Departments Health Sciences
|Head of Department: Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa
Tel: 031 373 5203/5269
Bio: Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa is the Head of Department. He graduated with the National Diploma: Emergency Medical Care; Bachelor of Technology: Emergency Medical Care and Higher Diploma: Higher Education and Training from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He also holds a Master of Science and a PhD degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Cape Town. He is the immediate outgoing director of the Emergency Care Society of South Africa where he served on the Executive Committee. He is the Vice-Chair of the Professional Board for Emergency Care Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and is the chair of the ICT Steering Committee of the HPCSA. He is also an associate editor for the South African Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care.
|Department Secretary: Mrs Leigh Meyers
Tel: 031 373 5203
Bio: Mrs Leigh Meyers has been the Academic Secretary for the Department of Emergency Medical Care and Rescue since 2008.
|Senior Lecturer: Dr Kevin Govender
Tel: 031 373 5611
Bio: Dr Kevin Govender is a Senior Lecturer at the department. He currently co-ordinates the fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Care. He is also the departmental Post-Graduate research coordinator. Dr Govender holds a PhD in Emergency Medicine from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Emergency Medical Care from the Durban University of Technology. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the Emergency Medical Services field working in a variety of clinical settings, both nationally and internationally. He is an associate editor of the South African Journal for Prehospital Emergency Care and a Gatekeeper for institutional research for the faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology.
|Lecturer: Mrs Dagmar Mühlbauer
Tel: 031 373 5764
Bio: Mrs Dagmar Mühlbauer is the facilitator for the third year of the Bachelor of Health Science programme in Emergency Medical Care. She obtained her National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology from the Technikon Witwatersrand and her Master of Technology in Emergency Medical Care from the Durban University of Technology. Mrs Mühlbauer has over 20 years of experience in the emergency medical care field. In this time, she has worked as an operational paramedic as well as accumulated over 10 years of teaching experience at a higher education level. She is a senior flight paramedic with 15 years’ experience in the pre-hospital aeromedical environment with a specific focus on rotor wing. Mrs Mühlbauer is also currently serving a second term as a member of the Professional Board for Emergency Care and she is the current Chairperson of the Education Committee. She is also currently studying towards her PhD in Emergency Medical Care.
|Junior Lecturer: Fathima Bibi Shaik
Tel: 031 373 5199
Bio: Miss Fathima Bibi Shaik co-ordinates the second year Bachelor of Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Care. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Emergency Medical Care, followed by a current undertaking of Master’s Study in EMC at the Durban University of Technology. Miss Shaik lectures in Emergency Medical Care, Clinical Practice and assists with the facilitation of the second year technical medical rescue.
|Junior Lecturer: Mr Keanan Reynolds
Tel: 031 373 5765
Bio: Mr K Reynolds currently heads the technical and medical rescue at the DUT across all levels of the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology Emergency Medical Care from the University of Johannesburg and is currently pursuing his Masters in Emergency Medical Care at the DUT. He has over five years of experience where he has worked as an operational paramedic, as well as gaining experience as a flight paramedic on both fixed and rotor wing air aircraft. He is still actively involved in technical rescue within the KwaZulu-Natal province.
|Btech Coordinator: Mr Sagie Naguran
Tel: 031 373 5606
Bio: Sagie Naguran has been in the Department since the year 2000 and has been an Advanced Life Support practitioner since 1993. He received his Masters degree in Emergency Medical Care in 2008. He served the Department as previous HOD for a period of six years. He currently is the coordinator for the Btech: EMC programme and is also a research supervisor for the undergraduate and postgraduate programme.
|First Year Coordinator: Mr Gift Chule
Tel: 031 373 5402
Bio: Mr Chule is the first year coordinator for the BHSc programme. He lectures Foundations of Professional Practice and Emergency Medical Care at first year level. He graduated from the DUT with BhSc: Emergency Medical Care. He is currently undertaking Masters in Emergency Medical Care at DUT and intending to graduate in 2020.
|Technician: Mrs Amy Lagesse
Tel: 031 373 5532
Bio: Mrs Amy Lagesse co-ordinates the Clinical Practice component of the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Care and facilitates the running of the Department’s operational wing. Mrs Lagesse has previous years’ experience working on both rotor wing and fixed wing aircrafts as a flight paramedic in the Western Cape. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Emergency Medical Care, followed by a current undertaking of Master’s Study in EMC at the Durban University of Technology.
|Specialist Clinical Tutor: Mrs Karabo Faith Tsiri
Tel: 031 373 5336
Bio: Mrs Faith Tsiri started working in the department from September 2013. She was previously a Facilitator for the CCA short course programme until the end of September 2013. She is currently employed in the post of Specialist Clinical Tutor, assisting with the first year Bachelor of Health Sciences EMC programme. She is also responsible for medical equipment and clinical laboratories. Together with other staff members, Mrs Tsiri is also involved with student selection and registration. Mrs. Tsiri has worked in the EMS environment, in both private & public sectors, since 2002 and has experience in training and communications. She is a DUT graduate (National Diploma – EMC & B.Tech (EMC). She is currently registered for the Master of Health Sciences in EMC at DUT.