Strategy Groups

Research and Innovation Strategy Group (RISG)

RISG Members (2024):

  • Professor Thoko Mayekiso — (Group Chairperson and Vice-Chancellor & Principal), University of Mpumalanga
  • Professor Alfred Ngowi — Central University of Technology
  • Professor Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka — Tshwane University of Technology
  • Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim — University of KwaZulu-Natal and CAPRISA
  • Professor Thabo Msibi — University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Professor Jose Frantz — University of the Western Cape
  • Dr Bernard Nthambeleni — University of Venda
  • Prof Jesika Singh — University of Limpopo
  • Dr Phethiwe Matutu — Universities SA (ex officio member)

Priority focus areas for 2024

  • Innovation
  • Research and innovation impact
  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Internationalisation


Professor Thoko Mayekiso
Vice-Chancellor and Principal:
University of Mpumalanga


Ms Janet Van Rhyn
Project Manager: Sector Support