THE University of Zululand (UNIZULU) hosted a series of activities to mark and commemorate 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa. This was part of Higher Education South Africa (HESA) Common Campaign Project.
Vice-chancellor, Prof Fikile Mazibuko said the university prides itself for having honoured the late former President Nelson Mandela with a doctorate.
The activities included a round table discussion on 20 years of democracy held on July 15 at the Richards Bay Campus. Head of Politics and International Studies, Professor Chris Isike facilitated this academic discourse.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Operations and Resources at Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Prof Gordon Zide presented a public lecture on transformation on July 16 at the KwaDlangezwa Campus. Prof Zide said a lot has been done in the country. “If someone says there’s no transformation, pull them aside and ask what has been their contribution,” he said, adding that transformation is about winning battles through engagements. Before the lecture Creative Arts students performed a play focusing on the developments from 1994 to 2014.
Special advisor to the Minister of Human Settlements, Prof Sipho Seepe led a round table academic discussion deliberating on South Africa’s journey from apartheid to a free democratic state at KwaDlangezwa Campus. Senior academics, student leaders, editors and public officials took part in this discussion. “We have done well in political areas but not so well in economic transformation,” said Seepe.
The series of milestone activities was concluded with a 67-minute contribution to Izulu Orphan Projects in Mevamhlophe on Mandela Day, July 18.
The UNIZULU team informed the children about courses and bursaries available. Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Xoliswa Mtose motivated the youth to focus on studying as “education is the only weapon to freedom”.
1. A discussion on 20 years of democracy: SRC President, Siyanda Mkhize; Dean of Science and Agriculture, Prof Muzi Ndwandwe; Dean of Arts, Prof Jabulani Thwala; Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Xoliswa Mtose; Dean of Commerce, Administration and Law, Prof Dev Tewari; Dean of Education, Prof Dudu Sibaya and Head of Politics and International Studies, Prof Chris Isike.
2. Public Lecture on Transformation: Director: Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr Kenneth Netshiombo; Independent Contractor, Mr Cello Gardner, Prof Gordon Zide (Guest speaker), Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Xoliswa Mtose and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Prof Rob Midgley
3. Standing – Director: Communications & Marketing, Normah Zondo; Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Prof Rob Midgley; Dean of Arts, Prof Jabulani Thwala and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Prof Xoliswa Mtose. Seated – Stanley Rwandarugali, Nompumelelo Runji and Prof Sipho Seepe (guest speakers)
4. UNIZULU members of management, Zweli Dlamini, Normah Zondo and Prof Xoliswa Mtose with youth of Mevamhlophe on Madiba Day.