People of the Institute

Amelia Pretorius
Communication Officer

Amelia joined the Institute in December 2016 and is responsible for communication and marketing at the SI. She holds a BTech in Public Relations Management and has more than 12 years experience in the communication field.

Angela Coetzee
Research Consultant
As a researcher and consultant at the Sustainability Institute, Angela focuses on the thematic area of sustainable food systems.
Anneke Muller
MPhil Supervisor

Anneke Muller is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership. She was appointed to this position in 1997 as part of the then Department of Town and Regional Planning, which amalgamated with the Department of Public Management to form the School of Public Management and Planning, (later becoming the School of Public Leadership).

Beatrix Steenkamp
Academic Programme Administrator - Master's Programme

Beatrix has been the Administrator of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development since end 2010.

Bradley Bergh
Financial Officer

Brad is the Financial Officer and has a degree in Accounting Science from UNISA and 20 years of post-articles commercial accounting experience. He was appointed Accounting Officer at the Sustainability Institute after completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development in 2014.

Candice Kelly
Lecturer and Researcher: Food Systems

Candice coordinates the Sustainable Food Systems research and heads the sustainable food systems modules within the PGDip and MPhil degrees.

Christelle Jansen
Facilitator - Early Learning

Christelle Janse is a Facilitator in baby centre (0 - 3 years).

Cisomo Banda
Installation Coordinator

Cisomo is the Installation Coordinator for the iShack project. 

Colleen Erasmus
Coordinator - Early Learning

Colleen Erasmus is the programme coordinator for the Lynedoch Children's House. 

Damian Conway
Director: SILL

In 2012 Damian joined the iShack Project which has now matured into a state-subsidised solar electricity utility for off-grid informal settlements. He is the Director of SIIL (Pty) Ltd which is the social enterprise that runs the iShack Project.

David Hees
Solar Utility Manager

David has been a Project Manager and Consultant for the last 10 years working in the fields of renewable energy, eco-building techniques and energy efficiency.

Devy-Leigh Roberts
Green Cafè cook
Devy-Leigh is the cook in the Green Cafè.
Eduardo Shimahara

Shima was born in São Paulo, Brazil. A mechanical engineer for 10 years, he led teams in France and Spain before leaving his career to start a small consultancy business, which 12 years later became the 6th largest group of private universities in Brazil.

Etai Even-Zahav
Research Consultant: Food Systems

Tai joined the team in 2016 and has a BA in history and politics from Rhodes University and an MPhil in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University.

Eve Annecke
Founder, teacher and writer

Eve Annecke’s masters level teaching is in transitions, ecology, spirituality and facilitation.

Fumanekile Qhinga

Fumanekile is silent force of nature in the Woodland, tending to the growing needs of a family of indigenous trees and shrubs which require tending to survive and flourish the rigours of our seasonal wet-land and the Stellenbosch summer.

Gillian Parenzee
Internal Food Systems Coordinator

Gillian oversees the food systems within the Institute.

Jeffrey Kock

Jeff looks after the grounds at the SI and contributes towards our beautiful environment.

Jess Schulschenk

Jess is the Director of the Sustainability Institute. She is an extraordinary lecturer with the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch, coordinating the Corporate Governance and Sustainable Enterprise module for the PGD and MPhil programmes. Jess is also Research Director for the Embedding Project, a global public-benefit research project that helps companies embed sustainability across their operations and decision-making.


Josephine Musango
MPhil Coordinator and Lecturer

Prof Josephine Kaviti Musango holds bachelor degree in Agribusiness Management; master degree in Agricultural Economics; and a Transdisciplinary Doctoral in Sustainable Development. She is currently appointed as an Associate Professor with the School of Public Leadership (SPL).

Julia Jansen
Facilitator - Early Learning

Julia Jansen is a Facilitator in Lynedoch Early Learning (3-6 years).

Juliet McGear
Quality Assurance/Accreditation Officer for IMI

Juliet joined the Sustainability Institute in 2016.

June Stone
Facilities Officer

June is the Facilities Officer for the building and facilities team. She obtained a BA degree and Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape and been a firm member of the team since 2005.

Kerneels Claasen

Kerneels is the driver at the Sustainability Institute.

Lisa Plaatjies
Facilitator - Early Learning

Lisa is a Facilitator in Lynedoch Early Learning (3-6 years).