Convocation Executive Members Profile


 Fanle Sibisi

President and Chair of Convocation

Mr Vusumuzi Wiseman Sibisi, known as 'Fanle' President of Convocation, is currently employed by Msunduzi Municipality as Project Manager: Operations and Public Transport Transformation (IRPTN), a Member of UKZN Council, Senate and Foundation Board. He also served in the sub-committee of Council that drafted terms of reference for the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor.

He is a former employee of the Department of Transport KZN and a 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.

 Qiniso Mlita 
 Deputy Presiden

Dr Qiniso Lungisa Mlita obtained  his BSc Medical Science and BSc Honors Biochemistry at the University of Zululand. Mlita has an MBChB from UKZN’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and is a former SRC President of UKZN’s  Medical School SRC.

He plans on completing his Master’s in  Biochemistry and will then read for his PhD. ‘I'm very passionate about motivating the Youth and I have travelled to many schools and churches in South Africa’. Currently, Mlita is a Medical Officer at Hlabisa hospital.


 Fikile Masiko 
Convocation Rep on Council

Ms Fikile Masiko read for a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Environmental Studies at the former University of Natal. She served two terms as Secretary of the Student Representative Council in Howard College campus and has served in a number of student structures on campus, both social and political.

She is currently the Head of Ministry at the KZN Department of Social Development and serves on the Board of the National Film & Video Foundation under the National Department of Arts and Culture. Masiko is a National Executive Member of the ANC Youth League and is a Provincial Convenor of the ANC Women's League Young Women's Desk.

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Mnikeni Comfort Phakathi 
Convocation Representative on Council

Mr Mnikeni Comfort Phakathi attended Dube Community College in Soweto and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Criminology and Psychology at UKZN and a Masters in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies at UKZN. He attended Advanced Training in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Accra, Ghana.

Phakathi balanced his academic responsibilities with a steadfast commitment to the upliftment of fellow students. He served as the Deputy Chairperson of SASCO and was the President of the Howard College SRC.  He was also an Elections Committee member for the Department of Cooperative and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

Phakathi currently holds the position of Deputy Director: Special Projects for COGTA and is proud to serve his alma mater as a member of Council, representing Convex.


 Nqobile Gumede

Treasurer of Convex, Ms Nqobile Angel Gumede, cut her teeth in leadership while serving in the   Young Communist League at Howard College campus. She balanced reading for a Social Science Degree in Community Development and Sociology at UKZN while serving as the ANCYL Treasurer and Secretary.

Understanding the value of Higher Education, Ms Nqobile attained an Honours Degree in Social Sciences, focusing on Public Policy. She spent two terms in the University’s Central SRC looking after the International and Marketing portfolios.

Gumede is currently on the National Committee of the Young Communist League, and a leader of the ANCYL in her ward. She works at the ANC Caucus in the KZN Legislature as a researcher of the Governance cluster.

Her plans for the near future include gaining more experience in Governance and ‘making education fashionable,’ as she puts it, by registering for her masters, followed by her PhD degree.


Mr. Latha Wiseman Dlamini works for Msunduzi Local Municipality specializing in organizational compliance and local government performance management.

He is the former Deputy President of Central Student Representative Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal; President of the University of KwaZulu-Natal – PMB Campus Local Student Representative Council; and the President and Chairperson of William O' Brien Residence in Pietermaritzburg campus. He received the accolade of best performing President of Local Student Representative Council during the year 2011.

He has tirelessly contributed a lot to student activism, transformation of student governance, and the entire body of student politics. He consecutively served as the branch commissar, secretary, and chairperson of the South African Student Congress in Pietermaritzburg campus, during turbulent times of the Progressive Youth Alliance.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Philosophy Politics and Law) and honours degree in Social Sciences (Policy and Development Studies).

  Dr Samkelisiwe Madlabane pursued an MBChB degree at UKZN where she was involved in many student organisations including the Medical School SRC. She was Secretary of the ANCYL Medical School branch for four years and served as chairperson of YCL Medical School branch.

Madlabane currently serves as a Community Service doctor in Sundumbili CHC after completing her Medical Internship at Stanger Hospital. ‘My passion includes HIV and AIDS, Drug awareness and combat, Teenage Pregnancy, Career Guidance and Skills Development,’ said Madlabane.

Her ultimate dream is to open the first Durban Black-owned medical centre that caters strictly for mother and child.

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Mr Sithabiso Mthethwa grew up in Maphumulo and received his basic education at Inyamazane Primary School and Stanger High School. He went on to graduate with a BAdmin degree from the University of Zululand, where he also served as a student leader.

Mthethwa moved to UKZN for postgraduate studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Political Science). His continued involvement in student leadership through the ANCYL saw him elected as President of UKZN’s Central SRC in 2013/2014. During that period, he served in many University structures, including Senate and Council.

Mthethwa has worked as a researcher at the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit based at Howard College and is currently a social cluster researcher in the KwaZulu-Natal ANC Caucus, based in the Legislature.

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Mr Sabelo Bradley Mgwenya holds a Bachelor of Communication pathology (Speech-Language Therapy) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He currently owns a private practice in Nelspruit.

Mr Mgwenya has served in different structures of governance such as being a house committee member at P-Block residence and being a residence liaison officer of the Westville SRC and served central SRC alongside being a residence liaison officer. In the political level he served as a SASCO chairperson at the Westville branch.

After finishing his community service, he was elected to lead workers as the secretary of NEHAWU at the Barberton hospital branch. Currently he is also serving as the president of National Black Speech-Language and Hearing association.


Xolile Nonthuthu Kunene
, is a highly motivated and a hard working individual. She is a clear, focused and a decisive young leader. She is particularly passionate about education and the development of young people and making a positive impact on them, so that their lives may change for the better and be at a position to also assist their families and ultimately their communities. She believes that education can be utilized as a catalyst in addressing the challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

She began pursuing her higher academic journey in 2007 with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science and Management Studies.

In 2012 she obtained a Bachelor of Social Science-Honours Degree in Public Policy. Furthermore in 2016 she obtained a Master of Social Science Degree specializing in Public Policy-Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies. Her strong pursuit in Public Policy was mainly centred on getting knowledge about policies especially getting involved in conceptualizing, developing of policies and ultimately in the implementing, monitoring and evaluation of policies. She saw a gap in our country that often times most of our policies seem to be very good on paper, however they fail at an implementation stage due to inadequate problem conceptualization; and thus she wanted to contribute in that area so that that when dealing with the problem or challenge, one is able to provide the correct diagnosis which leads to the correct intervention.

She is currently registered for her Doctoral Studies where she is investigating the funding models and frameworks that can be utilized to fund post-school education and a post-schooling that has capacity to contribute positively in the economy. Again she has challenged herself to look into this area for the betterment of South African young people, particularly those from rural areas who are less privileged.


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