Stellenbosch University (SU) announced the election of four new members chosen to represent the University Council, two of which have served on the Council previously. SU is currently reviewing the statute which, amongst others, determines the composition of its legal bodies. This means the electorates will have a direct impact on the virtues and principles guiding the University as well as governing the academic and administrative functioning of the University.
The four who were elected are: Charl Cillié (Managing Director at Infinity Web Solutions); Adv. Jean Meiring (advocate at the Johannesburg Society of Advocates); Johan Theron, (lawyer in commercial litigation at Werksmans Attorneys) and Prof. Joan Hambidge (professor of Afrikaans and Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town).
Hambidge and Theron previously served on the Council. Cillié, Meiring and Theron have a four-year term and Hambidge a two-year term. These new members were elected by a convocation of Stellenbosch graduates, postgraduate students, fulltime staff and retired academic staff of the University.
According to Chapter 2, section 10 of the University statute, the purpose of the Council is to govern the University “in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1997, the Statute and rules, and exercises a general supervisory responsibility in respect to academic and operational
matters and institutional policy and strategy”.