Plans to Transform, develop and upscale DUT


The Durban University of Technology has allocated 24 million for the construction of new buildings.

This was publicised by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Thandwa Mthembu delivering his maiden State of the University Address (SOUA) at DUT’s Indumiso Hall, Midlands Campus in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Prof Mthembu said the construction of two new buildings in both Pietermaritzburg and Durban will start in April 2019.

“There is about R125 million from the 2015, 2016 to 2017/18 DHET Infrastructure and Efficiency Grant that will also be implemented increasing the total amount for infrastructure over the next years to about R545 million,” Prof Mthembu said.

Mthembu revealed that the management is preparing proposals for more infrastructure development and also said over the next three years DUT is likely to see over R1 Billion of infrastructure development.

Before going to the Midlands Campus, Prof Mthembu delivered his first SOUA as the vice-chancellor of DUT at Steve Biko Campus in Durban where he talked about management and council being committed to upscale the university’s infrastructure.

“Historically allocation to capital expenditure, maintenance and broader infrastructure at DUT had been embarrassingly unsustainable. For example, in 2017 our allocation to these was a poultry R76.5 million, a poultry amount for a University our size,” Prof Mthembu said.

According Mthembu, As of 2019, allocation to these – that is capital expenditure, maintenance and broader infrastructure has increased by 320% to about R246 million.

“Such further steps will help the University to devise efficient strategies on how best to handle protests on our campuses,” he said.

The Secretary General of the Student Representative Council (SRC), Ziningi Princess Ngwabi said she’s satisfied with the principal’s SOUA.

“It was very well conducted and very well done, the fact that there were students even because we usually don’t have such a number students attending events of this nature,” Ngwabi said.

However, the Deputy President of the SRC Lindani “JD” Zungu did not share same sentiments with the secretary general as he believed that the principal should have also talked about the termination of the security guards company.

“Every time when we see them walking around it just reminds us about the death of one of own,” Zungu said.

Zungu said even though it was not all covered, but they are happy with DUT’s management achievements and strategic planning that Prof Mthembu touched on.

Vice-chancellor also talked about the unfortunate incident that occurred on the 5th of February which led to the death of 21-year-old student Mlungisi Madonsela, while a staff member was injured and has to undergo reconstructive surgery.

Mthembu said there is a council working on to find further steps that should be taken in order to understand issues related to the incident.

By Mndaba Lindelani


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