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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 Waheeda Peters spoke to Dr Mack Moyo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Horticulture, ML Sultan Campus.

Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT? 

A: “I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Horticulture on the ML Sultan Campus in Durban.”

Q: How long have you been in that role? 

A: “I started my career as a part-time lecturer in the School of Education in 2019. That same year in July I was appointed a Senior lecturer in the Horticulture Department.”

Q: Please describe yourself in a few words? 

A: “I am dedicated, progressive and results-oriented.”

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

A: “The initial phases of the pandemic were extremely difficult because of the hard lockdowns, which fundamentally changed peoples’ lives. Working during COVID-19 has been challenging but I have had to adapt and adjust accordingly. It is true that challenges breed opportunities as demonstrated by the major leap in adoption of online digital technology in teaching and learning, which will remain highly beneficial in the future. Large scale implementation of online teaching and learning technology is a silver lining of the pandemic.”

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

A: “The risks of contracting COVID-19 are real and the pandemic has had a devastating impact on society. Nevertheless, I do not live in fear. I do my best to protect myself and others by following public health protocols and taking the necessary precautions.”

Q: What is your daily motivation? 

A: “I am motivated by the promise that each new day brings.”

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

A: “I have a plan for the day that I follow. This normally involves checking and responding to emails in the morning and periodically throughout the day. My typical day mostly involves lectures, practical sessions and supervision of student research projects. I also set aside time for my research activities, meetings, workshops and webinars.”

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

A:  It is important to access accurate medical information about the vaccine from reliable sources and make informed decisions thereof. Students and staff can get assistance and advice from the DUT’s COVID-19 Response Task Team, which has done a great service to the institution.”

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

A: “I use my spare time to relax and have quality time with family and loved ones.”

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

A: “Eradication of poverty in Africa.”

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