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Mangosuthu university of technology (MUT) is a University of Technology situated on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa, on a site overlooking the Indian Ocean. MUT is located in the academic hub of the eThekwini metropole. It is a residential university. It begins in 1974 with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, former Prime-Minister of KwaZulu Homeland in apartheid South Africa. At a meeting with the Chairman of the Anglo American Corporation and De Beers Consolidated Mines, Mr Harry F Oppenheimer, Prince Buthelezi first put forward the idea of establishing a tertiary education institution specialising in technical subjects. The proposal was taken up by the Anglo-American and De Beers Chairman’s Fund, and, although funds were not immediately available to construct such an institution, research was commissioned to investigate the potential in South Africa for the training and employment of black technicians.

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This work was undertaken by the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) of the University of Cape Town, which analysed the enrolment of the then-existing advanced technical education centres and calculated that the output of engineering technicians in 1976 was 1035, whereas their was a demand for 3000 additional technicians per annum. Thus if black youths were to become available for training, an annual output of 2000 engineering technicians could be considered. SALDRU then ascertained the willingness of employers to employ black technicians if they were to become available. The response indicated that the categories most in immediate demand were mechanical, civil and construction, electrical, and chemical engineering.

As the SALDRU study by Nigel Bloch showed that there was an immediate need and demand for black technicians, Mr Oppenheimer undertook that The Anglo American and De Beers group Chairman’s Fund would provide R5 million to build the necessary facilities. At a later stage, Mobil Oil, AECI and the South African Sugar Millers’ Association agreed to sponsor the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Rembrandt and Distillers Corporation groups provided the establishment of a Commercial and Secretarial Department. LTA Limited added funds for the expansion of the Civil Engineering Department so that Construction Engineering could be included in the curriculum.

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In mid-1977 the go-ahead was given for the project to begin and it was decided by the KwaZulu cabinet that the institution would be named ‘Mangosuthu’, the first name of KwaZulu’s Chief Minister, Prince Buthelezi, the man who conceived the idea of a technikon in KwaZulu. An eminently suitable site for the technikon was found in Umlazi which, while part of KwaZulu, is also part of the Durban metropolitan area. Umlazi Township is a township developed in 1967 for Black people during the apartheid era. It is located southwest of Durban and it is one of the largest townships in South Africa. At the time it was a large and rapidly growing area of some 370 000 people which is close to and easily accessible from the major industrial area as well as the city centre of Durban and the then Louis Botha Airport, later to become Durban International Airport (which has now been relocated to the North Coast and renamed King Shaka International Airport).

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The Mangosuthu University Of Technology ( MUT) Courses

Advanced Diploma: Chemical Engineering

  • National Diploma: Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology: Chemical Engineering
  • National Diploma: Civil Engineering
  • National Diploma: Surveying
  • National Diploma: Construction Management & Quantity Surveying (Building)
  • National Diploma: Electrical Engineering
  • National Diploma: Mechanical Engineering


  • Advanced Diploma Cost & Management
  • Accounting Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management
  • Advanced Diploma Marketing
  • Advanced Diploma in Office Management and Technology
  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting
  • Diploma in Office Management and Technology
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Diploma in Marketing
  • Diploma in Public Finance and Accounting
  • Diploma in Public Management

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  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Diploma in Analytical Chemistry
  • Diploma in Animal Production
  • Diploma in Biomedical Technology
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae: Biomedical Technology
  • Diploma in Community Extension
  • Diploma in Environmental Health
  • Diploma in Nature Conservation
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
  • Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation
  • Advanced Diploma in Agriculture in Crop Production
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences: Medical Laboratory Sciences

MUT Contact Details

  • Schools Liaison Office – 031 907 7194
    General Switchboard – 031 907 7111

MUT is located in the academic hub of the eThekwini metropole. It is a residential university. It begins in 1974 with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, former Prime-Minister of KwaZulu Homeland in apartheid South Africa. For more information visit the official website of MUT. Hope the provided information is helpful, kindly leave a comment below.


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