New Gauteng university to open in 2015

2014-05-17 11:30

Johannesburg - A new health and allied sciences university in Gauteng should open its doors in 2015, the higher education department said on Friday.

The name of the new university would be Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said in a statement.

"The university is named after a highly-acclaimed politician, journalist, educationist and theologian.

"We are proud to advance his lifelong struggle for a South Africa that is legitimate, non-racial, non-exploitative, free, independent, democratic, and playing its proper role amongst the nations of the world," Nzimande said.

Sefako Mapogo Makgatho was the second president of the ANC.

The new university would be merged with the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) campus in Garankuwa, Pretoria.

Nzimande announced his intention to separate Medunsa campus from the University of Limpopo in May 2011.

The decision was based on the findings and recommendations of a task team's report, led by Professor William Makgoba and Dr Max Price.

"The task team had been appointed to review the impact of the merger of the Medical University of South Africa and the University of North, which resulted in the establishment of the University of Limpopo.

"When I made this announcement there was a commitment from the department that we would open the doors for learning of this institution at the beginning of the 2015 academic year."

  • Thokozani Nhlapho - 2014-05-17 11:41

    Ok let me say this now... No one will go to a university with a name like that. I had to read 3 times

      anke.engelke.35 - 2014-05-17 11:45

      I agree. Medunsa sounds more melodic.

      Siyabonga Ntshangase - 2014-05-17 11:54

      #Thokozani what you saying is Nonsense!!! you should be ashamed of your low level of thinking! what the name have to do with qualifications that will be acquired there, people like you disgust Me... when nothing is done you complaai when something is being done U talk SH###T. we have to grow up at some Point!

      Thokozani Nhlapho - 2014-05-17 11:58

      I'm saying this from a university student perspective. I've been to two universities. You don't know the mentality of students... Everyone wants to brag that they go to WITS everyone wants to brag they go to UP or UCT or matties even UJ (with good reasons) you won't get that from students in the university of limpopo... Student mentality

      Thokozani Nhlapho - 2014-05-17 12:06

      Firt off, you need to attract people to the institution first. I'm sorry but I don't think anyone will be excited about that university from the name. Let alone going there to find more information. It may sound like backward thinking, but you need to "package" your product. It just doesn't arose interest from a lot of people, International students included.

      themba.nsele.71 - 2014-05-17 18:48

      Thokozane been to two university but,still at university and want to tell us about university inventions.

  • anke.engelke.35 - 2014-05-17 11:45

    Would love to work there. But shame. Wrong skin colour.

      Siyabonga Ntshangase - 2014-05-17 11:58

      In Most cases the so called "wrong skin colored people" are ofcoz the Majority!!! i doubt you even have prerequisite requirements to be employed by the university... coz if you do then ur thinking capacity should be questioned!!!

      Thanda Mbanjwa - 2014-05-17 12:44

      What you mean by wrong skin colour? U racist!!!!

      Thanda Mbanjwa - 2014-05-17 12:46

      Exactly Siyabonga, I couldn't agree with you more. She must just go and milk her stupid father cows on his racist farm and stop making silly comments Ag! Who da hell she stink she is?

      Richard Nappies - 2014-05-17 13:42

      If you have the necessary skills and experience I'm sure that skin should not be an issue. Unless you have used that in the past togget where you are today.

      LadyDeep - 2014-05-17 14:00

      You being stupid. You just revealing the racist in you

      Annelene Meterki Minnie - 2014-05-17 16:43

      Maybe zeitgeist meant that she is the wrong skin colour (with bee standards and all)....don't point fingers to someone else for being a racist when you're not any different....

  • Fannie Mashilo - 2014-05-17 11:47

    Let's hope all the courses will be offered in African languages eg sepedi,tsonga,Venda,Zulu etc

      Francois Marx - 2014-05-17 12:15

      Forget it! Blacks forsake and betray their own language and culture to speake de eeenglish so that they can think they are like their R&B hip-hop American role models......while being ''proudly'' African. What a joke they have become!

      Faith Bokaba - 2014-05-17 12:51

      A number of job opportunities right there. Am sure all classes will be packed. No wait, we still have to built lecture halls for the other languages. Look out for construction tenders compatriots.

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2014-05-17 11:48

    Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences (SMHS) or Shaking My Head Strong (SMHS), ai ai ai Government!

      Richard Nappies - 2014-05-17 13:36

      LoL very strongly

  • Kholo Warren Jesus - 2014-05-17 11:50

    minister,how about you name this university after a white person. For example, Ruth first, Nadine Gordimer or Helen suzman. they also are highly-acclaimed politicians, educationists. Ruth First died for all of us when she received a bomb that was disguised inside an envelope.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-05-17 13:14

      Kholo Warren Jesus. Are you on the wrong track. Us white's that were in the struggle have been forgotten long ago. But then we were honest you see.

  • roy.shepherd.9 - 2014-05-17 11:57

    Just wondering what the pass rate will be. Probably a First Aider will get a Doctors degree

  • Lebogang Machabaphala - 2014-05-17 11:58

    Sounds like political school to me.He was the second president of what???...

      Sandile E Mchunu - 2014-05-17 14:32

      Of the organization that brought freedom you can say whatever you want now without fear because of that organization....

  • Daniel Lionel Shneier - 2014-05-17 12:04

    So Wits, UJ (RAU) and UP...

  • wisani.shirinda - 2014-05-17 12:08

    This can't be called a new university. Medunsa has been in existence. They must just say they are splitting university of Limpopo. This is in noway going to solve the problem of overcrowded universities.

  • Francois Marx - 2014-05-17 12:19


      Thanda Mbanjwa - 2014-05-17 12:50

      Because there are the one who fought against apartheid, so that why we are now allowed to go to Universities, we were not allowed remember? answered?

  • Ronald Amos - 2014-05-17 12:21

    What on eart has he got to do with everything! !!

  • Ronald Amos - 2014-05-17 12:22


  • Tshepo Edmunds - 2014-05-17 12:27

    The name sounds like a mental institution..

  • Ida Ekela - 2014-05-17 12:32

    Why not juju malema university ,because he was once a president of the ANCYL .lol

      sean.wasserman.3 - 2014-05-17 12:41

      When the EFF is in government they will rename the university to Julius Malema University.

  • Faith Bokaba - 2014-05-17 12:35

    Medunsa is not new. Named after a theologian? Am expecting miracles. Maybe a degree in miracles.

  • Gareth Breydenbach - 2014-05-17 12:48

    I very much doubt that it will open its doors in 2015.

      Phil Galpin - 2014-05-17 15:17

      The doors will have been stolen by then!

  • Khulekane Ngidi - 2014-05-17 13:04

    When there is a shortage of med schools people complain,now they build one people cry and complain about the name,a south african thing.

      Maxwell Thulo Mabena - 2014-05-17 13:32

      Which new med school? U are not adequately informed, do u perhaps know that the med school they are referring to has been operating since the early 1980s? Your argument is invalid!!

      Bhekinkosi Langa - 2014-05-17 13:34

      Khulekani we are complaining bcos of this misleading word "NEW" bcos we know where this is between Rosslyn nd Mabopane which was built by the apparteid regime nd named it Medunsa meaning Medical University of South Africa so musani ukusikhohlisa as if into entsha.

      Bhekinkosi Langa - 2014-05-17 13:34

      Khulekani we are complaining bcos of this misleading word "NEW" bcos we know where this is between Rosslyn nd Mabopane which was built by the apparteid regime nd named it Medunsa meaning Medical University of South Africa so musani ukusikhohlisa as if into entsha.

      LadyDeep - 2014-05-17 13:57

      Like??? I think it's now safe to say people who comment on these articles are just bitter, and they just try to find fault with what the government does

  • Maxwell Thulo Mabena - 2014-05-17 13:12

    Please just bring back our Medunsa...we the Medunsa community did not even have a say about the name of our institution, the government is even misleading people n saying this is a new institution. The department said people must make recommendations but they knew that they already had a name on the table n they were just following protocol...but I know my schoolmates will never back down without a fight..why does it have to be about ANC? So when DA takes power whenever they do, we will have to rename all da major streets n name new institutions after (Ms)Helen, (Ms)Mzibulo n (Mr)Maimane but I know they are smarter than the government take the public for granted...just bring back our Medunsa!!!!

      Lesetsa Warwick Movalo - 2014-06-08 20:08

      you have a point, why not leave it as Medunsa??? who came up with new name??? what's wrong with Medunsa? i doubt they will stop until South Africa is changed to...

  • Tee Crush - 2014-05-17 13:26

    Build yours and name it the way you long its not Terreblanch University of science

  • fortress.diamond - 2014-05-17 13:28

    People really insult each other on these News24 comments. But this comment list is rather amusing I must say. I am more amused than offended.

  • Louis van Zyl - 2014-05-17 13:35

    How is BBBEE non racial?

      Mambana Muxe Moses - 2014-05-17 14:06

      It is racial and was implemented to correct the racial damage caused by apartheid for so many centuries

  • konfab - 2014-05-17 13:38

    At least its not named the Manto School of vegetable Medicine.

  • Fortune Maswanganyi aka DJ Cappuccino - 2014-05-17 13:39

    Interesting. How soon?

      Bhekinkosi Langa - 2014-05-17 14:00

      This University was built early 80's it is not new.

  • Abra Dhlamini - 2014-05-17 13:52

    I would be happy if you will countiue building all schools from primary to universities for poor and rich, of all south African children.

  • Kenwood Benediction Man-united - 2014-05-17 14:29

    The works of the Wise man President Jacob Zuma.

  • Valentine Mo - 2014-05-17 15:00

    awow, Blade and Angie are doing a sterling job of building a dumpsite for the poor pass rate students. Since universities have upped their admission requirements, they two ministers had to create new university as a home for these poor learners

  • Theunis De Jongh - 2014-05-17 15:15

    Ignore the naysayers. Make it a world-class institution.

      Marang Lesedi - 2014-06-01 23:54

      Well now!

  • Lesiba Ernest'o - 2014-05-17 15:24

    Good news

  • Sising Melato - 2014-05-17 18:06

    Where have you been 'bluntblade phuzatyreroadface'.Didn't here you barking for sometime,hey.

  • Vic Grant - 2014-05-18 08:01

    Blade only forgot to also mention that the university is open to blacks only.

  • mogalepk.mphahlele - 2014-05-18 10:56

    Aren't there enough universities in Gauteng already?

  • mogalepk.mphahlele - 2014-05-18 10:56

    Aren't there enough universities in Gauteng already?

  • Ofentse Bbm Modiselle - 2014-05-19 12:59

    i don't understand where the problem is here. Your Harvard, yale, john hopkins , and even our very own Rhodes are named after people | what's important is creating a university that's good and can hopefully compete on a world class standard | we are always quick to judge and quick to complain but hardly have legitimate reasons to back our complains|

  • Lesetsa Warwick Movalo - 2014-06-08 19:52

    apparently MEDUNSA will be no more, basically MEDUNSA will be Sefako Makgatho, this is tough but goodbye MEDUNSA, u will be forever loved.

  • Schalk du Plooy - 2014-08-01 20:28

    what a horrible name!! Why couldn't they have just kept it Medunsa!

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