Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor has congratulated Dr Judy Dlamini, who was announced as the first black woman to be appointed as the Chancellor of the Witwatersrand (Wits) University.
Dlamini will take over as Chancellor from the retired Justice Dikgang Moseneke in December 2018.
Pandor said it was pleasing that in this year of the centenary celebrations of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, one of South Africa’s leading institutions has appointed a black woman to such an important position.
“I regard the issue of transformation in higher education as one of my priorities. It is really important that we recognise and celebrate seeing more and more excellent black women occupying upper echelons within various institutions of higher education and training.
“I am certain that their leadership will inspire more young black people and women in particular to become successful academics and future leaders of our institutions.
“I am particularly pleased with the appointment of Dr Judy Dlamini as the first black woman chancellor of Wits. It augurs well for our transformation agenda and I am sure she will help us to get more young women to follow in her footsteps,” Minister Pandor said.
Dr Dlamini is the first woman chancellor appointee in 96 years of Wits existence. – SAnews.gov.za