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Meeting of the minds: SMU Management meets with donors

A key aspect in resource mobilization (advancement) relates to constant engagements with institutional donors. This involves regular meetings with them, updating them on how funds they have contributed are being utilized, current developments and future strategic plans. The University sees this as a critical layer of accountability and stewardship.

It is against this background that SMU, on the 14 September 2023, hosted a group of SMU donors in Pretoria. Led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbati, the engagement had the following key objectives:

  • Provision of a platform on which donors could network with the University and amongst themselves,
  • Updating donors on current infrastructure development projects, and the university’s strategic direction, and;
  • Nomination of two donor representatives to serve on the University Council.

The following companies were represented at the gala dinner:

  • Discovery
  • Standard Bank
  • Modern Community Foundation
  • Medical Protection Society
  • Royal Bafokeng Institute
  • Modern centric
  • Straumann Group
  • Nedbank
  • Sanlam
  • BBBEE Consulting experts
  • Fundi Capital
  • Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine
  • BCX

In his opening address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbati, gave an overview of the current developments, including the revision of the strategic plan, highlighting the challenges and needs encountered by the university in pursuit of the provision of quality teaching, learning, research and innovation. He further highlighted the university’s plans as outlined in the recently revised strategic plan, currently being considered by the university’s Council.

Acknowledging that sound teaching and learning and research and innovation must be adequately supported by requisite infra- structure, Ms Yandisa Lengoasa, Director: Built Environment made a presentation in which she outlined the current infrastructure projects and the impact they are likely to have on the academic project, once completed.

As commonly understood, a critical aspect for the success of any institution relates to the strength of its governance. To this end, the University Registrar, Dr Jeffrey Mabelebele, made a brief presentation focusing on governance, outlining the role of the donors in pursuit of strong governance structure. He further encouraged the delegates to make themselves available to serve on SMU Council.

VCs Desk - Meeting of the minds SMU Management meets with donors

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