Tribute to the late Professor Dr Peliwe Lolwana

By sylviahammond, 19 December, 2023
Peliwe Lolwana

We are saddened by the news of the unexpected passing of SAQA Chairperson Professor Dr Peliwe Lolwana and extend our condolences to her family and to all who worked with her. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has posted a tribute to Professor Lolwana - who served as the SAQA Chairperson. 

See SAQA announcement attached.

Professor Lolwana not only contributed to all aspects of the post-apartheid education and training landscape, but was a founding member of many of the structures we take for granted - always at the heart of transformation of the historical structures. She was the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Umalusi, now the Quality Council for General & Further Education & Training, where she contributed to the change from the previous structure.

She was a founding Director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), also transformed from the previous structure.

She chaired the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO, and was a Director at the Institute for the Development of Learnerships and Assessments (INDLELA) transformed from the centre for trades testing (COTT). 

She remained active during her retirement, contributing to numerous boards and institutions, amongst others: until recently to REAL as Associate Professor, to JET Education Services, and as the Chairperson of SAQA. 

She will be truly missed by all her knew and worked with her, but there is no doubt that she leaves a significant transformational contribution across our post-apartheid education and training landscape. 

Personally, I will remember the last time I had the opportunity to engage with Peliwe, at the Wits REAL conference in May of this year. I not only admired and respected Peliwe, but I liked her humanity, and enjoyed her sense of humour. 

May she Rest in Peace - having contributed substantially to our post-apartheid education and training landscape.



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