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.