Development Lecturer publishes paper in Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Journal
Research by a Development Lecturer in UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, Mr Jabulani Nyawo, into Mtubatuba’s arts and craft sector in relation to local economic development (LED) and tourism provided the material for his first published paper.
The paper, published in the Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, was titled: "Art and Craft in Local Economic Development: Tourism Possibilities in Mtubatuba Local Municipality", and was part of Nyawo’s masters dissertation. It was co-authoured by his supervisor, Professor Betty Mubangizi.
The paper reports on the study which critically examines the role of local government in the development of the art and craft sector as a LED initiative.
‘I am very happy about the paper being published as it shows I am making a valuable contribution to research. I would like to thank Professor Mubangizi for the important role she played in the conceptualisation and finalisation of the article,’ said Nyawo.
Nyawo is involved in curbing the dropout rate of first year students through championing the Discipline of Public Governance’s student mentorship programme.
The programme enables third year and honours students to provide first year colleagues with the academic, emotional and social support needed to help them make a successful transition from high school to tertiary education.
Nyawo said the programme’s goal is to ensure the students are being assisted both academically and socially to complete their degrees in time.
‘Everything went well in the first semester and I believe that through the mentors good work things will be even better in the second semester. Feedback reaffirms that the programme is very beneficial to the students which is encouraging for the team,’ he added.