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Over the last weeks in South-Africa we have come to appreciate very much retired sociology professor Modise Maaja. Especially for our team two he has been nothing less than a life-saver. We could never have navigated NWU the way we did without his help. I will not forget how we pretty much ‘ambushed’ several university deans to get a slot in their agenda. Over the course of many conversations I have come to know him as really knowledgeable on the complex history of South-Africa in general and the intricacies of North-West university in particular.

He calls himself a ‘recycled’ professor and maybe that actually is an accurate description. He is grounded in tradition and carries the wisdom of his experience and at the same time he is modern in his thinking, flexible and dynamic.

It was a privilege to work with him.

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