UKZN appoints new chancellor

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Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza was announced as the new chancellor of UKZN. PHOTO: sUPPLIED
Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza was announced as the new chancellor of UKZN. PHOTO: sUPPLIED

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on Tuesday announced Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza as their new chancellor.

Khoza is an experienced business and transformation leader and an acclaimed author.

He is also the president of the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA) and currently the chairman of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Assupol Insurance Group, among others.

According to a statement released by UKZN, Khoza has previously chaired the boards of a number of corporations and entities, including Globeleq, GlaxoSmithKline South Africa and served as a director of JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc.

Speaking on his appointment Khoza said: “I acknowledge with a deep sense of gratitude the appointment as Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal by your esteemed institution of higher learning. I appreciate how profound an honour this bestows upon me as well as the attendant responsibilities.”

Dr Khoza has been involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in King II, King III and King IV, serving as Mervyn King’s deputy on King III and King IV, respectively.

His qualifications include a BA Hons in Psychology (University of Limpopo previously University of the North); an MA in Marketing (University of Lancaster, UK); a doctorate in Business Leadership from Warwick University UK; a LLD honoris causa (Rhodes University) and D Econ honoris causa (University of Free State). Khoza is also a Chartered Director (CD SA).

According to the council chair, Dr Letticia Moja, Dr Khoza is a distinguished thought leader, an astute businessman and a renowned voice at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy.

“As Chancellor, he will serve as the titular head of UKZN – presiding at graduation ceremonies - conferring degrees and awarding diplomas and certificates in the name of the university, among other functions.”

Moja added that UKZN has grown and strengthened its position as a University of Choice and an excellent academic institution both locally and internationally, with the exemplary leadership of Khoza being key to this position on all fronts.

“UKZN is honoured to have Dr Khoza, a respected and inspirational leader whose experience in the public and national interest will auger well for our institution. He is appointed to serve the University for a period of four years,” said Moja.

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