On 21 August 2023, the University Management updated staff on the affairs of the Institution. This update is called SOTU (State of the University) address. Leading the University Management team was the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale. In his address, Professor Ramogale assured staff that the University in all respects, was on solid ground, there was no need for panicking.
The Acting VC and Principal first wished the Founder of the Institution, His Royal Highness, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi a speedy recovery since he is not well, and asked staff to use all available platforms to wish the Founder a happy birthday – he will be 95 years on 27 August. The Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal reminded staff that they were all indebted to the Founder’s vision. “It is not a secret that we are all stakeholders of this university because of his vision for establishing MUT in 1979 with 15 students through funding from Sir Harry Oppenheimer of Anglo-America. Therefore, we all say, Ndabezitha! Unwele olude!” Professor Ramogale said.
Then the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal went to the affairs of the Institution.: “Let me start off by saying, we have once more had a clean audit for the 2022 academic year, 13 years in succession.” The Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal thanked staff for their role in the University achieving such a milestone. “This is a collective effort from all of you; it is not an easy process. But we are humbled by your adherence to policies and procedures that enable us to account for every cent we receive from the State,” he said. He said that by following “the laws of the country, we are sending out a good message to our students and the people of South Africa. That is part of our transformation journey and if we are to stick on this trajectory, great funders will entrust us with funding our requests”. For more information on the VC’s SOTU address, please visit: www.mut.ac.za/sotu2023