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Board and Institutional Liaison

CHEC is a not for profit company run by a Board of Directors consisting of four senior executives of each of its members, usually the Deputy Vice-Chancellors charges with academic affairs, and the CHEC Chief Executive Officer. The Board operates under delegated authority from the Councils of the four institutions (registration number 2003/003131/08). It has a CEO with a small secretariat and team of project leaders. It relies of the staff of the constituent institutions to drive agreed projects and for technical assistance and development work, retaining consultants and specialists as needed..

Board of Directors (2019):

Institutional Liaison (2017):

The following are the key liaison points for CHEC in the 4 universities.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Professor Rishidaw Balkaran

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Tel: +27 21 460 3356
Fax: +27 21 460 3983

Professor Dina Burger

Head of Strategic Initiatives
P O Box 652
Cape Town

Tel: +27 (0)21 460 3893
Fax: +27 (0)21 460 3737

Professor Dina Burger has held the position of Director of the Research Directorate at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology since November 2015. Her portfolio includes governance, grants / funding management, innovation and capacity building, research uptake and collaboration, amongst others. Professor Burger's previous positions include Associate Professor at UNISA and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at Monash University.

Professor Burger studied at the University of Pretoria and holds a D Admin degree. In addition, she completed a Certificate in Counter Disaster Planning and Management at the University of Cranfield in the United Kingdom and attended the Oxford Said Business School Leadership Programme.

Professor Burger has served the public service in various capacities in the areas of human resource management, human resource development as well as work study and job evaluations. She has, however, spent the largest proportion of her career within the public higher education system in academic and academic management positions. She also has teaching experience in the areas of Public Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Strategic Management, Project Management, Financial Management, Local Government Management, Disaster Management, Policy Analysis, Research Methodology, Development Management, Health Management, and HIV and AIDS Management.

Professor Burger has supervised and co-supervised postgraduate students, published several articles in journals and contributed to a book on Project Management. Her research interests include Leadership, Research Leadership and Management as well as Leadership and Governance.

Stellenbosch University

Nico Koopman

Vice-Rector (Community Interaction & Personnel)
Stellenbosch Universiteit / University
Privaatsak X1 / Private Bag X1

Phone : +27 21 8083710
Fax : +27 21 808 3714

Since 1 June 2015 Nico Koopman is acting Vice Rector Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel at Stellenbosch University. He is Dean of the faculty of theology, Director of the Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology and professor of Systematic Theology and Public Theology at Stellenbosch University. He is an ordained pastor of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. Since 2008 he is a member of the Council of the University of Stellenbosch. His research focuses on the meaning of faith for public life. He has published widely on themes in the field of Public Theology. He is chairperson of the Global Network for Public Theology. During the academic year of September 2007 to June 2008 he was public theologian-in-residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. As academic, public speaker and writer he plays a leading role in public discourses in the academy, churches and broader society, both locally and internationally.

Mwethu Nyakatya

Manager: Engaged Scholarship
Division for Social Impact
Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1

Tel: +27 (0)21 808 3639
Fax: +27 (0)21808 2976

Mr Nyakatya is the Manager: Engaged Scholarship at the Division for Social Impact, Stellenbosch University. His position supports the university’s commitment to community engagement through Engaged Scholarship. He facilitates and maintains mutually beneficial partnerships between the university and societal partners such as government, business, and civil society.

Mawethu has a BSc and Honors degrees in Plant & Animal Ecology from the Nelson Mandela University (Former University of Port Elizabeth) and an MSc in Sub-Antarctic Ecology from Stellenbosch University.

Mawethu has worked as a Field Researcher for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the sub-Antarctic Marion Island, and for the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town. He then gained knowledge and experience in Research Management through completing management courses at Stellenbosch University Business School and a Research Management Internship at the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) at Stellenbosch University where he later worked as a Projects Manager.

Mawethu is now interested in science and society projects, and in his role of Manager: Engaged Scholarship he is responsible for the overall promotion and support for engaged research and engaged teaching and learning activities at Stellenbosch University.

University of Cape Town

Professor Loretta Feris

Loretta Feris is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation at the University of Cape Town. Before she was appointed in her current position she was Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Marine and Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law at UCT. She holds a BA (Law), LLB and LLD from the University of Stellenbosch and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Centre in the USA. She also has a diploma in alternative dispute resolution from AFSA and is an admitted attorney of the Cape High Court. She lectured in pollution law and natural resources law as well as international environmental law. She is an NRF rated researcher and her research focuses on the relationship between human rights and the environment and manifestations of environmental injustice.

Before joining UCT she was Associate Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria where she was instrumental in developing a master's programme on Trade and Investment Law in Africa. Her career also includes a stint at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington DC USA; first as International Legal Studies Fellow and later as Assistant Director of the International Legal Studies Program, Assistant Co-ordinator of the Humphrey Fellows Program and Adjunct Professor of Law.

During her tenure at UCT she has served the university in a number of positions. Within the Faculty of Law, she is the chair of the Higher Degrees Committee and until last year the Director of Research during which time she was also a member of the Faculty Management Board. She has been a member of the University Research Committee and has been the Deputy Chair of UCT's Conference and Travel Committee for the last three years. She is currently the Chair of this committee. She is also a member of the Selection Committee on Honorary Professors and Honorary Associate Professors. Until earlier this year she was the Vice-Chairperson of the Black Academic Caucus.

She has been recognised internationally for her expertise in environmental law. For the last 6 years she has been part of a small group of experts that advises the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in respect of the Montevideo IV process, a process that identifies priorities for the global environmental law agenda. She is also a Law Commissioner of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law where she served on the teaching and training committee as well as a task team on innovative teaching of environmental law. She is on the board of two non-governmental organisations, Biowatch and Natural Justice and served as non-executive director of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, SAMSA (2010-2013).

Mr Sonwabo Ngcelwane

University of Cape Town

University of the Western Cape

Professor Vivienne Lawack, Chairperson

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
University of the Western Cape
Modderdam Road
Belville 7530
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535

telephone: +27-21-959-2142
fax: +27-21-959-3352

Vivienne Lawack obtained the B. Juris degree cum laude at the then University of Port Elizabeth (UPE), South Africa, in April 1993. In April 1995 she obtained the LLB degree cum laude at UPE and the LLM degree, entitled Electronic Payment Systems in South African Law in April 1997, also at UPE. The Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree was awarded to Vivienne by the University of South Africa (UNISA) on 16 May 2001. Her doctoral thesis is entitled Aspects of Internet Payment Instruments.

As a student she received numerous academic awards, most notably as best law student in 1991-1994 and the Ford Premier Award for best undergraduate student at UPE in 1992.

Vivienne was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa on 7 December 1995. She lectured at Vista University in 1995 and thereafter at the then UPE from 1996-2002. Vivienne lectured inter alia, on Payment Instruments, Information Technology Law, Company Law, and Commercial Law. Whilst lecturing she published articles in accredited law journals, has read conference papers on Electronic Banking Law, Banking Law and Information Technology Law and conducted a number of seminars on electronic payment instruments, issues pertaining to the National Payment System and consumer law.

She joined the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in July 2002 until the end of 2006 where she held the positions of Senior Payment System Analyst in the National Payment System Department of the Bank, Senior Legal Consultant and Manager: Financial Safety Net. She was a member of the drafting team on the National Payment System Amendment Act and participated in the road show and panel before the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance. She also received a Head of Department and Governor's Team Award for her legal work on the Continuous Linked Settlement project in 2004. In addition, the SARB recognised Vivienne as part of its leadership talent pool, which led to her inclusion on the SARB/Manchester Business School Leadership Development Programme in 2004-2005. After leaving the SARB at the end of 2006, the SARB appointed Vivienne for a further three years as a member of the Standing Committee for the Review of the National Payment System Act, which enabled her continued involvement with the drafting and review of National Payment System legislation. She is still an ad hoc consultant with the SARB to date.

In January 2007 Vivienne was appointed as Senior Legal Counsel by Strate Limited, South Africa's central securities depository, a position she held until June 2008. As Senior Legal Counsel she was responsible, inter alia, for the drafting, negotiation and vetting of contracts, compliance and regulatory legal work and all legal issues pertaining to settlement services between Strate, the JSE Ltd and Bond Exchange of South Africa (BESA).

Vivienne was appointed by UNISA as a Research Associate (from 2002 until 2007), which enabled her to continue with her research on the National Payment System, banking and IT-law related issues. At present, Vivienne is also a member of the editorial panel of the South African Mercantile Law Journal and on the editorial board of The Annual Survey of South African Law.

Vivienne was appointed as the Executive Dean: Faculty of Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as of 1 July 2008. In this capacity she chairs and participates in 21 committees and is a member of a number of boards, including the President of the South African Law Deans Association (2010-2012, 2012-2014), member of the Small Claims Court Advisory Board (PE Region), chairperson of the School for Legal Practice (PE), member of the national task team on the LLB curriculum, a member of the South African Judicial Education Institute Council and independent chair of the Trentyre Empowerment Trust.

Besides her role as Executive Dean, Vivienne is still an avid researcher and has published 26 articles in accredited law journals and delivered 21 conference papers, both locally and internationally. In the past 5 years she has successfully supervised the following student research: 2 LLB treatises, 2 LLM dissertations and 2 LLD theses. She currently supervises 2 LLD students and 2 LLM students. On the academic engagement front, she is the external examiner for 2 LLM Banking Law modules at Unisa and external examiner of LLM dissertations, treatises and LLD theses for UCT, UJ, Wits, Unisa and NWU.

Vivienne was recently appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at the University of the Western Cape as of 1 April 2015.

Ms Lois Dippenaar

Director: Institutional Planning
University of the Western Cape
Modderdam Road
Belville 7530
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535

Tel: +27 21-959 2761
Fax: +27 21-959 2973

Lois Dippenaar is Director: Institutional Planning at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She has been at the University since September 2000 and has held various positions, but her involvement with strategic planning at UWC spans more than a decade. Her role encompasses a wide range of general strategic and infrastructure planning functions, communication, partnership building and she also coordinates institution-wide Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) grants.

Before joining UWC, Lois was a high school teacher and a public servant, working in the Offices of Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. She has studied at the universities of Pretoria and Western Cape and holds an MBA from Stellenbosch University. She is currently busy with a DBA in Higher Education Management with the University of Bath in the UK.

Lois has been actively involved in the work of CHEC since 2007 and has coordinated a number of CHEC projects. She also co-chairs the CHEC - City of Cape Town steering committee.

Professor Shaun Pather

Professor of Information Systems
University of the Western Cape
Modderdam Road
Belville 7530
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535

Tel: +27 21-959 2761
Fax: +27 21-959 2973

Shaun Pather, is Professor of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape. He is a Fulbright Scholar, whose expertise is located in the ambit of Information Systems Evaluation. Shaun’s research spans the thematic areas of ICT for Development (ICT4D), ICT policy, ICT adoption, ICT Evaluation, E-Government, and E-Commerce. Since 2008 Shaun has been actively involved in the Cape Higher Education Consortium, promoting and advancing partnerships and collaboration between the Western Cape university sector and Provincial and Local Government. Shaun currently is the joint chairperson of the CHEC-Western Cape Government Joint Task Team.


Professor Martin Oosthuizen

Chief Executive Officer
Cape Higher Education Consortium
P O Box 18094, Wynberg 7824

Tel : +27 21 035 1990

Professor Martin Oosthuizen holds degrees in Law and Theology, and obtained his doctorate in Theology from the University of South Africa in 1989. He was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at North West University at the start of June 2011. Before that he served as Senior Director of the Centre for Planning and Institutional Development at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth from 2005. At NWU his areas of responsibility include higher education access, student academic support, academic planning, curriculum development, teaching and learning approaches, educational technology, academic staff development, continuing education and the careers service.

Martin has been extensively involved in national and institutional projects relating to standards setting, quality assurance and qualifications design in the South African higher education sector. He was invited by the HEQC to coordinate the task team that developed the institutional audit framework for the first cycle of institutional audits. At the NMMU, he was responsible for the management of the SANTED project which dealt with the development of a new academic structure and qualifications profile for NMMU as a comprehensive university. Currently he serves on the Higher Education Quality Committee, and chairs its Accreditation Committee. He is an international reviewer for the Oman Academic Accreditation Council, and has contributed as an international reviewer to various institutional reviews for the Quality Assurance Agency in Scotland.

Martin has published various articles and presented papers at local and international conferences, mainly in the area of Old Testament theology, and more recently in the field of quality assurance and academic planning in higher education. He has held a number of research awards, including a fellowship at the Centre for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA in 1994, and a fellowship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities for study in higher education quality management at the University of Oxford in the UK from January to March 2001.

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