Nelson Mandela University Department of Social Development Professions hosted its annual Pledge Ceremony this Thursday. The Ceremony is a compulsory event for fourth year students who are about to go serve in the communities. This intended to get them ready for the working world.

HOD of the Department of Social Development Professions, Dr Soji, said that was to “pledge their service to the discipline, to the profession and the clients that they will be serving.” Soji added that “parents, friends, colleagues in the faculty, and social organisations are invited to witness the ceremony” and that they changed the ceremony from being a first-year event to it being for Fourth years as they saw that they first years did not really understand the importance of the day.

A fourth-year student, Vuyo Diko, said that he felt good about the proceedings of the day and that the keynote’s speaker Mr Lungile Ngwenya advice about how they must carry themselves in the workplace was extremely helpful. Mr Ngwenya urged students to not only follow the instructions of where they will be working but to also remember that they also have their own knowledge that they have learnt at the University.

In the thank you speech Dr Soji also announced that this year was the last year that her fellow colleague, Ms Amanda Calitz, was going to be with the department. The audience members, which was mostly students, let out a loud cry as they expressed their shock and dismay to hear that the lecturer was leaving.

Naziziphiwo Buso


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Port Elizabeth – The South African Police Service Motherwell Cluster held its Medal Parade ceremony at the Motherwell Sport centre where over 60 policewomen and policemen were awarded medals for good community work and service excellence this Thursday.

The prestigious event which began at 10 even awarded deceased Warrant Officer T Ngalo’s spouse his 10 and 20-year loyalty award as he had passed on earlier this year, but was due for his award.

Motherwell Station Commander Brigadier EMJ Neveling opened the ceremony and welcomed guests and then said that the Motherwell Cluster is the best cluster in Motherwell and later added that it had been the best for the past three years.

The main address of the day was the Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Rabie, who also presented the awards.  In his address Rabie urged all officers to treat the blue uniform with dignity, integrity and always be humble and disciplined.

“Acknowledgement by the Motherwell SAPS specifically where medals were awarded for 10, 20 and 30-year service” and that the service award can only be awarded for “exemplary service without being convicted of a criminal and disciplinary offence” said Rabie

Guests were treated to a performance by Kleinville Band and the Fire Arm display led by Luitenent Colonel Adams and award winning Drill Platoon. Drill Platoon won the best fire-arm display which according to member Constable Mtongana are the only drill squad in Port Elizabeth and sometimes represent Eastern Cape at funerals and other policing prestigious events.

Twenty-two police were awarded 10-year loyalty medals while six were awarded 10 and 20-year service awards. Seven police were also awarded 20-year loyalty medals and only two were awarded 30-year loyalty medals. Service awards were also awarded for the different cluster groups and a special award was awarded to a policewoman for woman of the year for working beyond the call of duty and being strategic in the arrests of many criminals.

The Motherwell Police Station were tasked to focus on robberies, they boast of having reduced their robberies which include house robberies, business robberies and street robberies by over 50 percent between 2016 and 2017 according to the efficiency index. They have also been lucky to have not lost any police on duty as other police have all passed on due to natural causes.

Naziziphiwo Buso




After a successful campaign in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, South African women’s captain Dane van Niekerk and the number one ranked ODI Bowler Marizanne Kapp, returned to warm welcome at a press conference held at St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning. “We actually haven’t had much time to reflect after the world cup since we’ve returned.”

The lady Proteas enjoyed a good spell in the world cup, hosted in England earlier this month, reaching the semi-finals where they suffered a narrow two wicket loss with two balls remaining against the hosts.

“Going into the world cup, nobody probably thought we’d get even close to the semis. We were the dark horse, they said it at the start, we knew, but we brushed it off,” van Niekerk said.

Both van Niekerk and Kapp were named in the World XI (Eleven) all-star side. However, claiming the title would have been a sweeter reward, according to Kapp, “It’s always nice to be rewarded for your hard work. But look, at the end of the day I would have preferred clinching the world cup.”

Amongst those in attendance were Eastern Province (EP) Cricket President Donavon May who sung praises for local home grown talent, Marizanne Kapp.

 “It’s great to see Marizanne back in her home town and too see two EP Cricketers playing on a world stage at an ICC World Cup and the Big Bash stage as well has made us really proud.”

The tournament format saw eight sides participating in a single-league format, with the Lady Proteas kicking their campaign off with a 3 wicket victory over Pakistan. Their following fixture against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball bowled due to bad weather, as they shared the spoils. That was followed by a 10 wicket annihilation of the West Indies, a 68 run loss to England and a 115 run trouncing of India.

The SA Women’s side again made easy work of their opponents, this time Sri-Lanka on the receiving end of an eight Wicket thrashing. The SA Women’s last Pool game saw them succumb to a 59 run defeat at the hands of Australia, however it would prove meaningless as the Lady Protea’s had already booked their semi-final spot.

Tebuho Zongwana

Mr and Miss Letaba Lebombo 2017

Grace yourself for yet again another spectacular night of the annual beauty pageant Mr and Miss Letaba Lebombo 2017, an on-campus residence at the Nelson Mandela University, North Campus.

Mr and Miss LL will be held at the infamous North Campus Goldfields Auditorium, Nelson Mandela University. This glamorous event will be this coming weekend, Saturday, 29 July 2017 from 18:00pm until late.

This year’s theme will be different form that of the past years, it promises to be unexpected, creative and very unique from all other beauty pageants that have been held before by any of the Nelson Mandela University student residences. The theme is “under construction” which was inspired by the ‘Work’ music video by American pop group Fifth Harmony.

The Fifth Harmony inspired theme photoshoot took place at the WBHO construction site, where all the contestants were required to wear their construction clothes, most of them in a white helmet, brown boots, a vest, long sleeve shirts and the famous construction lemon construction pull over with blue jeans.

Check out the contestants on their Facebook Page ‘Mr and Miss Letaba Lebombo 2017’.

A brief overview of the event – the pageant will kick start at 18:00pm, the contestants will be opening the event with their opening act which will be a “work” dance routine that has been choreographed by Kofi Duku. The contestants will then come out to introduce themselves, while also advertising the sponsors clothes they will be dressed in. A couples scene will also be evident during the night.

The MC for the night is none other than the beautiful Pamela Mtanga from Madibaz Radio. Well-known model Max, Mr and Miss Freshette 2017, Asive and model and beauty pageant queen, Katleko Kayise will be the Judges for the night.

The tickets for the main event are available at the LL Tuckshop, from all housecomms, subcomms and any of the contestants at a R30 price which includes the after party.

Of course, after the main event, the fun doesn’t end as the contestants and everyone attending will be heading to the Dockside Harbour for the after party. Entry will be free for Mr And Miss LL ticket holders before midnight.

Be sure not to miss out on this event.

Yanela Luzipho


It all started with songs and a little bit of dancing as the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) was about to start it’s regrouping at the SRC Chambers on Friday evening.

The event which is intended to connect people with each other and welcome new members to the party, is mostly based on socializing with the members as well as reflecting at what the party has achieved as well as future plans.

 Former SRC deployee of the party, Lutho Sokudela, pointed out that the party have done so much at this point. At the beginning of last year, a lot of students did not have a place to stay, not because the residences were full, but because they did not have money and therefore, the university denied them residence.

 Sokudela said they fought for those students by stopping lifts and requesting the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Derrick Swartz to come and talk to them about the residence issue. Consequently, students were allowed stay in residence until their bursaries or loans had given them money to pay, and top achieving students were also given food vouchers. The party also trained students around June for leadership.

“Being in an SRC gives you power or the privilege to do things that we have done” said Sokudela

As he was explaining the plans that DASO have in order to ensure that students are looked after. Sokudela says that before doing anything they first contact students, going around the campuses asking them what change they would love to see in the university or what they want. This helps them be involved with students, For instance, some asked that the party pay more attention to students in Missionvale campus.

DASO expressed plans to have more study centres so that students can have more access to information, and not depend solely on libraries. This will be extremely beneficial to off-campus as they will have a place to study.

Sokudela further explained that Bird Street is one campus that has been a help to many off-campus students in terms of having a place to study, but their plan is to expand to other places which are closest to off-campus residences.

With the elections coming up in September, Mr Sokudela showed no fear of losing as he is confident that students still believe in DASO and they want to see more change within the institution and therefore Daso stands a huge possibility of winning again. He highlighted some of the plans the party has for the students, such as off-campus residence having the Nelson Mandela University Wi-Fi.

Kings is one of the off-camp residences to have the Nelson Mandela University Wi-Fi and the plan now is to make the Wi-Fi available to all residences.

Sokudela supported himself by saying that it would not be that challenging to make this change, as the University has already shown that it is possible for off-camp residences to have its Wi-Fi. He concluded by saying that last year’s student wrote their exams at the stadium using the school Wi-Fi.

“So the school showed us that it is not difficult to have and it won’t have to use much money”

Nosipho Keuti











Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, soon to be Nelson Mandela University hosted a Mandela day concert at Missionvale Campus indoor sport centre on Tuesday.

During this prestigious event, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Derrick Swarts gave a key note address in commemoration of the late global icon Nelson Mandela and towards the name change of the University, which is due to be launched on Thursday July 20.

Derrick Swartz urged staff and students to equip themselves with knowledge and skills that help make society a better a place and continue to resemble a society that Nelson Mandela believed in.

According to the Vice- Chancellor the removal of ‘Metropolitan’ from the University name, is for the reason that the university does not only exist within the Bay Metro but in the Western Cape as well.

Re-naming the University to Nelson Mandela University will consequently avoid confusion and bear resemblance of Nelson Mandela’s ideologies.

“Tata Madiba represented social equality, Ubuntu and social justice”

“The university is the one that speaks to the world and so we want the university to resonate its influence and ideas across the continent and the greater world as well.” Swartz said.

In conclusion to his speech, the Vice-chancellor told staff and students present to carefully consider what the name Nelson Mandela means to them.

“To me, the name of Nelson Mandela means an unfinished journey”

“The journey never really ends, but there are just different phases in the transition of a journey, as the higher you go, the more you face difficult challenges.” Described the Vice-Chancellor.

The launch of the new name of the University will take place on Thursday 20th July 2017 at Missionvale Campus indoor sport centre with the presence of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Lwando Nomoyi



NMMU society gives back for Mandela day.


Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Economic Student Society spent its Mandela Day volunteering at the Coega Door of Hope Children’s home in Sydenham on Tuesday. The society brought food, toys, and spent the day playing educational games with the children as part of the 67 minutes for Mandela on Mandela day.

According to the Society chairperson Andiswa Somana they had been collecting the toys for the past semester, and as a society they always do community outreach programmes as part of their yearly programme.

 She further stated that the Community Outreach officer, Asanda Kauma was the one that was in charge of searching for the centre. Kauma said that she had worked for the centre before and felt that it was a centre that was in need – and that they as a society have decided to adopt the Home for the rest of the year to ensure that the 30 kids that live at the Home get the best care that they can get.

Coega door of hope has been in operational since 1998, it began in Motherwell and Wesley Estate has helped over 200 children all under the supervision of Centre Manager Mam Gladys Panda.

Panda expressed how grateful she was for the NMMU society coming to spend time with the children as they need all the help that they can get, as they rely on donations from the public but mostly rely on her church and sponsors from America.  She added “donations are always welcomed and needed” as the children living there mostly range from pre-school to high school pupils.

Naziziphiwo Buso