People of the Institute

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Ruenda Loots
Diploma Programme Coordinator

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thandiwe Mtyingizani
AgroEcology Young Farmer

Thandiwe is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers.

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Theo Oldjohn
Programme Director: AgroEcology

Theo heads up our AgroEcology Academy.

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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.

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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. 

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Vuyolwethu Zicina
AgroEcology Young Farmer

Vuyolwethu is one of our AgroEcology Young Farmers. 

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Yoliswa Mahobe
Permaculturist

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. 

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Zintle Gqoloza
Digital & Communication Assistant

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