He served as an academic and chairman of the Zimbabwe National Council for Higher Education.
Makhurane was the first Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Science and Technology and a previous Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe.
He was one of the first Africans to study physics and mathematics at the University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, now the University of Zimbabwe.
Other than his academic achievements, Makhurane was the first to introduce industrial attachment to universities in southern Africa to replace vacation training.
During 2004 Makhurane retired.
Professor Makhurane was Vice-Chancellor at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo up to his retirement.
The professor was survived by his wife, four children.
He had three sons and a daughter and six grandchildren.
Phineas Makhurane passed away at 79 years old.