2016-07-31 – DINGISWAYO WINS MALAWI MIT’S ‘BEST PRESENTER’ AWARD
"MANAGEMENT Trainee in Mechanical Engineering at Dwangwa Estate, Dingiswayo Khonje, emerged best presenter at the Management Trainees conference which took place in Blantyre on 2 October. A holder of a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, he presented a paper titled “Design and manufacture of a motorised drive system for the workshops cane”."
MANAGEMENT Trainee in Mechanical Engineering at Dwangwa Estate, Dingiswayo Khonje, emerged best presenter at the Management Trainees conference which took place in Blantyre on 2 October. A holder of a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, he presented a paper titled “Design and manufacture of a motorised drive system for the workshops cane”.
His mentor is Engineering Manager Harvey Machinjiri.
Second was Mathews Chakwamba (BSc Agric) from Nchalo with a paper titled “Assessing variety tolerance and pesticide effectiveness in IPM control of yellow sugarcane aphids”. His mentor is Hassan Zelo. Third was last year’s best presenter Luckson David Somanje with a presentation titled “The efficacy of pre-emergent herbicide cocktails in ratoon fields”. His mentor is Evans Masamba. Others who also made presentations were Donny Lumbe, Dalitso Misomali and Zondo Voster Chibambo.
The presenters were assessed on among other things clarity of communication, quality of content and material, knowledge of subject, research, innovation, application, self-confidence, originality and handling of questions.
The guest of honour at the function, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi Professor Alfred Mtenje, said he was impressed with the quality of the projects and suggested that the presenters should consider publishing them in journals. He said the University of Malawi was proud to be associated with the Management Trainees programme as all the presenters were its graduates and also that the programme provides an interface between the University and the private sector.
Further, the programme was important as it provides the participants with technical and industrial knowledge which is not covered in the university curriculum and it also prepares the participants for future appointments.
Speaking earlier, Illovo Malawi MD Ray de Allende said the quality of the presentations was fantastic. “This shows that the company has the skills, we just have to know how to use them,’’ he said and he also commended the mentors for doing a good job. He further said the programme was important for capacity development of the graduates. ‘’You cannot expect the graduates just to walk out of colleges and take up managerial positions in the company without going through this training,’’ he said.
Group HR manager Emmanuel Banda said the Management Trainees Programme is one of high-level Illovo branded training progammes, the others being the Business Understanding Programme and the Management Development Programme.
BEST project paper presenter Dingiswayo Khonje is flanked by Professor Alfred Mtenje (left) and Ray de Allende after receiving his award.