University Council

Mr Sabelo Mahlalela Chairperson

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Sabelo Mahlalela matriculated at Mdzabu High School in the province of Mpumalanga in 1986. He obtained his Secondary Teachers Diploma at the Elijah Mango College of Higher Education and went on to further his studies at the University of Fort Hare where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. He was trained on regional economic development at the German Foundation for International Development in Germany, on Urban Management and Governance at Wits University and on Blockchain and Digital Currencies at the University of Cape Town.
Sabelo Mahlalela is a South African businessman, Chairman of Ziya Group, a Director of Quantum Metal South Africa, a member of the Quantum Bullion Exchange Board and Chairman of SGM Foundation. He is the Chairperson of Council at the University of Mpumalanga.  
Sabelo is a former Group Commercial Executive of the Bidvest Group Limited (listed in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange), a former Director of numerous companies of the Bidvest Group Limited, a former Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, a former Deputy Chairperson of the Gauteng Gambling Board, and a former Vice Chairman of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa Inland. He is a former Senior Manager of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Group in KPMG.
He was part of the management team that organised the first democratic election in South Africa in 1994. He was amongst the first South African government officials to be part of the first government administration in 1995. He served in the South African government led by both President Nelson Mandela and President Thabo Mbeki. He was part of the management team that orgnanised the United Nation Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. He was part of the management team that wrote the 2010 FIFA World Cup Bid Book that secured the hosting rights of the FIFA World Cup for South Africa.   
He is the Author of three published books, namely “Mpumalanga, Our Beautiful Province, “A Child of The Promise” and “Dreams and Visions.” He is writing his forth book.

Prof Thoko Mayekiso Vice-Chancellor

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Prof Thoko Mayekiso, is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga with effect from 1 November 2014.

She obtained a BA, BA Honours, and MA in Psychology, from the University of Fort Hare. She furthered her studies at the Free University Berlin, in Germany, where she obtained her D. Phil (cum laude) in Psychology. She also holds a Higher Education Diploma (Post Graduate) from the University of South Africa. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. In her sterling academic career, Prof Mayekiso has held positions of Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, and Vice Dean at the then University of Transkei.  She practiced as Honorary Clinical Fellow at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester and simultaneously served as a Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Medical Psychology, Leicester General Hospital in the United Kingdom.  Being a distinguished scholar, and accomplished academic, Prof Mayekiso attracted a number of scholarships and fellowships. Notable among these are the German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) and the Commonwealth Fellowship tenable in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, she was awarded a certificate from the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) - in acknowledgement of the contribution made to the Profession of Psychology in South Africa. The South African University Vice-Chancellors Association and the American Council on Education awarded her a fellowship which was tenable at the University of Washington, Seattle. She then joined the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 2001 where she served as Head of School, Deputy Dean, and then Acting Executive Dean in the Faculty of Humanities. She proceeded to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2007, as an Executive Dean in the Faculty of Arts, and then Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement) in 2009.  

She has published in accredited journals - both nationally and internationally. She has also contributed chapters in no less than seven books. The themes on which she published are wide and varied, but the core areas have been in adolescent sexuality, HIV and AIDs prevention programmes and mental health. In terms of student supervision, she has supervised twenty-four (24) Masters Students and twelve (12) Doctoral students. She is a C3 rated scientist by the National Research Foundation and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo Ministerial Appointee

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Prof Thandabantu Nhlapo was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town for ten years, where he had also served as Professor and Head of the Department of Private Law. Prof Nhlapo was a full-time Commissioner on the South African Law Reform Commission, where he was responsible for the development of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, passed by Parliament in 1998. He has also served on the Executive Councils of the International Society of Family Law and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law. By presidential appointment, Nhlapo was Chair of the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims (“Nhlapo Commission”). He holds a BA (Law) degree from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Glasgow, and a DPhil in Family Laws from Oxford University. Nhlapo was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Glasgow in 2012.

Mr James Aling Ministerial Appointee

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Mr Aling studied at Stellenbosch (1982-84) where he received a B. Agric Admin degree in agricultural economics and management. Post graduate studies included a BCom Hons at Wits while in Johannesburg at the Development Bank (1986-87) and later a M.Sc. in agricultural economics at Michigan State University in the USA (1990-1991).
He has been involved in the real estate sector for the last 25 years having been the Managing Director of HL Hall and Sons Properties (Pty) Ltd until Feb 2018. James is currently the owner of Spaces Places & Partnerships, an urban management business that manages the Riverside Park mixed use node, which is a vibrant growing precinct on 185 Ha of land, and the Riverside Industrial Park.
He is a strong believer in collective and collaborative initiatives and over the years has been involved in a number of sectors, business and community initiatives. These include:
  • Established the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Mpumalanga Regional Council and was the first Chair of the Regional Council and member of the national board of SAPOA for the period 2014 to 2018;
  • Involved in the establishment of and first Chair of the board of the Mbombela Economic Development Partnership (MEDP);
  • Involved in the establishment of the Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism and was the second President and member of the board for 10 years;
  • A member of the South African Precinct Management Initiative Consultative Forum
  • Chair of the Mbombela CID Forum;
  • Council member of the University of Mpumalanga and Chair of the Facilities and Infrastructure Planning Committee; and
  • Chair of the Penryn Council, an independent school located in Mbombela.

Ms Ntombizodwa Madlakana Ministerial Appointee

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Mr Mark Schormann Council Appointee

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Mr. Mark Schormann possesses extensive qualifications and a diverse professional background. He completed his Master's in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland College Park in 2018, summa cum laude. Additionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) which has a strong emphasis on Finance, Economics, and Corporate Governance. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal in 1987 and a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Economics, Computer Science, and Statistics from UNISA in 2000.

Mark has a strong track record of continuous learning and has completed various short courses, including Social Network Analysis from the University of Michigan and Financial Markets from Yale University, among many others.

In terms of his employment history, Mark has held notable positions. He currently serves as the Chief Product and Technology Officer for Eurostep Digital and before that was CTO for Mi-C3 a software company with operations across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  Prior to that he was Project Manager and Team Leader at Makhosikati Trading (Pty) Ltd, overseeing the implementation a portion of SA-Connect - a wireless network project that provides internet services to rural schools and government facilities. He was also a part-time Lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga, where he taught courses in Financial Management, Programming, and Networking.

Mark also has experience as a Project Leader at Bardolino Consulting, where he developed a comprehensive system for the Risk-Based Inspection of Vodacom towers in Southern Africa. He served as Chairman of MPowerFM (Pty) Ltd, leading the company through various challenges, and played a pivotal role in its Business Rescue process.

Furthermore, he has a rich history as the founder-owner and General Manager of SoftNet Internet Services cc, where he established and managed an Internet Service Provider and expanded services into cloud-based technologies. Mark's career journey also includes founding MKH Technologies cc, specializing in GIS and software development.

Notably, Mark Schormann contributed to scientific research in cloud physics and airborne data acquisition and published several papers in international journals on the topcis. He is deeply engaged in community service and leadership, serving on various boards and committees related to education, environmental conservation, and business development.

Mark Schormann is an experienced leader with a passion for entrepreneurship and community involvement, making a meaningful impact in both professional and community spheres.

Dr Patrick Maduna Council Appointee

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Dr Patrick Hawkins Maduna Dr Maduna was born in Ngodwana, a farm situated about 50km west of Nelspruit where SAPPI is located. His family was affected by the forced removals of the then South African apartheid government where families were taken to Pienaar Trust (Msogwaba Trust) north-east of Nelspruit in 1963.

Dr Maduna received his primary education at Ngodwana and Kaapschehoop consecutively and obtained his junior certificate with a distinction in 1971 at Khumbula High School situated outside White River in the Mpumalanga Province. He obtained his Senior Certificate at the then Amanzimtoti Zulu Training College (now called Adams College) situated in Adams Mission, 8 km inland from Amanzimtoti south of Durban, in 1974. He participated in student activities and was elected as a prefect. He went on to further his undergraduate studies at the then University of the North (now called Limpopo), where he was registered for a B. Pharm degree. However, due to political upheavals at that university, he went to Durban where he registered at the then-University of Natal (Black Section) for an MBChB medical degree which he obtained in 1980. Dr

Maduna started his medical career at Themba Hospital in KaBokweni within the City of Mbombela where he did his medical internship. He was the first black medical doctor in Mbombela. After completing his internship, Dr Maduna continued his services at Themba Hospital as a medical officer and later as the first black medical superintendent of the hospital. At the same time, Dr Maduna furthered his studies and obtained his Masters’ Degree in Family Medicine in 1987 from the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) now called Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. He was appointed as a part-time lecturer at the same university after that.

In 1988 Dr Maduna was appointed by the then Chief Minister of the KaNgwane Homeland government to the position of Minister of Health and Welfare, a position that assisted him to contribute to the improvement of health service delivery in the KaNgwane Homeland. When the CODESA process started in 1991, Dr Maduna represented the Inyandza National Movement (the ruling party of the homeland) where he chaired the CODESA Working Group 3 that developed the transitional constitution for South Africa. During this time, Dr Maduna also held the cabinet positions of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, followed by that of Minister of Home Affairs in KaNgwane.

Dr Maduna left the public sector in 1994 to be full-time in his private practice in KaNyamazane as a specialist family physician. He continued with his part-time academic work with MEDUNSA until 2003 when he joined MEDUNSA as a senior lecturer and principal medical specialist in the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health care. During his tenure as the lecturer, Dr Maduna supported several post-graduate students in research. In support of students from other African states, Dr Maduna undertook numerous academic trips to countries such as Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2004 Dr Maduna was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Dr George Mukhari Hospital, north of Pretoria. He was transferred to the Gauteng Department of Health head office in 2006 where he was made the Provincial Family Medicine Specialist, tasked to coordinate Family Medicine and Primary Health Care activities in the province. Dr Maduna was also given the responsibilities of Chief Director responsible for District Health Services for Johannesburg/West Rand and Tshwane/Metsweding regions.

Dr Maduna joined the Department of Defense in 2010 as a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Specialist responsible for Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, based at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. At the same time, he was the head of the South African Military Service Phidisa Research Project on HIV and AIDS, in collaboration with the US Defence Force and the US National Institutes for Health. In the meantime, Dr Maduna obtained his Masters’ Degree from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

In 2014, Dr Maduna joined the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) as Deputy Director-General responsible for clinical management services. During this time, he interacted with the four universities within the province and facilitated the formation of an academic forum that brought the four universities and the ECDOH together for joint planning, implementation and monitoring of academic programmes and research. In the meantime, Dr Maduna obtained his PhD from the University of Fort Hare focusing on clinical governance.

After retiring from full-time public, private and academic work in 2017, Dr Maduna served as a medical specialist responsible for clinical governance in the Mpumalanga Department of Health between 2017 and 2020, and as a technical specialist responsible for health systems strengthening for Right to Care NPC, seconded to the NDOH between 2022 and 2023. He is currently a member of the advisory committee for the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), a member of the advisory panel of the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) and the Health Ombud, a Director of Affinity Health Insurance, a Member of the Ehlanzeni Mental Health Review Board in Mpumalanga, and a member of the UMP Council.

Prof Hilda Israel Chairperson of Institutional Forum (IF)

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Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Mpumalanga (UMP), Prof Hilda Israel is a seasoned academic skilled in Teaching, Learning & Assessment; Teacher Education; Applied Language Studies; Leadership and Strategic Planning. She completed her Master of Science in Education at Baylor University, Texas, and was one of six South African women chosen to complete the Higher Education Research Support (HERS) Programme for Women Managers in Higher Education (Philadelphia, USA).
Prof Israel is the Chair of the UMP Institutional Forum, which advises the Council on the formulation of policy, and the suitability for appointment of candidates for Executive Management positions, among other matters. She is also the Acting Chair of the UMP Teaching & Learning Committee of Senate.
She has presented research papers at national and international conferences on Teaching Methodologies, Multilingualism, Africanisation of the Curriculum, Sociolinguistics, Educational Assessment, Translation & Interpreting as Educational Tools, and Cross-Disciplinary Studies.
Prof Israel has researched and compiled manuals on Educational Leadership and Management for South African educators enrolling in Post-Graduate Programmes. Her teaching content is relevant and addresses topics such as social justice and inequality, HIV-Aids, unemployment, global warming, ethics, and the impact of technology on the communities. She has successfully managed international projects on Applied Language Studies, including the training of translators in African Languages.

Prof Aldo Stroebel Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Research, Innovation, and Internationalisation

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Prof Aldo Stroebel
Prof Aldo Stroebel is the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Internationalisation, appointed on 1 July 2023. The portfolio provide strategic leadership for all aspects related to research, innovation and partnerships, and executive management of Library and Information Services and Institutional Centres and Institutes.
A recognised scholar in sustainable agriculture, Prof Stroebel was elected as a founding member of the SA Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). He is a Foreign Fellow of the Ugandan National Academy of Sciences, Senior Fellow of the Pan-African Scientific Research Council, and an Honorary Scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. He was a former Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Institute for African Development (IAD). More than 100 journal articles, book chapters and reports have been published (incl. two edited volumes by Cambridge Scholars and CTA), and 22 Master’s and PhD students have been supervised/ co-supervised.
He had a comprehensive and globally diverse higher education training profession: BSc- and Hons-degrees (University of Pretoria); Masters in International Agricultural Development (University of Ghent, Belgium); PhD in Sustainable Agriculture (Joint Programme between the University of the Free State and Cornell University, USA); Postdoctoral research (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). Professional training courses have been completed in Research Management in Australia, in Gender Programming in The Netherlands, Diversity Leadership in the USA, and Corporate Governance in South Africa.
He has served as South Africa’s National Contact Point for the European Research Council, and is a Board Member of the Water Research Commission. He is the immediate-past co-chairperson of the Executive Support Group of the Global Research Council, and former President of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).
Prof Stroebel joined UMP from the National Research Foundation (NRF) where has was Executive Director Strategic Partnerships (2013-2023), with demonstrated success in developing a comprehensive suite of significant partnership and collaborative engagements for the NRF, with high levels of resource leveraging, contributing to and positioning South Africa’s National System of Innovation (NSI). Prior to the NRF, he worked at the University of the Free State (2003-2013) as Senior Lecturer; Associate Professor in the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture; Founding Director of International Affairs; and Director International Academic and Transformation Projects in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Rector. He was involved in the designing and implementation of numerous policy, organisational and development systems and strategies for the management and mentoring of multicultural teams, and establishing and guiding multi-sectoral partnerships and networks in support of research and innovation. During 1998-2002, he was a researcher and lecturer at the Postgraduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, and Coordinator and Researcher of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP), a WK Kellogg Foundation-funded initiative in six countries.

Prof Mashudu Davhana-Maselesele Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC): Teaching and Learning

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Prof Mashudu Davhana-Maselesele originates from Ha-Davhana, a rural village in the Limpopo Province. She began her career as a nurse and midwife at the then Venda Nursing College, subsequently working as a Professional Nurse at Donald Fraser Hospital. Later, she transitioned to a teaching role at the Venda Nursing College. Throughout her academic journey, she earned various qualifications, including a BA(Cur) in Nursing Education and Community Health Nursing Science (UNISA), Honours BA(Cur) in Nursing Education (UNISA), Diploma in Primary Health Care (University Johannesburg) with cum Laude, Masters in Nursing Education (UNISA), and a PhD in Programme Development (University of Johannesburg). Additionally, she pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of California (Los Angeles, USA) with a focus on trauma research, specifically Gender-Based Violence. She also did a Postgraduate Diploma in International Research Ethics in Southern Africa (IRENSA) at UCT in 2007.

Her academic career started at the University of Venda between 1998 and 2007, where she progressed from Junior Lecturer to Senior Lecturer, teaching nursing programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate levels. Subsequently, she spent a decade at North-West University (NWU), holding key academic leadership positions, namely; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Vice Rector for Teaching/Learning and Research, and Campus Rector of Mafikeng.  She later moved to the Eastern Cape Province where she served as Rector of the Mthatha Campus at Walter Sisulu University for two years before becoming Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Affairs and Research for two years.

During her tenure at NWU, she played a pivotal role in raising funds for capacity development, establishing research collaborations, and creating doctoral sandwich programmes for young academics. Her research primarily focuses on Gender-Based Violence and vicarious trauma among caregivers, particularly in the context of HIV and AIDS. As a passionate advocate of Problem-Based Learning, she has conducted training on the use of PBL as a teaching strategy in collaboration with Mc Master University (Canada).  She has supervised and co-supervised 24 Masters and Doctoral candidates and published articles in accredited journals nationally and internationally. She also mentored Post-Doctoral Fellows in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Presently, she is actively involved in a 5-year project for Sustainable Academic Capacity Building for Excellence through Research and Training (SACERT) Programme developing research capacity amongst young academics pursuing their doctoral studies in South Africa, collaborating with the following institutions: UCLA (USA), NWU, SU, UCT, UL, UNIVEN,WSU and HSRC.
She served as Editor-in-Chief of CURATIONIS, an accredited journal, and was a member of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) for a decade. She has been involved in programme development and reviews nationwide through participation in the Council on Higher Education (CHE) activities.
She has since been appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor: Teaching and Learning (DVC: T/L) in January 2024. She will be responsible for intellectual and strategic leadership in the areas of Teaching and Learning.

Prof Moses Mbewe Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Postgraduate Studies, Engagement and Planning

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Prof Moses Mbewe originates from the Nkomazi region of the Province of Mpumalanga, in South Africa.  He received his early education in the same area up to high school.  He furthered his education by obtaining his BSc (4 years) in Biology at Texas Southern University, in the USA, graduating with Summa cum Laude status in 1989.  He did his postgraduate studies (Masters and PhD) at the University of Cambridge, Department of Genetics, in the UK from 1991 to 1994 in Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology.  He went on to become the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1995 to 96.  He worked as senior lecturer teaching Microbiology at the University of the North, which became University of Limpopo from 1996 to 2004 and 2012 to 2015. During the second stint at UL, he served as Head of Department of Water and Sanitation and Acting Director of the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.  He also worked at the Northwest University as an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Agricultural Sciences from 2005 to 2011, teaching Microbiology. 

He assumed his duties at the University Mpumalanga as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the beginning of 2016 and served in this role up to June 2023.  He has served as Thrust Leader for Biotechnology at the University of Limpopo, as Board member of the Agricultural Research Council, South African Society for Microbiology, Northwest Nguni Cattle Development Trust, Limpopo Agriculture MEC Advisory Council, and ordinary member of the World Economic Forum 2001-2004.  He served as Member and Chairperson of the National Task Force for the Containment of Polio in Labs (NTF), a ministerial advisory committee for the National Department of Health from 2007 to 2023, and Council on Higher Education (HEQC) as Programme Evaluator.  He is, further, serving as a Council and EXCO member of the University of Mpumalanga Council.

He has since been appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor: Post Graduate Studies, Engagement and Planning (DVC: PSEP) beginning of July 2023.  In his new role, he will be responsible for Postgraduate Studies, Engagement, Continuing Education and Student and Graduate Placement, Alumni Affairs and Convocation, Institutional Planning, HEMIS and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Mr Muzi Khoza Council Appointee

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Mr Muzi Khoza completed his first degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management at the University of Mpumalanga. Mr Khoza founded the 1st branch of the newly established EFF Students Command and rose through its ranks until he was elected the Secretary-General in July 2019.

Muzi Khoza is a former CRC President and Convocation President at the University of Mpumalanga. In April 2022, Mr Khoza was appointed to serve as a member of the University of Mpumalanga Council. He is currently the Marketing Manager at the Metropolitan Group of Schools.

Mr Muzi gained a lot of experience in Student governance at the University of Mpumalanga.

Mr Thalente Ndebele Convocation Representative

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Mr. Thalente Ndebele is a Convocation Representative at the University of Mpumalanga Council and Senate. Born in Babanango (KZN) and matriculated at James Nxumalo Agricultural High in 2015. He obtained a Diploma in Agriculture in Plant Production and later Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Extension from the University of Mpumalanga. He holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Honours and Master of Agriculture (outbound) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in cooperation with the City, University of London. He is a registered Candidate Natural Scientist with SACNASP.
Over the years, he has been actively participating in political organisations and progressive civil institutions. In some way that has always been a stepping stone. Ndebele is serving as a Member of Parliament at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Africa Region, sworn in at Ugandan Parliament and a Member of the South African Institute of International Affairs. He is also a South African Director at Pan-African Youth Council for Peace and Security and an Advocate at SADC Youth Forum. He served as a National Secretary at the Black Management Forum Student Chapter in the year 2018/19, as a Provincial Executive Committee member at the South African Student Congress in 2019/20 and as an alumnus of Asia World Model United Nations II Thailand, allocated for World Trade Organisation- Botswana member state.  Currently working towards his Doctoral degree.

Mr Wandile Mabila SRC Representative

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Mr Boikgantsho Magaseng SRC Representative

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Dr Nomvula Twaise Administrative and Support Staff Representative

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Dr Nomvula Twaise is currently the Director of Student Housing at the University of Mpumalanga. Having worked extensively in the area of HIV and AIDS at Walter Sisulu University, where she started working as a Student Counsellor/Psychologist and a Student Affairs Practitioner for 12 years. Her work led her into caring for students living with HIV and AIDS, and this cause drove her to pioneer the establishment of the Centre for HIV and AIDS in the University when Anti-retroviral drugs in South Africa were not offered yet. She worked as the Director of the Centre for HIV and AIDS for 8 years. 

Dr Twaise obtained a BA, BA Hons at the then University of Transkei. On obtaining a scholarship to study abroad, she then proceeded to study MA in Psychology at Wayne State University, Michigan, USA. She further advanced her studies by obtaining an Executive MBA from the Business School of Netherlands/South Africa. She continued to study while working and obtained her PhD in Psychology from Nelson Mandela University. She is a TRE practitioner and has just added executive and management coaching to her skills. 

Dr Maria Eggink Academic Staff Representative

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Dr Maria Eggink is currently employed at the University of Mpumalanga as a Senior Lecturer in Economics. She plays an active role in the development of teaching and learning, as well as research capacity building, through organising communities of practice on a regular basis at the University. Since she started working at UMP in 2016, she has been involved in the development of new programmes for the University. Dr Eggink currently serves on several committees in the Faculty of Economics, Development, and Business Sciences. These committees include the Management Committee, Research Committee, Academic Integrity Committee, Post Graduate Committee, Timetable Committee (Chair), and Management Committee of CFERI.

Since the completion of her DCom Economics at UNISA in 2012, Dr Eggink has been involved in research.  She wrote several papers, presented it at conferences and published it.  Dr Eggink’s doctoral thesis was focused on the role of innovation in economic development, and she developed a conceptual model of an innovation system for. Dr Eggink’s research is currently focused on the enhancement of innovation through entrepreneurship.  She received an Academic Excellence award in 2012 and the merit award for Woman Researcher of the Year 2013 of the Faculty Economics & Finance, Tshwane University of Technology.

In the field of community involvement Dr Eggink has played an active role.  Apart from the contract work for the Mpumalanga Provincial Government by compiling an information and research inventory, and conducting a survey on the industrial development of the province, she participated in several forums and committees of the Mpumalanga Province. Some of these forums or committees include the Provincial Economic Forum/Think Tank; Mpumalanga Province research steering committee; Mpumalanga Development Profile task team; the Mpumalanga Independent Research Forum (MIRF); adjudication committee of the Mpumalanga Export Awards; and Task team for the development of the “Poverty eradication and coordination strategy”.

Mr Bongani Mthembu Council Appointee

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His engagement experience spans over a wide range of industries/business sectors which include Aviation, Mining, Construction & Engineering, Energy & Power, Conservation, Waste Management, Health Industry, Industrial and Manufacturing. He has sat in numerous Boards such as The Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Board, Prasa Board of Control, Autopax Board, Kagosano board of Trustees, Maxiprest Tyres Board.

His last employment was with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa as a Chief Corporate Officer, building Medupi and Kusile power stations. Prior to that he worked for Anglo American Platinum as Head of Transformation. He previously also held Director Positions with several companies like Pikitup, a Johannesburg City’s Waste Management Company, and Maxiprest Tyres, a Bridgestone South Africa subsidiary. Also worked for SANParks as HoD Human Resources and at SAA in numerous senior positions.

He is currently doing a PhD in Law. He holds a BA and a BA Honor’s Degree in Industrial Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Law from Salford University in the UK. Has done DPLR with Unisa School of Business Leadership. He also holds various secondary qualifications.

Prof Josiah Lebakeng Council Appointee

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LEBAKENG Josiah is Professor at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs, UNISA. He heads the focus area of security and intelligence studies. He studied sociology at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, urban sociology at University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania human services administration at Springfield College, Massachusetts, USA and obtained a doctorate from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo). He previously taught at the University of Limpopo, Vista University (now University of Johannesburg)

He worked at the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York during South Africa’s non-permanent tenure in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from February 2007 to December 2008 and February 2011 to December 2012 and continued with the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 to 2014. In November 2017 to November 2018, he was Head of Intelligence for SADC Preventative Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL).Professor Lebakeng is author of an autobiography titled They Blunted Us: June 16, Exile and Homecoming (Ziable Publisher, 2021).

Ms Ncumisa Mfihlo Council Appointee

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Ms Ncumisa Brenda Mfihlo has been in the Information Technology industry for over 26 years, holding several positions. During her career, she obtained vast experience in IT Strategy and Planning, IT Operations, IT Service Management, IT Project and Portfolio Management, IT Financial Management, and IT Governance and Compliance, in the IT Services industry, Telecommunications, Road Transport (freight), Airline and in Education Industries. Brenda held various IT senior management and executive management roles in different corporate organizations including a CIO role. As an extensive traveler worldwide, she has gained knowledge and experience in the provision of global technology solutions that are relevant and aligned to corporate strategy, supporting key strategic objectives such as customer experience, growth strategies, partnerships, and alliances.
She is a good communicator, and a leader that influences, inspires, and collaborates with her teams to ensure that everyone working with her is empowered and supported to excel in their performance. In any new environment, she seeks to understand the business levers that drive the company’s growth and profitability and align those with the business strategy. She is a highly independent individual who thrives on excellent performance.She has achieved several professional and academic qualifications with two fundamental qualifications: MBA from Henley Business School and an International Executive Development Programme (NQF Level 8) from Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Energy Leadership at Wits Business School. During her career, she had the opportunity to serve on the following committees and sub-committees within the organizations; Executive Committee level, Bid Adjudication Committees, IT & Business Steering Committees, and IT Governance & Compliance committees. She also served on the Customer Advisory Board for SITA Aero for 4 years – this is an international structure connecting Airline and Airport executives with Aviation Industry Experts.

Prof Estelle Boshoff Senate Representative

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Prof Estelle Boshoff is an Industrial Psychologist and Head of the School of Development Studies, including the Bachelor in Commerce, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Development Studies, and Bachelor of Administration programmes at the University of Mpumalanga (UMP). She serves on Senate; the Executive Committee of the Teaching and Learning Committee; the Information Services Committee of the Senate, the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Students' Appeal Committee at the University.

Her research projects include: The relationship between work stress and organisational climate among UFS, Library personnel (Honours script, 1997), the  relationship between work stress and personality factors among  non-commissioned officers in the South African Defence Force (Masters dissertation, 2001). She received her PhD in 2010 under the topic: The Development of a Work Ethics Questionnaire based on a Holistic Philosophical Model of Ethical Decision-Making.

Some of her accolades include an award for the best paper from the Clute Institute for Academic Research at the 2008 Business and Economics Conferences (EABR) and Teaching and Education Conferences (TLC), in Rothenberg, Germany. She also received the best paper award from the Clute Institute for Academic Research for a paper delivered at the 2009 Business and Economics Conference (EABR) in Prague, Czech Republic.
Prof Boshoff is also Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at UMP, and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government. Her fields of specialization are Research Methodology, Human Resource Management, Work Ethics, and Gender-based Violence.

Dr Mphalane Makhura Ministerial Appointee

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Dr Adv. Makhura is an allrounder professional in possession of Phd in Information Science and LLB. He started his career as a lecturer at then Modjajdi College of Education. Dr Adv. Makhura is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa with special interests in the Bill of Rights. Apart from legal profession, he is a qualified professional in the following disciplines i.e. Teaching and Enterprise Information Management. Dr Adv. Makhura gained corporate governance experience from following organizations as a Board Member i.e. Limpopo Department of Sports, Arts and Culture as a member of advisory council in Limpopo Library and Information Services Council; Member of National Council of Library and Information Service (NCLIS); Chairperson of the National Archives Advisory Council; Member of National Heritage Council (NHC) Board; Chairperson of the SABS Technical Committee in Document Management; Member of Mangosuthu University of Technology Council; Member of National Library of South Africa Board.
Apart from cooperate governance, Dr Adv. Makhura is an academic with more than 5 peer-reviewed published articles. He served as a supervisor for Masters and Phd students at University of South Africa.
Professionally, Dr Adv. Makhura is a member of Legal Practice Council (LPC), South African Society of Archivists etc.