I’ve been in the academic environment for over 30 years in different capacities. First, I was a researcher for most of my tertiary academic career in the United States where I did my under-graduate and post-graduate studies. Being in the academic arena for over three decades has exposed me to a wide range of experiences.
When I returned to South Africa in 1998, I was a member of the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC’s) executive management team and it was a very turbulent time in terms of labour relations. There were all sorts of complaints about trying to change the organisation and disconnect about what was required in the new South African space. The dynamics and interventions that took place at the HSRC informed me about these issues.
Subsequently I went to the University of Pretoria as an extraordinary professor and prior to coming to Unisa I was at the Tshwane University of Technology during the period in which the institution was placed under administration because of governance issues.
Today, I continue to supervise post-graduate students and I serve as the University of South Africa's ombudsman.