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EMS Faculty mourns passing of Dr Babita Mathur-Helm
Author: Ronél Beukes
Published: 16/07/2020

It is with great sadness that the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences learnt of the passing of colleague Dr Babita Mathur-Helm after a short non-COVID-related illness. As Senior Lecturer at USB since 2002, specialising in leadership development, gender studies and women in the workplace, she was one of USB's longest serving staff members.

Her contributions to research were published in several academic journals and in recent years, her research on the 'Queen Bee syndrome' received notable media exposure and highlighted the reluctance of some women executives to promote other women in South Africa's work environment.

In the words of Prof Solosh Pillay, Vice Dean of Social Impact and Transformation, “Babita left an indelible mark and made a meaningful contribution to the Faculty's transformation discussions. She was indeed an exceptional individual, teacher, academic and mother".

Dean Ingrid Woolard expressed her deepest sympathy on behalf of the Faculty with Dr Mathur-Helm's loved ones, especially her son Arian, and with her family and friends, locally and abroad.

  • An online commemoration will be held on Monday, 20 July 2020 from 16h00 – 17h00. Should you wish to join the commemoration, please click here to RSVP and register in order to receive the relevant link.