Achieving UKZN Strategy 2010 to 2016 through our People Strategy

I am very please to introduce our People Strategy towards 2016. It demonstrates our acknowledgement of the value we place on our people and our divulgence that people are the creators and shapers of our destiny - being a Premier University of African Scholarship.

This strategy provides an overarching framework within which our people processes, practices and policies; as well as human resources activities take place. It is intended to become an integral part of the way that we lead and review our success.

This strategy provides clarity to our People Definition of Victory (DoV), which defines the experience, and emotions we will have when we have reached destiny. This DoV is “United in Excellence” - it declares our confession that destiny will be achieved when we are united in excellence. The path towards being The Premier University of African Scholarship shall be fulfilling to all committed stakeholders.

People Strategy further communicate our Employment Value Proposition (EVP), which is the value our people and our university will receive for being employed at UKZN. 

Beyond this, People Strategy outlines UKZN values, which describes what we stand for as an institution, as well as provides guideline and mirror for self evaluation. These values are embodied in our institutional principles namely:

  • collegiality
  • research-led and
  • academic freedom


These values are respect, excellence, accountability, client orientation and honesty - represented as R.E.A.C.H. As we R.E.A.C.H for excellence these values shall hold us together despite institutional and personal challenges. They shall enable us to embrace our rich diversity and continue to pursue destiny without any destruction.

The greatest part of this strategy is that it identifies key people challenges and provides solution by means of five (5) key people strategic objectives; as well as People Performance Index, which will enable us to conduct periodic Institutional Performance Review to determine the extent to which we are making progress towards being the Employer of Choice.
The strategic objectives provide a clear framework for delivering people practices within the University over the next five (5) years. The Human Resources Management Team will be responsible for ensuring that key HR objectives identified within this strategy are built into HR Delivery Plan and integrated into Individual Performance Agreements.

This strategy document provides the framework for making the very most of our people. I look forward to continuing to work with you all to make the vision a reality.


 Executive Director Human Resources


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