Institutional Forum

The Institutional Forum (IF) is a statutory body, established in terms of the Higher Education Act of 1997 and Section 40 of the CPUT Statute. The IF is elected from a broad range of stakeholders, and includes representatives from inter alia Senate, Executive Management, external councillors, academic and non-academic staff, unions and students.

Roles and responsibilities

The function of the IF is to deliberate and advise Council on a wide range of issues affecting the institution. The Higher Education Act specifically notes as part of the IF’s brief:

  • national policy
  • race and gender equity policies
  • selection of candidates for senior management positions
  • codes of conduct and procedures for dispute resolution
  • fostering an institutional culture of respect and tolerance
  • the implementation of the Higher Education Act and national policy on higher education
  • other functions as may be delegated or assigned to it by council

Institutional Forum members

Two members of the Council who are not employees or students of the Institution

Adv Diane Yach


Mr Fabian Ah Sign


Two members of the Senate

Prof Visvanathan Naicker


Mr Shoni Khangala


Two members from Management

Prof Paul Green


Ms Prem Coopoo


One member of Convocation

Mr Sonwabile Fisa

Deputy Chair - IF

One member of Student Services Council

Mr F Ah Sign


Transformation Office

Ms Nonkosi Tyolwana


Two members of CPUEU





Two members of NTEU

Ignatius John




Two members of NEHAWU

Mr Alvino Moses

Chairperson IF



Two members of NPSWU

Zimisele Mlumiso


Zonke Nyaniso


Two students designated by the SRC anually

Ms Nonele Ganyile


Mr Nanga Codana


Two members representing the Non-Academic Employees

Mr Clement Matasane


Mr Dillen Nel


Two members representing the Academic Employees

Dr Mujahid Aziz




Institutional Forum Code of Conduct

The IF at CPUT grew out of the old Transformation Forums. While it is now a statutory body, it still retains much of its earlier culture and traditions. The IF

  • provides a Forum to a very wide range of stakeholders — probably more so than any other single entity in the University,
  • strives to provide a non-threatening environment where all members of the CPUT community and its stakeholders can freely express their opinions,
  • values the opinions of all members, and places a premium on honest and open contributions,
  • has a tradition of open and robust debate,
  • operates in a spirit of collegial respect for the viewpoints of other members, and
  • values professionalism.

The IF has always strived for consensus rather than winner-takes-all democracy in formulating its position and consequent advice to Council. It is very rare for votes to be taken at IF meetings.

In order to promote an environment wherein debate can be robust yet respectful and considerate yet productive, the IF will:

  • make its minutes (once ratified) available to anybody who wishes to see them,
  • treat the detail of discussions as privileged and count on members to respect that,
  • welcome visitors and observers to its meetings (excepting the rare meetings that need to be confidential for good reason), and
  • count on members to arrive at meetings prepared and — having previously consulted with their constituencies and stakeholders — with required mandates.