How Was Your 2020? UKZN Staff Have Their Say
UKZN recently held a survey to gauge staff members’ readiness for and understanding of Project Renewal - an initiative that will allow the University to embark on a journey of renewal, exploring the best way to deliver its mandate in future.
The Executive Director (Acting) of the University’s Corporate Relations Division, Ms Normah Zondo, said the survey was invaluable as it provided crucial data on staff members’ experiences in 2020 and would ensure communications on the project were clear and informative.
‘In a year fraught with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we value feedback from our colleagues and have noted that there is a mix of descriptions ranging from stressful, challenging, frustrating and demanding, to productive, learning new skills, and adapting to new ways of work in a pandemic,’ said Zondo.
A communique issued from the desk of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku, explained the aims of the project. ‘Our intention is to reverse the University’s current trajectory which threatens the viability of the Institution and all of our jobs.
‘We have a most remarkable collection of talents and strengths which are the envy of our sister universities in South Africa,’ said Poku.
‘We also have a commitment to further the nation’s wider transformation agenda and support the many thousands of students who come within the compass of our care. This is our privilege as well as our responsibility,’ he added.
Zondo thanked everyone who participated in the survey and wished the University community well over the festive season. ‘Celebrate responsibly and follow COVID-19 protocols. Our very best wishes to you and your families - happy holidays!’
Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer