9 October 2019
Press release statement
Submitted by Bheki Hlophe, Media Relations & Publications Officer
Email address: Hlophe@mut.ac.za Mobile: 061 283 2257
MUT hosts Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme public lecture
As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, MUT, in partnership with the Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Foundation and the Seme family, will host a public lecture in honour of Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme on 11 October 2019. The lecture will take place at the University’s iconic Seme Hall from 18h00 to 20h00. Dr Seme is regarded as one of the first African leaders that initiated steps to free Africa from the shackles of colonialism. He was the co-founder of the African National Congress (ANC), and promoted education as a precursor to liberation.
The lecture, titled: Telling the story of Dr Pixley kaSeme, is part of MUT’s nation-building agenda, which is aimed at celebrating the legacy of individuals that shaped South Africa’s identity as a nation. The lecture will be presented by Dr Moss Mashamaite, who is an expert on the subject, having traced Dr Seme’s life in a biography titled: The Second Coming – The Life and Times of Pixely ka Isaka Seme, the Founder of the ANC.
Dr Seme’s name holds great significance for MUT. The institution has a hall named after him. The historic Seme Hall is MUT’s most celebrated building. It is associated with success because the University’s graduation ceremonies take place in this iconic landmark. In fact, Seme Hall has become so synonymous with graduation that students often ask each other if they are going to Seme Hall next year instead of asking if they are graduating the following year.