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Dr Sibongile Muthwa appointed acting NMMU Vice-Chancellor

May 9, 2016
Dr Sibongile Muthwa appointed acting NMMU Vice-Chancellor

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)'s Council on Monday announced that it has appointed Dr Sibongile Muthwa, DVC: Institutional Support as Acting Vice-Chancellor from the beginning of May until 31 December 2016 in order to provide Special Leave for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Derrick Swartz.

During the period of special leave, the Vice-Chancellor will be focusing on leading three strategic macro-projects:

  • re-engineering and re-gearing NMMU’s underlying macro-financial and business model, including its core revenue streams and cost structures to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the University;
  • securing final approval for, and financial development in support of, NMMU's Medical School project; and
  • establishing a sustainable business model for NMMU’s new Maritime and Marine Sciences Campus.

"These initiatives have become crucial to attend to in the light of the need to secure the long-term financial sustainability of NMMU.  South African universities are experiencing serious funding pressures in the aftermath of the fee increase freeze of 2015 and as a result of policy decisions in favour of in-sourcing of services," the institution said.

"In addition, Government subsidy on which universities depend for a major part of income, has not kept up with real costs. The current economic downturn suggests the general lag in subsidy-cost ratios would probably remain a defining feature of the higher education funding situation. Therefore, it has become absolutely imperative that NMMU must find innovative and effective ways of grounding its future growth on a sustainable development pathway."

To ensure continuity and leadership in the day-to-day management of the University, Council has appointed Dr Sibongile Muthwa, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support as Acting Vice-Chancellor. As the longest serving Deputy Vice-Chancellor, she is highly experienced and well versed with all the critical leadership responsibilities of the University, and will enjoy the support of MANCO and all support structures of the University.