Strategic Resource Mobilisation and Advancement (SRMA) was established in 2017 as part of the re-imagining of resource mobilisation at Nelson Mandela University. It arose out of a need to enhance the medium- and long-term financial sustainability of the University by boosting resource mobilisation, establishing a coordinating mechanism for resource mobilisation at a strategic level and generally ensuring resource mobilisation initiatives were aligned to the University’s development trajectory.

Its functions include planning, coordinating and reporting on strategic resource mobilisation initiatives across the University. It also initiates and implements certain strategic projects. All of this is aimed at providing the University with additional resources to deliver on its mission and vision.

The SRMA is headed by a Senior Director, who reports to the Vice-Chancellor. It has two main arms – a Bursaries and Scholarships Directorate focusing on mobilising funding for this important area; and a Directorate for Capital Resource Mobilisation and Special Projects.

It also provides logistical and administrative support to the Nelson Mandela University Trust and the Nelson Mandela University Investment Company in terms of a service level agreement concluded in 2017. In order to achieve its objectives, the SRMA works closely with the DVCs, Faculties and other offices and entities involved in resource mobilisation at the University.

The current staff complement of the SRMA is:

  • Dr Denver Webb (Senior Director: Strategic Resource Mobilisation and Advancement)
  • Ms Jennilee Bezuidenhout (Office Coordinator)
  • Mr Sithembele Tutuse (Project Manager)
  • Dr Sibongile Sowazi (Director Bursaries and Scholarships)
  • Ms Buyiswa Yaya (Manager: Bursaries and Scholarships)
  • Ms Tshidi Hashatse (Director: Capital Resource Mobilisation and Special Projects)
  • Ms Sheree Gerber (New Business Coordinator)

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