Thabo Mbeki appointed new Chancellor of Unisa

Judge Bernard Ngoepe has retired from his role as Chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa); a role he held for the past 15 years. Former President Thabo Mbeki (pictured) has been appointed to take his place.

The university said in a statement:

"The university had a rigorous process of selecting a new chancellor and there was consensus in selecting Former President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, an outstanding African intellectual giant and the most recognisable 21st century proponent of the African Renaissance, who is highly regarded internationally."

It is hoped that Mbeki's new role will add value to the university, as the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library have already served to bolster the university's global profile.

Details of Mbeki's inauguration have not yet been finalised or announced.