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

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 PJ Sekwaila
Chairperson of the SBL Board
Ms DD Mokgatle
Academic staff (non-Senate) Dr BB Senokoane
Prof LI Zungu
Local Government Representative Mr OSM Lebese
SRC Representative
(President of the SRC)
(Secretary General of the SRC)

Ms T Sodladla
Mr T Kgaswane
Appointed by Council
Broad spectrum of competencies

Ms FE Letlape
Ms DD Mokgatle
Prof GM Nkondo
Mr TG Ramasike
Mr L Tlhabanelo
Ms TIM Wentzel

Senate representative
Prof PH Havenga
Prof RS Tshaka
Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Ms BS Khumalo
Prof AVS Magwaza
Ms NV Mokoka
Mr B Ngcaweni 
President of the Convocation Mr S Mhlungu
Representative of the Convocation Mr M Modiba
Representative of the Unisa Foundation Trust Vacant
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 Ms P Tshabalala
Vice-Principal: Teaching, Learning, Community Engagement and Student Support Prof IOG Moche
Vice-Principal:  Research, Postgraduate Studies, Innovation and Commercialisation Dr SD Selematsela (acting)
Acting Vice-Principal: Institutional Development and Transformation Dr EP Mokgobu
Vice-Principal: Strategy, Risk and Advisory Services Prof SK Ndlovu
Vice-Principal: Finance and Business Enterprises

Mr PZR Zwane

Deputy Registrar: Governance Adv JJ Baloyi
Head: Committee Services Mr KJ Mashamaite
Senior Committee Officer Ms L Mtungwa