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 Dr. Brighton M Mupangavanhu

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Mercantile and Labour Law
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: PhD: Commercial Law (UCT); LL.M: Environmental Law (Natal/UKZN); LL.B (UFH); PG Certificate in Legal Practice (UCT); Towards Professionalization of Teaching & Learning Certificate (UWC); Program for Academic & Professional Leaders (P4APL) Certificate (UWC)
Tel: 021 959 3297
Fax: 021 959 3313


 Dr. Brighton M Mupangavanhu is a member of the Mercantile & Labour Law Department who joined the Law Faculty in 2014. He teaches commercial law subjects at LL.B, namely Corporate Law & Law of Payment Instruments (to become Commercial Transactions Law after 2020) and Company Law for B. Comm students. In addition to his academic qualifications, Dr. Mupangavanhu’s professional development/training is evidenced by a Legal Education and Development (LEAD) certificate from the Cape Town-based School for Legal Practice and a PG Certificate in Legal Practice (UCT). He also obtained a teaching and learning certificate for a course entitled Towards Professionalisation of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (UWC). In 2019, Dr. Mupangavanhu graduated with a certificate in the Program for Academic and Professional Leaders course at UWC (2018-2019), aimed at enhancing leadership capabilities. Dr. Mupangavanhu specialises and conducts research in the following areas of interest: Corporate Governance & Finance Law; Banking and Financial Services Law; the interface between corporate law and other areas of law such as contract law, legal interpretation, constitutional law & intellectual property law. Dr. Mupangavanhu supervises and teaches postgraduate students at LL.M (Masters) and LL.D (Doctoral) levels primarily in the areas of corporate law and banking/financial services law. Scholarships held during his academic studies include: the Presidential Scholarship to study towards an LL.B degree; the Wilfred Kramer Grant and Law Faculty Special Scholarship – for doctoral studies at UCT. Dr. Mupangavanhu’s research work has attracted the interest of legal practitioners, academics and company boards as evidenced by several invitations to be a keynote speaker at conferences, invitations to address company boards on various corporate governance and corporate finance law matters and to offer on-boarding induction workshops by company boards in Cape Town and Johannesburg in particular, and also invitations to examine LL.M and PhD theses from South African and other African public universities as well as some private universities. Dr. Mupangavanhu’s individual accolades received to date include graduating with a number of distinctions at LL.B; being named best Constitutional Law student at LL.B level and top student in Constitutional Practice module during the LEAD course at the School for Legal Practice. He has held middle management positions within higher education prior to joining the Law Faculty as an academic in 2014. Dr. Mupangavanhu has presented several conference papers at various local & international conferences held in South Africa and at a regional conference in Namibia. In 2020, Dr. Mupangavanhu will be a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in the UK, after he received the Beaufort (Colenso) Visiting Scholarship at the university’s St John’s College.


1.     “Diminution’ In Share Value and Third-Party Claims For Pure Economic Loss: The Question Of Director Liability To Shareholders” (2019) SA MercLJ Vol 31 (1)  pp107 – 128;

2.     Standard of conduct or standard of review? Examination of an African Business Judgment Rule under South Africa’s Companies Act 71 of 2008.” (2019) Journal of African Law Vol 63, Issue 1  pp127-150

3.     “Impact of the Constitution’s Normative Framework on the Interpretation of Provisions of the Companies Act 71 of 2008”  (2019) PELJ/PER Vol 22 ;

4.     Fiduciary duty and duty of care under the Companies Act 2008 : does South African law insist on the two duties being kept separate?” Stellenbosch Law Review-January 2017 (Vol. 28 No.1  2017);

5.     “The lawfulness of an MOI clause that permits a company board to refuse transfer of shares without reasons: Analysis of Visser Sitrus (Pty) Ltd v Goede Hoop Sitrus (Pty) Ltd and Others 2014 (5) SA 179 (WCC)” Speculum Juris in 2018. Vol. 31 No.2 (2017) ISSN 2523-2177;

6.      “Evolving statutory derivative action principles in South Africa: Good faith criterion and a court’s discretion in granting leave to bring derivative action” to be published in 2020 in the Speculum Juris.​

7.     “Yet another Missed Opportunity to develop the common law of contract? An analysis of Everfresh Market Virginia Pty (Ltd) v Shoprite Checkers Pty Ltd [2011] ZACC 30”; Speculum Juris – October 2013 (Vol. 1 2013);

8.     “Gcaba v The Minister of Safety and Security 2009 ZACC. Concurrent jurisdiction now settled law?” August 2012 Stellenbosch Law Review (Vol. 23 No.1  2012);

9.     Alignment of student discipline administration and design with national law and constitutional imperatives in South Africa” Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal in May 2011 (Vol.14 No.2  2011);

10.   “Commercial Statutory Interpretation - Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement” Paper presented at the 2nd Seminar on Legal Interpretation on 22 November 2019, to be published as part of conference proceedings;

11.   “Corporate Financial Reporting Standards and Auditing Practice – A Critical Examination of Regulation in South Africa in Light of Recent Challenges” – A Paper developed for purposes of the NWU Colloquium on Corporate & Financial Markets Law held on 24 and 25 October 2019. Paper to be published in 2020 as a Special Issue in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law (IJEBL) based at the UK’s University of Leicester;

12.   “New set-off rules and public policy considerations in a bank-customer relationship: National Credit Regulator v Standard Bank Ltd case of 2019” – Paper Presented at 6th Annual International Mercantile Law Conference on 6 November 2019.​



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