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full council (711K)

The first fully constituted Council of the Sol Plaatje University was inaugurated on 19 August 2014. This was both an important milestone and a proud moment in this early stage of the development of the University. For the first year of the life of the University, the governance function was in the hands of a five-person Interim Council which was very ably chaired by Ms Jenny Glennie. The other members were Dr Yvonne Muthien, Mr Abel Madonsela, Mr Maruping Lekwene and Prof Vishnu Padayachee. The installation of the full Council signals the University entering the next phase of increasing maturity of its internal academic management and governance structures.

The new Council is composed of ten external members, appointed by the Interim Council after a public nomination process, five external members appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, eight academic and support staff members of the University and two student representatives. A brief profile of each of the Council members can be found under the 'Council Members' section of the website.

The inauguration of the full Council was attended by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Bonginkosi Nzimande, who thanked the Interim Council for their sterling work and addressed the members of Council on the critical nature of the governance function that University Councils serve. The Minister emphasised the need for Council to develop a keen and critical understanding of institutional autonomy, academic freedom and accountability and to stand firmly in defence of the principle of diversity of debate and to support a liberal approach to scholarship. The Minister also commented positively on the individual strength and diversity of skills across the members of the new Council. In noting that Sol Plaatje University aimed to enrol 7000 students by 2025, the Minister assured Council that "... we will walk with you."

The first formal meeting of the new Council was held after the Minister's address. At this meeting, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro and Ms Jenny Glennie were unanimously elected as Chair and Deputy Chair of Council respectively. A small working group was also established to determine the membership of a range of sub-committees of Council to assist in attending to Council's governance responsibilities.



Closing Date:

30 September 2015 (Will only be extended if there are still places available)

Application Fee:

R100 (details on the last page of the application form)

Attach to Application Form:

- Copy of deposit slip (R100)
- ID copy
- Copy of latest Matric Results
- Copy of Age exemption letter from Matric Board (if applicable - older than 23)

Contact Details:

Ms Nombulelo Matroos
053 491 0000

Links to Financial Aid providers

- The National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

- The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme


Sol Plaatje University has been conceived as a source of pride, both for the Northern Cape Province and for South Africa. It has been orientated to take a respectful place among the institutions of higher learning that serve our nation. It will provide young people with education and qualifications in a range of fields, as much for their personal advancement as for the benefit of our nation and economy. The university will draw on the distinctive strengths and heritage of the Northern Cape, stimulating provincial and national development.

In its first year (2014), the university will offer three programmes: a Diploma in Information Technology: Applications; a Diploma in Retail Management; and a Bachelor of Education Degree for secondary school and FET teachers of mathematics, natural science and technology. Decisions on future programmes are still under discussion but the areas that are being envisaged for future qualifications at the institution include renewable energy, African languages, mining, arid-terrain agriculture, commerce, heritage studies, museum studies, restoration architecture and archaeology. Given its location in the Northern Cape and proximity to as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the South African Large Telescope (SALT), Sol Plaatje University will also be developing knowledge and skills in disciplines related to space exploration.

As President Jacob Zuma said earlier this year, the university has the potential to inject new life and purpose into this historic mining city. Kimberley was the birthplace and hub of South Africa’s mining industry, a place bursting with energy that attracted people from all over southern Africa and from other continents. Sol Plaatje University will now give Kimberley the opportunity to inject similar energies into the kinds of academic, intellectual and cultural pursuits that can revitalise the city.


For Application and Registration Information:
Ms Nombulelo Matroos
Tel: 053 491 0000

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Links to Financial Aid providers

- The National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

- The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the start-up programmes for 2014 and how many students will be accommodated?

The 2014 start-up programmes for the Sol Plaatje University in the Northern Cape are:

• Bachelor of Education (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training)
• Diploma in ICT (Applications Development)
• Diploma in Retail Business Management

The Bachelor of Education will accommodate 75 students; the Diploma in Retail Business Management will accommodate 30 students and the Diploma in ICT a further 30 students.

2. How will the Sol Plaatje University recruit students? When will applicants be informed of admissions decisions and when will the university open in 2014?

The recruitment strategy of the university is to focus on encouraging applications from good students from schools and colleges in the region whose learners are known for strong performance in mathematics, science and technology studies. Members of the senior management team of the university will be visiting these institutions over the next month to identify such students and to encourage them to apply for admission to the university in 2014.

All applicants will be informed of the results of their applications during the early part of January 2014, after there has been an opportunity to consider the NSC results of applicants currently in Grade 12. Admission decisions may be made earlier for applicants who previously completed the matric examinations or any other higher education studies. The academic year is expected to commence in the second week of February 2014.

3.Will there be financial assistance available to support students?

Successful applicants will be eligible for financial aid support in the form of Fundza Lushaka bursaries (for teacher education studies), NSFAS loans for financially and academically deserving students in any area of study, as well as from bursary programmes that will be directly administered by the University. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must indicate this by completing the appropriate sections on the application form, on the Fundza Lushaka website and on the NSFAS website.

4.Where will the academic programmes for the 2014 start-up programmes be delivered?

The programmes will primarily be delivered at the existing buildings of the old Legislature Building which currently houses the National Institute for Higher Education (NIHE) in Chapel Street, Kimberley, and in the (previously) William Pescod School buildings.

5.Why was Kimberley selected as the site to host the Sol Plaatje University?

Kimberley offers the best conditions and environment to support the establishment of a world-class university with a student population of around five thousand in the medium term. The city offers a range of retail and community facilities and is an established tourism and recreation centre. Structurally, the Kimberley is well located within the national movement structure – on the Cape Town to Gauteng route – by both road and rail infrastructure. The city is also serviced by an airport that connects it to major cities in South Africa.

The University Seat is situated in a central location in the inner-city, enjoying high visibility as an institution of national importance with the ability to establish an iconic identity. The location of the academic and administrative component of the university is focused on the established central civic open space of the city, with maximum accessibility to the city and surrounds. The central location offers various existing amenities, which have the capacity to



This course provides students with the knowledge, insight and skills needed to follow a successful management career in the retail or wholesale fields. Retail and wholesale businesses strive to satisfy the needs of consumers by providing the necessary products and services.

The retail industry offers national and international career opportunities for the graduate. The variety of retail and wholesale business is enormous and includes departmental stores, hypermarkets, shopping centres, speciality stores, general dealers, chain stores, supermarkets, factory stores, boutiques and restaurants.

Retail managers are generally required to work in teams and the programme therefore focuses on the development of professional communication skills which prepares students to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong emphasis is placed on problem solving and approaches to programmed management.

The retail industry is dynamic in nature and managers must remain aware of developments and continuously update their skills. The programme therefore focuses on developing the lifelong learning skills of students. Students are also exposed to uncompromising approaches in the ethical practice of this management discipline.

Graduates can choose from a wide variety of entry level positions, e.g. as a trainee manager or a position in buying, stock control, merchandising, sales, administration, logistics, housekeeping or the finance section of a retail business.

This qualification forms a base for further specialisation in fields such as buying, merchandising, store lay-out and merchandise planning.

Graduates who want to start their own businesses will benefit from the entrepreneurship component of this course.


The B Ed programme in Senior Phase and FET Teaching is specifically designed to prepare students for teaching in the South African schooling system. National imperatives such as the shortage of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology teachers were important considerations in the design and development of this programme. It is intended for students who would like to obtain a degree in Education, specialising in Mathematics, Natural Sciences or Technology, which would qualify them as professional educators for the Senior and Further Education and Training phases. This qualification is also suitable for expertise in education-related careers such as training officials.

The purpose of the B Ed degree is to provide a well-rounded education that will empower graduates with an integrated knowledge base enabling them to demonstrate competence, commitment and responsibility as academically and professionally qualified beginner teachers. The curriculum and the accompanying classroom practice is a “shaping force” of the students admitted to this university. The approach to teaching, learning development and assessment on this degree programme is strongly guided by the intellectual and professional attributes that our graduates need to develop in order to have a positive impact on the schooling needs of the diverse communities in our country.

The following aims will assist in exploring and fulfilling the purpose of the B Ed degree:

  • provision of subject/discipline knowledge;
  • provision of pedagogical content knowledge;
  • fostering self-reflexivity and self-understanding to enable commitment to the highest level of professional work ethics;
  • development of students as active citizens who will respond to and initiate change, and
  • development of competences to organise learning among a wide range of learners in diverse contexts.

This programme targets potential students who have successfully completed Grade 12 with admission to degree studies and who want to teach one or more of the following subjects at school: Life Sciences; Geography; Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design.

Diploma in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)Specialised in Applications Development

The pervasive use of computers has resulted in an ongoing need for a wide range of highly skilled human capacity in ICT disciplines. The field is subject to rapid technological changes and therefore requires professionals who are well-educated, who keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and who can engage future trends and developments in the field.

The purpose of this Diploma qualification is to provide a career-focussed, professional qualification featuring industry-referenced knowledge and skills transfer, technological competencies, critical cross-field skills as well as attitudinal development. The programme deals with the conceptualisation, design, development, implementation and testing of computer software applications to meet the enormous commercial and social demand for such products. Students are prepared for careers in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis & Design but will gain exposure to a wide range of related topics. The diploma graduate will be knowledgeable and competent in the discourse and practice of the ICT discipline and have specialist knowledge of the Applications Development sub-discipline of ICT. The curriculum features a range of professional and personal development initiatives relevant to the ICT industry and the promotion of lifelong learning skills. Qualifying students will therefore be proficient in the general discourse of ICT but have specialised knowledge and skills that are focussed on Applications Development. The programme is designed to promote initiative and responsibility in an academic and/or professional context to respond to the local, regional and national, community and industry needs.

Diploma graduates in ICT specialising in Applications Development are able to:

  • Create and modify general computer applications software or specialised utility programs for stand-alone and distributed environments including the web environment,
  • Analyse user needs and produce a suitable specification for a system, covering a medium sized business problem,
  • Develop computer programs to demonstrate the ability to store, locate and retrieve information from different data sources, and
  • Deploy a suitable, secure software solution based on a given scenario demonstrating an understanding of systems architectures.

ICT practitioners are generally required to collaborate in teams to accomplish a common goal by integrating personal initiative and group cooperation around ICT projects. The course therefore also focuses on the development of professional communication skills which prepares students to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong emphasis is placed on creative problem solving and structured project management approaches.

The dynamic nature of the ICT industry demands that practitioners remain aware of developments and continuously update their skills. Practitioners must be au fait with the best practices and benchmark standards of the ICT industry. The programme therefore focuses on developing the lifelong learning skills of students.

Security of information has become a key concern in the modern business environment. As future ICT practitioners, students will therefore be exposed to uncompromising approaches in the ethical practice of their profession.

Applicants to the Diploma in ICT qualification must have a Matric with reasonably strong First Language (and English) and Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy marks. It is highly recommended that applicants should also have Computer Applications Technology (CAT) or Information Technology (IT) as subjects in their Matric curriculum. The specific minimum admissions requirements are available from the SPU website.

An exciting career awaits those who successfully complete the Diploma in ICT specialised in Applications Development qualification. A world without ICT and software application is unimaginable! Applications Development manifests in every facet of life – mobile phone apps, ATMs & banking, mining, television, medical equipment, agriculture, finance & accounting, education, geographical information systems, film & video, motorcars and aeroplanes, toys, social media & the internet… The list is endless.

In South Africa and across the globe, ICT is regarded as a “scarce skill” and opportunity awaits those who have the right knowledge, skills and attitude. Good luck!

For further information on the applications process, please contact:

Contact Details:

Ms Nombulelo Matroos
053 491 0000


This document sets the minimum academic requirements for admission into study programmes at Sol Plaatje University in 2015. The requirements are based on the results that applicants achieve in the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. Applicants who hold certificates from a different examination system will be considered individually for admission.

Note that if you satisfy the minimum admission requirements stated here, this does not automatically mean that you will be admitted to the study programme at SPU. The final decision on your admission will be based on your academic performance and the availability of space in the programme. The better your academic performance above this minimum, the better will be your chance of being admitted to study at SPU.

Calculating the SPU Admissions Points Score (APS)

NSC Achievement Level NSC % SPU Points Score Additional points for Mathematics and LOLT or HL Points for Life Orientation
7 90 - 100 8 +2 4
7 80 - 89 7 +2 3
6 70 - 79 6 +2 2
5 60 – 69 5 +2 1
4 50 – 59 4 +1 0
3 40 – 49 3 +1 0
2 30 – 39 2 0 0
1 0 - 29 1 0 0
    0 0 0

Minimum Requirements for admission to study programmes at SPU

1. English Language: The language of learning and teaching at SPU is English. All our academic programmes require that students will have taken NSC English either as the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) or home language (HL); or as the first additional language. Note that, in calculating the APS, the additional points apply to any of the official languages taken as the HL or LOLT.

2. Minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Education: B.Ed (Senior Phase & FET Teaching): NSC pass with Bachelor’s Degree requirement English LOLT or HL: NSC level 4; or English 1st additional language: NSC level 5 Mathematics: NSC level 4; if Biology is an elective, Life or Physical Sciences: NSC level 4; APS: 30 points

3. Minimum requirements for the Diploma: >Information & Communication Technology (Application Development) : NSC pass with Diploma requirement English LOLT or HL: NSC level 4; or English 1st language: NSC level 5 Mathematics: NSC level 3; or Mathematical Literacy: NSC level 5 APS: 25 points

4. Minimum requirements for the Diploma: Retail Business Management: NSC pass with Diploma requirement English LOLT or HL: NSC level 4; or English 1st language: NSC level 5 Mathematics: NSC level 3; or Mathematical Literacy: NSC level 5 At least one of the following at NSC level 4: Accounting, Business Studies or Economics APS: 22 points

Application Form for Listing on the Directory of Northern Cape based Construction Suppliers and Service Providers for the Development of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU)

The SPU Project Management Team, in cooperation with key stakeholders, is establishing a directory of Northern Cape-based Construction Suppliers and Service Providers to promote provincial participation in the construction programme of the Sol Plaatje University. Construction suppliers and service providers are invited to submit an application for listing on the Directory. The Directory will be used by the appointed principal building contractors to source provincial construction suppliers and service providers.

The directory targets suppliers and service providers who are based in the Northern Cape Province to ensure optimal provincial participation in the construction programme. As such, all applicants must furnish proof that they are based in the Northern Cape Province by submitting proof of ownership of a business premises or a valid rental agreement with the owner of such premises. Information will be verified to ensure that listed construction suppliers and service providers are based in the Northern Cape Province.

Applications can be electronically submitted or downloaded at Manual application forms are also available from the Local Economic Development (LED) Unit of the Sol Plaatje Municipality at:

LED information desk
121 Bultfontein Street
Information Centre

For further enquiries contact ESCAPE on 0861 111 951 or email

The Sol Plaatje University Council Members


mokgoro (41K)


Judge Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro has stepped down from the Constitutional Court of South Africa where served from the inception of the Court in 1994 until the end of her 15 year term in 2009. She served simultaneously on the South African Law Reform Commission from 1995, chairing the Commission (1999 - 2011).
Immediately prior to her appointment to the Constitutional Court, she was Associate Professor of Law at what is now the University of North West (Mahikeng Campus), the University of the Western Cape and the University of Pretoria. She serves as Professor Emeritus at the above universities and also at the Universities of South Africa and Cape Town. She has been conferred with the degree Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the universities of the then Bophuthatswana, Western Cape, Limpopo, South Africa, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Pennsylvania (USA) and Toledo (USA). She serves on the Council of the South African Institute of Judicial Education, chairing the Curriculum Development Committee of Council.
She is Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and is also a member of the Mandela Rhodes Trust. She is commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (2014 - 2019), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Open Society's Justice Initiative Project (2014-2017) and serves on the International Arbitration Committee of the International Olympics Committee. Judge Mokgoro is patron of the South African Chapter of the International Women Judges Association, a member of the South African Women Lawyers Association, and the International Women's Forum. She is a recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the annual award by Advocates for Transformation (2014) and by the General Bar Council (2014) for service to the law in Southern Africa. She has been appointed by the President of South Africa as an Advocate for Social Cohesion (2012-2016).


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Ms Glennie is the Founding Director of the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE). She has recently completed her term as the Chairperson of the Sol Plaatje University Interim Council, tasked with overseeing the establishment of the University. She is a long-standing Council member of Unisa and its Audit and ICTs Sub Committees, and she served two terms as the South African government's representative on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL). As a member of the Minister's Council on Higher Education, Ms Glennie was an active participant in the establishment of South Africa's first Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), and served for 10 years as the Deputy Chairperson. She was the founding president of South Africa's distance education association, NADEOSA. She served for many years in a senior position at the Sached Trust, a prominent anti-apartheid organization. She has received honorary awards from both CoL for her significant contribution to distance education and the University of Pretoria for her contribution to education in South Africa. Ms Glennie has a BSc Hons in Mathematics from Wits and a Masters degree from the University of London.

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Goolam Hoosain Akharwaray is currently the Municipal Manager for Sol Plaatje Municipality, having been an MEC in the Northern Cape Government since 1994 in portfolios such as Finance, Economic Affairs, Tourism and Social Development. He practiced as an attorney for about 10 years before joining the Legislature. He holds several tertiary qualifications in law and management: B Proc (UCT), LLB (UFS), Certificate in Management (GSB-UCT) and Certificate in Municipal Financial Management. He has also attended many training courses such as Macro- economic planning (American Univ), Fiscal Planning (London School Of Economics), Debt Management (UWC) Evidence Based Governance (Oxford) and enrichment courses in effective public speaking, managing diversity, building teams to name but a few. He has been widely acknowledged as an ethical leader and for turning around the fortunes of the Social Services Department and more recently the Sol Plaatje Municipality, which is now considered to be amongst the top seven well managed municipalities in RSA

ballim (86K)


Prof Yunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). He spent six years in the construction industry and has been in academia since 1989. He currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Wits between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of the Council on Higher Education and is Chairperson of the Higher Education Quality Committee. He has served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and he held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000

blanckenberg (43K)


Lawrence was born and raised in Kimberley, and matriculated from Kimberley Boy's High School. He graduated from the University of the Free State with a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Computer Science, and began working as the IT Services Manager for the newly established National Institute for Higher Education - Northern Cape in November 2003. He has spent most of his career within the Higher Education Sector, apart from three years as Operations Manager for a mining engineering company. In February 2014 he was appointed as the IT Manager for the Sol Plaatje University. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with the UCT Graduate School of Business.

bloem (50K)


Barbara Marcia Segametse Bloem Aka Mercia Bloem, was born in Taung, North West - the first born of four children, brought up by a single mother. Inspired by her grandfather to dream, he taught her nothing is impossible. She obtained her Business Management and Leadership Diploma through the University of the Free State and obtained most of her credentials within the Standard Bank. Her career started with the Standard Bank of Bophuthatswana in 1994 in Taung and took numerous transfers to further her career within the Standard Bank. She was appointed as Head of the Northern Cape 2012 and as an Executive Director of the Standard Bank SA Ltd in 2014 March. Her passion in Banking is inspired by the astronomical impact it has in changing the quality of people's lives for the better through wealth and job creation. A catching quote she learned in her youth paved much of what she does, which is, "All that is necessary for evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing." In her passion to give back to the community, she founded Blue Soldiers@work, a project which she uses to raise money for charity in the Northern Cape. The most recent of her projects was 'The In Tune' in Kuruman on 21 June 2014 to raise funds for charity. On 26 July 2014 she had an event to raise awareness of the lives of children living at Lerato Place of Safety in Galeshewe.

clarkson (44K)


As a Chartered Accountant, Hollie Clarkson possesses almost 38 years' working experience both in a professional audit, accounting and management consulting services environment, as well as in the financial and executive management of a number of higher education institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University, together with two post- graduate qualifications, namely diplomas in Taxation and in Forensic Auditing and Criminal Justice, respectively, both obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
For sixteen years, he served with the major global accounting firm, Deloitte, variously in Mutare, Harare (Zimbabwe), East London and Mthatha (Eastern Cape). He joined the then University of Natal (UN) in 1992, initially as a Deputy Finance Officer and head of the Pietermaritzburg Campus Office. As a result of ongoing rationalisation and consolidation processes, both within UN and also during and following its merger in 2004 with the University of Durban-Westville (UDW ) to form UKZN, he relocated first to Howard College in Durban and thereafter to Westville and fulfilled various university-wide roles as Finance Officer, Director of Finance, Financial Director: Projects and Infrastructure, and Chief Finance Officer. He retired in December 2013, but currently serves on the Planning and Infrastructure Committee of the University of Zululand, which University he has also assisted from time to time in a consultative capacity.

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Edward Dakora is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Retail Business Management Programme at the Sol Plaatje University. He is a member of the W&RSETA HET group, and contributes to discussions on curriculum and skills development as well as training for the wholesale and retail sectors.
Edward holds a Doctoral degree in Marketing from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he also lectured Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Research Methodology before joining the Sol Plaatje University. He has also coordinated research and the post graduate programme in the Department of Entrepreneurship at CPUT. Edward has previously worked on research projects with the HSRC focusing on South Africa's corporate investment in the rest of Africa. He has conducted research on the internationalisation of South African retail businesses within Africa and is currently leading a research project on the challenges facing South African retailers expanding into the continent, commissioned by the Wholesale and Retail Leadership Chair. Edward is also a team member of collaborative international Entrepreneurship research project investigating students' attitude towards new venture creation. His research interest includes: international Business, especially in retailing and marketing, Entrepreneurship and African Markets.

Hlatywayo (42K)


Johane Hlatywayo is a Geography and Education lecturer at Sol Plaatje University in the B.Ed. programme. He received a Diploma in Education in 1997 from Hillside Teachers College in Zimbabwe and a B.Sc. Honours degree in Geography and Environmental Studies in 2004 from the Zimbabwe Open University. He received his two Master degrees from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN), Masters of Commerce in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies in 2008 and Masters of Science in Environment Management and Development in 2012. He taught Geography and Business Studies in several high schools for years. He is currently studying a Ph.D degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his research is focusing on the integration and diffusion of ICT-Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Geography in high schools.

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Hendrik Johannes Lacock (Hennie) was born in Namibia, but completed school at Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosh. He obtained BCom and LLB degrees at University of Stellenbosch and practiced as an attorney for 5 years. Thereafter he practiced as an advocate for 24 years before his appointment as a Judge of the High Court in 2002 and he is still on the Bench.
Currently he is the Vice-Chairperson of the National Council of Correctional Services. He is married to Mali, has a son and four daughters and is grandfather to 14 grandchildren. He lives at Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate just outside Kimberley and enjoys golf and cattle- farming.

madonsela (8K)


Mr Madonsela is the Regional Manager: Public & Corporate Affairs at De Beers Consolidated Mines, where he is responsible for development and implementation of overarching strategies and programmes which impact positively on the image, reputation and internal and external brand of De Beers.
Mr Madonsela has an MBA degree from the North-West University.

muthien (8K)


Dr Muthien has served in several senior executive positions in major South African corporates. Apart from her positions as Founding Executive Director: HSRC and Public Service Commissioner.
She has been a lecturer at the University of Natal and the University of the Western Cape. She has served on various Boards of Directors and as the Ministerial Appointee to the Council of the University of Stellenbosch. Dr Muthien holds a D.Phil. (Sociology & Politics) from Oxford University.

Mutyorauta (42K)


Julius Jacob Mutyorauta is an exploration geophysicist and holds a B.Sc. (Physics and Mathematics), M.Sc. (Exploration Geophysics), M.Sc. (Mineral Exploration) and a MBA.
He worked both in the private sector and in civil service in the following disciplines: groundwater exploration and development, mineral exploration and development, exploration for oil and natural gas and in in environmental management.
He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of two oil and gas exploration companies in South Africa {Aberdeen Offshore Engineering (Pty) Ltd and Riverwalk Trading 124cc) and is also a member of the Board of Governors of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution.

ncube (40K)


Zenzo Polite Ncube is the Programme Head and Senior Lecturer and Programme Head in the Department of Information Technology. He joined Sol Plaatje University from North West University (Mafikeng Campus) in 2014. He is the third born in a family of five, three boys and two girls. He is married to Samkeliso Tracey Ncube and they have three children (1 boy and 2 girls) Zibusiso Polite, Sibusisiwe Elinah and Ntandoyenkosi Princess. Dr Ncube aka Baba Ncube did his BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science in Cuba (Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, Isla De La Juventud). He then studied for a Masters' degree in Computer Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST ) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Baba Ncube completed his doctoral studies in Computer Science at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North West University. He worked for three years at the University of Venda in Limpopo in the Department of Business Information Systems (BIS) before moving to the North West University where he spent almost ten years teaching both Computer Science and Information Systems.

ndzilili (36K)


Mandla Ndzilili is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier of the Northern Cape Province. He is a son of Kimberley and the Northern Cape at large.
Before his appointment as Chief of Staff, he served in various senior management positions as well as Head of Ministry of the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation in the Northern Cape from 2009-2013. He has completed a professional certificate in Government Communications and Marketing, as well as an executive programme in Public Service Management with the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a Diploma in Journalism, and a BTech degree in Public Management.

nkonyane (21K)


Faith Nkonyane was born and raised in Rockville, Soweto - raised by a single parent who maintained that education would open any door for an African child. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Social Science from the University of Witwatersrand in 2002.
After qualifying as a Social Worker, she worked extensively in the NGO sector. During this time she was involved in the advocating and lobbying for women who were incarcerated for killing their husbands due to domestic violence before the Domestic Violence Act was introduced. She is a firm a believer in the fact that human beings can change, thus she was involved in the process of Restorative Justice where offenders come face to face with victims of their crime to ask for forgiveness.
Working with young people is Faith's passion. She believes that she can contribute in the shaping of young minds and Sol Plaatje University has given her an opportunity as Residence Manager to interact with young people on a daily basis.

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Professor Vishnu Padayachee is currently Professor Extraordinaire in the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, a (non-resident) Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford University and a Visiting Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS). He also holds the title Professor Emeritus in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was inducted as a member of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2012 (MRSSAf) and is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (MInst.D) since 2011. He received his PhD from the University of Natal in Economics and Economic History in 1989. Though trained in mainstream (macro) economics, his research and graduate teaching is best described as falling within the confluence and traditions of political economy, economic history and development studies. He has held visiting fellowships in Europe and the USA, including the Paul H Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (USA) (1985/6); the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway (1993); and Robinson College and the Judge Business School both at Cambridge University (1995/6).
Prof Padayachee has served on many governing boards and councils in both the public and private sector including being a non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank (1996-2007).

phatshoane (110K)


Violet Phatshoane was appointed a Judge of the High Court of South Africa, Northern Cape in May 2011. She was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1999. In 2009 she was enrolled to practice as a Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court. She holds B.Proc, LL.B and LL.M degrees.
She was one of the founder members of a prominent Bloemfontein law firm, Phatshoane Henney Inc and the Chairperson of the Phatshoane Henny Group of Associated Law Firms. She was a part-time arbitrator and conciliator at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) from 1999 to 2004. She also served in the same capacity in many of the public sector bargaining councils, amongst them: the Education Labour Relations Council, Public Health Welfare Sectoral Bargaining Council, and the South African Local Government Bargaining Council.
She lectured students enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Labour Law at the University of the Free State as well as candidate attorneys on Aspects of Gender Law and Aspects of Customary Law at the School for Legal Practice of the Law Society of South Africa.

Senatle (68K)


Sejako Joseph Senatle is a Senior Counsel in private practice. He worked underground in the mines and joined the public service as a court clerk/interpreter and also worked as a general clerk. He pursued his legal studies and completed BJuris,LLB (Unibo); LLM (Howard Law College); LLD (PU for CHE) and Arbitration Certificate(SA) - all part time. He was appointed prosecutor including managerial positions at all levels of the prosecutorial ladder from the lowest to the highest court. Senatle was admitted as advocate on 7 Dec 1995 and worked in the public service for more than over 20 years.
He served as Deputy Chair of the Bar Council for 3 terms and was awarded letters patent, Senior Counsel by the State President. He presided over and led evidence in various Commissions of Inquiries. As a Colonel in the SANDF, he served as a Senior Military Court Judge and in national and provincial statutory Boards as Chairperson and Deputy-Chair.
Senatle tutored at Technikon SA/UNISA and has read law papers locally and abroad and published in reputable law journals. He was a law reporter for the SALR and SACR. Professional membership includes Extradition Lawyers Association, SADC Lawyers Association and International Bar Association.

slabbert (16K)


Dr Etienne Slabbert joined the Absa / Barclays Group 1 May 2010 and in his current role has overall technology leadership (CIO) responsibility of the Retail Business Bank, Digital, Card & Architecture Technology teams (UK, India, Singapore and South Africa) across all business areas within the Absa and Barclays Africa Group - 507 in direct team (9 Senior Leaders) and 100+ indirect team. Prior to this role Etienne held the roles of Head of IT: Digital & Card, Head of IT: Cards and Channels RBB - Africa Technology, Chief Information Officer: Retail Bank as well as Chief Information Officer: Unsecured Lending at Absa Group.
Etienne spent close to 9 years at the Nedbank/Nedcor Group, of which 6 years in Group Technology in various executive roles within Project & Programme Management, Systems Integration and since January 2009 as Divisional Technology Officer for Retail Banking.
Etienne holds a PhD in Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) from the DaVinci Institute and an MBA from OxfordBrookes, UK. His PhD thesis - "TOWARDS A FRAMEWORK FOR OPTIMISING THE MANAGEMENT OF VIBRATION TENSION IN CONTEMPORARY RETAIL BANKING" was ground breaking and received accolades from many academia in South Africa and Australia.



Professor Yunus Ballim

Yunus Ballim holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). He spent six years in the construction industry and has been in academia since 1989. He currently holds a personal professorship in Civil Engineering and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Principal at Wits between 2006 and 2012. He is a member of the Council on Higher Education and is Chairperson of the Higher Education Quality Committee. He has served as the founding President of the African Materials Research Society and he held the Bram Fisher-Oxford Fellowship in 2000.



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Akpofure Taigbenu is Professor of Water Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and heads the Water Research group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University, USA and has over 30 years experience in higher education. He has served in various capacities in academia as Professor, Dean and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and his research and teaching interests are in computational methods, water resources management, and behaviour of groundwater systems. He is the founder of the computational technique: The Green Element Method (GEM), which is a powerful computational solution tool for engineering systems.

In this lecture, Prof Taigbenu discusses some of the possible effects of fracking on the Karoo's groundwater.



Sol Plaatje University presents a public lecture by Professor Carol Finnegan, an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has a PhD in Retailing and has conducted research in International Marketing and Retailing, Channel relationships, and Marketing Strategy. She has published widely and internationally and her research interest is in Retail Strategy, Marketing Strategy and International Business.

In this lecture, she talks in broader terms about regional expansion of retailing and retail businesses; the movement and adaption of Retail Corporations across regions and the impact of regional or multi-country operations on national retail activity.



Sol Plaatje University presents a recording of the first public lecture in a series on Fracking, Energy and Groundwater titled "Shale Gas in the Karoo - the scientific facts ??" and presented by Professor Danie Vermeulen - Director of the Institute for Groundwater Studies,University of the Free State on the 19th June 2014 at the William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.

In this lecture, Prof. Vermeulen presents some of the facts around shale gas and hydro-fracturing and raises questions about the extent of our scientific knowledge and our ability to make good decisions on the subject; the ability for the Karoo to deal with shale gas exploitation without harming the environment; the availability and pollution potential of regional ground water resources and the place of shale gas in relation to South Africa's energy needs.


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