The appointment of women in critical positions of leadership will grow until it is commonplace in our society as that is the most effective way of eliminating patriarchy.

This bold statement was made by Justice Mandisa Maya during her inauguration as the first female chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga.

Maya who is the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal in South African (SCA), was took over from president Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ceremony took place in Mbombela in the Mpumalanga province on November 30.

Maya’s appointment is a glowing example that stems from women empowerment and gender equality especially in the scourge of gender-based violence in the country.

In her speech during the ceremony, Maya expressed her gratitude toward (UMP) for allowing women to lead and participate in all spheres of society particularly positions of leadership.

“The appointment of women in critical positions of leadership will grow until it is commonplace in our society as that is the most effective way of eliminating patriarchy,” she said.

Maya is the first woman in the country to hold the position as President of (SCA), also as a candidate for Chief Justice of the Constitutional court of South Africa. Her exceptional dedication to the country’s democratic institutions and jurisprudence dates back to 1994 when she served as a case investigator for the Independent Electoral Commission during the first elections.

Maya joins (UMP) at its critical moment of inflection through its eight years of operation, bearing in mind the additional ills brought by the Covid 19 pandemic. She said the world faces a host of problems including extreme violence against women and unemployment among young graduates.

“A primary concern constantly raised by young people is unemployment. Despite more than half of our youth being unemployed, there is research to suggest that there are over 500 000 entry-level jobs in South Africa that remain unfilled” she said.

She further suggested commitment and collaboration between higher institutions of learning, the public and private sector as well as civil society to exterminate the identified challenges.

“Great emphasis must be on the practical components of academic degrees such as internships that will form part of the syllabi to ensure that when students graduate, they have a modicum of work experience”.

(UMP) commenced work in February 2017 with only 169 students. The university offered three undergraduate programmes but today the school has 5392 registered students offering more than 32 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

The institution focuses on much-needed areas of expertise in this age which are Agriculture, Nature Conservation, Hospitality Management, Communication and Technology while ensuring that the interests of the less fortunate are adhered to.

When explaining how the university will enhance its students’ education, Maya said they needed to magnify their mission and intensify efforts to ask questions as to how more students can be assisted and their education elevated to the realisation of the country. – Mukurukuru Media

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