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'Mr Fix It' receives honorary doctorate from Unisa

For his life of service to humanity, the university conferred the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration (honoris causa) on Mavuso Msimang last week. The MK veteran was recognised as a leader of change—for his military service to the liberation of the country, working as a UN volunteer, his service in community organisations, and outstanding service at public service level. Read more

Strutting their stuff

Watch Unisa Pietermaritzburg take part in the worldwide phenomenon that is the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge. They are hoping that other campuses will come together—all Covid-19 level-1 protocols observed—to show off their style. Read more

Transforming the higher education landscape

The Unisa Council is proud to announce that, in a move unprecedented since the establishment of the university 148 years ago, it will have its first female principal and vice-chancellor with effect from 1 January 2021, when Professor Puleng LenkaBula will head the institution. Read more

Shining example of transformative leadership

The College of Human Sciences is hosting a video series in which four women in the college are celebrated for breaking boundaries in their respective spaces. This week, find out more about Unisa’s Dr Vuyolwethu Seti-Sonamzi as she is interviewed by Dineo Khayemba. Read more

Cognitive and linguistic freedom and justice

The Unisa KZN Region hosted its first annual African Languages and IKS webinar, deliberating on the process of recognising and extending the possibilities of multiple knowledge systems as key resources in innovation and science. Read more

Let your hands do the talking

Unisa opened a webinar series in support of the South African Sign Language Charter, launched by the Pan South African Language Board, to promote the recognition of the 12th official language at the university, not only for communication, but for curriculum and professional purposes. Read more

Wooc-hoo! Get (or create) that dream job

Unisa’s College of Graduate Studies believes that students should know how to market their acquired skill sets on social platforms. So its first WhatsApp Open Online Course will prepare postgrads and staff to be certified Facebook Marketing Associates by giving them access to rich course content, quizzes, mentors, and study groups. Read more

Why a South African community mistrusts big industry and what needs to change

The country hasn’t successfully developed institutional capacity and the government skills to manage industrial risks to communities and the environment, writes Unisa’s Professor Llewellyn Leonard in The Conversation. Risk communication must be viewed as a process for mutual learning and deliberation to inform scientific knowledge Read more

Shifting the centre of power

Delivering the eighth Neville Alexander Memorial Lecture at Unisa, Dr Sophia Kisting said that we can learn so much from the icon’s engagement at a grassroots level if we “continue to respect the ideas of humility, of working for the poor, of striving for equality, and of striving for a better world. We have the power to influence our environments, to change the world around us in little ways”. Read more

Preserving stories through audiovisual media

As the international community observes World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October, Unisa experts weigh in on the importance of migrating content to the latest technology when the one in use becomes obsolete. “We ought to make sure that all the footage we own is transferred digitally as we cannot afford to lose such treasures.” Read more