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PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE DUT COMMUNITY IN THE TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE DUT COMMUNITY IN THE TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

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 Simangele Zuma spoke to Mr Andile Masuku, who is a Student Development Officer at the Department of Student Governance and Development at DUT.

Q: Please tell me about your role at DUT?

A: “I am a Student Development Officer at the Department of Student Governance and Development.”

Q: How long have you been in that role?

A: “I have been in this role for 9 months now.”

Q: Please describe yourself in a few words?

A: “I am kind, dedicated, strong and funny.”

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

A: “When COVID-19 surfaced last year and we had to adapt to a new normal, it was difficult at some stage to do my work. But now I find it easy to do my duties and execute them diligently.”

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

A: “I always try to practice protective measures especially when I am in a public space so that I do not contract the virus. I do have fear now, since young people my age can die from COVID-19. I am glad that no one in my family has been affected by this virus and I always tell most of my family members to not go in public spaces when it is not necessary.”

Q: What is your daily motivation?

A: “I think knowing my worth-is what motivates me. I believe in myself and my capabilities.”

Q: Your typical day entails?

A: “I wake up early at 7 am then meditate/reflect, have a cup of tea and start working.”

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

A: “The vaccine is very important if we want to fight and win the battle with COVID-19. I know some people have certain beliefs about being vaccinated because maybe some of them are not educated about it but we need to break those beliefs so that everyone comes out and get vaccinated. I think as we now have a vaccination site at DUT, it is the right time for both our staff and students to vaccinate. We need to lead by example as an institution and encourage those who are close to us to get vaccinated.”

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: “I enjoy going out with my friends, watching movies and sleeping.”

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

A: “My one wish is to be a millionaire so that I can be able to assist those who are less fortunate.”

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