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UKZN's gender transformation progress under spotlight at hearing

Progress made on gender transformation has been reviewed by the Commission for Gender Equality.

FILE: The University of KwaZulu-Natal's Howard College Campus. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Gender Equality has reviewed progress made by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in promoting gender transformation at the institution.

The commission held public investigative hearings into gender transformation at various institutions of higher learning at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein on Thursday.

The commission’s deputy chair, Thoko Mpumlwana, said the hearings were important as they look at whether university mandates have changed.

“It’s about an institution changing itself to be an institution suited for South Africa.”

She said it was important to address issues of transformation, especially at institutions of higher learning.

Mpumlwana added that society was growing impatient with the slow pace of transformation, which means that more needs be done to promote open dialogue.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)