Centre offers services to Unisa students

2015-12-10 06:00

FORMERLY known as the Wandile Mkhize Centre, the Kwanzimakwe Telecentre, next to the Kwanzimakwe Tribal Court in Ward 10, now offers Unisa students an option to study closer to home.

The telecentre began in order to preserve the late Wandile Mkhize’s legacy by making sure that long after he was gone his community sees the benefits of his work he did for his people.

Champions for the centre’s development were Deputy Minister of Communication, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana, NYDA Chairperson Yeshen Naidoo and Nkosi Mkize, brother of the late Wandile Mkhize.

Mkize, who runs the centre, said it is open to Unisa students in the Ugu District. The telecentre is a resource and information centre, where E-learning services are brought to students, saving travelling costs to access services.

“The centre is now registered under Unisa as listed on Unisa website. All Unisa services are now online as most of our rural people are behind in technological advancement.

“Before, the people of our region used to travel­ to the Wild Coast to access Unisa services, but since the centre opened it has brought relief to students from KwaNzimakwe and surrounding areas servicing more than 500 students every­ week.”

Registered Unisa students only need their E-learning credentials to log onto the system, however, those who haven’t registered cannot register at the centre. They have to go to Unisa to register, then once registered they can write exams at Wandile Mkhize Telecentre if they want to.

Services that Unisa students can access include typing of assignments, myUnisa, viewing study material, tutorial letters and study guides, submitting and tracking assignments and receiving assignment results, joining discussion forums and contacting lecturers regarding things they are unclear about.

Mkhize said there are many other services offered, all of which are free.

For more information, contact Nkosi on contacted 073 411 7755.

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