University of Fort Hare Properties and Services Department under new management
The University of Fort Hare Properties and Services department will soon be pulling its weight, in the capable hands of the newly appointed director, Mr Mzwandile Sokupa, who by the sweat of his brow, intends to see the department flourishing under his supervision. Having taken only a short time to get his feet under the table, Mr Sokupa envisions Fort Hare Campuses that are modernized in all aspects with “preserves facades” that will serve as a reflection of the rich heritage of the century old institution. To this end, he has identified the need to upgrade our aged infrastructure for enhanced water and electricity supply and improved sanitation. He also plans to refurbish academic buildings, student and staff housing and ensure efficient security, fleet, catering and service provision as he believes that the physical environment is directly proportional to behavior and the quality of performance by both staff and students.
With close to 25 years of experience, Mr Sokupa who is the former CEO of the Construction Industry Development Board, has worked at National and Local government on Properties as well as Human Settlements Departments. He has also worked as a UCT lecturer. It is the University of Fort Hare’s rich heritage that caught the eye of Mr Sokupa. “This institution has a very rich history and legacy that I have always admired. This portfolio gives me a platform to contribute to that legacy through a significantly improved environment for learning and development” he says.
Mr Zwandile Sokupa was born and bred in Butterworth where he also matriculated. He then studied Quantity Surveying at PE Technikon and completed his Masters’ degree at UCT in Housing Development and Management. In addition to being adept in his field, Mr Sokupa also has remarkable people skills. “I believe in respect, honesty and loving your neighbor as yourself, in keeping with Christian principles” says Sokupa.