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Monday, 09 September 2019

New convocation president elected

LEADERSHIP: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo congratulates the newly Convocation president, Saziso Matiwane during the Convocation Annual General Meeting on Saturday. LEADERSHIP: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo congratulates the newly Convocation president, Saziso Matiwane during the Convocation Annual General Meeting on Saturday.

The newly-elected Convocation president, Saziso Matiwane, is very excited about his victory however he is mindful of the fact that, there is a weight of expectations imposed by it to deliver.

Matiwane said: “I also have a responsibility together with the leadership collective to reach out to all members of the convocation irrespective of whether they supported us or not. The elections are now over and therefore; the real work has to start immediately.”

He was elected at the CPUT Convocation AGM that was held on Saturday on the Bellville Campus. The other elected executive members of the Convocation are, Athenkosi Nyangiwe, Zoleka Mdingi, Likhaya Mqukuse, Asanda Hlamandana, Zingaphi Mbanga, Nqabayomzi Nkwankwa, Sonwabile Fisa, Andiswa Mrasi and Prof Mellet Moll.

Two days after he was elected, Matiwane said it still has not sunk in that he is leading the convocation. “I am still processing it. “[I am] trying to wrap my head around many and nuanced issues that have to be dealt with by the convocation. But my attitude in this regard is that, it is members of convocation that have to come up with a plan of action for Convex [convocation executive] so that whatever the convex does, represents the collective thinking of the convocation of CPUT. We will of course initiate this process as convex,” he said.

He added that the most important task is “to connect all the live wire”. Matiwane’s vision is for the institution is to be a trailblazer in public discourse, particularly as it relates to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, “Ipso facto that, we are a university of technology… If we get this right, it has a potential for more positive spinoffs, including but not limited to improving the employability of CPUT graduates as well as attracting funding or investments.”

During his acceptance speech, he told the audience that men should be ashamed of the ongoing wave of gender-based violence.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce

Written by CPUT News

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