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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


Mapoma, Zuko (Adv) LLM (UNISA) MBA (UCT)

Member of the Cape Town Bar

Deputy Chairperson

Platzky, Laurine (Dr) PhD (ISS, Erasmus University)


Ministerial Appointees

Rorisang Lebethe (Ms) BCom Accounting (Wits)

EXECUTIVE Finance Manager, Edcon

Easthorpe, Reynold (Mr) BCom (UNISA)

Business Owner: Shefa Enterprises/ Express Employment

Ngxiza, Sonwabile (Mr) MPA (UCT)

Research and Content Support – Office of the Deputy Speaker, Parliament (RSA)

Noviwe, Qegu (Ms) MSc. City Planning (Potchefstroom University)

Senior Associate Consultant: Mamphele Development Planners

Convocation Representatives

Matiwane, Saziso (Mr) Honours Degree Public Admin (MANCOSA)

Regulatory Compliance Auditor Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board

Nyangiwe, Athenkosi (Mr) BA Hons (UWC)

Facilities Administrator (NSFAS)

Council Appointees

Hadebe, Bheki (Mr) BTech (CPUT) MA (UNISA), Advanced Business Programme (DUT)

Member of Parliament (RSA)

Dhevcharran, Nirvani (Ms)

IT Executive: The Foschini Group

Gumbi, Dumisani (Mr) LLM (UCT)

Group IT Governance Architect: Sanlam Group

Groenewald, Liezl (Ms) MA (Wits)

Manager: Organisational Ethics - The Ethics Institute

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

Provincial HR Business Partner/ HR Ops



Dilotsotlhe, Kelebogile (Ms) M.Ed (Science Education) (Potchefstroom University) cum laude

Chief Executive Officer/C00/Corporate Stakeholder

Mr Sindile Faku (Master of Science Degree) (Jackson State University, USA)

Managing Director: Dakhile Property & Construction Investments

City of Cape Town Appointee

Mr Abdulkader Elyas

Council 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)


Executive Management

Nhlapo, Chris (Prof) PhD (Potchefstroom University)


Balkaran, Rishidaw (Prof) PhD

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

Phaho, David (Dr) PhD

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships (RTIP)

Senate Representatives

Kioko, Joseph (Prof) PhD (University of Natal)

Dean: Faculty of Applied Sciences

Prof Paul Green (PhD)

Dean Faculty of Business and Management Sciences

Academic Representatives

Helsby, Claire (Ms) MCom (University of Stellenbosch)

Lecturer, CPUT

Msombi, Velaphi (Dr) DTech

Lecturer, CPUT

Non-academic Representatives



Nkwana, Sello (Mr) BTech (CPUT)

Manager: End-User Computing, CPUT

Student Representatives

Codana, Nanga (Mr)

CSRC: President

Ganyile, Nonele (Ms)

CSRC: Secretary General