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Dr Zweli Mkhize - Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Dr Zweli Mkhize, the former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, was installed as the second Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal at a special inauguration ceremony held on 19 August 2009. He succeeded Dr Frene Ginwala. 

As chancellor, Dr Mkhize is the titular head of the university and presides over all University congregations. He confers and awards all degrees, diplomas and certificates in the name of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  

Described by the community of Willowfontein in Pietermaritzburg where he grew up as ‘open-minded and very humble’, Dr Mkhize obtained his medical degree from the former University of Natal’s Medical School where he played a leading role in student governance and served on the Medical Students Representative Council as President.

His illustrious political career spans nearly 25 years and his prominent role in the promotion of peace and stability in the province of KwaZulu-Natal is well known. He played an integral and major role in the country’s democracy and went into exile in 1986. He returned to South Africa in 1991. He served as a member of the ANC’s National Health Secretariat responsible for the development of the country’s health policy.  Dr Mkhize served as MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for 10 years, making him the longest serving Provincial Health MEC in the country. In 2004, he was appointed MEC for Finance and Economic Development in KZN. He was chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and a member of the ANC National Executive Committee and currently the Treasurer-General of African National Congress.
He is married to Dr May Mashego with whom he has three children.

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Did you Know?

UKZN’s School of Information Systems and Technology was the first university in South Africa to introduce Podcasting as an educational tool.

The University enjoys a century of academic advancements.

Spud author, John Van De Ruit, graduated from UKZN.

UKZN is the third most productive university in South Africa in terms of research output

South Africa's best-known and most popular television maths and science teacher William Smith obtained a Master’s degree from the former University of Natal

UKZN is one of three African universities rated amongst the top 500 universities of the world according to the Academic Rankings of World Universities(ARWU).

The multimillion-rand KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS (K-RITH), an international centre of scientific research, is located on the University's Medical school campus.

The University offers approximately 2 000 academic programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

UKZN has been home to many successful sportsman over the years, Tommy Bedford a former Springbok Rugby player, Shaun Pollock & Jonty Rhodes South African Cricketers.

Some high profile businessmen studied at UKZN, Sol Kerzner the developer of Lost city & more, Stephen Saad the CEO & founder of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Guy Brazier the regional leader of Deloitte & Alan Olivier the CEO of Grindrod Group.

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