People of the Institute

Nathalie Hendricks
Financial Administrator

Nathalie is Finance Administrator for The SI Innovations laboratory (SILL), SI Consulting, Learning for Sustainability (LFS) and the Youth Hub.

Nosakhumzi Maneli-Mnayka
Facilitator - Early Learning

Nosakhumzi, known to us as Nomzi, is a Facilitator in Lynedoch Early Learning (3-6 years) and has completed a NQF level 4 in Early Childhood Development.

Pamella Kolanisi
Maintenance Agent - iShack

Pamella joined the iShack Project in 2015 as a trainee maintenance agent and now fulfils various responsibilities within the project, including Client Services, Technical Services and installations. 

Racheal Sithole
Financial Administrator

Racheal is the Financial Administrator, managing the day-to-day finance operations, and offering administration support to all projects within the SI. 

Raymond Auerbach

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

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.

Rika Preiser

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. 

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 Downey

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

Ruenda Loots

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 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.

Theo Oldjohn
Programme Director: AgroEcology

Theo heads up our newly established AgroEcology Academy.

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 von der Heyde
Changemaker Programme Coordinator

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 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.
Zainab Karriem
Managing Director: Learning for Sustainability

Zainab is the Managing Director of the Learning for Sustainability programme and has a Bachelor of Arts  degree and a Masters in Business Administration.

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