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Prof Mogotlane previously served as Deputy VC of then Medunsa from 1995 to 1999 before being appointed as its Vice-Chancellor. “He would therefore be remembered as a giant of history, who laid the foundation for academic excellence for which SMU is now able to build upon,” says Prof Ayo-Yusuf, SMU Acting VC.

Born in 1945 in Limpopo, he was an accomplished educator, anatomist and surgeon. Prof Mogotlane was also part of the team that was tasked with running the University of Mpumalanga upon its establishment.

We wish his family, colleagues and multiple generations of students strength and comfort during this difficult period.

May his soul rest in peace.