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Prof. HJ de Jager

Henk de Jager was born in Upington in the Northern Cape. He matriculated from Upington Technical School in 1982, where he was Head Boy and Rugby Captain of the provincial Craven Week Team. After he completed the compulsory two years’ military service at the South African Intelligence School, he commenced with his studies at the then Vaal Triangle Technikon in 1985, where he also served as Students’ Representative Council (SRC) Chairperson in 1987. Henk studied on a full-time basis for three years, and on a part-time basis for 15 years. During the course of his studies, he obtained an MDipTech in Electrical Engineering; BA in Industrial Psychology; Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education; and a DTech in Education Management. After working in industry for a period of four years as Trainee Certified Engineer at ISCOR, he commenced his academic career as a Lecturer in 1989, and was appointed as Associate Director: Cooperative Education in 1993. 

To date, he has 30 years’ experience in higher education, including 12 years’ experience as Executive Dean in Engineering, Technology, Built Environment and Information Technology at the Vaal University of Technology and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, respectively. He held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Academic and Research at CUT from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2015, after which he was appointed as the DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement at CUT. He was appointed as Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of CUT on 1 October 2016, and as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the same institution with effect from 1 June 2017. Read more...


Doctor Gary W Paul

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).

Other achievements and special awards include the Six Sigma Black Belt, which he obtained in 2001 in Cologne, Germany; the American Council on Education Fellowship (ACE) (2009/2010). Read more...

Professor David Ngidi

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). Read more...

Doctor Sally Dzingwa

Dr Sally Dzingwa holds the following qualifications: a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; a Master of Administration (Research) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; and a Doctor of Administration (PhD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Read more...



Madam Justice Mahube Molemela was inaugurated as Chancellor on 10 June 2016. Read more...

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

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 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 (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

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CUT bids farewell to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

CUT bids farewell to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

CUT News Leadership

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Prof. Henk de Jager...


U.S. Consulate Johannesburg visits CUT

U.S. Consulate Johannesburg visits CUT

CUT News Leadership Research and Innovation

The U.S. Consul General, Mr Vincent Spera and delegates visited the Central University of Technology...


The Central University of Technology launches 2022 CHE Institutional Audit

The Central University of Technology launches 2022 CHE Institutional Audit

CUT News Leadership

CUT’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Henk de Jager, has officially launched the 2022 Council on...