DURBAN prominent businessman and owner of AmaZulu FC, Sandile Zungu, is set to become the chancellor of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT).
Zungu will be inaugurated as a new chancellor on Friday, 17 March at the university in Umlazi, south of Durban.
He will be the fourth chancellor of MUT, following in the footsteps of former minister Lindiwe Sisulu, former KZN premier Willies Mchunu, and human rights activist and recipient of the Baobab Order of Bronze, Reverend Dr Khoza Elliot Mbuyisa Mgojo.
Zungu, who was born and raised in Umlazi, told Daily Sun he was humbled that the university from his hometown decided to elect its own chancellor.
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“I’m looking forward to repositioning the university to be a beacon of intellectuals and make people redream about their careers.
“I hope my influence in businesses will help the university to be at the next level and make the university an institution for sharing knowledge,” said Zungu.
He promised not to disappoint and said he believes that all people, especially those from Umlazi, should benefit from technology.
“Although my position is not in the executive of the university that makes decisions, I will make sure that I encourage prosperity.
“I will encourage the businesspeople surrounding Umlazi to come closer and see what we can do for the university,” he said.
Zungu has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, which he earned at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
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He has also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Global Leadership programme at Harvard Business School.
MUT acting vice chancellor and principal, Professor Mathabeng Ramogale, said: "We are honoured to have a person of Sandile Zungu’s stature, integrity and brilliant leadership experience in South Africa’s business corridors as our next Chancellor.
“His selection is evidence of MUT’s commitment to not only developing the community of Umlazi township, but also recognising the potential that its people have.”