Varsity in turnaround plan for the future
IN AN effort to restore harmony, Walter Sisulu University has formed an interim management committee to deal with matters relating to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's intervention.
The university's administrator, Professor Lourens van Staden, also formed the committee to deal with a series of concerns and allegations made by stakeholders to the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
University spokeswoman Angela Church said Van Staden had been mandated to establish the committee following instructions fromNzimande.
Nzimande instructed Van Staden to "reconstitute a senior management team in line with his envisaged management model".
Nzimande wanted the committee to be formed after Van Staden dissolved the university's senior management.
"The WSU executive management team has now been dissolved and an IMC announced. The IMC comprises selected members of WSU management and members of the administrator's turnaround task team.
"This committee will report directly to the administrator and will be responsible for the implementation of the WSU turnaround framework.
"Through the establishment of IMC, there will be a greater ownership, transparency and legitimacy of WSU governance," Church said.
She said the university also intended to improve communication with the institution's community.
"A consultative forum representing all stakeholders is in the process of being developed as an advisory body to the IMC," she said.
The first IMC meeting will be held at the Mthatha campus tomorrow when the terms of reference of the IMC will be adopted.
The turnaround framework document will then be released for the first time.
"It has taken many months to develop the turnaround framework, which is the blueprint for taking WSU out of its present situation and into a sustainable future."
The department has approved the turnaround framework, Church said, adding that the communication strategy would include road shows.
The spokeswoman said key positions occupied on an interim basis by IMC members would be advertised and filled before the end of the year.
"When the final organogram is completed, all the IMC posts will be advertised and filled," she said.
The 21-member IMC includes Van Staden as the leader of the institution.