Portraits of NWU leaders unveiled
Two life-sized portraits of the chancellor and vice-chancellor of the North-West University (NWU) were recently unveiled in the office of the campus rector in Potchefstroom.
The beautiful photos of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi and Prof Dan Kgwadi now form part of a whole series of paintings of former rectors of the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus. Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, Rector of the Potchefstroom Campus, said that management had felt that it was necessary for the leaders of this institution to have a presence in this venue too.
During the unveiling Kgwadi said that his parents would never have dreamt where he was standing today. “I always wanted to become a priest, but my life took a different turn. I progressed from a student to the vice-chancellor of the NWU within twenty years.”
He said that he was standing humbly before the great responsibility that he as leader has to carry and believes that the NWU will be a prototype of a success story for the rest of the country.
Prof Frikkie van Niekerk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Technology, said on behalf of the chancellor that it is important to have someone with excellent leadership skills as chancellor. He said that the King greatly appreciates this gesture.
The paintings of nine former rectors are also displayed in the rector’s office. They are Profs Ferdinand Postma (1919 to 1950), JC van Rooy (1950 to 1953), J Chris Coetzee (1953 to 1963), Hennie Bingle (1964 to 1977), Tjaart van der Walt (1977 to 1988), Carools Reinecke (1989 to 2001), Dr Theuns Eloff (2002 to 2003) and Prof Annette Combrink (2004 to 2009), as the first rector of the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus. A painting of Prof Herman van Schalkwyk is still in the planning phase.
Prof Frikkie van Niekerk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Technology, and Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, Rector of the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus, unveil the painting of the Chancellor of the NWU, Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi.
Profs Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor of the NWU, Fika Janse van Rensburg, Campus Rector, and Frikkie van Niekerk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Technology, with the life-sized painting of Kgwadi.