Vice-Chancellor’s message to the Class of 2019

Dr Malaza
Dr Malaza

Welcome to Mangosuthu University of Technology! You are a very special class – you come to MUT as we celebrate 40-years of producing and sharing knowledge to enhance the lives of the people of Umlazi Township, Durban, KZN and South Africa. You also come at the height of transformation at MUT.

I am very excited to welcome you and grateful that you have chosen MUT as your partner towards a brighter future. We are here to make your dreams come true. You also come at a time when we have chosen a strategy statement which calls all of us, “To Shape & Own the future”. During this time, I urge you to engage in positive activities while with us here at MUT. I encourage you to seize the numerous opportunities you will have; in the classroom and outside of it; to explore your interests, ask questions about yourself and the world, and develop your talents.

You come at a time when MUT is for the first time in its 40-year history becoming more sports-centric. It is my wish to ensure that all of you participate in sport so that we may be united as one family through sport.  We would like to see you use sports as a launch pad for your success in academic activities; differentiate between what is right and wrong, thus making positive decisions which in the long run would catapult you to greater heights.

MUT is more than a university. It is a very a close-knit community whose special mission is to help you grow and realise your aspirations. MUT will support and guide you. This year in particular, I would like to see you actively participate in the anchor strategy. Our anchor strategy seeks to revitalise Umlazi Township and I would like to see you volunteering in various efforts to change the lives of our people.

Here at MUT, you will find support and guidance to help you excel—whether it is developing your leadership skills, conducting your own research, pursuing a career internship, participating in sport, volunteering in our community, or joining a student organisation. All of these opportunities and many, many more are available to you here! Just ask, reach out—we’re here for you.

We are blessed at MUT to have two campuses; the main campus and the Natural Sciences Faculty, just across the road. Make time to familiarise yourselves with both campuses. Ensure that you all belong to one university. Finally, I would like to urge you to love your University. Respect our property – please don’t destroy it and also please let us join hands in saving our environment.


Who is Dr Duma Enoch Malaza

  • Brief profile
    • Experience in leading and managing at executive level within the South African higher education system.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and deliver on vision and mission‐critical results at institutional level. Expert understanding of all levels of the university's academic business from institution-wide planning to academic planning and quality assurance, with expert capability to provide institutional leadership and oversight for the University's academic mission and support functions with cost-effective management of resources, planning and budgeting and quality performance.
    • Possesses expert knowledge of global trends shaping higher education and knowledge of the South African higher education policy landscape.
  • Skills Highlight
    • strong leadership capacity
    • strategic thinking
    • analytical ability
    • conceptual thinking
    • sound communication skills
    • strong interpersonal skills
  • Core Accomplishments
    • Best student awards every year during the years at high school
    • High School prefect in the years 1974-1975
    • Matriculation with distinctions in Mathematics and Physical Science
    • Fulbright scholarship for study in the United States of America
    • British Council scholarship for study in the United Kingdom
    • National Research Foundation (NRF) recognition as a promising young researcher in 1996
    • Leadership role at higher education sector level in the engagement with the National Qualifications Framework
    • Acting Vice Chancellor at the University of Transkei January 1999 to March 2000
    • Managed the preparations for the Higher Education Quality Committee pilot audit in 2005 at the University of Pretoria
    • Founding CEO of Higher Education South Africa, the peak body of the higher education sector
    • Built and maintained strategic relations for HESA at national, regional and international levels
    • Chair of the Senate Quality Promotion Committee at the Vaal University of Technology.
  • Previous Experience
    • Executive director: Institutional Planning & Governance, UKZN
    • Executive director: Institutional Planning & Quality Assurance, VUT
    • Director: Institutional Planning, CT
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, WSU
    • Professor and Head of Department: Applied Mathematics (University of Limpopo)
  • Educational qualifications/achievements & Affiliations

    Educational qualifications/achievements

    • Postdoctoral research, Physics, Universite de Paris XI (ORSAY) - Paris, France (1991)
    • Postdoctoral research, Physics, University of Cape Town - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa (1987)
    • Ph.D., Physics, Cambridge University - Cambridge, England (1986)
    • 1986 Master of Science, Physics, Brown University - Rhode Island, United States of America (1983)
    • 1983 Bachelor of Science, Science, University of Fort Hare - Eastern Cape
    • 1979 Matric, Matriculation (1976), Tlakula High School, - Springs, Gauteng 


    • South African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR)
    • Equity Committee of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors' Association (2001-2005)
    • South African Institute of Physics (1986-1998)
    • South African Mathematical Society (1989-1998)
    • Academy of Science of South Africa
    • Committee of Heads of Research and Training Organizations (COHORT) representing the Heads of organizations, including Science Councils, in higher education
    • National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Board member (2006 - 2011)
    • International Association of Universities 0, Board member (2006-2008)
    • Tertiary Education Network (TENET), Board member (2006 - 2012)
    • South African Technology Network (SATN), Board member (2008 – 2011)
    • Council of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, member of Council (2008 – 2012)
    • American Council on Education's Internationalization Network, a body that advises on international engagement by the ACE and its sister organization Higher Education for Development funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (2008-2012)