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Issue No. 17
New equipment will enhance Music Education
MTHATHA - More than 10 sets of various music equipments were launched earlier last month by the Department of Music Education, funded by a R2.94 million grant from the Canadian Foundation. The grant was apportioned out of a larger R35million grant from the Foundation that was distributed to the music departments of all tertiary institutions. The equipment that was purchased from WSU’s allocation includes keyboards, a set of drums, a public address system, microphones, marimbas and uniforms for the departmental choir. More equipment is still expected to arrive sometime before the end of the year. According to Dr Luvuyo Dontsa, Head of Music Education, music is more a practical course which incorporates theory at later stages. “This equipment will help shape the destiny of students in their career,” he said. Dr Dontsa added: “Since not everyone can melodiously sing music instruments help us establish various talents in students and we usually find good players of keyboards or marimbas.” “Music equipment contributes tremendous value to the development of the students, enhancing their performance abilities and mostly providing them with experiential learning while still at the university”, Dr Dontsa pointed out. According to the students themselves the instruments not only boost their confidence on stage but also supplement their understanding of theory.
WSU women involved in HESA Leadership Initiative
Higher Education South Africa (HESA) through its Higher Education Leadership and Management program (HELM) is expanding its mission to enhance women’s participation in senior management and executive levels. Proving its point, HELM’s component, Women in Higher Education Executive Leadership (WHEEL) made a call for applicants in historically disadvantaged institutions. Women in leadership positions ( middle and senior management) in their various institutions were requested to apply to compete for 20 spaces and four women from WSU were selected; Mrs Zoleka Dotwana, Ms Pumla Nakani, Ms Nombeko Dwesini and Mrs Thozama Kwinana-Mandindi. The WHEEL program has its overall goal the promotion of women in higher education in South Africa. It aims at increasing the number of women in senior academic and administrative positions and to build their capacity for effective and efficient leadership and management. The focus of this program will be placed on developing and supporting previously disadvantaged women who are senior academics, heads of departments, deans and other executive administrators. WSU has considered the program as a contribution to staff development and empowerment of women in senior positions. The core objectives in the program include identifying potential women leaders in administration and academia, developing skills and capacity, coaching in preparation for advancement and monitoring and evaluating ongoing progress against identified targets. Tertiary Education Linkages Project (TELP) awarded each candidate R20 000 to enroll for a post graduate certificate program in higher education management at wits which consists of modules such as policy and regulatory environment of higher education, operational management in higher education, leadership and governance and institutional development and performance.
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