Universities South Africa performs its functions at various levels: at the macro level through its governance structures such as the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Advisory Structures. At the micro level, Universities South Africa functions through an office located in Pretoria.

Representatives of South Africa’s public universities play a vital role in the governance structures of Universities South Africa. Here they contribute to the sound, transparent and effective functioning of the organisation.

Audit and Risk Committee

This committee reviews the integrity of all major risks and internal control systems. It oversees:

  • Financial reporting;
  • Systems of internal control and management of financial risk; and
  • Processes of audit and monitoring compliance with financial laws and regulations

Members (2017):

  • Prof Thandwa Mthembu – Chairperson, Durban University of Technology
  • Mr Jaco Van Schoor –  University of Johannesburg
  • Ms Majiet Faiza –  Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Shai Makgoba –  University of Cape Town
  • Ms Vhonani Singo –  University of South Africa
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa – CEO, Universities SA

Finance and Investment Committee

This committee oversees Universities South Africa’s financial strategy and policy and the establishment and performance of internal controls at the office’s operational level. It also ensures overall compliance with the investment strategy as approved by the Board.

Members (2017):

  • Prof Thandwa Mthembu – Chairperson, Durban University of Technology
  • Dr Doeke Tromp – Tshwane University of Technology
  • Mr Manie Regal – University of the Western Cape
  • Ms Vuyokazi Memani-Sedile – Independent Consultant
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa – CEO, Universities SA

Human Resources and Remuneration Committee

This committee oversees Universities South Africa’s HR strategy and policy. Its responsibilities are to:

  • Establish and maintain policy for competitive, fair, equitable and market-related compensation policies;
  • Plan to attract, motivate and retain talent;
  • Review annual remuneration packages of Universities South Africa employees and recommends adjustments where necessary; and
  • Advise the Board on any human resources related matters within the Universities South Africa Office.

Members (2017):

  • Prof Mahlo Mokgalong – Chairperson, University of Limpopo
  • Ms Amanda Glaeser – University of the Western Cape
  • Ms Patience Mushungwa – Independent Consultant
  • Prof Tobie De Coning – Stellenbosch University
  • Mr Victor Mothobi – Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa – CEO, Universities SA

Joint Admissions & Matriculation Board Committee

This is the only committee with a statutory function. This Committee advises not only the Board but also the Minister of Higher Education and Training on the regulation of minimum requirements for admission into higher education.

Its responsibilities are to:

Develop and maintain optimal strategies of admissions regulation in the transition period between the current Senior Certificate and the future National Senior Certificate;
Monitor and report on system readiness, enrolment trends, policies and ‘best practice’ benchmarking and equivalence setting activities;
Approve the budget and annual financial statements of the Universities South Africa Higher Education and Enrolment Programme; and
Recommend exemption certification application fees to the Board for approval.
Members (2017):

  • Prof Peter Mbati – Chairperson, Admissions Committee — University of Venda
  • Mr Hugh Amoore – Acting Chairperson, Matriculation Board Committee – Retired Registrar & Consultant
  • Prof Sarah Howie – University of Pretoria
  • Dr Dan Mokoena – Vaal University of Technology
  • Prof Divya Singh – University of South Africa
  • Prof Cheryl Foxcroft – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Dr Gift Vinger – University of the Free State
  • Ms Carol Crosley – University of the Witwatersrand
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa – CEO, Universities SA


  • Dr Mafu Rakometsi – Umalusi
  • Prof Teru Pillay – SATN Representative, Central University of Technology

Legal Advisory Committee

In addition to the above Governance Committees, the Board constituted a Legal Advisory Committee whose purpose it is to provide legal advice and/or input to Universities South Africa to respond to legislation, regulations and policies affecting the university sector. The Committee reviews the legislation and policies with implications for the universities sector, and provides inputs and comments to the organisation in order to enable the latter to effectively promote the interests of the sector and fulfill advocacy and related responsibilities.

Members (2017):

  • Mr Hugh Amoore – Acting Chairperson, Retired Registrar
  • Mr Gerhard Lipp – Stellenbosch University
  • Mr James Botha – North-West University
  • Mr Nkosi Bhule – Vaal University of Technology
  • Ms Nita Lawton-Misra – University of the Western Cape
  • Prof Mike Somniso – University of Fort Hare
  • Prof Patrick O’Brien – University of Johannesburg
  • Mr Shervaan Raje – University of Western Cape
  • Prof Ahmed Bawa – CEO, Universities SA