Appointment marks milestone for CUT

2016-06-15 06:00
JUDGE MAHUBE MOLEMELA, newly inaugurated chancellor of the Central University of Technology.       Photo: Teboho Setena

JUDGE MAHUBE MOLEMELA, newly inaugurated chancellor of the Central University of Technology. Photo: Teboho Setena

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THE decision to appoint an intellectual like Judge Mahube Molemela to the influential position of chancellor of the Central University of Technology in the Free State is symbolic of the institution’s vision for 2020.

This was stated by Prof. Thandwa Mthembu, vice-chancellor and principal of the CUT, at Judge Molemela’s inauguration ceremony in the Boet Troskie Hall on Friday, 10 June.

The CUT’s vision is that by 2020 it shall be an engaged university that focuses on producing quality social and technological innovations in socio-economic developments in central South Africa.

Mthembu said Judge Molemela had been chosen given that her education complemented and influences the institution’s 2020 vision.

“The CUT looked around for someone to match its vision and Judge Molemela is ideal. She is the daughter of the soil who many can look up to in terms of valuing education and taking us further as a people,” said Mthembu.

Molemela possesses certificates, diplomas and degrees in Law obtained from various institutions. Her qualifications include BA and BProc degrees from Fort Hare and LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Free State, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law from the University of Johannesburg.

Mthembu said the fact that Molemela had once served on the CUT council, stood her in good stead to take up the instrumental position of chancellor, further emphasising her passion for education as a means of advan-cing human development.

In her inauguration address, Molemela strongly emphasised the power of education in enabling people to positively change their lives and society at large.

“Education has long been recognised as the bedrock of the meaningful development of any nation. In his usual eloquence, our great leader, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, described education as follows: ‘Education is the great engine of personal development.’

“It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. “Clearly, education plays an incredibly enormous role in balancing the scales that have been skewed by pervasive poverty and deprivation. It is probably why education is often referred to as an equaliser of society. It goes a long way toward levelling the playing field, even though it does not erase the effects of a disadvantaged background,” said Molemela.

Molemela’s inauguration marked a milestone, as she is the first woman appointed as chancellor of the CUT. Her tenure will end in 2019. Her predecessors were men, influential political figure Mosiuoa Patrick “Terror” Lekota (1997-2009) and Dr Boet Troskie (2010-2015).

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