If there’s one thing you can be sure of with Sibusiso Sibisi, it’s that the numbers will add up. The new director of the Wits Business School (WBS) has a PhD in mathematics — an invaluable tool at an institution that has at times appeared on the verge of being counted out. Sibisi took over in January, nearly a year after the departure of the previous incumbent, Steve Bluen. Nhlanhla Nene, now back as national finance minister, briefly held the fort in an acting capacity towards the end of last year. Bluen did a good job of steadying WBS during his three-year tenure, after another of the rudderless periods that have beset the school in the past 15 years. Too often good leadership appointments were followed by regressive ones. Sibisi brings the right credentials. He obtained his mathematics doctorate from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a senior research associate. He was deputy vice-chancellor, responsible for research and innovation, at the University of Cape Town. An...

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