Dr Malaza speech

The Founder of MUT, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Councillors, members of

EMC, deans, staff, our alumni, our donors and friends of MUT, dear ladies and

gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to extend to you all a very warm welcome on behalf of

Mangosuthu University of Technology to this event marking the celebration of our 40th

anniversary. We thank you for braving the winter morning to be with us.

I begin this address by expressing University’s gratitude to you all for being here

today, for an event, which I am sure, has enabled us to seize a moment of

contemplation, looking backward and forward in the story of our of institution:

  • To reflect on the important and meaningful successes we have secured in the

history of our institution; and

  • contemplate a bright future.

We recall the dream and ideals of our founders, emanating from the vision of a

tertiary education institution for advanced technical education for Black South

Africans, conceived in the height of the apartheid era by the then Chief Minister of

KwaZulu, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and realised through the Anglo American

and De Beers Group Chairman’s Fund. We acknowledge and treasure their founding

motto: “knowledge is power”. We proudly inherit this legacy as their dream is still

alive in our time.

In our Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, we have set ourselves the Vison: A transforming,

equitable, sustainable and academically excellent University of Technology anchored

in its communities.

The Vision is an expression of a commitment to:

  • Grow in academic stature

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  • Be fair and inclusive
  • Grow in harmony with our resources
  • Grow together with our communities

We would like to partner with you and other institutions in Umlazi to realize our goal of

being an anchor institution in Umlazi. An anchor institution is as an urban institution

with “significant infrastructure in a specific community [that is] therefore unlikely to

move”

The key characteristics of the anchor institution are:

  • comprised of “sticky capital” – fixed investments in place (e.g. real estate,

facilities, and infrastructure)

  • major employer and economic assets
  • presents an accumulation of wealth, skills, and opportunities in the

neighbourhood.

This event is the first step we are taking towards being an anchor institution. We will

be rolling this strategy further during the course of the year. We look forward to a

partnership with you all.

This event continues to marks our commitment to producing students who will be

outstanding in their studies and will go on with further studies. We invite them to

consider coming to MUT where they will have the opportunity to learn new things,

acquire new knowledge, develop new skills, and enhance your personal attributes in

profound ways that will equip them for life after University.

Universities are considered a keystone for the establishment of a meritocratic society

in which social justice is entrenched. We look forward to your partnership in supplying

MUT with a pipeline of students into our programs.

Our students will work in a complex world.

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  • It is one dominated by technology with rapid evolution and fusion of technologies.

Change is evolving at an exponential rather than linear pace with disruption of

almost every industry in every country.

  • Economically, there are positive benefits of long-term gains in efficiency,

productivity. There is an increase in safe and rewarding jobs. But there are also

negative changes where workers are replaced by technology.

  • Socially, there are negative trends, such as greater inequality in society and the

displacement of workers by technology. There is widening gap between the rich

and the poor.

To all our stakeholders, our strategic partners and friends of MUT I ask for support

and continued partnership and support in building the future of our University. We

are what we are because many of you have partnered with MUT to “make it happen”.

To our donors and supporters, we look forward to strengthened relationships. Your

thoughtful charitable giving makes a real difference in the advancement of our

mission and in improving the educational and social life of our students.

I thank the Gift of the Givers and SAB-in Bev for the gifts they have donated to all of

you in response to the floods that affected you in April. I know that he recovery

period takes long and these donations will make a difference in your lives.

We look forward to greater support by government, business, industry and our

communities in deepening our mission as a University of Technology.

To the Minister and Department of Higher Education and Training, we look forward

to your assistance and support in moulding this University into an institution that will

enjoy the esteem and respect of our communities and the nation.

I appeal to our alumni for their ongoing commitment to MUT. For you to now and

then visit our campus to interact with the students and staff; to attend our events and

then tell your friends, colleagues, fellow alumni, and prospective students about the

exciting things taking place at MUT; to volunteer more of your time and your talent;

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and to place MUT as a priority in your charitable giving. To demonstrate to our

students what is possible through earning an MUT qualification.

In concluding, I wish to reiterate MUT’s strong desire to work with you all to build a

beautiful University where those who strive to know may find a home, and those who

perceive knowledge and truth may make others see and grow.

We look forward to a sustainable relationship with you all as the community that

sustains our mission.

Dr E. Duma Malaza.

Vice Chancellor and Principal

MUT Public Lecture Dr Moss Mashamaite

Inaugural Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Lecture

By Dr. Moss Mashamaite

On the 15th June 2019

Venue: Mangosuthu University of Technology

Your Excellency Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, our guest of Honour

The Vice Chancellor of MUT, Dr. Enos Duma Malaza

Members of the Buthelezi family, all dignitaries, distinguished guests from within the Republic of South Africa, and from the many countries that have been blessed with an education from this great University, ladies and gentlemen.

I find it a great honour, a humbling honour that I was chosen to give this inaugural lecture of a Great man, a Great institution on a Great day of a 40th Anniversary.

I am going to speak about “Education as an eternal fountain for community development”

One of the things I really like when giving speeches is starting by being irrelevant. So I will start today by being totally irrelevant to the occasion.

Professor William Edwards Deming, the Super Statistician, polymath and father of The Total Quality Movement, in Japan regarded as a god, the king of quality, and in the US, the American Einstein, was called to advise Japan on ‘how to turn around their economy’ after the annihilation of Hiroshima by the Allied forces. He is the man who helped Japan, a Third world country ravaged by WWII to rise to the status of a First world country in only 10 years. In my PhD one of the theses I wrote was about Economic Trends in Japan, and you cannot do that any justice without a study of W. Edwards Deming. In large part because of Deming’s ideas, Japan rebounded from the pandemonium of war to become the greatest economic power in the eastern hemisphere.

Later Professor Deming made a study of what he called, the Nine Hidden Turning Points in World History using instruments of science, statistics and historical inquiry. Included in his list were, The Apostle Paul and the Birth Control Pill.

The birth control pill seems like a rather curious inclusion, but please take a keen look at the person next to you. If it was not for the birth control pill somebody a lot less pleasant, less pretty, with a poorer sense of style would be sitting right next to you.

Later, A US News & World Report cover story reported that Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s leading role in the Japanese quality and business miracle ranks as one of only nine “Hidden Turning Points in World History”…

It is 1945; Japan has been defeated by the Allied forces in WWII

The Japanese economy is in ramshackle

The Hiroshima bomb effects are destroying the next generation of Japanese

And then somebody said, maybe we can turn this thing around.

Enters Professor E.W.Deming

Many in Japan credit Deming as the inspiration for what has become known as the Japanese post-war economic miracle of 1950 to 1960, when Japan rose from the ashes of war to become the second most powerful economy in the world in less than a decade. The only economy to be able to achieve that status in our lifetime.

As a South African historian amongst other hats I wear, I took time to make my list of Hidden Turning Points in the history of our country. I am not talking here about people we worship or adore or adulate, or people who contributed to our liberation, for they are many, I am talking about  real proven scientifically determined, historical turning points in our history. And this is my list:

  1. I will start with Dr. Pixley ka Isaka Seme

That luminary of our race founded not just the SANNC, later African National Congress, but in doing that he became the founder of the first liberation movement in Africa and mentored the man who sparked the Harlem Renaissance in America, Dr. Allan Leroy Locke. He also mentored Anton Lembede and our very present Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

  1. Anton Muziwakhe Lembede,

This protégé of Pixley ka Isaka Seme brought back the Africanist ideology and revolution into a movement that was already moribund and hijacked by anti-revolutionary forces. In “Long Walk to Freedom” Nelson Mandela writes about him as a man who you knew was going to become a leader of the African National Congress, a scholar, an intellectual whose articulations revealed vast learning.

  1. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

If Seme was the Father and Lembede the Son, Sobukwe was the Holy Spirit. This is the man who single-handedly caused the jailing and exiling of all liberation movements. With the Sharpeville incident of 21 March 1960 –he made black protest finally undesirable to the regime and thrust us miles into the future we now enjoy (be it still incomplete)

  1. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi was the Trojan horse of the liberation movements, not just the ANC. He had relationships across the board. Relationships with Mangaliso Sobukwe, Steve Biko, O.R. Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Harry Oppenheimer, Dr. Alan Paton, traditional leaders, Presidents and Prime Ministers of western countries, business leaders and leaders of the front-line states. In the words of one of South Africa’s foremost sons, Rhodes’s scholar and one time Chairperson of Anglo American, Gavin Relly,

“I think,” he said, “… history, if reasonably and objectively written, will endorse the fact that Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi was the anvil on which apartheid ultimately faltered.” –

That fact was later confirmed by both President FW De Klerk and President Nelson Mandela. But not only did he do that, he repudiated the reckless ‘80’s slogan that said, liberation first  education later that was coined by a people who had their children studying overseas in Ivy League Universities. Prince Mangosuthu was a leader of those who said; ‘Education for liberation,’ which phrase he himself coined himself. And that conviction and passion drove him to build this august institution and many others.

His resolve against many contrary voices was; “We build this country so that the day we own it, it would be intact. We educate our children so that the day we own this country, they would also be intact and ready and able to govern it and take it forward.

Prince Buthelezi said, “I rejected the call for ‘liberation now education later which prompted black people to undermine and destroy the black education system in order to foment students into supporting the armed struggle.”

Just recently while addressing the Jewish Community which was honouring him around his ninetieth birthday he said,

“In the midst of a social crisis, education must continue. In the midst of economic distress, education must be prioritized. No matter what the political circumstances, whether we are fighting for freedom, or fighting for a democracy that overcomes inequality, education remains at the heart of our fight.

So let us teach our children the truth. Let us speak to the next generation. Let us equip them to look beyond hashtags and populist slogans, beyond propaganda and reductionist arguments. Let us give them a solid foundation by teaching them what has come before. And then, let us support them as they begin to build the future.”

Prince Buthelezi did not just preach education for liberation against the prevalent idea that liberation was to come before education. He put his plough to the ground and went on to build institutions of learning for the development of the people of KwaZulu which benefited all black people from other homelands and areas too. The institutions were Eshowe, Ezakheni, Esikhawini, Gamalakhe, KwaGqikazi and Ndumiso Colleges. To crown it all he also founded Mangosuthu Technikon, now Mangosuthu University of Technology.

  1. Steve Bantu Biko

The young philosopher who did not live long enough left us stunned. I wrote a book “Ten Stupid Things Young People Say and Do”, in which I say, it’s stupid to say I am only 16 years old, it’s stupid to say “when I grow up I will…” Steve Biko did not live that long but he changed the world and Africa, Pixley ka Isaka Seme founded the ANC at the age of 29, Jesus Christ died at thirty three and 2000 years later he is still changing the destiny of man and nations. Kaizer Chiefs was established by a 26 year old. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi started his revolutionary journey as a young man in Fort Hare which led to his expulsion. If there are any young people here I say, do not postpone living and say that you are only so many years old. What is only about age? You can sell apples at only R5 a box, but nobody knows how long they will live so do what you have to while you breathe. You are not only so many years old, you are so many years old. You have an invisible expiry date in this sphere, so run and do what you have been sent here for.

Our young Steve Bantu Biko ushered in the age of ‘black is beautiful’ and single-handedly destroyed the entire skin-lightening industry by amongst other revolutionary concepts selling black people their blackness as a form of greatness and beauty. I remember I had a brother who was so black he could franchise melanin. Self-hating black communities made life hell for such people. So he bought into skin lightening which didn’t work for him. Only his high cheek bones responded such that if he emerged from a distant moonless night he appeared like a menacing large cat.

  1. Charlotte Mannya – Maxeke, a girl from Ga Ramokgopha, Limpopo

Charlotte Mannya Maxeke according to history was the only woman in Bloemfontein upon the founding of the African National Congress and was later to become the founder of Bantu Women’s League, later, the ANC Women’s League, pioneering the entrance of the feminine principle and force into South African politics. That was a turning point.

  1. Tsietsi Mashinini

Tsietsi was the primary student leader from Morrison Isaacson High behind the storm that brewed into June 16, 1976. Mashinini planned a mass demonstration by students for 16 June 1976 which would later be known as the Soweto Uprising

I am highlighting these individuals to show you how education or the truly educated have shaped our world and communities.

I know that some of you may not like my list; I know that some leaders are conspicuous by their absence in my list. But that’s my list and I am sticking to it!

What makes these leaders unique? Why have they turned events in our country in their desired direction?

These people are what I call, ‘The Educated Man’

Let me give a good example of “the educated man” – the Apostle Paul.

 The right man for that moment in history had to fit these credentials –

  1. He must be truly educated
  2. Continuously self-educating
  3. He must be able to transcend cultures and be a LEARNER AND A leader in every culture he enters. In Rome he must be the educated Roman, in Greece he must be the educated Greek
  4. He must be a Jew and a gentile all in one person, a chameleon
  5. He must also be street-wise not a straight-jacket academic, he must be able also to come out of the cocoon of academia and walk the rough streets of the earth
  6. He must be “wise as a serpent and humble as a dove”, in that order

Paul was a graduate of the University of Tarsus (during those day it was like our Harvard University, top-notch Ivy League) Furthermore he was a student of the great Rabban Gamaliel (Now Gamaliel was not just a Rabi he was a Rabban, he was like a Moses, a Lawgiver and one of the wisest Jewish philosophers ever since Moses and Solomon)

Thus the Apostle Paul was called. That’s what I call a calling – RECRUITMENT OF TALENT. I MEET PEOPLE WHO TELL ME THEY ARE CALLED AND I SAY REALLY, GOD RECRUITED YOU? WHY? MY PROBLEM WITH UNKULUNKULU OF ABAZALWANA IS THAT HE SEEMS TO BE ATTRACTED TO HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS. The church leadership is full of people who were according to testimony called by God in high school. Somehow the material at school was a little difficult but according to them it was God trying to persuade them to go into the ministry. I have a difficulty with such a God. Why doesn’t he go to universities to recruit talent like any other serious employer? The problem with people is because they believe that God recruits you while empty and he fills you with stuff you haven’t got. That sounds like some kind of possession like demons would do. God does not work like that. I know there are exceptional high school drop-outs in the world, but you will find out that most of them still meet the standards of the educated man. They never stop learning, relearning and unlearning, they surround themselves with books and therefore they are actually qualified to be called the educated man. This thing about “God chooses the foolish things of this world in order to confound the wise should” not be taken too literally especially because it was not uttered by someone who qualifies as a foolish thing of the world, it is sourced from the letters of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. 

NOW ANOTHER STORY, THE STORY OF MOSES

It is evident in history, for those so traveled, that when God wants to change an epoch, a people, even a race, he sends them an educated man from amongst themselves. That is why I believe that in the story of the legendary Jewish captivity, Divine Providence made sure that Moses, son of Amram and Jochebed, both Hebrew slaves, would be raised as an Egyptian prince. Therefore their Holy Book says that “Moses was taught in all the knowledge and wisdom of the Egyptians.” As if this was not enough, when he fled the wrath of Pharaoh and his armies, he found refuge in Median and was welcomed and later mentored by Jethro the Priest of Median (some place in west Africa) in Monotheism and Management Sciences and Skills. The title ‘Priest’ in those days was not as washed down as we have rendered it today. Every lunatic today can claim to be a priest. You could call him Professor Jethro of Median to understand where he stood in his times. He was a Griot – A Temple. He was to be Moses’ next guide.

No slave was going to be able to free slaves. It does occur in works of fiction, but fiction writers are often fickle and easily carried away into flights of fancy.

In real life and history, that principle stands strong and unassailable as the force of gravity.

Slaves don’t, and can’t free slaves.

It required an educated man to do so.  Moses was placed in those environs and circumstances so he could be elevated by an education, so that he would be able to elevate his people. That is spiritual principle. Otherwise, if you are able to fathom the next statement, ‘the hands of God Almighty were ‘tied’. I know that you have imagined within your ‘medulla oblongata’ a God with all the power and no principle, and does as he pleases, and drinks beer somewhere in Mars, or bars or wherever He pleases.

That my dear, is history’s and my version of Satan, the Devil – power without restraint or principle.

The universe is a gargantuan piece of real estate and it is better governed by principle before power, than by power before principle. Perhaps this might explain to you why it took more than three hundred years to free Egyptian slaves, or to rid us South Africans of the first phase of colonialism in this country. God was waiting for the educated man or men

When one thinks about all the knowledge of Egypt of those days, you think about the fact that it took about 30 years to acquire that knowledge, to become a graduate of those mystery temples. You think about the fact that almost all the highly reputed Greek philosophers, the likes of Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras and Herodotus were dropouts of that schooling system, and they made philosophers of renown in their European worlds. Therefore, “Moses was taught in all the knowledge of Egypt” is huge. Moses could therefore open his own temple and he did. Judaism! Educated men at that level open temples (not churches by the way); they are pioneers and leaders of revolutionary movements that last long after they are dead. My educated man is the change in the world.

Pixley ka Isaka Seme – the African National Congress

Anton Muziwakhe Lembede – Congress Youth League (later ANC Youth League)

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe – Pan Africanist Congress

Kenneth Kaunda – United National Independent Party

Martin Luther – The Lutheran Church

Charlotte Mannya Maxeke  – Bantu Women’s League (later ANC Women’s League)

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi – Inkatha yeNkululeko yeSizwe (later Inkatha Freedom Party)

Stephen Bantu Biko – Black Consciousness Movement

Rev. Mangena Maake Mokone – The Ethiopian Church of South Africa

John Wesley – The Methodist Church

Nicholas Bengu – Back to God, Assemblies of God

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once proclaimed,

“A man shall be the Temple of Fame. He shall walk, as the poets have described that goddess, in a robe painted all over with wonderful events and experiences;–his own form and features by their exalted intelligence shall be that variegated vest. I shall find him in the Foreworld; in his childhood the Age of Gold, the Apples of Knowledge, the Argonautic Expedition, the calling of Abraham, the building of the Temple, the Advent of Christ, Dark Ages, the Revival of Letters, the Reformation, the discovery of new lands, the opening of new sciences and new regions in man.

He shall be the priest of Pan, and bring with him into humble cottages the blessing of the morning stars, and all the recorded benefits of heaven and earth.”

In the last century in this country our most distinguished educated man is the Prince of kwaPhindangene. No man built more schools of higher learning than him. No man built more classrooms for basic education institution than him; no black leader ever built a University, only him. If MUT is boasting more than 40 000 alumni scattered all over Africa and the world it means that he has been a father to more than 40 000 sons and daughters and counting.

The problem with our current crop of leaders is that they fit into GM. Mes, that Afrikaner intellectual’s “Now Men Tomorrow Men.” He says that if you give a black man a cow he is going to have a feasting session, if you give a white man the same cow he is going to have a breeding session. Sounds racist but the truth hurts. Our education is led by people today who believe that they can improve education by lowering standards, by lowering the pass rate. This country needs builders, not breakers. We need more Mangosuthus in this country than ever before. If I have an appeal to make of the Vice Chancellor of this great University,

Dr Malaza, please produce for us, more Mangosuthus and you will have played your part. And then this institution would truly become Mangosuthu University of Technology.

A truly educated man is a Sacrificial Man

There is a story that is told of a community of rats that lived in a decrepit building in a town I have forgotten. These rats were harassed by a big black one eyed cat. He would have a teenage rat for breakfast, a mother for lunch, a baby rat for an afternoon snack and Father-Rat for dinner. It was turning into a raticide, .a genocide of rats. This took place for seasons without end. One day an activist amongst them called a mass meeting where all the rats attended. Deliberations went into the night and there was no solution forthcoming. Deep into the night a tiny little female raised her hand, before she could even be acknowledged she began to speak, the compeer could not stop her, they were all tired. She spoke in a tinny voice.

‘Ladies and gentlemen I think I have earned the right to speak on this occasion. I’ve lost my mother, my father, five uncles and all my siblings to the big black one-eyed cat and I think I’ve got an idea. A young Sotho rat who thought she was cute said, “Bua Ngwanana!”

She continued, ‘Why don’t we go to the Anglican Church next door and dismantle the clock used to announce services. It’s tied by a rope which is nothing to us. It’s heavy but a good number of us can drag it here. Then we bell the cat and then when the cat moves around trying for a quarry we can hear him from afar off. As she sat down there was a standing ovation and the applause was deafening. An old rat at the back, a Shangaan rat, stood up and shouted proudly, Umtukukulu wa mina lo!  (That’s my nephew right there). A minute later retorted a veteran rat who had survived many an onslaught by the cat and he said. ‘Great idea young lady, great idea, but who is going to bell the cat?’

The plan of grand apartheid was to balkanize South Africa, turning us into many poor black unsustainable states in our own land. The ANC was aware that it was a big problem and in their jailed and exilic states they could not solve it. They had failed to stop Transkeian and Ciskeian independence; they had failed to stop Venda and Bophuthatswana independence. The cat was on the prowl and they needed a man who could go into enemy territory and bell the cat. And Prince Mangosuthu said, Thuma Mina.

That was the supreme sacrifice any South African leader ever made. That sacrifice turned him into a villain; even today it is difficult for most South Africans to realize what a gift he gave to us at his own expense. It is difficult for most South Africans to realize just what a gift Mangosuthu Buthelezi has been to us. Imagine placing yourself in a position where the enemy wants you dead and your own people want you dead too. That has been the life of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

It was Emerson who said,

“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.  Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist.”

The Educated Man is also a man of Faith

A few years ago I was in America, Tulsa Oklahoma marveling at Oral Roberts University when an old white woman said to me, do you know that many years ago when I came to this city, this place was a bush? I said tell me more. She said, ‘I was there when Oral Roberts called a meeting of friends and told them that he was planning to build a university right here. He asked for donations and he could only raise $25. After the collection he stood up and prayed and thanked God for the 25 dollars saying, with this money I will build the university. America has become great even arrogant because within that society there are many altruistic men of faith.

I would like to conclude by saying that we should emulate the Prince’s faith. Faith in God whatever your name for Him is, faith in yourself, faith in your people and faith in this country. Let us derive great lessons just from looking at these buildings and understand that these are the efforts of a man. Let us get into a place where when we see a university we don’t see the government, but men of faith, because all the countries that have ever gone forward was not because of governments, but civil society – Men and women of faith.

It was a great privilege ladies and gentlemen talking to you.

I THANK YOU

Prof Ramogale speech

WELCOME ADDRESS FOR PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI ON THE UNVEILING OF A MOSAIC MURAL

14 JUNE 2019

Members of Council, Executive Management, staff, students, alumni, donors and distinguished guests, it gives us great pleasure to welcome to MUT today His Excellency, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. On this august day, 14th June 2019, we celebrate 40 years of making a difference in the lives of our disadvantaged communities. On this day, we do not only celebrate, but we also remember the 14page speech His Excellency delivered at the opening of Mangosuthu Technikon 40 years ago. Your Excellency, in that speech themed There can be no Liberation Without Education, you spoke passionately about how education liberates, about how education is an investment for the future. Looking back, historians will ask why you believed that education liberates; they will also ask why you worked hard for the establishment of a technikon in a black township. The perceptive among them will recognise that you said what you said and did what you did because you were farsighted. They will also recognise that your foresight was born of love, love for your people, love for your country and love for a true state of freedom that only education can assure.

We are here today to celebrate the great dividends generated by your foresight of 40 years ago. That foresight, we are pleased to report, has produced more than 40 000 graduates. These graduates have not only been a blessing to their families and communities, but have also contributed immensely to our nations development. To paraphrase the English novelist George

Eliot, author of Middlemarch, that great Victorian novel, the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric and unheroic acts. Your argument of 40 years ago that we must have education for liberation was not regarded by some as a heroic and revolutionary act, but today we know that that quiet and unheroic act was in fact the most revolutionary, the most liberating and the most transformative. This is what leadership is about; it is about seeing what others cannot see, and saying what others are afraid to say because it is not fashionable or politically correct. True leadership is about risking unpopularity today for the longterm benefit of ones people. We thank, baba, for your courageous leadership and for your strong convictions.

MUT has grown from 15 students in 1979 to just over 13 500 students this year. In 1979, we had one Faculty, the Faculty of Engineering, offering diplomas only; today, we boast of three Faculties: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Management Sciences. Today, we offer programmes from the undergraduate to the postgraduate levels, all because of a seed you planted 40 years ago. The harvest is enormous and the future beckons with hope, all because you had vision and you worked hard towards its realisation.

The MUT community thanks you with the greatest measure of love and gratitude and we pray for your good health and continued blessings from the Power Beyond. In my language, we say o re phelele, for we still want your wisdom and guidance.

May the Good Lord bless you and may He also continue to shower His blessings on our institution.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

PROF. M.M. RAMOGALE DEPUTY VICECHANCELLOR (TEACHING & LEARNING) MANGOSUTHU UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 14 JUNE 2019