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National Youth Volunteer Programme

National Youth Service Programme
Vacancy for unemployed Science graduate
Volunteers will be based at the South African Mathematics Foundation in Pretoria
This is a 12 month contract position for an unemployed Science graduate

· A BSc Degree with Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and/or Statistics as majors
· Good communication skills
· Good organising skills
· Good analytical skills
· Ability to work under pressure and multi-task
· South African citizen
· Between age 18-35

The volunteer will be required to:
· Assist with project administration.
· Collect and analyse data relevant to projects.
· Maintenance of data on MS SQL database.

Stipends paid to volunteers per month are as follows:
· Bachelor’s Degree (R5 000)
· Honours (R5 500)
· Masters (R6 500)
· PhD (R7 700)

All travel and relocation costs will be for the candidates’ own expenses.
Should you be interested and meet the above requirements, please complete the online application form,

Closing date: 15 April 2022

Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

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The Department of General Surgery Obtains 100% Pass rate in Final FCS (SA) examination

The Department of General Surgery Obtains 100% Pass rate in Final FCS (SA) examination

The Department of General Surgery under the guidance of Professor Zacharia Koto who won the SASSiT Swann-Morton Silver Scalpel Award in teaching, has managed to produce a 100% pass rate of surgical specialists at the recent College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) exams. The department’s surgical registrars who achieved a 100% pass rate and are actively involved in research are Dr Cecil Pule, Dr Tebo Mosasi, Dr Tumelo Matlala, Dr Lerumo Motla, Dr Thegesh Naidoo, Dr Kennedy Mngoma, Dr Tom Mtshali, and Dr Kenny Mongwe. The sub-speciality fellows are Dr Imraan Sardiwalla (Certificate in Gastroenterology, HPB), Dr Legae Mogase (Certificate in Vascular Surgery), Dr Shumani Makhadi (Certificate in Trauma Surgery).

SMU as a Health Sciences University is on a mission to educate people about health-related matters and make a meaningful contribution especially during these difficult times of Covid-19. According to Prof Koto, SMU is esteemed among Harvard University, Oxford University. In 2019, SMU surgeons got a 100% pass rate during the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exams as well. This excellent spirit of education continues to blossom.

The surgeons, who passed, have knowledge and skills from a pioneer in laparoscopic procedures in the management of trauma patients in South Africa. These graduates are now following in his footsteps as a chief surgeon and a researcher who excelled in laparoscopic aortobifemural bypass graft in South Africa in 2012 without complications.

The Department of Surgery at SMU has fewer financial resources, but despite this it has proven that it can be counted and participate in multiple research projects on par with well-resourced institutions.

The Registrars are now recognising and producing a variety of papers, which are published in different reputable journals as part of their MMED program, and the Department has been participating in many clinical trials that add value to the overall information database. The total number of Registrars who completed FCS (SA), under the leadership of Prof Koto, are 51. He has committed himself to developing and teaching others.

Marketing and Communication Student Assistants (Fixed-term Appointments)(2 Posts)

Marketing and Communication Student Assistants (Fixed-term Appointments)(2 Posts)

The incumbents will be responsible to assist with the administration of the corporate store, marketing and communication projects through the office of the Director and must meet the following requirements, competencies and be responsible for the following key performance areas:



Student must be registered for BSc. (Proof of registration must be attached and Academic transcript)
Must be registered for one or two modules or postgraduate studies
Graphic Designing (will be an advantage)
Not working in other SMU departments
Certified ID copy / passport
1 page CV
Good interpersonal skills
Good communication skills (both verbal and written)



Must be able to work independently without supervision
Must demonstrate knowledge of university systems and processes
Must be available at all times and be willing to work unusual times


For more details, please follow the link below:



ICT Student Assistant Posts: 2021

ICT Student Assistant Posts: 2021


• A comprehensive CV.
• Certified Copy of 2021 Student Card.
• Certified ID Copy/Passport.
• 2021 Proof of Registration.
• Academic record and 2020 certified copy of results.
• Computer Literacy Certificate (Will be an Advantage).
• Applicant must have passed all subjects and currently registered for BSc Honours (Computer and
Information Technology), Postgraduate studies, Honours or Masters at SMU.
• Not working in other SMU departments.
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work efficiently under pressure.



• The position of the ICT Student Assistant requires the incumbent to lecture Computer Literacy courses.
• Provide support with Blackboard and Turnitin learning management systems, to students and lecturers.
• Assist students in computer laboratories between 7:30 – 24:00.
• Provide technical support with students’ desktops and laptops.
• Provide administrative support, including compiling and writing reports.
• Perform any other adhoc duties as given from time to time.

Closing Date: Friday, 31 March 2021 by 16h00.


Follow the link below for more details:


Physiotherapy Students Healed the Ultramarathon Runners

Physiotherapy Students Healed the Ultramarathon Runners

Media Release

For Immediate Release

25 June 2018


Physiotherapy Students Healed the Ultramarathon Runners

Running the Comrades Marathon is laden with health risks and all runners have reconciled themselves to that fact. No wonder, medical teams are a permanent feature from the start of the race, all the way to the finish line. The recent 2018 Comrades Marathon, which was a down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, was no different, as it also boasted well-resourced medical facilities operated by capable medical teams.


SMU’s 42 final year physiotherapy students, along with others from different universities were part of these teams who worked tirelessly to heal the aching limbs of supreme athletes who ran the gruelling 90 km.


Accompanied by two lecturers, Ms Karabo Raphokwane and Ms Ntombenkosi Sobantu, who supervised them, the students were honouring their physiotherapy curricular commitments. This community engagement, out of which the students gained service learning, exposed them to sports injuries that the critical mass of athletes who were running the world biggest ultramarathon, suffered from.


“It is very hard to give exact figures of how many runners are using the physio services at expo, and on the day, it is huge. At the expo there were 17 beds and the runners got approximately 15 minutes massage each. The SMU students covered 2 shifts 18 in one and 19 in the other, the other 5 did a shift on the massage stand and did not massage at Kingsmead Stadium Expo. The shifts were 3hrs15mins and 2hrs45mins respectively, so 6 hours in total and there would be some doubling up on the beds with 2 students massaging at the same time because there were too many students to have a bed each”, said Ms Rowena Bower, the Comrades Marathon Physio services coordinator.


“On race day there were 40 beds and the massage and strapping students massaged solidly from 12pm to 3.30pm at 15 mins per massage. Their strapping shift on the stand was on Thursday evening and was for the 3hrs15mins. Generally the massages at expo were just to loosen up uninjured muscles. On race day there were multitudes of injuries such as ITB (Pain and inflammation on the outside of the knee) muscle strains, and general sore and aching bodies from running 90kms”, Ms Bower added.


“I did my 8th Comrades Marathon. I always look forward, after the race to the massage by the physiotherapists. The massage is great, feels good, compared to what we get after the race in Switzerland. The physios have great, they have knowledge and their human touch helps to feel great. Thanks very much”, enthused Mr Robben from Switzerland, who ran his 8th comrades marathon.


“I was able to work under pressure and also met final year students from other universities to learn new techniques from them. SMU students were stationed at the finish line, which must tell you, how good SMU physiotherapy students are because we because we get to share the same space with the winner of the comrades marathon and other top runners”, said Ms Khumo Leeto, SMU’s physiotherapy student.



Released by the SMU Marketing & Communication
Contact Dr Eric Pule, the Director, Marketing & Communication
Phone 012 521 4563