The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) is in a quest for Innovation and partnering with institutions of higher learning that will assist the Institute to be a key driver of innovation within the province of MKI KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). MKI and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 21st of June 2019 which will see the two organisations working together in attempt of encouraging economic transformation particularly in Rural and Township areas. “We really appreciate how we were received by MUT, going forward the two organisations will work towards creating an enable environment for innovative ideas, and to also allow Entrepreneurs to drive innovation and prosper,” says Ms Mbali Myeni, MKI Board Deputy Chairperson.  She further outlined that this partnership will strive to create more jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities that will address the economic challenges of the province.

The event of sealing the deal between MKI and MUT was opened by Prof Nokwethemba Ndlazi from MUT. Prof Ndlazi said that she is very happy about this relationship between the two institutions because MUT focuses on many sectors that MKI also focuses on, sectors such as ICT.

Ms Mbali Myeni, the MKI Board Deputy Chairperson said that, this partnership is part our values and part The MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza said that as MUT they are happy to be chosen to be part of this entity that have a vision of internationally recognised research and innovation. He further said that as MUT they think very carefully who to work with. Dr Malaza also said that even though they currently do not have enough capacity, they are however considering developing a curriculum that will offer as Maritime Studies.

The event was closed off by Prof Busi Nkonki-Mandleni from MUT by saying, “we would like to extend our thankfulness to MKI to see it fit to come and partner with MUT, we really appreciate it and we are humbled by the MKI’s initiative. To our VC Dr Enoch Malaza, I would like to thank you for sharing your version with us and for your uncompromised leadership. Dr Malaza’s vision is to see Umlazi township transform because of MUT”.