College of Education

Unisa Giyani Service Centre open day a hit with locals

Giyani Service Centre staff: Master Baloyi, Pam Mabotja, Tshilidzi Ndou, Engefani Manyama, Sedzani Mashapha, Mmabatho Sethole & Nolufundo Mkize

Unisa’s Giyani Service Centre open day took place on 22 February 2019 at the centre.

The exhibition by the College of Education was a hit with locals, attracting much attention from prospective and current students. Staff members were on duty on a full-time basis to address queries from students, while college pamphlets were available to provide additional information.

"We really appreciate this opportunity to be able to access services from various departments of the university all under one roof. I needed advice on my modules and the staff were able to sort my problem. I also learnt how to use the myUnisa platform better because of the training provided," said a student about her experience at the open day.

A prospective student said, "The staff were able to answer all my questions and were extremely enthusiastic. I’m glad Unisa made this possible for us in the rural area to come access their services without going to the main campus in Pretoria."

The Unisa open day at Giyani was a successful event which many visitors that came to the exhibition found helpful. Unisa’s North Eastern Region staff, specifically the Giyani Service Centre personnel, put in a great deal of effort to ensure that all visitors received a warm reception and efficient service to queries.

Steven Shabangu, Edgar Rathelele & Freddy Mlambo from the College of Education ready to serve Giyani students

Student volunteers Makhuvele Mixo (Regional Parliament Speaker), Makondo Nyeleti, Mathebula Basani, Makamu Tekani, Mathebula Given & Makhubele Lunghile

The exhibits by various faculties and demonstrations presented by the College of Science Engineering, and Technology were a great hit with students and the information session on open and distance learning (ODL) was well attended. The regional SRC was also present to assist students with information on their queries and assisting staff to ensure the smooth running of the event.

The open day presented an ideal platform for Giyani and surrounding areas to interact with Unisa on a personal level, an occasion that visitors appreciated. “The opportunity to speak to someone face-to-face about the different academic programmes and what they involve is absolutely vital to making the best study choices,” said Robert Manganyi, who was accompanying his daughter to the open day.

Unisa staff responsible for making the Giyani Service Centre open day a success

* By Tshimangadzo Mphaphuli, Senior Journalist, Department of Institutional Advancement

Publish date: 2019/02/27