COMMITTED to honouring those who made a positive impact in putting the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) on the world map, the University hosted a public lecture and UNIZULU Foundation held a special dinner for Prof Abram Charles Nkabinde last month.
The lecture was held at King Bhekuzulu Hall and the dinner at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC).
Giving a keynote address at the public lecture, Professor Otty Nxumalo said: “Today we have learnt that it pays to work hard. It works to strive for the best and the highest.”
Nxumalo said Nkabinde had taught everyone to strive for balance between what you need and what others need. “He has led, managed and demonstrated quality,” said Nxumalo.
Speaking at the dinner, Vice-Chancellor Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko said: “Nkabinde has an enormous intellectual capacity which cuts across all boundaries. He ensured that his word and work found each other at all times.” He added that to Nkabinde, education meant a service to Africa and not just South Africa.
UNIZULU Administrator Prof Chris de Beer said Nkabinde was being honoured for producing leaders of leaders; assisting and inspiring others to confront problems that had never been successfully resolved; contributed significantly to fundamental change at the university and in our country; and left a timeless and inspirational legacy.
Nkabinde – an expert in linguistics, a distinguished scholar and an author – served the University of Zululand as Rector and Vice-Chancellor for 15 years and since 1963 held various academic positions.
Pictured: (L-R) Mrs Esther Nkabinde (wife), UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko and Prof Abram Charles Nkabinde at the dinner held at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre