Professor Xoliswa Mtose, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zululand (UNIZULU), has urged staff and students to work even harder in achieving success this year saying 2015 is a momentous year for the University as it celebrates 55 years of existence.
She called on the current students to draw inspiration from the successes of past students, saying they too have to write their own chapters into the glorious history of UNIZULU.
“We dare not falter, we dare not fail because given our very rich history failure is just not an option,” she said addressing a packed King Bhekuzulu Hall during the Official Opening of the University.
She said plans were afoot to ensure that the University continues to run smoothly. These would include the filling of some senior executive management positions such as that of Vice-Chancellor and Executive Finance Director. The two posts have already been advertised, she said.
An SRC Administrator was also been appointed, she added, as the university wanted to ensure that the voice of the students is not muzzled as there is currently no SRC in place.
Prof Mtose also announced that while the registration process had started at a snail pace, it had proven to be successful with only minor glitches being experienced.
She applauded the University’s Protective Services Personnel who apprehended a con artist who has been taking money from unsuspecting students under the false pretence that such payments would guarantee them entry into the University.
“Such acts, while perpetrated by people who do not have any association with the University tend to impact negatively on our image. We therefore hope that the arrest of this suspect would serve as a deterrent to the other would-be scammers”.
She said the University was also well on its path of renewal adding that there had been great achievements reached in the past years, including increased research outputs
Registrar Dr Gift Vinger also encouraged students to work hard adding that while the university provides resources, students have to show commitment for them to achieve success. “If you fail, then we all fail,” he said.
Dr Vinger reminded the new UNIZULU students that getting a chance to attend the University was a blessing as many of their peers can only dream of such an opportunity.
He warned however that the journey would be arduous and a long one but also one “that would take you through a maze of memorable experiences”.
Dr Zethu Mkhize said the student services department was there to ensure that problems that students may encounter are attended to. She also encouraged students to participate in sport and other activities.
Pictured: Dean of Students, Dr Zethu Mkhize; Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Prof Rob Midgley; Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Xoliswa Mtose and Member of Council and Academic, Dr Mbokazi