


In keeping with the official mediation process ordered by the High Court and in efforts to restore normalcy, the university has been engaged in protracted negotiations with the student leadership.

The court ordered mediation process is to continue tomorrow, Tuesday 25 October. As such, classes will be suspended for a further day, in order to reach essential agreements.
The events witnessed and experienced during the past week at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) go against everything the University stands for, and everything it has wished to avoid.

Staff and student update – 21 October 9am

The North Campus entrance is open. You are allowed to park in the main parking lot or alternatively park off campus.

A second case of suspected arson has been reported and is under investigation by the police. Last night, the Campus Boma was completely gutted and the cause of the fire is as yet unclear.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is extremely saddened by the news of the rape of two of its students.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) valiant attempts to resume the academic programme and salvage what is left of the 2016 academic year this week were thwarted by ongoing protests and resultant clashes with police.
The main springboard for the student attacks is from the Madiba Shirt area and has moved from the back of the university towards the front of South Campus.

NMMU Eco-Car wins Gasoline category in 2016 Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa! From October 13 - 16, the 3rd Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa was held at the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria, and saw participants from the African continent competing across three categories: gasoline, battery electric and hydrogen power to establish the furthest distance a custom-designed vehicle could travel on an effective 1 litre of standard pump-available petrol.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has valiantly tried to resume classes and continue with academic work this week. However, circumstances on the ground made this extremely difficult – with ongoing student protests and subsequent clashes with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

SIX students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have been arrested to date this morning.
In light of the confusion around what is presently happening on our campuses, it is important that we remind ourselves how we got where we are as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
UPDATE 19 October
The last two days at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have been more difficult than anticipated. This follows the institution’s decision to resume the academic programme this week.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) remains committed to completing the academic year in spite of the many challenges it faced with today’s resumption of classes.

Below is a record of NMMU's engagements and responses to the demands of the #FeesMustFall movement for your interest.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) operations and academic preparations for the resumption of class tomorrow proceeded satisfactorily across all six campuses in Port Elizabeth and George today.

Dear parents and care-givers

After four weeks of disruptions, intensive engagements with key stakeholders and a court-ordered mediation process to end the shutdown, I am pleased to share that operations will resume at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) tomorrow and classes on Tuesday.

As excited as staff and students are to finally complete the 2016 academic, NMMU recognises that many are anxious about their safety.

After four weeks of disruption, intensive engagements with key stakeholders and a court-ordered mediation process to end the shutdown, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is pleased to announce the resumption of operations on Monday, 17 October 2016.

Court order
Herewith, a copy of the court order stipulating the rules around the resumption of operations at NMMU on Monday, 17 and Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Council, at its meeting on 14 October 2016,notes that South Africa’s Bill of Rights of 1993 (section 29) states that all citizens have the right to further (and higher) education, which the State, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.

The High Court has tasked NMMU with appointing an independent mediator to engage all stakeholders to resolve the impasse that led to the closure of the University in mid-September. Yesterday’s agreement, which was made an order of court, requires the University to engage all stakeholders in a mediation process – including the various student formations and parents.
NMMU remains closed

NMMU remains closed until further notice. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) had decided to resume operations today (Friday 7 October), with classes starting on Monday (10 October).


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports the call to widen access to quality higher education for academically deserving, financially needy students.  Every opportunity to engage with students and various stakeholders to resolve the deadlock relating to the #FeesMustFall demands has been explored.

In line with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s commitment to complete the academic year, the University is focusing on its readiness for the resumption of classes.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff and students are shocked and appalled at the news of a second year female student being raped, brutally assaulted and left for dead on Saturday night at Schoenmakerskop.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is critically aware of the impact that the present situation in the higher education sector is continuing to have on our staff, students and their families.

Address by President Jacob Zuma at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on the crisis in Universities, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park.

As a result of intensive multi-stakeholder engagement, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is actively exploring student-friendly academic recovery plans to minimise the impact of time lost as a result of the shutdown.

The need to address the funding crunch, the resultant need for substantial financial aid particularly for students from poor and the so-called “missing middle” families, which has in turn inspired the local and national “free higher education” campaign, has been under intense discussion country-wide

Classes and other academic activities remain suspended at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).  

Below is a statement of the Justice, Crime Prevention & Security Cluster (JCPS) on the situation at institutions of higher learning.

In light of the present uncertainty across the sector nationally, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating specifically to various issues and challenges at NMMU.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University sincerely apologises that university operations have been disrupted in spite of our best efforts to prevent this.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) sincerely hopes that classes will resume and that the 2016 academic year will be completed as planned.  Management is continuing to engage at both institutional and national levels to move beyond the present impasse.

Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) acknowledges receipt of petitions submitted by various student formations in Port Elizabeth and George.  After reading the various petitions, we are of the opinion that the cause for quality, affordable higher education for academically-deserving poor and so-called “missing middle” students is noble and just. NMMU will continue to call on all sectors of society to invest more in higher education to ensure that universities can continue to provide quality teaching, research, and holistic support for our students.

Below are the four memoranda received from four student formations at NMMU being the SRC, the George Campus Student Council, the student FMF coalition in PE and the FMF movement on the George Campus.

The higher education sector has been facing protest action since Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement was made a week ago (Monday, 19 September) in respect of fees for 2017.

Students have blocked the entrances to several campuses this morning. Therefore, the University remains inaccessible.  The protesting students are yet to give Management their petition of demands. NMMU is monitoring the situation and will advise on the next course of action.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University management sincerely apologises that university operations did not resume today in spite of our best efforts to ensure that this would be possible.

The University has now received four different petitions from various student formations, the latest of which was handed over at a mass meeting in the Kraal at lunch-time today. Management will be working through the various demands to provide a response to students by Monday.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports the call to widen access to higher education for academically deserving poor and “missing middle” students. No such students should be denied the opportunity of pursuing tertiary studies as a result of socio-economic circumstances.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff making major strides in their respective academic fields were lauded for their work at the prestigious Research, Teaching and Engagement Excellence Awards last night.

All staff and students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are advised to stay off all campuses, including George and Missionvale, today due to student protests in line with a national call to shut down all universities.

Management’s attempts at engaging with students today have proven inconclusive. As such, we do not believe that resuming University operations for the next two days will be a viable option.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) welcomes Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement today, which essentially gives universities direction in dealing with the university fee issue going forward.

After making a good impression in its previous performances, the award-winning Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) choir has advanced to Varsity Sing’s semi-finals which will be aired on KykNet (DSTV Channel 144) at 8:30 pm on 29 September.

Shale gas exploration in the Karoo may be a contentious and controversial issue, but South Africans – especially in and around the Karoo – may just have to brace themselves for what appears to be an inevitable move.

Shale gas exploration in the Karoo may be a contentious and controversial issue, but South Africans – especially in and around the Karoo – may just have to brace themselves for what appears to be an inevitable move.

“Once Biko encounters you, he never leaves you,” so recalled veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu in a statement from a Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) commemoration of Steve Biko at the weekend.

THE Telkom Foundation – Telkom’s Corporate Social Investment arm – is pouring R3m into a three-year technology-linked maths project, to boost the results of learners in 10 under-resourced high schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor, Lesetja Kganyago, will deliver a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) this afternoon.

Twenty-two years into democracy, has our much-lauded constitution transformed what was a very unjust and unequal society into something better?

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) made its submission to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (the Fees Commission), highlighting a need for a national university funding review, adequate financial support for the so-called “missing middle” and improved management of student loans to help the national financial aid scheme meet the funding needs of poorer, academically deserving students.

Following the information session previously held at the institution earlier in the year, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of ICT will be having a First Lego League (FLL) Challenge Release official launch workshop tomorrow (September 3).

Minister Nzimande Hopeful of Successful Conclusion To Consultations on 2017 University Fees, Calls For Continuing Patience from All Sides.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, says he is hopeful that his current consultations with all stakeholders on 2017 university fees will conclude successfully, with an announcement in this regard expected to be made in mid September this year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Tourism Management students are set to get the experiential training they need for their studies through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed between the university and Comair Limited tomorrow (September 1).

THE rights and experiences of indigenous peoples of Southern Africa (focused on the Ju/'hoan of Namibia) was recently shared by NMMU Language and Literature’s Distinguished Professor Helize van Vuuren at Hiroshima University, Japan.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) travelling exhibition showcasing the impressive work of its first-year architectural students will be opening in Johannesburg this week.

NMMU’s Botany department has had a research output boost this year with students and staff producing 20 articles and supervisor Prof Janine Adams reaching a milestone of more than 100 published scientific articles.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Faculty of Education is hosting this year’s Mandela Legacy Lecture, with distinguished scholar Prof Catherine Odora-Hoppers to deliver the main lecture under the topical theme “Decolonizing Higher Education in South Africa” this week.

As we understand it, today‘s blocking of the majority of NMMU’s campus entrances is in line with a national call by students towards its ongoing demands for free education for poor students. Management will be engaging with these students at 8am today. In the interim, you are advised to stay off all NMMU campuses – including George and Missionvale - until further notice.

As an update to this morning’s text message, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will remain closed today.

With just two days before Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University trailblazers jet off to South America to take on the 43km Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, fundraising initiatives are still going strong in a concerted bid to help raise the R4-million to help third or final year students finish their academic journey.

NMMU supports the calls for free education for poor and academically deserving students. The Minister of Higher Education and Training is expected to make a pronouncement in the next week in respect of tuition fee increases for 2017. The University will work with students and staff to co-create an implementation plan for next year once there is further clarity in this regard.

Management has considered and consulted widely on the impacts of the action of the last two days at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and reached various resolutions.
An early morning attempt by students to block various NMMU PE campus entrances has been brought under control.
In light of the present uncertainty on NMMU campuses and important issues to be discussed by students regarding higher education matters, the University is officially postponing all academic activities and tests scheduled to be written today. This includes both Missionvale and George campuses.
Academic activities will resume tomorrow and will continue until recess starts on Friday afternoon, 26 August 2016.

For months, Phumla Jack had mixed feelings about her daughter Nandipha’s impending climb up South America’s Machu Picchu, but she was left highly relieved after a meeting with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz and fellow trailblazer and alumni Dr Bridgette Gasa last week.

A traveling exhibition of the national Loeries awards has hit Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University this week, showcasing recipients from previous years.

NMMU is aware of the various calls to action by student groupings at the University, and is actively monitoring and engaging with those concerned.

As South Africa places a marked focus on energy production and finding alternative energy sources, Sweden’s Lund University Professor Gustaf Olsson raised awareness about the crucial link between water and energy at a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Thursday.

Four first year Computing Science students have developed an app to ensure that everyone can experience the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with Professor Derrick Swartz, the Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and two other members of the #Trailblazing team.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Office for International Education has been hosting delegates from partner universities around the world as part of the university’s bi-annual Family Week.

OVER the past seven decades, foreign aid worth almost a billion dollars has been pouring into Africa to assist with development, focusing particularly on reducing poverty and the issues linked with this in both urban and rural contexts.

Girls for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), a programme dedicated to inspiring young girls towards STEM subjects and ultimately careers, hosted a Business Women’s Luncheon at the Propella Business Incubator this past weekend.

The NMMU-Madibaz teams retained their status as the top sporting institution in the Eastern Cape with another triumph in the annual intervarsity in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff and students are still reeling from the shocking news of the heinous crime in which a female student was raped and a male student killed in Port Elizabeth this weekend.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) South Campus will be abuzz with activity on Saturday, when hundreds of students from the Eastern Cape’s four university gather for the annual Intervarsity sporting extravaganza.

A last minute notification and a spontaneous decision to enter a prestigious textile competition has earned Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student Kristen Ristow national honours in the South African leg of the Society of Dyers and Colourists International Design competition.

Bay art lovers will be afforded the opportunity to engage with one of the “Fantastic” art exhibition curators, art historian Dr Nomusa Makhubu when she conducts a public walkabout of the exhibition at NMMU’s Bird Street Art Gallery on Wednesday, August 10.

Conducting and producing amazing scientific research means very little if you cannot effectively share it with the general public or potential funders.

This was one of the driving forces behind a workshop by two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) postgraduate students - to bring good communication skills and a human touch to scientific research - to 16 of NMMU’s women science students.

EXCITEMENT and nerves are getting the better of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) #Trailblazing student Nandipha Jack, after a dry run at the 5km Lady Slipper trail this week.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s BA Honours in Sociology student Dominique Ralarala has been accepted into the Seva Mandir internship programme in Rajasthan, India.

Two hundred years ago, what we call “science” was known as “natural philosophy”, with an overarching focus to understand how the world worked, in its entirety.

Through time, “natural philosophy” split into different scientific specialisations – among them physics, chemistry, geology, biology and so on – and, with the rising emphasis on measuring and quantifying nature, the word “philosophy” slipped away completely.

Gaye le Roux, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying at the then University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), has spent a lifetime making her mark in what has been a predominantly male environment.

South Africa's varsity players established themselves as the best in the world when they returned from the World University Netball Championships in Miami, United States, with the gold medal.

Art lovers can look forward to a two-week visual art treat, with the “Fantastic” art exhibition opening at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Bird Street Art Gallery on August 1. 

The exhibition, hosted by the NMMU Department of Visual Arts in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis Art Gallery, will run from August 2 to August 18.

THE ocean is a busy place. Apart from the sea life inhabiting its countless ecosystems, it plays host to commercial fisheries, ship traffic, gas exploration and seabed-mining companies, fish farms, marine tourism, marine protected areas and much more.

Africa’s construction industry is booming, but where are the Africans within this building renaissance?

This is the question that will be asked by Dr John Ebohon, one of the international keynote speakers at the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa’s (ASOCSA’s) 10th Built Environment Conference, which takes place in Port Elizabeth from July 31 to August 2.

The phrase ‘dreams come true’ is one that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Rugby and Golf Sport Manager, Melissa Awu can attest to after recently being elected as the first female in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Rugby Executive Committee.

THE decline of women participation in sport and the reasons for certain sports getting more support than others are among the issues for discussion at the first sport transformation indaba at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) today (Monday, 25 July).

THE fundraising idea behind the Sweat100k for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is novel, but it is the organiser's commitment to the cause that is really inspiring.

Yesterday, NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz announced that the Government has given formal approval for the establishment of South Africa’s 10th Medical School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth.

ABOUT 270kg of plastic enters the sea every second. That’s 15 tons every minute. If something isn’t urgently done to manage plastic pollution, the amount of rubbish filling our oceans will outstrip the total weight of fish in the sea by 2050.

Did you know that Volkswagen is a family-owned business, with the Porsche family owning more than 30% of the company’s shares, and that the Walton family owns more than half the shares of United States retail giant Wal-Mart?

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga – a theoretical physicist and highly-regarded science educator – is delivering a public lecture in George on July 21, titled “Gravitational waves: Einstein’s ripples in the fabric of space-time – Unlocking the deep secrets of the Universe”.

I aspire to inspire, before I expire. Inspire me.
These words by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Law student and poet Romeo Phekana set the tone for the recent third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Societies’ Breakfast as both the Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa and the new Dean of Students Luthando Jack addressed the institution’s society leaders.

Jennilee Oosthuizen, 22, lives in Bethelsdorp Extension, in the Northern Areas.

She is well aware of the many challenges facing the youth in this area, including under-resourced schools that opened late this year, as parents and other community members protested for better school conditions.

NELSON Mandela’s legacy lives on in so many ways, not least in the annual celebration of his birthday, which staff and students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University celebrated in innumerable ways.

NMMU in partnership with the Coastal and Marine Research Institute and the American Corner Port Elizabeth will be hosting a talk by United States Science Envoy for the Ocean, Dr Jane Lubchenco tomorrow.

WHAT started out as a low-key act of charity a year ago has blossomed into a fully-fledged network of knitters at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), whose efforts will soon warm the lives of others.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University Architecture master’s student Judy Cizek was one of three joint winners in a prestigious national architecture competition, open to top candidates from architecture schools across the country.

Saturday’s examinations, offered as an alternative option for those scheduled to write on Tuesday 12 July, will take place on 16 July at 2pm on NMMU’s South Campus (at various venues), as well as on its Missionvale Campus. Shuttle services have been arranged as per normal Saturday afternoon examinations.

ACADEMIC excellence took centre stage when Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s top brains were honoured at the Academic Awards Dinner last night.   

After a successful first run at the Cape Institute of Architecture in Cape Town in April, a travelling exhibition showcasing the impressive work of first-year architectural students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, is now in Bloemfontein.

CLOSE to 50% of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students scheduled to write exams that were previously postponed, opted to write yesterday as a two-day student and worker protest on campus ended.

A few of staff and students have blocked the North and South Campus boom gates. Staff and students however are being dropped off along University Way and are accessing campus via various side gates. 
The safety and security of staff and students is paramount. As such, the University is hosting urgent meetings with unions and worker representatives with the express purpose of returning the campuses to normalcy.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has addressed immediate issues and is addressing a wide-range of medium to long-term issues raised by the SRC and various student groupings at the institution.

Lectures resume

Lectures and all related academic activities will resume tomorrow when all support services are back in place.

Dr Ismail Lagardien – the new Dean of Business and Economic Sciences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be the speaker at a public lecture to be hosted at the George Campus on 14 July.
THE safety of our staff and students will always be a key priority. With this is mind, and coupled with the need to start the second semester, management has been engaged all day with various groups towards seeking solutions to the many #FeesMust Fall student and staff related issues raised.

A GROUP of 30 Yale University alumni in Nelson Mandela Bay on part of a national tour of institutions of higher learning have rated Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) as being “among the best”.

More than 1000 Grade 11 and 12 learners in the Eastern and Southern Cape are attending three Accounting Winter Schools this week (4 to 8 July), one in George and two in Port Elizabeth, run by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Accounting.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Pharmacy has published the country’s first pharmacy technician training manual.

THE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) examinations that were postponed due to the province-wide taxi strike and public transport shutdown on 10 June will be held at the start of the new semester.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) has identified a serious need among its visually-impaired students, for assistance with computer skills. 
This week, with the orientation of our new international Study Abroad * students, we will be holding a week-long ‘instameet’ competition. 
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will use its official lunch period and offer duplicate lessons as a temporary solution towards possible overcrowding in the second semester.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Dean of Students, Luthando Jack, took up his appointment today (1 July).

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has appointed its first Deputy Deans: Filling the two new positions are Prof Dalena van RooyenDirector of the School of Clinical Care Science, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Prof Hendrik Lloyd, Director of the School of Economics, Development and Tourism, within the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences.

SHARED values and a passion for creating a sustainable future for all is the driving force behind a new partnership for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Maryna van de Venter is testing the medicinal properties of plants from around the world, including Romania, Egypt and Nigeria, screening mainly for anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and anti-HIV/Aids activity – and yielding a number of positive results.

About 250 Grade 11 and 12 learners from Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounding areas will be exposed to the various fields of science at this year’s Science Discovery Week at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from 27 June to 1 July.

The Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) has presented Pieter Swart – Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – with the 2016 PRISA President’s Award for outstanding service to the profession.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is investigating a series of allegations of apparent violence between different student groupings on its North and South campuses a week ago.

On 29 June 2016, an exhibition of contemporary highlights from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s collection – titled 16/60 – will open at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Bird Street Gallery.

Education in Nelson Mandela Bay was given a much needed boost with the launch this week of an innovative Youth for Technology Academy.

The Youth for Technology Academy is a unique initiative that its creators, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) Eastern Cape and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), believes will transform communities by enriching the Metro's Grade 8 to 12 Secondary school learners.

Elukholweni Farm School in Seaview has two brand new classrooms, thanks to the efforts of second-year interior design students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Umjuxuzo Alive
The NMMU Department of Arts & Culture supported by the Port Elizabeth Opera House will be staging its first student dance production. 

King penguins off the sub-Antarctic Marion Island make epic trips to find food for their young, some swimming 2000km away from the island, crossing from the Indian Ocean into the Atlantic, and lasting for as long as four weeks.

MANY students are forced to drop out of university due to financial challenges, but none so tragic are those who complete 75% of their qualification with just a year to go, and have to cut short their educational dream.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) wants to try to reverse this for some through a novel fundraising initiative.


Postgraduate students from across the Eastern Cape attended a South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) student meeting, which was held at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Tuesday, 14 June 2016.

“For the first time in my entire university career, I can buy all my text books!”

For Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Psychology Honours student Sithisa Magxwalisa, 21, receiving the university’s Summit Scholarship – worth R50 000 and specifically for Honours students – has meant the end of long hours spent in the library, photocopying textbooks she could not afford.

IN a bid to boost maths results throughout the Eastern Cape, a group of academically top-performing Grade 10, 11 and 12 maths teachers, all from disadvantaged schools, have been selected to mentor and assist other teachers in their districts, and also help with structured exam revision.

The University is mindful of the inconvenience that the postponement of today’s examinations has had for many staff and students. Unfortunately, the province-wide public transport strike was beyond our control and, as shared earlier, after considering all options we felt the wisest and safest decision was to postpone today’s examinations.

THREE students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have just returned from Yangling, China, where they represented South Africa at a 20-day seminar on “agricultural environment-controlling technologies of arid areas for developing countries”.

NMMU BTech Biomedical Technology graduate Tanya Herselman has achieved first place in South Africa in the national Clinical Pathology board exam, which she wrote with 180 others in March.

Fourteen Masters of Accounting students from Kansas University (KU) in the United States have just wrapped up a two-week “study abroad” trip to South Africa – hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) – to get a taste of business in Africa.

“Fisheries crime and the illegal harvesting, processing and trading of fish and seafood globally is so huge that it is in effect a parallel economic system that is undermining sustainable economic growth. Countries are being deprived of taxes; citizens of jobs, food and income; and fisheries and environments are being destroyed.”

By October this year, NMMU student Liehandri Nel, 20, will see her designs appear on a range of scatter cushions, sold at selected Foschini and @Home stores nationwide.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s newly-appointed Executive Director of Human Resources, Ntoza Bam, comes with a wealth of experience, spanning 24 years across various sectors, including local government, media and banking.

Professor of Law Avinash Govindjee – an accomplished researcher and lecturer, with a high level of involvement within the community – is the new Executive Dean in the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) wishes to extend its sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Dr Simon Gqubule, who passed away in recent days.

DEVELOPMENT Studies lecturer and human rights activist Professor Janet Cherry will present her professorial inaugural lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) today.

Sivuyisiwe Gora, 20, falls into the so-called “missing middle” category of students, who are deemed not poor enough to qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

She achieved outstanding results in her first year of analytical chemistry at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) last year but, unable to pay her fees, almost dropped out.

Missing their ride is a thing of the past for Gautrain commuters, thanks to Eastern Cape-born computer whiz, Litha Soyizwapi, who has developed a smartphone application that helps Gautrain commuters track bus and train times. 

SMSPortal – the successful bulk SMS marketing business used by the likes of Pick ‘n Pay and Anglo American – was started in a Port Elizabeth garage in 2002 by two students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s fashion and textile department teamed up with the Reach for a Dream Foundation to make a young fashionista’s dream a reality for a day.

IN South Africa, you can get killed for a cell phone: What underlies the extraordinarily violent crime that is so rampant throughout this country?

SOUTH Africa, and more specifically the Eastern Cape, will benefit from the exciting partnership opportunities identified between the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Twenty-five first year Bachelor in Emergency Medical Care (EMC) students are raising funds to cover the expenses of organising this year’s “Vasbyt” event, aimed at preparing first-years for the adverse conditions in which they may work as paramedics.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Art Gallery, in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis Galleries, is opening its latest exhibition “ijusi – Design based in African Experience”, on May 23.

NMMU’s award-winning choir, well-known for their diverse musical repertoire from Western Classical to traditional African music, will be one of 12 choirs participating in the national Varsity Sing competition organised by Varsity Sports and kykNET. 

The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) today (18 May) donated two high-tech turbodiesel engines to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Ford Engine Research Unit (FERU) – and, in a surprise announcement, also pledged to donate a Ford Ranger vehicle to the university.

SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of NMMU students surveyed were satisfied with NMMU and 79% of them would recommend NMMU to a friend. They rated as very positive the quality and variety of education at NMMU and good professors and lecturers.

A golfing marathon yesterday (16 May) to raise money for autism and for his team to participate in this year’s national inter-varsity golf tournament, saw Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Mike Usendorff playing 200 holes in 10 hours, the equivalent of 11 full rounds of golf.

FOUR Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students have been granted the opportunity of a life-time, in the form of an educational trip to China with students from across the globe – which will be televised daily on Chinese national television.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today (16 May) issued an interdict against a small group of community members, who on Thursday (12 May) blockaded both entrances of the university’s Missionvale Campus with burning tyres and rocks – and also stoned the university’s shuttle buses.

Did you know that South Africa’s cultural economy – the revenue generated through the arts and cultural events – makes up almost 3% of South Africa’s GDP, which is higher than the country’s agricultural economy of 2.5%?

NMMU third-year IT students Nick Jordaan and Jason Cross have for the second time won first place in the Gaming category in the nationals at the ImagineCup, a global student technology programme and competition.  
FIVE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students have been included in the Under 20 Junior Springbok squad – the most from any one tertiary institution.

PHELOKAZI Nguqu, 18, is studying medicine at the University of Cape Town. It’s a dream come true for the rural Eastern Cape matriculant – and one she attributes to a unique learning opportunity she received last year.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s drive towards creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs received a further boost this week with the unveiling of a R25m partnership with Telkom.

The planned national Central Application Service (CAS) is expected to be implemented from 2019, for as many as 700000 prospective post-school education and training students.

The University Council has appointed Dr Sibongile Muthwa, DVC: Institutional Support as Acting Vice-Chancellor from the beginning of May until 31 December 2016 in order to provide Special Leave for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz.

Just four months after it was launched, Port Elizabeth start-up IT software company Avocado Chocolate (AvoChoc) has been selected to develop web and mobile apps for a major international soccer tournament in Chicago, USA in June.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University golfer Mike Usendorff will soon embark on his longest round of golf yet: an attempt to play 180 holes in just 10 hours.

Acclaimed South African writer, poet, feminist and activist Makhosazana Xaba will be delivering a public lecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on May 5, titled “‘Conjuring up her wholeness’: How my life has influenced my writing”.

The Eastern Cape Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Department of Arts and Culture are hosting a #creativeintersections seminar in the form of a panel discussion, addressing the theme of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Community Based Projects.

Radio and TV personality, Richard Nwamba, well-known across the globe for his expertise on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora, will be in Port Elizabeth today (May 4) to share his insights about “African music’s response to African politics”.

The launch of a bilateral Research Chair between South Africa and the United Kingdom – the first joint Chair between the two countries – takes place on 4 May 2016.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today announced the first winner of the Mandela Bay Entrepreneur Fellowship: Computing Sciences masters graduate Martin Smuts has received R100 000 for the growth of start-up company, Avinci Consult.

The first recipient of the Mandela Bay Entrepreneur Fellowship – provided by non-profit company Happimo and underwritten by successful South African businessman and serial entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr – will be announced on May 3.

LECTURES at our Missionvale Campus are ongoing. There is however, a small group of protesters at the entrance whose presence is being monitored. Staff and students are entering the campus as per normal.

SAFM radio personality, Richard Nwamba, well-known across the continent for his expertise on the music of Africa and its Diaspora, will be in Port Elizabeth on May 4 to share his insights about “African music’s response to African politics”.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s fuel-efficient “Eco-Car” – which has been designed to travel nearly 300km on just one litre of fuel – along with the University’s electric bikes, cars and other electric mobility projects, will be on display at the Knysna Motor Show on May 1.

A holiday visit to a high-end visual effects company in New York led to a dream job offer in Chicago for Port Elizabeth graphic designer, Udesh Chetty.

Horizon 2020, the European Union’s biggest research and innovation programme yet, will be showcased at a workshop at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 25 April – to inform academia and industry about the programme and its opportunities for funding.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is acutely aware of the challenges around sexual harassment and rape within South African society generally and the higher education system, as a constituent part of the society.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is launching its brand new Bitumen Laboratory on 21 April – where students will receive hands-on experience of the latest equipment and testing methods, used in road construction and other fields.  

SOLUTIONS to overcrowding challenges at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are being found.

Duplication of lectures, the hosting of lectures during lunch or late in the afternoon have been introduced in an attempt to alleviate the overcrowding challenges that have arisen to date.

Solar farm for NMMU

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University may soon have its own on-campus solar photovoltaics (PV) farm.

WHEN post-electoral violence in Kenya in the late 2000s turned tribal, a nun found herself being victimised – and had to be hidden by the other nuns.

The experience inspired her to tackle post-electoral violence through academic studies – in the hopes that Kenya and other African countries would embrace a model for mediation that would allow for free and fair democratic elections.

Lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life, Ingrid Oxley would never have believed that Tuberculosis would change her life for the good – and contribute to her becoming NMMU’s first ever Master’s in Dietetics graduate.

FINE food and art, research and innovation, will be showcased at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on April 20, in celebration of the University’s first “French Day”.

French Ambassador to South Africa, Her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, accompanied by a delegation from France, will be on campus to officially open French Day, and participate in the various events.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s first completely blind graduate Xolisa Yekani, 37, is hoping other blind students will be inspired to follow his example.

This speech was delivered by maths education specialist, Sharanjeet Shan, on the occasion of being awarded NMMU's first ever Chancellor's Medal. This new award has been introduced in recognitioon of individuals who make a substantial contribution to both academic scholarship and society nationally. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is celebrating the graduation of its very first intake of Chemical Process Technology students – the pioneering diploma course which was tailor-made to meet the critical scarce-skills needs of South Africa’s chemical processing industry.

“You can’t use your disability as an excuse.”

That’s what Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University graduate Duncan Monks’s mother told him when she was fighting to keep him in a mainstream high school – and they are words he continues to live by.


A speech given by the Chancellor, Santie Botha, at the South Campus graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

WHEN Heinrich Williams crosses the stage this graduation, his companion and study buddy Viking, donned in full graduation attire, will as usual be right by his side.

Viking, the four-year old Golden Retriever mix, attended all Heinrich’s lectures and exams as a service dog, assisting Heinrich in achieving his NDip Industrial Engineering.

As aspiring business leaders climb the corporate ladder in today’s globalised, rapidly-changing world, the skill sets they require stretch far beyond traditional number crunching, to being able to think strategically and make sustainable, future-orientated decisions.

A speech given by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz at the George Campus graduation ceremony on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

The United States government yesterday (April 11) launched its newest “American Corner”, at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Bird Street Campus in Port Elizabeth.

Nigerian-born Kayode Ayankoya, 41, who is graduating with his PhD in Computer Science from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, values the sacrifices his mother made for him to be educated.

“I MAY have come from the dusty streets of Mount Frere, with many villages having no electricity or running water, but I know I can do anything or be anything ... It doesn’t matter where you come from.”

Single mother Fezeka Majiki, 29, achieved something most of Mount Frere’s 5 000 or so town and village residents would deem out of reach: her master’s degree in agricultural research – and she wants to use her qualification to make a real difference to farming efforts in the poverty-stricken area.

TWO PhDs in any one family are impressive, but even more so when the two recipients complete the same degree, at the same time – while both managing full-time jobs at the same institution.

Zimbabwean married couple and parents of four, Canisius and Ennie Manyumwa, who have each spent 34 years as educators, will receive their PhDs in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, on April 13.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University graduate Enrico Acker has proven that rugby players are blessed with brains in addition to brawn, by completing his master’s studies while playing top-league rugby.

SUCH is the calibre of work by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s first-year architecture students that they will be participating in their second exhibition in a month.

A COMMUNITY health and business centre in Gelvandale – a beacon of hope in an area affected by gang violence, drug abuse and poverty – will be the first to benefit from a free Wi-Fi project in Nelson Mandela Bay.

When Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University launches its new Foundation Phase building on April 4, its students will have the opportunity to participate in a unique music workshop, learning skills they can one day take into their own classrooms.

CLOSE to 5 000 students across six faculties and in as many as 335 different qualifications will graduate from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 15 ceremonies hosted in George and Nelson Mandela Bay from Thursday 7 April.

Mathematics educator Sharanjeet Shan – the recipient of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s inaugural Chancellor’s Medal – says her role as a “disruptive educational social entrepreneur” is necessary if South Africa is to advance its citizenry via education.

THERE is a national shortage of teachers in the Foundation Phase – that critical first phase of a child’s schooling – and particularly mother-tongue speakers of indigenous languages.

During its upcoming graduation ceremonies in April, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will confer an Honorary Doctorate on Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder and director of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster response NGO of African origin.

Monday (4 April) sees the launch of a brand new building tailor-made for budding Foundation Phase (Grade R to 3) teachers, studying towards their BEd degrees at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The impressive effort of first-year architecture students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – who pour hours and energy into recreating the plans and models of existing architectural masterpieces – has led to a unique travelling exhibition of their work.

Dr Ismail Lagardien – who has two decades of experience in an academic and policy environment, and 15 years’ experience as a journalist – is the new Dean of Business and Economic Sciences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. 

EXCELLENCE will take centre stage this week when 25 students are recognised as the latest cohort of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars.

NMMU’s latest research unit, the Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU) will be launched on Wednesday 16 March.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is committed to putting the welfare of its students first.

That’s the word of NMMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support Dr Sibongile Muthwa who was speaking at the launch of a new 24-hours computer laboratory at the University’s Bird Street Campus in Central.

The cornerstone of South Africa’s fledgling democracy – its Bill of Rights – will be acknowledged and promoted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2016, starting with a launch on 22 March. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is opening a 24-hour computer laboratory on its Bird Street Campus to assist an increasing number of its students living in the metro’s Central area.

Learners in Nelson Mandela Bay will again be exposed to the excitement and benefits of science and technology when Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of ICT hosts a regional qualifying tournament for the First Lego League (FLL) challenge.

RESEARCH has shown that antibiotics are typically over-prescribed in many Western countries – leading to drug-resistant and often deadly superbugs – but not nearly enough is known about the situation in Africa.

FOR the past three decades, scientists have maintained that the sea was hot when life first began on Earth some 3,5 billion years ago – somewhere between a scorching 30 and 80˚C. But at the same time, research has shown that the sun was much less intense, generating about 25% less heat than it does today.

THREE state-of-the-art lecture theatres – including a plush circular 250-seater auditorium – have opened for science students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

SCIENTISTS from the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will deliver the opening and closing talks during a week of space and science-related public talks, which kick off at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on March 3.

THE number of students who applied for residence accommodation at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2016 has increased by 11%. The University received 15 573 applications this year compared to 13 536 in 2015 and the 3.4% growth from 2014 to 2015.

A BRAND new building tailor-made for BEd Foundation Phase teachers (Grade R to 3) – designed around a brand new curriculum and teaching philosophy – is how Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is hoping to grow more teachers in this critical first phase of a child’s schooling.

THEIR tuxedo markings and awkward waddle-walk – along with movies like “Happy Feet” – have boosted the “cuteness” stakes for penguins. But below the waves, that all changes.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s latest architecture exhibition showcases Nelson Mandela Bay in innovative and insightful ways – from a re-imagined South End, evoking memories of the old suburb prior to forced removals, to a built-up Baakens River Valley, connecting city to sea, to a brand new citywide rail system.

IN 2010, Peter van Kets spent 76 days alone in a seven-metre rowing boat, crossing the Atlantic without any support.  It was the second time he had made the epic journey, but the first time completely on his own. Two years later, he and a team-mate completed a gruelling race to the South Pole.

THE safety of staff, students and visitors to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will be the key consideration when hosting Varsity Cup rugby matches and any other Varsity Sport events going forward.

FOR the next few weeks – for as long as it takes – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be providing extra practical science sessions for Grade 10 to 12 learners from Northern Areas schools, to help learners make up for lost time.  

STUDENTS and staff at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University can cut out the long walk between the university’s North and South campuses, by hopping onto a solar-charged e-bike.

MORE than 50 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Health Science students will work alongside trained professionals to bring primary health care to 72 communities throughout South Africa aboard the Phelophepa health care train.

THIRTY maths lecturers from South Cape Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College – the biggest of the Western Cape’s six TVET colleges – are approaching the teaching of their subject in a new way, infused with the latest technology, to pique students’ interest and boost poor pass rates.

A MOVEMENT like #FeesMustFall, with its protests, marches, sit-ins and meetings, is viewed by some as a disruption to formal learning – yet Aziz Choudry says the knowledge that emerges out of such movements should not be overlooked.

ACADEMIC research that leads to real change in society, improving lives in the process, lies at the heart of a new journal at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

A good number of currently vacant professional and support services (PASS) posts at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have been temporarily frozen – a decision which is part of a wider investigation towards increasing efficiency and operational effectiveness at the institution.

ASSOCIATE Professor of Economics Ronney Ncwadi – an expert in his field, with years of experience in the banking sector – is the new head of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Economics.

ENROLMENT figures at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are set to increase in 2016 if initial registration statistics are anything to go by.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Honours students are set to benefit from funds raised by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Derrick Swartz, through the #climb4nmmu campaign he undertook last year.

GLOBAL RECOGNITION … Max Grünewald and Warren Hartland, who completed the international FIFA/CIES Sport Management programme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last year, have come second in the 2016 FIFA/CIES Network competition.

SENIOR managers from 18 of South Africa’s 26 Higher Education Institutions and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), have just spent a week (22 to 29 January) collectively grappling with the many issues affecting universities in this country, from a management perspective.

PARTNERSHIPS forged by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with private property owners throughout the metro have helped to alleviate annual accommodation shortages for its students.

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Jason Cross and Nicholas Jordaan first gained attention in the local software development industry in 2015, after winning the local round of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2015.

This story appeared in the Herald e-edition on 1 February 2016.

FROM humble beginnings to standing a chance to win a coveted architectural award, a former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) student is making waves in the world of architecture.

In November last year, NMMU took the decision to extend its help to students from the so-called “missing middle” – these are students whose families are not poor enough to qualify National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) support, but not wealthy enough to pay for own their tertiary studies.

NMMU is offering these students as well as unfunded NSFAS students 2015 debt relief and/or 2016 down payment relief, which means payment is initially deferred.

These are some of their stories …

Inam Pinyana, 22, grew up in the deep rural village of Mhleleni, near the town of Tabankulu, in the former Transkei. His mother, an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) educator, is the sole provider in the village home he shared with his brother and about eight cousins, whose parents are either unemployed or deceased. Since his mother earns reasonably well in her job, relative to others in the same and neighbouring rural areas, Pinyana has been deemed not poor enough to qualify for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) but his family is not wealthy enough to pay for his studies.

Coming to university for the first time is often an exciting, life-changing experience. However, it can also be challenging and stressful. The transition often involves major changes, like leaving friends and family for the first time, coming to grips with a new course and independent study, discovering new ways of doing things and facing new expectations.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture is hosting three internationally-recognised professors of architecture, as part of its annual International Architecture Workshops, strengthening the country’s architectural ties with the rest of the world.

GYMNASTICS, acrobatics and dance are woven into the gravity-defying routine expertly delivered by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Varsity Sports cheerleaders, the reigning national champions.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, welcomed the 2016 first year students and their parents to NMMU during the Welcoming Ceremony, held on Saturday, 23 January.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Student Representative Council today (22 January) launched its #enablingDREAMS campaign, to raise funds for students who qualify for registration, but cannot afford to buy text books or food. 

They are also establishing a food bank and book collection programme.

All roads lead to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for first-year students and their parents at 9am on Saturday (23 January) for the annual Welcoming Ceremony.

With 5 000 to 6 000 new students expected to register at the university in the next few weeks, Saturday’s event is aimed at providing newcomers, their parents or guardians with insights, assurances and excitement about studying at NMMU.

ALTHOUGH Thabo Makhetha-Kwinana has spent most of her life in South Africa, she has never forgotten her roots in Lesotho, her place of birth. The Nelson Mandela Bay clothing designer crafts contemporary fashion using traditional Basotho blankets – and one of her designs, titled “Starburst Coat”, is one of the 10 contenders in Design Indaba’s prestigious Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) 2016 exhibition.

APPLICATIONS to study at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2016 have increased by more than 80%.

The University’s decision to provide free online applications in 2015, in line with its commitment to widen student access to higher education, especially to academically-deserving but financially needy students, has seen its applications rocket to unprecedented levels.

We, the vice-chancellors representing all 26 universities in South Africa, remain committed to continuing the widening of student access to university study and to the transformation of our universities consistent with the founding provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. A quality higher education system, we believe, is necessary for realising a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and economically and socially inclusive society.

THE NMMU Council has appointed Professor Azwinndini Muronga as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Dean of Science from 1 April, 2016. Prof Muronga is a theoretical physicist, who started his tertiary education at the University of Venda with a BSc degree in Mathematics and Physics, then enrolled for a BSc (Honours) and Masters of Science (MSc) degrees in Physics at the University of Cape Town.

THE NMMU Council has appointed Mr Mike Monaghan as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Executive Director: Finance. Mr Monaghan will be assuming duties from 1 January, 2016, to lead NMMU’s Finance Department, a crucial position in the institutional leadership of the University.

A gentoo penguin darting through the sea off the Falkland Islands catches a large squid in its bill.

Swartz urges council to capitalise on ocean economy opportunities

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University wants the political backing of the city’s decisionmakers to push for the metro to be the continent’s premier maritime economic hub.

A NEW fuel, Coalgae, produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae, could save SA up to 40% of its crude oil imports.

VICE-CHANCELLOR Prof Derrick Swartz reflects on 2015 at the Staff year-end function and long service awards held on 1 December.

AT a time when tuition fees in tertiary education are of major concern, well known retired reproductive subspecialist Dr Paul Dalmeyer’s thesis could save the government some money.

The NMMU Council recently presented it's Council Prestige Awards for 2015. This year, awards were made to environmntalist Moki Cekisani and businessman, Temba Mvusi and were presented by Council Chair, Judge Ronnie Pillay.

A FURTHER 1 242 students will graduate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University this year. The mainly postgraduate students, spread across all seven faculties, will this week follow the 6238 students who graduated in April this year, at what is only the institution’s second summer graduation. The ceremonies will be streamed LIVE

The technology used in WeldCore® - an award-winning sampling and repair process in partnership with Eskom – will be showcased and demonstrated to create awareness in the South African Science & Technology sector on Wednesday, 1 December 2015.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is calling on all its academically-deserving, but financially- needy students to urgently apply for funding by going to the homepage of our website at and clicking on the NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT? tab in the middle of the page.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University took renewed steps toward the advancement of rubber-related research and development by launching the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology at its South Campus yesterday.

Council Statement 21 November 2015

Council has taken note of, and salutes, the struggle that has been waged by students and workers for a more equal, socially-just society. NMMU wishes to state its full commitment to creating progressive opportunities for working class students to access the university and for workers to enjoy equitable and just conditions of service.

THE culmination of university’s sporting year was marked with the announcement of various sports awards at the annual Achievers’ Awards function.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Council has called for an urgent Council meeting on Saturday, 21 November 2015 in order to examine recommendations from University management regarding the student and worker representations to in-source certain services to the University which are presently outsourced.

Are SA companies ignoring International Management Standards in sustainability reporting? NMMU Business School MBA faculty member Heidi Janse van Rensburg recently explored sustainability reporting in South Africa.

A “Social Media for Social Change Workshop” is being offered free to non-profit organisations (NPOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on 13 November 2015 from 9:30am until 12:30 pm at the Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace, Central, Port Elizabeth.

The amazing NMMU BtC students (Beyond the Classroom) were celebrated recently for giving of themselves so selflessly in many outreach projects.

“Conscious leadership”.

Professor Derrick Swartz, Vice Chancellor of the NMMU, Rev Frank Chikane, Chairperson of Kagiso Trust, Esteemed Johan Naudé representing the Naudé family, Participants, comrades and friends:

I would like to thank Rev Chikane and the leadership of Kagiso Trust and this University for inviting me to participate in this important event which, among others, seeks to discuss the issue of “conscious leadership”.

AT first glance, Hilton Sansom is your stereotypical “privileged student”. The well-spoken, well-dressed 22-year-old attended Grey High, matriculated in 2011 with a 93% aggregate, and received one of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s most prestigious bursaries – the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, currently worth R80,000-plus annually – for each year of his BCom (Chartered Accountancy) degree.

The re-introduction of welding as a subject from 2016 got a major boost with funding, equipment and training from Afrox, merSETA and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at four technical high schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Happimo NPC announced the launch of the Mandela Bay Entrepreneurship Fellowship in Port Elizabeth today.

In a major boost to the developing ocean economy in South Africa, merSETA is to provide R30 million over the next three years to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to, among others, establish a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Marine Engineering degree.

A LEADING newspaper editor is among those who will receive a top award at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s annual Alumni Awards function on Friday, 30 October 2015.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Hustler, will receive an Alumni Special Award at the annual Alumni Awards function on Friday, 30 October 2015.

Head coach to two international cricket teams – the Rajasthan Royals, in the Indian Premier League, and Sydney Thunder, in the Australian Big Bash League, Patrick (Paddy) Upton will receive an Alumni Achiever Award at the annual NMMU Alumni Awards function on Friday, 30 October 2015.

Statement on Examinations, catch-up and support measures put in place, due to time lost during the period of protest action. 

THE first phase of the 10-year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) public art legacy programme will start on Friday 30 October with the unveiling of the Madiba Shirt sculpture and the official opening of the Beyers Naudé Garden of Contemplation.

With cyber-crime a concern world-wide, the head of the Hawks Electronic Crime Unit will share insights on information and security at an event at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Friday, 30 October.

Update on the resumption of classes, for the week starting Monday 26 October 2015

You are probably all aware of the victory achieved by the #Feesmustfall movement and campaign, in securing the promise of a Zero Percent Fee Increase for 2016, as announced by President Zuma on Friday, 23 October 2015.

To All Students and Staff

Dear Colleagues

I am writing to you in the aftermath of yesterday’s unfolding events on our Summerstrand campus in Port Elizabeth. Early yesterday morning, after Wednesday’s unlawful blockading of the front and back entrances of the University, NMMU’s security personnel aided by the SAPS, secured the entrance to the University – despite efforts by a group of students seeking repeat of a similar situation the previous day. 

Dear colleagues and students

I am writing to inform you about efforts by an organised section of the student community to disrupt academic and other activities at NMMU today.

The University management met yesterday afternoon with student leaders to discuss the pressing funding challenges faced by students at South African universities, amongst others.  The meeting agreed that given the current discussions and engagements taking place nationally on this issue at different campuses and with various stakeholders, including the Minister of Higher Education and Training, it has become necessary to hold an open meeting and dialogue with NMMU students.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School today announced the opening of a new satellite support office in Durban.

A WORLD-WIDE surge in cybercrimes, especially around online banking and identity theft, should ensure a full house for a cyber security seminar at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 30 October.

A GROUNDBREAKING book looking at career development patterns among women aged 45 to 65 across the globe is challenging perspectives about women in the work place. 

“We felt that career theory and career measurement were too male-dominated,” said Professor of Psychology Mark Watson, one of the book’s three joint editors, who is also the winner of one of two NMMU Research Excellence Awards.

An article which appeared in The Conversation, by Professor Heather Nel: Senior Director Institutional Planning, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

NMMU’s School of Music Art and Design (SoMAD) with its origins in Central – last week celebrated its return to this area with the official launch of its brand new NMMU Art Gallery.

HE’S not sure whether he’s an “optimistic realist” or a “realistic optimist”– but, either way, he believes wholeheartedly in this country’s future.

Project Sparkle – an outreach programme of the Nursing Education Association (NEA) - is putting the sparkle back into hospital facilities and the eyes of both hospital staff and patients.

“Being able to test and assess various elements of health, fitness and performance are fundamental aspects of any teaching and learning institution,” says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Human Movement Science (HMS) lecturer Mark Kramer. 

ANTI-RETROVIRAL drugs made from gold? It’s a possibility, says Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Prof Zenixole Tshentu, who has been using South Africa’s abundant metals to formulate new drug compounds.    

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has put up its hand in developing solutions in building much-needed capacity and competencies among professional management support staff in the Higher Education sector.

REACTION times, speed, efficiency of movement and ground reaction forces will take centrestage when South Africa’s top sprinters test the capabilities of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new High Performance Complex (HPC) today (30 September).

IN 1984 the biomechanical analysis of a sprinter's start made national and international headlines. Some 31 years on, history is about to be repeated with research captured via the world's first double force plate research starting block at the same university in Port Elizabeth.

Continuing with the celebrations of its tenth year of existence, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is hosting The Human Race on Saturday, 10 October 2015, in conjunction with The Nursing Education Association (NEA).

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe will deliver the keynote address titled “A struggle for ethical transparent and accountable society’’ at the Raymond Mhlaba Annual Memorial Lecture on Tuesday (29 September 2015) at 6pm in the Vodacom Indoor Sports Centre at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

As Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University lecturer Cheryl Schroder was about to invigilate an exam, she came across a panicky student who couldn’t find his name on the list. She helped him find out where he should have been, gave him a lift in her car as the venue was on another campus, and even walked in with him – to ensure he was allowed in despite being late.She turned a student’s worst nightmare into a situation of calm, and enabled him to have a good start to his exam.

WAYS and means of harnessing the untapped potential of Africa's blue economy will come under scrutiny on Monday (21 September) when a high-profile Norwegian delegation comes to cement relationships with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has won the 2015 student governance elections for the second consecutive year.

HE MAY not talk to the birds, but Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Dr Pierre Pistorius has a pretty good idea what some of our feathered friends are jabbering on about.

REACTION times, speed, efficiency of movement and ground reaction forces will take centrestage when South Africa’s top sprinters test the capabilities of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new High Performance Complex (HPC) later this month.

INTERNATIONAL accreditation of a ground-breaking South African sampling and welding technique based on a little-known welding process will save South Africa’s local power generation and petro-chemical industries billions of rands.

Founder of Save the Tie, Save a Child and Mrs Cape Town 2013, Chantal Witthuhn along with Dreamcatcher PR  - a group of NMMU public relations students - bring to Port Elizabeth the Tie’m Warp Fashion Show & Silent Auction on 18 September 2015.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is prepared for the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections taking place in the metro on Wednesday, 16 September 2015.

“Black poverty and the search for a human face: The Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis” is the title of the 5th Annual Steve Biko Memorial lecture taking place today (10 September) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Campus Auditorium.

OVER the past two weeks, a group of 10 German students from the University of Osnabruck (Lingen Campus) have been getting a taste of the ins and outs of South African business deals through a unique winter school, run by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

The much-anticipated biennial Kuesta University Choral Festival is being hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on 11 and 12 September.

GLOBALLY renowned vegetation ecologist and conservation scientist and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan (NMMU) Botany Professor, Richard Cowling last night received a National Research Foundation (NRF) A-rating for the fourth time.

THE grand opening of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s R116m Business School - the first in South Africa to receive an official Green Star design rating – will take place on Monday, 31 August.  

HIS fundraising climb up Mount Fuji earlier this month would go beyond a personal mission for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz – as dozens of students followed his lead.

DEBATES and controversies about non-racialism in South Africa: past, present and future will be the focus of the conference hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) from 27 to 29 August 2015.

What does the Chief of the Shixini Great Place in Willowvale, young people in Port Elizabeth’s Northern Areas and school nurses in the rural Transkei have in common?

Featured on Forbes Africa Cover before the age of 30 and named Entrepreneur for the World 2014 by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, Rapelang Rabana is a seasoned technology entrepreneur. She will share her insights at the official launch of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Centre for Community Technologies on Thursday 3 September.

Picking up the pieces after gender-based violence (GBV) will be addressed at the Conference on Gender-based violence at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University next week. 

The Regional Eskom Expo for Young Scientists 2015. (Expo) - South Africa’s primary and only existing science fair for school students where they have an opportunity to exhibit their own scientific investigations and engineering projects - is taking place tomorrow (18 August 2015) and Wednesday.

As part of an engagement project funded by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)’s Centre for Academic Engagement and Collaboration, the NMMU Department of Political and Conflict Studies is bringing together facilitators of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). The facilitators from different parts of South Africa will share their AVP experiences with academics, members of local NGOs and the general public at a colloquium on Friday, 21 August 2015, at the North campus Conference Centre.

Choral lovers of Port Elizabeth can look forward to a weekend of world-class entertainment with the Hannover Vokalensemble from Germany who will be performing alongside the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Choir  on 22 and 23 August 2015.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff and students are perturbed and saddened by the recent spate of crime that has impacted directly on students.

On Friday 7th August, the Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Professor Derrick Swartz, climbed Mount Fuji in Japan to raise funds for academically deserving students in financial need. To date, his climb initiative has raised R800 000.

Straight after completing the climb Prof Swartz wrote about his experience, and emailed it from Japan:

Showcasing and creating awareness of the various cultures under one umbrella, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Office for International Education’s International Diversity Week activities from11 to 14 August 2015 promises to be fun-filled and educational. 

Emergency Medical Care (EMC) first-year students at NMMU recently rolled up their sleeves and conduct an outreach programme to provide support in an area of their choice. 

The Chair for Education in Human Settlements Development and Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in partnership with the National Department of Human Settlements will host a research seminar to generate a common vision on future research into sustainable cities and human settlements in South Africa.

MORE and more students are joining the VC’s Legacy Bursary Campaign - #climb4nmmu - to help fund needy students by digging into their own pockets. 

He is leaving soon to start his journey to climb Mount Fuji in aid of bursaries for financially needy, yet academically deserving students, but first NMMU Vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz did some last-minute preparation with students and staff.He is leaving soon to start his journey to climb Mount Fuji in aid of bursaries for financially needy, yet academically deserving students, but first NMMU Vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz did some last-minute preparation with students and staff.

TO support the fundraising efforts of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz – who is climbing Mount Fuji next month (August 7) to raise money for financially needy students, as part of the university’s 10-year celebrations – NMMU’s top-performing students have launched an innovative fundraising initiative of their own.

Prof Graham Kerley, Director of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE), a research entity at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, recently received the Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA) Gold Medal for outstanding achievements in Zoology in southern Africa over a number of years.  

Language and literacy, science and education. Master’s in Education student Kholisa Papu succeeded in combining all four aspects and brought science writing and education together which resulted in her winning the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) best submission and best presentation awards at SASEE’s Third Biennial Conference held at University of KwaZulu-Natal recently.

Eighteen Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University second-year emergency medical care (EMC) students will get a taste of reality when they start “working” a gruelling 48-hour shift from Monday through to Wednesday.

ACCESS to the top of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s main building is usually via a lift – unless you’re a vice-chancellor with a mission.

By Khanyisa Melwa

IT and software development students have recently taken to mobile application (app) development as a means to start their own businesses.

Peter Sexford Magubane was born in Vrededorp, now Pageview, and grew up in Sophiatown. He started taking some photographs using a Kodak Brownie box camera as a schoolboy.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) together with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is hosting the much anticipated Forestry Indaba, from 13 to 15 July at NMMU George Campus bringing together a range of stakeholders from the forestry and related industries.

Thirty prospective engineers from 14 schools will get the opportunity to sharpen their pencils at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s annual Automotive Experiential Career Development Programme (AECDP) winter school at the university.

A UNIQUE exhibition featuring photographs of the country’s best-loved former leader, Nelson Mandela, by one of its best-known South African photojournalists, Dr Peter Magubane, is a fitting way to mark the 10th anniversary of the only university that bears Mandela’s name.

IT was not all hard work and no play for 350 learners attending Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s annual Grade 12 Accounting Winter School last week (29 to 3 July 2015): The learners also got to celebrate the university’s 10th birthday with a super-sized chocolate cake.

He's swopping his briefcase for a backpack and meetings for the mountain.

Some of NMMU’s most famous South African rugby alumni are set to gather for a once-in-a-lifetime legacy event in Port Elizabeth on September 3.

I want to use the opportunity of climbing Mount Fuji to raise funds for financially-needy and academically deserving students - especially those from lower quintile schooling communities.

About thirty Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students will be visiting deep rural villages and towns in a bid to assist high school learners in raising their awareness of matters relating to access to higher education.

The fun and excitement of science and technology continues when registration for the first workshops for the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) starts today (Monday, 29 June 2015) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Former South African netball captain, Zanele Mdodana, has recently been named as one of fifty South African sporting heroes who will be featured in the first edition of “A Message of Hope”. A one of a kind motivational sports book.

Propella, an initiative aimed at supporting and developing businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay, will be launched at its new premises in Walmer Boulevard, South End today. (Wednesday, 24 June 2015).

TODAY Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will take a proverbial leap into the future through the benefits of interdisciplinary research as it explores the mysteries of yesteryear.

Believing in their project and their passion for game development has not diminished after losing two team members, but their determination earned them a spot in the final of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seattle, USA, next month.

A TOP laser physicist will both entertain and educate hundreds of learners attending Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's (NMMU) annual Science Discovery Week from Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July.

Experimental nuclear physicist Dr Don Mingay believes “we could well be entering a little ice age with associated global cooling, not warming!”

SPACE buggies, climate change and lasers are all coming to the public of Port Elizabeth.

That's the message that Prof Andrew Forbes will demonstrate in a free visual lecture - Light Fantastic - to budding young science minds as part of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Science Discovery Week on Wednesday 1 July.

Local comedian, Lukhanyiso Matshoba’s people-centred style of comedy has earned him nominations at the 5th Annual South African Savanna Comics Choice Awards.

JET propulsion physicist at NASA Dr Japie van Zyl will discuss whether we are alone and if not where one might look for signs of life in our solar system and beyond.

Close to 900 Grade 11 and 12 learners will be exposed to the fascinating worlds of accounting, science and engineering over the June/July school holidays at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

This is a letter which appared in the Herald of 26 May 2015 in response to the transport issues experienced at NMMU, written by Dr Sibongile Muthwa, DVC Institutional Support at the university.


UNEMPLOYMENT among the youth is one of the key focus areas of a new Chair in post-school education and training to be established at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Centre for integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET). 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is serious about resolving student concerns, particularly the present unhappiness around the institution’s shuttle system.

NMMU’s Emergency Medical Care (EMC) programme manager Nico Louw was reminded to practice what he preached to his students, when he joined the Gift of the Givers Foundation on their recent search and rescue mission to Nepal.

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University’s Accounting winter school programme, geared towards helping Grade 11 and 12 pupils improve their marks and their chances of attending university, boasts an impressive track record.

Former President of the Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO), former Deputy Minister of Education and former Minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena, will be part of the Africa Week celebrations from 25 to 29 May. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s new Dean of Arts Prof Rose Boswell will talk to Gavin Evans, author of Black Brain, White Brain, at the Port Elizabeth launch of the book at Exclusive Books, Walmer Park at 6pm tomorrow.

A DEDICATED time for sharing and interacting with prospective future students; big 10-year celebrations and a dialogue around transformation.

TWO new state-of-the-art buildings set for completion this year will cap a decade of unprecedented infrastructure growth at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Alumni Association Festive Concert, a celebration of student, alumni and community talent and achievement in support of the Alumni Bursary Fund, will take place on Wednesday, 6 May at 18:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church, Summerstrand.

TELLING women’s stories and passing on the knowledge normally ignored, is the focus of St Cloud University academic Dr Mumbi Mwangi, who is currently visiting NMMU on the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows programme for three months.

STUDENTS from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University are leading the way in the metro in the fight against xenophobia with the staging of a silent march.

The first Master of Commerce in Accounting degree in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s ten-year existence, was awarded to internal auditor, Mario Labuschagne at Saturday’s Graduation ceremony (Saturday, 18 April).

Kenyan- born Enoch Kirwa Rotich Kipnoo, 30, is the first NMMU Science doctoral graduate to focus his thesis on the cutting-edge Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Statement from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz:

Our students, staff and Council are outraged and dismayed at recently reported acts of violence and intimation of fellow Africans by some members of our community in recent days. It is totally unacceptable and must be acted against in the strongest terms.

Friday’s graduation ceremony (17 April 2015) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University marked a historic moment for inter-university collaboration in South Africa.

THE first 50 pharmacy technicians in the country will this year graduate at NMMU, the only accredited institution for this qualification.

Schools in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon be exposed to the fun and excitement of science and technology when the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University School of ICT introduce the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®).

His academic journey started in 2005 – the same year as the birth of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – when he kicked off his studies towards obtaining a BCom degree.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will award more than 6 300 certificates, diplomas and degrees at 13 graduation ceremonies in Port Elizabeth and George from 10 to 20 April 2015, an increase of close to 14% since its first graduation a decade ago.

The VWSA-DAAD International Chair in Automotive Engineering at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will continue enhancing automotive engineering following the extension of the joint agreement for a further two years.

STUDENTS from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University achieved the highest pass rate countrywide in the first of two professional examinations required for qualification as Chartered Accountants – with two honours graduates placed in the top 10 nationally.

Among the key players in the Centre for Broadband Communication launch are from left Prof Derrick Swartz, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Vice-Chancellor; Ms Hina Patel, CSIR, Executive Director of Meraka Institute; Randy Ponds, Executive Vice-President of Operations, Processes and Systems; Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, Prof Tim Gibbon, head of the new Centre for Broadband Communication at NMMU, Professor Justin Jonas, Associate Director of SKA South Africa and Prof Andrew Leitch, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement at NMMU. Photograph: Michael Sheehan

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, welcomed the launch of the new Centre for Broadband Communication at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth today.  The centre will conduct pioneering research around optical fibre data transport for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

IN A GESTURE of goodwill, all Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) staff received a 10-year T-shirt to celebrate the institution’s first successful decade.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) together with Cityofpe hosted their first Instawalk (Instagram Walk) this week, making it one of the first institutions of higher learning to do so.

BASF South Africa’s continued relationship with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has seen the German chemical company further sponsoring a computer laboratory for the NMMU InnoVenton Institute for Chemical Technology.

Skills development in the maritime sector, to support growth in South Africa’s “blue economy”, will be the focus when the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) convenes a panel of experts to advise it on education, skills development, research and innovation in these fields at a workshop on Friday, 6 March 2015 at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) fashion design student Armand Dicker is one of only 12 student contestants chosen nationally to showcase their work at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg (MBFWJ) from 3 to 7 March. 

SATURDAY school has started for 450 Grade 11 and 12 learners who have been selected from 60 mostly under-resourced Eastern Cape schools to participate in a technology-linked incubator school programme, geared towards boosting their maths and science marks.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) mourns the passing of Dr Tembeka Nkamba van Wyk, a woman who will be remembered for many things, not least her drive to restore both the dignity of people and the African culture.

IN A BID to meet an ever-growing demand for student residences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) now also offers extensive accredited off-campus accommodation options.

THIS year, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Nursing Science turns 40 – and is celebrating the occasion with an exhibition which tells the life stories of 40 devoted nursing graduates, many of whom maintain strong links with the university. 

ENROLMENTS at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) are up by 3.31% with the Faculty of Health Sciences leading the pack with an increase of 9.3% compared to 2014.

AS the new academic year gets into full swing, Eastern Cape maths and science teachers are sharpening up their skills – and tapping into modern learners’ natural affinity for all things technological – thanks to a high-tech training boost.

EIGHTEEN rural high schools in the Bhisho area are gearing up for a high-tech Maths and Science boost, with the February 16 launch of the innovative Old Mutual Education Flagship Programme’s Maths and Science Development Project (OMEFP).

Whales, sea turtles, penguins and sharks are constantly on the move in the global village that is the ocean. 

IT could have gone either way, but this time around twin Deon Beauzec got the higher mark – and won the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

ONE of South Africa’s most influential ICT leaders, Prof Andile Ngcaba, has been announced as a new Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The brainchild of Port Elizabeth doctor Jeff Govender and NMMU professor Darelle van Greunen – Famhealth-NMMU Youth Leadership Academy – saw the third group of young northern areas leaders graduate from the 10-week leadership programme.

It is all systems go at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) for the visit by a high-profile Swiss delegation on Tuesday, 3 February, that may lead to international collaborative projects.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University choir director Junita van Dijk has been internationally honoured. 

Exciting stunts, powerful tumbling and tight synchronisation yield winning scores in competitions and that is what the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University cheerleaders will have in mind as they prepare for the National Cheerleader Championships next month.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) inaugurated its first female Student Representative Council (SRC) President this week. 

TWO key health projects at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) aimed at ensuring a longer, healthier life for all South Africans received a recent joint financial boost of R2.7m.

Four Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Nursing Science students left for America last week to spend four weeks at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (SBSJU) and St Cloud State University (SCSU) as part of an exchange programme.

ALL roads will lead to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Saturday 24 January when close to 6000 students and their families attend the official Welcoming Ceremony and Faculty Meet and Greet sessions.

Matriculants who have passed the 2014 final exam and who meet the direct entry requirements and have not applied yet can still apply to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University until Friday, 09 January 2015 at 16:00.