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It was a day filled with mixed emotions when the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Midlands Head of Departments (HODs) and departmental staff members bid farewell to Professor Mzikayise Binza, HOD: Public Management, Law and Economics, at Riverside Campus.

“Professor Binza was an individual who appreciated the work that was done by other departments and was an individual who respected everyone irrespective of the positions they held”, said Programme Director, Celiwe Chemane-Nyathi.

“I guess it is true when they say all good things come to an end. It might be a sad day for us yet at the same time it is a celebration of having had an opportunity to get to know and work with you Prof Binza. DUT is yet losing another best and committed employee who played a major role and impacted many lives. The memories shared with each one of us will be remembered and cherished. I wish you nothing but the best on your journey. Continue being humble and a hardworking person,” these were the words echoed by Dr Joe Molete, Director: Midlands Campuses.

Mr Mthunzi Khonjelwayo, lecturer at the Department of Public Management, Law and Economics expressed his gratitude to Prof Binza. “Prof Binza has been with the Department for a short period but he has been a brother and a colleague. In these few months, he has managed to ensure that at least 90% of the staff within our department have enrolled for PHDs and there are so many positive initiatives that he has introduced in the department. Even though there were challenges God gave you the wisdom to respond to them, may you be blessed, be protected by the power of the Almighty God everywhere you go,” he expressed.

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Acting Director: Professor Livingstone Makondo, when sharing his farewell message, said Prof Binza is a great leader who always wanted more people to succeed which shows that he is not afraid of competition.

“I would like to appreciate Dr Joe Molete for all his wisdom, leadership and development sessions which enabled me to transform and become a better person and a leader. I am grateful to Prof Fulufhelo Godfrey Netswera: Executive Dean Management Sciences for his support and serenity learnt in doing things the smart way. A big thanks and appreciation goes to my departmental staff members that supported me during my tenure. DUT has granted me a grand opportunity that has created a family for me that I can always look back at,” excitedly said Prof Binza during his vote of thanks.

Pictured: Professor Mzikayise Binza giving his vote of thanks during his farewell.

Zanele Mashaba

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