Mayor calls for ed­u­cated lead­ers

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO EDUCATION - Thando Ndlovu

IN what looks like a di­rect re­sponse to the MEC for Cogta, No­musa DubeNcube’s con­cern about the level of ed­u­ca­tion of KZN coun­cil­lors, uM­folozi Mu­nic­i­pal Mayor, Cllr Sman­gal­iso Mgenge has added an­other feather in his aca­demic cap.

Mgenge was among the thou­sands of stu­dents who grad­u­ated dur­ing the an­nual Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­mony held last week, at KwaDlangezwa.

He re­ceived his Bach­e­lors de­gree in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

When pre­sent­ing her bud­get speech last week, MEC Dube-Ncube said more than 200 coun­cil­lors did not have ma­tric and this was im­pact­ing neg­a­tively on their work.

‘I share the MEC’s sen­ti­ments in this re­gard,’ said Mgenge.

This po­lit­i­cal gi­ant is no stranger to aca­demic life. He is a teacher by pro­fes­sion.

Be­fore be­com­ing ac­tive in pol­i­tics, he en­rolled at the now de­funct Esikhaw­ini Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, where he com­pleted his Se­condary Teach­ers Di­ploma, ma­jor­ing in Math­e­mat­ics and Phys­i­cal Sci­ence.

Mgenge is now con­tin­u­ing his ed­u­ca­tion with an Honours de­gree in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which he aims to com­plete in De­cem­ber this year.

‘I have al­ways un­der­stood that ed­u­ca­tion is the most pow­er­ful tool that we can use to un­lock com­mu­nity devel­op­ment. For me, hav­ing com­mu­nity lead­ers who are armed ed­u­ca­tion­ally makes a great deal of sense.

‘The re­al­ity is that one can­not rely on pol­i­tics for life, but hav­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion will guar­an­tee you that when one door closes, an­other opens.

‘How I so wish other com­mu­nity lead­ers can fol­low suit, es­pe­cially coun­cil­lors, whose fu­ture de­pends on the five-year term.

‘This mes­sage must also go out to our youth, par­tic­u­larly those who are ac­tive in pol­i­tics, to make ed­u­ca­tion fash­ion­able,’ he said.

Mayor of uM­folozi Mu­nici­plaity, Cllr Si­manga Mgenge re­ceives his Bach­e­lors de­gree in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion at UniZulu

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