People of the Institute

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Raymond Auerbach
Lecturer

Raymond is Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resource Management, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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Rene Human-Nefdt
Financial Coordinator

Rene is the Finance Coordinator, with 14 years working experience in the corporate office equipment environment and 7 years in the non-profit sector.

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Rika Preiser
Lecturer

Rika Preiser is based at the Centre for Studies in Complexity since 2009 and has been a part-time lecturer in the Department of Philosophy since 2008 at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shaun Claasen
IT and Health and 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.

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Vanessa von der Heyde
Learning Architect

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. 

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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.

Xitshembiso Mabunda
Head Gardner
Xitshembiso looks after the gardens at the SI.
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Zelda Nero
Caretaker
Zelda is one of our caretakers at the Lynedoch Children's House.