The University Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Mashupye Ratale Kgaphola as the Executive Director: Richards Bay Campus effective 01 October 2019.
The University Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Mashupye Ratale Kgaphola as the Executive Director: Richards Bay Campus effective 01 October 2019. Professor Kgaphola holds a B.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Amongst his notable achievements is the successful registration of an international patent in the USA in the field of catalytic chemistry, from his postdoctoral research work at North Dakota State University (USA). He has also undertaken professional training in higher education leadership, science and technology strategy, social policy, etc.
Professor Kgaphola has published a ground breaking monograph proposing the restructuring of the higher education curriculum in S.A by introducing a standard four-year undergraduate qualification. He is an award winning academic who has received a certificate for merit outstanding contribution to education which was awarded by the World Chancellors Congress in Mumbai.
He was also awarded a CEO Golden Team prize by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and has served in higher education, as well as science and technology advisory bodies both inside and outside of South Africa. Professor Kgaphola has previosuly held several high profile positions. He is the former Administrator of Mangosuthu University of Technolgy wherer he initiated and led an institutional stabilisation process and was subsequently appointed Vice-Chancellor in the same institution. He spearheaded the conceptualisation of the first strategic plan for MUT, and is heralded for his transformation initiatives through inter alia fast-tracking the appointment of female leadership into key executive positions at MUT.
He brings to UNIZULU tried and tested leadership strategies through high level conceptual thinking including idea generation. He has also pointed out that he is at Unizulu to learn as he facilitates meaningful engagements with other leaders and stakeholders. He has recently (September 2019) published a collection of poetry titled, “Songs of Love and Life: a Soulfull feed of Poetry”.
We wish him success in his new role and thank him for making UNIZULU his employer of choice.