Makgoba to oversee varsity reform

2012-12-13 20:24

Johannesburg - University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) vice chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba has been appointed to chair the ministerial oversight committee on transformation in South African public universities, it was announced on Thursday.

"I wish to congratulate Professor Makgoba on his appointment at a critical juncture of our democratic dispensation," UKZN council chairperson Phumla Mnganga said in a statement.

The committee aims to promote, implement and monitor transformation in tertiary education.

"I believe that UKZN under Professor Makgoba's leadership is recognised as the most transformed university in the country," she said.

"Through this committee, his vast experience and vision for a transformed society built on excellence will enrich and empower higher education in the future."

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-12-13 20:43

    Transformation = Ruin

      bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-12-13 22:15

      Whatever these people touch turn to POO !!!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 06:33

      A tainted perspective however one allowed currently in RSA.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-14 07:36

      @zapadela.tistarocha: From my chair I sit and I see. It can’t be trained if it is the truth. This is government after all. Honestly and especially recently those words don’t ring truer. I know, I see, government is s cesspool of everything that is wrong on this continent and we are powerless to stop them. They say “transform”, those in my position ask: Into what?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 08:21

      Oom Koos, It is quiet clear you have no idea how far behind the 8 ball this country was in 1994. Other than the Fact that the West removed practically every dime invested in this country, Other than the fact that the smaller tax base now took care of 50 million people rather than 8, OTTF, Over 90% of this country's wealth is with a particular race whom refuse to let go and re-invest in RSA( We have Billions sitting idle in Bank accounts ) OTTF,In the last 8 years RSA has tripled it's GDP ( If you own your own company , you would know it's the bottom line that counts, These are international facts beyond re-proach, Google it ) We have more People whom have access to Education, Infrastructure has grown( new Universities etc.) and continues to grow ( I personally construct Port Infrastructure Maintenance programs/regimes ) I have lived through Apartheid and you will ( speak as you were too young to have experienced it )never know what value of life we have today. I suggest you verify facts Internationally and stop being a lazy grazer living off Indoctrinated Anti-Black Empowerment RSA Media,This tool has always been utilized to divide us.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-14 09:33

      @zapadela.tistarocha: Indoctrinated? Nope. I can only speak off what I know and what I see and I see more than the average guy on the street. I bet your papers looks very good but what I see every day does not reflect too well. I find your optimism interesting if you take into account your “Port Infrastructure Maintenance programs”. If that is indeed the case you of all people know what is coming and it is NOT good news for South Africa. If SA was as good as you say it is and the leaders as strong then I see no reason why people won’t invest but I myself have moved a few things out of South Africa. It’s called low investor confidence. Just because you say something is good does not mean it is good.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-14 09:44

      Wait a minute. Graduated from St.Marys in 98. So u where 18 in 98, 14 in 94? So what things where changing in 1990 you where 10. How much of Apartheid did you see? Then Harvard? I have to ask Zapadela: You talk as if you were in the frontlines but your age leaves a lot to be desired. In fact I have to question what you know about Apartheid and the new cANCer regime and what they do. Where do you reside now? The US?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 11:41

      Koos, FDI has tripled since 2010.....Foreign investment. Yes Koos, I Graduated in 89 ....Apology Dyslexia has never been an issue before.

  • Philip - 2012-12-13 20:45

    Transformation= dumbing down and making your degree worthless.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-12-13 21:22

      this is not true. Places like UCT have climbed in international ranking and was its highest positions ever last year.

      polya314 - 2012-12-13 22:01

      This is true, but "transformation" on the scale of UKZN would be catastrophic; especially since UCT's reputation relies very strongly on its foreign (and mostly white) researchers.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-12-13 22:43

      At Rupeshhari.........that's only because the ANC and their puppets have not got their hands on it.

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2012-12-14 08:59

      Really , how much is he going to be paid for doing nothing . No-one can say what he is going to tranform and into what ? So , probably leeching a good few hundred thousand a year and more for what return .

  • AlexWallerSA - 2012-12-13 20:53

    Transformation: The process whereby your degree is laughed at by foreign employers.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-12-13 21:24

      I studied overseas and was more than competitive among my peers overseas.

      TSR01 - 2012-12-13 21:37

      Rupeshhari, then that is because you studied overseas. If you studied in SA and tried going overseas, those "SA Local Certificates" would get laughed at. (in the IT industry for example, the A+ / N+ course qualification requirements for "local certificates" vs. "international certificates" are phenomenally watered down)

      archie.mooki - 2012-12-13 21:59

      I studied in South Africa and very competitive among my peers in IT department here in New York City Council ...

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-12-13 22:46

      Like that, but foreign emploers don't look at SA degrees obtained after 1994 without checking.

  • lungelo.nsibande.7 - 2012-12-13 21:10

    Prof Congratulation and remember to stay away from Politics! Comrade Blade need black academics in order for our High Education Transformation agenda to succeed. Remember Most of our Leaders studied in exiles and others in so called black institutions.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-14 07:40

      Our agendas in this country have agendas just as our “challenges” has their own challenges that are challenged. Rather they get on with doing the job instead of creating more problems and dropping standards even more. Based on what I’ve read you can say: Just another political appointment. How is anyone supposed to have respect for that when there are others better suited, more independent, better qalified and free thinking then this man?

  • garth.philpot - 2012-12-13 21:12

    I have heard from some pretty learned people that this man is a disaster...

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-12-13 21:24

      That is true. Disaster would be an understatement.

  • timothy.crowley.96 - 2012-12-13 21:46

    Transform into what may I ask?

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-12-13 21:58

    Transform the university to what, a degree from this institution is no longer acknowledged world wide, who are we fooling....

  • polya314 - 2012-12-13 22:05

    I don't understand this "transformation" notion. Honestly, nowhere else is it more critical to have the best people in the job - university lecturers are the backbone of the production of educated citizens. If the best person for the job is black, then they get the job because they will guarantee greater success for all students, irrespective of the student's colour. An issue like this CAN'T be forced, it must go to the best researcher and teacher combination. Simple.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-12-13 22:52

      polya314.... just hope "transformation" is not another word to discribe 30%

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-13 22:08

    UKZN is the most useless university in the country and we know why.

  • david.christianson1 - 2012-12-13 22:15

    the man's a racial bean counter

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-12-13 22:30

    RIDICULOUS ! All that will happen, is that South African Universities will lose credibility. Already, some UJ's degrees are not recognised, in certain EU Countries.

  • jacobus.m.vantonder - 2012-12-13 22:52

    So glad I don't study in SA....

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-14 06:58

    The Vice Chancellor of KZN Uni appointed to oversee transformation is this another of the ways to uneducate the youth of today? This University has one of the worst records of student protests and misbehaviour and yet it is seen fit to appoint this man to oversee transformation.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-12-14 07:14

    Transformation at university? What a load of cr@p. You either make it or you don't. Lowering standards will not help! Privatisation here we come!

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