Kamalesh Newaj

Position, academic & professional qualifications

Dr Kamalesh Newaj has been a lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law since 1 October 2015. She was promoted to senior lecturer on 1 January 2021. Her specialisation is in the field of labour law and she holds the following qualifications: B Com (Law); LLB; HDIP (Labour Law); LLM (cum laude) and LLD. Her LLD thesis is titled: “An appraisal of the provision of ‘benefits’ as an unfair labour practice in South African labour law.”

Newaj is an advocate of the High Court and an associate member of the Pretoria Society of Advocates.

Academic and professional experience

Prior to joining the University, Newaj worked primarily in the Public Service, in the field of labour law. She has worked in various public sector Departments. Her last position was at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform where she held the position of Director: Labour Relations. She also has experience in the bargaining council environment, as she managed the collective bargaining component at the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC).

Teaching activities

Subjects she has taught include: labour law, social security law and commercial law.

Areas of specialisation

Her main field of interest is in Labour Law and Social Security Law.

Dr. Kamalesh Newaj
University of Pretoria
Member of the Steering Committee



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