The University of the Witwatersrand recently announced Dr Judy Dlamini as the new Chancellor, a position that she will take up from the 1st of December 2018.
Dlamini will be the first black female in the position at the institution, when she replaces former deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who served two six-year terms as chancellor.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to be elected as the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand,” said Dlamini, “one of the most prestigious universities on the continent. I would like to thank Convocation for its confidence in me. I look forward to working with all sectors of the Wits community.”
A medical doctor by training, Dlamini is one of the leading businesswoman, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. Her major attribute is creating and adding value to society and humanity. She has worked in different sectors of the economy using her diverse skills sets and degrees in different subject areas. Dlamini is also the published author of Equal but Different which was a bestseller for several weeks.
“She is a public figure of very high distinction and personal calibre and reflects the University’s commitment to intellectual integrity and academic excellence,” said Professor Tawana Kupe, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the university.
Dlamini holds an MBChB from the University of Natal, a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA, an MBA from Wits University and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate from Stanford University.
She is also a founder and Executive chairman for Mbekani Group that celebrated 20 years in business in 2016. She is the former chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Limited (Aspen) a JSE-listed South African pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor. The group has operations and investments in different sectors of the economy. Previous other board appointments include Anglo American plc, Discovery Holdings, and Woolworths Holdings.