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Established in 2004, as the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), VUT originated as a College of Advanced Technical Education (1966-1979) and was later known as Vaal Triangle Technikon (1979-2003).
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VUT celebrates the installation of an esteemed business leader as its chancellor with great optimism
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) celebrated the official installation of its chancellor, Vincent Zwelibanzi Mntambo, on 6 June 2024, at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall, located on the University’s Main Campus in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. 11 Jun 2024 Read more

Public colloquium explores the role of technology in addressing Just Transition - Loss and Damage
The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC), in collaboration with the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), convened a public colloquium to explore the role of technology in addressing Just Transition - Loss and Damage on Wednesday, 22 May 2024, at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. 10 Jun 2024 Read more

VUT to play a key role in rejuvenating the declining economy of the Vaal region
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has once again cemented its indelible mark and contribution to enhancing skills and economic development in the Vaal region over the years. 16 Feb 2023 Read more

Closure of satellite campuses and relocation of some academic programmes to Vanderbijlpark
Stakeholders are hereby advised that effective 31 December 2022, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) will conduct its business from the main campus (Vanderbijlpark and Sebokeng) only. All other campuses, i.e. Ekurhuleni (Gauteng), Secunda (Mpumalanga) and Upington (Northern Cape) will close permanently. 13 Dec 2022 Read more

VUT strengthens ties with Kenya's Maasai Mara University by signing a memorandum of understanding
On Thursday, 8 November 2022, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and Maasai Mara University (MMARAU) from Kenya strengthened their ties and formalised their longstanding relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two universities. 10 Nov 2022 Read more

Prof. Mandla J. Radebe takes up the reins as chairperson of the VUT Council
The council of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) is pleased to announce that Professor Mandla J. Radebe has been unanimously elected as its new chairperson. The resolution to elect him to the highest seat in the governance of the institution was taken during a special sitting of council on Monday, 7 November. 9 Nov 2022 Read more

New executive dean for VUT's faculty of Management Sciences
Professor Chengedzai Mafini has recently been appointed as the new executive dean of the faculty of Management Sciences at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). He is a holder of two doctorates in Economics and Business. He also holds a master of Science degree in Strategic Management, a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, an advanced diploma in Higher Education (cum laude) and several other related diplomas and certificates. 12 Oct 2022 Read more

VUT welcomes Busisiwe Ramabodu at the executive director: human resources
Busisiwe Ramabodu is a seasoned HR, OD and change professional, and psychologist with an aspiration to contribute positively to organisational transformation and developing organisational effectiveness initiatives that are future looking and put 'human' at the core. 10 Aug 2022 Read more

The faculty of human sciences welcomes the new executive dean
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Michael Kgomotso Masemola, an NRF B-rated researcher with considerable international recognition. 10 Aug 2022 Read more

Expert opinion: Flooding events in KZN and Eastern Cape and implications for disaster management in SA
The recent flooding events are a constant reminder of the threat caused by climate change, with a clear indication of the vulnerabilities of coastal communities in South-Eastern Africa. Coastal communities in Africa have to battle several threats, such as coastal storms, tropical cyclones and cut off lows (COL) which often result in devastating flood events which are disruptive to environmental and socio-economic lives. 29 Apr 2022 Read more

VUT rejects call to unfunded students to converge on main campus and VUT residences
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) notes with concern calls issued by Ngoya Kazadi, a member of the Student Representative Council (SRC), that all unfunded students, those affected by the N+ Rule, and all affected international students, should converge on the main campus in Vanderbijlpark on Wednesday 16th February 2022. 17 Feb 2022 Read more

VUT welcomes new vice-chancellor and principal
The council of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ntate Dan Kgwadi as its vice-chancellor and principal with effect from 1 February 2022. 2 Feb 2022 Read more

Welcome to the newly appointed executive director: Advancement & Internationalisation, Tandi Mapukata
Tandi Mapukata, executive director, Advancement & Internationalisation, assumed duties on 1 December 2021. She joined VUT from the University of Fort Hare where she was in a similar role (director, Institutional Advancement). 18 Jan 2022 Read more

Message of condolence to the family of Dr Archbishop Desmond Tutu
On behalf of the Vaal University of Technology's Council, Management, Staff and Students we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his passing. 30 Dec 2021 Read more

Appointment of Dr Dan Kgwadi as vice-chancellor and principal of VUT
The Vaal University of Technology council is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Dan Kgwadi as vice-chancellor and principal of VUT. Dr Kgwadi will take office on Tuesday, 1 February 2022. 9 Nov 2021 Read more

VUT restoring governance of the institution through strategic appointments
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has a formally constituted University Council. The induction of the new Council commenced on Thursday, 12 August, was concluded on Friday, 13 August 2021. The outgoing Administrator Professor Ihron Rehsburg facilitated the process and swore in Ms Refilwe Buthelezi, as the chairperson and Professor Nicholas Morgan as the deputy chairperson of the council. 5 Oct 2021 Read more

VUT strives towards a destination of excellence
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) is excited to announce that a new VUT Council was inducted on the 12th and 13th August 2021 and that we are no longer under administration. The challenges faced by VUT and the success of Prof. Ihron Rensburg whose term as Administrator came to an end on the 13th August 2021, can be viewed in a two part IMBIZO which is available on You Tube ( and The VUT community thanks Prof. Rensburg and his team for their leadership and dedication in restoring governance, establishing a foundation of stability and for steering the VUT ship back on a course of excellence. We wish him and his family everything of the best for their future endeavours. 2 Sep 2021 Read more

Closure and the relocation of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Secunda Campus
The Secunda Campus of the Vaal University of Technology is situated approximately 150km from Johannesburg and Pretoria and 180km from Vanderbijlpark. It was established in 1987 as one of VUT's Sites of Delivery, where it offered part-time classes in Safety Management and Electrical Engineering. 20 Jul 2021 Read more

VUT students win in Intervarsity Entrepreneurship Competition 2021
The Intervarsity Entrepreneurship Competition took place on Saturday, 10 July 2021. There were a variety of categories in which students from 26 public universities participated. Four students from the Vaal University of Technology won awards. 19 Jul 2021 Read more

A bright future awaits VUT graduates
Joy and pride could be seen on the faces of parents and family members as they celebrated the virtual graduation ceremony while their children collected their hard-earned certificates during the two weeks period that commenced on Monday, 7 June 2021, until Friday, 18 June 2021, at the VUT Isak Steyl Sport Stadium. In total 2,618 students graduated from faculties of Engineering and Technology, Applied and Computer Sciences, Human Sciences and Management Sciences. 1 Jul 2021 Read more

Closure and the relocation of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Upington Campus
The Upington Campus of the VUT was established in 1995 to provide quality tertiary education that is affordable and accessible to the rural communities of the Northern Cape province. As a sole provider of higher education within a 400km radius in a sparsely populated province, the campus had a huge impact on the higher educational needs of communities of Upington and neighbouring towns such as Keimoes, Kakamas, Kenhardt, Olifantshoek, Groblershoop, Prieska as well as other regions such as Namakwaland, Pixley ka Seme (De Aar-Prieska area), JTG (Kuruman area) and even as far as Namibia. 22 Jun 2021 Read more

University of Johannesburg's multi-partner 'Mahlale Innovation Consortium' opens ventilator design competition for SA students
Concerns about world-wide ventilator shortages, medical device development and sufficient maintenance skills, as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, have led to multiple projects at major academic institutions that seek to find alternative means for emergency ventilation. Therefore, student designers and engineers are challenged to go beyond the classroom or laboratory and showcase their technical and commercial abilities by demonstrating new and creative ways digital manufacturing can add value. 24 May 2021 Read more

Gift of the Givers donates medical equipment to VUT
"It is so exciting to receive a medical kit as we have experience downfall on our medication we appreciate what Gift of the Givers has done for us today," said Sister Maria Phondo, the HOD: student health and wellness, receiving a medical donation from Gift of the givers on Monday, 1 February 2021. 8 Feb 2021 Read more

Dr Christina Johanna Grobler appointed as a member of the Professional Board for Medical Technology of the HPCSA
Dr Christina Johanna Grobler, fondly known as Christa, has been appointed by Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health, to serve as a member of the Professional Board for Medical Technology for a period of five years from 1 November 2020. She has been appointed in terms of the "Regulations relating to the Constitution of the Professional Board of Medical Technology" published under the Government Notice R1245 in Government Gazette 31633 of 28 November 2008. 2 Nov 2020 Read more

Dr Venter's passion for military heritage led to him publishing his first book
Dr Dewald Venter is a senior lecturer in the Hospitality, Tourism and Public Relations Management Department, Faculty of Human Sciences at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). 16 Oct 2020 Read more

Book by VUT academic on Covid-19's impact on tourism now out in hard cover and ebook
The hard cover version of the edited book Counting the Cost of Covid-19 on the Global Tourism Industry, co- authored by Vaal University of Technology (VUT) academic Dr Kaitano Dube, becomes available this weekend. 12 Oct 2020 Read more

History will be made at this year's VUT spring graduation
A 31-year-old baker will become the Vaal University of Technology's (VUT) first ever visually impaired graduate later this year. 14 Sep 2020 Read more

VUT students return to campus to complete 2020 academic year
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) is pleased to announce that more of its students will - as permitted under Level 2 lockdown - soon return to resume on campus academic activities at the university. 2 Sep 2020 Read more

Prominent VUT scientist on steering committee of International Science Forum
The Vaal University of Technology's Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye has been selected to the steering committee of the World Science Forum (WSF) 2021 being held in Cape Town. 31 Aug 2020 Read more

VUT establishes new law clinic
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the county as well as for institutions of higher learning. But in spite of all this turmoil, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has succeeded in implementing an uplifting and exciting initiative - a law clinic situated at the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (VUT SGSTP) in Sebokeng. With the VUT SGSTP situated in the Sebokeng Area, to serve our indigent community members; the Project Coordinators (Mr Frans Fouche: Lecturer; Ms Lilian Ndimande: Lecturer and Mrs Anusha Nana: Lecturer) decided on the Sebokeng area because VUT already has the facilities and infrastructure available which they need. Furthermore, the Law Clinic is close to service centres like the Sebokeng Court, Hospital and SAPS. The Project Coordinators are grateful to the Director of the VUT SGSTP, Mr Heindrich Van Der Merwe who went out of his way to secure office space for the VUT Law Clinic at the VUT SGSTP. The clinic is registered and ready to offer limited services to the community from October 2020. 19 Aug 2020 Read more

New claims and questions from City Press journalist
The latest enquiries from the City Press journalist regrettably seeks once more to elevate anonymous emails beyond their merit. For the record, the use of anonymous emails to create innuendo, to make false claims and to defame have been standard practice at Vaal University of Technology. Competing factions with their shifting coalitions and relationship to power and decision making, regularly use anonymous emails, social media and, on the face of it, agreeable journalists to serve their nefarious purposes. 7 Aug 2020 Read more

Letter to parents and guardians of VUT students from the administrator
Dear parents and guardians of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) students, 17 Jun 2020 Read more

Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi, Chancellor, VUT - A giant has fallen
An academic giant, scientist and a businessman has fallen. Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Executive Management, Community and Alumni are saddened and shocked by the sad news of passing of Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi. 10 Jan 2020 Read more

VUT's chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, a Lancaster University Alumnus awarded a Doctor of Science
Each year, Lancaster University awards honorary degrees to people with outstanding international, or leading national, reputations in their fields. 31 Jul 2019 Read more

VUT Vice-Chancellor addressed the Somali National University graduation ceremony
Professor Gordon Zide, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Vaal University of Technology, addressed the Somali National University graduation ceremony which was held on Monday, 24 June 2019. This auspicious occasion was attended by people coming from all over Africa and Europe. 17 Jul 2019 Read more