Tell the story and live the brand!

What does Nelson Mandela University look and feel like?

What does it mean:

To live the Mandela legacy and ethos?

To be a university in service to society?

To change the world?

What kind of graduates are we producing?


For what purpose?

What sets us apart in our academic offerings and research?

Communication & Marketing is a support department of the University, providing a range of services aimed at enhancing the University's strategic position. The Department is largely responsible for positioning the University in the Higher Education sector as well as creating, maintaining and co-ordinating the positive image of the institution.

We strive to develop effective channels of communication with members of staff as well as the private and public sector, recruit students, market the University's programmes and liaise with the University's stakeholder body.

Six divisions are housed within the Department: Communication, Marketing, Student Recruitment, Digital Communication & Marketing, Media Management and Arts; Culture & Heritage.

Our offices are situated in the Administration Building on the North Campus in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, as well as an office on the George Campus in the Southern Cape.

The Department is led by Senior Director, Ms Chantal Janneker. 


  • To build a digital first capacity that enhances and communicates the name, identity and brand of Nelson Mandela University as a dynamic, African university, recognised for its namesake’s leadership values.
  • To be innovative ambassadors and communicators of the compelling Nelson Mandela University story through multi-media channels and platforms with a digital first orientation.

The Communication & Marketing management team (L-R) Debbie Derry (Deputy Director: Communication), Vuyo Bongela (Deputy Director: Marketing), Zandile Mbabela (Media Manager), Chantal Janneker (Senior Director: C&M), Ryan Pillay (Deputy Director: Arts, Culture & Heritage), Jo-Ann Daniels (Deputy Director: Student Recruitment) and Dr Thomas Hilmer (Deputy Director: Digital Communication & Marketing). Inset: Milisa Piko (C&M Manager - George Campus).

Contact information
Ms Chantal Janneker
Senior Director: Communication and Marketing