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26 November 2021
New Leadership for UWC Council
Dear Campus Community


The University of the Western Cape is proud to announce the new leadership of the University Council.

Judge Nathan Charles Erasmus has been elected as the new Chairperson of Council of the University of the Western Cape and Ms Xoliswa Daku was elected as the Deputy-Chair of Council.

I am particularly heartened by the calibre of individuals elected to serve as they are notably accomplished professionals. The new leadership of Council brings a wealth of skills and experience that will assist the University’s Management in steering the institution towards actualising its strategic objectives.

The Chair, Justice Erasmus, is a Judge of the High Court of South Africa. Having completed his B Juris and LLB degrees he has, since 1984, worked in the legal field in various capacities. He started acting as a judge in the Western Cape High Court from 1999 and was permanently appointed in that capacity in 2001. He has also acted in capacities as Judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Judge President of the Free State Division.

Judge Erasmus serves as the Chairman of the National Operations Committee of the Office of the Chief Justice in relation to the efficiency of the courts; Acting Inspecting Judge of Prisons; Chairman for the Board of Sheriffs, as well as on various community organisations and NGOs. Judge Erasmus is committed to the transformation of the profession and the efficient running of the courts

New Deputy Chair, Ms Xoliswa Daku, is an accomplished legal professional and astute entrepreneur, boasting more than two decades in the property development sector. She is the CEO and founder of the Daku Group of Companies with a sizable internationally recognised portfolio.

Ms Daku is a dynamic, internationally award-winning leader with an insatiable passion for transformation, purpose-driven development, and empowerment to women in the sector, and those interested in growing in the industry. The Uitenhage-born disruptor believes that with property development comes the responsibility of creating access, and economic opportunities that regenerate and advance those within the communities where the construct of spaces is undertaken. 

Ms Daku remains a committed legal professional as a member of the Black Lawyers Association, The South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA), and The Association for Black Business Rescue and Insolvency Practitioners of South Africa (ABRIPSA), and has been on the liquidation panel of the Master's High Court since 2004. 

I want to thank the outgoing Council Chair and Deputy Chair, Ms Yasmin Forbes and Ms Cindy Hess, respectively, for laying firm foundations for the new leadership to build on, and for allowing UWC to flourish.

I look forward to working with the Council under its new leadership and wish them well for their tenures.

Warm Regards,

Prof Tyrone Pretorius
Rector and Vice-Chancellor
University of the Western Cape