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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) approved the ENVISION2030 Living Values Framework. The five values are identified as transparency, honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability. The principles espoused are fairness, professionalism, commitment, compassion, and excellence. DUT’s Communications team, Patience Makhaye, spoke to Khulasande Tshayilea Multimedia Administrator at the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office.

Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT?

A: “My DUT journey commenced in 2015 when I joined the Foundation programme at City campus. The following year, in 2016, I began my first year dedicated to achieving a national diploma in photography, and my hard work paid off when I graduated in 2018. Building on this success, I pursued a bachelor’s degree in photography, which I completed in 2019. During this time, I simultaneously took on a role at an HIV and AIDS Centre, where I served as a peer educator and worked as an assistant resident advisor in student housing and residence life.”

Q: How long have you been a member of the DUT family?  

A: “In 2021, I became a part of the Student Government and Development team as an administrative assistant. In this role, I was responsible for creating content for the Student Representative Council (SRC), all clubs and societies, Vuna Academy, and the Student Business Festival. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to meet Professor Sibusiso Moyo, who later introduced me to a position at Indumiso Campus in Pietermaritzburg, specifically at innobiz, where I worked under the management of Ms Nontokozo Ngcobo and Professor Keolebogile Motaung. My tenure at innobiz lasted from 2022 until January 2023 when I joined the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office. In my current role as multimedia administrator, I continue to serve the university.”

Q: Amongst the mentioned ENVISION2030 Living Values and Principles, which one do you mostly associate with and why?  

A: “The core values that strongly resonates with me is professionalism and accountability. Given that I interact with people daily and across various settings at DUT, it is crucial for me to maintain a professional demeanor and be accountable for my actions. Treating everyone I work with respectfully, not only fosters a positive working environment but also contributes to making my work both enjoyable and efficient.”

Q: What are your views on the new DUT tagline: Creative. Distinctive. Impactful?

A: My perspective on the New DUT tagline, ‘Creative. Distinctive. Impactful,’ is that it represents a fresh approach to aligning ourselves with our updated values and principles. It reflects our commitment to becoming the adaptable graduates that the university aims to cultivate.”

Q: How are you planning to keep abreast with the ENVISION2030 Living Values Framework?  

A: “By embracing the DUT Way and aligning with the university’s vision as outlined in the new implementation of ENVISION2030.”

Q: What is the one thing that most people do not know about you? 

A: “One aspect that remains lesser known about me is my profound passion for my work, coupled with my genuine desire to evolve within the DUT ecosystem and the broader community. I am committed to making a meaningful contribution to enriching people’s lives through photography, just as I did during the community outreach project I had participated in July, which was showcased in the Impilo Yasemakhaya Exhibition.”

Q: In your opinion, how will the ENVISION2030 Living Values Framework benefit DUT

A: “The ENVISION2030 Living Values Framework will benefit DUT by providing a clear set of guiding principles and values that can help shape the university’s culture and decision-making processes. It will serve as a roadmap for aligning the institution with its long-term vision and goals. By emphasizing values like professionalism, accountability, creativity, distinctiveness, and impact, the framework encourages a positive and forward-thinking approach to education and community engagement. It can help foster a sense of unity and purpose among students, staff, and faculty, ultimately contributing to a more harmonious and successful DUT.”

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?  

A: “In my personal time and within my own space, I have a strong affinity for editing and researching innovative ways to make valuable contributions to the university.”

Q: How do you plan to make a positive impact at DUT?

A: “I plan to make a positive impact at DUT by continuing to uphold the values of professionalism and accountability in my current role as a multimedia administrator in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office. I will strive to excel in my responsibilities, contribute to a positive working environment, and support the university’s goals.”

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