From In-Service Training to Senior Administrator: Asanda Doris Mosani’s Hike to Success
By: Qhawekazi Memani – 06 February 2024
Asanda Doris Mosani, the newly appointed Senior Administrator in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology at the Vaal University of Technology, brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background to her role.
With her roots embedded in the rural township of Magedla in Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape, Mosani’s venture into the higher education administration profession commenced at the age of twenty-one (21) when she began her career with in-service training in 2012 within the Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, immediately following her graduation with a National Diploma in Office Management. Mosani swiftly advanced to the position of Administrator to the former Executive Dean, Professor Raymond Mabuza. Continuing her professional journey, she transitioned to the Faculty of Management Sciences in 2021, working in the Department of Marketing, Retail Business, & Sport Management under the leadership of Professor Nobukhosi Dlodlo. Reflecting on her diverse experiences, Mosani stated, “This journey has equipped me with a well-rounded skill set, culminating in my current role in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology.”
Motivated by restrictions to study Information Technology, Ms. Mosani decided to pursue a degree in Office Management and Technology (OMT). Her passion for the field deepened as she gained a richer understanding of the profession, dispelling misconceptions about it being merely a receptionist role. Today, her motivation stems from the impact she can have as part of a resolute team working to fulfil students’ dreams.
With her experience in the field, Ms. Mosani emphasizes the critical importance of people management and technical proficiency. “People management emerges as a cornerstone of successful administration and goes beyond oversight, requiring a nuanced understanding of diverse personalities and effective team navigation. Technical skills are non-negotiable in an era marked by rapid technological advancements, demanding administrators to be proficient and agile in adapting to new tools and processes,” she asserted.
Her approach to executing key responsibilities involves meticulous planning and prioritizing tasks based on importance and urgency. Meeting submission deadlines holds paramount importance, streamlining workflow, and enhancing her initiative-taking approach to challenges in a demanding career landscape.
Acknowledging pockets of excellence at VUT, Mosani highlights the institution’s dedication to upholding ambitious standards in the academic domain. “VUT consistently reviews academic programs, serving learners on the periphery of the socio-economic divide. She commends academic and support staff for their tireless efforts, even amidst challenges such as infrastructure and employment” she said.
She acknowledges the visible challenges within the institution concerning infrastructure and the overall well-being of employees and students, emphasizing the pressing need for improvement in these crucial facets.
Outside her professional life, Mosani finds joy in taking walks in open spaces, parks, and enjoying ice cream dates with her son, niece, and sister. Recently, her interests have gravitated towards governance.
Looking ahead, Mosani aspires to witness VUT overcome current challenges and demonstrate resilience and excellence, particularly in providing more opportunities for young people. She highlights the importance of effective governance, inclusivity, and the practical implementation of the university’s mission. “With VUT currently ranked 21 out of 26 universities in South Africa, Mosani sees this as a driving force for improvement and emphasizes the need to move from the university’s mission being on paper to practical implementation,” she concluded.