Co-operative graduation a first for SA
About 50 Diploma in Co-operative Management students will graduate from the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) – a first in this country – which illustrates the university’s commitment to continue setting trends in tertiary education. Nine of these students have registered for a commerce degree at the University.
One of the founding members of the Co-operative Management Students Society, Kwanele Mkhwanazi, said they had learnt a lot through the programme. “We have now become specialists in co-operative development and management, not only in the province but in the whole country,” he said.
Mkhwanazi thanked the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) for sponsoring the programme. “We are very appreciative of the support and visionary leadership,” he said.
Mkhwanazi took part in the drafting of the International Youth Co-operative Statement that was presented to the United Nations.
In 2012 he was sponsored by DEDT to participate in the International Summit of Co-operatives, Future Co-operatives Leaders Programme.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile Mazibuko said: “Our University is the only higher education institution in the country to graduate students in the Diploma in Co-operative Management in 2013. All the students who graduated have been absorbed into the job market.”
Professor Mazibuko said the programme is not only academic and career oriented but is a hallmark of visionary and dynamic leadership.
“The university wishes to applaud and salute the students in this programme for remarkable foresight and deep sense of patriotism. We wish them well in their future endeavours. Programmes of this nature have a capacity to produce organic intellectuals,” she said.
Caption: (L-R) Siyabonga Mthembu, UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile Mazibuko, Mbali Chiliza and Kwanele Mkhwanazi
Story & Picture: MACK MAKHATHINI