Following his installation as the Chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa), former president Thabo Mbeki will perform his first official duty on March 23.
Unisa will hold its graduation ceremony on March 23, 2017, at ZK Matthews Great Hall, Unisa Main Campus, Pretoria.
The university’s authority announced on Thursday that it’s looking forward to the monumental occasion, which will, this time, be presided by South Africa’s former president.
Unisa principal and vice-chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya said: “The management of the university, its staff, and the entire student community are keenly looking forward to bearing witness to this momentous occasion, where our new chancellor performs his first official duty since his installation; particularly as this pertains to the conferring of degrees to graduates of our university.”
Mbeki was appointed Unisa chancellor on Monday, February 27, 2017.
The colorful ceremony was also attended by the minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, Thabo Mbeki’s younger brother Moeletsi Mbeki, and former deputy Minister of Foreign AffairsAziz Pahad.
Mbeki replaces Judge Bernard Ngoepe who served as chancellor for fifteen years. Ngoepe is a South African Judge. He obtained a BJur from the University of the North and an LLB degree from Unisa.
Highlights of the occasion include a wonderful anti-xenophobia song rendition titled We Are One by Cape Town-born South African singer Ringo Madlingozi.
The event also featured a special moment when former President Thabo Mbeki shook musician Ringo Madlingozi’s hand for thrilling the audience with his masterpiece.
Mbeki was found to be a suitable candidate for the position because of his outstanding leadership and credentials, the institution said.
His foundation has partnered with the university through programs, including the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library and South African Democracy Education Trust.