Press release statement
Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications
Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za
13 February 2022
MUT makes history as female president and majority female SRC is inaugurated
On 11 February 2022, the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) inaugurated its new Student Representative Council (SRC) on campus. It was history in the making as Makaziwe Ndlovu, Advanced Diploma in Public Administration student, officially took over the reins as SRC President.
This is the second time that MUT students elected a female leader; the first female SRC president was elected to the office in 1999. The icing, this time around, is the fact that female leaders make up the majority of SRC members.
Welcoming the new SRC, the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale commented on how a majority female was a first for country. The four-member SRC Executive has three female leaders. He applauded the student body for electing a majority female SRC, and said females make good leaders, mainly because of their nature.
“There aren’t many SRCs which are predominantly female-led. Even the SRC executive is 75% women. It is also no coincidence that you are being inaugurated on the exact day the first democratic president of the Republic, Honourable Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The long walk to freedom Mandela spoke about is being realized today. In his words, Mandela said his struggle was not for nothing. It was not, given the fruits we are witnessing today”, he said.
Professor Ramogale also used the opportunity to share leadership wisdom with the new SRC. He highlighted the significance of character and making good decisions. “The decisions you take should not favour you. Your decisions must benefit the students and the entire University,” said Professor Ramogale.
Professor Ramogale informed the new leadership that it was not going to be easy because they would have to deal with the reality that may not have been visible when they were outside of power; something that outgoing SRC President, Mthokozisi Gumede, confirmed.
Professor Ramogale advised the student leaders to follow the correct channels in resolving whatever student issues might land on their leadership plate.
“I am the last port of call; my door is always open,” he said. “But you must see me when you have exhausted all other avenues.”
Professor Ramogale congratulated the new leadership and paid tribute to the female led SRC leadership.
“We have realized that women can make a difference in leadership,” said Professor Ramogale. “They hold some character traits that move institutions forward.”
In her address, the new SRC President – Makaziwe Ndlovu – highlighted the plight of students who were hard hit by the effects of COVID-19, some of whom lost all forms of financial support, like bursaries, and financial support from family.
“The University must maintain the relationship with private sectors like SETA that were funding students in the previous years to continue funding students that are needy,” Ndlovu said.