Appointment of a Council member by the donors of the University

Posted on July 10, 2020

The University of Pretoria plays an important role nationally and makes a significant contribution to South Africa’s international standing. The University Council governs the University in terms of the Higher Education Act of 1997, as amended and the Statute of the University of Pretoria.

Council has a fiduciary duty and is ultimately responsible for determining the University’s strategic direction. It has a general policy-making and monitoring responsibility. This includes determining guidelines for strategic and financial governance, human resource matters, and the fostering of a positive academic climate as well as the establishment of general policy.

One vacancy in the category of Council members elected by the donors of the University has to be filled for a four-year term.

All donors who qualify as such in terms of Chapter 13 of the Statute of the University of Pretoria, i.e. persons or organisations that have donated more than R100 000 over the last five-year period, are hereby invited to nominate a person to serve on the Council of the University. The nominee should have a tertiary qualification and high-level expertise and experience in the auditing (being a qualified and registered auditor or chartered accountant will be an advantage) and/or financial and/or investment management fields. It will be advantageous for the person to be familiar with the higher education sector.

Please note that this category forms part of the external group of Council members and therefore section 27(6) and section 27(7)(e) of the Higher Education Act are applicable. As a result, no employee or student of the University or employee of any other university may be considered for appointment.

Nomination forms are available from the Office of the Registrar. Each nomination should be accompanied by a short curriculum vitae of the nominee and must be signed by the nominator who must be a donor and a further donor must second the nomination. In addition, the nominee must indicate his/her acceptance of the nomination in writing.

Nominations must reach the Registrar of the University no later than 16:00 on Friday, 7 August 2020.

The Registrar will deal with the nominations in accordance with the election procedures set out in the Statute. A Council member thus appointed will serve on the Council in his or her personal capacity and not as a representative of any interest group.

Please direct all enquiries and nominations to Prof CMA Nicholson, Office of the Registrar, Administration Building 4-23, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria or by fax to 012 420 5849 or via email to [email protected].

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