The rise of an ethical woman: Unisa's first female vice-chancellor Puleng LenkaBula

The incoming vice-chancellor of Unisa, professor Puleng LenkaBula, is the first woman to hold the job, writes Prega Govender, and she sees working for a better gender balance in academia as one of her key missions

06 December 2020 - 00:00 By prega govender

Institutes of higher learning have had a marked influence on the life of professor Puleng LenkaBula. Last month she was appointed principal and vice-chancellor of Unisa, the first woman in the university’s 148-year history to hold the post.

When LenkaBula was a toddler, her mom — who had fallen pregnant while studying to be a teacher at a college in Mariannhill — had to send her to live with relatives because she could not raise the child alone...

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