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Jones Moloisane, one of the Faculty of Engineering and the
Built Environment’s most admired lecturers.

 

Alexandra Township born Jones Moloisane is a critical thinker, Civil Engineering Consultant and cum laude TUT graduate and lecturer. Moloisane shared his compelling story about his approach to life, his industry expertise, and his deep dislike of golf. 

Moloisane spent most of his younger years in the former Bophuthatswana homelands where he grew up with his grandparents in Transactie Village. After matriculating, he enrolled at the then Technikon Pretoria under a fully funded bursary for National Diploma in Civil Engineering and, followed by a B Tech and M Tech (cum laude), all in Civil Engineering. Moloisane joined the industry as soon as he finished his diploma; he obtained the rest of his qualifications while working. He worked for nine years before returning to his alma mater’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment in 2005.

Outside TUT, he holds other qualifications which he pursued. A diploma in Project Management from Damelin College. An honours in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pretoria.

“Initially, I wanted to pursue medicine because I was really good at maths and physical science and excelled at chemistry. But I didn’t know better. There was no career guidance, so I told myself that there was no harm in studying civil engineering. Look at me now!” he says wryly.

Moloisane’s former lecturer and HoD of the Department of Civil Engineering at the time, head-hunted him for almost five years before convincing him to join the University. He is now a fulltime lecturer and Section Head of the Department of Civil Engineering.

His noteworthy industry expertise comes into play often since he works with countless voluntary associations and sits on council of a regulatory engineering body. He is a council member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), sits on the Governing Group of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), serves on the committees of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), just to name a few.

“My involvement in the industry gives me great insight when it comes to lecturing. One never stops learning. I bring all my industry knowledge into the classroom and apply it. Engineering is practical. So far I don’t think lecturing has been my greatest challenge. The fact that lecturers are not trained as teachers was once a concern but not anymore. I can relate to my students and we have a great relationship,” he adds.

“I treat my students as equals in the lecture hall, but I always stick to the rules. I treat them as equals because one day, they will be my business partners and we will embark on exceptional entrepreneurial journeys together.”

Having spent ten years at the University, Moloisane plans to soon finish his PhD which he says gives him sleepless nights. He also promised his students that he will only retire from lecturing when he attains a 100% pass rate.

“He is one of the most hard-working people at the department. He is very inspirational too,” said his colleague, Salomé van der Merwe, the Departmental Administrator. “You will find him here on weekends and public holidays. I really don’t know how he does it, juggling work, family and other administrative tasks. But he does it so effortlessly that sometimes I’m convinced he’s got more hours in his days than the rest of us,” she adds.

Outside of work he enjoys reading history, biographies, commerce books and venturing into the great outdoors. He admires Richard Branson, world-renowned philanthropist and business magnate and Forbes recognised South African self-made billionaire Patrice Motsepe, the mining mogul.

Moloisane also says that he doesn’t trust people who always have business meetings at golf courses. “People need to be upfront and direct, instead of hiding behind golf-clubs and carts which are distractions.”

The engineering boffin lives by simple principles in life, one being: The universe has different plans for you that you might not even have for yourself.

For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology please contact Willa de Ruyter on tel: 012 382 5352 or send an email to deruyterw@tut.ac.za.