Prof Marcus Ramogale paid tribute to two pioneers whose exemplary and visionary work set MUT on a trajectory of innovation. The first of these is Professor Hal Walker, who played a crucial role in the landing of Apollo 11 in 1969, paving a way for African Americans and Africans in general, to be given a seat in the technology and innovation table across the world. The second pioneer is Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, MUT Founder, who knocked on relevant doors for the establishment of the first higher education institution for Africans; given that Africans did not have their own institution to develop their skills in technology in the then, Natal, now known as KwaZulu Natal.
“You are here with us today as we celebrate those that went before us to open the doors for our African people. It would have been remiss of us not to acknowledge your efforts under very difficult circumstances to change the lives of those that would come after you. Those acts have led to many opportunities for Africans to play leading roles in research and development and in technology way back from 1969. His Royal Highness (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi) had a dream of improving the lives of the disadvantaged and that dream was successful and still stands as a source of pride among previously disadvantaged people – abantu abampisholo (Black). We are grateful for that and would like to invite you to journey with us as we move this dream across borders,” said Professor Ramogale.
The Internationalisation agenda has received full blessings from the Founder and many more who want to see MUT succeed.