New council chair for University of KwaZulu-Natal

2015-09-22 20:00
Ayanda Ntsabula (Photo supplied)

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Ayanda Ntsaluba has been named as chairperson of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s council.
Durban - Ayanda Ntsaluba has been named as chairperson of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s council.

The university announced on Tuesday that Ntsaluba, the Group Executive Director of Discovery Holdings Limited, was elected to the position by members of council at a meeting on Monday.

Ntsaluba, who succeeds Dr Phumla Mnganga, will serve as chairperson for a two-year term.

UKZN vice chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld said: “We are indeed honoured to have Dr Ntsaluba as our chair of council. He brings with him a wealth of experience not only from his work in this country but also from his experiences abroad. I look forward to my interactions with him.”

The university said in a statement Ntsaluba graduated from UKZN with his MBChB in 1982.

"He undertook his internship at Mthatha General Hospital and continued to work there as a medical officer until September 1985, when a period of detention and solitary confinement interrupted his work."

On release from detention he decided to go into exile. He studied international relations, political economy and philosophy at the Moscow Institute of Social Science.

Most of his exile years were spent in southern and east Africa - in Zambia, Angola, Tanzania and Uganda - primarily attending to the health needs of the scattered community of South African exiles.

Ntsaluba completed an MSc in health policy, planning and financing at the University of London.

"He returned from exile in 1991 and undertook his specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and, upon completion, was admitted as a Fellow of the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of South Africa."

Ntsaluba also holds an Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town, the statement said.

"He was appointed as deputy director-general for policy and planning in the national Department of Health and was subsequently appointed Acting Director-General of Health and, three months later, was confirmed as Director-General of Health."

In September 2003 Ntsaluba was appointed Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation - a job he performed until March 2011.

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