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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Management


Deputy Vice-Chancellors

Professor Sandra Klopper | Professor Anwar Mall | Professor Francis Petersen | Professor D Visser

Professor Sandra Klopper
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Professor Sandra KlopperProfessor Sandra Klopper's portfolio focusses on teaching and learning, physical and institutional planning – including space allocation and enrolment planning; oversight of budget process; and executive oversight of CHED, Properties and Services and IPD.

Profile

Professor Klopper has an honours degree in Art History (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she returned to write her PhD thesis, tracing the socio-political histories of various traditionalist art forms from present-day northern KwaZulu-Natal. She also has an MA in Art and Social Reform from the University of East Anglia, UK. She lectured in Art History at Wits from 1981 to 1988.

In 1989 Professor Klopper joined UCT as a lecturer specialising in African art, and was promoted first to senior lecturer, then to associate professor, before accepting an appointment at Stellenbosch University (SU) as head of Visual Arts in June 2001. She became Vice-Dean of Arts (Drama, Fine arts and Music) at Stellenbosch in January 2006, and accepted an additional appointment as acting head of the Music Department in mid-2006. Prior to her UCT appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Klopper was the Dean of Humanities at the University of Pretoria - from October 2008 to December 2011.

Professor Klopper helped spearhead curriculum development at UCT, Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria.

She has played an active role in various community projects and initiatives. For many years she was the treasurer of the Visual Arts Group (a subsidiary of the now defunct Cultural Workers Congress of the Western Cape). From 2003 to 2005 she chaired the committee formed by the Western Cape Government to commission the Peace Laureate sculpture project at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Despite having taken on these management and leadership roles, Prof Klopper currently has a B2 NRF research rating. She has written extensively on the traditionalist art of southern African communities, including the expressive culture of migrant labourers and their families; African fashion, textiles and beadwork; various aspects of contemporary South African youth culture; and the work of several contemporary South African artists. She has published three books in collaboration with photographer Peter Magubane. She is currently working on a biography of the American suffragette, Rebecca Reyher, who visited South Africa repeatedly from the 1920's onwards.

Portfolio responsibilities

Departments and individual reporting lines (3)

Committee membership

Committees outside UCT

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Professor Anwar Suleman Mall
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Transformation)

Professor Anwar Suleman MallProfessor Anwar Mall is accountable for the social justice portfolios (such as HIV/AIDS, discrimination and harassment issues, and disability services); the Institutional Forum; employment equity; student demographic change; student financial aid policy; transformation as it affects both the student and staff experience at UCT; and stimulating research and debate around the meaning of transformation for teaching and research at UCT.

Profile

Prior to his appointment as acting DVC, Professor Mall was head of the Division of General Surgery Research Laboratories; he has been a warden for many years, and was the chair of the College of Wardens from 2007 to 2012. He also chaired the Department of Surgery research committee and the Faculty of Health Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate readmission and review committee until his secondment to the acting DVC position.

Mall has been a warden of one or other UCT residence since 1989, and is currently the adviser to the acting warden of Varietas. Through his warding activities and other student support roles, he has extensive experience of interacting with students. He was also deeply involved in transformation activities in residences and in the Faculty of Health Sciences over many years.

Professor Mall completed his schooling in Greytown, Kwazulu-Natal, and then read for a BSc at the University of Durban-Westville, majoring in physiology and biochemistry.

He completed his BSc (Med) Hons and MSc (Surgical Sciences) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT under the mentorship of Emeritus Professors Wieland Gevers and Rosemary Hickman of the departments of medical biochemistry and surgery respectively.

He then read for a PhD at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, titled, “Gastro-duodenal Mucus Isolation and Structure”, in the laboratory of Adrian Allen, who formulated the first model of mucin structure, with scholarships from the United Nations Training Programme for Southern Africans, the World University Service, the CJ Adams Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship, the South African Medical Research Council, the Universities of Cape Town (Baron Hartley) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Mall returned to Cape Town and the Department of Surgery in which he established a mucus research laboratory, the first one on the continent. He continued a close relationship with the Department of Medical Biochemistry, where was both a tutor and latterly a teacher in the intervention programme for many years.

He was given the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2000, the Oppenheimer Fund Fellowship for a brief sabbatical at the University of Oxford in 2001/2 and was a visitor to the University College London through the NRF-Royal Society Award, for a short period in 2007.

Portfolio responsibilities

Departments and individual reporting lines

Committee membership

Committees outside UCT

None currently

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Professor Francis Petersen
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Innovation)

Professor Petersen

Professor Petersen's first responsibility is to review and improve the university's internal systems to promote a more entrepreneurial approach with respect to new sources of revenue. The second key performance area is to promote interdisciplinarity by designing an enabling environment and developing specific projects. He will oversee the academic affairs of the faculties and the Graduate School of Business. He will have executive oversight of Human Resources, Libraries and ICTS. He will also lead negotiations and bargaining with staff unions.

Profile

Professor Francis Petersen took office as Deputy Vice-Chancellor on 1 October 2014. He previously was the Dean: Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town.

Petersen brings to this position his extensive experience of management in both the industry and academic sectors. He has been the executive head of strategy at Anglo American Platinum and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology). He is a member of the UCT Council and chairs the board of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.

Portfolio responsibilities

Departments and individual reporting lines (11)

Committee membership

Committees outside UCT

Prof Hugh Corder has been appointed as a special assistant to Prof Petersen, with effect from 1 February 2016. He is responsible for UCT Libraries; ICTS; HR (excluding the bargaining process and the insourcing project); faculty affairs, the deans and the director of the Graduate School of Business (with Prof Petersen); chairing committees associated with these areas; and representing Prof Petersen on various structures in the university.

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Professor Danie Visser
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Internationalisation)

Professor D VisserProfessor Visser's portfolio covers research and internationalisation. He has oversight of the university's initiative to respond to the challenge of climate change.

Profile

Professor Visser is professor of private law at UCT and a recipient of a National Research Foundation A2 rating. His main work has been in the law of unjustified enrichment, comparative law and legal history. He has contributed to the creation of the comparative law of unjustified enrichment as an international field of study and has helped to foster an understanding of how legal systems that combine both English law and European civil law (such as South African and Scots law) can contribute to legal development in the rest of the world.

He studied at the University of Pretoria, from which he holds the degrees B.Iuris, LLB and LLD, and at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he obtained a further doctorate in law. He has taught at UCT since 1984. He is a former dean of the Faculty of Law (1996-1998) and a sometime holder of the Huber C Hurst Eminent Visiting Scholar Chair at the University of Florida (2001) and was elected as an honorary professor in the University of Aberdeen for the period 2001-2006. From 2003 until taking up his present post as DVC, he was a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne, teaching comparative law on an annual basis. He was elected as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow on three occasions (1990, 1994 and 2004) and this allowed him to do research at the University of Tübingen and the University of Regensburg.

He was co-editor of the South African Law Journal from the end of 1999 until he took up his present post and he continues to serve on the boards of various scholarly journals. He has more than a 100 publications to his credit, including several books, of which Unjustified Enrichment (2008) counts as his most important contribution.

He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and of the World Academy of Arts and Science, an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a Fellow of the University of Cape Town.

Portfolio responsibilities

Departments and individual reporting lines (3)

Committee membership

Committees outside UCT

The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng as the incoming deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation. She joins UCT on 1 July 2016, and takes over from DVC Visser on 1 January 2017.

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