TUT head must re-apply for his job

2010-04-03 13:09

TSHWANE University of Technology vice-chancellor Prof Errol Tyobeka

looks set to leave the troubled institution after five years at the helm.

His position was advertised this week and insiders say his future

at the institution seems uncertain.

“His term of office is coming to an end. It has therefore become

imperative that council should advertise the position,” the institution said in

response to enquiries from City Press.

Tyobeka was appointed TUT vice-chancellor in August 2005. He came

from the University of Johannesburg, where he was interim deputy vice-chancellor

for academic administration and external relations.

He refused to comment last week, referring questions to TUT council

chairperson Dr Nono Mohutsioa-Mathabathe, who could not be reached for


Tyobeka urged City Press to accept the statement by the council,

which said that Tyobeka was not necessarily leaving – he had to re-apply for the


During his tenure, TUT’s Soshanguve campus became notorious for

yearly violent protests over fee increases, academic and financial


The institution has been rocked by several scandals during his

tenure, including claims that female students prostituted themselves to obtain

financial aid in February 2006.

In November, City Press reported that about 100 students had

enrolled for a R20 000 unregistered course between 2007 and last year.

TUT has about 52 000 students and campuses in Tshwane (city centre,

Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa), Nelspruit, Witbank and Polokwane.

Tyobeka (58) replaced Reggie Ngcobo, who was the interim

vice-chancellor for 18 months after the institution was formed in January 2004,

following the merger of the Pretoria Technikon, Technikon North-West and

Technikon Northern Gauteng.

Tyobeka is currently the chairperson of Higher Education South

Africa and a board member of the National Institute for Higher Education.

According to the advertisement, the position is available from

August and TUT wants a visionary, seasoned administrator with an impeccable

track record to provide strategic leadership to the institution.


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