Loyiso Nongxa Biography: Age, Wife, Career & Net Worth


Loyiso Nongxa (born 22 October 1953) is a South African mathematician and the current Chairperson of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF).

Loyiso Nongxa

Loyiso Nongxa Age

He was born on the 22nd of October 1953 in Indwe near Queenstown in what was then the Transkei. As of 2023, he is 70 years old and celebrates his birthday on October 22nd every year.

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Loyiso Nongxa Wife

He is married to Nomthunzi Nongxa who is also a South African mathematician.


In 1972, he graduated from Healdtown College with honors as South Africa’s highest matric student. Following that, Nongxa was accepted into the University of Fort Hare (UFH), where he earned a BSc (Hons) in 1976.

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He also played rugby for the University’s “Baa-bas” squad while at UFH. He became South Africa’s first Black Rhodes scholar after earning an MSc from UFH in 1978, and he earned a D.Phil from Oxford University in 1982.


Nongxa has taught mathematics at the University of the Western Cape, the National University of Lesotho, the University of Natal, and the University of Natal (UWC).

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He was a Professor of Mathematics at UWC before being appointed Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He’d also worked as a visiting research scholar at Colorado, Harvard, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Baylor colleges.

In October 2000, he was named Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at Wits, and in April 2002, he was named Vice-Principal. He became Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University after Professor Norma Reid Birley resigned in November 2002.

The University Council then identified him as one of the probable Vice-Chancellor candidates, and on May 19, 2003, the Council selected him Vice-Chancellor. Nongxa was the university’s first black vice-chancellor. On June 1, 2013, Adam Habib took over as Vice-Chancellor.

Loyiso Nongxa Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $200,000 which he has earned as a professor.


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