MUT and Moses Kotane Institute sign an MOA

Shaking hands are MUT VC, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, left, and MKI Acting CEO, Thandeka Ellenson. Witnessing the signing are staff members from the two institutions

On the morning of 21 June 2019 MUT and the Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) signed a memorandum of Agreement. The MOA would enable a collaboration between MUT and MKI to drive economic transformation in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, in line with a mandate by the Province’s Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA). “The two institutions will collaborate on mutually agreed research projects, for which specific terms of engagement will be detailed in project plans signed-off by project leaders. The areas of collaboration will include research on rural and township economy, entrepreneurship, governance, community development, engineering and agriculture”, said Prof Ndlazi executive director in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.

The signing of the MOA is in line with the MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza’s Anchor Strategy which seeks to revitalise Umlazi Township. As part of that revitalisation, Dr Malaza believes that that MUT has to ensure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution does not put the people of Umlazi at the periphery. “As a University anchored at Umlazi Township; we need to guard against our people being adversely affected by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are now in the process of creating forums on how we could advance the Anchor Strategy”, said Dr Malaza. “These forums would ensure that we are not imposing our aspirations to our communities but we are forming partnerships to discuss solutions on challenges”

Acting MKI CEO, Mrs Thandeka Ellenson said that they would also like to see innovation driving the partnership between the two institutions so that both institutions can grow together.

Vice-Chancellor thanks staff for raising University profile to guests

Marketing and Communications department staff, with Dr Malaza, seated, middle

MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza thanked the Department of Marketing and Communications (MarComms) for its role in organising the University’s 40th celebrations last weekend.

Dr Malaza, who called the MarComms team into a meeting, and told staff that he saw it fit to pass on the important message as it was also echoed by stakeholders that visited the University during the celebrations. “I felt it was necessary for me to extend a word of appreciation, I think you put the University in a good light with stakeholders, business partners, and possible friends of MUT.  We made a lot of friends through these celebrations.  The feedback I received from our visitors was very positive.  Thank you for the creativity, people were commenting very positively about the format and the arrangements,” said Malaza.

One of these stakeholders was Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Founder of the University, who was honoured with a mosaic mural and an annual public lecture bearing his name.

On several occasions, Prince Buthelezi thanked the organisers for a job well done and the University for its vision. Responding to the speech delivered by Dr Moss Mashamaite at the inaugural Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi lecture on 15 June 2019, Prince Buthelezi singled out Mbali Mkhize and Zama Sishi, Senior Director, and Director in the department, respectively. Prince Buthelezi also thanked Dr Malaza for his effective leadership and for devising a strategy to integrate the University to the immediate community. Prince Buthelezi expressed great appreciation for the contribution the University has made in the last 40 years. He also reiterated on many occasions how Dr Malaza was transforming the University.

MUT 40th celebration in pictures

MUT 40th celebration in pictures – www.mut.ac.za/mut40  

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, left, with MUT VC, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza during the opening of the gallery. The opening of the gallery was one the highlights of the 40 year celebration

The flagship 40th celebration has come and gone. But it would be worth a while to reflect on the events a bit. This great event was hailed a big success by the many guests who attended, including esteemed visitors like the Founder of the University, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The multi-themed event started off with ‘Town meets Gown’, on 14 June 2019, wherein MUT staff donned their academic regalia and took over Mangosuthu Highway, and turned back at the KwaMnyandu intersection, much to the amazement and joy of the local people. The ‘Town meets Gown’ was the first of its kind in Umlazi. It was followed by the unveiling of the Prince’s mosaic at the University’s Anniversary Lane. Next was the visit to the gallery at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. This was a jaw-dropping experience for the viewers. The open hallway in the faculty had been transformed into a magnificent art centre, showing the history of Umlazi Township, the University, and Prince Buthelezi.

Please visit   www.mut.ac.za/mut40 to view the pictures of all the events that took place from 14-16 June 2019.  Also remember that you can still visit the gallery until 28 June 2019.

MUT longest serving academic makes it to the University history book

Prof Landman checks a news article about him at the gallery

This is a face that only a mother can love. This is how Professor Koos Landman of the Department of Civil Engineering reacted when he was shown a picture and a news article that is displayed at the Faculty of Natural Sciences as part of the history of the University. “I am really honoured that the organisers of the event saw it fit to include me as part of the history of the University,” said Professor Landman. Professor Landman is the longest serving academic member of staff. He joined MUT 37 and a half years ago. He donated to the Department of Marketing and Communications a copy of a speech that was delivered by the Founder of the University, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on 3 April 1982. Prince Buthelezi was amazed to hear about that, and said he himself did not have a copy. Prince Buthelezi is known for curating historical material. When he and the other guests visited the gallery on 14 June 2019, he requested an opportunity to meet Professor Landman. Unfortunately, Professor Landman had to be away for his birthday. The gallery is part of the University’s 40th celebrations.