People of the Institute

Lydia Kedilatile Wesinyana
Hospitality Coordinator

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

Makka Johnson
Drie Gewels Caretaker

Makka is our friendly caretaker in the Drie Gewels building.

Mandisa Sakawali
Assistant - Early Learning

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

Mark Swilling
Master's in Sustainable Development Programme Coordinator (Stellenbosch University)

Mark is a Distinguished Professor and the head of the sustainable development degree programmes at the University of Stellenbosch, hosted in partnership at the Sustainability Institute. 

Marriam Jacobs (Maya )

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Monique Beukes
Administrator - Master's Programme (Stellenbosch University)

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

Moses Malan

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

Mpumie Cebekhulu

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

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.

Naledi Mabeba
Advisor - Early Learning

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

Natasha Rossouw

Natasha is a facilitator for the Diploma in Sustainable Development, a teacher working with learners aged 6 to 12 and leads various activities related to reflection and storytelling at the Sustainability Institute. She has been involved in youth projects since the age of 14. 

Nathalie Hendricks

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

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. 

Phuthuma Mgu
AgroEcology Young Farmer

Phutuma is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers. 

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. 

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
Lecturer (Stellenbosch University)

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. 

Rirhandzu Marivate
Project Manager: Learning Farm

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

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.

Ruenda Loots
Diploma Programme Coordinator (Stellenbosch University)

Ruenda is a lecturer and academic programme coordinator: as a member of BiomimicrySA, Ruenda often shares the potential of nature-inspired innovation in the classroom.

Sasha Mentz-Lagrange
Senior Researcher

Sasha is an independent researcher and consultant with over 12 years of experience in the field of sustainable development and climate change.

Shaun Claasen
Movement theme lead

Shaun is responsible for coordinating the various sport and movement programmes at the SI. 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.