The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba as the new Chairperson of Council. Mr Mdwaba was elected to the position by Council members at the last Council meeting for 2014, succeeding former Chairperson Mr Brian Williams, whose term ended at the end of November 2014. Mdwaba will serve as chairperson for a three-year term.
In his acceptance speech Mdwaba expressed appreciation for the opportunity afforded to him. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you once more for the confidence you have showed in nominating me and electing me as UWC Chairman for Council. It is truly humbling,” he said.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank our erstwhile Chairman, Mr Brian Williams, who completed his term on 30 November 2014, and our outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian O'Connell, for bringing us to this point, so Professor Tyrone Pretorius, our incoming Vice-Chancellor, can take the baton and ensure the realisation of further milestones for this very remarkable University.”
These new milestones could only be achieved, Mdwaba noted, through focused and strategic partnerships. “Funding and sustainability are absolutely essential ingredients in ensuring that the community of the University focuses on doing what we need to do without pain. In this regard, we are going to have to come up with very clear focused ways of leveraging our networks. Partnerships are going to be absolutely key going forward, both in defending our territory to ensure growth of existing relationships, and also in acquiring new partnerships that can take us to new heights”
Mthunzi Mdwaba: An abridged biography
Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba, CEO of TZoro IBC, has built his career as an entrepreneur, deal-maker and negotiator. He has, until recently been one of the Vice Presidents at Business Unity South Africa (“BUSA”) the apex business organization in South Africa, and was until November 2010 the Group CEO of Torque IT, South Africa, a world-class company dedicated to Computer Technical Training Solutions, and also served as the Deputy CEO of the Kelly Group, a listed entity on the JSE Support Services section.
Mr Mdwaba was responsible for 90% of the operations (1300 people and R1.8 Billion of the then total R2.2Billion), with 7 MDs reporting to him, including MSquared & Collabrus in San Francisco, California in the US (with clients such as Cisco, Wells Fargo, Union Bank with revenues of $55/60000.00). He has recently set up an Investment, Brokering and Consulting Firm, TZORO IBC.
He is, inter alia, a governing body member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and was co-opted to the management board of the International Organisation for Employers (IOE). Both organisations are based in Geneva, Switzerland.
A global investor and entrepreneur, Mr Mdwaba has been recently appointed Vice-President, Africa at the IOE, the only recognised body representing the interests of employers in international social and labour policy matters. This appointment has awarded Mr Mdwaba the opportunity to oversee political matters concerning employees and business organisations within the continent.
Born in the rural village of Coville-Herschel in the Eastern Cape, Mthunzi is a very keen cyclist, who has been involved in the sport for the last 15 years.