HSRC Board

The Board of the HSRC refers to the group of up to ten people, including a Chairperson, appointed for a period of four years by the Minister of Science and Technology. Appointees have distinguished themselves in the field of the human sciences or possess special qualifications in relation to some aspect of the functions of the Board. The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC and s/he serves as a further, ex officio member. The Board is the accounting authority of the organisation for purposes of the Public Finance Management Act.

Members of the HSRC Board: November 2017 to October 2021

Prof Mvuyo Tom – Chairperson
Prof. Tom has a rich background to his roles in South African higher education, public service, health system and social justice. With roots in the Eastern Cape, he studied and worked in various parts of the country and also has international experience. His undergraduate medical studies were undertaken at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and his postgraduate studies in Family Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He earned his Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Prof. Tom has been focused on health and human rights for over thirty-five years. In 1994, he was honoured with the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights “in recognition of extraordinary personal dedication to improving the health of the disadvantaged in South Africa.”

He retired as Vice Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare at the end of 2016 after serving in that capacity for two terms. Prior to that he had been deeply involved with the transformation of the public service from 1994 to 2004. Prof. Tom has been deep in the heart of how South Africa’s commitment to social justice plays out in people’s daily lives.

Post-retirement he is focusing on health and education through various organisations and entities as a board member. Amongst these are the Council on Higher Education (CHE), Tekano Health Equity South Africa, DG Murray Trust, Masibumbane Development Organisation and the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health.

Prof Lindiwe Zungu
Prof. Zungu is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C-rated researcher in the discipline of Health Sciences, specialising in Occupational Health and Safety at the University of South Africa, College of Human Sciences, and Department of Health Studies. Her illustrious academic career spans more than 10 years in positions from lecturer (2005) to Associate Professorship (2009); and from full Professorship (2011) to Research Professorship (2016).

Within the horizon of only one decade in academia, she has produced over 90 research outputs in the form of 45 articles in peer reviewed scientific local and international journals, 11 book chapters, six technical and policy reports, and over 30 papers presented at scientific meetings. In addition, she has assiduously supervised over 30 postgraduate students to graduation (22 master’s and 14 doctoral) within the discipline of Health Sciences.

Through a Harvard University Scholarship and the University of South Africa (Unisa) Research Professor’s Funding, she was one of the 2017-2018 Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) fellows at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the University Council at Unisa (2017–2019) and also serves on the Technical Expert Panel for the Centre of Research Excellence at the Mine Health and Safety Council (2017–2020). Prof. Zungu currently serves on the Boards of the South African Medical Research Council (2016–2019), Human Sciences Research Council (2017–2021), the Examination Board for Texila American University (2017–2018), and as a member of the editorial board for the newly launched South African open access scientific journal, Family Medicine and Primary Health Care.

Ms Precious Sibiya
Ms Sibiya, a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and completed her CA articles with Deloitte in Durban in 1997. She has more than 20 years work experience in the areas of risk management, internal auditing and finance, from junior to executive level of management. The companies she has worked for include, amongst others, SAB, Standard Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Eskom, PRASA and SekelaXabiso. She has served and continues to serve as a member on various boards and audit committees within private and public sector companies in the SADC region. She has also chaired audit and risk committees of various companies.


Ms Nasima Badsha
Ms Badsha holds an MSc from the University of Natal and is the former chief executive officer of the Cape Higher Education Consortium. Previous positions held include deputy director-general in the former Department of Education (1997–2006); advisor to the Minister of Education (2006–2009); and advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology (2009–2012). She is a former member of the National Commission on Higher Education and served on the Council on Higher Education and Board of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Prof. Relebohile Moletsane
Relebohile Moletsane has a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.  She is currently  Professor and the JL Dube Chair in Rural Education in the School of Education and the Pro Vice-Chancellor: Social Cohesion at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a member of Board of  Khula Education, a David Rattray Foundation Initiative, which supports rural schools in the Umzinyathi District, KwaZulu-Natal in Maths and language teaching from pre-school to high school level.

Advocate Roshan Dehal
Advocate Dehal holds a BProc, LLB and is an advocate of the High Court of SA and a human rights and litigation lawyer who has been in practice for over 40 years, first as an attorney and conveyancer and now as an advocate. He has been a commissioner of the small claims court since October 1996.

He has served on several boards, councils and committees, including the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB); South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP); Africa Institute of SA (AISA); South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA); Iziko Museum; National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF); and the Appeals Board of the Medical Schemes Council. He is an assessor for the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and chairperson of several boards, committees and sub-committees around the world.

He obtained distinctions in several law subjects, in his BProc and LLB degrees and has received several leading community awards of distinction from centres in South Africa, India, UK, and Asia. He was the youngest admitted attorney (at age 22 in 1979) and holds several liberation struggle awards for successfully defending/prosecuting human rights matters, especially in the apartheid days of South Africa and as a historically disadvantaged lawyer.

Prof. Mark Bussin
Prof Bussin holds a BSc, HDPM, MM, MCom and DCom from Wits, WBS and UJ.

He is chairperson of 21st Century; professor at University of Johannesburg, professor extraordinaire at North West University, visiting professor at GIBS and UCT; past commissioner in the Presidency as a member of the Independent Remuneration Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers; Chairperson and member of various boards, HR, Remuneration and Audit committees; past president and executive member of the South African Reward Association. He is the author of 11 books and 42 peer reviewed journal articles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Prof. Crain Soudien (HSRC CEO)
Chief Executive Officer
PhD. State University of New York at Buffalo
Prof. Soudien is formerly a deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include three books, four edited collections and over 190 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters, including a 2017 publication entitled Nelson Mandela: Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education.

He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is the chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, the former chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies and had been the chair of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education and is currently the chair of the Ministerial Committee to Evaluate Textbooks for Discrimination. He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.