Back to Home Page


Portia Mseleku Secretary: Ms P Mseleku
Tel: 031 373 2823 / 6767
Fax: 031 373 2822
Email: portiam1@dut.ac.za
Location: S3 L1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

RACHEL-MATTEAU-LOWRES Senior Lecturer: Dr Rachel Matteau Matsha
Tel: 031 373 2827
Email: RachelM1@dut.ac.za
Location: S3 L1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Wits), MA (Wits), BA (UQAM)

Bio: Dr Rachel Matteau Matsha is a Senior Lecturer in the Programme of English and Communication. She lectures and supervises across disciplines in the Faculty of Arts, and has published in the fields of literary studies, postcolonial studies, book history, cultural studies and communication studies. She is the programme coordinator for English and Communication. 

Courses Currently Teaching: Communication Skills
                                                              English for the Arts
                                                              Communication in Video 2

Research and Innovation focus: Literary studies, postcolonial studies, book history, cultural studies and communication studies


pa-sam Senior Lecturer: Dr Sam Usadolo
Tel: 031 373 2837
Email: samu@dut.ac.za
Location: S3, L1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD 

Bio:Dr Sam Erevbenagie Usadolo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Language and Communication. He supervises across disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Design, and his research adopts a critical organisational communication perspective to examine issues of workplace outcomes such as job satisfaction, retention and work engagement in both public and non-profit organisations. 

Courses Currently Teaching: Effective Business Communication in Organisations, and Advanced Management Communication Skills

Research and Innovation focus: Research and innovation focus: Communication influence on work engagement and job satisfaction; legal interpreting situations in South African courtrooms. Interested in supervising the following research topics: participatory communication and rural development, the influence of communication on individual and organisational factors in non-profit and public organisations, crisis communication in the workplace, datafication, legal interpreting, and linguistic human rights.


 default-avatar Lecturer: Miss T Seedat
Tel: 031 373 5717
Fax: 031 373 5717
Email: tasneems@dut.ac.za
Location: 3rd Floor, Mariam Bee
Campus: ML Sultan Campus
Qualification(s): DLitt (UNIZUL), BA Hons in Translation Studies (UNISA)

Bio: Tasneem Seedat is a Lecturer in the Department of Media, Language and Communication at Durban University of Technology (DUT). With a background in television and educational content production, she began making films while a post-graduate. She has edited a wide variety of genres from documentary to reality TV, working at a number of production houses. She currently lectures Video: Theory and Practice in the Language Practice programme with her expertise in the communication field extending into the English and Communication Programme. Tasneem is an active member of the Faculty of Arts and Design representing the Department on various committees.


 Veena Senior Lecturer: Dr Veena Partab
Tel: 031-3736732
Email: partabv@dut.ac.za
Location: ABO111, 1st Floor, B Block
Campus: M.L.Sultan
Qualifications: Phd (UKZN), MA (UN), BEd (UNISA), UHDE( UDW) Hons (UDW), BA (UDW)

Bio: Dr Veena Partab is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Language and Communication. She lectures in the English and Communication Programme.

Courses Currently Teaching: Interpersonal Communication and The Self
                                                              English for the Arts
                                                              Communication 1

Research and Innovation: Orality-Literacy Studies, Oral History.


 Zizipho Lecturer: Zizipho Mdletye
Email address: ziziphom1@dut.ac.za
Campus: ML Sultan Campus
Qualifications: MA (UP), PGDHE (The IIE), BA Honors (NMU), BA (NMU)

Bio: Zizipho Mdletye is a lecturer in the department of Media, Language and Communication. She has industry experience in Public Relations and has worked in the private and public higher education sector, lecturing a variety of modules to undergraduate as well as postgraduate students, the modules she has presented include corporate communication, communication science, media studies, critical studies and research practice. Zizipho is also passionate about youth development and has participated in youth development projects that are specifically aimed at preparing matriculants for institutions of higher learning.

Courses Currently Teaching: Business Communication and Information Literacy
                                                              Interpersonal Communication and the Self

Research and innovation focus: business communication, higher education, communication for social change, digital communication and reputation management.


 Vooght Lecturer: Ms U Vooght
Tel: 031 373 2821
Email: ursulas@dut.ac.za
Location: AB0111H
Campus: M L Sultan
Qualification(s): Master of Arts in Cultural and Critical Studies (Lond), BA (Hons) English Literature (Lond), Bachelor of Arts (UNP, now UKZN)

Bio: Ms Ursula Vooght is a Lecturer in the Programme of English and Communication. She lectures in the Faculty of Arts and has supervised BA Hons (Film) students at AFDA, Durban. Her primary research interest is in the adaptation of texts. This long-standing interest has been pursued through her published research, her current PhD studies at UKZN, and her own creative projects, which include graphic novel and screenplay adaptations. Prior to entering academia, she worked for more than a decade in Corporate Communications.

Courses Currently Teaching: Business Communication and Information Literacy, Communication 1, English for the Arts
Research and Innovation focus: Adaptation Studies; Cultural Studies; Communication Studies


 Terry Senior Lecturer: Ms Terry D Herd
Tel: 031-3732826
Email: terryhe@dut.ac.za
Location: S3 Level 1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): MA (University of Natal, Durban), BA (Hons) (Unisa) HDE (UND), BA (UND)

Bio: Ms Terry D Herd is a Senior Lecturer in the Programme of English and Communication. She has been lecturing Communication across all faculties at DUT (formerly Technikon Natal) for 35 years. 

Courses Currently Teaching: Communication Skills 1 and Communication Skills 2

Research and Innovation Focus: Student writing as an empowering


 Jade Lecturer: Dr Jade Smith
Tel: 031 373 2825
Email: JadeS1@dut.ac.za
Location: S3 L1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD, MA, BA Hons, BA (Rhodes) 

Bio: Dr Jade Smith is a lecturer in the English & Communication Programme. She lectures across disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Design, and has published internationally and locally about imagined communities of readership in newspapers. Her research has broadened into multimodality, using systemic functional linguistic frameworks and critical discourse analysis to investigate the representations of South Africans in the words and images of post-apartheid children’s picture books. 


Courses Currently Teaching:
Communication Skills 1 and 2 

Research and Innovation Focus: Systemic functional linguistics (appraisal, visual analysis); multimodality; critical discourse analysis; South African print media and children’s literature.