People of the Institute

Thandiwe Mtyingizani
AgroEcology Young Farmer

Thandiwe is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers.

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
Managing Director: Institute Programmes

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. 

Vuyolwethu Zicina
AgroEcology Young Farmer

Vuyolwethu is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers. 

Yoliswa Mahobe

Yoliswa is the Permaculture expert at the Sustainability Institute. She loves beauty, nature, food and people. That love has been a journey of discovery and has enabled her to reconnect with Agriculture in a holistic way. 

Zimi Zingani
IT Assistant

Zimi Zingani is originally from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Burgersdorp. She holds a National Diploma: Information Technology – Support Services obtained at Nelson Mandela University and currently completing her BTech: IT Support at Tshwane University of Technology.

Zintle Gqoloza
Digital & Communication Assistant

Zintle joined the Sustainability Institute in 2019 and assists with the Institutes digital platforms and communication.