People of the Institute

Rosaline
Rosaline Van Niekerk
Community Coordinator

Ross is a registered Assessor and Facilitator in Lynedoch Early Learning. She holds a NQF level 4 and NQF level 5 Diploma in Early Childhood Development.

Rosie
Rosie Downey
Facilitator

Rosie runs the Young Women in Agriculture programme, and coordinates and co-facilitates the SI Explorers immersive learning journeys run in Nepal.

Ruenda
Ruenda Loots
Facilitator

Ruenda is currently a guest lecturer and course coordinator: as a member of BiomimicrySA, Ruenda often shares the potential of nature-inspired innovation during Eco-design and Biodiversity modules.

Shaun
Shaun Claasen
IT and Health & Safety Coordinator

Shaun is the IT Administrator, providing desktop and technical support. He holds a Diploma in A+ Computer Technician and N+ Computer networking from CTU training solution in Stellenbosch, and Operations Management Diploma from Correspondence Training Academy.

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Theo Oldjohn
Programme Director: AgroEcology

Theo heads up our newly established AgroEcology Academy.

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Tuliswa Somta
Maintenance Agent - iShack

Tuliswa conducts preventative maintenance and responds to maintenance calls - involving anything from replacing a broken fuse to following technical troubleshooting protocols.

Vanessa
Vanessa von der Heyde
Learning & Research Officer

Vanessa von der Heyde did her MPhil through the SI in 2013 and was so inspired by this life-changing journey that she graduated with a burning desire to not only be a changemaker herself, but also enable others to be changemakers in working towards a more equitable, inclusive and resilient world. 

Warren
Warren Fitzhenry
Operations and Data Manager - iShack

Warren is the Operations and Data Manager of the iShack Project, as well as a part time student in the Sustainability Institute's PGD in Sustainable Development.

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Zelda Nero
Caretaker
Zelda is one of our caretakers at the Lynedoch Children's House.