Our Strategy Groups, made up of experts from the university system (and also from Universities South Africa’s partners in the broader higher education and related sectors) play a vital role in the development and implementation of strategies within their respective areas of focus. Universities South Africa has four strategy groups. A fifth group reflected here is the former HIV & Aids Strategy Group which has evolved to become an advisory board, in line with structural changes taking place within the organisation.

The responsibilities of the Strategy Groups are to:

  • Present regular reports to the Board for discussion and adoption;
  • Conceptualise specific projects on behalf of the Board;
  • Support the EXCO with advocacy and related work, particularly on issues relating to their specific portfolios; and
  • Deal with any other matter referred by the Board or EXCO (including to commission studies around agreed priority issues to inform strategic discussions and decisions).

Universities South Africa’s Strategy Groups meet three times a year, prior to Board meetings – depending on their scope of work.

Funding Strategy Group

The Funding Strategy Group provides strategic direction to the Board and EXCO on strategic university funding matters, and engages with policy matters in this regard. It also advises the Board on projects to be undertaken by Universities South Africa and implementation strategies related to Higher Education funding.

Members (as at 31 July 2015):

  • Dr Mvuyo Tom (Group Chairperson, and Vice-Chancellor, University of Fort Hare)
  • Mr Hugo Mouton – University of Pretoria
  • Dr Gerald Ouma – University of Pretoria
  • Dr Molapo Qhobela – University of South Africa
  • Prof Enrico Uliana – University of Cape Town
  • Mr Jaco Van Schoor – University of Johannesburg
  • Mr Manie Lombard – Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa – Durban University of Technology
  • Prof Tawana Kupe – University of the Witwatersrand
  • Universities South Africa CEO as ex officio member

 

Research and Innovation Strategy Group

The Research and Innovation Strategy Group provides the Board with specialised advice regarding research and innovation matters in the sector. It works through task teams and steering committees to undertake or direct certain projects and draws expertise from among its membership within the Higher Education sector and National System of Innovation (NSI).

Members (as at 1 April 2016):

  • Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Group Chairperson, and Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria)
  • Dr Chris Nhlapo – Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Prof Aldo Stroebel – National Research Foundation
  • Prof Thoko Mayekiso – University of Mpumalanga
  • Prof Frikkie van Niekerk – North-West University
  • Prof Eugene Cloete – Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Danie Visser – University of Cape Town
  • Prof Corli Witthuhn – University of the Free State
  • Prof Stephanie Burton – University of Pretoria
  • Universities South Africa CEO as ex officio member

Teaching and Learning Strategy Group

The Teaching and Learning Strategy Group provides strategic advice to the Universities South Africa Board on teaching and learning related matters within the Higher Education sector, locally and internationally. It also undertakes relevant research and project activities that enable Universities South Africa to respond effectively to the issues of access and success.

Members (as at 1 April 2016):

  • Dr Sizwe Mabizela (Group Chairperson, and Vice-Chancellor, Rhodes University)
  • Prof Anthony Staak – Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Prof Nomthandazo Gwele – Durban University of Technology
  • Dr Christine Boughey – Rhodes University
  • Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel – Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Angina Parekh – University of Johannesburg
  • Prof Wendy Kilfoil – University of Pretoria
  • Prof Suellen Shay – Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED),
  • University of Cape Town
  • Prof IOG (Gugu) Moche – University of South Africa
  • Universities South Africa CEO as ex officio member

Transformation Strategy Group

The Transformation Strategy Group was formed to advise the Board on how to accelerate and deepen transformation within the university sector, and to develop short and medium and long-term strategies to address transformation matters in the sector. The Group also advises the Board on emerging good practices, and on practices with a possibility to undermine transformation in the sector.

Members (as at 31 July 2015):

  • Prof Derrick Swartz (Group Chairperson, and Vice-Chancellor) – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Dr Prins Nevhutalu – Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Prof Yunus Ballim – Sol Plaatje University
  • Prof Crain Soudien – University of Cape Town
  • Dr Choice Makhetha – University of the Free State
  • Prof Mandla Makhanya – University of South Africa
  • Dr Thandi Sidzumo-Mazibuko – University of South Africa
  • Mr Cello Gardner – Vaal University of Technology
  • Prof Gordon Zide – Vaal University of Technology
  • Universities South Africa CEO as ex officio member

HIV/Aids Advisory Board

HEAIDS is a programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) undertaken by Universities South Africa. In December 2013, the DHET extended the programme’s mandate beyond universities to also include public technical and vocational training colleges (TVETs). In line with these changes, the HESA Board, at its final sitting in October 2014, supported the recommendation to dissolve the former HIV & AIDS Strategy Group, and to replace it with the HIV/AIDS Advisory Board, whose composition would duly be broad-based and reflective of all stakeholders involved.

The Advisory Board provides policy and strategic direction for the Higher Education sector on matters relating to HIV and AIDS in the universities and vocational education and training sector. It has been composed to represent the following constituencies::

Five members from Universities South Africa nominated as follows:
Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia – HEAIDS Programme Director
Universities South Africa CEO as ex officio member
Dr Prins Nevhutalu (VC – Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
Prof Thoko Mayekiso (VC – Mpumalanga University)
Dr Max Price (VC – University of Cape Town) as Chairperson

  • Three college principals nominated by the South African College Principals
  • Organisation (SACPO); one to serve as Deputy Chairperson;
  • One representative of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC);
  • One DHET representative;
  • Two presidents of student bodies, i.e. the South African Union of Students (SAUS) and the South African Further Education and Training Student Association (SAFETSA);
  • One person living with HIV & AIDs;
  • Two HIV research and prevention experts;
  • One representative from the South African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (SABCOHA); and
  • One union representative.