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Heleen Head of Department: Dr Heleen Grobbelaar
Tel: 031 373 2328
Email: heleeng@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: PhD: Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Community Nutrition and Community Based Participatory Research
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Short Bio:
Heleen Grobbelaar’s doctoral research investigated the development of a framework for community engagement within a social justice paradigm. In her research, she takes a community based participatory research approach that encompasses the fields of participatory methodology, community engagement and community nutrition. Her specific interests are in food safety and hygiene practices in establishments and community nutrition. She is a board of trustees member of Child Welfare Durban and District and initiated various projects for the nutrition and food safety education of Child and Youth Care workers in Child and Youth Care Centres in the Durban and surrounding areas.
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Academic Interests: Community Nutrition, Community Engagement and Development
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SV Lecturer: Mrs Sue Vermeer
Tel: 031 373 2323
Email: suev@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: Master of Applied Sciences: Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
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Area of Expertise: Nutrition education for preschool childrenShort Bio: Lectured at the institution for 39 years in food and nutrition related subjects with 17 years leading a committed and driven staff in the department of Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences.Academic Interests: Building industry relationships with members of various food and nutrition related industries for student
placements and industry projects. This enables providing relevant industry contacts and industry
feedback to staff to enable us to improve our offerings
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Ashika Senior Lecturer: Dr Ashika Naicker
Tel: 031 373 2333
Email: ashikan@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: PhD Nutrition, North West University (Potchefstroom)
Area of Expertise: Non-Communicable Diseases, Product development, Food Environment and Food Literacy
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Bio: Ashika Naicker is a senior lecturer in the department of Food and Nutrition with 22 years’ experience in higher education. She is a registered Nutritionist with a PhD in Nutrition and is currently a Research fellow at Harvard University, TH Chan School of Public Health. She is the recipient of a number of research grants and has many international collaborations in research and teaching and learning.
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Academic Interests: Food Science, Food and Nutrition Sustainability
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AR Lecturer: Ms Anjellah Reddy
Tel: 031 373 2372
Email: anjellahr@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: BTech Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Marketing, Food styling, and Demonstrations
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Short Bio
: Anjellah Reddy has 13 years industry experience and 23 years lecturing/teaching and learning at DUT. Her research interests include indigenous foods and the impact of  unrefined carbohydrates on blood glucose. She is currently completing her Masters in Applied Science: Food and Nutrition.
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Academic Interests:
 Decolonisation, Indigenous food, Recipe Development,

 


evonne Lecturer: Ms Evonne Singh
Tel: 031 373 2335
Email: evonnes@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: M Ed (Higher Education) – UKZN
Area of Expertise: Recipe development, Food-Consumer dynamics, Food production and Service Operation
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Short Bio:
Evonne Singh is a lecturer at the department of Food and Nutrition Consumer Science. Her interest lies in creative food outputs to meet consumer centred needs. Using industry input in a constructivist classroom setting to help students see the link between theory and practical components of the modules taught and how these fit into the dynamic world of work.
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Academic Interests: Global Trends and Challenges
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O M Lecturer: Ms Onwaba Makanjana
Tel: 031 373 2334
Email: onwabam@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: M Tech, Vaal University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Nutrition, malnutrition in children, food security
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Short Bio: Ms Onwaba Makanjana is a lecturer in the department. She is the final stages of completing her PhD in Food and Nutrition. Her research project entails developing and testing the impact of an orange-fleshed sweet potato yoghurt on vitamin A and iron status of pre-school children. She is part of the team collaborating with UNIZULU on the study investigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food consumption habits, food purchasing behaviour and food security status of the adult population in South Africa. She is also a mentor of an nGAP lecturer in the department.
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Academic Interests: New food product development, public health nutrition, nutrition interventions, food and nutrition security
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LM Lecturer: Ms Lisebo Mothepu
Tel: 031 373 2327
Email: lisebom@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: Master of Applied Sciences in Food and Nutrition
Area of Expertise: Food Science, Nutrition, Food and Nutrition security
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Bio: Lisebo Mothepu is a lecturer with over 7 years of experience at Durban University of Technology and University of Zululand lecturing undergraduates and postgraduates both theory and practical’s subjects. She holds a Degree of Master of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition. She is aDoctor of Philosophy candidate in Food and Nutrition Security with advanced understanding in research under qualitative, quantitative and experimental research in rural areas. Career interests in relation to PhD are to develop advanced excellent problem-solving skills when it comes to development, validation and implementation of policies, projects and intervention when addressing food and nutrition insecurity status of people whether it is at national level, regional level or community level.
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Academic Interests: Food and Nutrition security, Food Science, Sustainable Food Systems and 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Noxolo Blose Secretary: Miss Noxolo Blose
Tel: 031 373 2322
Email: noxolob@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: N.Dip Office Management and Technology, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Office Administrative Support Services
Academic Interests: Office management

IMG_1858 Senior Laboratory Technician: Mrs Jane Visagie
Tel: 031 373 2383
Email: janev@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: HDip – Education
Area of Expertise: Procurement of consumables and laboratory equipment

Lind Lab Assistant: Monica Lindiwe Nxumalo
Tel: 031 373 2322
Email: lindiwen@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Area of Expertise: Receiving and Issuing of consumables, Stock control

Phindi Lab Technician: Mrs Phindile Nzama
Tel: 031 373 2341
Email: Phindilen1@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: Master of Applied Science Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Practical cooking skills, Early childhood nutrition
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Short Bio: Phindile Nzama is a qualified Home Economics teacher and an aspiring researcher in Food and Nutrition. She is passionate about application of fundamentals of Home Economics in culinary arts to achieve food security and healthy eating habits.
Academic Interests: Culinary arts, Healthy Eating
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camilla pic Lab Assistant: Mrs Camilla Govender
Tel: 031 373 2336
Email: camillan@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: BTech: Consumer Science Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Food safety, Food quality and Buying
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Short Bio: Camilla Govender has 5 years industry experience and is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Science: Food and Nutrition.
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Academic Interests: Community engagement, Product development

Sazisa_Chiya Lab Assistant: Mr Sazisa Chiya
Tel: 031 373 2322
Email: sazisac@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: BTech Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences, BTech: Consumer Science Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
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Area of Expertise: Receiving and Issuing of consumables, Stock control, Practical assistance
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Short Bio: Sasiza Chiya has many years of industry experience. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Applied Science in Food and Nutrition.

Sine Lecturer: Miss Sinenhlanhla Memela
Tel: 031 373 2961
Email: sinenhlanhlam@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: Master of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences and MRC FoodFinder
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Short Bio: Sinenhlanhla Memela is currently a lecturer within the New Generation of Academics Programme. She graduated with a Masters’ degree in 2017 at the Durban University of Technology after completing research on ‘the anthropometric profile and food consumption patterns of an emerging middle-income community’. Sine was previously employed in the Department of Food and Nutrition (DUT) as a Research Assistant. Here she gained extensive expertise on the FoodFinder software. Prior to which, she also spent time working in the Fruit and Vegetable FMCG Wholesaler as a HACCP and Quality Control Officer. Sinenhlanhla has had opportunities to present to various audiences on the topic of food and nutrition at conferences, winter schools, organizational events, and communities.
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Academic Interests: Food and Nutrition Security, Food Waste, Non-Communicable Diseases, Inclusive Education and Public Health

nene Laboratory Technician: Mrs Sindisiwe Portia Nene
Contact Number: 031 373 3762
Email Address: SindisiweN5@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification & Institution: BTech: Consumer Science Food and Nutrition, Durban University of Technology
Area of Expertise: Academic support, Food product development and food safety
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Short Bio: Sindi Nene has 5 years industry experince and is currently registered for the Masters in Applied Science in Food and Nutrition
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Academic Interests: Community engagement and Nutrition education