Buildings named after icons

2018-09-26 06:01
Dr Rantlai Molemela’s family (sons, daughters and grandchildren) at the unveiling of the renaming of the building. From the left are, front: Mpho Molemela; back: Zamakuhle Mnembe, Neo Molemela, Tshebeletso Molemela, Mantoa Mbambo, Manana Fantisi, Sello Molemela, Lekunutu Mbambo, Lisemelo Fantisi and Molale Molemela. Insert: Philemon Molemela. Photo: Teboho Setena

Dr Rantlai Molemela’s family (sons, daughters and grandchildren) at the unveiling of the renaming of the building. From the left are, front: Mpho Molemela; back: Zamakuhle Mnembe, Neo Molemela, Tshebeletso Molemela, Mantoa Mbambo, Manana Fantisi, Sello Molemela, Lekunutu Mbambo, Lisemelo Fantisi and Molale Molemela. Insert: Philemon Molemela. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State has recognised three late influential Free State icons by naming buildings after them.

These are Nnoseng Ellen Kate Kuzwayo, Dr Rantlai Molemela and Dr Bethuel Setai.

Kuzwayo was a women’s rights activist and politician who became president of the ANC Youth League in the 1960s.

Setai, a former PhD holder, was a Professor Extraordinaire and a politician who went into exile to serve the ANC. The late Setai was the first director general of the Free State Government and was a long-serving member of the CUT Council.

The CUT has honoured Setai by renaming the library after him. It is called the Bethuel Setai Library and Information Services Building.

Molemela was a CUT council member and a CUT alumnus. He was a pioneer entrepreneur who established the Molemela Construction Company and various businesses, as well as managing director of Bloemfontein Celtic, running the club over 26 years with funds. The late Molemela, well-known as Whitehead, received an honorary D Tech in Business Administration.

Prof. Henk de Jager, vice-chancellor and principal of CUT, said Molemela’s inspiration to CUT lies in the fact that he had an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to succeed in the demanding and challenging environment as a sports administrator and entrepreneur.

The names of the three buildings, including one engineering building at the Bloemfontein main campus, were unveiled on Thursday (20/09) by the minister of Higher Education, Naledi Pandor.

She said recognition of the three outstanding individuals was an important milestone.

“We are allowing ourselves to be absorbed in misery and negativity, yet we are one of the greatest nations in the world. We need to appreciate ourselves and celebrate the large achievements that are part of us,” said Pandor.

R600 million was invested by CUT in the infrastructure project on both campuses of Bloemfontein and Welkom.

The families of Kuzwayo, Setai and Molemela expressed great appreciation having their pillars named.

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