Prof. Bonang Mohale has been announced as the new Chancellor of the University of the Free State. The announcement was made at a special meeting of the UFS Council on 20 March 2020.
According to the UFS, Prof. Mohale’s appointment follows an extensive selection process by the council. He succeeds Dr Khotso Mokhele, whose term as Chancellor comes to an end on 3 June 2020. Dr Mokhele has been serving as Chancellor for two terms. A Professor of Practice at the Johannesburg Business School’s College of Business and Economics, Prof.
Mohale is a successful and respected business leader who has held chairmanships and directorships at some of South Africa’s top companies. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), where he steered several programmes to attract foreign investment and create jobs in the country.
In his long and illustrious career, he also served as Chairman of the Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, the Marketing Association of South Africa, the Institute of Marketing Management, and as deputy chairman of the national Heart Foundation. Further to that, he held directorships at Bidvest Group Limited, the Airports Company of South Africa, Sanlam, and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa. Prof Mohale, who is also a published author, has been recognised locally and internationally for his business acumen and skills.
He is the recipient of several South African Facilities Management Association awards for his contribution to facilities management in South Africa and was recognised by CEO Magazine as a country and regional winner of the ‘Titans Building Nations Award’. In 2012, he was awarded the Institute of People Management’s (IPM) CEO of the Year. Chairperson of the UFS Council, Dr Willem Louw, said the university was fortunate to be able to appoint someone of such calibre in the position.
“The Council is proud that Prof. Mohale will be fulfi lling the role of titular head of the university,” he said. Prof Mohale will take up his new role on 4 June 2020, serving a fi ve-year term.
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