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Sefako Makgatho University


Sefako Makgatho University, SMU was established when the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande in terms of section 20 of the Higher Education Act 1997 (Act 101 of 1997) promulgated the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) in the SA Government Gazette no: 37658 of 16 May 2014.

The promulgation followed the announcement made in 2011, by Minister Nzimande, when he announced his intention to separate the Medunsa Campus, from the University of Limpopo. The minister’s intention was based on the findings and recommendations of the task team that was established and led by Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) and Dr Max Price, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Town (UCT).

Motto ‘Knowledge for Quality Health Services’
Mission Provide high-quality primary health care-oriented health sciences research, education and services.Deploy educational approaches that include evidence-based methods for curriculum development and delivery that are rooted in the community.Promote interdisciplinary research, education and skills training that recognizes the cross-disciplinary nature of holistic health care provisionProduce a cadre of health professionals with the transformative leadership capacity to identify, analyse and address the health needs of the individual, the family, the community and the population.Create an environment that supports innovation and harnesses the power of new technologies to address the health needs of the community.
Vision To be the benchmark institution providing holistic health sciences education that meets the health needs of the individual, the family, the community and the population.


Short ProfileThe late Dr Edna Molewa was the Minister of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. She is a former Minister of Social Development, and a member of the African National Congress Women’s League National Executive Council.She served as Chairperson of the African National Congress Women’s League in the North West Province and has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee, since 1996.



ChairpersonJudge NM Mavundla 
Deputy ChairpersonDr V Ramlakan 
The Vice-Chancellor (Section 18(1)(a))Prof CR de Beer 
Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Section 18(1)(b)) DVC Research, Postgraduate Studies and InnovationDVC Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement  Prof AO Ayo-YusufDr EL van Staden  
Member of the Senate elected by the Senate (Section 18(1)(c))Prof PS MntlaProf GA Ogunbanjo  
Administrative and Support Representative (Section 18(1)(e))Mr NMT Lechaba 
Ministerial Appointees (Section 18(1)(g))    Ms Mulalo Rambauli 
Ministerial Appointees (Section 18(1)(g))  (Also serving as Deputy Chairperson)1 place VacantDr TE TwalaDr M MahlabaProf J MeyerowitzDr V Ramlakan 
President of the Convocation and one Additional member (Section 18(1)(h))2 places Vacant
Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality Members (Section 18(1)(ii)                                  Ms R AucampMs SL Senkubuge 
Donors of the University Member (Section 18(1)(j))2 places vacant
Six Persons Appointed by the Council (Section 18(1)(k))                                                 (Also serving as Chairperson)                                Mr TL Lekoana Ms M Mamabolo Judge NM MavundlaDr MEC MolekiDr M MotlatlaDr AJ van Heerden  
The Chairperson of the Institutional Forum (Section 18(1)(I))Prof JO Olowoyo 
Co-opted members (Section 77(6))                 Prof L Hay  Ms Mneno  Mr TM Modise 
SECRETARIAT    Registrar                                                  Dr. Jeffrey Mabelebele 

SMU Contact Details

Physical Address:
Molotlegi Street
Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria,


Postal Address:
P.O Box 60
Medunsa, 0204

Phone: (012) 521-4111

Fax: (012) 560-0086

International Students Contact Details

Physical Address:

Advocacy and diversity (Old Residence Information Centre)

Contact Person:

Administrative Officer:  Ms Eunice Modiba

Contact number: (012) 521-5834 / 4979

Email address: mailto:[email protected]

Research & Postgraduate Studies Directorate

Physical Address:

Clinical Pathology Building
5th Floor
Office No S524

Office of the Director:

Prof.  Prem Govender, Director
[email protected]
Tel: (012) 521 3956
Office No: S522

Support Services:

Ms. Elsie Monkwe, Admin Officer (Research Output & Workshops)[email protected] No: S524Ms. Lorato Phiri, Secretariat (SMUREC)[email protected] No: S524Ms. Jadah Matentji, Admin Officer (External Grants)[email protected] No: S519
Mr. Edwin Manabalala, Admin Officer (Internal Grants)[email protected] No: S519Ms. Phumzile Sibanyoni, Admin Officer (SMUREC)[email protected] No: S524