It is with great sadness that the North-West University (NWU) has learned about the passing of lecturer and political analyst, associate professor Barry Rhulani Hanyane.
He died on Wednesday, 11 May at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg after being sick for some time.
Prof Hanyane from the Faculty of Humanities’ School of Government Studies was a revered and esteemed specialist with a keen research interest in public management and administration.
He joined the NWU as associate professor in August 2014, and was involved in the teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Prof Hanyane also actively supervised and produced master’s and PhD students in the school.
He was a published scholar in both local and international journals. His illustrious career included participation in various local and international conferences where he presented scientific papers.
The NWU, and in particular the Faculty of Humanities, mourns his death. According to Prof Kedibone Phago, director for the School of Government Studies, Prof Hanyane’s views on current affairs pertaining to public policies, the conduct of public officials and other political issues were also articulated on platforms during debates and interviews.
“He was a sought-after public intellectual, thought leader and a leading commentator who helped shaped public opinions on these issues. He assisted in positioning the NWU and our brand on national platforms during these critical public discourses and engagements.”
Members of the media say Prof Hanyane was a warm, friendly man who always made time to engage with them.
As a member of the NWU community he will be remembered for his valued contributions to the public discourse. His expert and thoughtful insights and dedication to the university will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones as they mourn this tragic loss.