NUST acting VC resigns

By Confidente Reporter

THE acting vice chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) announced his resignation yesterday in a one-page letter to all staff.

Morne du Toit had been acting in the position since the departure of Prof Tjama Tjivikua earlier this year. In his letter yesterday du Toit did not go into great detail about the reasons for his decision to vacate the post, but it is understood that he has been at the receiving end of internal power struggles.

Du Toit said he had informed the Minister of Higher Education Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi and the chairperson of the university council Gomes Menette on Tuesday of his intention to step down after the appointment of the new council.

Prior to being appointed acting VC, he was employed as the deputy vice chancellor of administration and finance at the university. He was then appointed in March on a one-year contract to the role of acting VC or until the position was filled.

“At the time I was quite certain that the position will in all probability be filled by the time a new Council is appointed (estimated end of August at the time). Due to the cessation of the recruitment process in June, and the subsequent resignation of Advocate (Esi) Schimming Chase and Mr Von Jeney from Council, the acting period was by default extended for a longer period than I expected,” he wrote.

He noted that the current council’s term was nearing its end, and hoped that the new council would in the process of recruiting a suitable candidate also “determine their selected candidate for acting purposes”, adding that he would stay on until a new acting VC is appointed. Du Toit in conclusion thanked the university and his colleagues for entrusting him with the honour to lead the institution.