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Durban University of Technology (DUT) officially launched the ENVISION2030 Living Values Framework, comprising five core values: transparency, honesty, integrity, respect, and accountability. These values are underpinned by the principles of fairness, professionalism, commitment, compassion, and excellence. DUT Communications team member Vukani Langa, recently engaged in a conversation with Mrs Snelisiwe Dewa, an Admin Assistant at the DUT Student Clinic (Isolempilo) at Steve Biko Campus, to delve deeper into the Living Values Framework and ENVISION2030.

Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT?

A: “I serve as an Admin Assistant at the DUT Student Clinic, Steve Biko Campus.”

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

A: “I have been a member of the DUT family since 2018 when I started my first Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Care. After graduation, I then registered for a Master’s Degree in 2022 and graduated in May 2024. So, I have been with DUT for nearly six years.”

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

A: “Amongst the mentioned ENVISION2030 Living Values and Principles, honesty resonates with me the most currently. This is simply because honesty builds trust between me, the clinic staff, and the students we serve. When students trust that the information and assistance provided by the clinic are truthful and transparent, they are more likely to feel comfortable seeking help and following medical advice.”

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

A: “My view of the DUT tagline is that it summarises the essence of standing out and making a difference. It also demonstrates that DUT is committed to innovation, uniqueness, and effectiveness.”

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

A: “I plan to keep up with the ENVISION2030 Living Values Framework by conducting myself in a manner that illustrates the principles and values of DUT.”

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

A: “I am very enthusiastic about education. However, I got my first degree in my 40s.”

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

A: “It fosters a positive organisational culture where we feel motivated, engaged, and connected to the university’s purpose. When as staff, we feel that our personal values align with those of the university, we are more likely to be engaged and committed, leading to better performance.”

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

A: “During my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the gym and travelling to various places with my family.”

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

 A: “I will try to ensure that the clinic’s services are easily accessible to all students, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. In addition, I will collaborate with my colleagues to develop wellness initiatives and educational programmes that empower students to prioritise their health.”

Q: What is your daily motivation?

A: “Knowing that I play a role in helping students maintain their health and well-being keeps me motivated.”

Q: What are your future goals at DUT? 

A: “My future goal at DUT is to publish my research findings in reputable academic journals and to enhance my skills and expertise through seminars and workshops.”

Q: If you were granted one wish, what would it be?

A: “My one wish would be for every young person to have access to quality health services and education.”

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