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Today, UFH held its first virtual Senate meeting for the year, a day after the university turned 105 years old. In celebration of this significant milestone by this great university, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu commissioned a surprise celebration.
Covid-19 restrictions notwithstanding, our Music Department delivered an impromptu virtual concert, a delicious combination of marimba, jazz and opera renditions.
The VC also implored Senators to celebrate its oldest alumnus, Sir Charles Njonjo, a former Attorney General of Kenya, and Minister of Constitutional Affairs - he turns 101 years old this year.
At the end of the senate meeting, the VC proposed a toast to the iconic institution.
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Notable Facts about UFH:
The university opened its doors on 8 February 1916. It was the first higher education institution in the country for black South Africans, but it was also open to students of all races and genders.
Classes began on 22 February 1916 with just 20 students.
From 1916 onwards, it has produced several notable alumni, who have contributed immensely to the liberation and transformation of SA and the African continent.
We are the only Southern African university to have produced various international heads of states: Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Yusuf Lule of Uganda, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Ntsu Mokhehle of Lesotho,and Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana.
Other Notable Honorary alumni include the 1st President of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who was awarded Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa in 1998 and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.
The university has also produced the following great leaders:
Dr AC Jordaan
Govan Mbeki
Chief Kaiser Matanzima
Oliver Tambo
Phyllis Ntantala
Can Themba
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Robert Sobukwe
Chris Hani
Dumisa Ntsebeza
Thandi Orleyn
Sizwe Nxasana
Wiseman Nkuhlu
Wendy Luhabe
Sisa Ngebulana
Loyiso Nongxa
Oscar Mabuyane
And many more...