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BKCOB | NMU’s First All Women Trio Leadership

The powerful trio of women from the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) made history on the 17th of April 2018 when they were inaugurated as Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Council Chairwoman of the institution.

The university has made history, as it has become the first university in the country to elevate three women for senior positions.

The women in leadership in their respective order are:

  • Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi: New Chancellor of the Institution
  • Professor Sibongile Muthwa: New Vice Chancellor of the Institution and
  • Nozipho January-Bardill: New NMU Council Chairwoman who was elected late last year.

In the inaugural speech, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi mentioned that she was humbled by the confidence the NMU council had in her and Dr Muthwa in leading the institution.

“This is the only university in the country to have a trio of strong women and as the titular head, I look forward to working with the vice-chancellor and the chairperson of the council”, said Fraser-Moleketi.

Professor Sibongile Muthwa, said she was daunted by her new responsibility and has noticed that Africa is a continent and a nation in transition.

“We have to define the trajectory we take into the future in the context of national, continental and global challenges. And since I started as the Vice Chancellor in January I have been on a listening campaign with internal stakeholders”, said Muthwa.

January-Bardill added that the university was very privileged and extremely proud to have women of such stature to lead the institution at its helm.

Both Fraser-Moleketi and Muthwa will hold the office for five years, and hold high qualifications from their different and respected institutions from all over the world.

Meanwhile, the premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle and the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip was amongst the dignitaries that were invited to attend the inauguration.

The institution was formally renamed last year in July after Nelson Mandela, and if he was alive he would be celebrating the great achievement of the University since 1994.

Written by: Asavela Fekema
Communications Intern
Border-Kei Chamber of Business