Dr Malaza


A message to all MUT staff, students, alumni and all our stakeholders

Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, Vice-Chancellor & Principal 

Last year on 2 May I joined this amazing MUT family, as a complete outsider. I was warmly welcomed by all of you in spite of the challenges that wedged on the University at the time. You made me feel at home and you gave me your ears in multitudes. I was deeply overwhelmed by your hospitality and for that I am highly appreciative.

When I spoke of building partnerships with you at the commencement of my term in office, I really meant that. We have come a long way and I am still seeking more ways of how we could collaborate for the advancement of MUT. One of the greatest accomplishments during this first year, which I hold dearest in my heart, has been to elevate the role of the deans to a more strategic role. We can all attest to how their role has changed based on what we are beginning to observe coming out of faculty boards. This will contribute immensely to the kind of University we would like to build.

MUT Strategy 2025 is just a few months from being approved by Council and implemented by all of us. I see this as our strategy. We all contributed regardless of role, race or level within MUT. I was heartened to engage people from Maintenance just as I was engaging professors. We are all part of the value chain and no one is irrelevant.

We have all agreed on a new vision for MUT and a new set of values to augment our core values, known as IIFASE – Integrity, Innovation, Being at the Forefront, Self-Respect & Respect as well as Excellence. The new values we have added are to ensure the successful implementation of MUT Strategy 2025. We define the key capabilities that define leadership in the MUT context.

  • To DELIVER on our obligations to one another, our students and stakeholders while maintaining high standards and ethical behaviour.
  • To ENGAGE and collaborate with one another, our students and all stakeholders.
  • To EMPOWER one another and our students to make a difference. MUT ensures the safety and wellbeing of our people. We create an inclusive and supportive university community in which achievements are celebrated and rewarded. Our people have the opportunity to enrich their lives and pursue their goals.
  • To DISCOVER and share new knowledge and new ways to lead through teaching, intellectual engagement and use of technology.
  • To SUSTAIN our local and global environment, organisational health and ability to create a viable future.

As I start my second year with you, I humbly request you to all join me in embedding our core values as well as our key capabilities that define leadership in the MUT context.

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 


  • Universities South Africa (USAf): 2018-to date
  • 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)


It is a great honour for me to be at the helm of the MUT ship as we enter the new decade in 2020. We enter this new decade with a great sense of hope after Council approved MUT Strategy 2025 and a new corporate identity for MUT. Both these approvals herald a new chapter for MUT and in our case; a new decade for MUT. It is a decade that we view as a defining moment in the life of MUT. We have a ‘somewhere’ to begin from.

Our somewhere entails these two fundamental approvals: The MUT Strategy 2025 which we call the Diamond; as well as the new MUT logo; coined the Transformer. We believe that the Diamond; whose name is taken from the diamonds of Transformer; presents a shared vision of our University as a “transforming, equitable, sustainable and academically excellent University of Technology anchored in its communities.” This vision is a commitment to be a fair and inclusive university, growing in academic stature as a leading university excelling in career-focused undergraduate teaching, generating world-class research in niche areas, preparing leaders for the global environment and enhancing the well-being of our communities.

The Diamond (Strategy 2025) aims to build on our history and articulates and incorporates the unique advantages we enjoy while acknowledging the challenges we face. It outlines the strategic goals and initiatives we will pursue to achieve our vision while adhering to our core values. This vision will be realised by building on a commonality of purpose, a shared sense of responsibility for the University’s future and profound respect for the communities we serve.

Our Transformer has made his presence felt around Umlazi Township; at the Annual General Meeting of Convocation as well as at the staff Year-End function where he has been warmly received. The warm reception gives us confidence that it was about time.

So, I beseech you colleagues, students, alumni and friends of MUT to join this ship I am steering to be destined for a brighter future for MUT, the people of Umlazi Township, South Africa and the world.