DUT POST GRADUATES GIVE BACK TO INANDA COMMUNITY
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene & Venal Naidu
Giving back was the theme of the first ever Durban University of Technology (DUT) Post-Graduate Week on Tuesday when postgrad students visited Inanda township to give information and visit a home.
Postgraduate students that are busy with their Masters and Doctoral degrees were given a week off from their books in order to make time to socialise and lend a helping hand where needed.
Mvamba High School and Ramakrishna Abalindi Home were the two places that students chose to visit. President of the Post Graduate Association, Kunle Oparinde, was also out and about to lend a helping hand.
“We identified Inanda as one of the places that needed help and information,” said Oparinde. “They also needed help when it comes to being exposed to other options of getting help.”
He also added that the week is for students to interact with each other in a different way through various activities..
Mvamba High School learners were introduced to different fields of study the DUT and other institutions around the country offer. Leaners were also given information on bursaries and motivations to think about their future and how serious they have to be in their studies.
One of the post graduates explained to leaners that “Education is the key to anything in life.” He added that it enables to not only be book smart, but also helps you to be life smart. Msize Ndlovu was very passionate about helping learners in whatever way possible. He gave learners information they need to further their education and also spoke about other options of furthering their studies other than going to university.
The Ramakrishna Abalindi Home was the second stop of the day where elders and children live. DUT students gave blankets and toilet paper. They have promised to return to the home with more suppliers.
Public Relations Officer for the organisation, Nobuhle Mthembu, thanked the university and the students for taking their time to visit the elderly and children and she also appreciated the little gesture the university has done.
The home is opened for donations and any kind of contribution coming from the public.
*Caption: The post graduate team that lended a helping hand to Inanda community.