Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Professor Gordon Zide
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Professor Gordon Zide shared his end-of-year message on Tuesday, 4 December at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall. He titled his speech: Think and imagine a new VUT.
“As we are closing the year 2018, I think I will be failing in my responsibility if I do not knock on your consciences and advise you that the future of this University is in your capable hands,” he said.
He said that in order to move forward, the VUT community needed to respect others and treat them with dignity.
“If we tear one another apart and we do not focus on the ball – we play the man and not the ball, then WB Rubusana’s (2002) words, ‛Zemkiinkomo Magwalandini’ (Your heritage is being snatched under your watch, you cowards) will forever haunt us.”
In his closing, he said: “Let me plead with you, lovers of my VUT, to carry with you into the world, the vision of a new VUT, a VUT reborn, a VUT rejuvenated, a VUT recrafted, a VUT recreated, a young VUT. We are the first glimmers at a new dawn.” He wished for well-rested holidays and a safe return for the VUT community.
Pastor Hendrik Langa gave a devotion about appreciation and said the VUT community should appreciate what they have.