At its meeting held on Friday, 29 March 2019, the Council of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences (SMU) elected Dr Zwelini (Zweli) Lawrence Mkhize to the Office of the Chancellor of the SMU.
In this role, Dr Mkhize will perform the following functions for the University as provided for in paragraph 6 of the SMU Statute (2016):
- The Chancellor is the titular head of the University with no executive powers.
- The Chancellor confers degrees and awards diplomas, certificates and other distinctions on behalf of the University.
- In the absence of the Chancellor, degrees are conferred by the Vice-Chancellor or by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor; and diplomas and certificates are awarded by officials designated by the Council.
- The Chancellor performs such other functions as assigned to him or her by the Council, subject to the provisions of sub-paragraph (1).
Dr Zweli Mkhize will serve a five-year term, i.e. from 11 April 2019 to 10 April 2024.
Details regarding the date of Dr Mkhize’s installation as the Chancellor will be communicated to the University community and stakeholders at a later stage.
The SMU community is hereby requested to join me in welcoming Dr Zweli Mkhize to the University, and to wish him success in this important role, says Prof Chris de Beer
For more details on Dr Mkhize’s profile, please follow this link: https://www.smu.ac.za/about-smu-sefako-makgatho-university/chancellor/