During the SONA speech on Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that there were plans to build new University of Science and Innovation in the City of Ekurhuleni.
Although in speech the president did not give a time frame of when the university will be established and when construction would have to start.
“Ekurhuleni in the only Metro that does not have a university This will enable young people in the metro to be trained in High- impacted technologies for current and future industries.”
City of Ekurhuleni mayor was excited by the announcement made by the President as he has been vouching for a university to be build ever since he took office.
A new university in the region was first discussed in 2017, with executive mayor of Ekhuruleni, Mzwandile Masina, putting the official process to get approval for the institute in play in 2019.
This followed the commission of a feasibility study on a ‘University of Ekurhuleni’ to focus in the areas of applied engineering, logistics, science, aviation, tourism and hospitality.
Masina commended the president on with a tweet for endorsing the idea of having a university build in the city.
Our task is to build a National Democratic Society where every African child has an opportunity to a better life through quality education. Thank you President @CyrilRamaphosa on your commitment to build a University of Science and Technology in the @City_Ekurhuleni! #SONA2020 pic.twitter.com/V7FFK6yGes
— Mzwandile Masina (@mzwandileMasina) February 13, 2020