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The Council is the governing body of the University and is constituted of members appointed by the Minister of Education as well as representatives from the following bodies:

  • Senate
  • SRC
  • Academic and non-academic staff
  • The Convocation

Roles and responsibilities

The Council's responsibilities are subject to the Higher Education Act of 1997 and the CPUT Statute of May 2010.

The Council

  • Makes Rules for the institution,
  • Establishes Council committees and determines the functions and composition of each committee,
  • Establishes, in consultation with the senate, joint committees of the council and the senate to perform functions which are common to the council and senate,
  • Appoints all employees of the institution, but in the case of academic appointments, it may do so after consulting senate,
  • Determines the student admission policy of the institution, after consultation with the senate,
  • Determines, with the approval of the senate, the entrance requirements in respect of particular higher education programmes, the number of students who may be admitted for a particular higher education programme and the manner of their selection, and the minimum requirements for readmission to study at the institution,
  • May, with the approval of the senate, refuse readmission to a student who fails to satisfy the minimum requirements for readmission, and
  • Determines and provides student support services after consultation with the SRC.

(Source: CPUT Statute:  Government Gazette, No. 33202.  Republic of South Africa)

Council members

Other positions
Deputy Chairperson
Mapoma, Zuko (Adv)
Member of the Cape Town Bar
Ministerial Appointees
Ms Rorisang Lebethe
(BCom Accounting) Wits

EXECUTIVE Finance Manager, Edcon

Easthorpe, Reynold (Mr)
Business Owner: Shefa Enterprises/ Express Employment
Ngxiza, Sonwabile (Mr)
Research and Content Support – Office of the Deputy Speaker, Parliament (RSA)


Convocation Representatives
Mr Saziso Matiwane
Honours Degree Public Admin) MANCOSA
Regulatory Compliance Auditor Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board
Mr Athenkosi Nyangiwe
Public Education Project Coordinator at NSFAS
Council Appointees

Hadebe, Bheki (Mr)
BTech (CPUT)

Councillor: City of Cape Town

Devcharran, Nirvani (Ms)
MA (UNISA), Advanced Business Programme (DUT)
Executive Director: Pearson Institute

Gumbi, Dumisani (Mr)

Group IT Governance Architect: Sanlam Group

Groenewald, Liezl (Ms)
MA (Wits)

Manager: Organisational Ethics - The Ethics Institute
President: Business Ethics Network of Africa


Mr Manenzhe Manenzhe

ACCA (SA) Group CFO City of Johannesburg

Dondashe, Nomveliso (Ms)
B.Com Honours (Industrial Psychology) (UWC)

Provincial HR Business Partner/ HR Ops
Manager: Eskom Holdings

Son, Grant (Dr) PhD (University of Stellenbosch)

CEO: Batho Phahameng Engineering and Consulting

CEO: Founder and Chairman - I Am Black Gold


Maseko, Joseph Mandla (Prof)
PhD (Somerset University; UK)

Executive Chairperson of the National Consumer Tribunal

City of Cape Town Appointee
Mr Fabian Ah-Sing
BTech (CPUT)
Councillor: City of Cape Town
Donor Representative
Yach, Dianna (Aprof)
LLM (University of London)
Chairperson: Mauerberger Foundation Fund [MFF]
Provincial Government Appointee
Platzky, Laurine (Dr)
PhD (ISS, Erasmus University)
Associate Professor: University of Cape Town
Executive Management
Nhlapo, Chris (Prof)
PhD (Potchefstroom University)Vice-Chancellor
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships
Balkaran, Rishidaw (Prof)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
Sheldon, Marshall (Prof)
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships (RTIP), CPUT
Senate Representatives
Kioko, Joseph (Prof)
PhD (University of Natal)
Head of Department: Department of Conservation and Marine Sciences
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Sosibo, Zilungile (Aprof)
PhD (Northern Illinois University)
Senior lecturer, CPUT
Academic Representatives
Helsby, Claire (Ms)
MCom (University of Stellenbosch)
Lecturer, CPUT
Msomi, Velaphi (Dr)
Non-academic Representatives
Kunene, Thembile (Mr)
Debtors Clerk, CPUT

Nkwana, Sello (Mr)
BTech (CPUT)

Electrical Technician: CPUT
Student Representatives
Mr Sipho Mokoena
National Diploma
 CSRC: President
Mr Sihle Ngxabi
CSRC: Secretary General


Last updated: 20 May 2019 (SD)