THE University of Venda has appointed Advocate Mojankunyane Gumbi as its new chancellor effective until 31 December 2024.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni said Gumbi joins the university at the right time, when it is shifting towards a new strategic direction which is intended to position the university for impact and relevance.
Gumbi takes over from former Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, who has served two terms in the position.
Dr Nthambeleni said in a statement that the university is grateful for the first time to have a female chancellor.
“We look forward to her leadership and guidance in the years to come. Her engagement with the University will certainly stand us in good stead,” said Dr Nthambeleni.
Gumbi is the founder of Mojanku Gumbi Advisory Services, a Johannesburg-based business advisory firm that maintains a strategic partnership with the Washington-based Albright Stonebridge Group.
“It is an honour to have a woman with the stature of Adv Gumbi at the helm of UNIVEN. We look forward to her leadership and guidance in the years to come. Her engagement with the University will certainly stand us in good stead,” said Dr Nthambeleni.
Gumbi holds Law degrees from the South African Universities of the North (now University of Limpopo), and Witwatersrand, and a certificate in Trial Advocacy from the University of Texas in Austin.
She was a Special Advisor to the former South African President, Thabo Mbeki from 1999 to 2008. From 1994 to 1999, she was an Advisor to then Deputy President Mbeki in the Mandela administration.
During this time, she spearheaded South Africa’s economic diplomacy, ensuring a global presence for South African companies. She was involved in peace-making initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Sudan, Lesotho, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Iran and the Middle East.
Gumbi also advised on domestic policy issues including the reform of the local healthcare industry, the expansion of South African industry to the rest of Africa and the world, banking and mining sector reforms