“From black hair to grey hair with no change in positive energy”, is how Gona Govender, Acting Senior Director in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor summed up how many felt about Mike Naidoo, the University Registrar, whom today is his last day at MUT. Described as compassionate and humble by colleagues, a picture is slowly taking shape of the kind of leader that Mike Naidoo has been.
“We are saving Mike’s farewell messages for the big farewell where we will include other colleagues who retired especially when COVID-19 hit our shores and we had to observe unexpected lockdowns”, said Prof Marcus Ramogale.
Naidoo told the Executive Management Committee on 28 July 2021 that he felt sad and bad to be leaving MUT. However, he quoted his own mantra which he is known for “Put MUT first”.
In his own words: “Incredible relationships have been fostered over the years to put MUT where it is. I am humbled to have been a part of MUT’s Executive Management Team, and to have taken full charge in advancing MUT goals. Of course one has come a long way and succeeded against challenges. We were able to find ways to overcome challenges that prevailed. My greatest story which I will share with generations to come is how we saved the academic year under COVID-19. We could not afford for our students to be left behind.”
A farewell is being planned for a later date in August for all the retirees.