Dr  Malaza, who grew up in Springs, Gauteng and was a top student and leader at school, obtained his B.Sc at the University of Fort Hare in 1983. As a Fulbright Scholar he was able to attend Brown University in the USA, where he completed his M.Sc in Physics in 1986. A British Council scholarship enabled him to continue his studies in the United Kingdom, where he went on to complete his PhD in Physics at Cambridge University. On returning home to South Africa, he conducted postdoctoral research in Physics at the University of Cape Town, followed by another stint abroad at the Universite de Paris XI (ORSAY) in Paris in 1991. In 1996 he was recognised by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as a promising young researcher.

Dr  Malaza’s illustrious career includes serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at the former University of Transkei; Director: Institutional Planning at the University of Cape Town; Director: Quality Assurance at the University of Pretoria; CEO of Higher Education South Africa (HESA), now known as Universities South Africa (USAf); Executive Director: Institutional Planning and Quality Assurance at Vaal University of Technology; and most recently, Executive Director: Institutional Planning and Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Highlights of his career include managing the preparations for the Higher Education Quality Committee pilot audit in 2005 at the University of Pretoria and being the first CEO of HESA, where he successfully built and maintained strategic relations for HESA at national, regional and international levels. His association with various prestigious and strategic organisations over the years includes being a member of the board of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (2006-2011), the International Association of Universities (2006-2008), the Tertiary Education and Research Network (2006-2012) and the South African Technology Network (2008-2011). He has also served as a member of Council for the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking (2008-2012) and the American Council on Education’s Internationalisation Network (2008-2012).

Leadership impact

Winds of change are blowing at MUT in just 116 days! The solutionist approach is the buzz word; greater team work and collaborations are visible; strengthening governance processes is underway and there are many more initiatives springing up.