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Management Committee (MANCO)

Vice-Chancellor: Prof Sibongile Muthwa

Professor Muthwa is the Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, an MSc in Development Policy and Planning from London School of Economics and Political Science, a BA (SW) Honours (Wits), and BA in Social Work (Fort Hare).

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 2010 and 2017 she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support, at Nelson Mandela University.

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.

In 2014 she was appointed as a Commissioner of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, and in July 2017 she was appointed as its Deputy Chairperson.

In June 2019, Prof Muthwa was apointed as Deputy President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.

Contact details

Personal Assistant:
Babalwa Shushu
Tel: +27 41 504 3211

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 Nelson Mandela University and prior to that, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at Fort Hare University.  At both Fort Hare and Mandela University, 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

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 the University'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 the University.

Contact details

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

Mr Lebogang Hashatse Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support: Mr Lebogang Hashatse

Mr Hashatse joined Nelson Mandela University in February 2015 as the Senior Director: Communication and Stakeholder Liaison, a portfolio responsible for directing, leading and monitoring the medium to long-term vision of the CSL division at the University.

From 2009 to January 2015, he was the Director of Communications and Marketing at Rhodes University, and a member of the Senior Administration Management. Prior to his tenure at Rhodes University, he held senior management positions in the corporate and parastatal environment.

At Nelson Mandela University, he has developed and implemented stakeholder engagement and communication strategies and partnerships that contribute to the building of the reputation and national profile of the university as the innovative, 21st century academic institution it is; leading South Africa and the continent in key fields, such as ocean sciences and the blue economy.

Mr Hashatse recently served as DVC: IS in an acting capacity. During this time, he played an important role in the implementation of Mandela University’s project to end outsourcing of support services, resulting in the reintegration of more than 800 staff into the University’s workforce. He has also been spearheading the design of business and enterprise development models as a means to manage these and other estates and facilities functions.

Mr Hashatse holds a Master’s in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia; a BA Honours in Media Studies, Politics and Industrial Sociology, and a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University.

Contact details

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

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

Ms Ntoza Bam 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.

Contact details

Personal Assistant:
Brenda Qabaka
Tel: +27 41 504 3360

Advisory members
Prof Heather Nel
Prof Heather Nel
Senior Director: Institutional Planning
Odette Van Zyl
Ms Odette van Zyl
Acting Senior Director: Audit & Risk Management
Edgar De Koker
Mr Edgar De Koker
Extended MANCO
Prof Rose Boswell
Prof Rose Boswell
Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts
Prof Hendrik Lloyd
Prof Hendrik Lloyd
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
Dr Phakama Ntshongwana
Dr Phakama Ntshongwana
Campus Director: Missionvale
Mr David Alexander
Acting Campus Principal: George
André Keet
Prof André Keet
Research Chair: Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation
Dr Samuel Bosire
Dr Samuel Bosire
Chief Information Officer
Mr Reenen du Plessis
Mr Reenen du Plessis
Senior Director: Estate and Facilities Management
Dr Denver Webb
Dr Denver Webb
Senior Director: Strategic Resource Mobilisation Office
Dr Laura Best
Dr Laura Best
Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Dr Ruby-Ann Levendal
Dr Ruby-Ann Levendal
Director: Transformation (Monitoring and Evaluation)
Nandipha Sishuba
Ms Nandipha Sishuba
Senior Director: Human Resources
Nomakwezi Mzilikazi
Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi
Director: Research Management and Acting Director: Office for International Education
Mr Paul Geswindt
Mr Paul Geswindt
Acting Senior Director: Communication & Stakeholder Liaison and Director: Alumni Relations