Introducing Mr Hangalakani Nkanyane - Chief Internal Auditor

Read time: 3 mins

Mr Hangalakani Harris Nkanyane is the newly appointed Chief Internal Auditor.  He assumed duties on 1 January 2021 and has hit the ground running.  Barely a month into his new position, the CIA has a clearly articulated vision for the institution.  He would like the University of Fort Hare to be counted among the best on the African continent. He believes this vision can be realised through quality education, poverty alleviation and disbanding of inequality. 

Mr Nkanyane spoke to ThisWeek@FortHare about his plans for the CIA role.

Please share a bit about your professional background including hobbies and interests

I am a seasoned professional with over 19 years’ experience in Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Compliance Management and Business Continuity, more than 10 years of which has been at a Senior Management level across four organisations.

My academic qualifications are as follows:

  • MPhil: Internal Audit -  University of Pretoria
  • MBL (Master of Business Leadership) - UNISA
  • BTech in Cost and Management Accounting - UNISA
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Compliance Management - University of Johannesburg

 I also hold two professional qualifications:

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors and
  • Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Prior to joining the UFH I was a Senior Manager: Internal Audit at the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and before then, a Chief Director: Internal Audit and Risk Management at the National Department of Health. I started my career as a Trainee Accountant at the Office of the Auditor-General South Africa. Currently, I serve as a Director at the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa.

My hobbies include reading my favourite book, The Leader who had no title- by Robin Sharma, watching soccer, travelling around the country experiencing different cultures and exploring its natural beauty.

What motivated you to come to the University of Fort Hare?

Former UFH SRC President, Mr Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe said, “Fort Hare must be to the Africans what Stellenbosch [University] is to the Afrikaners. It must be the barometer of an African thought”. Therefore, I joined the UFH in order to assist its Management and all stakeholders to achieve this dream by providing quality education which will result in alleviating poverty and disbanding inequality.

What are the key focus areas of your portfolio?

Internal Audit provides an independent assurance that the University’s risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively. Furthermore, Internal Audit will assist the University’s Council and Management to continually improve its organisational operations through identification of emerging risks.  More specifically, Internal Audit will provide assurance and advisory services in the following key areas:

  • Implementation of large capital projects;
  • ICT (Security/ Data Privacy; Cloud Computing and Online Learning);
  • Organisational culture and financial management.


In your view, which areas have you identified as pockets of excellence and which ones require strengthening?

As I am fairly new at the University, I am currently familiarizing myself with the environment by reviewing strategic documents. Thus, I am unable to give an appropriate response for the time being.

What is your strategy to handle the question above?

This will be dependent on the key areas that I would have identified subsequent to reviewing the above reports.

Lastly, what are your broad aspirations for the University of Fort Hare?

Those would include the following:

  • That UFH should assist in addressing the socio-economic challenges facing South Africa, particularly black communities
  • To make UFH the University of Choice by enriching our students for employment through creation of a bridge between corporate expectations and on-the-ground reality.  It is thus imperative that we produce high quality research outcomes on African Knowledge and Practices which are currently not documented.