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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Interview with

Buhlebethu Shane Dumbu (graduate 2012-2013)

What is your current professional activity?
And your involvement in sport? My current involvement in sport is in Athletics and I currently serve in Eastern Province Athletics. I still run for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and took part in the FIFA/CIES/NMMU Post Graduate Certificate in Sport Management. I am also the Administrative Coordinator of the FIFA/CIES Programme and Sport Management Lecturer's Assistant.
Why did you choose to attend the FIFA/CIES Programme in Sport Management at NMMU?
I had gained theoretical knowledge as an undergraduate student and received practical experience, but the moment I became part of the programme the knowledge I gained from the facilitators was really eye-opening and put my classroom knowledge into perspective so that I could really build on what I had learned. The Programme has really made me well-equipped to be a professional in my field.
What were your expectations before the start of the course? And… were they met?
To learn something new with each facilitator and meet influential people. Those expectations were met on a high level. I feel I left with more than I came in with.
What would you say are the key strengths of the NMMU/FIFA/CIES Certificate in Sport Management?
The level of importance they place on contact time with students. The ability to create a family atmosphere and the willingness to assist students with needs the administrators are able to support.
What benefits (on a personal and/or professional level) did you gain from attending the course?
On a personal level, patience, understanding and humility.
On a professional level, the importance of time management and the improvement of my own presentation skills.
What is your best memory/highlight of the course?
The soccer game played and the times with classmates after class.
Would you recommend the NMMU/FIFA/CIES Certificate in Sport Management? Why?
I would. The level of interaction with classmates and facilitators allows students to grow with knowledge and the facilitators focus on each person.