Unisa wants Mbeki to assist African growth drive

Thabo Mbeki is taking over from Judge Bernard Ngoepe who served at the university for 15 years.

Former President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The University of South Africa (Unisa) says there was consensus in the selection of former president Thabo Mbeki as the institution's new Chancellor.

Mbeki is taking over from Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who served at the university for 15 years.

Unisa says it considered its transformation process and its goal of re-positioning itself as an African university as factors in the selection of the former president.

The university says Mbeki is an outstanding continental intellectual giant and the most recognisable 21st century proponent of the African renaissance.

The institution says it aims to play a leading role in the realisation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 plan and this will be enhanced by the appointment of Mbeki.

The university has described Ngoepe as having served the university with dignity and honour even during difficult times.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)