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GovernanceAs Africa's largest open distance learning institution, Unisa prides itself on its sound and transparent corporate governance. In an effort to systematically inculcate this level of corporate governance in the institution, establishing Unisa as a leader in sound corporate governance features as a key goal in the university's strategy.

While areas like ethics and conflict management are managed by a series of policies and processes, the process of governing the university as a whole is managed by the Unisa Council.

Council governs the university in accordance with the law and generally recognised principles of good governance.

In addition, Council also:

  • provides effective leadership based on an ethical foundation
  • retains full and effective control over the university and is responsible for monitoring management in respect of implementation of plans and strategies
  • ensures that the university is and is seen to be a responsible corporate citizen in its governance function
  • determines the strategic direction of the university
  • plays a critical role in developing of the strategic plan of the university
  • is responsible for information technology governance
  • approves the policies of the university
  • develops a code of conduct

Members of Unisa Council

MEMBERS
Chairperson
Appointed by Council
Dr NM Phosa

Deputy Chairperson
Appointed by Council

Dr S Mokone-Matabane

Principal & Vice-Chancellor
Ex officio

Prof MS Makhanya

Pro Vice-Chancellor
Ex officio

Prof N Baijnath

Non-Academic staff

Mr R Bezuidenhout

Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies

Mr AA da Costa
Mr SP du Toit

Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Ms JA Glennie
Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies
Dr ES Jacobson

Academic staff (non-Senate)

Dr ZL Jansen 

Non-academic Staff Representative
Ms MSM Lengane
Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies
Ms N Mapetla
Mr FCS Marupen
SRC Representative
(Secretary General of the SRC)
Mr A Mngadi
Senate representative Prof IOG Moche
Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Mr ME Motala
SRC Representative
(President of the SRC)
Mr B Mphahlele
Senate representative Prof RT Mpofu
Acting Chairperson of the SBL Board
Ex-officio
Mr O Ngwenya
Academic staff (non-Senate) Prof PH Potgieter
Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies
Mr S Simelane
Dr RH Stumpf
President of the Convocation Dr C von Eck
Representative of the Convocation Mr BP Vundla
Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Mr S Zungu
Local Government Representative Vacant
Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Vacant
Vacant
Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies
Vacant

Appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Unisa Foundation

Vacant
SECRETARY OF COUNCIL

Vice-Principal: Advisory and Assurance Services
AND
Acting Registrar: Governance

Prof D Singh
VICE-PRINCIPALS AND REGISTRAR: ACADEMIC (In attendance)

Vice-Principal: Operations 

Prof BJ Erasmus
Vice-Principal Academic: Teaching and Learning Prof MC Maré
University Registrar: Academic Prof MD Mosimege
Vice-Principal:  Research and Innovation Prof RM Phakeng
Vice-Principal : Institutional Development Dr M Qhobela
Vice-Principal: Finance and University Estates Mr A Robinson
COMMITTEE SERVICES (Rendering the secretarial service to Council)
Manager Mr KJ Mashamaite
Senior Committee Officer Mr TE Netshidzati