UFS appoints new chancellor

2020-04-01 06:02
Prof. Bonang Mohale newly appointment chancellor of the University of the Free State. Photo: Supplied

Prof. Bonang Mohale newly appointment chancellor of the University of the Free State. Photo: Supplied

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The University of the Free State (UFS) has appointed Prof. Bonang Mohale as the new chancellor.

According to the university, he will take up his new role on 4 June, for a five-year term.

The announcement was made during the UFS Council’s special meeting held at the university’s Bloemfontein campus on 20 March. Mohale’s appointment followed an extensive selection process by the council to succeed Dr Khotso Mokhele. His term comes to an end on 3 June having served as chancellor for two terms.

Announcing Mohale’s appointment, Dr Willem Louw, the chairperson of the UFS Council, said the university was fortunate to be able to appoint someone of such calibre to an influential position.

“The council is proud that Mohale will be fulfilling the role of titular head of the university,” he said.

A professor of practice at the Johannesburg Business School’s College of Business and Economics, Mohale is a successful and respected business leader. He has held chairmanships and directorships at some of South Africa’s top companies.

He was chief executive officer (CEO) of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), where he steered several programmes to attract foreign investment that resulted in the creation of job opportunities in the country. He played a pivotal role in the 2018 Job Summit, which saw R290 billion raised in investments.

As CEO of BLSA, he hosted the Presidential Special Investment Envoys and accompanied them on both local and global roadshows. Mohale also helped launched the BLSA Connect, SA SME Fund, and Youth Employment Services programmes during his time at BLSA.

In November 2001, he received the Presidential Award for his “servanthood in the South African industry and the economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals.”

In 1996, he was the managing director of Otis Elevators: Africa (the world’s biggest and oldest elevator company).

From January 2009 to June 2017, he was the vice-president of Upstream and chairman of Shell South Africa.

In his long and illustrious career, he also served as chairman of the Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, the Marketing Association of South Africa, the Institute of Marketing Management, and as deputy chairman of the national Heart Foundation.

Further to that, he held directorships at Bidvest Group Limited, the Airports Company of South Africa, Sanlam, and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.

Mohale, who is also a published author, has been recognised locally and internationally for his business acumen and skills. He is the recipient of several South African Facilities Management Association awards for his contribution to facilities management in South Africa and was recognised by CEO Magazine as a country and regional winner of the Titans Building Nations Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Institute of People Management’s (IPM) CEO of the Year’

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