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The Durban University of Technology (DUT)’s Human Capital Services Unit recently introduced the DUT Living Values Framework competition which was open to the DUT community at large. The competition was accessible from 30 March 2023 to 04 April 2023 on the DUT website and on emails.

DUT is yet to launch its ENVISION2030 strategy Living Values Framework. On 26 August 2022 the University unveiled its ENVISION2030 DNA Helix monument and Time capsule. The DNA Helix highlights the University’s goals for the decade ahead.

Four lucky winners were randomly selected amongst other competitors and received their well-deserved prices today(Thursday), 06 April 2023 at DUT Communications Unit. The winners were all students, and they shared their views on the Living Values competition:

Nothando Princess Magwaza (bachelor’s in information communication technology in Honors): “I have never won anything in my life. I was just trying my luck and little did I know that this time something will work out. I was so happy upon learning that I have won the competition. Knowing DUT’s Living Values does not only teach me how to behave around the university but it also reflects on the values I believe in as a person in general.”

Mbusiwezwe Ngcobo (Advanced Diploma in Operations Management): “When I received the news that I was one of the four lucky winners, I was flattered. I thank DUT for choosing me. Being aware of the DUT Living Values is important to me, it teaches me to be honest, respect my self and others and be accountable for my actions.”

Ndumiso Nkabinde (Diploma in Management Accounting): “I found out about the competition on my DUT email as I was viewing other emails that were sent to me. Curiosity made me enter the competition. Upon learning that I won, I felt fortunate as this was my first time winning in a competition. I think knowing the DUT Living Values sort of instils moral in you as a student or as part of DUT which automatically sets you apart from different other institutions.”

Thobeka Khomo (Advanced Diploma in Nautical Studies): I am assured of my abilities and proud to be amongst the winners of the competition. It is crucial to be aware of and understand the DUT Living Values because they establish shared standards or rather common purposes that we must all uphold and, in turn, give us the chance to conduct ourselves properly.

Human Resources lecture, Mr Baphiwe Daweti one of the coordinators and committee members of the Living Values Framework Drive campaign and who was present to handover the prices to the winners- alongside with Mr Avhatakali Nenungwi who is a Director: Organisational Development and Talent Management at the Human Capital Services unit project leader for the Living Values Framework Drive campaign, congratulated the winners and further thanked them for participating in the competition.

“We want to thank the students for participating in the competition. We are very excited about this project which brings awareness of the Living Values throughout the University. We feel like this is one of the vehicles of how to do that and it is the start of the process. We do hope that more staff and students will participate in the competition. Congratulations to the winners, we are hoping that you will enjoy your prices,” said Daweti.

Pictured: Living Values Framework competition winners and Living Values Framework Drive Campaign committee members: From left to right: Mr Baphiwe Daweti, Mbusiwezwe Ngcobo, Thobeka Khomo, Nothando Magwaza, Ndumiso Nkabinde, Mr Avhatakali Nenungwi.

Photographer: Khulasande Tshayile

Nikiwe Sukazi

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