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Monday, 12 June 2023 | 16h00 – 17h00 SAST Venue: in person* and online * Neelsie Cinema, Stellenbosch University
In this presentation we speculate on how the research landscape in South Africa might look like in 27 years’
time. We examine this through the lens of the profile of early career mathematical scientists, their research
interests as well as areas of research concentration on the current landscape.
Prof Loyiso G. Nongxa retired as Ad Hominem Professor of Mathematics
at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in 2018, after 18 years at
From 2000 until 2013 he served on the Senior Executive Team of WITS:
from 2000 until 2002 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and from
2003 until 2013 as Vice-Chancellor and Principal. He is currently
Professor Emeritus at WITS, Honorary Professor at the University of
Pretoria and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western
He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and obtained
his doctorate in Mathematics in 1982. Prior to that he was a student at
the University of Fort Hare where he completed his BSc (Honours)
degrees in Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and an MSc in
Mathematics. He has taught at the National University of Lesotho, the
former University of Natal in Durban, UWC and WITS. Prior to moving to
university management, his research interests were in Group Theory and
over the last few years his academic interests have been in the
Mathematical Foundations of Data Science and Machine Learning.
Prof Nongxa was elected as one of the two Vice-Presidents of the
International Mathematical Union (IMU) in 2018. From 2019 to 2022 he
served as the liaison between the IMU and UNESCO, and the
International Science Council.
He served as the Chairperson of the Board of the National Research
Foundation from 2014 to 2018. He was appointed by the Minister of
Higher Education and Training as Administrator of the University of Fort
Hare for April 2019 to April 2020. For the last few years he has been a
champion of a National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and
Statistical Sciences, which focuses on the development of the next
generation of mathematicians and statisticians in South Africa.