PRETORIA, South Africa’s Higher Education and Training Minister, Naledi Pandor, has congratulated Dr Judy Dlamini, for being the first black woman to be appointed as Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), succeeding Justice Dikgang Moseneke who retires in December 2018.

Pandor said it was pleasing that in this year of the centenary celebrations of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, one of South Africa’s leading tertiary institutions of learning has appointed a black woman to such an important position.

I regard the issue of transformation in higher education as one of my priorities. It is really important that we recognize and celebrate seeing more and more excellent black women occupying upper echelons within various institutions of higher education and training,” she said.

I am certain that their leadership will inspire more young black people and women in particular to become successful academics and future leaders of our institutions.

I am particularly pleased with the appointment of Dr Judy Dlamini as the first black woman chancellor of Wits. It augurs well for our transformation agenda and I am sure she will help us to get more young women to follow in her footsteps.”

Dr Dlamini is also the first woman chancellor in the 96 years of the university’s existence.