New Manager for the School of Built Environment and Development Studies
Ms Slindo Shamase recently joined the UKZN College of Humanities as the new Manager for the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS).
‘It feels great being a part of this university. I am so grateful for the trust that has been placed in my ability to take on such an important position in the School.’
She feels her experience and belief will enable her to tackle the major tasks of the job. ‘I enjoy anything related to student and academic administration. It’s nice to be back in the busy and interactive environment of a university.’
Prior to joining UKZN, Shamase was Head of Department: Fellowships, Internships and Learnerships at the Foundation for Professional Development.
Previous to that she had been Administration Manager at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) where she was tasked with enrolling students and ensuring academic support was in place.
‘I have learned and grown so much from my last two appointments and believe seeing things from an academic administration point of view can help guide how we at the School can achieve our immediate and long term academic administration goals.
‘I also learned a lot about strategic planning and seeing real life social and economic problems being resolved through skills development, training and work exposure for young people. I can now identify career paths students can follow that will make a significant difference to their lives and that of their communities.
Shamase, who was born in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal. holds various degrees including a Bachelor of Arts from UKZN; the Management Advancement Programme (MAP), a Postgraduate Certificate from the Wits Business School; SAIM Programme in Business Management from UNISA and is planning on pursuing a Masters of Business Administration degree.
She is passionate about youth development and has channelled her skills into ensuring that future leaders are equipped with the right skills to prosper.
As the new School Manager, Shamase will operationally implement the University’s and the School’s rules, policies and procedures under the guidance and supervision of the School’s Dean. These include student administration and all internal processes such as finance and human resources.