Office of the Vice Chancellor and Principal

Dr Bernard Nthambeleni

Vice Chancellor and Principal

Vice Chancellor’s Profile

Dr Nthambeleni is an accomplished and successful executive with more than 22 years’ experience in the higher education sector relating to teaching, management, research management & research administration, capacity building programmes, research and development. He brings to this portfolio a wealth of experience and a breadth knowledge and relevant experience that will enable him to successfully lead the University of Venda to becoming a powerful vibrant regional player in the higher education sector and a major academic and research outputs contributor to the South African National System of Innovation.

Dr Nthambeleni currently holds a senior management position at the National Research Foundation of South Africa as the Executive Director in charge of the Grants Management and Systems Administration directorate.

Before joining the National Research Foundation, he worked as a Lecturer at the former Vista University East Rand Campus, Johannesburg and a Researcher in the research project sponsored by the South Africa-Netherlands Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD), Amsterdam Human Science Research Council, Kurt Lewin Institute and the Vrije University of Amsterdam.

Dr Nthambeleni is also a member of the following professional bodies: Institute of Directors in Southern Africa since 2014, the South African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) since 2009, the South African Sociological Association (SASA) since 2008 and the International Sociological Association (ISA) since 2007.

Previous Vice Chancellors

Prof Peter Mbati 2008 – 2018
Dr Jim Leatt (Acting Vice-Chancellor) 2006 – 2007
Prof Gessler Nkondo 1994 – 2005
Prof Philip Moila (Acting Vice-Chancellor) 1993 – 1994
Prof Piet du Plessis 1988 – 1992
Prof Thomas de Koning 1982 – 1987


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Name: Mrs Muvhulawa Esther Munano
Designation: Executive Assistant

Name: Adv Mphiriseni Irene Netangaheni
Designation: Executive Secretary

Name: Mr Thanyani Mphephu
Designation: Student Discipline Officer

Name: Dr Olusegun Samson Obadire
Designation: Chief Administrative Officer

Name: Ms Azwianewi Marindili
Designation: Internal Audit Assistant

Name: Miss Suzan Manki Sathekge
Designation: International Student Administrator (

Name: Mrs Sephiwe Nelly Lubisi
Designation: Legal Officer

Name: Mr Tiniyiko Alleck Sibiya
Designation: Risk Officer

Name: Mr Hulisani Viccel Sithagu
Designation: International Student Administrator (

Name: Mrs Nontlanhla Ntakana
Designation: Assistant International Relations

Name: Adv Avhapfani Eric Nemukula
Designation: Director Legal Services

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