Prof Makhu­rane dies

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FOUND­ING Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) Vice-Chan­cel­lor and dis­tin­guished aca­demic Pro­fes­sor Phineas Mo­gorosi Makhu­rane has died.

Prof Makhu­rane, one of the first Africans to study Physics and Math­e­mat­ics at the then Uni­ver­sity of Rhode­sia and Nyasa­land now Uni­ver­sity of Zim­babwe passed on yes­ter­day.

As news of the fall of the aca­demic gi­ant fil­tered through­out the coun­try, mes­sages of con­do­lences poured in with Nust Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Mqhele Dlodlo de­scrib­ing him as an aca­demic gi­ant whose ground­ing in ed­u­ca­tion was im­mense.

He said among his aca­demic achieve­ments, Prof Makhu­rane was the first to in­tro­duce in­dus­trial at­tach­ment in uni­ver­si­ties in south­ern Africa that re­placed va­ca­tion train­ing.

“It’s much more than what I can com­ment on him. I first knew him when I was still at High School and he was at Uni­ver­sity of Zim­babwe. He then be­came the in­au­gu­ral Vice-Chan­cel­lor of Nust where I later worked un­der his lead­er­ship. He was at one time the chair­man of Zim­sec and was chair­man of the Gwanda State Uni­ver­sity Coun­cil,” said Prof Dlodlo.

He said it was him who did an ex­cel­lent job in putting Nust on a solid aca­demic ground­ing. Prof Makhu­rane once worked as Pro Vice-Chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­sity of Zim­babwe be­fore be­ing given the mam­moth task of lead­ing Nust where he worked tire­lessly in set­ting up the in­fra­struc­ture and the turn­ing the in­sti­tu­tion into a place of aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

He re­tired from Nust in 2004. At some point he served as Zim­sec board chair­per­son.

Fif­teen peo­ple, 11 Malaw­ian and four South African na­tion­als were in­jured when a trailer of Harare-bound In­ter­cape Bus they were trav­el­ling in hit a cul­vert and over­turned at Panyanda Lodge at the 13km peg along Masvingo-Beit­bridge Road. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred yes­ter­day at around 1am. The bus had 47 pas­sen­gers on board when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. The bus was re­port­edly try­ing to avoid a head-on col­li­sion with an on­com­ing haulage truck. Pic­ture By Wal­ter Mswazie

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