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Previous Vice-Chancellors

Prof Lineo Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga

thumbnail tangaProf Lineo Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga was CPUT's first Rector and Vice-Chancellor. From 2006-2013, Prof Mazwi-Tanga took on the challenge of transforming the merged institution into a dynamic, modern African institution of the future.

Her experience as an educationist began in the Eastern Cape , where she taught mathematics and geography several high schools during the volatile 1980s. In 1987 she joined the University of Fort Hare as a lecturer in Geography where she also completed her Master’s degree and was later awarded a certificate in Higher Education Administration from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. Further development in her research work in geography saw her accepting a research award that took her to Durham University in the United Kingdom to read for an MSc in Climatology. That same year she was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

An invitation to Peninsula Technikon as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Affairs introduced her into another challenging portfolio which she carried with zeal and dedication for ten years. Involvement in national bodies like the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, HESA, NACI give her an opportunity to share with other leading men and women in the various facets of higher education nationally.

An invitation to serve in the Department of Education as a Ministerial Adviser introduced Prof Mazwi-Tanga to systems in national higher education, something which served her well when she assumed the position of leadership of CPUT.

Watch Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga's tribute video below.