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The Advisory Board is the highest decision-making body of FOREST21*, steering the project towards reaching its objectives and making a long-term impact.

Friday, 23 July saw the official launch of the Agricultural Nutrition Project, which will see a skills transfer from George Campus students to inmates.

Leading from the heart and being mindful of other people’s struggles is what has characterised Kaluke Mawila’s leadership as the principal of the George campus at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). 

“It is not every day that I am asked to step out of my car to be screened at the gate. However, the screening team on this campus insisted that I step out to be screened their way. For me, this was already reassurance that this institution is one that strictly follows the COVID-19 protocols.”

The Forest21 project sees the five South African higher education institutes that teach forestry joining hands with three European universities in a €1 Million project to advance the quality of education in the field of forestry entrepreneurship through problem-based learning and provide students with a deeper understanding of climate-smart forestry.

Following the celebration of woman in science, we caught up with George Campus, PhD Forestry student, Noxolo Ndlovu, to hear from her what bearing this day has to her as a female in the industry. 

Join George Campus Principal, Dr Kaluke Mawila, for our first year welcoming virtual event on Friday, the 5th of March at 19:00. The address will be followed by presentations by all our departments offering faculty-based and support service information.

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus remains committed to ensuring a smooth transition into the new academic year. Plans are underway to virtually welcome over 450 first year students and over 1 500 returning students on all our online platforms.

Going for gold
AN unwavering commitment to water conservation culminated in a doctorate for a Southern Cape academic, whose lifelong dream to change her world through education began under an avocado tree two decades ago.

Creativity is community work…Filmmaker and George Campus Advanced Diploma in Game Ranch Management student, Yandisa Ndzeku, knows this best.

“When life throws you lemons, what do you do? You make lemonade they say…” This was the ethos of the second annual leadership conference hosted by the George Campus Student and Life Development Department in collaboration with the George Municipality’s Social Development Department. 

Nelson Mandela University’s, Forestry Department in the Faculty of Science on the University’s George Campus recently hosted an online webinar “Towards modernised silviculture”.

Nelson Mandela University’s George Campus’ COVID-19 compliance efforts and commitment to ensuring that all students are able to complete the academic year were applauded during a ministerial oversight yesterday (27 October 2020).

In commemorating Women’s Month in August, the George Campus Social Responsibility Committee, supported by the Campus Principal, Dr Kaluke Mawila, engaged on a community work project as part of the University’s response to being in service to society.  

After almost 150 years of concrete and steel, the world is returning to wood. This time around it is a revolutionary use of wood called Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) that is transforming building construction globally.

“If Ubuntu could be given a location, it would have to be the small community of Zone 7 eThembalethu in George.”

Well known George academic and resident, prof. Raymond Auerbach has been appointed to the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) from the 1st of July. 

A new skills set is learnt…“As we navigate our new norm of virtual teaching, it became important for me to allow my students the opportunity to choose whether they would like to have a Moodle chat session or a Microsoft Teams meeting once a week to discuss a prepared chapter. 

Ever wondered how the transition to online teaching has been going? Our campus academics share with us their experiences and how they quickly had to adapt, re-strategise their traditional ways of teaching. But more importantly, this era has recovered an added appreciation of our different environments. Dr Bianca Currie, a lecture in the school of Natural Resource Management, shares her journey.

With graduation season being different this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Nelson Mandela University still celebrated its recent graduates, even though traditional ceremonies have not been possible. One of our 2020 Advanced Diploma in Management Practice graduates, Ruschnea van Aardt from Uniondale, has had quite a journey throughout the course of her studies, and she has made us proud.

After heeding the call to the institutional MaskUp campaign, the George campus volunteer team have managed to produce over 100 masks in just over a week. Campus staff and students sharpened their sewing skills, oiled their machines and vowed that no George campus community member will be maskless, during the Covid19 pandemic.

When Shann Kieswetter is not assisting students on campus with their written submissions, the George Campus staff member is making masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The University welcomes Dr Kaluke Mawila as the new George Campus Principal. 

Please note that the University is NOT receiving late applications. Late applications must be directed to the DHET central application clearing house (CACH) as from 13 January 2020.

#R2bP... two Nelson Mandela University Forestry students, Collen Baloi (Southern African Regional Representatives) of the International Forestry student Association (IFSA), and Entle Kwababa, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela University Forestry Association (NMUFA) attended the International Forestry Student Symposium (IFSS) 2019 which was recently held in Estonia. 

The annual Southern Africa Regional Meeting (SARM) of the International Forestry Students Association was again successfully hosted by forestry students from the Nelson Mandela University during the period 24-28 June 2019. 

Nelson Mandela University George Campus successfully kick-started its Naming and Renaming process this week with a dialogue session panelled by local historians to community members, staff and students.

You are invited to attend an open dialogue History/Historic context of the Southern Cape Region” which will provide valuable insights that could be applied as we pursue the university’s vision of inclusion and commitment to humanity, through the of naming and renaming of buildings and spaces,  a programme launched by our Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sibongile Muthwa.

Learners from George and surrounds, and the young at heart, will have an opportunity to participate in an exciting line-up of science-related engagements as part of the Mandela University and partners’ focus on science during the 2019 NSW outreach.

On 27 May 2019, our Vice-Chancellor officially launched the Naming and Renaming project and announced new names for eight of the Port Elizabeth student residences. Naming and renaming consultation processes are now gaining momentum at the George Campus as part of the University’s commitment to building social cohesion and a unique identity aligned to the values of its namesake.

The Student Forestry Association from Mandela University George Campus is playing a pivotal role in hosting the Southern African Regional Meeting (SARM) of the International Student Forestry Association (IFSA)

Staff and students (Local Student Representative Council and House Committee Members) from Mandela University, George Campus, supported the annual disability awareness event hosted by the Garden Route Mall on Friday, 10 May. 


Mandela University, George Campus Open Day 2019 saw close to 800 guests – including learners, parents, teachers and community stakeholders – visiting the campus over two days - on 3 and 4 May. Visitors made full use of the opportunity to engage with the staff at the thirty stalls that were all geared to respond to questions that prospective students may have about their possible future studies and support services at Mandela University.

Acknowledging the achievements of students, and proudly sharing this with the world was uppermost on the agenda when the Mandela University executive management, staff, student leaders, award recipients, proud parents and external stakeholders gathered in the Mopani hall for the annual Mandela University George Campus Merit Awards event on 2 April 2019. 

Congratulations to George Campus Alumnus, Isaac Ntoto, who recently won the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker of the Year award. The gala event was held at the Nederburg wine estate in Paarl. Below is an article which appeared in the latest edition of AgriProbe magazine.

Almost 500 graduates from Nelson Mandela University's George Campus received their qualification during two ceremonies held on George on 3 April 2019. The University's Chancellor, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi officiated at both ceremonies and delivered an inspiring speech.

Nelson Mandela University’s 2019 Autumn Graduation season is set to start on a high note with the George Campus Graduation ceremonies taking place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019. 

Academics from various faculties and professional staff at Mandela University, George Campus, joined the Campus Principal in welcoming the new “Madibaz” and their parents to the George Campus as part of the university’s annual Welcome event for new 1st year students and their parents/guardians hosted on 2 February.

Nelson Mandela University operations are in full swing, with academic and support staff gearing up for the official start of the 2019 academic year. The start of the year is always a busy time and not without some glitches and Mandela University staff and student organisations are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that students return to a university ready to perform its core business – teaching and learning.

Nelson Mandela University, including the George Campus is abuzz with activity in preparation of the welcoming of new first year students and parents to the campus on Saturday, 2 February 2019.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Welcoming Ceremony for first year students and parents will take place on Nelson Mandela University's George Campus on Saturday, 2 February 2019.

Thirteen staff members at Nelson Mandela University, George Campus were acknowledged for 5, 10, 15, 25 and 30 years’ service – 135 years in total – during the staff year-end event on 6 December. In addition to the long service awards, certificates were also presented to a number of support staff who had recently completed a variety of short learning programmes.  This is in line with the university’s endeavours to reward and encourage a culture of service excellence and continuous learning.

If the final exit presentations delivered by the 4th year BTech Agricultural Management students from the George Campus are to be taken as a measure of future success, a number of new innovative agricultural businesses should blossom in the future.

Nelson Mandela University's George Campus has again acknowledged sterling examples of excellent student leadership at its annual Achievers Awards function held recently.  

Reference is made to the e-mail circulated on 2 November 2018. A revised copy of the examinations timetable for the George Campus for 5 to 24 November 2018 is now available and can be downloaded here.

Due to the fires in the George area, which had also impacted our students at George Campus, the Executive Committee of Senate (ECS) had approved that the writing of the examinations (George Campus Students), which were scheduled for 31 October – 3 November 2018, be deferred to the period: 21 – 24 November. This effectively means that the (normal) exam period stretches from 31 October to 24 November 2018.

Students studying nature conservation at the Nelson Mandela University are set to benefit from the proceeds of the Schalk Willem Theron Trust.

Close to twenty awards were presented to excelling Nelson Mandela University (George Campus) Accounting students during the prestigious 2018 School of Accounting BCom George Excellence Awards sponsored by SAICA Southern Cape District Association.

This article appeared in the George Herald on 1 February 2018 written by Ilse Schooraad regarding the recent seminar on Organic Farming at Nelson Mandela University's George Campus. Download the article from the link on the right of this page.