Dear colleagues and students,

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Council plays a central role in the life of the institution by steering the critical decisions involved in running the university. This governing body consists of 30 members who bring a diverse range of skills, backgrounds and talents in their service to the institution. Its responsibilities include determining the mission, objectives, goals, strategies and policies for the progress of UCT; ensuring an environment that is conducive to efficient, effective, economical and ethical attainment of these goals; maintaining a financially secure, healthy and viable environment; and accounting for all decisions taken at UCT, including the submission of the required reports and documents to the Minister of Higher Education.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the new Council members of UCT. These members were appointed to Council for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2020.


The 30-member Council consists of the executive officers, other employees of the institution, students and persons who are not members of staff or students of the institution (who must be at least 60% of the total membership), appointed by a wide range of constituencies.

Members of Council

The Council membership for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2020 is recorded below. The term of appointment is four years unless stated otherwise.

Executive Officers (ex officio) (5)

Dr Max Price (Vice-Chancellor)
Prof Sandra Klopper (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Prof Anwar Mall (Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Prof Francis Petersen (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Prof Danie Visser (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
Ministerial Appointees (3)

Ms Sheila Barsel
Ms Rahmat Omar
Mr Sipho Pityana (Chairperson)
Members elected by convocation (6)

Mr Norman Arendse SC
Ms Debora Budlender (Deputy Chairperson)
Dr Shuaib Manjra
Adv Ncumisa Mayosi
Dr Heidi Raubenheimer
Prof Shirley Zinn
Academic and professional administrative & support staff (PASS) elected members (2)

Assoc Prof Elelwani Ramugondo (Academic)
Mr Tsatsi Ngcingwana (PASS)
Members elected by Senate (3)

Professor Bongani Mayosi
Professor Tom Moultrie
Mr Jacques Rousseau
Members elected by donors (2)

Mr Ezra Davids
Ms Dianna Yach
Nominee of Cape Town City Council (1)

Cllr Mark Kleinschmidt
Nominee of the Premier of the Western Cape (1)

Dr Michael Cardo MP
Appointed by the Appointments Committee of Council (5)

Mr Aboubakar Jakoet
Ms Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
Ms Tshidi Mokgabudi
Mr Buyani Zwane
Babalwa Ngonyama
Appointed by the SRC (2)

Mr Chanda Chungu (to 31.10.2016)
Mr Rorisang Moseli (to 31.10.2016)
Read Council members’ individual biographies


Professor Francis Petersen
Acting Vice-Chancellor