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
Mvuyo 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 at the University of KwaZulu‐Natal and his post‐graduate studies in Family Medicine at University of the Witwatersrand.
He earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Mvuyo 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, Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Heath, etc.
Prof Lindiwe Zungu
Professor Lindiwe Zungu is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C-rated researcher in the discipline of Health Sciences specializing 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) and 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, 6 technical and policy reports, and over 30 papers presented at scientific meetings. In addition, she assiduously supervised over 30 postgraduate students to graduation (22 Masters 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 is 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 serve 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 a member of the editorial board for the newly launched South African open access scientific journal, Family Medicine and Primary Health Care.
Prof Haroon Bhorat
Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He’s co-authored two books and published over 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers, covering labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He recently co-edited The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa.
He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, an IZA Research Fellow (Institute for the Study of Labour), a member of the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty, and a member of the UN-WHO’s High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. He is a member of the Board of the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The World Bank Economic Review.
He holds a highly prestigious National Research Chair, is an Advisor on the South African Parliament’s High Level Panel on Acceleration of Change and Transformation, and has served as economic advisor to former South African Ministers of Finance. He was also an economic advisor to former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel.
Ms Precious Sibiya
Precious , a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountant, studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal and completed his CA articles with Deloitte in Durban in 1997. She has more than 20 years work experience within 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, PRASAand SekelaXabiso. Precious has served and continues to serve as a member on various boards and audit committees within private and public sector companies within SADC region. She has also chaired audit and risk committees of various companies.
Dr Amdalla Hamdok
Mrs Nasima Badsha
MSc University of Natal
Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC). Previous positions held include: Deputy Director General in the former Department of Education (1997-2006); Advisor to Minister of Education (2006-2009); and Advisor to Minister of Science & Technology (2009-2012). She was a member of the National Commission on Higher Education and has served on the Council on Higher Education and Board of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Currently on the boards of TENET, Learning Trust and Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
Prof. Relebohile Moletsane
PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Professor and John Langalibalele Dube Chair in Rural Education, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Member of the UMALUSI Council. Member of Editorial Committee and Board of Agenda Feminist Media Project.
Advocate Roshan Dehal
Advocate of the High Court of SA , B.PROC, LLB, Certificate in CONSTITUTIONAL LITIGATION; LLM (International Arbitration & Trade Law - yet to complete); Maritime Law Certificate (UKZN). A Human Rights and Litigation Lawyer in practice for over 35 years. Commissioner of the Small Claims Court since October 1996.
Has served on the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB), South African Council for Social Services Professions (SACSSP), Africa Institute of SA (AISA), South African Civil Aviations Authority (SACAA), IZIKO Museum, National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Appeals Board of the Medical Schemes Council; and Assessor of HPCSA.
Several leading Community Awards of Distinction received from several Centres in S.A., India, UK, and Asia. Youngest Admitted Attorney (at age 22 in 1979). Several Liberation Struggle Awards for successfully defending/prosecuting human rights matters, especially in the dark days of apartheid and as a previously disadvantaged lawyer.
Prof. Mark Bussin
Chairperson of 21st Century Pay solutions Group, Professor at University of Johannesburg and Professor Extraordinaire at North West University.
Commissioner in the Presidency as a member of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers. Chairperson and member of various boards and remuneration committees. Immediate past President and EXCO member of South African Reward Association.
Author: The Remuneration Handbook for Africa; The Performance Management Handbook for Emerging Markets; The Performance Management Handbook for Government, SOEs, Universities, Schools and NPOs.
Prof. Crain Soudien (HSRC CEO)
PhD Ed, State University of New York at Buffalo
HSRC CEO; former Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He remains a professor in the School of Education at UCT. Prof. Soudien's areas of research interest include: social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture. Prof Soudien’s publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 180 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters. His most recent work, published in Pedagogy, Culture & Society, draws on intentionality systems theory to begin a discussion about the relationship between the act of violence and thinking.