This Council serves from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024. Each member’s term of appointment is usually four years.
Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng (Vice-Chancellor)
Mamokgethi Phakeng is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. She is a B1 NRF-rated scientist who is as passionate about research as she is about teaching and community engagement.
Phakeng has been invited as a speaker and visiting professor at international conferences and universities in Australia, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Senegal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. She has won many awards for her research and community work. Honours include:
Other positions include:
She is the founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.
She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Prof Sue Harrison (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Professor Sue Harrison is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town. Her portfolio includes advancing the research quality, quantity and impact across the university, enhancing UCT’s African agenda, internationalization and research partnerships, growing and transforming the postgraduate sector and oversight of interdisciplinary university research institutes.
She has a long, varied track record in management and leadership, starting with her headship of Chemical Engineering some 20 years back, through serving as Deputy Dean: Postgraduate and Research for 6 years. Her research and teaching career extend over some 30 years. She has led research groupings and championed interdisciplinary research capacity at UCT, as well as the role of soft-funded researchers. Her contribution to UCT’s research management is shown through her ongoing involvement with research and postgraduate committees and working groups at UCT. Her contribution to research nationally has been demonstrated through her leadership role in the nurturing of innovation and in the implementation plans for the bioeconomy strategy.
Awards, Honours and Membership of Societies:
Recent Career Experience:
Dr Reno Morar (Chief Operating Officer)
Dr Reno Morar took up this position with effect from 1 February 2019.
Dr Morar’s experience and qualifications suit him for this position. His career includes 20 years of experience in policy development and implementation, operational management, monitoring and evaluation, people and human resource management, administration with non-governmental organisations, and in both private and public sectors. As Medical Director of the Clothing Industry Health Care Fund from November 1997 to December 2007, he developed an entire health system to serve 110 000 clothing workers and their dependants. This involved negotiating the interrelationships between factory owners, unions, workers and healthcare workers in the internal health system.
Dr Morar has been on staff at UCT since 2008 and has demonstrated a deep passion for learning and the academic project. He is currently Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. As Deputy Dean he engaged in very complex relationships, policies and processes between the university and the faculty, the faculty and the provincial and national departments of health, with other health science faculties, and between academic clinicians and the management establishment, among others. One of his significant achievements was leading the UCT faculty team in negotiations with the Department of Health in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, resulting in successful bilateral or multilateral agreements on issues such as specialist and sub-specialist medical training.
He brings to the COO position a deep understanding of and commitment to the transformation of UCT, including experience in changing business processes to enhance a culture of service excellence, leading and managing change, and implementing organisational processes and systems that help create a more culturally diverse organisation in structure and composition for management and staff.
Dr Morar earned his MBChB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1988. At UCT he earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management, Economics and Financial Planning (1995), and a Master of Medicine in Community Health (first-class pass). Since 1998 he has been a public health specialist and a registered Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa. He also completed a Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice at the Graduate Business School at Stellenbosch University in 2008.
Ms Sheila Barsel
Sheila Barsel is the political advisor to the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. She has 50 years of experience in:
This experience includes her appointment as senior health researcher with the National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU), 6 years as general secretary of the National Union of South African Students, 19 years in the retail and manufacturing sectors, and 15 years working in the Western Cape’s Department of Health.
She has been a member of the Council since 2010, having been appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training. She served on the Ministerial Committee for National Health Insurance from 2009 to 2014 and is currently involved in the workstreams that advise the minister on the implementation of policies.
She has a BA degree and postgraduate qualifications in adult education and coaching.
Ms Pheladi Gwangwa (Deputy Chairperson)
Pheladi Gwangwa is a director for core business at Chueu Inc, a law firm based in Pretoria, where she is responsible for organizational development. This entails aligning strategy, people and processes; performance management of the professional staff – attorneys; and ensuring operational efficiencies as well as overall optimization of the business. She has served as Station Manager (Managing Director) for 702, a talk radio station based in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2005 to 2016. Under her leadership, 702 prospered and grew its audience from a listenership of 238 000 to 920 000, which gave the station an opportunity to grow its gross revenue from about R70 million in 2005 to R320m when she left the station. Gwangwa was the recipient of the Woman in the Media Award in 2008. 702 won many industry awards under her leadership, including the BBC’s Best Radio Station of the Year Award in 2007, which was a continent-wide search. Previously, she worked at the South African Industry Regulator for Communications (ICASA) and has practised as an attorney at the State Attorney.
She previously served as the chairperson of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Broadcast Research Council as well as the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council. She is currently an independent non-executive director of Clientele, a financial services company listed on the JSE. She is also a Patron of Future of the African Daughter (FOTAD), a girl-child development project for girls aged 12 to 19 years who come from previously disadvantaged areas.
Qualifications: she has a master’s degree in communications law from the University of the Witwatersrand, an LLB from the same university and a Bachelor’s degree in law (BProc) from the University of the North, now known as the University of Limpopo.
Ms Siza Mzimela
Siza Mzimela is the chief executive of Transnet Freight Rail, the largest division of Transnet with 31 013 employees who are spread throughout the country. Mzimela is a seasoned business executive with 29 years’ experience gained in various senior roles across diverse industries. She has worked in the financial services, oil and gas and aviation sectors. With her experience gained primarily in aviation, Mzimela has established herself as an astute and commercial executive with business turnaround, multi-geographic and regulated industry experience. She has more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles and currently serves as a non-executive director of Bryte Insurance and Africa Reinsurance Corporation. She previously served as a non-executive director for Woolworths Holdings, Ansys Limited and SA Tourism and as chairperson of Cargo Carriers Limited. Her most notable positions includes being the group chief executive officer at South African Airways (SAA) and chief executive officer of SA Express Airways. In 2018, Mzimela re-joined SA Express after being appointed by the Minister of the Department of Public Enterprises as head of the Ministerial Intervention Task Team. Shortly thereafter she was appointed as the interim chief executive officer tasked with driving the execution of the Turnaround Plan.
Ms Kunyalala Maphisa
Kunyalala is a South African based entrepreneur and businesswoman, a social activist and has served on a number of boards of companies and non-profit organizations. She has extensive experience in commercial law, having worked for more than 15 years in areas spanning from mergers and acquisitions, competition law, project and acquisition finance. She has done work in a number of African countries outside South Africa including Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
She is co-founder and principal partner for Brighton Wealth Subsaharan, a South African based investment and advisory firm with a diversified investment portfolio of small, scalable companies. She was previously managing director of Subsaharan Concessions, a South African, large-scale project development company operating on the African continent.
Maphisa is currently the president of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, the largest association of professional and businesswomen in South Africa. She has also served on the board of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) the apex business representative organization in South Africa representing business associations and business chambers locally and internationally. She has served as a member of the African Businesswomen’s Network Think Tank amongst others. She works with various not-for-profit organisations building capacity and assisting with fund raising. She has previously served in various senior executive positions including serving with Ernst & Young South Africa in the firm’s accounts and markets unit and later corporate finance unit where she was head of emerging markets, including the Africa sub area.
Maphisa is an attorney by profession and she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, and competition Law in practice. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s of laws degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), in public policy and industrial relations also from UCT.
She has occasionally represented South African business at various international meetings, and forums including United Nations, SADC meetings and at regional African Union (AU) meetings in various African countries. She continues to write and comment on transformation issues and has presented papers at various national and international forums.
Maphisa is an alumni and Fellow of the Desmond Tutu Fellowship (Tutu Fellow) through the African Leadership Institute at Oxford University, and a member of various bodies globally, including the Crans Montana Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Prof Neil Eccles
Neil Eccles is a professor in the Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the University of South Africa. It should come as no surprise that in this role he teaches and does research. In terms of teaching, he uses moral and political philosophy to try and instil a bit of much needed critical thinking into economic and management science students. His module entitled Sustainability and Greed has been running since 2013, and is taken by between 6 000 and 11 000 undergraduate students a semester.
In terms of research, his interests fall broadly under the banner of business ethics, which he pursues from a critical perspective. He would like to say that he publishes extensively, but in these days of mass publication, this would be stretching the truth. Suffice to say, he tries to publish well. Aligned with this, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Business Ethics and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment.
In terms of university management and governance experience, Neil served as the Head of the Institute for Corporate Citizenship at Unisa for nine years between 2008 and 2017. He also served a term on Unisa’s Council as a Senate representative between 2015 and 2017.
Before joining Unisa he spent six years in the consulting industry, in both a mainstream business consulting company as well as a specialist corporate social responsibility consulting firm.
He has a PhD in Ecology from UCT and a BSc, a BSc (honours) and an MSc from Wits.
Ms Marlene le Roux
As the current Artscape CEO, my passion is simply to use Arts and Culture to empower and enable disadvantaged groups and to make a difference in another human being’s life. I am a driven person with a Masters of Philosophy in Disability Studies from UCT and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from CPUT. I completed many tertiary programmes, like the Women in Leadership Programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business. I obtained my Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education as well as a Higher Diploma in Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). I also have a Diploma in Senior Management obtained at the University of Stellenbosch.
Awards include the Fair Saturday Award, awarded in Bilbao, Spain as an advocate for human rights, inclusion and openness throughout her career and the theatre’s commitment to promoting essential values through its diverse and accessible programmes (June 2019); The Commonwealth’s Point of Light Award, In recognition of exceptional service promoting disability rights, signed by Her Majesty The Queen of England (February 2018); Western Cape Provincial Government Awards: Ministerial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Disability (2017 and 2018); The Desmond Tutu Legendary Award (2001) and the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year – Art Category (1998), among a host of others (available on request).
Professional associations and involvement are too numerous to mention in a one-page resumé but include the following: Director of the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (ATKV); Chairperson of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation (until 2019); Chairperson of Chrysalis Youth Academy (2014 – current); Chairperson for the Foundation for the Empowerment through Afrikaans (SBA) – (current); Member of the International Advisory Board of Africa Open Institute (AOI) – (current); Commissioner of the Rights of Cultural and Linguistic Communities – appointed by the President of South Africa; Member of the Presidential Working Group on Disability; Co-founder of WAND (Women’s Achievement Network for Disability) – (current); Serve as an expert for the British Council on Arts Development in Africa; Chairperson and founder member of the Certificate for Youth Trainers (CYT) - a skills and leadership youth development program sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry (1996 - present); Representative of CYT at various conferences in France, La Reunion, Madagascar, hosted mostly by CEMEA - a French non-profit organization involved in the fields of education and culture (1998 - present) among a host of other professional bodies that I serve on (available on request).
Dr Shuaib Manjra
Shuaib Manjra is a passionate South African, human rights activist, and seeker of a better world for all. He consults in sports and occupational medicine physician to a range of non-governmental organisations, state and private-sector institutions. His association with UCT began in 1990 when he worked at the Industrial Health Research Group, based in the Department of Sociology. This unit provided occupational health services to the progressive trade union movement. He currently serves as an honorary senior lecturer at UCT’s School of Public Health.
He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Natal and did his post-graduate studies in sports medicine and occupational health at UCT. He furthered his post-graduate qualifications at the University of Birmingham as part of the Helen Suzman Fellowship (Chevening) awarded by the British Council, and received the John Darwell Prize for academic achievement. He is an associate fellow and examiner of the College of Public Health Medicine (Occupational Health) (CMSA).
He currently holds the following positions:
Previously he was chairperson of the Medical Commission of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Netball Federation. He served as chief medical officer for Team South Africa to the Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games, to various international tournaments, and as team doctor to the Proteas cricket team. He was appointed to the ministerial task team established to evaluate and recommend a high-performance programme for South African sport.
His daughter is a graduate from Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE), and his son is presently studying in the same department. He also has a daughter studying medicine at the University of Stellenbosch.
Prof Christopher Vaughan
Kit Vaughan is an emeritus professor at UCT, having previously held the Hyman Goldberg Chair in Biomedical Engineering (1996-2010). During this period, he also served: as head of department (biomedical engineering and human biology) in the Faculty of Health Sciences; as deputy dean for research and postgraduate affairs; and as a member of Council and the Senate Executive Committee. Prior to UCT, Vaughan was professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia.
Among Vaughan’s most highly cited works are a book, Dynamics of Human Gait, and a paper on the theories of bipedal gait published in the Journal of Biomechanics. He is also the author of the award-winning book, Imagining the Elephant, a biography of UCT alumnus Allan Cormack who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the development of computer tomography. He is the holder of multiple United States patents in the field of biomedical engineering.
For the past ten years, Vaughan has served as chief executive officer of CapeRay Medical, a UCT spin-out company that has designed, clinically tested and secured certification for a novel imaging system for the early detection of breast cancer. He is also a non-executive director of another UCT spin-out, Strait Access Technologies, that has developed innovative medical devices for treating cardio-vascular diseases.
Vaughan is a Life Fellow of UCT, held an A rating awarded by the NRF (2003-2014), and is an elected Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering. During the past 40 years, he has taught courses in mathematics, physics, biomedical engineering and grant writing to undergraduate and postgraduate students in South Africa, Ireland and the USA.
Vaughan’s qualifications include a BSc (Honours) in applied mathematics and physics (Rhodes), a PhD in musculoskeletal biomechanics (Iowa), a post-doctoral fellowship in orthopaedic engineering (Oxford), and a DSc (Med) in biomedical engineering (UCT).
Vacant (PASS 2–6)
Mr Samuel Chetty (PASS 7–13)
Samuel Chetty has been a member of the UCT’s Professional, Administrative Support and Service Staff since 2013. He holds the post of Systems Administrator in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science. Samuel’s previous employment history includes Stellenbosch University, Sanlam Investments Management and University of Cape Town in the ICT Management environment.
Executive member of the University of Cape Town Employees Union (UCTEU)
Senate nominated representative on the University Information and Communication Committee (UICTC)
Co-Chair of the Science Faculty Transformation Committee (SFTC)
Member of the Science Faculty Deans Advisory Committee (DAC)
Executive member of the Institutional Forum (IF)
Member of the Institutional and Reconciliation Steering Committee (IRTC)
Founding member of the University Cape Town Workplace Forum for Labour Unions (Workplace Forum)
Chetty’s active membership in the committees at the University of Cape Town and externally have provided him with skill-sets and experiences that have prepared him to advance the perspective and challenges facing PASS Staff and safeguard the roles that PASS Staff play within the academic project, student relations, governance and promotion of the University.
A/Prof Rudzani Muloiwa (Academic)
After doing his undergraduate degree at the University of (KwaZulu) Natal, Rudzani Muloiwa trained as a paediatrician at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, obtaining a Fellowship in Paediatrics with the Colleges of Medicines of South Africa (CMSA) in 2004. After this he completed an MSc in public health for developing countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has an interest in infectious diseases with a special emphasis on vaccine preventable diseases.
Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Faculty of Health Science of the University of Cape Town (UCT) and runs the Paediatric and Adolescent HIV Clinical Services at Groote Schuur Hospital. For most of the last three years he has served as both Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs and recently as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. He is a current member of the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA) which is located within the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT. Since 2017 A/Prof Muloiwa has served as a member of the South Africa NITAG (NAGI) and a steering committee member of the Global Pertussis Initiative (GPI). A/Prof Muloiwa has been on the Board of World Vision South Africa since 2012.
Prof Ntobeko Ntusi
Professor Ntusi is the head of medicine and the clinical lead for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT) at Groote Schuur Hospital and is appointed as a cardiologist, professor and chair of medicine in the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
His primary research interests comprise inflammatory heart disease (including HIV-associated cardiovascular disease), non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy and non-invasive imaging, in particular with CMR. He has in-depth training and expertise in CMR and CCT. Professor Ntusi has extensive experience with basic science, translational and clinical research. He currently supervises postgraduate students and is conducting several single-centre mechanistic clinical studies, which are mostly CMR-based. Through his research, Professor Ntusi has built strong links with colleagues in clinical cardiology, physics and biomedical engineering, tuberculosis and HIV medicine, rheumatology, immunology, molecular genetics and biomedical statistics; and he has shown capacity for performance in scientific investigational teams and is suited to being part of multi-disciplinary and multi-centre clinical studies. The current application builds logically on his work on CMR in HIV-associated heart disease.
He obtained a BSc(Hons) degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Haverford College, USA, and an MBChB degree from UCT, before completing a fellowship in Internal Medicine through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He served his internship and later worked as a community service medical officer and senior house officer at Frere Hospital in East London, South Africa. He read for a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford and completed his MD in Cardiology at UCT. He is a qualified cardiologist, through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He has been actively engaged and has contributed to improved understanding of cardiomyopathy, inflammatory heart disease and heart failure in South Africa and abroad.
Professor Ntusi is the holder of various awards and honours and has published widely.
Prof Danwood Chirwa
Professor Danwood Chirwa has been the dean of the Faculty of Law since 1 January 2019.
Professor Chirwa holds a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi. Currently, he holds a full professorship at the University of Cape Town. Over the last 16 years, Prof Chirwa has taught Administrative Law, International Human Rights, Children’s Rights, and Constitutional Law. He has played a key role in curriculum development and the administration of the human rights post-graduate programmes and has gained considerable experience as a postgraduate supervisor at both the LLM and doctoral levels. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery since 2017.
Mr Jacques Rousseau
Jacques Rousseau teaches critical thinking and ethics in UCT’s School of Management Studies, and is the chairperson of the Free Society Institute, a secular humanist non-profit organisation. He has been on the academic staff since 2001, during which time he has chaired the Academic Freedom Committee, and has also served, or is serving, on various committees including Senate and the Senate Executive Committee.
Rousseau has several publications and research reports, with his current areas of research including:
He is a regular contributor to national debates in the public sphere through articles and radio interviews, as well as to international conferences on science, pseudoscience and secular humanism. He holds a BA(Hons) in Philosophy and MA in English from UCT.
Mr Ezra Davids
Ezra Davids is the chairman of Corporate/M&A at Bowmans specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and securities law.
Some of the most recent transactions in which Ezra has advised on include his role as lead partner in the firm acting as South African legal counsel to PepsiCo on its acquisition of Pioneer Foods, which was named deal of the year by DealMakers 2020 in South Africa (USD 1,7 billion), the acquisition was one of PepsiCo’s largest outside the United States and acted as lead partner in the following matters: South African counsel to SAB Miller in its combination with AB InBev (1.5 trillion rand/$107 billion), acting for Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Kansai Paint Co. Limited in its successful hostile bid for JSE Listed Freeworld Coatings Limited (ZAR 3,3 billion) – which is still the first and only successful cross border hostile bid in South Africa, acting as South African counsel to Bharti in its then proposed merger with MTN (USD 24 billion); advising Verizon Communications in its disposal of its subsidiary, Verizon Business (South Africa); acting as South African Counsel to M1 and Investcom in the latter’s acquisition by MTN (USD 5.5 billion); acting as the lawyers to Dis-Chem, a major South African pharmaceuticals retailer on its recent IPO on the JSE (ZAR 20 billion); acting as the lawyers to Alexander Forbes, a major South African financial services company on its IPO on the JSE (ZAR 12 billion); acting as the lawyers to PPC (the largest cement company in South Africa) in successfully defending itself in the most high profile shareholders activism in South Africa where there was an attempt to replace the entire board, and in its response to an approach by Afrisam for a proposed combination of the largest and second largest cement manufacturers in South Africa; advising Barrick Gold Corporation in its disposal of Barrick Gold South Africa (USD 1.55 billion) and acting for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup in the disposal by Polyus (Norilisk) of its entire shareholding in Gold Fields Limited (USD 2.02 billion); for SABMiller in the USD 1 billion BEE transaction for its South African subsidiary; and as South African counsel for PPR in the disposal of its furniture and household goods business, Conforama, to JSE-listed Steinhoff International Holdings Limited (ZAR 12 billion).
Ezra is also the relationship partner for several of the firm’s major clients such as PepsiCo, Bharti, Orange, Barrick Gold Corporation, Microsoft, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, ExxonMobil, Total and many others.
He is the former chairman of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town and a serving member of the university’s council (board of governors); member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust and Freedom Under Law; director of the Social Justice Initiative; and a patron of the student sponsorship programme (a non-profit organisation focusing on providing high school education to disadvantaged students).
He is also the former chairman of the recent developments in mergers and acquisitions subcommittee of the corporate M&A committee of the International Bar Association and is a serving member of that committee.
He is also a regular contributor to international M&A and equity capital markets publications and is co-contributor on the mergers’ chapter of the Modern Company Law text book. Ezra was the first practicing African lawyer to be featured on the front page of the American Lawyer.
He holds a BA (UCT) (1989), LLB (UCT) (1992), H Dip Tax (Wits) and a certificate in Leadership in Law Firms from Harvard Law School.
Ms Dianna Yach
Dianna Yach is currently chairperson of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund (MFF), privately established in 1936, which supports community-based and academic institutions in South Africa (Western Province), Israel and Ramallah. The MFF seeks to advance human rights and social justice by supporting ethical leaders in health, welfare, education, arts and culture, and sustainable environment matters.
Dianna also Chairs the UCT Alumni Advisory Board and serves as a member of Council for the Universities of Cape Town and of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She serves on the boards of local NGOs including: Habonim, ORT Cape SA and Cape Jewish Welfare Trust.
Dianna is a proud UCT alumnus, passionately committed to equality, diversity, and human rights. After graduating from UCT with a BA and LLB she obtained an LLM from the University of London, subsequently lecturing in law at Queen Mary College, University of London. She is also an accredited mediator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of People Development (UK).
She founded and was managing director of the niche London-based consultancy Ionann Management Consultants Ltd, focussed on enabling clients in the public, private and community sectors with respect to transformation, change management and translation of equality, diversity and human rights into practice. Whilst living and working in London, Dianna was active in community-based work too serving as a trustee of the Camden Citizens Advice Bureau, chair of the Camden Race Equality Council and founder member of Scotland Yard’s Racial and Violent Crime Taskforce.
During South Africa’s first democratic elections, she served as a member of the Commonwealth Observer’s Group and chaired a multinational panel on peacekeeping and a multinational panel on transformation of the South African Police Service. She also participated in an international team of policing specialists that reviewed the policies and practices of 11 sub-Saharan African countries and made recommendations to the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation on enhancing democratic policing in the region.
Cllr Aimee Kuhl
Aimee Kuhl has been a councillor at the City of Cape Town since August 2016.
She has served on a number of committees and subcommittees.
Aimee Kuhl is a UCT humanities alumnus and has completed an MPhil in development studies.
Dr Michael Cardo MP
Michael Cardo is a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly. He was elected to Parliament in 2014 and served as the Democratic Alliance’s spokesman on the economic development portfolio in the fifth parliament. Re-elected in 2019, Cardo is currently the party’s spokesman on the employment and labour portfolio.
Cardo holds a BA (Hons) in history from the University of Natal as well as an MPhil and PhD in history from the University of Cambridge, where he attended Trinity College.
Before becoming a public representative, Cardo worked as a researcher, speech writer and policy analyst. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked in the Policy and Strategy Unit at the Department of the Premier in the Western Cape Government, specialising in social policy and serving as the Director of Policy Research and Analysis.
Cardo was awarded a visiting research fellowship by the Helen Suzman Foundation in 2006, during which time he wrote a biography of the former South African Liberal Party leader, Peter Brown, entitled Opening Men’s Eyes: Peter Brown and the Liberal Struggle for South Africa (Jonathan Ball: 2010).
Mr Malcolm Campbell
Malcolm Campbell is a UCT alumnus, having obtained a BArch from the university in 1981. He also holds an MSc in economics in urban development planning from the University College of London.
Malcolm is the principal at ACG Architects & Development Planners, whose portfolio of work covers the full spectrum of residential, retail, commercial, institutional and public amenity projects. In addition, Malcolm specialises in urban design with a particular focus on social and affordable housing. He has a special interest in memory work and has collaborated on two significant memory installations in Cape Town. ACG has garnered both national and international awards and most of its work has been published both nationally and internationally.
Malcolm is a past president of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) (2001–2009) where he led significant transformation initiatives in the profession focused on promoting inclusivity and mobility. His work here included validation of architectural programmes at universities in South Africa, as well as in Ghana and Kenya, when he served as a member of the validation panel for the Commonwealth Association of Architects. He is a former the head of the department of architecture at the then Peninsula Technikon where he was involved in curriculum development work at a national level and in creating platforms for co-ordination and sharing between architectural institutions. He also initiated the community projects office, to prepare students for work in disadvantaged communities.
Ms Zama Khanyile
Zama Khanyile is a fund manager at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and she is in charge of the uMnotho Fund that deals with acquisitions, new ventures and expansions. A chartered accountant who studied at the University of Johannesburg and is registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, she leads a team of 15 investment professionals, carrying out the mandate to improve access to capital for black-owned entities, and she oversees the NEF’s women empowerment fund that finances businesses that are majjority owned and managed by black women. She has sat on a number of boards which previously included the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the African Women Chartered Accountants’ forum, of which she is the president.
Khanyile is committed to making a difference in the lives of young, black upcoming chartered accountants and has focused her efforts on making this happen. She plans to continue her own personal growth as a responsible leader and wants to keep on converting her success into significance.
Ms Kholiwe Makhohliso
Kholiwe Makhohliso made a name for herself as a distinct leader in the ICT sector having led South African operations of global companies, including a Fortune 500 company. From 2018, she has been at the helm of German-headquartered global software company, Software AG, as its vice president and country managing director for South Africa.
She boasts a wealth of experience that spans almost 25 years in a career that was meticulously nurtured in both public and private sectors. Her rise to become a revered executive in the ICT industry is owed to her risk-taking nature, resilience and an unwavering belief in offering her clients cutting edge solutions for their needs.
An accountant by training, her career began as an auditor and chief financial officer, and after few years she changed course and branched into consulting and sales in the ICT sector.
Some of her most notable career moves include serving as the first chief financial officer of the National Heritage Council, holding leadership positions at Accenture and being appointed to the position of country managing director for South Africa at Oracle, a position that made her one of the first women to lead a multinational ICT company in the country.
Ms Nazeema Mohamed
Nazeema Mohamed currently serves as the recently appointed executive director of lnyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement. She joined lnyathelo after working as a consultant and a stay-at-home mom for four years while her daughter had open-heart surgery, spine surgery and eye surgery. When time would allow, she worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator for Emutihini and the Wits Institute for Cultural and Diversity Studies. She has run workshops for the National Research Foundation, Standard Bank’s Information Technology Division and ABSA Corporate Investment Banking. She was a Fellow of Universities South Africa (now known as USAf) and conducted research for the University of Cape Town, and consulted on policy matters to several universities. Prior to this she has been a consultant and AirBNB Superhost, and has worked at the Ford Foundation as a progamme officer in the field of higher education and social justice.
Ms Mohamed has a master’s degree in higher education management with a specialisation in gender equity from the University of London. She has several education certificates linked to education policy analysis and employee wellness. She is a qualified coach, a trained diversity and inclusion facilitator and has a foundation level ombuds certificate.
She was appointed to the first Ministerial Transformation Oversight Committee. She is one of the founding members of the Anti-Racism Network in higher education and held a position on the executive. She served as a committee member on the Apartheid Archive. She has represented Wits University in Higher Education South Africa’s (HESA’s) Transformation Directors’ Forum. Other national activities have included being an auditor for the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology quality assurance audit and being drawn on by many higher education institutions for advice on the transformation of higher education.
Ms Mohamed is the founder of the Facebook page Universities in South Africa: Decolonising the mind, which has over 9 000 followers.
She was appointed to several ministerial committees during her career as a higher education policy analyst and equity expert. She has worked in government as the director of higher education policy and development support. She was also acting director of constituency affairs in higher education and served on several national task forces. When she worked at the Centre for Education Policy Development, she provided support for the Education White Paper 3 process in the ANC education study group in parliament. There (1996) she argued for the white paper to include a clause on gender-based violence and institutional culture. Nazeema is a committed human rights activist and has actively worked in this arena in the field of education. She has a political history as a youth activist and led action on gender-based violence in the South African Youth Congress in 1990. She was appointed a part-time commissioner to the first National Youth Commission by former president Nelson Mandela.
Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi
Tshidi Mokgabudi is a chartered accountant with 32 years of accounting, auditing and advisory experience within the public and private sectors. She was a member of the Audit Commission during President Mandela’s administration and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (SAICA) ethics committee. She served on the University of the Witwatersrand’s Council and lectured at Vista University (now University of Johannesburg).
She is the founder of the Global Women Corporate Directors (WCD) South Africa Chapter, a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD), a member of the Association of Black Accountants of South Africa (ABASA) and served on the founding board of directors of ABASA.
Mokgabudi held various senior positions at KPMG, and was a board member of the following companies:
She has the following qualifications:
Ms Babalwa Ngonyama (Chairperson)
With experience spanning more than two decades, Sinayo Securities founder and CEO Babalwa Ngonyama has enjoyed an illustrious career in the financial services sector. Now, in her new role as the Chairperson of the Council of the University of Cape Town – and previously the chairperson of its Finance Committee since 2016 – Ngonyama views her appointment as a significant opportunity to contribute meaningfully to education. “This is a responsibility and an opportunity that I will tackle with much gusto as education is one of my greatest passions,” says Ngonyama.
Under Sinayo Securities and her personal capacity, Ngonyama leads several passion projects – most notably the company graduate training programme dubbed ‘Project Funda’, a programme that assists young graduates by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills required for future employment. The programme accelerates their employment prospects by providing quarterly mentorship and guidance. To date, Project Funda has assisted more than 60 graduates secure direct industry exposure, either with Sinayo Securities and/or its clients.
The acclaimed CEO is also the founding chairperson of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA), an organisation whose key aim is to accelerate the development of black female Chartered Accountants. She currently serves on its Advisory Board. As a chartered accountant, who studied at the University of Transkei (now called Walter Sisulu), she had first-hand experience of how difficult it was to find work opportunities and to successfully climb the corporate ladder as a black female. The AWCA was born out of an urgent need to offer and create solutions for the many young black females who now experience the same challenges. The organisation identifies, nurtures and develops women who qualified as chartered accountants and young girls who aspire to be chartered accountants and grooms them for key decision-making positions in corporate SA and the public sector.
Ngonyama is steadfast in her mission to make a positive difference in the world, a legacy she deems profoundly important. “I have learned that my life becomes richer and fulfilled when I lend a helping hand – and I’m also reminded that life should not only be centred around my own needs,” says Ngonyama.
Ngonyama’s philosophy is centred around developing as she leads and driving an awareness around the value that women bring to boardroom tables.
Be it a corporate, entrepreneurial, philanthropic or board role, Ngonyama wears all of these career hats with aplomb. Ngonyama has occupied diverse leadership roles — as lead independent director and chairperson of various committees — with South African entities at various stages of their lifecycles. She has a special knack for leading organisations with global operations in the most challenging jurisdictions. As a board member, she has been instrumental in driving operational performance in alignment with overall business growth objectives to achieve returns for all stakeholders.
The former Chief Financial Officer of Safika Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Group Chief Internal Auditor of Nedbank Ltd, Ngonyama has previously held many other key corporate and board positions. Until May 2019, Ngonyama was the Deputy Chairperson of Brand South Africa, a role that saw her work tirelessly to positively position South Africa globally. She also served on the Barloworld Group board until 2017, where she was instrumental in developing a stakeholder management strategy that helped the company make gains with its Russian operations.
She is currently an Aspen Limited board member and also chairs its audit committee. Her roles at Aspen are proof of her ability to strategically face challenges head-on and work closely with management to navigate businesses out of complex situations. She is also the lead independent director on both the Hollard Life and Insurance boards, and chairs its risk committees. Here, she plays a central role in assisting Hollard tackle the challenges brought on by their technology-driven competitors and translating these into opportunities.
Mr Phakamani Ntentema
Phakamani Ntentema is pursuing his PhD in African languages and literature in 2021 at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is an NRF doctoral scholar. He completed his MA in African languages and literature at UCT in 2020. His master’s dissertation focused on “The challenges in the intellectualisation of indigenous languages in post-apartheid South Africa: what will it take to give the indigenous languages a directive in the implementation and monitoring of language policies in South Africa”. He was a scholar in the Centre for African Language Diversity (CALDi) which is funded by the AW Mellon Foundation. Ntentema also holds an honours degree in African languages and literature with a first class pass from UCT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.
Ntentema is a lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Literature at UCT. He is a member of Golden Key International Society: UCT Chapter. He is a recipient of the 2019 UCT Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Research Award, Top 100 Young Researchers at UCT. He is a former selection committee member for the appointment of a dean of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED). He was an advisor for the South African Education Project - 2019 TSP (Cape Town).
In 2015/16 Ntentema was part of UCT’s Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission, advocating for restorative justice and institutional transformation related to the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall protests on campus. He served as a member of:
Ntentema is a recipient of the 2019 UCT Plus Gold Award, and he is also a former Via-Afrika WPR Digital Editor.
Appointed by the Students’ Representative Council.
Mr Declan Dyer
Declan Dyer is the President of the Students' Representative Council (SRC) and pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). He completed his BA at the University of Cape Town in 2020.
Having spent most of his University career in senior student leadership positions, he is both an experienced and a demonstrated leader. Notably, he is a two-term SRC member, previously serving as the corporate relations and fundraising coordinator. In 2019, he served as vice president of SHAWCO Education, and was part of the team that guided SHAWCO through a very difficult period. He also spent two years on the board of SHAWCO, two years on the executive committee of the UCT Film Society, and a year at VARSITY newspaper.
Outside of leadership spaces, he also has experience across governance of the university, having served on the Institutional Forum, University Finance Committee, University Student Affairs Committee, the Student Parliament Management Committee and numerous other sub-committees and task teams.
As a leader, he strives for purpose-driven pursuits that are grounded in wisdom and empathy. He equally strives to develop big-picture visions with an unwavering dedication to empowering others. As a political being, he remains committed to the struggle for economic freedom in this lifetime.
Appointed by the Students’ Representative Council.
Mr Sihle Lonzi