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Council members

The Council membership for the period 01 July 2016 to 30 June 2020 is recorded below. The term of appointment is four years unless stated otherwise.

Mr Sipho Pityana (Chairperson)

Mr Sipho Pityana

BA(Hons)(Essex), MSc(London); Dtech(honoris causa)(Vaal University of Technology)

Sipho Mila Pityana is the founder and Chairman of Izingwe Holdings. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of the following companies: the JSE listed AngloGold Ashanti, Onelogix and of Munich Reinsurance of Africa, he is also a non-executive director of a number of manufacturing companies including Aberdare Cables where he is the Vice-Chairman. He also served on the boards of Bytes Technology Group, AFROX, SPESCOM and Scaw Metals; he also served on the Old Mutual Leadership Group. He previously worked as the Executive Director of Nedcor Investment Bank and a Managing Director at Nedbank.

In addition to his private sector track record, Mr Pityana has extensive public sector experience and international exposure. He was the first Director General of Department of Labour in a democratic South Africa. As the Foreign Affairs Director General he represented South Africa in various international fora including the United Nations, African Union, Commonwealth and the International Labour Organisation. He was one of the founding members of the governing body of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and Convenor of the South African government delegation to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). He is the previous Chairperson of the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and former Registrar of the University of Fort Hare. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Ms Deborah Budlender (Deputy Chairperson)

Ms Deborah Budlender

Debbie Budlender is an independent research consultant. She was employed as a specialist researcher with the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE), a South African non-governmental organisation working in the area of social policy research, from 1998 to June 2012.  Previous employment includes administrative and research work for trade unions, and research for the Cape Town university-based Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit at the time of the Second Carnegie Enquiry into Poverty. Budlender served as a member of Council, chosen by the Appointments Committee from 2004 to 2012; was elected by the Convocation for the term of office 2012 to 2016, and will be a member of Council in the same capacity for the term 2016 to 2020.  She  served as the Deputy Chair of Council for the period 2 December  2009 to 30 June 2012 and again for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016. She has been re-elected Deputy Chair for the current term. Budlender holds a BA (Hons) and MA from UCT, a BSc degree from UNISA and a DSocSc (honoris causa) from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Mr Norman Arendse SC

Mr Norman Arendse SC

Norman Arendse is a UCT graduate, and co-founder of the Labour Law Unit (now the Institute of Development and Labour Law) in 1987. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of transformation, conflict resolution, community conflict and experience in the sports’ arena. He is an alumnus of UCT and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1981, and an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1988. Silk (Senior Counsel) status was conferred by the then President Nelson Mandela on 10 November 1998. Norman Arendse keeps chambers in Cape Town and Johannesburg, acts as a High Court and Labour Court Judge from time to time. He is a past chairperson of the Independent Mediation and Arbitration Services of South Africa (IMSSA) (1996 – 2000, and past president of the Western Province Cricket Association (2004 - 2005). "Vice -president, united cricket board of south Africa (ucbsa)2005-2006 president  ucbsa 2006-2008(resigned) chairman of the international cricket council(icc) HR committee(2008),member of the icc governance committee(2008) member of the icc board 2006-2008 lead independent director of the board of cricket south Africa (csa)2013-to date president safa cape town(2009-to date) member of the national executive committee of safa and chairman of the legal affairs committee past president of the general council of the bar of south Africa (gcb)2005-2008 founder member and past deputy chair of advocates for transformation.”

Mr Emlyn Balarin

Emlyn Balarin has been a member of the UCT PASS staff since 2001 and is currently the Operations Manager for the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP). He has worked much of his career in a university environment; he was employed as a research manager in the Marine Research Institute at UCT, and also as a psychology lecturer at Rhodes University.

Emlyn has always been passionate about promoting workers’ rights and equity in the workplace, and this has been expressed in his role as an elected union executive in the UCT Employees Union.

Emlyn also serves as a Trustee on the UCT Retirement Fund Board of Trustees.

Ms Sheila Barsel

Ms Sheila Barsel

Sheila Barsel is the political advisor to the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. She has some 50 years' experience in policy development and implementation, planning, strategic and operational management, monitoring and evaluation, people and human resource management, and administration in the civil society, private and public sectors. This includes most recently as Senior Health Researcher with the National Union Health, Education and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), six 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 has a BA degree and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education and Coaching. She served on the Ministerial Committee for the National Health Insurance from 2009 and 2014 and is currently involved in the workstreams which have been appointed to advise the Minister on various areas of the implementation of the policies.

Dr Michael Cardo MP

Dr Michael Cardo MP

Dr Michael Cardo is a Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Economic Development. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Natal and an MPhil and PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. He joined the political staff of the Democratic Alliance in 2003, where he worked as a researcher, speech writer and policy analyst. He was the party’s national Director of Research between 2004 and 2006. Cardo was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Helen Suzman Foundation in 2006, during which time he wrote a biography of the former SA Liberal Party leader, Peter Brown "Opening Men’s Eyes: Peter Brown and the Liberal Struggle for South Africa" (Jonathan Ball: 2010). Between 2011 and 2014, Cardo worked in the Policy and Strategy Unit at the Department of Premier in the Western Cape Government, specialising in social policy and serving as the Director of Policy Research and Analysis. Cardo was elected to Parliament in 2014 and is the Democratic Alliance's Constituency Head of the Overstrand Municipality, centred on Hermanus.

Mr Ezra Davids

Mr Ezra Davids

Ezra Davids is an alumnus of UCT – BA (1989); LLB (1992). He holds a H Dip Tax (Wits) and a Certificate in Leadership in Law Firms from Harvard Law School. He is the Chairperson of Corporate /M&A at Bowman Gilfillan specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and securities law. Ezra is also the relationship partner for a number of the firm's major clients such as Bharti, Verizon, Barrick Gold Corporation, Nokia, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Eskom and Transnet. 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 is the most recent chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust (a non-profit human rights organisation using the law as an instrument of justice); a director of Freedom Under Law (a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law in Southern Africa), and a patron of the Student Sponsorship Programme (a non-profit organisation that places and enables academically talented, low income students to excel in South Africa’s best high schools). He is also the former chairperson of the recent developments in M&A subcommittee of the Corporate and M&A Committee of the International Bar Association.

Ezra also became the first practising African lawyer to make the full cover of American Lawyer.

Prof Loretta Feris (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Prof Loretta Feris

Professor Loretta Feris took up her portfolio as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation on 1 January 2017.

Professor Feris is primarily responsible for the student affairs and transformation portfolios and will provide direction with respect to policies, processes and procedures that are pertinent to decolonisation and transformation as it affects both the student and staff experience. These include institutional culture, discrimination and harassment, HIV/AIDS, disability services, employment equity, student demographic change and student financial aid policies. She currently chairs the Rapid Response Task Team (RRTT), which was set up to monitor and respond to issues that arise as a result of the implementation of the 6 November agreement. The RRTT is also leading the research and engagement project on fee-free higher education.

Feris’s research focus has helped shape her for the transformation portfolio. She is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher whose work is aimed at shaping conversations around environmental law and human rights, accountability and social justice – both in South Africa and across the globe.

Before joining UCT she was Associate Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria (2004–2009), where she was instrumental in developing a master’s programme on trade and investment law in Africa. Her career also includes a stint at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington DC, USA, first as International Legal Studies Fellow (2000) and later as Assistant Director of the International Legal Studies Program, Assistant Coordinator of the Humphrey Fellowship Program and Adjunct Professor of Law (2001–2004).

Feris joined UCT in 2009 as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, where she was Director of the Institute for Marine and Environmental Law before her appointment as DVC. She lectured in pollution law, natural resources law and international environmental law.

She has served UCT in a number of positions. Within the Faculty of Law, she was the Chair of the Higher Degrees Committee and, until the end of 2015, she was the Director of Research, during which time she also served on the Faculty Management Board.

She has been a member of the University Research Committee and was the Deputy Chair of UCT’s Conference and Travel Committee (2012–2015) and chaired the committee in 2016. Until early 2016 she was the Vice-Chair of the Black Academic Caucus.

Feris advises the United Nations Environment Programme on priority areas for the environmental law agenda in respect of the Montevideo Programme IV process. She is a law commissioner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, where she served on the teaching and training committee (2007–2009) as well as on a task team on innovative teaching of environmental law (2009).


Mr Bakar Jakoet

Mr Bakar Jakoet

Aboubakar Jakoet (Bakar) has been chief financial officer of Pick n Pay Stores Ltd, since April 2011. Previous to this he served as group finance controller and then finance director of the retail division and member of the Retail Management Board at Pick n Pay Stores Ltd. He has been a director of Pick n Pay Stores Ltd. since April 2011. He was appointed a divisional director in 1993 and has served on the Retail Management Board since Pick n Pay's formation in 1995. He has been involved in various projects for Pick n Pay both locally and internationally. Jakoet is a chartered accountant. He served as a member of the UCT Council, appointed by the Appointments Committee for the period 2004-2008 and as the Deputy Chair of the UFC and Audit Committee.

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Cllr Mark Kleinschmidt

Cllr Mark KleinschmidtMark Kleinschmidt trained as a teacher at Hewat College of Education and studied. Leadership and School Principles and Management at UWC. He is a former primary school Principal at Die Duine Primary School in Lotus River (until 1998). He conceptualized in-house Radio Plain – Mitchells Plain Town Centre in 1985, and Radio West, Westgate Mall in 1991. He hosted former President, Nelson Mandela in Mitchells Plain, and officiated as Programme Director at his 79th birthday. He served on the Board of Community Leaders for Mitchells Plain’s first Reference Library. He served on the Mitchell Plain Urban Renewal Program in 1998. He was the Centre Manager Station Plaza Mitchells Plain – 1998-2006. He established the Merchant’s and Traders Association at the Station Plaza. He was also the area Relationship Manager for Hermans and Romans Property Solutions which opened the Promenade Shopping Centre in 2006. He was elected as community role model to the Mitchells Plain Oral Project in 2010. He was also selected by former Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel to the Board of Trustees – Mitchells Plain Role Model Bursary Fund – 2010 to 2013. Member of Board of Trustees – Cornerstone Christian College. Chairperson of Sunlands Primary School SGB, member of Livingstone High and Groote School High SGBs respectively. He was elected Councillor to the City of Cape Town Municipality in 2014 to present.

Associate Prof Lis Lange

Associate Prof Lis LangeAssociate Professor Lis Lange is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at the University of Cape Town. Until January 2018 she was Vice-Rector: Academic at the University of the Free State (UFS) a position she held since 2014.  Before this, she was Senior Director heading the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning at the same university.

Before joining the UFS in 2011, she was the Executive Director (2006-2010) of the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council of Higher Education (CHE), and Acting CEO of the same organisation between August 2007 and April 2008. She has been involved in the development and implementation of science and technology and higher education policy in South Africa for a decade and a half, working in different capacities at the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation and the Council on Higher Education.

A/Prof Lange has served as a member of the board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and has participated in several international initiatives on quality assurance. She is the editor of an academic journal focused on the humanities, Acta Academica, as well as being a board member and reviewer of other South African academic journals focused on higher education. She has undertaken research and published in the fields of history, higher education and quality assurance both locally and internationally. A/Prof Lange’s research interests are focused on the philosophy and politics of education. She has done research on change in higher education as well as on the meanings and possibilities of the notion of transformation, especially at curricular level. Her current work explores the vitality of Hannah Arendt’s thinking to understand higher education.

A/Prof Lange studied in Argentina, Mexico and South Africa, where she obtained a PhD in South African history from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1998.

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Dr Shuaib Ismail Manjra

Dr Shuaib Ismail Manjra

Dr Shuaib Manjra is a Sports and Occupational Medicine Physician with involvement in a range of NGOs, state and private sector institutions. He is also a Senior Honorary Lecturer in the UCT School of Public Health. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Natal and did his post-graduate studies in Sports Medicine and Occupational Health at UCT and the University of Birmingham, all of which were achieved with distinction. He was awarded the Helen Suzman Fellowship (Chevening) by the British Council and John Darwell Prize for academic achievement. He is an Associate Fellow and examiner of the College of Public Health Medicine (Occupational Health) (CMSA).

He is the Chairperson of the Board of Ndifuna Ukwazi, Treasurer of Open Shuhada Street, Board Member and past Chairperson of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture, Chairperson of the Medical Committee of Cricket South Africa, and Chairperson of the Medical Committee of the International Netball Federation. Dr Manjra is also a member of the Medical Panel of the International Hockey Federation, the Appeals Board of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport, the selection committee for the Oxford Rhodes Scholarship.

Previously he has been the Chairperson of the Board of a public entity the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (2002-2012), Chairperson of the Medical Commission of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)   & Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa to the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. He was a member of the 12-person Ministerial Task Team established to evaluate and recommend a High Performance Programme for South African sport. He also served as a member of the Provincial Medical Advisory Panel to the Workers Compensation Commissioner and as expert witness in a number of human rights cases relating to worker rights.

Prof Bongani Mayosi

Prof Bongani Mayosi

Bongani Mayosi is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Cape Town. He is the Chairperson of the South African National Health Research Committee, President of the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR), and Chairperson of the African Advisory Committee on Health Research and Development of the World Health Organization – Africa Region. In November, 2009, President Jacob Zuma bestowed upon him South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, for excellent contributions to medical science. His research interests include genetics of cardiovascular traits, treatment of tuberculous pericarditis, prevention of rheumatic fever, and epidemiology of heart disease in Africa.

Adv Ncumisa Thoko Mayosi

Adv Ncumisa Thoko Mayosi

BProc, University of Natal, Durban 1992

LLB, University of Natal, Durban 1994

LLM Masters in Banking & Finance Law with Merit University College London 1999

December 2007 – current Took chambers at the Cape Bar of Advocates, Cape Town

December 2006 Admitted as an Advocate of the Republic of South Africa

Jan 2007 – Dec 2007 Did pupillage at the Cape Bar of Advocates;

August 2002 – Dec 2006 Coega Development Corporation (CDC) – Industrial Development Zone Manager

February 1998 – July 2002 University of Cape Town Lecturer – Law Faculty

January 1995 – Jan 1998 Werksmans Attorneys Admitted as Attorney – 1998

Ms Tshidi (Grace) Mokgabudi

Tshidi was an executive director of KPMG South Africa from 1999 to 2013; head of Infrastructure, Government and Health (IGH) at KPMG from 1999 until 31 August 2015; Member of KPMG South Africa and Africa policy board 1999 to 31 August 2015 and member of the KPMG IGH global   steering committee until 31 August 2015.

Masters in Development Finance (Stellenbosch University 2008 – incomplete)

Dip Tax Law (Wits 1991)

Chartered Accountant (SA) 1991

Honours Bachelor of Science (Unisa 1987)

Bachelor of Accounting Science (Unisa 1985)

Bachelor of Commerce, Economics and Industrial Psychology (Unisa 1978)

Tshidi has 32 years of accounting, auditing and advisory experience within the public and private sectors. She is a former member of the Audit Commission during President Mandela’s administration and a former member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Ethics committee. She served on the University of the Witwatersrand Council and lectured at Vista University (now University of Johannesburg) on Financial Accounting.

Tshidi is the founder of the Global Women Corporate Directors (WCD) South Africa Chapter, is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD and a member of the Association of Black Accountants of SA (ABASA) and served on the founding board of directors of ABASA.

Prior to joining KPMG, Tshidi was a Board member of various companies (1994 to 2003):

Financial Services Board: non-executive Director.

South African Reserve Bank: non-executive Director and Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee

Armscor: non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee.

Transnet: non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee

South African Airways (SAA): non-executive Director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee.

Global Women Corporate Directors: Chairperson of SA chapter

International Women’s Forum: non-executive director and chairperson of the Audit Committee.

Member of the Audit Commission during President Mandela’s administration. Deputy President of the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers under Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma’s administration.

Prof Tom Moultrie

Prof Tom Moultrie

Tom Moultrie is Professor of Demography, and Director of the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe), at UCT.

He has a BBusSc (Actuarial Science, UCT 1992), a Masters in Economics (Development Studies, with distinction, LSE 1998) and a PhD in demography from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2002). He returned to UCT in 2002 as a Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow; was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2005, and promoted ad-hominem to Associate Professor (2009) and Professor (2015).

Professor Moultrie is a member of the Union for African Population Studies; the Population Association of America, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He is currently serving (2014-2017) as the IUSSP Council member for Africa. He has been an editor of Population Studies, a leading international journal, since 2012 and holds a B2 rating from the South African National Research Foundation (2015).

Professor Moultrie has a long history of involvement with UCT administration. He was a member of the UCT National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) SRC in 1989-90, served for several years on the Executive of the UCT Academics' Union, including terms as President from 2014-2015, and was an elected non-professorial member of UCT’s Senate from 2008-2014.

Ms Bulelwa Nobuzwe Ngewana

Ms Bulelwa Nobuzwe Ngewana

CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Ngewana is a qualified town planner with extensive experience in managing and coordinating public-private partnerships. Prior to her appointment to the CEO position in 2012, Bulelwa worked in a number of senior roles at the Cape Town Partnership, including Deputy CEO and Managing Director since joining the organisation in 2004.

With a deep passion for cities, Bulelwa regards herself as a collaborative urbanist who strongly believes that cities are for people. She campaigns for city development strategies that put people first, a prerequisite for creating a just society. It is this ethos of people first that has informed her work at the Cape Town Partnership – managing developing and promoting Cape Town’s broader central city as an economically thriving, creative and valued public and private space for all Capetonians, in which they can live, learn work and play.

A sought after public speaker, Bulelwa serves on the board of several local and international boards, including:


The International Advisory board for Taipei World Design Capital 2016

The International Downtown Association of USA (IDA)

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security Advisory Board

World Cities Young Leaders Forum

Placemaking Leadership Council


Ms Babalwa Ngonyama

Ms Babalwa Ngonyama

Babalwa Ngonyama is the CEO of Sinayo Securities, a women owned and managed business. She is a member of the Forbes and Choiseul top 100 in Africa. She represents South Africa on the B20 as one the business leaders. Babalwa is the deputy chairperson of Brand South Africa. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of Safika Holdings (Pty) Ltd. She was the Group Chief Internal Auditor of Nedbank Ltd. a Chartered Accountant and an astute leader with highly regarded business acumen. She sits on the board and audit committee of Aspen limited a top 20 JSE listed company, Barloworld Ltd, Implats Ltd and Group Five Ltd amongst others.

In 2008 Babalwa completed the Women in Leadership Programme at Harvard University in Boston.

Having been an audit partner at Nkonki and thereafter in Deloitte’s Financial Institutions Services Team (FIST) division, her clients included banks, treasury, private equity, and stockbrokers as well as divisions of two of the Big Four banks in South Africa. She was also lead partner on the audit of one of the leading women’s financial services groups in the country.

In August 2008 she received an award as a BBQ business woman visionary in 2008. This award recognises her ability to surmount the impossible by achieving success while maintaining humility and willingness to serve people of South Africa as a mentor, guide and leader.

Babalwa is a well-networked member of many associations and has made considerable contribution to driving awareness of women in the profession. Named in The Star – 2005 Twenty Top Women to Watch and selected as one of Enterprise Magazine’s 2004 Top Businesswomen of the Year.

Babalwa was the chairman of the Transformation Advisory Board of the firm which advises the executive committee on transformation issues, she was also the transformation champion for FIST, where she was responsible for setting transformation strategies and monitoring their effective implementation. Her dynamic leadership in this role included the successful organization of a national conference on transformation that dealt with changing perceptions and attitudes toward transformation, and developing a transformation strategy that had a buy-in from the business unit’s management. As a result, the strategy was successfully implemented with very tangible results.

In 2004 Babalwa formed part of a succession-planning work stream that advised partners, the board, and management on opportunities and core challenges facing the firm’s succession planning as well as recommending the ways in which to overcome these challenges and take advantage of the opportunities. In October that year she led new South African partners to the Global New Partner Seminar in Los Angeles, where she was also a facilitator.

Babalwa was the founding chairman of the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) an organization focusing on accelerating the development and advancement of women Chartered Accountants; she currently is a member of its Advisory Board.

Babalwa was a member of the Education and Academic Review Committees of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the former chairman of the Technical Committee of Transnet auditors (APF) in the 2002/2003 financial year.

Babalwa is a graduate of the University of Transkei. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 after serving her article of clerkship at PDB Pretorius Dondashe in Umtata from 1995 to 1998. Her academic qualifications also include an MBA from Bond University in 2002 and a Higher Diploma in Banking law at Rau University (2003).

Babalwa’s career has included working for PDB Pretorius Dondashe in Umtata, Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba, and a major chemical and fuel company. She became the manager at PDB Pretorius Dondashe from 1999 to 2000. While with the company, Babalwa started a Business Services division, which rendered advisory services to clients on business and finance-related matters. She was also responsible for the overall management of the audit division of the firm.

While working in Umtata, Babalwa lectured in undergraduate accounting at the University of Transkei and was a board member and a chairman of the audit and finance committee of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation from 1999 to 2000.

At the chemical and fuel company in Randburg, Babalwa was responsible for the company’s property finance division. Her main responsibilities were to give financial advice to the Executive Committee and the Board on the investments to be made and continuous review and monitoring of the investments.

Babalwa participates actively in numerous national forums on economic growth and development.

She is married and blessed with three boys.

Mr Neo Mkwame (PG)



Ms Rahmat Omar

Ms Rahmat Omar

Rahmat Omar is a senior lecturer in the Institute for Post-School Studies: Adult Education (formerly Centre for Adult and Continuing Education) at the University of the Western Cape. She holds a BA from the University of Hull, BA (Hons) and MA in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of London. Omar started her career as a high school teacher.

This was followed by positions as research officer at the Congress of South African Trade Unions, researcher at SWOP (Sociology of Work Unit) at University of Witwatersrand. project coordinator at the Joint Education Trust where she was involved in the Workers' Higher Education Project (a research, development and policy advocacy initiative which  supported pilot projects designed to investigate strategies for implementation of the principles of the National Qualifications Framework), coordinator for Further Education and Training at the South African Institute for Distance Education. 

Omar served as a member of the South African Qualifications Authority (1996-2004) and the National Commission for Higher Education. She has supervised several postgraduate students and acted as external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Omar served as a member of the Senate and various university and faculty committees at the University of the Western Cape. She has presented at several national and international conferences mainly on her research  relating to Call Centres and workplace learning.

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng stepped into the role of DVC for Research and Internationalisation on 1 January 2017.

Mamokgethi Phakeng (formerly Setati) is full professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalization at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a B2 NRF-rated scientist who is as passionate about research as she is about teaching and community engagement. She 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, UK and USA.

She has won many awards for her research and community work. In April 2016, President Jacob Zuma bestowed upon her South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Baobab in Silver, for her excellent contribution in the field of science and representing South Africa on the international stage through her outstanding research work. In August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category. Prof Phakeng was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in November 2007; an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in May 2009 and an honorary life member of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) in July 2009. In 2008 she became the first South African woman to be appointed to co-chair a study commissioned by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. The study is entitled “mathematics and language diversity” and has published an edited volume.

Kgethi, as she is affectionately known, is a trustee of the FirstRand Foundation and a member of the board of the CSIR. She has served as national president of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) from 2002 to 2006, chairperson of the Board of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) from 2005 to 2006, secretary and member of the executive committee of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) from 2003 to 2007 and as President of Convocation of Wits University for five years (from 2011-2016).

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.


Dr Max Price (Vice-Chancellor)

Dr Max Price

Dr Max Price began his term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2008. Previous to this appointment he spent two years as an independent consultant in the fields of public health, health policy, medical education, and human resources for health. Dr Price was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1996 to 2006 and a member of the Wits senior executive team. As Dean, he spearheaded a series of transformation initiatives, including the Internal Reconciliation Commission. He established a new graduate entry medical programme, academic programmes in rural health, bioethics, sports medicine, emergency medicine, and biomedical sciences. He also founded South Africa's first university-owned private teaching hospital, and the first university research company.

He has an MBBCh degree from the University of the Witwatersrand which he obtained in 1979; a BA PPE (Oxon 1983); an MSc in Community Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and a Diploma in Occupational Health from Wits. Other achievements and awards include the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, Four Outstanding Young South Africans Award (1992), and Student Representative Council president.

Dr Price's professional work has included clinical work in hospitals and rural primary health care; he was a research fellow in health economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; a senior researcher and then director at the Centre for Health Policy at Wits University as well as a visiting Takemi Fellow in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 1995.

Dr Price served as Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Health Care Financing, and was a member of the WHO/FAO/UNDP Tropical Disease Research programme (TDR) special task force on impact of health financing reform on tropical diseases.

Dr Price has published extensively including 38 local and international refereed journal articles, over 100 other articles, and academic conference papers in health systems research, political economy of health; health economics and financing; privatisation and medical aids; rural health services; computer simulation modelling of health systems; medical education and human resources.

Associate Prof Elelwani Ramugondo

Associate Prof Elelwani Ramugondo

Elelwani Ramugondo is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at UCT. Her academic career started in 1998 at UCT. Both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were obtained at UCT. She served as the Chair of the Postgraduate Student Association in 1999, when she also sat on UCT’s Council. She served as Head of Division for Occupational Therapy from 2010 until 2013, and was appointed both the chairperson of the Dean’s Transformation Advisory Committee in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor on Transformation following the fall of the Cecil John Rhodes Statue at UCT in 2015. Ramugondo’s PhD introduced an intergenerational perspective in the study of children’s play and framed play as a window of opportunity to discern the African condition. Her continuing academic work and research situates intergenerational play within everyday contexts, and recognises play as a powerful avenue for disrupting the status quo. Ramugondo currently mentors a number of PhD candidates using case study and embedded methodologies approached from both critical theory and poststructuralist perspectives. Her growing body of work focuses on theorizing about human occupation, building on new terminology (occupational consciousness), which she introduced into occupational science discourse. Ramugondo grounds her theorizing work with regards to what people do every day (human occupation) on liberation philosophy – notably work by Biko, Fanon and Dussel. Her research work and publications has drawn numerous invitations for academic engagements both nationally and internationally with recent visits in the United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand, and South America.

Dr Heidi Raubenheimer

Dr Heidi Raubenheimer

A Consulting Quantitative Research Analyst, Heidi Raubenheimer holds a BSc (Applied Mathematics), BSc (Hons) and MSc from UCT and a PhD (Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder since 2002 and has held positions in Cadiz Holdings and Sanlam Investment Management. She has lectured from assistant level to senior level in UCT's Department of Statistical Sciences, School of Management Studies and Graduate School of Business. She is a regular reviewer for various South African journals, and external examiner for the University of the Witwatersrand, Deputy Editor of Investment Analyst Journal.


Mr JA Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau teaches critical thinking and ethics in the School of Management Studies at UCT, and is the chairperson of the Free Society Institute, a secular humanist NPO. 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 epistemic standards in science journalism, decision theory, business ethics and religious conflict. He is a regular contributor to national debates in the public sphere through op-eds, columns 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.

Ms Dianna Marilynne Yach

Ms Dianna Marilynne Yach

Dianna Yach is currently Chairperson of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund [MFF], which supports community based and academic institutions in South Africa (Western Province), Israel and the West Bank to advance human rights and social justice through growing the next generation of ethical leaders in health, welfare, education, the arts and sustainable environment. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Law, UCT member of the UCT Council and Chair of the UCT Alumni Advisory Board.  Having lived in London for more than 30 years, Dianna returned to Cape Town in 2012.

Dianna is a proud UCT alumna who is passionately committed to equality, diversity and human rights. She is also an accredited mediator and Fellow of he Chartered Institute of People Development (UK). After graduating at UCT with a BA.LLB she obtained an LLM from the University of London, subsequently becoming a law lecturer at Queen Mary College, University of London. She then founded and became Managing Director of Ionann Management Consultants Ltd, a niche consultancy, dedicated to helping clients in the public (e.g. Home Office, Prison Service, Police Services, Higher Education, Heath, Arts and Heritage), private (e.g. Engineering, Leisure, Criminal Justice and Legal Bodies) and community sectors (e.g. Trades Unions, NGOs involved with anti-Racism, Older People and social justice) to identify and manage equality and human rights risks, going beyond legal compliance, to enacting the spirit of equality and human rights legislation, supporting the creation of an equality and human rights culture. Her consultancy has involved undertaking equality and human rights audits, peace building, engaging with senior leaders to integrate equality and human rights into policy and practice, key note addresses and facilitated workshops including interactive theatre involving professional performers to dramatise equality and human rights issues.    

Dianna serves on a number of Boards including the Cape Town Ballet Company, ORT Cape SA, Cape Jewish Welfare and Mensch.  Previously, I London, she was Chair 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. She served as a member of the Commonwealth Observer’s Group during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 and chaired a Multinational Panel on Lateral Entry in the South African Police Service and a Multinational Panel on Peacekeeping for the RSA Elections in May 1994.

Prof Shirley Zinn

Prof Shirley Zinn

Shirley Zinn is the former Human Resources Director of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group (portfolio included BBBEE and CSI) and has since registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education.

Prior to this she was the Group Executive HR at Nedbank. Before this, she was the General Manager for Human Resources at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). She is also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Human Resource Management and is the Past President of the Institute for People Management South Africa.

She started her career as a secondary school teacher of English, then moved to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in Teacher Education. After this, she served at Southern Life as Training Manager and then moved to the Department of Public Service and Administration’s: South African Management Development Institute, in Pretoria as Director. She held the position of Executive Employment Equity at Computer Configurations Holdings. Before her appointment at SARS, she filled the role of Regional Human Resources Director for Middle East and Africa for Reckitt Benckiser, a global company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

She is currently the Chairperson of DHL: Global Forwarding SA, and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of AdvTech, Tuesday Consulting, Business Engage, Sygnia Asset Management, and the Boston Consulting Group SA. She is a Trustee on the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust, the Orbis Africa Charity, and the Chairperson of Starfish Greathearts Foundation. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Monash, African Society for Talent Development, and the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. She is the President for the Harvard Alumni Association South Africa and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors SA. Also previously served as the Chair of the Institute of Bankers, and on the Council of TUT.

She is a mentor to several women across multiple industries, particularly financial services. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences as a keynote speaker.

She holds a BA (University of the Western Cape); Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed Honours (UNISA); M.Ed (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M (Harvard) and Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) (Harvard). She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa.by Topco Media in 2008. She also was recognized by the Black Business Quarterly and received the Award for Top Woman in Business and Government and most Visionary Woman in 2008. She also received an award from the World Human resources Congress in Mumbai in 2007 and 2013 respectively for Excellence in Global HR Leadership. In 2012, was listed in the Top 30 Wonder Women in South Africa by the Wits Business Journal.

Mr Buyani Zwane

Mr Buyani ZwaneBuyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, student, educator, leadership development facilitator, and director of companies. He has been engaged in leadership development, human resources/capital and business management for over 25 years with local and international companies. He has served as senior executive, director, CEO and chairperson in the business consulting, oil, energy and gaming industries,  and financial and public sector organizations. Zwane contributes to human capital and talent development in formal and informal sectors including churches, NGOs, schools, as well as local and international aid organisations. A part-time lecturer on leadership, diversity, change and transformation management, organisation development and strategy execution at the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Wits Business School Zwane is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). He earned his social sciences, post graduate strategic human resources and business management including MBA qualifications from UCT, WBS, and GIBS.