People of the Institute
Lydia Kedilatile Wesinyana
Lydia is the Hospitality Co-ordinator and our very own 'Master' Chef at the Sustainability Institute.
Drie Gewels Caretaker
Makka is our friendly caretaker in the Drie Gewels building.
Assistant - Early Learning
Mandisa takes care of the 3-6 year olds at the crèche of Lyendoch Early Learning.
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.
Masi joined us in 2019 as Financial Officer and brings with him eight years of post-articles commercial and NPO accounting experience.
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.
Administrator - Master's Programme (Stellenbosch University)
Monique assists Beatrix Steenkamp with administration of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development.
As the Groundskeeper at the Sustainability Institute, Moses is one of the reasons why the SI grounds look so beautiful.
Mpumie joined us in 2019 and is the first face that welcomes people to the SI!
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.
Advisor - Early Learning
Naledi worked for the SI for more than 13 years, and is currently our board chairperson.
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 is the Administrator for The SI Innovations laboratory (SILL), primarily the iShack programme.
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.
AgroEcology Young Farmer
Phutuma is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers.
Racheal is the Financial Administrator, managing the day-to-day finance operations, and offering administration support to all projects within the SI.
Rene is the Finance Coordinator, with 14 years working experience in the corporate office equipment environment and 7 years in the non-profit sector.
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.
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
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.
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 is an independent researcher and consultant with over 12 years of experience in the field of sustainable development and climate change.
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.