On 1 October 2016, the Durban University of Technology welcomed its current Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Thandwa Mthembu.
As such, Prof Mthembu will be inaugurated as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Durban University of Technology during a ceremony set to be held at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre, Steve Biko Campus, on Saturday, 18 March 2017. Later, a dinner will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) in a further commemoration of the event. Four hundred (400 ) guests are expected to grace the event.
Prof Mthembu- a PhD in Mathematics and has published mathematics papers in international journals- has previously served as Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Partnerships and Advancement at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) as well as in senior and executive management positions at other South African universities. Over the last 21 years, he diversified his scholarly interests to include higher education governance and management, social transformation as well as public intellectualism.
Sthabile Gwala from DUT Communications spoke to DUT students about the event and this is what they had to say:
Sibusiso Shezi, second-year Tourism Management student
“Firstly, I would like to welcome Professor Mthembu to DUT. I hope he will have a productive year and that he can fulfill his duties and bring about change within DUT.”
Nokuthula Khoza, B-Tech Internal Auditing student
“I’d like to welcome Professor Mthembu to DUT. I hope that he will take DUT to new heights. It’s nice to see diversity within DUT management. I hope he can empower and motivate students to become leaders.”
Sindi Msimangu, third-year Marketing student
“On behalf of Radio DUT, we’d like to welcome Professor Mthembu to DUT. We hope he will be able to implement all the great ideas he has for DUT and we’d like him to know that Radio DUT is behind him 100 percent.”
Mdumiseni Gumede, third-year Chemical Engineering student
“We’d like to welcome our new Vice-Chancellor to DUT. I’m excited to have a black Vice-Chancellor and I hope that he will be able to understand the dynamics of DUT and that he will fit in well with everyone.”
Kaylil Govender, second-year Electrical Engineering student
“I would like to wish Professor Mthembu a good year ahead. Welcome to our family and we hope that you will give DUT the best that you can.”
Picture by: Sthabile Gwala