These great attributes need to be important pointers for all the members of the UMP community as we navigate our pioneering journey, "Luhambo lwemhlahlandela", and the unchartered territory brought about by COVID-19.
We have to continue taking greater care, not to drop guard and become complacent. We need to continuously take care of the self, and thereby protect others. COVID-19 has highlighted our interdependence and interconnectedness. Let us continue to communicate and to encourage one another to keep on keeping on. The cooperation and togetherness among UMP staff and students has been incredible to witness during these trying times.
The behaviour and performance of students who are already back on campus has been remarkable and exemplary. Equally so has been the those who have been representing UMP on virtual platforms at various events. Do read more on the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education Intervarsity event and the two students who have held our institution's name high.
I am pleased to share that on 18 August 2020, UMP received 300 laptops from the Robert Gumede Family Keni Foundation and Gijima, a partner of the university. This donation will allow many more of our students to benefit from online teaching and learning.
As we prepare to welcome more staff and students, let us remain careful, courageous and yet confident that the light will pierce the dark, and respite for humanity will ensue. We should derive fortitude from our brave efforts and the mental strength we have shown since the start of the lockdown.
With resilience engendered anew in all of us during this Women's Month, no task shall be too great to overcome and nothing will seem impossible. If you don't believe me, just read our feature on four students who have just graduated despite the immense challenges life has thrown their way. Still we rise!
Professor Thoko Mayekiso