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Dear Alumni and Friends, It’s a pleasure to once again present a great edition of the award-winning DUT Connect magazine. Yes, that’s right, DUT Connect received an award in the Printed Media: External Magazines and Newsletter category at the Mace Excellence Awards in 2018. We are proud to deliver quality and hope that you will enjoy this latest installment, which delves into the much talked about topic of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, otherwise known as the 4IR. So, what’s the big idea really? I remember when it was the year 1999 and everyone was talking about the new millennium, the year 2000, otherwise known at the time as Y2K. Some claimed that the world would come to an end, others that computers and all sorts of technological systems would come to a grinding halt at midnight on the dawn of the new year,Y2K. Interestingly enough, the year 2000 came and went with very little to write home about. Will it be the same situation with the 4IR? Is all the hype going to amount to very little change on the ground in the lives of everyday people? Somehow, I think not. This is definitely different. It’s not just a single moment; it’s a particular point in the gradual evolutionary journey of technological advancement, I think. I am certainly no expert on the topic and will not purport to be, so I will allow the experts whom we have interviewed for this edition to share their views. We are honoured to have the Director-General of Science and Technology Dr Phil Mjwara share his views with us on the 4IR. While we are on the topic of experts on 4IR, I wish to congratulate our very own Dr Colin Thakur, the Director of the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education, who also holds the BankSeta Research Chair in Digitalisation, on his appointment onto the Fourth Industrial Ministerial Task Team. This goes to show that DUT, indeed, plays a leading role in a number of areas, including technological advancement. As usual, we have featured some of our incredible and inspiring alumni in this edition, but with a focus on the abovementioned theme. I trust that as you read the magazine, you will be inspired and perhaps learn something new in the process. We would like to wish all our recent graduates all the best as they face a new world of opportunities, armed with their new-found skills and knowledge. We are certain that they will do us proud. We must also take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all our donors, sponsors and supporters who make it possible for us to continue to do the work we do. Stay blessed. Zwakele Ngubane Director: Advancement and Alumni Relations Tel: +27 31 373 3020 | Email: zwakelen@dut.ac.za

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contents Message from the Vice-Chancellor


Gearing up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Dr Phil Mjwara


Building a Global Wealth Creation Empire – Nompumelelo N. Ndlela


Preparing for 4IR Success in South Africa – Nompumelelo N. Ndlela


Localising Technology for South African Businesses – Ashley Bhugwandin Unpacking South Africa's own Impending Industrial Revolution – Ashley Bhugwandin










Tackling 4IR in the World of Football Production – Zodumo Maphumulo


Engineering IT Solutions for Business – Mohammed Jagot


Bridging the Gap to the Possible – Mohammed Jagot


Developing Skills in ICT is Key for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Pivendren Naik and Gomolemo Mohapi




Developing Small Businesses through Technological Innovation


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UNPACKING THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION'S IMPLICATIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION The theme of this edition of DUT Connect magazine is the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Much has already been said about this topic and we are honoured to feature Dr Phil Mjwara, the DirectorGeneral of the Department of Science and Technology in this edition as he shares his views and some of the Government’s activities and plans afoot in this area.


s a University of Technology, there is no doubt that the question of the 4IR and our role and plans of ensuring that we are ready to meet the challenges and opportunities that such a phenomenon may bring with it, are top of mind. We recognise the importance of ensuring that we remain current, relevant and indeed, ahead of the curve. This particularly becomes an important consideration when we remember that we are in the business of preparing young people, the future workforce, for the world of work and business, which is becoming more and more uncertain. The 4IR and other contextual factors may bring with them uncertainties about what the world of work may look like in the future, but it is certain that it will require an agile, multi-skilled, innovative, adaptable and lifelong learner.



This discussion also comes at the cusp of the University’s strategic planning process for 2020 to 2030 as our current plan comes to an end in December of 2019. As you can imagine, among the key discussion points for the University community and in particular, the Strategic Planning Working Group (a team of DUT staff tasked with conceptualising and drafting the strategic plan), is the issue of the 4IR. We must grapple with the question of how we will respond/prepare ourselves for this seemingly imminent sweep of technological changes, both for our own survival and sustainability as a University, as well as for the current and future success of our students, graduates and alumni.

The 4IR and other contextual factors may bring with them uncertainties about what the world of work may look like in the future, but it is certain that it will require an agile, multi-skilled, innovative, adaptable and lifelong learner.

While some may quibble about whether there is credence to the idea of and hype around the 4IR, the fact remains that we are witnessing more and more frequently what many have referred to as disruptions due to technological innovations and human creativity. It’s no longer business as usual. Technology and creativity have made it possible to completely transform how business is done, if not how life itself is lived.The traditional business models and systems and the traditional power players in the various industries and fields of life have been challenged and in some instances, have ceded market share to smaller, innovative businesses with much fewer resources simply because of their use of technological innovations and creativity. So, what about universities, then, and more broadly, the education sector? Given the imminent technological changes, there is no doubt that the education we provide will require regular reviews and updates, if not a major overhaul. As indicated by the World Economic Forum‘s 2018 white paper titled Eight Futures of Work, education “will determine how the next generation of workers will find its place in the future workplace”. The challenge is to educate and train for jobs that do not yet exist. The higher education environment is also undergoing a disruption of its own as, among others, online learning takes centre stage and begins to challenge traditional modes of delivery. Geographic location and boundaries are also becoming less of a limiting factor. This means that the competition is opening up even wider, with students having more study options at their disposal.

The positive element is that the ethos of lifelong learning seems to be a growing trend, especially as reskilling, retraining and self-driven adaptability of the workforce become increasingly important in the wake of the next technological revolution. This may present opportunities for universities to position themselves to be the first port of call to offer such educational opportunities that are liberated from the confines and constraints of current jobs and professions.These are all key considerations that we must, inter alia, factor into our own strategic planning process to ensure that we are adequately prepared for the uncertain future we face. In closing, I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to all our donors and alumni for their continued support; your support does not go unnoticed. It was, indeed, a pleasure to meet some of you at the donor appreciation event we held on 3 May 2019. We hope to see an increase in the number of alumni who are engaged with the University as we will soon be launching a digital platform (dutconnect.co.za) that will allow us to engage more interactively with an increasing number of our alumni. We rely on your continuous feedback on the changes and developments in industry, government and society at large in order to keep the content of our curriculum relevant and responsive.

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GEARING UP FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION DUT Connect interviewed Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General: Department of Science and Technology, to determine what programmes and infrastructure the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has put in place and how private companies are preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in South Africa.


e pretend that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is something that will come after a couple of years – it is already happening. We must also realise that it is not only a threat, it also offers huge opportunities,” said Mjwara.

The private sector “In the digital space, the number of initiatives that the DST is involved in shows that the private sector is ready,” said Mjwara. For example, the DST is developing a 3D printing machine together with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and a private company to produce 3D parts for the aerospace industry.


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The DST is also working on components for the health industry using 3D printing technology at the Central University of Technology. A number of companies are already using gene


medicine and biotechnology; financing a major precision medicine programme at the Medical Research Council (which funds units at the universities); and partnering with the University of Pretoria to genetically modify trees to produce better quality paper.

therapy and precision medicine to treat diseases that haven’t been treated with current drugs. “What we learnt at the Africa Tech Week is that those countries that prepare themselves in the regulatory, legal and business environments to familiarise themselves with converging technologies are taking advantage of business opportunities and hence are already benefitting economically,” he said. The threats/risks are already well-known: identity theft, personal data hacking, further marginalisation of the informal sector and job losses. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect everyone’s job,” said Mjwara. The main thing is to reskill yourself, familiarise yourself with what the 4IR will do, and for Government to provide reskilling programmes.”

The public sector The DST is investing heavily in the base technologies that will drive 4IR technology: They are setting up a Centre for Artificial Intelligence that will involve a number of universities and science councils; they are reviewing a request for a quantum computing proposal from a number of universities that would like to do this as part of developing machine-to-machine learning; together with the CSIR, they are doing research on the Internet of Things; they are considering setting up a platform for converging technologies in one of their institutions while continuing to invest in nanotechnology, precision

The DST has invested heavily in their M-Lab and looking to expand it to other provinces. The Department is funding the Office for Digital Advantage to develop the next generation of services that Government can deploy to improve citizens’ lives. It is also looking at a partnership with the Department of Public Service & Administration’s Centre for Public Service Innovation in order to develop IT related services to be piloted by various government departments. Citizens can already report/log municipal/ local government problems through an ICT platform called the Corrective Active Reporting System. “We don’t want the Fourth Industrial Revolution to exacerbate the divide between the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have nots’,” said Mjwara. The way in which the DST is preventing this is by developing a platform for SME business owners to ‘log in/plug in’ to suppliers to see what they could offer them; training young people at the CSIR in data analytics; and commissioning the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) to do a study on the impact of 4IR on the marginalised and the jobs of the future. Mjwara mentioned that the country’s move away from analogue to digital broadcasting is already opening up the spectrum to connect multiple devices. The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is working in partnership with the DST to fast track this process so that it will soon be freely available to the public and private sector.

Education Mjwara emphasised the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and the need to encourage school children and undergraduate students to study these subjects. “We hope that the universities will make sure that they have interdisciplinary programmes where they train students at the interface of these disciplines because this is where the breakthroughs as well as the skills of the future will be needed,” said Mjwara.

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Building a global wealth creation empire Nompumelelo N. Ndlela (37), founder and executive director of Success Way Holdings (Pty) Ltd, is a force of nature: an eminent social entrepreneur, author, public speaker, motivator, economic development strategist, advisor and mentor, while also empowering the youth and the marginalised through her NPO, Success Way Foundation.


dlela was appointed Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum and was recently a speaker at the Shape Africa Conference on the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Johannesburg. “My passion is to assist aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to understand local and global economic trends and value creation strategies for their businesses,” said Ndlela. Born in Durban and raised by a single mom in the City of uMhlathuze, and thus surrogate mother to her younger brothers, her budding leadership and entrepreneurship skills developed early on. By the age of 10, she was already a secretary for the girls’ ministry in her local church and at 14, she started selling sweets and biscuits at Empangeni High School to raise transport money, and periodically headed up fundraising for charity programmes. During her DUT years, she continued developing her entrepreneurial skills by charging students for her assistance on assignments, sewing curtains and clothing and baking cakes part-time to pay for her textbooks and upkeep. She also served as Vice-Chair on the Black Management Forum Student Chapter where she was introduced to socio-economic and local economic development. Ndlela boasts an MBA through Management College of South Africa, Bachelor of Technology in Management, National Diploma in Human Resources Management, as well as a National Certificate in Commerce – all from DUT. She also has an International Master Certificate on United Nations Trade and Development by Empretec and the United Nations. Between 2004 and 2014, Ndlela built up an impressive CV by fulfilling various roles in the corporate world – HR Officer at Sabelosethu Business Enterprise; Admin Assistant Manager in property finance; Corporate Service Administrator at Mbonambi Municipality; COO at Moonlight Economic

Nompumelelo Ndlela DUT BTech Management, ND: Human Resources, National Certificate Commerce Graduate DUTConnect // 6


People who are afraid of failure never accomplish success.

Development Forum; Business Manager at CY Global Technologies; Corporate Services Manager at Light House Economic Development Institute; Accounts Manager at Consol Glass and Stakeholder Engager in the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. Her final role was as Business Developer & Researcher at the Department of Trade and Industry. She then launched Success Way in 2015, and the company has already successfully registered more than 1 000 companies and has raised funds for start-ups and new ventures amounting to more than 2 billion rands, particularly in the mainstream economy. “Success Way’s vision is to become a global wealth creation empire from generation to generation,” said Ndlela, who seems well on her way to accomplishing this lofty goal. More than 30 entrepreneurs in the Zululand region in the period of 2017 and 2018 were funded by SEED to go green and become sustainable through Ndlela, who is qualified as a SEED Business Development Advisor and Green Economy Ambassador. Ndlela’s short-term goals are to establish the SADC Success Way Convocation in October 2019 and to launch Success Way Financial Education School in 2020. Success Way already consults in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi and her long-term goal is to set up Success Way Holdings in the rest of the African continent, in Europe and America. Ndlela is single and although she doesn’t have children, most of her spare time is spent selflessly by empowering the youth, particularly 100+ young males, to be innovative and technologically advanced in their career paths, as well as uplifting them psychologically and spiritually, as she feels that gender empowerment needs to be balanced. Some

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS • Zululand Businesswomen’s Association Ambassador in 2017 and 2018 – served as a judge and chaired the judging panel • Funded for economic development research as a postgraduate at UKZN by KZN EDTEA • Successfully launched youth programmes: Success Way for Youth, Success Way Youth Entrepreneurship Programme, Success Way Men in the Making Programme and Inclusive Economy for the Youth • Author of Success Way, a book to be launched soon

have even started up their own registered businesses already. She plans to visit almost 240 municipalities in South Africa, targeting all the rural and small town municipalities to be rehabilitated and to attract the youth to lead. She is an aunt to three nieces and has introduced her eldest niece (9) to the Code-IT class, which is aligned to the 4IR. She is also blessed with the presence of her mother and two brothers. “Honestly, I align my career with my lifestyle,” said Ndlela, who prioritises her time well as she is also studying towards her PhD in Business Administration at WITS Business School! Is there anything that this lady cannot do?

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preparing for 4IR success in South Africa Local entrepreneur and Success Way Holdings’ CEO Nompumelelo N. Ndlela was a speaker at the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Summit held in Durban recently. DUT Connect magazine caught up with her in order to glean her views on both the disruption and the benefits of this technological revolution in South Africa.


or Ndlela, the possibilities from billions of people connecting by mobile devices with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity and access to knowledge, are unlimited. Multiply these possibilities by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage and quantum computing, and you have the 4IR in a nutshell.

faster service delivery, sanitation, human settlements, water and land issues. The role of innovation agencies lies in assisting to bring these ideas from conception through to rollout. Innovations need to be replicable and scalable, whether they are for commercial or social purposes and they need to work. They also must be tailored for the local market and conceived, tested, and piloted fast enough to keep up with ever-changing environments, said Ndlela.

Innovation hubs

Ndlela cited Johannesburg as a ‘world-class African city’, which launched the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy to address future issues. During Parks Tau’s term of office as mayor (2011-2016), he initiated the Bus Rapid Transit System; put in place the world’s first Green Bond to help fund and support climate and green initiatives in the city; started the Corridors of Freedom movement to realign spatial inequalities; committed to a R100-million infrastructure programme; rolled out city-wide free internet access; and initiated the ‘Smart City’ to bring Johannesburg in line with worldclass international cities.

Ndlela touched on the frustration of dealing with multiple government entities and municipalities for everyday services, acknowledging that some service payments and subscription renewals can only be done when the applicant physically goes to a government or municipal office. This is both time-consuming and expensive. “But what if you were able to combine all the services on one single app and coordinate them off a mobile device?” asked Ndlela. “There are currently some excellent innovations, many of which are applicable to municipalities, being incubated in organisations like The Innovation Hub. The municipalities can employ innovators who are serial inventors and entrepreneurs who see a need and come up with a way to viably fill it,” said Ndlela. New small businesses are cropping up to deal with the many issues faced by municipalities, including safety, power,

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Smart cities

“Smart initiatives can be small- or large-scale and can range from bike sharing to integrated operations centres, while the number of stakeholders involved can be numerous (city councils, technology companies, citizens, universities and charities),” said Ndlela.


The 4IR has the potential to drive Africa forward like never before, enabling innovation, inspiring new business models and improving the delivery of public services.

Education and the rural youth Only 8% of South Africa’s public schools have libraries and 51% have access to digital technology. Learners in rural and peri-urban areas, who are among the 70% who do not get absorbed into the higher education system and also have limited or no digital access, are the most marginalised in terms of exposure to opportunities. According to Ndlela, rural schools must empower learners with information that will assist them to make better informed decisions to help them plan their futures. “Most rural people have cell phones already and they can read and study on them. Now the question I asked myself is: ‘Should we give these youths a warehouse full of resources to pursue their dreams? Is this really a sustainable act?” asked Ndlela.

FOCUS AREAS FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND AFRICA Overhauling ICT policy, infrastructure implementation and broadband connectivity; reducing roaming charges and termination rates; tightening up cyber security; mainstreaming ICT in the integration of projects; providing e-services; developing e-skills (digital/ICT) – human capital development; and gearing up for digital migration. Going forward, it will be important to reinforce data gathering efforts in order to more closely track the distributional impacts of the transformation.

educated with such subjects, hence if such opportunities prevail, South Africans and not foreign businesses can benefit,” said Ndlela.

Transportation and logistics Ndlela confirmed the existence of a newly-launched AftaRobot mobile app that aims to improve operational efficiencies for minibus taxi drivers and associations by providing insight into routing, rideshare capacities and their workforce.

“I think that what we have to do is empower them through training in leadership, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship skills; we have to unleash their creative potential and give them the chance to realise that they can and will be important contributors in their surroundings. I want to give them confidence, dignity and identity to believe in their dreams and never allow their background to hinder them.”

It is intended that the app be rolled out in 10 000 vehicles, affecting 4 000 owners and 50 000 commuters in the next two years. The technology is based on Qualcommenabled 3G/4G devices with Bluetooth, beacons and other advanced wireless technologies; the entire platform consists of a suite of mobile apps running on a cloud backend. This is a huge disruption that necessitates end-users be knowledgeable and flexible.

Her Success Way Foundation already serves as a school for schools and a laboratory that focuses on different branches of science and aligning youth to universities and the Code-IT Lab. Ndlela believes that education should focus on techno education empowerment and that coding classes should start at the foundation phase. “Rural youths must form techno youth clubs where they empower each other in terms of learning and applying new technology.”


“South Africa and Africa still outsource engineers; it is very important to allow even rural children to be

Ndlela recognises that when compared with previous industrial revolutions, the fourth one is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country, which signals the transformation of entire systems of production, management and governance. “The disruption will be massive, but the 4IR has the potential to drive Africa forward like never before, enabling innovation, inspiring new business models and improving the delivery of public services.”

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Localising technology for South African businesses Although Durban-born Ashley Bhugwandin, Programme Manager for the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has achieved so much in his illustrious and varied career, he is refreshingly humble and driven to further excel in the field of Industrial Engineering.


hugwandin sees his current role as his greatest career success – mainly because it has national imperatives linked to it. “The programme has assisted more than 300 companies, set up three technology centres, dealt with national and international government officials, and influenced policy and deliverables that retain and create jobs.” He’s managed to influence around five multinational original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and that is apparently only the tip of the iceberg. His job calls for a lot of stakeholder management, strategic planning on a national priority level, unpacking State procurement projects, and understanding what parts can be localised, especially where large portions of projects need to be outsourced from global manufacturers. He also looks at development opportunities and needs for South African manufacturing industries. Bhugwandin, however, had never even heard of Industrial Engineering after matriculating from Overport Secondary, and he entered the field completely by accident at ML Sultan Technikon when lecturers encouraged him to give it a try at registration. “It was one of the best mistakes I’ve made in my life!” he laughed. He originally wanted to pursue Mechanical Engineering but decided to give it a try for six months as both courses had the same subjects – and never looked back – even achieving his BTech in 2002 at DUT.

Ashley Bhugwandin

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Bhugwandin describes his time at DUT as “probably the most fun years of my life!” He experienced very cordial relationships with his lecturers and recalled playing an indoor cricket match with them. “It really broke the ice between us where we felt that we could address them on a first-name basis.” During his studies, he worked part-time in the toy department at the Hub store in West Street. He was asked to write a report for the departmental manager, which was accepted and implemented. It was here that he became involved in strategic planning and gained management experience and confidence even before completing his diploma. His illustrious career started in 1998 when he initially worked as an in-service trainee at Defy Appliances. Defy accepted him first (he also applied to Toyota) and he ended up as a process engineer. It was to be his biggest and best learning experience. He went on to become Industrial Engineer in the body shop at VW South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2001, where he worked on the launch of a new model. It was his first time travelling outside of Durban and dealing with international partners. He was then employed as the Manufacturing Management Facilitator at South African Breweries – one of the best companies he’s ever worked for. He moved to the Universal Print Group in 2004 as the Business Improvement Specialist, where he worked on international projects. At Toyota SA, he worked for 14 months as a principle engineer in the logistics planning division. Next, Bhugwandin joined the Behr Group as the understudy to the Industrialisation Manager (the first South African to be appointed in that position). It was his first time travelling overseas and dealing with projects from China to Brazil. His first time working with government came when he started, developed and established the KZN Tooling Initiative office. Two years later, he was approached by the Department of Science and Technology to look at filling his current position. Bhugwandin has one sister, his father (who worked for 36 years at the Greyville Race Course) is deceased, and he has been happily married to Sarika since 2002. His three children – two girls, Khushi 14, Yadvi 9, and a boy, Udhav (7), live at home and so does his mom, who has been a

I’m an eternal optimist. My motto is: It’s better to try and fail than fail to try. We don’t make mistakes; we make life lessons.

lifelong housewife and the inspiration behind his desire to succeed. “Each of my kids is so different. I try to give all of them attention without them feeling compromised in any way.” He likes watching comedies, pranking and joking with his eldest daughter, and his wife swears that the house livens up when he’s around. “There are too many females in my life!” he joked. Physical activity is limited to gym three times a week and work-life balance is definitely hard to come by: “That’s probably one of my wife’s biggest complaints – that I work too much. I’ve been on a plane almost every week for the past seven years!” His personal life revolves around family; he loves travelling for fun – holidays have been his best times with them. “I love that breakaway – even to the Drakensberg, especially where there’s no cell phone reception. I like escaping reality!”

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Unpacking South Africa's own impending industrial revolution DUT Connect magazine asked Ashley Bhugwandin, Programme Manager for the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), for his take on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the South African context and how the CSIR is preparing the country for its adoption.


t’s a daunting subject that we hear of every day but don’t know enough about,” said Bhugwandin. “We need to eat that elephant one little bite at a time.”

Solutions for South Africa He believes that we need to understand our needs as a country, figure out where we want to be and how to make innovations work for the betterment of our economy. “South Africa has its own nuances – there’s no copy and paste solutions from America and Europe.We also need to ask: ‘What is the commercial viability of innovations?’ And then sell them to the world.” He touched on South Africa’s abundant raw materials, especially battery technologies, which will be in great demand all around the world. “We need to focus on how 4IR technology can benefit Africa first. Innovations won’t impact overseas yet; we must look inwardly first and make it work for us. This will be the adoption and implementation of our own industrial revolution,” he said. Seeing as South Africa has a lot of rural-based people, Bhugwandin said that we need to develop ways for them to be able to live in their own environment – not trek to cities to find work. We must also allow people to use natural resources for their best economic benefit and create more entrepreneurs.

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My fear is that if we don’t find a way to fast track, we are going to lag behind very soon and it will be very difficult to catch up.

Bhugwandin stressed that the mining, agriculture and textile industries still need to thrive for 10-15 years and that we must make concerted efforts to introduce new skills.The workforce should adopt technology in phases – not as a step change – as we don’t have the infrastructure in place.

Education According to Bhugwandin, South Africa’s rigid education system needs to encourage students to think creatively and develop solutions with a practical application. “The private sector can get involved with challenges – I call it a School Challenge – for little things that we don’t think about,” said Bhugwandin. “Let them start thinking out of the box. Academia and industry can then work together to develop a creative thinking society.”


What seems to be missing is academia’s understanding of what industry wants and getting a better fit. Bhugwandin called for more on-the-job training and closer collaboration between government, industry and academia to understand what the 5-, 10- and 15year vision is for industry and then gear up curriculum, subjects and people to fulfil it. There is a need for more functional courses and application of functionality. “Students need to see the application of technology in the real world. If I’m teaching you this, what is the application for it?” asked Bhugwandin. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills will be critical, but educators need to show their relevance and subjects must be moulded into the right fit for 4IR technology.

Negative impact Bhugwandin lamented that the current economy is not completely geared up for the 4IR. There’s no immediate relief to rising unemployment and 4IR technology often spells potentially more job losses (for lower skilled employees) and more emphasis on value-adding jobs.This becomes a quandary: How do you invest in people and at the same time ensure that semi-skilled and unskilled people are still relevant and able to work?

Positive impact Bhugwandin asserted that many building blocks have been recognised and that the country has been part of 4IR forums all over the world. “South Africa knows what’s coming and what it needs to do. Some industries have already invested in 4IR technologies. Educational institutions have recognised it and are making the right strides to ensure that there are the right building blocks for future needs.”

The Government is also apparently encouraging more local content and enforcing it on large projects as a catalyst to adopt technology, and allocating State procurement funds strategically.

What the CSIR is up to Bhugwandin remarked that the CSIR has become more aggressive in its adoption of 4IR technology and has invested heavily in it. They have a titanium powder facility – the first of its kind in South Africa, and one of the largest in the world – from which they are already making aerospace components.They have a nanotechnology centre, are one of the leaders in laser technology, and boast two biocomposite and biotechnology centres. They recently launched the Centre for High Performance Computing where big data is stored and crunched, and Research and Development (R&D) is more directed in terms of industry needs. The CSIR is linked to global forums and partners in order to keep abreast of global developments and there is now greater collaboration and fast tracking between itself and academic institutions. It also has its own renewable energy programme on site, which is gearing the campus to go off-grid. Once successful, the CSIR will then demonstrate the technology to South Africans. CSIR’s new CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini has also developed an industrialisation strategy where the CSIR is working with industry in order to foster confidence in technologies they’ve developed that can be used in everyday life. Bhugwandin’s parting words of wisdom were: “We must allow people to adopt 4IR in a way that is less threatening to their lives. You need to make peace with it, play with it and understand what it can do for you. Then we will have greater adoption and acceptance of it.”

If robots are going to be doing the work that we do, what are we going to be doing? We need to be programming and building those robots as AI is here to stay and will become more prevalent.

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Tackling 4IR in the world of football production By Noxolo Memela

DUT Connect Magazine took time to chat to Zodumo Maphumulo, a football production manager at Supersport International, to find out the impact that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will have on the world of sports, particularly production.


aphumulo is a graduate from DUT’s Journalism programme and is also in possession of a National Diploma in Project Management from KLM Empowered Further Education and Training College. The 33-year-old has been part of subscription television broadcasting for over 10 years

Already, globally TV studio environments have become automated and machine driven… I believe that artificial intelligence will allow us to better enhance sports.

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and is passionate about what she does. This is what Maphumulo had to say about the 4IR and the role it will play in her industry. Q: So who is Zodumo Maphumulo? A: I am quite passionate about female representation, both on screen and in the boardroom. When I am not busy planning the broadcasting of football fixtures, I engage in projects that promote opportunities for young people to join this industry. My favourite project by far has to be the ABSA Ready to Work Campaign – an initiative aimed at bridging the divide between education and the world of work. Here, I was awarded the opportunity to tell my story to other young aspirants using the very platform that moulded me into the individual I am today. Q: What does your job as a football production manager entail? A: I manage and oversee operational relationships with internal/external stakeholders – various media and sport stakeholders and bodies the likes of SAFA, PSL, FIFA, CAF and the Department of Sports and Recreation. I manage


and plan logistics projects such as the Multi-choice Diski Challenge (MDC), (COSAFA) Cup 2015 Council of Southern Africa Football, MTN8, Nedbank Cup, FIFA U/20 World Cup 2017 and FIFA CONFED Cup 2017. Q: How will the 4IR affect sports content and programming? A: The arrival and accessibility of high-speed internet has enabled OTT (over-the-top) content to be available to viewers (e.g. Netflix/Amazon/Hulu) and has also enabled social media giants to slowly penetrate the sports market, which was traditionally dominated and controlled by Pay TV/cable operators. There has also been a noticeable decline in the attendance at stadiums due to the bouquet of choices that have been provided to the viewer.

Q: Autonomous machines will increasingly take on human tasks, leaving many jobless. What is your view on that, based on the job that you are doing? A: It’s important that we do not view the 4IR as a threat that may leave some jobless. We need to see how it can assist us in becoming more efficient within our current jobs on a daily basis. Personally, I would see it as an opportunity to assist me in automating simple, mundane tasks, thus freeing me to be able to handle more strategic and business-aligned duties. Q: Do you think that the 4IR is integrated well with the various sporting codes and the evolving sport sector?

Q: Do you think that the world of sports in South

A: Yes, I think that the sporting sector is already well on

Africa is ready for the 4IR breakthrough?

its way. For example, rugby is already using the GoPro referee cam technology (with the aid of humans for now) to assist with decision-making during play and to also offer the radical POV (point of view) perspective from the field to the camera to the viewers at home, giving them that third dimension feeling of almost being at the stadium. In cricket, they have what they call Hawk-Eye cricket technology, which is a decision review system. It assists with reviewing controversial decisions on the spot by the on-field umpires. Last year, in football for the very first time at the FIFA World Cup, I was introduced to VAR (video assist referee). Again, this is a system that enhances and assists in decision-making on the spot.

A: Yes, I believe that South Africa is ready as we have hosted world-class events such as the FIFA 2010 World Cup and IPL (Indian Premier League) and will host the 2023 Netball World Cup. Global trends such as the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) on live sports are currently being tested, if not already being used in our country. Q: The 4IR comes with artificial intelligence; do you think that this will pose a threat to traditional sports? A: I believe that the threat or rather the impact will probably be experienced or felt mostly behind the scenes of television production. Already globally TV studio environments have become automated and machine driven. Most TV studio functions have now been automated to replace the number of humans required for a live sport production. I believe that artificial intelligence will allow us to better enhance sports.

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Engineering IT solutions for business From the moment that Mohammed Jagot bought his first 286 personal computer, he knew that this would be the career path he would follow. Today, he is a trusted advisor and pre-sales Engineer at Cisco, making an indelible footprint in the Information Technology industry in South Africa.


etting a computer was the turning point for him. “I was in awe of the potential of IT as a career choice,” enthused Jagot. “I then decided to pursue a diploma in IT to take my first step into the IT world.”

Jagot grew up in Port Shepstone with his three brothers in a humble household where his dad worked in sales and his mom was forced to be a seamstress for a living. When his father lost his job, Jagot was encouraged to study as a way to gain financial independence and support the family. After matriculating from Port Shepstone Secondary in 1989, Jagot enrolled at the then ML Sultan Technikon. “I was actually not the most studious of students,” admitted

One person can make a difference…

Mohammed Jagot

DUT information technology graduate

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Jagot. “However, I always gave my best in everything I attempted. I found some of the subjects challenging but with effort, I succeeded. I have to say, perseverance is a good teacher.” As with every hungry tertiary student, he has fond memories of the campus food! “This will sound crazy, but I used to look forward to having a beans bunny every afternoon,” laughed Jagot. “The fun part was that it was five guys sharing a quarter loaf bunny, so you had to dig in quickly and get your piece otherwise you would go hungry!” Jagot completed his Diploma in Information Technology (IT) at the end of 1994 and graduated in 1995. His further education was based on OEM vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper and many more. He spent almost 12 years at Transnet where he specifically focused on designing and maintaining computer networks. He also had the opportunity to further his skills in vendor-based training. He later worked as Senior Network Engineer and then as Consultant Engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with a short stint as a specialist at Vodacom in between. His IT strengths and work experience led him to his current IT journey at Cisco, a job he has been thoroughly enjoying for the past eight years – as one of the perks entails travelling locally and internationally. He has attended many Cisco and Microsoft courses and written many exams in the Cisco space (CCNA, CCNP, CCIP and CCIE written stage) as his job is based on their products. Jagot interacts a lot with partners and customers. “As a pre-sales engineer, it is my responsibility to ensure that I craft the components of the solution so that it gives the customer the solution s/he wants and also the ability to scale and augment the solution with other services at present and if possible, into the future,” he said. He recently completed the first stage of his new career aspiration of becoming a Cisco business architect.“I marry technology to business strategy, business vision, business needs and business solutions to give our customers business value above all else.”

At the end of the day, knowledge is power but imparting knowledge is more powerful.

In terms of causes, as a part of Cisco, Jagot’s core aim is to encourage youth to become IT entrepreneurs to tackle the 4IR. “Being able to impart my IT knowledge to my clients, especially the youth at DUT conferences and seminars, is most gratifying,” he said. Jagot has been happily married to Munira for 23 years and has three children Zaakirah (22), Asmaa (19) and Irfaan (9). “I am fortunate that I have very independent-thinking and studious daughters who study and work part-time, values that I have instilled in them to always work hard and smart,” said Jagot. His youngest is in Grade 4 and he understands that doing one’s best at school is very important. “Luckily, he has good role models like his siblings as well as his mom and I, who ensure he gives it his all when it comes to studies.” Does he manage to get it right in terms of work/life balance? “Having a demanding career can be strenuous at times, so I am fortunate enough to have a loving and understanding family who help me to ensure there is a balance between my work and spending much-deserved time with them. However, I do enjoy fresh water fishing and still love watching cartoons, which is great relaxation for me as well.”

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Bridging the gap to the possible

Mohammed Jagot, trusted advisor and pre-sales Engineer at Cisco, took some time out to discuss South Africa’s readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) with DUT Connect magazine and highlight what Cisco offers youth in this regard.

Q: Is the South African economy and society at large ready for the 4IR? A: Professor Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum has defined the 4IR as the “fusion of technologies across the physical, digital and biological worlds, creating entirely new capabilities and dramatic impacts on political, social and economic systems.” As South Africans, it is not whether we are ready or not but rather when we need to adopt. The 4IR is here – we need to move swiftly into this space. I believe that as a country, we are uniquely positioned as we can leap ahead and provide great value to our citizens. Q: What does it mean for SA, given the significant size of the informal sector and other non-industrial elements of society? A: The significant size is what will drive the 4IR. If you look back at history, most industrial revolutions were born out

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of a high demand and insignificant supply. The mediums and ways to do business will change; the informal sector will end up trading in the world market, almost like a shopfront in the cloud. Q: Are our basic and higher education systems adequately poised to prepare their students for this revolution? A: We need to adapt our education systems to include the foundational elements of industry 4.0. We are lucky as many private sector companies are providing free training in certain areas pertaining to 4IR. For example, Cisco has a Networking Academy (NetAcad) that offers free online courses that provide foundational knowledge that is not specific to Cisco. I know that Microsoft does similar things and if we all get together, we can bridge this digital divide to create a workforce of the future.


Q: How can government and educators transform education to prepare students for jobs that are not even in existence yet?

Q: What are some of the positive and negative implications for the South African labour force and economy as a whole?

A: Since such jobs are not in existence, it means that future jobs will be determined by entrepreneurs or innovators, hence there is a need to encourage more students to follow this path going forward, but the underlying fact is that we will need more people who have analytical skills. They will need to know how to

A: One of the positives is definitely the fact that the SA government and various technology-driven companies like Cisco are addressing unemployment through programmes that are preparing the youth for the 4IR.

harvest data and manipulate it to provide input into other systems or processes to provide the desired output. The consumers of information will explode in magnitude. Q: What should be the key focus areas for the higher education sector in preparing for 4IR? A: I believe that combining the strength of traditional higher education with the increasing trend of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) represents the vital steps necessary to scale up quality education. We also need to create an environment to allow the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to thrive. One option could be to approach government to determine the challenges we face as a country.We could then present these challenges as projects to students to garner their innovative ideas. Q: How critical are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to those wanting to get ahead in the 4IR? A: STEM skills are key for success in the 4IR. Although STEM skills seem focused on science and technology, it implies an analytical mind, which, as I said, is required to advance the 4IR. Q: How will emerging technology breakthroughs in fields like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing affect life in the world and SA?

Q: Discuss the countless possibilities for billions of people across the world connected by mobile devices and what this means in the South African context, where cell phones are increasingly accessible to the previously disadvantaged and disconnected? A: The growth of mobile device usage, especially smartphones, continues to grow at a rapid pace, meaning more and more people keep in contact with the world, running their businesses and facilitating online education. In terms of South Africa, it means that although the previously disadvantaged have more access to the internet, etc., there is still more that needs to be done in terms of download speeds and wireless fibre migration; it is something that network operators will need to address in order to unlock the full potential of mobile device usage in South Africa and connecting them to the world. Q: What is CISCO doing to help bring SA into the 4IR? A: Our aim at Cisco is to prepare our youth for the 4IR. Through NetAcad we aim to train 15 000 youth in 2019, so that tells you about our commitment and drive to provide more employment opportunities to the youth in SA. We are also creating opportunities for SMMEs to become Cisco partners, thus allowing them access to all of our technologies and to help them reach more customers and create more solutions. Cisco’s new motto is ‘Bridge to possible’ – I guess that says it all!

A: The key success of many solutions lies in decisionmaking. AI will help greatly in getting to that decision within minutes as opposed to months or years, based on the past. This will increase resource utilisation and provide a better experience for everyone.

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Developing skills in ICT is Key for the FOURth Industrial Revolution By nduduzo ndlovu

DUT alumnus Pivendren Naik and current student Gomolemo Mohapi believe that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is at the centre of the advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).


aik believes that the advent of 4IR is intertwined with an evolving and innovative ICT sector. “The 4IR won’t be possible without the ICT sector; the two are tightly coupled,” said Naik. “The ICT industry has an innate ability to adapt and consistently innovate.The sector globally is always looking to build the next best thing with teams dedicated to looking five years and even 10 years into the future,” he elaborated. According to the manufacturers’ organisation formerly known as the Engineering Employers‘ Federation (EEF), the 4IR will see “greater integration of physical

The South African ICT sector is still young and growing but we are still very capable of competing head-tohead with the rest of the world.

Pivendren Naik DUT ICT Graduate

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The pace in South Africa might not be as fast as the rest of the world, but I like to believe that we have gained momentum in the race to develop smart applications for the future. Gomolemo Mohapi DUT Information technology student

production with digital technologies to boost levels of productivity.”

Azure Cloud Developer for Immedia and as Windows Platform Developer at RogueCode.

The DUT Electronic Engineering: Computer Systems graduate is, however, concerned about the low skills output within the ICT sector, which he feels might derail the advancement of 4IR in South Africa. “Year-on-year, we are still producing fewer professionals in the industry than the demand for talent, so that is a growing concern,” he said.

Meanwhile, current DUT Information Technology (IT) student Gomolemo Mohapi, who is the only South African student who is part of the prestigious Microsoft Student Partner programme, also shared his views on the impact of the 4IR for students within the ICT sector.

Naik is giving back to the community by running a tech community supported by Facebook. He also used to host workshops for students on App development while he was a student at DUT. “I have been recognised as an MVP (Most Valued Professional) by Microsoft for multiple years in a row for the work I have done in the community, both as a student and now a professional,” he said. According to Naik, the future of the 4IR is not as distant as most people think because the ICT sector is forever evolving. “People in the sector are always looking for and testing cutting-edge technology. The South African ICT sector is still young and growing but we are still very capable of competing head-to-head with the rest of the world. The barrier is a lot lower than what it was 10 years ago. A lot of us already live this life, so the 4IR future we talk of is closer for us,” he added. Naik currently works as the Software Developer at Derivco, and his prior experience includes serving as

“Our curriculum is up to date with some of the tools that can equip us with the necessary knowledge needed to thrive within this revolution. It at least gives us a head start,” Mohapi said. Mohapi urged current students to also take initiative and conduct their own research in order to equip themselves for the 4IR. “No one will give you all the resources. We as students have to go out and learn the tools that make us stand out. Cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are fields that are largely associated with 4IR, so I recommend reading about these,” he said. He added his belief that the ICT sector is responding very well to the requirements of the 4IR:  “They’re quickly adopting the necessary tools needed to adapt to this revolution. The pace in South Africa might not be as fast as the rest of the world, but I like to believe that we have gained momentum in the race to develop smart applications for the future,” he added.

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Developing small businesses through technological innovation Four youngsters (Noxolo Peaceful Sibiya, Sameer Khan, Litha Matala and Fortune Nosi) are blazing a technological trail with their entrepreneurial innovations. DUT Connect magazine caught up with them to see how they are positively disrupting their respective fields with their small businesses…

Noxolo Peaceful Sibiya Noxolo Peaceful Sibiya (24), who as a student was frustrated with lugging around a laptop and heavy books and the lack of secure facilities in which to store them, came up with ‘SafeKeep’, an initiative to help students and staff to be able to secure their items while on campus and during their vacations. “I myself once had my items stolen from my locker on campus,” revealed Sibiya. “Our project introduced a way of securing your stuff using your phone, which eliminated the need for a key and the possibility of theft, and it also introduced a sense of convenience.” She struggled to find a facility at DUT but finally acquired a baggage counter on the ML Sultan campus that was used to store student books. She approached the relevant offices and with the help of the Entrepreneurial Centre & Desk, finally received approval and seed funding to begin her pilot.They also provided a mentor, marketing training, support and exposure for her budding business. “My business’ future goals are to expand to other universities, airports, stores, beaches, etc.,” enthused Sibiya. “This will not only grow me as an individual but the company as well. It will also create more employment

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in South Africa and contribute to the economic growth of the country”. Sibiya boasts an Honours degree in Community and Development Studies and is in her final year of completing her Masters degree in Social Sciences. So, what has inspired Sibiya to do so well? “My parents: Their love and support and hard work to raise, shelter, educate, push and nurture me is commendable and I know that I am lucky to have them.” Her personal goals are to finish her PhD degree in Community and Development Studies. “I would love to open an organisation for child-headed homes to give these children a better future and assist them to achieve their goals,” said Sibiya. “My ultimate goal is to become a successful businesswoman and serve my country.”


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Sameer Khan

Litha Matala

Sameer Khan (25) recently presented his business idea at the Fourth Industrial Revolution Summit conducted by the Moses Kotane Institute, for which he received an innovation award, placing third in the Energy category for being innovative and solving a social and economic issue facing South Africa.

Litha Matala (27) began the company Level Innovations to focus on developing innovative electronic products that will help ease daily life using technology. The Level™ Ring, his first product, addresses traffic flow caused by students at the DUT entrance gates and the printing of student cards every semester. The ring will not only serve as an access card at access points but also as a business card for individuals with private businesses.

“The idea for renewable energy came up in 2014 while in a lecture,” remembered Khan. “I saw a pigeon fly up to the window and then drink up some water from the side of the balustrade. I wondered how the water got there: It was neither raining nor did the cleaners do any form of window wash. I looked closer and saw that the water was coming out of an outlet from the air conditioners and it had a consistent flow.” Khan was inspired to develop an electricity device that gets its energy source from the use of waste water. ‘Hydra Power’ aims to help people live sustainable lives using green technology. “The majority of South Africa’s energy supply is designed around the use of older methods such as the burning of coal,” said Khan. “We are a country that is surrounded by water, however, we make little use of the potential of using water to generate electricity.” The Entrepreneurial Centre & Desk supported his business idea, providing him with mentorship, funding and training support. Getting people to believe in the idea was one of his biggest difficulties. Overcoming all obstacles, Sameer is proud to proclaim that his unique invention has received a patent on the processes and device design, helping him towards his goal of saving the environment. His stringent work ethic began at the tender age of eight when he began delivering newspapers to support his family. After matriculating in 2012 with four distinctions, Sameer Khan continued to pursue his studies at DUT. Completing his National Diploma in Horticulture (cum laude), he furthered his studies, completing his BTech in Horticulture (cum laude), for which he received the Deans Merit. He is busy studying towards a Master’s degree in Applied Science: Biotechnology.

The concept for the Level™ Ring originated in 2016 when Matala accompanied his mother to her many business meetings. He noticed that she often didn’t have business cards on her to leave with clients and wondered how he could help her. “At first, the idea was to design one card that she could always use, but I later realised that she could lose it,” recalled Matala. “So, I designed a product that she would be more comfortable and familiar with – a ring.” Matala later added an access card functionality so that it could emulate an existing student card. The Entrepreneurial Centre & Desk helped Matala to access seed funding, which helped him to develop a demo access board that would work together with the Level™ Ring. They helped him to develop a prototype and 100+ Level™ Rings, provided compatible software for the DUT card readers, assisted with patent and IP protection and provided business training. “Our goals for the business are to develop more innovative products that will be useful and helpful to the everyday person,” enthused Matala. “We aim to become a leading competitor in Africa by creating products that ease daily living by using technology.” “My personal goal is to be financially free,” said Matala, who began studying IT at DUT. “I‘ve come to realise that I‘m not cut out for the corporate environment; I don‘t have the attention span for it. So, building Level Innovations is something I‘m passionate about and where I see myself thriving.”



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Email: hydrecoses@gmail.com @HydraPower4

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Fortune Nosi After realising that he wasn’t cut out for the workplace while working in a retail store, Fortune Nosi (23) participated in an entrepreneurship short course, registered his solar innovation business Nosi-Beam in 2016 and launched it in late 2017. Nosi-Beam offers transitional solar installations for the residential, community, commercial, small business and industrial energy supply markets. Solutions include alternative power changing devices such as an NB-Pocket solar cover. Thus far, Nosi has accessed seed funding through the TIA Seed Fund Programme, produced a prototype, attained trademarks, developed stakeholder relationships, accessed international markets, and attained some marketing traction via interviews, networking events and overall exposure, helping him to gauge if people are interested in his products. DUT’s Entrepreneurial Centre & Desk have been very helpful in terms of market assistance and skills and innovation development. “They have been the backbone to a large number of entrepreneurs who have had their ideas made into reality and who are now becoming sustainable.”

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“Our business goals include having market ready products, upscaling, having offices in the UK and having a Nosi-Beam solar panel and solar product manufacturing premises in South Africa,” said Nosi. An only child raised in Johannesburg by a wise and entrepreneurial mother involved in property development, Nosi said: “She’s another driver that keeps me going through tough times. And her knowledge of the business world also gave me motivation and confidence to take on the entrepreneurial world – I‘m forever grateful.” His personal goals include attaining qualifications in industrial/product design, sonar and civil engineering and obtaining a private pilot’s license. Nosi applied for a project management course at DUT but could not proceed due to a lack of funds. “I just want to be a change maker in my country.”


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CONVEX MEMBERS 2018-2020 Siyabonga Vezi President of Convocation Siyabonga Vezi was elected President of Convocation at the 2018 Convocation AGM. In addition to being President of Convocation, he is also a Convocation representative on Council. He currently works at the Department of Mineral Resources as the Head of Administration and Systems in Pretoria. He completed a Specialist Project Management Programme at the Business Studies Unit, DUT in 2009. He also completed his National Diploma in Office Management & Technology in 2000 from the former ML Sultan Technikon and went on to obtain his BTech in 2005. Vezi served as: •

Chairperson: Department of Land Affairs, KwaZuluNatal – Shared Services Centre (KZN-SSC) Transformation Team, 2005

A Member of the Department of Land Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal – Shared Services Centre (KZNSSC) Employment Equity Committee, 2005

Chairperson: KZN – Working for Water Transformation Committee, 2003-2004

Provincial Chairperson: KZN Department of Water Affairs & Forestry Transformation Committee, 2003-2004

While at ML Sultan Technikon, he was an active member in the following disciplines: •

Student Representative Council (SRC) as Community Project Officer, 2000

SRC Member as Sports Officer, 1999

Chairperson: ML Sultan Technikon Sports Executive Committee, 1999

SRC Member as Housing Officer, 1998

Chairperson: Baltimore Residence House Committee, 1998

Project & Campaign Officer: South African Students’ Congress (SASCO) at ML Sultan Technikon Branch, 1998/1999

Chairperson: ML Sultan Technikon Sports Executive Committee, 1997

Vezi’s hobbies are enjoying watching and playing sports (soccer, cricket, rugby, golf and squash), motorbikes and reading.

Vezi’s views on the Fourth Industrial Revolution The next level of evolution is the ‘Digital‘ Fourth Industrial Revolution. The world has become digital with technology revolution; economies of the world are keeping their hopes of economic recovery and growth on these technologies. As a University of Technology, online and digital learning is the future; it’s either we adapt or vanish. Universities must maximise on producing academic information through DEEP WEB platforms. Digital convergence has enabled infinite possibilities to explore and take advantage of these, such as tele-education. Information networks are, and will continue, to disrupt the distance of the world: what used to take days has become instant and virtual. The Internet of Things has made it simple to integrate, configure and visualise. Universities will not be doing students justice if they fail to prepare and produce graduates who are equipped and ready to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution world. There is no better time than now for business and academia to forge partnerships. The development of the economy of any country will depend on such collaborations.

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Sibongile Yaka Sibongile Yaka is an award-winning finance professional whose career flourished after obtaining her National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting from DUT in 2004. Yaka has extensive business experience, having held management positions in various organisations and multi-nationals across diverse industries. She is currently an Associate Manager at SC Johnson, managing marketing budgets for their largest brands in Africa, including the French West speaking countries. Prior to this role, she was a commercial manager for SAB Miller (now ABinBev), managing budgets totalling in excess of a billion rand as well as having held the roles of finance business partner, financial analyst and accountant at leading companies, including Kelloggs and IBM. Yaka’s collaboration with different departments has enabled her to build holistic business competencies inclusive of sales, marketing, innovations and business strategy. The quality of her work, combined with her leadership skills, have enabled her to deliver exceptional results throughout her career.The record-high returns under her watch, as well as her precedent-setting formats, have led to her receiving multiple international awards for her achievements. Yaka is passionate about education, student development and helping to create opportunities for disadvantaged individuals. She seeks to continue building her career and business skills so that she can best serve others through mentoring and skills development training. Yaka also serves on the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Africa Regional Board. As a DUT alumnus, Sibongile finds it important to stay abreast of pertinent issues at the Institution, so that wherever possible, she can be part of the solution.Yaka believes that the DUT Convocation Board of Directors is a great platform to impact the lives of students and to ensure that educational interests are always prioritised.

Khayelihle Nkwanyana Khayelihle Nkwanyana is currently the Spokesperson for the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He completed his matric at Makhombisi High School and went on to obtain his National Diploma in Public Management from DUT, having graduated in 2002. He is presently studying towards his BTech degree in Public Management. Nkwanyana’s professional experience ranges from being the Community Liaison Trainee Manager at the Durban Metro Police, a Trainee Store Manager at MetCash, Regional Organiser for Nehawu, IT Project Administrator in the KZN Legislature as well as the Director in the Ministry for Communication and Liaison for the Department of Higher Education and Training.

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Dr Calvin Mabaso Dr Calvin Mabaso obtained his MTech and PhD in Human Resources Management from DUT and an MTech in Business Administration from the Vaal University of Technology. He is currently employed at the University of Johannesburg in the College of Business and Economics as an Undergraduate Qualification Leader. Mabaso also worked as a lecturer at the Vaal University of Technology. Mabaso is an accomplished academic with publications in the Canadian Social Science, International Journal of Human Resources Studies, Research Journal of Business Management, and the South African Journal of Human Resources Management, to name a few. He has also contributed to a chapter in a book. His research interests include: organisational behaviour, talent retention, total rewards, employee onboarding and talent development.


David Sedumedi

Phumelela Vezi

David Sedumedi is currently the Director: Institutional Advancement and Internationalisation at Sefako Makgato Health Sciences University. Prior to this, his positions included Manager: Alumni Relations & Fundraising at the Tshwane University of Technology and Director: Development & Alumni Relations, DUT. He also occupied the positions of Manager: Communications and Manager: Student Governance & Development, all at DUT.

Phumelela Vezi is currently employed as a Residence Administrator at the Housing Department at UKZN. His previous employment included Residence Administrative Co-ordinator at DUT Housing as well as an internship as a property Officer at Southpoint Property Management Services.

He also obtained both his National Diploma and BTech degree in Journalism from DUT. He then went on to obtain his Masters in Education in 2014 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is currently enrolled for a PhD degree in Leadership & Complexity at DUT.

degree in Office Management & Technology.

Sedumedi’s skills, among many, include: conflict resolution, proposal writing, project management, policy formulation and implementation, systems thinking, crisis management and problem solving, and fundraising and strategic communications.

Vezi completed his National Diploma and BTech degrees in Office Management and Technology in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He is currently registered for an MTech His skills and competencies include events/programme management, management skills, strong customer service, good leadership and problem-solving, to name a few. Vezi is looking for an opportunity to make a difference by tapping into his enthusiasm and expertise. His hobbies are reading articles, watching news, going to the gym and playing chess.

Thamsanqa Mkhulisa Thamsanqa Mkhulisa has worked since 2009 as the Assistant Manager: Audio-Visual SubDirectorate and as the Acting Deputy Director: Directorate Administration Support Services in the KZN Department of Transport. He was previously an audio-visual technician within the department. In his capacity, he has formulated, co-ordinated and produced: • A road accidents awareness video for the department, which was adopted by the National Department of Transport • A TV programme featuring the department • TV adverts on behalf of the department His second job function in the Directorate Administration Support Services has him managing all administrative functions within the Chief Directorate and Administration Support Services component, with a view towards effective and efficient service delivery. Mkhulisa obtained his National Diploma in Photography from DUT.

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Thabang Mncwabe Thabang Mncwabe obtained his National Diploma in Translation and Interpreting Practice from DUT in 2008. He has also obtained certificates in Office Management, Emotional Intelligence, Injuries on Duty (Coida), to name a few. He is currently registered for a postgraduate diploma in Business Management at Mancosa. He is fluent in isiZulu, English, isiXhosa and has basic knowledge of South African Sign Language. Currently, he is employed as a Protocol Officer in the KZN Department of Education in Pietermaritzburg. After hours, he is the Residence Advisor at the DUT Midlands campus. Mr Mncwabe is skilled in stakeholder management, events management, project planning and management protocol, student and youth development. He has extensive knowledge in health and safety management, administration, budgeting and financial management. Mncwabe’s leadership roles include being the Drama Society Chairperson, finance committee member: DUT Student Parliament, Maintenance Department Shop Steward (Nehawu), Secretary of Tenusa and recently: Chairperson of the ANC Youth League, Moses Mabhida Region Ward 36.

Thubalethu Phaku

Ayanda Ngidi

Thubalethu Phaku matriculated from Daleview Secondary School. He obtained his National Diploma in Sport Management in 2006 and completed a Certificate in Project Management in 2016 from the Business Studies Unit. He is currently completing his BTech degree in Sport Management. Mr Phaku is employed at DUT as the Sports Centre Supervisor and was employed as General Assistant at KwaZulu-Natal Athletics from 1998-2000.

Ayanda Ngidi matriculated from Mqhawe High School in 2008 and he has a National Diploma as well as a BTech degree in Language Practice. His leadership roles include being a Council member for two years, SRC President for two terms, Secretary to the Central Housing Committee and Deputy Secretary of the DUT Durban South Africa Students Congress (SASCO).

His leadership roles include DUT USSA Squash Team Manager in 2003, the USSA Team South Africa Captain in April 2002, April 2004, March 2005 and August 2005 held in Spain, Italy, Algeria and Turkey respectively. He was also Team South Africa Captain for ASA in March 2005 in Mauritius.

Ngidi was also employed by Dumack Construction Civil Engineers as a marketing consultant. He is currently serving an internship as a language practitioner in the Legal Compliance Department at the eThekwini Municipality. Ngidi is also currently the Secretary for Ikusasa the Future (NGO/NPO), Director of Namisuthando Tradings Pty and Residence Advisor for McArthur Residence at DUT. Ngidi was elected as a Convocation representative to the Institutional Forum (IF) and serves as the Secretary.

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Sizwe Shezi Sizwe Shezi, a Journalism graduate from DUT, served in a number of university structures including Council, Senate, Institutional Forum and SRC and served in the executive committee of the DUT Convocation. Shezi worked at the US Diplomatic Mission (Embassy) to South Africa where he was the US Ambassador’s and Embassy’s principal advisor on political and economic issues. This exposed and familiarised him with developments in bilateral and multilateral institutions. His major duties included information gathering and networking, reporting and drafting, briefing and advising senior political and administration principals. Prior to this, Shezi worked as the Communication and Media Liaison Officer for the African National Congress (ANC) at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature and the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial office. This equipped him with a valuable understanding of the South African policy and legislative development processes, including in the higher education sector. Through Shezi’s work and activism in the political arena, he has developed extensive high-level contacts in political parties, youth and student organisations, government (all spheres), legislatures, labour unions, multilateral institutions, the donor community and the media. Shezi has also worked extensively in civil society organisations and the non-governmental sector, largely focusing on community development, health systems development, HIV/AIDS education and youth development. He is passionate about cultivating relationships, stakeholder development, management and relationship building. Shezi is currently the Deputy Director: Lifestyle Recreation at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation where he drives the Provincial Government’s efforts to create an active and healthy citizenry.

Mandla Shange Mandla Shange matriculated from Mdepha High School and obtained his National Diploma and BTech degree in Human Resources Management (2005-2009) from DUT. He also completed a Municipal Finance Management Programme at the University of Pretoria. He is currently studying towards his Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Shange has also attended training in arbitration and conciliation, project management, the Public Financial Management Act and induction workshops, all offered by SALGA. He was seconded from SALGA where he worked as Advisor: Human Resources, Collective Bargaining and Labour Relations, to CoGTA KZN as Project Manager:Youth Development. His leadership roles and community work have included being Chairperson of the Rural Student Development Society, an NGO, from 2003 to 2006, and Peer Educator at DUT from 2005 to 2006. Shange was elected as a member of the DUT SRC for three consecutive years: 2007 – Social and Welfare Officer; 2008 – President of the SRC; and 2009 – President of the SRC. As a member of the SRC, he served on the following committees: • DUT Council and sub-committees from 2007-2009 • DUT Institutional Forum from 2008-2009 • DUT Senate and Senex from 2007-2009 • Student Services Board from 2007-2009 He is also the Provincial Chairperson on the South African Youth Council, a position he has held from 2011 to date as well as the Provincial Spokesperson and member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC Youth League from 2015 to date.

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Dutconnect Autumn 2019 issue  

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Dutconnect Autumn 2019 issue  

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