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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) continues to commend all its essential workers for their dedication and commitment in providing services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. DUT’s Communications team’s Waheeda Peters spoke to Ronelle Susan Lyson, Alumni Relations Coordinator: Advancement and Alumni Relations Office.

Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT?

A: “I am the Alumni Relations Coordinator in the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office.”

Q: How long have you been in that role?

A: “I have been in this role for a year now.”

Q: Please describe yourself in a few words?

A: “I like to think that I’m a very flexible and resourceful person. Whatever projects and tasks that I am allocated, I work on diligently and always expect an impact to be made. I am enthusiastic about the Office that I work in as we create an impact in all our projects and tasks.”

Q: How has it been like working during COVID-19?

A: “The adjustment at first took some getting used to but as time has passed by you fall into a routine.”

Q: How do you deal with the fear of contracting COVID-19 and losing loved ones due to this virus?

A: “The chances of contracting and losing a love one is extremely high. I believe that all we can do is be as precautious as we can and also arm ourselves with useful information that will assist us should the situation arise. I also suggest not letting social media and viral messages instil fear in you. I think we need to just listen to the facts.”

Q: What is your daily motivation?

A: “My family and loved ones are my biggest motivation as well as my colleagues who have been an extremely solid support structure to me.”

Q: Please take me through a normal day in your life?

A: “I wake up around 06h00 and have a shower then practice some breathing and stillness exercises, have a bit of a brekkie and then tackle the day ahead.”

Q: What are your thoughts about the vaccine and its importance to students and staff?

A: “Well, I have already taken the first dose of my vaccine and encourage both students and staff who qualify to take the vaccine. According to studies it shows that the vaccine can assist in not having severe symptoms as opposed to not taking it.”

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

A: “I love reading, so I read a good book when I get the chance. I also do spend some time on social media and I spend time with my immediate family making memories.”

Q: If you had one wish what would it be?

A: “Lol – I would wish for an unlimited amount of wishes and then start making everyone’s wishes come true.”

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