2017 Fellow Profiles

Karin Baatjes
Current background
I am a female South African, holder of MBChB and MMed (Surgery) from Stellenbosch University as well as a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (FCS (SA)).
Professional background
Upon completing high school I pursued a degree in Medicine and graduated in 1997. I completed one year of internship at Port Elizabeth Provincial hospital as well as one year of community service at GF Jooste Hospital in Cape Town. I applied for a registrar position in the department of Surgery at Tygerberg hospital and Stellenbosch University in 2000, completed the FCS (SA) in 2004 and graduated MMed (Surgery) degree in 2005. Since then I have been working in the division of Surgery as a Consultant with clinical service delivery, teaching and research portfolios.
Personal information
I am unmarried and have no children. My hobbies are reading, travelling and running.

Jeané Cloete

Current background
I am a female South African with a background in Medicine, mainly Paediatrics and Child Health
Professional background
After completing high school I enrolled in a BSc degree. I was allowed admission to MB ChB program in my second year of my BSc degree. After completion of my medical degree I did my internship and community service at a local hospital. I stayed on as a Medical Officer for 3 years after in Department of Paediatrics. I decided to pursue my career further in Paediatrics and enrolled in a Master’s degree in Paediatrics at the University of Pretoria. After completion of my master’s degree I was offered a position to start a new unit in the Department. I currently am actively involved in clinical medicine, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in clinical medicine.
Personal information
I am married to Renier with whom we have two lovely children (Stephan and Abigail). My hobbies are reading, cooking and gardening.

Werner Cordier

Current background
I have been employed in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pretoria as a lecturer for the past five years. My biological research focus is specifically geared towards in vitro, pre-clinical drug discovery, toxicology and cancer research.
Professional background
After completing my undergraduate degree in BSc Medical Sciences, I was accepted into the Department of Pharmacology in 2008. I obtained my BSc.Hons, MSc and PhD in Pharmacology, and was appointed as a junior lecturer in 2011. Over five years, I received more responsibilities as lecturer and supervisor, which led to my appointment in 2015 as a full lecturer. I currently coordinate three modules, and as my interests have diversified, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education to remedy concerns of teaching modalities. This year I successfully implemented gamification into areas of my modules, as well as elements of active learning.
Personal information
I’ve always been introverted. Some people have managed to wiggle themselves into my bubble, so I hold my friends, family and partner close by. You’ll find me with earphones glued to my head, immersed in my own world. When possible, I enjoy playing video games, reading fiction, photography, and watching anime. I believe an active body creates an active mind, so I routinely exercise. I enjoy traveling, although I don’t always get around to it.

Argentina Ingratta

Current background
I am a specialist physician practicing in an academic state hospital, the Helen Joseph Hospital, in Johannesburg since 2012. In addition I have joint appointee status with the university as a clinical lecturer. I have recently completed my post graduate diploma in health sciences education through the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professional background
Upon finishing high school in 1997, I completed the MBBCh degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. My internship was spent in the beautiful Pietermaritzburg, whilst my Community service was completed in the challenging St Rita’s Hospital in Limpopo province. During my community service year I completed the diploma in mental health through the College of Medicine SA. Subsequently my time as a medical officer was spent at the Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital with rotations through psychiatry, ICU and pulmonology. From 2008-2011, I was employed as a medical registrar in the Wits circuit. From 2012 my specialist rotations included Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Infectious diseases, Nephrology and General Medicine. In addition, I have spent 10 months in an outreach hospital, the Leratong Hospital.
Personal information
I have a wonderful husband, Daniel, and two boys (my baby ninjas!), Joshua and Michael. We embark on many wickedly wild adventures involving nerf guns and imaginary bad guys. I have a strong affinity with nature and love the energy of ancient trees. In my down time I love to create awesome music playlists for the whole family. When I grow up I would like to develop medical applications for virtual environments.

Marvin Jeffrey Jansen

Current background
I am a South African male, a holder of Bachelor of Technology in Emergency Medical Care (CPUT) and Master of Philosophy in Emergency Medicine (UCT) degree; I am currently completing a D. Phil in Health Science Education at the University of Cape Town. I am currently employed as a lecturer within the Department of Health Science Education at UCT.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Emergency Medical Care (EMC) at Cape Peninsula University of technology (CPUT) in 2007 with my NDip and went on to complete my BTech degree in EMC. Upon graduating I was employed as an operational Advance Life Support Paramedic in Potchefstroom and later Cape Town in both the private and public sector. My career within education started at College of Emergency Care, situated on the grounds of Tygerberg hospital where I held the position of paramedic lecturer. I am currently employed as a lecturer with the clinical skills centre (Department of Health Science Education) where I teach primary using simulation as a modality at both undergraduate and post graduate level.
Personal information
I am married to Chanel and have one daughter (Nasia).

Ericka Noelle L’Abbé

Current background
I am a female American who has lived and worked in South Africa for the last 16 years. I hold three academic degrees from Florida Atlantic University, Louisiana State University and the University of Pretoria, respectively.
Professional background
My undergraduate degree was obtained from Florida Atlantic University in 1997 in the USA; while in 2000, I obtained my postgraduate degree from Louisiana State University in the USA. In 2003, I was appointed as a lecturer in physical anthropology in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Pretoria. In 2005, I completed my PhD entitled The Palaeodemographic, Palaeopathologic and Morphologic Study of the People of Venda from the same University. In 2010, I was board certified as a diplomat with the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (DABFA, 84), an important achievement in our discipline. I practice forensic anthropology in South Africa and have written approximately 290 technical reports for unknown person (skeletons) for forensic pathologists and the SAPS in the last thirteen years. I am the first ABFA diplomat to be trained and to exclusively work at an academic institution outside of North America. I am also qualified to practice as a language editor, having completed a postgraduate course at the University of Pretoria in academic editing in 2011. In 2010, I obtained Y2 rating from the NRF, and again, a C2 rating in 2015. Nine years from my initial appointment as lecturer, and at the age of 37, I was appointed to Associate Professor, and three years later, in 2016, to Full Professor.
Personal information
I am married with one daughter (Maia). I raise and care for feral rescue cats. I currently have 10 cats under my care. I am an avid marathon runner and participant in CrossFit.

Beloved Masava

Current background
I am a Zimbabwean male aged 36 years, who is a holder of Bachelor in Nursing Science (Honours) and Master of Philosophy in Health Professions Education Degrees from University of Zimbabwe and Stellenbosch University respectively.
Professional background
Upon completing my high school studies in 2000, I was enrolled to study a degree in nursing at University of Zimbabwe in 2001. The degree was a four year programme offered on full time basis, which I successfully completed in August 2005. Upon graduation I worked as an ART Clinical Nurse for two years before moving for a clinical teaching position at a local hospital. When I relocated to Lesotho in 2009, I continued with Clinical Teaching and I was appointed as a Clinical Supervisor at Paray School of Nursing in 2010, a position that I held until today. Since then I have been occupying this similar position which entails facilitating students’ acquisition of necessary psychomotor and ‘soft’ skills and their ability to integrate nursing theory into practice. As a way of further enhancing my teaching practice I enrolled for an MPhil in Health Professions Education at Stellenbosch University and graduated in December 2016.
Personal information
I am married to Ngonie with whom we were blessed with a three year old handsome boy Leonel. My hobbies are travelling, watching Television (Soapies and Soccer).

Nondwe Mlenzana

Current background
I am a female South African, a holder of PhD in Physiotherapy from University of the Western Cape.
Professional background
Currently I am a senior lecturer and Head of the Department in the Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape. My PhD focused on the Evaluation of Process of Care at specific Rehabilitation Centres in the Western Cape. A Rehabilitation Model was developed that would be presented to the Department of Health as a model for the implementation of Rehabilitation Services. In addition, I have a strong focus on disability issues and identification of gaps within delivery of services at different levels of health care. Currently I am the Chairperson of SACLA board which is one of the leadership roles within the organization. I am also engaged in collaboration of training of rehabilitation care workers. In addition I am involved in a collaborative research project on Community engagement with colleagues in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at UWC and an Indigenous Knowledge Systems Project with the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.
Personal information
I am married to Mongezi with whom we have two children (Bongolethu and Yonela). My hobbies are shopping and catering.

Munira Motala

Current background
I am a female South African, a medical doctor and currently residing in Durban.
Professional background
I completed my medical degree from the Nelson Mandela School of medicine at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. I performed my internship at the King Edward hospital In Durban. I have worked in all the various governmental hospitals in Durban like RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth, Wentworth hospital in Clairwood and Addington hospital on the beachfront. I have also worked at the Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town as well as Somerset, Mowbray and Groote Schuur hospitals. I worked in the United Kingdom in Stafford, Birmingham, Norwich and Brighton. I am currently working at UKZN in medical education. I have been interested in the field for a long time and decided six years ago to join UKZN. I recently completed my MMEDSci in medical education. I am currently pursuing a PHD in medical education
Personal information
My hobbies are reading, travelling and I love art.

Amos Getanda Nyamboga

Current background
I am a Kenyan Male, a holder of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Midwifery both from Moi University, Kenya, and currently a PhD student at University of South Africa and a Midwifery Lecturer in Moi University. I also serve as the Secretary of Midwives Association of Kenya (MAK). I am also a self proclaimed Midwifery activist.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Nursing at Moi University which I did between 2001 and 2005. I then proceeded for a one year of internship in 2006 at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital- a requirement for registration with the Nursing Council of Kenya. Immediately after, I worked briefly in maternity of the same hospital and was employed at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in 2007, first as a clinical instructor, then as an assistant lecturer until early in 2012. Within this time, I managed to pursue my master which I successfully completed in 2011. I was then employed at Moi University as a Lecturer from March, 2012 to assist coordinating the Masters programme from which I graduated as a pioneer.
Personal information
I am married to Loice with whom we have four lovely children- three boys and one girl (Leo, John-Aris, Enoch and Tenga). My hobbies are watching movies and travelling.

Rivak Punchoo

Current background
I am a South African male residing in Pretoria, Gauteng. I work in the higher educational sector appointed to a senior lectureship in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP). I am also employed as consultant chemical pathologist on a part-time basis at Global Laboratories, a private diagnostic laboratory in Sandton, Johannesburg. My current doctoral research in Human Physiology at the UP focuses on laboratory cancer research with a translational clinical HIV focus. In the latter regard, I work at the Steve Biko Infectious Diseases Clinic on an ad hoc basis attending to HIV-infected patients.
Professional background
My academic training commenced in cellular biology and I hold a first-class BSc. (Hons.) from the former University of Natal. My shift to medical studies at the same institute culminated in an MBCHB qualification. After successful medical internship at Groote Schuur Hospital (University of Cape Town), I then commenced community serviceship at a rural hospital in Natal province. Thereafter, I commenced a year of research internship at the University of Natal in the Department of Medical Biochemistry. I subsequently completed specialisation training in Chemical Pathology at the University of Witwatersrand. I am a Fellow and Diplomate of the College of Medicine, South Africa, in chemical pathology and clinical HIV Management respectively.
Personal information
I am especially interested in literary theory and visual language and am reading for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of South Africa on a part-time basis.

Gerda Reitsma

Current background
I am from the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus in South Africa. I have a PhD in Teaching and Learning, and an Honours and Master’s degree in Home Economics. I currently work in the Faculty of Health Sciences as a Health Professions Educationalist.
Professional background
I first completed my Honours and Master’s while teaching as junior lecturer in Foods Science and Nutrition for 8 years. I then changed my working environment by moving into full-time teaching, first at high school level (for 3 years), and then back to university as lecturer in Education, where I obtained my PhD on in-service training programmes. After 8 years teaching in the Faculty of Education, I was appointed as Academic Teaching Advisor in Academic support services. During that time, I moved into a new position that was created for the establishment of SoTL on the Potchefstroom Campus. My work as academic advisor and SoTL researcher brought me in contact with a wide variety of lecturers from all the Faculties on our campus. I became more involved in SoTL research with colleagues from the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Faculty of Health Sciences at that stage made a strategic decision to appoint an academic to enhance teaching and learning, and specifically inter-professional education and SoTL in the Faculty. I was appointed in April 2014 to manage the task of establishing Health Professions Education as a viable and successful unit within the Faculty.
Personal information
I have two beautiful children, both current students, who are my roots and my sunlight. They kept me going after my husband passed away. We live in a beautiful tranquil suburb in Potchefstroom. My hobbies are cycling and reading, and sometimes I participate in target rifle shooting.

Nicolette Roman

Current background
The University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, has provided my education as a female student studying in Psychology and Education at undergrad and honours levels. I furthered my studies in a Masters in Child and Family Studies and a PhD in Psychology. Currently, I am an Associated Professor, rated as a national established researcher and currently head the Child and Family Studies Programme, in the Social Work Department at UWC. My research focuses on the parent-child relationship in the context of family well-being in the field of family and social psychology.
Professional background
I am a trained teacher and between 1993 and 2002 I taught at schools in both high and low socio-economic environments. Between 2003 and 2008, I completed a Masters and PhD. In 2008, I was appointed as a lecturer in the Child and Family Studies Programme in the Social Work Department at UWC. I have published and presented my research both locally and internationally. Since my focus is family well-being, I am a member of the Family Services Forum in the Western Cape to implement the new family policy and a member of the International Society for Behavioural Development and the Society for Research in Child Development as an international reviewer.
Personal information
I have been married to Allan for 22 years and we have a 20 year old (Joshua) and a 19 year old (Nicholas). My modes of relaxation are baking, cooking, reading and interacting with electronics.

Portia Khanyile Shanduka

Current background
I am a female Zimbabwean working in a Lesotho Nursing College as a Nurse Educator and I am the Deputy Head of Midwifery program. I am also the student counsellor at my institution. Currently I am in my second year part-time studies in Masters in Nursing Advanced Midwifery and Neonatology at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. I am currently participating in the Delphi online surveys of updating the ICM Essential Competencies.
Professional background
At tertiary level I was admitted at United Bulawayo Hospitals School of Nursing for a three year Diploma in General Nursing in 1994. I worked as a Registered Nurse at Mpilo Central Hospital for three years from 1997 and then enrolled for a one year Diploma in Midwifery at the School of Midwifery in the same hospital in 2000. In 2001, I worked in the Maternity department of the same hospital for a year and then moved to a municipality clinic where I worked in the maternity and outpatients’ department and for most of the time in the PMTCT Unit doing HIV counselling and testing of pregnant mothers and other patients. I then joined my husband at a Prison Community Hospital in 2004, where I worked as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and PMTCT Coordinator until I left the country at a time of economic crisis in end of 2007. From 2002 to 2006 I was doing my part-time studies in BSc Nursing Science majoring in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership at The Zimbabwe Open University. After leaving Zimbabwe for Lesotho at the end of 2007, I worked in Anti-Retroviral Treatment department at a Filter clinic and in various departments, mainly in maternity of two Lesotho hospitals till end of 2012 when I joined Paray School of Nursing as a Nurse Educator and student counsellor. In the beginning of 2016 I was appointed Deputy Head of the Midwifery program. I have been facilitating courses in the Diploma Nursing and Certificate in Nursing Assistants besides the Midwifery courses.
Personal information
I am a married mother of four beauties- two boys and two girls. My hobbies are reading news and magazines, listening to music. I like new challenges.