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Convocation Election Candidates 2020

*Candidates listed alphabetically according to surname

Vusi DhlaminiVusi  Dhlamini

BSc Eng (2014) 

Qualifications and Bio:
M.Sc. Electrical & Information Engineering: 2020 – Current (by Research: Autonomous UAV)

I started my professional career in 2015, working as a process engineer in training for Sasol Ltd.

- Trained as a process engineer (Secunda and Sasolburg)

- I was part of Junior Engineers Executive Committee

In 2017: Founded Mall on the Move (ecommerce platform)

 - Ran the company for a year before closing down.

In 2018: I Joined Vodacom as a Product Specialist (Cloud, Hosting and Security)

In 2019: I was appointed as Microsoft Azure product Manager for Vodacom (My current role)

In 2020: Youth Executive – Vodacom Group

 - I was appointed by the Vodacom Chief Executive (Digital & Fixed) as youth executive for the Vodacom Group representing the Digital transformation and fixed portfolio.

- This role allows me to engage the youth within Vodacom, ensure they feel utilised by the company and represent our views as a collective at executive level.

- I am part of Vodacom’s 4IR and future of work architects.

Motivation:
I believe that higher institutions are the key to societal development. As the EXCO member I would engage critical issues surrounding education and propose solutions. The current Covid19 crisis has forced every university to teach digitally, my experience in the digital space would be beneficial to the Convocation.

 

Lesley-Anne GatterLesley-Anne Gatter

BA (1996), BA Hons (1997), MA 2007

Qualifications and Bio: I joined Investec Ltd in 2006 and the following year was appointed Head of Learning & Development. In this role, I collaborated on the design and delivery of learning initiatives into the organisation, including diversity and leadership development. In 2016, I was appointed to my current position of Head of People & Organisation for Investec. In this capacity I lead Investec’s internal and external transformation initiatives, its work relating to equality (diversity and inclusion) practices and the employee life cycle and value proposition.

Motivation: My background has enabled me to acquire extensive skills and experience in the areas of personal development and leadership learning, and to apply these in the context of the goals of transformation, equality and diversity. I believe this would enable me to make a meaningful contribution to the work of Wits University in its ongoing commitment to achieving these self-same goals.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
I also serve on Investec’s Environmental, Social and Governance Executive Committee and facilitate learning, leadership and other processes in the business. Prior to joining Investec, I worked in various NGOs focusing on counselling, supervision and education pursuits. I have also lectured psychology in various academic settings.

 

Dr Irfaan KhotaIrfaan Khota

MBA (2001) 

Qualifications: PhD, M.Ing, BSc Eng, BCom (Hons) (UJ/RAU); Venture Capital Executive Programme (UCLA); Innovative Futures Programme (USB/Stanford).

Bio:
Khota’s professional and work background encompasses Finance (Venture Capital, Project Finance and Corporate Finance), Telecommunications (Engineering and Business Development in Wireless Communications) and Entrepreneurship. He is a keen supporter of innovative businesses that are capable of propelling/leapfrogging RSA. He sits on the investment committee of several early stage funds (including historically, the TIA – Wits Enterprises’ Seed Fund). He has held several Directorships and has served as Coach/Mentor.

Motivation:
As a prospective serving member of the Convocation, he sees his role to include considerations to promote the significant latent entrepreneurial and innovation potential within the University, to accelerate Wits and RSA’s global contribution and impact.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Khota has published on innovation-lead competitive advantage, and has supervised MBA research on early stage commercialization. Contributions include filing some provisional patents, presentation at conferences, and publishing in academic journals (including, International Journal of Technology and Information Management; South African Journal of Industrial Engineering; and the South African Journal of Information Management). He enjoys running, cycling and outdoor adventure. He is a member of the IODSA and an Alumni Member of Wits University.

 

Fiona KigenFiona Kigen

MBA (2017) 

Qualifications: January 2018 – October 2020: GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science – University of Pretoria) – Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies; January 2015 – February 2017: Wits Business School – University of the Witwatersrand – Master of Business Administration; April 2002 – August 2005: United States International University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance and Marketing).

Bio:
I am a seasoned marketer, currently holding the position of Vice President in the Absa Corporate and Investment Banking marketing team. I have extensive experience in financial services marketing, with a career spanning 15 years across four countries. I started my career at Barclays Bank Kenya (now Absa Bank Kenya) as a Marketing Executive and later grew into senior management roles. During my time with Absa, I have had the opportunity to lead the marketing teams in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique and have also worked in the Africa regional office.

Motivation:
Wits is one of Africa’s leading universities, and diverse voices from Africa such as mine in the Exco are critically important to ensure that the university is truly international. I have the ability to convey my ideas clearly and in a structured and logical manner, strong industry experience gained from being in senior management in one of Africa’s leading corporates and extensive networks across the continent, and I believe that these will be assets in delivering on this role.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
University of Stellenbosch/ Red and Yellow School – Certificate in Design Thinking (2020); University of Stellenbosch – Certificate in Digital Marketing (2015) – Finished the course among the top 5% of students who took the course in South Africa; Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) – CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma (2007); Featured as one of the “Top 40 Women Under 40” in 2016 by the Business Daily, Kenya’s leading business publication; Featured in the African Professional magazine (South Africa).

 

Welcome Mandla LishivhaWelcome Mandla Lishivha

BA (2012), BA Hons (2013)

Qualifications: MA 2016 – Rhodes University

Bio:

In my career as a journalist, I have written for Reuters, GQ, the Mail & GuardianGetaway magazine and the City Press where I served as Arts and Lifestyle editor. I have been longlisted for the City Press Non-fiction Award and shortlisted in the Gerald Kraak Anthology, an anthology and prize on topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for my piece of writing that is now part of the third year Anthropology course at the University of Johannesburg — in the same anthology that went on to win the Lambda Literary Award for the best anthology in 2019. I have interviewed and profiled nearly 100 movers and shakers.

Motivation:
I would like to play a significant role in the mentoring program that helps young people from historically disadvantaged communities, like me, to have access to higher learning at one of the finest institutions on the continent. I would work to ensure that alumni can easily access the university's facilities post-graduation and help encourage a culture where alumni can lean on each other and the university community to advance their professional, civic and entrepreneurial pursuits which will ultimately drive our fragile country forward.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Because of my commitment to justice and representing the marginalised, I have founded Bare Stories, a platform designed to raise the voices of LGBTI people in South Africa and the rest of the continent where it's still illegal to be gay in 32 countries. We've also hosted a variety of public engagements in Johannesburg and Cape Town on navigating love, rape culture and immigration as a community that's marginalised. I served as Editor-in-chief at OppiTV (a student based publication) at Rhodes University during the Rhodes Must Fall protests, all while completing my Master of Arts in Journalism. I have also worked for the World Economic Forum as a media consultant.

Bio has been shortened to length restriction.

  

Dr Desmond Mathye

BSc Physiotherapy (2001)

Qualifications and bio:
I am a qualified physiotherapist but also hold three additional qualifications: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from MANCOSA; a Master of Early Childhood Intervention (MECI) and a PhD (Physiotherapy) from the University of Pretoria. With a passion for lifelong learning, I am a Law (LLB) and PhD (African Studies) candidate at two public universities. I am working as a physiotherapist in private practice in Giyani, Limpopo Province.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
An Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria; a Research Associate at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) and a Board Member of the Professional Board of Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Biokinetics (PPB) under the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), where I serve as a Chairperson of the Preliminary Committee of Inquiry (PRELIM).  I’ve published papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented manuscripts at local and international congresses/conferences and supervised over 20 postgraduate students to completion, including a PhD (Physiotherapy) and over 10 MBAs.

 

Dr Mesuli MbanjwaMesuli Mbanjwa

PhD (2019) 

Qualifications: PhD (Chem Eng) – University of the Witwatersrand, 2019; Postgraduate Diploma (Development Finance) – University of Stellenbosch, 2017; Programme in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (UNISA), 2017; Certificate in Financial Management (UNISA), 2017; M Tech (Chem Eng) – Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2003; B Tech (Chem Eng) – Peninsula Technikon, 2002.

Bio:
Dr Mesuli Mbanjwa is a seasoned commercialisation specialist with a strong focus on technology and innovation. He has extensive experience spanning over 18 years in various economic sectors including academia, biotechnology start-up, public R&D, petrochemicals and metal industries. He has undertaken technology—based projects such as bioreactor development, energy storage, microsystems technology and water purification.  Dr Mbanjwa has keen eye for detail and has expertise in undertaking intellectual property valuations, due diligence, techno-economic evaluations, competitive analysis and market assessment for new and existing ventures. He has experience in development of commercialisation strategies and business models.  Mesuli currently supports commercialisation in the Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office at the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University. He was previously a management consultant at Nabla Strategic Development Solutions and a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Motivation:
The role that I would like to play is to contribute to the discussions and resolutions that will help strengthen the role of Wits in transforming our society for the better, and in particular making a positive impact in the lives of the South African youth. I will bring to the council diversity of thought, open-mindedness and a resolute voice that will endeavour to achieve balance in the engagements amongst multiple and diverse voices.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Previously served committee structures: Organising Committee, 7th South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics (2010); Organising Committee, WISA International Membrane Technology Conference (2009); Executive Committee, WISA Membrane Technology Division, 2005-2009 and published 26 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences (local and international).

 

Eugene Nhlanhla MchunuNhlanhla Eugen Mchunu

BA (2020) 

Qualifications and Bio:
A visionary, an apostle for change, and a seasoned speaker with a love for classic English literature, Politics, Governance and the Law. These are the interests for a young man who is born and bred in eMaqadini the west of Durban; a resource-poor area where a culture of academics is virtually non-existent and where survival is a driving force. Having made a few TV and radio appearances as current affairs commentator on issues relating to the youth and politics in general; Nhlanhla holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Law and Politics from Wits University and is currently enrolled as an LLB candidate at the same University. He has joined in researching and developing of projects together with the best world academics, journalists, activists, officials, and leaders.

Motivation:
I have joined in researching and developing of projects together with the best world academics, journalists, activists and leaders. I am committed to using my legal acumen in enhancing good, clean governance, provide legal and strategic advice which is aimed at improving lives of fellow South Africans. This is the way a person who wants, for certain, to change the fortune of the South African economy and its inhabitants.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
He is part of Wits Emerging Leaders Programme 2019: “The Influential Leader” award recipient; Member of International Labour Organisation in the Asia World Model United Nations hosted in Thailand, Bangkok in February 2019. He is the founder and Director of Blue Vally (Pty) Ltd. He has served in the Wits SRC’s Legal Representative and later the panellist in Disciplinary Committee of the University; also served as student Rep at Wits Junction (Pty) Ltd. Board concurrently with his term as secretary of the same residence. In 2016 he was elected as Wits Law School student council: Community Development and Outreach Officer whilst serving as an executive in the Progressive Professional’s student chapter.

 

Siluleko MkhizeSiluleko Mkhize

BSc (2017), BHSc Hons (2018)

Qualifications and  Bio:
Mr Siluleko Mkhize is an alumnus, a current postgraduate student (MSc Med in Family Medicine & Primary Care) and sits in the Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute’s community advisory board. He is passionate about youth participation in the academy and served in the Postgraduate Association (PGA) 2018/19 as the Research Student’s Representative. He has sat in the University Research Committee, a senate and council joint committee that takes responsibility for implementing the University’s research policy and, with its various sub-committees, is responsible for the support and monitoring of all University approved research. Moreover, Mr Mkhize has sat in the Academic Planning & Development Committee, which facilitates the development of University standards and procedures on academic matters.

Motivation:
As contemplated in the Convocation’s remit, Mr Mkhize sees this role as an extension of the work he began as executive member in the PGA in delivering a swift, secure and stimulating postgraduate experience. He now wishes to extend this remit through service in the University’s convocation.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications: 
Mr Mkhize was part of a team that established the Southern African Postgraduate Network (SAPN), which has received significant recognition from the University of Botswana, Botswana International University of Science & Technology and the University of Cape Town.

 

Duress MnisiDuress Mnisi

BA (2019)

Qualifications: BA Hons: Journalism and Media Studies – University of the Witwatersrand; BA: Media and Communication Studies – University of Limpopo; Grade 12; Matshaile High School, Burgersfort, Limpopo Province.

Bio:
I am a communication professional, who has worked in the mining industry for 13 years. I have served on Anglo American Platinum’s Management Committee of the employees’ superfunds for three years. I was awarded a BA degree in Media and Communications from the University of Limpopo and an Honours degree in Media Studies from Wits.

Motivation:
I will use this important platform to ensure the coming generation of students inherit a university of high quality and good reputation. Wits University needs to reclaim its rightful position as the number one University in the country as well as on the African continent while making inroads in the world. This can only be achieved by recruiting quality teachers and by having the required resources.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Member of the International Association of Business Communication.

 

Ntombifuthi MnisiNtombifuthi Mnisi

MA (2019) 

Qualifications: MBA WBS (in progress); MA in Journalism and Media Studies, Witwatersrand University, 2017-2018; BCom Hons Communication Management, University of Pretoria, 2016; Brand Management Specialisation (Advanced certificate), AAA School of Advertising, 2016; BCom Communication Management, Northwest University, 2008.

Bio:
I am a highly motivated and innovative self-starter with an agile work approach. I am currently, pursuing a Master’s degree specialising in Business Administration with the Wits Business School. My experience largely is in the Financial Services and the development sectors.  At present I am employed as a Communications Specialist with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where I am responsible for sponsorship management, communications, media relations and social media account management.

Motivation:
I am an advocate for participatory development and a catalyst for change, having used my masters research study to shine the spotlight on prevailing developmental issues in the South African context. I have an interest in the integration of opportunities presented by the fifth industrial revolution and how these should already alter the curricula offered by African tertiary institutions. My impartiality and curious nature can add value to the Executive team. Trusting that this motivation will encourage you to consider me for the opportunity, as it will enable me to give back to the education fraternity.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Certified Change Manager.

 

Nomathamsanqa (Thami) MoatsheNomathamsanqa Moatshe

BCom (2000), Master of Management (2011) 

Qualifications: MBA (Henley), BCom Honors (UNISA)

Bio:
I have over 20 years’ experience in public and private sector having worked mainly in financial roles.  I started my career in banking (Standard Bank), worked as an Analyst and Finance Manager at Eskom and as a Project Accountant at Sasol. I held various roles at the IDC, and currently, I am the Group Corporate Finance and M&A Director in a facilities management company.

Motivation:
I am passionate about education, entrepreneurship and people development. Being involved in the Convocation would mean that I would work hard to ensure that the strategic focus of Wits encompasses gender equality and transformation now and into the future. It would also mean we continue to instill the ethical values of Wits to ensure that the quality of education it provides and its reputation are maintained.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
I am member of ABSIP, Golden Key South Africa and the Institute of Directors (IoD). I’ve served as a Non-Executive Director in various companies.

 

Tsholofelo MotshwariTsholofelo Motshwari

BSc QSS (2012), BSc Hons QS (2013) 

Qualifications and Bio:
I am a qualified Quantity Surveyor with Engineering Construction background. My career started in 2013, working for Transnet Capital Projects after they had sponsored my studies. I started as an Engineer-in-Training, where I held various roles within the project space due to the flexibility of the program, until I got absorbed into the organisation as a Quantity Surveyor mainly responsible for the management of Rail Infrastructure on the Coal and Manganese Corridor. I am currently employed as a Project Cost Engineer for Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority. My role is mainly ensuring compliance with contractual obligations as well as legislative and regulatory framework.

Motivation:
I am passionate about education. I am particularly passionate about instilling relevant skills in youth. In 2018 I joined Fun Learning for Youth (FLY), a non-profit and public benefit organisation made up of young professionals committed to playing a meaningful role in the lives of young learners through volunteering their time and skills. On Saturdays I tutor maths to these learners at Realogile High School in Alexandra Johannesburg.

In my current employment I serve as a member in the Employment Equity and Skill Development Committee. I have also been admitted into the Leadership Coaching Programme for Executives and Specialists, an initiative of my employer and a Leadership Institute. With my passion for education holistically and leadership, I believe I can contribute meaningfully to the development and sustenance of quality education subsequently maintaining the esteemed reputation of the university through the caliber of professionals and leaders it produces.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
I am a Candidate Quantity Surveyor at SACQSP, Member of Golden Key International Honour Society and co-authored a dissertation paper supervised by Dr Nthatisi Khatleli, titled The impact of Black-Owned Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises in Public Private Partnerships Projects: The Case of Gautrain Rapid Rail LinkThe published paper was awarded “Best BBBEE Transformational Themed Paper” at the 7th Annual SACQSP Conference & Council of Built Environment.

 

Thabo NcaloThabo Ncalo

BCom (2003)

Qualifications: PLD (Harvard Business School); CAIB (SA) Advanced Diploma in Treasury & International Banking (Institute of Bankers in SA); FAIS RE 1, 3 & 5 (Financial Services Conduct Authority), RPE – Bonds & Equities (Institute of Financial Markets).

Bio: 
I have over 17 years’ investment management experience in SA and across the African continent. This includes: Investec Asset Management (Equity Investment Analyst – JSE) 2003-2007; STANLIB (Equity Analyst & Portfolio Manager on Pan-African Equities) 2007-2016; Savvy Venture Partners (Founder – early stage and Venture Capital investing in SA) 2016-2019; Old Mutual Limited (Head of Investment Strategy for R250bn of policyholder funds) 2019 – Present.

Motivation:
I would like to contribute to building the largest University endowment fund in Africa under Wits and assist in managing the assets and strategy. Close the school’s funding gaps. Governance of committees & exco structures: Currently serve as Chairperson of Old Mutual School’s Funds (over R1.5 bn in funds) and can add value to Wits.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Mandela-Washington Fellow (YALI 2015) – U.S. Government (Dept. of State); Harvard University – SA Fellow (2017) – Harvard University; Young Banker of the Year (2007) – IOB / SASBO.

 

Mxolisi Ngulube

LLM Cum Laude (2020) LLB Cum Laude (2017)

Qualifications and Bio:
Mxolisi Ngulube is a Doctoral Candidate and a Consultant on International Economic Law and Policy. He has worked as a consultant in International Trade and Investment at UNCTAD in Geneva. Prior to that, he interned with the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization. In the past, he has worked as a Lecturer and Research and Teaching Associate at Wits.

Motivation:
He is well versed with the university structures as he has served on several of these in the past. He intends on continuing contributing and serving the university as an alumnus and being on the Exco for Convocation is one of the many ways of achieving this. Convocation is an important platform not only to market the quality of the Wits graduate and use that to source funding for the university but for linking current students with prospective employers through the Wits alumni network.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications
:
Over and above his academic success (Dean’s List, Postgraduate Merit Award, Merit Awards etc), he had the privilege of leading several societies and organizations during his time at Wits. These included, among others, serving as the chairperson of the Postgraduate Association in 2017, co-editor of the Inkundla Law Journal, and senior tutor and facilitator for the Road to Success Program.

 

Mukelani J NkunaMukelani Nkuna

BSc (2004)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) – Mathematics of Finance (UP); BSc – Mathematics and Computer Science (Wits); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Motivation:
I have worked in the banking industry since I started my career in 2004. I have worked on several roles at South African Reserve Bank, most recently as a Senior Manager overseeing the Loan Guarantee Scheme and Investment Management. Prior to my current role, I was a Senior Manager overseeing Open Market Operations and Investments. I also worked in Investment Banking at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking and at Rand Merchant Bank, with specific focus on Funding & Liquidity Management, respectively from an execution and strategic perspective. I have been involved in various industry committees and work streams domestically and abroad whose purpose was mainly to foster the development of financial markets. Through this experience I have a desire to give back by contributing my skills and knowledge, and also by extending beyond my knowledge through the diverse professional network I have built domestically and globally.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications: 
Member of the CFA institute; Developments in debt issuance costs of South African banks, 
https://www.resbank.co.za/Lists/News%20and%20Publications/Attachments/10157/WP%202010.pdf

 

Dr Thamsanqa F NyunduThamsanqa Nyundu

PhD (2020), MSc Med (2016)

Qualifications and bio: Dr Thamsanqa Nyundu is a Lecturer in the School of Medicine at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). He has corporate experience having worked as an Occupational Hygiene Consultant for IOH Solutions and Lexis Nexis. He is also a co-director of Rove Ambitions, a competitive vendor company dealing with supplies in the mining industry and construction. He holds a PhD and MSc Medicine from Wits. He is currently pursuing an MBA degree.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Dr Nyundu was the best overall upcoming lecturer University of Limpopo in 2016. His Master of Science in Medicine in physiology was awarded with Distinction from Wits. He has supervised postgraduate Honours and MSc students and received research grants from the National Research Foundation.

 

Mokgobi RamushuMokgobi Ramushu

BSc Eng (2009), MSc Eng (2014)

Qualifications: LLB UNISA

Bio: My career in the Engineering profession spans over a decade.  I have worked as a design, research and development engineer at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. I then moved onto the Petrochemical industry as a plant support engineer and an engineering discipline lead. As my career progressed, I later joined the office of the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) in which I managed Infrastructure Performance Audits with the mandate of enhancing accountability across all three spheres of government. I am currently employed at the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure as Director responsible for Civil and Structural Engineering Services with the primary role of ensuring that government attains value for money in its service delivery mandate.

Motivation:
I am a professional engineer with an inherent interest of youth development particularly as it applies to the engineering profession. I am passionate about South Africa and its young constitutional democracy and have pledged to be part of building a capable state underpinned by the principle of government by the people for the people.  My desire has always been to use any platform afforded to me to influence decisions towards the advancement of young people particularly those who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Serving on the executive committee of the convocation will afford me the opportunity to advance this mission and expand my impact.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications: 
Professional Engineer – Engineering Council of South Africa; Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2019.

 

John Stalin van RooyenJohn Stalin van Rooyen

Master of Management (1999)

Qualifications:  MM (P&DM): Master’s Degree Public & Development Management (Wits Business School); FDE (Cum Laude): Further Diploma in Education (Rand Afrikaans University – UJ); HDE: Higher Diploma in Education (Roggebaai College of Education); Dip Ed: Diploma in Education (Rand College of Education).

Bio:
I am a Policy Advisor to three Members of the Executive Committee’s (MECs) in Gauteng. These include Education, Public Transport, Roads & Works and Infrastructure Development. I am Chief Director for Corporate Governance, responsible for Policy Development & Implementation, Research and Analysis, Legal Services and District Co-ordination. I served as the Chairperson of the Departmental Acquisition Committee whereby infrastructure tenders to the value of R8billion are awarded. During our tenure the Gautrain was completed from inception to finalisation. In addition to having served as the Chairperson of the Gautrain Technical Evaluation Committee, I am also the Director of the Soweto Science Centre of the University of Johannesburg, a business owner and Social Housing ambassador.

Motivation:
As a member of Exco, I would like to contribute to a well-oiled machinery in post COVID-19 era whereby high levels of ethics, values and principles are enforced to the Institution as a whole but for the benefit of our students and communities.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
I am a Councilor serving on the National Khoi & San Council engaging government on all matters relating to the San & Khoi Peoples. I am the First Parliamentary Officer in all Government Departments in Gauteng in the post-apartheid era. I am a Patron of the Rock Art Research Institution (RARI) Wits and I have authored the foreword of a book Followers of Lightning.

 

Bheki VilakaziBheki Vilkazi

BCom (1997) 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce – University of Witwatersrand; Construction Management Programme (CMP) – University of Stellenbosch; Executive Development Programme (EDP) – Wits Business School; Currently busy with MBA studies with – Business School Netherlands.

Motivation:
My career over the years has been around entrepreneurial flair, turn-around and expansion strategies, which I executed at either executive or board levels. I was the Board member and Managing Director of Enza Housing, Stefanutti Stocks Housing, Egoli Gas, Palesa Holdings and acting Joint MD of Zimisele Underwriting Management Company. I see my Convocation membership role in several fronts: To work with EXCO in targeting corporates and/or previous Wits Graduate executives, who will add value either through donations; To use the donations Tax rebate as a basis for encouraging previous graduates to contribute towards the Wits Centenary process, for example; To expand the Wits Alumni base by targeting prominent Wits Graduates and have them feature and/or present at Wits functions, in order to share the “working world” to the current students; Given my extensive experience at Strategic design, execution, national and international expansion, I see my strategic role in assisting the Convocation EXCO position Wits as a Technology hub in Africa and ensuring that it sustains its first Africa 2020 Academic Ranking of World University (ARWU); Higher Education is facing financial challenges. As a convocation member, I will use my networks, together with EXCO members, to mobilise funds for the University.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Previously member of Insurance Institute of South Africa; The Institute of Loss Adjusters; Associate, Institute of Risk Management of South Africa; Institute of Directors (IOD) in Southern Africa; The Executive Caucus (TEC); Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Current board memberships: Agape Development Agency; Agape Family Church; Man, of Purpose NPO; Enza/Crowie Holdings.

 

Dr Jonathan Witt

BA Hon (2006), MBBCh (2010)

Qualifications and Bio:
Dr Jonathan Witt holds BA Honours and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degrees from Wits University. He works in the State sector, practising in the field of Anaesthetics. He lends a liberal voice in a space increasingly dominated by collectivist attitudes and ideals.

Motivation:
Dr Witt is a great proponent of equal access to opportunity and is well aware of the importance the University of the Witwatersrand plays in this dynamic. During this time of flux within tertiary institutions, amid a changing Governmental role, he believes that striving to maintain the very high standards achieved by the university whilst also being inclusive of all individuals who wish to make Wits their academic home is of paramount importance. Should you feel such goals are enviable Dr Witt would welcome your vote and the opportunity to serve for an additional term on the Convocation Executive.

Other achievements/professional bodies/publications:
Dr Witt has been a member of the Convocation Executive since 2011 and has played an active role in several sub committees, as well as in the direction of the policies and decisions thereof. He is also deeply involved with charitable activities directed at the homeless and children.

 

 

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