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Meet the team

UCT’s Research Support Hub website is your first stop for all your research support needs. Owned by the Research Office, the website will guide you through the various support services available to our researchers at every step of the research project lifecycle.

ExecutiveResearch Support Enterprise | Data Analytics and ReportingResearch Support Services | International Grants Hub | Postgraduate Funding Office | Research Finance and Operations | Global Strategy and VisibilityPostgraduate Studies and Researcher DevelopmentOffice of Research IntegrityeResearchResearch Systems



Dr Linda Mtwisha

 Dr Linda Mtwisha
 Executive Director
 Tel: 021 650 3122

Bekezela Zulu

 Ms Bekezela Zulu
 Admin Officer
 Tel: 021 650 1754


Research Support Enterprise

The research support enterprise unit encompasses data analytics and reporting, research support services, the international grants hub and the postgraduate funding office.

Christina Pather

 Ms Christina Pather
 Director: Research Support Enterprise
 Tel: 021 650 2434


Data Analytics and Reporting

The data analytics and reporting hub in the Research Office provides research analyses to support institutional strategy planning. The hub also helps the advancement of international research collaboration and the impact of UCT’s research. It is responsible for the statutory reporting on Research and Development activity.

Dianne Bond

 Dr Dianne Bond
 Senior Data Analyst
 Tel: 021 650 5490


Research Support Services

Research support services are responsible for a number of services in support of the university’s researchers and the research endeavour. These include the support of UCT’s evaluation applications and funding proposals to the National Research Foundation; the servicing of UCT research funding and strategic committees (such as the University Research Committee and its sub-committees); and statutory reporting requirements to government such as submission of research output data to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Contact the research support services team at researchfunding@uct.ac.za.

 Ms Natalie le Roux
 Manager: Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 2432

 Ms Robyn Udemans
 Coordinator: Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 1924

 Ms Roshan Sonday
 Coordinator: Research Services
 Tel: 021 650 2426

 Mr Mbasa Mguye
 Coordinator: Research Services
 Tel: 021 650 7925

 Ms Ronel de Swardt
 Coordinator: Research Services
 Tel: 021 650 2892

 Ms Jacky Sylvester
 Senior Officer: Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 2689

 Mr Paul Dantu
 Senior Officer: Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 1954

Zam Ndzotyana

 Ms Zam Ndzotyana
 Senior Officer:  Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 7925

 Ms Janine Ramandh
 Administrative Assistant
 Tel: 021 650 1953

Amanda Raman

 Ms Amanda Raman
 Administrative Assistant: Research Support


International Grants Hub

The international grants hub provides both proposal development and administrative support to UCT’s academic staff seeking and applying for international funding for their research. Proposal development support services are geared towards multidisciplinary, multinational collaborative grant applications to international funders, and include writing, editing, proof-reading, strategic advice on proposal content, budget development, liaising with the funder, and coordinating and integrating inputs from multiple collaborators. Administrative support services range from identifying suitable sources of funding to being the expert port of call for the submission process and guiding researchers on internal UCT processes for submission to different funders. To request proposal development support, please contact the team at internationalgrants@uct.ac.za.

Dionne Miles

 Dr Dionne Miles
 Senior Manager: International Grants Hub

Jonathan Dugas

 Dr Jonathan Dugas
 Senior Proposal Development Specialist
 Tel: 021 650 3180

Nikhat Hoosen

 Ms Nikhat Hoosen
 International Grant Coordinator

 Likho Sikutshwa

 Ms Likho Sikutshwa
 International Grant Coordinator


Postgraduate Funding Office

The postgraduate funding office (PGFO) is responsible for the management and administration of postgraduate and postdoctoral awards. It is made up of three teams: General Awards Team, NRF and Departmental Awards Team and Info, Fellowship and Development Team. Find out how the PGFO can help you navigate funding opportunities in this presentation. You may also request a one-on-one session with PGFO staff by sending an email to pgfunding@uct.ac.za.

Chantal Swartz

 Ms Chantal Swartz
 Senior Manager: Postgraduate Funding Office
 Tel: 021 650 7315

Charmaine mcBride

 Ms Charmaine McBride
 Senior Administrative Officer: Postgraduate  Funding Office
 Tel: 021 650 2211

Hayley Mackrill

 Ms Hayley Mackrill
 Senior Finance Officer: Postgraduate Funding  Office
 Tel: 021 650 1920

Stacey-Lee Harrison

 Ms Stacey-Lee Harrison
 Manager: General Awards
 Tel: 021 650 3040

Celeste Jansen

 Ms Celeste Jansen
 Administrative Officer: General Awards
 Tel: 021 650 1917

Lorraine Valentine

 Ms Lorraine Valentine
 Administrative Officer: General Awards
 Tel: 021 650 2094

Danielle Mutseriwa

 Ms Danielle Mutseriwa
 Data Capturer: General Awards

Kelechi Njoku

 Ms Kelechi Njoku
 Data Capturer: General Awards

Carl Millward

 Mr Carl Millward
 Administrative Assistant: General Awards

Shanaaz Kalam

 Ms Shanaaz Kalam
 Junior Administrative Assistant: General Awards
 Tel: 021 650 2141

Desne Jodamus

 Ms Desne Jodamus
 Administrative Officer: NRF & Departmental  Awards
 Tel: 021 650 2206

Meameno Nepembe

 Ms Meameno Nepembe
 Administrative Officer: NRF & Departmental  Awards
 Tel: 021 650 5075

Sibongile Fatyi


 Ms Sibongile Fatyi
 Administrative Assistant: NRF & Departmental  Awards
 Tel: 021 650 2135

Gaynore Philander


 Ms Gaynore Philander
 Administrative Assistant: NRF & Departmental  Awards

Samuel Mondi

 Mr Samuel Mondi
 Senior Clerk: NRF and Departmental Awards

Chantel Reed

 Ms Chantel Reed
 Manager: Info, Fellowships and Development
 Tel: 021 650 2205


Erica van Wyk-Mias

 Ms Erica van Wyk-Mias
 Administrative Officer: Info, Fellowships and  Development
 Tel: 021 650 3522

Ayanda Mpongwana

 Ms Ayanda Mpongwana
 Administrative Officer: Info, Fellowships and  Development
 Tel: 021 650 5065

Monwabisi Ndlumbini

 Mr Monwabisi Ndlumbini
 Data Capturer: Info, Fellowships and  Development

Nuraan Kafaarn Ms Nuraan Kafaar
 Administrative Assistant: Info, Fellowships and  Development
 Tel: 021 650 2349



Research Finance and Operations

The finance and operations unit manages the financial planning and budgeting, financial analysis, evaluation and reporting as well as financial control and risk management for the Research Office. The operations arm of the cluster covers all administrative and financial coordination within the Research Office, as well as space management, health and safety liaison and the logistical coordination of visits to the office.

Leigh Wentzel

 Ms Leigh Wentzel
 Manager: Research Finance
 Tel: 021 650 1753

Thabi Magwada

 Ms Thabi Magwada
 Assistant Finance Manager
 Tel: 021 650 5784

Jayne Alexander

 Ms Jayne Alexander
 Senior Officer: Operations
 Tel: 021 650 5440

Andiswa Gaqa

 Ms Andiswa Gaqa
 Tel: 021 650 5514


Global Strategy and Visibility

The global strategy and visibility unit is the strategic arm of the Research Office, and includes a number of functions all to a greater or lesser extent focused on lifting the university’s international profile, particularly its research, and strengthening communication around the research endeavour. This includes supporting the Executive in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office in their global engagements, identifying and nurturing international partnerships and networks with a research focus, supporting strategically important interdisciplinary research groups, and the communication and marketing of research. Contact the team at researchvisibility@uct.ac.za.

Carolyn Newton

 Ms Carolyn Newton
 Director: Global Engagement
 Tel: 021 650 1715

Megan Scharffenorth

 Ms Megan Scharffenorth
 Manager: Communication and Marketing   for Research
 Tel: 021 650 1845

Lisa Boonzaier

 Ms Lisa Boonzaier 
 Manager: Communication and Marketing   for Research
 Tel: 021 650 1845

Wilna venter

 Ms Wilna Venter
 Research Collaboration Specialist
 Tel: 021 650 4380

Jess Oosthuizen

 Ms Jess Oosthuizen
 Communication and Marketing Specialist:   Postgraduate Studies and Events 
 Tel: 021 650 1951

Paula Harker

 Ms Paula Harker
 Administrative Officer
 Tel: 021 650 1952

Jess Oosthuizen

 Ms Maggie Marx
 Communication and Marketing Specialist:   Internal Communication and eResearch



Office of Research Integrity

The office of research integrity works collaboratively with research ethics, animal ethics and biosafety committees as well as individual researchers under the auspices of the senate ethics in research committee and senate animal ethics committee and the institutional biosafety committee, to promote responsible conduct of research (RCR). Our scope and function is broad and includes topics such as research ethics, (financial) conflicts of interest, misconduct, authorship issues, regulatory and funder compliance and, whistle-blowing. We provide advice and support, facilitate many compliance processes and strive to promote RCR across the broad research landscape. Contact the office of research integrity at research.integrity@uct.ac.za.

Lyn Horn

 Dr Lyn Horn
 Director: Office of Research Integrity
 Tel: 021 650 1287

Paula Saner

 Ms Paula Saner
 Research Integrity Coordinator
 Tel: 021 650 1256

Werner Van Der Rosss Mr Werner Van Der Ross
 Senior Administrative Officer: Compliance
 Tel: 021 650 2501

Ms Lisa Williams

 Ms Lisa Williams
 Senior Administrative Officer: Research Integrity
 Tel: 021 650 5739



Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development

The postgraduate studies and researcher development unit supports the development of research capacity through seminars, workshops, one-on-one consultations and some research funding. Recognising that academics can have very different research backgrounds, we aim to help them achieve their individual research potential. We support academics to reach key research milestones - their PhDs, publications, successful postgraduate supervisions and winning grant proposals, among others; throughout, we are mindful of their responsibility towards broader society through engaged scholarship.

Professor Peter Meissner

 Prof Peter Meissner
 Director: Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development
 Tel: 021 650 3171

 Dr Gaelle Ramon
 Manager: Researcher Development
 Tel: 021 650 2431

 Dr Dheshnie Keswell
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Science Stream)
 Tel: 021 650 5984

 Dr Charles Masango
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Social Sciences Stream)
 Tel: 021 650 5128

 Mr Sonwabo Ngcelwane
 Coordinator: Researcher Development  (Engaged Scholarship)
 Tel: 021 650 2103

Dr Gudrun Oberprieler

 Dr Gudrun Oberprieler
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Social Sciences Stream)

Dr Wafeeq Davids
Coordinator: Researcher Development Academy (Science stream)

 Ms Judith Rix
 Administrative Assistant: Research Development
 Tel: 021 650 5152

 Ms Barbara Schmid
 Project Manager: Knowledge Co-op
 Tel: 021 650 4415 


Prince Qwaka

 Mr Prince Qwaka
 Administrative Assistant: Knowledge Co-op
 Tel: 021 650 4305


Ms Fazeela Felton

  Ms Fazeela Felton
 Personal Assistant/Administrative Assistant to Prof Meissner
 Tel: 021 650 3171





UCT eResearch is a distributed organisation that promotes the use of advanced information technologies to support innovative research practice. eResearch partners with research groups to accelerate and transform research, connecting them to the most appropriate systems and services to support the research lifecycle. Contact the eResearch team at eresearch@uct.ac.za.

Renate Meyer

Ms Renate Meyer
Analyst: eResearch
Tel: 021 650 4424



Research Systems

The research systems unit ensures that innovative, ICT-based management and information systems – aligned with UCT’s Research Strategy – are implemented to support the UCT research community. This includes the eRA system. The systems manager is tasked with working across a range of professional staff departments that support research (Research Office, Postgraduate Studies, International Academic Programmes Office and Research Contracts & Innovation) to ensure integration with other ICT systems, provide business systems leadership for current and possible future research and student mobility requirements, and provide overall management and support coordination of these systems.

Tina Seale

Ms Tina Seale
Senior Manager: Research Systems
Tel: 021 650 3053

Melissa Abrahams

Ms Melissa Abrahams
Senior Coordinator: Research Systems
Tel: 021 650 2183

Khalied Hanslo

Khalied Hanslo
User Support Officer: Research Systems

Jean-Pierre de Jongh

Jean-Pierre de Jongh
User Support Officer: Business Support