August 2021 EDITION

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LETTER FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

Though we have come a long way and have a long way still to go, there is much to celebrate this August which is Women's Month. Transformation of women in the workplace and society as a whole is moving at a snail's pace, but in some sectors and some institutions, like our university, it is happening in a real and tangible manner.



RECLAIM YOUR SPACE AND RE-IMAGINE THE FUTURE

Under the theme, Dare to Inspire, the University of Mpumalanga held a series of events to celebrate Women’s Month. Opening the event, Vice-Chancellor Professor Thoko Mayekiso said women still have battles to fight to ensure that women and children are free.



UMP MAKES ITS MARK AS A WOMEN-LED INSTITUTION

Since its establishment in 2013, the University of Mpumalanga has performed incredibly well in terms of gender empowerment. At the helm, the university is being led by capable and accomplished women who have made a significant contribution at the university and to higher education in general.



UMP WOMEN INSPIRED TO BE FEARLESS

The bold and brave females of the 1956 Union Building Pass Law March were the source of inspiration for the attendees of the Student Representative Council’s Women’s Month event recently held at the Mbombela campus.



FEMALE ACADEMICS ARE STILL CONFRONTED BY STICKY FLOORS AND GLASS CEILINGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

A study by University of Mpumalanga Senior Lecturer, Dr Nonzwakazi Maqubela and PhD student candidate from the University of Venda Abgirl Muleya, shows that despite the support provided to increase the representation of women in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), transformation is moving at a very slow pace. Personal, cultural and organizational barriers create roadblocks for female academics’ progress and career advancement. Much still needs to be done by HEIs in collaboration with various other societal institutions to address gender inequality.



STUDENT PENS BOOK ADDRESSING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

University of Mpumalanga Bachelor of Science first-year student, Lungelihle Sinokuhle Dlamini, explores gender-based violence (GBV) and its devastating ripple effect in her first novel which was recently published.



ARTISTIC RURAL NDEBELE WOMEN ARE ETHNO MATHEMATICIANS

Research by University of Mpumalanga Culture and Heritage lecturer, Thulisile Bhuda, has found that rural Ndebele women, though they have had no formal education, are ethno mathematicians who understand symmetrical geometry.



FOSTERING DIVERSITY AND GENDER EQUALITY ON CAMPUS

One of the core values of the University of Mpumalanga is diversity. It is valued and celebrated in unlocking a range of interactions and enhancing exposure to a wide variety of diverse cultures, backgrounds, views and opinions.



THE USE OF PERVIOUS CONCRETE OFFERS A PROMISING ALTERNATIVE METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF POLLUTED OR ACIDIC MINE WATER

UMP lecturer at the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Dr Ayanda Shabalala, recently obtained her PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Johannesburg. Her thesis: Development of a pervious concrete reactive barrier for remediation of acid mine drainage, holds great promise.