Press release statement
Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications
Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za
01 February 2022
MUT moves to strengthen stability as the New Year starts
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has set its sight on creating stability within the institution as one of its top priorities for 2022. In only just a month into the New Year, the University has already made its intentions clear.
Last week, the Chair of Council of MUT, Morailane Morailane, announced to the university that its then suspended Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, had reached a mutual agreement with the institution to terminate his employment at the end of January.
“It is the considered view of Council that this will end a period of unwelcome instability in the executive management and leadership ranks of the university and will allow the restoration of order and certainty at this level of management and leadership,” Morailane said.
The termination of Dr Malaza’s services came at a time when MUT is in the process of filling vacant senior management positions as the university prepares to add a full staff compliment at its most senior strategic level. This is the university’s brain trust, responsible for setting the institution on course to achieve its goals as set out in the MUT Strategic Plan 2025.
Morailane explained: “It is Council’s belief that, together with the conclusion of the process of the recruitment of the vacant executive positions that is currently underway and is planned to be completed by 31 March 2022, the university will have stability at executive management level.”
The vacancies in question were for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement, Registrar, and Executive Director: Institutional Advancement. The search started after the University successfully recruited its new Senior Director: Human Resources and Management, Dharamraj Brijlal, who assumed office in November 2021.
The recent termination of the Vice-Chancellor’s appointment left the most senior position at MUT vacant. This position is vital for providing the highest level of leadership within the University.
“We hope to start with the process of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor and Principal as soon as Council gives the go ahead to do so,” said Morailane. “This is expected not later than 24 March 2022, which is the scheduled date of the next ordinary meeting of Council.”