Posted on January 30, 2020

Changes to the Executive Portfolios

Dear UP colleagues,

As the University of Pretoria continues to evolve and position itself as one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world, it is only appropriate that we continue to build a strong leadership team to lead the institution.  To this end, I have made the following changes to the Executive portfolios as we work toward achieving our institutional goals, dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and delivering high quality academic programmes.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Professors Norman Duncan, Themba Mosia and Anton Ströh on their re-appointment as Vice-Principals for a second term. 

It also gives me great pleasure to announce the following changes to some of the portfolios:  Professor Ströh’s portfolio will change to Vice-Principal: Institutional Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Professor Mosia’s portfolio will change to Vice-Principal: Student Life.  

The newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Mr Sandile Mthiyane, will take responsibility for the Departments of Security Services, Facilities Management, and Information Technology Services; The Department of Human Resources will, with respect to all aspects, report to the Vice-Principal: Institutional Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the different Executive portfolios, with their respective roles and responsibilities:

Prof Tawana Kupe (Vice-Chancellor and Principal)

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Executive
  • Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship

Prof Stephanie Burton (Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Studies)

  • Research, Postgraduate Studies and Innovation Support
  • Library Services

Prof Norman Duncan (Vice-Principal: Academic)

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Faculties and GIBS
  • Education Innovation

Prof Anton Ströh (Vice-Principal: Institutional Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation)

  • Institutional Planning
  • Resource Allocation
  • Human Resources
  • Risk Management

Prof Themba Mosia (Vice-Principal: Student Life)

  • Residence Affairs and Accommodation
  • Student Affairs

Prof Caroline Nicholson (Registrar)

  • Information Governance
  • UP Archives
  • Legal Services
  • Secretariat
  • Internal Audit
  • Institutional Advancement
  • UP Museums
  • Javett-UP Art Centre
  • Strategic Risk Register

Prof Carolina Koornhof (Executive Director: Finance and Student Administration)

  • Finance
  • Enrolment and Student Administration
  • Enterprises at UP (excluding GIBS)
  • Retirement Funds
  • TuksSport, HPC and Sports Companies

Mr Sandile Mthiyane (Chief Operating Officer)

  • Security Services
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities Management

Please join me in congratulating the members of the Executive who have been reappointed, as well as Mr Mthiyane, who recently joined UP as COO. I also want to take this opportunity to wish my fellow colleagues in the Executive the best for 2020. 

I look forward to working with you all as we kick off the New Year!

Kind regards,


Professor Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Information Governance and Privacy Protection (iGaPP) programme

Dear Colleagues

As you may be aware, the Information Governance and Privacy Protection (iGaPP) programme was launched in 2019 to put the structure and systems in place to ensure the responsible use and manage of information at UP.

The primary objective of the iGaPP Programme is to establish a sustainable, decentralised model of information governance and compliance with privacy legislation such as the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Since our previous communication, we have made progress in establishing the roles and structures required to implement the iGaPP environment. We have developed the following iGaPP policies:

  • the Information Governance Policy;
  • the Protection of Personal Information (Privacy) Policy;
  • the Information Security Management Policy; and
  • the Records Management Policy.

Early in 2020 we will perform iGaPP assessments on the critical information processes and in all business areas throughout the University. Risks will be identified and plans will be developed to comply with the iGaPP policies supported by the Institutional Information Governance (IIG) Team and the programme structure.

The privacy notices have also been approved and published on the iGaPP webpage -

A training plan for the rest of the University has been developed. A custodian training plan is in development and training will be conducted in 2020.

Please visit our website for regular updates on our progress and planned activities and see the attached blueprint.

For any questions or suggestions - contact Janine Esterhuizen at [email protected]

Prof CMA Nicholson

Professional Services departments

Dear Colleagues

In recognition of the expertise, skills and qualifications vested in the different support services at the University of Pretoria, a decision was taken at a recent senior management meeting to in future refer to Support Services as Professional Services.

Professional Service Departments include the following:

Education Innovation, Enrolment and Student Administration, Enterprises University of Pretoria, Facilities Management, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Planning, Internal Audit, Legal Services, Library Services, Research and Innovation, Residence Affairs and Accommodation, Security Services, Student Affairs and TuksSport.

Yours sincerely,

Prof CMA Nicholson

Sale of redundant furniture and equipment

Dear colleagues

Please be informed of the sale of redundant furniture and equipment to be held at the Redundant Asset Store on the Hillcrest Campus on 7 February 2020 from 09:00 to 12:00.

All items will be sold “voetstoots” by closed tender. Only staff and students with a valid personnel or student card will be allowed to enter the premises and tender. No cash sales will be made. Tender lists and forms will be available at the Redundant Asset Store.

Tenders can be submitted at the Redundant Asset Store from 09:00 to 12:00. Tender forms must be placed in the tender box and will be opened on 10 February 2020.

The successful tenderers will be notified via email, whereafter payments should be made at the cashiers into cost centre K07421, account 32613. The successful tenderer must provide his/her initials, surname and tender confirmation number (that will be received via email) as reference. The cashier must be requested to provide two receipts.

Successful tenderers must collect their goods from 14 February 2020 between 09:00 and 15:00 at the Redundant Asset Store. The aforementioned email, receipt and personnel card/student card/identity document must be presented when goods are collected.

Kind regards


Mr MN Moolla
Director: Finance


Mr Marius le Roux
Manager: Insurance Management
Email: [email protected]

Mr Sipho Mtotoba
Tel: 012 420 3015 / *15500
Email: [email protected]

Mr Theo Beneke
Tel: 012 420 3016
Email: [email protected]

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