Professor Simon Maimela, a prominent anti-apartheid theologian and activist, is appointed as Unisa’s first black Vice-Principal in 1994. Unisa’s new transition-period Principal, Professor Marinus Wiechers, starts to reform the education faculty, attacking courses that perpetuate apartheid pedagogies.
FEES MUST FALL
"Fees Must Fall' movement leads to University-wide protests against escalating costs of higher education in South Africa, intensified by 'capping' of fee increases by the Ministry at 8% per. Supported by Unisa students on Muckleneuk campus. In late 2016 Unisa announces differentiated fee increases of approximately 4% for undergraduate courses.
UNISA'S REGIONAL MODEL
In 2017 there were seven Unisa regional centres or 'hubs' in full operation. Eastern and Western Cape, Gauteng, KZN, Midlands, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, with regional head offices in East London, Cape Town, Sunnyside (Pretoria), Durban, Rustenburg, Polokwane and Nelspruit respectively The hubs, in turn, were responsible for the operations of smaller service centres or agencies. The regional hubs and service centres offered administrative and student (academic) support and advice, library services and career counselling.
The Unisa regional model represents a remarkable venture to bring university education to students across the country, especially those in more remote and rural districts.
HALALA, HALALA, HALALA, UNISA
With drama, drumbeats, dancing, declamation, and sheer delight, Unisans celebrated the 145th birthday of the venerable elder of South African universities on 4 July 2018. In the words of Professor Mandla Makhanya, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, “This university has nourished—and been nourished—by many generations of scholars, evident in the hundreds of thousands of Unisa graduates who represent every stratum in society and who are to be found in all echelons of society and public and private enterprise around the world—and who have served and achieved with distinction.”