Topic and rationale: Transformational leadership in 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in recognition of the contribution and sacrifices they make to save lives. In celebrating Women’s month, MUT will host a public lecture on transformational leadership. Drawing from the various stories of high morale, great team work, rapport and the ability of the nursing fraternity to be motivational, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; the MUT Public Lecture will challenge all women to adapt to transformational leadership as their day-to-day practices. The Public Lecture will also reflect on various women who have carried the candlelight during the darkest days of South Africa’s apartheid and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Foreword by the Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Marcus Ramogale
I am pleased to welcome all of you to the MUT Public Lecture on Transformational Leadership in 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The University had in its 2020 plan, scheduled four public lectures which seek to bring various constituencies to Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT). MUT is located in Umlazi, a township on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa located south-west of the city of Durban. Umlazi is the fourth largest township as it is called by many in South Africa.
As outlined on the MUT Strategy 2025 “Our presence at Umlazi Township gives us a unique intermediary position of being integrally involved in the mix of social, developmental and economic investments made into the Township, from which it contributes and draws in providing access to higher education.”
This Public Lecture is our way of reaching out to touch the lives of our people and bring those outside MUT closer to our campus in order that we may find ways as a collective to build the nation together. This is in line with MUT strategic goals, in particular Goal 4: Targeted national and international engagement. This goal outlines MUT’s nation-building agenda. It is therefore for this reason that we have chosen the theme of Transformational Leadership in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The nurses were quick to adapt to the new norm and contributed enormously on saving lives during the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic. Teamwork, proactivity and innovation which have always been embedded with the nursing profession even as we date back to Florence Nightingale, suddenly became more relevant to everyone; from household, boardroom, remote-learning and many other scenarios. In many respects transformational leadership became the norm for all of us. We still need to talk loud and clear about transformational leadership and that is the reason why we have the Public Lecture to reiterate the need for transformational leadership.
I am encouraged by the selection of speakers, particularly from our major institutions who will be playing a pivotal role during this lecture. Many thanks to our sister institutions: University of KwaZulu Natal and the University of Zululand. Umhlanga Hospital played a vital role in educating people on East Coast Radio about preventing the spread of Covid-19 just as Ukhozi FM also was instrumental in many fronts on raising awareness. I am grateful to our very own research directorate for its role during the Public Lecture.