World Health Day

Malegapuru Makgopa

South Africa

AFP 2005
"If being forthright, fearless and honest is being provocative, then yes, I am."

AFP 2005
"It is more important to make decisions based on principle than expediency and loyalty to people."

One of the leading African medical scientists, Professor Malegapuru Makgopa is Vice Chancellor and Principal of KwaZulu-Natal University in Durban and a molecular immunologist. After studying in South Africa and the United Kingdom, he settled in Durban.

Among his many achievements, Professor Makgopa has been particularly remarked for the stand he took during South Africa’s major HIV/AIDS debate as a member of President Thabo Mbeki's AIDS Advisory Panel.