Convocation Executive Member Profiles 



Fanle Sibisi
President and Chair of Convocation


Mr Vusumuzi Wiseman Sibisi, known as 'Fanle' President of Convocation, currently employed by Department of Transport KZN, Member of UKZN Council, Senate and Foundation Board.  Former President of the Student Representative Council Westville campus.  He also served as a manager of both male and female soccer teams at UKZN and both qualified for SASSU national tournament.  Mr Sibisi has served in different structures of governance such as House Committees, Faculty Council as well as in political structures; he has served SASCO at a branch level and Provincial Level as a Deputy Chairperson KZN.  Mr Sibisi has been the Deputy Chairperson of the ANCYL for two consecutive terms since 2003 at the Westville Branch, however is currently serving as the Secretary of Ward 32 Moses Mabhida Region.





Thembeka Dlungwane
Convocation Treasurer
  

Ms Thembeka Dlungwane has worked primarily in the communications field throughout her career. She worked at UKZN’s Public Affairs and Corporate Relations Division in the Publications Unit for a number of years.

In 2007 she was awarded a scholarship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities to study towards a Masters degree in Public Communications & Public Relations, at the University of Westminster in London.

Ms Dlungwane holds a degree in Culture Heritage & Tourism from the former University of Durban-Westville. She states that the University has always had a special place in her heart and she is very excited to be servicing her alma mater.

She currently works for the KZN Provincial Treasury as the Deputy Manager: Internal Communications. 






Sammy Mashita
Convocation Representative on Council

Samual “Sammy” Mashita is a former UKZN Student Representative Council student leader, a successful entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a Member of UKZN Council.

He completed his matric in 1997 and studied mechanical engineering briefly at a FET College. Thereafter followed his passion for politics and studied towards a Social Science degree at UKZN. It was here that he was voted Chairperson of the South African Students Congress (SASCO). 

Besides championing students’ rights, Sammy also subscribed to the view that ‘we’re members of society before we’re students’ and strongly encouraged the value of ploughing skills and knowledge back into the community. As an Honours student he registered Balotelepele Training Research and Development CC to train SRC members in governance and administration. 

Upon registering for his Masters degree in Public Policy and Development, his public persona received a further boost when he was appointed advisor to then Minister of Home Affairs, the Honourable Mr Malusi Gigaba. 

Since graduating from the University, he has established the Be Sure Group of Companies which incorporates events management, consulting and facilities management entities.  Major events he has managed include the late former President Mandela's Funeral, the Presidential Inauguration, Cabinet Lekgotlas, Ministerial Imbizos and National Days Celebrations. 

Sammy values family life, he is a doting father to 3 children. He enjoys keeping fit and eating healthy. 

Samual “Sammy” Mashita is a former UKZN Student Representative Council student leader, a successful entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a Member of UKZN Council.
 H e completed his matric in 1997 and studied mechanical engineering briefly at a FET College. Thereafter followed his passion for politics and studied towards a Social Science degree at UKZN. It was here that he was voted Chairperson of the South African Students Congress (SASCO).  

Besides championing students’ rights, Sammy also subscribed to the view that ‘we’re members of society before we’re students’ and strongly encouraged the value of ploughing skills and knowledge back into the community. As an Honours student he registered Balotelepele Training Research and Development CC to train SRC members in governance and administration.  
Upon registering for his Masters degree in Public Policy and Development, his public persona received a further boost when he was appointed advisor to then Minister of Home Affairs, the Honourable Mr Malusi Gigaba.

 S ince graduating from the University, he has established the Be Sure Group of Companies which incorporates events management, consulting and facilities management entities.  Major events he has managed include the late former President Mandela's Funeral, the Presidential Inauguration, Cabinet Lekgotlas, Ministerial Imbizos and National Days Celebrations.  

Sammy values family life, he is a doting father to 3 children. He enjoys keeping fit and eating healthy. 
Samual “Sammy” Mashita is a former UKZN Student Representative Council student leader, a successful entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a Member of UKZN Council.
 H e completed his matric in 1997 and studied mechanical engineering briefly at a FET College. Thereafter followed his passion for politics and studied towards a Social Science degree at UKZN. It was here that he was voted Chairperson of the South African Students Congress (SASCO).  

Besides championing students’ rights, Sammy also subscribed to the view that ‘we’re members of society before we’re students’ and strongly encouraged the value of ploughing skills and knowledge back into the community. As an Honours student he registered Balotelepele Training Research and Development CC to train SRC members in governance and administration.  
Upon registering for his Masters degree in Public Policy and Development, his public persona received a further boost when he was appointed advisor to then Minister of Home Affairs, the Honourable Mr Malusi Gigaba.

 S ince graduating from the University, he has established the Be Sure Group of Companies which incorporates events management, consulting and facilities management entities.  Major events he has managed include the late former President Mandela's Funeral, the Presidential Inauguration, Cabinet Lekgotlas, Ministerial Imbizos and National Days Celebrations.  

Sammy values family life, he is a doting father to 3 children. He enjoys keeping fit and eating healthy. 
Samual “Sammy” Mashita is a former UKZN Student Representative Council student leader, a successful entrepreneur, a philanthropist and a Member of UKZN Council.
 H e completed his matric in 1997 and studied mechanical engineering briefly at a FET College. Thereafter followed his passion for politics and studied towards a Social Science degree at UKZN. It was here that he was voted Chairperson of the South African Students Congress (SASCO).  

Besides championing students’ rights, Sammy also subscribed to the view that ‘we’re members of society before we’re students’ and strongly encouraged the value of ploughing skills and knowledge back into the community. As an Honours student he registered Balotelepele Training Research and Development CC to train SRC members in governance and administration.  
Upon registering for his Masters degree in Public Policy and Development, his public persona received a further boost when he was appointed advisor to then Minister of Home Affairs, the Honourable Mr Malusi Gigaba.

 S ince graduating from the University, he has established the Be Sure Group of Companies which incorporates events management, consulting and facilities management entities.  Major events he has managed include the late former President Mandela's Funeral, the Presidential Inauguration, Cabinet Lekgotlas, Ministerial Imbizos and National Days Celebrations.  

Sammy values family life, he is a doting father to 3 children. He enjoys keeping fit and eating healthy. 



Thokozani Magwaza
Convocation Representative on Council

Thokozani was born in Mbongolwane Kufa Magwaza (50km from Eshowe) and went to school in the area. In 1998, he enrolled at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus) to do SFP. In 1999, he changed curriculum and pursued a BSocSc - majoring in psychology and human resources management. In that same year (1999/2000) he was overwhelmingly elected as the president of the House Commitee for the William O'Brien Residence. In 2000/2001, he was elected to serve as Student Services Officer in the main student body, the SRC. In 2001/02 Thokozani was elected as the President of the SRC. Thokozani served on many important committees of the University, including the Merger Steering Committee, Council, Senate, Senex and the University Planning and Resources Committee (UPRC). He was a member of the South African Student Congress, ANC and ANCYL.Read More...  


Sifiso Mncube

Sifiso Mncube is the Group Manager: BEE Compliance and Supplier Administration at Foskor (Pty) Ltd. Before joining Foskor he worked for Africa Vilana as a Business Development Specialist and Head of Training Division. He has extensive administrative experience having worked in Finance – Debtors Section, Student Funding as well as the UKZN Foundation of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a Strategic Planning Facilitator. He received his BAdmin, BAdmin Honours and Diploma in Management Development from the former University of Durban-Westville. He holds an MBA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Mr Mncube has developed an interest and positioned himself in the areas of stakeholder relationship management, business development and business mentorship and training. His enrolment for an MBA degree instilled in him the entrepreneurial spirit and influenced his decision to get involved in business. Read More...



Bavelile Hlongwa
Vice-President

Miss Bavelile Hlongwa holds a BSc Chemical Engineering degree from UKZN and is currently employed at Sapref Refinery. She has been exposed to leadership positions since 1999 and has served on the Local Community Development Committee as Secretary for two years, as well as on various political structures in the uMzinto area.

At University Ms Hlongwa participated in many committees – including Hall President of the Florence Powell Residence; Residence Liaison Officer in the UKZN Interim Central SRC; Academic and Transformation Officer in the first UKZN CSRC (she additionally served as President in 2008/2009) and led in SASCO PEC and ANCYL (Howard College branch as Chairperson). She is currently serving in the SAICHE KwaZulu-Natal branch as the treasurer, also in the National executive committee ANCYL. Read More...





Fiona Bulman

Having graduated and completed an education diploma in the late 60s Fiona Bulman has worked as a high school teacher, a study skills and language lecturer and an education development specialist.  After completing a Master of Education degree, with the focus on higher education, she went on to develop extensive experience in the design and delivery of programmes in a variety of disciplines at NQF level 4 (school leaver) and at all levels in the university.  She has particular expertise in innovative distance education for learners in more remote areas having been closely involved in the development of a successful year long certificate programme training people working with vulnerable children in 10 countries in Africa.

During her years as an education development and later open learning coordinator at the university she worked across all five campuses and served on the quality committees of all the colleges.

She lives in Pietermaritzburg and after retiring from the university some years ago she continues to work as an independent consultant in education and in her community to support work for social justice through education with a particular emphasis on access to quality education for women.


              



Calvin Thomas
Support Staff Representative on Convex

Mr Calvin Thomas has vast experience as a Human Resources Practitioner. He was first employed at the former University of Natal in 2002 within the Human Resources Division as an Advertising Officer and was subsequently promoted to Senior Human Resources Officer.

In 2008, Mr Thomas resigned from UKZN to take up a position in Gauteng as an Operations Manager for a Health NGO, Africa Health Placements.  In 2009, Mr Thomas was headhunted to the position of Human Resources Manager for the Southern African Region for Kifaru International.  In 2010, due to family commitments, Mr Thomas joined I-TECH South Africa as the Country HR Manager.

Mr Thomas holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from UKZN, a Post Graduate Diploma in HR, a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and is currently completing his MCom in Human Resources at UKZN.

He currently works for UKZN as a School Operations Manager for the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics.





Andre Young
Co-opted Member

Mr Andrè Young, the first President of the merged University of KwaZulu-Natal Convocation from 2004, and the last Convocation President of the former University of Durban-Westville……played a strategic role in the merger of the two former university Convocations. Mr  Young is part of the Senior Management at Ethekwini Municipality.

Mr Young is passionate about education, a reason why he has maintained his linkage with his alma mater since graduating 20 years ago. He has also had a brief stint as a lecturer at the former Technikon SA (now UNISA).

An activist by heart Mr Young still dedicates time contributing towards the overall good governance and management at UKZN. At UKZN he serves in the following capacities:

Member of the University Council; Member of the Institutional Forum; Member of the Audit and Risk Committee; Trustee on the UKZN Foundation Trust; Member of the University’s Senior Selection Committee and Deputy President of Convocation.  He is a former Member of the Finance Committee;  former Member of Senate;  former President of Convocation.

In 2011 he was elected as President of the South African Union of Food Markets, an industry organisation representing food markets throughout the country which collectively command an annual turnover of R6 billion. This appointment came about as a result of Mr Young heading up the operations of the third largest bulk food market in the country.

Mr Young’s dynamic role in this industry caught the attention of the Minister of Agriculture who had him appointed to the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), and the Agricultural Produce Agents Council (APAC).  His efforts in this sector contributed to him being awarded the USA Cochran Agriculture Fellowship which was co-sponsored by Ethekwini Municipality.

Mr Young is currently a Trustee on the Board of KeyHealth Medical Scheme. He was Chairman of the former Global Health Medical Scheme and a former Director on the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF).

 






Nyiko Mabunda
Co-opted Member

Nyiko Mabunda is a Public Policy and Governance specialist with degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Politics, Public Administrations, International Relations and Development Economics. During his study years, he served as a student leader, worked as an Academic Tutor and Presiding Officer for SRC elections. As an academically astute individual, he was inducted into the membership of the International Golden Key Honour Society and is a recipient of a number of academic awards and research grants. These include the prestigious United Nations Academic Initiative (UNAI) and the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) grants for international research and studies, which saw him spend some time at the University of Michigan in the USA on a study tour, including academic visits to the United Nations, Princeton University and the World Bank headquarters in New York.

Mabunda has worked as a consultant in policy development and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, project management, research and research assistance for public sector management issues and is a published commentator. He has worked at all three levels of government in South Africa and with international donor organisations. He possesses a clear understanding of South Africa’s policy paradigm, politics, foreign policy and community development initiatives. This understanding enjoins Mabunda with the ability to understand South Africa’s policy landscape and the constraints faced by policy implementers and developers.

Mabunda currently serves as an Economic Sector Policy Analyst in the Gauteng Office of the Premier, responsible for advising the Premier and the Provincial Executive (Cabinet) on policy issues, strategies and programme proposals linked to the Cabinet Programme




Nelson Mabusela

Nelson Mabusela joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the year 2010 as an undergraduate. He obtained both the degree of Medical Science and Honours. Throughout his stay at UKZN, he served in the central SRC, both as Finance and Projects officer, and President consecutively. Mabusela also served on the UKZN Council from the year 2012 until 2013. He is currently studying towards his Masters degree: Medical Science at UKZN.





Aderemi Adewumi

Senate Rep on Convex


Professor Aderemi Adewumi graduated with B.ScHons and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he also lectured for over ten years in Computer Science.  He later received his PhD in Computational & Applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa with specialty in Global Optimization and Computational Intelligence.  He joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 as a Lecturer and progressively rose to Associate Professor Level.  He is currently the Academic Leader (HOD) for Computer Science in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa where he also serve as the Director of the recently created  Applied Artificial Intelligence Research Unit while leading the Optimization and Modeling research Group within the centre.  He has worked in various capacities for different tertiary institutions before joining UKZN.  An active Researcher in Computer Science, Professor Adewumi has over 80 publications in high impact journals, conferences and workshops.

 

Professor Adewumi has and is still serving in various capacities both in the academic and non-academic environment. A former United-Nation University fellow to the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Professor Adewumi is a member many academic and professional organizations including Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA), IEEE and IAENG. He served as the Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Chapter of ORSSA. He is deeply into researches in many areas including global optimization and artificial intelligence, with particular interest in computational intelligence and (meta) heuristics solutions to several real-world (industrial) global optimization problems.

 

He is a visiting Professor, examiners and moderator for several Universities in different countries including Nigeria, India, South Africa and Botswana.  He is also a member of many research programmes/groups both in South Africa and beyond serving as a mentor to many young academics and professionals. As a result of his efficiency and productivity, Professor Adewumi has secured research funding that have been and are being judiciously used to fund researches at Maters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels with positive results.

Professor Adewumi has supervised to completion over 20 student researches at the Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels. He currently reviews research papers on regular basis for several high ranked journals and conferences within and outside South Africa.  He is also a regular examiner and reviewer for graduate student theses from within and outside the country. He serves as guest editor, reviewer and editorial board member for reputable journals and conferences aside serving on other conference committees. He regularly presents invited talk and keynote speeches at International Conferences.

 

Professor Adewumi has been involved in several University Administrative structures at various levels, ranging from School to the University Council.  At UKZN, he served on the Council, finance committee, among others while currently serving on the Senate, College of Academic Affair Board (Agriculture, Engineering & Science), Convocation Executive Committee (Convex), School Management Committee and others within the School. He has vast experience in curriculum development, student administration and counselling as well as School/University Administration. Professor Adewumi is a lecturer, teacher and administrator.


Professor Adewumi is happily married with two sons and two daughters


 





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