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Administrative Staff

Ms Soraya Abrahams

Front-of-house reception & general enquiries; SAP purchase orders; departmental stores, stationery


Ms Hilary Buchanan

PA to Director; department administration; student & HR support

Ms Jamie-Lee Cupido

Senior Secretary


Ms Awot Gebregziabher

Subject librarian for Biological Sciences


Ms Phelisa Hans

Niven Library Assistant


Ms Natalie Jodamus

Fund reporting and maintenance; SAP purchase orders; financial statements; Petty cash; reimbursements


Mrs Claire Khai

Departmental Manager


Ms Anthea Links

SAP accounts capture; consumables buyer & dispatches orders and deliveries


Dr Rob Little

Manager: DST/NRF Centre of Excellence


Mr Junaid Lucas

Librarian - Bolus Herbarium


Ms Janine Dunlop

Manager: Niven Library


Ms Anthea Stain

Administrative Assistant



Technical Staff

Mr Gonzalo Aguilar

Overall administration of departmental technical resources (HW Pearson, PFIAO): personnel, IT and computer network, teaching and research equipment, Research facilities and the building environment


Mr Desmond Barnes

Technical support: plant propagation procedures and facilities (phytotrons, glass houses, soils laboratory)


Mr Michael Brooks

Information Systems Specialist


Ms Charlene Christians

Bolus Herbarium Assistant


Dr Dawood Hattas

Principal Scientific Officer:


Mr Zama Jikumlambo

Supervisor of C II and C III labs; C II and C III field camp store; animal collections for course practicals


Dr. Cornelia Klak

Principal Scientific Officer, Bolus Herbarium Curator


Ms Nosipho Mali

IT Assistant (ADU)


Ms Boitumelo Marope

Departmental Assistant: support to teaching and research laboratories


Ms Petra Muller

Administer & Manage Photography, Photo microscopy, SEM & EDX Analysis Unit -John Day Building management, Maintenance, Budget & Contract Work -Equipment Procurement & Budget -Operational Planning & People Management - Refurbishments, Projects & Space


Dr René A. Navarro

Information Systems Specialist


Ms Liesl Phigeland

Co-ordinates Bio1004S practicals; loan of general scientific equipment


Ms Andrea Plos

IT and computer network support; website maintenance; departmental insurance; marine animals acquisition, commercial diving


Mr Bongani Tom

Departmental Assistant: support to teaching and research laboratories