MUT registrar retires after about 28 years of service

Mike Naidoo

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Registrar, Mike Naidoo will retire from the University at the end of July due to ill-health. This is his 28th year of service at MUT.

Naidoo joined MUT in 1993 at head of Student Record and Enquiries Office, a year before South Africa’s democratic elections. He was appointed as registrar in 1996. Naidoo transformed registration from what it was when he joined the university to what it is now. He was also responsible for restructuring of the graduation ceremonies themselves.

As one of the longest serving senior leader at the institution, Naidoo was also a go-to person on institutional memory and university rules and procedures.

Announcing his impending retirement to the University community, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, said: “Mr Naidoo, the longest-serving member of MUT’s current Executive Management, retires after many years of distinguished and loyal service to the institution. The MUT he leaves today is a much bigger and more sophisticated institution than the one he joined many years ago, thanks to the creative contributions of stalwarts like him.”

What Naidoo will miss the most is “interaction” with staff and students although “COVID-19 eased that”.

“Sometimes it is painful when a student wants to see you to resolve the problem but you can’t meet them [because of COVID-19 regulations],” said Naidoo.

A send-off for Mr Naidoo might be hampered by the Risk-Adjusted Level 4 protocols.