Prof Ramogale quoted national newspapers that carried screaming headlines that highlighted that MUT was normal while all other institutions were dealing with the fees related problems. This calmness at MUT drew the attention of the national education officials. In an email to Prof Ramogale, Prof Diane Grayson, Director of Institutional Audits at the CHE commended MUT students for the “maturity, rationality, discipline and understanding” they had demonstrated.
Prof Ramogale said the 2016 class would be given a testimonial that would be an indication of the kind of people they were. They kept calm, focused on their studies, and this led to the continuation of MUT as the leading institution with a good throughput rate, a feat MUT has continued to carry for the past few years. For this reason, Prof Ramogale informed the audience that his office had conceptualised the idea of giving all the Class of 2016 graduates a testimonial that would make it easier for the new graduates to secure jobs. This would be a direct message from executive management laying bare the relationship between them and the graduates.
The graduation ceremonies were dedicated to four esteemed individuals that have made a huge mark in the lives of their country folks and beyond. The Natural Sciences faculty ceremony was dedicated to Prof Glenda Gray, the CEO of the SAMRC, who is one of TIME’s magazine’s top 100 most influential people. The others were Thembinkosi Madikane, MD of Igoda Projects who is also an MUT graduate of the Department of Electrical Engineering, to whom two Engineering faculty ceremonies were dedicated; and Prof Otty Nxumalo, and Dr Reuel Khoza, both for the Faculty of Management Sciences.