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The Council of the University is the highest decision making body within the University structure and is constituted according to the Higher Education Act, 1997, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Statute. Subject to the Act and this Statute, the Council governs the University.

The 30 member Council consists of executive officers, employees of the institution, student representatives, alumni and community members appointed following the approved University processes.


Ministerial Appointees
  • Dr Mark Hay (Vice-Chair)
  • Mr Sammy Mashita
  • Dr Leticia Moja (Chair)
  • Ms Thobeka Njozela
  • Dr Maureen Tong
Executive Members
  • Professor Nana Poku
  • Professor Busisiwe Ncama
  • Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize
Senate Representatives
  • Professor Naven Chetty
  • Professor Sinegugu Duma
Academic Staff Representatives
  • Professor Muthulisi Siwela
  • Professor Gareth Amery
SRC Representatives
  • Mr Wandile Majozi
  • Ms Nosipho Manzini
Support Staff Representatives
  • Vacant
  • Mr Mandlenkosi Dlamini
Appointed by the Council
  • Judge Jacqueline Henriques
  • Professor Rachmond Howard
  • Ms Elizabeth Maepa
  • Mr Moerane Maimane
  • Adv Marumo Moerane
  • Mr Nicholas Motsatse
  • Ms Khomotso Mthimunye
  • Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba
  • Dr McLean Sibanda
  • Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana Thotsejane
  • Mr Andrè D Young
In Attendance
  • Dr Kathy Cleland (Registrar and Secretary to Council)
  • Ms Nontuthuko Mbhele (Chief Finance Officer)
  • Ms Normah Zondo (Executive Director: Corporate Relations)
  • Ms Prem Chetty (Head of Committees)
Convocation Representatives
  • Mr Mandlenkosi Patrick Kumalo
  • Mr Thabani W Mkhize
  • Dr Qiniso Mlita