The Council governs the university and is constituted according to the provision of the Higher Education Act, 1997, and the University of Cape Town Statute.

Its responsibilities include determining the mission, objectives, goals, strategies and policies for the progress of the institution. It must also ensure an environment conducive to efficient, effective, economical and ethical attainment of these goals.

It has the responsibility of maintaining and ensuring a financially secure, healthy and viable environment and accounting for all decisions taken at UCT, including the submission of the required reports and documents to the Minister of Education.

Ultimate accountability

The Council of an institution, its Senate and vice-chancellor through the Council, are accountable for their actions to the State through the Minister of Education.


The 30-member Council consists of:

  • executive officers
  • other employees of the institution
  • students
  • persons, who are not staff or students, appointed by a wide range of parties.

External members (neither staff nor students of the institution) make up 60% of the total membership.

Members of Council

The Council membership for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024 is recorded below. The term of appointment is 4 years unless stated otherwise.

Ex Officio (3) 1. Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng (Vice-Chancellor)
2. Prof Sue Harrison (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
3. Dr Reno Morar (Chief Operating Officer)
Ministerial appointees (5) 4. Ms Sheila Barsel
5. Ms Pheladi Gwangwa (Deputy Chairperson)
6. Ms Siza Mzimela
7. Ms Kunyalala Maphisa
8. Prof Neil Eccles
Members elected by Convocation (4) 9. Ms Marlene le Roux
10. Ms Kholiwe Makholiso
(appointed by the Appointments Committee in terms of Section 16(2A) of the Statute)
11. Dr Shuaib Manjra
12. Prof Christopher Vaughan
Academic and professional administrative and support staff (PASS) elected members (3) 13. Ms Busiswa Mtsi (PASS 2–6)
14. Mr Samuel Chetty (PASS 7–13)
15. A/Prof Rudzani Muloiwa (Academic)
Members elected by Senate (3) 16. Prof Ntobeko Ntusi
17. Prof Danwood Chirwa
18. Mr Jacques Rousseau
Members elected by donors (2) 19. Mr Ezra Davids
20. Ms Dianna Yach
Nominee of Cape Town City Council (1) 21. Gareth van Onselen
Nominee of the Premier of the Western Cape (1) 22. Dr M Cardo MP
Appointed by the Appointments Committee of Council (5) 23. Mr Malcolm Campbell
24. Ms Zama Khanyile
25. Ms Nazeema Mohammed
26. Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi
27. Ms Babalwa Ngonyama (Chairperson)
Appointed by the SRC (3) 28. (Vacant)
29. Mr Mila Zibi
30. Mr Sihle Lonzi

Information supplied by:
Marius Lund
Office of the Registrar
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 4004

Updated: 10 December 2021