Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi has been awarded an honorary degree at the July graduation ceremonies. He was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E.Smith.
A board member of PLP Group and the Chancellor of Vaal University of Technology, he is an internationally experienced business leader and Lancaster alumnus.
After completing an MSc and PhD in Physics at Lancaster University, he took up a position as Lecturer of Physics at the University of Swaziland, rising to become Head of Department.
His extensive leadership, business and technical expertise is shown through his substantial roles including CEO of the National Electricity Regulator (South Africa) and Chairman of the South African branch of the global BHP Billiton mining company.
In 2018, Dr Mkhwanazi became the first recipient of the National Science and Technology Forum’s Ukhozi Award, recognising his essential input to the NSTF and contributions to South Africa more widely.
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