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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 to providing services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. DUT’s Communications team’s Simangele Zuma spoke to Ms Thulile Ndlovu, Lecturer: Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management at ML Sultan Campus.  

 

Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT? 

A: “I am a lecturer and have recently obtained permission of transfer from the Department of Ecotourism based in the Midlands (Riverside Campus) to the Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management at ML Sultan Campus as of Monday, 03 January 2022.” 

  

Q: How long have you been in that role?  

A: “It has been nine grand years of academic growth through innovation in teaching, learning and research. I started as a part-time lecturer in 2012 in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism, later moved to the Department of Ecotourism where I was made permanent in 2017 and now, I am joining the Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management.” 

 

Q: Please describe yourself in a few words? 

A: “Conscientious, dynamic, a perfectionist and creative.”  

 

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

A: “Upon the reinforcement of multi-modal teaching and learning by the institution, the COVID-19 status-quo compelled me to attend all workshops and supporting programmes geared towards accommodating the ‘new normal’. Therefore, I was successful in adopting and embracing quality teaching and learning. One cannot downplay apparent challenges, mainly psychologically, however, with every unfamiliar situation, adaptation is necessary and inevitable.” 

  

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

A: “I obtain information related to COVID-19 from reliable sources and take all necessary precautions, in doing so, I encourage those around me to do the same.” 

 

Q: What is your daily motivation?  

A: “It is the students. I always look forward to working in a collaborative learning and teaching environment with both myself and students. This way, we can collectively develop content that incorporates pioneering teaching and learning techniques and research. I always consider the interconnection between students’ own knowledge, culture and learning abilities, this is my daily motivation for what I do and how I do it.” 

 

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

A: “I have a daily plan for each work day, including weekends. This way, I can master time management. Weekdays are for DUT, and weekends are strictly reserved for my research publications. A typical day entails actioning all requests from staff and students received telephonically or via email, lectures, administrative tasks and of course, preparing and planning for the following day.”  

  

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

A: “I travel, a lot. Recently, I am pursuing my newfound passion for wildlife photography and intriguing architectural spaces.” 

  

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

“For every young South African to realise their value, break barriers and walk in every room like they own it.” 

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