Convocation Election Candidates
Adv. Mohamed Shafie Ameermia
(BA 1984, LLB 1990)
I am an admitted Advocate of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa and hold a BA LLB (Wits), LLM (UP) and BA Hons (NQF 7) in Business Administration (UL) (Turfloop-GSM&L). I also held a Fellowship in International Law and Arbitration (CAILAW, Dallas, Texas, USA).
I am a full time Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), established in terms of Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution to protect, promote and monitor the observance of human rights in the Republic. I have served as a member of various professional bodies. Currently, I serve on the Board of the Centre for Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand as well as the Board of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State on behalf of the SAHRC.
I am a recipient of the 2017 Robert G Storey International Award for Leadership from the Centre for American and International Law in the United States of America. The award is conferred to a past participant of the Academy who has demonstrated the qualities of leadership and integrity.
I have applied and made myself available for this position because section 13(1) (b) (ii) of the SAHRC Act mandates the SAHRC to maintain close liaison with institutions such as the University of the Witwatersrand which are important role players in our society.
I am a proud Witsie.
As an active member of the Wits community, from my classes at the Wits School of Education to the wide array of seminars, cultural and sporting activities, I am well positioned to contribute to Convocation.
I am an inclusive educator: passionate about equity, access and achievement in education for all. My experience in education extends from inclusive classroom teaching and university lecturing to advocacy for education at national and international levels. I have worked in several countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa.
Currently, I lecture and tutor pre-service teachers at the Wits School of Education. I am also conducting research for professional teacher learning to enable inclusive education in South Africa. As inclusive education is considered a lever for democratisation, I am humbled and privileged to work as an inclusive educator.
Using my experience in education, information and communication, I actively engage with students and alumni with a view to improving our great institution. I have initiated a forum among post-graduate students to discuss their education. The forum also engages with undergraduate student concerns with a view to finding solutions that would keep Wits at its enviable high national and international standing.
I obtained my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Wits University in 2009, a degree that has helped me reach out to communities in the remotest areas of our country. I have had the opportunity to share and expand my knowledge while working as an Oncology Pharmacist in the paediatric unit of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. This has inspired me to pursue my Master’s in Bioinorganic Chemistry with an emphasis on radiopharmaceuticals used in cancer treatment.
Wits has given me the edge and helped me become an independent and analytical thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit. I have successfully started a number of businesses which are adding value to our economy by employing young people and developing their skills.
Graduate unemployment rates, student dropout rates, the lack of student funding models and the shortage of student accommodation are of deep concern to me. These issues are part of my passion for youth development.
It would be an honour for me to serve on the Convocation and share my ideas as to how management, student representatives, government and the private sector can find solutions to issues pertinent to the University.
(GDE 2002, MEng 2017)
I am a professional engineer registered with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), where I hold numerous senior positions, including those of Member of Council and Chairman of SAIEE’s Power and Energy Section. I am an active member of the Black Management Forum and an active participant in several technical Working Groups and SABS Standards Committees.
I hold a BSc (Eng) from UCT and MEng (2017) from Wits University and have completed the Innovation Management Development Programme from the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management.
I have recently enrolled for the Management Advancement Programme with Wits Business School and am currently employed in the Strategic Assets Management division of Rand Water.
I wish to have a more active role as an alumnus of our prestigious university, which will afford me the opportunity to be an active participant/voice in shaping the strategic decisions and direction regarding thorny issues like “e-learning vs on-campus” degrees and the “fees must fall” campaign to name a few. As an engineer, I have noted the visible gap in the knowledge of new recruits from varsity against the industry expectation for competent engineers. Joining Convocation will place me in good stead to influence and provide the assurance that the engineering curriculum fully prepares students against the expected Exit Level Outcomes (ELO) that have been prescribed by ECSA.