The Council of the University is the highest decision making body within the University structure and is constituted according to the Higher Education Act, 1997, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Statute. Subject to the Act and this Statute, the Council governs the University.

The 30 member Council consists of executive officers, employees of the institution, student representatives, alumni and community members appointed following the approved University processes.


Executive Members
Professor Nana Poku
Professor Busisiwe Ncama
Professor Deresh Ramjugernath
Ministerial Appointees
Dr Mark Hay
Mr Sammy Mashita
Rev Dr Vukile Mehana
Mr Samuel Z Zungu
Ms Thobeka Njozela
Senate Representatives
Professor Naven Chetty
Professor Sinegugu Duma
Academic Staff Representatives
Professor Nirmala Gopal
Professor Purshottama S Reddy
SRC Representatives
Mr S Hlengwa
Mr S Khumalo
Support Staff Representatives
Mr Olehile Moeng
Mr Tony Singarum
Convocation Representatives
Ms Fikile Masiko
Mr Mnikeni Phakathi
Mr Fanle Sibisi
Appointed by the Council
Ms Basadifeela Letsoalo
Mr Elijah Litheko
Mr Naran Maharajh
Dr Leticia Moja (Acting Chair)
Mr Nicholas Motsatse
Ms Khomotso Mthimunye
Ms Ann Naicker
Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba
Dr McLean Sibanda
Mr Andrè D Young
In Attendance
Mr Simon Mokoena (Registrar and Secretary to Council)
Ms Nontuthuko Mbhele (Chief Finance Officer)
Mr Ashton Bodrick (Executive Director: Corporate Relations)
Ms Pretty de Bruin-Shange (Head of Committees)