Limkokwing declares its successes
MBABANE – Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) took stock of affairs after a year of operating in the country at a media briefing at the university yesterday.
LUCT Campus Manager, Zachariah Mthethwa, who said the tertiary institution valued the relationship it had with the media and Regional Associate Director, Mercy Rebaone Thebe, reiterated his statements and said the institution had learnt to communicate effectively with its stakeholders, it had to engage the media in both good and bad times.
In the year in which LUCT has been operational, it counts several initiatives and visits to the institution as notches on its belt.
"U-Tech High School and Cana High School visited the campus and were enthusiastic with the e-library, photography lab and the architecture studio. All the student clubs have been active, however, some have hosted notable events.
The Entertainment Club successfully hosted the Mr and Miss Wings beauty pageant, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) did charity work for Hope House, Malindza Refugee Camp, and Cedusizi Primary School and they will be competing at the SIFE National Competition on Saturday," the Student Affairs Executive, Welile Dlamini said.
Bandile Mkhonta, the institution’s Head of Human Resources, spoke about the diversity of the academic staff at Limkokwing. Nine staff members are from Botswana, two are Zambian, two are Filipinos, one is from Kenya while 39 are from Swaziland.
Mkhonta also stated that LUCT provided financial assistance to employees who wanted to upgrade themselves.
He said they did this because they realised the greatest resource of an organisation is its employees.
Communications and Media lecturer, Kemmonye Kamodi, told the gathering that as a means of keeping the students in touch with the industries they intended to venture into, they invited established professionals in their respective fields to address them.
Future journalists were addressed by Times of Swaziland Managing Editor, Mbongeni Mbingo, Swaziland Beverages’ Sharon Maziya spoke to students studying Public Relations, while Welile Singwane from Welc Communications spoke to the Events Managements students.
Why students were made to re-register
MBABANE – The decision to make students re-register at the Limkokwing Unversity of Creative Technology (LUCT) was a means to deal with them individually and not collectively.
This was revealed by Campus Manager, Zachariah Mthethwa.
He said in light of the strike action which was undertaken by the students, the Ministry of Edcuation and Training advised the institution’s mana-gement to close for a week.
"Following advice we received from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Education, we resolved to make students re-register so as to dissolve the mob mentality they had," he said. Mthethwa said at subsequent meetings held with the institution’s Student Representative Council (SRC), the Ministry of Labour explicitly said the book allowance, which was the bone of contention, would be used to purchase textbooks and with any remaining balance, they could buy any supplementary study equipment.
He said this did not appease the students and as such talks are still ongo-ing surrounding the issue.
When asked why the SRC was not given an opportunity to address the media regarding the issue, Mthethwa said this was because talks around it were not yet finalised.
Another success yalamajaha kutsi they won protection from umbutfo wembube lebabasita kakhulu kwadutjulwa bantfwana bemaswati thus lomkhukhu wabo wasindza. Phambili mkhukhwini.
Jun 21, 2012, 8:14 AM, mgubho (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Its painful kutsi emaciniso akasekho ngisho nakubafundisi.Cha bakitsi lawa ngemanga laluhlata.The no flexebility at Limkokwing. Now we are confused kutsi this money is a donation or a loan. If its a loan who has to control it coz we will pay for it at the end.Lokubi kutsi ne-ministry lekumele kutsi ibe ngumlamuli to this matter nayo isekhatsi,ayikhoni kutjela imanagement emaciniso
Jun 21, 2012, 12:57 PM, MBONGISENI (email@example.com)
Only compromising core values will take you from Innovation to killing'yavision thus de-empowering an already smart digital generation...watch out
Jun 21, 2012, 12:57 PM, BROTHER LEADER DR SANELE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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