Namibia: Du Toit Still Holds Reins At Nust

21 November 2019

ACTING vice chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) Morne du Toit had his term extended by six months, or until the council appoints a substantial vice chancellor next year.

Du Toit replaced founding vice chancellor Tjama Tjivikua on 31 March 2019 in an acting capacity.

Tjivikua had been at the helm of Nust for more than two decades, before his resignation in March this year.

The chairperson of the council, Florette Nakusera, told a press conference yesterday that the decision was made based on a council meeting held on Monday.

"Mr Du Toit is expected to serve for six months, or until the position is substantially filled, whichever date is earlier. It is envisaged that the recruitment of the vice chancellor will be concluded in the first half of 2020," Nakusera said.

Earlier this year, it was reported that 39 people had applied for the position of vice chancellor in February, and that five had been shortlisted.

Maurice Garde, the Nust council secretary, informed The Namibian that they were expanding the search for the new vice chancellor.

Prior to Du Toit's appointment, he served as Nust's deputy vice chancellor for administration and finance.

His appointment was reported by, Windhoek Observer, as having raised questions from the staff members at the institution, who felt Du Toit should have a PhD to be appointed acting vice chancellor.

Du Toit is a South Africa-trained chartered accountant, with a master's degree in computer auditing obtained from the University of Johannesburg.

The media has reported that he had planned to resign when a new council gets appointed.

Higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi announced the appointment of the new council earlier this month.

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