Doctor, author, philanthropist and businesswoman Judy Dlamini is taking over the reins as the new Chancellor of WITS University. Let’s hear it for powerful females at the wheel of our country’s education! Dr Dlamini will take over from former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke – who held the position for 12 years! – on 1 December.
WITS University Just Appointed Their New ~Female~ Chancellor
Known as one of the leading tertiary-education institutes in Africa, it’s a huge deal that WITS is appointing a strong, inspiring female to take the lead.
‘It’s important that you actually become the bridge between students‚ the community and the university’s management. [A chancellor’s position] is a ceremonial position. It’s unlike a vice-chancellor‚ who is equivalent to a CEO. What I bring is my passion for education.’ – Dr Judy Dlamini
Currently, Dr Dlamini is employed as the executive chairperson of the Mbekani Group. The website reads: ‘Mbekani started as an occupational health consulting company with two employees in 1996. Over the past 20 years its operations have grown to different sectors of the economy, including health, property, facilities management and luxury fashion retail, a direct staff complement of over 150.’ She is also the co-founder, along with her husband Sizwe Nxasana‚ the chairperson of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and the Sifiso Learning Group – the holding company for Future Nation Schools.
‘I am passionate about education. There isn’t a decade of my life that I haven’t studied and I have studied at different universities in this country.’ – Dr Judy Dlamini
Equal But Different, Dr Dlamini’s book, is based on the research she did for her doctorate in business leadership. The book’s blurb describes it as ‘based on life-story interviews from 14 women from diverse backgrounds, all of whom have risen to top leadership positions. These include Phuti Mahanyele (executive chairman of Sigma Capital), Coco Cachalia (CEO of Grounded Media), Cora Fernandez (Head of Sanlam Investment Management) and Siza Mzimela (first black woman to lead a commercial airline company).’ While this book is mainly aimed at women, it also calls upon men to play an active role in encouraging aspiring female leaders. Can we get a round of applause?