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Tue May 31 12:04:27 SAST 2016

Cabinet minister revelry as Mbalula gets Blade Nzimande to join Twitter

TMG Digital | 20 January, 2016 17:38
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande with university vice chancellors Adam Habib from Wits (left) and UJ's Ihron Rensburg (right).
Image by: Twitpic posted by Bonginkosi Nzimande ‏@DrBladeNzimande

Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande roped in two university vice-chancellors to post his first tweet – on the encouragement of outspoken Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande roped in two university vice-chancellors to post his first tweet – on the encouragement of outspoken Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Nzimande (57) credited Mbalula for making him turn the corner, commenting: “Mbaks you'll get me here, uzoyithola kanjani uma ungekho kwi Twitter @MBalulaFikile”.

Mbalula replied: “Welcome - soze wayithola outside here. This is a platform to connect with our people”. 

He also alerted his sizeable Twitter following of 413,000 followers, tweeting: “CONFIRMED the Twittter Account of Higher Education and Training Minister is 100% authentic - Follow him on @DrBladeNzimande Not Parody”.

There are at least three other, defunct, accounts in Nzimande’s name on Twitter.

The new one uses his real name - Bonginkosi Nzimande – as well as his better known nickname of Blade.

The politician, who has been Minister for Higher Education and Training since 2009, posted his first official tweet with a photo of himself holding a smartphone flanked by Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, and Ihron Rensburg, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg.

Nzimande was meeting university vice-chancellors in Johannesburg on Wednesday to discuss the student funding crisis following the #FeesMustFall protests.

Nzimande’s tag line is: “Philosophers have interpreted the world in various ways, the point however is to change it - Marx and Engels #BeTheChange #Education #AWEHness”.

Within the first three hours, the Bonginkosi Nzimande @DrBladeNzimande account had over 1,000 followers.

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