Loyiso Nongxa Appointed New Vice-Chancellor
May, 2003 The University of the Witwatersrand has appointed
Professor Loyiso Nongxa as its vice-chancellor and principal with
effect from 16 May.
Born in Indwe, near Queenstown, Loyiso Nongxa is the youngest
of five children. His father was a teacher who became a principal
and his mother a qualified teacher who remained in the home to
raise their children. As a natural scholar Nongxa excelled in
his studies throughout his education. He matriculated from Healdtown
College where he achieved distinction as the top matric student
in South Africa in 1972. He then proceeded to study for a BSc
degree at Fort Hare, BSc (Hons) 1976, MSc 1978. His contemporaries
at university include many of South Africa's political and business
leaders. He holds a D.Phil from the University of Oxford 1982.
In 1978, Loyiso Nongxa became South Africa's first African Rhodes
is a mathematician who has lectured at the University of Fort
Hare, the National University of Lesotho, University of Natal
and the University of the Western Cape - where he held the post
of Professor in Mathematics and later, Dean of the Faculty of
October 2000, Nongxa took up the position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand. In April 2002
he was appointed Vice-Principal and in November 2002 he became
Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal. In May 2003 Nongxa was appointed
as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal on a ten contract.
Nongxa serves on the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, the
SAUVCA Research Committee and various National Research Foundation
committees. His expertise and interest include Universal Algebra,
the teaching of mathematics at tertiary level and research evaluation.
is an avid sports fan who in his younger days played rugby for
the "Baa-bas" team at Fort Hare and represented his school in
athletics. He is married and a father of three children.
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