Prof Muxe Nkondo
A social policy, national strategy development, and discourse analysis scholar and
practitioner, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the University of North
(now Limpopo) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Venda, South Africa, a Harvard
Andrew Mellon Fellow in English, and currently Volume Editor for the 2013/2014 and
2015/2016 HSRC State of the Nation Publication. Muxe Nkondo believes that in modern
society, whether in the arts or in the sciences or in education, there has been growth in
technical skill and professional competence, but there is no necessary connection between
this vast increase in means and the successful bringing about of the end they exist to serve
a caring and cohesive society.
In the last twenty years, Muxe Nkondo has chaired Expert Panels and Reference Groups, in
South Africa, that developed national policies and strategies in the following government
departments: Higher Education and Training, Trade and Industry, Water and Environmental
Affairs, Human Settlements, Tourism, Public Service and Administration, Science and
Technology, and Arts and Culture. He has lectured at various universities, including Harvard,
Oxford, Northwestern University in Chicago, Northeastern University in Boston, University of
Connecticut, University of Oklahoma, Colorado College, Denver, USA, and Vassar College.
He has served on various national and international associations, prominent amongst which
were the Africa and Middle East Council of the International Association of University
Presidents and the Organising Committee of the African Civil Society Organization, with its
headquarters in Yaounde, Cameroon, which has taken the initiative to recommend factors to
be considered in drafting the Constitution of the African Union. Recently, he has been called
upon to provide professional advice on curriculum development and governance by the
University of South Africa, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Tshwane University of
Technology, Central University of Technology, and Walter Sisulu University. He also served
as an anchor for the Eastern Cape Planning Commission, Chairperson of the Gauteng ETolls
Advisory Panel, and Chairperson of the Think Tank that drafted the National
Framework of the Liberation Heritage Route, commissioned by the National Heritage
Council, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, and the Nelson Mandela Museum.
His writings on social policy and the formulation of national and provincial development
strategies are available upon request.