People of the Institute

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Lisa Plaatjies
Facilitator - Early Learning

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

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Litha Magida
Operations Officer

Litha is the Operations Officer and has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development Planning and Management from Stellenbosch University.

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Lucienne Krots
Green Café Supervisor

Lucy is one of the friendly staff at the Sustainability Institute’s Green Café.

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Lydia Kedilatile Wesinyana
Hospitality Coordinator

Lydia is the Hospitality Co-ordinator and our very own 'Master' Chef at the Sustainability Institute.

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Makka Johnson
Drie Gewels Caretaker

Makka is our friendly caretaker in the Drie Gewels building.

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Mandisa Sakawali
Assistant - Early Learning

Mandisa takes care of the 3-6 year olds at the crèche of Lyendoch Early Learning.

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Mark Swilling
Academic Director

Mark is a Distinguished Professor and Programme Coordinator: Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute.

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Marriam Jacobs (Maya )
Housekeeping

Maya keeps the SI looking spotless, which is no small feat considering the number of leaves that blow in through windows we love to keep open.

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Masibulele Ntshinga
Financial Officer

Masi joined us in 2019 as Financial Officer and brings with him eight years of post-articles commercial and NPO accounting experience. 

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Megan Mavandal
Kitchen Assistant

Megan is a Kitchen Assistant at the Sustainability Institute where she is responsible for preparing meals for the SI’s children as well as keeping thekitchen looking spotless.

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Melicia van Wiese
Assistant - Early Learning

Melicia is an assistant of Lynedoch Early Learning and looks after children from the ages of 0-3 years old in the crèche. 

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Monique Beukes
Administrator - Master's Programme

Monique assists Beatrix Steenkamp with administration of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development.

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Moses Malan
Groundskeeper

As the Groundskeeper at the Sustainability Institute, Moses is one of the reasons why the SI grounds look so beautiful.

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Mpumie Cebekhulu
Receptionist

Mpumie joined us in 2019 and is the first face that welcomes people to the SI!

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Mzukisi Malibeni
Installer - iShack

Mzukisi is originally from Umtata and came to the Western Cape in 2006 at the age of 16. He was a Class Leader at Kayamandi High where he matriculated. After working as an iShack Installer since March 2015 he has already gained interest in becoming a qualified electrician.

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Naledi Mabeba
Advisor - Early Learning

Naledi worked for the SI for more than 13 years, and is currently our board chairperson. 

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Natasha Rossouw
Youth and Community Coordinator

Natasha is the Youth and Community Coordinator at the Sustainability Institute and has been involved in youth projects since the age of 14. 

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Nathalie Hendricks
Administrator

Nathalie is the Administrator for The SI Innovations laboratory (SILL), primarily the iShack programme.

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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.

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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. 

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Phuthuma Mgu
AgroEcology Young Farmer

Phutuma is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers. 

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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. 

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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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Rirhandzu Marivate
Project Manager: Learning Farm

Rirhandzu joined the team in 2019, as project manager to lead the Living Soils Community Learning Farm project.