Dr Khoza, a distinguished thought leader, a businessman and a renowned voice at the forefront of transformation in the SA political economy, will serve as the titular head of UKZN.
He will preside at graduation ceremonies conferring degrees and awarding diplomas and certificates in the name of the university, among other functions.
“I acknowledge with a deep sense of gratitude the appointment as chancellor of the UKZN. I appreciate how profound an honour this bestows upon me as well as the attendant responsibilities,” he said.
Khoza is president of the Institute of Directors in SA IoDSA and currently the chairman of Dzana Investments, the Public Investment Corporation PIC and Assupol Insurance Group, among others.
He has previously chaired the boards of a number of corporations and entities, including Globeleq, GlaxoSmithKline SA and served as a director of the JSE, IBM SA, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak and Old Mutual.
His qualifications include a BA Hons in psychology University of Limpopo, an MA in marketing University of Lancaster, UK, a doctorate in business leadership from Warwick University UK, a LLD honoris causa Rhodes University and D Econ honoris causa University of Free State.
Khoza is also a chartered director CD SA and author whose books include Attuned Leadership, Let Africa Lead, The African in my Dream and The Power of Governance with Mohamed Adam.
Dr Letticia Moja, chair of council, said Khoza will serve the university for a period of four years.
“UKZN is honoured to have Dr Khoza, a respected and inspirational leader whose experience in the public and national interest will auger well for our institution,” Moja said.