The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed Kuseni Dlamini as the chairperson of the University Council.
The council is responsible for governance, policymaking and monitoring.
Dlamini is currently the chairman of Massmart Holdings and Aspen Pharmacare Holdings. He previously served as CEO of Old Mutual SA and as a member of the executive committee of Anglo-American plc in London and executive chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT).
“As the council, we are committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to collectively make headway in finding lasting solutions to some of these issues,” said Dlamini.
The council will be setting down guidelines relating to strategic and financial governance and disciplinary matters, fostering a positive academic atmosphere, and formulating the university’s admission and language policies.
Dlamini is taking over from Ntombifuthi “Futhi” Mtoba, who is stepping down after serving four consecutive terms as a member.
Mtoba is a chartered accountant who has received several distinguished awards (including the 2008 Tuks Alumni Laureate Award) for her impactful work in the field and for her outstanding leadership as a businesswoman.
She became a UP Council member in 2005, before being elected as Chairperson three years later, in 2008. As Chairperson, she was an ex-officio member of the Council’s Human Resources Committee, Standing Committee and Investment Committee. Her term ends on 31 March 2021.
As of 1 April 2021, Dlamini took over his position.
“South Africa needs financially strong and resilient world-class institutions of higher learning that contribute meaningfully to the economy and society at large, through socially impactful research, producing graduates that will focus on issues that move South Africa and the world forward,” said Dlamini.
The University said Dlamini is passionate about the role and impact of institutions of higher learning on economic growth and development.
“Dlamini has taken up the position of UP Council Chairperson, while Ben Kruger, former Standard Bank CEO, has been appointed Deputy Chairperson,” added the University.