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To bestow and encourage students to perform well and produce excellent results, the Department of Language Practice at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted the 2022 Student’s Achievements Awards ceremony. The awards ceremony was held at M.L Sultan Campus, Gym B Hall on Friday, 21 April 2023.   

The awards ceremony was facilitated by the energetic Ms Nontobeko Mnyandu, Lecturer: Language Practice Department. Mnyandu kept the attendees captivated with her overflowing energy while giving an insight on the purpose of the day.    

Ms Ntokozo Mkhonto handing over the appreciation gift to the guest speaker Ms Nompilo Nkomo 

“We are celebrating our students for their hard work; it has been a while since we last hosted this celebration due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Your excellence has led you here and we want to encourage other students to follow on your footsteps and excel on their academics. It is a great honour to have these awards where we honor our students for their academic excellence,” she jubilantly said.  

Dr Phiwani Zulu, Head of Department: Language Practice delivered her welcoming remarks and expressed her excitement about this ceremony. Dr Zulu also urged students to never stop achieving greatness in their academics.  

“it’s a great day indeed, we have been looking forward to this day. I would like to welcome you all to this prestigious ceremony. To all the students that will be receiving awards, congratulations you have earned it. At DUT we want to acknowledge and reward excellence, if you look at ENVISION2030 we have a stewardship perspective. One of the objectives in stewardship is to make all DUT students feel the sense of belonging, you are home at Language Practice,” she proudly said.  

Dr Zulu added that as the Language Practice department they want to produce adaptative graduates who will influence their society and be creative, distinctive and impactful. She further urged students to continue working hard and as the department they will also continue to reward them.     

Dr Rachel Matteau-Matsha, Senior Lecturer: Media, Language and Communications introduced the guest speaker, Ms Nompilo Nkomo, a DUT Language Practice Alumnus and the current Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) Commissioner.     

Language Practice Students at the Awards Ceremony 

Ms Nkomo recalled her time at DUT, and she dove deep on to her journey, the difficulties and the triumphs. She detailed her journey as one for the books as she never intended to enroll in Language Practice as all she wanted was to relocate overseas to be an Au Pair, however life had other plans for her. Ms Nkomo added that without the help and patience of her lecturers she would not be where she is today.   

Ms Nkomo urged all students to pay much more focus on their academics and be careful on what they post on their social media platforms as this once blocked her chances of securing  employment.    

Mrs Nqobile Sawula, a member of the Advisory Board and Ms Mnyandu presented the awards.    

The awards were split into 5 categories.  

  • Leaderships awards, to bestow the class representatives.  
  • Modules tutors.  
  • Class Participation.  
  • Top Achievers in core modules (English for arts, Isizulu, isiXhosa, French and sign language)  
  • Excellence Awards.  

Upon scooping 6 awards, Ms Mbalenhle Ncayiyana, Language Practice student expressed her excitement.  I am feeling proud of myself for excelling, indeed hard work pays off. Seeing my name engraved in the Dux award was the best part, because I knew that I have made a mark hopefully I have motivated my classmates,” she beamed.  Pictured: (L-R) Ms Ntokozo Mkhonto, Language Practice awardees and Head of Department Dr Phiwani Zulu 

Lethukuthula Ngubane

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