WSU recently made a courtesy visit to the Amarharhabe Kingdom at Mngqesha Great Place Komkhulu (Aah Noloyiso) to discuss institutional synergy that could culminate towards community development within the Kingdom.

The stopover is part of the University’s initiative to build strong ties with traditional leaders in proximity to the institution’s campuses.

“This is a courtesy visit where we wish to extend to the amaRharhabe Kingdom a hand of friendship where we wish to say “let’s open this door and see what  comes of it,” said WSU Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Rob Midgley.

In addition, Midgley also assured the Royal House that the university was recovering from the complications of a rocky institutional merger that bore WSU in 2005. He said the university was out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“We are looking forward to the future and we are confident about the future. However, we are still in hospital. We are not too strong and we must not be arrogant and think we can just do things. But I know that we are moving upwards. I can see that upward trajectory,” Midgley added.

In a manner of classic diplomacy and conviction, Midgley concluded his visit with words of hope and unity.

“The only way in which you can build this country is if we realise that we are all here with the same mission that is to improve the lives of the people. I hope that we will find ways to improve socio-economic conditions in this Kingdom and Eastern Cape as a province,” he said.

The amaRharhabe Royal House represented by Chief Zolile Burns-Ncamashe said it looked forward to working with WSU starting with a student u lecture on the history of the amaXhosa people in the province.

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