People of the Institute

Lucienne Krots
Green Café Supervisor

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

Lydia Kedilatile Wesinyana
Eco-lodge Co-ordinator

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

Makka Johnson
Eco-lodge Caretaker
Makka is our friendly caretaker at the Drie Gewels Eco-Lodge.
Mandisa Sakawali
Assistant - Early Learning

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

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.

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.

Megan Mavandal
Kitchen Assistant

Megan is a Kitchen Assistant at the Sustainability Institute’s Drie Gewels Guesthouse where she is responsible for preparing meals for the SI’s children as well as keeping the guesthouse 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

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.

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 is part of the Indaba Montessori Institute (IMI) faculty, and fills the role of mentor and advisor for IMI and the Lynedoch Children's House.

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. 

Nathalie Hendricks

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

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. 

Phumlani Nkontwana
Lecturer and Diploma Programme Coordinator

Phumlani has run and managed prominent entrepreneurship funds since 2009 for blue-chip local and international companies such as Allan Gray, Multichoice, Transnet, Total, J.P. Morgan and Philips, impacting hundreds of entrepreneurs and emerging businesses. He is responsible for the new Diploma in Sustainable Development programme that launched in 2018.

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

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.

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.

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
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.

Theo Oldjohn
Programme Director: AgroEcology

Theo heads up our AgroEcology Academy.