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Management Committee (MANCO)

Prof Derrick Swartz Vice-Chancellor: Prof Derrick Swartz

Derrick Swartz has served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University since 2008.

Originally from Port Elizabeth, Prof Swartz began his working life as a high school teacher, community researcher, and project coordinator in the city’s northern areas. A strident anti-Apartheid activist, he helped build a network of youth community organisations in the region that led to the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF).

During the early 1990s he worked and studied in the United Kingdom, where he made significant contributions to thinking around democratic governance and the management of a post-apartheid civil service in South Africa. Prof Swartz has a BA degree from the University of the Western Cape, and MA and DPhil degrees in sociology from Essex University.

He is the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Fort Hare University, where he is credited for leading a profound turnaround strategy. He founded the Institute of Government in 1995 and served as Professor and Chair of Inter-Governmental Relations.

A sociologist by training, Prof Swartz has played a leading role in transformation and change management in South African higher education in recent years and has actively contributed to change in South African society on a wide front. He was a member of a presidential review commission appointed by then President Nelson Mandela and has served on several boards and public trusts and as a board member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

His areas of special interests are the role of universities in the economy, the philosophy of science, and the developmental role of higher education.

Contact details

Personal Assistant:
Ms Babalwa Shushu
Tel: +27 41 504 3211
Fax: +27 41 504 3212

Prof Andrew Leitch Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement: Prof Andrew Leitch

Prof Leitch holds a PhD in Physics from the former UPE (1984) and a Post-Doctoral qualification from the Hirst Research Centre, Wembley, UK (1985).

He has been in the employ of the university since 1982 and has risen through the ranks as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor of Physics, Executive Dean of Science and since December 2014, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement).

He has a wealth of international research experience including two stints at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart, Germany, a two month Visiting Scientist term at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and numerous other short research visits to foreign institutions.  

Prof Leitch is Head of the Optical Fibre Research Unit at NMMU (since its establishment in 2001), a grant-holder (past and present) of various research projects funded by industry in South Africa (Telkom, Aberdare Cables, Corning, etc) as well as the NRF, THRIP, NLC (National Laser Centre) and the ALC (African Laser Centre). Some of these projects have involved international collaboration with research partners in Sweden, Germany, France, Tunisia, Hungary and Senegal.

His disciplined-based research interests include Nanotechnology: Research interest in semiconductor thin film epitaxy (ZnO, etc), defect studies (by Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy, Hall effect, DLTS, etc), photovoltaics and renewable energy, and fibre-optics for broadband technologies.

He has supervised/co-supervised more than 50 MSc, PhD and post-doc students and has authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed scientific papers published in journals listed in ISI and international conference proceedings. He holds a C2 research rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Leitch is responsible for the Research and Engagement activities of the University. Within his portfolio he is also responsibility for partnerships, internationalisation, Short Learning Programmes and Short Courses offered by the university. He is also responsible for NMMU’s Library Services.

His role is to provide strategic leadership in driving the university vision and establishing international partnerships, in line with the Vision2020 strategic objectives of NMMU.

Contact details

Acting Personal Assistant:
Nonkululeko Ntsenyana
Tel: +27 41 504 2017
Fax: +27 41 504 9268

Dr Sibongile Muthwa Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support: Dr Sibongile Muthwa

Dr. Muthwa holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. Her other academic qualifications include an MSc in Development Policy and Planning (LSE), BA Honours (Wits) and BA in Social Work (UFH).

She has a distinguished career both in South Africa and the United Kingdom where she has worked in both the development and public sector institutions, as well as in academia. Between 2004 and 2010 she served as Director General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. Before joining government, she was Director of the Fort Hare Institute of Government, University of Fort Hare for five years.

Dr Muthwa served in a number Boards and Committees, including, the Joint Universities Public Management Education Trust (Chairperson) and Applied Fiscal Review Centre (AfreC).

Dr. Muthwa currently Chairs the Board of Seriti Institute and also serves in Boards of the SA Women in Dialogue Trust; University Sports Company; and Curro Holdings, among others. She also serves in an advisory capacity to the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development in South Africa, a programme of the National Planning Commission.  She is a regular coach for the Business Women’s  Association, where she mentors young and aspiring businesswomen.

In 2014 she was appointed as a Commissioner for the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).

Contact details

Personal Assistant:
Marion Murphy
Tel: +27 41 504 4732

Prof Denise Zinn Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning: Prof Denise Zinn

Prior to her appointment in December 2014 as the DVC: Teaching & Learning at NMMU, Prof Zinn was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at NMMU and prior to that, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at Fort Hare University.  At both Fort Hare and NMMU, as well as in previous work for the Tertiary Education Linkages Project, she has been deeply involved in curriculum review, development and curriculum renewal, as well as participatory initiatives to build a transformative institutional culture in higher education environments.

Her most recent publications and research explore the theory and praxis of a humanising pedagogy, and social justice and diversity issues in education.  In terms of academic qualifications, her undergraduate and teaching degrees were obtained at UCT, and after teaching in Port Elizabeth high schools for 12 years, she received scholarships to do an MEd (Language and Literacy) and then a Doctoral degree in the area of Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments (TCLE) at Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HUGSE). During her time at Harvard, she was a board member and co-chairperson of the Harvard Educational Review, and also taught in several programmes in different US universities while there.

Throughout her life, she has been involved in community activism, non-racial civic organisations and sports organisations, teacher organisations (TLSA & ECTU) and community cultural, educational fellowship & organisations.

Contact details

Personal Assistant:
Yolande Ferreira
Tel: +27 41 504 3215
Fax: +27 41 504 9215

Mr Mike Monaghan Executive Director: Finance: Mr Mike Monaghan

Mike Monaghan is a registered member of the South African Institute of Professional Accounts (SAIPA) and holds a B Com Honours degree in Accounting from UNISA, while he completed his undergraduate degree at the former UPE.

He completed his articles as a trainee accountant with an auditing firm, Charteris & Barnes, subsequently remaining in practice for a short period before accepting the position of financial manager of the Port Elizabeth Branch of Freshmark (Pty) Ltd, which is part of the Shoprite Group.

He began his career in Higher Education with the former PE Technikon in 2000, being appointed Director : Management Accounting  of the newly formed NMMU after the successful merger of the former PET and UPE, incorporating the PE campus of Vista University.

Contact details

Personal Assistant:
Dalene Harris
Tel: +27 41 504 3591

Mr Mike Monaghan Executive Director: Human Resources: Ms Ntoza Bam

Ntoza Bam holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from UNISA.

She has 24 years of experience in the Human Resources field.

She has held positions at Old Mutual. Media 24, The City of Cape Town and most recently, as HR Director at the University of the Western Cape.

At UWC, she was responsible for strategic, tactical and operational HR matters, including gap analysis and managing talent pools, organisational and work process design and alignment and continuous improvement, managing organisational change and restructuring.

She represented the university externally and has contributed to the Human Resources national agenda.

Advisory members
Dr Faroon Goolam
Dr Faroon Goolam
Prof Heather Nel
Prof Heather Nel
Senior Director: Institutional Planning
Roshni Gajjar
Ms Roshni Gajjar
Senior Director: Audit & Risk Management
Extended MANCO
Prof Rose Boswell
Prof Rose Boswell
Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts
Ismail Lagardien
Dr Ismail Lagardien
Executive Dean: Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences
SF Moeng
Dr Muki Moeng
Executive Dean: Faculty of Education
Dr Oswald Franks
Dr Oswald Franks
Executive Dean: Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology
Lungile Pepeta
Prof Lungile Pepeta
Executive Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof Avinash Govindjee
Prof Avinash Govindjee
Executive Dean: Faculty of Law
Azwinndini Muronga
Prof Azwinndini Muronga
Executive Dean: Faculty of Science
Luthando Jack
Mr Luthando Jack
Dean of Students
Prof Cheryl Foxcroft
Prof Cheryl Foxcroft
Executive Dean: Teaching and Learning
Prof Quinton Johnson
Prof Quinton Johnson
Campus Principal: George
Dr Phakama Ntshongwana
Dr Phakama Ntshongwana
Campus Director: Missionvale
Johan Wasserman
Mr Johan Wasserman
Senior Director: Finance
Dr Samuel Bosire
Dr Samuel Bosire
Chief Information Officer
Dr Nico Jooste
Dr Nico Jooste
Senior Director: International Education
Mr Lebogang Hashatse
Mr Lebogang Hashatse
Senior Director: Communication & Stakeholder Liaison
Mr Reenen du Plessis
Mr Reenen du Plessis
Senior Director: Estate and Facilities Management
Ms Laura Best
Ms Laura Best
Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Ms Ruby-Ann Levendal
Ms Ruby-Ann Levendal
Director: Transformation (Monitoring and Evaluation)
Management Structure