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Prof Ngambi leaves a legacy

Prof Barney Erasmus (Vice-Principal: Operations), Prof Elmarie Sadler (Acting Executive Dean: CEMS), Prof R Moeketsi (Executive Dean: CHS), Prof Hellicy Ngambi (Executive Dean: CEMS), Prof Raphael Mpofu (Deputy Executive Dean: CEMS) and Prof Peter Havenga (Academic Planner)

Prof Barney Erasmus (Vice-Principal: Operations), Prof Elmarie Sadler (Acting Executive Dean: CEMS), Prof R Moeketsi (Executive Dean: CHS), Prof Hellicy Ngambi (Executive Dean: CEMS), Prof Raphael Mpofu (Deputy Executive Dean: CEMS) and Prof Peter Havenga (Academic Planner)

Unisa bids Prof Hellicy Ngambi, Executive Dean of the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS) farewell.

Prof Ngambi has made a significant contribution to and created a sound platform for the future of the School for Business Leadership (SBL) and CEMS during her 18 years at Unisa, said Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor at a farewell function for her. Prof Ngambi is leaving Unisa at the end of August to take up a position as Vice-Chancellor of the Mulungushi University in Zambia – her country of birth.

She coined RARE (Responsible, Accountable, Relevant and Ethical) leadership when she became the first black, female Executive Dean of CEMS. Prof Ngambi is leaving a legacy at Unisa and she will take the spirit of the African university in the service of humanity with her where she is going, she said.

From left: Prof Mamokgethi Setati (Vice-Principal: Research and Innovation), Prof Mandla Makhanya (Principal and Vice-Chancellor) and Prof Hellicy Ngambi (Executive Dean: CEMS)

From left: Prof Mamokgethi Setati (Vice-Principal: Research and Innovation), Prof Mandla Makhanya (Principal and Vice-Chancellor) and Prof Hellicy Ngambi (Executive Dean: CEMS)

Prof Elmarie Sadler, who will be Acting as Executive Dean of CEMS from September, said CEMS became a better place because of Prof Ngambi’s leadership and she is sad to say goodbye to her, but glad that she will now be close to her roots.

Students from the Economic and Management Sciences’ Student Association (EMSSA) thanked Prof Ngambi for her support and for nurturing the growth of young leaders.

Prof Ngambi emphasised the importance of having a vision as well as servant leadership. It is important to take responsibility at all levels and to add to the lives of other people. She promised that establishing a partnership with Unisa is her first priority.

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