SA-based Zim scholar, Professor Mavetera dies


MASVINGO – Gutu born scholar, Professor Nehemiah Mavetera who was a lecturer at North West University (NWU) has died.

He died at Mafikeng Hospital in South Africa on Monday morning after suffering a kidney infection. He was 52.

He will be buried at the family farm in Nyazvidzi in Gutu North most likely on Sunday although the burial programme remains haze because the body is still in the process of being repatriated.

The death was confirmed by the deceased’s elder brother, Dr Tarisai Mavetera.

“He died on Monday morning after being admitted for a kidney infection on Sunday evening. His remains will be repatriated back into Zimbabwe on Friday. He will be deeply missed,” said Dr. Mavetera.

Professor Mavetera was born in Nyazvidzi in Gutu in 1968 and is the last child in a family of 16. He attended Domborenhikiti, Gona and Rafomoyo primary schools in Gutu. He enrolled at Dewure High for his ordinary levels and Gokomere for his advanced education.

Professor Mavetera who was a devout Catholic tried to enlist for priesthood but later joined the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1990 as an engineering student majoring in surveying.

After completing his studies in 1994, Professor Mavetera joined Government as a land surveyor with the Urban Development Corporation (UDCORP) where he worked in the mining, engineering survey disciplines advising local authorities on efficient and effective land and housing delivery methods.

In 1998 Professor Mavetera joined Harare Polytechnic as a lecturer in the engineering department. He taught photogrammetry, IT, land surveying and engineering surveying modules.

He later enrolled for a master’s degree in Geo Information at the University of Twente, Netherlands in 1999 and thereafter joined Monash University as an IT lecturer in 2001.

He then enrolled for a PHD with the University of Pretoria.

In 2004 Professor Mavetera joined North West University as a senior lecturer in the Information Systems department and became an associate professor in 2013 and was in 2017 conferred a professor of information systems.

During this time at NWU, Professor Mavetera acted twice as the Programme Leader for Information Systems and School Director for Economic and Decision Sciences School twice among other roles. He also served as a senate member, staff and student disciplinary committees’ member and chair of the Institutional Bargaining forum and ETUCC. 

Professor Mavetera was also chairperson of the Mahika Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife Chipo Mavetera and five children.

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