Incoming UCT vice-chancellor to commence on 1 August


Staff Reporter

THE University of Cape Town (UCT)’s incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mosa Moshabela, will commence his tenure on 1 August 2024.

Further to the announcement of 24 May 2024 conveying the decision of the UCT Council to appoint Professor Moshabela, the incoming vice-chancellor has since become available to take up the appointment earlier than 1 October 2024.

He will succeed Emeritus Professor Daya Reddy, who has led UCT on an interim basis since March 2023.

Chair of Council, Norman Arendse (SC), said: “Professor Reddy, who is in full support of the earlier start date, will step down as vice-chancellor interim on 31 July 2024 and will continue to be available to support Professor Moshabela in a part-time advisory capacity for a period that is to be determined.

“UCT owes Professor Reddy a debt of gratitude for taking on the responsibilities of vice-chancellor at a very challenging time for our institution, and making a significant leadership contribution when it was most needed. 

“The UCT Council extends its deep gratitude to Professor Reddy and welcomes Professor Moshabela as the next vice-chancellor with effect from 1 August 2024.”

The new UCT Council, which held its first plenary meeting on Saturday, 6 July 2024, has been constituted and all members (30 in total) have been appointed in terms of the institutional statute. 

The most immediate order of business was for Council to elect its chairperson and deputy and appoint members and chairpersons of key Council committees. Arendse was elected as Council chairperson, and Nomarashiya Caluza as deputy chairperson.

“Ms Caluza and I are honoured to have been elected to serve as the deputy chairperson and chairperson of the Council, respectively. We, and each of the members of the Council, embrace the fiduciary duties and associated responsibilities that we now have, and I am confident that as a Council, we will work collectively in the best interest of UCT.


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