Central University of Technology, Free State is an institution of Higher Education in the heartland of South Africa. The leadership of the institution is governed and by the following management structures. The leadership of the institution is governed and by the following management structures.


Prof. HJ de Jager

Prof. HJ de Jager

Vice-Chancellor and Principal


Prof. Henk de Jager has 28 years’ experience in Higher Education in South Africa, of which 12 years as Executive Dean in the field of Engineering and Technology. He held the position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Research at the Central University of Technology effective from 1 July 2012 until 31 December 2015. The position was re-envisioned to become the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement his official portfolio. He holds an MDipTech in Electrical Engineering; BA (Industrial Psychology); PGDip (Tertiary Education); and a DTech (Education Management). Furthermore, he is a member of several professional bodies, and is registered as Professional Engineering Technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa…Read more

Dr Gary Paul

Dr Gary Paul

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Operations


Dr Paul holds a number of qualifications, including a Higher Diploma in Education; a BA Degree; an MTech (Human Resources) (cum laude); an LLM (Labour Law); and a DTech (Human Resources). His employment history includes service as Human Resources (HR) Specialist and HR Manager at Ford Motor Company SA; Regional HR Manager at South African Revenue Services (SARS); Group HR Manager at Powertech Battery Group; Executive Director (ED): HR, and Acting ED: Operations at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). Most recently, he was employed as Partner/Director: People and Organisation at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)…Read more

Professor Alfred Ngowi

Professor Alfred Ngowi

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement


Professor Alfred Ngowi hold the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement…Read more

Professor David Ngidi

Professor David Ngidi

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning


Prof. David Phathabantu Ngidi joined the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities on 1 July 2010.  Before joining CUT, Professor Ngidi was working for the University of Zululand (1995-2010). When he left the University of Zululand Professor Ngidi was the of Head Of Department, a position he held from 2002 to 2010 and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education, a position he held in 2004 and from 2007 to 2010. Professor Ngidi holds a Master’s degree in Psychology of Education from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Doctor of Education degree in Psychology of Education from the University of Zululand…Read more

Dr N Mrwetyana

Dr Nothemba Mrwetyana



Dr Nothemba (Pinky) Mrwetyana has 32 years’ experience in Higher Education in South Africa, of which she served two 5-year periods as Registrar at the University of Fort Hare.  She assumed duties as the Registrar of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) on 01 September 2013. She holds a BA (History and Anthropology majors); UED (English and History Methods); BEd; and MEd (Instructional Technology) from the University of Fort Hare; an MEd (Curriculum Studies:  History) from Rhodes University; and a PhD (Technology in Education) from the University of Natal.  She is currently completing modules towards the Master’s Degree in Business Leadership at the University of South Africa (UNISA)…Read more



Madam Justice Mahube Molemela will be inaugurated on 10 June 2016.

Madam Judge President Mahube Molemela

Mahube Betty Molemela (née Eister) was born and raised in Bloemfontein. She   matriculated at Albert Moroka High School in Thaba ’Nchu in 1981, after which she obtained the following tertiary degrees and diplomas: BA (University of Fort Hare (UFH)); BProc (UFH); LLB (University of the Free State (UFS)); LLM (in Mercantile Law) (UFS); Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (the University of Johannesburg (UJ)); Certificate in Human Rights (Danish Centre for Human Rights, Denmark); Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (Buckinghamshire University in association with the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)); Certificate in Advanced Military Law (Thaba Tshwane College) and Certificate in Socio-economic Rights (University of Pretoria (UP)) (attendance)…Read more

The Council

The University Council is the highest decision-making body at Central University of Technology, Free State and consists of twenty-five members. Sixty percent (60%) of the members are external members.

Members of Council

Institutional Forum

The Institutional Forum (IF) was established to address the challenges facing CUT in the changing Higher Education Environment. The IF must ensure that the institution succeeds in stimulating, directing and using the creative and intellectual energies of the broader CUT community. The IF integrates the institutional responsibilities of academic and executive management, which is to provide strategic analysis and appropriate institutional policy and procedural advice to the Council, the Principal/Vice-Chancellor, Senate and the Management Committee of CUT.

Members of the Institutional Forum

The Senate

The Senate is the primary forum in CUT for the discussion and resolution of academic matters and for developing for transmission to Council policies and procedures on academic aspects and implications of any business coming before the Council.

Members of Senate

The Management Committee

The Management Committee (MANCOM), comprising of top management staff members, functions in an advisory capacity to the Principal/Vice-Chancellor. The main function of the MANCOM is to advise on any matter referred to it by the Principal/Vice-Chancellor and on any matter referred to it by a member, in consultation with the Vice-Chancellor, as well as the management of projects.

Members of the Management Committee


CUT, collaborate with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Higher Education Programme.

Contact us

Ms Lizelle Venter Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3057 | E-mailliventer@cut.ac.za


Updated: 05 June 2018

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