MUT Administrator pays tribute to Umlazi during the installation of Chancellor

MUT Administrator, Professor Lourens van Staden

Speaking at the installation of the new MUT Chancellor, Professor Lourens van Staden, the MUT Administrator, said the University was using its appointment of Sandile Zungu to show the people Umlazi Township that the university has faith in them.

“Today’s ceremony is also an opportunity for MUT to pay a special tribute to Umlazi Township, which the institution proudly calls its home. There is no better way to say thank you to Umlazi than by choosing one of its own to be Chancellor. This decision is not only an expression of faith in the University’s immediate community but is also a reminder that the destiny of the University and that of Umlazi are intertwined,” said Professor van Staden.

Professor van Staden also reminded the new chancellor that he had an even bigger role than what other Chancellors are expected to play.

“Your position in the business sector gives you the influence and respect that can change the fortunes of this university. It is well-known that Historically Disadvantaged Institutions are not looked at favourably by potential donors and funders. We hope that your association with MUT will remind the business community that if they are serious about making a difference that matters, MUT should be their first stop. This university is a great place for those who have a thirst for making a difference,” concluded Professor van Staden.