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The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Information Technology (IT) department hosted their Annual Awards Ceremony last Wednesday, 11 September 2018 at the Mansfield Hall, Ritson Campus.

These awards form part of the various initiatives by the IT department to encourage and motivate students to excel in their academic work. Every year top performing students for all levels of study are awarded for their outstanding work and dedication.

Some of sponsors of this award ceremony included Dimension Data, CHM Vuwani, Adapt IT, Pearson, Wiley and Learning Curve who all contributed to the success of the event. Certificates, trophies and prizes sponsored by these industry partners were awarded to 33 awardees from the IT department.

The categories for the awards were for Achievement of Excellence, Merit, Special Achievement, Best Software Project, Best Developed Project, Best Bachelor of Technology Project, Graduate of the Year, Diplomate of the Year, Best Research Dissertation and Student Leadership and Service.

Zahel Moola was given the Graduate of the Year which was awarded to him as he was the highest student who obtained overall highest distinction average of all modules towards his Bachelor of Technology.

Another student Zethaba Ndlovu who is currently doing her BTech in IT was awarded the Diplomate of the Year award. She said she was shocked and elated at the same time because she was only expecting an award for one module. “I didn’t think I would get a Diplomate Award. I have seen other students getting awards but getting an Diplomate awards for the first time it’s great and I am really grateful to God that finally my hard work payed off,” said Zethaba.

In closing remarks Dr Alveen Singh expressed gratitude to sponsors and departmental staff members for their contribution and efforts, adding that this would have not been possible without their input. “It is my honour to pass my vote of thanks to our students, the recipients of these awards today. Your sustained dedication, perseverance and arduous work has led you to this event. Your achievements are sending rewarding message to DUT, industry and to society that our department produces some of the finest future leaders,” said Singh.

Pictured: IT students at the awards ceremony recently.

Sanele Xaba

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