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Prof. HJ de Jager

Prof. Henk de Jager was inaugurated as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of CUT on 30 June 2017. He has almost 3 decades of experience in Higher Education, 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. Over the past 15 years, he was involved in various quality assurance audits for the Certification Council of Technikons, the Engineering Council of South Africa, the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of South Africa and the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He has supervised at post-graduate level and holds several publications in proceedings and scientific journals. His research interest is focussed on quality assurance, engineering education and strategic management in Higher Education.

He is married to Miemsie and they have two children, Melandie and Henko.

Ms Laura Botha

Tel: +27(0) 51 507 3001 | E-mail:

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).

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).

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); membership to the Honorary Golden Key Society; serving as panel member of the Professional and Administrative and Support Staff Review of the HR Directorate at the University of Cape Town; panel member of the Sociology Department Review at Rhodes University; Chairman of the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) Remuneration Committee; board member of eNtsa Technology Innovation Agency at NMU; Chairman of HRREMCO for Cricket Eastern Cape; board member and Chairman of HRREMCO of the Warriors Cricket Franchise; President of NMU Cricket Club from 2009 to 2015; board member of the Automotive Industrial Development Centre (AIDC); Chairman of AIDC HRREMCO and its Ethics Committee; and board member and member of HRREMCO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3003 | E-mail:

Professor Alfred Ngowi

Professor Alfred Ngowi is currently in the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement.

Ms Novalakhe Smit

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3015 | E-mail:

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). 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.

Ms Jesicca Makhaba

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3060 | E-mail:

Doctor Nothemba (Pinky) 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 Sate (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).

Over the years, she has served on several bodies, including the National Registrar’s Forum, of which she is currently a member.

She has won several awards, including a grant by the Association of Commonwealth Universities to participate in seminars for African university leaders on “Leadership and Strategic Change in Higher Education”; the Bram Fischer Oxford South Africa Award; a grant by DEVTECH for the Tertiary Linkages Project; and the SABUFSEP Fellowship by the African American Institute in New York.

Dr Mrwetyana has served as external examiner for the examination of three MEd dissertations. Her own research included “The Application of the Principles of Instructional Technology in Ciskean Secondary Schools, with Special Reference to some Teaching Aids of the First Generation”; “Group Work in Black History Classes” and “The Preparation of Pre-Service Teachers in Colleges of Education in the former Ciskei, with Special Reference to Technology in Education”.

She is trained for participating in Quality Audits, and has participated in an internal audit at TUT. She was the co-author of two books, “Enjoying History Std 2” and “Enjoying History Std 4”.

Ms Nthabiseng Moeketsi

Tel: +27 (0)51 507 3151 | E-mail:

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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