Professor Jakes Gerwel (1946 – 2012)

Jakes Gerwel was Chancellor of Rhodes University, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of the Western Cape, Honorary Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pretoria, and Chairman of the Human Sciences Research Council. He was Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Western Cape from 1987 to 1994. From May 1994 to June 1999 he served as Director-General in the Office of President Mandela and Secretary of the Cabinet in the Government of National Unity.

He was non-executive chairman of Africon Engineering International, Brimstone Investment Corporation, Life Healthcare, South African Airways and Media 24.

He chaired the Boards of Trustees of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and was vice chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation.