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Officially launching Nelson Mandela University today is the easy part, with the challenge being to live up to the revered former President’s name and picking up the baton from the unfinished journey that he started.

This was the message Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz gave on Tuesday as he addressed hundreds of staff and students gathered at the University’s Missionvale Campus for a celebratory Mandela Magic Concert that set the tone to today’s official launch.

The official launch of the University’s new name to that of Nelson Mandela University will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20 July.

As part of the campaign  lead-up to this high-profile event where the new look of Nelson Mandela University will be revealed, we share inputs from some of our Alumni Award recipients from across the globe on what the name Nelson Mandela means to them.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

This poignant call to action by former President Nelson Mandela has become the basis of the wave of good deeds undertaken by millions of people across the globe in commemoration of Mandela Day.

She has spent many years holding leadership positions, both in the public and higher education sectors, in spaces that require one to use evidence in decision making and in managing complexity within organisations.

This experience forms the basis of the contribution that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support, Dr Sibongile Muthwa, will make to the country through her new role as deputy chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).

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