By Kgothatso Monono

The achievement of seven staff members from the Department of Computer Science at the Tshwane University of Technology’s eMalahleni Campus who have recently received their postgraduate (5) and Advanced diplomas (2), highlights the commitment of the Department’s staff to personal growth and continuous learning. It also sets a powerful example for students and the broader community, demonstrating that education is a lifelong and fashionable pursuit. 

Two of the staff members graduated with advance diplomas at the eMalahleni Campus and the other five received postgraduate diplomas at the Soshanguve Campus. The cohort of graduated staff members included lecturers, researchers and administrative personnel, all of whom balanced their demanding work schedules with rigorous academic studies to achieve their qualifications.

Senyeki Marebane, Academic Manager at the Department said: “The Department is deliberate in what it does and has a solid plan to build its own timber. In the past, we have struggled a lot to attract suitably qualified personnel, hence we resolved to put a plan in place to develop the talent among us. Although it takes time, it is worth the investment.” 

He added that he is fortunate and excited to lead a team of vibrant staff members who are committed to academic excellence, research and innovation. “They have an outstanding connection with the students, which provides a quality student experience that can culminate in academic excellence.” 

from left Muhlongo France, Thobejane Mpho, Mokele Virginia, Mpheti Tebatso, and Kgaphola Potego

“Embracing academic excellence is a lifestyle that opens doors to creative possibilities and limitless opportunities. The journey required a lot of sacrifice and focus, but it is known that greatness is not just an achievement, it is the daily experience of living a purposeful life. We hope to inspire greatness in our students, showing them that achieving academic excellence is possible,” said Virginia Mokele, part-time lecturer at the eMalahleni Campus.

Potego Kgaphola, also a part-time lecturer at the eMalahleni Campus, added that everyone at the Department strives to bring out the best in their students. “Moments like these are highly rewarding, since they signify victories for us as well as our students who draw inspiration from their lecturers’ example. They become more engaged in their studies because they see the value of education through interactions with and learning from us daily. We are committed to developing both ourselves and our students because we believe that by working together, we can create a brighter future and address Africa’s challenges,” he said. 

The success of the Department of Computer Science employees also aligns with TUT’s broader strategic goals of fostering a culture of continuous improvement and academic excellence. By encouraging staff to pursue further studies and supporting them throughout the process, TUT is ensuring that its faculty members remain at the forefront of their fields.  

Hlayisi Phathutshedzo and
Matshoga Rachel.

Department of Computer Science cohort and the academic
manager Senyeki Marebane.

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