August 2020 EDITION

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LETTER FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR

Lockdown Level 2 was announced earlier in August, significantly in the month we celebrate and acknowledge the resilience, tenacity, courage, adaptability, determination, faith and triumphs of women.



UMP HOSTS 2020 WOMEN'S MONTH CELEBRATIONS

“The women who defied the apartheid laws and marched to Pretoria on 09 August 1956 are celebrated today as their story and courage continue to inspire us. Their resilience is powerfully captured in that powerful saying: Wathinta Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo," said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Thoko Mayekiso, during the virtual Women’s Month celebrations hosted on UMP You Tube channel.



UMP RECEIVES INVALUABLE LAPTOP DONATION

The University of Mpumalanga’s dream to continue with online learning and save the academic year became a reality when the institution received a donation of 300 laptops from leading Information and Communications Technology company, Gijima Group Limited, and The Robert Gumede Family Keni Foundation.



INTERVIEW: VICE-CHANCELLOR TALKS LEADERSHIP

In celebration of Women’s Month, HERS-SA is sharing stories of women in leadership to motivate and uplift others. Vice-Chancellor Professor Thoko Mayekiso is also profiled alongside other inspirational women. In this article she lets us in on the journey that led her to be where she is today.



UMP STUDENTS TAKE A STAND AGAINST GBV

The University of Mpumalanga plays an active role to conscientise its community on the issue of Gender-based violence. As GBV cases increases, UMP students took it upon themselves to hold an online awareness campaign, which most joined from different provinces around the country.



MEET OUR EMERGING FEMALE RESEARCHERS

In August we acknowledge the power and strength of women. We celebrate their achievements and the outstanding work that they do. This month we profile three young UMP emerging researchers that are doing extraordinary work in their fields of speciality. Dr Inam Yekwayo, a lecturer in Nature Conservation, Dr Julia Giddy who teaches four undergraduates courses in geography and conservation and Dr Rachel Nishimwe-Niyimbanira share their research projects.



UMP'S ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS MAKE US PROUD

Two UMP students have made it to the finals of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity.



THE CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATE AGAINST THE ODDS

From losing a parent a few months before final exams; being raised by a domestic worker; being the first in the family to graduate; to having a hearing disability, the class of 2020 reveal heart-warming stories of triumph and defying the odds.