Mandla Makhanya joins the long list of UFH Alumni who are VCs in SA


Prof. Mandla Makhanya, an alumnus of the university of Fort Hare, has recently been installed as the new Vice Chancellor at UNISA.  He joins the long list of VCs that hail from, Fort Hare popularly known as 'Kwanokholeji'.  A vast number of UFH alumni continue to shape and improve the South African and African academic sector as a whole.  The list to date includes: Prof Marcus Balintulo (WSU), Prof Barney Pityana (UNISA), Prof Irene Moutlana (VUT), Dr Mvuyo Tom (UFH), Prof Sizwe Mabizela (RU), Prof Gordon Zide (VUT), Prof Thandwa Mthembu (CUT), Prof Errol Tyobeka (TUT), Prof Loyiso Nongxa (Wits), Prof Nqabomzi Gawe (DUT), Prof Lineo Tanga-Mazwi (CPUT) and Prof Thoko Mayekiso DVC (NMMU) and many other alumni who are passionate about improving South Africa's education system and its people.

Prof Makhanya is quoted in City Press as saying, "...the only way to succeed is to work in unison... my first task is to unite all the stakeholders of the institution." Prof. Mandla Makhanya completed his Bachelor's Degree in 1984 and his Honours (Sociology) in 1985. During his stay at UFH, he resided in the popular Wesley residence.  His colleague, Mr V Duma attested to the fact that Prof Makhanya was a vibrant student, in the same crop of graduates as Ms N. Myaluza-Masina.  Having been educated in UFH, he sure is flying the UFH flag.  His latest appointment is an attestation to the fact that Fort Hare graduates are made of sterner stuff. He continues to plough back to UFH as an external examiner to the UFH Sociology Department and other universities.

The Alumni Affairs Office on behalf of the University of Fort Hare and its wider alumni membership congratulates Prof. Makhanya and wishes him well, saying "In your light we shall see light."

By N. Siwela