About

Governance

As 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

Council Membership

MEMBERS
Chairperson of Council Mr S Simelane
Deputy Chairperson of Council Dr B Mehlomakulu
Principal & Vice-Chancellor Prof MS Makhanya
Non-Academic staff Mr OM Galane
Ms SP Malema
Chairperson of the SBL Board
Ms DD Mokgatle
Academic staff (non-Senate) Prof S Dube
Prof FJ van Staden
Local Government Representative Mr OSM Lebese
SRC Representative
(President of the SRC)
(Secretary General of the SRC)

Vacant 
Vacant 
Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies

Ms FE Letlape
Mr FCS Marupen
Prof GM Nkondo
Mr TG Ramasike
Mr L Tlhabanelo
Ms TIM Wentzel

Senate representative
Prof N Eccles
Prof EO Mashile 
Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Ms BS Khumalo
Mr P Maharaj
Ms NV Mokoka
Mr B Ngcaweni
Dr I Tufvesson 
President of the Convocation Mr S Mhlungu
Representative of the Convocation Vacant
Representative of the Unisa Foundation Trust Dr PJA Mphafudi
Broad spectrum of competencies Mr MJ Maboa
Adv EK Tsatsi
Registrar Prof M Temane (acting)
VICE-PRINCIPALS (In attendance)
Vice-Principal: Operations and facilities Dr MM Socikwa  
Vice-Principal: Information and Communication Technology Mr GM Letsoalo
Vice-Principal: Teaching, Learning, Community Engagement and Student Support Prof IOG Moche
Vice-Principal:  Research, Postgraduate Studies, Innovation and Commercialisation Prof L Labuschagne (acting)
Acting Vice-Principal: Institutional Development and Transformation Dr PS Zulu
Vice-Principal: Strategy, Risk and Advisory Services Mr J van Wyk (acting)
Vice-Principal: Finance and Business Enterprises

Mr PZR Zwane

COMMITTEE SERVICES 
Senior Committee Officer Mr TE Netshidzati