RESIDENCE EXCELLENCE AWARDED AT THE DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
By: Zimasa Matiwane
The role played by the department of housing at the Durban University of Technology stood out as residence students and management were awarded for excellence last night.
As a student’s home away from home, DUT residences are conditioned to develop academic excellence, leadership skills and promote sports to produce successful, responsible young leaders.
Director of Student Housing Doc Nhassenga said, “Unlike other universities, our housing department does not only cater for students that perform exceptionally well, we accept students as they are and accelerate the process of learning through various support systems.”
The top performing student in all residences award went to Herbert Majuba. The 26-year-old Engineering: Computer Systems student accredited his outstanding academic performance to living at a residence that is next to campus and using all available resources to enhance his learning experience.
“I use consultation times with lectures to get further explanations and clarification and the library and computer laboratories are just a few steps from my door.”
Majuba disputed perceptions that straight A students do not have a social life.
“I actually have a social life but the trick is to find balance and not have one outweigh the other,” he said.
Sthuthukile Mashabane, Senior Residence Life Officer thanked all residence advisors for their role in students’ lives.
“You have been mentors, friends, have been easily approachable, organised, actively involved in house committee activities and initiating new programs and we are so proud of you.”
Sports were a prominent part of the night. Residences that out-performed in codes like Volleyball, Netball and Soccer were awarded. Sport committees and Referees were also celebrated for their contribution in DUT sports development.
According to Michael Zulu, SRC sports representative, “A healthy body is a healthy mind; sports promote healthy living, fitness and breeds responsible students which in turn has a positive impact on their academics.”
The winners of the night were praised by the Residence Life Officer; she also encouraged other students to work hard and wished them well for their upcoming exams.
Mashabane said, “To us you are very special and are an indication of commitment to your work and we are very proud of you, good luck to all on your examinations.”